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Hornet student athletes honored at annual Athletic Banquet

Hornet student athletes honored at annual Athletic Banquet

Lyndonville, VT - The Lyndon State College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the annual Lyndon Hornets Athletic Banquet on Sunday evening.  The event celebrated the athletic and academic achievements of the 2017-2018 year.  Lyndon SAAC President Lexie Walker (Groton, CT) served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

Click HERE for a Photo Album of the evening's festivities.

Northern Vermont University and Lyndon State College President Dr. Elaine Collins congratulated the student athletes on their accomplishments.  President Collins also announced the President's Cup Challenge.  Launching with the unification of Lyndon and Johnson State College into Northern Vermont University, the Cup will be awarded annually to Lyndon or Johnson, based on which campus outperformes the other across all athletic competitions.

The Keynote Speaker for the evening was 2007 Lyndon alumnus Adrian Guyer.  Guyer's message to Hornet athletes focused on three key points.  First, master the little things to build a foundation for success.  Second, commit to excellence and don't accept average.  Ask for more and become better, no excuses.  Adopt a growth mindset.  And third, Be present in the moment and listen to others.  The more that you give to your teammates the more you get.

Lyndon Athletic Director Chris Ummer, who will be retiring later this month after 32 years of service, was recognized and honored for his many contributions to Hornet student athletes and Hornet athletics.

Several major department awards were presented:

Dudley Bell Most Outstanding Male and Female Athletes:  senior women's basketball and women's lacrosse player Mikayla Hodge (Newport, VT) and senior baseball player Andre Eason Jr. (Waterbury, CT)

Champions of Character Award:  senior women's cross country runner Sierra Hargrave (St. Johnsbury, VT)

Green and Gold Awards (female and male athletes with the highest GPA):  senior track and field and women's basketball athlete Abby Salvadore (Portsmouth, NH), junior baseball player Zak Johnson (East Hampton, CT), and sophomore men's basketball and men's tennis player Neal Mulligan (Marshfield, VT)

Top Three Team GPA's:  1. Women's Cross Country (3.5), 2. Women's Lacrosse (3.45), 3 (tie). Women's Tennis & Women's Basketball (3.27)

SAAC Coach of the Year:  men's lacrosse coach Kevin Pezanowski

SAAC Fan of the Year:  senior baseball player Andrew Whalen (Cumberland, RI)


Coaches for each of Lyndon's 15 varsity athletic teams presented team awards.  The list of athletes receiving team awards is as follows:

Women's Cross Country

Coaches Award - Elizabeth Start

Most Valuable Player - Sierra Hargrave

Men's Cross Country

Coaches Award - Darren Williams Jr.

Most Valuable Player - Benjamin Cornell

Women's Tennis

Most Valuable Player - Savannah Jackson

Coaches Award - Faibe Achinda

Most Improved Player - Melissa Calabro

Men's Tennis

Most Valuable Player - Jake LaCerda

Coaches Award - Mukhtar Abdullahi

Most Improved Player - Neal Mulligan


Most Valuable Player - Faith Richard

Coaches Award - Lexie Walker

Men's Basketball

Michael Tessier Award - Neal Mulligan

Hornet Core Values Award - Zach Knowlton

Most Outstanding Teammate - Darren Williams Jr.

Women's Basketball

Most Improved Player - Victoria Carlson

Most Valuable Player - Mikayla Hodge

Women's Lacrosse

Most Improved Player - Bayla Stewart

Coaches Award - Tori McCormack & Michaela Columbia

Most Valuable Player - Elizabeth Start

Men's Lacrosse

Coaches Award - Shea Jones

Most Valuable Player - Marcus Bessette


Awards to be announced at a later date, as the team was still competing in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament

Men's Track & Field

Coaches Award - Robert Denton III

Most Valuable Player - Benjamin Cornell

Women's Track & Field

Coaches Award - Jessica Hillman

Most Valuable Player - Abby Salvadore


Most Improved Player - Cassie Black

Coaches Award - Kiya DeWitt

Most Valuable Player - Hannah Choiniere

Men's Soccer

Frank Spears Award - Joshua Thibault

Most Valuable Player - Liam Kelleher

Women's Soccer

Autumn Fahey Award - Rose Wilson

Most Valuable Player - Johanna Sargent


In addition, several awards were voted on in real time by the student athletes in attendance:

Most Swagger:  women's soccer player Johanna Sargent

Most Sideline Energy:  women's soccer and women's lacrosse player Tori McCormack

Most Likely to Make Teammates Laugh:  men's tennis player Raymond Monroe

Best Play or Performance in a Single Contest:  men's soccer player Joshua Thibault (two consecutive throw-in goals)

Most Likely to Miss the Bus:  women's lacrosse coach Emily Stearns