Osborne, Libby among senior award winners

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 11, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine ­-- Men’s hockey player Greg Osborne (Stoughton, Mass.) and women’s lacrosse player Allie Libby (Needham, Mass.) each earned Bill Millett Award honors for contributing the most to athletics at Colby College during the annual senior awards ceremony on Thursday night.

Softball player Miki Starr (Dunbarton, N.H.) was given the Patty Valavanis Award for a senior woman student-athlete who has demonstrated the qualities of academic and athletic excellence and personal leadership and sportsmanship that characterized Patty Valavanis’s career at Colby.

Men’s soccer player Josh Kahane (Newton, Mass.) was honored with the Donald P. Lake Award and women’s soccer and basketball player Laura Williamson (Manchester, Conn.) earned the Marjorie D. Bither Award. Both awards are presented to athletes with outstanding athletic ability, leadership and academic accomplishment.

Senior tennis captains Allison Dunn (Tucson, Ariz.), Tracy Nale (Waterville, Maine) and Tom Gildersleeve (Lexington, Mass.) were all honored with the Warren J. Finegan Award for significant behind the scenes contributions to the success of Colby athletics. Also, men’s basketball player Jon Bandi (Winchester, Mass.) was given the Norman White Award and Liza Benson (Vero Beach, Fla.) earned the Pamela Hoyt-Sanborn Award for inspirational leadership and sportsmanship.

Also at the ceremony, former athletics director and football coach Dick McGee was honored with the Carl Nelson Sports Achievement Award.

Osborne has earned numerous honors over the past few months. He was a second team All-America selection by the American Hockey Coaches Association, earned New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Year and first team honors, was named to the New England Sports Writers All-Star Team and was honored with the Joe Concannon Award as the top American-born player among Division II/III schools in New England. Osborne also earned the men’s hockey team’s Mal Wilson Community Service Award.

Osborne became just the 13th player in school history to reach 100 points and finished with 48 goals and 57 assists for 105 points. He led the NESCAC this past season in scoring (21 goals, 20 assists), goals scored and power play goals (11).

Libby earned first team All-America honors as a junior and should be highly considered for honors again this year when they are announced later this spring. She just earned NESCAC first team honors for the second straight year at attacker.

Libby finished her career with 94 goals and 105 assists for 199 career points. She holds Colby single-season records for points (88) and assists (53). She ranked first in the NESCAC in scoring as a junior and is fourth in scoring this year with 29 goals and 42 assists for 69 points.

Starr, a four-year starter on the softball team, is a two-time NESCAC all-conference selection, earning honors after her first-year and sophomore seasons. She missed a good deal of her junior season with an injury before helping this year’s team to a 17-13 record with a .273 average and seven doubles.

Starr, who will head to George Washington University this fall to work on her medical degree, is Colby’s student body vice president and is a member of the Student Advisory Board for the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.

Kahane started his final two yeas in goal for the men’s soccer team and earned NESCAC second team all-conference honors after his senior year. He earned the squad’s Sam Koch Award for spirit and dedication to the team. Kahane earned NESCAC Fall All-Academic honors in 2005 and 2006.

Williamson was a four-year player in women’s soccer and basketball. She is the all-time leading scorer in soccer with 44 goals and 15 assists for 103 career points. Williamson, who earned NESCAC all-conference honors in all four seasons, is the single-season record holder for points with 35 in 2003. She will be a graduate assistant women’s soccer coach at Smith College this fall as she works on her master’s degree.

Dunn, Nale and Gildersleeve all showed fine leadership abilities after playing the fall tennis season with two assistant coaches serving as interim co-head coaches. The players kept the two young squads together and then were of help when interim head coach Hans Romer took over the teams in the spring.

Bandi earned the men’s basketball team’s Zweig Award, given for character, sportsmanship and leadership. He also earned the squad’s Lee Williams Coaches Award after his junior season. Bandi played few minutes during his first two years with the Mules, but worked hard enough to earn quality minutes during his final two years.

Benson went from being a reserve goalkeeper in her first two years at Colby to being the top goalie in the NESCAC in her junior and senior seasons. She led the league in saves per game (6.33), save percentage (.872) and goals against average (0.84) to earn all-conference first team honors for the second straight year.

McGee was head football coach at Colby from 1967 to 1978 and served as athletic director from 1974 to 1987. He also was an assistant football coach for the Mules from 1985 to 1996. McGee earned the Colby C Club Person of the Year honor in 1992.

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