Bannister, Camaioni Take Top Awards At Athletics Banquet

May 2, 2011

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BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland seniors Phil Bannister and Nina Camaioni were the 2011 recipients of the John R. Mohler and Ernest Lagna Awards, respectively, as the top male and female senior student-athletes who excel in athletics, scholarship and character.

These awards, and many others, were presented on Monday evening at the 2011 Loyola Athletic Awards Banquet held in McGuire Hall on the Evergreen Campus.

Camaioni, a four-year volleyball letterwinner, earned CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team honors this year and was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Defensive Player of the year in 2010. She set the Loyola career kills record and also holds the single-game standard for digs at Loyola. Earlier in the evening, Camaioni received another award for having the top grade point average for female student-athletes, exhibiting her excellence in the classroom.

Bannister was a finalist for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in 2010 and was a four-time All-MAAC honoree. He led all of NCAA Division I in assists per game as a junior and then was leading the nation in goals per game as a senior when he was lost for the season with an injury. He tied the school's career assists record and is sixth all-time at the school in total points, eighth in goals scored.

Several other awards were handed out to Loyola senior student-athletes, beginning with the Unsung Hero Awards.

Glenn Leitch earned the Men's Unsung Hero Award after starting at five different positions during his career at Loyola and not just contributing but excelling in each. Leitch suffered a serious knee injury before the 2010 season, but he rehabilitated the injury and was the men's soccer team's leading scorer in the second half of the year.

Women's basketball's Meredith Tolley was never one to seek the spotlight during her career, but she was an emotional leader of a team that reached new heights in 2010-2011. A four-year starter, Tolley leaves Loyola as the school's all-time leader in 3-poitners made, and she helped the women's basketball team win a postseason game for the first time in school history.

Men's Leadership Award winner Kieran Dowling of the cross country team has been a leader through faith and dedication to his sport, according to his coach, Rick Woods. Dowling was one of team's top runners this year in every meet, and his coach credits his leadership abilities to the team exceeding expectations during 2010. Dowling was also the recipient of the Diane Geppi-Aikens Inspirational Award for the faith and leadership he showed his team after his mother passed away of melanoma cancer.

Erica DiClemente of the women's basketball team won the Women's Leadership Award after contributing as a leader to her team for five seasons. DiClemente suffered a season-ending knee injury as a junior, but that did not lessen her effect on the team. She served as a motivating force on her team as the made a run to the second round of the Women's NIT this year. DiClemente scored her 1,000th point earlier this year and earned All-MAAC Second Team honors.

The Men's Medal of Merit went to cross country's Tim Burns who is on track to graduate this month with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. One of the team's top runners as a senior, Burns earned Academic All-District honors last year and was a three-time member of the MAAC All-Academic Team. Burns earned the honor of having the top grade point average of any male senior student-athlete, as well.

Abby Rehfuss of the women's lacrosse team earned the Women's Medal of Merit. A four-year starter for the Greyhounds, Rehfuss has earned All-BIG EAST and Regional All-America honors throughout her career and has scored 120 goals entering the conference tournament later this week. In the classroom, Rehfuss has already gained early acceptance to law school and has been a top student-athlete.

Frankie Spellman and Brendan Thomas were recipients of the Student Service Award. Spellman has been a key contributor to the women's lacrosse program as the team's student manager for four years, while Thomas has worked for the Athletic Communications Office for four years and staffed nearly every home Greyhounds game. The two were also high school classmates at Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine.

The women's track and field team and Head Coach Amy Horst was tabbed for having the highest cumulative grade point average among the Greyhounds' 18 teams.

In addition to the departmental awards, the following student athletes received awards from their respective teams:


Team Most Valuable Most Dedicated
Men's Basketball Shane Walker Erik Etherly
Men's Crew Ryan Walsh Josh Tarini
Men's Cross Country Stephen Febish Matt Hassett
Men's Golf Alex Redfearn Jonathan Ross
Men's Lacrosse Matt Langan Steve Dircks
Men's Soccer Phil Bannister Glenn Leitch
Men's Swimming & Diving Brennan Morris Matthew Fralinger
Men's Tennis Bobby Gorczakowski Keyan Sanai
Women's Basketball Katie Sheahin Erica DiClemente
Women's Crew Julianne Roccuzzo Catriona Miller
Women's Cross Country Amanda Bossi Emily Doucette
Women's Lacrosse Ana Heneberry Cara Filippelli
Women's Soccer Lina Staropoli Kelly Farrell
Women's Swimming & Diving Caitlin Cronin Mary Henkels
Women's Tennis Rachel Janasek Joy Johnson
Women's Track & Field Jackie D'Antonio Courtney Marro
Women's Volleyball Nina Camaioni Jac Bullock
Cheerleading Carlee Tocco Carlee Tocco