As the 2020–2021 academic year draws to a close, Boston University Athletics honored the University’s top athletes during its annual awards show Sunday night. Like so many events this past year, the ceremony was held virtually.
Returning to play amidst new protocols, truncated seasons, and great uncertainty because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, BU was led back into competition by its four winter teams—men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s hockey. The spring season featured 18 Terrier teams in action, making up for the postponed fall seasons.
Those honored Sunday night during the 2021 awards ceremony:
Originally a walk-on player in 2018, Abunaw became central to the men’s soccer team and served as a member of BU Athletics’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The vice president of the BU Student-Athletes of Color group, Hayes earned 20 top-10 finishes on the track over her four years at BU. She was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2019.
A two-time team captain, Burchell served as president of BU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Her singles victory in the 2021 championship helped the Terriers capture their fifth Patriot League title.
Recognized on both the All-Conference First Team and All-Academic Team in 2019, Bogatin was a three-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member and won seven of his nine singles matches this season.
Honored twice as an All-American Scholar by the American Hockey Coaches Association, Schroeder holds program goaltending records in career save percentage (.929) and career goals-against average (1.98).
This is the second consecutive year DuBois was named recipient of the Mildred Barnes Award. This year, she is 21-0 in the circle, and leads the Patriot League in wins (21), earned run average (0.73), strikeouts (124), and innings pitched (125). She and the Terriers clinched their third straight Patriot League regular season title over the weekend.
The president of BU Athlete Ally—the student-led program that fosters an inclusive environment for LGBTQIA+ student-athletes and allies through community, visibility, education, and empowerment—Kriss also earned Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades twice and helped BU win the conference’s 2021 cross country championship.
A member of BU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Student-Athletes of Color, and BU Athletics’ Social Justice & Inclusion Committee, Ma also earned a Scarlet Key Award as one of the University’s top senior leaders.
Despite the fact that much of the team spent the fall semester studying remotely, the women’s golf team earned the department’s top grade point average for the second consecutive year, improving from 3.62 last year.
As Campus Planning & Operations’ plumbing manager, Murray has long been a familiar face around BU Athletics. “Though I am retiring this year,” Murray said during Sunday’s ceremony,”I will be following along with BU Athletics and rooting for the Terriers for years to come.”
Starr this year completed her 40th year helming the BU field hockey program. The team had an undefeated regular season, a top-seeded entry into the 2021 Patriot League tournament, and a championship game appearance—all while dealing with the unpredictability posed by the pandemic.
This past season, Harper posted career-highs in points per game (8.1), rebounds per game (3.3), and free throw percentage (.857). He is also involved in BU’s Student-Athletes of Color group as a codirector of operations.
After an injury resulted in Hickey’s missing the 2020 season, she returned to the field, and despite being an attacker by trade, was pressed into service as an emergency goaltender for three games, two of them BU wins.
Arriving at BU as a record-setter at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in Ontario, Mason quickly became a critical distance runner, achieving three top-10 finishes in four events during the shortened 2021 season.
A promising recruit from Belgium, Steenssens finished first in the Patriot League in assists per game (.75). She played in four of BU’s six 2021 contests, helping the Terriers to a conference title game appearance.
This season, Mathon became BU’s go-to forward. He was the only player to start all 18 games, and he set career-highs in points per game (11.2), rebounds per game (8.2), field goal percentage (.559), and free throw percentage (.774).
After the 2020 season was canceled, Griskowitz helped BU’s lightweight rowers hit the ground running in 2021 with two wins, in races against Boston College on April 2 and over Wisconsin on May 1.
Congrats to Christian Quadrino of @TerrierMLAX! pic.twitter.com/68C3SMi4VB
Opening Patriot League play against Army West Point on March 6, Quadrino floored his defender behind the Black Knights’ net and beat the goaltender with a pump-fake and finish, scoring the best of his 13 goals so far this season.
The only cross country event of the 2021 season was memorable for the Terrier women, who won their second straight Patriot League title. Claeson finished in second place, one of 3 BU runners in the top 10.
After appearing in 10 games freshman and sophomore years, Martin battled through cancer treatment this year. He completed his final round of chemotherapy last month, and has been an inspiration to his teammates.
A Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member in 2018 and an All-Conference Second Team honoree in 2019, Lee has been a key voice as the BU swimming and diving teams navigated COVID-19 this year.
BU Athletics Honors Standout Student-Athletes
Brady Gardner (COM’22) is pursuing a double major, in journalism and public relations. He has worked with the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, BU Athletics, and Agganis Arena. He is from Foxborough, Mass., and takes pride in being left-handed. He can be reached at [email protected]. Profile
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Cydney Scott has been a professional photographer since graduating from the Ohio University VisCom program in 1998. She spent 10 years shooting for newspapers, first in upstate New York, then Palm Beach County, Fla., before moving back to her home city of Boston and joining BU Photography. Profile
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