Princeton Athletics honored its top student athletes and presented its top awards at the 17th annual Princeton Varsity Club banquet Thursday night.
The top alumni award, the Citizen Athlete Award for contribution to sport and society, was shared by Richard Stengel and Roger Gordon. The Bressler Award, given in memory of Marvin Bressler to an individual who best emodies the late sociology professor's spirit in support of Princeton's athletes, went to squash assistant coach Neil Pomphrey.
The C. Otto von Kienbusch Award is the highest female student-athlete award at Princeton.
Carl Otto von Kienbusch was a staunch opponent of the addition of women to Princeton University in the late ’60s. Once women were admitted to the school, several early women rowers made a trip to his home in upstate New York to try to win him over. They were so successful… that he became a huge supporter of women’s athletics at Princeton and he personally endowed this award.
There are five winners for 2014: Lisa Boyce of the swimming and diving team, Michelle Cesan of the field hockey team, Julia Reinprecht of the field hockey team, Susannah Scanlan of the fencing team and Kelly Shon of the golf team
Lisa Boyce, an English major from Champaign, Ill., led Princeton to a pair of Ivy League team championships in swimming and diving, and she did so while winning nine individual Ivy crowns.
She holds four program records, and she was named the Ivy League Championships Career High Point Scorer at the 2014 league meet.
While her Ivy titles came in the 50 free, 100 free and the 100 back, her most historic swim at Princeton came in the 100 fly, when she qualified for the 2014 NCAA Championship this past summer in Minneapolis.
She became Princeton’s first first-team All-America since Alicia Aemisegger, and she was Princeton’s first in the event in 23 years.
Michelle Cesan, a politics major from New Vernon, New Jersey, is one of the greatest scorers in the history of Princeton field hockey.
A four-time first-team All-Ivy League selection, she ranks sixth all-time at Princeton in goals scored and is tied for sixth all time in points.
She was a four-time All-America, including a first-team All-America selection this past fall, after she led Princeton in scoring with 10 goals and 10 assists for 30 points. She was a four-time first-team All-Region selection, and she was the 2013 Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year.
One of the key members of Princeton’s 2012 NCAA championship team, she has also been active with the United States national team program.
Julia Reinprecht was a four-time All-America and four-time All-Region selection, as well as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and a four-time first-team All-Ivy pick.
She was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a second-team All-America as a freshman, and she was a second-team All-America again as a sophomore before being a two-time first-team All-America to finish her career. She also was on the 2012 NCAA tournament all-tournament team as Princeton won the NCAA championship.
She was also a member of the United States Olympic field hockey team, and she was a starter at the 2012 Summer Games in London. She is currently in Holland competing with the U.S. team at the field hockey world cup.
Less than a year after becoming an Olympic medalist with the United States epee squad at the 2012 London Olympics for the first medal in women’s team epee in U.S. Olympic history, Susannah Scanlan, an economics major from Saint Paul, Minnesota, helped Princeton to the NCAA team championship. Her career has taken place over six years, allowing for time off to prepare for the Olympics, and during that time Princeton’s team finish at the NCAA finals rose from eighth in her freshman year of 2009 to the team title in 2013 and a runner-up finish this past year.
Individually, Scanlan, a first-team All-Ivy League honoree in each of her first two seasons, has been a four-time All-America, only the second Princeton women’s epeeist to achieve that and first in 12 years. She advanced to the medal competition twice at the NCAA Championships, first with a runner-up finish last year and then with a third-place finish this year.
Kelly Shon, a sociology major from Port Washington, New York, is a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year after winning the honor the past two seasons. A four-time All-Ivy League honoree, including three first-team honors, she is one of just two Tigers and seven players in league history to earn All-Ivy League recognition four times since the Ivy began sponsoring women’s golf in 1997.
Shon has made program history at the NCAA level as well, by being selected to three NCAA East Regionals as an individual and is one of only three Tigers to play in NCAA events in three seasons. Last year, she became one of just two players in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championship, doing so by finishing as runner-up, the highest finish in program history, at the 2013 East Regional. Her finish and her score to par were both the best in an NCAA final in program history.
The William Winston Roper Trophy is the highest male student-athlete award at Princeton.
The award was originally given by Mrs. William Winston Roper and the Class of 1902 in honor of Princeton’s famed football coach. It goes annually to “a Princeton senior male of high scholastic rank and outstanding qualities of sportsmanship and general proficiency in athletics.”
It has been awarded annually since 1936, and there are five winners for 2014: Tom Hopkins of the track and field team, Alec Keller of the baseball team, Damon McLean of the track and field team, Caraun Reid of the football team and Tom Schreiber of the lacrosse team.
Tom Hopkins, a politics major from Haverford, Pa., is a multi-talented athlete who competed in the sprints, relays and long jumps. He competed in two NCAA championships, earned two All-America honors, and qualified for the NCAA East Regional in each of his four years. He earned a rare Penn Relays win in the distance medley relay in 2012.
Hopkins was a six-time Heps indoor champion in events including 400, 500, long jump and 4x400. Outdoor he won six titles in the 400, long jump and 4x400. Incredibly, he ends his career with 25 first- or second-place Heps finishes.
