May 4, 2011

St. Mary's Athletic Department Concludes 2010-11 with Annual Awards

St. Mary’s City, Md. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Department of Athletics and Recreation announced the winners of the annual end of the year awards Monday night.  This year’s winners will be honored during the four showings of the 2010-11 athletic highlight video produced by seniors Adam Shenk (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) and Alex Franz (Catonsville, Md./Cardinal Gibbons).

The highlight video will be on display at Cole Cinema in the Campus Center on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of this week at 7:00 pm.

Director of Athletics and Recreation, Scott Devine exclaimed, “I would like to give a special thank you to Adam and Alex for putting together an excellent highlight video.”

Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Meredith Powlison with AD Scott Devine Senior sailor Meredith Powlison (Shelburne, Vt.) earned SMCM Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors after posting a 3.872 GPA as a double major in English and Psychology.  A four-year letterwinner for the nationally-ranked Seahawks, Powlison has earned a spot on the Dean’s List every semester while being a member of both Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society, and Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society.  She is also a St. Mary’s Junior and Senior Scholar, an honor bestowed upon juniors and seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better and have taken at least 32 credit hours for a letter grade at St. Mary’s.

She represented the sailing team on the 2010 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association All-Academic Sailing Team as Powlison was one of 19 outstanding scholar-athletes recognized by ICSA.

Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Sam Burum with AD Scott Devine Men’s Basketball’s senior center Sam Burum (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) is the recipient of this year’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award after posting a 3.737 GPA as a political science major and sociology minor.  Burum is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society for juniors and seniors, as well as Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.  A St. Mary’s Junior and Senior Scholar, he also made the Dean’s List every semester and the Capital Athletic Conference All-Academic Team all four years.

On the court, Burum was a two-year starter for the Seahawks.  He wrapped up his career-best campaign by being selected to the D3hoops.com All-Middle Atlantic Region Second Team and the All-CAC First Team.  Burum helped lead the Seahawks to a four-year record of 91-27 (51-13 CAC) – the best record by any senior class in school history.  The Seahawks also enjoyed three NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament appearances, three CAC championship titles as well as three consecutive conference regular-season titles.

Female Rookie of the Year
Coach Weaver (left) with Kelsey Wirtz This year’s SMCM Female Rookie of the Year award went to first-year goalkeeper Kelsey Wirtz (Parkton, Md./Hereford).  Wirtz capped a solid rookie campaign by being named this year’s CAC Rookie of the Year as well as earning a spot on the All-CAC second team.

Wirtz is the third Seahawk in program history to be picked as the league’s women’s soccer Rookie of the Year, following in the footsteps of former St. Mary’s standouts, Kathy Holmes ’02 (1998) and Sophia Esparza ’10 (2006).  The 5-10 goalie was twice selected as the CAC Defensive Player of the Week this season (October 11 and 25).

Wirtz won the starting role after the first game, posting a 1.68 goals-against average and recording three shutouts en route to a 6-7-2 record.  She notched a season-best nine saves twice, against Virginia Wesleyan College and at Frostburg State University.  Her first collegiate shutout came against 2010 CAC champion, Stevenson University, for the Mustangs’ only conference loss of the season.

Male Rookie of the Year
Andrew Gear (middle) with Coach Sabedra (left) and AD Scott Devine First-year Andrew Gear (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) is the recipient of this year’s Male Rookie of the Year award.  Gear was also just voted the Capital Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Rookie of the Year.

Gear became the first Seahawk to ever win the Rookie of the Year award since it was added prior to the 1997 season.  He is also the first St. Mary’s player to ever garner first team All-CAC singles honors as Gear earned first-team singles and second-team doubles nods.

He completed a phenomenal rookie campaign with a program-record 19 singles wins as Gear finished the season with a 19-2 record for a .905 win percentage, including an undefeated 7-0 record in conference play.  His 19 singles victories were a conference best as well.  From March 14 to April 17, Gear won 14 consecutive singles matches.  The 6-2 first-year captured all but four of his singles victories in straight sets and was never shutout in his two losses.  For the season, Gear was 14-1 at the second singles flight, 4-0 at No. 3, and 1-0 at No. 4 while his second loss came at No. 1.

Gear also had a successful doubles campaign, tying the season record for doubles wins of 12 set by juniors Robbie Bourdon (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) and Thomas Hoesman (Ellicott City, Md./Howard).  Gear finished the season with a 12-9 record at No. 1 doubles with partners Hoesman and sophomore Arvin Wong (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman).

Female Athlete of the Year
Jamie Roberts with AD Scott Devine This year’s SMCM Female Athlete of the Year is senior Jamie Roberts (Rockville, Md./The Barrie School), a three-sport athlete at St. Mary’s who excelled in soccer, basketball and lacrosse.  Roberts was also a three-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as the SAAC secretary this year.

