PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University athletics held its 10th Annual Senior Celebration and Awards Luncheon at the Providence Biltmore on Monday with over 275 student-athletes, coaches, staff, and distinguished guests in attendance 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 2018.
Marjorie Brown Smith Award: Carly Paul (Senior, Women's Track & Field, Fort Collins, Colo.)
- 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.
- Paul has unquestionably dominated her events in the league as a senior this season, winning both the Ivy League pentathlon and heptathlon league titles. A pentathlete, heptathlete, high jumper and long jumper, Paul has also broken three school records over the course of both track & field seasons in the long jump and heptathlon.
Fritz Pollard '19 Award: Richard Jarvis (Senior, Football, Watertown, Mass.)
Fritz Pollard '19 Award: CJ LaFragola (Junior, Wrestling, Little Egg Harbor, N.J.)
- 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 Walter Camp All-American honors as an offensive back, to play quarterback at the professional level, and become a head coach in the NFL.
- Jarvis was named a finalist for the Ivy League Football Defensive Player of the Year award. He also earned First Team All-Ivy honors for the second time in his career, highlighted by a unanimous selection as a senior, while his 17.5 career quarterback sacks rank second in Brown football history.
- LaFragola, a two-time qualifier for the NCAA Championships and two-time All-Ivy selection, has posted over 20 wins in each of the last two seasons and earned a pair of victories at this past year's NCAA Championships.
Kate Silver '86 Award: Brittany Park (Freshman, Women's Golf, Fullerton, Calif.)
- 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.
- Park put together an outstanding rookie campaign during the 2017-18 season, culminating with a third-place individual performance at the Ivy League Championship, as she finished with rounds of 72-77-76. For her efforts, Park was named the program's first ever Ivy League Rookie of the Year and also earned First Team All-Ivy recognition.
First-Year Male Athlete Award: Desmond Cambridge (Freshman, Men's Basketball, Nasvhille, Tenn.)
- Presented to the outstanding first-year varsity male athlete.
- The unanimous 2018 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Cambridge set the Bears' freshman scoring record with 468 points this past season, while earning Second Team All-Ivy accolades and the team's J. Richmond Sales Trophy, given to the program's most valuable player.
Arlene Gorton '52 Cup: Anya Barca-Hall (Senior, Gymnastics, Santa Cruz, Calif.)
- 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.
- After competing in just seven meets over her first three seasons, Barca-Hall remained committed to the team and performed in 12 of 13 meets on floor this year. This season, she recorded a personal-best 9.875 on floor, earned First Team All-Ivy Classic on floor, and captured ECAC Coaches Choice weekly honors on Feb. 27.
Dave Zucconi '55 Award: Kevin Li (Senior, Men's Golf, Vancouver, British Columbia)
- 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."
- A team captain and model teammate, Li became the team's first First Team All-Ivy honoree since the 2014 season with a fourth-place individual finish at the Ivy League Championship this past spring. Li also earned Second Team All-Ivy accolades as a sophomore for a 10th-place showing at the conference championship.
Bessie H. Rudd Award: Bri Irons (Senior, Women's Lacrosse, Wallingford, Pa.)
- 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.
- As a SAAC Co-President, Irons helped spearhead many initiatives, including the planning of the inaugural Tug for a Cure, an event to raise money for breast cancer research on campus. Serving on the executive board for two years as community service chair, Irons helped foster a relationship with Hasbro Children's Hospital and planned a faculty and student-athlete luncheon to help connect the groups.
Cliff Stevenson Award: Brett Estes (Senior, Football, East Greenwich, R.I.)
- 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 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.
- Estes has made a significant impact on the broader Brown University and Rhode Island communities through his commitment to community outreach initiatives. Over the last two years, he has served as the chair of the Bears' Bench Press for Cancer event, helping Brown raise over $60,000 for the Cancer Survivorship Program at Miriam Hospital.
Frederick W. "Doc" Marvel 1894 Award: Maclaine Lehan (Senior, Women's Soccer, Shrewsbury, Mass.)
Frederick W. "Doc" Marvel 1894 Award: Cicely Madden (Senior, Women's Crew, Weston, Mass.)
Frederick W. "Doc" Marvel 1894 Award: Justin Staudenmayer (Senior, Wrestling, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)
- 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.
- Lehan, a two-time team captain and All-Ivy honoree, has been a great asset to the women's soccer program and the greater community throughout her four years. In her time on the field, she gained All-New England accolades twice, Academic All-Ivy and the team's Dobson-Kay Coaches Award twice.
- Madden has acted as the stroke of the first varsity eight in all four years, helping lead Brown to the Ivy League team title in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and helping the program finish in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships in each of the last three seasons.
- Staudenmayer concluded his career as one of the most impressive wrestlers in program history, winning 100 career matches with two 30-win seasons and three years with 20 or more wins. He qualified for the NCAA Championships three times, earned All-Ivy honors three times, won two Navy Classic titles and placed at the EIWA Championships twice.
Senior Speaker: Katy Schmidt (Senior, Women's Soccer, Corvallis, Ore.)
Senior Speaker: Tosin Oyewole (Senior, Men's Track & Field, Elkridge, Md.)
- The Senior 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.
- Schmidt earned First Team CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades, gained First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District honors twice and garnered Academic All-Ivy laurels. On the field, she began her career as a reserve attacking player before reinventing herself as a defender and playing over 93 percent of the team's minutes over her final two seasons.
- Oyewole has personified old-fashioned athletics ideals of hard work, sportsmanship and commitment to the team, a set of qualities he has carried over on and off the track. A team captain, Oyewole ran as a member of Brown's acclaimed distance medley relay squad, running the 400-meter leg to help the relay earn Second Team All-American status following a ninth-place national finish at the NCAA Championship.
Brown Athletics Appreciation Award: Maud Mandel (Dean of the College)
Brown Athletics Appreciation Award: David Silverman (Photographer)
- Presented to individuals or groups from within the University or outside the University who go above and beyond in support of its athletic teams.
- Over the last two decades Mandel has made a transformative impact on the undergraduate experience at Brown. She has overseen curricular and advising programs that pair Brown's distinctive brand of teaching and learning with opportunities for research, internships, international travel and community-based learning.
- A ubiquitous figure at Brown athletic events, Silverman's work serves as the face of the department for anyone that visits BrownBears.com, follows the Bears on social media, or walks through the halls of Brown's athletic facilities. His imagery represents the very best of Brown athletics with his distinctive ability to capture the high-intensity moments of sports.