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SCHENECTADY, NY –
The Union College Athletics Department held its annual Senior Student Athlete Awards on Friday afternoon at the Frank Bailey Field at the Bertagna-Class Stadium of 1985, recognizing the accomplishments of the 122 seniors of the Union and other friends and contributors to the department. In addition, 13 year-end awards were presented to outstanding student-athletes and Union staff.
Director of Athletics Jim McLaughlin ’93 opened the afternoon by reflecting the difficult but rewarding season that Union student-athletes have experienced both on and off the playing fields, followed by President David R. Harris, who has been addressed to seniors and also presented the Presidential Award for Academic Achievement in Women’s Golf Team. In addition, Senior Baseball Captain and President of the Student Forum Mat toy spoke on behalf of his comrades.
Seniors and staff were recognized with some of the department’s end-of-year awards, while all of the Union’s senior student-athletes also received their senior gifts at the event.
A full list of the 2020-21 award winners is shown below:
Stephen Ritterbush Award 1968
Presented annually, by selective vote, to the student who best exemplifies a healthy mind in a healthy body – the attributes of varsity athlete and board member Stephen Ritterbush, class of 1968. Stephen’s exceptional intellect, outspoken character, and incisive leadership set him apart both on and off the pitch in Union and beyond.
Marina Angelopoulos (Female crew)
The first two-time winner in the history of the award, Angelopoulos was once again captain of the Union’s women’s crew and helped the College Boat 8 to three wins in four races this season while receiving votes in national rankings. Out of the water, she has a cumulative GPA of 3.966 in political science and Chinese double major, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a senior, and won the College’s Rotary Foundation Award for International Studies, awarded to a senior who shows the greatest promise and interest in international relations.
Mat toy (Baseball)
Toy was a true leader on and off the diamond for Union College over the past four seasons. On the pitch, he enjoyed a year of career as a senior, winning second-team All-Liberty League honors with a 0.415 batting average and serving as team captain. Off the field, he served as President of the Student Forum and received the Alan Lake Chidsey Citizenship Award (1925), awarded to an Elder for his distinctive contribution to the advancement of responsible government in student affairs.
Senior University Athlete of the Year Award
For exceptional performance in the classroom, community and play arena.
Amanda ashmen (Women’s football and athletics)
Ashmen takes home the varsity athlete of the year in her class for the third year in a row. A three-season athlete for Union, she spent four years with the soccer team and three seasons as a leader with the indoor and outdoor track and field teams. She set the school record in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in her last season on the outdoor track while playing 43 field games in three years. Off the field, she has a 3.89 GPA in Computer Engineering and has won the RE Morgan Memorial Award, awarded to a senior with a high scholarship in Computer Engineering.
Ryan ehrets (Football and Athletics)
Ehrets is also honored with his class’s varsity athlete of the year award for the third time in four seasons and is also a three-season athlete at Union with the indoor and outdoor football and track teams. On the grill, the center was named to D3football.com’s All-East region third team in 2019 and won All-Liberty League honors in all three seasons as an anchor for the team offensive line. In class, he has a cumulative GPA of 3.815 in Mechanical Engineering and is one of only four Union student-athletes since 2001 to have won three CoSIDA Academic Honors across all Districts.
Robert M. Ridings Memorial Award
Presented to the senior female athlete for her attitude, ability, participation and achievement in intercollegiate sports.
Lindsay Gerrato (female lacrosse)
Gerrato had a great senior season to cap off a phenomenal four-year career for the women’s lacrosse team. She was named to the All-Liberty League first team in 2021 after leading Union with 26 goals and 11 assists for 37 points, becoming the third player in program history to lead the team in points for three consecutive seasons, and placed 11th in the division. III in the draw checks by match. For her career, she was second all-time in draw control at Union in addition to 14th in goals and 20th in points despite missing games in her last two seasons.
William B. Jaffe ’26 Sports Award
Presented to the senior male athlete elected by the Sports Department as Outstanding Athlete of the Year, taking into account the character and motivation of the individual in addition to athletic excellence.
