Department of Athletics Celebrates Student-Athlete Awards Banquet

Department of Athletics Celebrates Student-Athlete Awards Banquet

FLUSHING, N.Y. (May 15, 2018) – The Queens College Department of Athletics celebrated its yearlong achievements and successes last Friday (May 11) at the annual QC Student-Athlete Awards Banquet which was once again held at Harbor Links Golf Course in Port Washington, N.Y.
It was a fun evening filled with applause and cheers while the end of the night offered a touch of poignancy and a rousing standing ovation as the department once again presented the Patrick Parker #4 Award to a deserving senior student-athlete. The late Parker's mother, Juliet Jones, and members of his family were on hand to bestow the honor among QC women's basketball senior Merrick Rowland. The spirit of the award is to honor a QC Knight "who demonstrated during their tenure as a Queens College student-athlete the following leadership traits in the classroom and their respective sport: driven, goal-oriented, striving for greatness, dedicated to their fellow student and sport, supportive, loyal, humble, and selfless."
The department handed out other major awards including Outstanding Freshman Athlete and Outstanding Senior Athlete, Most Improved and Most Valuable Player as well as the high honor of being named Silver Knight.
Erin Leonard and Andrew Saulpaugh of the QC track and field teams were both named Outstanding Freshman Athlete of the Year after both claimed East Coast Conference championships in the league's outdoor track meet back on Apr. 22. Meanwhile, Kevin Kolesar of baseball and softball's ToniMarie Valeriano took home the Outstanding Senior Athlete honors. Kolesar's lengthy career included a multi-game hitting streak to open the 2018 campaign while Valeriano---a recent All-ECC First Team honoree---was four-for-four in all-conference awards during her time in Flushing.
Marina Ramon Lopez of women's basketball collected Most Improved accolades as did baseball's Michael Lamneck; Lopez went from key reserve to powerful starter in one year, finishing with averages of 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Knights. Lamneck, meanwhile, overcame Tommy John surgery a year prior to come back and throw a stellar year which included a 22-inning scoreless streak for the Knights.
As the top players on the NCAA participating men's and women's tennis clubs, Reehan Rashad and Gabriel Mendez took home Most Valuable Player accolades. Both were the No. 1 singles competitors for the Knights and both collected All-ECC First Team honors, as well. Finally, Lucas Martinez of the QC men's tennis team and Emer Moloney of the women's basketball team were deemed the 2017-18 Silver Knights as deemed to be "someone who plays a critical role on the team athletically, who is academically a top student, who is involved in community service events and involved in campus events." Martinez, the ECC's Elite 18 Award winner for having the highest GPA in his respective sport and the senior was also named Silver Knight last year. Moloney, on the other hand, was one of four student-athletes named to the newly-established Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Executive Council for the 2018-19 year; this announcement was also made at the banquet and Moloney will be joined by Kevin Buron of men's basketball, Gabriella Russo of softball and Lauren Kehoe of volleyball. 
In total, 78 awards were presented at the banquet with coaches of each sport designating as many as four winners in categories that included Outstanding Freshman, Scholar-Athlete/Coaches' Award, Most Improved and Most Valuable Performers in their respective sports.