Philadelphia, Pa. - The University of the Sciences Athletic Department passed out seven year-end awards, including male and female Rookies of the Year, Athletes of the Year, men's and women's team Coaches of the Year, along with Team of the Year.
Male Rookie of the Year: Kris Morgenweck of the Devils baseball team earned Rookie of the Year honors, making 11 appearances on the bump in his first season in the maroon and white. Morgenweck garnered a 5-3 record in eight starts with a 2.56 ERA in 56.1 innings pitched with 42 strikeouts.
Female Rookie/Athlete of the Year: Freshman Karla Miletic collected both of these major individual awards and the first ever in USciences women's tennis history, earning CACC Player and Rookie of the Year accolades. She concluded her inaugural season with the Devils with a 15-1 record on the first singles court during the championship season on her way to setting the single-season wins record. In the process of posting an outstanding singles record, Miletic was not alone on her record chase, as she posted an 8-5 doubles record with an array of partners such as Elkanah Linder and Abbygail Gamarnik and fellow first-year player Julia James.
Male Athlete of the Year: After bouncing back from an early knee injury, earning CACC Defensive Player of the Year, Flo Da-Silva finished with 54 steals after missing eight games early in the season. The Moorestown, N.J. product started 18 of 20 games for the Devils, pulling down 98 rebounds with 55 coming on the defensive end of the floor, serving up a season-high 97 assists and posting 205 points.
Men's Team Coach of the Year: Coach Pauley and the men's basketball team rebounded from a 2-11 start to the season, winning 7 of their last 10 games. Going 13-15 overall with an 11-8 conference recorded, the Devils shot 45 percent from the field, averaging 36.9 rebounds per game with 15.7 assists per contest. After graduating one of the winningest classes in program history the year before, and with just three seniors this year Coach Pauley was able to earn yet another CACC playoff birth, before falling in the first round in a hard-fought battle to eventual champions Bloomfield. As Flo Da-Silva would go on to earn CACC Defensive Player of the Year Award, and Will Gregorits and Jon McGill would take All-CACC honors.
Women's Team Coach of the Year/ Team of the Year: After starting the season off on a six-game winning streak, and later following that up with two separate 10-game winnings streaks. Coach Jackie Hartzell and the University of the Sciences women's basketball team earn the award for Women's Team Coach of the Year, along with Team of the Year. After the Devils compiled a 27-6 record overall with a 16-3 mark in CACC play, including a CACC regular season and conference tournament championship. The Devils made their way to the NCAA DII tournament for the first time in 10 years, taking down national power Bentley University in the opening round, 73-66. Coach Hartzell's squad averaged 62.3 points per game finishing the season as the number one defensive team in the nation. Shooting just over 40 percent from the field, the Devils pulled down an average of 34 rebounds a game with just over 13.1 assists per game. The team effort did not keep the individual awards from presenting themselves to the Devils, as Alex Thomas and Sarah Abbonizio earned All-CACC honors.
Devils athletics will be back in action in the fall when volleyball, golf, cross country, and men's and women's tennis return to campus.