At left: Morrell Service Award nominees (from left) Paul Gallagher, recipient Chris Wojick, and Lauren Hickey.
In addition to honoring nine student-athhletes (profiled below) during its Major Athletic Awards program at the annual Athletic Awards Banquet May 1, Eastern recognized a number of other student-athletes for their accomplishments. All seniors student-athletes and four-year letterwinners were recognized; the women's cross country team earned the Faculty Athletic Representative Team Academic Award (overall 3.51 GPA); senior Chris Wojick (Uncasville) was presented the Morrell Service Award for excellence in serving the athletic program as a member of the Equipment Room and Event Management staff; and 37 junior and senior student-athletes with minimum overall GPAs of 3.15 (through the fall semester) were presented with an E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award.
BONNIE J. EDMONDSON
SENIOR FEMALE SPORTSPERSON-OF-THE-YEAR
Named in honor of the Eastern alumnus and former track and field All-America and national champion and presented annually to a senior female athlete who displays the values of integrity, sportsmanship, spirit, and dedication to team, academics, and community service. An individual's athletic accomplishments do not factor into the selection process for this prestigious award.
LAUREN HICKEY (Southwick, MA)
A four-year starter at back in women's soccer and a four-year member of the women's basketball program ... Business major... member of NCAA tournament teams in both sports... as a senior in soccer, was named first-team NSCAA Scholar All-America, first-team Co-SIDA Academic All-District, second-team NSCAA All-America, and ECAC and Little East Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year and played every minute in the final 14 matches of her career... also earned an Eastern/E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award (minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA) for the second time in two years of eligibility and was named to the LEC Academic Honor Roll (3.30+ GPA) for the third time in as many years of eligibility. as a senior, received the Todd Greenberg Memorial Scholarship through the Eastern Scholarship Foundation, was a member of the University's Honor Program, served as a Peer Mentor for First Year Program students, inductee into the Business International Honor Society, representated Eastern at the NCAA Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis, and received the National Student Athlete Day Award for women's basketball... participated in Relay for Life walk to fight Cancer and as a Red Cross blood donor... as an undergraduate, also participated on a missionary trip focusing on teaching and reading English to children in Belize in Central America at Holy Cross Anglican School in San Mateo, Belize.
At right: Edmondson award nominees with Bonnie Edmondson (far right) are (from left) Stephanie Norell, Rachel Cocola and Lauren Hickey.
Said head women's soccer coach Chris D'Ambrosio in nominating Hickey for the award: "Lauren has embodied what a complete student-athlete represents here at Eastern Connecticut State University. She has an outstanding academic background, excellent citizenship and leadership abilities and a superior athletic background. She is not only a leader in the classroom and the athletic field, but in the area of community service. Lauren has truly developed into an outstanding student-athlete who has learned to balance academics, community service, work, citizenship and athletics."
STEPHANIE NORELL (Stratford)
Four-year member of the women's soccer program on defense... Health and Physical Education major with a 3.96 GPA... three-year starter who missed most all of her senior season following off-season hip surgery... member of team this year which was undefeated through two rounds of the NCAA tournament, ranked No. 1 in New England for four straight weeks, as high as No. 8 nationally and winner of the Little East Conference regular-season title... achieved LEC All-Academic status (minimum cumulative 3.30 GPA) in all three years of eligibility and earned an Eastern/E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award (3.50+) in both years of eligibility... a member of the Alpha Upsilon Chi International Honor Society for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance... received the National Student-Athlete Day Award for women's soccer and the Shining Star Award for athletic and academic excellence... involved in a research project working with "at-risk" students at the local high school... received the Capitol Scholarship and Competitive Scholarship from Eastern Connecticut State University... past recipient of the Holly Zimmerman Memorial Award, which identifies a student-athlete majoring in Physical Education or Sport and Leisure Management who possesses Zimmerman's qualities of loyalty, thoughtfulness, academic determination., honesty, humility and work ethic... has participated in the Relay for Life cancer walk, the Run for Hunger Awareness, the Christopher Martins run for underprivileged children, the American Diabetes Association Walk for Diabetes... in the summer, was involved in a missionary trip focusing on teaching and reading English to children in Belize in Central America... coached a U-14 girls soccer team for Northeast United Soccer Club...
Noted head women's soccer coach Chris D'Ambrosio in nominating Norell for the honor: "This past season, Stephanie showed tremendous commitment, dedication and leadership in our program while rehabilitating from June hip surgery. She spent the entire regular season rehabilitating her hip and finally appeared in a game in late October. Stephanie was unable to play for the majority of the season, but her leadership was outstanding. She attended every practice and game, helping our younger players at our training sessions and in the areas of time- management, academic scheduling, and transitioning to college life and to our program. As difficult as it was not to play, Stephanie put the program and team first and accepted her role as a leader, mentor and teacher. By the great sacrifice and commitment she made to her teammates and to the program, she distinguished herself as an outstanding role model."
