Retriever Student-Athletes Honored at Varsity Awards Ceremony

BALTIMORE—Men’s basketball star Darryl Proctor and softball standout Amanda Fefel were named UMBC Athletics’ Athletes of the Year at the annual awards ceremony held at the RetrieverActivities Center on Monday.


The 2008-09 Outstanding Senior Athletes went to Jeremy Blevins of men’s lacrosse, Jay Greene of men’s basketball and Kara Dorr of women’s lacrosse. Cornelia Carapcea of women’s tennis, Cliff Bridges of men’s track and field and Milos Djukic of men’s swimming and diving earned the Matt Skalsky Outstanding Scholar Athlete awards.


Proctor, a senior from Fort Washington, Md., was both an America East All-Conference First Team and America East Tournament team selection this year after scoring 639 points, the most in a single season in UMBC history. He finished the year 26th in the nation with 20 points per game. He scored over 1,100 points in his two seasons at UMBC and scored in double figures in each of the last 40 games in his career.


Fefel, a junior from Catonsville, Md., became the first junior to win the award since 2006. She led the softball team to its fourth consecutive berth in the America East Championships, batting .387 with 60 hits, 10 doubles, 10 home runs and a conference-best 44 RBI. She also pitched to an 11-4 record with a 3.25 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 99 innings of work. Earlier this season, the team co-captain became the fourth Retriever ever to hit 30 career home runs, and she is currently tied for second on UMBC’s all-time list. A two-time America East All-Conference First Team honoree.


Blevins, a senior from Cockeysville, Md., was recently named the 2009 America East Player of the Year. He was also a two-time Tewaaraton Trophy finalist for National Player of the Year and is fifth in NCAA Division I history with 44 victories. Blevins is a two-time First-Team All-Conference honoree and a 2009 team captain who has participated in four NCAA Tournaments.


Greene, a senior from Whitehall, Pa., played the most basketball games, 122, and most minutes, 4,192, in Retriever basketball history. The two-time captain dished out 683 assists, the most in school history and the third-most ever in America East Conference history. He scored 1,186 career points and was the Reggie Lewis Most Outstanding Player in the 2008 America East Tournament, leading the Retrievers to their first NCAA bid.


Dorr, a senior from Bel Air, Md., posted career highs this season with 40 goals, 10 assists, 50 points, 34 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers and earned America East All-Conference Second Team honors. The midfielder’s final goal of the season was the 100th of her career, making her the 16th Retriever ever to reach the century mark. She finished with 123 points, 99 ground balls and 124 draw controls, and was named to the America East All-Rookie Team as a freshman in 2006. The two-time team co-captain was a unanimous selection for the 2009 America East All-Academic Team.


Juniors JoAnne Jackson (women’s soccer) and Andrew Madison (cross country/track and field) earned the Retriever Club Scholarship Award to be used for their senior seasons. Jackson, a midfielder from Portland, Ore., started all 19 games and dished out two assists on the season, but has pushed through a chronic injury and has worked hard for everything in her college career, always putting her team first. Madison, a native of Edgewater, Md., finished fifth in the 5,000-meter run at the America East Indoor Championships and fifth in the 10,000-meter run at the Outdoor Championships after placing 14th in the Cross Country Championships in the fall.


Below is the list of UMBC’s most valuable athletes, most improved athletes and unsung heroes for each sport, chosen by that team’s coaches:


Men’s Soccer

Most Valuable Athlete: Andrew Bulls    

Most Improved Athlete: Dustin Dzwonkowski

Unsung Hero Award: Dan Bulls           


Women’s Soccer

Most Valuable Athlete: Morgan Warrington

Most Improved Athlete: Brooke Piper                      

Unsung Hero: Christine Sadowski



Most Valuable Athlete: Ashley Oscars

Most Improved Athlete: Iman Kennedy

Unsung Hero: Sarah Ball


Men’s Cross Country

Most Valuable Athlete: Anthony Kelhower

Most Improved Athlete: Michael Christmas

Unsung Hero: Andrew Madison


Women’s Cross Country

Most Valuable Athlete: Sara Parkinson     

Most Improved Athlete: Suzanne Gabriel

Unsung Hero: Keri Wilson


Women’s Basketball

Most Valuable Athlete: Carlee Cassidy

Most Improved Athlete: Chrissy Robinson

Unsung Hero: Michele Brokans 


Men’s Basketball

Most Valuable Athlete: Jay Greene

Most Valuable Athlete: Darryl Proctor

Most Improved Athlete: Chauncey Gilliam


Men’s Swimming and Diving

Most Valuable Athlete: Justin Bronson

Most Improved Athlete: Brad Reitz       

Unsung Hero: Evan Roseberry


Women’s Swimming and Diving

Most Valuable Athlete: Sam Maccherola

Most Improved Athlete: Lindsay Sherman

Unsung Hero: Christina Ng


Men’s Indoor Track and Field

Most Valuable Athlete: Dominic Devaud

Most Valuable Athlete: Victor Gilreath

Most Improved Athlete: Jason Powell


Women’s Indoor Track and Field

Most Valuable Athlete: Sara Parkinson

Most Improved Athlete: Britney Foreman

Unsung Hero: Emily Saltsman       


Men’s Tennis

Most Valuable Athlete: Nick Savage-Pollock

Most Valuable Athlete: Fredi Voorman

Most Improved Athlete: Logan Bricker


Women’s Tennis

Most Valuable Athlete: Cornelia Carapcea  

Most Improved Athlete: Carmen Jackman

Unsung Hero: Joy Adewumi


Men’s Lacrosse

Most Valuable Athlete: Jeremy Blevins

Most Valuable Athlete: Alex Hopmann

Unsung Hero: Steve Settembrino


Women’s Lacrosse

Most Valuable Athlete: Kara Dorr

Most Valuable Athlete: Kate Quick

Unsung Hero: Sarah Willis


Men’s Outdoor Track and Field

Most Valuable Athlete: Adrian Arthur

Most Valuable Athlete: Antonio Thomas

Most Valuable Athlete: Victor Gilreath


Women’s Outdoor Track and Field

Most Valuable Athlete: Britney Foreman

Most Valuable Athlete: Chrissy Robinson

Most Improved Athlete: Kierra Gregory



Most Valuable Athlete: Tom Meaney

Most Valuable Athlete: Shawn Retz

Unsung Hero: Dave Warrenfeltz



Most Valuable Athlete: Lauren Brummell

Most Valuable Athlete: Amanda Fefel

Most Valuable Athlete: Stephanie Weigman