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Monday, July 2, 2007

EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT’S MAJOR AWARD-WINNERS

2006/07

FEMALE ATHLETE-OF-THE-YEAR AWARD

Sandy Mosley                     Sr.                   Basketball                         Goshen, CT     

Team tri-captain closed out a five-year career (she was a medical redshirt 2002/03) by earning first-team all-Little East Conference honors for the second straight season and being named to compete in the annual New England Women’s Basketball Association Senior All-Star Game… set personal career-highs in points (431), scoring average (16.6), rebounds (219), rebounding average (8.4), free throws (79), free throw percentage (76.7), three-pointers (28) and average minutes (32.8)… ranked second in the conference in scoring, fourth in rebounding, fifth in free-throw percentage, and seventh in field goal percentage (43.2)… finished her career ranked second all-time in program history in points (1,535) – trailing only four-time All-America Allison Coleman (1,991) -- and sixth in three-point field goals (101), becoming only the fourth player in program history with as many as 1,000 points and 100 three-pointers… also ranks third in games (116/two behind the leader) and eighth in rebounds (706)… became first male or female to earn all-tournament honors at the season-opening Eastern Tip-Off Tournament as many as four times, winning tourney MVP honors for the first time…

 

MALE ATHLETE-OF-THE-YEAR AWARD

(co-winners)

Shawn Gilblair              So.                       Baseball                                Windham, CT

Only the second sophomore to earn the award… repeated this year as a first-team Division III All-America and was also named co-winner of the National Player-of-the-Year Award… repeated as first-team All-New England Region selection and also repeated as a Little East Conference all-star, earning first-team honors this season… tabbed as Player-of-the-Year by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA)… named first-team all-conference at pitcher and second-team all-conference at designated hitter, the first time in program history that a player has been named to the all-conference team at two different positions… named conference Pitcher-of-the-Year after leading all LEC pitchers in wins (11), ERA (2.26), innings (87.2) and strikeouts (76)… as DH, ranked fourth in the conference in batting average (.396), third in hits (65) and RBI (52), and fourth in runs (45) and total bases (95)… ranked fifth nationally in wins… repeated as MVP of the conference tournament and repeated as an all-tournament selection to the regional tournament…

 

 

Matthew Zagura          Sr.                       Track & Field                            Ellington, CT

Qualified for NCAA Division III national competition indoors in the 35 pound weight and outdoors in thehammer… placed tenth in the weight in national competition… indoors, helped team to New England Alliance and Little East Conference championships for the second straight season… won the alliance and conference titles in the shot and weight…  placed second in the New England Division III meet in the weight and seventh in the shot… in the ECAC Division III meet, was fourth in the weight and fifth in the shot… outdoors, placed 13th nationally in the hammer at the Division III meet…helped team to its sixth straight conference championship by winning the hammer and shot and taking second in the discus (in alliance scoring, he captured the shot and was second in the hammer and discus)… in the hammer, Zagura was second in the New England Division III meet and sixth in the ECAC Championship and won the conference title for the third straight year with a program-record throw of 176-7 ½ -- the second-longest toss in New England Division III at the time… in the shot put at the conference meet, Zagura became only the fourth individual in men’s competition to win the same event four consecutive seasons…

 

FEMALE ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR AWARD

(co-winners)

Kim Church                    Fr.                       Soccer/Softball                  Farmington, CT

As a keeper in soccer, ranked first in the Little East Conference in save percentage and second in goals-against average for the 12-6-2 Warriors… appeared in all but one match, making seven starts… in softball, was the team’s starting shortstop and appeared in all 37 games with 34 starts… team was 21-16… broke the season home run record (along with teammate Rachel Denny) with six, sharing the LEC lead in that category… led the team in assists (80), shared second place in RBI (17) and was third in hits (30) and batting average (.297)…

 

Taylor MacDonald  Fr. Soccer/Lacrosse Oak Bluffs, MA

In soccer, was a midfielder who earned second-team all-Little EastConference laurels for the 12-6-2 Warriors... started 16 matches… shared the team lead with four assists… fifth on the team in minutes (1,423), averaging 74.9 per game…in lacrosse, a midfielder who shared conference Rookie-of-the-Year honors, gaining second-team all-LEC accolades… helped the 13-6 Warriors to their second LEC playoff title in three years and first LEC regular-season championship… started all 19 matches and led all players with 66 ground balls and 50 draw controls… became fifth player in program history (first freshman) to record as many a 50 draw controls in a season… ranked fifth in the LEC in draw controls with an average of 2.63 per match… also contributed 33 points on 14 goals and 19 assists… third on the team in assists...

