April 26, 2010
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BOSTON - An accomplished group of nine seniors and one junior were honored on Monday evening at Boston University's annual student-athlete awards reception, held at the Metcalf Trustee Center. Highlights of the event included the America East's Most Outstanding Swimmer senior Tyson Slesnick receiving the Mickey Cochrane award, as well as senior All-American Casey Brown (women's soccer) and junior April Setterlund (softball) sharing the Mildred Barnes accolade - given annually to the top male and female athletes, respectively.
The E. Ray Speare and Gretchen Schuyler awards, given yearly to the top male and female scholar-athletes, were awarded to Tyler Morris of the men's basketball team and Emily Munday of the women's swimming and diving team. Women's soccer co-captain Emily Pallotta was named the 2010 BU Woman of the Year, while Sarah Appleton of the women's ice hockey team and Sammy Appiah of the men's soccer team were the recipients of the John B. Simpson Award, given to both a male and female senior who has demonstrated enthusiasm and leadership. Ashley Leichlitter of the women's ice hockey and Kristen Williams of the women's swimming and diving team received the Student-Athlete Service awards.
The Hockey East champion women's ice hockey team's head coach Brian Durocher was honored with the Campus Community Recognition Award.
Brown, who will go down as one of the program's all-time greatest defenders, earned NSCAA All-America Third Team honors as a senior - the first Terrier to do so in four years and fourth overall. A local product out of Natick, Mass., Brown established herself as one of the nation's stingiest defenders throughout her career and in 2009 she earned her third straight America East Defender of the Year honor, which was a conference first. She is a three-time America East All-Conference First Team honoree and a three-time member of the NSCAA All-Northeast Region teams.
(All of the senior student-athletes in attendance pose for a picture with Director of Athletics Mike Lynch)
Setterlund is currently enjoying the best season ever by a hitter in the history of Boston University softball. The junior outfielder has been in a zone all year and is in the race for the Division I batting title, consistently swinging at a clip above .500. If the season ended today, her season batting average would shatter the conference record and she is well on her way to breaking nearly every offensive season and career school record. She already owns the single-season records for doubles (16), runs (49) and RBIs (49) and she's closing in on the record for home runs. For her career, she's the program's all-time leader in doubles. Earlier in the season, Setterlund went on a tear during which she recorded a hit in 13 straight at-bats, setting an NCAA record for consecutive hits.
A standout competitor for the Terriers, Slesnick graduates from Boston University with school records in the 1000 and 1650 free and was the 2010 America East Championship's Most Outstanding Swimmer. Recently named the team's MVP, Slesnick was the conference champion in the 1650 free and 400 individual medley, while placing second in the 500 free. His strong finish in the 400 IM was not only a school record, but was also a conference mark with a time of 3:53.16.
A member of this year's Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's Scholar-Athlete Team, Morris will graduate in May with a 3.30 GPA and a degree in business administration and management from the School of Management. While battling injuries - both minor and season-ending - throughout his career, he still managed to excel in both the classroom and on the court. The first-ever three-time captain in the program's history, Morris made his presence felt immediately as a redshirt freshman, earning BU's first America East Rookie of the Year award in seven years while also being placed on the All-Conference Second Team. As a senior, he ranked in the top five of three America East categories - steals, free throw percentage and assists. In the College Basketball Invitational quarterfinal overtime victory against Morehead State, he played all 45 minutes at the point, recording 16 points while tying a school record in steals with eight.
A walk-on as a freshman, Munday has gone on to become a 10-time America East Conference champion over the course of her impressive collegiate swimming career. A school-record holder in the 100 fly as well as the 200 and 400 free relays, she also set conference marks in those events at the America East Championships. She also swam the third leg of the BU record-breaking 200 and 400 medley relay teams. An accomplished student-athlete, Munday was recently named to the America East All-Academic team. She has a 3.48 cumulative GPA and is set to graduate next month from BU's College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in biology, specializing in marine science.
Since joining the program in the fall of 2006, Pallotta has become one of the most recognizable student-athletes in the entire athletic department. The 2009 America East Midfielder of the Year, Pallotta was an NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team and NEWISA All-New England squad as a senior. In December 2009, Pallotta's academic career was highlighted by a selection to ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Third Team in addition to a spot on the NSCAA/adidas Women's College Scholar All-America Third Team. She also has volunteered her time within and outside the university, including taking part in the BU Holiday Reading Program and the Teddy Bear Toss to help support the Home for Little Wanderers. She is expected to graduate Summa Cum Laude in May 2010 from BU's School of Management's Honors Program, as she currently owns a 3.76 GPA in business administration and management with concentrations in law and finance and a minor in history.
Considered by Durocher to be the most physically fit person to wear the BU uniform, Appleton helped lead the women's ice hockey program from its infancy into a nationally recognized contender. The New Canaan, Conn., native graduates as the top-scoring defenseman in program history with 49 career points and her six goals from her sophomore campaign have never been topped by a BU blueliner. In her senior season, she was chosen as a captain and helped lead the Terriers to its first Hockey East championship and NCAA berth, but her historic contributions to the program date back to her freshman season, when she assisted on the Terriers' first-ever overtime goal.
A selfless, tireless worker who played in any position asked of him by the coaches, Appiah co-captained this year's men's soccer team to the program's first win over a top-ranked team since 1994. As a junior, the All-Conference Second Team honoree helped BU record a 1-0 shutout win over Fairleigh Dickinson for the program's first NCAA tournament win since 1994. Named to the All-Conference First Team and All-Region Third Team as a senior for tallying 13 points after recording 19 in his first three seasons, he was drafted in January by the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer.
Lechliter has proven to be a deserving recipient of the Student-Athlete Service Award through her contributions to the women's ice hockey team and the local community. As a member of the BU's Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), Leichliter has helped to coordinate numerous department activities and community projects, such as the annual holiday reading program at local elementary schools. Earlier this year, she was instrumental in assisting with the Special Olympics at BU and also devoted time this past season to Hockey East's Skating Strides initiative to benefit breast cancer research. A goaltender, she has maintained a 3.29 grade-point average in Sargent College and will enroll in medical school next fall with hopes of reaching her ultimate goal of becoming a doctor.
A member of the two-time defending America East Swimming and Diving Championship squad, Williams has excelled at balancing her academic, athletic and community service commitments during her time at BU. A three-year member and two-time secretary on the Executive Board of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), Williams has taken on a prominent leadership role amongst her fellow student-athletes. Throughout her time at BU, Kristen has helped to organize and promote numerous community service events such as Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Special Olympics Swim Invitational at Fitrec and the Teddy Bear Toss at Agganis Arena to help support the Home for Little Wanderers. She is a Dean's Scholarship Recipient, has been on the Dean's List and served as a Dean's host her first three years of enrollment while maintaining a 3.10 GPA.
Durocher has been associated with Boston University since arriving on campus as a freshman in 1974. As a student-athlete, parent, coach and fan, Durocher has shown tireless support for BU athletics over the past four decades and has become a fixture in the stands, on the sidelines or behind the bench wherever Terriers are competing. In 2004, the 1978 men's hockey national champion co-captain was named the first head coach of BU's newly-minted women's ice hockey program and quickly built the program into a nationally recognized contender. This season, in just the fifth year of the program, Durocher's squad captured its first Hockey East championship and finished the season ranked eighth in the nation.