By Anthony Covino
2020 FDYS Held Virtually Due to COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FDU Athletics held the annual FDYS on Wednesday, May 6, an academic and athletic celebration for all the athletes’ accomplishments. This was the third year FDU athletics held this event.
Kenny O’Boyle, WFDU general manager and FDU basketball public address announcer, was the host of this year’s event and gave an introductory speech to the viewers about the importance of staying safe and healthy and saying that we will all be back together sooner than later.
Here are the winners of the 2020 FDY’s
Best Comeback Performance: Men’s Soccer 4-3 OT Victory vs, St. Francis Brooklyn (10/26/19)
Worst Action Shot: Kylia Smith (Women’s Track and Field)
Team GPA Awards: Men’s Soccer (3.19), Women’s Soccer (3.67), Men’s Tennis (3.63), and Women’s Tennis (3.81)
Fall Team Knight Awards: Stasi Torchia (Women’s Soccer), Ideal Shefqeti (Men’s Soccer), Sophia Spiridonakos (Volleyball), Christopher Graham (Men’s Cross Country), Jazmyn Lewis (Women’s Cross Country)
Fall Team MVP Awards: Amanda Fitzgerald (Women’s Soccer), Diego Arribas (Men’s Soccer), Magdalena Maksimovic (Volleyball), Shevan Parks (Men’s Cross Country), Jade Searles (Women’s Cross Country)
SAAC Faculty Award: Jocelyn Zaneski (Academic and Student-Athlete Support Services)
Male Iron Knight Award: George Rosales (Baseball)
Female Iron Knight Award: Viktorija Miseljic (Women’s Soccer)
Team Iron Knight Award: Women’s Soccer
Winter Team Knight Awards: Kaleb Bishop (Men’s Basketball), Courtney Blankenship (Women’s Basketball), Amanda Ciley (Fencing), Samantha Hart (Bowling), Ashleigh Convery (Women’s Track and Field), Zubayr Ismail (Men’s Track and Field), Jordyn Dean (Cheerleading)
Winter Team MVP Awards: Jahlil Jenkins (Men’s Basketball), Lauren Francillon (Women’s Basketball), Natalia Toby (Fencing), Amanda Chrzanowski (Bowling), Madeline Price (Women’s Track and Field), Sandley Elysee (Men’s Track and Field), Maame Mensah (Cheerleading)
Fan of the Year: Billy Abbate
Best Play of the Year: Amanda Fitzgerald Penalty Kick Save Against Bryant in NEC Semifinals (11/8/19)
Knights Connection Competition Winner: Women’s Basketball, “Date Night”
Panicucci Award: Christopher Graham (Men’s Track and Field)
Braun Leadership Awards: Amanda Fitzgerald (Women’s Soccer), Florian Schroedl (Men’s Golf)
Spring Team Knight Awards: Maciej Autuch (Men’s Tennis), Isabelle Ismanescu (Women’s Tennis), James Donlon (Baseball), Madison Emerson (Softball), Florian Schroedl (Men’s Golf), Nicola Smith (Women’s Golf)
Spring Team MVP Awards: Teodors Pukse (Men’s Tennis), Alena Kubanova (Women’s Tennis)
Mary Kay Stratis Award: Samantha Hart (Women’s Bowling)
Robert Metz Award: Wojciech Piwowarczyk (Men’s Soccer)
Harriet McCormick Female Athlete of the Year: Madeline Price (Women’s Track and Field)
Walter Marusyn Male Athlete of the Year: Diego Arribas (Men’s Soccer)
FDU Volleyball Adds Two Players for Upcoming 2020 Season
New volleyball head coach Kevin Rodgers announced two new signings for the upcoming 2020 season.
Madisyn Beirne and Tessa Fink will suit up for the Knights in 2020.
Beirne, a 5’11 outside hitter, hails from Honolulu, Hawaii where she played for Punahou High School. She will be joining the Knights after one season playing at New Mexico State University.
“Madisyn will have a positive impact on the team as soon as she gets on campus,” Rodgers said.
Fink, a 6’4 middle blocker, joins the Knights after one season at New Mexico State as well. She attended Mercer Island High School in Washington State.
“Tessa is going to bring us height, athleticism, and experience,” Rodgers said.
The Knights will be losing seniors Abigail Strebig and Emma Liller.
The Knights are coming off a 4-26 overall record with a 3-13 record in the Northeast Conference.