Anderson, Quinlan receive McMaster’s top athletic honours

The Ivor Wynne Male Award for Athlete of the Year trophy was presented to football quarterback Kyle Quinlan (South Woodslee, ON) and the Thérèse A. Quigley Award for Female Athlete of the Year went to track/cross-country athlete Katie Anderson (Exeter, ON) as McMaster University celebrated its 88th Annual Athletic Awards Ceremony at the Burridge Gymnasium on Monday (March 26).

Quinlan had a sensational season for the Marauders in 2011. In nine he completed almost 65% of his passes for 3,090 yards and 21 touchdowns, while rushing for 599 yards and two major scores. Honoured as a first-team Ontario University Athletics All-Star and a second-team Canadian Interuniversity Sports All-Canadian, Quinlan led McMaster to the first Vanier Cup win in school history. He was named most valuable player of the Yates Cup and Uteck Bowl games, and the offensive MVP at the Vanier Cup. Quinlan was also named the Golden Horseshoe Athlete of the Year for 2011.

Cameron Bailey (swimming), Anthony Costa (soccer), and Kevin MacLellan (wrestling) were recognized as finalists for the Ivor Wynne Award.

Anderson enjoyed a successful season in both team and individual results. She was a member of the McMaster cross country team that captured OUA silver and CIS bronze medals. Moving from running outside onto the indoor track, Katie won the OUA gold medal in the 1500m and anchored the 4 x 800m relay team that won the bronze. It was at the CIS Championship where Anderson excelled, bringing home silver medals for both the 1000m and 1500m races, achieving CIS All-Canadian status.

Lindsay Carson (cross country and track), Sarah Taylor (swimming) and Natasha Turner (rugby) were finalists for the Thérèse A. Quigley award.

The Dr. Ray Johnson Award, presented to the graduating male student-athlete who exemplifies the Spirit of McMaster while showing noteworthy athletic ability, was presented to Costa (Stoney Creek).

An OUA All-Star and CIS first-team All-Canadian, Costa, team captain for the 2011 OUA soccer champions, demonstrated tremendous leadership and energy. He assumed responsibility for all on-campus requirements, including team meals, equipment organization, and team activities. He would also contribute to scouting, practice-planning, and recruiting and took time to support his fellow Marauder athletes at their home events.

Ian Connell (rowing), Sean House (wrestling), and Matt Peressini (football) were recognized as nominees for the Dr. Ray Johnson Award.

The Dr. Edna Guest Award, presented to the graduating female student-athlete that exemplifies the ‘Spirit of McMaster’ while showing noteworthy athletic ability, was presented to women’s volleyball student-athlete Meagan Nederveen (Dundas).

A co-captain of the women’s volleyball team, Nederveen was recognized as the 2011-12 OUA Libero of the Year, ranking second in the OUA and fifth in the CIS in total digs. Along with being a dedicated team leader, she is a committed volunteer on numerous fronts including Mac Athletes Care, McMaster DREAMS, the Weekend to end Cancer, and as coordinator of the MVP VolleyTotz program, designed to engage young children in physical play.

Anna Goudling (lacrosse), Sarah Haliburton, (cross country and track), and Sara Thompson (swimming) where also honoured as nominees for the Dr. Edna Guest Award.

The Mel & Marilyn Hawkrigg Outstanding Rookie Awards, presented to the male and female student-athletes in their first year of post-secondary eligibility and who demonstrate outstanding athletic performance as a varsity team member, were presented to Cindy Nelles (Belleville, Ont.), from women’s rugby and the co-recipients for the men’s award were wrestler Jason Buckle (Hamilton) and basketball player Adam Presutti (Oakville).

Nelles was a force for the Marauder women’s rugby team in 2011, scoring nine trys and 24 converts to finish second in OUA scoring. She was a vital component of McMaster completing an undefeated season in league play to finish first in the Russell Division, winning the OUA silver medal and advancing to the CIS Championship. At the Nationals, she added three trys and nine converts. Nelles was recognized as an OUA All-Star, the Russell Division Rookie of the Year, and the CIS Rookie of the Year.

Wrestling in the 57 kg weight class, Buckle had a phenomenal debut season for the Marauders. After capturing gold at both the McMaster and Toronto Invitational meets, Jason moved into the OUA Championship and dominated the competition on his way to the gold medal. He was also recognized as OUA Rookie of the Year. At his first CIS Championship, Jason made it to the finals where he was defeated by a senior competitor from Regina, and had to settle for the silver medal. A graduate of Hamilton’s St. Jean Brebeuf high school, Jason’s effort earned him the CIS Rookie of the Year award.

A starter from the first day of training camp, Presutti displayed poise beyond his years as the McMaster point guard. This Oakville native, averaged 11.6 PPG, 4.0 APG (9th in OUA), and 3.6 RPG. Stepping into the most difficult position for a freshman, Presutti was a steady hand at the point for the Marauders, running the show but scoring when needed with a season scoring high of 27. His play helped McMaster finish second in the tough OUA West division and advance to the OUA Final Four, and he was recognized as both the OUA West and the CIS Rookie of the Year.

