LE MOYNE ATHLETICS CELEBRATES STUDENT-ATHLETE ACHIEVEMENT IN ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY
On Tuesday, May 7th, the Le Moyne College Athletic Department celebrated the outstanding achievements of its over 300 student-athletes with the annual Student-Athlete Awards Ceremony. Held in the Henninger Athletic Center, this celebration recognized the achievements of student-athletes on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Following a mass at the Panasci Family Chapel, Mark Larson, Sports Director at YNN, served as the Master of Ceremonies.
Prior to the day's first awards, Matt Bassett, Le Moyne College
Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics, presented the
Upstate Challenge trophy to Le Moyne SAAC President Josh Klepfer to
accept on behalf of all Le Moyne College student-athletes. In it
second year, the Dolphins claimed the rivalry series in 2012-13 by
a score of 8-6.
The first set of awards were presented to students in the area of academic excellence. For the sixth year, the James F. Welter Merit Awards were given out to student-athletes with the top-ten cumulative GPA’s, having been enrolled in two or more semesters. All recipients this year had a GPA ranging from a 3.861 to a perfect 4.0.
James F. Welter Academic Merit Awards
Women's Cross Country
Women's Swimming & Diving
Leadership & Service Award
The Leadership & Service Awards were given to senior Julianne Shelton of the women’s golf team and junior Michael Marrero of the men’s cross country team. This award is presented to student-athletes for their commitment to the community and Le Moyne’s ideals of leadership and service.
This year’s Director’s Award was presented by
Athletic Director Matt Bassett to Carol Welch-Jones
’93, a former softball letterwinner and member of
the Gold Wave Hall of Fame. In her role as President of the
Dolphin Athletic Asosciation, Welch-Jones has helped to raise over
$200,000 in support of Le Moyne College student-athletes. The award
is given to a member of the Le Moyne community that contributes and
lends support to the program far beyond the call of duty.
Team Most Valuable Player Awards
Men's Cross Country
Women's Cross Country
Men's Swimming & Diving
Women's Swimming & Diving
Athletes of the Year
After each of the 17 programs presented their Most Valuable
Player awards, the Athlete of the Year Awards were presented to
senior Jeff White of the men’s lacrosse team
and junior Kathleen Conese of the women’s
In leading the Dolphins to a regular season NE-10 title, Conese, a junior captain, was named the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year. A unanimous first-team all-conference performer, Conese helped the Dolphins to their first Northeast-10 Conference Tournament championship with an 8-6 victory over Adelphi. The victory helped secure a first round home game in the NCAA tournament.
Jeff White is the anchor to the nation’s top defense, this senior led the country in save percentage and goals against average. The reigning Division II National Goalie of the Year, he was named the NE-10 Championships Most Outstanding Player by recording 32 saves in three games and leading the Dolphins to the NE-10 title on Sunday.
Rev. J.J. O'Brien, S.J. Senior Athlete Achievement Award
The Rev. J.J. O’Brien Senior Athlete Achievement Award is the most prestigious honor given to a Le Moyne student-athlete, presented annually to the student-athlete who was achieved unparalleled levels of success in areas of athletics, academics, leadership and service during their career at Le Moyne.
Christie Morano of the women’s soccer team was the day’s first honoree. Morano was only the
second player in program history to lead the team in scoring all
four seasons and was the first player to earn All-Region honors
three times. A four-time All-Northeast-10 Conference selection,
this forward was named the NE-10 Rookie of the Year in her freshman
campaign. She finished her career ranking third in the program in
goals scored and is one of only 30 players in NE-10 history to
record 100 career points. Twice named a Le Moyne College Scholar
Athlete, she was honored by the conference in being named to the
All-Academic Team on three occasions.
The second recipient was Josh Klepfer of the men’s lacrosse team. A senior captain, this defender helped the Dolphins to their second consecutive NE-10 Championship and was named to the All-Championships team. Klepfer was honored by the NE-10 as the Men’s Lacrosse Sport Excellence Award Winner in 2012 and was named to the NE-10 All-Academic team each of his last two seasons. He is one of only three lacrosse players in the country named an Academic All-American and earned honorable mention All-American honors last year. Off the field, he is a two-year President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.