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Somerset, NJ --
The Northeast Conference (NEC) paid tribute to two of its finest on Monday when it named Bryant tennis player Max Vogt (Fair Oaks, CA/Granite Bay)
and Wagner swimmer Amanda Lucia (East Hampton, MA/East Hampton)
as the 2015-16 NEC Male and Female Student Athletes of the Year, respectively, as presented by Provident Bank
. The honor recognizes individual excellence in both the academic and athletic realms as well as leadership and contributions to one’s community. The Conference also honored each of the 10 male and female nominees for the awards from around the NEC membership.
“Congratulations to Amanda and Max on their 2015-16 NEC Student-Athlete of Year Award! Their academic, athletic and community service resumes are incredibly impressive and so deserving of this prestigious recognition,” said Noreen Morris, NEC Commissioner. ”In addition to celebrating these two bright stars, I must also congratulate the 18 other finalists who were nominated for this award. As a member of the voting committee, I can tell you that I agonized over having to choose just one male and female winner. The NEC is well represented by tremendously talented student-athletes who excel in the classroom, on the athletic stage and in the their communities. #NECpride365 at its best!”
Vogt’s accomplishments on and off the tennis courts are impressive to say the least.
Vogt graduated with a 3.79 grade point average and earned academic distinction as a four-year member of the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. An Actuarial Mathematics major, Vogt was recently honored with the William T. O’Hara Leadership Award, presented to the Bryant male student-athlete who demonstrates leadership in the classroom, in the community and within his sport. He was admitted to the Rhode Island chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, a National Mathematics Honor Society.
Vogt has already passed two actuarial exams and has started working at Willis Towers Watson in Boston, MA as an Actuarial Analyst.
The Granite Bay, CA native was an integral part of Bryant’s first three NEC men’s tennis championship teams, completing the three-peat this past April. The former NEC Rookie of the Year was a two-time All-NEC singles selection and a two-time All-NEC doubles honoree. This past season he served as team captain, took over at the #1 singles flight and was tabbed a first team NEC all-star at #2 doubles pairing with Luke Lorenz. Vogt finished his Bulldog career with 100 career wins (56 singles, 44 doubles).
Vogt has also been an all-star in the community. While employed at Phoenix Life Insurance over the summer, he helped organize “ICE” week as a means to raise money for Foodshare. Vogt served as treasurer and processed all the donations. Vogt also worked with the Khardalis Charity in Rhode Island as part of a Service Learning Project. He helped Khardalis receive an $8,000 Capacity Building Grant from the Rhode Island Foundation.
On campus, Vogt volunteered each semester for the Rhode Island Special Olympics hosted by the University.
“It is truly an honor for Max and our University to earn the NEC Male Student-Athlete of the Year honor,” said Bryant Athletic Director Bill Smith. “Max has demonstrated the characteristics and attributes of a standout student-athlete from the first day he stepped on our campus and he has set a wonderful example for all of our other student-athletes to follow. I couldn’t be more proud of Max’s career and in the way he has embodied the Character of Success that we live by here at Bryant.”
Lucia’s honor is the latest in a long line of accomplishments for the senior from East Hampton, MA.
A Nursing major, Lucia graduated with cum laude honors after posting a 3.55 grade point average over the course of her career. She was a four-year member of the NEC Academic Honor Roll and compiled a perfect 4.0 GPA in her final semester of college. While at Wagner, Lucia was an active member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing.
This past year, Lucia won a pair of events at the NEC Swimming & Diving Championships, touching first in the 200 fly and 400 IM, while finishing second in the 100 fly. She set a pair of conference and school records in the 200 fly and 400 IM as a junior in 2015. Lucia ended her four-year career as a seven-time NEC individual gold medalist and was the NEC Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet in her freshman season. In 2014 she qualified and swam at the AT&T US Winter National Championships, and produced NCAA B-cut times the last two years in the 200 fly.
Lucia was also a member of Wagner swimming and diving teams that won three straight NEC Team Sportsmanship awards from 2014-16. Along with being good sports, the Seahawks also posted the third highest swim team GPA in the country this past season.
Lucia’s elite performances in the classroom and in the pool were certainly matched by her extraordinary work and leadership in and around her community, including a four-year stint as a member of the Wagner Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
This past year she co-founded, along with teammate Erin Malone, the local chapter of “Love Your Melon,” an organization that raises awareness about Children’s Cancer and looks to provide children who are fighting cancer with comfortable, warm and loving hats. Her efforts positively impacted Cohen Children’s Medical Center as well as a local family battling cancer. Lucia also assisted the CHAD Foundation by volunteering as a student nurse to provide EKGs to local high school athletes from low-income areas in New York City. In the summer of 2015, Lucia volunteered in labor, delivery and post-partum care at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn.
Lucia also served as a volunteer for three years at the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run and the Cystic Fibrosis Awareness and Fundraiser hosted by the Wagner women’s swimming and diving team. She also took part in Wagner Cares, a Hurricane Sandy relief effort at Midland Beach in Staten Island, and volunteered at the J.J. Dushane Memorial Foundation annual golf fundraiser.
“Amanda has been a magnificent student-athlete at Wagner throughout her four years, has helped our swim program reach tremendous heights, and is richly deserving of this honor,” said Wagner Athletic Director Walt Hameline. “We wish her great success in the future and know that she will continue to be a tremendous ambassador for Wagner and Seahawk athletics.”
Weighing one’s leadership ability, athletic prowess, academic achievement and community service, the NEC Student-Athlete of the Year award was formerly known as the NEC SAAC Student-Athlete of the Year award. One student-athlete was honored annually from 2003 to 2014, before the award was renamed and the decision was made to recognize one male and one female student-athlete per academic year.
Northeast Conference Student-Athlete of the Year Award Winners
2015-16 Max Vogt, Bryant (male, tennis)
Amanda Lucia (female, swimming)
2014-15 Phil Faccone, Wagner (male, football)
Nicole Sleith, Robert Morris (female, softball)
2013-14 Meredith Ketchmark, Wagner (swimming)
2012-13 Steve Cioicci, Wagner (football)
2011-12 Julia Prantl, Fairleigh Dickinson (tennis)
2010-11 Katherine Bossardet, CCSU (cross country, track and field)
2009-10 Kundayi Mawema, Bryant (field hockey)
2008-09 Alexandra Tomlinson, Wagner (swimming)
2007-08 Tiffany Hahn, Monmouth (track and field)
2006-07 Erika Jacobs, Saint Francis U (cross country, track and field)
2005-06 Joy Gallagher, Wagner (basketball, softball)
2004-05 Beth Swink, Saint Francis U (basketball)
2003-04 Naomi Campano, Mount St. Mary’s (lacrosse)
2002-03 Sabrina Mariani, CCSU (soccer)
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About The Northeast Conference
Now in its 35th year, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to four of the largest markets in the United States - New York (#1), Pittsburgh (#23), Baltimore (#27), and Hartford/New Haven (#30). Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 22 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic access to 14 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary’s, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league’s official website (www.northeastconference.org) and digital network (www.necfrontrow.com), or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Google+, all @NECsports.