Jaun, Beecher Win BESBY Awards for Top Junior Performance

Jaun, Beecher Win BESBY Awards for Top Junior Performance

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Baseball's Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) and Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) of women's volleyball were selected as the BESBY Award winners for top performance by a junior in polls conducted on twitter earlier this week.

Jaun, who collected 41 percent of the vote, finished with four hits, including a double, drove in three and scored once in the Beavers' 11-5 win over Wheaton as the program claimed its second consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship on May 6. After flying out to start the second inning, he came through with RBI singles in the third and fifth inning, added another base hit in the sixth and then tacked on an RBI double as part of a four-run eighth inning uprising.

Beecher, who garnered 56 perent of the vote, recorded a career-high 45 digs and added six assists and one service ace in Babson's five-set NCAA Tournament second round victory over Clarkson on November 11 in Potsdam, N.Y. One of four players to finish with at least 10 digs, Beecher became just the program's second player to record more than 40 going back to 2012. The Green and White also needed just three sets to pass its previous season high (81) on the way to registering 117 digs for the match.

Other men's nominees:
• 28 percent: Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) of men's cross country recorded a career-best time of 25:23 to finish first in a field of 315 runners at the 8k UMass Dartmouth Invitational on September 16.
• 23 percent: Men's ice hockey goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) stopped a career-high 46 shots in a 1-1 tie against then-No. 2/3 Endicott on January 5.
• 8 percent: Men's Basketball's Brandon Johnson (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) poured in 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting in the Beavers' 84-72 win over Emerson on January 24.

Other women's nominees:
• 21 percent: Lexi Lenaghan (Hanover, Mass.) of women's lacrosse pumped in seven goals and dished out four assists for a season-high 11 points in an 18-3 rout of Smith on April 7.
• 15 percent: Women's basketball's Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) scored 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting and pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds in a 61-56 triumph over Roanoke on December 18.
• 8 percent: Women's soccer goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) made a career-high 17 saves in a 2-1 double-overtime loss at then-nationally-ranked Stevens on September 9.