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AWARDS | Ravens commemorate athletic excellence with annual awards

Written by Mark Bahensky

Photo by Cole Lawrence

OTTAWA, Ontario – The annual Ravens Varsity Awards commemorating the top contributors to Ravens athletics were announced on social media for the first time for the 2019-20 season.

Members of the nordic skiing team were big winners after a season in which they captured OUA titles on both the men’s and women’s side. Zöe Williams was named Female Athlete of the Year, Graduating Female Athlete of the Year and female nordic skiing MVP. Aidan Kirkham was named Graduating Male Athlete of the Year as well as male nordic skiing MVP.

Linebacker Jack Cassar was named Male Athlete of the Year and team MVP after a strong defensive season for the football team. The native of Mississauga, Ontario led the Ravens in tackles, sacks and passes broken up despite missing a game.

Men’s soccer head coach Kwesi Loney was named Coach of the Year after guiding the Ravens to an OUA title after a first-place finish during the regular season.

Varsity team MVPs, outstanding contribution awards and the Volunteer Coach Award were announced as well.

 

Male Athlete of the Year

Jack Cassar (Football)

Finalists: Lloyd Pandi (Basketball), Aidan Kirkham (Nordic Skiing), Hunter Amesbury (Rowing), Stefan Karajovanovic (Soccer)

The fourth-year linebacker was a force on defense this season, recording 39 solo tackles and 10 assisted tackles. Cassar averaged 6.3 tackles per game, good for third in the OUA. He was named OUA Defensive Player of the Year as well as a first team all-star. Cassar was also named a U SPORTS first-team All-Canadian.

 

Female Athlete of the Year

Zöe Williams (Nordic Skiing)

Finalists: Alyssa Cerino (Basketball), Maya Addai (Rugby), Chloe Doherty (Soccer), Roberta Drummond (Rugby)

Williams captured this award for the second year in a row after leading the women’s team to their fifth straight OUA Championship. Individually, the fifth-year student won bronze in the 10km Free, silver in the 15km Classic, and posted the third-best time as part of the Ravens’ silver medal win in the 3x5km relay.

 

Graduating Male Athlete of the Year

Aidan Kirkham (Nordic Skiing)

Finalists: Marcus Anderson (Basketball), Tevin Bowen (Football), Alexandre Boivin (Hockey), Yasiin Joseph (Basketball)

Kirkham was dominant for the Ravens at the 2020 OUA Championships, leading them to a provincial title – his second as a member of the Ravens. Individually, the fourth-year student won gold in the 10km Free, silver in the 15km Classic, and posted the third-best time as part of the Ravens’ gold medal win in the 3x5km relay.

 

Graduating Female Athlete of the Year

Zöe Williams (Nordic Skiing)

Finalists: Leah Scott (Hockey), Alyssa Cerino (Basketball), Maureen Foran (Rugby)

Williams will graduate from Carleton as a five-time OUA Nordic Skiing champion, as well as a national champion in 2018. The four-time team MVP has also represented Canada and Carleton at the Winter World University Games, something she will do one final time in 2021.

 

Coach of the Year

Kwesi Loney (Men’s Soccer)

Finalists: Taffe Charles (Men’s Basketball), Robert D’Arras (Nordic Skiing), Shaun Van Allen (Men’s Hockey)

Loney led the Ravens to their first OUA title since 2005 this season, along with a fourth-place finish at the U Sports National Championship. The Ravens compiled a record of 16-1 through the regular season and playoffs, scoring 47 goals while conceding just eight.

 

Volunteer Coach Award

Dean Petridis (Women’s Basketball)

“Dean’s move to the women’s basketball team [from Men’s Basketball] during a season of transition had an immediate impact. His experience and commitment to the players and coaches, both on & off the court played a big part in the team’s success this season.” – Dave Smart, Director of Basketball Operations

 

Male Varsity Team MVPs

Jack Cassar (Football)

Stefan Karajovanovic (Soccer)

Lloyd Pandi (Basketball)

James Pero (Golf)

Aidan Kirkham (Nordic Skiing)

Hunter Amesbury (Rowing)

Philip McCully (Fencing)

David Lapins (Water Polo)

 

Female Varsity Team MVPs

Chloe Doherty (Soccer)

Jennifer Semkowski (Hockey)

Roberta Drummond (Rugby)

Alyssa Cerino (Basketball)

Emma Lindale (Rowing)

Zöe Williams (Nordic Skiing)

Chloe Wilson (Golf)

Madelyn Krasnay (Fencing)

 

Doug Banton Award Recipients

The Doug Banton Award is presented annually to male student-athletes who, through sportsmanship & willingness to put team before self, have made an outstanding contribution to athletics at Carleton University.

Mitchell Raper (Football)

Dondrae Fells (Soccer)

Justin Nichols (Hockey)

Stanley Mayambo (Basketball)

 

Alumni Award Recipients

The Alumni Award is presented annually to female student-athletes who, through sportsmanship & willingness to put team before self, have made an outstanding contribution to athletics at Carleton University.

Alyssa Cerino (Basketball)

Jennifer Semkowski (Hockey)

Alexis Groulx (Rugby)

Sarah Zutrauen (Soccer)