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BONNIE J. EDMONDSON
SENIOR FEMALE SPORTSPERSON-OF-THE-YEAR


ASHLEY PRIZIO    Brookfield

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.d

prizio head 72dpi_2626.jpgThree-year starter at attack after transferring from the Division I level... repeated as Little East Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year... scored at least 50 goals for the second straight year (totaling 49 in her first season), finishing second on the team in points (71) and goals (50) and sharing the team lead with 21 assists... finished fourth in the Little East Conference in points... two-year team captain... after a three-year career, ranks fourth in goals (159) and points (207) and tied for fourth in assists (48)... helped team to 12-7 final record and berth in LEC playoff semifinals... Early Childhood Education major... qualified for the LEC Academic Honor Roll in both seasons of eligibility and for an E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award in her only season of eligibility... becomes the fifth member of the lacrosse program to receive this prestigious honor... Said head women's lacrosse coach Christine Hutchison: "Ashley is a talented athlete who shares her knowledge of the game every day at practice and in games. Her spirit and enthusiasm have helped to push the team to be its best. She is the complete student-athlete and a wonderful role model for the entire team. Priz is hard-working and positive and loves to compete for the pure love of the game. She is composed on and off the field. While she is capable of determining the outcome of a game, she is also extremely unselfish."

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.

 

SALIEU BOLIVAR    Norwalk

bolivar jersey 72_2790.jpgThe fifth member of the lacrosse program to receive this award... four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain... started all 18 matches for team which finished with 12-6 record and won its seventh Little East Conference playoff and eighth LEC regular-season title...  first-team All-LEC at midfield... had 16 goals, five assists and 35 ground balls... member of the first recruiting class of head coach Justin Axel... Computer Science major... Said head men's lacrosse coach Justin Axel: "Sal is the most special student-athlete that I have been associated with in my 13 years of coaching. He is a product of Eastern's STEP-CAPprogram and has exceeded everyone's expectations in the classroom as he graduated after four years as a computer science major. His energy, enthusiasm and loyalty to Eastern and our program have illustrated to our underclassmen what it is to be a Warrior. As a sophomore, he was chosen to receive the Suhgritta Award by his peers as someone who is the hardest worker with the greatest drive, intensity and loyalty to our program. Sal has proven to me that anyone with drive and motivation can succeed against any odds."

JAMIE KOHN    Columbia

kohn jersey 72_8986.jpgTri-captain who started every game for the third straight year, averaging 9.7 points and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds for a 24-6 team which set a program record for wins, won the Little East Conference regular-season and tournament titles and captured a regional championship on the way to a Sweet 16 berth... never missed a game in his career... repeat selection to the LEC All-Defensive Team... led the LEC in rebounding as a sophomore and junior... scored more than 1,000 career points and finished third all-time in rebounding... repeated as a first-team selection to the College Sports Information Directors' Association (CoSIDA)/Capital One Academic All-District Team...  a member of the Dean's List every semester at Eastern and carried a 3.95 overall GPA into his senior year as a Health and Physical Education major... qualified for a spot on the Little East Conference Academic Honor Roll (minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA) in all three years of eligibility and was awarded an E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award (minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA) in both of his years of eligibility... received a Dean's Scholarship each year at Eastern and was awarded a Competitive Scholarship in both years of eligibility... a Resident Assistant each of the last three years, Kohn has also been involved in the Pathways to Leadership Program and has earned the Health and Phyical Education Department's Highest GPA Award in each of his first three years... in the summer following his freshman year, Kohn was chosen to attend the NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference in Orlando... named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges...  Said head men's basketball coach Bill Geitner:  "Jamie has an ever-present positive outlook and easy-going personality which are infectious to those he comes in contact with. For four years, Jamie has demonstrated his commitment and dedication to our program and has served as a tremendous role model to his teammates and student-athletes and students in general."


