The Athletics and Recreation Department held its 27th nnnual All Sports Banquet honoring various teams and players, and bringing news that the university has again captured the Howard C. Smith Cup.
President Dana Mohler-Faria was on hand to present the Dr. Adrian Tinsley Scholar Athlete of the Year awards to Molly Rouillard (cross country/track & field) and Stephen Wahome (cross country/track & field). Former Director of Athletics John Harper returned to present the Athlete of the Year Award that bears his name to standouts Shelby Farland (lacrosse/field hockey) and Michael McPherson (track & field).
Other major award winners were Rookies of the Year, Riley Cachelin (lacrosse), Alison Vautrin (tennis), and Kolin Campbell (soccer); Lee Harrington Unsung Hero Award recipients, Cassie Johansen (field hockey) and David Phipps (cross country/track & field); Athletic Trainers of the Year, Michael Diago (undergraduate) and Kenneth Hoefs (graduate); and the Student-Athlete Leadership Award recipients, Megan Cullinane (field hockey/track & field) and Andrew Corley (track and field).
Ms. Farland and Ms. Cachelin were presented their awards in a team ceremony up in Brunswick, Maine, where the women’s lacrosse team was preparing for the NCAA Division III Tournament game against Bowdoin College.
Also honored were more than 150 student-athletes who maintained at least a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or who earned Dean’s List honors for the fall 2012 semester. The 2012-13 team captains and senior student-athletes/trainers were honored as well.
Also in attendance were Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Jason Pina, who presented the Lee Harrington Unsung Hero Award, and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Catherine Holbrook, who present the Rookie of the Year awards.
Director of Athletics Dr. Marybeth Lamb, who emceed the ceremony, announced that Bridgewater State captured the prestigious Howard C. Smith Cup for the second straight year and 13th time overall. The Smith Cup is awarded annually to the MASCAC institution which compiles the most points based on the placement of each of its programs competing in the 15 league championship sports. (Story and photo by Mike Holbrook, Athletics)