May 4, 2001
Brown University held its eleventh annual All-Sports Banquet on Thursday night in the Pizzitola Sports Center, where nine different student athletes earned awards for their accomplishments this year. Radio voice Scott Cordischi from The Score served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.
Brown's Male Varsity Athlete of the Year Award, the Fritz Pollard Award, was shared this year by two dominating All-Americans, gridder Stephen Campbell (Kent, Washington) and soccer player Cory Gibbs (Plantation, Florida). Statistically, Campbell was the best receiver Division I-AA has ever known, as he caught a record 120 passes in 2000. He led the nation in receiving yards with 134 yards per game. He shattered the mark of 301 catches by Mississippi Valley's Jerry Rice, catching 305 balls over his four-year career. Campbell's laundry list of awards includes a Bulger Lowe Award as the top offensive college football player in New England, as well as the Coca Cola Gold Helmet of the Year award as New England's top football player. He was three times voted First Team All-Ivy, and was named an All-American this year by every All-American team in the country, the first being the Walter Camp Foundation, the nation's oldest All-American team. The last Brown player to be honored with that award was Fritz Pollard in 1916. He was also named an All-American by the Associated Press, the American Football Coaches Association, the Football Gazette and the Sporting News, and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award. Furthermore, Campbell received Rhode Island's Male Athlete of the Year award, and he earned All New England and all-ECAC honors for the third straight year. Currently, Campbell is in NFL minicamp with the Buffalo Bills. Campbell shared the award with an equally decorated player in soccer, defender Cory Gibbs. Gibbs helped lead the Brown soccer team to a perfect 7-0-0 record in Ivy play last fall and a final #9 national ranking, after the squad advanced to the Final 8 of the NCAA Tournament. Gibbs, the squad's center back, was named Ivy League Player of the Year and First Team All-Ivy for the fourth straight year, as he picked up All-American honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association, College Soccer Weekly and the Soccer Times. He was an Academic All-Ivy last fall, and was one of just ten finalists nationwide for the Hermann Trophy, presented annually to the National Collegiate Soccer Player of the Year. In his career, Cory has represented the United States as a member of the Under-20 National Team in the World Championships and as a member of the US Under-23 Pan American Games Team. Last season, Gibbs started and played in all 20 games and tied for the team lead in goals scored in the regular season despite playing center back. Four of his five goals were game-winners, including tallies against league rivals Yale, Columbia and Dartmouth. Three times he was named Ivy League Player of the Week, the only player to be honored more than once. Selected in the fourth round of the Major League Soccer draft by the Miami Fusion, Gibbs was a projected top 5 pick before informing the league of his intention to play professionally in Germany.
The winner of this year's Marjorie Brown Smith Award, given to the outstanding female varsity athlete of the year, was senior track and field star Lindsay Taylor (Boone, NC). Taylor had an exceptional year for Brown on the indoor track, setting a new meet and school record in the pentathlon at the Heptagonal Championships and winning the event for the fourth year in a row. She was ranked second in the nation for the pentathlon, which involves the high hurdles, long jump, shot put, high jump, and 800 meters all in one day. Taylor also placed second in the open high hurdles, second in the open long jump, third in the open high jump, and ran the anchor leg on the third place 4x400 meter relay team at Heps. This spring, Taylor has already been making waves, winning the outdoor heptathlon at the Florida Relays for the second year in a row, and qualifying for the NCAA's in the event, as well as in the high jump. Taylor has been All-Ivy every year at Brown in both indoor and outdoor track, and has been All-East every year outdoors. She currently holds the number one spot in the Brown record books in six different events, three indoor and three outdoor, and is ranked among the top ten in ten other events.
Earning the Joseph Paterno Award as Brown's outstanding first-year male athlete was baseball player Matt Kutler (Omaha, Nebraska). Kutler set a number of school records this year. He became the first player in Brown history to record five hits in one game twice in a career, accomplishing the feat against Columbia and Quinnipiac. He hit four doubles in a single game, also a school record, and ranks among the team leaders in RBI, doubles and hits. He is among the club's top hitters with runners in scoring position, and played in each of the Bears' games this season. He broke the school record for hits in a season by a freshman with ten games remaining in the 2001 season, and according to head coach Marek Drabinski, "is the best pure hitter as a freshman that I've ever coached, including my time at UConn."
