August 4, 2014

2013-14 Storm Athletics Student-Athlete Award Winners Announced

PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College Athletic Department announced its annual student-athlete award winners Tuesday (August 5) for the 2013-14 academic year.

Lake Erie had one of its most successful years in 2013-14. The Storm finished ranked 79th in the Director's Cup standings, which is a broad-based ranking of all 311 NCAA-II institutions.   The 79th-place ranking is the highest ever achieved by the Storm and was anchored by success on the national scene by baseball, swimming and diving, track and field and wrestling, and is 16 places higher than last year’s final ranking.  The Storm captured two conference championships (wrestling and men’s lacrosse), earned 13 All-American honors and crowned its second individual National Champion.

Each year, five student-athletes are selected by a vote of department coaches and administrative staff for the department awards. 

Track and field’s Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) and Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) were named Jane White Lincoln Female Athlete of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year, respectively.  Nadia Lee (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) was named Female Rookie of the Year for track and field’s third winner.  Baseball’s Lucas Raley (Hinckley, Ohio/Medina Highland) was named Male Rookie of the Year.  Recent women’s soccer graduate Paige Nemec (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) was named the recipient of the Gloria A. Heaney Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence.

"For the seniors who captured some of these awards, this is another way for the College to recognize and thank these wonderful student-athletes for  their outstanding contributions to the program," said Storm Athletic Director Reid Guarnieri. "We also cannot wait to see what is still in store for these very promising returning award winners.  All of these students’ performances are a testament to the winning culture being built in the classroom and on the playing field at Lake Erie."

Prusky became the first female at Lake Erie to be a two-time national qualifier.  Prusky qualified for the NCAA Division-II Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the second-straight year, finishing 16th at the National Meet.  In the Outdoor GLIAC Championships, Prusky finished second with a season-best jump of 5’7.25”.  At the GLIAC Indoor Championships, Prusky finished fourth at a height of 5’5.25”.  In volleyball, Prusky appeared in 46 sets over 22 matches, recording 32 kills, 15 total blocks and 14 digs.

Dudley, an eight-time All-American, capped off his historic career at Lake Erie bycapturing the National Title in the High Jump at the 2014 NCAA Division-II Indoor Track and Field Championships.  In addition to his first-place finish for the indoor season, Dudley finished runner-up at the Outdoor Championships.  In addition to capturing both GLIAC High Jump titles, Dudley finished second in the long jump at the GLIAC Indoor meet and earned a 12th-place finish at the National Championships.  Dudley earned an invitation to the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships by clearing the 7’05” qualifying mark, a number posted at the Akron Campbell-Wright Open on May 10. His seven-feet-five-inches ranked 10th among USA qualifiers (fifth among college athletes) and 26th in the world at the time.

Lee became the second female in program history to qualify for the NCAA Division-II Outdoor Championships.  Lee finished 16th in the triple jump at the national meet with a school-record leap of 39’11.1”.  She was the only true freshman competing in the event.  Lee took third at the GLIAC Outdoor Championship with a leap of 39’8.5”.  At the GLIAC Indoor Championships, Lee finished fourth with a distance of 38’3.5”.

Raley earned numerous post-season awards, including GLIAC Rookie of the Yearin addition to two All-Midwest Region and First-Team All-GLIAC selections, and set several team records in his first year with the Storm.  Raley batted .353 on the season with a .425 on-base percentage.  His 65 hits included 12 doubles, two triples and nine homeruns.  He batted in 46 runners and stole 10 bases. Raley led the Storm in batting average, hits, homeruns, RBI, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and stolen bases.  He had 18 multi-hit games, including a season-high four hits against Northwood on March 22.  Against Hillsdale on May 4, Raley had his first multi-homerun game.

Nemec graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA in chemistry. She started in all 17 games for the Storm this season, tallying 12 points on five goals and two assists- the second leading scorer on the team.  Nemec scored a pair of goals against Ohio Dominican University on Oct. 27. She was named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team. 

-LEC-