May 7, 2007

Brown Honors Student-Athletes at 17th Annual All-Sports Banquet

May 7, 2007

Providence, RI - The Brown Department of Athletics held its 17th annual All-Sports Banquet on May 7 at the Pizzitola Sports Center. In addition to honoring Brown's four-year varsity letterwinners, 10 student-athletes received special awards. Joining the honorees were 17 students from Vartan Gregorian Elementary School, who received special recognition for academic achievement, and two members of the Brown community who received Brown Athletic Appreciation Awards - Capt. Kevin O'Connor of the Brown Department of Public Safety and Bob Goodreau, long-time desk attendant at the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center. Seniors Kelly O'Hear (Niagara Falls, NY), of the ski team, and Shawn Kitchner (Stratford, WI), of the wrestling team, were the recipients of the 2007 Brown Athletics Post-Graduate Scholarship Awards.

Senior linebacker Zak DeOssie (North Andover, MA) received the Fritz Pollard '16 Trophy, given to the outstanding male varsity athlete. A two-time finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the nation's top defensive player, DeOssie was named an Associated Press Third Team All-American and a second team All-American by the Football Gazette. DeOssie, who made 315 career tackles for the Bears, is a three-time first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection. A tri-captain, DeOssie led the Bears' defensive unit in 2006 with 110 total tackles including 68 solo stops, second-best in the nation. He was recently drafted by the New York Giants with the 116th pick overall in the NFL Draft.

One of the most dominant soccer players in the Ivy League, senior Kathryn Moos (Wayzata, MN) is this year's recipient of the Marjorie Brown Smith Award, given to the outstanding female varsity athlete. A two-sports athlete, Moos came into her own this fall, leading the team and the Ivy League in both points (36) and goals (15), both of which rank third all-time at Brown. A unanimous First Team All-Ivy selection and fourth team All-American, Moos finished the season ranked fifth in the nation in both points and goals per game. In addition, she finished her Brown career ranked fourth all-time in career goals (31), 10th in career assists (14), and sixth in career points (76). The recipient of the Kate Silver '86 Award in 2003, Moos is one of just six former Brown athletes to receive both that honor as Brown's outstanding female first-year athlete and the Marjorie Brown Smith Award, joining Teri Smith '91 (track), Martina Jerant '95 (basketball), Katie King '97 (ice hockey/softball), Devon Kennedy '99 (squash), and Tara Mounsey '02.5 (ice hockey/field hockey).

The Cliff Stevenson Award was given to senior football player David Healy (Reading, MA) for his boundless enthusiasm, indomitable spirit and devotion to the quality of life at Brown and the surrounding community. Healy has been involved in numerous activities during his time at Brown, serving as the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Healy also helped organize the 2006 Dave Zucconi 5K, which raised over $12,000 for the Providence Ronald McDonald House, volunteered as a coach for the Rhode Island Special Olympics, and was active in activities throughout the area, including volunteering at Fox Point Elementary School once a week and organizing haunted houses at the Fox Point Boys and Girls Club. Healy has also been active within the Brown Athletic Department, recently serving on the NCAA Recertification Steering Committee, and was a member of the search committee that hired current Athletic Director Michael Goldberger in March 2005.

Senior tennis player Daisy Ames (Atlanta, GA), a familiar face at most Brown athletics contests, was awarded the Bessie H. Rudd Award for her enthusiasm, spirit, and leadership. Ames, a Second Team All-Ivy honoree in singles as a junior, has been an excellent leader on the court and has been a mainstay atop the Brown lineup for three years. She has been a primary organizer of the Zucconi 5K for two years, and Co-Chaired the Campus Relations and Faculty-Liaison Programs for the SAAC. A member of the Ivy League SAAC, Ames served as a student-athlete representative on Brown's Alcohol and Drug Committee, is active at Fox Point Elementary and at Brown's chapter of Athletes in Action.

The David Zucconi '55 Trophy, given to the male varsity athlete who most consistently displays the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play, was awarded to senior lacrosse tri-captain Alex Buckley (Ridgewood, NJ). An offensive midfielder, Buckley leads by example with his passion and work ethic, and was a key reason the Bears finished well ahead of most expectations this season. As a member of the Bear Claw Committee, the men's lacrosse leadership group, Alex is a consistent voice of reason and fairness. On the field, Buckley led the Bears with 15 assists, and was second with 27 points. He was one of two Brown players to start all 14 games. According to Head Coach Lars Tiffany, Buckley is "a role model for competitive spirit and genuine commitment to the entire Brown experience.

This year's recipient of the Arlene Gorton Cup is senior volleyball player Jessica Kondrick (San Diego, CA). After seeing little time on the court her first two seasons, Kondrick worked her way into the starting lineup as a junior, and despite changing positions multiple times over the course of the season, finished in the top 10 in the Ivy League in blocks. This season, she played through injuries, and as a co-captain, was a source of stability despite volleyball's nature as a very emotional, momentum-based sport. She was always the player to calm everyone down after a bad point, and got the team focused on the next one.

The Joseph Paterno '50 Award is given to the outstanding first year male athlete, and this year's recipient is Brown freshman men's ice hockey goalie Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY). Rosen had an outstanding first year for the Bears, earning the starting position in mid-November en route to Second Team All-Ivy honors. A two-time ECACHL Rookie of the Week and two-time ECACHL Goalie of the Week, Rosen was named the national Rookie of the Month in December after posting a 1.56 GAA and a .953 save percentage in five games. Rosen led the nation in both goals against average and save percentage for eight straight weeks during the season, finishing with a 2.74 GAA, fifth all-time at Brown, and a.920 save percentage, sixth all-time at Brown. The draft-eligible Rosen is projected by NHL Central Scouting to get drafted in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL Draft.

Freshman gymnast Alicia Sacramone (Winchester, MA) was given the Kate Silver '86 Award as Brown's outstanding first-year female varsity athlete. Sacramone, the ECAC Rookie of the Year and just the second Ivy League gymnast to compete in the NCAA Championship, earned 12th place in the floor exercise at that event. Her 9.85 was the fourth-best score of the meet, but because of ties the cut-off score for event finals was a 9.9. Sacramone earned a spot in Utah after taking first-place on the floor exercise at the Northeast Regional Championships with a 9.900, becoming the first Ivy gymnast to win that event. A World Champion gymnast, Sacramone is the first Elite-level gymnast to continue training and competing at that level while competing for an NCAA team as well. Sacramone broke Brown school records in the vault (9.9), floor exercise (9.925), and all-around (39.425), and became the first gymnast to win all four events and the all-around at the Ivy Classic.