BOSTON – Suffolk softball's Delaney Sylvester has been tabbed the 2017-18 recipient of the Carol Maggio Departmental Recognition Award, Director of Athletics Cary McConnell announced Tuesday afternoon.
The award is dedicated in honor of Carol Maggio, the department's longtime Administrative Assistant who served the Rams for over 18 years and is given to a person(s) who has been a valuable asset in the day-to-day operations of the Athletic Department.
When not holding down her spot as the backstop for the softball squad, Sylvester quickly became an everyday presence throughout the Athletic Department.
Her reliable qualities on the softball diamond transferred to the Department at a time in which it was growing with the opening of the Michael and Larry Smith Fitness Center, renovation of the state-of-the-art varsity weight room and the addition of six new varsity sports. No matter the task, big or small, Sylvester helped fill holes throughout the department and has been an invaluable asset that will be truly missed.
Sylvester's work ethic across the department was second to none to her efforts on the softball diamond. The Worcester, Massachusetts, graduated in May with a Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry as one of the most decorated Suffolk softball players in the program's 34-year history. Garnering her fourth all-region honor this season, she is the first Ram to take home All-NFCA nods in each of her four campaigns and is the fourth-ever play to garner a pair of first-team all-region nods. Also on her extensive athletic accomplishments is 2018 GNAC Player of the Year, four all-league accolades (three first-team nods) and a pair of GNAC All-Tournament Team selections.
One to never rest on her laurels she continued to carve away at the Rams' record books and reset them in her senior season. After claiming the GNAC's triple crown in 2018 – leading the conference in batting average (.467), homers (10) and RBI (45) – she sealed her spot in Suffolk's record books, most notably sitting atop the hits list with 231 to her credit. Sylvester appears on nearly every offensive chart and holds the second spot in homers (32), RBI (167) and total bases (370).
Over the course of her career, Sylvester led Suffolk to three GNAC regular season titles and a pair of conference championship contest appearances. A member of the winningest class in Suffolk softball history, she was a crucial member of the Rams' winningest team (33-9) in 2016 and another 30-plus win season as a senior in 2018.