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Loyola Celebrates 2017-2018 At Annual Banquet

Donna Woodruff presents Frankie Kamely (left) and Brian Begley with the Lagna and Mohler Awards.

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Donna Woodruff presents Frankie Kamely (left) and Brian Begley with the Lagna and Mohler Awards.

April 30, 2018

BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland seniors Frankie Kamely and Brian Begley were the 2018 recipients of the Ernest Lagna and John Mohler Awards, respectively, as the top male and female senior student-athletes who excel in athletics, scholarship and character.

These awards, and many others, were presented on Monday evening at the 2017-2018 Loyola Athletic Awards Banquet held in McGuire Hall on the Evergreen Campus. In addition to the team and departmental awards, Loyola inducted its fourth class to the Maryland Iota Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national student-athlete honor society.

Kamely has been a force on the women’s lacrosse team’s attacking unit throughout her career with more than 15 hat tricks and 13 games of four or more points. She was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team as a sophomore and junior and is a two-time Patriot League Attack Player of the Week this season. She has a GPA of 3.472 as an economics major and also has worked for Loyola athletics’ video production team since her sophomore year.

Begley has excelled in every part of his Loyola experience, becoming one of the nation’s top short-stick defensive midfielders on the field while leading his team and other students as a member of the Green & Grey Society. He has been noted as one of the top cover short-sticks in the nation and this year was named to the All-Patriot League First Team last week while also earning a spot on the Patriot League All-Academic Team.

Several other awards were handed out to Loyola senior student-athletes, beginning with the Unsung Hero Awards to women’s lacrosse’s Madison Fahey and Matt Bautista of men’s soccer.

Fahey stepped into the role of playing as the women’s lacrosse team’s top matchup defender this season, bringing a relentless attitude and energy to every practice. She has consistently sought feedback from coaches and peers, worked tirelessly to improve and helped bring about a new level of accountability and standards to the team. While she does not rack up personal awards or stats, her determination has led the program into the top-10 nationally this season.

Bautista has been a consistent, yet quiet, force on the men’s soccer team since coming to the Loyola campus three years ago as a transfer. He did whatever was asked of him by his coaches, playing several different positions with what his coaches described as a “we, not me” attitude. He helped lead the Greyhounds to the Patriot League Regular-Season title with his work ethic and determination while also excelling in the classroom.

Katrina Geiger, a member of the women’s lacrosse team, earned the Women’s Leadershi Award after going through not one, but two season-ending injuries. Her determination to return better than she was before has been an unyielding source of inspiration for her team. She went down in last year’s Patriot League Championship game with an ACL injury, yet walking off the field, she said “I will be back on this field with this team next year.” And, she is as a starting midfielder who has helped lead the program back into the top-10 nationally this season.

Men’s lacrosse’s Jared Mintzlaff has brought toughness, accountability and work ethic to the program’s locker room. He has been a contributor on the rope unit since stepping foot on campus, and this year has raised his level of leadership as a senior by becoming more vocal with every practice and game. He has helped Loyola win over 70 percent of its games since joining the program and this year, he became an Academic All-Patriot League honoree.

Doug Robie was named the recipient of the Student Service Award. Robie has been a four-year employee of the facilities and operations staff and also served as a volleyball manager.

The Diane Geppi-Aikens Inspiration Award was given to women’s swimming and diving’s McKenzie Coan. She was born with a genetic disorder that is characterized by bones that can break easier, but during her time at Loyola, McKenzie has overcome many opstacles. She rebounded from a hip fracture to earn a spot on the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team where she earned three gold medals in Rio de Janiero.

Loyola athletics also debuted eight awards to honor the top male and female student-athletes in the freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior classes.

The women’s freshman of the year, Livy Rosenzweig has been the dominant first-year player in the player and one of the top freshmen in the entire nation this season for the women’s lacrosse team. Recently, she set the school single-game assist record and the Loyola freshman record for draw controls to help Loyola claim top-seed in this weekend’s Patriot League Championships.

Chase Vosvick earned the freshman award on the men’s side after he was not only named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, but he also earned the conference’s Goalkeeper of the Year award. He was the only freshman goalkeeper nationwide to be named a regional all-american after backstopping Loyola to the Patriot League regular-season title.

Stephanie Karcz, the women’s sophomore of the year, averaged a double-double this season with 14.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game while also finishing fourth in all of NCAA Division I in steals per game. She recorded the women’s basketball program’s first triple-double and also set school single-season records for rebounds and steals. She was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and earned all-conference first team recognition.

A force for the men’s soccer team all over the field, Barry Sharifi earned male sophomore of the year honors after being named the Patriot League Midfielder of the Year. He earned all-conference first team recognition and was named a regional All-American. He finished second on the team in assists and points while leading the Greyhounds to the Patriot League regular-season crown.

Taylor VanThof, the women’s junior of the year, has continued her reign as one of the top midfielders and draw control specialists in the nation this season, earning recognition on the Inside Lacrosse Midseason All-America First Team. She has been the national player of the week this season and with more than 100, she leads the Patriot League in draw controls through the end of the regular-season.

One of the most acclaimed players in all of college lacrosse, the male junior of the year, Pat Spencer, continued to make his mark on the Loyola record books this year. During the season, he set the Patriot League career records for points and assists, and he set the school all-time record for assists last weekend while being named the Patriot League Championships Most Valuable Player. Spencer was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year for the third year in a row, becoming the first player in conference history to earn the recognition in each of his first three seasons.

The female senior of the year has put her name all over the Loyola women’s track and field record books, setting indoor records in the 800 meters, 1,000 meters and the mile this season. Cordelia McGinn was the women’s cross country team’s top finisher in every race and became the second Loyola runner to earn All-Patriot League honors at the conference meet.

Ben Cono, the male senior of the year, ended his collegiate career in the water as the most-decorated swimmer in school history. He advanced to the NCAA Championships for the third-straight time and finished 17th in both the 100 and 200 yard breaststrokes. He also won those events at the Patriot League Championships and became the first member of the swimming and diving program to ever win Patriot League Swimmer of the Meet honors.

The women’s basketball team earned the honor of having the highest cumulative grade-point average (3.604), while women’s swimming and diving’s Madalyn Myers (4.0) and Mintzlaff (3.909) were recognized as the seniors with the highest GPAs.

In addition to the department-wide awards, student-athletes from each team received Most Dedicated and Most Valuable awards: