2017 Athletic Season Capped off at PARDees

May 18, 2017

Past Award Winners: Albert Award | 1913 Trophy

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EASTON, Pa. -- As the PARDees came to a close on Thursday evening, four student-athletes of the Class of 2017 walked away with honors. Over 250 senior student-athletes, family members, coaches and administrators were on hand at the annual awards show, the final event of their collegiate athletic careers.

Katelyn Arnold, Trevor Houck, Amanda Magadan and Nick Lindner were tabbed Lafayette athletics' best at the event held in the theater at the College's Williams Center for the Arts.

Arnold and Houck were rewarded with the Class of 1913 Trophy, an endowed award presented to the senior student-athletes (male and female) who have attained the greatest distinction both as an athlete and a scholar. The award has been presented annually since 1940 and is currently selected by Lafayette's head coaches and athletic administrators.

Arnold (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) was a three-time Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week during her four seasons on College Hill. The senior netminder was named the Female Maroon Club Scholar-Athlete of the Year this past fall. She holds a 3.95 grade-point average as a Government & Law and Economics major.

A four-time Division I Field Hockey Scholar of Distinction, Arnold also was recognized as the Scholar of the Year and Athlete of the Year from the Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley. She has been actively involved with Athletes C.A.R.E., Athlete Ally, the College Fed Challenge Team and the Lafayette student newspaper, while also serving as the co-chair of the Senior Class Gift Committee.

"Not only is Katelyn extremely committed to her academics, she also proved to be a critical piece to our on the field performance, and will graduate as one of the top GK's in the league and country," Lafayette head field hockey coach Jennifer Stone said. "Her passion for the sport, understanding of the game, and commitment to the team and program set her apart among her peers. She has shown tremendous work ethic, dedication and ability to motivate, while serving as a natural leader for team."

Similar to Arnold, Houck (Westminster, Md./Westminster) was named Lafayette's Male Maroon Club Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the fall of his senior year. The senior was a key cog in the starting rotation for the Lafayette baseball team and was garnered the Patriot League Pitcher of the Week earlier this year after leading the Leopards to a win over Notre Dame in the season opener. Houck maintained a 3.79 GPA as a Civil Engineering major.

He is an active member of the Oaks Leadership Academy as well as the Engineering Honor Society. Additionally, Houck was given the Carroll Phillips Bassett Prize for scholarly achievement in Civil Engineering.

"Trevor embodies the ideal Lafayette student-athlete," Lafayette baseball head coach Joe Kinney said. "His accomplishments are tremendous and the balance he demonstrates between his academic, athletic, and social responsibilities are without exception. He is a true leader, an outstanding student, and an extremely dedicated athlete."

Magadan and Lindner received the Charles L. Albert '08 Award, presented to the student-athletes who are viewed as the most outstanding athletes. The endowed award was established in 1966. Magadan was a three-time All-Patriot League and All-Region player, while also being named Lafayette's outstanding athlete in 2016 and the LVAIAW Field Hockey Athlete of the Year that same year. Her talents on the field allowed her to extend her playing career beyond Rappolt Field as she played for the U.S. U21 National Team before being selected to the U.S. Women's National Field Hockey Team in 2017. A Psychology major with a 3.31 GPA, Magadan was actively involved in the Alternative School Break Club, Athlete Ally, Psychology Club, Lafayette Women and Business Club and Athletes C.A.R.E. The senior was the co-chair of the Student-Athlete Activities Committee and took part in the Oaks Leadership Academy.

"What Amanda has achieved during her time on campus is something that a Lafayette student-athlete has never done before," Stone said. "Since day one, she was the fiercest competitor and hardest worker on the field. She worked and improved her game exponentially, and those efforts have shown in the opportunities that now lie ahead of her. Amanda's leadership and impact on the Lafayette program will last for many years to come."

Lindner (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) became the first player in Lafayette basketball program history to finish his career with 1,500 points and 500 assists. He also finished second in career assists (520), sixth in scoring (1,509) and ninth in 3-pointers made (166) at Lafayette. The senior maintained a 3.9 GPA as a Government & Law major and was a two-time All-Patriot League Team selection, while also being named to the All-Rookie Team during his first year on College Hill.

"Nick's dedication to his craft on and off court is astounding," Lafayette men's basketball head coach Fran O'Hanlon stated. "Being one of the most feared guards in the Patriot League the past three seasons doesn't come easy. It comes from endless hours of working on his basketball skills and body. Leading the program to a Patriot League Championship, shattering multiple records, and being one of two players in league history to finish his career with 1,500 points and 500 assists highlights his dominance during his tenure as a Leopard."

The PARDees, which featured a pre-ceremony red carpet and a reception afterwards, was hosted by Gary Laubach of the Lafayette Sports Network and Susan Averett, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics.

Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon delivered additional remarks at the annual event leading up to Saturday's 182nd Commencement.