WPI Wire, Vol. 10, No. 2 - Summer 1996

Top athletes honored at banquet

In April, the Physical Education and Athletics Department honored 10 student-athletes at an awards banquet in Founders Hall.

Varsity Club Awards were presented to basketball players Jim Naughton and Jenn Lovin, who were honored as the outstanding senior athletes.

Lovin, her team's captain, was the player in the middle all year long for WPI. For the second consecutive year she averaged double figures in scoring and rebounding and reached 1,000 points and 900 rebounds--a feat accomplished by only three others in the history of the women's program--and was named to the NEW 8 All Conference Team for the second year in a row.

Naughton, the men's second leading scorer with 1,543 points, is one of WPI's all-time basketball greats. He holds the men's rebounding record (891), set school records for free throws attempted and made, and had a 55-game, double-figure scoring streak. He was the Constitution Athletic Conference Player of the Year and was named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team.

Poly Club Awards, which honor juniors for outstanding athletic achievements, excellence in the classroom, and participation in campus activities, were presented to Jim Blum and Heather Bryer.

Blum, who spent the 1995 season as a utility player, had a 3.5 GPA while working his way into the starting rotation on the baseball team this spring; he led the team in wins this year. He is also the starting tight end on the football team.

Bryer, one of last fall's field hockey captains, led her team in points for the second straight season. She returns as a captain in 1996.

The Leo S. Jansson Award and the Carolyn McCabe Award recognize the top sophomore athletes.

Football player Darren Levack won the Jansson award. He has made his presence felt in just two years at WPI; he started every game last fall, registering 47 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

McCabe award winner Lyn Dubois played softball and field hockey. She won the Coaches Award in 1995 and was an all-conference goalkeeper in the NEW 8. She had another solid season at second base for the softball team--leading in fielding percentage and making only two errors all season.

Jeff Coleman of the track team and Carrie Seigars of the softball team received Coaches Awards as outstanding freshman athletes.

Coleman scored in multiple events all season and earned All-New England honors in two events during the indoor season after he placed third in the pentathlon and fourth in the 55-meter hurdles.

With an ERA below 3, Seigars was one of WPI's top pitchers and one of the top three pitchers in the New England Women's 8 Conference.

The Patricia A. Graham Award and the Percy Carpenter Award are presented each year to the male and female senior athletes who have made the most of their athletic ability and have shown great determination in achieving more than was expected of them.

Jen Plante, captain of the women's basketball team during its all-time best season, won the Graham award. Her hustle and her determination never to quit made her into a productive player for WPI.

Len Macrina, one of last year's baseball team captains, won the Carpenter award. A utility outfielder for most of his first three seasons at WPI, Macrina's hard work paid off with a position as starting second baseman this year.

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