PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University athletics held its Ninth Annual Senior Celebration and Awards Luncheon at the Providence Biltmore on Monday, May 22, 2017. Over 275 student-athletes, coaches, staff, and distinguished guests attended the event to celebrate another year of success in competition, in the classroom, and in the community. President Christina Paxson and Director of Athletics Jack Hayes each took the opportunity to address the room and acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of the Class of 2017.
The Marjorie Brown Smith Award is presented to the outstanding female varsity athlete of the year. It is named in honor of the former Director of Athletics at the Women's College of Brown University, Marjorie Brown Smith, in recognition of her generous support of athletics. The recipient of this year's award is women's tennis senior Dayna Lord (Bloomfield, Conn.).
Lord is one of just a handful of student-athletes in the history of Brown athletics to be a four time First-Team All-Ivy selection. Lord's feat came while playing in the most competitive singles slot, which pits her against the opposing team's top player, competing in the No. 1 position from freshman to senior year. Lord holds the all-time Brown record for career combined wins (182) as well as doubles wins (90), while her 92 singles wins rank second in the Brown record book.
The Fritz Pollard '19 Award is presented to the outstanding male varsity athlete of the year. The trophy is named in honor of Frederick "Fritz" Pollard, Brown Class of 1919, one of our nation's true African-American pioneers, one of the greatest football players in Brown history, and a member of the NFL Hall of Fame. Pollard is recognized as the first African-American to play in the Rose Bowl, to earn All-American honors, to play quarterback at the professional level, and become a head coach in the NFL. The recipient of this year's award is men's lacrosse senior Dylan Molloy (Setauket, N.Y.).
Molloy capped his standout career with another stellar campaign to become Brown's first-ever three-time recipient of the Fritz Pollard '19 Award. He recorded 44 goals and 71 points as a senior, breaking the program's career scoring record in the final game of the season, which solidified him as one of the top players in Brown and NCAA lacrosse history. The All-American finished with 318 career points, passing Darren Lowe's 316 career points from 1989-92, and now ranks sixth in the NCAA record book. Molloy is also the third-leading goal scorer in NCAA history with 197 career goals.
The Kate Silver '86 Award is presented in memory of Kate Silver to the most outstanding first-year female athlete. Kate Silver came to Brown in 1982 as the second-ranked 18 and under women's squash player in the US. Silver played number one singles for just a few months on College Hill before being diagnosed with leukemia. She died in 1984, and the Kate Silver '86 Award was established in her honor by her coach and teammates. The recipient of this year's award is women's basketball freshman Justine Gaziano (Natick, Mass.).
A Second Team All-Ivy selection, Gaziano ranked second in the Ivy League and led the team with 16.5 points per game. She finished her rookie campaign second in the league in field goals made per game (5.9) and third in field goal percentage (47.5). Gaziano scored in double figures in 21 of her 24 games played, netted 20 or more points six times, and eclipsed 30 points twice. Gaziano helped lead the Bears to a berth in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament and helped Brown earn a bid to the Women's Basketball Invitational where the program recorded its first-ever postseason win in a national tournament.
Brown's award for the most outstanding First-Year Male Varsity Athlete of the Year was presented to men's lacrosse freshman Phil Goss (San Francisco, Calif.). Goss started every game in goal in his rookie campaign for the Bears and was a key component of the team's successes. Individually, the freshman saw his name in the national spotlight, leading the country in saves per game for most of the season. Goss finished the year with 204 saves and recorded 10 wins in net. He played in all 60 minutes of a contest 12 times, including two overtime games, and was one of just six players on the squad to start every game over the course of the season.
The Arlene Gorton '52 Cup is presented to the female varsity athlete who most consistently displays the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. It is named in honor of Arlene Gorton '52, former Brown Associate Director of Athletics, in recognition of her role in developing women's intercollegiate athletics at Brown. The recipient of this year's award is volleyball senior Sarah Lucenti (Manhattan Beach, Calif.).
The Co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as a senior, Lucenti has made a tremendous impact on and off the court at Brown. Her involvement in the community has stood as an exemplary model for her peers. She spearheaded SAAC's Tug for a Cure event in partnership with the Brown University Oncology Research Group in support of cancer research and awareness. Lucenti has formed relationships with Hasbro Children's Hospital and the Vartan Gregorian School, bringing the spirit of Brown into the broader Ocean State.
The Dave Zucconi '55 Award is presented to the male varsity athlete who most consistently displays the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. The award is named in honor of Dave Zucconi '55, the former Executive Director of the Brown Sports Foundation, who was often called "Mr. Brown." The recipient of this year's award is men's basketball senior Steven Spieth (Dallas, Texas).
