OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson University seniors Stephen Banick (men's lacrosse) and Allie Ondrejcak (women's soccer) were named the University's Outstanding Male and Female Senior Athletes at the 22nd annual awards banquet held Sunday afternoon at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
Baseball senior Dylan Bell was named the recipient of the Fighting Heart Award, while field hockey/women's lacrosse senior Meg Gill was named Stevenson's nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Ian Eberly (baseball) and Alicia Greene (women's golf) were the recipients of the Dean Dawson Award, while Reid Foxwell (baseball) and Jenna Shenk (women's soccer) received the Dick Watts Transfer Award.
Men's tennis and women's golf were honored for having the highest male and female team grade point averages, and Most Valuable Players in a total of 28 sports were honored, while the Stevenson Student-Advisory Committee handed out several awards as well.
Banick has been a four-year standout for the men's lacrosse program and will leave his named etched all over the Mustang record books. In 84 career games, Banick has totaled 133 goals and 122 assists for 255 points, ranking third in career goals, fourth in career points and fifth in career assists. A three-time All-American, Banick was named First Team as a sophomore, Third Team as a junior and Honorable Mention as a freshman. He is a three-time First Team All-Conference selection and was named the MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 as a sophomore. This season Banick has totaled 28 goals and 29 assists for 57 points.
Ondrejcak has been a four-year standout for the women's soccer program. A four-time All-Conference selection, Ondrejcak was a three-time First Team selection while earning Honorable Mention status as a sophomore. She was a two-time NSCAA All-Region performer, earning Second Team honors as a junior and Third Team accolades as a senior. Ondrejcak was also a two-time NSCAA Scholar All-Region team member and was named to the MAC Academic All-Conference team as a senior. Ondrejcak appeared in and started all 90 games over her four-year career, making the most starts in program history while ranking fourth in career games played. A midfielder, she finished her career with 12 goals and 19 assists for 43 points, including three goals and a team-high seven assists this season.
The Fighting Heart Award honors a student-athlete, male or female, who has overcome the odds and shown perseverance in their life, on or off the field. It is given to the person who best depicts a "Fighting Heart".
Bell arrived at Stevenson in the fall of 2013 from UMES having already experienced tragedy, losing his brother in 2010 and his father in 2013. After arriving at Stevenson, he learned that he would have to sit out the spring 2014 season due to not having enough credits at UMES.
In May, 2014, while throwing on his own to get ready for the fall, Bell felt a "pop" and tore his UCL ligament, forcing him to undergo Tommy John surgery. His recovery was going well, however, on his return to campus, athletic trainer Jaime Harris realized Bell wasn't getting full extension of his arm. He underwent three procedures to figure out what was causing the tissue to swell, and eventually was told that he would likely never play baseball again.
In the spring of 2015, Bell learned his mother was diagnosed with Stage 2 Lymphoma, fortunately, after aggressive treatment, she is now cancer free. In the spring of 2015 Bell played in two games, recording an at-bat and a run scored, but as a pitcher, wanted to try to pitch again. This spring, Dylan pitched in a JV contest against Bridgewater, working an inning, and on April 26, pitched in a varsity contest against Salisbury. While preparing for his appearances, he learned he had a torn labrum, likely from overcompensation for his other injuries.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award is given annually by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics. The NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. The award is unique because it recognizes not only the athletics achievements of outstanding young women, but also their academic achievements, community service and leadership.
NCAA member institutions from all three divisions nominate their own woman of the year. To be eligible, these women must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have completed eligibility in their primary sport.
Gill, a two-sport standout, completed her eligibility in women's lacrosse in the spring of 2015 before wrapping up her field hockey career this past fall after suffering a season-ending injury in her junior year. An accounting major with a 3.68 grade point average, Gill was a three-time IWLCA All-Region performer in lacrosse and also was named First Team All-Commonwealth Conference three times. As a senior she was named to the IWLCA Honor Roll. In field hockey, she was twice a Second Team All-Conference selection and was a four-time selection to the NFHCA National Academic Squad. Gill was also selected to the Middle Atlantic Conference All-Academic Team in both field hockey and lacrosse.
For excellence in and out of the classroom, the Dean Rose Dawson Scholar-Athlete Award is given in recognition of achievement in higher education, athletics, personal honor and team spirit. This award is given annually to the respective male and female athlete graduating with the highest cumulative GPA and is in consideration of the academic four year work where the complete body of work is done at Stevenson University.
In four seasons at Stevenson, Eberly has played in 128 games for the Mustang baseball program. A two-time member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll who is expected to receive the honor once again, Eberly is batting a team-high .358 this season with a home run and 28 runs batted in. A Computer Information Systems major, Eberly boasts a 3.95 grade point average.
Greene has helped lead the women's golf program to back-to-back MAC championships and NCAA Tournament selections the past two years. This season, she finished tied for second at the conference championship to earn First Team All-Conference honors, while last season she finished tied for ninth, earning a spot on the Second Team. Alicia was recently named the women's golf recipient of the MAC Senior Scholar-Athlete Award, given to the senior in each conference sport that excels both athletically and academically, and she was named to the MAC All-Academic Team last year. A Biochemistry major, Greene has compiled a 3.98 grade point average and recently was accepted to medical school.
The Dick Watts Transfer Award is given to the graduating student athlete who transferred to Stevenson University and based on their academic work at Stevenson, will graduate with the highest grade point average while competing in varsity athletics.
Foxwell, a three-year member of the baseball program has made 40 appearances out of the bullpen over three seasons and has posted a 3-2 record with three saves. He is an Applied Mathematics major and has compiled a 3.64 grade point average in three years at Stevenson and was named to the MAC Academic Honor Roll in 2015.
Shenk, a two-year member of the women's soccer program, wass a member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll this past fall. This season she helped the Mustangs to a second place finish in the MAC Commonwealth standings. A Business Information Systems major, Shenk has compiled a 3.86 GPA at Stevenson.
Men's tennis was honored for holding the highest team cumulative GPA among male teams at 3.41, while women's golf was honored for posting a 3.655 cumulative grade point average.
Recipients of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee awards:
Athlete Choice Awards: Kevin Kopas (Baseball) and Taylor Venturino (Women's Soccer)
Team Sportsmanship: Men's Golf and Softball
Staff Appreciation Award: Mike Query, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Most Valuable Players in each of Stevenson's varsity sports:
Baseball: Ian Eberly
Men's Basketball: Erik Fisher
Women's Basketball: Sara Tarbert
Beach Volleyball: Megan Hren and Annika Schwartz
Cheerleading: Sara Miller
Men's Cross Country: Langston Gash
Women's Cross Country: Kelly Winklbauer
Dance: Karlo Lazaro
Field Hockey: Meg Gill
Football: Billy Lewis
Men's Golf: Matthew Daryman
Women's Golf: Morgan Wirtz
Women's Ice Hockey: Sarah Modzelewski
Men's Lacrosse: Matt Tompkins
Women's Lacrosse: Carli Bafford
Men's Soccer: Reid Hawkins
Women's Soccer: Allie Ondrejcak
Softball: Kristen Mueller
Men's Swimming: Andrew Sears
Women's Swimming: Julianna Burnett
Men's Tennis: Peter Hoblitzell and Tony Beres
Women's Tennis: Colleen Martin and Christina Endy
Men's Indoor Track and Field: Tevin Bailey
Women's Indoor Track and Field: Jess Rega
Men's Outdoor Track and Field: Tylor Bailey
Women's Outdoor Track and Field: Brianna Rafferty
Men's Volleyball: Patrick Schuyler
Women's Volleyball: Deanna Bradbury and Annika Schwartz