PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Oct. 22, 2012) – The Rutgers Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the recipients of its annual departmental awards from the previous academic year.
All award winners will be honored in a halftime ceremony of the homecoming football game against Kent State on Saturday, Oct. 27. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m.
Men’s lacrosse midfielder Will Mangan, football wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, women’s track & field’s Asha Ruth and baseball’s Patrick Kivlehan all collected the Werblin Award.
Rutgers softball third baseman Brittney Lindley collected the Headley-Singer Award. Aaron Younger, of the men’s track team, took home the Coursen Award.
Rower Katherine Geithman earned the Athletics Director’s Excellence Award. Ben Forrest of men’s track & field and Morgan Ivey of the women’s tennis team received the Big East Leadership Awards.
The David A. “Sonny” Werblin Award is given to a male or female student-athlete who, either as an individual or as a member of a team, received national recognition or won a national championship during the previous school year.
The 2012 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, Will Mangan completed one of the most decorated seasons in Rutgers men’s lacrosse history, earning United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America Honorable Mention and Scholar All-America, as well as BIG EAST First Team recognition. He finished his senior season with 40 points from 30 goals and 10 assists, as well as 46 ground balls. Mangan was picked up by Major League Lacrosse’s Long Island Lizards at the conclusion of his Rutgers career.
Sanu finished his career as Rutgers’ and the BIG EAST’s all-time leader in career receptions with 210. He ended the 2011 season with 115 receptions (school and BIG EAST record) for 1,206 yards. The 1,206 yards receiving place Sanu third in RU single-season history and eighth in BIG EAST single-season history. A unanimous All-BIG EAST selection in 2011, Sanu earned All-America recognition from Phil Steele and SI.com. Sanu was drafted 83rd overall in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ruth earned Second Team All-America honors last season, winning the individual long jump at the BIG EAST Championships and taking second in the event at the ECAC Championships. She became the first Scarlet Knight on the women’s side to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championship since 2005.
Kivlehan concluded the 2012 season by signing with the Seattle Mariners as a fourth round (131st overall) selection of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. The BIG EAST Player of the Year, Kivlehan won the first league Triple Crown in conference history (.402, 10, 36) and helped lead RU to its 11th BIG EAST Championship appearance. Overall, he batted .392 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs, to go with a .693 slugging percentage and .480 on-base percentage. He was named a Third Team All-American by Baseball America and the NJCBA Player of the Year. Kivlehan was previously a four-year member of the Rutgers football team.
The Headley-Singer Award, donated by trustees Evelyn L. Headley and Marijane Singer, is awarded each year to a female member of the graduating class who, during her career at the University, has participated in the intercollegiate athletics program and proved herself to be an athlete of outstanding ability, and who has shown determination, courage, modesty, and self-discipline, and who, with unselfish devotion to her teammates and generous fairness to her opponents, has represented Rutgers University to the highest of standards.
Lindley finished her career ranked in the top three in the program’s record books in doubles, RBIs, hit by pitches and walks. During her junior campaign, she became the school’s single-season record holder with 13 homers and the career home run leader with a total of 32. The Cicero, N.Y., native started 209 of a possible 210 career games, accumulating a .342 batting average and a .466 on-base percentage. The standout third baseman was a two-time member of National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Mideast Region Team and a BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
The Donald Leslie Coursen Memorial Perpetual Award is given annually to a male member of the graduating class who, during his career at the University, has participated in the intercollegiate athletics program and proved himself an athlete of outstanding ability, and has shown determination, courage, modesty and self-discipline and who, with unselfish devotion to his teammates and generous fairness to his opponents, has represented Rutgers University to the highest of standards.
A four-time BIG EAST Champion, Younger holds the Rutgers record in the 500 meter run and was the NCAA Regional Qualifier in 2009 and 2010. A NCAA finalist, Younger was named a Track & Field All-America Honorable Mention in 2011.
The Athletic Director’s Excellence Award is given to any student athlete who has attended Rutgers for at least four semesters, accumulated a G.P.A of 3.5 or higher, earned All-American honors nationally (minimum: honorable mention) or regionally (first team only), and who has demonstrated leadership and performances of community service.
Geithman, a political science and psychology major, was a four-year member of the rowing team. An All-Mid-Atlantic First Team honoree in 2012, Geithman served three years as team captain. She was named to the 2012 All-BIG EAST First Team and earned Second Team honors in 2011. A College Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete, she was also selected to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team. Geithman added to her academic accolades, as she received the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Excellence Award, the 2012 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award, was a member of the Dean’s List and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
The 2011-12 American Eagle Outfitters Michael Tranghese Postgraduate Leadership Award winner, Forrest served as captain of the cross country team during 2011 season and was a four-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star. He was a BIG EAST and IC4A scorer in the 4x800-meter relay, earning All-East honors. Forrest was also an IC4A qualifier in the distance medley relay.
Winner of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Region Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship and Team MVP, Ivey posted a 14-6 record in singles and a 13-8 mark in doubles in her final season as a Scarlet Knight. The highlight of the year for the senior was the epic 4-3 win over Cincinnati at the BIG EAST Championship, when she came back to win her match and clinch the victory for RU after dropping the first set. Ivey also was successful off the tennis courts, being elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the National Honor Society for College Student-Athletes and the Business School Honor Society.