Freshman Elizabeth Carpenter (Plantation, FL) of the women's golf team was this year's recipient of the Kate Silver Award, given to the outstanding first-year varsity female athlete. This past season, Carpenter became the first woman golfer at Brown to ever win a tournament, she won two of them, both by more than ten strokes. Her 75.80 scoring average was the best in both the Ivy League and the entire Northeast region, as she was named First Team All-Ivy and Rookie of the Year in the Northeast. Carpenter finished in the top-ten in five out of six tournaments this year, and claimed fourth place at the Ivy Championships with scores of 73 and 83. She was the number one player for Brown and a strong leader on the team, guiding the Bears to two first place team finishes and three other top-three finishes.
Senior Dan Kantrovitz (St. Louis, MO) was named the recipient of the Cliff Stevenson Award, given annually to the male varsity athlete who best exemplifies boundless enthusiasm, indomitable spirit and devotion to the quality of life at Brown and the surrounding community. As a four-year starting shortstop on Brown's baseball team, Dan did not miss a single game, as he ranks second in Brown's career games played log. As a sophomore, he was the leading hitter in the Ivy League, becoming just the fifth Brown player all time to win the Charles Blair Bat Award as the league's top hitter, when he finished with a .427 overall average and .478 average in Ivy play. He became the first player in school history to record 200 career hits this season, and his home run against Harvard this year gave him the school record for hits. He is among the career leaders in runs, RBI, and walks, and he has the longest hitting streak in school history, hitting in 24 straight games. This season, he looks to become the first New England player since 1969 to hit over .400 twice in a career. Outside the classroom, Kantrovitz is the President of Brown's Student Athlete Advisory Board, and he volunteers his time at several local elementary schools. Furthermore, he was the baseball team's representative to the Fox Point-Vartan Gregorian Elementary school. As one of Brown's top recruiters and hosts to student athletes, Kantrovitz has helped bring winning back to Brown baseball, taking tremendous pride in the university and its athletic programs. Senior Cara Gardner (Hensall, Ontario), a member of both the field hockey and ice hockey teams, was this year's recipient if the Bessie H. Rudd Award. This award is given to the female varsity athlete who has done the most to promote women's sports during the year based on enthusiasm, spirit, and leadership. Gardner had an exceptional season this year with the field hockey team, finishing first on the team in scoring and sixth in the nation for both points and goals per game. She was named First Team All-Ivy and First Team All-American in the Northeast Region for her efforts. Gardner also excelled in ice hockey as a defender, again being named First Team All-Ivy and Second Team All-ECAC. She was also named to the Ivy and ECAC Academic squads for her achievements off the playing field. In addition to all of her athletic accolades, Gardner represented Brown University at a five-day NCAA Leadership Conference, held earlier this year in Orlando, Florida.
Senior Drew Inzer (Slaterville, RI), a captain of the Brown football team, won the Dave Zucconi Award as the male varsity athlete who most consistently displays the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. As the starting left tackle on the Brown football team, Inzer anchored an offensive line that paved the way for a record-setting Brown offense that compiled 4,832 yards of total offense, including a school record 1,451 yards on the ground. Drew became one of the most dominating linemen in the Ivy League, earning First Team All-Ivy honors, and has been cited by his coaches as one of the most respected offensive tackles in the Ivy League. His diligence and dominance was recognized this April, as he earned a free agent contract with the New England Patriots.
Senior Christina Sorbara (Toronto, Ontario) was awarded the Arlene Gorton Cup, given annually to the female varsity athlete who most consistently displays the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. Sorbara, an assistant captain on the women's ice hockey team and Brown's second leading scorer, has been recognized twice this season for hard work and dedication to her sport and to various causes off the ice. Sorbara's commitment to academics, athletics and volunteerism made her a top-five finalist for the "2001 Hockey Humanitarian Award", given annually to college hockey's finest citizen, male or female and from any college division. She was also the recipient of the 2001 Sarah Devens Award, given by the Eastern College Athletic Conference to the player who displays dedication and hard work on and off the ice. Just this past year, Sorbara organized a charitable eight-hour stationary bike ride for breast cancer research, working in conjunction with the American Cancer Society. She endlessly gives her time and energy to volunteer projects, internships, work, and personal growth in both athletics and academics.