Mountain Hawks look back on season at banquet
Posted: April 10, 2005
Bethlehem, PA – Lehigh held the Charles F. ’38 and Helen Marie Zell men’s basketball banquet on Saturday, April 9 in the Wood Dining Room at Iacocca Hall on the Mountaintop Campus. Three Lehigh players captured awards on the evening, in a program that included dinner, presentation of three awards, reflections from the program’s four departing seniors (Brad Szalachowski, Dayne Mickelson, Earl Nurse and Nick Monserez), and the viewing of a highlight film that looked back at the Mountain Hawks’ 2004-2005 season.
Senior tri-captain Nick Monserez captured the Athlete of the Year award. The Athlete of the Year award is presented to the team member who makes the most outstanding athletic contribution to the accomplishments of the team. Monserez established career highs in points, assists, steals and blocks this past season. Monserez led the Mountain Hawks in scoring five times and in rebounding seven, while netting six three-pointers en route to his career-high of 22 points versus Bucknell on January 23.
Senior Dayne Mickelson was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Scholar-Athlete award goes to the student-athlete who in the eyes of his/her teammates exemplifies the ideal of the scholar-athlete. Mickelson recorded a perfect 4.00 GPA in computer engineering in the 2004 fall semester and currently has a remarkable 3.76 overall grade point average
Senior Earl Nurse won the Coaches Award at the banquet. The Coaches Award is presented to the individual who made significant contributions to the well being of the team in terms of attitude, improvement, or special leadership. Nurse was the only Mountain Hawk to play in over 100 career games, and he led Lehigh in rebounding in each of the past two seasons. Nurse led the Mountain Hawks in rebounding nine times this past season and started every game.
Media relations assistant Mike Stagnitta was presented with the Sixth Man Award, which is given to an individual or group of people who have made a major impact on the program.
Next year, the Mountain Hawks return nine letterwinners from a team that recorded 14 victories this past season and will enter next season looking to get back to the top of the Patriot League