Buzzards Bay, Mass. -- Women’s Lacrosse all-conference defender and soccer tri-captain Kianna Carpenter, all-conference volleyball outside hitter Charleen Klangos, football all-New England linebacker Marshall McCarthy and three-time all-conference men’s soccer back Matthew McDonough were named as the 2016-17 Massachusetts Maritime Alumni Athletes of the Year on Wednesday evening, as the Buccaneer Class of 2017 was honored at the Department of Athletics’ Senior Student-Athlete Awards Banquet at the Bay State Conference Center on campus.
Carpenter, a native of Sagamore Beach, Mass. and a graduate of Bourne High School, became the second player in the six-year history of the women’s lacrosse program to earn all-conference honors earlier today when she was tabbed to the second team all-Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference squad. Kianna recorded 41 ground balls, 27 draw controls and 26 caused turnovers in 12 matches for Head Coach Marc Palombo’s Buccaneers this spring, and she also served as a two-year captain for Massachusetts Maritime’s women’s soccer team. Carpenter played in 61 career matches on the pitch and also served as an officer on the Buccaneer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Klangos, a native of Lowell, Mass. and a graduate of Notre Dame Academy of Tyngsboro, became the eighth player in school history to earn all-MASCAC honors and the first since 2006. Charleen closed out her career by leading the Buccaneers with 241 kills and 38 service aces while ranking third on the squad with 242 digs, as the squad posted its highest single-season win total in a decade last fall. Klangos notched 470 kills and 540 digs in 75 career matches for Massachusetts Maritime, and she chipped in with 89 service aces and 19 total blocks while earning a pair of spots on the Maritime Classic all-tournament team in both 2015 and 2016.
McCarthy, a native of Duxbury, Mass. and a graduate of Duxbury High School, was named as the 2016 MASCAC Defensive Player of the Year for his performance for Head Coach Jeremy Cameron’s squad last fall, as he recorded 108 total tackles in just nine games played during the season to rank 12th nationally in NCAA Division III that category. Marshall led the country in solo stops with 83 overall (9.2 per game), and he became the first player in school history to post back-to-back 100-tackle campaigns. In just 19 games played in a Massachusetts Maritime uniform, McCarthy registered 155 solo and 53 assisted stops for 208 total tackles, and last December he became the sixth player in school history to receive all-New England recognition while also being named as a finalist for the prestigious Cliff Harris Award as the nation’s top small college defensive player.
McDonough, a native of Framingham, Mass. and a graduate of Framingham High School, earned all-MASCAC accolades in three of his four seasons in a Buccaneer uniform under the guidance of veteran Head Coach Greg Perry. Matt helped Massachusetts Maritime earn four straight post-season berths for the first time in school history while starting in 68 of a possible 71 career contests, as he led one of the stingiest defensive units in the region. A three-time MASCAC Sportsmanship Award recipient, McDonough served as President of the Buccaneer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee this past year.
Men’s Cross Country co-captain and all-conference performer Jake MacVarish (Braintree, Mass./Norfolk Aggie) was named as the recipient of the Academic Dean’s Award, which honors senior student-athletes who have persevered in athletics as well as in academics, combining outstanding academic achievement with athletic accomplishments. MacVarish, who was the top individual performer in 25 of 32 career races, has achieved a 3.708 cumulative grade point average in the classroom as a Marine Engineering major.
Carpenter and volleyball and outdoor track & field co-captain Emma Ethier (Norton, Mass./Norton) were co-recipients of the Foundation Award, which is presented to a female student-athlete who best exemplifies the true spirit and philosophy of Division III athletics. McDonough was the recipient of the Trustees Award, which is presented to a male student-athlete who best exemplifies the spirit and philosophy of Division III athletics.
Buccaneer Merit Medals, which recognize senior student-athletes who are members of a varsity team governed by NCAA rules of eligibility and are bestowed on athletes who have combined athletic achievement with service to the institution, were presented to Carpenter, soccer and lacrosse captain Ashley Solari (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich), outdoor track & field co-captain Tyler Aldrich (Mashpee, Mass./Mashpee), men’s crew standout James Lucenta (Yorktown, Va./Tabb), football all-conference performer Kenny Pierce (Beverly, Mass./Beverly) and football & baseball standout Aidan Desrosiers (North Attleboro, Mass./Xaverian).
Six individuals were presented with the Robert E. Corradi Senior Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Award, which is named for the Academy’s Director of Athletics Emeritus and recognizes members of the senior class who have provided valuable contributions and service to the Buccaneer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during their matriculation at the Academy. This year’s recipients were McDonough, MacVarish, Carpenter, Ethier, Desrosiers, Pierce and men’s lacrosse co-captain Kevin Collins (Hampden, Mass./Minnechaug Regional).
Athletic Director’s Academic Achievement Awards were presented to 19 members of the senior class for their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom during their career, as the honor is awarded to student-athletes who have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in their chosen major. Those student-athletes honored were Marine Engineering majors MacVarish, football co-captain Adam Banks (Sharon, Mass./Sharon), volleyball tri-captain Meaghan Brain (Hanson, Mass./Whitman-Hanson), women’s lacrosse standout Dahlia Seggelin (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) and outdoor track & field’s Judson Yerkes (West Barnstable, Mass./Blue Ridge School); Marine Transportation majors Anthony Bratica (Milford, Mass./Milford) of men’s crew, sailing standouts Joseph Dragon (Glen Arm, Md./Loch Raven) and Ryan Novak-Smith (Johnston, R.I./Bishop Hendricken), men’s soccer tri-captains Scott Matoian (Mashpee, Mass./Mashpee) and Thomas McCarthy (Tybee Island, Ga./Benedictine Military), and men’s lacrosse co-captain Ryan McNeill (Burlington, Mass./Burlington); Marine Safety & Environmental Protection majors Aldrich, Solari, women’s crew standout Rochelle Gaudette (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) and outdoor track & field’s Tyler Phillips (East Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth); Facilities Engineering major Colleen LeFavor (Mashpee, Mass./Mashpee) of women’s crew; Emergency Management major and women’s crew standout Laura Hahn (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy); International Maritime Business major Cody Stahmer (Wareham, Mass./Wareham) of the football team as well as Energy Systems Engineering major Aoife Callinan (West Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth), who served as a women’s soccer tri-captain.
Massachusetts Maritime Director of Financial Aid Cathy Kedski was the recipient of the Buccaneer Appreciation Award, which recognizes institutional staff members, past and present, for their efforts in advancing the services and programs of the institution. Additionally, a total of 55 members of the Academy’s Class of 2017 were honored by Buccaneer Director of Athletics Garin Veris, their respective head coaches and 10-year-old Team IMPACT honorary men’s soccer team member Thomas Schmid of Marshfield, Mass., with their senior class gifts.