The Castleton State College Department of Athletics honored the 2009 President's Cup Winnersfall sports teams at an awards ceremony on Nov. 19. All nine teams were honored for a very successful fall sports season, and team most valuable player awards were given.
Every Castleton team this fall earned a spot in its respective conference tournament, with women's tennis bringing home the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship.
Team Most Valuable Player Awards:
Fall Most Vauable Players
Men's Cross Country: Nohea King. Just a freshman, King was honored by the conference as an all-conference second team selection, and earned a weekly award on four different occasions during the season. King won his first collegiate race, the Johnson State Invitational, and was the top Spartan finisher in every race this season.
Women's Cross Country: Maggie Klein. Klein earns her second-straight team MVP award, as she led the Spartan women in every race she entered. The junior won two races this season and was a six-time recipient of the NAC Runner of the Week award, winning the first six weeks she competed. Klein finished runner up in the NAC Championship, earning a spot on the All-NAC First Team, and narrowly missed a podium finish at the ECAC Championships. In the NCAA Regional Qualifier, Klein avenged her loss at the NAC Championship, defeating the conference champion by 47 seconds.
Football: Tyler Carpenter. Fittingly, the first-ever touchdown in Castleton history went to the freshman running back Carpenter. He followed that up with 13 more on the season, ranking second in the conference and earning all-conference first team honors. Carpenter was fourth in the league, averaging 93.7 rushing yards per game. The freshman back was honored by the league on two different occasions this season, earning Rookie of the Week and Offensive Player of the Week in weeks eight and nine respectively.
Field Hockey: Molly Fraher. Fraher earns her first Most Valuable Player award in her senior season. Fraher piloted the Spartans to the second-seed in the NAC Tournament, earning all-conference first-team honors. Fraher ranked second on the team with nine goals, and provided leadership to a young Spartan squad.
Men's Golf: Eric Slosek. Slosek was named MVP for the second-straight season as he led the Spartans to a runner-up finish in the NAC Championship. Slosek was named NAC Golfer of the Week after leading the Spartans to a win at the Utica Invitational, shooting a 75 to earn medalist honors.
Men's Soccer: Mike Anthony. Anthony earns team MVP for the second time, bookending a fantastic career with the awards as a freshman and now in his senior season. Anthony was named NAC Goalie of the Year for the third-straight season, posting six shutouts and a 1.23 goals against average. Anthony was named NAC and ECAC Player of the Week after earning a 2-0 shutout at Plymouth State, leading Castleton to its first win over the Panthers since 1976.
Women's Soccer: Katie Hoxsie. Hoxsie wraps up her career with her first MVP award in what was a stellar year for the senior defender. Hoxsie earned NAC and ECAC Player of the Week honors after leading Castleton to a 1-0 win over Husson University during the season, scoring the lone goal and shutting down the opponent's biggest scoring threat. The marking back earned all-conference first-team honors for her efforts, her fourth appointment to the all-conference team. Hoxsie was an integral part in Castleton's undefeated conference regular season, and impressive 854 minute scoreless streak at Spartan Stadium.
Women's Tennis: Michelle Podnecky. Podnecky earns her second-straight team MVP award as a sophomore, going 11-2 this season and earning Conference Player of the Year honors. Podnecky won her last 10-consecutive singles matches on the season, including the number-one singles title in the NAC Championship.
Women's Volleyball: Jamie Lemieux. Lemieux wraps up her four-year career with her fourth-straight MVP award. Lemieux led the team in kills (276), aces (82), and blocks (41). She was named all-conference first-team for the second-straight season and earned NAC Player of the Week three times in leading the Spartans to the NAC Final Four for the first time in program history.