Burner, Daly, Lauricella And Reyes Earn 2014-15 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Awards

Zach Lauricella earned the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Award for the second-straight season.
July 8, 2015 QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John’s student-athletes Erin Burner (softball), Rachel Daly (women’s soccer), Zach Lauricella (baseball) and Erick Reyes (men’s tennis) were each selected as winners of the 2014-15 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Award, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.

St. John’s and Seton Hall led all member schools with four winners each, while Butler, Marquette and Villanova had three winners apiece. Lauricella, who also won the award in 2013-14, was one of two repeat selections in the league.

Presented to one student-athlete in each BIG EAST-sponsored sport, the Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Award is based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances, and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who have attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible. The winners are chosen by the BIG EAST Faculty Athletics Representative Council.

Burner, the unanimous 2015 BIG EAST Player of the Year, rewrote the St. John’s record book during her senior year. A two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week and a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, Burner graduated as the program’s career leader in home runs (43) and batting average (.360). Burner also set single-season marks for RBI (49), batting average (.439), walks (33), slugging percentage (.848) and on-base percentage (.548). On top of her individual accomplishments, Burner helped lead St. John’s to its first-ever BIG EAST regular season crown, its first-ever BIG EAST Tournament title and its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Daly, who led the nation in scoring with 23 goals as a sophomore in 2013, had another standout season in 2014. The first team All-BIG EAST selection ranked in the top ten in the league with eight goals and helped the Red Storm reach the Semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament for the second-straight year. The Harrogate, England, native became the program’s first-ever NSCAA Scholar All-American, earning a spot on the second team. Daly also earned first team NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Region accolades and first team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. Daly and her teammates took home the St. John’s Athletic Department’s Community Service Award for the 2014-15 school year as the team that best demonstrated commitment to the ideals of the University’s Vincentian philosophy.

A three-time All-BIG EAST selection, Lauricella capped his career with first team honors this past season as St. John’s swept the BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the Regional Finals of the NCAA Tournament. The outfielder batted .327 with 15 doubles, three home runs and a team-high 45 RBI, while scoring 33 runs and posting a .459 slugging percentage. The management major, who also received the 2013-14 BIG EAST Post Graduate Scholarship, graduated with a 3.28 GPA and plans to pursue a Master of Science in Information Systems. Chosen as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, Lauricella was a baseball team representative to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, served as a St. John’s Student Development 101 Peer Educator and was active in community services initiatives including the Miracle League of Long Island and St. Nicholas of Tolentine Men’s Shelter.

Reyes played a critical role this past spring as the Red Storm took home the BIG EAST men’s tennis title for the second-straight year. The Santa Cruz, Bolivia, native registered the decisive victory at the BIG EAST Tournament for the Red Storm, capping a 3-0 weekend and allowing him to take home the hardware as the championship’s most outstanding player for the second-straight year. The unanimous All-BIG EAST selection posted a 10-4 overall record in singles play during the season, including a 9-3 record in the second slot.

 

 

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