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Bronco Athletes Honored At Awards Ceremony

Bronco Athletes Honored At Awards Ceremony

May 31, 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University women's soccer standout Leslie Osborne and baseball pitcher Anthony Rea were named the top Bronco senior student-athletes at the athletic department's annual Senior Awards Night celebration, conducted recently at the Benson Memorial Center on the Mission campus.

A number of awards were presented throughout the 90-minute program and representatives from each of SCU's 19 intercollegiate athletic teams provided a recap of their seasons. Director of Athletics and Recreation Dan Coonan congratulated the student-athletes on another successful season, while West Coast Conference Commissioner Mike Gilleran offered his congratulations on the Broncos' Commissioner's Cup and men's and women's all-sports award victories. The night culminated in a slide/video presentation that showcased the season and the sports teams on and off the field.

Following the event, the athletic department presented each student-athlete with a commemorative t-shirt in recognition of the department's WCC Commissioner's Cup victory.

Osborne, the 2004 Honda Award winner as the nation's top female college soccer player, was presented with the Henry Schmidt Award, which is is presented annually to the school's top senior female athlete from the sports of basketball, soccer or volleyball. Rea, a second-team All-America as a junior and one of the nation's top pitchers, was honored with the Victory Corsiglia Award, which named after a long-time supporter of Bronco Athletics from the 1950's through the 70's.

Baseball outfielder Ryan Chiarelli and cross country runner Katie Hansen were awarded the Pat Malley Award. Named after legendary football coach and athletic director Pat Malley, the award is presented to one male and one female senior athlete who best demonstrates the qualities or attitude, character, desire, competitive spirit and the will to excel both on and off the field of play.

Peter Moore from men's water polo and cross country/track runner Robin Bell were honored with the James D. Farwell Award. Founder and long-time coach of the SCU Men's Rowing program, the award is presented annually to one male and one female senior athlete from the sports of cross country, golf, rowing, softball, tennis and water polo who best combine academic and athletic excellence.

The Jim Jennings Award was presented to sports medicine student trainer Robert Lucente. Awarded annually to a non-athlete that is most distinguished for unselfish and loyal service to the Athletics Department, Lucente's dedication and support embodies what "JJ"-as most of came to know Jennings-meant to the athletic department as a 20-year volunteer.

Men's Tennis player Francisco Zepponi was honored with the D.J. Frandsen Award, which is presented to a male or female senior athlete who has used courage, perseverance and spirit to overcome adversity, and now serves as a role model for hope and inspiration for others to follow.

Softball's Lacey Smale was presented with the Carroll Williams Award. The award is presented to a male or female senior athlete who best exemplifies the ideals or leadership and community service and named after SCU's longtime men's basketball coach and athletic director. Members of the SALC nominate and select the winner of this award.

The men's cross country and women's soccer teams earned Bronco spirit awards, for their outstanding examples of Bronco spirit among the student-athlete population over the academic year.

Additionally, the men's crew and women's cross country programs were honored as the squads with the highest team grade point average. Will Weatherly of men's soccer and Robin Bell of cross country were the top male and female senior student-athletes with the highest individual cumulative GPA.

For a complete list of past winners, click here.