May 6, 2014
The Siena College Athletic Department held its annual All-Sports Celebration Tuesday, honoring the achievements of student athletes on and off the field while also recognizing graduating seniors for their years of service to the College.
Men's lacrosse junior Richie Hurley and softball senior Jessika-Jo Sandrini were named Siena's Male and Female Student Athletes of the Year.
Hurley, a junior captain from Setauket, N.Y., led the Saints to an undefeated MAAC regular season and the third MAAC championship in program history. The MAAC Offensive Player of the Year currently ranks sixth nationally in points per game and seventh in assists per game. He was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, and with a win at Bryant tomorrow, he will lead Siena to a First Round NCAA Tournament game vs. No. 2-seed Syracuse Sunday night.
Sandrini is the Saints' All-Time leader in wins (54) and strikeouts (469) and is one complete game (64) away from tying the program record. She also boasts a career batting average of .359. Sandrini has started every game in her career (186) and has been named to four MAAC All-Conference teams the past two seasons (utility and pitcher). The two-year captain from Adna, Wash. guided Siena to its first MAAC regular season championship in 2013 and helped the team earn the No. 4 seed in this week's MAAC Championships which open Wednesday at Fairfield.
Howell was named Rookie of the Week six times in the fall, the most in the conference, and was selected to the MAAC All-Rookie Team. She led the MAAC in assists in conference matches and ranked 13th nationally among all freshmen in the category. Her 999 assists were the 11th most in program history and her 32 aces were tops on the team this season.
Wright was one of just 25 student athletes nationally named to Kyle Macy Freshmen All-American Team. The MAAC All-Rookie team selection ranked second in the MAAC, 45th nationally and fifth among all freshmen with 5.2 assists per game. He was named MAAC Rookie of the Week three times and his 199 assists tied for the fourth most in a season in the 73-year history of the program. Wright's 1,318 minutes played this year were the second most ever played by a Siena basketball player (Marc Brown 1,322 in 1990-91). He guided the Saints to wins in nine of their last 11 games and a CBI Championship in April.
SAAC vice president Madeline Hurley presented the SAAC Appreciation Award to Siena College chaplain Fr. Greg Jakubowicz, O.F.M.. 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 the men's lacrosse team for their exemplary community service and overall positive involvement and participation.
Academic Advisor Gail Picillo awarded the Student Athlete Achievement Awards to men's lacrosse's Andrew Arnold (Westfield, N.J.) and women's basketball's Kanika Cummings (Monroe, Conn.). The honor goes to a graduating student athlete who has worked diligently in the classroom and shown great improvement.
Jancik 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 three dozen seniors were recognized with these honors.
Jancik also presented awards to student athletes who posted the highest cumulative GPA in their respective schools. They were field hockey's Cory dela Gorgendiere (School of Science), men's cross country's Mickey Sutton (Arts) and men's tennis' Joseph Holm (Business).
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.