Cape Cod, Massachusetts (August 16, 2006) - The Interim Commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC®), Stephen Bamford, today announced the 2005-06 ECAC Robbins Scholar-Athlete Award winners.
Sponsored by Robbins Sports Surfaces, the Cincinnati-based sports surfaces company, the awards honor the outstanding academic and athletics achievements of student-athletes representing ECAC schools in Divisions I, II and III. One male and one female athlete from each division have been selected and will be honored during the ECAC Convention at the Honors Dinner presented by Jostens on Sunday, October 1. Votes are based on extraordinary achievements in academics, athletics and community service.
Earning these top awards for Division I are Josh Dooley (Tuttle, Oklahoma) of Dartmouth College and Julie Jorgensen (Bedford, N.H.) of the U.S. Military Academy. In Division II, Ryan Agnew (Spencer, Mass.) of Bentley College and Donna Lohrey (Glendale, N.Y.) of Molloy College earn the recognition. From Division III, Erika Eisenhut (Mohawk, N.Y.) will be a two-time recipient and Patric Santiago (Baldwin, N.Y.) of Farmingdale State will also receive the award.
Dooley, a 2006 graduate of Dartmouth College was a co-captain of the football team. A three-time second team All-Ivy choice, he started in 40 of a possible 40 games in his career. As the leading tackler on the 2005 squad with 37 solo and 57 assisted tackles, he rang up a career-best 17 tackles in his final collegiate game of his career. He is eighth all-time in tackles at Dartmouth and was named the team MVP as a senior. An Environmental/Evolutionary Biology major, he was named a three-time Division I-AA Athletics Directors Academic All-Star and named to the Co-SIDA District I Academic All-America team in 2004 and 2005. Dooley was named to the All-Ivy Academic team twice and was honored as the Outstanding Student-Athlete for the football team as a senior. He was active as a campus volunteer being a speaker at local elementary schools about nutrition and athletic training and also participated in a program entitled Kids & Cops at Dartmouth. He currently is enrolled in graduate school at Colorado State University studying wildlife management.
Jorgensen, a women's soccer player at the U.S. Military Academy, graduated 2nd in her class this past May with a 4.13 grade point average. As a team captain, she led Army to the championship finals of the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 1997. As a defender, she helped the squad post eight shutouts compiling a 12-6-1 mark. She was named an ESPN First Team Academic All-American as well as the Patriot League Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Jorgenson has received numerous awards including the Walter W. Hollis Award for Excellence in Operations Research and Systems Analysis, The National Organization of the Veterans Wards of the United States Award of Excellence in the Computer Science Engineering Sequence as well as earning the Five-Time Top Gun Award given to the cadet with the highest grade in mathematics. She also shared the Second Lieutenant Zachariah Miller Memorial Award to the Graduating Cadet Demonstrating the Greatest Potential to contribute his or her knowledge of Mathematical Science in Service to the Nation.
Agnew, a 2006 graduate of Bentley College, was a two-time All-America in cross country. A Public Policy and Social Change major, Agnew finished his four year career with an overall grade point average of 3.55. At the Northeast-10 Championships, Agnew finished in the top three in each of the last three seasons including second place as a senior. He competed in the NCAA Championships all four years which culminated with a 17th place finish in 2005 tying the best ever finish by a Bentley runner. Agnew owns the Bentley indoor school record in the 3000 and the outdoor record in the 10,000. He also owns three NE-10 track titles (3,000, 5,000, 10,000). Agnew was involved in a letter writing fundraiser for St. Jude's Children's Hospital which helped to raise money for young cancer patients. He also took part in a children's after school program helping students with homework.
Lohrey, the 2006 Salutatorian of her class at Molloy College had a dual degree in Psychology and Childhood Education. A women's basketball player, she graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and earned the 2005-06 Senior Female Academic Award from the NYCAC for the highest grade point in the conference. She received ESPN the Magazine College Division Academic All-America First Team honors after receiving second team accolades in 2004-05. She was a four-year member of the Molloy College Leadership Team and of the Student Advisory Council. She was also a member of Psi Chi (National Honor Society for Psychology), Delta Epsilon Sigma (National Scholastic Honor Society for Catholic colleges) and Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society). Lohrey was a volunteer for Tomorrow's Children's Fund and in the 2004 Breast Cancer Walk.
Eisenhut, a 2006 graduate of Union College, was a three-sport athlete and recently named a recipient of an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. In basketball, she was a 2006 First Team Kodak/WBCA All-American, as well as the D3hoops.com All-East Player of the Year. She was a Jostens Trophy Finalist (Top 10 nationally for best Division III women's basketball player) in 2005-06, as well as the Liberty League Women's Basketball Player of the Year. Eisenhut, who graduated with a 3.8 cumulative grade point average, earned Liberty League all-star honors in all three sports and also earned ESPN The Magazine CoSIDA Academic All-American in three sports. Her community efforts involved the America Reads Program, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Girl Scout Troop Mentor and Habitat for Humanity.
Patric Santiago, a 2006 graduate of Farmingdale State, had an impressive career in his four-year tenure. He is the only student-athlete to compete in four sports in school history and was Captain of all four sports, including Golf, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Men's Soccer.
Academically, he graduated with a GPA of 3.96, was a member of the National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa and the Vice President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Santiago was named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's At-Large Second Team for golf and in 2005, he was the first student-athlete at Farmingdale to receive the prestigious Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.
Athletically, he was also a two-time recipient of the Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award and was a two-time Farmingdale State Male Athlete of the Year. He was the number-one player and captain of the golf team for four years, carrying a 1.5 handicap while registering nine career rounds under 75.
In soccer, a starting goalkeeper for four years, he finished his senior year with 109 saves and four shutouts, helping the team to a ranking as one of the most improved teams in Division III in 2005. His junior year in soccer, he ranked 15th in the nation with an average of eight saves per game.
In indoor and outdoor track, he competed in the High Jump and Triple Jump. As a senior, he finished in fourth place in the Triple Jump at both the ECAC Indoor and Outdoor Track Championships.
Santiago received his Bachelor's Degree in Management Technology and was a student speaker during the Commencement ceremony. He is now an Assistant Coach at Farmingdale State with the Golf, Soccer and Indoor and Outdoor Track teams.
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The ECAC is the nation's largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference with 319 Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities from Maine to North Carolina. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors 100 championships in 37 men's and women's sports, assigns more than 5,100 officials in 15 sports, administers ten affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues and recognizes more than 4,000 student-athletes in 21 sports through the public relations arm of the conference. The ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men's and women's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, men's gymnastics, wrestling, fencing and rowing.--