WINCHESTER, Va. - The Shenandoah University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced that voting for the Third Annual Buzzy Awards is open now through 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Student-Athletes should get the voting link URL from their coaches. The voting deadline is Tuesday at noon.
For the the third straight year, nominees for Play of the Year, Most Supportive, Outstanding Faculty, Best Upset, and Record Breaking Performance, will voted on by the student-athletes. The Breakthrough Team, Community Service, Comeback Player, Best Moment, and Outstanding Team, are voted on by the full-time departmental staff members.
The Buzzy Awards are scheduled for Friday, May 6.
1. Play of the Year Award
Top moment of the year from a mix of the spectacular, the important, and the iconic from the Shenandoah Hornets. These highlights were selected from plays submitted by coaches and are a microcosm of the great year we had as an athletic department.
The following are nominees for Play of the Year:
Alysha McCleaf, Women's Soccer vs. Randolph-Macon – 11/4/15
McCleaf scored with just 39 seconds remaining to push SU past the Yellow Jackets and into the ODAC Tournament semi-finals. McCleaf's goal was set up by a Kelsie Luddington assist. Approximately 20 yards from goal, Luddington, with her back to the goal, tapped the ball outside to McCleaf, who took one dribble and lofted a shot over the keeper and into the right panel.
Jake Loew, Baseball vs. Misericordia – 2/27/16
Loew's single in the bottom of the 13th inning with the bases loaded provided the go-ahead run for SU. This jump-started the junior into the lineup that is currently batting .385.
Kelly Sykes, Men's Tennis vs. Southern Virginia – 4/13/16
Sykes' played the hero as his 6-1, 0-6, 6-4 victory at No. 5 singles pushed the Hornets to victory over Southern Virginia. On the final match point, Kelly serves a quality first serve and his opponent returns it wide for the win.
Kirstyn Arcata, Women's Basketball vs. Randolph – 2/20/16
Arcata drained a three pointer in with five seconds remaining to seal a 74-73 road victory at Randolph. Coming out of a timeout after advancing the ball, Erin French found the open Arcata on the wing to complete the season sweep of the WildCats.
Shelby Shrader, Women's Cross Country: Salisbury Seagull Opener – 9/5/15
Shrader took first place in the 80-woman field during the 6,000-meter race with an amazing time of 23:29. This performance won her ODAC athlete of the week. It was the first win of her SU Cross Country career, an event she won by nearly 10 seconds.
Weldon Gilchrist, Jr., Football vs. Gallaudet – 9/5/15
Gilchrist picked off the Gallaudet QB at the SU 20 and raced 80 yards down the far sideline for the pick six. Protecting a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, the interception return for a TD not only stopped a Gallaudet drive, but propels the Hornets to a 51-6 opening game win.
2. Most Supportive – Spirit Award
This award is presented to the program that demonstrates throughout the year as being repeatedly supportive and encouraging towards its fellow student-athletes no matter the competitive outcome.
The nominees for the "Buzzy Spirit Award" are:
Cross Country, Track & Field
Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
3. Outstanding Faculty Member
4. Best Upset of the Year Award
Throughout our seasons, we work hard each day to prepare for our competition. We strive to persevere over our toughest rivals.
The following rewarding victories are nominees for best upset of the year:
Men's Basketball vs. Randolph – 1/30/16
Men's Basketball beat Randolph College on the road in OT. Randolph ended up losing in the ODAC Championship Game. This victory snapped a 10-game losing streak, and seven-year drought to Randolph College.
Volleyball vs. Lynchburg – 9/18/15
This ODAC win for Volleyball set the tone for the rest of the season, which would go on to become the best ODAC season to date. This match went to five sets, with six hitters hitting over .200. This was a monster win for the program.
Women's Soccer vs. Washington & Lee – 10/14/15
Women's Soccer took down the #21 team in the nation 1-0 on the road. Danielle Burris scored in the first half to knock off the #2 team in the conference.
5. Record Breaking Performance Award
This award is presented to the record-breaking single-play, game, or season performance of any sport (team or individual). This award honors the most remarkable, significant, or impressive performance of the year.
The nominees for Record Breaking Performance are:
Ansel Borhauer – 2016 Outdoor Track & Field ODAC Championships
Knowing he would need to run under 48.3 seconds to move into the top 20 in the nation, Borhauer blitzes a 48.24 second 400-meter finals run, winning his first ODAC Championship individual title, besting the field by over a half second, and now ranking him 12th in the entire NCAA.
Ben Judy, Men's Lacrosse – Saves in a game vs. Randolph Macon, 4/23/16
Judy, the Hornets goalkeeper, made a program-record 31 saves for Shenandoah.
Danyelle McGrady – 2016 Outdoor Track & Field ODAC Championships
McGrady had already broke SU's school record in the weight throw once at Ithaca College, but she unleashed a 15.84 meter throw in her 1st attempt of the ODAC Championships to take the lead. This throw broke the school record again, and she ultimately became the ODAC Champion in the weight throw, a first in McGrady's career. She finished the 2016 Indoor T & F season 42nd in NCAA DIII.
