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Montclair, NJ (6/1/11) – Senior William Brown (Gloucester, NJ / Palmyra), the NCAA indoor track champion in the 55 meter hurdles and junior Cora Delfini (New Egypt, NJ / New Egypt), an All-Region women’s lacrosse standout, were named Male and Female Outstanding Athletes of the Year, respectively as the Red Hawk Athletic Department handed out their awards for the 2010-11 academic year. The seniors were two of 13 student-athletes honors at the annual All-Sports Banquet in early May.
Soccer standout Mike Krol (Howell, NJ / Howell) and Deana Hagel (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex) of the field hockey team were named the Senior Athletes of the Year with football’s Dan Keegan (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex) and basketball’s Jaime Ericson (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) selected as Junior Athletes of the Year.
Softball third baseman Dana Amato (Hillsdale, NJ / Pascack Valley) and football middle linebacker Dan Avento (Montvale, NJ / Pascack Hills) were the recipients of the Gerald “Bennie” Benson Freshman Athletes of the Year.Heather Gearity (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford), the NCAA outdoor runner-up in the 400 meter hurdles, was tabbed as Sophomore Female Athlete of the Year while soccer goalkeeper Anthony Rogic (Boonton, NJ / Morris Catholic)presented with the John A. Greco Sophomore Male Athlete of the Year, which was renamed in honor of men’s lacrosse coach John Greco, who passed away in November.
Also honored was junior quarterback Tom Fischer (Livingston, NJ / Livingston), who was named the Scholar-Athlete Award winner. Women's soccer senior Katie Hazzard (Clementon, NJ / Highland Regional) was the recipient of the Highest GPA Award. Blaise Lacca (Sewell, NJ / Washington Township), a team captain for the MSU men’s swimming and diving team, was presented with the James J. Poet Sportsmanship Award. Senior Kisandra Ayanbeku (Brockton, MA / Randolph), was named the TALON Award winner for her outstanding leadership and contributions to the community.
The department also handed out its Team Academic Achievement Awards to the male and female teams with the highest team cumulative grade-point averages. The football squad along with the women's soccer team earned those honors. It marked the third straight year that women’s soccer posted the highest team GPA among the women’s teams.