Emmitsburg, Md. (April 30, 2019) -- The Mount St. Mary's University Athletic Department announced the 2018-19 winners of the Kolon and Sheridan Awards at the annual Blue and White Banquet on Monday night, which celebrates Mount St. Mary's student-athletes and recognizes their accomplishments and contributions to the University. Patrick Causa, Emily Dees and Lindsay Heinze were named Kolon Award winners, while Alex Kriss, Jack Mangan, Jillian Petito and Erin Sample took home the Sheridan Awards.
The Kolon Award, which is voted on by the Mount athletic department, goes to the student-athlete, who, through hard work and determination, has earned the respect and admiration of his or her fellow athletes and coaches, and who, through inspirational effort, has displayed the determination exemplified by the late Jack Kolon.
Causa's historic season for the Mount baseball team has placed him among the top players in the Northeast Conference (NEC) this year, as he leads the league in batting average (.394), home runs (11), on-base percentage (.503) and slugging percentage (.725), while also ranking top-five in the NEC in hits (56), runs (38) and walks (28). Causa's .394 batting average and .503 on-base percentage this year would be the best in a single-season in program history if the campaign ended today. The shortstop's 199 career hits are the third-most ever by a Mountaineer.
Dees has played a pivotal role in the women's lacrosse team's outstanding season that led the Mountaineers to an NEC Regular Season Championship and a program-record 15 victories on the year. She's started every game for the Mount this season, helping anchor the team's defensive unit, which is ranked third in the nation in scoring defense. Dees has registered 72 ground balls and 42 caused turnovers in 66 career games with the Mountaineers.
Heinze will wrap up her career as one of the top players in Mount softball history. An All-NEC First Team selection in 2017, she's started all 196 games she has played in her career, and is the program's all-time leader in career doubles (43) and RBI (130), while ranking second in home runs (26). Her 179 career hits are third on the Mount's all-time list, while she's also top-six in slugging percentage (.515), at bats (583), runs (85), walks (69) and total bases (300). This season, she's hitting .327 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI.
The Sheridan Award, which is also voted on by the Mount athletic department, is for the college student-athlete, who, through athletic and academic achievement, has exemplified the spirit and dedication demanded by intercollegiate athletics, and who, through such activity, has fostered the ideals of Monsignor John L. Sheridan and Mount St. Mary's University.
Kriss, an All-NEC Second Team selection last season, has followed it up with an impressive senior campaign, as he ranks top-three in the Northeast Conference in doubles (12) and RBI (39). For his career, Kriss places top-15 in program history in hits (180), doubles (38), home runs (12) and RBI (88). He's also excelled in the classroom, having been named to the Northeast Conference Academic Honor Roll each year as an accounting major.
Mangan, a team captain and four-time team MVP, helped lead the Mountaineers to an NEC Regular Season Championship and the top seed in the NEC Tournament this season. The midfielder is the program's all-time leader in caused turnovers with 73, and ranks seventh in career ground balls with 204. A member of the NEC All-Rookie Team in 2016 and the All-NEC Second Team in 2017, Mangan has also excelled in the classroom as a business major, having earned NEC Academic Honor Roll distinction each year.
Petito, the reigning NEC Defensive Player of the Year, has been dominant between the pipes for the women's lacrosse team this season, helping lead the Mountaineers to an NEC Regular Season Championship and home field through the playoffs. A two-time All-NEC member, Petito currently ranks second in the nation in both save percentage and goals against average. Her 480 saves are fourth-most in program history, and her 29 wins place her second on the Mount's all-time list. As an accounting major, Petito has been named to the NEC Academic Honor Roll each year since entering the Mount.
Sample helped lead the Mount women's track & field team to its first Northeast Conference Indoor Championship in 22 years back in February, finishing second in the shot put and third in the weight throw en route to earning the Most Outstanding Performer (Throws) Award at the event. Sample is the Mount's all-time record holder in the shot put outdoors and is fifth all-time in the hammer throw. Indoors, she is second all-time in the shot put and fourth in the weight throw. Sample has also been named to the NEC Academic Honor Roll each year at the Mount.