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BU athletics honors student-athletes at 64th annual awards ceremony

van Ingen, Phillips, Edelman "Athletes of the Year;" Seniors recognized

May 5, 2011

BU athletics honors student-athletes at 64th annual awards ceremony

VESTAL, N.Y.– Binghamton University honored its student-athletes at the 64th Annual Varsity Awards Program Thursday night at the Events Center. Nearly 500 students, staff, families and supporters were on hand as the department unveiled its 2010-11 award winners. The event was video streamed live on BU’s website for the fifth straight year. Together with a Senior Recognition Ceremony held prior, the evening featured four student speakers and the annual highlight video as well as a special 10-year Division I anniversary film.

“Even though the sun didn’t shine much in Binghamton this year ... our department certainly did,” interim director of athletics Jim Norris said in his opening remarks.

The major winners included Athletes of the Year Erik van Ingen (cross country/track) and Jessica Phillips (softball) and Anna Edelman (tennis) on the women’s side. Other seniors earning recognition for their career achievements were men’s tennis player Sven Vloedgraven, golfer Jake Katz, baseball player Corey Taylor, cross country/track runner Chris Gaube, softball player Deannie Plemon, swimmer Amanda Ciccone and volleyball player Michelle McDonough.

The full list of award winners is below.

2010-11 Athletes of the Year
MALE - Erik van Ingen (Jr., Cross country/Track)
Cross country and track runner who has made his mark in both sports. During the fall, van Ingen qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championshps for the second year in a row and placed a career-best 43rd at the national meet. During the indoor season, he ran a lifetime-best 3:57 mile to win the Boston Valentine’s Meet. That time remains the fifth-fastest run in the nation this year. The following week, he won both the 5,000 and 1,000 at the America East Indoor Championships and was named the Men’s Most Outstanding Track Performer. He went on to be named the Northeast Region’s Most Outstanding Men’s Runner and on March 12, finished fifth overall in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. In the process, he became just the eighth Binghamton Division I student-athlete to earn All-America honors.

FEMALE - Jessica Phillips (So., Softball)
Sophomore outfielder who has been near the top of every statistical category during the current softball season. She heads into the final week of the regular season ranked eighth in the nation in batting, fourth in on-base percentage and eighth in slugging percentage. Phillips also leads the America East in home runs and is second in runs batted in. She has been named the America East Player of the Week twice this season and is the first player in school history to hit two grand slams in the same season. In just her sophomore season, she already ranks second all time in program history with 28 home runs and fourth with 79 runs batted in.

FEMALE - Anna Edelman (Sr., Tennis)
Senior tennis player who led the Bearcats to their seventh America East runner-up finish in a record-breaking senior season that culminated with conference Player of the Year honors. Edelman set the program’s single-season wins record with 34 victories this year, shattering the old mark of 30 set by Zeynep Altinay in 2004-05. Ranked No. 2 in the ITA Northeast Region, she recorded a 16-5 record in dual matches. She swept both of her matches in the America East Tournament, including a triumph over Boston University’s two-time America East Player of the Year. In the fall portion of the season, she notched 18 wins in tournament play, highlight by the A Singles crown in the USTA National Tennis Center Invitational and a runner-up finish at the ITA East Regional Championships. She finished her stellar four-year career with a 77-19 career singles record and a 67-19 all-time doubles mark.

2011 Jake Pitler Award
(career achievement, leadership, given to senior male)
Corey Taylor (Sr., Baseball)
Four-year starter and standout on the baseball diamond. During Taylor’s tenure, the Bearcats have won three straight America East regular season titles, one tournament championship and an NCAA appearance. This outfielder and power hitter was the America East Player of the Year as a junior after hitting .370 and leading the league in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. He drove in more than one run per game and his RBI total ranked 11th in the entire nation. As a sophomore, he was named to the NCAA regional all-tournament team, leading the Bearcats to an historic victory in the national tournament. A two-time first team all-conference selection and an all-region pick, this player is stamping his name throughout the record books. He currently ranks first in career runs, RBIs and home runs and is second in career hits.

Chris Gaube (Gr., Cross country, track)
Captain on both the track and cross country programs. He is a three-time all-conference honoree in cross country and in 2009, he finished a career-high second overall at the America East Championships as Binghamton won its first-ever team conference title. In track, he is a four-time all-conference selection and won the 5,000 meters at the 2009 America East Indoor Championships. In the classroom, he was named the 2010 America East Scholar Athlete and was Inducted into the National College Athlete Honors Society in 2008. In the athletic department, he has been involved in both SAAC and the Student-Athlete Leadership Institute. In the community, he founded the Relentless Run Training Club in 2007. He has earned his bachelor’s degree and will also receive his MBA from Binghamton this month.

2011 Jessie A. Godfrey Award
(career achievement, leadership, given to senior female)
Deannie Plemon (Sr., Softball)
Co-captain of this year’s softball team who ranks first all time in Binghamton program history in five offensive categories, including home runs with 32, RBI with 118, and extra-base hits with 62. In her junior season, Plemon hit a career-best .376 and was named first-team all-conference, second-team all-region and was also a first-team ECAC all-star. She also reeled off a BU-record 17-game hitting streak in 2010 and belted a career-high 14 home runs. This year, she ranks third in the America East with nine home runs, is second with 39 RBI and tied for first with 11 doubles.

