McKelvie, Lazzari Honored With AAA Award




WEST POINT, N.Y. Standout hockey player Zach McKelvie and record-setting volleyball player Elizabeth Lazzari were honored with Army’s highest athletic honor on Friday when they were presented with the Army Athletic Association Trophy at this afternoon’s Awards Convocation at Eisenhower Hall.

The prestigious Army Athletic Association Trophy is awarded to the male and female cadet who displays the “most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet.”

McKelvie, a two-time first-team All-Atlantic Hockey Association defenseman, was the male winner while Lazzari, a three-time All-Patriot League selection, was presented with the female award.

Lazzari, an outside hitter from Seal Beach, Calif. (Cornelia Connelly H.S.) is the first volleyball player to be honored while McKelvie, a defenseman from New Brighton, Minn. (Irondale H.S.) is the 11th hockey player to be acknowledged. 

This year marks the 105th anniversary of the AAA Trophy that was first awarded to football player Horatio Hackett in 1904.

In addition, women’s soccer player Sarah Goss was presented with the Army Athletic Association Special Award during the ceremony for “exhibiting outstanding achievement and exemplary leadership in athletic competition.” Goss is the 27th athlete to receive the award and follows the 2008 selection of football player Mike Viti.

Unlike the annual AAA Award, the Special Award is given only in years when a worthy candidate is deemed.

One of just three players in program history to record at least 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career, Lazzari departs West Point as one of the most versatile and decorated players to ever wear the black and gold. She became the first player to reach the aforementioned milestone since Army Sports Hall of Fame member Deann Machlan in 1995 and finished her career ranked fifth all-time in kills (1,194) and fourth in digs (1,248).

A three-time All-Patriot League selection, including two first team nods, Lazzari ranks in the top-10 in career digs per set (3rd; 3.26), kills per set (5th; 3.12) and hitting percentage (10th; .245). Named the 2005 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Lazzari went on to cap her career as the only Army player to be recognized on the 2008 Patriot League All-Tournament Team. A four-year starter at outside hitter, Lazzari played a critical role in Army winning a share of the program’s first-ever regular season title in 2008.

Since Lazzari’s arrival at West Point, the Black Knights have enjoyed a stellar 92-23 (.800) record and managed two of the best seasons in program history. Army went 24-5 (.828) in 2007 and followed that up with a 26-4 (.867) mark in the fall to represent the top winning percentage in the program’s 30-year history. Army also posted a 7-1 record against service-academy rival Navy with Lazzari on the court.

Lazzari became the first volleyball player in Army history to participate in the U.S. National Team Open Tryout as a junior and was one of just two representatives from the Patriot League at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. She then returned to West Point following the tryout to finish the semester and serve as a Summer Garrison Regimental Commander in 2008.

Selected as the Brigade Corps Squad Officer for the 2008-09 academic year, Lazzari held one of the top positions within the Corps of Cadets and served as a liaison between the athletic department and the corps. Along with that responsibility came the title of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee chair.

Lazzari is a Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member and ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District I second team pick with a 3.30 grade-point average and will enter the Medical Service branch of the United States Army. Along with McKelvie, she was one of two finalists for the Coach K Teaching Character Through Sport Award which was awarded to varsity athletes for the first time this year.

McKelvie is the first hockey player to win the award since goalie Brad Roberts was honored in 2006. A four-year contributor who played in at least 32 games all four seasons for head coach Brian Riley, McKelvie recently won the initial Coach K Teaching Character Through Sport Award, edging Lazzari.

A hulking defenseman, McKelvie played in 136 games during his tenure, including five wins against Air Force and scored 14 goals while distributing 44 assists for 58 points. He netted six power play goals, three game-winning goals and tallied seven multiple-point games and was a consistent force on the power play and penalty kill units.

The Atlantic Hockey Association Defenseman of the Year as a junior, McKelvie was twice named a first team all-star, becoming the first Army player to earn two first team citations. He also served as an alternate captain his junior season and captain in his senior campaign.

The Brigade Athletics Officer for his final year, McKelvie was among the leadership in the Corps of Cadets and oversaw intramural and club sports in his role.

A three-time selection to the Atlantic Hockey Association All-Academic squad, McKelvie will join the Infantry branch of the United States Army, following his service as an athletic intern in the fall.

McKelvie earned a selection to the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge, just the third Army player to be chosen, and won the fastest skater competition at the event at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Goss is the first member of the women’s soccer team to receive the AAA Special Award and the 12th woman among 27 athletes to receive this accolade since its establishment in 1966.

