Retriever Student-Athletes Honored at 2009-10 Varsity Awards Ceremony


2010 Outstanding Athletes - Matt Mattingly, Sara Parkinson, Levi Houapeu

Outstanding Seniors Athletes - Kyle Wimer, Fredi Voorman, Amanda Fefel and Carlee Cassidy

Matt Skalsky Scholar Athletes - Alice Chen, Dominic Devaud

BALTIMORE—Men’s soccer star Levi Houapeu, men’s swimming and diving standout Matt Mattingly and women’s cross country and track and field champion Sara Parkinson were named UMBC Athletics’ Athletes of the Year at the annual awards ceremony, held at the Retriever Activities Center Monday.


The 2009-10 Outstanding Senior Athlete awards went toCarlee Cassidy of women’s basketball, Amanda Fefel of softball, Fredi Voorman of men’s tennis and Kyle Wimerof men’s lacrosse. Alice Chen of women’s tennis andDominic Devaud of men’s track and field earned the Matt Skalsky Outstanding Scholar Athlete awards.


Houapeu was named the 2009 ECAC Division I Offensive Player of the Year as well as the 2009 America East Midfielder of the Year after leading the nation in scoring (2.15 points per game). He tallied 15 goals, 13 assists and three game-winning goals for the Retrievers this season while leading UMBC to a 14-6 record. 


Mattingly won two gold medals and a silver medal at this year’s conference swimming and diving championships to lead the Retrievers to their seventh consecutive America East Championship and 13th conference title overall. He broke the UMBC record in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke.


Parkinson earned All-Conference honors for leading the Retrievers across the line and finishing sixth overall at the America East Cross Country Championships. In the winter, she broke the UMBC record and earned gold in the 5,000-meter run at the Indoor Track and Field Championships in addition to placing third in 3,000-meter run and fourth in the mile. This spring, she broke the school record in the 1,500-meter run and then took home bronze at the Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In addition to all this, she has been named to the Cross Country and Indoor Track and Field All-Academic teams.


Cassidy is the first Retriever to earn all-conference honors three times during UMBC’s seven years in the America East, as she was tabbed to the first team in 2008 and the second team in 2009 and 2010. The Syracuse, N.Y. native holds UMBC’s career records with 248 3-pointers and 119 games played, and she ranks among UMBC’s all-time leaders in many other categories, with school Division I records for points with 1,627 and free throws with 347. After leading the Retrievers to the 2007 America East Championship with 14 points in the title game and All-Tournament Team honors, she became the first player to lead the conference in scoring in back-to-back seasons as a sophomore and junior. The guard averaged 13.7 points per game in her career and was a career 79 percent shooter from the foul line. She scored in double figures 79 times in her career with a whopping 30 20-point performances. Also an excellent student, she has been named to the America East All-Academic Team twice.


Fefel broke the school’s all-time home run record last weekend at Hartford and finished her career with 43, and she owns three of UMBC’s top 10 single-season marks, including 13 this season, matching her career high. The Catonsville, Md. native is the first Retriever to earn America East All-Conference First Team honors three times, and that number could become four later this week. After spending most of her first three seasons at first base, she has manned the hot corner for the Retrievers in 2010 while also pitching 74 innings. Earlier this year, the career .336 hitter became the eighth Retriever ever to collect 200 career hits, and she ranks among UMBC’s all-time leaders in almost every offensive category, including third with 147 RBI and 385 total bases. In the pitching circle, she has fanned 294 batters in her career, the fourth-most in UMBC history, and she owns the school record with eight saves.


Voorman completed a brilliant career at UMBC by earning his sixth conference honor in 2010, a Second-Team All-Conference singles nod. He compiled a 18-7 record, primarily at No. 2 singles and won the deciding match in the Retrievers’ 4-3 semifinal win over Stony Brook in the 2010 conference championships. Voorman won 165 matches in his career.


Wimer was selected as a USILA All-American and an America East First-Team All-Conference midfielder in 2009 and was selected as a unanimous First-Team All-Conference honoree this year after leading the team in scoring with 16 goals and 19 assists (35 points) and has moved into 15th place in school history with 133 career points. 


Chen excelled both in the classroom and on the courts for UMBC for the last four years. She has played at the top of the ladder in women’s tennis since she came to UMBC and produced a stellar senior season. He won 16 and only lost 6 matches at the No. 1 position this spring and was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team at No. 1 doubles. The native of North Potomac, Maryland has maintained a 4.00 grade-point average in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and will be attending medical school at the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus next fall.


