SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo Athletics honored the outstanding performances of the last 12 months and paid tribute to the University's core values at the annual Green and Gold Awards celebration, held Tuesday night at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
"This was a fantastic night to recognize all that our student-athletes have achieved over the last year," said Saint Leo Athletic Director Francis X. Reidy. "Every single day, whether in competition, in practice, or in the classroom, we have student-athletes who aspire to fulfill our Core Values, yet sometimes, amid our daily routines, we fail to fully appreciate all that these young men and women have achieved and represent. This night represents the one time we can all stop for a moment, come together as one community, and celebrate the excellence in Saint Leo Athletics."
The student-athletes recognized were from the Spring 2016, Fall 2016, and Winter 2016-17 teams. Student-athletes currently in season on Spring 2017 teams will be recognized at the 2018 Green and Gold Awards.
Award recipients for 2017 were:
Male Athlete of the Year-Individual Sport:
Rafal Matuszczak, senior, men's cross country
Rafal Matuszczak became the first USTFCCCA All-American in Saint Leo men's cross country program history after finishing 39th overall at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. He also took third at the SSC Cross Country Championships, and was sixth at the NCAA South Region Cross Country Championships.
Female Athlete of the Year-Individual Sport:
Colett Rampf, junior, women's cross country
Colett Rampf earned USTFCCCA All-America honors in cross country for the second straight year, after finishing 14th overall at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. She was the SSC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year for the third straight season, and also earned All-America honors in the 3000m steeplechase at the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Male Athlete of the Year-Team Sport:
Troy Sieber, junior (spring 2016), baseball
Troy Sieber earned ABCA Second Team All-America honors, becoming Saint Leo's first ABCA All-American since 1999. Sieber was a finalist for the 2016 Tino Martinez Award, presented to the top player in Division II baseball; he finished the season ranked fourth among D-II hitters and first in the SSC with a .457 batting average. Sieber was drafted in the 24th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros.
Female Athlete of the Year-Team Sport:
Arielle Kabangu, senior, women's soccer
Arielle Kabangu earned NSCAA Third Team All-America honors after leading Saint Leo women's soccer to the 2016 SSC regular season and tournament championships. She tallied 16 goals and four assists for 36 points, and received SSC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year honors. Kabangu finished her career as Saint Leo's all-time leader in career points (151), goals (65), and multi-goal games (18).
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Rafal Matuszczak, senior, men's cross country
In addition to his athletic achievements, Rafal Matuszczak is a computer science/information assurance major with a 3.880 GPA.
Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Marie Coors, junior (spring 2016), women's golf
Marie Coors took medalist honors at the SSC Women's Golf Championships for the second time in three seasons. She guided her team through the NCAA South Super Regional Championship to qualify for the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships, where they finished tied for fourth. Coors is an economics major, with a 3.997 GPA.
Men's Team of the Year: Men's Golf (spring 2016)
Saint Leo men's golf earned the first team and first individual national championships in Saint Leo history when they claimed the 2016 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver, Colo., as part of the 2016 NCAA Division II Spring Championships Festival.
Women's Team of the Year: Women's Tennis (spring 2016)
Saint Leo women's tennis advanced to the national semifinal of the 2016 NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championships, the team's second trip to the national semifinal round in the last three seasons. The Lions also won the 2016 SSC regular season championship, and amassed numerous individual honors over the course of the season.
Male Freshman of the Year:
Alberto Barroso-Campos, freshman (spring 2016), men's tennis
Alberto Barroso-Campos won ITA Division II All-America honors in both singles and doubles play, and was the 2016 ITA South Region Rookie of the Year. He also earned 2016 SSC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors, while posting a 22-4 record in single play and a 27-2 mark in doubles.
Female Freshman of the Year:
Annie Lindstrom, freshman, women's swimming
Annie Lindstrom earned SSC Women's Swimming Freshman of the Year honors, and was a Second Team All-SSC selection. She was a three-time NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championship qualifier in the 50 Freestyle, the 100 Freestyle, and the 100 Butterfly.
Support Staff Person of the Year:
Fred Kunstman, Campus Security & Safety
A visible fixture at Saint Leo home athletic events, Fred Kunstman has provided security and crowd control for Saint Leo athletics for the last three seasons.
Other awards presented on Tuesday night at the 2017 Green and Gold Awards:
"Mr. and Ms. Saint Leo" Awards - presented to the individuals who best model all of Saint Leo's core values and serve as an example to other Saint Leo student-athletes
"Mr. Saint Leo": Casey Bannon, senior, men's golf
"Ms. Saint Leo": Rosie Young, junior, women's soccer
Iron Lion Awards – presented to the individuals who have shown the greatest dedication and improvement in the weight room
Men's Iron Lion Award: Dylan Harris, junior (spring 2016), baseball
Women's Iron Lion Award: Sommer Pollard, sophomore (spring 2016), softball
Comeback Athlete of the Year Awards – presented to the individuals who have demonstrated the most strength, hard work, and determination to overcome adversity and/or injury
Male Comeback Athlete of the Year: Will Cothron, senior (spring 2016), men's lacrosse
Female Comeback Athlete of the Year: Marie Coors, junior (spring 2016), women's golf
Team Community Service Award: Women's Basketball
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