The 2020 Bonnies Choice Awards were held Friday, May 8 in a virtual setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite not being able to get together inside the Reilly Center, St. Bonaventure Athletics Department honored its student-athletes and their work over the past year through the GoBonniesTV YouTube channel with videos sent in from Bona athletes around the country.
As in recent years, the Bonnies Choice portion of the awards was comprised of awards that were nominated by the St. Bonaventure SAAC and coaches and voted on by all Bonnies student-athletes through an online vote in April.
The Department's major senior awards were also announced to several graduating student-athletes.
See below the entire list of awards winners.
SENIOR AWARD WINNERS
Ray Dee Leadership Award
The Ray Dee Leadership Award is named for the 1964 Bonas graduate who is the former Chair of the University's Board of Trustees, as well as a loyal donor to our athletic programs. The award is presented to the senior who, through his or her leadership skills, sets a positive example for others to follow and builds pride for St. Bonaventure Athletics. The person will have maintained the highest standards of performance, integrity, sportsmanship and respect.
This year's winner has been a leader on and off the field since stepping on campus at St. Bonaventure. She is a student representative on the Executive Athletes Compliance Committee, a group leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the crew captain for Love Your Melon and is the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
On the field, she led the Bonnies as a junior in slugging percentage, hits, at-bats, RBIs and total bases.
The winner of the Ray Dee Leadership Award is Brooke Kane-Walker.
The Merit Award is presented every year to one senior male and one senior female student-athlete for outstanding academic achievement, significant athletic achievement and meaningful contribution to the St. Bonaventure community.
Our first merit award winner is a four-year starter for the women's lacrosse team. She served as a team captain this spring and played in 52 career games, scoring 22 career goals. This season, she started all seven games of a shortened season on defense for the Bonnies. She is a Dean's List and A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll member who will graduate with degrees in accounting and finance with a 3.9 cumulative GPA. She serves as a Teaching Assistant in the Accounting Department and is a two-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In the community, she coaches youth basketball at the YMCA and volunteers at the Oswego Lacrosse Club.
The winner of the women's Merit Award is Kyra O'Gorman.
The second Merit Award winner is a four-year starter for the golf team, never missing a tournament or match in four seasons. He is an incredible student as a business major, carrying a 3.76 cumulative GPA. He earned the team's Leo Keenan Award for his leadership on the course, in the classroom and in the community in 2017 and 2020. He is a three-time member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and is a finance major.
The winner of the men's Merit Award is Zach Chaddock.
The Letterwinner Award is presented every year to one senior male and one senior female student-athlete who have assembled outstanding records of athletic accomplishments over their careers and have proven instrumental to their teams' success.
The women's recipient enjoyed a career of success at St. Bonaventure. As a freshman, she started in all 19 games, playing every minute in net and made 123 saves, which ranks 10th all-time in program history. In her second season, she led the Atlantic 10 in saves with 120 saves in 18 starts. During the 2018 season, her 128 saves ranked second in the NCAA. She continued to rewrite the record book as a senior, finishing tied for first all-time in career games in net (74), tied for second for goal against average in a single season (1.21), tied for third for shutouts in a single season (5), third all-time in career shutouts (13) and third all-time in career saves (452).
In the classroom, she is a multi-time member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and will graduate with a degree in sociology.
The winner of the women's Letterwinner Award is Lauren Malcolm.
This year's men's Letterwinner Award recipient was an integral part of the men's cross country and track team over the past four seasons.
He was among the team's top two finishers in every event as a senior, breaking the program record in the 8K at the Louisville XC Classic with a time of 25:36.6. During his four seasons, he led the team in cross country in nearly every event he ever competed in.
As a junior, he set the St. Bonaventure program record in the 5K, running a time of 15:53 in the Little Three Championship.
He is the first Bonaventure runner to rank in the top ten in every event he has competed in. He is a three-time member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll earned his degree in accounting before beginning an MBA in Professional Accountancy.
The winner of the men's Letterwinner Award is William Delaney.
