BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College Athletics Department held its 37th Annual Senior Awards Banquet on Friday night to honor 84 student-athletes in the Class of 2018. A Night of Champions was highlighted by the selections of Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) of softball as the Female Athlete of the Class and John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) of the men's track & field and cross country teams as the Male Athlete of the Class.
Dan Young (Westwood, Mass.) of the men's golf team received the Conlon Award, which is presented in honor of both Michael Conlon '96 and Michelle Conlon '94, while women's soccer's Colleen Beggan (Medfield, Mass.) was honored with the George S. Wilson Award. Men's ice hockey's Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.) and Tatum Alkier (Collingwood, Ontario) of the women's alpine ski team were recognized as the Dr. Norm Govoni Scholar-Athletes of the Class.
In addition to the senior awards, lecturer and Director of the Math Resource Center George Recck '82 M'84 was presented with the prestigious Paul C. Staake Award for outstanding contributions to Babson Athletics. A pair of first-year athletes also were recognized as Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) of women's volleyball received the Lori Vengrow Award, while Ju'Quan Mills (Braintree, Mass.) of men's basketball was honored as the winner of the Colin "Chip" Brown Award.
One of the top pitchers in program history, Reilly earned all-conference honors in 2016 and was selected as the Most Outstanding Pitcher at the Williamstown Super Regional last spring. She ranks first in program history in wins (58), innings pitched (574.0) and appearances (103), and is also second in shutouts (16) and third in strikeouts (396).
Decker, who currently owns the third fastest time in Division III in the 800-meter run, became the first All-American in program history by finishing fourth in the event last May. He has collected All-New England honors in each of his first three seasons, is a two-time conference champion in the 800 meters and was selected as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete of the Year.
The Dr. Norm Govoni Scholar-Athlete of the Class awards went to a pair of athletes that distinguished themselves both in competition and in the classroom over the last four years. An all-conference forward with a 3.76 cumulative grade-point average, McMorrow totaled 17 goals and 37 assists for 54 points in 101 career games. Not to be outdone, Alkier also boasts a 3.76 GPA and won five All-America awards while helping the Beavers post three straight top-five finishes at the USCSA National Championships.
A professor at Babson since 1984, Recck has been an outstanding supporter of the athletic programs, which includes a stint on the softball staff in the early years of the program along with current men's soccer coach Jon Anderson '75.
The Class of 2018 has enjoyed tremendous success both in competition and in the classroom over the last four years. The Beavers have made 33 national tournament appearances, won 18 regular season titles and captured 17 conference tournament championships. Additionally, more than 50 members of the senior class have achieved better than a 3.0 cumulative GPA.