The additional nominees for the Hawkrigg Outstanding Rookie Awards where: Female: Caroyln Chong (rowing), Lauren Mastroluisi (volleyball), Robyn Murphy (curling) and

Male: Alex Elliott (volleyball), Gersi Xhuti (soccer)

The Les Prince Award, presented to the student-athlete best combining leadership with community service through participation in an outreach program, was presented to Lauren Hurst (Ilderton, Ont.) from the cheerleading team.

As a member of the McMaster Cheerleading team, Hurst helped the squad capture the National Championship in the University Small Co-Ed division. She has been incredibly active in community outreach both through McMaster and with outside groups. Lauren has been a major contributor to the Mac Athletes Care initiative, working with the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club. Just some of her other volunteer efforts include supervising the Breakfast Program at Dalewood elementary school, working with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington, and sitting on the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton. Now in her fourth year, Hurst has also been able to achieve Marauder-Scholar status.

Mariette Lee (fencing), Nicole Mazara (wrestling), and Cory McCurry (cross country and track) were also recognized as nominees for the Les Prince Award.

The Bruce Cochrane Award, presented to the student who best demonstrates unwavering dedication and service to their team, club, or group, were presented to co-recipients Scott Laws (Gormley, ON) from men’s basketball and Ryan Loveday (Kitchener) from football.

Unable to compete due to foot surgery performed in the fall, Laws assumed another role to support the men’s basketball team. As the team marketing manager, he worked at developing new initiatives to promote men’s basketball. Two of his pilot projects were the Midnight Madness and Pack This House events, which were both very successful. Laws also worked tirelessly on the proposal that engaged the East Hamilton Kiwanis Club as the presenting sponsor for marauder basketball. Despite losing his year of competition, he was determined to make a positive impact on his team and the Athletic Department.

Loveday has been a tremendous asset to the football staff since injury forced him off the field and into a support role. Serving as the Film and Scout Team Coordinator, Loveday was responsible for breaking down all practice and game film and for coordinating both offensive and defensive scout teams to prepare the starting units for games. During games he was also the lead spotter for the Marauder offence, which was the most prolific in Canada. His tireless dedication has also seen him get involved in recruiting, planning of the Marauder summer camps, and organizing of the Football Gala Dinner. He graduates this year with a degree in Engineering and Management.

Rebecca Babcock (sport administration), and Dan Macaulay (swimming) were also honoured as finalists for the Bruce Cochrane Award.

The Joyce Wignall Award, presented to the McMaster team which best demonstrates teamwork, friendship, loyalty and community involvement, was presented to the football team.

The Marauder football team has been actively engaged with the Mac Athletes Care program this year, making weekly visits to the Boys and Girls Club and the Eva Rockwell Centre. More than 30 football players took time to participate in the Terry Fox Run, which fell the day after a tough road trip to Windsor. The team also participated in the Shoot for a Cure event to raise funds toward the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Post Vanier Cup, team members spent hours posing for photos and signing autographs with the trophy at Marauder basketball games. In addition, the team has taken the Vanier Cup on tour, visiting 13 secondary and elementary school across the region, as well as the McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Cross Country/track, swimming and women’s soccer were the other finalists for the Joyce Wignall Award.

2011-12 McMaster University Athletics – Team MVPs

Men’s Badminton – Sidharth Saini
Women’s Badminton – Karen Chung
Baseball – Patrick Grier
Men’s Basketball – Victor Raso
Women’s Basketball – Taylor Chiarot
Cheerleading – Kylie Willis
Men’s Cross-Country – Cory McCurry
Women’s Cross-Country – Sarah Haliburton
Women’s Curling – Rachelle Vink
Women’s Curling – Ginger Coyle
Fastpitch – Julia Catalano
Men’s Fencing – Mike Irvine
Women’s Fencing – Kelly Campbell
Field Hockey – Sarah Mills
Figure Skating – Emily Stief
Football – Offence – Mike DiCroce
Football – Offence – Kyle Quinlan
Football – Defence – Ryan Chmielewski
Football – Defence – Aram Eisho
Men’s Golf – Mark Young
Women’s Golf – Michaela DiMarcantonio
Gymnastics – Alex Terrana
Men’s Hockey – Peter Sullivan
Men’s Hockey – John Smirnis
Women’s Hockey – Jen Gearing
Women’s Hockey – Ellery Veerman
Men’s Lacrosse – Carter Williams
Women’s Lacrosse – Julie Marquardt
Men’s Rowing – Ian Connell
Women’s Rowing – Emily Baturin
Men’s Rugby – Cam Stones
Women’s Rugby – Natasha Turner
Men’s Soccer – Anthony Costa
Women’s Soccer – Mel Van Der Hoop
Men’s Squash – Patrick Morkus
Women’s Squash – Shauna Wentzell
Men’s Swimming – Cameron Bailey
Women’s Swimming – Sarah Taylor
Synchronized Swimming – Taylor Driscoll
Men’s Tennis – Peter Askew
Women’s Tennis – Shivanie Skandarajah
Men’s Track – Graham Bowes
Women’s Track – Katie Anderson
Men’s Ultimate – Bryan Yue
Women’s Ultimate – Katherine Ho
Men’s Volleyball – Jeremy Groenveld
Women’s Volleyball – Shannon McRobert
Women’s Volleyball – Meagan Nederveen
Men’s Water Polo – Jack Park
Women’s Water Polo – Danielle McCallum
Men’s Wrestling – Allan Middleton
Women’s Wrestling – Sydney Duggan