Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 3 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Italian Garden.
Head coach Brendan Murphy presented the awards to his D'Youville men's soccer team.
Sophomore captain and all-conference defender Josh Hammer (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home) brought home the team's Most Valuable Player award after another strong season on the Spartan's back line. Hammer started and played every game this season, playing nearly every minute for D'Youville. Josh was the heart and soul of the team's defense, often being the one to break up big plays and lead the offense in transition. A contributor on offense, Hammer scored the lone goal in the team's 1-0 win over Pitt.-Greensburg. His overall play was recognized by fellow coaches in the conference as he was named an AMCC Third Team All-Conference selection for the second consecutive season.
The team had another young player contribute in a big way this season as freshman Marco Ciccarelli (Rochester, NY/Webster-Schroeder) earned the team's Most Improved Player award. Ciccarelli became a key player in the Spartan's midfield as the bridge between the offense and defense. The freshman started 13 of 17 games but led the team with two assists, was second on the team with two goals and was second with six points. His impact on the team grew as the season progressed and he started the final 10 games of the season, registering all six of his points in conference play. As the team grows into the future, Marco will be one of the players looked to in their quest for success.
Concluding his career at D'Youville, senior Pat Mann (Brighton, NY/Brighton) was presented the team's Spartan Award. Mann showcased his dedication to his team as he shifted from one of the team's best midfielders to an outside defender when asked to change roles. His leadership was evident as he was one of the team's captains, but he also showcased his consistency as he started all 17 of the team's games. Throughout his career, Pat was a huge part of the team as he finishes third in game winning goals, fifth in games started and tied for sixth in goals.
The Spartan Award represents a player who exemplifies teamwork, passion and a dedication to their team.
(Pictured left to right above: Coach Murphy, Ciccarelli, Mann, Hammer)