Individual Athletic Awards Handed Out At 14th Annual Brown University All-Sports Banquet
May 10, 2004
Providence, RI - Brown University held its 14th annual All-Sports Banquet on Monday, May 10 in the Pizzitola Memorial Sports Center, where nine different student athletes earned awards for their accomplishments this year.
Senior Yann Danis (Saint Jerome, QUE) was presented with the Fritz Pollard Award, which recognizes the male varsity athlete of the year. Danis was a top three finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, racking up a long list of post-season accolades. The ECAC Player and Goaltender of the Year, Danis was named a First Team Jofa All-American. He was also named the Ivy League Player of the Year, leading the Bears to the Ivy title. Danis led the ECAC in save percentage and finished second in the nation in that category (.942). He was also third in the country in goals against average at 1.81. He holds several Brown and ECAC records, including career shutouts (13), shutouts in a season (5), goals against average in a season (1.81), save percentage in a season (.942), career wins (43), career save percentage (.930), and career goals against average (2.20). In the ECAC, Danis holds the record for career shutouts (13), save percentage in a season for league games only (.948), and career shutouts for league games only (11).
Seniors Laura Leonetti (Fresno, TX) and Jayne Finst (Delray Beach, FL) are the co-recipients of the Marjorie Brown Smith Award, which goes to the outstanding female varsity athlete of the year. Leonetti, the Brown softball co-captain, leaves Brown having played in 156 games with 143 hits and 59 runs batted in. Her 85 runs scored are fourth all-time at Brown. She led the Bears to the Ivy League Championship, with a team-high .410 batting average, along with 41 hits, 33 runs, and eight doubles. She was also second on the team with three homeruns. A two-time First Team All-Ivy Selection, Leonetti finished second in batting and fourth in runs scored in the Ivy League
The captain of the gymnastics team, Finst, was twice named the ECAC Gymnast of the Year, and competed in the NCAA Regional Championship for three straight years, becoming the first Brown gymnast to qualify for the NCAA Regional three times. Finst holds Brown records in every event except the bars, and has been one of the Bears' most consistent performers since her freshman season. In each of the last three seasons, Finst has scored the top Brown mark in at least three events. This year, Finst was Brown's top scorer in every single event.
Senior Adom Crew (Columbia, MD) of the men's soccer team received the Dave Zucconi Award '55, as the male varsity athlete who most consistently displays the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. Crew was named a NSCAA First Team All-American after leading the Bears to the Ivy League title and the NCAA Tournament in the fall. The Ivy League Player of the Year, Crew was a First Team All-Ivy and First Team All-New England selection. He was also named a Verizon National Third Team Academic All-American. He recorded a league-high 10 goals and 22 points, and finished his career as Brown's tenth all-time leading scorer. Drafted by the Columbus Crew of the MLS, Crew received a prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship.
Senior Jeanie Ward-Waller (San Antonio, TX) is this year's recipient of the Arlene Gorton Award, which is given annually to the female varsity athlete who most consistently displays the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. Jeanie Ward-Waller was a Northeastern first team Division All-Conference selection for the women's water polo team. She also earned Second Team All Tournament honors after the team's fourth place finish at the 2004 Eastern Championships.
The Bessie H. Rudd Award is given to the female varsity athlete who has done the most to promote women's sports during the year, based on enthusiasm, spirit and leadership. This year's recipient is senior Laurel Pierpont (Jacksonville, MD). Pierpont, a two-sport athlete competing in both field hockey and lacrosse, earned Second Team All-Ivy, and Second Team All-Region selection for the second year in a row in field hockey. She was also honored as a Second Team All-Region selection for the second straight year. She finished this season as Brown's third-leading scorer with 17 points (7g, 3a), and leaves Brown with 72 points on 28 goals and 16 assists. In addition, she holds the Brown record for most points in a game with eight. On the lacrosse field, Pierpont was third on the team in scoring this season with 23 goals and eight assists for 31 points.
Anthony Hatala (Valporaiso, IN) is the recipient of the Cliff Stevenson Award, which is given to the male varsity athlete who best exemplifies Cliff's boundless enthusiasm, indomitable spirit and devotion to the quality of life at Brown and the surrounding community. Hatala co-captained the men's track and field squad this season. Competing in the pole vault, he holds one of the ten best jumps in both Brown indoor and outdoor history. His jump of 15'0.25" set during the indoor campaign this season, was the seventh best jump in school history while his 14'9" jump set during the 2001 outdoor season is tenth all-time at Brown.
Receiving the Joseph Paterno Award as Brown's outstanding first-year male varsity athlete was men's tennis's Eric Thomas (Cincinnati, OH). Thomas posted a 22-10 singles record, including an impressive 16-1 doubles mark. He was 6-1 against Ivy competition in singles play. Thomas helped the Brown men's tennis team to be ranked as high as 39th nationally, with 20-6 overall record on the season, 6-1 in the Ivy League.
Freshman Kathryn Moos (Wayzata, MN), a member of the women's soccer and women's hockey teams, was named the Kate Silver Award winner, given to the outstanding first-year varsity female athlete. Moos, who is Brown's first Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year since Bekah Splaine '01 in 1998, led the Bears with nine goals, including a league-leading seven goals in Ivy contests. A three-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week and one-time Player of the Week Moos is Brown's first 20-point scorer since 2000. Moos was also recognized as an Honorable Mention All-Ivy selection. Moos was the 9th leading scorer on the Bears' hockey team this season with 9 goals and 4 assists in 28 games. She earned Rookie of the Week honors for her game winning goals against Cornell and Colgate in ECAC action. She leads the Bears' in game winning goals with four. In the conference, Moos was ranked 5th in game-winning goals with three, and 12th for freshman scoring. She is also ranked in the top 20 of the nation for her game wining goals.