CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Men's soccer and volleyball player Zachary Almeida-Beers was named Lesley's 2011 Male Athlete of the Year, and women's soccer and softball's all-star Alyson Durben won Women's Athlete of the Year at Monday night's Lesley Athletics Banquet at the Episcopal Divinity School.
Winning Male Rookie of the Year Awards was cross country's Kyle Casiglio, who was named New England Collegiate Conference Runner of the Year and NECC Rookie of the Year. Softball's Jennifer Dorval, currently batting .592 with a 13-2 record as a pitcher, was named Women's Rookie of the Year.
Cross country runner Brian Axelrod won the John Micelin "55 Alive" Award, named after the late Lesley student-athlete. The award is dedicated to a senior student-athlete who embodies "qualities paramount to John’s legacy; care for his teammates, sportsmanship, and respect for everyone in the Lesley University community."
Almeida-Beers received his honor after being named NECC Goalkeeper of the Year on the soccer field and standing out as the Lynx leading hitter and net presence on the volleyball court. Despite losing the end of her season to a broken leg, Durben was named to soccer's All-NECC First Team and has recovered to again become one of the league's leading softball players, batting .432 as her team's clean-up hitter and center fielder.
All of Lesley's 12 NCAA Division III teams distributed most valuable player awards and most improved player awards. All award recipients are listed below:
Men’s Soccer- Softball-
MVP- Tyler Reeves MVP- Alyson Durben
Most Improved- Nick Mattox Most Improved- Jenna Fralick
Women’s Soccer- Women’s Tennis-
MVP- Jamie Coyne MVP- Hagar Memlies
Most Improved- Katherine Bradley Most Improved- Nicole Smith
Men’s Cross-Country- Men’s Tennis-
MVP- Kyle Casiglio MVP- Nick Mattox
Most Improved- Cory Poissant Most Improved- Tyler Reeves
Women’s Cross-Country- Baseball-
MVP- Noa Kupfer MVP- Jeff Gonzalez
Most Improved- Danielle Kelly Most Improved- Pat Grondin
MVP- Amanda McCracken
Most Improved- Maria Nazzaro
MVP- John Sanchez
Most Improved- Thorton Paul
MVP- Kaitlyn Wechsler
Most Improved- Cassidy Freed
MVP- Zachary Almeida-Beers
Most Improved- Beau Morimando
Male Rookie of the Year- Kyle Casiglio
Female Athlete of the Year- Alyson Durben
Male Athlete of the Year- Zachary Almeida-Beers
John Micelin Award- Brian Axelrod