Brian Moretti Service Award
The Service Award is presented annually to a graduating senior for outstanding service, dedication and commitment to the Department of Athletics. It may go to either a student-athlete or to a non-athlete. This award is dedicated to the memory of assistant sports information director Brian Moretti who passed away unexpectedly on March 5, 2014. Brian was only here for a short time, but he left an unforgettable impression through his work ethic, enthusiasm and love of his craft, in particular the work he did with the women's basketball team. It was a privilege to know Brian and his family and we are thrilled to present this in his name again tonight. This year there is co-winners.
The first winner of the Brian Moretti Service Award was a four-year member of the women's swimming team. She began assisting in the athletic department in the spring of 2019 in the Athletics Advancement with Sean McNamee. She assisted with the Hall of Fame Club and suites at home men's basketball games this past season. She also served as the primary contact for the Hall of Fame suites and helped with any customer related questions or needs. Last spring, she organized a Thank-a-thon which incorporated student-athletes in a phone call to say thank you to donors.
The first winner of the Brian Moretti Service Award is Erin Carmody.
Our next co-winner is a member of the men's lacrosse team. This individual has been invaluable to the foundation and development of the men's lacrosse program as the only recruited non-scholarship senior in a group of 34 freshmen and three walk-ons.
In all facets of the program, he has been a leader – offering an ear to teammates, tutoring, and performing other duties to make sure the team runs smoothly. He has earned the respect of his peers as a two-year captain and will serve as a volunteer assistant coach next fall.
Our second winner of the Brian Moretti Service Award is Nik Clinton.
BONNIES CHOICE AWARD WINNERS (voted on by student-athletes)
WOMEN'S FALL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Lauren Malcolm, Women's Soccer - Moon Township, Pa.
- Started all 18 games, playing every minute for a total of 1,640
- Compiled a 1.21 season goals against average, tied for second in program history
- Finished her career with 452 saves, ranking third in program history
- Moved into a tie for first place in program history with 74 career games in net with her start against George Mason
- Moved into third place in program history with her 13th career clean sheet against George Mason
MEN'S FALL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Christian Chapman, Golf - Victor, N.Y.
- Played in all six events, posting a team-best 72.4 scoring average which would have ranked as the program record
- Recorded six rounds of par or better and two rounds in the 60s
- Four top-20 finishes in five full field tournaments
WOMEN'S WINTER ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Rachel Kimmel, Women's Swimming - Fort Loudon, Pa.
- Broke the St. Bonaventure program record and won silver medals in the 100-breaststroke (1:01.24) and 200-breaststroke (2:12.26). Also was a member of the SBU record-setting 200-medley relay team that finished in 1:41.36 at the Atlantic 10 Championships
- Part of the bronze medal winning 400-medley relay team that clocked in at 3:41.98 at A-10 Championships
- Won the 200-IM (2:10.17), 100-freestyle (54.94) and was a member of the winning 200-medley relay team (1:50.84) in a win at Niagara
MEN'S WINTER ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Tjaard Krusch, Men's Swimming - Dorsheim, Germany
- Won four medals and set a new Atlantic 10 Conference Championship and program record at the 2020 A-10 Swimming and Diving Championships
- Set an A-10 Conference and school record in the 200-IM, earning the gold medal with a time of 1:45.73 at the A-10 Championships
- Led the 400-medley relay team to a gold medal finish (3:14.54) at the A-10 Championships
WOMEN'S SPRING ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Destinee Johnson, Women's Lacrosse - Rochester, N.Y.
- Led team in goals (20) and points (23) in seven games this season
- Tallied seven point on five goals and two assists in the season opener at Hartford
- Netted six goals on the road at Central Connecticut State
MEN'S SPRING ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Tyler Kelder, Baseball - Kingston, N.Y.
- Hit .387 with seven home runs this spring
- National Player of the Week
- Led country in HR per game and ranked second in slugging
WOMEN'S ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Olivia Brown, Women's Basketball - East Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Two-time A-10 Rookie of the Week
- Averaged 7.1 ppg and 2.7 rpg
- Appeared in all 30 games including 16 starts
MEN'S ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Justin Winston, Men's Basketball - West Orange, N.J.
- Started 28 out of 31 games
- Averaged 8.7 points and 3.4 rpg
- Shot 44% from the floor
WOMEN'S RISING STAR
Mia Cote, Women's Swimming - Glens Falls, N.Y.