FEMALE ATHLETE-OF-THE-YEAR

MOLLY RATHBUN   Sr.  Hebron
Softball

rathbun head 72dpi_2758.jpgEarns the award for the third straight year after being named Rookie-of-the-Year in 2009... All-America right-handed pitcher concluded her career as a four-time NFCA All-America (the last there seasons as a first-team pick) and first-team All-New England Region pick, two-time New England Player-of-the-Year, three-time Little East Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year and the 2012 LEC Player-of-the-Year... Rathbun completed a record-shattering career this spring for the 44-3 Warriors by winning a program-record 33 games against three losses with a program-record 339 strikeouts and just 39 walks and a 0.73 ERA in 212 1/3 innings. She won 29 straight decisions heading into NCAA regional play and ended up beating every team that she had a decision against at least once... in addition to strikeouts, innings and wins, Rathbun also set season marks this year for appearances (42) and starts (29). She threw two no-hitters and also a perfect game against regional champion Tufts University... the team's designated player, Rathbun shared the team lead with a .439 batting average... she topped the club in RBI (48), walks (21), on-base percentage (.506) was second in hits (58), doubles (11), total bases (84), and slugging (.636)... helped Eastern to the No. 1 winning percentage (.936) in Division III, ranked among the national top four in six individual categories in the final NCAA Division III statistics. She was first in wins, and second in ERA, strikeouts and shutouts (15), third in least hits allowed per seven innings (3.46) and fourth in strikeouts per game (11.2)... graduated with every program pitching record but one, including those for appearances, innings, starts, wins, winning percentage, strikeouts, saves, complete games, shutouts, no-hitters.... offensively, she finished first all-time in home runs, total bases, slugging, and RBI, and was third in batting average and hits...


MALE ATHLETE-OF-THE-YEAR

CARL APPEL   Sr.  West Windsor, NJ
Soccer

appel jersey 72_2528.jpgNamed first-team All-Little East Conference for the second time in three years and to the all-conference team for the third straight season... selected to compete in the New England Intercollegiate Soccer League (NEISL) Senior All-Star Game... led the Little East Conference in goals-against average (0.70) and save percentage (.854) and shared the LEC lead with ten shutouts... tied the program record with shutout total in backstopping the team to a program season-record of 14 which ranked fourth in Division III... finished the season with a personal 13-6-1 record for the Warriors, who posted a 15-6-1 overall record and won both the LEC regular season and playoff titles and competed in their five straight post-season tournament (fourth in the NCAA)... in seven regular-season conference matches, allowed only one goal for a 0.14 goals-against average... in conference regular-season play, he also led the loop in save percentage (.968) and shutouts (5)...  graduated ranked first all-time among keepers in wins, appearances, starts, full match shutouts and goals-against average and second in minutes...


FEMALE ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR

KRISTINA FORSMAN    Fr.  Newington
Basketball

forsman head 72_7975.jpgBecomes the first basketball player to earn the honor in six years... one of two Eastern players selected to the Little East Conference All-Rookie Team... started the most games (24) of any player on the team and led all players in minutes (870) and average minutes (36.2)... point guard who averaged 11.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists and a team-leading 41 steals... started every game in which she appeared... ranked first in the LEC in minutes per game, tenth in scoring and tenth in assists, and seventh in FT percentage (.725)... had two or less turnovers in more than half (13) of her starts...  played 40 minutes nine times, including the last seven straight... averaged just under 16 points over the final nine games of the season, scoring more than 20 points twice in that stretch (23 at Bowdoin and a season-high 24 vs. UMass Dartmouth in the home finale)... final scoring average was her highest at any point during the season...

