April 23, 2009

Athletics Host Annual Awards Night

The Suffolk University Athletic Department held their annual athletic banquet on Wednesday, April 22. All thirteen of Suffolk's intercollegiate varsity teams handed out awards to their student-athletes for exceptional performance throughout the 2008-09 seasons. Four student-athletes were also honored for their efforts away from the athletic fields. Seniors Brian Small (Stoughton, MA) of Men's Basketball and Jess Ferriera (Cambridge, MA) of Softball were honored with the Charles Law Student-Athlete Award. This award is given to a student-athlete who excels in both athletics and academics. This year Small became the first student-athlete ever from Suffolk University to earn Academic All-America honors from ESPN the Magazine. Ferreira has served as President of the Suffolk University Student Athlete Advisory Council for the past two years and is the reigning two-time GNAC Player of the Year as well as being named a preseason All-American for the 2009 Softball season. Senior Kevin Blake (Milford, CT) of Men's Basketball was named the Charles Melanson Unsung Hero. Blake, has been a member of the Rams' basketball team for four seasons while simultaneously serving as an Ambassador to prospective students in the Office of Admissions. Senior Bryan Meyers (Rochester, NY) of Hockey was given the Departmental Recognition Award. Bryan has volunteered his time and efforts of the past three years in helping set up and organize Suffolk's Annual Alumni Road Race held in September.

Over sixty other student-athletes and coaches were recognized on the evening for their successes this past year.

Charles Law Student Athlete Award - Brian Small

Charles Law Student Athlete Award - Jess Ferreira

Charles Melanson Unsung Hero Award - Kevin Blake

Departmental Recognition Award - Bryan Meyers

Men's Cross-Country

MVP - Matt Stas

Rookie of the Year - Craig Rubis

Coaches Award - Matt Noonan, Brian Harrington

Dedication Award - Dan Hassan

Most Improved - Corey Allen

Women's Cross-Country

MVP - Rachel Perron

Coaches Award - Anna Birdsall

Most Improved - Elora Herberick

Dedication - Danielle Champion

Rookie of the Year - Megan Scully

Men's Soccer

MVP - Nick Celia

Leadership Award - Clayton Plumer

Rookie of the Year - Stephen Gaudet

Coaches Award - Cristian Palacios

Unsung Hero - Eric Zettervall

Coach Andrius Zeikus 1st Collegiate Win (9/6/08) vs. Eastern Nazarene College, 2-1


MVP -Ryan Sheehan

Rookie of the Year - Pat Knowles

Rookie of the Year -  Alex Toma

Coaches Award - Pat Flaherty

Women's Tennis

MVP - Kaitlynn Cates

MVP - Alex Hernandez-Vallant

Dedication Award - Thuy Le

Rookie of the Year - Lauren Cameron

Coach Isaac Stahl, 1st Collegiate Win (9/2/08) vs. Regis College, 9-0

Women's Soccer

MVP - Leslie Hayden

Rookie of the Year - Meghan O'Connell

Coaches Award - Gina Dean

Dedication Award - Meghann Benesh

Defensive Player of the Year - Nancy Roxo


MVP - Kelsey Armstrong-Hahn

Rookie of the Year - Melissa Griffin

Coaches Award - Gabby Silva

Most Improved - Tanya Fortes

Men's Basketball

MVP - Brian Small

Rookie of the Year - Mike Gibbons

Coaches Award - Kevin Blake

Women's Basketball

MVP - Meghan Tracey

6th Player Award - Meghan Black

Coaches Award - Kerry Bowman

Coaches Award -  Emily Duquette

Rookie of the Year - Julianne Conrad


MVP - Mitch Sabo

Rookie of the Year - J. Andrew Wein

Coaches Award - Jeff Rose

Kyle Cook - Semifinalist for Joe Concannon Award

John Rocchio - 100 Career Points

Men's Tennis

MVP - Garrett Freeman

Rookie of the Year - Christopher Staley

Dedication Award - Mike DeMoranville

Dedication Award - Greg Garrison

Most Improved Player - Garrett Freeman

Coaches Award - Justin Ayoub


To Be Announced


Ken Garni 10th Player Award - Nick Chioffi

Cary McConnell, 400th Career Win (4/7/09) vs. Fitchburg St. College, 19-6



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