Holy Cross Varsity Club Announces Yearly Award Winners

Stacey Hochkins

Video: Student-Athlete Award Winners

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross Varsity Club announced its yearly awards at its 57th annual dinner, held on Saturday, May 5, at the Hogan Campus Center. Leading the way was senior Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) of the women’s ice hockey team, who was selected as the 2011-2012 Crusader of the Year. In addition to presenting its annual student-athlete awards, the club also inducted seven new members into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame inductees were: Steve Buchanan (Class of 1974, football), Bob Cooney (Class of 1955, honorary), Ken Komodzinski (Class of 1960, baseball, football), Ann Lambiotte (Class of 1991, basketball), Art Martin (Class of 1970, cross country, track and field), Mary Beth Ryan (Class of 2005, softball) and the 1995 Men’s Lightweight Eight (rowing).

STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS

Senior forward Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.), a member of the women’s ice hockey team, has been selected as the 2011-2012 Crusader of the Year. Hochkins earned second team All-America honors for the third consecutive year this season, in addition to earning first team All-ECAC East honors for the fourth year in a row. She was also named to the New England All-Star team for the third straight season, and received All-ECAC Open Tournament honors for the third time. During the 2011-2012 campaign, Hochkins led the team with a school-record 28 goals and 18 assists for 46 points. Hochkins ended her collegiate career having set all-time Holy Cross records in all six major offensive categories, totaling 103 goals, 86 assists, 189 points, 18 game-winning goals, 22 power play goals and 15 shorthanded goals. A two-year team captain, she led the Crusaders to an overall record of 80-19-7 during her four years on the team. Off the ice, Hochkins was a three-time selection to the ECAC East All-Academic team and a member of Holy Cross’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She also volunteered as a tutor at Quinsigamond Elementary School, and mentored high school students through the Girls Choice program.

Senior forward Andrew Cox (Lombary, Ontario) from the men’s ice hockey team is the recipient of the John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award. Cox played in all 39 games for the Crusaders this season, ranking second on the team with 33 points on 15 goals and 18 assists. He tied for the lead both on the team and in Atlantic Hockey with five game-winning goals this year, in addition to ranking sixth in the conference in points and eighth in goals scored. Cox was named the AT&T Crusader of the Week following a sweep of Canisius this season, and received the 2011 Holy Cross Winter Homecoming MVP trophy following the Crusaders’ victory over Army. A three-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team, Cox finished his collegiate career with 30 goals and 38 assists for 68 points in 133 games played.

Senior defenseman Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.), a member of the men’s ice hockey team, received the John P. Cooney Memorial Award, which is presented to a senior letterwinner who has performed beyond all expectations with courage, loyalty and dedication. Daly played in 28 games for the Crusaders this season, scoring 21 points on one goal and a team-best 20 assists. He was also part of a Holy Cross defense which ranked 20th in the nation during the 2009-2010 campaign by allowing just 2.76 goals per game. Daly received the Tomasell Unsung Hero Award from the New England Hockey Writers in 2010-2011, and was a two-time recipient of the team’s Glenn Crane Award as the player who excels in the little things necessary to win. Over the course of his collegiate career, he totaled nine goals and 50 assists for 59 points in 137 games played. Off the ice, Daly was a three-time selection to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team, in addition to earning Capitol One Academic All-District honors in 2010-2011. In addition, he volunteered for Catholic Charities at the Worcester Food Bank and participated in the Crusaders for Kids reading program.

Senior Michael Burns (East Amherst, N.Y.), a member of the men’s swimming and diving team, has been selected as the recipient of the Daniel Allen Sportsmanship Award. The Allen Award was established in 2005, and is presented to the Holy Cross varsity athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship that coach Allen exhibited throughout his life. Burns served as one of the team’s captains during the 2011-2012 season, while swimming in the breaststroke and distance freestyle events. Outside of the pool, he served as one of the team’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative for two seasons, in addition to being a resident assistant in his sophomore and junior years, and a student resident director as a senior. Over the past three years, Burns also participated in three service trips through the Chaplains Office’s Spring Break Immersion program, serving as a group leader in 2012. 

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Buchanan was a standout running back for the Holy Cross football team in the early 1970s, serving as a captain during his senior year. As a junior in 1972, he rushed for 741 yards and four touchdowns on 162 carries, and caught nine passes for 75 yards. Then during his senior season, Buchanan ran the ball 183 times for 849 yards and four touchdowns, while catching 23 passes for 174 yards and three scores. He led the team in rushing yards, all-purpose yards (1,038 yards) and scoring (42 points) during the 1973 season. A recipient of the Davitt Award as the team’s top offensive back in both 1972 and 1973, Buchanan still ranks seventh all-time at Holy Cross in career 100-yard games (seven), eighth in career rushing yards per game (58.6) and ninth in career rushing yards (1,816). Following his collegiate career, he was an 11th round selection of the Denver Broncos in the 1974 National Football League Draft.

