McGill, Mihalek Among Student-Athletes Recognized at Annual Awards Banquet

McGill, Mihalek Among Student-Athletes Recognized at Annual Awards Banquet

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Adrianna Mihalek (Woodbury) and Lawrence McGill (New Haven) are among the Eastern Connecticut State University’s departmental award-winners for 2016-17.

A four-year volleyball player, Mihalek became the 19th recipient of the Bonnie J. Edmondson Senior Female SportsPerson-of-the-Year Award. McGill, a four-year member of the track & field program, became the 19th recipient of the Senior Male Francis E. Geissler Male SportsPerson-of-the-Year Award.

The Edmondson Award is named after Eastern’s former track & field star Bonnie Edmondson’87 and the Geissler Award in the name of Eastern’s former athletic director and basketball and baseball coach Francis Geissler. The awards recognize athletic excellence, dedication, loyalty, enthusiasm, integrity, spirit, and devotion to the team.

Among additional award-winners for 2016-17 are Jake Fitzgerald with the Morrell Service Award and the women’s soccer team with the Faculty Athletic Representative award for academic excellence.

A record 68 individuals received an E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award. Thirty-eight were recognized as outstanding scholar-athletes (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50) and 30 as scholar-athletes (minimum cumulative GPA between 3.15 and 3.49). Juniors and seniors are eligible for the scholar-athlete awards.

At right: Morrell Award recipient Jake Fitzgerald (center) with Morrell brothers Tim (far left) and John (far right).

Additional awards to be presented at the conclusion of the academic year are the male and female Team Sport Athlete-of-the-Year, male and female Team Sport Rookie-of-the-Year and the Individual Sport Athlete-of-the-Year Award and Individual Sport Rookie-of-the-Year Award.

Mihalek was a four-year starter and one of only two players in program history to record both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. She was a four-time All-Little East Conference selection, 2013 LEC and Eastern Rookie-of-the-Year, three-time LEC All-Academic qualifier and an Academic All-America nominee.

In addition to her commitments to her sport and to her academics, Mihalek has been involved in countless extracurricular activities during her four-year undergraduate experience. She has served as a Student Ambassador and as a member of SAAC, vice president of the Pre-Law Society, as a Public Relations Officer for the History Club, Vice President of the Organization of Mediterranean American Students, and as a member of the People Helping People Club, to name just a few.

A team captain, McGill has been involved in team community projects such as the Little Manchester Road Race, Willimantic Town Cleanup, and Willimantic Classic Half Marathon. He also represented Eastern as one of 300 individual nationwide at the NCAA Leadership Conference this past fall. As a member of the indoor and outdoor track and field program, McGill has run at distances from 200 and 1000 meters and is a member of the program’s record-setting indoor 4x800 meter relay.


At left: The women's soccer program received the Faculty Athletic Representative Award for Academic Excellence.

Fitzgerald has served as a lifeguard supervisor for three years, working during the semester, during intersession and in the summers. According to his supervisor, Diana Pepin, Jake is “extremely reliable, caring, and in control of any issue that arises. He is mature beyond his years. He is able to problem-solve on the fly and is a team player, helping out whenever and wherever he is needed.”

The Morrell Service Award is named in honor of brothers John ’83, Tim ’84, Patrick ’87, and Brian’93 of New Britain, who served the athletic department in a variety of capacities as undergraduates, most notably in the area of event management.

The women’s soccer team recorded a cumulative team GPA of 3.40 this past fall, with nine of the 12 eligible players earning an E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award (eight of them “Outstanding” awardees) and 13 of the 19 eligible players earning a spot on the Little East Conference All-Academic Team (the most qualifiers of any of the seven LEC fall programs).         




