SU Athletics is gearing up for their annual Cuse Awards and they're looking to us, the loyal Cuse fans, to help decide who wins some of the awards.
In addition to the live telecast, the show will be replayed on Time Warner Cable Sports on Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 8 at 12:30 p.m. It will also be available for on-demand viewing online at SUathletics.com.
They've started doing polls for various ones, so let's take a look at what's up for voting and make our selections together. This way, I can see what you're doing. I'll be honest, I don't trust you to do this on your own.
Male Athlete of the Year
Pat Dupont – Cross Country
Earned All-America status after placing 27th at the NCAA Championship, where he helped his team match a program-best 14th place. He earned All-Northeast Region and All-BIG EAST honors, placing 10th and fourth at those meets, respectively.
John Galloway – Lacrosse
John was named first team All-American and both USILA National and BIG EAST Conference Goalkeeper of the Year after last season. This year, he currently has XX saves (that's what it says) and ranks 7th nationally with 7.29 goals-against average. He ranks ninth in NCAA history in career goals-against average with 7.5. John holds the NCAA record for most career wins by a goalie. His current record is 55-7.
Mike Gennaro – Crew
Stroked the varsity eight to a 6th place finish in the IRA National Championships and top ten finishes in each of its final three races last summer.
Doug Hogue – Football
A first-team All-BIG EAST selection, Doug ranked seventh in the BIG EAST in tackles with 7.4 per game. He earned the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance at West Virginia (10 tackles, including1.5 for a loss of yards and an assisted sack, two interceptions, and a pass breakup). Hogue finished his SU career ranked ninth in all-time tackles for loss with 26.5.
Rick Jackson – Basketball
Rick was named the BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Year, second-team all-conference and received honorable mention on the AP All America team. He led the conference in rebound and blocked-shot averages. Jackson started all 35 games for the Orange and averaged 13.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He is the first SU performer to average a double-double since Carmelo Anthony in 2002-03.
Congrats to John Galloway on his XX saves. One more X and he's really got something sexy going on. I'm going with Rickles. We knew he'd be pretty good. We had no idea how great he'd be.
Female Athlete Of The Year
Kayla Alexander— Basketball
Sophomore center Kayla Alexander was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team after leading the team in points (14.8), blocks (2.6), field-goal percentage (.549) and free-throw percentage (.766). She was second in rebounds (6.9). Her 91 blocks are a single-season school record. She led SU in scoring a team-best 15 times, rebounds a team-high 13 times and blocks a team-best 29 times. The sophomore finished the year leading the BIG EAST in blocks and ranked fifth in offensive rebounds (3.0), fifth in field-goal percentage, 10th in scoring and rebounding and 11th in free-throw percentage. She also ended the year 16th in the nation in blocks and 17th in field-goal percentage.
Catherine DeSarle — Cross Country
Catherine earned All-Northeast Region and All-BIG EAST honors while leading the women’s cross country team to its second consecutive Northeast Region Championship. She was SU’s top finisher, placing 38th, at the NCAA Championships, helping her team to a program-best 10th-place finish.
Liz Hogan — Women’s Lacrosse
This season, Liz Hogan became the first Syracuse goalkeeper to record 600 saves. As of April 20, she ranks second in the BIG EAST in saves per game. Hogan has held her opponents to less than 10 goals five times this season and has reached double figures in saves in five games. Hogan is Syracuse’s all-time leader in saves and ground balls. Hogan is the reigning IWLCA Goalkeeper of the Year and BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year.
Noemie Lefebvre – Volleyball
Noemie led the Volleyball team this season with 360 kills and 324 digs. She was named the tournament MVP or to the all-tournament team at each of Syracuse’s four early-season tournaments and was an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection.
Martina Loncarica – Field Hockey
A unanimous selection to the BIG EAST CONFERENCE First Team, Martina was also recognized on the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-American First Team and Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Mideast First Team. She was a member of the womensfieldhockey.com All-American First Team and the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.
Kelsey Ruebor – Track and Field
Kelsey earned All-BIG EAST honors in the pentathlon after placing third at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships. She also qualified for, but did not compete in the ECAC Championships in the pentathlon. Her highlight of the outdoor season, to dates has been winning the heptathlon title at the Asics/Winthrop Invitational, qualifying for the Outdoor BIG EAST and ECAC Championships. She is currently second in the BIG EAST and 10th in the NCAA in the heptathlon
Gotta go with Hogan. Too many records and rankings to deny.
You can cast those votes here and stay tuned for more chances.