2018 Saint Joseph's College Athletics Senior Awards

2018 Saint Joseph's College Athletics Senior Awards

STANDISH, Maine - The 2018 Saint Joseph's College Athletics Senior Awards Banquet was held at the Stone Barn on the SJC campus on the evening of Monday, May 7th.

At the conclusion of each academic year, the SJC Department of Athletics hosts this event to honor the numerous accomplishments achieved by the graduating class and, following an internal nomination and voting process, bestow awards upon deserving individuals for five distinguished honors: Female Athlete of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year, Father John Tokaz Award, Neile Nelson Award, and Chris Kiernan Award.

The academic honors were given at the Saint Joseph's College Academic Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 28th. On that evening, the baseball and volleyball teams were honored with the Team Grade Point Average Awards after posting 3.34 and 3.49 GPA's, respectively, during the 2017 calendar year.

The Student-Athlete of the Year honorees - Jordynne Copp (Volleyball) and Marc Poirier (Baseball) - are chosen by a selection committee within the department and the selections are based on both academic and athletic achievement.

Also, two senior student-athletes – Emily DeLuca (Soccer/Basketball) and Lucas Fisher (Cross Country/Track & Field) - were selected to present senior speeches at the banquet and both delivered memorable and heartfelt presentations.

On the night of the banquet, all senior student-athletes in attendance received a commemorative timepiece and senior yearbook.

The event was capped with a screening of the year-end slideshow video created by David Bates.

 

PHOTO GALLERY   SLIDESHOW/VIDEO

 

AWARD RECIPIENTS

Female Student-Athlete & Athlete of the Year: Elyse Caiazzo, Lacrosse/Field Hockey

Caiazzo, a Political Science & Environmental Science major at Saint Joseph's, netted 59 goals with nine assists for 68 total points with 58 ground balls, 103 draw controls, and 21 caused turnovers in 16 games this this season. The 2015 GNAC Rookie of the Year, 2017 GNAC Player of the Year, and four-time All-Conference honoree graduated as the owner of 14 team records, including the top marks for career goals (263), points (319), and free-position goals (51).

She became the first SJC player to surpass the 300-point plateau after netting four goals in a 20-10 victory over Norwich on April 7th finished her final collegiate season ranked fourth among active NCAA DIII players in career goals (263), ninth in ground balls (242), and 10th in total points (319).

Male Student-Athlete of the Year: Jacob White, Baseball

White, a two-time All-Confernece honoree, hit .371 (43-116) with 13 runs, 13 doubles, two home runs, 18 RBI, and five stolen bases during his senior season. The senior catcher led the team in doubles, ranked second in slugging (.552), and was third in hits and OBP (.444) this spring. He completed his college career hitting .324 (77-238) with 36 runs, 19 doubles, two home runs, and 36 RBI in 109 games (71 starts).

 

Father John Tokaz Award: Annie Castonguay, Athletics

Named for a great man who was the College Chaplain for nine years and was an ardent supporter of athletics during his time at Saint Joseph's, this honor is presented annually to the individual within the college community who has displayed extraordinary support of and assistance to the athletic department mission and to our student-athletes. 

Assistant Athletic Director Corey McCarthy: "Castonguay worked in the Athletics Office as a student-worker during each of her four years at Saint Joseph's College. The Nursing major played a pivotal role in improving our game programs and annual senior books and spent countless hours in the office completing a wide variety of tasks, always with a smile on her face. It was always evident that she enjoyed working in Athletics and it will be strange when classes begin in the fall when she is no longer on campus."

Chris Kiernan Award: Emily DeLuca, Soccer/Basketball

The Chris Kiernan Award is named after the college's first Director of Athletics and men's basketball coach who later also served as the Dean of Students and the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. This award is presented to the student-athlete who has shown a consistent work ethic to develop as both a student and an athlete; who has displayed a strong commitment toward service of team and community and has proven a never quit attitude and the willingness to work through and overcome adversity.

Women's Basketball Head Coach Mike McDevitt: "Emily has shown tremendous growth both on the field and court over the last four years. She a member of SAAC and has developed into a leader that never gives up. She has the ability to raise the spirits of her teammates and help them as a whole overcome adversity. Emily shows perseverance and an outstanding work ethic both in and away from athletics."

 

Co-Neile Nelson Award: Lucas Fisher, Cross Country/Track & Field

Presented annually to the student-athlete who has set an example by displaying a high level of commitment to his/her team while performing a leadership role within the Saint Joseph's College campus community. Neile was a standout two-sport athlete (soccer, basketball) at Saint Joseph's and garnered 1994 NCAA Maine Woman of the Year and Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, All-America Scholar-Athlete accolades in 1993 and 1994, All-Northeast acclaim in 1992, 1993 and 1994 and All-Conference mention in each of her four years on the soccer field.

Cross Country/Track & Field Head Coach Tom Dann: "Lucas has been incredibly dedicated to the cross country and track & field program.  He competed for our cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams all four years.  He has been captain for the past two years.  He has done this while working for admissions as a tour guide and an RA for the past two years.  He has also been on the SAAC committee, a Peer mentor, and an orientation leader.  Lucas has been one of the most committed athletes in our program that I have ever coached."

Co-Neile Nelson Award: Sarah Comtois, Soccer

Women's Soccer Head Coach Jenelle Harris: "A two-year team captain, Sarah Comtois made an impact in our program and ends her collegiate career with various conference and team awards (NEWISA Senior Bowl, two-time All-Conference, CoSIDA All-Academic). As a New Media Communications major with a minor in Journalism and a second minor in Video Production, her accolades continue beyond the field. Sarah has been recognized on the Dean's List every semester and is a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society, the Honors Program, and SAAC. Sarah also worked as an intern for the SJC Sports Information Department for three years and has held various internships off campus: Portland Sea Dogs, Maine Red Claws, Nashua Silver Knights, and WSCH 6. She also recently produced "Facets of Haiti", a documentary from her service trip, and held a premier before a packed house in the auditorium. She is passionate, motivating, a positive role model, and her work ethic is contagious."

Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year: Marc Poirier (Exercise Science) & Jordynne Copp (Nursing)
with Assistant Athletic Director Rob Sanicola

 

2018 SJC ATHLETICS SENIOR CLASS RECAP:

  • 41 seniors – 15 women, 26 men
  • 1,202 events (including meets and tournaments)
  • 630-383-15 (.622) overall record over four seasons
  • 329-152-7 (.684) conference record over four years
  • Nine GNAC Championships
  • Teams participated in 36 of possible 40 conference tournaments
  • 46 individuals combined to earn 228 accolades:
    • 69 Academic
    • 42 Conference Athlete of the Week
    • 41 GNAC Weekly Honor Roll
    • 36 All-Conference
    • 11 All-Tournament
    • 10 Conference All-Sportsmanship
    • 10 Regional
    • 2 State
    • 1 National
    • 5 Conference Player/Rookie of the Year
    • 1 Monthly
 
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Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.