Student-athletes celebrate 2016-17 achievements at year-end banquet

The volleyball team shows off the ECC championship rings it received during Monday's NYIT Athletics year-end banquet.
The volleyball team shows off the ECC championship rings it received during Monday's NYIT Athletics year-end banquet.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — NYIT athletics honored its seniors and top performers at its annual banquet on Monday in Recreation Hall.

Men's basketball's Jon Feiler and volleyball's Rachel Guida were crowned athletes of the year.

Men's lacrosse's Joe Morhardt and women's lacrosse's Trisha Serras were honored as the student-athletes of the year for their combined athletic and academic excellence.

The top athletic performers in each class also were recognized.

For the freshman, men's tennis' Francisco Caldas and women's basketball's Meg Knollmeyer were honored.

For the sophomores, men's lacrosse's Nick Deluca and volleyball's Tiffany Verni were honored.

For the juniors, men's lacrosse's Matthew Chanenchuk earned the male award, while volleyball's Allison Fowler and women's lacrosse's Alyssa Milano shared the women's honor.

For the seniors, baseball's Louis Mele and men's lacrosse's Will Kistinger shared the men's honor, while women's lacrosse's Katie Meinecke and softball's Laura McLaughlin shared the women's honor.

The ceremony included the seniors from each team receiving sashes reading "student athlete" to wear at graduation. Each senior also was awarded a framed jersey.

A pair of players from the men's lacrosse team — whose season abruptly ended when they did not receive an NCAA Tournament invitation — were individually recognized. All-time saves leader Alex Seltzer was awarded a plaque commemorating setting the program record (645). And Tom Hughes was awarded a plaque for scoring his 100th goal. It came late in regulation to force overtime on Saturday against Mercy. Hughes then scored the overtime winner, his 101th career goal, to give NYIT its first-ever East Coast Conference postseason championship.

The ECC champion volleyball team received rings commemorating its achievement. The team captured NYIT's first league volleyball title in 26 years.

Two university employees also were recognized — Cecile King for her "great smile" and the interest she takes in each of the student-athletes as well as Sabrina Polidoro, who received the BEAR Mentor Award.