FRANCIS E. GEISSLER
SENIOR MALE SPORTSPERSON-OF-THE-YEAR
Named in honor of the late athletic director and coach and presented annually to a senior male athlete who displays the values of integrity, sportsmanship, spirit, and dedication to team, academics, and community service. An individual's athletic accomplishments do not factor into the selection process for this prestigious award.
BRODERICK SAWYER (Norwalk)
Four-year member of the program and two-time captain... Psychology major... despite playing on balky knees, missed only one game over his last three years, starting all but one game in which he appeared in that span...led the Warriors to consecutive 20-win seasons and to the No. 1 ranking in the ECAC tournament the past two seasons... post player earned a spot on the All-Little East Conference second team as a senior... in his career, scored 864 points, grabbed 394 rebounds, blocked 90 shots and shot 52.2 percent from the floor...
At right: Geissler award nominees with Donald Geissler (far right) are (from left) Sean Leary, Jim Schult and Broderick Sawyer.
Offered head men's basketball coach Bill Geitner about his Geissler nominee: "Broderick's commitment to excellence for four years has been contagious. He is keenly devoted to being successful in the classroom and on the court and has been an outstanding role model and team leader who has done a great job mentoring the younger players on the team. Early in his career, Broderick demonstrated that he understood what being a leader and team player was all about by always making sacrifices that would ultimately benefit the well-being of the team. For four years, he had the distinct ability to work through his own adversities while at the same time supporting others who were experiencing difficult times .In the classroom, Broderick has maintained an excellent GPA as an undergraduate. He values academics and has always strived to do his best. In addition to academics and athletics,Broderick has shown a strong commitment to the community. When speaking at local elementary schools, he is the first to profess the importance of school and academics to the young students with whom he works."
MOLLY RATHBUN Jr. (Hebron)
Repeat winner from a year ago... right-handed pitcher and DH repeated as a first-team NFCA first-team All-America and Little East Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year... third-time All-America and first-team all-region choice and third-time first-team all-conference pick... led 35-7 Warriors to second straight conference regular-season, tournament and NCAA regional titles and fifth-place finish in national tournament... repeated as conference tournament MVP and regional all-tournament selection... as a pitcher, was 24-2 with five saves in 35 appearances, with 280 strikeouts and 39 walks in 194 innings... had ten shutouts and 24 complete games in 26 starts and limited opposing batters to .163... ranked among the Division III Top 10 in six categories, among them third in strikeouts and saves and sixth in least hits allowed per seven innings (3.93) and shutouts... offensively, led Eastern in seven individual categories, among them average (.426), home runs (10), total bases (84), RBI (42) and on-base percentage (.532)... one of three players on the team with a perfect fielding percentage, hers coming on 52 chances... ranked first or second in the conference in eight major pitching and six major batting categories... was first in the LEC in pitching wins, appearances, starts, strikeouts, innings, ERA and lowest opposing batting average and was first offensively in on-base percentage... in winning her first 22 decisions, had a 0.66 ERA in 160.0 innings, ten shutouts, 238 strikeouts and 22 walks and four no-hitters, with opponents
Above: Nominees for the Female Athlete-of-the-Year Award with Interim Director of Athletics Michael Stenko are (from left) Lauren Hickey, Jessica Moriarty, Molly Rathbun, and Ashley Prizio.
batting .140... broke her own season records for consecutive scoreless innings (48 2/3), consecutive innings without allowing an earned run (51.0) and posted the second-most consecutive hitless innings (17 2/3) in program history... shared NFCA national Player-of-the-Week honors for week ending April 24 when she was 3-0 with a no-hitter and a save and a 0.28 ERA, 49 strikeouts and four walks... she batted .333 during that week with seven RBI and 14 total bases and her 100th career hit... her ten home runs was one shy of the season record... broke her own record for strikeouts in a game with 18 twice and broke the career home run record with her 22nd in the opening round of the national tournament and finished the season with 23... also tied the career save record of ten with her fifth of the season April 30 against Keene State College... opened the regional tournament with consecutive no-hitters... in nine conference and regional tournament starts, was 8-1 with a 1.02 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 62.0 innings and two no-hitters... given a healthy senior season, will break numerous program career record... concluded her junior season with a career 70-11 record and 791 strikeouts in 558 1/3 innings, 0.94 ERA, ten saves, 34 shutouts and six no-hitters... offensively, she has a career .371 batting average, 97 RBI, 126 hits, 219 total bases and .453 on-base percentage and shows a .981 career fielding average...
