BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College Athletics Department held its 36th Annual Senior Awards Banquet on Friday night to honor 77 student-athletes in the Class of 2017. A Night of Champions was highlighted by the selections of Delaney Carroll (Acton, Mass.) of women's lacrosse and women's basketball's Giovanna Pickering (Hull, Mass.) as Female Co-Athletes of the Class, and Joey Flannery (Acton, Mass.) of men's basketball as the Male Athlete of the Class.
Joe McWeeney (Lexington, Mass.) of the men's soccer team received the Conlon Award, which is presented in honor of both Michael Conlon '96 and Michelle Conlon '94, while field hockey's Victoria Spofford (Merrimac, Mass.) was honored with the Wilson Award. Men's ice hockey student-athlete Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) and Kelsi McDougle (Hopedale, Mass.) of the field hockey team were recognized as the Dr. Norm Govoni Scholar-Athletes of the Class.
In addition to the senior awards, Associate Dean and Director of Academic Services Rob Major was presented with the prestigious Paul C. Staake Award for outstanding contributions to Babson Athletics. A pair of first-year athletes also were recognized as Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) of women's volleyball received the Lori Vengrow Award, while Matthew MacCune (Braintree, Mass.) of men's lacrosse was honored as the winner of the Colin "Chip" Brown Award.
A three-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-conference performer and 2017 D3hoops.com All-America selection, Pickering leaves Babson as one of the top women's basketball players in program history. She averaged 18.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists to lead the Green and White to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 this past winter, and ranks first in school history in assists (376), fourth in steals (245) and seventh in scoring with 1,538 career points.
Carroll, who was tabbed as the NEWMAC Player of the Year last spring, is one of the top defensive players in women's lacrosse program history. A 2016 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) all-region and All-America selection, she enters this weekend's conference tournament ranked fifth in school history with 141 ground balls and sixth with 90 caused turnovers in 66 career games.
The two-time National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III Player of the Year, Flannery cemented his legacy as the greatest player in program history after leading the Beavers to a national championship this winter. A four-time conference player of the year and three-time All-America first-team selection, he is eighth in Division III history with 2,620 points, and ranks seventh in Babson history in rebounds (779) and assists (296). Flannery averaged 22.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 119 career games and helped the Green and White reach the Final Four in two of the last three seasons.
A four-year member of the men's soccer team, McWeeney received the Conon Award for his excellence in the areas of leadership, integrity, loyalty, academic success and care for others. Lauded for his selflessness and team-first attitude, McWeeney shares a special bond with the program's Team Impact teammate, Will McHugh, and his parents Bill and Donna.
An all-conference and all-region honoree, Spofford was presented with the Wilson Award for her success on the field, in the classroom, and for her service and leadership impact on the Babson community. A four-time NFHCA National Academic team honoree, Spofford also served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) president as a senior.
The Dr. Norm Govoni Scholar-Athlete of the Class awards went to a pair of athletes that distinghuished themselves both in competition and in the classroom over the last four years. A two-time all-conference forward with a 3.83 cumulative grade-point average, Phillips totaled 26 goals and 52 assists for 78 points in 111 career games. Not to be outdone, McDougle boasts a 3.82 GPA, won three all-conference accolades and two all-region honors while leading the field hockey program to its first Division III Final Four back in November.
Awarded each year to a person or entity that shows outstanding support of Babson's athletic programs, Major was presented with the Paul C. Staake Award. An integral part of academic support for student-athletes at Babson, Major has been a fixture at athletics contests throughout his time at the College.