BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Lynn University athletic department hosted its seventh annual Student-Athlete Recognition Awards show on Wednesday evening, handing out a record 44 awards to Fighting Knight student-athletes while also inducting the 18th Hall of Fame class. Mateo Gomez of the men's golf program and Rosalie Willig of the women's tennis team were honored with the coveted Blue and White Athlete of the Year award, while lacrosse's Mark Pryor and women's golf's Jenny Ayala garnered Mr. and Mrs. Fighting Knight recognition. Ayala also claimed Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors alongside Cody Bartusiak of the lacrosse program, and softball won the second-annual Lip Sync Award.
The night began with a dinner for the senior student-athletes and the annual inductions to the Lynn University Athletes Hall of Fame. Kenny Anders (men's basketball), Holly Nay (women's soccer), Alexandra Schunk (women's tennis) and Lee Paul Scroggins (men's soccer) became the four newest members of the Lynn Athletics Hall of Fame.
Gomez was honored as both an All-Sunshine State Conference and All-American selection for the third consecutive year, becoming just the second men's golfer in program history to accomplish that feat. He helped the men's golf team to a national runner-up finish in 2017 while leaving the program first all-time in stroke average, top-10 finishes and tournament victories.
Willig capped off her four-year career in 2017 as an All-American in both singles and doubles play while helping the Fighting Knights to a national runner-up finish. She was a five-time All-American and graduated ranked in the top-10 in program history for career singles and doubles victories while also twice winning the ITA Doubles National Championship.
Pryor and Ayala claim Mr. and Mrs. Fighting Knight honors as students that show the most Fighting Knight pride and dedication, campus leadership and spirit. Both are heavily involved around on campus and in the surrounding community, exemplifying what it means to be a Lynn student-athlete.
Ayala earned her second award of the evening as the women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while Bartusiak earned the accolade on the men's side. Ayala has a 3.92 GPA and is a three-time WGCA Scholar All-America selection. Bartusiak checks in with a 4.0 GPA as a finance management major and has twice been named to the SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Brandon Bornelus claimed Newcomer of the Year honors after ranking among the Sunshine State Conference leaders in assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio. The true freshman averaged 12.3 points per game on 43.1 percent shooting, with a 41.8 percent clip from three-point range.
The second annual Boca Raton Regional Hospital Comeback Players of the Year went to Rigo Beltran of the baseball team and Jamie Perriello of women's soccer. Beltran won his first five decisions of 2018 on the mound, while Perriello returned to lead the SSC in assists, with seven.
The Best Game Performance Category saw lacrosse's win over No. 8 Adelphi take home the team honors, while Alexander Roth's shutout against Rockhurst in the NCAA National Semifinals claimed the individual award.
Men's golf grabbed the team award for Best Championship Performance, coming back from 16th place on day one of the NCAA National Championship to finish as National Runners-Up in 2017. Niklas Tasky's strong defense throughout the NCAA postseason in 2017 earned him individual honors, as he anchored a defense that allowed just two goals in five games against the nation's best competition.