Medaille Honors Student-athletes at Annual Awards Banquet


the annual Maverick Awards Night Banquet

The Medaille College Athletic Department celebrated the team and individual successes of 2017 at the annual Maverick Awards Night Banquet on May 1. The Mavericks had a banner year, winning two Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) regular season titles and two AMCC tournament titles, while also making an NCAA Tournament appearance.

The Male Athlete of the Year, senior Johnathan Belton, finishes his college career as one of the greatest players in Medaille men’s basketball history. He joined the 1,000 point club and led the entire country in steals while also being named to the AMCC All-Conference First Team, D3Hoops All-Great Lakes Second Team, and the NABC Great Lakes First Team. In addition, Belton was recognized as AMCC Defensive Player of the Year and AMCC Player of the Year, and was selected to play in the NABC Reese’s D-III All-Star Game.

The Female Athlete of the Year Awards were presented to juniors Dani Reinwald (women’s basketball) and Sharon Trigilio (softball). Reinwald ranked in the top 100 in the nation in five different categories and was named to the AMCC All-Conference First Team. Trigilio is ranked No. 33 in the country in batting average and is in the nation’s top 200 in seven different categories.

Senior Kris Kruszka (baseball) was awarded the Joe Jacobs Mental Toughness Award for overcoming two knee injuries to come back and hit .365 with 29 RBIs and a team-best .583 slugging percentage.

Each year, one male and one female athlete are chosen to receive Faculty Athletic Representative Awards in honor of their excellence in the classroom and in competition, while also being involved in extracurricular activities. The female FAR award went to women’s volleyball and lacrosse standout Amanda Ruszczyk, a senior with a 3.94 cumulative GPA. The male FAR award honored Sam Bloomberg (men’s volleyball), a senior with a 3.85 cumulative GPA.

Receiving 2017 Maverick Awards were Medaille Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lori Quigley and associate professor Dr. Jeffrey Faunce. The awards were presented in recognition for their unwavering support of the Medaille Athletic Department.

Other awards presented during the event included:

Sportsmanship Awards:
Men’s Cross Country — Zachery Davis
Women’s Cross Country — Jessica Maguder
Men’s Soccer — Jackson Hamilton
Women’s Soccer — Lauren Jensen
Golf — Ryan Langhorne
Tennis — Cho Thiri Tun
Women’s Volleyball — Diana Burgos
Men’s Basketball — Sean Wilson
Women’s Basketball — Breanna Walker
Men’s Volleyball — Matt Dempsey
Bowling  — Ysobel Conrad
Men’s Lacrosse — Connor Meier
Women’s Lacrosse — Kristen Kline
Softball — Halle Jurs
Baseball — Daniel Ortiz

Team First Awards:
Men’s Cross Country — Zachery Davis
Women’s Cross Country  — Jessica Maguder
Men’s Soccer — Matthew Gabalski
Women’s Soccer — Michelle Carpenter
Golf — Charles Panepinto
Tennis — Colleen Voigt
Women’s Volleyball — Diana Burgos
Men’s Basketball — Sean Wilson
Women’s Basketball — Taina Graham
Men’s Volleyball — Matt Dempsey
Bowling — Ysobel Conrad
Men’s Lacrosse — Connor Meier
Women’s Lacrosse — Deejah Burgess
Softball — Courtney Mundy
Baseball — Andrew Pierino
 

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