UMass Boston Athletics Hosts 6th Annual UMBY’S Award Ceremony

BOSTON, Mass. – On Monday, May 13 the UMass Boston Department of Athletics hosted their sixth annual UMBY’s award ceremony in the Campus Center Ballroom.  Athletes, coaches, and administrators came together to honor the many achievements of the past athletic and academic year.

The afternoon started off with the presentation of the team MVP awards.  Below are the team MVP recipients:

Women’s Basketball: Olivia Murphy
Men’s Basketball: Vinny DeLucia
Men’s Soccer: Brycen Dowd
Women’s Soccer: Sam Cristoforo
Volleyball: Kayla Wilson
Cross-Country: Jake Kerin
Women’s Track & Field: Hulerie McGuffie
Men’s Track & Field: Henry Morales
Men’s Ice Hockey: Travis Daniel
Women’s Ice Hockey: Emily LaRosa
Baseball: Kyle Szatrowski
Men’s Lacrosse: Henry Bristol
Softball: Sue Killilea
Men’s Tennis: Alex Loyer
Women’s Tennis: Hieu Nguyen

After that the UMBY awards were handed out which recognized the athlete’s dedication both on and off the court and field and in the classroom.

Men’s Einstein Small Team Academic Award – Men’s Tennis
Women’s Einstein Small Team Academic Award – Women’s Tennis
Men’s Einstein Large Team Academic Award – Men’s Ice Hockey
Women’s Einstein Large Team Academic Award – Women’s Soccer
Men’s Einstein Academic Award – Domenic Fichera (Men’s Lacrosse)
Women’s Einstein Academic Award – Samantha Counts (Women’s Tennis)
Einstein Rookies –
Jeremy Finger (Men’s Ice Hockey)
Briana Sousa (Volleyball)
Brian Dupre (Baseball)
Connor McStravick (Men’s Lacrosse)
Andrew Crawford (Men’s Ice Hockey)
Emilio Alvarez-Florio (Men’s Soccer/Track and Field)
Greg Guebenlian (Men’s Tennis)

Male Strength and Conditioning Award – Tim Richter (Men’s Ice Hockey)
Female Strength and Conditioning Award – Sue Killilea (Softball)

Male Breakout Rookie of the Year – Peter MacIntyre (Men’s Ice Hockey)
Female Breakout Rookie of the Year – Hulerie McGuffie (Women’s Track and Field)

Men’s Team Performance of the Year – Men’s Ice Hockey defeating nationally ranked and local rival Babson College
Women’s Team Performance of the Year – Volleyball winning NCAA Regional title

Male Individual Performance of the Year – Carl Joseph (Track and Field) – set the program record with a jump of 7’1” in the high jump at the first outdoor meet of the year
Female Individual Performance of the Year – Casey Schaejbe (Women’s Ice Hockey) – standout performance to lead women’s ice hockey to upset win over Castleton State College in ECAC tournament.

Top Play of Campus – Tayla Andrews (Women’s Soccer) game-winning goal against Western Connecticut State in the Little East Conference championship game.

Top Late Game-Winner – Shannon Thompson (Volleyball) match point in the NCAA Regional championship against Bowdoin College.

The final awards were handed out by Associate Athletic Director Cheryl Aaron and Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Recreation Charlie Titus.

Cheryl Aaron presented the William Puerto Award which is presented to the student-athlete who displays an exemplary level of sportsmanship, ability and overall contribution to the department and athletic program at UMass Boston.  The winner is a graduating senior or student-athlete who has completed all of his or her eligibility and is a three or four-year participant in varsity athletics.

Female Puerto Award Recipient – Hieu Nguyen (Women’s Tennis)
Male Puerto Award Recipient – Hamza Abdul (Men’s Track and Field)

Vice Chancellor Titus presented the Athletic Director’s Distinguished Student-Athlete Award which is given annually to an individual who has displayed an exemplary academic and athletic career at UMass Boston.  The recipient is a graduating senior or person who has completed all of his or her eligibility, was a three or four-year participant in intercollegiate sports and has been an outstanding overall contributor to the promotion and reputation of UMass Boston academics and athletics.

Female Athletics Director Award Recipient – Shannon Thompson (Volleyball)
Male Athletics Director Award Recipient – Brycen Dowd (Men’s Soccer)