Bangor, ME – The Husson University Department of Athletics held their annual Eagle Award Banquet at The Spectacular Event Center in Bangor, Maine on Thursday, April 23rd.
92.9 The Ticket’s Dale Duff served as the evening’s emcee, while Husson’s Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi and President Dr. Robert Clark welcomed the over 400 attendees with their opening remarks.
The Spectacular Event Center provided a wonderful meal, followed by the presentation of awards by the Voice of the Eagles, Reid Durost. Each of Husson’s 18 athletic teams and two spirit teams honored their senior student-athletes and awarded their Eagle Awards.
2015 Husson Athletics Eagle Award Winner:
Men’s Golf - Greg Martin
“Greg was a consistent player and leader of the Golf team all season. Greg solidified his status as one of the best players in the Northeast in winning the NAC championship by three shots with a two-day total of 146 and being named the NAC Player of the year. More recently the junior captain won the Westport Hampton Inn Invitational in Massachusetts, while finishing fourth in the Johnson and Wales Invitational and Rhode Island College Invitational both in Rhode Island. Martin helped Husson to three first place team finishes in 2014 and overall second at the NAC championship in October,” said Head Men’s Golf Coach Mike Dugas
Women’s Soccer - Desir’ee Hamler
“Desir’ee has been a true testament to the power of hard work and perseverance across her four years with Husson women’s soccer. She is the first ever student athlete to play two years of a varsity sport while enrolled in Husson’s Doctorate of Pharmacy program and she has set a tremendous example for her peers in the classroom and on the field. As a senior captain this fall Dez provided steady leadership with outstanding play, finishing the year as the team’s second leading scorer and Silver Ball Award Winner,” said Former Women’s Soccer Head Coach Carly Gettler.
Men’s Soccer - Brian Potter
“Brian was a four year starter and a two-year all conference keeper who helped lead the Eagles to three NAC finals appearances in four years. Brian grew to be an outstanding leader and senior captain as the team won a second championship during his four years in net. His ability to play off his line and control his penalty area made him one of the best in New England,” said Head Men’s Soccer Coach Jeff Gettler.
Field Hockey - Annika Durrell
“Annika gave her all in every game and every practice in 2014. She was a tremendous leader that all the girls looked up to, day in and day out. Annika was one of our most valuable players and the team would not have been as successful as they were this season without her,” said Head Field Hockey Coach Madeline Hoeppner.
Volleyball - Alexandra deHertogh
“Alexandra was a fantastic representation of what a student athlete should be here at Husson. Alexandra was enthusiastic, hard-working and motivated both on and off the court. Her presence will be greatly missed next year," said Head Volleyball Coach Jodie Fairbank.
Football - Stephan Dance
“Stephan has been a fantastic leader for the Football program in his four seasons while gaining national recognition for his play and helping bring the Eagles to their first ever ECFC championship and NCAA tournament berth. Stephan’s great career has been highlighted by his commitment, passion leadership and tremendous ability. Stephan has been a great teammate and phenomenal football player. He plays football like a savant!” said Head Football Coach Gabby Price
Women’s Cross Country - Kristi Bryer
“Kristi is one of a handful of women’s cross country runners that’s completed four years at Husson and her senior year was by far her best. Kristi maintains a quiet presence on the team with dedication to the sport and her academics. She finished in the top 10 at the Husson Harrier Invitational and was a top 20 finisher in the NAC Conference Championship. As a role model of hard work and diligence, no one was above Kristi in her dedication to Husson and the program has proven to be one of the cornerstones for the growth of Husson Cross Country,” said Head Women’s Cross Country Coach Kate Goupee.
Men’s Cross Country - Brad Isham
“Brad has proven to be the heart and soul of the team in both practice and meets and was a scoring member of the varsity team for the 2014 season. His enthusiasm for the sport and encouragement of his teammates has been a critical part of the improvement of the Husson cross country program over the past two years. Brad is demanding of himself training and racing while providing leadership that allows a positive atmosphere on and off the course,” said Head Men’s Cross Country Coach Kate Goupee.
Women’s Basketball -Victoria McIntyre
“Vicki came back to school in the fall in terrific shape as it was evident she worked out all summer. She puts in the extra time to improve her skills, frequenting the gym in the morning to work on her game. Vicki is extremely coachable, you can tell her just like it is and she handles constructive criticism well. Vicki is a team player who shows up every day playing hard and has a high expectation of herself carrying just under a 3.4 GPA,” said Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kissy Walker.
Men’s Basketball - Aaron Willis
“Aaron was the heart of the men’s basketball team this past season. His passion and intensity for basketball and the program helped guide the team to some big wins in 2014/15. Alumni who saw the team play referred to him as a warrior and Aaron’s coaches couldn’t agree more. His clutch play in big games throughout his career will not be forgotten,” said Head Men’s Basketball Coach Warren Caruso.
