A Page -- June 4, 2012



Lake Erie College Athletics Announce Annual Department Award Winners

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College Department of Athletics officially put a wrap up on the 2011-12 year with the announcement of the department’s annual award winners Monday (June 4). The five student-athletes are nominated and selected by the department coaches and administrative staff.

Senior women’s basketball player Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) was named the Jane White Lincoln Female Athlete of the Year; sophomore two-sport standout Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) was the Male Athlete of the Year; senior Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) of the women’s basketball team was named the recipient of the Gloria A. Heaney Award for Athletic & Academic Excellence; and women’s lacrosse player Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) and men’s swimmerIvan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia) were the Female and Male Rookies of the Year, respectively.




“This past year was truly a banner year for Lake Erie College Athletics, with an individual national champion, several All-American performances at national meets, teams qualifying for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) postseason for the first time and over 100 student-athletes earning all-conference and academic all-conference honors,” said Director of Athletics Griz Zimmermann. “We are proud to recognize, not just these five outstanding student-athletes, but every member of the Storm for a great year.”

Abu-Kwiek started all 17 games as a freshman for the Storm women’s lacrosse team, leading the squad in caused turnovers and helping LEC to tie its school mark for most victories in a season (7). She finished second on the team in draw controls (42) and ground balls (28) while ranking fifth in goals (24) and sixth in points (27). She was named East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week during the season and had three games with four goals scored and four games with at least four points or more.


Rogers capped her outstanding athletic career by being named first-team All-GLIAC and All-GLIAC Defensive Team – the second straight year she received all-conference and all-league defensive honors - after helping the Storm women to a 16-11 overall record and their first appearance in the GLIAC Tournament. The four-year starting center led the team in scoring (15.6 ppg.), rebounding (8.0 rpg.) and blocked shots (2.9/game) for the second straight season, ranking in the top eight in all three categories in the conference . Her 77 blocked shots were second in the league and her 56 steals were fifth most in the conference and second on the team. She was also named GLIAC All-Academic Excellence and earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District IV First Team. Rogers ends her career ranked second on the school’s all-time scoring list and is Lake Erie’s all-time leading shot blocker. She also ranks fifth in steals and sixth in rebounds. The award is the department’s oldest award and is named in honor of former Lake Erie College professor of physical education and dean of students, Jane D. White Lincoln.

Dudley was stellar for two Storm teams this past year, but really made his mark in track and field, becoming the school’s first individual NCAA national champion when he won the high jump at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in late May. That capped a scholastic season in which he was the GLIAC Champion in the high jump at both indoor and outdoor championships, claiming his second indoor title and his first outdoor crown. He Placed fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships, his third career All-American honor and he had the DII-best outdoor jump of 2.25 meters (7’ 4 ½”) during the season (twice). That jump qualified him for US Olympic Trials B Standards in mid-June. On the court, Dudley played in 25 games for the men’s basketball team and tied for fourth on the team in scoring (7.0 ppg.) and was second in blocked shots. He scored in double figures five times, including a career-high 24 points twice. One of those 24-point games came one day before hitting the NCAA indoor automatic qualifying standard for the high jump at the University of Akron.

In addition to receiving the Gloria A. Heaney Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence (formerly the Scholar-Athlete of the Year), Busson was also the recipient of the Senior Scholar Athlete Award at Commencement. Carrying a better than 3.90 GPA in the classroom, Busson was a Capital One Academic All-District IV First Team selection and was twice a GLIAC All-Academic Excellence honoree. She ranks among the school career leaders in steals, assists and three-pointers made. This season, she averaged 7.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game with a team-high 73 assists. Busson finished third on squad with 42 steals and was second with 45 made three-pointers. This year she helped lead the team to 16-11 record and a spot in the GLIAC Tournament for the first time.





Abu-Kwiek started all 17 games as a freshman for the Storm women’s lacrosse team, leading the squad in caused turnovers and helping LEC to tie its school mark for most victories in a season (7). She finished second on the team in draw controls (42) and ground balls (28) while ranking fifth in goals (24) and sixth in points (27). She was named East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week during the season and had three games with four goals scored and four games with at least four points or more.



Cizmar emerged as the Male Rookie of the Year in a very competitive vote after earning All-American status in the 200-yard backstroke, becoming Lake Erie’s first swimming All-American honoree. He qualified for two other events at the NCAA Championships (400-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke) and was an honorable mention All-American in the 400 IM.  Cizmar was a third-team All-GLIAC selection at the conference meet and twice was the GLIAC Swimmer of the Week during the season.



Case Western Reserve Announces 2012 Football Schedule

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A pair of first-time opponents and a final year of University Athletic Association/North Coast Athletic Conference match-ups headline the 2012 Case Western Reserve University football schedule.

The Spartans begin the season with three-of-four games on the road, including a pair of night games to open the schedule at Marietta College on September 1 and Hiram College on Sept. 8.

The early slate of away games doesn't figure to be an issue for the Spartans, as the team has posted a 24-1 record in the past 25 road contests dating back to 2007.

Marietta is one of two first-time opponents as the Spartans welcome Frostburg State University (Md.) to Case Field for the 2012 home-opener on Sept. 15. Another road game at Ohio Wesleyan University on Sept. 22 and a Homecoming clash with Wittenberg University on Sept. 29 close out the first month of the season.

The 25th and final installment of the "Baird Brothers Trophy Game" versus The College of Wooster opens the second month of the season on October 6. Following a bye week, Case then closes out the road portion of the schedule at Oberlin College on October 20 and the University of Chicago (Ill.) in the UAA opener on October 27.

November features a pair of home conference games with Washington University (Mo.) in town on the 3rd and Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) at Case Field for the 26th Annual "Academic Bowl" on the 10th.

The Spartans return 13 starters from last season, including seven on defense. (photo by Dave Nash)

"Much like last year, this schedule will be one of the toughest we've had in my time here," said ninth-year Head Coach Greg Debeljak. "We add two new opponents (Marietta and Frostburg St.) to the mix that come from two of the top conferences in the nation, and we add Wittenberg, who is a perennial power in the NCAC and in the region. The UAA is as competitive as it's ever been, so we know that we'll need to be at our best each and every week."

The Spartans (9-1 in 2011) have won four of the past five UAA Championships with three-consecutive NCAA Playoff appearances from 2007 to 2009. Over the last five seasons, the Spartans boast an overall record of 48-6.

The 2012 campaign is the final season of the UAA/NCAC schedule, and the Spartans will conclude annual matchups with the likes of Wooster, Oberlin, Hiram and others. In 2014, the team will join the Presidents' Athletic Conference as an affiliate member, beginning a full PAC schedule along with the three-game UAA slate.

2012 Schedule

September

Sat

1

at Marietta

7:00 PM

Sat

8

at Hiram

7:00 PM

Sat

15

Frostburg St.

1:00 PM

Sat

22

at Ohio Wesleyan

1:00 PM

Sat

29

Wittenberg

Homecoming

1:00 PM


October

Sat

6

Wooster

Baird Brothers Trophy Game

1:00 PM

Sat

20

at Oberlin

1:00 PM

Sat

27

at Chicago *

2:00 PM


November

Sat

3

Washington (Mo.) *

12:00 PM

Sat

10

Carnegie Mellon *

Academic Bowl

12:00 PM


Home games in bold.

*Conference Game

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