May 1, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - Senior women's soccer forward Ali Andrzejewski and senior men's basketball guard Andre Collins were honored as the recipients of the Ernest Lagna and John R. Mohler Awards, respectively, at the annual Loyola College Department of Athletics Banquet on Monday evening.
A two-year starter for the Greyhounds, Andrzejewski set school records with 33 career goals and 75 career points in just two years at Evergreen. Named as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior, she was named to the All-MAAC first team the last two seasons. She scored 15 goals with two assists this past season.
An All-MAAC first team selection, Collins set several school records in his lone campaign in a Greyhounds uniform. He started all 28 games and led the conference with 118 three-point field goals made. He set school single-season records for points (731), scoring average (26.1 ppg) and field goals made (256). Against Marist on January 8, Collins set a Loyola single-game mark by making 9 of 18 three-point field goal attempts in Loyola's 78-75 victory over the Red Foxes. He was named as the MAAC Player of the Week three times this season.
Senior forward Jackie Valderas of the Greyhound women's basketball team was named as the women's recipient of the Medal of Merit award. A two-time MAAC Sixth Player of the Year recipient, Valderas led the Greyhounds to their best record since the 1998-1999 season as Loyola advanced to the MAAC Championship Game. She played in all 30 games, averaging 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per outing. She recorded a career-high 13 rebounds in the Greyhounds' December 28 victory at San Diego State. A two-time MAAC Player of the Week selection, Valderas also earned MAAC All-Academic Team honors.
Senior James Harris of the Loyola men's swimming and diving team was honored with the men's Medal of Merit accolade. A team captain for the Greyhounds, Harris finished in fifth place at this year's MAAC Championships in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.72. He also earned sixth place in the 200 breaststroke event as the Greyhounds finished in third place at the conference meet. Harris was also selected to the MAAC All-Academic Team.
Senior women's soccer player Lisa Jaffa, senior swimmer Jayme Adams and senior men's lacrosse standout Craig Georgalas earned the Leadership Awards. Jaffa was a four-year starter for Coach John Byford and started 78 of 79 career games. She tallied three assists in her career and was named as the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. A team captain on the swimming and diving team, Adams set a school record in the 100 free at the MAAC Championships with a time of :53.81. She was a two-time MAAC All-Academic Team selection. Georgalas missed most of his senior season due to injury, but has helped the Greyhound coaching staff with the team's extra-man offense unit, which ranks second in the nation. He appeared in 13 games as a junior and scored five goals with two assists.
Senior men's basketball player Linton Hinds was selected to receive the Fr. Francis McManamin, S.J. Unsung Hero Award. Hinds, who played in 20 games this past season for the Greyhounds, averaged 3.6 points in his final campaign at Evergreen. He scored 14 points in the home opener against UMBC after averaging 9.7 points per game as a junior.
Senior lacrosse player Emilie Patterson was voted as the women's Unsung Hero Award honoree. A four-year letterwinner for the Greyhounds and Coach Kerri O'Day, Patterson appeared in 18 career games, including eight this year. A spark off the bench on defense for Loyola, she recorded two ground balls during her final year in a Greyhound uniform.
Senior women's basketball standout Katie Scherle was named as this year's recipient of the Diane Geppi-Aikens Inspirational Award. Despite battling through injury, Scherle was one of six Loyola players to appear in all 30 games for first-year Coach Joe Logan and averaged 6.7 points per game. Against Canisius on February 5, she became the 17th player in Loyola College women's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points and ended her career ranked 10th on the school's career rebounding ledger.
Senior women's soccer player Ashley Kramer and senior swimmer John McNamara were given awards for having the highest individual grade point averages of this year's senior class while the women's cross country team earned the team award for the best combined grade point averages.