Anderson and Wright named Athletes of the Year

Anderson and Wright named Athletes of the Year

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 Football's Dale Wright. From Markham, Ont., Wright was selected as the Atlantic University Sport outstanding player of the year.

Wright led the AUS conference and finished third in the country with 1,030 yards rushing this season for an average of 128.8 yards per game. He is only the second Axemen in Acadia's football history to rush over 1000 yards.

The only other Acadia player rush for over 1,000 yards is former Axemen standout Brian Walling, who posted 1,122 yards rushing during the 1986 season.

Wright also led the Atlantic conference in rushing touchdowns this season with six. He finished second in total carries with 161.

Prior to this standout season, Dale back was plagued by injury his first two seasons, playing in just one game in his 2015 rookie season and being forced to sit out last season in its entirety.

Wright's MVP nod marks the first time since 2014 that an Acadia player has been honoured as the conference's top player. Former Axemen standout Brian Jones took home the award in 2014.

From Phoenix, Arizona Paloma Anderson was named the Jean Marsh Female Athlete of the Year. Anderson averaged 18.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Axewomen this season.

She led the nation in assists, averaging 5.5 per game. Her 52 steals this season were the most in the Atlantic conference, while her average of 2.6 steals per game was the second best in AUS, both ranking ninth in U SPORTS.

First in team scoring and second in conference scoring, Paloma amassed 1,446 points to a set a new school record for career points scored.

She also set new school records for career free throws made with 292 and for points in a single game, scoring 41 in a 2016 game versus StFX.

Anderson finishes her career as a two-time AUS MVP, having first earned the conference's top honour in 2015-16. She is the only Acadia player to ever be named U SPORTS MVP.

She is also a three-time AUS first team all-star, having been named to the AUS first team all-star squad for the third consecutive year, as well as a two-time U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian.

The winner for Outstanding First Year Female Athlete of the Year is Volleyball's Lucy Glen-Carter. From Toronto, Ont., Glen-Carter was named to the U SPORTS All-Rookie Team. A first year outside hitter for the Axewomen volleyball team, Glen-Carter was named as an AUS First Team All-Star and on the AUS All-Rookie team. 

Glen-Carter led the Axewomen in kills per set with 2.81 and points per game with 3.60. Her 3.60 points per game was good enough for fourth in the AUS and Lucy was second in the AUS kills with 205.

Hockey's Rodney Southam from Saskatoon, Sask., is this year's First Year Male Athlete of the Year. Southam finish fifth among his team in points with 7 goals and 15 assists and fourth in assists. The first year forward finished sixth in points and in assists among all rookies in the AUS. 

This year's female recipient of The Rev. Roger Prentice Acadia Female Citizens Award is Basketball's Allie Berry from Yarmouth, N.S.

Since spending the summer between her first and second years with the Valley African Nova Scotia Development Association (VANSDA), Berry's summer employment has mostly all been community-driven.

In the summer of 2016, she worked at the Portal youth drop-in centre in Kentville. She focused on youth who were considered 'at risk' to some extent.

Berry identified a lack of programs for youth of that particular age during her time with the Portal.

Berry developed a mentorship program called Rec Buddies, a partnership between the Portal and the Town of Kentville.

This year's male The Rev. Roger Prentice Acadia Citizen Award winner is Soccer's Zachary Visser. From Winslow South, P.E.I., Visser is heavily involved in the community, volunteering his time with an array of initiatives.

He coordinates and organizes team fundraisers for the Canadian Cancer Society, the Alzheimer's Society of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. He also serves as an instructor for Acadia's S.M.I.L.E. (Sensory Motor Instructional Learning Experience) program and has volunteered at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, P.E.I., during the summer months since 2012.

The President's Award was created three 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 volleyball's Sarah Ross and hockey's Boston Leier.

A native of Saskatoon, Sask., Boston Leier was an assistant captained his team for the last three seasons. Named the Athlete of the Week four times this season, Boston was named to the AUS second team all-star squad.

