PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. – The Queens College Department of Athletics hosted its annual Year-End Awards Banquet on Tuesday evening at the Harbor Links. The department celebrated the many accomplishments from the 2016-17 season and handed out major department awards, while each team distributed individual sport awards.
There are 12 major department awards: Men's & Women's Silver Knight Award, Male & Female Most Valuable Player, Male & Female Outstanding Senior Award, Goodhart Award, Patrick Parker #4 Award, Male & Female Outstanding Freshman Award, and Male & Female Most Improved Award.
The Silver Knight is someone who exemplifies what it means to be a Queens College Knight. It is someone who plays a critical role on the team athletically, who is academically a top student, who is involved in community service events and involved in campus events. The Silver Knight is the highest award that may be presented to a Queens College student-athlete.
Women's Silver Knight Award: Erin Vernillo, Women's Soccer
Erin Vernillo of the Queens women's soccer team, this year's Women's Silver Knight Award winner, has displayed leadership, courage and character that is unmatched. She has embraced her program and the Department of Athletics, flaws and all, and taken the initiative to change the things in which she can control. Vernillo has earned the respect of her peers and department and institutional leadership through her willingness to contribute to the success of her program, the department and others around her. She earned a spot on the All-ECC Third Team after scoring six goals this season and holds a 3.6 cumulative GPA, majoring in English and minoring in Psychology.
Men's Silver Knight Award: Lucas Martinez, Men's Tennis
The 2016-17 Men's Silver Knight Award is presented to Lucas Martinez of the Queens men's tennis team, who has displayed commitment to his team, the athletics department and the community. Even more, he has displayed leadership on and off the court. This season, Martinez earned the 12th spot in the East after he advanced to the ITA singles final. He went 8-3 overall in doubles play this spring and was 4-3 in singles competition, helping the Knights win the ECC Championship, as well as the NCAA East Region I title. Martinez holds a 3.8 cumulative GPA, while majoring in Finance.
Female Most Valuable Player: Madison Rowland, Women's Basketball
It was a historic season for Madison Rowland of the Queens women's basketball team, breaking record after record during her senior campaign. She was named the 2017 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association Ron Lenz National Player of the Year, while earning All-America honors from both the D2CCA and WBCA. Rowland was also honored as the D2CCA East Region Player of the Year and ECC Player of the Year, as well as earning the NCAA East Regional Most Outstanding Player Award for her performance in the Knights' regional championship. She was named Met Player of the Year and earns All-Met First Team honors for the fourth season in a row. Rowland is the Only player in NCAA history (DI, DII or DIII) to officially record career totals of 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 steals, 400 assists and 100 blocks and finishes her career first in program history in career points, single season points and single season steals, while finishing second in assists and fourth in rebounds.
Male Most Valuable Player: Moustafa Ibrahim, Men's Swimming & Diving
Moustafa Ibrahim of the Queens men's swimming and diving team had a stellar sophomore season, earning Honorable Mention All-America status in the 3-meter diving event after competing at the NCAA Championships. He also set new program records in both the 1- and 3- meter diving events this season. Ibrahim broke the 1-meter mark at the SUNY Maritime meet with a score of 528.10 before setting the 1-meter record with a score of 483.30 at the Metropolitan Conference Championships.
Female Outstanding Senior Award: MacKenzie Rowland, Women's Basketball
The Female Outstanding Senior Award winner, MacKenzie Rowland of the Queens women's basketball team, finished the season as the DII leader in double-doubles. She was named ECC Defensive Player of the Year, while earning first team all-conference, first team All-Met and second team all-region. Rowland was second in the ECC in scoring, first in rebounds, second in blocks and fifth in steals. Statistically, she finishes her career as the most dominant post player in Queens College history. Rowland is fourth all-time in career points, second in rebounds, fourth in assists, and third for both single-season rebounds and single-season blocks.
Male Outstanding Senior Award: Sharvill Nawghre, Men's Tennis
This year's Male Outstanding Senior, Sharvill Nawghre of the Queens men's tennis team, was named ECC Player of the Year this season. He is a three-time all-conference selection, earning first team honors twice and second team laurels in 2015. Nawghre posted a 5-0 mark in ECC play this spring and went 7-2 at No. 1 singles, while going 11-7 overall. He also went 10-8 overall in doubles this spring, including 4-1 in ECC play. A two-time ECC Player of the Week selection this season, Nawghre led his team to an ECC and Regional Championship.
Goodhart Athlete Scholar Award: Elizabeth DeVivo, Volleyball
Not everyone can be first. Yet the Goodhart family believes that successful effort should be recognized. Max and Zelda Goodhart attended City College and Brooklyn College, respectively, with Zelda Goodhart returning to Queens College 20 years later, earning graduate credits to become a New York City school teacher. Their three daughters attended Queens College 10 years after that, two of whom graduated with degrees in physical education. Mrs. Goodhart was a tenacious, loving, strong-willed woman who believed effort should be rewarded when goals are reached, and that each of us should work to our full potential.
This Athlete Scholar Award was established in 2013, per instructions in her will, to recognize the female athlete scholar placing second in the graduating class, recognizing that those who come in first are frequently lauded and praised, while all of those who don't are often not recognized at all. This award was designed to recognize and celebrate successful effort, and we congratulate the recipient coming in second, appreciating the effort that required.
