WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America Athletics Department sent its senior class off in style this past Thursday at the annual Senior Student-Athlete Celebration. All 118 seniors were recognized before Catholic's six major awards were presented.
Women's basketball All-American Michelle DeSantis was selected as the Donley Cup Award Winner, the highest female honor. Men's Swimmer and Scholar All-American Guido Saccaggi received the highest male honor, the Harris Cup.
Program and conference points leader Lindsay Aleman (women's Soccer) along with All-American Tim Keith (men's lacrosse) earned Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete accolades in addition to Allie Bond (women's lacrosse) and Mark Solace (men's swimming) being recognized with the Jone Dowd Role Model Award.
The Donley and Harris Cups are presented annually to a female and male student-athletes regarded as outstanding leaders, athletes, and scholars who made a considerable contribution to the campus and community.
DeSantis graduates as the most decorated player in program history. She is the Landmark Conference Player of the Year, a WBCA All-American, a D3Hoops All-American and member of the Landmark Conference All-Decade Team. She led Catholic to the most successful four-year period in program history.
A four-year starter, she accumulated an 81-35 record and won an ECAC Championship and two Landmark Conference Championships. She graduates having amassed 1414 points, 414 Assists, 219 steals, a three-point shooting percentage of 42% and a field goal percentage of 49%. She is the only player in the history of the program to amass such statistics.
He also excelled in a challenging major in mechanical engineering, was a team captain. Over his four seasons in the pool, he was a 16-time All-Conference selection and helped Catholic to its first-ever Landmark Championships. Additionally, he was a three-time Scholar All-American.
The Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete Award is presented to the male and female athlete who have made significant contributions to their respective teams. Among them are Catholic record holders, NCAA Championship Tournament participants, and major conference award winners. Each has played a significant role in their team's success over the past four years.
Aleman's name is at the top of the Catholic and Landmark Conference goal record books as a three-time All-Conference Selection. She was the Landmark Offensive Player of the Year as a junior after helping the Cards to its second-straight league title and NCAA Appearance. Additionally, she was selected to the Landmark All-Decade Team.
Catholic earned its first two NCAA Tournament victories in her time with the program and enter a top-25 national ranking.
Keith was a force as a nationally recognized attackman and Honors Society honoree as a Biomedical Engineer. He was the only returning Catholic student-athlete selected as an All-American and Scholar All-American simultaneously as a junior with a 3.782 GPA.
He has helped the Cardinals win back-to-back Landmark Conference Championships as a sophomore and junior and led Catholic to its best regular season in program history in 2017 as the Cards received votes in the National Top-20 Coaches poll for the first time ever and did so for eight-straight weeks.
The Jone Dowd Student-Athlete Role Model Award is given annually to a male and female student-athlete who exudes graciousness in victory, humility in defeat and rallies their peers to consistently compete at a high level in athletics and beyond.
Though she rarely played as a freshman, Bond gave selflessly of herself, switched positions, and went on to make a huge impact for the Cardinals in the NCAA Tournament as a sophomore. She has gone on to solidify herself as one of the best draw specialists in the country. Off the field, it is even more apparent as she was accepted to the Honor's Program as a freshman. Bond was named to numerous honor societies, presented throughout the country with here psychology research, while also being a leader in the community and working extensively with Campus Ministry's Brookland Outreach. She also received the Martha Comiskey Leadership Award Tuesday, April 27, 2017.
In addition to being a school record holder, a three-time Landmark Conference Champion and helping the Cardinals to their first-ever league title, Solace stands out even more out of the pool. A member of numerous academic honor societies, he boasts the highest GPA of all student-athletes at Catholic. Last year he was recognized by Catholic University with the Roy Bode Award for Academics and Leadership. Additionally, he is highly involved in community service as she works with Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, Campus Ministry and several service projects around the Brookland Community.
The closing remarks and toast were made by women's lacrosse senior Laura Dunn.
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