Boston finished the season second in team goals with 15 and was fourth overall in the conference in points and eighth in goals. Boston was an Academic All-Canadian in his last three seasons.

An impressive U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian in each of her five years. Sarah Ross was an AUS All-Star in three of her four seasons including this year. She was named to the AUS All-Rookie team in 2014.

Sarah brought a competitive temperament to the team in her first season and returned from injury last year with vengeance. Besides being a fierce competitor, she is also involved in the community and was named the AUS and U SPORTS community service award winner in 2016.

Team Awards below:

Sport

Award Name

Recipients Name

Men's Soccer

Rookie of the Year

Zane Brennan

Men's Soccer

Most Improved Player

Spencer Buck

Men's Soccer

Coach's Award

Cale Saunders

Men's Soccer

Most Valuable Player

Ryan Parris

   

 

Women's Cross Country

Most Improved Player

Madalyn Higgins

Women's Cross Country

Coach's Award

Ellen Taggart

Women's Cross Country

Most Valuable Player

Katie Robinson

   

 

Women's Swimming

Rookie of the Year

Kelsea Vessey

Women's Swimming

Most Improved Swimmer

Jessica Pelletier

Women's Swimming

Coach's Award

Kristin MacKinnon

Women's Swimming

Most Valuable Swimmer

Alison MacEachern

   

 

Men's Swimming

Rookie of the Year

Guy Harrison-Murray

Men's Swimming

Most Improved Swimmer

Joshua Nowlan

Men's Swimming

Coach's Award

Brendan Vibert

Men's Swimming

Most Valuable Swimmer

Brett Liem

   

 

Women's Rugby

Rookie of the Year-Forwards

Lauren Melanson

Women's Rugby

Rookie of the Year-Backs

Emilie Merilainen

Women's Rugby

Most Improved Player

Danielle Wisen

Women's Rugby

Coach's Award

Emma Pfleiderer

Women's Rugby

Most Valuable Player

Laura Pfleiderer

     

Women's Soccer

Rookie of the Year

Destiny Lutz

Women's Soccer

Most Improved Player

Brittany Taylor

Women's Soccer

Coach's Award

Jenna Howell & Jacqueline Stevens

Women's Soccer

Most Valuable Player

Emily Nickerson

   

 

Men's Basketball

Rookie of the Year

Mason Middaugh

Men's Basketball

Most Improved Player

Ben Miller

Men's Basketball

Gib Chapman Award

Rhys Larry

Men's Basketball

Leading Rebounder

Erik Nissen

Men's Basketball

Defensive Player

Erik Nissen

Men's Basketball

Most Valuable Player

Erik Nissen

   

 

Women's Basketball

Rookie of the Year

Rachel Clouâtre-Trudeau

Women's Basketball

Most Improved Player

Haley McDonald

Women's Basketball

Defensive Player

Allie Berry

Women's Basketball

Leading Rebounder

Allie Berry

Women's Basketball

Coach's Award

Ellen Hatt

Women's Basketball

Most Valuable Player

Paloma Anderson

 

 

 

Football

Rookie of the Year

Glodin Mulali and Jarett Saumure

Football

Most Improved Player

Jadin White

Football

Best Lineman

Adam Melanson

Football

Best Defensive Player

Baley Feltmate

Football

Kristin Pipe Coach's Award

Brandon Johnston

Football

Most Valuable Player

Dale Wright

   

 

Volleyball

Rookie of the Year

Lucy Glen-Carter

Volleyball

Most Improved Player

Regan Herrington

Volleyball

Teammate Award

Sydney Tonner

Volleyball

Most Valuable Player

Kailey Evans

   

 

Hockey

Rookie of the Year

Rodney Southam

Hockey

Most Improved Player

Ryan Foss

Hockey

Top Scorer

Stephen Harper

Hockey

Defensive Player

Tyler Ferry

Hockey

Most Valuable Player

Stephen Harper & Boston Leier

Hockey

Most Valuable Player-Playoffs

Boston Leier

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