Alec Keller, a politics major from Richmond, Virginia, became the second Princeton player ever to be named Ivy League Player of the Year when he earned the award this past season.
He is also the first three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection Princeton has had since Ivy League baseball began in 1993 and the third three-time all-league selection in program history, after two others did so in the Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League.
Keller led Princeton this season with a .327 batting average and with four triples, and he was second in RBIs, home runs and doubles. His .545 slugging percentage was third in the league. For his career he had a .336 batting average.
Damon McLean, a chemistry major form St. Catherine’s, Jamaica, is a two-time All-America in the triple jump and just the second athlete in Heps history – and first since 1975 - to win four straight triple jump titles. McLean also won the outdoor triple jump three times and was the runner-up as a freshman. He won the Heps Most Outstanding Field Performer at the 2013 Indoor Heps after sweeping the triple and long jumps and was named the Regional Field Athlete of the Year that same season.
He posted a personal best and school record on April 12 with a mark of 16.11 meters. At the time that was the second-best jump in the nation. He hopes to return to the NCAA Championships for the third time and improve on his 14th and eighth place finishes from 2013 and 2012.
Caraun Reid, a sociology major from The Bronx, N.Y., put together one of the most historic defensive careers in Princeton football history. The defensive lineman earned First-Team All-America honors this season and was the second Tiger ever to be invited to the prestigious Senior Bowl. His dominant career earned him a spot in the fifth round of the NFL Draft, the highest for a Princeton football player in the modern draft era.
While his individual accolades are impressive, his leadership during this past Princeton football season helped lead the Tigers to a historic finish. After dealing with 1-9 seasons early in his career, Reid helped push Princeton to a record-breaking season, a second straight bonfire and the 2013 Ivy League championship.
Tom Schreiber, a history major from East Meadow, New York, is the greatest midfielder in Princeton lacrosse history and one of the greatest ever to play Division I lacrosse. A three-time first-team All-America, he is also one of two two-time winners of the national midfielder of the year award, an award first given in 1973 and whose first recipient was his father Doug.
Tom is one of two Princeton players ever to be a four-time first-team All-Ivy League selection, and he was the No. 1 selection of the Major League Lacrosse draft. He ranks fifth all-time in scoring at Princeton and is the only player in program history and one of only five in Ivy League history – and the only Ivy midfielder - with at least 100 goals and at least 90 assists, as well as the only player to rank in the top 10 in program history in both goals and assists and the school-record holder for goals, assists and points by a midfielder. He also won the Senior Class Award for outstanding achievement in the areas of competition, the classroom, the community and character.
He is also a two-time finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, the highest honor in college lacrosse.
The Art Lane Award is given to honor selfless contribution to sport and society by an undergraduate.
Art Lane, the very embodiment of the award that now bears his name, won the Pyne Prize -- and captained the 1933 Princeton football team to the national championship -- before going on to a career as a Naval officer -- a federal judge -- and a corporate general counsel.
There are five winners for 2014: Jack Berger of the men’s hockey team, Sarah Lloyd of the women’s lacrosse team, Christina Maida of the field hockey team, Diane Metcalf-Leggette of the women’s soccer team and Tom Schreiber of the men’s lacrosse team.
An economics major with a concentration in pre-med from St. Louis, Jack Berger is a two-year captain who played in 127 career games, making the lineup every single game since arriving at Princeton while putting up 53 points on 20 goals and 33 assists. He was named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award and has twice been Princeton’s representative for the ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year honor. Outside of Princeton hockey, Berger has been invited to two NHL Development Camps in the last two years, with the Ottawa Senators and the New Jersey Devils. He took the MCAT last summer and scored in the 98th percentile. He has spent extensive time shadowing an orthopedic surgeon in his hometown of St. Louis.
Berger volunteers with the Hockey Players 4 Kids (HP4K) organization, which involves helping to organize a reading program at a local elementary school, assisting in youth hockey practices and other various events. As a member of the Princeton hockey team, he has helped the Tigers host the Mercer Bulldogs Special Hockey, a local team of autistic children, bringing them to Hobey Baker Rink and skating with them for an afternoon. Additionally they’ve held clinics at the Fox Hunt Club in North Jersey. Berger has also participated in Weapons of Mass Construction the last two years, worked with Teams for Toys to collect and distribute toys for kids the last two years, and volunteers at the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma in St. Louis.
Berger took the lead on the hockey segment of Communiversity, an annual cultural event in the community. He serves as Vice President of the Varsity Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Additionally, he advises fellow pre-med athletes at Princeton as a Jock Docs Mentor.
The Ivy League Midfielder of the Year and a second-team all-region selection, Sarah Lloyd has been involved with Tropical Clinics for Rural Health - an organization that raises money to build local hospitals and clinics in rural Kenya. She is on the special events committee of this organization, which organizes a 5K every year, gets sponsors for different events, and host galas for leaders of the group from all over the world.
During her junior year she worked with the Best Buddies program / Special Olympics - a program for children and young adults with special needs. She took part in holiday parties and events for the group and spent time with the children and adults on this visits to Princeton. This year, she has also signed on to be a coach for the Special Olympics in softball and swimming.
