PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences athletics department is pleased to announce its end-of-year awards for the 2018-19 athletic calendar.
Check back throughout the week to see the remaining winners.
Coach of the Year – Women's Basketball's Jackie Hartzell
A year after joining former Holy Family coach Mike McLaughlin as the only coach in the history of the league to win Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Coach of the Year multiple times, Hartzell joined McLaughlin as the only coach to win it at least three times in 2018-19.
She led USciences (30-3, 18-1 CACC) to its second consecutive 30-win season, with the Devils setting or tying program records for overall victories, regular season wins (26), CACC victories for a 19-game league schedule, national ranking (No. 4), regional ranking (No. 1) and win streak (18).
The season culminated with University of the Sciences hosting the NCAA East Regional, the first home NCAA postseason contest in the history of the University.
Team of the Year – Women's Basketball
In addition to everything above, women's basketball also captured its third straight CACC South title, and fourth in the past five years. USciences advanced to the CACC Championship Game for the third year in a row, and the Devils went on to win an NCAA Tournament game for the third consecutive year, the only team in the East Region to do so.
University of the Sciences finished the season top-10 in the NCAA in assist turnover ratio, free throw percentage, scoring defense, 3-pointers per game and turnovers per game.
Female Rookie of the Year – Volleyball's and Track & Field's McKayla Kelly
After starting all 27 matches and finishing second on the team in block per sets for volleyball in the fall, Kelly made an immediate impact for track & field team in the spring.
She registered the furthest mark in the shot put in the CACC this season at 11.77m, while also ranking fifth in the javelin.
Kelly would go on to place second in the shot put at the CACC Championships to become the first female in USciences history to earn All-CACC Honors in track & field. She also finished fourth in the javelin to bring her final point total to 14.
Her season culminated with being voted the CACC Field Rookie of the Year.
Male Rookie of the Year – Baseball's Chris Anderson
Anderson led USciences and ranked fourth in the CACC with a .384 batting average his freshman season. His .437 batting average in CACC play ranked second, and he was also top 10 in the league in on-base percentage (.456),
He recorded multiple hits in 16 games, registering at least three base-knocks in four of those performances.
In addition to batting average and on-base percentage, Anderson also led the Devils with 53 hits, 13 stolen bases, nine doubles and a .500 slugging percentage, and he was second on the team with 27 RBI.
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year –Tennis' Karla Miletic
Miletic completed her junior year maintaining a 4.0 GPA as a physics major. She was awarded the CACC Top XVI Award presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the CACC championships, and was voted on to the Google Cloud Academic All-District At-Large Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of Americ, for the second straight year.
She was also voted All-CACC First Team for the third year in a row in the fall.
Miletic advanced to the Quarterfinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Regional doubles draw for a second straight year with partner Abbygail Gamarnik, while also making it to the Round of 16 in the singles bracket for a third consecutive year.
Playing at first flight throughout the year, she was second on USciences with 12 doubles victories and eight singles wins, including going 11-4 with Gamarnik.
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year – Tennis' Borna Markusic
Marukusic maintained a 3.86 GPA as a Pharmaceutical Sciences major in his first year on campus.
Athletically, he was voted All-CACC First Team after leading USciences with nine singles victories, including a team-high three in CACC play, as the Devils' No. 1 player.
Two of his nine wins came at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Regionals, where he advanced to the Round of 16 in the singles bracket.
Markusic also advanced to the Round of 32 in doubles play with partner Borna Novak, one of his team-best nine doubles triumphs on the year.
Female Athlete of the Year –Basketball's Irisa Ye
Ye's list of accolades this year include WBCA Honorable Mention All-America, D2CCA All-Region First Team, First Team All-CACC, NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team and CACC Championship All-Tournament Team.
She finished this season atop the CACC with a 55.6 field goal percentage, which ranked 21st nationally and put her sixth in the program's single-season history.
Ye was also second in the league in both points per game (17.0) and 3-point percentage (43.7), the latter of which ranks seventh in the program's single-season annals, and fourth with an 83.1 free throw percentage.
Her 561 points this year were the second-most in a single-season in USciences history, breaking the program's NCAA Era record, while her 195 field goals and 133 free throws ranked fifth and seventh, respectively.
Male Athlete of the Year – Cross Country's and Track & Field's William Hallinan
After placing 28th at the CACC Cross Country Championships - a year after crossing 70th - to help USciences to its best finish since 2011 in the fall, Hallinan had a breakout campaign on the track at his preferred mid-distance discipline.
The sophomore ran the fastest 1500m, 4:03.54, in the CACC this year, while also registering the sixth-fastest 800m.
A year after placing sixth, Hallinan would go on to cross third in the 1500m at the CACC Championships to earn a bronze medal. He also finished sixth in the 800m to end the day with nine total points.
During the regular season Hallinan won the 800m at the Delaware Open to earn CACC Track Athlete of the Week honors, and he also registered top-three finishes in the 1500m at both Moravian's Greyhound Invitational and Rowan's Oscar Moore Invitational.