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2011 Sports: Fearing Prizes; Boys' Crews Medal at NEIRA; Wiedergott Award to 11-4 Girls' Lacrosse; Baseball, Girls' Tennis Honored for Sportsmanship

Posted: June 3, 2011

The school year may be over, but the echoes of St. Mark’s athletic successes continue to reverberate. At Prize Day on Monday, May 30, VI Formers Colleen Finnerty and Andrew Ward were presented with the School’s highest athletic honor—the Fearing Athletic Prizes. Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse finished the spring with an 11-4 mark: that team’s best record since 2000. For the first time in modern memory, both the First and Second Boys’ Crews medaled at the annual NEIRA Regatta. Perhaps most significant, however, was the recognition of the St. Mark’s Varsity Baseball team and its coach for outstanding sportsmanship by the ISL.

The Fearing Prizes are awarded to that young man and young woman who best combine athletic ability with good spirit, good team play, and good sportsmanship. Finnerty, from Hopkinton, played Varsity Field Hockey in the fall, Girls’ Varsity Hockey in the winter, and Varsity Softball in the Spring. She was MVP of Field Hockey and an all ISL first-teamer in that sport. She also received The Hall Field Hockey Prize for being “strong of will, positive by nature, reasoned and co-operative”. Colleen was MVP of Girls’ ice hockey in the winter and of Softball in the spring. She also received the Scholar-Athlete Award and in the autumn the Peter M. Schuh Scholarship, given in memory of Peter M. Schuh ’92 and awarded to a rising VI Former who is a scholar, an athlete, a leader and “exhibits exceptional loyalty to, and enthusiasm for, St. Mark’s School”. Ward, from Southborough, played Boys’ Varsity Soccer in the autumn, Boys’ Varsity Squash in the winter months, and Boys’ Varsity Tennis this past season. A consistently fine scorer on the 10-5-2 soccer team, Andrew was also MVP of St. Mark’s Squash. This spring, he was named Most Valuable on the School’s Varsity Tennis team.

Coached by Megan Harlan, this spring’s Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team posted an 11-4 mark, taking home the Wiedergott Award for the season’s best winning percentage. It was the most successful Girls’ Varsity Lax season at St. Mark’s since 2000, when the team went 13-0-1 and were ISL champs. In the 33 years of Girls’ Lacrosse at St. Mark’s, only three teams have had more victories than this 2011 squad. Gabby Abbott ’11 excelled in goal. Gabby Starkey ’12 was the team’s MVP, while VI Former Kat Sluder, who capped her St. Mark’s career with a long-sought victory over Groton, received the Girls’ Lacrosse Prize. Starkey and classmate Catherine Moubayed were NEPSWLA all-stars and will captain next year’s team.

At this year’s New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Regatta on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, the St. Mark’s Boys’ Crew 1st and 2nd boats both medaled. No St. Mark’s Crew has managed that feat since the late 1980s. Coached by Patrick Travers, the St. Mark’s rowers have strung together a series of successful seasons, but this is the program’s best overall NEIRA finish in more than two decades. Chris Becker ’11 received the Pollak Crew Scholarship Prize, awarded "in recognition of the outstanding contributions of Charles and Christopher Pollak, Classes of 1999 and 2002, to the crew program at St. Mark's and given to that Sixth Former who best demonstrates the leadership, intensity, and commitment to the sport of rowing that was shown by the Pollak brothers, and is intended as a contribution to college expenses." Michael Hoffman ’13 was recognized as Most Improved.

While winning is a goal of any athletic endeavor, it is not the only goal. Sportsmanship is also celebrated, particularly in the Independent School League, which includes St. Mark’s. Each year, the ISL recognizes one team in each sport for outstanding sportsmanship. This spring, the St. Mark’s Varsity Baseball team received the 2011 Etter Award for outstanding sportsmanship in the Independent School League, while head coach David Lyons was also honored with the Flaherty Award for sportsmanship. This year’s Varsity Baseball team was 7-9-1, and their poise under pressure and their graciousness in both victory and defeat, along with their community service, helped to earn these awards. The St. Mark's Girls' Varsity Tennis team was also recognized by the ISL for outstanding sportsmanship. This is not the first time that the SM Girls' Tennis team has received this honor. Their program is something St. Mark's can be proud of. These two teams join a number of St. Mark’s contingents that have been honored by the ISL for sportsmanship over the last few years, including Varsity Girls’ Squash, Varsity Girls’ Basketball, Varsity Girls’ Soccer, Varsity Boys’ Hockey, Varsity Football, and Varsity Girls’ Tennis.

