Holy Cross Varsity Club Announces Yearly Award Winners

May 2, 2009

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross Varsity Club announced its yearly awards at its 54th annual dinner, held on Saturday, May 2, at the Hogan Campus Center. Leading the way was senior Jerry Dickinson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) of the men's soccer team, who was selected as the 2008-2009 Crusader of the Year. In addition to presenting its annual student-athlete awards, the club also inducted six new members into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame inductees were: Arthur Andreoli (Class of 1958, basketball), Mark Gallagher (Class of 1991, football), David Leonard (Class of 1991, baseball), Richard Maiberger (Class of 1964, track & field), John Peterman (Class of 1963, baseball) and Jesse Burkett (honorary, baseball coach).


Senior defender Jerry Dickinson (Pittsburgh, Pa.), a member of the men's soccer team, has been selected as the 2008-2009 Crusader of the Year. Dickinson was named the 2008 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to earning All-Patriot League honors during his junior and senior seasons. A three-time team captain, he was the leader of a Holy Cross defense which ranked 20th in the nation with an 0.71 goals against average in 2008. Dickinson also finished his senior year ranked second on the team in scoring with three goals and one assist for seven points. Off the field, he was selected to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2006 and 2007, and was an active member of the Holy Cross community, where he was involved in several multicultural student organizations on campus, including the Black Student Union and the Multicultural Peer Educators. In addition, Dickinson has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to work and study in South Africa following his graduation.

Senior Lesley Bautista (St. John's, Newfoundland) from the women's track and field team is the recipient of the John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award. Bautista set the school record in the pole vault (3.70 meters), and also ran a leg on the school record holding 4x100-meter relay team (47.66 seconds). She is also a former school record holder in both the 55-meter dash (7.39 seconds) and the 60-meter dash (7.96 seconds), and still ranks second in school history in both events. At the 2009 Patriot League Indoor Championship, Bautista placed second in the pole vault, third in the long jump and sixth in the 60-meter dash. In addition, she was second in the pole vault at the 2007 New England Indoor Championship, third at the 2008 Patriot League Indoor and Outdoor Championships, and fourth at the 2008 New England Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Bautista has also been a three-time selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

Senior Andrew Maggio (Chelmsford, Mass.), a member of the men's track and field team, received the John P. Cooney Memorial Award, which is presented to a senior letterwinner who has performed beyond all expectations with courage, loyalty and dedication. Maggio holds the school record in the 200-meter dash (22.39 seconds), and also ran a leg on the 4x400-meter relay team which posted the best time at Holy Cross in over 25 years (3:16.55). A co-captain of both the indoor and outdoor track and field teams, he has been selected to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll three times. Maggio is also a member of the Holy Cross Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was a SPUD tutor at Burncoat High School, was a participant in the Relay for Disaster Relief, and founded the after-school running club at Vernon Hill Elementary School.

Senior strong safety Daryl Brown (Stone Mountain, Ga.), a member of the football team, has been selected as the recipient of the Daniel Allen Sportsmanship Award. The Allen Award was established in 2005, and is presented to the Holy Cross varsity athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship that coach Allen exhibited throughout his life. Brown was a second team All-Patriot League selection in 2008, after starting all 11 games and serving as the team captain for the defense. He tied for the team lead and ranked second in the Patriot League with three interceptions, while ranking fourth on the team with 61 total tackles. Over the course of his collegiate career, Brown totaled 120 tackles, five interceptions, four tackles for loss and four pass breakups. Off the field, he was instrumental in the football team's involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts / Metrowest, and received the Dr. H. Martin Deranian Award for demonstrating outstanding loyalty and dedication to the program.

