Bangor, ME – The Husson University Department of Athletics held their annual Eagle Award Banquet at The Spectacular Event Center in Bangor, Maine on Monday, April 21st.
WVII-TV’s Sports Director Aaron Jackson served as the evening’s emcee, while Husson’s Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi and President Dr. Robert Clark welcomed the over 350 attendees with their opening remarks.
The Spectacular Event Center provided a wonderful meal, followed by the presentation of awards by the Voice of Husson Eagles, Reid Durost. Each of Husson’s 18 athletic teams and two spirit teams honored their senior student-athletes and awarded their Eagle Awards.
2014 Husson Athletics Eagle Award Winner:
Golf - Greg Martin
“As a sophomore Greg Martin and has developed into an outstanding golfer. He is a player that comes through in the clutch and in the NAC Championship he shot 71 on the second day, the low score of the tournament, to lead the Husson golf team to their 8th consecutive NAC Championship,” said Golf Head Coach Ed Meo.
Women’s Soccer - Rebecca Jones
“Becca was a four-year standout for Husson women's soccer both on and off the field. The Physical Therapy major was the team's 2013 Golden Ball Winner with 14 points on the season, and she was selected by her peers to receive the Players' Player Award as the player who they look up to, who they respect as a player, and who has given her all to the team on and off the field,” said Women’s Soccer Head Coach Carly Gettler.
Men’s Soccer - Chris DelGiudice
“Chris had the unique opportunity to serve as a four-year captain. His knack for getting the team organized and ready to play was exceptional. A true midfielder who could run all day, he was asked to spend most of his career at Husson as a center back and performed consistently as our best one on one defender and one of the best in the NAC,” said Head Men’s Soccer Coach Jeff Gettler.
Field Hockey - Elizabeth Noddin
“Liz exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete. Her commitment and hard work was always evident on the field and in the classroom. She worked hard to become the best with countless hours in the weight room and on the field. Her shy demeanor and lead by example leadership style made her a strong force in our midfield and program for the past three seasons,” said former Head Field Hockey Coach Jen Johnstone.
Volleyball - Alexandra deHertogh
“Alexandra deHertogh stepped into a difficult role this year on the volleyball team by being the only veteran player that was an upperclassman. She took on the leadership role with a positive attitude always pushing the team to be successful. Any task that was thrown at her she stepped up to assist the team both on the court and off," said Head Volleyball Coach Jodie Fairbank.
Football - Ray Wiggins
“Ray will graduate the most decorated player in program history. His leadership, achievement, and competitive spirit have set him apart. Ray's work in the classroom, weight room, and his commitment to the team and his teammates has been remarkable. Ray's greatest achievement is that he has left the Husson football program in a better place,” said Head Football Coach Gabby Price.
Women’s Cross Country - Molly Frankinburger
“Molly has been the cornerstone for the Husson Women's XC program as the first 4 year runner. During this time she has been a leader on and off the course. As long time captain, Molly has earned numerous NAC awards while enrolled in Husson's rigorous PT program. The program is where it is today due to Molly and while it will continue to excel as a result of her hard work, it will certainly be missing its biggest supporter,” said Coach Kate Goupee.
Men’s Cross Country - Andrew Balsamo
“Andrew was recruited as an athlete that would lead the Husson Men's XC program on and off the course. Andrew has delivered on all levels. He remained one of our top runners and most consistent through out the course of the season and was voted as a captain for his sophomore campaign. Through continued hard work, Andrew will develop into one of the better runners in the NAC conference while leading the men to being one of the top teams,” said Coach Kate Goupee.
Women’s Basketball -Victoria McIntyre
“Vicki came into the season in great shape, she takes her workouts, practices, and games seriously, everyone around her knows how competitive she is as it is written all over her face when competing. Vick is the type of player who will take responsibility for her play good or bad, she handles criticism very well, she does not make excuses or complains she just works harder to get the job done,” said Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kissy Walker.