JIM SCHULT Sr. (Wappingers Falls, NY)
Seventh different baseball recipient in the 11-year tenure of the award... utility player recognized with two major national awards for his hitting and/or pitching: ABCA Division III national co-Player-of-the-Year and first-team ABCA All-America and national Position Player-of-the-Year by the National Collegiate Basebll Writers' Association (NCBWA)... a designated hitter and right-handed starting pitcher who also started eight games in right field, Schult batted third in the order in all 47 games this year for the 34-13 Warriors, who won 30-plus games for the 13th straight year, captured the LEC regular-season title and qualified for their 32nd NCAA tournament... other accolades included New England Division III Player-of-the-Year by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA), Little East Pitcher-of-the-Year, third team All-America by D3Baseball.com, first-team All-New England at the utility position for the second straight year, first-team All-LEC at pitcher and second-team All-LEC at DH... pitched one scoreless inning in the annual NEIBA New England All-Star Game against a team of New England Division I all-stars... shared the team lead this year in 14 offensive categories as the only player to start every game... batted .392 with 76 hits, 11 home runs, 138 total bases, 64 RBI, 56 runs, and 20 stolen bases in 21 tries, ranking second in
Above: Nominees for the Male Athlete-of-the-Year Award with Interim Director of Athletics Michael Stenko (far right) are (from left) Carl Appel, Nick Nedwick, Jim Schult, and Eric Vasil.
Division III in total bases, third in RBI, 12th in hits and tied for 12th in runs... total bases equaled the fifth-most in a season in program history and his RBI the sixth-most... became only the 15th player in program history to amass as many as 50 runs and 50 RBI in a season, with his combined total of 120 runs and RBI ranking him fifth all-time... also the team's top pitcher with a 10-1 record, 3.31 ERA, and 92 strikeouts in 87.0 innings, allowing only one home run... ended his career on a nine-game hitting streak... collected four hits in a game three times during the year and three hits eight times... had the highest or shared the highest total of all players in a game this year in runs (5), RBI (7), home runs (2), total bases (10), and stolen bases (3).... in a 15-8 Little East Conference tournament win over Keene State College May 13, hit a grand slam and two--run home run among three hits and drove in seven runs for the second time in his career - three shy of the game record... finished among the all-time Top 10 in program history in numerous categories... concluded with a career .371 batting average and was fifth in hits (242), third in total bases (417), fourth in RBI (189), tied for eighth in home runs (28) and games (177) and second (by one) in doubles (63)... on the mound, he won 19 of 21 pitching decisions with 190 strikeouts in 203.0 innings and a 3.24 ERA... was also named to the Capital One/CoSIDA District I All-Academic baseball team for the second straight year...
MEGAN GODWIN Fr. (Manchester)
Soccer * Softball
Starter on two of the most successful soccer and softball teams in program history, both of whom won Little East Conference championships and qualified for NCAA tournament play... defender in soccer and shortstop in softball... in soccer, one of two freshmen to start as many as 19 matches for a 16-1-5 team which was unbeaten (6-0-1) in winning the LEC regular-season title and was undefeated through two rounds of the NCAA tournament... team was ranked first in New England for four straight weeks and as high as No. 8 nationally on the strength of a 15-0-3 record... appeared in the first 19 matches with 18 starts before missing the first two NCAA matches due to illness, but returned to start the third-round match against Williams College... played the entire match 13 times, including the final six in which she saw action... despite missing two games, was fourth on the team in minutes (1,714)...helped the Warriors to the second-best goals-against average in the conference and 29th-best in Division III... Warriors posted ten shutouts - one shy of the season record - and gave up as many as two goals only once in their first 21 matches and only twice all season... in softball, became Eastern's second Rookie-of-the-Year in three seasons, third overall for the Warriors who won 35 and lost seven and captured their second straight LEC regular season (13-1) and tournament titles... Eastern's first infielder to earn the LEC top rookie honor... third-team All-New England Region selection at the at-large position... started all 40 games in which she appeared... fourth on the team with a .339
Above: Nominees for the Female Rookie-of-the-Year Award with Interim Director of Athletics Michael Stenko are (from left) Erin Conn, Megan Godwin and Erynn Miller.
average and second with 53 assists... batted first or second in the order 21 times, recording the second-highest hitting streak (9) during the year and registering two or more hits in a game 13 times... batted .500 (16-for-32) with nine RBI during her nine-game hitting streak... went 14 straight games without an error, compiling 33 errorless chances... in four LEC tournament games, had five hits and five RBI, sharing or leading all Eastern players in both categories... named to the regional all-tournament team after batting .333 (5-for-15) with four runs and an RBI, eight putouts and five assists in the field... in 18 conference softball games this season (14 in the regular season, four in the tournament), Godwin batted .421 with 14 RBI and six extra-base hits and handled 52 chances with only three errors (.942)...
