BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College Department of Athletics held its 38th Annual Senior Awards Banquet on Friday night to honor 74 student-athletes in the Class of 2019. A Night of Champions was highlighted by the selections of field hockey and softball's Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) as the Female Athlete of the Class and Jackson Greenspan (Meriden, N.H.) of the men's soccer program as the Male Athlete of the Class.
Matt Michalke (Parma, Ohio) of the men's ice hockey program received the Conlon Award, which is presented in honor of both Michael Conlon '96 and Michelle Conlon '94, while field hockey's Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) was honored with the George S. Wilson Award. Riley Whitham (Harvard, Mass.) of men's golf and Angelina Raffone (Westbrook, Conn.) from the women's track and & field program were recognized as the Dr. Norm Govoni Scholar-Athletes of the Class, and women's basketball's Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) was presented with a Special Recognition Award
In addition to the senior awards, Andy Dutton, who stepped down as assistant athletics director of facilities and recreation last summer after 25 years at Babson, was announced as the winner the prestigious Paul C. Staake Award for outstanding contributions to Babson Athletics. A pair of first-year student-athletes also were honored as Morgan Headrick (Toronto, Ontario) of women's soccer received the Lori Vengrow Award, while Mitchell Collins (Burlington, Mass.) of men's soccer was recognized as the winner of the Colin "Chip" Brown Award.
One of the top defenders in program history, Greenspan earned three straight all-conference honors and was named to both the United Soccer Coaches and D3soccer.com All-America teams as a senior in 2018. The New England Soccer Journal Division III Defensive Player of the Year this past fall, Greenspan started 72 of 75 career matches and helped the program win two conference regular season titles and make two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Arguably the top two-sport athlete in Babson history, Tango was a three-time first-team All-American in field hockey and led the program to four straight league titles and the first Division III Final Four appearance back in 2016. She earned four all-conference and all-region awards and ranks first in school history in assists, third in points and fourth in goals.
A four-year starter on the softball diamond, Tango collected all-conference honors last spring and ranks fifth in Babson history in RBI and total bases, sixth in hits and is tied for seventh in doubles.
The Dr. Norm Govoni Scholar-Athlete of the Class awards went to a pair of athletes that distinguished themselves both in competition and in the classroom during their time at Babson. A 2016 all-region selection and two-time all-conference honoree, Whitham carries a 3.65 cumulative grade-point average, led the men's golf program to a pair of NCAA Championship appearances, and will graduate with one of the top scoring averages in school history. The 2018 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) champion in the 100-meter dash, Raffone also earned All-New England accolades last spring and holds school records in both the 100 and 200 meters. She owns a 3.52 GPA and has twice been recognized with academic all-conference honors.
The Class of 2019 has enjoyed tremendous success both in competition and in the classroom over the last four years. The Beavers have made 28 national tournament appearances, won 21 regular season conference titles and captured 14 league tournament championships. Additionally, more than 50 members of the senior class have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA.