Arcadia Athletics Honors Student-Athletes, Coaches and Staff at Awards Banquet

By Purnell T. Cropper | April 23, 2013

The Arcadia University Department of Athletics celebrated the accomplishments of their student-athletes, coaches and programs Sunday night at their annual awards banquet. Awards were presented to 14 student-athletes, three teams and a staff member for their success and devotion to Arcadia athletics.

Male Rookie of the Year

Tim Graham of the men’s swimming team ruled the pool for the Knights this season. He broke 11 team records. He also finished second in the 200 butterfly at the MAC championships and finished fourth in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley at the MAC championships. He was also named Knight of the Week.

Female Rookie of the Year

Dawn Faranetta is already one of the most feared attack players in women’s lacrosse. She has been named Knight of the Week and MAC Player of the Week twice. She has led the Knights to 10 wins in their last 11 matches, scoring 53 goals and has 14 assists for a team leading 67 points. She is third in the conference in goals and points per game. Faranetta also started in 12 and played in 15 field hockey games playing midfield and defense.

Strength and Conditioning Awards

Joe Brown (Men’s Basketball) and Alex Stoner (Women’s Soccer) were honored with the Strength and Conditioning Award. The awards are given annually to the male and female student-athletes who excelled the most and showed the greatest commitment to the strength and conditioning program.

Team Strength and Conditioning Award

The field hockey team won the Team Strength and Conditioning Award, given annually to the varsity team that made the greatest strides and showed the most commitment to the strength and conditioning program.

Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

David Jacobs is a member of the men’s soccer and baseball teams. The junior has a 3.97 grade point average and is majoring in mathematics and pre-engineering. He played in 16 soccer games and recorded three assists from his midfield position. Playing baseball, he has played in 22 games, starting all 22 and is leading the Knights in batting average.

Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Kim Canfield had a stellar season on the soccer field and in the classroom. A sophomore with a 3.74 GPA as a biology major, she played and started in all 19 games and led the team with nine goals and five assists for 23 points. She was also a First-Team All-Commonwealth selection in the fall.

Men’s and Women’s Team Academic Award

Women’s volleyball and men’s soccer teams were honored with this award, which is given to the men’s and women’s team with the highest cumulative GPA using the spring 2012 and fall 2012 semesters.

Arcadia University/NCAA Woman of the Year

Lynn Beatty completed her eligibility in the fall, graduated Summa Cum Laude in December 2012 with a degree in chemistry and a GPA of 3.9 and will be attending the graduate PT program at Arcadia. She was named to the MAC Academic Honor Roll three times, she was named a 2012 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division III Scholar of Distinction, was named to the NFCHA National Academic Squad four times, is a 2012 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient and named to the 2012 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All Area Team. She is involved in community service activities on and off campus and has led all the community service activities of the field hockey team. On the field this season she led the Knights to the MAC Commonwealth Playoffs, a first round playoff win and to the most improved team in Division III. She scored 22 goals and had 17 assists this season for the Knights.

Quad A Awards

Dominique Hassinger and Chris Baines received the Quad A Awards, which are given to a male and female who best demonstrate outstanding attitude, work-ethic and leadership both on and off the playing field.

Male Senior Student-Athlete of the Year

Zach Todd was a three-year captain on the men’s soccer team. He led the Knights to four winning seasons and three trips to the conference playoffs. He was named All-Conference four times and is one of the top defenders in the MAC. A team leader on and off the field, he switched positions during his career to make the team better and was always a team-first player. He scored five goals and had an assist from his defensive position in the fall 2012 season, including two goals against Lebanon Valley College that helped clinch a postseason berth for the Knights. He is a Business Administration major and will be graduating in May.

Female Senior-Student Athlete of the Year

Meghan Fallon is leading the women’s lacrosse team to a tremendous season. As of April 19, she has scored 37 goals, two of them game winners and has 14 assists for 67 points this season. She is 10th in the Freedom in goals per game, sixth in assists per game and 10th in points per game. She has helped lead the team to a 10-4 overall record with a 3-1 record in the MAC Freedom. Throughout her career she has been a leader on and off the field, recovering from a torn ACL her junior year. In her career she has tallied 149 goals and 55 assists for 204 points. She earned her 100th goal in her junior season, was named the 2011 and 2012 team MVP and a team captain in 2012 and 2013. Fallon has a 3.62 cumulative GPA and will be enrolling in Arcadia’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

Shirley Liddle Award

Mike Saloma has been a longtime supporter of athletics and is a member of the Aramark staff. His commitment to athletics and his love for athletics is seen everyday in the care he takes to make sure that all of our facilities are ready for our events and that our fields are ready for competition. He can always be seen at any of our facilities and events, including tonight’s, making sure that athletics has everything that they need to run a seem less event. His enthusiasm and willingness to help at anytime is unparalleled and our events would not be as good without his assistance. His dedication to the university extends beyond athletics as he gives tirelessly of himself to help out all across campus. Even though this award is being given to an individual, there are many deserving people on the Aramark staff, who care deeply and are so invested in the athletics program.

Female Athlete of the Year

Tara Nuzzo is a junior on the women’s swimming team. Named queen of the pool at the MAC Championships, Nuzzo won two MAC Championships, taking home the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle titles, the first ever MAC Championships in the sport of swimming for Arcadia. She also broke eight school records, four individual and four team records during the season. Nuzzo was named Knight of the Week and is a leader in and out of the pool. Her leadership role has helped build the foundation for a strong swimming program moving forward.

Male Athlete of the Year

Khalief Trawick led the men’s basketball team to the MAC Commonwealth Playoffs for the first time, to the postseason for the first time since 2005-06 and to their first playoff win since 2000. He was the team’s leading scorer, averaged 13.4 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game, shot 48.2 percent from the field and had 2.0 steals per game. He went over the 1,000-point plateau this season with a season-high 24-point performance in a playoff-clinching win on the road against Widener. Trawick started 25 of 27 games and scored in double figures in 21 games. He was selected Second Team All-MAC Commonwealth Conference and was named Player of the Week by the Philadelphia Small College Basketball Association. Photo by Josh Blustein