 

MALE ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR

ADAM RODERICK  So.  West Hartford
Baseball

roderick head 72_2407.jpgDivision II transfer was named Little East Conference Rookie-of-the-Year and second-team All-LEC in his first season after missing all of 2011 with injury...the program's second straight ECSU  Male Rookie-of-the-Year, following shortstop Danny O'Connell a year ago... helped Eastern to the second-highest batting average in the LEC (.001 shy of the leader) by batting .364 with team-leading totals for runs (40), walks (20), stolen bases (23 on 25 attempts), and on-base percentage (.436)... second on the team in average, total bases (80) and slugging (.494)... handled 97 chances with only two errors (.980 percent)...  started games at four different positions and in four different spots in the batting order but was primarily the team's leadoff hitter (32 of 39 starts) and leftfielder (25 starts)... ranked 12th in the LEC in batting and second in stolen bases...third on the team with 20 multiple-hit games... went as many as two games without a hit only once in the regular season...reached with either a hit or walk in all but two games during the season, drawing three walks and scoring three run in his debut Feb. 25 at Whitman College... beginning in Arizona, hit safely in 19 of 20 games, batting .409 (38-for-93) in that 20-game stretch with 27 runs scored, 18 RBI,  and 11 stolen bases... in a ten-game hitting streak in that span, batted .478 (22-for-46) with 13 runs, 13 RBI and six stolen bases...


INDIVIDUAL SPORT ATHLETE-OF-THE-YEAR

NADINE MENARD    Sr.  Woodstock
Women's Swimming

menard head 72_5280.jpgSenior co-captain swam to All-New England honors in three individual events at the NEISDA Championships and repeated All-Little East Conference recognition in the LEC Championships... four-year letterwinner gained All-NE honors by taking sixth in the 400 IM, seventh in the 200 butterfly and eighth in the 100 butterfly in the NEISDA meet, breaking the program record in the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:15.07 and helping the 400 medley relay to another record of 4:08.39... concluded her career with All-New England recognition a total of nine times in three years... totaled 69 of the team's 773.50 points (second-most on the team) in the NEISDA meet in three individual events as the Warriors placed fourth (second among Division III institutions) in a field of 22 teams.. earned All-LEC honors with a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly... also took fourth among 21 competitors in the 200 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 butterfly in leading the Warriors with 34 points...during the season, displayed the fastest times in four events: 100 and 200 butterfly and the 200 and 400 individual medley...  claimed 19 firsts in dual competition, winning the 100 butterfly six times,  200 butterfly three times, 200 breaststroke twice, 50 butterfly once (in her only try) and the 100 breaststroke once, the 200 IM three  times, 100 IM twice and 400 IM once... opened the season by winning the Saint Joseph College (CT) Pentathlon... captured the 100 breaststroke, 100 IM  and 100 butterfly at Saint Joseph, was 11th in the 100 backstroke and 12th in the 100 freestyle in recording a composite time of 5:44.30...  helped the Warriors to a dual meet record of 8-1 and a season record .889 winning percentage...

 

INDIVIDUAL SPORT ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR

RACHAEL THATCHER   Fr.  Newington
Women's Swimming

thatcher head 72_5144.jpgCompeted in three individual events and on two relays as the NEISDA Championships in February, totaling 32.5 points in three breaststroke events and combining with he teammates for 102 points in the relays...  helped the Warriors to fourth place (second among Division III institutions) in the NEISDA meet and an 8-1 regular-season mark which established a program record for winning percentage (.889)... took 13th in the NEISDA meet in the 200 breaststroke, 14th in the 50 and 19th in the 100... swam the second let of the 400 medley relay which set a program record with a time of 4:08.39 in the preliminaries and went on to fifth place, missing All-New England honors by one place... swam the second leg of the 200 medley relay which earned All-New England recognition with a fourth-place finish.. posted five first-place finishes in dual meet competition in the 50 and 100 breaststroke... recorded the fastest time of any swimmer this year with a time of 1:13.07 in the preliminaries of the 100 breaststroke at the NEISDA meet... also recorded the fastest time of any Eastern swimmer this year in the 200 breaststroke (2:34.43) in the finals of the NEISDA meet... recorded the second-fastest time of the year in the 50 breaststroke in the NEISDA finals...

 

 

 

 

 

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