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66th Annual Varsity Awards Program celebrates 2012-13
May 2, 2013
Contact: John Hartrick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
VESTAL, N.Y.—VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton University honored its student-athletes at the 66th Annual Varsity Awards Program Thursday night at the Events Center. More than 400 students, staff, families and supporters were on hand as the department unveiled its 2012-13 award winners. The event was streamed live on BU’s website for the seventh straight year. The evening also included a Senior Recognition Dinner and culminated with the annual highlight video, produced by former soccer player and webmaster Elsan Dzudza ‘98.
Four senior student-athletes spoke during the two ceremonies: track athlete Ashley AuPont, soccer player Trey Jasenski, basketball player Taylor Johnston and volleyball player Alex Roland.
Voice of the Bearcats Roger Neel served as master of ceremonies and University President Harvey Stenger and Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott offered remarks.
“You will have incredible memories,” Stenger said in his opening remarks to the senior class. “You will have friends for life … friends you will stay connected to throughout your life. Come back and be part of our tradition moving forward and be proud of what we all have accomplished. Congratulations!”
“This is the culmination of a lot of years of hard work at one of the finest academic institutions in the country,” Elliott said in his welcome. “As you celebrate your academic and athletic accomplishments, make sure you thank those people who helped you get to where you are tonight… We wish you all the best … always be a Bearcat.”
“Leaving home (Texas) was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” senior speaker and volleyball player Alex Roland said, about choosing to come to Binghamton. “Coach Kiriyama pushed me to reach high expectations and the entire athletics department was like a family. My experience taught me how to stay true to myself and I will represent the University forever. I’m just fortunate Binghamton chose me.”
“Cherish what you have here,” soccer player Trey Jasenski said in his comments at the podium. “Make your bonds stronger ... you don’t want to look back and ask ‘What if?’”
The major winners included Athletes of the Year Donnie Vinson (wrestling), Jessica Bump (softball) and Grace Vickers (volleyball). Other seniors earning recognition for their career achievements were soccer player Jake Keegan, Vinson, softball player Jessica Phillips and volleyball player Alex Roland. The full list of award winners is below.
2012-13 Athletes of the Year
MALE – Donnie Vinson (Gr., Wrestling)
Vinson is a repeat winner of the top award. In his final collegiate season, he again rose to the top of his weight class and produced a record-breaking season. Accolades included conference wrestler of the year honors for a second straight year, most outstanding wrestler at the conference championship - another repeat honor, a perfect 17-0 dual match season, a 33-3 overall record, a national ranking as high as No. 3 in the country and four wins and a top-12 showing at the NCAA Championship. Twenty of Vinson’s wins were by pin, technical fall or major decision and he will leave the program as its all-time wins leader.
Co-FEMALE - Jessica Bump (Jr., Softball)
Sharing top honors as Female Athlete of the Year is Bump, a softball standout who has helped lead the program to its best season during its NCAA Division I era. Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, she leads the America East Conference in runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and triples. She is also tied for second in home runs and is tied for third in runs batted in. Two weeks ago, she broke the program’s single-season record for runs in a season. This coming weekend, she and the rest of her teammates will battle Albany for the America East regular-season title and the right to host next week’s conference tournament.
Co-FEMALE – Grace Vickers (Jr., Volleyball)
Vickers is a volleyball standout who collected an array of awards during her junior season. The two-year captain helped guide the volleyball team to its third America East title while being named the conference tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. After leading the league in hitting percentage, she was named first team all-conference and was the only America East volleyball player to be named to the All-Conference and All-Academic Teams. Equally impressive off the court, she was named the America East Scholar-Athlete for volleyball and has garnered a place on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll each semester since its inception.
Jake Pitler Award
(career achievement, leadership, given to senior male)
Jake Keegan (Sr., Soccer)
Keegan became the most prolific scorer during the soccer program’s Division I era. With 11 goals this season, he finished his career with 28 goals, the most by a Binghamton Division I men’s soccer player. In addition, his 69 total points are also tops in program history during the Division I era. He is a two-time all-conference selection who was a first-team selection this year.
