MILWAUKEE – The MSOE Athletic Department celebrated another exciting year of accomplishments and honors Monday afternoon at the Second Annual MSOE Student-Athlete Recognition Luncheon.
The department also announced its yearly awards, honoring the men's and women's Athletes of the Year and Senior Scholars to highlight the honors.
Sara Travia of Women's Soccer and Austin Wright of Men's Cross Country and Track & Field were named Athletes of the Year while Holly Denfeld of Women's Basketball and Golf's Eric Fulsaas were honored as Senior Scholars.
Women's Volleyball and Hockey were awarded the FAR Award for Team Academics as the men's and women's program's with the highest cumulative grade point average over the last three quarters.
Travia was a four-year standout for the league champion women's soccer team, leading the Raiders to their first NACC regular season championship with a 10-0 record, a repeat NACC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament bid, as well as a school-record 17 wins. She became the program's first All-American when she was named to the NSCAA Third Team and was also named the NACC Player of the Year. A four-time all-league first-team selection, she became the program's all-time leading scorer late this past season.
Wright has been a four-year all-conference performer for the cross country team, earning NACC Runner of the Year honors as the individual champion in 2015. He also earned all-region honors that season when he lowered the school record for an 8000m race by 23 seconds (24:49) and became the program's second-ever NCAA qualifier. In track & field, he has regularly been a top-five finisher across the distance events, winning a league title this past weekend in the 3000m steeplechase. He was also the runner-up in the javelin, in which he broke the school record by over six feet.
Denfeld has been a four-year standout, annually earning a slew of awards. She was a repeat WBCA All-America Honorable Mention selection, D3hoops.com All-Region First-Teamer, and NACC Player of the Year. In addition to being the first two-time player of the year in league history, she was also the first player named to the first team four times. Denfeld was the recipient of the 2016 Josten's Trophy and a member of the 2017 WBCA Allstate Good Works Team. An architectural engineering/construction management major, she has a 3.98 grade point average.
Fulsaas is a two-time All-NACC performer for the Raiders, posting a scoring average below 79 each of the last two seasons. He is a civil engineering major and has maintained a 3.966 grade point average. The Decorah, Iowa, native was also named an All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Dr. Mathew Schaefer and Sue Bynum were also presented with awards. Schaefer, a professor in the mechanical engineering department, was presented with the SAAC Faculty Appreciation award for his support of athletics as a part of student life. A longtime staff member in the athletic department, Bynum was recognized with the Coaches' Award of Appreciation for her longstanding and often unheralded efforts in support of the coaches on campus.
Full list of major award nominees:
Women's Scholar-Athlete: Shannon Curtis, softball; Holly Denfeld, basketball; Sarabeth Haworth, Volleyball; Caitlin Liddiard, soccer.
Men's Scholar-Athlete: Austin Bellile, wrestling; Austin Campbell, hockey; John Dzurka, baseball; Eric Fulsaas, golf; Joe Humpal, volleyball; Kellen O'Connell, rowing; John Price, tennis; Collin Seubert, basketball; Austin Wright, cross country and track & field.
Women's Athlete of the Year: Shannon Curtis, softball; Holly Denfeld, basketball; Sarabeth Haworth, Volleyball; Sara Travia, soccer.
Women's Athlete of the Year: Austin Bellile, Wrestling; Eric Fulsaas, Golf; Gage Christianson, Hockey; Jeff Clements, Soccer; Brandon McCumber, Baseball; John Price, tennis; Austin Wright, cross country and track & field.