Soccer’s Snyder and Basketball’s Anderson named AOY

Soccer’s Snyder and Basketball’s Anderson named AOY

WOLFVILLE, N.S. - Acadia University's Department of Athletics is proud to announce this year's Major and Team Award winners at the Annual Fred G. Kelly Awards Banquet as selected by the coaches and players of each team.

This year's Athenaeum Male Athlete of the Year is awarded to senior graduating soccer Axeman Andrew Snyder. The Bridgewater, N.S. native anchored the Axemen defence and led them to a 9-1-2 regular season record, a first-place finish in the AUS standings.

Snyder's Acadia squad allowed just four goals against all season for a goals against average of 0.33 per game. The team tied for first in shutouts with nine in 12 games. In addition to his defensive prowess, Snyder scored three goals and added three assists this season for six points.

Along with being named AUS MVP, he was named an AUS first team all-star for the third consecutive year. Snyder was also named a U SPORTS first team All-Canadian for the second season in a row.

"Andrew is an outstanding centre back in terms of defending ability, athleticism and attitude," said Axemen head coach Findlay MacRae. "He is dominant in the air and on the ground, physically strong and very fast, and technically strong on the ball. This season he has been an excellent anchor in defence and always a threat at set plays in the opponent's box. In addition, Andrew is also an outstanding person who demonstrates leadership by action, and conducts himself with integrity on and off the field."

From Phoenix, Arizona Paloma Anderson was named the Jean Marsh Female Athlete of the Year. The leading scorer in the AUS and U SPORTS this season, Paloma was last year's Most Valuable Player in women's basketball along with the AUS BLG Female Nominee. While her on court performances ranged from outstanding to amazing, she is also a fan favourite for her up-beat demeanour.

She was named as an AUS First Team All-star this season and named as a U SPORT First Team All-Canadian for the second year in a row.

"We are proud of Paloma's achievement, and she is very deserving of the recognition. She became a two-time First Team All-Canadian this year, which is an impressive feat in itself", commented Axewomen head coach Len Harvey. "Paloma has grown as a player again this year, becoming even a more diverse offensive threat, and a more consistent defensive presence. She has grown in a myriad of ways as a teammate, and embodies the community spirit and engagement I feel our student-athletes strive toward. Our team is excited for her being recognized with this award."

The winner for Outstanding First Year Female Athlete of the Year is Rugby's Harley Tucker. From Black Diamond, Alta., Tucker played on a young but talented team that transitioned from AUS champions to AUS contenders. As a first-year athlete, Tucker's role was significant on a young squad. Named as an AUS All-Star and U SPORTS All-Canadian in her first season is an outstanding accomplishment and she gained important playing time in an AUS championship game and on the National stage at the U SPORTS championship this past fall.

Swimming's Brett Liem from Bedford, N.S., is this year's First Year Male Athlete of the Year. Liem turned heads by qualifying for the U SPORTS championship in his specialty, the 50m freestyle, at his first AUS meet. In three main competitions, he won numerous medals, many of them gold. He broke the Acadia records in three events including the 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly. Liem broke his own record 3 times in the 50m freestyle and double qualified for the U SPORT championships in the 50m freestyle and breaststroke. Named the AUS Rookie of the Year, he culminated his season by leading the Axemen to a very strong second place finish at the AUS championship and managed an incredible win in the 50m free - B final at U SPORTS championship in Sherbrooke.

This year's female recipient of the Rev. Roger Prentice Acadia Female Citizens Award is Rugby's Kelsey Brumm from Dartmouth, N.S.

A fourth-year kinesiology student-athlete, Brumm was named the AUS and U SPORTS Rugby Community Service Award recipient. Kelsey is heavily involved in the community and volunteers her time with an array of initiatives, including the Acadia S.M.I.L.E. program and working with children with autism to develop motor, cognitive and social learning skills. She is the vice president of the Exercise is Medicine group at Acadia, organizing and facilitating community events which promote physical activity and wellness. She is also a volunteer with the Annapolis Valley Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre, which helps patients to recover from cardiac episodes.

