Student-athletes honored at Celebration of Athletic Excellence

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College Athletic Department recognized the achievements of its student-athletes by holding its annual Celebration of Athletic Excellence on Wednesday evening in the Dana Center.

Among the honors that were handed out were the Men's and Women's Charles J. Quinn Sportsmanship Awards, the Men's and Women's Anselmian Athletic Club Student-Athlete of the Year Awards and the Men's and Women's Senior Scholar-Athlete Awards.

The Charles J. Quinn Sportsmanship Award honors a male and female student-athlete who best exemplify and demonstrate the values of sportsmanship on and off the playing surface. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and head coaches make nominations and conduct voting for the awards.

Seniors Alex Pacitti of the men's lacrosse team and Jennifer Brown of the field hockey team received the Charles J. Quinn Sportsmanship Awards. Both were captains for their respective teams and were recognized for their work ethics, attitudes and leadership.

The awards for Men's and Women's Anselmian Student-Athlete of the Year are based on athletic accomplishments, conference and sport-specific awards and nominations, regional and national awards and nominations and sportsmanship. The candidates are nominated by their head coaches and voted on by coaches and administrators.

Men's basketball sophomore Tim Guers was named the Men's Anselmian Student-Athlete of the Year after a standout second season on the Hilltop. Guers was a unanimous All-NE10 First Team selection and was also named to the NABC and D2CCA All-East Region First Teams after helping the Hawks to their eighth NE10 Tournament Championship and a program-best fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. In 29 starts, he averaged 21.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game and had seven 30-point performances, including a record four in a row in late January.

Senior back Elizabeth Alie of the field hockey team was honored as the Women's Anselmian Student-Athlete of the Year. Alie was named a First Team All-American by both the NFHCA and Synapse Sports, and she was also named the NE10 Defensive Player of the Year as well as an All-NE10 First Team selection. She helped lead the Hawks to a 17-5 record and the program's first NE10 regular season championship and a berth in the national semifinals in the Hawks' first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Her play at the back helped Saint Anselm post the sixth-best goals-against average in the country (1.02).

The Senior Scholar-Athlete Awards are given to seniors who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom and on the playing field. Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3, have significant academic credentials, evidence of a solid athletic career and a community service component.

Pacitti was also honored with the Men's Senior Scholar-Athlete Award. The senior communication major has been named to the Dean's List and NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll all seven previous semesters on the Hilltop and was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Student-Athlete Honor Society last year. Yesterday, Pacitti received First Team All-NE10 honors after compiling 18 goals, seven assists and 25 ground balls in 14 games to help the Hawks establish a new program record with seven NE10 victories and qualify for the NE10 postseason for the second-straight season.

Field hockey's Rose Mooney was the Women's Senior Scholar-Athlete Award recipient. Majoring in environmental studies and Spanish, Mooney is also a seven-time Dean's List and NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll honoree and was a Chi Alpha Sigma inductee last year, while also receiving NE10 Fall Academic All-Conference honors this past season. She landed spots on both the NCAA Tournament and NE10 Tournament All-Tournament Teams while helping the Hawks to the national semifinals with 15 points on six goals and three assists.

Prior to the major award winners, the department recognized its three-year and four-year award winners and presented them with gifts for their dedication to their sport. The department also honored its seven All-Americans, 16 All-Region selections, 49 All-Conference/All-Rookie/All-Tournament selections, as well as its six major award winners over the course of the 2016-17 season.

For the first time, the strength and conditioning department presented Strength and Conditioning All-American awards to junior Amanda Bickford of the softball and volleyball teams and senior Eric Mercer of the football team for their efforts in the weight room.

For the third-straight year, the athletic training department presented the Golden Crutch Award. The light-hearted award is given to a student-athlete who believes their athletic trainer's only purpose is to treat them, counsel them or help them with their homework. Junior catcher Megan Murrell of the softball team was this year's recipient.

The 183 student-athletes to achieve a GPA of 3.0 or greater over the prior year's semesters were also recognized by Dean of the College Mark Cronin, Ph.D., as were the 16 inductees into Chi Alpha Sigma from the Classes of 2017 and 2018. Student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher become eligible for Chi Alpha Sigma induction in their junior year.

Celebration of Athletic Excellence (5/3/17) Courtesy Jim Stankiewicz

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