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SC Honors Student-Athletes At Sports Recognition Banquet

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 4, 2003 – Springfield College honored its student-athletes at the annual Sports Recognition Banquet held tonight in Blake Arena.

Here’s a list of the award winners:

Female Scholar Athlete Award
Kelley Henry, Senior
Henry had an outstanding season on the women’s cross country team. She finished 14th at the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, and was named to the all-conference team. Henry is an applied exercise science major with a 3.94 cumulative grade-point average (g.p.a.).

Male Scholar Athlete Award
Ben Bristol, Senior, South Hadley, Mass.
In December, Bristol, a sociology major who carries a 3.83 g.p.a., became the first SC football player in nearly 20 years to earn Academic All-America honors. A three-year starter at right tackle, he was a key contributor to the Pride’s Freedom Football Conference Championship teams in 2000 and 2002.

Maureen Curry Rege Courageous Athlete Award
Laurie Cersosimo, Sophomore, West Hartford, Conn.
Despite suffering with a back injury that requires constant care, Cersosimo played every inning of all 40 games in right field for the SC softball team. She was one of the Pride’s offensive catalysts, hitting .379 with 24 runs batted in.

Vic Ohanesian Courageous Male Athlete Award
Ted Brown, Freshman, Westfield, N.J.
Brown, who was told by doctors that he might never compete again, earned All-America honors after finishing second on the pommel horse at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships in April. Brown, who was diagnosed with a tumor in his head in high school, was also named ECAC Rookie of the Year.

Springfield Student Female Unsung Hero Award
Julie Winslow, Junior, West Falmouth, Mass.
Winslow, who transferred to SC after playing two seasons of field hockey at Division II Longwood College, made more of an impact the any statistic could illustrate. Her hard work, quiet strength and dedication did not go unnoticed in what turned out to be a tough season for the Pride.

Springfield Student Male Unsung Hero Award
Eduardo Stawinski, Sophomore, San Juan, P.R.
Stawinski was an outstanding defender for the Pride, recording a team-leading 243 digs. In the Division III national championship match at top-ranked Juniata, he collected 10 digs as SC captured its third straight national title.

Female Dual Sport Athlete Award
Liz Omura, Senior, Connelly, N.Y.
Omura competed on the SC field hockey and track & field teams. She was the captain of the field hockey team, and played in 19 games. Omura is also one of the top sprinters on the SC track & field team. Last May, she represented the college at the NCAA Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Male Dual Sport Athlete Award
P.J. Rovinelli, Sophomore, Framingham, Mass.
Rovinelli was one of the Pride’s top wrestlers at 197 pounds. He picked up 18 wins, and finished second at the Doug Parker Invitational in November and fifth at the conference championship in February. Rovinelli is also a big reason why the men’s lacrosse is on the way to the NCAA Division III Tournament, starting all 15 games in goal for the Pilgrim League champions.

Freshman Female Individual Sport Athlete Award
Lacey Feduke, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Feduke, who was one of two SC divers to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships, made two top-15 finishes in her first trip to nationals. At the NEWMAC Championship, she recorded third-place finishes on the one and three-meter boards, respectively, as the Pride won its third consecutive conference crown.

Freshman Male Individual Sport Athlete Award
Mike Shaw, Westfield, Mass.
Although he just completed his first college season, Shaw is one of Division III’s top divers. At the NEWMAC Championship, he set meet records in one and three-meter diving and earned Diver-of-the-Meet honors. At the NCAA Division III Championship, he earned All-America honors in two events, finishing third on the one-meter board and sixth on the three-meter board.

The Jane Duane Freshman Female Team Sport Athlete Award
Courtney Goetz, Flemington, N.J.
Goetz was a major contributor to the women’s soccer team. She played in 15 games, and started seven at right back. The SC defense allowed just 1.43 goals-per-game this season.

Freshman Male Team Sport Athlete Award.
Derek Yvon, East Longmeadow, Mass.
Yvon starred on the SC basketball and baseball teams this season. He was the first freshman to ever lead the basketball team in scoring (14.9 ppg), and was honored as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. In baseball, he broke into the starting line-up at third base midway through the season and hit .349 with 19 runs scored, 18 runs batted and four doubles in 15 starts.

