Students honored during Seahawk Sports Award ceremony
More than 450 athletes from all 19 varsity teams gathered to celebrate their accomplishments, both as teams and individuals, during the annual Seahawk Sports Award ceremony May 3.
The ceremony was highlighted by the presentation of the major Seahawk Sports Awards, including:
Seahawk Spirit Award: Garfield Douglas ’15
The award is presented to an individual or group recognized by the college community for undying support, in a positive manner, for all Seahawk sports and athletes. Douglas, a four-year member of the football team, lent his talents to many behind-the-scenes efforts with the sports information office, including dumping an ice bucket on the Seahawk during the ALS challenge last August.
Sister Philemon Banigan Award: Victoria Moore ’16
The award is given to an individual who through his or her efforts and dedication behind the scenes makes a positive contribution to the intercollegiate athletics program. As a work-study student and volunteer, Moore contributes 10-20 hours of service every week. As the men’s and women’s soccer lead scorekeeper, the men’s ice hockey lead scorekeeper, and the men’s lacrosse video coordinator/manager, she continues to help improve game management and preparation to enhance the student-athlete experience.
Meghan E. Strathman Award: Brianna Del Valle ’15
The award honors a student-athlete who demonstrates a commitment to academics and athletics and is actively involved in athletic department leadership opportunities, community service and other campus activities. When she wasn’t excelling on the basketball floor, Del Valle performed game management duties at fall and spring events, which included public address announcing.
Brother Michael Reynolds Award: Matthew Traynor ’15
The award is presented to a male student-athlete who has demonstrated a commitment to academic and athletic excellence and who has contributed to the overall development of the athletics program. Traynor, the football program’s career record holder for receiving yards (2,559) and receiving touchdowns (29), earned New England Football Conference all-academic team recognition in all three seasons eligible and was a CoSIDA academic all-district selection in 2014.
Christopher Kiernan Distinguished Senior Scholar Athlete Award: Katelyn Beauregard ’15 and Jake Weinshank ’15
The award is presented to the male and female student-athletes who have achieved the highest GPA while participating in varsity athletics for four years. Beauregard, who studied psychology and secondary education, completed her graduation requirements in seven semesters while posting a 3.87 GPA. A sociology and anthropology major, Weinshank’s cumulative GPA was a 3.96 entering his final semester.
Sportsmanship Award: Matthew Carroll ’15, Jennifer Chieco ’15 and Gina Tortorici ’15
The Sportsmanship Award is presented to male and female student-athletes who have earned the respect of fellow athletes, coaches and administration for superior athletics and for continually demonstrating those qualities associated with good sportsmanship. The award is administered by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, whose members nominate and vote for the recipients.
Female Athlete of the Year: Meaghan Harden ’16
In her women’s basketball game first game of the 2014-2015 season, Harden, needing only seven points to reach the 1,000-point milestone, scored a school-record 45 for Salve Regina in a victory over Regis College. Earning first-team all-conference honors as the league’s leading scorer, she was also named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Divison III all-New England team.
Male Athlete of the Year: John Scorcia ’15
Scorcia set the men’s ice hockey program’s scoring record with 105 career points. He led the Seahawks to numerous program records, including most wins in a season for multiple seasons, first home playoff game, first bye in the playoffs, first multiple wins in a playoff and first championship appearance – which was done twice in his four years.