In basketball, she earned second team All-CAC honors for the first time in her four-year career in 2010-11.  Overall, Roberts ranked seventh among conference players in free throw percentage with 74.7 percent.  However, in league-only stats, she ranked fifth in scoring with 13.1 points per game (10.0 ppg in all games).  The 5-7 forward played in all 25 games with 20 starts for the Seahawks, finishing as the team’s leading scorer with 10.0 points per game to highlight her career-best campaign.

Eight times, she finished as the team’s leading scorer, including scoring 20+ points in three straight games and finishing with five 20-point games.  Roberts tallied career-high 23 points twice this season, once against Salisbury University (Jan. 19) and once against Wesley College (Feb. 12).

She earned CAC Player of the Week honors for the first time ever on February 14.  Roberts was also second on the team in three-point field goal percentage (32.1%) as she made a career-best three 3-point field goals in four games this season.  Roberts was the team’s leading rebounder in two games as she finished fourth on the team in rebounding with a 3.4 average.

She ended her four-year career with 811 points, 323 rebounds, 146 assists, and 106 steals in 99 games played (57 starts).  Roberts made 36.0 percent of her field goals for her career while averaging 8.2 points and 3.3 rebounds.

Roberts was a two-year letterwinner on the women’s soccer team, playing in 26 games with 18 starts.  She brought an aggressive and tenacious style of play to the defensive back line.  A three-year member of the lacrosse team, Roberts picked up second team all-conference honors last season at the goalkeeper position after leading the Seahawks to their third straight CAC semifinal appearance.

Male Athlete of the Year
Coach Harney (left) with Alex Franz For the fifth straight year, a men’s basketball player has been selected as the St. Mary’s Male Athlete of the Year.  Senior guard Alex Franz (Catonsville, Md./Cardinal Gibbons) garnered the award as St. Mary’s enjoyed three NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament appearances with two trips to the Sweet 16 (2008 and 2010) and one Elite 8 showing in 2011 under his leadership.

Franz will leave the Seahawk men’s basketball program as one of the most decorated players to have come through St. Mary’s.  He was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year as well as the D3hoops.com Middle Atlantic Region Player of the Year.  Franz became just the second Seahawk in the 21-year history of the conference to be named CAC Player of the Year, 10 years after Sheldon Taylor ’01 was honored following the 2000-01 season.

He is also a two-time D3hoops.com all-region selection as Franz earned first team honors this season after being named to the third team in 2010.  On his résumé as well are three consecutive selections to the All-CAC first team.

Franz has helped lead the Seahawks to a four-year record of 91-27 (51-13 CAC) – the best record by any senior class in school history.  The Seahawks also experienced three CAC championship crowns, including back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011, as well as three consecutive conference regular-season titles.

Franz has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the men’s basketball program, graduating as the school’s all-time leader in assists (587) and steals (326) as well as the conference’s career leader in steals.  He finished ranked ninth in Division III with 2.9 steals per game as Franz led the conference with 90 steals.  He also owns the 35th-best assist average in the nation with 5.3 assists per game, wrapping up his senior campaign with a conference-best 164 assists.  Franz ended the 2010-11 season as the team’s leading scorer with 15.5 points per game for fifth in the conference.

In four years, Franz accumulated 1,485 points in 118 games played (112 starts).  He shot 44.8 (527-1177) percent from the floor, including 32.0 (136-425) percent from downtown.  Franz also grabbed 548 career rebounds while making 68.9 (295-428) percent of his free throws.

Athletic Director’s Award
Jamie Roberts with AD Scott Devine Devine named senior Jamie Roberts (Rockville, Md./Barrie School) as the recipient of the 2010-11 Athletic Director’s Award for demonstrating unselfish dedication to Seahawk athletics on and off the field.

“Competing on the college level in one sport is an amazing commitment and takes a great deal of skill and desire.  So to think of Jamie as being a key contributor in three sports is almost hard to comprehend,” stated Devine.

Devine continued with, “No matter what the sport, Jamie has been an ideal teammate, a true student-athlete, and a wonderful leader in her own right.  This speaks volumes to Jamie’s character, her likeability, and her all around athleticism.”

“It is for all these reasons that this year’s Athletic Director Award Winner was an easy choice.  She will be leaving a very special Seahawk athletic legacy behind.  We all wish Jamie the best of luck in her future endeavors.”

St. Mary’s Athletes of the Month
The athletic department would also like to recognize the nine Seahawks who were named athletes of the month throughout the 2010-11 academic year.

SEPTEMBER – Lauriann Parker, So., Forward, Field Hockey
OCTOBER – Tori Eskay, So., Forward, Women’s Soccer
NOVEMBER – Michael Menninger, Sr., Skipper, Sailing and Kelly Heyde, So., IM/Fly/Free, Women’s Swimming
DECEMBER – Cameron Hedquist, Fy., Free/IM, Men’s Swimming
JANUARY – Alex Franz, Sr., Guard, Men’s Basketball
FEBRUARY – Sam Burum, Sr., Center, Men’s Basketball
MARCH – Aubrey Mirkin, Sr., Midfielder, Women’s Lacrosse
APRIL – Andrew Gear, Fy., Men’s Tennis