Jessie A. Godfrey Award
(career achievement, leadership, given to senior female)
Alex Roland (Sr., Volleyball)
Roland is only the second Binghamton female student-athlete to win multiple America East championships during the school’s Division I tenure. She was a four-year starter and three-time all-conference selection who helped lead the volleyball team to America East titles and NCAA appearances in 2009 and 2012. She ranks among the top 10 in program history in blocks, kills and sets played. Off the court, Roland was a four-time member of the America East Honor Roll and has been named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll twice. She also was one of the school’s 2012-13 NCAA Woman of the Year nominees.
John Bilos Alumni Awards (male and female)
(career performance in athletics)
MALE – Donnie Vinson (Gr., Wrestling)
A four-time NCAA qualifier and 2012 All-American, Vinson will leave the program as its all-time wins leader with 132 wins. He recorded the highest NCAA individual finish of any BU wrestler during the program’s Division I tenure when he placed 3rd at the 2012 national championship. A two-time conference wrestler of the year, he only lost 8 times in 79 career dual matches and was a perfect 17-0 this season in duals.
FEMALE – Jessica Phillips (Sr., Softball)
Phillips has rewritten the softball record books in a stellar career. She ranks first all time in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, walks, slugging percentage and total bases. She is also the program’s leader during its Division I era in batting average and on-base percentage. After being named the America East Rookie of the Year in 2010, she was the conference’s Co-Player of the Year in 2011. She is a two-time, first-team all-region selection and was the Binghamton Female Co-Athlete of the Year in 2011. Phillips is one of the school’s NCAA Woman of the Year nominees in 2012-13.
SUNY Chancellor Scholar-Athlete Awards
(combination of academic excellence and outstanding athletic achievement, selected by members of the SUNY administration)
Mike Antinozzi (Jr., Lacrosse)
Jake Keegan (Sr., Men’s Soccer)
Robin Lesage (So., Men’s Tennis)
Grace Vickers (Jr., Volleyball)
BUAC Citizenship Awards (male and female)
(sportsmanship, community service, academics)
Mike Danaher (Sr., Baseball)
Tommy Klim (Sr., Soccer)
Jimmy Gray (Sr., Basketball)
Shane Warner (Sr., Lacrosse)
Katherine Hunsberger (Sr., Lacrosse)
Jessie Rubin (Sr., Tennis)
Jamie Holliday (Sr., Soccer)
Ashley AuPont (Sr., Track & Field)
Abigail Elliott (Sr., Cross Country)
Bearcat Pride Award
(outstanding contributions to the athletics department)
Eric Backlund, Former Director, Events Center
Sue Crane, Former Assoc. Director, Events Center
(Presented by Orthopedic Associates, the medical group that provides outstanding service and expertise to BU student-athletes throughout the year)
Athletic Trainer of the Year – Maritza Rodriguez
Scholarship Recipient – Lauren Villalva
Dr. Douglas Kerr Comeback Athlete of the Year
Matt Springer (Sr., Lacrosse)
Academic Achievement Awards
(Presented to seniors with the highest cumulative GPAs, 3.7 or higher)
Jordyn Suhr (volleyball), 3.92 GPA
Daniel Waters (track), 3.79
Shane Warner (lacrosse), 3.79
Lauri Crimmins (swimming), 3.75
Ryan Prinzo (golf), 3.75
Jason Santos (cross country, track), 3.73
Dan McCormack PhD Athletic Tutor of the Year
2012 recipient – Ashley Fancher
2013 recipient – Jie Mei
Team Most Valuable Players
Baseball - TBA
Men’s Basketball – Jordan Red
Women’s Basketball – Jasbriell Swain
Men’s Cross Country – Matt Johnson
Women’s Cross Country – Rachel Miura
Golf – Bryce Edmister
Men’s Lacrosse – Shane Warner
Women’s Lacrosse – Katherine Hunsberger
Men’s Soccer – Jake Keegan
Women’s Soccer – Sarah Furminger
Softball - TBA
Men’s Swimming & Diving – Tim Cabasino
Women’s Swimming & Diving – Shannon Lampe
Men’s Tennis – Sid Hazarika
Women’s Tennis – Katya Medianik
Men’s Track & Field - TBA
Women’s Track & Field - TBA
Volleyball – Amanda Dettmann
Wrestling - Donnie Vinson