Brumm coaches children and adolescents with the Acadia Performance Training program. She is also a social event coordinator for Acadia's kinesiology society.

This year's male Rev. Roger Prentice Acadia Citizen Award winner is Football's Will Wojcik. From Ottawa, Ont.  it is the second consecutive year that Will has earned the honour as the AUS Russ Jackson Award nominee for football.

A fifth-year kinesiology student, he is a four-time academic all-Canadian on pace to repeat again this season.

A 2015 recipient of the Honours Summer Research Award, Wojcik also represented Acadia at the 2015 Certified Society of Exercise Physiology conference in Hamilton, Ont. where he presented his honours project research.

Wojcik was involved in his community this season, volunteering at Acadia with the Cardiac Rehab program, the Acadia Active Aging program, the Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience (S.M.I.L.E.) and the Acadia High Performance Centre.

Vice-President and co-founder of the Exercise is Medicine club at Acadia and a member of the Acadia Players Association, he has also volunteered with his team for Run for the Cure and the Alzheimer's donation drive.

The President's Award was created two years ago to honour those who have made an outstanding contribution to their chosen sport and Acadia Athletics and is presented annually to a female and male student-athlete. They have displayed the highest standard of leadership and have conducted themselves in such a way that they have contributed to 'setting a higher standard' within their own Axewomen/Axemen Teams and/or Acadia Athletics overall.

These student-athletes have been chosen by a selection committee that includes the Director of Athletics and have been endorsed by the President of Acadia University

Winners of the Award this year included dual-athlete (Soccer and Basketball) Katie Ross and hockey's Geoff Schemitsch.

Geoff Schemitsch captained his team this past season to a bronze medal win at the U SPORTS championships. Geoff has been an Academic All-Canadian in all his years at Acadia. Named as a U SPORTS Top 8 Academic All-Canadian this year, Schemitsch not only excelled in academics but also was voted by his teammates as the most valuable player on his team. He was named as an AUS All-Star and U SPORT All-Canadian and was also honoured as the AUS Most Sportsmanlike player this past season.

An impressive U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian in each year Katie Ross has been at Acadia, this dual-sport athlete has achieved more than any other dual-sport athlete has achieved at Acadia in recent history. Named as a U SPORTS Top 8 Academic All-Canadian in 2015 and this year named the U SPORTS women basketball's SYLVIA SWEENEY AWARD winner for Student-Athlete Community Service, she has been a starter for the women's basketball and soccer teams this past season. She volunteers her time with the Annapolis Valley Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre and is heavily involved in the Kinderskills, SMILE and Rec Buddies programs.

 

Team Awards below:

Sport

Award Name

Recipients Name

Hometown

Women's Cross Country

Most Improved Player

Rachel Watts

North West River, NL

 

Coach's Award

Emily Lamb

Somerset, NS

 

Rookie of the Year

Alicia Henry

Riverview, NB

 

Most Valuable Player

Alicia Henry

Riverview, NB

   
 
 

Men's Soccer

Most Improved Player

Tylor Connolly

Quispamsis, NB

 

Coach's Award

Corey Cadeau

Coldbrook, NS

 

Most Valuable Player

Andrew Snyder

Bridgewater, NS

   
 
 

W-Swimming

Rookie of the Year

Nicole Windsor

Halifax, NS

 

Most Improved Swimmer

Arielle Mersiadis–Carrier

Georgetown, ON

 

Coach's Award

Kristin MacKinnon

Pictou, NS

 

Most Valuable Swimmer

Alison MacEachern

Charlottetown, PE

   
 
 

M-Swimming

Rookie of the Year

Chris Johnson

Bridgewater, NS

 

Most Improved Swimmer

Adam Deutsch and

Kingston, NS

   

Jesse Avery

Clarenville, NL

 

