May 1, 2012
The Siena College Athletic Department held its annual All-Sports Celebration Tuesday in the Marcelle Athletic Complex, honoring the achievements both on and off the fields of competition of student athletes, while also recognizing graduating seniors for their years of service to the college.
Men's lacrosse senior star Bryan Neufeld (Virgil, Ontario) was named Male Student Athlete of the Year, and softball junior Shannon Jones (Troy, N.Y.) was selected Female Student Athlete of the Year.
Neufeld is the MAAC's all-time leading scorer with 238 career points. He currently ranks second nationally in both points (74) and assists (37), and leads all active players in career goals scored (156) and hat tricks (30). Neufeld was the 2011 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, the 2012 Preseason MAAC Player of the Year, and the clear front-runner for the 2012 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Award (announced Thursday night). Neufeld is an Inside Lacrosse Consensus Midseason All-American, and a Tewaaraton Award Watch List candidate. He carries a 2.94 GPA in finance.
Jones has enjoyed a spectacular junior season on the diamond, and is a leading candidate to be named MAAC Player of the Year. She tops the conference in batting average (.440), home runs (13), RBI (41), runs (41), hits (59), on-base percentage (.497), and slugging percentage (.851). Her 13 home runs are the most in a season in program history, her 59 hits are one off Carrie Getz' single-season program mark, and her 117 RBI are two shy of the school's career record. Off the field, Jones holds a 3.43 GPA in biology.
The male Rookie of the Year was men's basketball's Evan Hymes (Durham, N.C.). Hymes put together one of the great freshman seasons in program history after taking over the starting point guard role just weeks before the season began. His 415 points and 13.4 points per game were the second most for a freshman in school history. He also topped this year's squad with 115 assists and 61 3-pointers.
Women's golf's Victoria Nguyen (Santa Ana, Calif.) was named Siena's Female Rookie of the Year. Nguyen won the McLeod Award as the top individual finisher in this past weekend's MAAC Championships, carding a three-day total of 225, eight strokes better than any other competitor. In the process, Nguyen helped the Saints to their 12th consecutive MAAC title, and their first NCAA Tournament bid.
SAAC President Katie Carew presented the SAAC Appreciation Award to associate athletic director Dennis Bates. The award recognizes an individual for dedication and commitment to Siena's student-athletes.
The S.A.I.N.T.S. Cup was presented to Siena's Student Athlete Advisory Committee for their exemplary community service involvement.
Academic Advisor Gail Picillo awarded the Student-Athlete Achievement Awards to baseball's Dan Pendleton (Binghamton, N.Y.) and soccer's Maren Serafine (Canandaigua, N.Y.). The honor goes to a graduating student athlete who has worked diligently in the classroom and shown great improvement.
Additionally, Picillo handed out Senior Academic Honor and Academic Excellence awards to graduating seniors who have posted cumulative GPA's above a 3.20 over their four years. More than 30 seniors were recognized with these honors.
Four-year graduating seniors were also honored from each of Siena's sports and received special watches as a thank you gift for their efforts both on and off the field over the past four years.