, Salem, MA

May 2, 2013

Peabody's Dullea captures President's Award at annual Salem State awards banquet

The Salem News

---- — SALEM — Bridget Dullea of Peabody, a senior basketball and lacrosse star at Salem State University, was awarded the school’s highest athletic honor last night, being named the Female President’s Cup Award winner at its annual varsity awards banquet at the George Ellison Center on campus.

Dullea was presented with the award by Salem State President Dr. Patricia Maguire Meservey, as was the Male President’s Cup Award winner, soccer standout Eryk Fernandez.

A transfer to Salem State, Dullea played for the Vikings’ women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse teams for two years and was team MVP in both sports twice. She led the MASCAC in goals and overall points this spring for the lacrosse team, being named First Team All-Conference. For the season, Dullea scored 62 goals and added 12 assists for 74 points, leading the team in shots attempted (142) and shots on goal (106).

A selfless player, she was also an All-MASCAC guard on the Vikings’ basketball team. On the hardcourt, she averaged 12.5 points per game in 26 games, playing a team high 321/2 minutes per contest. A 77 percent free throw shooter, Dullea also led Salem State in steals (90) and offensive rebounds (61, with a combined total of 124) while also dishing out 54 assists.

An outstanding student with a 3.75 grade-point average and two-time member of the MASCAC’s All-Academic Team who majored in Sport Movement Science, Dullea set the standard for success in the classroom and on the playing fields at Salem State.

Fernandez, a senior from Nipomo, Calif., scored five game-winning goals for the SSU men’s soccer team this past season, his first as a starter, and was named the MASCAC Player of the Year after leading the circuit in both goals and total points. An All-New England first team selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), he led the Vikings to their third regular season conference title game in four years and fourth straight MASCAC championship game. Fernandez became the focal point of the team on the strength of his talent and strong leadership skills.

The John D. Galaris Female and Male Student-Athlete Awards were given to Courtney Lynch and Matt Sebet, respectively.

Lynch, a four-year starter and two-time captain of the Salem State field hockey team, led the team in goals and assists and guided her squad to a postseason bid. Additionally, she was a four-time member of the All-Little East Academic Team and member of its 2012 All-Conference Team. A versatile leader who played multiple positions for the betterment of the team, she carried a 3.76 GPA and was a three-year member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at SSU.

Sebet was a three-year starter for the Salem State golf team and two-time captain on the links. Possessing tremendous character on and off the course, he was a two-time member of the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association All-Tournament Team and a member of three MASCAC title teams. A 2013 NCAA All-American Scholar nominee, Sebet was a three-year Dean’s List student with a 3.3 GPA. In addition, he was a three-time All-Conference performer and an All-New England selection.

In addition to two-sport MVP Dullea, three local standouts were also honored as being MVPs of their respective teams at Salem State: Amy Griffith of Middleton (women’s soccer), Katie Herlihy of Marblehead (women’s cross country) and MacKenzie Carpenter of Peabody (volleyball).

Salem State’s other team MVPs included Ryan Hyjek, baseball; Ian Abrahamson, men’s lacrosse; Jessica Spinale, women’s tennis; Matt Kenline, men’s ice hockey; Thomas Grant, men’s golf; Katie Herlihy of Marblehead, women’s cross country; Ken Hodgkins, men’s tennis; Brett McCoy, men’s cross country; Andrew White, men’s basketball; Alyssa Bryan, softball; Eryk Fernandez, men’s soccer; Erin Wilson, field hockey; and Jenn Toussaint, women’s ice hockey.

In total, 54 Salem State seniors were honored for their collegiate athletic careers last night.