UNION, NJ (8/4/21) – The Kean University Sports Department has announced its 2020-21 year-end awards.
In two new categories, junior Zach Noll of the men’s volleyball team has the highest cumulative and senior average in the department Steven Zarzycki of the men’s volleyball team was named Returning Player of the Year. Zarzycki is a stage 3-4 cancer survivor and has returned to the field this season to play in 12 games.
Senior Michael shapiro of the men’s lacrosse team wins the Hoffman Memorial Award. The honor goes to the senior student-athlete whose enthusiasm for athleticism and spirit on the playing field best exemplifies Andrew Hoffman, Kean Hall of Fame member, a former lacrosse player and men’s football.
Senior Maddy Leigh female and senior lacrosse team Ian capp of the men’s volleyball team were named the winners of the Kean Scholar-Athlete Award.
Leigh had six points on five goals and an assist in eight games played. The Springvale, Maine native achieved a GPA of 3.87 in cell biology and molecular options.
Capp became the first All-American three times in program history. The Mechanicsburg, Pa. Native totaled 118 assists, 78 points, 45 kills, 43 digs, 27 aces and 10 blocks in six games. The passer was an AVCA All-Region selection, won CVC passer of the year honors, a CVC first-team selection, won NJAC Defensive Player of the Year honors and a first-team selection of the NJAC. Selected by CoSIDA All-District, he achieved a cumulative average of 3.58 in exercise science.
Finally, Two All-Americans received the D’Angola Award, the department’s highest honor. The Angola Prize recognizes outstanding individual performance within the team concept that contributes to the improvement of the team, the athletics department and Kean University.
Junior Shannon mccoy of the women’s basketball team was named the winner of the Angola Women’s Prize, while the runner-up Jared ray of the men’s volleyball team was named the men’s Angolan Prize winner.
McCoy was named WBCA All-American, a Division III All-MET team selection and NJAC first team selection after averaging 14.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 interceptions per game over 10 games. CoSIDA All-District selection, it became the 21st player in the history of the program to reach 1,000 career points.
Ray only became the third first American all-star team in program history. The Phoenixville, Pa. Native totaled 213.5 points, 194 kills, 69 digs and 20 blocks in 12 games played. The outside hitter was an AVCA All-Region selection, a CVC first team selection and an NJAC first team selection.