April 16, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - A total of 15 UConn student-athlete be honored by the UConn Club with its Outstanding Senior Athlete Award when the group holds its 59th Annual Awards Dinner on Monday night at Gampel Pavilion.
Recipients of this award have brought regional and national attention to UConn through athletics achievement. The following will be honored: Jestine Angeleini of field hockey (Boiling Springs, Pa.), Jeb Buchanan of golf (Loudonville, N.Y.), Tony Cascio of men's soccer (Gilbert, Ariz.), Meghan Cunningham of women's track and field and women's soccer (Simsbury, Conn.), Erin DeVinney of women's swimming and diving (Avondale, Ariz.), Kyle Duggan of men's track and field (Staten Island, N.Y.), Tiffany Hayes of women's basketball (Lakeland, Fla.), Rayell Heistand (Hamburg, Pa.), Mary E. Lapham of women's lacrosse (Cazenovia, N.Y.), Greg Nappo of baseball (Madison, Conn.), Moe Petrus of football (St. Laurent, Que.), Kendall Reyes of football (Nashua, N.H.), Dave Teggart of football (Northborough, Mass.) and Heather Wilson of women's track and field (Homer, N.Y.).
Here is a biography on each:
Jestine T. Angelini
Jestine Angelini helped lead the UConn field hockey team to a pair of BIG EAST Championships and three NCAA tournament appearances - including the 2011 national semifinals - during her career. She finished her career with 25 goals and 35 assists, leading the 2011 squad with 19 assists and 41 points. The 35 assists place Angelini ninth all-time in UConn history. Angelini was honored as the 2011 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team and All-BIG EAST Tournament Team following the 2011 season. She was also named Mideast Region Player of the Year and earned First Team All-America status in 2011 by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. In 2011 Angelini anchored a Husky defense that was the best in the BIG EAST and ranked in the top-10 in goals against average and shutouts per game. As a junior, she earned All-Mideast Region and All-BIG EAST First Team honors. A native of Boiling Springs, Pa., Angelini is a communications sciences and disorders major.
James E. Buchanan
In his four years as a member of the UConn men's golf team, Jeb Buchanan has been a model of consistency both on the golf course and in the classroom. The Huskies' senior co-captain has participated in more than 30 college tournaments and played close to 100 rounds, averaging just over 75 strokes per round, and shooting even par or better in 21 rounds. He has won individual medalist honors in two tournaments, the 2009 Adams Cup of Newport, after which he was named Golfweek Magazine National Player of the Week, and the 2011 Hartford Hawks Invitational. He has five additional Top 10 finishes in his career. Buchanan was named All-BIG EAST, All-Northeast Region, and All-New England following the 2009-10 season. In addition, Buchanan has been named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star for three consecutive years as a freshman, sophomore, and junior. A native of Loudonville, N.Y., Buchanan is a finance major.
Tony J. Cascio
Tony Cascio finished his distinguished men's soccer career by leading the Huskies to a No. 1 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament as the team advanced to the quarterfinals. Cascio was at his best for the Huskies in postseason play, notching the game-winning goal in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals and tallying goals in the NCAA Third Round and Quarterfinals. Cascio guided the Huskies to a No. 1 ranking for four weeks during the 2011 campaign. For his efforts, he was named to the 2011 BIG EAST Second Team, the All-Northeast Region First Team and was selected No. 14 in the MLS SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids. Cascio was named a 2010 First Team All-American and the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2010. Cascio was previously selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team as both a sophomore and junior. He finished his career with 24 goals, 25 assists and 73 points in four seasons for the Huskies. A native of Gilbert, Ariz., Cascio is a communications major.
Meghan O. Cunningham
Meghan Cunningham has made her mark at UConn as a student athlete being a member of both the women's soccer team and the women's track and field team. Cunningham has excelled on the track for the Huskies during her four years. The senior captured the BIG EAST Outdoor Champion title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in the spring of 2011 and has qualified for the NCAA East Regionals three times. She holds a provisional qualifying time in the steeplechase for the 2012 United States Olympic trials. She holds the all-time UConn record for the steeple with a time of 10:11.57 and was also was a member of the 4 x 800-meter relay squad that finished second at the 2010 and 2011 Outdoor BIG EAST Championships. Cunningham played in 87 games as a member of the women's soccer team and was a captain her senior year. She is a two-time BIG EAST All-Academic All-Star. A native of Simsbury, Conn., Cunningham is a marketing major.