Football, 9 Offensive Records Broken
Shenandoah's Offense broke nine school records this season including: Total Offense (yards), Total Offense per game, Total Offense per play, All Purpose Yards, and Touchdowns.
Kimmy Brady, Softball – single-season HR Record, 4/23/16
Brady broke the school record with most home runs in a season when she hit her ninth and tenth homeruns against E&H.
Mike Scimanico, Baseball – Strikeouts in a single season
Mike Scimanico has set the record for most strikeouts in a single season with 90. The New Jersey native has pitched 70 innings, with a 1.93 ERA with 7 wins and 1 loss.
Shamyra Wilkerson, Women's Track & Field
Wilkerson has broken numerous school records for the Track & Field team this year as a freshman. She holds the record for 60-meter dash, 200-meter indoor and outdoor, 100-meter dash, and is a part of the 4 x 400 meter dash school record.
6. Breakthrough Team of the Year Award
Squad that showed significant improvement, perseverance, and notable success over the course of their season to achieve new heights.
The following are nominees for Breakthrough Team of the Year:
After finishing in 8th place the previous three seasons in the ODAC, Volleyball broke through to capture 5th place in the conference. They finished the regular season 18-10 (7-4), after going 16-14 (4-7) the previous season. There were first-time victories against: Gallaudet, Averett, and Emory & Henry. Volleyball had its first-ever ODAC Player of the Week in Kaitlyn Kelley, and first-ever All-ODAC selections in Blake Parkes and Rachel Roberts.
Women's Indoor Track and Field, ODAC Indoor Championships – 2/28/16
In 2015, placed 7th (of 9 teams) at ODAC Championships with 26 points with two athletes named to the All-ODAC team. In 2016's edition of the ODAC Indoor Championships, SU's women vaulted to 4th place with 83 points, had named 11 All-ODAC, and four school records, which led to two women also being named ALL-REGION.
Women's Soccer improved their 8-10-2 (7-4-1) 2014 campaign to 13-7-1 (9-1-1) in the 2015 season. They were picked to finish 7th in the ODAC preseason poll, but rose to a #2 finish in ODAC play. They started the season with a losing streak against a tough non-league schedule. 2nd place finish was the best since joining the ODAC.
7. Community Service Award - Team
To the team that has proven to be a vital part of our community by going above and beyond our university's practice of giving back. They have selflessly sacrificed time and work to meet the needs and form relationships within our university and local communities.
Our Community Service Award nominees are:
Wherever you turn your head you are bound to see the baseball team doing something out in the community. They have great attitudes and always look for the next opportunity to be a positive role model in the community. The Shenandoah University Baseball Team has worked the Upperville Horse Show, Concern Hotline Fish Fry, Kiwanis Pancake Day, The ALS walk held at Jim Barnett Park, an American Red Cross blood drive, and Rubbermaid Sales.
Men's Basketball has performed over 360 hours of community service since the beginning of the school year. They have worked with the Evans Home on a monthly basis, the Laurel Center – set up for multiple fundraisers and supported their fall Vigil, Youth Development Center – helped out with Harlem Wizards night at Handley H.S., Orchard View Elementary – players coached a group of 5th graders vs. faculty, Quarles Elementary School – mentored kids in the Fall, Kiwanis Club – helped serve pancakes for their Pancake Day fundraiser, and helped unload Rubbermaid trucks on two different Saturdays.
Women's Basketball team increased their community service by adding an additional 60 hours this school year. They have consistently helped out the Youth Development Center and WATTS, as well as many other contributions made to the SU community. They amassed over 200 hours as a group throughout the entire school year.
Totaled 85 community service hours as a team reading to local elementary school students at Quarles Elementary School twice a month on Monday's and Thursday's, and serving the homeless community through WATTS every month.
8. Community Service Award - Individual
To the individual that has proven to be a vital part of our community by going above and beyond our university's practice of giving back. They have selflessly sacrificed time and work to meet the needs and form relationships within our university and local communities.
Our Community Service Award individual nominees are:
Alana Meadows, Field Hockey and Track & Field
Alana has volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club for the past 3 years. Every week she gives 5-10 hours of her time to help the children with homework and other activities. Alana is always the first to step up to help others and is very giving of her time. In the past 3 years, she has helped out with more than 15 community service opportunities.
Ryan Mossman, Baseball
Ryan, a senior, exemplifies what it means for a student-athlete to give back. Ryan has given back to the Winchester community through projects such as the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, The Concern Hotline Fish Fry, Shenandoah University ALS walk, Valley Health Golf Tournament, Family Game Day with Professor Joey Gawrysiak and as an active member at Canvas Church. Ryan has also, worked at the Winchester Rescue Mission, a local men's residential homeless shelter, by serving meals and leading devotionals. After graduation, Ryan will start an internship at Passion City Church where he will work on projects such as the End It Movement, which aims to end human trafficking, and Project Supply, an initiative that provides children with different needs such as backpacks with school supplies, christmas presents, toiletries, books and more
9. Comeback Player of the Year Award
Student-athletes face all different types of adversities throughout their playing careers, which can help serve as an opportunity to propel themselves and their teams forward.
