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UConn Honors Athletes During Annual Awards Ceremony

Which student-athletes took home hardware for their hard work this past season?

Stephen Quick

On Tuesday night, the UConn Club hosted its annual Awards Program, where they honored the achievements of students athletes both on and off the field.

The soccer teams scored early on, sweeping the Rookie of the Year Awards. Abdou Mbacke Thiam won it for the men, and Liane Keegans was the female winner. Thiam started every game of his freshman season, scoring 11 goals, good for second in the conference and 21st in the nation. Keegans was a key cog on defense, playing all but the final three minutes of the season. She was a major part of the Huskies' defense which forced 10 shutouts and held opponents to 0.90 goals per game.

Breanna Stewart was named the Female Athlete of the Year (complete shocker, I know). A separate article might be more appropriate to chronicle all of Stewie's accomplishments in the past year, but here's a few: First-Team All American, AP Player of the Year, Wooden Award Winner, while leading the Huskies to a 38-0 record, a record fourth-straight national championship, and was the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA Draft.

UConn baseball's Carson Cross was the recipient of the Male Athlete of the Year after going 10-2 with a 2.92 ERA in 106.0 innings pitched in 2015. He became the fourth pitcher in school history to record a 100-strikeout season and was named the AAC Pitcher of the Year. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 14th round of the MLB Draft this past June.

Cross was not the only baseball player to come home with some new hardware. Ryan Radue won the Male Courage Award, after beating cancer this past year. Radue's story is truly incredible in the way he united the UConn community. Swimming and Diving's Laura Ruttan was the Female Courage Award recipient.

The Don Ruck Award, which recognizes commitment to community service and leadership was awarded to kicker Bobby Puyol. Nnamdi Amilo was one of many student-athletes who earned a Senior Scholar Athlete Award.

You can read about Radue's story here, or watch below: