Long Branch, NJ - It is the highest honor that a Northeast Conference senior student-athlete can receive and only two are given out annually.
For the second year in a row, both Bryant and Wagner are home to the recipients.
Bryant men’s lacrosse captain Kyle Mummau and Wagner women’s softball all-NEC outfielder Brianna Tredway have won the 2016-17 Northeast Conference Student-Athlete of the Year awards presented by Provident Bank.
The prestigious honor recognizes individual excellence in both the academic and athletic realms as well as leadership and contributions to one’s community. The two winners were chosen out of a pool of 17 finalists from across the NEC's core membership. The Conference also honored all finalists in conjunction with announcing the overall winners.
“It is my pleasure to offer my sincere congratulations to Brianna and Kyle on receiving 2016-17 NEC Student-Athlete of Year Award! One look at their well-rounded resumes and you’ll quickly understand why they are receiving this prominent recognition,” said NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris. “Their academic, athletic and community service achievements are incredibly impressive. 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 other finalists who were nominated for this award made for a pool loaded with strong candidates. These women and men represent the true meaning of #NECPride.”
Mummau, a Biology major, completed his undergraduate work with a 3.75 cumulative grade-point average while earning a spot on the Dean’s List for the eighth consecutive semester. The four-time NEC Academic Honor Roll member earned the William T. O’Hara Senior Leadership Award earlier this spring, an honor that goes to a Bryant University senior male student-athlete who excels academically and athletically while also having an active presence in the community. As part of his personal studies, the decorated lacrosse defender carried out research projects in the field of Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering.
Mummau, who completed an Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the University of Rhode Island during Summer 2016, donated his time as a peer tutor at Bryant’s Academic Center for Excellence where he assisted fellow students in the subjects of Biology, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microeconomics and Calculus I.
His service to others extends far beyond his work in the academic realm. Mummau held a place on Bryant’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for his entire four-year undergraduate career. In that capacity, he spearheaded the “Mini’s for Many” program while also heavily assisting in the NEC Money Wars Fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Cancer Recovery Fund. Mummau also participated in Team Impact, serving as a team representative in the program that aims to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses.
“What a well-deserved honor for a young man who truly embodies the term student-athlete. Kyle has been a tremendous ambassador for Bulldog Athletics and Bryant University throughout a career decorated with accomplishments on and off the field," said Bryant's athletics director Bill Smith.
On the field, Mummau played his way to a third consecutive all-NEC first team selection on defense while helping the Bulldogs secure the conference crown and a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The four-year starter finished the 2017 season with career highs in ground balls (26) and caused turnovers (18). He leaves Bryant owning spots on two of the program’s career Top 10 lists – caused turnovers (46) and games started (65). The captain anchored a Bryant defense that ranked fifth in the nation in goals-against average (8.16). After helping the Bulldogs limit MAAC champion Monmouth to seven goals in a NCAA Play-In Game, Mummau caused two turnovers and secured one groundball in a 13-10 setback at eventual national champion Maryland.
"He has been a leader for his peers and a role model for those around him, and his success in Smithfield will surely follow him into his future endeavors. I am so proud of Kyle for all he has accomplished," said Smith.
On May 28, the Chesapeake Bayhawks selected Mummau in Round 7 of the 2017 Major League Lacrosse Draft.
Tredway’s selection as the NEC Female Student-Athlete of the Year has allowed Wagner’s streak to continue.
The Seahawks have produced a NEC Student-Athlete of the Year award winner for fifth consecutive spring dating back to 2013 when Steve Ciocci, a former offensive lineman for Wagner’s football team, received the honor.
"It's a honor to have a Wagner student-athlete awarded for the fifth consecutive year and truly a testament to our student-athletes' dedication and also the support of great coaches, faculty, and administrators," said Walt Hameline, Wagner's athletics director.
The latest in a long line of highly-regarded Wagner student-athletes, Tredway was a driving force behind one of the best seasons in the history of Seahawks’ softball. Batting a league-high .402 for the season, the Keystone State product led Wagner to its first NEC Tournament appearance since 2008. Tredway took advantage of the postseason opportunity, accounting for four hits and six RBI over the course of the conference’s four-team, double-elimination tournament. Tredway’s three-run home run lifted the Seahawks over Sacred Heart and into the NEC Championship Game for the first time in more than a decade. In addition to an All-NEC First Team selection, she earned a spot on the 2017 NEC All-Tournament Team.
The four-year starting outfielder found plenty of time for volunteerism and service away from the softball diamond with much of her work aimed at improving the lives of children.
"Brianna epitomizes what we strive for at Wagner and within the Northeast Conference," said Hameline. "She excelled in academics, athletics, and the community while representing our institution with a positive attitude."
Tredway spent more than 2,000 hours as a counselor at Dragonfly Forest (Valley Forge, PA), a summer camp for children with autism, 22Q, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, persistent asthma, and blood disorders. She donated more than 700 hours as a unit leader at Camp Tall Tree (Ann Arbor, MI), a specialized camp for autistic children. Tredway was responsible for oversight of 12 campers and four counselors at the overnight camp.
In addition to the thousands of hours helping children at summer camps, Tredway assisted at a number of local community events within the vicinity of Wagner's campus. She worked registration at the annual New York City Tunnel to Towers 5K Run as well as the Autism Speaks Walk. Tredway volunteered at the Staten Island Zoo's Children's Spooktacular event and also spent time at Staten Island Hospital, where she put care packages together and also participated in the Letters to Santa writing convention.
Tredway's service on Wagner's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee also focused on helping children as she spearheaded an effort to organize a charity basketball game to benefit cancer-stricken children. Taking part in Wagner's Literacy Day celebration, she went out and read to local elementary school students.
Working toward her career aspiration of becoming a special education teacher, Tredway has spent plenty time of serving children in the classroom. En-route to completing her studies in Psychology & Childhood/Special Education with a 3.80 cumulative GPA, the dual major served a 14-week student teaching stint at Public School 13 - M.L. Lindemeyer in Staten Island, NY. During her time on Grymes Hill, Tredway held membership in the following organizations - Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership Society), Kappa Delta Pi (Education Leadership Society), and Psi Chi (Psychology Leadership Society). She graduated Magna Cum laude this past May.
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 36th 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.