Stanley, Traccitto named UPEI athletes of the year

Jason Malloy
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Sarah Stanley accomplished her pre-season goal and so much more this year on the soccer pitch.

“I started the season this year and said to my parents, ‘my goal is to get a UPEI athlete of the week,’” Stanley said.

She did it twice and was named the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) athlete of the week to boot. She was named a second team all-conference and Thursday the fourth-year student from Charlottetown was named the university’s female athlete of the year while hockey’s Reggie Traccitto was named the male athlete of the year.

Stanley said she looked up to players like Tessa Roche and Sara Stewart, who were faces of the team when she was finishing high school and deciding to attend UPEI. Roche was the female athlete of the year in 2009-10 and Stewart the following season.

“To be looked upon in that league, it’s surreal,” said Stewart.

Traccitto, a fourth-year Panthers defenceman, was playing professional hockey in California when his coaches came to him and said they could trade him or send him to university. The Oakville, Ont., native looked at two AUS schools before choosing to come to Charlottetown.

“I loved everything about UPEI,” Traccitto said.

The defenceman joined the Panthers in January 2011, going from California sun to frigid PEI.

“It was a big change but I warmed up really well to the guys on the team, the coaching staff and the community,” Traccitto said.

“I’m very proud of what the school has offered me,” he added. “I can’t thank them enough . . . I feel very privileged to be up here.”

Traccitto, who was instrumental in both the Panthers’ power-play and penalty-killing units, was a first team AUS all-star and a second team CIS all-Canadian.

Traccitto was fifth in the country in points by a defenceman with 29 in 28 games. He was second on the team in scoring, is good defensively and always plays hard, said teammate Harrison McIver.

“He’s an all-around player,” he said. “He sets the bar for the rest of the team.”

Traccitto didn’t make the AUS team that represented Canada at the world university games in December. McIver said he thinks it lit a fire under his teammate the rest of the season.

“He showed how he responds to adversity,” McIver said. “To me that’s the biggest testament to Reggie as a person. He became a better player because of it.”

Stanley grew up playing in the Sherwood-Parkdale program, started the provincial level at under-13 and went to the Canada Games. When it came time to decide where she would play, Stanley didn’t waiver.

“It was always a dream to wear the Panther jersey,” she said. “I took pride in wearing that jersey and what the school represented.”

Coach Lewis Page was proud of the dynamic mid-fielder.

“It’s a tribute to her attitude as much as her ability,” he said. “She is just a warrior, a competitor, and she wants the team to win all the time.”

He has known her for about a decade and watched her get better each year. A key moment this season was late in the season with weekend games against Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s and critical points on the board.

“She just rose to the occasion and scored all the goals we needed that weekend,” Page explained. “Really she put us on her back and took us into playoffs on her own.”

Field hockey’s Leanne Doiron received the passion for life award, which originated in memory of former Panther soccer player Rene Ayangma.

Hockey’s Christina Kelly won the Gordon and Muriel Bennett Award and field hockey’s Katherine Koughan the W.A. Ledwell Award.

Panther sport medicine’s Ralph Manning said there are real warriors wearing the UPEI uniforms, including basketball players Donathan (Donnie) Moss and Jenna Jones and soccer’s Jenna Jo McDonald.

“The toughest thing I do is I tell people they really shouldn’t compete,” Manning said. “And when they prove me wrong, I’m a real happy guy.”

Looking back

The following are the past five male and female athletes of the year at UPEI.

2008-09 – Mikaela Ellis (hockey and field hockey) and Paul Craig (soccer).

2009-10 – Tessa Roche (soccer) and Nathan Snowie (soccer).

2010-11 – Sara Stewart (soccer) and Matt Carter (hockey).

2011-12 – Janet Gamble (swimming) and Manock Lual (basketball).

2012-13 – Marina MacAulay (field hockey) and Jimmie Mayaleh (soccer).

UPEI Awards

The UPEI Panthers presented its year-end athletic award last night during a ceremony in Charlottetown.

Female athlete of the year – Sarah Stanley, soccer.

Male athlete of the year – Reggie Traccitto, hockey.

Team awards    

Men’s soccer

MVP – Cole MacMillan

Rookie of the year – Lucas Holmes

Women’s soccer

MVP – Sarah Stanley

Rookie of the year – Tessa Fudge

Men’s rugby        

MVP – Aaron Fitzpatrick

Rookie of the year – James Mallard

Women’s rugby

MVP – Danielle Lacey

Rookie of the year – Holly Jones

Field hockey            

MVP – Katherine Koughan

Rookie of the year – Syndey Stavert

Men’s hockey

MVP – Reggie Traccitto

Rookie of the year – Casey Babineau

Women’s hockey

MVP – Keirsten Visser

Rookie of the year – Emma Martin

Men’s basketball    

MVP – Geoff Doane

Rookie of the year – Jayden Nordin

Women’s basketball

MVP – Amy Gough/Danielle MacDonald

Rookie of the year – Kiera Rigby

Swimming        

MVP – Rooske Wagemakers

Rookie of the year – Joël Legault

Women’s volleyball

MVP – Meg MacKinnon

Rookie of the year – Abbie Ronalds

Gordon and Muriel Bennett Award – Christina Kelly, women’s hockey

W.A. Ledwell Award – Katherine Koughan, field hockey

The J.T. (Mickey) Place awards are presented to student-athletes who have made a contribution to student leadership on their team and on campus. The awards are provided by the UPEI student union in John Thomas (Mickey) Place’s memory. Place was connected not only with athletics at UPEI, but with all aspects of campus life.

Men’s basketball – Donathan (Donnie) Moss

Women’s basketball – Danielle MacDonald

Field hockey – Eliza MacLauchlan

Men’s hockey – Mason Wilgosh

Women’s hockey – Ferran Brown

Women’s rugby     – Alicia MacDonald

Women’s soccer – Kelsie Collier

Men’s soccer – Trevor White

Swimming – Suzanne Nicholson

Women’s volleyball – Emilie Sullivan

Women’s curling – Jane DiCarlo

Men’s curling – Connor MacPhee

Synchro    nized swimming – Lauren Hardy

Powerlifting – Daniel Quadros Da Fonseca

Men’s rugby – Sean Doyle

Cross country/track and field – Melanie McKenna

Junior varsity women’s hockey – Jill MacIsaac

The passion for life award originated in memory of Rene Ayangma, a former UPEI soccer player. The winner was Leanne Doiron for her true passion and commitment to Panther sport. Here were the nominees:

Men’s soccer – Adam Lowther

Women’s soccer – Jenna Jo MacDonald

Men’s rugby – Ryan Lloyd

Women’s rugby – Mosher Gallant

Field hockey – Leanne Doiron

Men’s hockey – Mathew Maione

Women’s hockey – Ferran Brown

Men’s basketball – Donathan Moss

Women’s basketball – Danielle MacDonald

Swimming – Leif Wilm

Women’s volleyball – Ellie Beck

Men’s curling – Taylor MacInnis

Women’s curling – Veronica Smith

Synchro – Katie Carter

Powerlifting – Naeem Rohani

Cross Country – Melanie McKenna

Organizations: Panthers, Atlantic University Sport, Canada Games UPEI.2008-09

Geographic location: California, Charlottetown, Oakville Canada Saint Mary Charlottetown.Female

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