A decorated student-athlete on and off the court, Spieth finished his career with an outstanding senior season, etching his name throughout the Brown record book while earning First Team All-Ivy and Academic All-America honors. The four-year starter closed his career as Brown's fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,367 career points. He became Brown's all-time leader in games played (118) and games started (117), missing only one start as he graciously gave up his starting role on the Bears' 2015 Senior Day. Spieth ranks third all-time at Brown in free throw percentage (84.8), fourth in free throws (447), fifth in steals (136), and eighth in assists (337).
The Bessie H. Rudd Award is presented to the female varsity athlete who displays enthusiasm, spirit, and leadership and is devoted to the quality of life at Brown and the surrounding community throughout the year. The award is named in honor of Bessie H. Rudd, the former Director of Physical Education at Pembroke College from 1930 to 1961, in honor of her leadership in the development of quality athletic programs for all women. The recipient of this year's award is softball senior Julia Schoenewald (Jamison, Pa.).
Schoenewald has left an indelible mark on the Brown community through her passion for life and vibrant personality that brings out the best in others. Her coaches and teammates treat her with the highest respect and turn to her as a trusted leader and confidant. A three-year captain, Schoenewald will serve as one of the four seniors to carry the Class of 2017 banner through the Van Wickle Gates at commencement. Schoenewald acts in a variety of roles on campus including as a Meiklejohn Peer Advisor.
The Cliff Stevenson Award is named in honor of former Brown men's soccer and lacrosse coach, Cliff Stevenson, who retired in 1990 after directing the men's soccer program for 31 years. It is presented to the male varsity athlete who best exemplifies Cliff's boundless enthusiasm, indomitable spirit, and devotion to the quality of life at Brown and the community. The recipient of this year's award is men's ice hockey senior Andrew Doane (Holliston, Mass.).
An all-around leader and competitor, Doane truly represents the spirit of the Cliff Stevenson Award and has acted as a dedicated ambassador for Brown over the past four years. A team captain as a senior, Doane's strength is his selfless nature, which reflects on his overall character and willingness to promote the program and the university in a positive manner. He has spearheaded the team's community service efforts and is also a three-time ECAC All-Academic selection.
The Frederick W. "Doc" Marvel 1894 Award is presented to selected senior varsity athletes who have best represented Brown over their careers by embodying excellence in scholarship, athletic performance, integrity, leadership, and community outreach. The award is named in honor of Frederick W. "Doc" Marvel, Class of 1894, who served as Brown's first director of intercollegiate athletics from 1903-38. This year's award recipients are men's lacrosse senior Larken Kemp (Greenwich, Conn.) and gymnastics senior Tori Kinamon (Peachtree City, Ga.).
A two-time All-American, Kemp is considered one of the greatest long-stick midfielders in the history of intercollegiate lacrosse. He ranks second nationally in all-time scoring at the position with 56 points, while his 119 career caused turnovers rank seventh in the NCAA record book. A team captain and natural leader, Kemp helped guide the Bears to consecutive Ivy League titles in 2015 and 2016, highlighted by a run to the national semifinals last season. He earned All-Ivy honors all four years during his time at Brown.
Kinamon has personified what it means to overcome adversity. During her time at Brown, she has persevered through multiple major surgeries and an extended hospitalization due to a staph infection. Through it all, she has remained the consummate teammate. Inspired by her experience, she has taken on a role as a student researcher, conducting clinical and laboratory research on staph infections. She volunteers with the Community Health Advocacy Program, is a Women's Peer Counselor, and teaches elementary school students about nutrition and wellness as a FIT Club Fellow.
The Senior Class Speakers are representatives of the graduating senior class who have been selected to convey a special message about the student-athlete experience. These individuals have competed at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom, and have demonstrated superior community service. This year's senior speakers are field hockey senior Leah Zavalick (Glastonbury, Conn.) and wrestling senior Richard Muniz (Corona, Calif.).
While not seeing much playing time as a freshman, Zavalick accepted the challenge and dedicated herself to improving her skills and physical strength until she got her chance with the team. Her unwavering approach to her personal development has outlined a path for others. From seeing her dedication, teammates in similar situations forgo the route of complaining and spend more time working on their skills.
Muniz walked onto the Brown wrestling team as a freshman and emerged as a two-time team captain who never missed a practice over his four years. A devoted leader and role model, he has put Brown University and the Providence community before himself in all that he does. He has acted as a critical component of the success of Beat the Streets Providence, an organization that supports at-risk youth through wrestling programs. Muniz has engaged with more than 300 students annually in Providence middle and elementary schools with the group.
Brown Athletics Appreciation Awards are presented to individuals or groups from within the University or outside the University who go above and beyond in support of its athletic teams. This year's recipients are Bill Corrigan '58, a charter member of the Brown Hockey Association in 1961 and its former Executive Director and Treasurer, and Kim Roskiewicz, the Assistant to the President at Brown University.