Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 1 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Hospitality.
Head coach Earl Schunk presented the award for the D'Youville Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year to Will VanAuken (Caledonia, NY/Caledonia-Mumford) with head coach Ona Halladay presented the award for the D'Youville Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year to Therese Losardo (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster).
For the third consecutive year, VanAuken was named the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. VanAuken, a senior forward on the men's basketball team, posted a 3.934 cumulative GPA as an Exercise and Sport Studies/Doctorate in Physical Therapy major to earn the award.
Throughout his four years at D'Youville, Will has been an AMCC Academic All-Conference member and a Peak Performer with a 3.5 GPA or higher every year. VanAuken has also been part of a team that was named a National Association of Basketball Coaches Academic Excellence Team three times and the men's basketball team has also been named the AMCC Team Peak Performer in men's basketball for having the highest cumulative GPA amongst all AMCC men's basketball teams.
As a player, VanAuken finishes his career as a Spartan third all-time in program history in rebounding, fifth in blocks, and seventh in assists. Will rarely was taken off the court due to his ability to play and guard multiple positions. He started 89 of 100 games throughout his career and led the conference in minutes played as a senior.
Losardo earned the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for her outstanding work in the classroom. Therese is a junior outfielder on the softball team and a Psychology major. She has 3.987 cumulative GPA through her three years at D'Youville.
Throughout her three full years as a Spartan, Therese has been an AMCC Academic All-Conference selection and a Peak Performer all three years with a 3.5 GPA or higher. This spring, Losardo won an award of distinction for her efforts as a student-worker in the mental health center.
As a player, Therese played in 20 games this past season and was an important part of a team that made the playoffs for the second consecutive season. During her freshman and sophomore seasons, Losardo played a combined 48 games with 22 runs scored and 21 hits.
(Pictured from left to right: Losardo, VanAuken)