Devaud successfully defended his heptathlon title at this year’s America East Indoor Track and Field Championships, as well as earning bronze in the 55-meter hurdles. Two weeks later, the Archbishop Curley graduate won the heptathlon at the IC4A Championships, which involve student-athletes from over 100 schools along the east coast. An excellent student with a 3.62 GPA in mechanical engineering, the native of Baltimore was selected as the 2009 America East Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete and was named to this year’s All-Academic Team.


Juniors Rick Phillips (baseball), Amanda Shinholser (women’s swimming and diving) andSandra Vacarino (women’s soccer) earned the Retrieve Club Scholarship Award to be used for their senior seasons. Phillips, a catcher from Gaithersburg, Md., has started every game for the Retrievers this season behind the plate. Shinholser has been the leader of the diving squad the last two years and has improved dramatically each year at UMBC. Vacarino led the women’s soccer team in goals (4) and points (10) during the 2009 season.


Below is the list of UMBC’s most valuable athletes, most improved athletes and unsung heroes for  each sport, chosen by that team’s coaches:


Men’s Soccer

Most Valuable Athlete: Levi Houapeu

Most Valuable Athlete: Andrew Bulls

Mike Woodard Unsung Hero Award: John Paul Waraksa 


Women’s Soccer

Most Valuable Athlete: Christine Sadowski

Most Improved Athlete: Sarah Purdum                          

Unsung Hero: Katie Gitlin



Most Improved Athlete: Naomi Bush

Unsung Hero: Pam Jarrett

Unsung Hero: Sabrina Hoeks


Men’s Cross Country

Most Valuable Athlete: Andrew Madison

Most Improved Athlete: Roy Jones

Unsung Hero: Chris Bowie


Women’s Cross Country

Most Valuable Athlete: Sara Parkinson

Most Improved Athlete: Suzanne Gabriel

Unsung Hero: Keri Wilson


Women’s Basketball

Most Valuable Athlete: Carlee Cassidy

Most Improved Athlete: Topé Obajolu

Unsung Hero: Chelsea Barker


Men’s Basketball

Most Valuable Athlete: Chris De La Rosa

Most Improved Athlete: Adrian Satchell

Unsung Hero: Matt Spadafora               


Men’s Swimming & Diving

Most Valuable Athlete: Matt Mattingly

Most Improved Athlete: Eric Jones

Unsung Hero: Zach Vonder Haar


Women’s Swimming & Diving

Most Valuable Athlete: Sam Maccherola

Most Improved Athlete: Abbey McKenney

Mikki Blakely Unsung Hero: Tereza Kaplanova


Men’s Indoor Track & Field-

Most Valuable Athlete: Dominic Devaud

Most Valuable Athlete: Camal Pugh       

Unsung Hero: Keith Onto


Women’s Indoor Track & Field

Most Valuable Athlete: Sara Parkinson  

Most Valuable Athlete: Britney Foreman

Most Valuable Athlete: Amanda Deller   


Men’s tennis

Most Valuable Athlete: Fredi Voorman               

Most Valuable Athlete: Adam Duprat

Most Improved  Athlete: Joe Adewumi


Women’s tennis

Most Valuable Athlete: Alice Chen                     

Most Valuable Athlete: Lorena Valente

Most Improved  Athlete: Barbara Couto


Men’s lacrosse

Most Improved  Athlete: Maxx Davis

Unsung Hero: J. D. Harkey        

Unsung Hero: Mike Bryan


Women’s lacrosse

Most Valuable Athlete: Erika Braerman              

Most Valuable Athlete: Amanda Pappas

Unsung Hero: Kate Quick


Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

Most Valuable Athlete: Victor Gilreath

Most Valuable Athlete: Keith Onto

Most Valuable Athlete: Camal Pugh


Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

Most Valuable Athlete: Amanda Deller

Most Valuable Athlete: Britney Foreman

Most Improved Athlete: Kiki Malomo-Paris



Most Valuable Athlete: Amanda Fefel    

Most Valuable Athlete:   Emily Thompson          

Unsung Hero: Ashley Carver



Most Improved Athlete: Brian Klukowicz

Unsung Hero: Scott Wildesen

Unsung Hero: Rick Phillips