Senior Student-Athletes Honored at Year-End Ceremony

Dr. Bruce E. McCutcheon, Director of Athletics

May 19, 2011

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Class of 1913 Trophy
Charles L. Albert '08 Award

EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette Department of Athletics hosted its annual senior awards ceremony on Thursday, honoring over 100 student-athletes. Four graduating seniors - Stefan Bauer, Maricate Conlon, A.J. Miller and Meghan Cicchi - were given special recognition as the 2010-11 major award winners, as voted upon by Lafayette's head coaches and athletic administrators.

Bauer and Conlon received the Class of 1913 Trophy, an endowed award presented to the senior male and female student-athletes who have attained the greatest distinction both as an athlete and a scholar. The Class of 1913 Trophy has been presented annually since 1940.

Bauer, an Economics and Business major and a member of the men's lacrosse team, previously received the prestigious 2010-11 Maroon Club Scholar-Athlete Award. A Dean's List student, he is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon - the Economics Honor Society - and has studied at the American University in Dubai as a William Jefferson Clinton Scholar. He is also a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship, a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and a member of the Lafayette Athletic Honor Roll, Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and Academic All-Patriot League Team.

Bauer is also active in the Lafayette community as a Peer Mentor. He was also one of only 10 Lafayette students selected to travel to Madagascar to aid Malagasy students in their efforts to apply to American colleges.

On the lacrosse field, Bauer was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List as a candidate for the top individual honor in collegiate lacrosse by the University Club of Washington, D.C in 2010. He finished that season ranked fifth in the nation in assists per game and 32nd in Division I in points per game. He was the Leopards' second leading scorer and Most Valuable Offensive Player.

Conlon, a Geology major with an Economics minor and co-captain of the women's swimming and diving team, has been a College Swimming Coaches Association of America Academic All-American in each of her semesters on College Hill. She has also been recognized as a member of the Dean's List, the Lafayette Athletic Honor Roll, the Patriot League Honor Roll and the Academic All-Patriot League Team. She is also a two-time Excel Scholar and has participated in geological studies in Wyoming (2010 interim) and Ireland (summer 2009).

Athletically, Conlon has been named her class's Most Valuable Swimmer in each of the last three seasons. She accumulated 25 career points at the Patriot League Championships and is among the all-time top 10 at Lafayette in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke.

The Charles L. Albert '08 Award was presented to Miller and Cicchi. Established in 1966, the endowed Albert Award is given to the senior male and female student-athletes who are judged to be the most outstanding athletes.

For Miller, an Economics major, the prestigious honor caps a season in which he was named the Patriot League Baseball Player of the Year for the Leopards. Also a unanimous First Team All-Patriot League selection at catcher, Miller batted .385 in his senior season with a .708 slugging percentage and .485 on-base percentage. He will graduate tied for the single-season (12) and career (22) records for home runs at Lafayette. Additionally, Miller's 2011 campaign ranks as one of the finest in program history as Lafayette claimed the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament. The left-handed slugger is among the single-season leaders in hits, RBI, doubles, total bases and slugging percentage.

In 155 career games played in Maroon and White, Miller batted .313 with 22 home runs, 31 doubles and 101 runs batted in.

The Albert Award also concludes an outstanding career for Cicchi, a Chemisty major and field hockey defender. Cicchi was the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year for the Leopards in 2010 and a unanimous First Team All-Patriot League selection. She garnered all-league honors in all four of her seasons at Lafayette and was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2007. Cicchi also claimed a league-record 11 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors. She was previously recognized by the Lehigh Valley Association of Intercollegiate Athleteics for Women as Lafayette's Most Outstanding Athlete.

In addition to her defensive prowess, Cicchi led the Leopards on offense in 2010 with a team-high 16 goals and shared the team best of 35 points. In 77 career games played and started, she compiled 23 goals and eight assists for a total of 54 points. The Leopards qualified for the Patriot League Tournament in each of Cicchi's seasons on College Hill, including three trips to the Patriot League Championship Game.

The award ceremony was held at Lafayette's Williams Center for the Arts. Gary Laubach of the Lafayette Sports Network and Dr. Jarrod Spencer hosted the event, with additional remarks delivered by Director of Athletics Dr. Bruce McCutcheon and Kim Sorace, a senior women's soccer player and president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.