Bornhorst, Roche Win BESBY Awards For Top Sophomore Performance

Bornhorst, Roche Win BESBY Awards For Top Sophomore Performance

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) of men's golf and field hockey's Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) were the BESBY Award winners for top performance by a sophomore in polls conducted on twitter this week.

Bornhorst received 40 percent of the vote in a close finish for his final round 67 to win the Tim Brown Invitational at Saratoga Spa Country Club on April 22. After opening with a 1-under par 70, he matched the low score in program history to post a 36-hole total of 5-under par on the way to a nine-shot victory as the Beavers won their second consecutive tournament.

Roche, who garnered 62 percent of the vote, recorded the first hat trick of her career in Babson's 8-1 win over Wheaton on October 17 at MacDowell Field. She gave the Green and White a three-goal advantage less than 20 minutes into the contest and then tacked on a pair of tallies over the first 12 minutes of the second half.

Other men's nominees:
• 34 percent: Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) of men's swimming & diving broke his own record in the 100-yard butterfly and was part of four victories as Babson defeated Wheaton for the first time since 2013.
• 18 percent: Chris Czarnecki (Baltimore, Md.) recorded the men's soccer program's first hat trick since 2012 with three second-half goals in a 4-0 win over New England College.
• 8 percent: Jack Blanchard (Dover, Mass.) of the men's alpine ski program backed up his tie for fourth in the giant slalom by finishing second in both the slalom and combined standings at the USCSA National Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Other women's nominees:
• 21 percent: Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) of women's volleyball dished out 60 assists and added 19 digs and three blocks in the Beavers' five-set comeback win over Clarkson in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
• 12 percent: Softball's Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) tossed a three-hit shutout and hit a grand slam for the first home run of her career to complete a sweep of Wheaton with an 8-0 five-inning victory.
• 5 percent: Women's alpine skier Elizabeth Baer (Salt Lake City, Utah) came in eighth in the slalom, ninth in the GS and sixth in the overall combined standings at the USCSA National Championships back in March.