Amanda Ciccone (Sr., Women’s Swim)
A student-athlete in every sense of the phrase, Ciccone was a team captain who helped earn her coaching staff top honors at the 2011 America East Championships. She was the first women’s gold medalist since 2005 and holds two program records. She was named the 2011 America East Scholar-Athlete and was the first BU female swimmer named to the All-Academic team. Out of the pool, she has been equally accomplished, serving as the primary speaker at this year’s Celebrating Women’s Athletics Luncheon and earning multiple academic honors.

2011 John Bilos Alumni Awards (male and female)
(career performance in athletics)
MALE - Jake Katz (Sr., Golf)
Co-captain of the men’s golf team and the finest player in that program’s illustrious history at the university. He has led his squad to eight team titles over four years and the program’s second-lowest team scoring average in school history. As a senior this year, this recipient recorded one of the best individual seasons in all of Division I collegiate golf as he defeated more than 95% of his opponents and posted a remarkable head-to-head record of 898 wins and just 37 losses. He collected nine top-10 finishes, five runner-up performances and an individual title at the Cornell Invitational. He was selected as a two-time America Sky Player of the Year, conference Scholar Athlete of the Year, and all-region selection. He holds the record for the school’s lowest career scoring average - 74.3 - and ranks second all-time in top-10 finishes with 25. This player has also set numerous single-season records, highlighted by the lowest single round — an incredible 66 at the Lafayette Invitational last spring.

MALE - Sven Vloedgraven (Sr., Tennis)
Men’s tennis player whose accomplishments are staggering. Simply put he is the most talented and decorated player in the program’s 64-year history. Three-time America East Player of the Year. Two-time Northeast Regional singles champion. Two-time NCAA qualifier. The most singles and doubles wins in school history. Ranked as high as No. 55 in the nation. This student-athlete led his team to four consecutive America East championships and automatic NCAA bids - every year of his career he led his team to the conference title. This spring he has won 20 straight matches and above all, he has been recognized by opponents and coaches for his impeccable sportsmanship. Off the court, he is a scholar-athlete in every regard, with a 3.83 GPA in accounting.

FEMALE - Michelle McDonough (Sr., Volleyball)
Volleyball standout who led her team to four straight conference tournaments, highlighted by a title in 2009. From her outside hitter position, this team captain led the 2010 Bearcats to their seventh straight postseason appearance and regular-season runnerup honors. During her career McDonough accumulated nearly 1,500 kills, breaking the school’s all-time record. She is one of three BU players to total over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs for her career. She is a four-time all-conference selection and three-time all-academic team honoree. She was named the 2010 America East Scholar-Athlete for volleyball and is the University’s nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year.

2011 SUNY Chancellor Scholar-Athlete Awards
(combination of academic excellence and outstanding athletic achievement, selected by members of the SUNY administration)
Mahamoud Jabbi (Gr., Basketball)
Siobhan Menz (Sr., Women’s Lacrosse)
Kyle Manscuk (Sr., Men’s Soccer)
Arnav Jain (Sr., Men’s Tennis)
Marina Bykovskaya (Jr., Women’s Tennis)

2011 BUAC Citizenship Awards (male and female)
(sportsmanship, community service, academics)
Arnav Jain (Sr., Tennis)
C.J. Lukaszewski (Sr., Baseball)
Yusuf Yusuf (Sr., Soccer)
Ryan McGarity (Sr., Wrestling)

Leora Kenney (Sr., Soccer)
Lindsay Worthington (Sr., Swimming & Diving)
Stephanie DeLuca (Sr., Softball)
Ali Castiglie (Sr., Lacrosse)

2011 Director’s Award
(outstanding contributions to the athletics department)
Jonathan Cohen (University photographer)

2011 Student-Trainer Awards
(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 - Jessemae Nethercott
Scholarship Recipient - Yakira Rabin

2011 Academic Achievement Awards
(Presented to seniors with the highest cumulative GPAs, 3.7 or higher)
Paula Nunez, women’s track & field (3.90)
Sven Vloedgraven, men’s tennis (3.83)
Gilbert Wong, men’s tennis (3.79)
Chelsea Horne, softball (3.76)
Alicia Finger, women’s track & field (3.76)
Chris Gaube, men’s cross country, track (3.74)
Tyler Stachecki, men’s track & field (3.74)
Andrew Ugolino, men’s cross country, track (3.74)
Mike Lemp, golf (3.73)

Team Most Valuable Players
Baseball - TBA
Men’s Basketball - Mahamoud Jabbi
Women’s Basketball - Andrea Holmes and Viive Rebane
Men’s Cross Country - Chris Gaube
Women’s Cross Country - Lindsay Raulli
Golf - Jake Katz
Men’s Lacrosse - Derrick Danieu
Women’s Lacrosse - Lauren Scott
Men’s Soccer - Kyle Manscuk
Women’s Soccer - Sarah Furminger
Softball - TBA
Men’s Swimming & Diving - Jason Chen
Women’s Swimming & Diving - Amanda Ciccone and Tiffany Siu
Men’s Tennis - Arnav Jain and Sven Vloedgraven
Women’s Tennis - Anna Edelman
Men’s Track & Field - Erik van Ingen
Women’s Track & Field - Jessica Hennig
Volleyball - Michelle McDonough
Wrestling - Donnie Vinson

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