COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's soccer senior Bradley Anair (Bennington, Vt./Mount Anthony Union) and women's basketball senior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) were both presented with the Roger F. Keleher '15 Award on Thursday during a senior ceremony in Alliot Student Center. The duo drew the Department of Athletics' oldest annual award, which has been earned by outstanding scholar-athletes of the College's graduating class who maintain high scholastic averages since 1954.
A starting defensive midfielder for three years, Anair aided a defense that allowed one goal or less five times this season, with three shutouts, while 13 of 16 games were decided by two goals or fewer. Anair started 46 consecutive games before suffering a career-ending injury in the Purple Knights' third-to-last game of the year.
Anair carries a 3.94 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in biology, and was honored as Google Cloud NCAA Division II Academic All-District I following his senior season. He also claimed Northeast-10 Conference Academic All-Conference laurels three times. A captain as a senior, Anair holds membership in the Chi Alpha Sigma (college athlete), Delta Epsilon Sigma (Catholic), Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts and sciences) and Sigma Xi (scientific research) honor societies. He has also qualified twice for the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) Academic Achievement Award and landed NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll nods on seven occasions. Anair is pursuing medical school following his time at Saint Michael's.
Ferreri will graduate as the only player in program history - and only the third man or woman at Saint Michael's - with 850 points (913), 400 rebounds (449), 250 assists (269), 150 steals (173) and 40 blocks (46) in a career, having played 103 games. The second-year captain had career highs this year in scoring (12.9), rebounding (6.3), offensive rebounding (2.2), assists (3.7), minutes (33.2), three-point shooting (33.8%) and threes (24).
While majoring in biology and triple minoring in chemistry, psychology and religious studies, Ferreri holds a 4.0 cumulative GPA. A two-time Google Cloud NCAA Division II Academic All-America selection, Ferreri landed on the first team this winter. She is the school's first three-time Google Cloud Academic All-District pick in any sport, and claimed NE10 Academic All-Conference each of the past three years. Ferreri has landed on the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll all seven of her completed semesters while twice claiming a D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award. She was the lone student on Saint Michael's College's Presidential Search Committee last year and is also pursuing medical school with her undergraduate career having concluded.
The Keleher Award was established in 1954 by the Connecticut Valley Alumni Chapter to honor Roger Keleher, a Springfield, Mass., native. A member of the Class of 1915, his dedication to both academic and athletic achievement provided the model for the scholar-athlete award that now bears his name. Keleher also received an honorary degree from the College in 1959, and is a member of the Saint Michael's College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Two others with Athletics ties earned awards at the annual senior brunch. Men's ice hockey senior Jake Myers (Belmont, Mass./The Hill School) won the Saint Michael's Award, which is presented to a member of the senior class who makes a positive impact on the class and the community. Women's basketball head coach Shannon Bollhardt, who is also the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) adviser, won a Class Appreciation accolade, which are given to members of the faculty and staff who make a significant impact on the class.