April 23, 2014
BOSTON - A terrific group of Terriers, consisting of seven seniors and one sophomore, was honored on Wednesday evening at Boston University's annual student-athlete awards reception, held at the Francis D. Burke Club Room in Agganis Arena.
Rich Peters (track & field and cross country) joined men's ice hockey legend Jack O'Callahan as the only two-time winner of the Mickey Cochrane Award as the top male athlete while Sarah Lefort (ice hockey) earned the Mildred Barnes award as the top female athlete, marking the third straight year a women's ice hockey player received that honor. The E. Ray Speare and Gretchen Schyler awards, given yearly to the top male and female scholar-athletes, were awarded to Mortiz Franz (rowing) and Kylie Strom (soccer).
Jayme Mask of the softball team was chosen as the 2014 BU Woman of the Year while seniors Sydney Godett (lacrosse) and Nestor Taffur (wrestling) each received the John B. Simpson Award, given both to a male and female senior who has demonstrated enthusiasm and leadership.
For the second consecutive year, the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) was the winner of the Student-Athlete Service Award. This year, senior Chelsea Glincman of the swimming & diving team earned the honor.
Rich Peters, the 2012 recipient of the Mickey Cochrane Award, turned in one of the finest indoor seasons in program history. He finished fourth in the mile at the NCAA Championships, which was his second top-five finish at the national meet. He was named a USTFCCCA First-Team All-American and also earned a USTFCCCA Honorable Mention All-America selection for his participation in the national final of the 3,000m run. Peters also etched his name into both the collegiate and school record books. The Bristol, England, native set a new collegiate record in the 1,000m run with a time of 2:18.55 at the BU Last Chance Meet. That was the third new record that Peters set, as earlier in the year he set new school standards in the mile and the 3,000m run.
Sarah Lefort had one of the best individual seasons in program history to help the Terriers claim their third straight Hockey East championship and make their fifth straight NCAA tournament appearance. The sophomore became the first Hockey East player since the 2005-06 season to lead the NCAA in goals, totaling a career-high 32, including an NCAA-best eight game-winners. Lefort was the only player in the country to reach the 30-goal plateau and she also led Hockey East with 55 points (32g, 23a). A native of Ormstown, Que., Lefort earned a Second-Team All-America selection and was also the first Terrier to be a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given annually to the best player in Division I women's ice hockey.
Moritz Franz will graduate summa cum laude from the School of Management in May with a 3.84 GPA as a business administration and management major with a minor in psychology. As a sophomore and junior he was in the varsity eight boat that compiled a 14-4 overall record in his three years. As a junior, Franz stroked the V8 boat to a victory in the Jablonic Cup for the first time since 2005 and sat in the stroke seat when the Terriers defeated No. 10 Columbia and No. 14 Syracuse to win both the Lusins and Conlan Cups. Franz is also an extremely motivated individual when he is out of the boat. While battling injury this fall, Franz spent his time working with the team's novice rowers and came to every practice with a smile on his face and the attitude of getting better while making all those around him better.
Kylie Strom concluded her collegiate career ranked 13th all-time in points scored at BU. Strom appeared in 86 career games, making 64 starts, and served as a senior tri-captain for the Terriers. After leading BU to its first-ever Patriot League Championship and to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years, Strom earned a spot on the Patriot League All-Second Team in addition to being named a NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Second Team honoree. As a senior, Strom started all 23 games at midfield and finished the campaign with seven points (2g, 3a), including the game-winning assist against Harvard in the NCAA tournament. As a business administration and management major with a minor in communications, Strom owns a 3.36 GPA and was selected as a NSCAA Third Team Scholar All-America honoree.
A two-time team captain, Jayme Mask has earned three All-Conference selections, two NFCA Scholar-Athlete All-America honors and 2013 America East Player of the Year recognition along with the renowned Scarlet Key award. In 2013 she led the America East in hitting at .399 while also batting .480 in league play. She also recorded 37 stolen bases, fourth most in conference history and tied for most ever at BU. This season, she has batted over .400 for most of the year and has already set the school record for career stolen bases and the Patriot League record for swiped bags in a single game with five. In the classroom, Mask completed her bachelor's degree in biology in December and will graduate with a second degree in psychology next month before pursuing a master's degree in school counseling at UMass-Boston.
Serving as a tri-captain this season, Sydney Godett has played in every game for the Terriers. As a midfielder, she has made her presence felt on both sides of the field. Godett tallied a career-high 38 draw controls and 24 ground balls during her sophomore season and while she posted a personal-best 14 goals and six assists for 20 points during her junior campaign. Godett's BU pride is evident both on and off the field. As a captain, she is a constant source of support for her teammates and always willing to lead an extra practice or training session. Godett has been a three-year member of SAAC and served as the group's secretary this year. In addition to her work with SAAC, Godett has been a member of the board for the Thomas E. Smith Let's Just Cure Paralysis Foundation since 2010.
Nestor Taffur is a deserving Simpson Award recipient after leading the wrestling team during its final season as a varsity program. An energetic and passionate leader, Taffur pushed his teammates through a difficult time while also continuing to develop into one of the best 157-pound wrestlers in the country. Taffur dedicated himself to the wrestling program throughout his five years with the team and became one of the most well-respected student-athletes in the entire department. He finished his career with a school-record 119 victories after an impressive senior campaign that saw him go 37-4 overall while capturing the EIWA championship and making a return trip to the NCAA tournament. As a testament to Taffur, his fellow captains and the coaching staff, the Terriers were presented with the EIWA Sportsmanship Award at the conference tournament.
Since arriving on campus, Chelsea Glincman has been one of the Terriers' top divers. She was a two-time runner-up in both the 1m and 3m diving events at the America East Championships and as a senior she earned a spot on the Patriot League All-League First Team. She also qualified for the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships during her sophomore and junior seasons. During her tenure as SAAC president, Glincman helped organize numerous community service events including the Teddy Bear Toss to benefit Boston Children's Hospital, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Massachusetts Special Olympics Aquatics Qualifier at the Competition Pool, BU's annual Holiday Reading program, College for Every Student and BU's Autism Olympic Day as part of the University's Global Day of Service initiative.
The women's cross country team was honored for having the highest GPA of any sport last semester. The department's first-ever Patriot League champions remarkably combined for a GPA over 3.4.
Former BU diver and cancer survivor Bailey O'Brien, joined by her mother, presented the department with a Unity Award, recognizing the "passion, commitment and unity above and beyond the call" displayed by fellow student-athletes, coaches and staff during her time here.