2017-18 Wells Express Awards and Senior Recognition

2017-18 Wells Express Awards and Senior Recognition

The Wells College Intercollegiate Athletic Department honored its varsity teams and presented individual awards at the 2017-18 Wells College Athletics Award Ceremony and Senior Recognition. The event took place Monday, April 30 at Phipps Auditorium on campus.

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Lindberg and Wells College President Jonathan Gibralter made remarks on the season and highlighted achievements of teams and individual athletes.

Varsity teams were recognized by their coaches and presented team awards for Most Valuable, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved or Outstanding Defensive Player, and the Lesley Wead Zabriskie Express Award. The Express Award honors a student-athlete who embodies the true ideals of team commitment including leadership, discipline, dedication, and sportsmanship. Graduating team members were presented with a senior gift – a blanket embroidered with their names and the Wells Express logo.

The ceremony and recognition concluded with the presentation of five significant individual awards:

Kathryn S. Maloney Senior Scholar Athletes

The Kathryn S. Maloney Senior Scholar-Athletes are recognized for exemplifying academic excellence. Recipients must have participated on a varsity team for at least three years.

The Female Senior Scholar-Athlete is Nicole Sales, who has earned a 4.064 four-year cumulative grade-point average. She is a four-year member of the field hockey team and participated in women's lacrosse during her Wells College career. Nicole is a health sciences major with a concentration in pre-medicine.

The Male Senior Scholar-Athlete is men's volleyball senior Scott Litvin. He has earned a 3.906 cumulative grade-point average over the last four years. He is majoring in business with a minor in economics.

Female Athlete of the Year

Candidates for this award were submitted, considered, and voted on by the athletics department staff. This year's recipient is women's volleyball senior Anuhea Leite-Ah Yo. Anuhea was a record-setting performer in her sport, and earned First Team All-NEAC Recognition. She was a team captain and twice earned NEAC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Her stellar senior season concluded a four-year career that saw her earn all-conference honors every year. She was the NEAC Rookie of the Year in 2014 and the NEAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2015, and holds the program record for digs. She helped the team qualify for the conference playoffs all four years.

Male Athlete of the Year

Candidates for this award were submitted, considered, and voted on by the athletics department staff. This year's recipient is men's volleyball senior Brannon Perdicho. He helped his team to the best season in program history in 2018. He was a three-time NEAC player of the week in his sport, and earned All-NEAC First Team recognition. During his senior year he reached the 1,000 career kills milestone, and is the program's all-time leader in that category. Over his career, he earned All-NEAC honors four times. He helped the team reach the NEAC championship game each of the last two years.

Wilson-Poole Award

The John D. Wilson-Ralph H. Poole Jr. Award is annually presented to a member of the senior class who, in the spirit of liberal arts education, has made a distinguished contribution during their careers to the athletics program and betterment of the campus community at Wells College. This year's recipient is Scott Litvin. He has served the student-athletes of Wells College as an officer of SAAC and representative to the Athletic Advisory Committee (AAC). He has been a Resident Advisor for two years, a teaching assistant, and team captain for men's volleyball.

Photo caption: Pictured from left to right, Director of Athletics Michael Lindberg, Male Athlete of the Year Brannon Perdicho, Female Athlete of the Year Anuhea Leite-Ah Yo, Female Scholar-Athlete Nicole Sales, Male Scholar-Athlete and Wilson-Poole Award recipient Scott Litvin, and Provost Dr. Cindy Speaker.



The following team awards were selected on by coaches with input from team voting.


Men's Cross Country: Head Coach Dr. Jack Daniels

Most Valuable Runner: Adam M. Sleezer

Rookie of the Year: Eli Stone

Express Award: Tanner Mingen

Most Improved Runner: Bradlee Sherman


Women's Cross Country: Head Coach Dr. Jack Daniels

Most Valuable Runner: Nana Ogata

Rookie of the Year: Miranda Mingen

Express Award: Amanda Fastiggi

Most Improved Runner: Kaylen Furr


Field Hockey: Presented by assistant coach Elizabeth Rollo

Most Valuable Player: Abby Gilson

Rookie of the Year: Allison Solomon

Express Award: Nicole Sales

Most Improved Player: Caitlin Lawrence


Men's Soccer: Head Coach Jim Clementi

Most Valuable Player: Junger Vargas

Rookie of the Year: Kevin Schrank

Express Award: Benjamen Schanbacher

Most Improved Player: David Calvache


Women's Soccer: Head Coach Mara Primmer

Most Valuable Player: Mackenzie Maloney

Rookie of the Year: Nozomu Ishida

Express Award: Elizabeth Lockley

Most Improved Player: Sammie Jones


Women's Volleyball: Head Coach Mark Lucas

Most Valuable Player: Anuhea Leite-Ah Yo

Rookie of the Year: Rachel Anderson

Express Award: Eliza Schwab

Most Improved Player: Amanda Springer


Men's Basketball: Head Coach Joe Wojtylko

Most Valuable Player: Zach D'Arpino

Rookie of the Year: Jalen Tribble

Express Award: Zach D'Arpino

Outstanding Defensive Player: David Dames


Women's Basketball: Head Coach Tara Ruckh

Most Valuable Player: Carley Ryan

Rookie of the Year: Jordan Jacobs

Express Award: Yanna Ososkalo

Most Improved Player: Kamarie Maturine



Men's Swimming: Head Coach Trish George

Most Valuable Swimmer: Ian Ronan

Rookie of the Year: Aaron Connolly

Express Award: Owen May

Most Improved Swimmer: Richard Ford


Women's Swimming: Head Coach Trish George

Most Valuable Swimmer: Kaitlyn Schwend

Rookie of the Year: Caitlin Lawrence

Express Award: Courtney Cloutier

Most Improved Swimmer: Amy Storti


Men's Volleyball: Head Coach Mark Lucas

Most Valuable Player: Brannon Perdicho

Rookie of the Year: Robert Patzer

Express Award: Scott Litvin

Most Improved Player: Josh Undari


Baseball: Head Coach David Valesente

Most Valuable Player: Dylan Nolan

Rookie of the Year: Derek Shea

Express Award: Justin Forster

Most Improved Player: Tanner Dunkel


Men's Lacrosse: Head Coach Andrew Daly

Most Valuable Player: Aaron Heisey

Rookie of the Year: Carson Combs

Express Award: Tanner Mingen

Outstanding Defensive Player: Cash Lawson


Women's Lacrosse: Head Coach Meg Milliman

Most Valuable Player: Anna Bozeat

Rookie of the Year: Samantha Giovannini

Express Award: Quinn Doubet

Most Improved Player: Molly Doubet


Softball: Head Coach Erin Wolstenholme

Most Valuable Player: Naomi Kubo

Rookie of the Year: Jenna Devora

Express Award: Lizzie Monnat

Most Improved Player: Ellie Schwoebel