Women’s Swimming & Diving - Katrina Aman
“Katrina was a 2nd year captain and a fantastic leader in and out of the pool. Katrina always made the sacrifice of changing her events or swimming through injuries to help the team. Katrina was ALWAYS ready for practice and ready to help other teammates get better. Katrina also set two personal bests in 2014-2015 and was named to the 2014-2015 GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team,” said Head Women’s Swimming & Diving Coach Butch Babin.
Men’s Swimming & Diving - Tim Smith
“Tim has done all you can do in college diving. He’s undefeated in dual meets and championship meets in his two years of diving at Husson University. Tim is the 2014 & 2015 NEISDA 1M Champion , 2015 ECAC Qualifier, 2014 NCAA Diving Regional Qualifier, School Record holder in the 1M 11 dive, 6 dive and 5 dive programs and the Webber Pool 5 dive program record holder. Tim was also the 2014-15 New England Intercollegiate swimming and diving association diver of the year. He is a leader and is always encouraging other members of the team,” said Head Men’s Swimming & Diving Coach Butch Babin.
Women’s Indoor Track & Field - Megan Darcy
“During three years of indoor track Megan has become an athlete that both she and Husson can be proud of. Through hard work and personal reflection, Megan developed into both a good teammate and athlete during her tenure at Husson and proved to be a role model for younger teammates of how much an athlete can transform themselves on and off the field of competition,” said Head Indoor Track and Field Coach Kate Goupee.
Softball - Lyndsay Merrill
“Lyndsay is a player all coaches love to have. She goes above and beyond expectations and is always striving for perfection on the field. She has become a leader both athletically and academically and I look forward to watching her continue to grow as a student athlete,” said Interim Head Softball Coach Terren Hall.
Baseball - Kyle Bishop
“Kyle has been a constant in the baseball lineup the last three years. He is the perfect example of a Husson Eagle, one who is dedicated to his academics, one who is the epitome of a team player and most importantly a great leader. Kyle is the type of player that continues to work on his weaknesses and is never satisfied with where he is as a player. This past fall Kyle was unanimously named captain and his play this spring is why he is being named the Eagle award winner,” said Head Baseball Coach Jason Harvey.
Women’s Lacrosse - Michaela Bicknell
“Michaela puts in 100% every practice and game. It is amazing for Husson to have had such an impact player participate in both Soccer and Lacrosse. I have never seen her be negative towards another teammate, she is always helpful and pushes the whole team,” said Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Madeline Hoeppner.
Men’s Lacrosse - James Seager
“James has been an integral part of the Husson University men’s lacrosse success. The two time captain has been named Second Team All-Conference twice, All-Academic Sports Team at Husson University three times, NAC Spring All-Academic Team, NAC All-Conference First team, NAC Defensive Player of Year and NELIA All-Academic Team. James has accumulated a total of 295 ground balls (2nd All-Time), 116 caused turnovers (2nd All-Time), 12 goals, and 11 assists over a total of 58 games. James holds the school’s game records in Caused Turnovers with 9 and Groundballs with 22 and this past season broke the single-season records in Caused Turnovers and groundballs. James leadership on and off the field will surely be missed. The Husson University men’s lacrosse team would like to thank James for all the hard work and dedication he has given to the program for the past four years and best of luck,” said Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Marsh Gray.
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field – Alecia Palmer
“Alecia is part of the first class to graduate from the Husson University track and field program. During her time as an Eagle, Alecia has developed into one of the top steeple chase runners in New England. One of the most grueling events, athletes competing must cover nearly two miles while jumping over 28 barriers and 7 water jumps. Additionally Alecia has posted some of the fastest times in program history from the 800 to the 5K. Alecia's commitment to the team involves being a leader and role model on and off the track, willing to help the team in any way. One of the most purely talented athletes Husson has produced, Alecia's graduation will be felt greatly by the TF program as well as XC,” said Head Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach Kate Goupee.
Cheer – Kat Dickens
“Kat is in her second year at Husson as well as the cheer team. She comes to practice every day with a big smile on her face and a great sense of humor. She is always willing to help others in and out of practice as well. This year Kat has been juggling a full course load, cheer practices, games and her first year as a high school cheering coach. She’s shown great leader ship skills and we are looking forward to seeing her grow. The dance team is proud to have her as member of the team and they thank her for her all of her hard work,” said Coach Ariana McIntyre.
Dance - Laurel Whipkey
“Laurel is a sophomore from Augusta, Maine studying physical therapy. Throughout her two years on the dance team she has shown what a true student athlete and role model should be. She is always willing to try new things and excels on and off the field. As a member of the team she always prepared for all events and participates to her fullest. Her smile is contagious and she truly looks out for the best of the team. She’s a joy to have on the team and is someone that all athletes and students can look up to,” said Coach Hillary Hoyt.
2015 Husson University Senior Student-Athletes