SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Seton Hall junior swimmer Kevin Webster (Leawood, Kan.) earned Male Athlete of the Year honors while senior volleyball player Allie Matters (North Tonowanda, N.Y.) and senior track star Jernail Hayes (Newark, Del.) were named Female Co-Athletes of the Year at the annual Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) awards banquet, held Thursday evening on the Seton Hall University campus. Seton Hall also honored seniors Ryan Skorupski (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) of the track team and Ashley Forsyth (Freehold, N.J.) of the softball team with awards as Scholar Athletes of the Year.
Webster, who won Male Athlete of the Year honors for the second straight year, became Seton Hall’s first BIG EAST Champion in Swimming since 2005, a feat he accomplished in the 200-yard backstroke. He also finished second in the 400-yard individual medley and third in the 200-yard individual medley at the BIG EAST Championships. Named BIG EAST Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 13, Webster recorded 27 first place finishes this season and broke the all-time Seton Hall record for the 400-yard individual medley.
Matters, one of the greatest volleyball players in Seton Hall history, also claimed her second straight Athlete of the Year award. Named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team for a second straight season, she helped guide the Pirates to a berth in the BIG EAST Championship for the first time in 15 seasons. Her 614 digs broke her own single-season school record and she finished her career with double-figure digs in 68 consecutive matches, the nation’s longest streak. Matters completes her career as Seton Hall’s all-time leader with 1,945 career digs.
Hayes earned All-American honors with a sixth place finish at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in the 400-meter dash. At the BIG EAST Indoor Championships, she won the 500-meter dash and placed third in the 200-meter dash. Her other victories include the 500-meter dash at the Metropolitan Championships and the 400-meter dash at the ECAC Indoor Championships. Additionally, Hayes has already qualified for the BIG EAST and ECAC Outdoor Championships in four events.
Skorupski has consistently earned academic accolades in his time at Seton Hall, including Academic All- Star Team, Big East All-Academic Team and Dean’s List. A finance major with a minor in math, he has served as peer tutor in the Academic Support Services office for the past four years.
Forsyth has been a consistent member of the Seton Hall Dean’s List, Academic All-Star Team and Big East All-Academic Team and has been involved in a variety of community service efforts. Forsyth is a double major in elementary and secondary education and art.
In addition to the Athlete of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year awards, Seton Hall also recognized its male and female Athletes of the Year for each class at the banquet.
Michael Rogers (Portland, Ore.), the Senior Male Athlete of the Year, leads the baseball team in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, hits, triples, walks, stolen bases, total bases and total plate appearances. Earlier this year, he had a 15-game hitting streak and currently ranks seventh in the BIG EAST with seven triples.
Forsyth, the ace of the softball team, also claimed the Senior Female Athlete of the Year award. A three-time BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll member, she led the Pirates in wins, ERA and strikeouts. On April 8, she threw a perfect game against Saint Peter’s while striking out 17 of the 21 batters she faced. Forsyth’s performance set a new record Seton Hall record and was the highest strikeout total of any BIG EAST pitcher this year.
Jeremy Hazell (Harlem, N.Y.), the Junior Male Athlete of the Year, led the men’s basketball team to 19 overall wins and a 9-9 record in BIG EAST play. Named Second Team All-BIG EAST and First Team All-Met, he became the first Pirate since the late 1970s to record back-to-back seasons averaging more than 20 points per game. Leading the BIG EAST in three-pointers made per game, Hazell topped the 30-point mark seven times and scored a career-high 41 points vs. #6 West Virginia, the highest single-game point total for a Pirate since 1993.
Keaira Dickerson (Wilmington, Del.), the Junior Female Co-Athlete of the Year, was a member of the BIG EAST Indoor Champion 4-by-400 meter relay team in track & field. She also ran a leg on Seton Hall’s 4-by-800 meter relay team that won the ECAC Indoor Championship. Individually at the BIG EAST Indoor Championship, Dickerson was the runner-up in the 800-meter run and placed eighth in the 500-meter dash.
Sarah Osmun (Crystal Lake, Ill.), also a Junior Female Co-Athlete of the Year), ranks third on volleyball’s all-time kills list. Named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Oct. 19, she led the Pirates in kills and ranked second in digs. Posting 14 double-doubles on the season, Osmun tallied a team-high 14 kills against #23 Notre Dame in the BIG EAST Championship quarterfinals.
Troy Spencer (High Point, N.C.) took home his second class award in two years at Seton Hall, this time. A starter in all 10 tournaments for the golf team, he placed second on the Pirates and 19th overall at the 2010 BIG EAST Championship. Keeping his stroke average under 76 for the year, Spencer consistently finished as one of the Pirates top two golfers.
Kristen Kaelin (Parlin, N.J.), the Sophomore Female Athlete of the Year, is a steady contributor in the middle of the softball team’s lineup. Named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on March 1, she delivered a go-ahead two-run double to defeat Georgetown on April 18. For the year, Kaelin had a .291 batting average and led the team with five home runs and 27 RBIs.
Brandon Park (Weston, Fla.), the Freshman Male Athlete of the Year, was a starter in all 10 tournaments this year, recording four top-10 finishes and led the Pirates in stroke average for the spring season and the entire 2009-10 year. Park tied for eighth overall, which was best on the team, at the 2010 BIG EAST Championships, and last week was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.
Olivia Trudeau (Shell Beach, Calif.), the Freshman Female Athlete of the Year, made an immediate impact with the volleyball team. As the team’s setter, she led the Pirates in assists and averaged a BIG EAST best 11.73 assists per game in conference play. Trudeau posted 12 double-doubles and surpassed 50 assists in seven matches.
2009-10 SETON HALL STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COUNCIL AWARD WINNERS
FEMALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Ashley Forsyth, Softball (Freehold, N.J.)
MALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Ryan Skorupski, Track & Field (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.)
FEMALE CO-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR:
Allie Matters, Volleyball (North Tonowanda, N.Y.)
Jernail Hayes, Track & Field (Newark, Del.)
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Kevin Webster, Swimming (Leawood, Kan.)
SENIOR FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Ashley Forsyth, Softball (Freehold, N.J.)
SENIOR MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Michael Rogers, Baseball (Portland, Ore.)
JUNIOR FEMALE CO-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR:
Keaira Dickerson, Track & Field (Wilmington, Del.)
Sarah Osmun, Volleyball (Crystal Lake, Ill.)
JUNIOR MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Jeremy Hazell, Basketball (Harlem, N.Y.)
SOPHOMORE FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Kristen Kaelin, Softball (Parlin, N.J.)
SOPHOMORE MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Troy Spencer, Golf (High Point, N.C.)
FRESHMAN FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Olivia Trudeau, Volleyball (Shell Beach, Calif.)
FRESHMAN MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Brandon Park, Golf (Weston, Fla.)