May 3, 2010

Seniors Honored at Awards Luncheon

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Lidia Sanza, Blake Hargest and Tom Grabiak received the highest honors Franklin & Marshall bestows on their athletes, the Karvasales and Garrigues awards. The Karvasales Senior Athlete Award is given to the female senior athlete(s) with cumulative outstanding athletic and academic achievements over a four-year period. The Garrigues Outstanding Senior Athlete Award is given to the male senior athlete(s) with cumulative outstanding athletic and academic achievements over a four-year period. Voting is conducted by all head coaches and administrators in the athletic department.

Lidia Sanza (Cockeysville, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) and Blake Hargest (Cockeysville, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) both received the Karvasales Award, making it the first time in the 34-year history of the award that two people shared the prize. Teammates since high school, the pair has played in three national championship games, winning two.

Sanza owned the nation's fifth best goals against average at 6.82 heading into the Centennial Conference (CC) championship game this past weekend. It dropped to 6.42 by the time her team collected its fourth consecutive Centennial title. The senior is making her second First Team appearance in as many years, stopping 52.7 of the shots fired at her. She is a two-time All-American and the 2009 Goalkeeper of the Year. In 2007 she was named the nations’ Rookie Goalkeeper of the Year.

This year, Hargest led the conference in points per game at 4.93 and assists per game at 2.20 per contest. She was eighth in the league in goals per game at 2.73. The senior amassed 45 goals and 33 assists for a team best 78 points. Her 29 draw controls were second on the F&M roster. Hargest, has scored on two-thirds of her shots in 2010.

She is the conference’s all-time leading point producer and one of two Division III Tewaaraton Award nominees. Hargest is the all-time points scorer (327) and tops in assists (155) in F&M’s history.

Tom Grabiak (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield Memorial) is the most dominant swimmer in F&M’s history. He was named the conference’s and team’s most valuable swimmer in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and was named to the CC first team all four years. Grabiak is a 12-time individual CC finalist and 24-time CC medalist (12 Individual, 12 Relay). He is unbeaten in CC championship competition in his last three seasons.

Grabiak has stamped his name all over F&M’s record book. He set 20 records in 2008 through 2009. Grabiak set and reset 11 marks in 2009-2010 and currently holds 20. He is a three-time All America Honorable Mention and three-time NCAA All-American.

Jake Gladstone (Chappaqua, NY/Horace Greeley) and Stolle Singleton (Franklin, Mass./The Rivers School) received the SAAC Sportsmanship Award. The Sportsmanship is bestowed upon a male and a female athlete who has demonstrated consistently good sportsmanship and ethical behavior in his/her daily participation in intercollegiate athletics.  He/she must also have demonstrated good citizenship outside the sports competition setting and be in good academic standing.

Tom DeMaio (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and Grace Gallagher (Scotts Valley, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) were honored with the John A. Fry Delphic Student-Athlete Award. The award is given to the male and female senior athletes who have completed their fall semester with the highest cumulative Grade Point Average.

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