Cooney has been a loyal and dedicated member of the Varsity Club for a number of years. He participated in the creation of the Honorable John P. Cooney Memorial Award, named after his father, and served on the committee that selects it annual recipient. Cooney also authored, oversaw and financed the publishing of the book Lift High the Cross, an historic look at Holy Cross’ athletic history. During his days as an undergraduate, Cooney was a two-way guard on the football team, starting during his junior and senior years. He was the first-ever Crusader of the Year selection in 1955, and also received the John C. Lawlor Medal as the school’s top graduating scholar-athlete. In addition, Cooney was recognized with the National Unsung Hero Award by Collier’s Magazine.

Komodzinski was a third baseman and center fielder for the Holy Cross baseball team from 1958-1960, helping lead the team to an overall record of 40-17 during his collegiate career. He led the team in batting average (.340) and hits (33) as a sophomore in 1958, while ranking second on the squad in runs batted in (17). Komodzinski also led the Crusaders to a College World Series appearance in 1958, going nine-for-20 in Omaha as the team posted victories over Southern California and Clemson and finished the year ranked third in the nation. He later hit .362 with 16 runs scored during his senior season, and finished his career with a .312 batting average. Komodzinski was also a quarterback on the Crusader football team, leading the team to a 6-4 record during his only year as a starter in 1959.

Lambiotte was an outstanding long-range shooter for the Crusader women’s basketball team in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She holds the all-time Holy Cross career record for highest three-point field goal percentage (51.1 percent), in addition to standing seventh all-time in career free throw percentage (78.5 percent), ninth in career scoring average (12.8 points per game), 10th in career field goals made (491) and career free throws made (281), and 12th in career points scored (1,354). Lambiotte also holds the top three spots on the school single-season list for three-point field goal percentage, setting the record in 1989-1990 at 56.1 percent. A first team All-Conference selection in both the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (1990) and the Patriot League (1991), she helped lead the Crusaders to an overall record of 87-34 during her collegiate career, with the team winning the 1989 MAAC championship and the 1991 Patriot League title. The MVP of the 1989 MAAC Tournament, Lambiotte was also named a third team Academic All-American and the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1991 for her work in the classroom.

Martin was a distance and cross country runner for Holy Cross from 1966-1970. During his senior year, he won the New England outdoor championship in the 880-yard run, an event in which he still holds the school record (1:50.3). Martin also ran a leg on numerous relay teams which set school records: the two-mile relay (7:26.8), the four-mile relay (17:26.6), the distance medley relay (9:56.0) and the freshman medley relay (7:18.3). He also finished third at the New England outdoor championship in the one-mile run (1968) and the 880-yard run (1969), while helping lead the Crusaders to the New England outdoor title as a team in 1969. In addition, Martin was part of the freshman medley relay team which won the IC4A title in 1967, while setting new meet and national records in the event.

Ryan was a standout center fielder for the Holy Cross softball team in the early to mid 2000s. A first team All-Patriot League selection during each of her final three seasons, she holds the school records for career hits (179) and career at-bats (559), while standing third all-time in career runs scored (84), fifth in career batting average (.320) and career stolen bases (40) and ninth in career slugging percentage (.402). Ryan’s top season came as a senior in 2005, when she hit .384 with 12 doubles, 31 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. Also an outstanding student, Ryan was chosen as a third team Academic All-American in 2005, while earning Academic All-District honors two times. She was also named the 2005 Crusader of the Year, and was selected as Holy Cross Valedictorian for the Class of 2005.

The 1995 Lightweight Eight had one of the most successful seasons in the history of men’s rowing at Holy Cross. The boat took first place at the Patriot Regatta, second at the New England Championship and third at the ECAC National Invitational Regatta, in addition to claiming the Lawrence M. Chick, Jr. Cup. The Lightweight Eight then went on to claim sixth place at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta, becoming the only crew from Holy Cross to ever qualify for the grand final of an eight-oared event at the IRA Regatta. The boat was comprised of Caitlin Scanlon, Thomas Sullivan, Elliot Repko, Robert Smith, Matthew Burke, Matthew Simitis, Andrew Cutney, David O’Donnell and Thomas Gillon.

2012 HOLY CROSS VARSITY CLUB HALL OF FAME DINNER AWARD WINNERS

Crusader of the Year: Stacey Hochkins.
John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award:
Andrew Cox.
John P. Cooney Memorial Award:
Mike Daly.
Daniel Allen Sportsmanship Award:
Michael Burns.
Hall of Fame Inductees:
Steve Buchanan (Class of 1974, football), Bob Cooney (Class of 1955, honorary), Ken Komodzinski (Class of 1960, baseball, football), Ann Lambiotte (Class of 1991, basketball), Art Martin (Class of 1970, cross country, track and field), Mary Beth Ryan (Class of 2005, softball), the 1995 Men’s Lightweight Eight (rowing).