WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior lefthanded pitcher Matt Shapiro (Raynham, Mass.), a member of the baseball team, received the John P. Cooney Memorial Award. The award was presented at the 55th annual Holy Cross Varsity Club dinner, held at the Hogan Campus Center on Satruday, May 8.
The Cooney Award is presented each year to a senior letterwinner who has performed beyond all expectations with courage, loyalty and dedication. As a sophomore, Shapiro was named the 2008 Patriot League Pitcher of the Year, posting a 4-2 record with a 5.10 earned run average, three complete games and 33 strikeouts. The following October, he was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma, and needed to undergo chemotherapy. During the 2009 season, Shapiro received his chemotherapy treatments on Mondays, and still managed to pitch for the Crusaders on the weekend. He finished the 2009 campaign with a 3-4 record, a 6.40 earned run average, two complete games and 41 strikeouts.
With his cancer now in remission, Shapiro has posted a 4-2 mark this season, with a 5.36 earned run average, two complete games and 36 strikeouts. He currently owns a 11-8 record over the course of his collegiate career with a 5.74 earned run average, seven complete games and 113 strikeouts.