Oct. 26, 2017
WASHINGTON - The 31st Annual Athletic Recognition Event, hosted by The Annual Fund for Georgetown Athletics and Hoyas Unlimited, will be held on Friday, Nov. 3 at Lohrfink Auditorium in the Rafik B. Hariri Building at Georgetown University as the athletics department celebrates the accomplishments of the 2016-17 academic year.
The Athletic Recognition Event will begin at 6 p.m., with an awards ceremony followed by a cocktail reception.
Several awards will be presented at the event, highlighted by the Robert A. Duffey Scholar-Athlete Award, which will be presented to Victoire Saperstein (C'17) of the women's tennis team.
A government major, Saperstein graduated from Georgetown College in 2017 with a 3.57 cumulative grade point average. A native of Las Vegas, Nev., she was a four-time BIG EAST All-Academic honoree. Playing for Head Coach Gordie Ernst, Saperstein was named to the All-BIG EAST team in each of her four years on the Hilltop, a program record. In 2017, she registered a 14-10 singles record, going 10-7 at the No.1 singles spot in 2017. Winning four of her first five matches in 2017, Saperstein led her team to a 13-6 season record. With a pair of victories against Villanova at the BIG EAST Championship, she joined the short all-time list of Hoyas to surpass 100 career victories.
The award for Outstanding Female Athlete will be presented to senior Rachel Corboz of the women's soccer team. A native of Green Brook, N.J., Corboz led the 2016 Hoyas to their first-ever BIG EAST Tournament title and an exciting run in the NCAA Championships, culminating in a first-ever trip to the College Cup. Her team finished the year with a 20-3-3 overall mark, setting program records for wins, shutouts, and goals scored during the year. Corboz earned first-team All-American in 2016. It was the second-straight All-America honor for the junior midfielder, who was also a third team selection in 2015 as a sophomore.
She was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team for the second-straight year and was selected as one of 15 semifinalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy. It was the second-straight year that she earned first team honors, following a third team selection as a freshman in 2014. Corboz led the team in scoring with 38 points. She was second on the team in goals scored (11) and led the team in assists (16). She also led the nation in assists, was tied for twelfth in the country in total points (38) and was 26th in points per game (1.65).
The Outstanding Male Athlete award will be presented to Scott Carpenter from the cross country and track & field squads. A native of Lenox, Mass., Carpenter enjoyed a stellar senior year that saw him earn four All-America distinctions and the Hoyas finish among the nation's best at all three NCAA Championships.
Carpenter finished 10th overall at the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships, earning his first All-America distinction. His performance led the Hoyas to a 21st-place team finish. Carpenter is just the 11th runner in program history to finish among the top 10 at the national championships. During the indoor season, he earned a pair of All-America accolades as he anchored the third-place DMR squad and finished among the top 10 in the 3,000-meter run at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships. It was the best DMR finish in 20 years for the Hoya men as the squad finished 16th at the national meet. Competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships alongside fellow Hoya All-American and steeple runner-up Darren Fahy, Carpenter clinched fifth with a new personal best. The men's team finished 12th overall, the best outdoor team finish since 1991.
His performances throughout all three seasons helped the men's team finish sixth in the year end Coaches Association's Program of the Year standings.
The J. Gregory Carroll Memorial Award will be awarded to alumna Erin Sicher (B'03) from women's track & field for her work as president of the Spiked Shoe Club. The award for Outstanding Coaching Achievement recipient is Head Women's Soccer Coach Dave Nolan who took his team to the 2016 College Cup.
There will be two recipients of the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Athletics. Longtime athletic department employee Brian McGuire (C'72) will be honored. McGuire retired after being at the University for almost 50 years. Additionally, Sarah Ondaatje (Parent) and her son Nicholas Mahaney (B'16) will also receive the honor.
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