The following are our Comeback Player of the Year nominees:
Connor Molloy, Baseball
Molloy has had two shoulder surgeries his last coming this past fall. This kid is our team's heartbeat and is our rally starter by getting everyone ready to play the game day in and day out. Unable to throw much, Connor is utilized as a pinch runner in late game situations to get speed on the bases. The senior has scored 2 runs in limited time.
Jessie Brown, Field Hockey
Brown missed her first two seasons due to a chronic knee injury. She has fought for several years now to get fit and back into field hockey form. This past year, she earned the starting GK position and was the backbone of the team's defense the entire season.
Shannon Kuhn, Women's Basketball
Kuhn missed the majority of her senior season at Bermudian Springs H.S. after tearing her ACL. She started in 21/26 games for the Hornets in her freshman campaign, lead the team in scoring (11.9 PPG), field goal percentage (42.6% FG), while averaging 30.4 minutes per game, and shooting an admirable 33.3% from three.
10. Best Moment of the Year Award
Within a season, there are moments that help define our teams or a student-athlete. These moments significantly impact programs, student-athletes and coaches as well as our fans, and are memorable for all involved.
The nominees for the Best Moment of the Year are:
Coach Kevin Anderson, Baseball – 500th career victory, 2/21/16
Coach Anderson captured victory No. 500 as a college skipper with a 7-4 non-league victory over Case Western Reserve. The longtime mentor is 382-175-1 in 12+ seasons at SU after winning 147 games in four seasons heading up DI James Madison University. In the past seven seasons, Anderson's Hornets have won an average of 33.1 games per season including a school-record 38 in both 2009 and 2010.
Evan Cocke, Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate
Shenandoah was led by a one-under-par 69 from senior Evan Cocke, giving him the Scarlet championship. Cocke's three-day total was 213. Last year, he was the Gold champion.
Field Hockey vs. Roanoke – OT comeback victory, 10/3/15
Sophomore Elizabeth Pardo netted the game-winner 2:39 into overtime as she knocked home a rebound of her own shot. Pardo, who found herself wide open in front, knocked her original shot off of Roanoke keeper's pads before corralling the rebound and slipping it past the GK. Pardo put the Hornets in position to take the overtime win by scoring unassisted with 24 seconds remaining in regulation.
Former SU coach, Simon Volinsky, throws out 1st pitch, Baseball – 3/5/16
Simon Volinsky who coached at Shenandoah was a 1953 CCNY grad. Volinsky had a stroke in September of 2015. With hard work and constant rehab the CCNY grad and former Hornet coach was able to throw out the first pitch against his alma mater when the clubs met in early March. Throughout the doubleheader Coach Volinsky was in the dugout supporting the Hornets and interacted with the players during the contest. Volinsky said, "Throwing out the first pitch gave him a goal to work towards as he was recovering and a reason to continue to push through the tough time."
Softball Fundraiser for Amanda C. Brady Foundation – 4/24/16 As part of the Hornets ODAC doubleheader versus Randolph, the softball team raised over $1,200 for a scholarship in the name of the Amanda C. Brady Foundation for Youth. Amanda Brady, the older sister of SU senior Kimberly Brady, passed away five years ago. Amanda and Kimberly's parents, Chris and Larry Brady, started the foundation shortly afterward in Amanda's name to support youth academic and athletic programs. As part of growing the foundation, funds raised will go towards the awarding of a scholarship.
Shenandoah Men's Lacrosse was led by LaTona with eight goals and an assist in a win against Wesley, was just one goal shy from tying a school record.
Women's Soccer vs. Lynchburg – snapping LC ODAC win streak, 10/23/15
Women's Soccer tied the reigning national and ODAC champions and broke their 39 game winning streak as well as their perfect ODAC record since 2009. extended its women's soccer unbeaten streak to eight games.
11. Outstanding Team of the Year Award
Recognizing success on the playing field, in the community and in the classroom, this award reflects a dedication to the ideals of a Division III intercollegiate athletics.
The nominees for Outstanding Team are:
Baseball - (32-10, 15-5 ODAC) Regular season ODAC Champions, #1 seed in ODAC tournament. Nationally ranked throughout the season.
Volleyball - (18-10, 7-4 ODAC) Finished fifth in the ODAC, 3.25 team GPA for the Fall Semester.
Women's Soccer - (13-7-1, 9-1-1 ODAC) Finished second in the ODAC, 3.29 team GPA for the fall semester.
Women's Tennis - (9-7, 4-6 ODAC) Survived roster shifts to prevail for a winning season, and conference tournament berth.