The 5th Annual 'Cuse Awards (a.k.a. The Syracuse Dundies) were last night. The votes have been cast, the montages have been cut, Iasia Hemingway put on her finest hat, Chandler Jones put on his finest Pinstripe Bowl ring and we're ready to find out who the winners are.
Team of the Year — Men's Cross Country
Female Athlete of the Year — Women’s field hockey's Martina Loncarica
Male Athlete of the Year — Men’s lacrosse goalie John Galloway
Coach of the Year — Doug Marrone
2011 Soladay Award — Tennis' Simone Kalhorn and rowing's Daniel Berry
2011 Ernie Davis Courage Award — Rob Long
Female Rookie of the Year — Field hockey's Laura Hahnefeldt
Male Rookie of the Year — Ross "Das Boot" Krautman
Most Improved Team — Football Team
Performance of the Year — Women’s basketball's Erica Morrow
Shot of the Year — C.J. Fair’s jaw-dropping dunk against Cornell
Defensive Play of the Year — Anthony Perkins' and Shamarko Thomas' West Virginia sack.
Game of the Year — The Pinstripe Bowl
Unsung Hero — Women’s lacrosse's Lindsay Rogers
Grade Point Average Award — Volleyball
There were also awards given to player on the team "who, in the opinion of his or her teammates, best represents a major contributor to the team, provides effective leadership, exhibits good sportsmanship, demonstrates commitment to academics, understands the importance of community service and demonstrates school spirit."
Rick Jackson got it for SU Basketball, John Galloway took it home for SU Lacrosse and Antwon Bailey was, interestingly, the winner for the Football team.
One final note...
Did DOCTOR Gross get introduced as "The Grand Master of the Orange Kingdom"? Why yes, yes he did. Please commence referring to him as such at all times.