Genaro, Raffone Claim BESBY Awards For Top Performance by a Sophomore

Genaro, Raffone Claim BESBY Awards For Top Performance by a Sophomore

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Baseball pitcher Michael Genaro (Greenwich, Conn.) and Angelina Raffone (Westbrook, Conn.) of track & field were selected as the BESBY Award winners for top performance by a sophomore athlete in polls conducted on twitter late last week.

Genaro, who received 54 percent of the vote, tossed a one-hitter to record the first complete-game shutout of his career in an 8-0 victory against Coast Guard on April 5. He retired the first 15 batters he faced and the Bears' only baserunner prior to a one-out infield single in the ninth came on an error to lead off the sixth. The sophomore lefty struck out four and threw 73 of his 99 pitches for strikes in the win.

Raffone collected 55 percent of the vote after breaking the school record in the 100-meter dash twice at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships on April 29. She posted a time of 12.59 seconds in the prelims and then came in fourth overall by crossing the finish line in a time of 12.38 seconds.

Other men's nominees
•    22 percent: Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) of men's ice hockey stopped a career-high 45 shots in a 2-2 OT tie against top-ranked Norwich on February 3.
•    15 percent: Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) of men's cross country recorded a fourth-place finish, good for the best by a Babson harrier since 1995, at the NEWMAC Championship on October 29.
•    9 percent: Men's lacrosse attackman Samuel Mishkind (Chappaqua, N.Y.) erupted for four goals and two assists in an 11-9 victory over Colorado College on March 23.

Other women's nominees
•    21 percent: Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) of women's track & field set a new program record in the prelims of the 100-meter hurdles and then shattered it with a time of 15.62 at the NEWMAC Championships on April 29.
•    13 percent: Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) of field hockey scored once and tied the program's single-game record with a career-high four assists in a 9-1 victory over Worcester State on September 1.
•    11 percent: Softball's Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) smacked a go-ahead grand slam and forced a winner-take-all regional final as the Beavers defeated Rowan, 7-4, on April 15. The Green and White went on to win the Babson Park Regional with a 3-2 victory over the Profs later on that afternoon.