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Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Honored

Hobart College defensive midfielder Stanny Gilbertson ’19 was named the 2018 Arthur Ashe Jr. Men’s Lacrosse Athlete of the Year by the magazine Diverse: Issues In Higher Education. Gilbertson was the top honoree among 11 student-athletes from Hobart and William Smith Colleges that were named Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholar Award winners.

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education sponsors the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. The awards recognize outstanding minority men and women who have distinguished themselves in their academic and athletic pursuits. From more than 1,000 nominations, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education named an overall male and female Sports Scholar of the Year as well as individual sports Scholar Athletes of the Year, 34 in all. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must demonstrate a commitment to community service and student leadership.

A Dean’s List student, Gilbertson is majoring in economics. He was named to the Northeast Conference Academic Honor Roll in each of his first two seasons with the Statesmen (the 2018 team will be announced next month). Elusive and fast, Gilbertson is a key factor in Hobart’s success in clearing the ball from the defensive to the offensive zone. The Statesmen were ninth in the nation in clearing percentage (.908) this year. In 13 games this season, Gilberston recorded two goals, an assist, 11 ground balls and five caused turnovers.

In 43 career games, Gilbertson has compiled eight goals and five assists for 13 points with 39 ground balls and eight caused turnovers. Over the past three seasons, he has helped Hobart to a 23-24 record, the 2016 NEC Tournament championship and an appearance in the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Gilbertson’s late goal at Robert Morris in 2017, proved to be the game winner, clinching the NEC regular season title for the Statesmen.

Gilbertson is an active volunteer in both the HWS community and in his hometown of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. In Geneva, he volunteered weekly in art classes at North Street Elementary School, led the lacrosse team’s holiday gift program for children of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Rochester and organized the team’s annual participation in Annalise’s Friends 5k which raises awareness and funds research and treatment of neuroblastoma.

At home, Gilbertson has volunteered with a Challenger Little League program, helped coordinate a supply drive for a homeless shelter and was a summer program leader for a foundation that serves the needs of developmentally disabled youth.

In all, the Colleges had 11 student-athletes named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars. The following Statesmen and Herons joined Gilbertson on the prestigious honor roll:

  • Natalia Baum, junior William Smith basketball, biology major
  • Kai Brandford, junior, Hobart football, international relations and music major
  • Joseph Escamilla, senior, Hobart soccer, economics major
  • Gabby Fraser, sophomore, William Smith squash, international relations major
  • Sarah Garrett, senior, William Smith ice hockey, sociology major
  • Collin Hudgins, sophomore, Hobart football, economics major
  • Alicia Lai, junior, William Smith rowing, political science and Asian studies major
  • Jamal Lucas, junior, Hobart basketball, economics major
  • Kendra Quinn-Moultrie, senior, William Smith basketball, psychology and anthropology major
  • Josh Walker, sophomore, Hobart football, computer science and psychology major