Patrick Parker #4 Award: Sharvill Nawghre, Men's Tennis
The Patrick Parker #4 Award is presented to a senior, male or female athlete (continuing or transfer student), who demonstrated during their tenure as a Queens College student-athlete the following leadership traits in the classroom and their respective sport: driven, goal-oriented, striving for greatness, dedicated to their fellow student and sport, supportive, loyal, humble, and selfless. This award is selected by the Senior Woman Administrator and is approved by the Parker Family.
Female Outstanding Freshman Award: Cassidy Stewart, Volleyball
The Female Outstanding Freshman, Cassidy Stewart, started in 26 of 27 matches for the Queens volleyball team. She registered double-digit kills in 11 of 26 games with a career-high 13 kills against Post University. Stewart ranked fifth in the ECC with a .269 hitting percentage and had 202 total kills. She also ranked in the top 20 in all of Division II with 50 service aces and 0.53 service aces per set, which led the ECC. Stewart was named ECC Co-Rookie of the Year after her impressive freshman campaign.
Male Outstanding Freshman Award: Jared Coupe, Men's Track & Field
Jared Coupe, the Male Outstanding Freshman Award winner, won an individual ECC title with the men's track & field team this spring. With a toss of 40.03 meters in the hammer throw, this promising rookie secured his title as ECC Champion in the hammer throw at the ECC Outdoor Championships. Coupe also added a third place finish in the discus throw with a mark of 37.29 meters, earning second team all-conference honors in the event.
Female Most Improved Award: Angie Calle, Women's Track & Field
The Female Most Improved Award winner, Angie Calle of the women's track & field team, has dropped her 800-meter time by over 17 seconds from her first competition in January, through the ECC Outdoor Championship meet. She also improved by over one minute in the 1500 meters from the start of the season.
Male Most Improved Award: Kevin Giraldo, Men's Soccer
This year's Male Most Improved Award winner, Kevin Giraldo, played defensive center midfield in his third season with the Queens men's soccer team. He played in all 17 games (starting 15), after making 1 start and 15 appearances off the bench in his first two seasons. Giraldo developed technically and tactically to become a key performer.
Sport Award Winners
Most Improved: Kristen Moore
Coach's Award: Ragina Anthony
Outstanding Rookie Award: Cassidy Stewart
Most Valuable Player: Kristen Moore
Most Improved: Kevin Giraldo
Coach's Award: Daniel Saint Louis
Outstanding Rookie Award: Emgi Gousse
Most Valuable Player: Andras Breuer
Most Improved: Antoinette Koskinas
Coach's Award: Taylor Bonanno
Most Valuable Player: Erin Vernillo
Men's & Women's Cross Country
Coach's Award: Ronsheica Trotman
Coach's Award: Kyle Bell
Outstanding Rookie Award: Nakeema Neunie
Most Valuable Player: Diana Cruz
Most Improved: Darya Kolesnichenko
Coach's Award: Line Sorsdahl Aasen
Outstanding Rookie Award: Ruth Artaza Martin
Most Valuable Player: Angelika Sobiecka
Most Improved: Dah'Vielle Lucas
Coach's Award: Kaitlyn Mahon
Outstanding Rookie Award: Beth Bonin
Most Valuable Player: Madison Rowland
Most Improved: Malcolm Moore
Most Improved: Kyheim Chaplin
Outstanding Rookie Award: Kevin Buron
Outstanding Rookie Award: Issac Grant
Coach's Award: Idrissa Gandega
Most Valuable Player: Tyree White
Women's Swimming & Diving
Most Improved: Katie Waszkiewicz
Coach's Award: Nicole Weinsheimer
Outstanding Rookie Award: Amanda Giordano
Most Valuable Player: Jennifer Arana-Perez
Men's Swimming & Diving
Most Improved: Moustafa Ibrahim
Coach's Award: Joseph Mo
Outstanding Rookie Award: Louis Alers
Most Valuable Player: Jordan Melidor-Fuxis
Most Improved: Nicole Michaels
Coach's Award: Angela Acevedo
Outstanding Rookie Award: Gabi Mendoza
Most Valuable Player: Sabrina Decopain
Most Improved: Taianna Danzine
Coach's Award: Inayah Webster
Outstanding Rookie Award: Dana DeCastro
Most Valuable Player: Siara Martinez
Women's Track & Field
Most Improved: Angie Calle
Most Improved: Nakeema Neunie
Coach's Award: Diana Cruz
Outstanding Rookie Award: Olivia Smithwick
Most Valuable Player: Diana Cruz, Damira Banks, Ronsheica Trotman, Terrilyn Britton
Men's Track & Field
Most Improved: Yitzchak Rayman
Coach's Award: Skandal Delince
Outstanding Rookie Award: Jared Coupe
Most Valuable Player: Skandal Delince
Most Improved: Nicole Michaels
Coach's Award: Stevianne Ognibene
Outstanding Rookie Award: Vanessa Juengerkes
Most Valuable Player: Kristen Boody
Most Improved: Nicole Cutrone
Coach's Award: Angela Acevedo
Outstanding Rookie Award: Aleah Abdellatif
Most Valuable Player: Patriece Ausili
Most Improved: Rob Backus
Coach's Award: Thomas Zaki
Outstanding Rookie Award: Nick Morena
Most Valuable Player: Joe Broderick
Most Improved: Gabriel Mendez
Coach's Award: Lucas Martinez
Outstanding Rookie Award: Nicholas Volos
Most Valuable Player: Federico Toscano