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Nipissing University celebrates its athletes

Nipissing University handed its hardware at its 26th annual Awards Gala Tuesday night at the RJS Athletic Centre with almost 300 people in attendance. The big awards went to Zosia Davis and Steve Wood.
Steve Wood and Zosia Davis show off their athlete of the year awards. Photo submitted.

Nipissing University handed its hardware at its 26th annual Awards Gala Tuesday night at the RJS Athletic Centre with almost 300 people in attendance.

The big awards went to Zosia Davis and Steve Wood.

For the second time in three years, Lakers varsity men’s volleyball player Steve Wood is taking home the Al Carfagnini Male Athlete of the Year.

The outside hitter was named the winner at the annual Lakers Athletics Banquet and caps off an extremely successful career.

The Newcastle, ON native once again led the team in scoring, averaging 3.94 kills per set and a total of 244 kills – a new career high.

Wood set new career highs in a number of categories, in fact, including points per set, at 4.6, digs at 115 as well as service aces (21) and blocks (35).

Playing in all 18 matches, Wood failed to reach 10 points just three times and two of those occasions, he finished with nine points.

He recorded at least 20 points five times, with his season-high, 29.5 points, coming in a five-set loss to Toronto in November.

He fired home 26 kills that match, also a season-high.

Wood surpassed the 600 kill mark for his career and wrapped up his career with 744 points in 79 matches with the Lakers.

He was also named an OUA Second Team All-Star.

On the women’s side, Zosia Davis is adding yet another highlight to her resume as an impressive career comes to an end.

The fifth year Nipissing Lakers women's hockey team defenceman is wrapping up her time with the Lakers and she's going out in style.

On top of being named an OUA first team all-star, for the second straight season, Davis is this year’s Jack and Mary Ann Jones Female Athlete of the Year.

It’s her second straight year taking home the award.

The Cobden, ON native was the team's top defender, piling up 15 points in 21 games – her second highest total in the five years.

She finished with three goals and 12 assists to reach that 15 point total.

During the season, Davis had five multi-point games, a three game point streak where she recorded seven points (one goal, six assists) and a two goal game.

Her lone multi-goal game of the season came against Guelph as the Lakers topped the Gryphons 2-1, where Davis had both tallies.

In a victory over Laurentian, Davis recorded a season-high three assists as well.

Overall, the Lakers had a 6-3 record when Davis recorded a point.

While the point stand out, as she finished first in goals, assists and points amongst Lakers defenders, she also ranked high in terms of the OUA.

She was tied for eighth in goal and second in assists and points.

Her puck moving ability, along with her smooth skating and overall confidence with puck made Davis a force on the Lakers blueline all year – and all five years – so it comes as no surprise she has earned this honour once again.

In her career, she finished with 12 goals, 50 assists, for 62 points in 114 games and 82 penalty minutes.

The following awards were handed out throughout the banquet:

Women’s Basketball
MVP - Jamie Soffer and Michaela Branker
Rookie - Angeline Campbell
PRIDE - Devanee Dewey

Men’s Basketball
MVP - Marcus Lewis
Rookie - Will Tran
PRIDE - Quintin Ashitei

Women’s Cross Country
MVP - Katie Gibson
Rookie - Emily Gibson
PRIDE - Jen Leroy

Men’s Cross Country
MVP - Teagan Retty
Rookie - Tommy Steele
PRIDE - Malcolm McCubbin

Women’s Hockey
MVP - Kaley Tienhaara 
Rookie – Britney Zack and Keara Amson 
PRIDE - Bronwyn Bolduc

Men’s Hockey
Dr. Dennis Mock MVP Award - Erik Robichaud & Dan Desrochers 
Rookie - Colby Tower 
PRIDE - Harrison Harper

MVP - Scott Dominey and Tanner Poole
Rookie - Quinn Harding
PRIDE - Brayden Trace

Women’s Nordic Skiing
MVP- Emily Drake
PRIDE - Emerson Bach

Men’s Nordic Skiing
MVP - Alex Maycock 
Rookie - Noah Sullivan
PRIDE- Kayden Sim

MVP - Emma Langill
PRIDE - Marlese Coombs

Women’s Soccer
MVP - Abby Wroe
Rookie - Lauren de Jong 
PRIDE Jess Moran

Men’s Soccer
MVP - Jamal Brown
Rookie - Tyrell Chambers
PRIDE - Alex Zero

Women’s Volleyball
MVP - Shayla Kessler and Taylor Walker
Rookie of the Year - Rebecca Illingworth
PRIDE - Olivia Robinson

Men’s Volleyball
MVP - Jeremie Murray
Rookie - Zack Thibeault 
PRIDE - Dan Miller


2018-19 OUA All-Stars

Jamal Brown - Men’s Soccer
Ryan Roy – Men’s Soccer

Abby Wroe – Women’s Soccer

Lauren de Jong – Women’s Soccer

Andrea Dermott – Women’s Soccer

Madison Logan – Women’s Soccer
David Bitonti – Women’s Soccer, East Division Coach of the Year

Jordan Cascagnette - Nordic Skiing

Emily Drake - Nordic Skiing

Steve Wood - Men’s Volleyball 
Zack Thibeault - Men’s Volleyball

Zosia Davis - Women’s Hockey

CUFLA All-Stars
Scott Dominey, Lacrosse
Coaching Staff, Lacrosse
Jason Rudge, Head Coach
Kyle Weatherall, Assistant Coach
Alex DeGagne, Assistant Coach
Austin Nix, Assistant Coach


Leckie Award
Kylor Wall, Men’s Hockey

M.E. Follis Award
Emma Langill, Rowing

Constable Andrew Keating Memorial Award
James Clendenning, Men’s Volleyball

Joshua Carfagnini Award
Mykaela Volpe and Erik Robichaud, Men’s Hockey

Lakers Spirit Award
Mathieu Simard

Brian 'Doc' Duval Student Trainer of the Year Award
Lee Rockburne

Rookie Athletes of the Year

Angeline Campbell, Women’s Basketball

Zack Thibeault, Men’s Volleyball

Athletes of the Year

Jack and Mary Ann Jones Female Athlete of the Year
Zosia Davis, Women’s Hockey

Al Carfagnini Male Athlete of the Year
Steve Wood, Men’s Volleyball

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