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Pirates Honored at SAAC Banquet

April 30, 2015

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The Seton Hall University Department of Athletics held its annual Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 30, recognizing student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom and on the field of play during the 2014-15 academic year.

The SAAC Awards Banquet honors both scholastic and competitive accomplishments. In addition, awards are presented to outstanding male and female student-athletes from the freshman, sophomore and junior classes.

Senior Female and Male Athlete of the Year Awards will be handed out at the fourth-annual Senior Banquet; to be held on Tuesday, May 12 at Maplewood Country Club.

In the junior class,Tabatha Richardson-Smith(Bay City, Texas)of the women's basketball team and diver Gabby Signorelli (Massapequa, N.Y.) were selected as co-recipients of the Female Athlete of the Year Award while men's golfer Ryan Snouffer (Sparta, N.J.) took home the Male Athlete of the Year Award.

Tessa Fournier (Redondo Beach, Calif.) of volleyball and men's golf standout Lloyd Jefferson Go (Guadalupe Cebu, Philippines) were honored from the sophomore class while softball's Alexis Walkden (Cibolo, Texas) and men's basketball forward Angel Delgado (Bajos De Haina, Dominican Republic) were honored from the freshman class.

The second-annual Saint John Paul II Sport and Spirituality Award went to men's soccer captain Mateusz Brela (Kielce, Poland), marking the second consecutive year that a member of the program has garnered the award. Instituted in 2013-14 to recognize a senior who exemplifies the virtues lauded by the "Athlete Pope," the inaugural award was given to former goalkeeperKevin Bonder.

The academic awards were presented byMatt Geibel, Director of Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes, and Faculty Athletic Representative,Dr. Laura Schopmmann.

As a group, Seton Hall University student-athletes currently hold a cumulative GPA of 3.32, a new all-time high. Thursday night's banquet provided the opportunity to highlight their collective commitment to academic excellence and reward those who have performed at an exceptional level in the classroom.

The team academic awards, given to the men's and women's squad with the highest cumulative GPAs after the fall 2014 semester, were swept by head coach John Moon's squads as men's cross country (3.56) and women's cross country (3.54) took top honors. The men's cross country squad has also taken home the last two BIG EAST Team Excellence Awards for having the top collective GPA among the conference's cross country teams.

The cross country program was also represented by both Scholar Athlete of the Year Award winners; an honor reserved for the senior student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade point averages after the fall 2014 semester.Mary Migton(Ledgewood, N.J.), earned the award on the female side for her work as an elementary and special education major while the male award went to Tyler Orner (Sinking Spring, Pa.); an accounting major who will graduate with a bachelor's and master's degree after four years.

Volleyball seniorShelbey Manthorpe (Merion Station, Pa.)was also recognized for becoming Seton Hall's first-ever BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earning a $4,000 toward graduate studies.

Academic standouts from the junior and sophomore classes were also recognized and both classes saw a duo of winners of the swimming & diving and baseball programs. Women's swimming & diving team member Katie Adams (Linwood, N.J.)andZack Weigel(Oak Park, Ill.)of baseballearned the junior awards while Annie Bucca (New Brunswick, N.J.)andJackson Martin(Collegeville, Pa.) repeated as award winners in the current sophomore class after capturing the same honors as freshmen last year.

The Freshmen Scholar Athletes for 2014-15 included a group of five as Allegra Egizi (Beverly, Mass.) (cross country), Katie Landes (Stony Point, N.Y.) (women's soccer) shared the award with women's swimming & diving newcomers Courtney Regan (Southbury, Conn.) and Kylene Ronayne (Springfield, Pa.) while men's cross country runner Jimmy Sause (Bloomfield, N.J.) was tabbed for the men.

The Seton Hall Academic All-Star Team, comprised of the 10 student-athletes with the highest cumulative GPA through a minimum of two full semesters, included Adams, Bucca, Martin, Migton and Orner as well as volleyball'sSam Duncan(Tucson, Ariz.),women's soccer junior Emily Hansinger (Mount Laurel, N.J.), women's golfer Ali Kruse (Overland Park, Kan.), Julian Spindler (Weiersbach, Germany) of men's soccer and men's cross country senior John Walsh (Deltaville, Va.).

Duncan, Kruse, Migton, Orner, and Walsh all collected the award for the third-straight year while Adams and Hansinger have achieved academic all-star status within the department in each of the two years they have been eligible.

This year's spirit award was presented toHayley DiPillo, a senior member of the Seton Hall cheerleading squad.


Tabatha Richardson-Smith
  • Named Second-Team All-BIG EAST, Second-Team All-Metropolitan
  • Finished the season first at Seton Hall and third in the BIG EAST averaging 17.8 ppg
  • Scored 587 points in 2014-15, the third-highest single-season tally in program historyand already ranks ninth in program history with 1,321 career points
  • Sank 94 3-point field goals to lead the BIG EAST and set a new Seton Hall single-season record
  • Is SHU all-time leader in 3-point field goals with 199 in her career
Gabby Signorelli
  • Swept one-meter and three-meter titles at the BIG EAST Championships for the second time in as many years
  • Won both titles by 50+ points
  • Took home second-straight BIG EAST Most Outstanding Female Diver Award
  • One of three Pirates in program history with four individual BIG EAST titles (J. Heider, B. Mitchell)
  • Lone BIG EAST representative on the female side at the NCAA Zone A Championships
Ryan Snouffer
  • Placed second on team and eighth overall at the 2015 BIG EAST Championship (+6)
  • 41 year stroke average (2014-15), leads the team
  • Leads the team with five, top-10 finishes this year
  • Shot a year-best, 4-under-par, 69-72-71-212, to finish second at the Hartford Hawks Invitational -- his 4-under-par score ties for the seventh-best score against par for a single tournament in Seton Hall history
  • Has recorded seven sub-par rounds this year
Tessa Fournier
  • Named an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, the first in program history (along with teammate Shelbey Manthorpe)
  • Named BIG EAST Libero of the Year
  • Selected to to the All-BIG EAST First Team
  • Led the BIG EAST and ranked 14th in the nation with 5.32 digs per set
  • Paced the BIG EAST and ranked fifth in the nation with a program record 700 digs in 2014
Lloyd Jefferson Go
  • Won the Whiting-Turner Towson Invitational, his first college tournament victory
  • Tied for third at the BIG EAST Championship with a 3-over-par, 80-70-69-219
  • Shot a year-best, 1-over-par, 73-70-143, at the Whiting-Turner Towson Invitational
  • 08 spring stroke average, leads the team
  • Has recorded six sub-par rounds this year
Alexis Walkden
  • Leads the BIG EAST with 20 home runs
  • Broke the Seton Hall single-season home run record, passing Laura Taylor's mark of 18 set in 2002
  • In the top-25 nationally in homers, has four multi-home run games in her career
  • Currently leads the BIG EAST in home runs, total bases, RBIs and runs scored
  • Named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll four times
  • Leads the team with a .380 batting average and a with a .891 slugging percentage
Angel Delgado
  • Named BIG EAST and Metropolitan Rookie of the Year and BIG EAST All-Rookie team
  • Led all NCAA Div. I freshmen in rebounding and offensive rebounding (3.6 O-RPG) and ranked 22nd and 13th overall in the nation, respectively
  • Won the BIG EAST rebounding title after averaging 10.7 rebounds during conference games, becoming just the second freshmen ever to do so (Troy Murphy 1999)
  • Three-time BIG EAST Rookie of the Week selection, most for a Pirate since Eugene Harvey in 2006-07
  • Also led the BIG EAST in double-doubles with 10, seven of which came in conference games.