To commemorate the accomplishments of student athletes in the classroom and in the larger HWS and Geneva community during the 2017-2018 academic year, both Hobart and William Smith athletic teams were recognized at their annual awards banquets.
The Hobart College Athletic Department and the Statesmen Athletic Association honored the top student-athletes at the Block H Dinner on Monday. Shane Sweeney ‘18 was presented with the Francis L. “Babe” Kraus ’24 Memorial Award as Hobart’s most outstanding senior athlete. The William C. Stiles ’43 Memorial Award for leadership, determination and character was given to senior hockey goaltender Frank Oplinger ‘18. The Hanna Award for excellence in citizenship, scholarship, leadership and teamwork was presented to senior lacrosse defenseman D. Bennett Moore ‘18. The Abe Solomon Memorial Award was presented to basketball first-year Dan Masino ‘21 and hockey first-year Mike Faulkner ‘21 as Hobart’s Co-Rookies of the Year. Over 50 student-athletes were honored with department wide and team awards tonight in Bristol Gym.
In the fall, Sweeney rewrote the Hobart football record books. The most prolific passer in Hobart history, he played in 27 career games in his three years as a Statesman. A 2016 D3football.com All-American and two-time Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year, Sweeney completed 592-of-971 passes for 7,385 yards and 71 touchdowns, all Hobart career records. Sweeney was a two-time D3football.com All-East pick and was also named to the 2017 Liberty League All-Academic Team, the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society and the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
At the annual Heron Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 24, the William Smith Athletic Department honored their top student-athletes. Field hockey forward Hannah Wood ‘18 was presented with the Winn-Seeley Award for her achievements in service, leadership, athletics and academics, while senior soccer forward Evie Manning ‘18 received the Marion Harrison Greene ’20 Award for her impact on her team. In addition, squash sophomore Gabby Fraser ‘20 was presented with the Hazel Nettleship Hardy ’65 Award, given to a student in her middle years who has contributed to the growth of Heron athletics and is an excellent representative of William Smith Athletics. Basketball first-year Juliana Gamboa ‘21 earned the Stephanie Christie Award as the Rookie of the Year.
A three-time NFHCA All-American and two-time Liberty League Offensive Performer of the Year, Wood started all 76 games in her Heron career. A four-time first team all-league and all-region pick, Wood left her name all over the Herons’ record books, finishing her career as the all-time leading scorer with 95 goals. Wood led her team in scoring in each of her four years, and, on Oct. 3, she became the second player in program history to hit the 200-point mark. Wood earned Liberty League All-Academic honors in each of the past three years and was a member of William Smith’s Laurel Society.