NEWTON, Mass. – Last Thursday night, the Mount Ida College athletic department closed the 2013-14 seasons with its annual Athletic Awards Night, where they took a look back at the best moments of the year and honored the performance of individuals from each of the 15 teams.
Mixed in with video retrospectives and photo slideshows, each coach presented awards to their Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player. The night ended with the presentation of the major awards, given out by coaches and athletic and college administrators.
Senior Meg Hall (Danielson, Conn.) earned the Mount Ida Scholar-Athlete Award, given to the most outstanding academic achievement by a student-athlete. Hall became the first Mount Ida softball player to play for four years while completing the rigorous Dental Hygiene program, all while maintaining a 3.66 grade point average.
Amanda Bowen (Randolph, Vt.) and Carlos Martinez (Chelsea, Mass.) received the first ever Mount Ida Male and Female Athlete of the Year Awards.
Bowen became the Mount Ida women’s lacrosse career leader in programs and assists, and set the new single-season assists record with 25 this season, en route to being named to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) First Team.
Martinez led the Mustang’s soccer program with eight goals, good for fifth in the GNAC, and earned himself a spot on the GNAC First Team as well.
Juniors Mat Pils (Monroe, Conn.) and Nicole Peixoto (New Bedford, Mass.) were named the recipients of the ECAC Merit Award. The annual award honors one male and one female student-athlete who combine excellence on the fields of competition with performance in the classroom, and service to the institution and the community. Pils made a name for himself with a strong season as a goalkeeper on the men’s soccer team, while Peixoto was a standout setter for the Mount Ida women’s volleyball squad.
Senior goalkeeper Anthony Genualdo (Peabody, Mass.) was honored with the Mount Ida sportsmanship award. Genualdo has been a four-year member of the men’s lacrosse program, has been a part of three conference championship teams, and is beloved by his teammates and coaches, as he was voted a team captain for the 2014 season.
Men’s soccer Head Coach Joe Campbell was named Mount Ida College Coach of the Year. Campbell, who already received Coach of the Year accolades from the GNAC, led his team to an 8-8-3 record, and their best winning percentage in conference play since joining the GNAC. Campbell and the Mustangs made a trip to the GNAC Quarterfinals and earned the program’s first ever ECAC tournament appearance.
Four new awards were handed out this year by the Mount Ida Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), who voted on nominations for best game, best comeback, best moment and best individual performance.
The football team’s opening night comeback victory against UMass Dartmouth earned the first SAAC Award of the night, while men’s basketball’s thrilling overtime victory over Norwich earned the award for Best Game.
Junior Michael Templeton (Charlestown, N.H.) provided the Best Moment of the year with his game-winning overtime goal against Rivier during the men’s soccer season, while freshman pitcher Nicole Handzel (Palmer, Mass.) took home the award for Best Individual/Record Breaking Performance after her no-hitter against Albertus Magnus, in which she also set the new Mount Ida single-season strikeout record.
For the first time this year, the event was kicked off with a Senior dinner and recognition, in which all of the graduating student-athletes were honored by their coaches in front of their parents and peers. Each head coach spoke about their seniors, who were presented with framed action shots of them from their time as a Mustang.
Congratulations to all of the award winners and teams for their accomplishments in the 2013-14 seasons. See you in the fall in Mustang City!