Men’s Basketball - Corey Wood
“Corey has a positive attitude, caring spirit, and willingness to sacrifice for everyone around him. He positively affects everyone he comes in contact with and his leadership has led to two championships over the past two years. Corey Wood is a leader, a winner who has influenced our success in many ways with a basketball and without,” said Head Men’s Basketball Coach Warren Caruso.
Women’s Swimming & Diving - Erin Benner
“As a veteran leader, Erin overcame shoulder issues this season and had an impressive outing for the Eagles placing 14th overall at the New England Championships. The women’s program will reach new heights next season under her senior leadership,” said Head Swimming Coach Butch Babin.
Men’s Swimming & Diving - Tim Smith
“Joining Husson in their inaugural season, Tim had to come back from a torn ACL and won all dual meets as well as the GNAC Championship, establishing himself as the diver to beat in all of New England. He came from behind on his last three dives to win the New England Championships, quickly making an impact on a new team and emerging as a team leader,” said Head Coach Butch Babin.
Women’s Indoor Track & Field - Kerianne Downing
“Kerianne is an excellent example of a student athlete who exemplifies leadership through conduct and self discipline. She leads by her hard work as a multi event competitor and encouraging her teammates. She is a very dedicated athlete to her sport and the Husson program even while juggling 7 events in Outdoor track. Her positive attitude is as infectious as her love for the sport,” said Interim Track and Field Coach Kate Goupee.
Softball - Kayla Merrill
“Kayla Merrill is the spark plug at the top of our line-up, she provides an energy that the entire team can feed off of. She is an extremely hard working player who leads by example. Her passion for the game fuels her teammates to work their hardest,” said Head Softball Coach Kristie Hawkins.
Baseball - Dylan Foster
“Dylan has really stepped up this year for us. He has demanded more from himself this year both on and off the field. He has been a consistent leader in all aspects of the game. Dylan’s hard work, commitment, and loyalty to the program are what has made him this year’s eagle award winner for baseball,” said Head Baseball Coach Jason Harvey.
Women’s Lacrosse - Michaela Bicknell
“Michaela Bicknell is a hard working, dedicated, and passionate student athlete. She holds herself to an admirable standard, radiating positivity and offering unwavering support to her teammates. Her capability to be patient on attack, push the ball in transition, and command a strong presence in the defensive end makes her a very well rounded lacrosse player. Michaela fills every aspect of the captain role, and is a coachable athlete that any coach would be happy to have on their team,” said Co-Interim Women’s Lacrosse Coach Emily Child.
Men’s Lacrosse - Mark Nardelli
“Mark Nardelli has been a four-year starter and a three-time all-conference player at close defense and Husson’s second all-time leader in caused turnovers with 97. Mark is a tireless, and tenacious worker and a quintessential team leader. He has been a major part of the team’s fabric and will be irreplaceable,” said Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Marsh Gray.
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field – Chrissy Larrabee
“Chrissy has set numerous school records, established herself as one of the best 1500 runners in the state and qualified for the NCAA DIII New England Championships. Even more impressive than her track exploits is her dedication to Husson University and its athletics teams. Chrissy is a team leader and motivator who serves as an above the bar example for the underclassman. Husson has had a great privilege to have her represent this institution,” said Interim Head Coach Kate Goupee.
Cheer & Dance – Danielle Diaz & Brooke Baginski
“Danielle Diaz joined our team last year as a sophomore and was a quiet leader when she arrived, but she has since found her voice on the team. She is always willing to step in the leadership role to help out the team’s captain and coaches. Danielle also volunteered for many projects to include Youth Day and Special Olympics. We look forward to welcoming her in the role of captain next year,” said Head Cheer Coach Buffie McCue.
“Brooke Bagnski is a great motivator for the dance team, she always has a smile on her face and will step up to the plate to do what needs to be done! She has been dancing for 18 years with a strong background in jazz, ballet and tap. Brooke balanced school with being a dancer with ease. She also finds time for work in the community, volunteering for Relay for Life, and Harvest of the Homeless. It has been a great pleasure to have her on the team and wish her all the best next year!” said Head Dance Coach Buffie McCue.