 

 

MALE ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR AWARD

Gregory Dinas             Fr.                       Track & Field                 Stamford, CT

Won the award in balloting over a talented group of freshmen nominees which included third-team baseball All-America Melvin Castillo… indoors, set program records  in the 55H, 60H and high jump… All-New England by placing second in the high jump and seventh in the 55H at  the New England Division III meet… All-ECAC Division III  in the high jump when he placed eighth… won New England Alliance and Little East Conference championships in the 55H and was second in the alliance and conference in the high jump; All-LEC in triple jump…outdoors, set program record in the 110H; won LEC and alliance titles in the high jump, and was second in both in the 110H… three-time all-region honoree in the high jump when he finished second in the ECAC Division III meet, third in the New England Division III championship and eighth in the New England Open..

 

BONNIE J. EDMONDSON SENIOR FEMALE

SPORTSPERSON-OF-THE-YEAR AWARD

Named in honor of the former Eastern All-America Track & Field athlete and Eastern Hall of Famer, who went on to win the Mobil/USA national championship in the hammer and was an alternate on the US Olympic Team.  She currently holds a Ph.D. in Education and is employed by the state Department of Education.

(Criteria: A senior who best demonstrates the qualities of teamwork, dedication, leadership, integrity and spirit.)

Lesley Mumford                        Sr.         Volleyball                          Yarmouth, MA

Mumford was a four-year member of the volleyball program and a two-time team captain who garneredsecond-team All-Little East Conference honors at the right-side hitter spot last fall. She was a member of back-to-back conference regular-season and tournament championship teams. Mumford graduated this past May with a B.S. Degree in Communication. Head volleyball coach Jolie Ward describes Mumford as such:

“In her career, Lesley has served as a constant driving force to her teammates and the people around her. Her enthusiasm and love for the sport created a positive experience for many members of the squad.  With her quick wit and keen sense of humor she was often provided the team with comic relief.  The combination of her spirit and good nature created an extremely supportive environment for her teammates throughout her time at Eastern.  She has truly dedicated herself to Eastern and left a mark on the program.  Her fellow teammates have complete admiration and respect for her and she will be truly missed.”

 

FRANCIS E. GEISSLER SENIOR MALE

SPORTSPERSON-OF-THE-YEAR AWARD

Named in honor of the former Eastern baseball and basketball coach, athletic director, administrator, dean of men, and Eastern Hall of Famer, who has been associated with the University for 60 years. 

 

(Criteria: A senior who best demonstrates the qualities of teamwork, dedication, leadership, integrity and spirit.)

Eric O’Toole                   Sr.                       Baseball                             Waterbury, CT

O’Toole was a four-year member of the baseball program who lettered with the varsity in each of his final three seasons and was a member of three teams which won regional championships and qualified for national tournament play. He served as a team co-captain as a senior this spring and earned his B.S. Degree in Physical Education in May. Head coach Bill Holowaty portrays O’Toole as “an individual who has been highly respected by his peers on and off the field.  He has done an outstanding job in the classroom, as every instructor has the highest regard for him.  Eric is constantly setting the example of how to act with class on and off the field. His dedication and loyalty goes beyond the field and this is where he stands out.  He has always had to work harder to be the student and player he wants to be, and is an example of how a student-athlete should handle himself with attitude and effort being the key words. Eric is not just devoted to his sport but is dedicated to his life.  Eric will be a leader wherever he ends up and we all will be proud of him, especially Coach Geissler.

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