The Richard J. Maloney Award, presented annually to the men's basketball team's most valuable player, was shared by fifth-year senior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) and senior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.). One of the team's captains this season, Doherty handed out 67 assists in just 18 games played, while hitting 85.7 percent of his free throws. The 2005 Patriot League Rookie of the Year and a member of the 2008 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, he finished his career ranked ninth all-time at Holy Cross with 315 assists and 129 steals. Doherty also totaled 571 points and 207 rebounds during his collegiate career. Vander Baan also served as one of the team's captains this season, and started 87 games during his collegiate career. He totaled 713 points, 532 rebounds, 152 assists, 87 steals and 39 blocked shots in 111 career games played, and stands 41st all-time in Patriot League history in career rebounds. Vander Baan was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team in 2006 and the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2007.

Junior guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) has been awarded the Samantha Vellaccio Award, which is presented annually to the varsity women's basketball player who best exemplifies the mission of Holy Cross both on and off the court. O'Dell was named second team All-Patriot League for the third straight season, after averaging 12.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and a team-high 1.6 steals per game. She has broken the Holy Cross career records for both three-point field goals made (215) and three-point field goals attempted (545), in addition to becoming the 26th 1,000-point scorer in school history. O'Dell will enter her senior year ranked 19th all-time at Holy Cross with 1,104 career points scored. Off the court, she played a large role in Holy Cross' involvement with the Mercy Centre, a private day school located in Worcester that services students aged 6-22 with special needs.

Junior third baseman Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) has received the Hop Riopel Award as the baseball team's most valuable player. Perry leads the team with a .439 batting average on the year, to go along with 15 doubles, seven home runs and 36 runs batted in. He has set a new school single-season record with 75 total hits this year, breaking the old mark which was held by his father, Ronnie Perry, with 66 hits in 1978. During his three seasons at Holy Cross, Perry now has a career batting average of .348 with 35 doubles, nine homers and 63 runs batted in. The Ray Dobens Award, presented to the most improved baseball player, has gone to senior pitcher Dan Seip (North Carver, Mass.). Seip has turned into one of the top starting pitchers for the Crusaders this season, posting a 3-3 record with a 5.10 earned run average and a team-best 37 strikeouts. He has pitched a team-high 54-2/3 innings so far this season, including a pair of complete games in nine starts. Over the course of his collegiate career, Seip now has a 12-13 record with a 6.02 earned run average and 133 strikeouts.

Four football players were presented with the Davitt Awards, as the top backs and linemen on both sides of the ball. The Davitt Awards were instituted by Jim Davitt of Holyoke, Mass. (Class of 1913), in memory of his brother, Rev. William Davitt (Class of 1907), who played football and ran track while at Holy Cross, and was the last United States officer to lose his life in World War I. This year's winners were senior wide receiver Jon Brock (Acworth, Ga.), senior strong safety Daryl Brown (Stone Mountain, Ga.), junior defensive tackle Alex Carson (Atlanta, Ga.) and junior offensive tackle Aaron Jones (Springfield, Ohio).


Arthur Andreoli was a member of the Crusader basketball team from 1955-1958. After playing in 16 games as a backup on the 1955-1956 team which won the New England championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, he became a starter during his junior season and averaged 18.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest. Andreoli led the 1956-1957 team in field goal percentage (41.5 percent, 153 of 369), and scored a career-high 31 points in an 89-65 victory over Boston College on Feb. 23, 1957. As a senior, Andreoli let his scoring take a backseat to his playmaking ability, but still averaged 12.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he totaled 737 points and 277 rebounds, while making 264 of 668 field goal attempts (39.5 percent) and 209 of 312 free throws (67.0 percent).

Mark Gallagher was one of the top receivers for the Holy Cross football team from 1987-1990, helping lead the team to a 39-4-1 record over his four years. He led the team in receiving twice during his career, with 47 catches for 727 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore in 1988, and 54 receptions for 672 yards and six scores as a senior in 1990. An outstanding all-around player, Gallagher led the Patriot League with 1,296 all-purpose yards in 1989, when he also served as the team's top punter. He still ranks third all-time at Holy Cross with 158 career receptions, 2,239 career receiving yards and 18 touchdown receptions, while standing seventh with 3,476 career all-purpose yards. Gallagher was named All-Patriot League and All-ECAC during his junior and senior seasons, in addition to being named All-New England as a senior. He also received the Crusader Most Valuable Player trophy and the Rick Carter Memorial Award following his senior season.