Sophomore Female Individual Sport Athlete Award
Megan Skinner, Acton, Mass.
Skinner is a three-time All-American swimmer. At the 2003 NCAA Championship, she finished third in the 200-yard backstroke and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke, setting a school record in the process. She helped SC wins its third NEWMAC title by winning three individual events and swimming a leg on three first-place relays.

Sophomore Male Individual Sport Athlete Award
Blake Gulino, Old Saybrook, Conn.
Gulino is in the midst of a tremendous season in track & field. He won the Division III New England Indoor Championship in the long jump, and finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn All-America accolades. He entered the weekend undefeated in the long jump through four meets in the outdoor season.

Sophomore Female Team Sport Athlete Award
Brianne Pearson, Brockton, Mass.
Pearson, an NEWMAC All-Conference selection in softball, is one of the top all-around players in New England. Offensively, she hit .366 with seven home run and 24 runs batted in. On the mound, she posted a 19-5 record with 2.07 earned-run average and 80 strikeouts.

Sophomore Male Team Sport Athlete Award
Brandon Mueller, Bartlett, Ill.
Mueller was the most valuable player of the Molten Division III National Championship for the second consecutive season. In the Pride’s 3-1 win over previously top-ranked Juniata (Pa.), he recorded a season-high 25 kills.

Junior Female Individual Athlete Award
Marisa Clapp, Charlton, Mass.
Clapp is one of the top distance runners in the nation. A four-time All-American in cross country and track & field, Clapp won her second straight NEWMAC Runner of the Year honor in cross country in the fall. She won the mile at the New England Championship, and was an NCAA Indoor Championship qualifier in the 800 and 1,500 meters.

Junior Male Individual Athlete Award
Mike Smith, Salt Lake City, Utah
Smith propelled the Pride to the New England Men’s Gymnastics Championship, placing third in the all-around and fifth on the parallel bars. He was an NCAA Championship qualifier, and finished sixth on the parallel bars to earn All-America honors at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships.

Junior Female Team Sport Athlete Award
Kelly McOmber, Woodbury, Conn.
McOmber, who was an All-NEWMAC selection, led the women’s basketball team to its third consecutive conference title and third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The point guard led the team in three categories, and also earned Verizon Academic All-District I honors.

Junior Male Team Sport Athlete Award
Toby Cole, Blue Hill, Maine
Cole, a two-time All-NEWMAC selection in baseball, entered this weekend leading the team in hits, doubles, home runs and runs batted in. A sports management major who carries a 3.4 grade-point average, he is also an NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree.

Senior Female Individual Sport Athlete Award
Alison Mellage, Union, N.J.
This is the fourth consecutive year that Mellage has been recognized as her class’s top female individual sport athlete. Mellage, who is an eight-time All-American in one and three meter diving, recorded a pair of top-five performances at the 2003 NCAA Championship. She was the NCAA champion on the three-meter board in 2001.

Senior Male Individual Sport Athlete Award
Keith Poloskey, Middle Island, N.Y.
Poloskey is of only three SC wrestlers, including Olympic Gold Medalist Jeff Blatnick ’79, to win three consecutive All-America awards. Poloskey, who wrestles at 141 pounds, finished with a 37-2 record this season, and placed fifth in his weight class at the NCAA Championship.

Senior Female Team Sport Athlete Award
Ali Gerrish, Plymouth, Mass.
Gerrish, a two-time All-American and team captain, holds eight SC softball records, with at least two more within reach. She is SC’s all-time leader in batting average, hits, doubles and runs batted in. In 2003, Gerrish led the NEWMAC in numerous categories, including batting average (.500).

Senior Male Team Sport Athlete Award
Greg Lardo, Hamburg, N.Y.
Lardo capped an outstanding career by lifting the Pride to its third straight national championship in men’s volleyball. In the national championship match – a 3-1 win over Juniata – he had 21 kills and went on to earn all-tournament team honors. Lardo was an Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association All-Conference selection this season.
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