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Lefort, Peters take home top athlete awards

At the Francis D. Burke Club Room at Agganis Arena Tuesday night, eight Terriers were awarded at the student-athlete awards reception for their performances in the 2013-14 academic year. Sophomore Sarah Lefort highlighted the event for the women when she won the Mildred Barnes Award for BU’s top female athlete. On the men’s side, senior Rich Peters was given the Mickey Cochrane Award for the best male athlete.

In just her second year in the scarlet and white, Lefort helped the women’s hockey team reach the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive season. Despite not being ranked heading into the Hockey East Tournament, Lefort and the Terriers claimed the Hockey East Championship with a one-goal win over Boston College.

The Ormstown, Quebec native outdid her 2012-13 performance when she scored 24 goals by tallying 32 this year, the only player in the entire NCAA to reach the 30-plus goal mark in 2013-14. Her 55 points were fifth-best in the nation and helped her become the Hockey East Player of the Year.

Lefort is only the second player in the history of the women’s hockey program to become a Second Team All-American with her impressive sophomore campaign. Though she did not win the honor, she was the first player in the history BU women’s hockey to be named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award for the top collegiate women’s hockey player.

By claiming the Mickey Cochrane Award Tuesday night, Peters became only the second athlete in the history of BU to win the award twice, the other being Jack O’Callahan of the men’s hockey team. After finishing fourth in the mile at the NCAA Championships with a time of 4:03.49 and winning his semifinal mile race, Peters was named a First Team All-American.

Peters dominated the Patriot League Championships with his performance in the mile (4:04.74) and 1,000m race (2:26.90). The conference named him the Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Meet for his strong finishes. The senior also set a school record this season at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational when he ran a 3:57.27 during the 3,000m race.

Senior Jayme Mask of the softball team won BU’s Woman of the Year, given to a student-athlete with exceptional play on the field and strong work in the classroom.

Following a year in which she stole an America East Conference best 37 bases while hitting .399, Mask has continued to shine in 2014. She leads the Terriers with a .410 batting average this season and is just nine steals away from tying her school record from last season. Off the field, Mask completed a bachelor’s degree in biology at the end of last semester and will also get a degree in psychology in May.

Senior Moritz Franz of the men’s rowing team was honored with The Ray E. Speare Award for the top male scholar-athlete. The Gretchen Schyler Award for the best female scholar-athlete went to senior Kylie Strom from the women’s soccer team.

Franz compiled strong numbers in BU’s varsity eight boats over his sophomore and junior campaigns before battling through an injury this fall. His 3.84 GPA as a business administration and management major will allow him to graduate summa cum laude from the School of Management.

For Strom, her 3.36 GPA was good enough for her to be named a member of the NSCAA Third Team Scholar All-America. Her two goals and three assists on the field earned her a spot on the Patriot League All-Second Team.

The John B. Simpson Award was given to seniors Nestor Taffur and Sydney Godett for their enthusiasm and leadership. Godett is one of the tri-captains of the women’s lacrosse team this season and has been both leader with both her voice and play. This season she has helped the offense with her 11 goals and three assists.

Taffur finished the wrestling program’s last-ever season with a 37-4 record that allowed him to reach the NCAA Tournament. He ended his college career with a BU record of 119 wins.

From the women’s swimming and diving team, senior Chelsea Glincman walked away with the Student-Athlete Service Award. As the Student-Athlete Advisory council president, Glincman was an integral part in helping organize events such as the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and BU’s Autism Olympic Day.

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