Erin F. DeVinney
Erin DeVinney has been a finalist at the BIG EAST Championships in all of her four years at UConn in the butterfly events. She also has qualified for the U.S. Nationals during her career. DeVinney broke the UConn school record in the 200-yard butterfly in her final collegiate swim in a time of 2:01.45. She won the BIG EAST Championship consolation with that mark and it topped the record previously held by her sister Katie from 2007. A native of Avondale, Ariz., DeVinney is a nursing major.
Kyle T. Duggan
Kyle Duggan has been spectacular in the pole vault at UConn for four years as he is a three-time All-BIG EAST selection, a three-time New England Champion and a three-time IC4A Champion. In his senior indoor campaign, Duggan captured the crown at the IC4A Championships and New England Championships with a vault of 5.20 meters and 5.11 meters, respectively. He was third at the BIG EAST Championship. Duggan has posted three top-five finishes at the BIG EAST Championships with his best coming his junior season with a 16 feet, 10-8/10 inches jump for second place at the outdoor championships. In 2011, he claimed the New England Indoor Championship title with a jump of 16 feet-2-9/10 inches and was the first place finisher in the 2009 outdoor New England Championship. In the 2009 outdoor season, he earned a spot at the NCAA East Regionals. A native of Staten Island, N.Y. Duggan is a sociology major.
Tiffany K. Hayes
One of the most dynamic players in UConn women's basketball history, Tiffany Hayes is one of only three Huskies in the top 10 in games played, points, and assists. She led Connecticut to a 147-7 overall record in her four years, including a 61-3 mark in BIG EAST regular season play. Over the course of those four years, UConn has won four BIG EAST Tournament titles and three regular season crowns. The team won an NCAA record 90-consecutive games in Hayes' first three years in Storrs and made a trip to four Final Fours en route to capturing two national championships. A two-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection, Hayes has been honored as an All-Region I pick by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in each of the last two seasons and was named to the All-BIG EAST Freshman Team in 2008-09. Hayes was honored as an All-America Second Team by ESPN.com and named to the Honorable Mention All-America Team by the Associated Press in 2010-11. Hayes finished her career 10th on UConn's all-time scoring list with 1,801 points. She is also seventh on UConn's all-time three-point field goals made list and finished second in the BIG EAST during 2011-12 in three-point field goal shooting percentage. A native of Lakeland, Fla., Hayes is a sociology major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Rayell E. Heistand
Rayell Heistand played in 84 games over her four-year career at UConn, scoring 13 goals and posting five assists for 31 points. She earned All-America Second-Team status in each of her final two years in a Husky uniform. Heistand helped the Huskies sport a 71-16 overall record, including a 20-4 mark in BIG EAST play during her tenure. Connecticut captured three BIG EAST Championships and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of her four seasons as a Husky, including one trip to the NCAA Quarterfinal and another to the NCAA Semifinal. Heistand was honored as an All-Mideast Region pick three times. In 2011 Heistand anchored a Husky defense that was the best in the BIG EAST and ranked in the top-10 in goals against average and shutouts per game. Heistand earned mention on the 2011 Division I Academic Squad for her outstanding work in the classroom. A native of Hamburg, Pa., Heistand is a biology major.
Mary E. Lapham
Mary (M.E.) Lapham will finish her career at Connecticut as the most prolific women's lacrosse scorer in school history. As of April 2, Lapham ranks tied for first on the all-time scoring list with 154 goals and sits just one shy of breaking the school record set in 2005 by Tracey Mullaney. Lapham has registered an amazing 183 points in her career to rank third on the all-time list at UConn. As a junior, Lapham set the single-season scoring mark with 55 goals, breaking the previous record by seven tallies set in 2000. She finished the year with 55 goals and eight assists for 63 points. Her 63 points in 2011 stands second all-time in a single season. She was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team and First Team All-Region. Lapham has been a true pillar of consistency for the Huskies, notching goals in all but three games of her career, including the last 49 games dating back to March 7, 2009. A native of Cazenovia, N.Y., Lapham is a human development and family sciences major.
