The Lesley University Athletics Department hosted their annual end of the year banquet on Monday April 30th. The banquet is a celebration of the individual and team accomplishments throughout the year, while also honoring the seniors athletic and academic careers at Lesley. Every head coach selected two award winners for their respective teams, and also voted for three major award winners; Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and the Joseph B. Moore Award for Character and Action.
Steven Juene, the Student-Athlete Academic Advisor presented three awards to recognize one student-athlete from the sophomore, junior, and senior class that has shown strong academic improvement this academic year. The following student-athlete's were awarded with the Academic Perseverance Award:
Patricia Muratore, Softball (sophomore)
Leo De Julio, Baseball (junior)
Chloe O'Hare, Volleyball (senior)
The highly anticipated Team Academic Cup, which is awarded to the sports team that has the highest GPA was presented to the Women's Cross Country Team with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.6.
Major Athletic Awards:
Female Rookie of the Year, Jordan Day, Softball:
Jordan Day was ranked among the NECC leader board in almost every statistical category, and is ranked in the top 25 in all of Division 3 in batting average, top 20 in wins, ranked 11th overall with 158 strikeouts, and tied for first in the country as the toughest batter to strike out. She broke the single season strike out record at Lesley this past weekend and ended the regular season with 178 total strike outs. She pitched a total of 162 innings of the 201 innings played for the Lesley softball team this season while also batting clean up. She currently leads the team in batting average with .491, home runs with 6, tied with RBI's with 40, and second in doubles with 15. Her batting average is second in the NECC, she's first in RBI's, first in wins, and first in strikeouts.
Head Coach Heather Ross states; "her statistics speak for herself, but her work ethic, determination, and drive for greatness is what makes her stand out. She is never satisfied—sometimes to a fault, and I am excited to have her a part of the softball program for the next three years as we continue to reach new heights."
Male Rookie of the Year, William Sgro, Tennis/Volleyball:
Will Sgro is an unassuming, yet phenomenal athlete. A dual sport athlete- he played an integral role on both the tennis team and volleyball team. He hustles for every single point and gives 100 percent effort at all times- his work ethic is contagious. His tennis coach comments, " he is one of the hardest working players on our team, he's helped to shape our work ethic. He's won great matches against tough players and has showed us what it's like to be mentally tough. Not to mention he's tough enough to compete on American Ninja Warrior." His volleyball coach states "he was one of the hardest working players on the men's volleyball team this season. His presence on the court brought a different perspective to the level of competition. His athleticism, positive attitude and good nature allowed him to be a great teammate and it was my pleasure to have had the chance to coach him this season."
Female Athlete of the Year, Karlie Rubin, Soccer:
In her senior campaign, Karlie Rubin appeared in 21 games, with 20 starts. She led her team in points with 33, and goals, finding the back of the net 13 times. She had three multi goal games, registering 14 points in the 21 appearances. She led the Lynx to an undefeated 8-0 regular season conference record, a 16-3-3 overall record, and helped the Lynx win the 2017 NECC Women's Soccer Championship, the 3rd crown in her four years at LU. As a result of her on field accomplishments, she was named the NECC Player of the Year, 1st Team All NECC, All New England Third team and selected to represent Lesley in the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association Senior Bowl game.
Head Coach Paul Vasconcelos says, "in her time here she developed into one of the best midfielders we have ever had and was instrumental to our success. Along with being one of the best at her position she became a great leader and example for all our young players. She is leaving a void in our program both on and off the field and will be missed by the entire staff and roster."
Male Athlete of the Year, Tom Muratore, Baseball:
Tom is having a career season and is etching his name in the Lesley record books. He earned his 200th career strike out this seasons making him the all time strike out leader in program history, while also leading the NECC in strike outs with 67, holds the best ERA at 1.94, and leads the conference in wins with 9. He is tied for 20th overall in all of division 3 baseball with his 1.94 ERA and tied for 14th in total wins.
Head Coach Billy Cather says, "he has put together the most complete career a collegiate pitcher could ever ask for," remarked his coach. "He came in four years ago and took over the number one role in our rotation and has dominated ever since. He has transformed the baseball program and I could not be more proud or thankful."
Joseph B. Moore Award for Character and Action:
Alexandra DiMauro, Cross Country/Track and Field
Kolin Perry, Cross Country/Track and Field
Photo Gallery and 2017-2018 highlight video to follow