UMBC Athletics Honors Student-Athletes at 2018 Grittys

UMBC Athletics Honors Student-Athletes at 2018 Grittys

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BALTIMORE – UMBC Athletics honored its student-athletes at the 2017-18 Grittys, held at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve on May 7, 2018.

Senior Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster) of women's lacrosse and graduate student Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) of men's basketball were selected as the Dr. Charles R. Brown Outstanding Athletes for the 2017-18 year.

Four athletes were tabbed Outstanding Senior Athletes. Softball's Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va.) and basketball's Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y.) earned the award on the women's side. Soccer's Gregg Hauck (Linthicum, Md./North County) and swimming and diving's Nikola Trajkovic (Zrenjanin, Serbia) took home the award on the men's side.

Two juniors earned the Matt Skalsky Outstanding Scholar-Athlete award. Basketball's Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) received the men's award, while lacrosse's Lauren McDonald (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) earned the women's honor. Sherburne will graduate later this month with a degree in financial economics, while McDonald will earn her degree in environmental science.

Jamison finished her illustrious career for the Retrievers with her third consecutive America East All-Conference honor. The senior led the 2018 team with 65 points off 44 goals and 21 assists, pushing her into the top five into program history in each of the categories in career marks; she'll leave UMBC with 217 points (second) off 156 goals (third) and 61 assists (third). The midfielder also led the team with 46 ground balls, while also causing 26 turnovers.

Lyles capped off his time at UMBC with a momentous final season. He helped lead the Retrievers to their first NCAA tournament bid in 10 years with a last second three-pointer against Vermont in the America East title game, while also scoring 28 points in the team's history-making upset over No. 1 Virginia in the tournament. Lyles earned America East First Team honors after averaging 20.3 points per game this season, eclipsing the 1,600-point mark in just 81 career games.

Just named to the America East First Team prior to the league championships, Alexander is currently ranked in the top ten in program history with 209 hits, 139 runs, and 64 stolen bases, having only been caught stealing five times. She was tabbed to the America East First Team after her junior season where she ranked in the top five in the conference in stolen bases, base hits, and doubles. Alexander also earned All-Conference second team and All-Rookie team honors after she landed herself in the top 10 in the America East in batting average, on-base percentage, runs scored, hits, total bases, and stolen bases.

Castaldo earned America East All-Conference Third Team honors after her junior season, where she helped lead the Retrievers to their first postseason win over Fairfield in the WBI Tournament. This past year, Castaldo averaged a career-best 12.2 points a game and became the 20th Retriever to eclipse the 1,000-point mark. She leaves UMBC tied for second all-time in games played, fourth in minutes played, and sixth in three pointers made and free throw percentage. She also had the opportunity to attend the WBCA's "So You Want to Be a Coach" program in Columbus in March.

Hauck was an integral part of men's soccer's America East championship season in 2014, scoring the game-winning goal in the title game and earning Most Outstanding Player for the tournament. The defensive-minded midfielder earned America East All-Conference First and Second team honors during his tenure and has scored 11 career goals with 10 assists for 32 points. Of his 11 career goals, nine were either the game-tying or game winning score. This past season, Hauck tallied four goals, including the equalizer against No. 1 Maryland, and three assists, while helping the Retrievers return to the America East Tournament.

Trajkovic was named the CCSA Rookie of the Year in 2014-15 after he won a gold and two silver medals en route to helping the Retrievers win their first of three-straight CCSA titles. He won four individual titles at the ECAC Championships, including a silver in the 400 IM where he set a new school record. This year at the America East Championships, Trajkovic took home two gold medals and helped UMBC earn a gold in the 800 free relay, while being named the most outstanding senior athlete at the championships.

Sherburne has maintained a perfect 4.0 during his undergraduate career. The forward earned America East All-Academic and CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 First Team for two consecutive years. Sherburne also became the first UMBC and America East men's basketball player to earn Academic All-America® Division I Men's Basketball First Team honors. He became the 21st Retriever in program history to reach the 1,000-point on February 18.

Sherburne will compete as a graduate student in his final year of eligibility in 2018-19.

