Students From The Department Of Athletics And Recreation Honored At QU Senior Awards

HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University hosted its 29th annual Senior Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Recreation Center on Mount Carmel Avenue, a banquet that recognizes academic, athletic and extracurricular achievements by selected students. Senior Brett Uttley (Jamestown, R.I.) of the men’s soccer and senior Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) of the field hockey team were honored as the two recipients of the prestigious award.

The ceremony included a myriad of awards distinguishing excellence, leadership and commitment to academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Along with the presentation of awards, the event encompassed opening remarks from Quinnipiac University President, John Lahey, and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Mark A. Thompson.

Uttley enjoyed four seasons with the men’s soccer program and was named the Quinnipiac Men’s Scholar-Athlete for the 2011-12 year. Despite missing his freshman campaign with an injury, Uttley wrapped up his senior season with 13 appearances, which included 10 in a starting role. In addition to soccer, Uttley was enrolled in a demanding communications program at QU, where he has sustained a 3.67 grade point average. “Brett has overcome all obstacles to play a significant a role for our program,” said Head Coach Eric Da Costa. “Brett is the definition of professional, and is one of the most determined and hardworking players to come through our doors.”

Lewis has put together a tremendous career for the field hockey team and was named the Quinnipiac Women’s Scholar-Athlete for the 2011-12 year. Lewis, still with one year of eligibility remaining, is enrolled in the Athletic Training program and has earned a spectacular 3.92 grade point average. Coupled with her academics, Lewis posted an 11-7 record in the cage this past season, ranking among the national leaders in save percentage (.776). She was selected to the 2011 Northeast Conference All-Tournament Team and ranks fourth in Quinnipiac history in single-season saves with 173 of them. “Lewis emerged into a terrific leader of our field hockey team this year,” said Head Coach Becca Kohli. “Her commitment to academics and athletics undoubtedly makes her a perfect candidate for this prestigious award.”

Joining Uttley and Lewis from the Quinnipiac University Department of Athletics with awards were:

Megan Brady (Field Hockey, Ryan J. O’Neil Entry-Level Master’s Physician Assistant Award)

John Midy (Intramural Referee, Harold Potts Memorial Physical Therapy Award and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges)

Kelby Carey (Women’s Volleyball, The Benjamin and Juliette Trewin Award for Academic Excellence)

Francis DiSomma (Intramural Referee, Outstanding Senior Award)

Jordan Elkins (Women’s Ice Hockey, Outstanding Senior Award)

Jillian Kelley (Women’s Soccer, Outstanding Senior Award)

Melissa Perry (Women’s Ice Hockey, Outstanding Senior Award).

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