Colin Kelly (Baseball)
Kelly left her name all over the Union Baseball Record Book during her decorated career. Selected twice by D3baseball.com and ABCA All-Region and a Consensus All-American 2018, he was named to the All-Liberty League first team as a senior after reaching a .418 team record with 10 home runs, 27 runs scored and 28 RBIs in just 19 games, and finished second in Division III for home runs per game. He leaves Union as the all-time leader in home runs, RBIs and total goals, while placing second in points and stroke percentage and eighth in hits.
Dante Scott (Athletics and Football)
Scott also left his mark on his program, becoming one of the best jumpers in Union athletics history. He has won Field Athlete of the Meet honors in his last two Liberty League Championships, winning the award at the 2020 Indoor Championships and 2021 Outdoor Championships, and was Liberty League Champion in the long jump and treble. jump. Scott also graduates as the school’s all-season long jump record holder and has been selected at all conferences eight times during his career.
Academic Excellence Award
Presented to a senior athlete for outstanding performance in the classroom.
Lisa Spagnuolo (Women’s golf)
Spagnuolo was named Senior Class Co-Major after achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA as a Major in Neuroscience. A recipient of the ECAC 2020 Union Medal of Merit, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa during her junior year, a year in which she also finished third in school history on average in a season and career for the women’s golf team. She is also a three-time Liberty League All-Academic Team winner and has also been named a two-time WGCA All-American Fellow.
Conor Willsie (Men’s football)
Willsie also has one of the best GPAs in the senior class, bringing a GPA of 3.982 in his final term as an electrical engineering major. The elder won three prizes at Union’s Prize Day, winning the Warner King ’06 Prize (to the engineering elder who has most contributed to the traditions and ideals of the College), the Daniel F. Pullman Engineering Prize ( to a senior scholar in engineering), and the Ralph W. Stearns ’07 Prize (to an exceptional student in electrical or computer engineering). He is also a three-time Liberty League All-Academic Team member and was also named this year to the CoSIDA All-District Academic Selection.
Leadership Award from the President’s Commission on the Status of Women
To the senior student-athlete who has done the most to promote women’s athletics at Union College.
Abby Pile (Field hockey)
Stack has been a leader on and off the field for the Union field hockey program during her career. She won this year’s Union Minerva Prize, awarded to a student whose work best combines the scientific study of women or gender with activities that improve the lives of women on campus. In addition, she is President of U-Marketing Group and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Company, Campus Kitchens Treasurer and STEP Mentor.
For the exceptional leadership of a team in competition and on campus, providing positive direction to their fellow student-athletes.
Megan Brown (Women’s Tennis)
Brown has been an integral part of the continuous improvement of the Union women’s tennis team over the past four seasons. A team captain for two years, she won second-team All-Liberty League honors as a senior after reaching the leading roles in singles and doubles to lead a young team to success. A recipient of the 2020 ECAC Medal of Merit and winner of the 2019 Female Sophomore Athletic Prize, she finished her career ninth in singles and eighth in doubles at Union.
Community Service and Community Awareness Award
Presented to a senior athlete for outstanding performance in community service.
Corina Lindsay (Women’s basketball)
Lindsay was a key on-court contributor for the women’s basketball team for four years, but had an even bigger impact off the court. Winner of the Joel A. Halpern Award (1961) for a student who is committed to serving the local community, she founded the Strong Girls United program which paired female student-athletes with elementary and high school girls to provide a mentoring, advice and support. She also worked regularly with City Mission to write pandemic protocols and procedures, and was also the social justice program coordinator for the women’s basketball team.
Athletics Appreciation Award
Cheryl rockwood (Athletic training)
In addition to his normal role as chief athletic training staff, Rockwood has also been instrumental in coordinating the College’s COVID testing protocols this year, helping to lead the operation of the testing center at the College. school and finding ways to keep our student-athletes and our campus safe. A legendary figure in Union Athletics, Rockwood’s guidance, support and leadership has helped thousands of Union student-athletes during his long stay on campus.