The Athletic Awards for this Spring follow:

Fearing Athletic Prizes “to that young man and young woman who best combine athletic ability with good spirit, good team play, and good sportsmanship” —Colleen Finnerty ’11 and Andrew Ward ‘11

Peter M. Coy Prizes "To that Sixth Form male and female athlete who has shown, in more than one varsity sport, surpassing intensity and determination, whose exceptional conditioning andphysical courage, whose desire to excel fegardless of injury or adversity and whose tenacious devotion to the success of his or her teams exemplify the spirit and joy of competition."—Graham Palmer ’11 and Jess Surgenor ‘11

William T. White Prizes "To that young man and woman in the Sixth Form, excluding the captain, who is judged by the coaches and captains of all varsity sports, to have made a particular contribution to the success of the season because of their enthusiasm, determination and unselfishness in any varsity sport."—Michael Comitini ’11 and Liz MacNeill ‘11

Parker Prizes "Proceeds of this fund are to help deserving athletes buy athletic equipment. Financial need is never to be major consideration."—Eric Dolan ’12 and Catherine Moubayed ‘12

Dale Fabyan Memorial Prizes " to provide needed athletic equipment to one or more deserving boys (and girls) in the third and fourth forms, who in the opinion of his coaches has demonstrated , through hard play, co-operation and good sportsmanship, those qualities of a happy student life as exemplified by Dale Fabyan.”—Zach Twitchell ’13, Mark Upton ’13, Teal Gosselin ’13 and Hayden McCall ’14.

Henry Nichols Ervin Prize “"Prize given to a member of the lower teams whose play has been characterized by both co-operation and consideration for others."—Matt Golding ‘13

Manager of the Year Award “given to the manager of any varsity sport who is judged to be the most capable of all the managers."—Dom Carbone ‘11

Scholar-Athlete Award " must have at least a B average in their Sixth Form year (average calculated at the end of the winter term). Must be a captain of at least one varsity sport, Recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Athletics Award, and a letter winner of at least two varsity sports in their Sixth Form year. Awarded whenever possible by the Head of School, Director of Athletics and Cum Laude representative.”—Colleen Finnerty ‘11

BASEBALL: Palmer Baseball Prize (MVP)—John Katuska ’11; Most ImprovedAustin Cave ’13; Kinnicut Baseball Prize (JV, for "leadership, cheerfulness, playing ability and sportsmanship")—Nick Bertonazzi ‘12

BOYS’ LACROSSE: MVPEric Dolan ’12; MIPPeter Kazickas ’11; Stohn Lacrosse Prize ("to a member of the boys' varsity lacrosse team, excluding the captain, who exemplifies virtues of extraordinary effort and self discipline and who has made an outstanding contribution to the team.")—Luke Haggerty ‘11

GIRLS’ LACROSSE: MVPGabby Starkey ’12; MIPKearan Burke ’14; Girls’ Lacrosse Prize (“to that player whose efforts, contributions and leadership both on and off the field are deemed most valuable to the girls' lacrosse team.”)—Kat Sluder ‘11

BOYS’ CREW: MIPMichael Hoffman ’13; Pollak Prize (“given to that Sixth Former who best demonstrates the leadership, intensity, and commitment to the sport of rowing that was shown by the Pollak brothers”)—Chris Becker ‘11

GIRLS’ CREW: MIPKate Danielsen ’12; Stockton Oar Prize (“to that member of the boys' or girls' crew who, as judged by the rowing coaches, most embodies the enthusiasm and spirit with Kevin Stockton rowed while at St. Mark's”)—Liza McBride ‘11

GOLF: MVPMarc Doherty’11; MIPJames Longley ‘12

SOFTBALL: MVPColleen Finnerty ’11; MIPNialah Ferrer ’12; Team of 2004 Prize (“This award, which honors the St. Mark's ISL Champion Team of 2004, is presented to that member of the varsity softball team who, in the opinion of the coaches, embodies the spirit of the 2004 team through her commitment to the team, enthusiasm for competition and joyful play")—Amy Corsini ‘11

BOYS’ TENNIS: MVPAndrew Ward ’11; MIPTrevor Gotfredson ‘11

GIRLS’ TENNIS: MVPMegan Giblin ’12; MIPOlivia Colburn ‘13