Saint Michael's Announces Block 'M' Award Winners


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May 14, 2008                                                                            Contact: Seth Cole
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COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College Athletic Department announced the 2008 Block ‘M' Award winners at its annual banquet on May 1. There were several awards handed out, including the Purple Knight Coach of the Year Award, and Coaches' Awards for each of Saint Michael's 21 intercollegiate varsity sport programs.

Winning the George ‘Doc' Jacobs Award were seniors Ed Fennessey (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) and Amanda Soule (Hartland, Vt./Woodstock Union). The ‘Doc' Jacobs Award honors the "Father" of modern-day athletics at Saint Michael's, and is presented each year to a male and female student who makes a truly outstanding contribution to the athletic program, regardless of athletic ability.

Fennessey was a letterwinner in three sports at Saint Michael's, as he was a member of the men's diving team for four years, as well as a member of the baseball and men's soccer programs for three years each. In diving, Fennessey holds the program record in the 3-meter dive, and he also was the starting right fielder for the baseball squad as a junior and senior, in addition to serving as a reserve goaltender in soccer. A tireless student-athlete, Fennessey was also substantially involved in all facets of the athletics program, as he was a member of the College's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and a student-athlete representative on the College's Athletics Advisory Council.

Soule completed a standout four-year career as one of the finest women's lacrosse players in program history, as she is second in program history with 136 goals and 157 points. She earned Northeast-10 All-Conference and All-Academic accolades, and was also a member of SAAC. As a captain this spring, Soule helped the Purple Knights win a program record-tying nine games, and advance to the NE-10 Semifinals. She worked as a student-assistant in the Athletics Department offices throughout her years at Saint Michael's, and this past semester completed an internship in sports marketing for the Department - the first to serve in this capacity.

Winning the esteemed Victor. V. LeMieux ‘35 Award were seniors Leslie Herwig (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) and Jeff Hannon (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug Regional). The Victor V. LeMieux Award, established in 1964, is presented annually to the varsity athlete best displaying loyalty and leadership in their program, both on and off the field or court.

Herwig was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain for the Saint Michael's volleyball program, playing several different positions for the Purple Knights. Herwig - so valuable to her team that she played a match the day her appendix was removed - also served for four years on SAAC, and represented the College at the NE-10 SAAC Summit four times. She has also served as a student-athlete representative on the College's Athletics Advisory Council, and has coordinated fundraising efforts to benefit Make-A-Wish, the Burlington (Vt.) Food Shelf, CROP Walk, and Special Olympics.

Hannon was a four-year starter and team captain this past season for the Saint Michael's men's lacrosse program. Hannon helped lead Saint Michael's to three straight appearances in the NE-10 Semifinals, as he compiled a career record of 32-25, including plus-.500 seasons all four years. Furthermore, Hannon helped lead the Purple Knights to four straight winning campaigns, the first time the program has accomplished this feat since the 1980s. Hannon also proved his dedication and loyalty to his team and the program at many levels, and has done much to build bridges between his team and all corners of the campus community through leading by example.

The Diane C. Foster ‘77 Award was presented to seniors Laura Wesley (Chula Vista, Calif./Academy of Our Lady of Peace) and Matt Scanlin (Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan Area). Foster was a two-sport athlete and a 1977 graduate of Saint Michael's, who passed away in 1998 at the age of 44, and the award is presented to the student-athlete, female and/or male, who exemplifies, by their actions, true compassion, sacrifice and service to others.

Wesley was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain for the Saint Michael's women's soccer program. A standout fullback, Wesley garnered NE-10 All-Conference accolades three times, including Second Team honors as a senior, and was named to the All-Academic Team three times as well. An active member of Mobilization Of Volunteer Efforts (MOVE), she was heavily involved as a mentor in the Best Buddies program and as a facilitator with the Correctional Volleyball program at Woodside Detention Center. In addition, she completed an extended service trip to Covenant House in New York City, and has worked with the children at the College's Early Learning Center.

