May 25 2016
The Elmira College Department of Athletics recognized the incredible achievements made by its student-athletes and staff members during the 2015-16 academic year during the 46th Annual Athletics Award Banquet, held in Campus Center Dining Hall on Monday evening. Members from Elmira's 21 varsity teams, as well as the Sports Medicine Department, received end-of-year awards throughout the night, which culminated with the announcement of Erik Griffin'16, of the men's volleyball team, and Moorea Spoljaric '16, of the women's lacrosse program, as the 2015-16 EC Athletes of the Year.
Both Griffin and Spoljaric wrapped up their respective collegiate careers in emphatic style. Each shattered a multitude of program records over the course of the season and graduate as two of the most decorated student-athletes in EC history.
Griffin was an attacking machine for the Soaring Eagles, leading the program to its third consecutive 20-win season. The senior outside hitter was named an AVCA First Team All-American, becoming the first student-athlete in program history to be named a multi-year All-American after securing Second Team honors in 2015. He additionally earned First Team All-ECAC and United Volleyball Conference (UVC) All-Conference Second Team accolades at the conclusion of his stellar season.
A threat whenever he set foot on the court, the Victor, NY, product marked double-digit kills in 23 of his 25 matches played this season, which brought his career total to a program-best 85 such matches over his four-year career. Although he missed a chunk of the season due to illness, he still paced the UVC with 405 kills and finished second amongst all NCAA Division III hitters with a 4.26 kills per set average. He ended his career with 19 consecutive matches with 10-plus kills, while he finished the year with six double-double matches with 10-plus kills and 10-plus digs. He was named AVCA National Player of the Week and ECAC North Player of the Week during the course of the season.
Griffin finishes his career as the program's all-time leader with 1,539 kills and a 3.71 kills per set average. He also ranks fourth on the program's all-time list in service aces (106), digs (669), and blocks (212).
Spoljaric was equally impressive this past spring, dominating play all over the field for the women's lacrosse team. She posted one of the most prolific offensive seasons in program history, earning Empire 8 All-Conference First Team honors at the conclusion of the year.
Spoljaric set new single-season program records for points (78) and goals (66) in 2016. She was a constant presence in the attacking end, scoring at least one goal in all 15 contests during the regular season. That run stretched her streak to 32 consecutive contests with at least one goal to end her career. Her prodigious numbers were not limited to the attacking zone, as she finished with 42 caused turnovers and 75 draw controls, which ranked second and fourth, respectively, on the program's single-season all-time list. All of her skills were on display in an amazing effort in a victory against Wells College early in the season, when she shattered single-game program records for points (11), goals (11), and caused turnovers (11).
The Saugerties, NY, native finishes her career as the program's all-time leader for points (218) and goals (184). She also graduates ranking third in career caused turnovers (81), fourth in draw controls (150), sixth in assists (34), and seventh in ground balls (151).
|Scholar-Athlete of the Year||James Fritsche '18 – Men's Cross Country|
|Marisa Bernardi '18 - Softball|
|Team Academic Award||Women's Cross Country|
|Paul Brand Athletics Staff Award||Randie Torgalski – Men's Basketball|
|Lowman Award||Kyle Tomkalski '16 – Men's Golf; Men's Ice Hockey|
|Wayne Moschetti Memorial Award||Zac Park '17 – Men's Cross Country|
|Margaret Locke Citizenship Award||Lilly Burtner '17 – Cheerleading – Competition Team|
|Dean William S. Neal – SAAB Sportsmanship Award||Women's Tennis|
|Elmira College Male Athlete of the Year||Erik Griffin '16 – Men's Volleyball|
|Elmira College Female Athlete of the Year||Moorea Spoljaric '16 – Women's Lacrosse|
|Best Team Moment||Brian Depp's Overtime Penalty Shot Goal vs. Utica|
|Best Upset||Women's Ice Hockey's 3-1 win over #2 Adrian in NCAA Quarterfinals|
|Best Come-From-Behind Victory||Justin Henderson three-quarter court shot vs. Endicott|
|Resiliency Award||Men's Soccer qualifying for E8 Tournament after one-win season in 2015 and 0-3 start to 2016|
|Baseball||Dylan Bellinger '17|
|Cheerleading – Competition||Sami Wyatt '16|
|Cheerleading – Game Team||Rachael Greig '19|
|Field Hockey||Alli Gilbert '16|
|Men's Basketball||Gino Leonardi '16|
|Men's Cross Country||Cody Stinson '16|
|Men's Golf||Jarryd ten Vaanholt '16|
|Men's Ice Hockey||Brian Depp '16|
|Men's Lacrosse||Cameron Prior '17|
|Men's Soccer||Rodney Smith '19|
|Men's Tennis||Austin Mansell '16|
|Men's Volleyball||Erik Griffin '16|
|Softball||Katie Day '16|
|Sports Medicine||Meagan Fullen '17|
|Women's Basketball||Meghan Loya '16|
|Women's Cross Country||Hannah Lundgren '18|
|Women's Golf||Audrey Clarke '18|
|Women's Ice Hockey||McKenna Farole '16|
|Women's Lacrosse||Moorea Spoljaric '16|
|Women's Soccer||Kimi Girmus '16|
|Women's Tennis||Ayaka Yoshino '16|
|Women's Volleyball||Ashley Heiman '16|