WASHINGTON – Aleksandra Kazala and Josh Terao won Outstanding Female and Male Senior Athlete Awards on Sunday as American University held its Postseason Awards Banquet at the Marriott Wardman Park.
American University President Sylvia Burwell addressed the gathering of nearly 300 in attendance by telling the student-athletes: "You are exemplary students and exemplary athletes, and on behalf of the entire AU family, we are so proud of you."
Kazala, a native of Debica, Poland, was honored after becoming the third Eagle to win Patriot League Volleyball Player of the Year three times. She was an honorable mention All-American as a sophomore and is only the third AU player to combine for 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career.
Terao, from Honolulu, Hawaii, who earlier this spring won the Senior GPA Award, finished his wrestling career with a 103-41 record, one of nine AU wrestlers to reach the 100-victory plateau. In March, he became only the seventh wrestler in AU history to reach the NCAA Championships three times.
Fiona Caulfield was honored for winning the 2018 NCAA Sportsmanship Award for all Division I female student-athletes nationally. At the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships, she delayed warming up for a dive while tending to an injured teammate, missing some needed points to reach the podium at her final collegiate event.
Women's soccer player Audrey Denkler was the recipient of the Barbara J. Reimann Postgraduate Scholarship, while Samm Francucci (women's soccer) and Sydney Fry (lacrosse) were honored with awards from AU's Leadership Academy.
Women's cross country and track (3.77) and wrestling (3.40) earned Team GPA Awards, and baseball alumnus Steve Salem won the Stafford H. Cassell Award.
Coaches also announced their team MVP awards:
Field Hockey – Rafaela Rubas (Sr., Vienna, Austria)
Women's Soccer – Yari Bradfield (Sr., Hialeah, Fla.)
Men's Soccer – Jerry Zouantcha (Soph., Yaounde, Cameroon)
Women's Cross Country / Indoor Track – Adriana Hooks (Sr., Williamsburg, Va.)
Men's Cross Country / Indoor Track – Matthew Rainey (Sr., Brentwood, Tenn.)
Volleyball – Loren McKenzie (Sr., Baldwin, N.Y.)
Women's Basketball – Cecily Carl (Sr., Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
Men's Basketball – Sa'eed Nelson (Jr., Pleasantville, N.J.)
Women's Swimming & Diving – Lily Koenig (Soph., Boxford, Mass.)
Men's Swimming & Diving – Scott Callander (Sr., McLean, Va.)
Wrestling – Josh Terao (Sr., Honolulu, Hawaii)
Women's Outdoor Track – Adriana Hooks (Sr., Williamsburg, Va.)
Men's Outdoor Track – Liam Purdy (Sr., Garnerville, N.Y.)
Lacrosse – Leah Brennan (Sr., Lorton, Va.)