Scanlin was a four-year letterwinner and team captain as a senior for the Saint Michael's men's cross country team. He was a very active MOVE volunteer, heavily involved in the organization's Temporary Relief program. He completed extended service trips to Immokalee, Fla., and Selma, Ala., and will be part of the MOVE team travelling to Kolkata, India later this month. He was also a Team Leader with Run Vermont's Junior Youth Relay Program, and served as a Crew Chief and Medic on the Saint Michael's Rescue Squad.

The Roger F. Keleher '15 Award winners were also announced, with a formal ceremony taking place May 13 during the College's Senior Awards Luncheon. On the women's side, senior Michelle Haley (Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union) was the recipient, and on the men's side, teammates Brandon Beaudoin (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) and Tim Williamson (Wakefield, R.I./Barrington) were co-recipients. The Keleher Award is presented annually to the outstanding male and female scholar-athletes in the College's graduating class.

Haley was a four-year member of the field hockey team, captaining the squad as a senior, and has maintained a 3.85 cumulative grade point average while majoring in education and music. A member of four honors societies, she was a four-time NFHCA Academic All-American, and two-time NE-10 All-Academic honoree. She has also been a member of the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll throughout her career, and has volunteered with Parent to Parent, the American Diabetes Association, and Teach for America.

Beaudoin and Williamson were both four-year members of the men's soccer team, helping the squad to consecutive 10-win seasons the last two years. Both have maintained GPA's above a 3.8, and both have been recognized as ESPN Academic All-Americans. Beaudoin, a fullback, was a three-time NE-10 All-Academic selection, and was a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Epsilon Sigma. He volunteered with the Correctional Volleyball program and at the Soup Kitchen, and has served as a volunteer soccer coach at the high school level. Williamson, a goaltender, has earned NE-10 All-Conference and All-Academic honors, and was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District choice as a junior and senior. He also earned membership into Phi Beta Kappa.

The Purple Knight Coach of the Year Award was given to women's tennis head coach Greg Cluff, and men's ice hockey head coach Chris Davidson. Cluff led the women's tennis team to a program-record 15 victories in 2007-08, as the squad qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Davidson, in his first year at the helm of the men's ice hockey squad, led the Purple Knights to the NE-10 Regular Season and Tournament Championship, after picked to finish fourth in the Preseason Coaches' Poll.

Rounding out the list of awards were the "Coaches' Awards", recognizing the team member from each sport program who best displays outstanding contribution and dedication to the program. Winning the "Coaches' Award" were (alphabetical order, by sport):

Baseball: Matt O'Brien (senior, Beverly, Mass./St. John's Prep)
Men's Basketball: James Sorrentine (Pawtucket, R.I./Saint Raphael Academy)
Women's Basketball: Amy Pitchers (senior, Oxford Mills, Ontario/North Grenville District)
Men's Cross Country: Matt Scanlin (senior, Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan Area)
Women's Cross Country: Bridget Craig (senior, Springfield, Mass./Cathedral)
Field Hockey: Michelle Haley (senior, Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union)
Men's Golf: Andrew Deloria (senior, Gansevoort, N.Y./Saratoga Springs)
Men's Ice Hockey: Andrick Deppmeyer (senior, Claremont, N.H./The Winchendon School)
Women's Ice Hockey: Gabrielle Bourgeois (senior, New Haven, Vt./Middlebury Union)
Men's Lacrosse: Mark Agostinelli (senior, Dedham, Mass./Xaverian Brothers)
Women's Lacrosse: Courtney Wakem (senior, Tiverton, R.I./Tiverton)
Alpine Skiing: Brendan Forbes (senior, Hanover, Maine)
Nordic Skiing: Lauren Fereshetian (sophomore, Turner, Maine/Leavitt Area)
Men's Soccer: No award given
Women's Soccer: Laura Wesley (senior, Chula Vista, Calif./Academy of Our Lady of Peace)
Softball: Megan O'Connor (junior, Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown)
Men's Swimming & Diving: Mike Kaas (senior, West Haven, Conn./Notre Dame Academy)
Women's Swimming & Diving: Kerry Slade (Roslindale, Mass./Archbishop Williams)
Men's Tennis: Gabe Ash (senior, Westboro, Mass./Westboro)
Women's Tennis: Megan Conway (senior, Lynnfield, Mass./Lynnfield)
Volleyball: Leslie Herwig (senior, Kingston, N.Y./Kingston)