The Daily Star
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Sean Bernstein and Danielle Kennedy earned Athlete of the Year honors for men’s and women’s sports, respectively, during Oneonta State’s athletics banquet Tuesday night.
Senior track sprinter Bernstein became the first male athlete in O-State’s 10-year track history to earn an individual national title, when he won the 200 meters at last spring’s NCAA Division III outdoor track championships. He crossed in a meet record 20.80 seconds. Bernstein also finished runner-up in the 100 in 10.44.
His success continued this season as he placed second in the 60 in the indoor championships.
This past weekend, Bernstein won the 100 (10.54) and the 200 (21.14) at the SUNY Athletic Conference Championships at Cortland. He also and contributed to a 400 relay triumph in a meet record of 41.22.
Junior cross country and track standout Kennedy had breakout seasons. Last fall, she finished third at the conference championship meet, which tied the best female finish for an O-State cross-country runner. It was the second straight year she finished in the top-five at the SUNYAC championship meet.
During the indoor track season, she won a SUNYAC title in the 3,000. She’s also set school records in the 3,000, and the 5,000 indoors, and the 5,000 and 10,000 outdoors.
O-State also handed out the following awards:
Dr. Joseph Heissan Senior Achievement: Eric Fortier (soccer) and Kacy Boburka (volleyball, track).
Fred Puritz First-Year Athlete of the Year: Shaun Gillen (wrestling) and Lauren Zentko (swimming).
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Nate Weber (cross country, track, 3.73 GPA).
Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year: Katie Sheehan (volleyball, 3.67 GPA) and Oneonta High graduate Lindsey Doxtader (soccer, 3.77 GPA).
G. Hal Chase Award (contributions to overall success of a program): Scott Bertoldo (swimming) and Nicole Brieva (softball).
Oustanding Single Performances: OHS graduate Alex Miller (swimming), Daniel DeBottis (soccer) and Caroline Tulley (lacrosse).
O-State also selected the following team MVPs: Dan Scott (soccer); Karly DeSimone (soccer); Ashley Johnson (field hockey); Brittany Calvello (volleyball); John Longo (cross country); Danielle Kennedy (cross country, indoor track); Mike Kennelly (tennis); Lauren Skolnick (tennis); Alex Miller (swimming); Lauren Zentko (swimming); Sean Bernstein (indoor track); Zach Mager (basketball); Grace Schilling (basketball); Chris Miles (lacrosse); Marissa Makar (lacrosse); Dean Haussel (baseball); Tricia Kendziera (softball); Patrick Weinert (outdoor track); Kacy Boburka (outdoor track).
Oneonta State sophomores Jillian Donodeo and Marissa Makar earned First Team all-SUNY Athletic Conference honors and all-region honors from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. Donodeo was a First Team selection by the IWCLA and Makar made the Second Team.
Senior Caroline Tulley and junior Casey Sarle were SUNYAC Second Team selections.
Donodeo was the team’s second-leading scorer, with 71 points. She was second on the team with 53 goals and third with 18 assists. She also scooped 35 groundballs, caused 16 turnovers and won 22 faceoffs.
Defender Makar led the team with 26 caused turnovers and ranked third among the Red Dragons with 44 groundballs. Makar was a second team all-SUNYAC selection last spring as a rookie.
Tulley is making her first appearance on the all-conference team. She compiled 49 goals and a single-season school record 35 assists for a team-high 84 points. She also set the all-time program record for assists, as she passed 2012 graduate Rebecca Monteith. Tulley finished with 75 assists and 151 goals for 226 points, which puts her third all-time in program history.
Sarle won a team-best 86 faceoffs, which is the second-highest single-season total in program history. She had 21 goals, five assists and 44 groundballs.
The Red Dragons finished the season at 9-9.
Empire 8 honors
Hartwick College senior forward Harry Hughes earned Second Team recognition, and teammates Max Cooper and Mike Vaglica were honorable mentions on the Empire 8 Conference all-star team.
Hughes led Hartwick in goals (45) and points (57), which ranked third and sixth in the conference, respectively. Hughes became Hartwick’s all-time leader in goals against Elmira on April 6. He’ll graduate with 185 goals and 219 points, which rank third all-time at Hartwick.
Cooper, a senior, earned an honorable mention for the second straight season. He finished with 48 groundballs and 16 caused turnovers. Over four years, he had 151 groundballs and 53 caused turnovers.
Vaglica, a junior, had 26 goals and 15 assists, ranking second among Hawks in both categories.
Hartwick senior goalie Carl Lengel earned a spot on the E8 sportsmanship team. He finished the season with 146 saves, 26 groundballs and six caused turnovers.