Excelling both on the pitch and in the classroom, Goss enjoyed an outstanding four-year career capped last fall with Army’s first-ever NCAA Tournament bid after defeating top-seeded Navy, 1-0, in double overtime at the Patriot League Tournament. The team co-captain was named the Tournament MVP after leading Army to just its second women’s soccer championship title and first since 1993. A two-time Patriot League all-star, Goss was tabbed for second team honors as a midfielder for the second-straight year. She has ranked among Army’s leaders the last three years, landing first in scoring her sophomore and junior years while finishing second her final season. She compiled 12 goals and four assists for 28 points along with three game winners over her four-year career.

Bound for Yale Medical School in the fall, Goss is a two-time ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American. She was a first team selection in the fall and second team pick in 2007. She is just the second player in school history to earn back-to-back academic All-America honors. The native of Lancaster, Pa., is also a three-time Academic District I first team selection and a four-time conference academic honor roll pick. Goss will graduate with a 4.05 grade point average to list 11th academically and 10th overall (military, physical and academic) in her class.

McKelvie, a Management/Systems Engineering major, Lazzari, a Philosophy and Literature major and Goss, a Mechanical Engineering major, will accept their West Point diplomas during Commencement Exercises at Michie Stadium on Saturday, May 23.

AAA Award Winners (listed by year)

Year Awarded 
 Name 
 Sport  
 1904 Horatio Hackett 
 Football
 1905 Ernest Graves
 Football 
 1906 Charles Rockwell 
 Football
 1907
 Lewis Watkins
 Football
 1908 George Beavers
 Football
 1909 Frank Besson
 Football
 1910 Edgar Burr
 Football
 1911 Alexander Surles
 Football
 1912 Archibald Arnold
 Football
 1913 Charles Lyman
 Football
 1914 Frank Milburn
 Football
 1915 Leland Hobbs
 Football
 1916 William Britton
 Football
  Robert Neyland^
 Baseball/Football 
 Apr. 1917
 Charles Gerhardt
 Football
 Aug. 1917
 Edwin House
 Football
 June 1918
 Elmer Oliphant%
 Football/Baseball/Basketball/Track & Field
 Nov. 1918
 Eugene Vidal
 Football
 1920 Earl "Red" Blaik
 Football
 1922 Francis Greene
 Football
 1923 Walter White
 Football
 1924 George Smythe
 Football
 1925 William Wood
 Football
 1926
 John Roosma
 Basketball
 1927 Maurice Daly
 Football/Hockey
 1928 Harry Wilson
 Football/Lacrosse
 1929 Louis Hammack
 Football
 1930 Richard Hutchinson 
 Football
 1931 John Malloy
 Football
 1932 Ray Stecker
 Football
 1933 Lawrence Lincoln
 Football
 1934 Harvey Jablonsky
 Football
 1935 Joseph Stancook
 Football
 1936 William Grohs
 Football/Hockey
 1937 Charles Meyer
 Football
 1938 Harris Rogner
 Football
 1939 Henry Sullivan
 Football
 1940 Harry Stella
 Football
 1941 William Gillis
 Track & Field/Football
 1942 Raymond Murphy
 Football
 1943 Jan. Vasco Fenili
 Football
 1944 John Hennessey
 Football
 1945 Dale Hall
 Football/Basketball
 1946 Max Minor
 Football
 1947 Glenn Davis
 Football/Track & Field
 1948 Charles Nash
 Track & Field
 1949 James Rawers
 Football
 1950 Arnold Galiffa
 Football
 1951 Harold Shultz
 Football
 1952 Dick Shea
 Track & Field
 1953 Donal Fuqua
 Football
 1954 Lowell Sisson
 Football
 1955 Godwin Ordway
 Football
 1956 Ralph Chasnauskas 
 Football/Hockey
 1957 Robert Kyasky
 Football
 1958 Thomas Harvey
 Hockey
 1959 Pete Dawkins
 Football/Hockey
 1960 Robert Anderson
 Football
 1961 Harold Hannon
 Basketball
 1962 Al Rushatz
 Football/Wrestling
 1963 Mike Natvig
 Wrestling
 1964 Bill Straub
 Track & Field
 1965 Ronald Butterfield
 Football
 1966 Mike Silliman
 Basketball/Baseball
 1967 John Boretti
 Baseball/Soccer/Hockey
 1968 Mike F. Palone
 Hockey/Soccer
 1969 Charlie Jarvis
 Football/Lacrosse
 1970 Lynn D. Moore
 Football/Lacrosse
 1971 Dan Scioletti
 Hockey/Soccer
 1972 Ray Ritacco
 Football/Wrestling
 1973 Leslie Alm
 Track & Field
 1974 Jerry Johnson*
 Baseball
 1975 Dorian Anderson
 Sprint Football/Wrestling
 1976 Dennis Trujillo
 Track & Field
 1977 Ted Kanamine
 Swimming
 1978 Gary Winton
 Basketball
 1979 Clennie Brundidge
 Football
 1980 George Mayes
 Football
  Terry Tepper
 Track & Field
 1981 Michael Fahnestock
 Football/Track
  Kim Hall
 Basketball/Softball
 1982 Mark Palzer
 Wrestling
  Kevin Kullander
 Football
  Harlene Nelson
 Track & Field
 1983 Mike Williams
 Football
  Eileen Mulholland
 Basketball/Softball
 1984 George Slabowski
 Lacrosse
  Tracy Hanlon
 Track & Field/Basketball
 1985 Nate Sassaman
 Football
  Randy Cozzens
 Basketball
  Lelia True
 Tennis
 1986 Don Smith
 Football
  Julie DelGiorno
 Basketball
 1987 Kevin Houston
 Basketball
  Laurie Goetz
 Basketball
 1988 Tory Crawford
 Football
  Linda Schimminger
 Basketball
 1989 Tyno Carter
 Track & Field
  Ann Wycoff
 Swimming
 1990 Benjamin Barnett
 Football
  Diana Wills
 Track & Field
 1991 Mike Mayweather
 Football
  Colleen McCabe
 Softball
 1992 Myreon Williams
 Football
  Jacob Garcia
 Wrestling
  Kim Kawamoto
 Basketball
 1993 Mike McElrath
 Football
  Gina Scarsella
 Basketball
 1994 Jason Stewart
 Track & Field
  Tara Williams
 Soccer
 1995 Mark Houston
 Football/Baseball
  Mikell Harper
 Sprint Football
  Catherine Gaffigan
 Cross Country
 1996 Steve Marshall
 Gymnastics
  Alexis Albano
 Soccer/Track & Field
 1997 Brad Fenske
 Wrestling
  Ron Leshinski
 Football
  Susie Corlett
 Softball
 1998 Jarret Mathews
 Wrestling
  Mike Scioletti
 Baseball
  Holly Pedley
 Soccer
 1999 Andy Lundbohm
 Hockey
  Joe Novak
 Swimming
  Heather Lawson
 Track & Field
 2000 Brian Gebhardt
 Track & Field
  Shaun Salmon
 Baseball
  Sarah Hatton
 Softball
 2001 Marshall Clay
 Tennis
  Heidi Borden
 Swimming
 2002 Omari Thompson
 Football/Track
  Nicki Robbins
 Softball
 2003 Dustin Greenhill
 Gymnastics
  Lauren Rowe
 Soccer/Track & Field
 2004 Jeff Weaver
 Track & Field
  Katie Macfarlane
 Basketball
 2005 Phillip Simpson
 Wrestling
  Marissa Limsiaco
 Tennis
 2006 Carlton Jones
 Football
  Brad Roberts
 Hockey
  Chelsea Haviland
 Swimming
 2007 Milan Dinga
 Baseball
  Nick Hill
 Baseball
  Meghan Venable-Thomas 
 Track & Field
 2008 Chris Abalo
 Rifle
  Cole White
 Baseball
  Katelin Grant
 Track & Field
 2009 Zach McKelvie
 Hockey
  Elizabeth Lazzari
 Volleyball

