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 coaches Brendan Murphy and Earl Schunk presented the Co-Male Athlete of the Year awards to their players Josh Hammer (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home) and Jeremy VanDuLuitgaarden (Verona, NY/Vernon-Verona-Sherrill).
Hammer closes out his tenure as a Spartan with Co-Male Athlete of the Year honors after a remarkable season and career. Josh has started every game of his career and has been an incredible presence for the men for each of his four seasons. This season he tied for second on the team in goals and tied for third in points as the team's starting center back and was the heart of the team's defense.
His leadership and tools such as size, speed, strength, agility, soccer IQ, footskill, vision, and jumping are all what make him one of the best players in the conference and one of it not the best to ever play for D'Youville. Josh is a three-time AMCC Third Team All-Conference selection and this year was named an AMCC Second Team All-Conference selection. He served as the team captain as a sophomore, junior, and senior - the only player to ever do so as well as make an all-conference team as a freshman or all four seasons. In addition, Hammer has been named the team's Most Valuable Player for three consecutive years, including this season.
VanDuLuitgaarden caps off his record-setting career as a Spartan with the honor of Co-Male Athlete of the Year honors. From beginning to end, Jeremy was one of if not the best player in the AMCC this past season. The senior led the conference in scoring (18.5 PPG) and rebounding (10.6 RPG), numbers that increased during conference play. He led the Spartans in scoring, rebounding, FG%, blocks, and was second in steals, assists, and minutes.
By season's end, Jeremy set the program record for points and rebounds, ranking fourth in blocks, fifth in steals, and sixth in assists as well. In 23 of 25 games in 2018-19, VanDuLuitgaarden scored in double-figures and tallied 11 double-doubles in 26 games. Not only does Jeremy conclude his career with Co-Male Athlete of the Year honors, but he was also named his team's Most Valuable Player and an AMCC First Team All-Conference selection.
(Pictured from left to right: VanDuLuitgaarden, Hammer)