McDonald also earned America East All-Academic Team honors in two straight years, holding a 3.73 GPA in environmental science, while also earning spots on the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll. She was also the 2017-18 recipient of UMBC's Student Affairs Leadership Award. The attacker has amassed 113 career goals, breaking a 32-year-old program in 2017 with 62 in a season. She has also been named to the America East All-Conference second team twice in her career.

A number of special and team awards were presented during the evening. Here is the complete list:

Dr. Charles R. Brown Outstanding Athletes –Carolyn Jamison (F), Jairus Lyles (M)

Matt Skalsky Outstanding Scholar-Athletes – Lauren McDonald (F), Joe Sherburne (M)

Outstanding Female Seniors – Tori Alexander, Laura Castaldo

Outstanding Male Seniors – Gregg Hauck, Nikola Trajkovic

Leon Upshur Memorial Award – Dustin Roddy(Director, UMBC New Media Studio)

Grittys Award Winners:

Female Newcomer of the Year – Carmen Freeman (Memphis, Tenn.), volleyball

Male Newcomer of the Year – Daniel Akin (Eltham, England), men's basketball

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year – Valerie Hammett (Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon)

Record Breaking Performance of the Year – Stephen Schoch (Laurel, Md./Appalachian State)

Home Event of the Year – Men's Soccer vs. #1 Maryland

Event of the Year – Men's Basketball "Shocks the World" by defeating #1 Virginia in NCAA Tournament

Play of the Year – "The Shot" Jairus Lyles's last-second three-pointer to claim America East title vs. Vermont


2017-18 UMBC Award Winners

Men's Soccer

Most Valuable Athlete:           Gregg Hauck

Unsung Hero:                        Kyle Saunderson

Unsung Hero:                        Jon Bell

Women's Soccer

Most Valuable Athlete:          Leah Roth

Unsung Hero:                       Gabby Boehmer

Most Improved Athlete:         Meredith Webber


Most Valuable Athlete:           Kristin Watson

Most Improved Athlete:         Colleen Boarman                               

Unsung Hero:                        Krytsia Negron


Men's Cross Country

Most Valuable Athlete:           Urgy Eado      

Unsung Hero:                       Rhys Burgett

Unsung Hero:                        Nathan Nadal

Women's Cross Country

Most Valuable Athlete:          Briana Roberts

Unsung Hero   :                    Courtney Mattson                 

Most Improved Athlete:         Kaya Knake

Women's Basketball

Most Valuable Athlete:           Laura Castaldo           

Unsung Hero:                        Carly Harris

Most Valuable Athlete:           Brittani Burgess

Men's Basketball

Most Valuable Athlete:          Jairus Lyles                 

Unsung Hero:                       Jourdan Grant

Most Improved Athlete:         Daniel Akin

Women's Indoor Track

Most Valuable Athlete:           Funmi Daramola 

Most Improved Athlete:         Kaya Knake     

Unsung Hero:                        Tori Johnson                                        

Men's Indoor Track

Most Valuable Athlete:           Jamal Cody

Most Valuable Athlete:           Russell Bowman

Most Improved Athlete:         John Oputa                                                               

Men's Swimming & Diving

Most Valuable Athlete:           Ilia Rattsev

Unsung Hero:                        Nikola Trajkovic         

Most Valuable Athlete:           Alexander Gliese

Women's Swimming & Diving

Most Valuable Athlete:           Emily Vance

Most Valuable Athlete:           Hania Moro

Unsung Hero:                        Laura Massicotte                   


Unsung Hero:                          Mallory Pollock          

Unsung Hero:                          Shayna Rider  

Unsung Hero:                          Jenna Stupey                                                              

Men's Lacrosse

Most Valuable Athlete:           Jason Brewster          

Most Improved Athlete:         Danny Isaac   

Unsung Hero:                        John Tornabene         

Women's Lacrosse

Most Valuable Athlete:           Carolyn Jamison                                 

Unsung Hero:                        Caitlin Miller

Most Improved Athlete:         Rachel Walchuck 

Women's Outdoor Track & Field

Most Valuable Athlete:           Kaya Knake

Most Valuable Athlete:           Kelechi Nwanaga

Unsung Hero:                        Erin Patrice                                        

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Most Valuable Athlete:           Jamal Cody                

Most Valuable Athlete:           Brian Nelson  

Most Valuable Athlete:         Tony White

Baseball awards have not been announced at this time.