Gregory K. Nappo
Greg Nappo was a mainstay in the UConn baseball pitching rotation during his career with the Huskies. A left-handed pitcher, Nappo holds the program career record for innings pitched with 311.1, ranks second in wins at 25 and is fourth in strikeouts at 215. Nearing the end of the 2011 season, Nappo was drafted in the 18th round of the Major League Draft by the Florida Marlins. He went on to be named the NCAA Clemson Regional MVP, starting two elimination game wins over Sacred Heart and host Clemson, while also being named a unanimous All-Tournament Team selection. Connecticut won that regional to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time in school history. Against Clemson in the final game, Nappo, pitching on short rest, picked up his 10th win of the season, becoming just the fourth player in program history to record 10 or more wins in a season. Nappo won an unprecedented six straight starts between April 15 and May 20 and went on to being named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team and a NEIBA First Team All-Star. A native of Madison, Conn., Nappo graduated with a bachelor of arts in English.
Moe Petrus started 51 consecutive football games for the Huskies during his career - the last 38 at center. He was a first team All-BIG EAST pick his senior year and also served as a team captain. He helped block for tailback Lyle McCombs to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark - the fifth 1,000 yard rusher of his career that he blocked for. During his career, UConn played in three bowls games, including the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl - UConn's first-ever appearance in a BCS game. Following his senior season, he played in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game and was invited to the NFL Combine. As a freshman in 2008, he was named to the Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American team. Petrus has been named to the BIG EAST All-Academic team in 2009, 2010 and 2011. A native of St. Laurent, Que., Petrus graduated with a degree in psychology major from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Kendall Reyes was a first team All-BIG EAST pick in both his junior and senior year and was an All-ECAC selection in 2011. He started 41 career games for UConn on the defensive line and had 32.5 career tackles for a loss - good for tenth in school history. This past season, he made 46 tackles and was third on the team with 13.5 tackles for a loss. He is a two-time team captain and UConn played in three bowls games during his career, including the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl - UConn's first-ever appearance in a BCS game. Following his senior season, he played in the Senior Bowl All-Star Game and took place in the NFL Combine. A native of Nashua, N.H., Reyes graduated with a degree communications sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Kevin T. Steinberg
Kevin Steinberg has been a sprinter at UConn for four years on the UConn men's track and field team. The senior claimed two silver medals in the 200-meter dash in back-to-back Indoor BIG EAST Championships. The first came with a personal best time of 21.72 at the 2010 Indoor Championship and the second in 2011 with a mark of 21.88. Steinberg was also part of the 4 x 100-meter relay squad that claimed fifth place in the 2010 outdoor BIG EAST Championship. He also holds the school record in the 60-meter dash in 6.73 seconds. A native of Langhorne, Pa., Steinberg is a marketing major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
David A. Teggart
Dave Teggart was the most successful kicker in the history of the UConn football program as he is the school career leader in field goals (74), extra points (128) and points (349). He kicked a field goal in 22 of his final 25 collegiate games and had multiple field goals in eight games in 2011 and had 11 career games with three or more field goals. Teggart was First Team All-BIG EAST and All-ECAC selection in both his junior and senior years. He had two game-winning field goals in 2010 as UConn earned the 2010 BIG EAST Championship and played in the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl - UConn's first-ever BCS appearance. Teggart hit a 52-yard field goal in the final second of a 16-13 win at USF to clinch that BCS bid. Following his senior year, he took part in the NFL Combine and played in the Players All-Star Classic. A native of Northborough, Mass., Teggart graduated with a degree in social science of sport major.
Heather A. Wilson
Heather Wilson has made her mark on the UConn women's track and field record book throughout her four year career at Connecticut. A three-time All-American, Wilson concluded the 2012 indoor season fifth in the nation in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:05.19 and was a member of the distance medley relay squad that took eighth in 11:10.24. Wilson, also a strong competitor for the cross country team, earned her first career First Team All-America honors her junior campaign with a fourth place finish in the indoor 800-meters at the NCAA Championship - the highest-ever finish for a UConn track athlete at the NCAAs. In addition to her three First Team All-America honors, Wilson received Second Team All-America honors in the 2011 indoor NCAA Championship with a 12th place finish in the 4,000-meter distance medley relay. Wilson is also a BIG EAST Champion in the 800-meter run and a two-time New England Champion in the 1,000-meter run and mile. A native of Homer, N.Y., Wilson is an exercise science major.