David Leonard was a starting pitcher on the Holy Cross baseball team from 1988-1991, serving as team captain during his junior and senior seasons. He led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 1.27 earned run average during his sophomore year in 1989, and again with a 1.86 earned run average as a junior in 1990. During his senior season in 1991, Leonard then posted a 7-3 record and ranked second in the Patriot League with a 1.91 earned run average. He finished his career with an overall record of 18-12, a school-record 2.20 earned run average, 20 complete games and 160 strikeouts. Leonard was named All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 1989 and 1990, while earning All-Patriot League honors in 1991. He was also selected All-New England, All-ECAC, Academic All-MAAC and Academic All-District during his collegiate career, while being a two-time winner of the Hop Riopel Award as the team's most valuable player.

Richard Maiberger was a standout on the Crusader track and field team, serving as co-captain during his senior year in 1964. He led Holy Cross to a first place finish at the 1963 New England Championship, scoring a team-best 14 points. During the 1963 New England Championship meet, Maiberger won the 100-yard dash (10.0 seconds) and the long jump (23 feet, 7.5 inches), while placing second in the 220-yard dash. He also won the long jump (24 feet, 6 inches) at the 1963 IC4A Championship, in addition to running a leg on the one mile relay team which finished third. Maiberger missed most of his senior year due to injury, but still placed second in the long jump at the 1964 New England Championship. He still holds Holy Cross records in the indoor long jump (23 feet, 7.25 inches), the outdoor long jump (24 feet, 6 inches) and the 220-yard dash (21.0 seconds). Following his senior year, Maiberger received the John C. Lawlor Medal.

John Peterman was a three-year starter at third base for the Holy Cross baseball team from 1961-1963. During his junior year in 1962, he led the team to an overall record of 21-5, the District I championship and a trip to the College World Series. Peterman was named All-New England following his junior season, after posting a .362 batting average. As a senior in 1963, he led the Crusaders back to the College World Series for a second straight season, with the team winning another District I title and posting a 13-10 record. Peterman hit .291 during his senior campaign, while leading the team with 17 runs batted in. Following his graduation, he spent three years in the minor leagues after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. After his playing career, he later became the founder of the J. Peterman Company.

Jesse Burkett spent five years as the head coach of the Holy Cross baseball team in 1898 and again from 1917-1920. He led the Crusaders to an overall record of 96-19 for an .835 winning percentage, including marks of 22-4 in 1917, 25-3 in 1918 and 21-1 in 1919. Burkett's teams won the Eastern Intercollegiate Championship in both 1917 and 1919, while taking home the New England Championship in 1918. He also coached seven Crusaders who went on to play in the major leagues. In addition to his coaching, Burkett played 16 seasons in the major leagues between 1890 and 1905, with the New York Giants, Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Browns and Boston Americans. He is one of only four players in major league history to hit over .400 in consecutive seasons (batting .409 in 1895 and .410 in 1896), and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946. Burkett passed away on May 27, 1953.

Crusader of the Year: Jerry Dickinson.
John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award: Lesley Bautista.
John P. Cooney Memorial Award: Andrew Maggio.
Daniel Allen Sportsmanship Award: Daryl Brown.
Richard J. Maloney Award: Pat Doherty, Alex Vander Baan.
Samantha Vellaccio Award: Bethany O'Dell.
Hop Riopel Award: Matt Perry.
Ray Dobens Award: Dan Seip.
Davitt Awards: Jon Brock, Daryl Brown, Alex Carson, Aaron Jones.
Hall of Fame Inductees: Arthur Andreoli (Class of 1958, basketball), Mark Gallagher (Class of 1991, football), David Leonard (Class of 1991, baseball), Richard Maiberger (Class of 1964, track & field), John Peterman (Class of 1963, baseball), Jesse Burkett (honorary, baseball coach).