Name Major Sport


Ashley Adams           
Physical Education          
W Volleyball         
Mystic, CT         
 Chris Armstrong
 Computer Science
 M XC/Track
 Bolton, CT
 Kassadrah Banks
 New Media
 W XC/Track
 Wethersfield, CT
 Samantha Bardos
 Sociology Softball  Norwalk, CT
 Nikki Basilicato
 Mathematics Women's Soccer
 Guilford, CT
 Emily Becher
 Political Science
Women's Soccer
 Brooklyn, CT
 Taylor Behn
 Sports &Leisure  Mgt.          
 Women's Lacrosse
 Amherst, NH
 Jamie Belden
 Visual Arts
 Women's Soccer
 Middlebury, CT
 Rachel Berkowsky
 Sports Management
 W Soccer/ Track
 Stoughton, MA
 Maggie Bodington
 Elementary Education
 Women's Soccer
 Stratford, CT
 Tarchee Brown
 Sociology  Men's Basketball
 Rockville, CT
 Ron Buchetto
 Sports & Leisure Mgmt
 Baseball  Clinton, CT
 Emmanuel Caicedo      
 Physical Therapy
 Men's Soccer
 Manchester, CT
 Hannah Cheney
 Env. Eath Science
 Women's Swimming
 Windsor, CT
 Michele D'Agata
 Sports Management
 Women's Soccer
 West Suffield, CT
 Rebecca DeFeo
 Softball  Richmond, RI
 Julia DePoi
 Business Info. Systems
 Women's Basketball
 Brookfield, CT
 Alexander Fazzino
 Env. Earth Science
 Men's Soccer
 Bolton, CT
 Lexis Foster
 Elementary Education
 Women's Basketball
Groton, CT
Michael Funaro Business Baseball Northford, CT
Bridgett Furlong Communication Women's Swimming Mansfield, CT
Gina Georgetti  Math & Secondary Ed. Softball Milford, CT
Cooper Goslin Accounting  M XC / Track South Windsor,  CT    
Olivia Grella Psychology W XC/ Track Watertown, CT
Merlyn Herrera Business Administration Baseball La Yaquiza, DR
Shannon Hill Secondary Education Women's Swimming Manchester, CT
Katy Jankura Secondary Education Field Hockey Guilford, CT
Alex Kallgren Physical Education Field Hockey Dudley, MA
Kaley Kennedy Health Sciences Women's Soccer Enfield, CT
Maddie LaRusso Psychology Field Hockey Enfield, CT
Hailey Lehning Physical Education Women's Soccer Woodbury, CT
Megan Macomber Environmental Studies W Volleyball South Windsor, CT
Darianne Mastricola English Field Hockey Jefferson, NJ
Lawrence McGill Mathematics Men's Track & Field New Haven , CT
Mariah McPhee Early Childhood Ed. W XC/ Track & Field Bristol, CT
Emily Menendez Mathematics Women's Basketball Shelton, CT
Gabriela Meza Business Field Hockey Norwalk, CT
Adrianna Mihalek History Volleyball Woodburry, CT
Kelsey Mosher Accounting Softball Oxford, MA
Kay Mullen Communication W Volleyball Fairhaven, MA
Allison Nadeau Health Sciences Women's Lacrosse Tolland, CT
Jordyn Nappi Child Psychology Women's Basketball Southington, CT
Gavin Neuendorf Sociology Men's Soccer Norwich, CT
Brianna Passero Accounting Field Hockey Trumbull, CT
Taylor Pendergast Early Childhood Ed. Women's Lacrosse South Windsor, CT
Krista Petersen
Elementary Education
Women's Soccer
Wallingford, CT
Lauren Polansky Env. Earth Science W Track & Field Milford, CT
Kelly Reardon Communication Women's Basketball Holyoke, MA
Caroline Regan Psychology Field Hockey Niantic, CT
McKenzie Reimondo Health Sciences Women's Soccer Portland, CT
Ben Ruddock Business Baseball Deerfield, MA
Kristyn Ryan Health Sciences Softball Barkhamsted , CT
Paige Schneider Early Childhood Ed. Field Hockey/ Lacrosse East Lyme, CT
Caryn Sibiskie Elementary Education Volleyball Rockfall, CT
Ariel Smith Biology W XC/Track & Field Stratford, CT
Jason Staub SLM/Business Baseball Portland, CT
J.D Stearns Accounting Men's Soccer Bolton, CT
Alexandra Steward Sociology Field Hockey Old Saybrook, CT
Amanda Terenzi Social Work W XC/Track & Field Coventry , RI
Alejandro Tobon Health Sciences Men's Soccer West Hartford, CT
Amanda Tourjee Childhood Psychology Lacrosse/Volleyball Waterford, CT
Adam Traxler Physical Education Men's Soccer Newburyport, MA
Amanda Tyler Biology Volleyball Longmeadow,MA
Mike Underwood Math & Computer Science M XC/Track & Field Farmington, CT
Samantha Valentine History Softball Ridge, L.I.
Michelle Valliere Health Sciences W Volleyball Lebanon, CT
Allison Wylie Early Childhood Ed. Women's Lacrosse Ellington, CT
Nina Zimmitti Elementary Education W Volleyball East Hampton, CT