WESTON, Mass. – The Regis College athletics department held its annual Awards Banquet on Friday, April 25, 2014 in the Casey Theatre of the Fine Arts Center. All of the major awards were presented, including seniors Stacy Burns (Waltham, Mass.) and Jeff Parrish (Framingham, Mass.) being named the Female and Male Regis-Casserly Award winners.
Regis College President Dr. Antoinette M. Hays presented the Regis-Casserly awards. Previously known as the Mother Regis and Casserly awards, they are the highest awards presented to a graduating female and male senior student-athlete. The recipients of the awards must excel not only in athletics, but also must show evidence of academic excellence by maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and must be involved in the life of the college by showing excellence in leadership and service.
Stacy Burns was a three sport athlete for the Pride in field hockey, women's swimming and diving, and women's lacrosse. In field hockey, she was a two-time All-NECC selection, two-time, All-NECC Tournament selection, and the NECC Tournament MVP in the Pride's first Championship back in 2011. In the pool, she has been a GNAC Qualifier and Finalist as well as a New England Championships Qualifier and Finalst in multiple events. Back on the turf, over the past two years, she helped lead the Pride to another NECC Championship in 2013 and has 21 career goals and 6 assists as a midfielder.
Off the field, she has been a SAAC representative, served as Business Editor of the Yearbook, and is also the Treasurer for the Minutes for Memories group. This past year she won an NCAA Scholar Athlete Award and was also named to the dean's list. She has a 3.201 GPA and will earn a degree in Business Management in a few weeks.
Jeff Parrish was a part of both the men's soccer and men's tennis teams during his four years at Regis. He has served as team captain of the men's soccer team the past three seasons, helping lead the Pride to back-to-back NECC Tournament appearances. In men's soccer history, he is fourth all-time with 69 games played and ranks fifth with five career assists. On the tennis courts, he has helped lead Regis to three-straight NECC Tournament appearances, including back-to-back NECC Championships. Playing across various positions, he has posted 25 singles wins and 26 doubles wins during his four year career.
When not on the field, Parrish has been one of the most active student-athletes the athletics department has seen. Serving as both a Resident Assistant and Orientation Leader, he still finds time to serve as the President of SAAC (pronounced SACK), play two sports, and work as one of the managers of the women's basketball team. He has worked as an intern in the Campus Ministry department and been involved with multiple trips to Peru and is headed to Kenya this summer for two months to work on soccer and tennis clinics. He holds a 3.368 overall GPA as well as a 4.0 GPA in his major and will receive a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Management.
Senior Ryan Chambers (Abington, Mass.) took home both the Senior Scholar Athlete award as well as the Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete award. Chambers was a four year member, three year starter, and three year captain of the men's basketball team. He has helped lead the Pride to 50 wins during his four year career and four-straight postseason appearances including three-straight NECC Semifinals showings and the NECC Championship game last season. He has been named to the All-Tournament Team the last two seasons, and was named to back-to-back All-NECC Honorable Mention squads. In his career, he has scored 1,311 points, averaging 12.1 points per game, knocked down 260 three-pointers, and hit 78.9% of his freethrows. He ranks sixth all-time with 137 assists and is second all-time with 119 career steals. He also carries a GPA of 3.767 in the Management Program at Regis and has been named to the NABC Honors Court the past two seasons.
Nora Bosteels (Canton, Mass.) was the Female Senior Scholar Athlete after posting a 3.569 GPA in the nursing program. A member of the women's soccer team, she helped lead the Pride to back-to-back NECC Tournament appearances including Regis' first appearance in the Championship game as well as an ECAC bid last season. She has been named to the Fall All-NECC Academic Team the past two seasons and is a member of the nursing program's Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau, as well as the Alpha Lamda Delta and Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Societies.
Senior Sara Gold (North Hollywood, Calif.) repeated as the 2014 Female Outstanding Senior Student Athlete as she leaves the women's volleyball program as the all-time leader in matches (125), games (439), service aces (203), and digs (2,000). A four time All-Conference selection, she helped lead the Pride to four-straight postseason appearances including back-to-back NECC Championship match appearances in 2012 and 2013.
Emilee Marro (Bedford, N.H.) and Michael Beluch (Lynn, Mass.) were recognized as the Female and Male Outstanding Junior Student Athletes of the Year. Marro, the 2013 Outstanding Sophomore award winner, helped lead the Pride to their second-straight NECC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance, while averaging a team-best 15.6 points to go with 5.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.0 steals per game, and becoming the 14th member of 1,000 point club this season. Michael Beluch captured his third-straight NECC Player of the Year in men's tennis this season after leading Regis to their second-straight NECC undefeated regular season and NECC Championship. Beluch has gone 26-1 at No. 1 singles and 27-2 at No. 1 doubles during his four year career.
Sam Salamone (Milford, Mass.) was named the Female Outstanding Sophomore of the Year as a dual sport athlete. An All-NECC Honorable mention selection in women's soccer, she leads the Pride in goals (57), points (71), groundballs (59), and draw controls (55) for the women's lacrosse team as they have gone 12-3 this season and earned the top seed in the NECC Tournament for the second-straight season. Track and field team member Matt Owens (Boston, Mass.) was honored as the Male Outstanding Sophomore as he holds the school records in the 60 meter, 100 meter, and 200 meter dashes, and is a part of the record-holding 4x100 relay team. He qualified for the New England Division III Championships, ECAC Championships, and All-New England Championships in the 60 meter dash and was named All-New England after coming in sixth in the region in the event.
The Female and Male Outstanding Freshmen of the Year went to a pair of record setting athletes for the Pride. Siobhan McLaughlin (Derry, N.H.) earned the female award after being named the NECC Rookie of the Year in cross country and setting school records in the cross country 5K, as well as the 3K and 5K in indoor track. Swimmer Kiet Luong (Malden, Mass.) was named the Male Outstanding Student-Athlete after breaking 22 individual school records and five relay records as well as four pool records at other schools. He was the first male swimmer ever to score at the ECAC Championships as well as have an NCAA Qualifying B time. A New England, ECAC and GNAC Champion in six events, Luong was also the Team MVP and a four-time Rookie of the Week in the GNAC.
Other major awards included the 2014 Judith W. Burling Award for Academic Excellence being presented to the women's swimming and diving team, while Faculty Athletic Mentor Dr. Leslie Bishop received the 2014 Student Athlete Advisory Committee's SAAC Appreciation Award.
In addition to the All-NECC major award winners as well as the New England Division III qualifiers being acknowledged during the program, the 36 graduating seniors, across 15 teams, were also recognized.