May 17, 2011

Mathews and Kurkis Highlight Major Award Winners at W&L

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee University held its annual Athletic Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 17 at Lee Chapel.  Headlining the award winners were senior field hockey/lacrosse player Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) and senior football player Greg Kurkis (Roswell, Ga./Westminster), who were selected as the “Pres” Brown Outstanding Senior Female and Male Athletes of the Year as voted on by members of the department.

Kurkis was also chosen as the William D. McHenry Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while senior field hockey/lacrosse player Kate Donnelly (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) received the Wink Glasgow Spirit & Sportsmanship Award. First-year volleyball player M.A. Boles (Houston, Texas/St. John's) and first-year track & field athlete Zander Tallman (Grand Blanc, Mich./Cranbrook-Kingswood) were tabbed as the Outstanding First-Year Athlete Award recipients, and senior wrestling manager Hannah Muther was presented the J.L. “Lefty” Newell Award.  Professor Ellen Mayock received the R.E. “Chub” Yeakel Award and junior business administration major Jimmy Pickle was awarded the Richard Miller Physical Education Scholarship.

Mathews was a four-year letterwinner for both the field hockey and lacrosse teams, serving as a team captain for both squads during her final two years.  In field hockey, she was a four-year starter in the midfield, totaling six goals and 18 assists for 30 career points.  She also notched four defensive saves and helped the Generals post a 1.90 goals-against average over her four seasons.  She earned All-ODAC honors three times, including first team accolades as a sophomore and senior.  She earned the ODAC Rookie of the Year Award in 2007 and was the 2010 ODAC Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  A two-time all-region honoree, Mathews also received National Academic Honor Roll honors all four years from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.  In lacrosse, Mathews also started all four seasons in the midfield, finishing with 199 points on 161 goals and 38 assists.  She ranks third all-time in goals and fifth all-time in points. A three-time First Team All-ODAC honoree, she has twice been named the league’s top scholar-athlete for lacrosse and this spring, she was named the ODAC Player of the Year.  Furthermore, she has twice been named to the all-region team and she was the W&L Outstanding First-Year Athlete Award recipient in 2008.

Kurkis lettered four times with the football team as an offensive lineman.  He started every game of his four seasons (40 total), helping the Generals’ offense set numerous school and conference records while earning All-ODAC honors every season.  The 2007 ODAC Rookie of the Year, he was a Second Team All-ODAC honoree as a first-year, sophomore and junior, and a First Team All-ODAC choice as a senior when he earned first team all-state and third team all-region accolades.  A biochemistry major, he was also selected as the ODAC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a junior and senior, while also garnering ESPN Academic All-America honors following each of his final two years.  Kurkis was also chosen to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship as he pursues a career in medicine.  He is the first W&L athlete to sweep the Pres Brown Most Valuable Senior Athlete and McHenry Scholar-Athlete Awards since Nathan Hottle '97.

Donnelly received the Wink Glasgow Award after earning four letters with both the field hockey and lacrosse teams, serving as a captain for both squads during her senior year.  She was a four-year starter as a defender in field hockey, totaling one goal and three defensive saves and helping the Generals’ to a 1.97 goals-against average during her career.  In lacrosse, Donnelly played in 73 games with 40 starts and she totaled 74 points on 53 goals and 21 assists in helping the Generals to three ODAC titles.

Boles received the outstanding first-year female athlete award after lettering with the volleyball team last fall.  She played in 124 of the team’s 128 sets and led the ODAC with 424 kills, the sixth-highest total in school history.  She also totaled 343 digs, 48 service aces and 42 blocks in posting First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-State and Honorable Mention All-South Region honors.  She was also named the ODAC Rookie of the Year, Virginia College Division Rookie of the Year and South Region Rookie of the Year as the Generals finished 28-7 overall.

Tallman was named the outstanding first-year male athlete after lettering in track & field for the Generals.  He earned All-ODAC honors in five events during the indoor and outdoor seasons combined, setting school records in the 400 meters (49.96) and the 4x400 meter relay (3:21.81) during the indoor season.  He won the 200 meters (23.02), 400 meters (50.61) and ran a leg of the winning 4x400 meter relay at the ODAC Indoor Track & Field Championships en route to being named the ODAC Indoor Rookie of the Year and Indoor Athlete of the Meet.  In the outdoor season, Tallman again won the 400 meters (49.27), was part of the runner-up 4x400 meter relay team (3:20.98) and he finished fourth in the 200 meters (22.79).

Muther was presented the Lefty Newell Award for her work as a manager with the wrestling team, while Mayock received the Chub Yeakel Award for her continued support of the athletic programs as the Faculty Athletic Representative and chair of the University Athletic Committee. Pickle will receive a scholarship for having completed the University’s physical education requirements as a model student.

Numerous additional team awards were given out during the course of the evening.  For a complete listing of the Washington and Lee major department and team awards, simply download the listing.  You can also view and download the event program and insert.

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