DANNY O'CONNELL Fr. (Braintree, MA)
Becomes first player from baseball program to earn the award since 2002/03... shortstop appeared in all but one game with 45 starts for the 34-13 Warriors and was named second-team All-Little East Conference shortstop, becoming only the program's third freshman shortstop to garner all-conference honors... one of only two freshmen among 24 all-conference selections... was fifth among Eastern regulars with a .333 batting average and fourth with 58 hits... had 72 total bases and a team-high 114 assists... three-time conference Rookie-of-the-Week... averaged one strikeout every 12 at-bats... batted .488 (21-for-43) in the first 12 games prior to the start of the northern season... had two or more hits in 16 games, with a season-high four coming in his fifth collegiate game... was 4-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in that game against Springfield College in Arizona... went hitless in as many as two consecutive games only once in the regular season... played his first ten games (34 chances) without an error... drove in four of the team's nine runs in his home debut against Manhattanville College... had strikeouts in just one of 17 games at one stretch... batted .364 in 38 regular-season games.. in 14 regular-season conference games, was fourth among regulars with a .345 batting average to go along with a team-leading 32 assists. In five LEC
Above: Nominees for the Male Rookie-of-the-Year Award with Interim Director of Athletics Michael Stenko (far left) are (from left) Mike Devine, Danny O'Connell and Mike Radlbeck.
tournament games, handled 26 chances in the field with just one error... helped the Warriors to the top New England ranking through the first five polls of the season, their eighth outright regular-season conference title (they have also shared three), to the championship round of the LEC tournament for the eighth time, a 13th straight 30-win season and 32nd NCAA regional tournament berth...
INDIVIDUAL SPORT ATHLETE-OF-THE-YEAR
AMY ARISCO Sr. (Wallingford)
Inaugural award for which male and female members of the cross country, track and field and swimming programs are eligible... set five individual and four relay records this year in the 200 yard freestyle, 100 and 200 butterfly and 100 and 400 individual medley and the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay... posted the fastest times among all swimmers this year in the 100 and 200 butterfly, 200 freestyle and 100, 200 and 400 IM... broke 12 individual and relay program records in 13 races at the Division II-III New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championships, leading the team to a fifth-place finish among 21 teams... earned All-New England accolades in all three of her events in the NEISDA meet by placing second in the 100 and 400 IM and fourth in the 100 butterfly... broke her own program records in both the preliminaries and finals of the 100 and 400 yard individual medley and an eight-year-old program record in the preliminaries of the 100 butterfly... also swam a leg of the 200 freestyle, 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays which established new program records in both the preliminaries and finals and a leg of the 800 freestyle relay which broke the program record in the finals... won the 200 freestyle and 400 IM as the No. 2 seed in program-record times and swam the final leg of the record-setting 400 freestyle relay which finished second at the Little East Conference Championships, winning her first two individual titles ever in the
Above: Nominees for the Individual Sport Athlete-of-the-Year Award with Interim Director of Athletics Michael Stenko (far right) are (from left) Amanda Quinones, Amy Arisco and Corey Simpson.
meet... her winning time in the 400 IM also broke the conference championship.... was undefeated during the year in the 50 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 200 and 400 IM and 1000 freestyle... completed her career as the program's record-holder in seven individual events (all three butterfly and IM events and the 200 freestyle) and four relays... left the program having attained All-New England status a total of 20 times in four years...
INDIVIDUAL SPORT ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR
MICHELLE SCHAPP Fr. (Torrington)
Inaugural award for which first-year male and female members of the cross country, track and field and swimming programs are eligible... set program records in all three backstroke events and with four of five relays... one of five freshmen to gain All-New England honors at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, helping the team to a fifth-place finish among 21 teams... swam to All-New England honors in two of her three individual events (missing out by .09 in the third individual event) and with the 200 freestyle (3rd), 400 freestyle (3rd) and 800 relay (4th) relays... broke her own records in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke at the NEISDA meet and as part of all four record-setting relays... was fourth in the 200 freestyle and fifth in the 200 backstroke en route to All-New England honors... swam a leg of the All-Little East Conference 400
Above: Nominees for the Individual Sport Rookie-of-the-Year Award with Interim Director of Athletics Michael Stenko (far right) are (from left) Brody Secore, Katie France, Michelle Schapp, and Lauren Hultzman. Missing was Conor Hackett.
freestyle relay which placed second... won the 100 back in all four dual meets and the 200 backstroke in all three dual meets in which she competed during the season...