- Earned a bronze medal in the 400-medley relay at Atlantic 10 Championships and was a member of the program record-breaking 200-medley relay team.
- Earned a fourth-place finish in the 100-butterfly (54.79) and finished fifth in the 200-butterfly (2:01.90) at Atlantic 10 Championships
- Won the 200-medley relay with Zanre Oberholzer, Rachel Kimmel and Ivana Janssen (1:50.84) and finished second in the 100-butterfly (59.68) in triumph at Niagara
- Finished first in the 200-butterfly (2:09.09), the 100-butterfly (57.36), the 200-medley relay (1:47.93) and the 200-freestyle relay (1:38.24) in a dual meet win vs. Binghamton
MEN'S RISING STAR
George Kalletta, Men's Swimming - Manorville, N.Y.
- Won three medals and broke two program records at A-10 Swim Championships
- Swam a program record 1:47.31 in the 200-butterfly, finishing third to earn a bronze medal at the A-10 Championships
- Earned a gold medal in the 400-IM (3:49.04), handily shattering the program record of 3:53.54 at the A-10 Championships
WOMEN'S BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER
Julia Davidson, Women's Lacrosse - Logan Township, N.J.
- Scored nine goals this spring
- Added six assists for a total of 15 points
- Forty career points in 40 games
MEN'S BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER
Jaren English, Men's Basketball - Romulus, Mich.
- Started 23 of 24 games played in debut season with the program, averaging 11.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in over 31 minutes per game
- Earned Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team honors for success on the court and in the classroom
- Scored in double figures 16 times and averaged 13 points per game in A-10 competition
WOMEN'S COURAGE AWARD
Jessica Losquadro, Women's Lacrosse - Bethpage, N.Y.
- Overcame family tragedy to become a team leader
MEN'S COURAGE AWARD
Michael Bruno, Men's Swimming - Scranton, Pa.
- Battled through injury after hitting hand on the board during a dive in prelims at conference championships and placed for team
WOMEN'S UNSUNG HERO
Maddie Mason, Women's Soccer - Webster, N.Y.
- Appeared in all 18 games, starting in all but one
- Played full time in 17 matches, totaling 1,573 minutes and had 70 starts in 74 career games
- Recorded the game-winning goal off a header to defeat UB
MEN'S UNSUNG HERO
Jeff Palczewski, Baseball - West Seneca, N.Y.
- Started 86 out of 89 games at third base the last three seasons
- Career .357 on-base percentage
- Hit .298 in A-10 play last year with a .416 OBP
John Rutkowski, Men's Tennis – Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Tied for the team-high with six doubles wins and added three singles victories
- Won two doubles matches and a singles match during the SBU Fall Classic
- Tallied a pair of doubles wins and a singles win at the Navy Invitational
WOMEN'S REILLY AWARD
Morgan Brady, Women's Cross Country/Track - Fairport, N.Y.
- Ran in four events during the fall season
- Finished the 5K in 21:16.2 at the Louisville Classic
- Crossed the finish line in 21:13.7 at the Anderson Invitational for her season-best 5K time
MEN'S REILLY AWARD
Donovan Moffat, Baseball - Pavilion, N.Y.
- Ranks among program's all-time ERA leaders after joining as a walk-on freshman year
- One of A-10's ERA leaders in 2019
Kyle Haller, Men's Cross Country/Track - Goshen, N.Y.
- Ran in four events during the fall
- Finished the 8K with a season-best time of 29:58.2 at the Anderson Invitational and ranks in multiple program track top-10 lists
WOMEN'S TOP INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE
Sabrina Sousa-Sampson, Women's Soccer - Toronto, Ontario
- Started all 18 games and led the team with 1,615 minutes
- Played full-time in 14 matches
- Was selected to the Atlantic 10 Second Team All-Defense and was named to the United Soccer Coaches East Region Third Team
MEN'S TOP INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE
Hylton Collinson, Men's Swimming - Johannesburg, South Africa
- Won three medals and broke a program record at the 2020 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships
- Broke his own record in the 200-breaststroke with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:58.31, tying for second place and earning a silver medal in the final day of the A-10 Championships
- Earned a bronze medal in the 400-IM (3:53.64) and was a member of the gold medal 400-medley relay team (3:14.54) in the third day of the A-10 Championships