 ^ Robert Neyland was undefeated heavyweight boxing champion for three years running among the Corps (1914-16).
*Jerry Johnson was Brigade Boxing Open Champion and New York Golden Gloves Champion in 1974.
%Elmer Oliphant also earned monograms in boxing, hockey and swimming.

Special Award Winners (listed by year)

 Year 
 Name 
 Sport 
 1966 Frank Kobes 
 Soccer/Hockey/Lacrosse 
 1968 Greg Camp
 Track & Field
 1970 Gary Steele
 Football/Track & Field
 1978 Curt Alitz
 Track & Field/Swimming
  Leamon Hall
 Football
 1981 Dena Caradimitropoulo 
 Basketball
 1983 Cardwell Williams
 Track & Field
 1984 Dave Cannella
 Rifle
  Alma Cobb
 Basketball/Track
  Melody Smith
 Basketball
 1986 Dennis Semmel
 Wrestling
 1987 Paul DiGironimo
 Wrestling
  John Van Sant
 Swimming
  Clare Hramiec
 Swimming
 1989 Greg Gadson
 Football
  Kim Seminiano
 Track & Field
  Teresa Sobiesk
 Track & Field
 1990 Jen Fleming
 Basketball/Softball
 1996 Ian Winer
 Hockey
 2000 Travis Burns
 Tennis
 2006 Micky Mallette
 Basketball
  Ashley Magnani
 Basketball
  Adrienne Payne
 Basketball
  Megan Vrabel
 Basketball
  John Walker
 Lacrosse
 2008 Mike Viti
 Football
 2009 Sarah Goss
 Soccer

 

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