Gallagher, Gethings Highlight Award Winners at Year-End Athletics Banquet

Gallagher, Gethings Highlight Award Winners at Year-End Athletics Banquet

Fairfield University Athletics hosted its annual Awards Ceremony on May 1 at Alumni Hall

The duo earned Male and Female Athlete of the Year honors.

Brooke Gallagher (women's lacrosse) and senior Jack Gethings (baseball) were selected as the Fairfield University Athletes of the Year at the annual athletics awards ceremony, held on May 1 at Alumni Hall. The two student-athletes headlined a night which included more than 400 student-athletes coming together to celebrate the 2018-19 athletic year.

The ceremony also cited Amanda Nowak (women's tennis) as Female Freshman of the Year and Evan Fair (men's swimming and diving) as Male Freshmen of the Year, Alisha Marshall (softball) and Jenny Jacobs (women's soccer) as Fairfield University Alumni Association Co-Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, as well as Jeffrey Rodgers (men's tennis) as the Fairfield University Alumni Association Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Nora Quinn (volleyball) and Liam Dougherty (men's soccer) were named co-winners of the William Wallin Memorial Award, presented to student-athletes who demonstrated the highest levels of sportsmanship, character, and leadership, both on and off the field. Courtney Hankins (softball) and Jonathan Kasibabu collected the Athletics Director Award, presented for their overall contribution and leadership to Fairfield University athletics and their surrounding community.

This season, Gallagher posted only the third 80-point season in Fairfield history, helping to lead the Stags to their second straight MAAC Championship and NCAA postseason appearance. An All-MAAC First Team selection on the attack, she tallied five or more points in nine games, including a seven-goal outburst in the MAAC Championship Semifinal win over Marist.

Gethings has ranked among the nation's leaders all season long for hits, triples, and a batting average that has hovered around .400.  Gethings shattered the school standard with a 25-game hitting streak, beating the previous standard by seven contests. He has already set the school's record for career runs scored and is in pursuit of both the single-season and career records for hits by a Stag.

Nowak finished the regular season with a 17-6 singles record and a 13-6 doubles mark, including going unbeaten in MAAC singles play. Her play was good enough to earn the MAAC Player and Rookie of the Year honors and unanimous All-MAAC First Team laurels at both #1 singles and #1 doubles, as she helped guide Fairfield to the 2019 MAAC Championship.

Fair established himself as one of the premier swimmers in the MAAC this year, picking up a silver medal in the 400 IM and collecting bronze in the 500 freestyle during the conference championships. He became the first Fairfield men's swimmer to reach the finals in an event at the CSCAA National Invitational Championship, setting a school record in the 400 IM.

Marshall has spent the last three seasons as the softball team's starting second baseman. She owns a career on-base percentage of .362 and started 138 of her 175 career appearances to date. A nursing student, Marshall has excelled in the classroom by achieving a 4.0 GPA in her last three semesters. She has collected multiple berths to the MAAC All-Academic team.

Jacobs served her teammates as a team captain this season and started all 18 of her appearances, bringing her career numbers to 40 starts in 65 games played. In addition to anchoring the defense, Jacobs posted seven goals and five assists including one game-winner. As a student, Jacobs is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and Phi Beta Kappa.

A four-year starter, Rodgers has been a regular contributor in several positions as both a singles and doubles player. He consistently ranked among the team leaders for wins throughout his four years. In the classroom, Rodgers is a multiple MAAC All-Academic student-athlete and a three-time ITA Scholar Athlete. A Finance major, Rodgers served as a member of SAAC for three years.

Quinn has embraced service to the Fairfield community throughout her four years on campus. She currently serves as SAAC co-president after spending a year as co-vice president. She is a student-athlete representative to the Faculty Athletic Committee and helped coordinate community service projects both on and off campus. A member of three consecutive MAAC Championship teams on the volleyball court, she is a Dean's List student who has made multiple appearances on the MAAC All-Academic team.

Dougherty served as a liaison between SAAC and administration, helping enhance the student-athlete culture by coordinating with faculty and staff to create opportunities and improvements to the student-athlete experience. He was active in the community through various organizations, assisting with the planning and implementation of events for local hospitals and charities. A member of Fairfield’s 2017 MAAC Championship team and back-to-back MAAC Regular Season Championship squads, his success was felt in the classroom as well, collecting several berths to the MAAC All-Academic team.

Hankins will leave the softball program as one of the team's most productive hitters in school history. She currently ranks among the top five in several offensive categories including career batting average (.355), career RBI (123), career doubles (36), career home runs (18), and career walks (75). She was named the 2019 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year after earning the 2018 MAAC Player of the Year honors.

Kasibabu was a triple threat for the Stags, frustrating opponents as a scorer, a rebounder, and a shot blocker. The forward led his teammates in rebounding three times and finished with more than 700 career rebounds. He also has been the top shot blocker for the Stags in all four of his seasons, culminating with MAAC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2018-19, and surpassed the 1,000-point mark in his final game as a Stag.

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