Coach's Award

Mike Adams

Dartmouth, NS

 

Most Valuable Swimmer

Brett Liem

Bedford, NS

   
 
 

Women's Rugby

Rookie of the Year-Forwards

Harley Tucker

Black Diamond, AB

 

Rookie of the Year-Backs

Annie Kennedy

Kingston, ON

 

Most Improved Player

Sarah Baxter

Moncton, NB

 

Coach's Award

Janice Cougle

Lethbridge, AB

 

Most Valuable Player

Gillian Bergsma

Waterford, ON

       

Women's Soccer

Rookie of the Year

Holly Buckler

Halifax, NS

 

Most Improved Player

Madison Kelly

Dartmouth, NS

 

Coach's Award

Michelle Pryde

Calgary, AB

 

Most Valuable Player 

Emily Nickerson and

Coldbrook, NS

  Co-Winner

Kinsella Noseworthy Smith

Wolfville, NS

   
 
 

M-Basketball

Rookie of the Year

Jerome Mugambi

Oakville, ON

 

Most Improved Player

Mitch Tempro

Three Miles Plains, NS

 

Leading Rebounder

Erik Nissen

Quispamsis, NB

 

Defensive Player

Erik Nissen

Quispamsis, NB

 

Gib Chapman Award

Alex Thomas

Wolfville, NS

 

Most Valuable Player

Ben Miller

Winnipeg, MB

   
 
 

W-Basketball

Rookie of the Year

Haley McDonald

Port Williams, NS

 

Most Improved Player

Chanel Smith

Halifax, NS

 

Defensive Player

Katie Ross

Bedford, NS

 

Leading Rebounder

Kelsey Rice

Beaver Bank, NS

 

Coach's Award

Sarah Taylor

Calgary, AB

 

Most Valuable Player

Paloma Anderson

Phoeniz, Arizona

 
 
 
 

Football

Rookie of the Year

Bailey Feltmate

Moncton, NB

 

Most Improved Player

Drew Seldon and

Thornhill, ON

   

Brandon Johnston

Orillia, ON

 

Best Lineman

Adam Melanson

Kentville, NS

 

Best Defensive Player

Garvin Cius

Malden, Mass.

 

Kristin Pipe Coach's Award

Brad Vince

Cambridge, ON

 

Most Valuable Player

Brandon Jennings

St. Albert, AB

   
 
 

Volleyball

Rookie of the Year

Hannah Helm

Halifax, NS

 

Most Improved Player

Peyton DeWolfe

Bridgewater, NS

 

Teammate Award

Kailey Evans

St. Andrews, MB

 

Most Valuable Player

Lauryn Renzella

Stouffville, ON

   
 
 

Hockey

Rookie of the Year

Stephen Harper

Burlington, ON

 

Most Improved Player

Robert Steeves

Riverview, NB

 

Top Scorer

Boston Leier

Saskatoon, SK

 

Defensive Player

Tyler Ferry

Richmond Hill, ON

 

Most Valuable Player

Geoff Schemitsch

Thornhill, ON

 

Most Valuable Player-Playoffs

Geoff Schemitsch and Robert Steeves

 
 
 
 
 

President's Award

 

Katie Ross

Halifax, NS

President's Award

 

Geoff Schemitsch

Thornhill, NS

Roger Prentice Citizen Award - Male:

William Wojcik

Ottawa, ON

Roger Prentice Citizen Award - Female:

Kelsey Brumm

Dartmouth, NS

Outstanding First Year Male Athlete of the Year:

Brett Liem

Bedford, NS

Outstanding First Year Female Athlete of the Year:

Harley Tucker

Black Diamond, NS

Athenaem Male Athlete of the Year Winner

Andrew Snyder

Bridgewater, NS

Jean Marsh Female Athlete of the Year:

Paloma Anderson

Phoenix, AZ

ASU Jimmie Atomate Award:

Sarah Ross

Toronto, ON

APA Spirit Award

 

Dave Beach

 
 

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