Lancer standouts Krystin Lawrence and Corey Bellemore walked away with tonight's top two prizes as they were awarded the Banner and Olympic Shields as the University of Windsor Athletes of the Year. The duo were multiple winners as part of the Evening of Excellence, highlighting the accomplishments of the Windsor Lancers, held at the St. Clair Centre of the Arts.
This is the second straight year that Bellemore has captured the prestigious Olympic Shield as the top student-athlete at the University of Windsor.
During the cross country season, the Windsor native finished first overall at the OUA Cross Country championships as he helped the Lancers to a silver medal while earning OUA MVP honours and all-conference status. He also finished in the top ten individually at the U SPORTS national championships to be named a U SPORTS all-Canadian.
Inside on the track, Bellemore had another tremendous season as he brought home three medals at the OUA championships and helped the Blue & Gold capture an OUA team bronze medal. At nationals, Bellemore came up huge again, once again bringing home three medals in the men's 1000m, 1500m, and 4x800m relay to help the Lancers bring home an overall team silver medal.
It was truly an incredible year for Lawrence as she had a breakout season as a member of both the women's hockey and soccer teams, becoming one of the country's top overall athletes in the process.
On the soccer pitch, Lawrence had an outstanding season in goal as she finished the year with a 0.64 goals against average to go along with a .833 save percentage. The Tecumseh, Ontario native recorded shutouts in 50% of her starts as she was named an OUA soccer first team all-star and helped her team reach the OUA Women's Soccer Final Four.
On the ice, the dual sport athlete established herself as one of the premier players in the country as she recorded 23 goals and 32 points to take home the second straight OUA scoring title. The third year standout was named the overall OUA women's hockey player of the year and also a U SPORTS all-Canadian for the first time in her career.
The DeMarco Awards, presented annually to the top female and male students that best combine academic achievement with athletic prowess, went to Mike Rocca from men's basketball, Nick MacMackin from cross country/track & field and to Emily Prevost from the women's basketball team on the women's side.
The University of Windsor Gino Fracas Coach of the Year Award was presented to Steve Hart from the women's soccer team.
It was a terrific season on the pitch for Coach Hart as he helped guide the Lancer women's soccer team to the OUA Final Four and their best overall team finish in over a decade. The team had a tremendous conference season as they lost only one regular season game all year to earn one of the top four seeds in the OUA west division.
The Captain's Trophy, awarded to a male and female captain who demonstrate outstanding leadership both on and off the field while also making a significant contribution to the overall success of their team, went to Randy Beardy from football and Giulia Barile from women's soccer.
The female rookie of the year award went to Kayah Clarke from women's basketball, while Daniel Metcalfe from football won the male rookie of the year. Both recipients had outstanding rookie campaigns.
The Super Sophomore awards were presented to women's soccer standout Keely Baggio, and John Moate and Justice Dundas from men's volleyball and hockey, respectively, on the men's side.
"A" Awards, marking major contributions to Lancer Athletics, went to longtime track & field official Bob Newman, former Department of Athletics administrative assistant Shari Turcotte, and to the students who played a pivotal role in the referendum.
April 10, 2017 Lawrence & Bellemore named Windsor Athletes of the Year
April 3, 2017 Masse, Turner named Varsity Blues Athletes of the Year
March 31, 2017 Lao and Pitters named 2017 York Athletes of the Year
March 31, 2017 Land and Connell named Guelph Athletes of the Year
March 2, 2017 OUA announces 2016-17 Track and Field Major Awards
February 25, 2017 Western, Guelph lead on Day 1 of OUA track and field championships
February 25, 2017 Gryphons sweep team titles at OUA Track and Field Championships
February 23, 2017 Windsor & Guelph looking to repeat at OUA Track and Field Championships
January 16, 2017 AROUND OUA: Can Am Classic