May 14, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - On Thursday evening, Lafayette's Williams Center for the Arts will host the annual senior student-athlete awards ceremony where more than 100 student-athletes will be honored for their athletic and academic accomplishments over the past four years on College Hill.
Four graduating seniors will receive special recognition as the Charles L. Albert '08 Awards and the Class of 1913 Trophies are presented at the event. One male and one female senior student-athlete will win each honor, which is voted upon by Lafayette's head coaches and athletic administration.
The Albert Award is presented annually to the senior male and female student-athletes at Lafayette who are judged to be the most outstanding athlete. The 1913 Trophy is presented annually to the senior male and female student-athletes who have attained the greatest distinction both as an athlete and a scholar.
Seven male student-athletes have been nominated for the Albert Award; Brandon Ellis, Doug Gallagher, Stephen McCormick, Jerome Rudolph, Jeff Snell, Noah Weiner and Ryan Willen. In addition to Ellis and Willen, who are also on the Class of 1913 ballot, Nick Henderson, Graham Heydt, Andrew Morris and Cory Schutz make up the six nominees.
Four female student-athletes were proposed for the Albert Award; Alexandria Brannick, Carolyn Cabrey, Joelle Neilson and Gwen Turner. Brannick, along with Katherine Charchalis, Bridget Greeley and Erika Stasakova complete the potential Class of 1913 Trophy winners.
Ellis, a cornerback for the football team, was chosen as the Otis Ellis '89 Scholar-Athlete Award recipient in 2011 and was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team. A Neuroscience major, Willen was selected the Patriot League's Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2012 and is the sixth all-time leading scoring in Lafayette basketball history.
McCormick, a Mechanical Engineering major and school record holder in three events, has his name in the top 10 in 10 different swimming events. A 2012 Academic All-Patriot League selection in tennis, Morris was chosen as team captain as a senior and complied a singles record of 25-17 during his career. Rudolph was a First Team All-Patriot League honoree in track and is the school record holder in the 100 meter dash. On the diamond, Snell holds the Lafayette record with 18 career saves. Weiner, a two year fencing co-captain, qualified for the NCAA Regional Tournament each of his four years.
A Second Team All-Patriot selection as a junior and senior, Gallagher also served as captain during that time. Henderson earned a spot on the 2011 Academic All-Patriot League Indoor Team and won the Eastern College Division Pole Vault at the Penn Relays as a senior. Heydt finished his senior campaign ranked fifth in the country with a .504 goals-against average and second with a .908 save percentage. Schutz was a captain for the swimming and diving team in his final season and holds the Lafayette pool record in the 100 meter breast stroke.
Brannick, a Geology major, served as team captain for the swimming and diving team in 2011-12 and also owns three school records. The 2011 Patriot League Tournament MVP, Cabrey helped Lafayette to its first Patriot League Field Hockey Championship since 2002. Charchalis, an Economics major, was a three-year captain for the Lafayette tennis team. During her senior season, Neilson twice earned Field Athlete of the Meet honors at the Patriot League Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Turner has played and started in 188 games during her four-year softball career.
A two-year captain of the fencing team, Greeley majored in Mathematics and was part of Lafayette's Gold and Silver Athletic Honor Roll. Stasakova, an International Affairs and Spanish double major, recently earned First Team All-Patriot League status and is the school record holder in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
The event, which begins at 5 p.m., is hosted by Gary Laubach of the Lafayette Sports Network and Dr. Jarrod Spencer, Lafayette's Sport Psychologist. GoLeopards.com will have a full recap of the award winners following the event, including a look at the student-athletes on the red carpet.