The Salem News
---- — Salem State University’s Department of Athletics held its annual varsity awards event — better known as the VeSPYs on campus — last night at the George Ellison Campus Center
A total of 66 Vikings’ seniors were honored for their collegiate athletic careers. Also recognized were the team most valuable players from each sport for their outstanding performances during the 2013-14 academic year.
Sophomore baseball player Richard Fecteau of Newbury and junior basketball player Rachael Carter from Merrimack, N.H. received the President’s Cup, which is awarded to the top male and female athletes at Salem State.
Fecteau, a second baseman on the league champion baseball team, was the 2013 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Rookie of the Year. This season he led the Vikings in multiple offensive categories and was twice named ECAC New England Player of the Week.
Carter, who scored her 1,000th career point this past season, was named the MASCAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. Carter also set the women’s single-season record for points scored at Salem State with 583, and was a D3Hoops.com and New England Women’s Basketball (NEWBA) All-Region Second team selection.
Senior hockey player Kyle Phelan of Marston Mills and senior softball player Lauren DiCredico of Tewksbury were the recipients of the John D. Galaris Scholar-Athlete Award.
Phelan, a captain on this year’s 2013-14 MASCAC championship team, was a four-year member of the MASCAC All-Academic Team and a Dean’s List student who earned a 3.9 grade point average. Phelan will graduate with a degree in Criminal Justice.
DiCredico, a former field hockey player and softball conference Rookie of the Year selection, was a three-time member of the All-Little East and All-MASCAC Academic Teams. DiCredico, who did not play her junior year due to illness, came back this season as a starting pitcher and outfielder for the Vikings, tying for the team lead in wins as a pitcher and batting over .300 as an outfielder. A Dean’s List student, she will graduate with a 3.8 grade point average and will earn a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She will attend graduate school at the University of Denver and study Sports Psychology.
Senior ice hockey player Mark Macdonald of Norwell was recognized with the CHAMPS/Life Skills Award for his outstanding contributions to the community and his fellow students.
Former Executive Director of Athletics John Galaris, a longtime supporter of Salem State athletics who passed away last fall, was awarded the Richard B. “Mike” O’Keefe Award for outstanding service to the athletic program. The award was accepted by Executive Vice President Dr. Stanley Cahill, a long-time colleague. Mr. and Mrs. Galaris had endowed a business school internship within the Athletic and Recreation Department.
The Most Valuable Players in each of Salem State’s sports were as follows: Baseball, Richard Fecteau of Newbury; Women’s basketball, Rachael Carter or Merrimack, N.H; Women’s soccer, Amy Griffith of Middleton; Men’s lacrosse, Ian Abrahamson of Billerica; Women’s tennis, Lauren Woods of Burlington; Men’s hockey, Eric Defelice or Chalfont, Penn.; Men’s golf, Thomas Grant of Mansfield; Women’s cross country, Amanda Porter of Danvers; Men’s tennis, David Dluznieski of Auburn; Volleyball, MacKenzie Carpenter of Peabody; Men’s cross country, Lloyd Peters of Chester; Women’s lacrosse, Kelsey Russell of Arlington; Men’s basektball, Andrew White of Medford; Softball, Cara Crowley of Lynn; Men’s soccer, Nondas Kargakis of Greece; Field hockey, Stephanie Morrison of Beverly; Women’s hockey, Jenn Toussaint of Reading.