During her sophomore year, she was a Springboard Tutor at the Princeton Public Library and went once or twice a week to tutor middle school aged kids and help them with their homework.
In addition, she's been actively involved with team and athletic department volunteer events during her time at Princeton, including Step Ahead, the Mercer Food Bank, Mercer ARC, Reading with the Tigers, and various lacrosse clinics.
Lloyd spent the summer after her sophomore year in Ghana with a program called "Hands on Healthcare.” While there she spent some time in local communities listening to and learning about how they live as well as giving presentations on malaria and other diseases, talking to families about family planning, and giving out bed nets for mothers and children who needed them. The rest of her time was spent in clinics and hospitals experiencing what the conditions and atmosphere is like in hospitals in Ghana. She also spent a day delivering vaccines to children in very rural areas of Ghana – areas that are at least a full day’s walk from any source of water or other community.
She's also volunteered to coach her local swim team in the summers when she's been at home.
Sarah Lloyd is a psychology major from Severna Park, Maryland.
Christina Maida, in addition to being an All-America field hockey player, has been a great role model to the dozens of kids she has reached through her service efforts. She has spent considerable time on reading programs for elementary school kids, and she also applied for and received a grant for U.S. Field hockey’s “you go girl” program, which has allowed college players to bring the sport to urban, at-risk environments. Because of Christina’s efforts, Princeton became one of just 14 schools selected for the program.
Maida also has give so much to Carmela Loschiavo, a little girl who suffers form brain tumors and down’s syndrome and who was adopted by the Princeton field hockey team through the Friends of Jaclyn foundation.
For her fall filmmaking class, Maida made the short film “Moo,” which documented Tiger Field Hockey’s relationship with Carmela and her family. The head of Friends of Jaclyn wrote this to her after seeing “Moo”: “I just watched your film and I can’t even begin to tell you how I feel. I am fighting back tears. Our program is about love, support and friendship, something every child and family loses when they are diagnosed. I don’t know how to say thank you to you and all the Tigers for all you have done to improve the quality of life for Moo and her parents. When a child hears Princeton Field Hockey has adopted a child and that story is shared, if another child comes out of their bedroom to participate in FOJ – you have changed a child’s life and their families.”
Christina Maida is an antropology major from Doylestown, Pa.
Diane Metcalf-Leggette, an anthropology major from Centreville, Virginia, is a two-time All-Ivy League women's soccer player who helped the Tigers go 7-0-0 in the league and into the second round of the NCAA tournament her junior year.
She also has combined her love of soccer with her desire to help others to start an organization called "Goals Beyond The Net," which looks to combine athletics with educational opportunities in Jacmel, Haiti. For her first trip there, Diane took 40 soccer balls and some medical supplies. From that beginning, "Goals Beyond The Net" has grown to include an educational incentive for participation in the program, the opportunity to study English and even free 24/7 medical care in an area in which most of the children had never before seen a doctor.
"Goals Beyond the Net" has grown to more than 300 children, and its long-term goals include establishing a feeder program, eventually sponsoring all of the children in the league so that they will be able to attend the regular school and English school and to provide immunizations to all of the children.
Schreiber, in addition to his lacrosse ability, has worked with young people in the local community and across the globe. He has been especially active with “Fields of Growth,” an organization that uses lacrosse to stimulate educational and economic advancement. Schreiber has traveled to some of the poorest areas in Costa Rica and to Uganda, where he has worked with the fledgling Ugandan national lacrosse team, for whom he will serve as an assistant coach at the 2014 World Championships in Denver.
While in Uganda, he was worked to build schools, create economic development projects and promote educational initiatives, including teaching math and English. He has also worked closer to home with the Trenton Bridge Program and other youth programs as a mentor and lacrosse coach. He has also been active on campus and within in the Ivy League in many other service projects.
He was recently given the Senior Class Award, which recognizes one senior athlete in several NCAA sports for their outstanding achievement in the areas of competition, the classroom, character and community.
The Class of 1916 Cup is awarded to the varsity letterwinner who, continuing in competition in his or her senior year, achieved at graduation the highest academic standing. It was given by the Class of 1916 on the occasion of its 50th reunion.
There are two winners for 2014. At this time, would Randi Brown and Rachel Zambrowicz, both of the women’s swimming and diving team, as well as their parents and head coaches, please come forward.
Randi Brown was a four-year member of the Princeton women’s swimming and diving team, and she helped Princeton win two Ivy League championships during her career. She reached three championship finals and had a career-best finish of third at the 2012 Championships. She never finished outside the Top 20 in a single championship event, and she had five top 12 finishes. She is an ecology and evolutionary biology major from Grand Rapids, Mich.
Rachel Zambrowicz was also a member of the diving squad, and she also helped the Princeton women’s swimming and diving team to two Ivy League championships. She earned the Career High Point diver honor at the 2014 Championships and has earned first-, second- and third-place finishes throughout her career. As a freshman, she helped Princeton to the 2011 Ivy League title by winning the 1-meter competition and earning Ivy League Championships Diver of the Meet honors. She is an ecology and evolutionary biology major from The Woodlands, Texas.