May 4, 2010

Top 15 Sophomore Athletes of 2009-10

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Chris Wroblewski (Men’s Basketball)

Position:    GuardStats:    • 2009-10 All-Ivy Mention    • Team’s only non-senior starter in 2009-10    • Cornell’s career 3-point field goal percentage leader (44.8)

Chase Aaronson (Men’s Soccer and Track)

Position:    Forward and SprinterStats:    • Finished second on the soccer team in scoring with 10 points    •2009-10 Most Improved Player    • Member of Cornell’s No. 3 all-time 4×100 relay team

Catherine White (Women’s Hockey)

Position:    ForwardStats:    • 2009-10 ECAC Player of the Year    • 2009-10 Ivy League Player of the Year    • 2009-10 First-team All-Ivy selection

Rob Pannell (Men’s Lacrosse)

Position: Attackman


–– 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year (unanimous selection) –– just the fourth sophomore to nab the award

–– 2010 First-team All-Ivy selection

–– Ranked first in the nation in assists per game (3.00) and is fourth overall in points per game (4.69)

–– Became the fastest Cornell player to reach 100 career points since Tim Goldstein in 1987

Sean Collins (Men’s Hockey)

Position:    ForwardStats:    • 7 goals and 3 assists for the 2009-10 campaign    • Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick    • Earle Award winner (second consecutive)

Michael Cai (Men’s Swimming)

Event:    Breast and IMStats:    • 2009-10 Most Valuable Player    • 2009-10 First-team All-Ivy selection

Amanda Mazzotta (Women’s Hockey)

Position:    GoalieStats:    • 2009-10 First-team All-Ivy selection    • Most saves in an NCAA championshp game with 61    •  Third-team All-League

Brian Billigen (Baseball)

Position:    Outfielder/PitcherStats:    • .292 batting average    • 26 RBI’s (led team)    • 22 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched

Cam Simaz (Wrestling)

Weight Class:    197 poundsStats:    • Career record of 77-19    • 2009-10 First-team All-Ivy selection    • 2008-2009 Ivy League Rookie of the Year

Charmaine Tan (Equestrian)

Event:    Walk-TrotStats:    • Zone reserve champion in walk-trot    • Will compete at the IHSA National Horse Show later this month

Chiara Spinazzola (Women’s Swimming)

Event:    Free, Fly and BackStats:    • 2009-10 Most Valuable Player    • 2009-10 First-team All-Ivy (100 back) and Second-team All-Ivy (100 butterfly)

Frank Hager (Baseball)

Position:    InfielderStats:    • .281 batting average    • 13 doubles (led team)    • 23 runs scored (tied for team lead)

Jessi Steinberg (Women’s Lacrosse)

Position:    AttackmanStats:    • 2009-10 First-team All-Ivy selection        • Led Cornell in goals, points and draw controls for the season

Jim Voter (Men’s Rowing)

Event:    HeavyweightStats:    • One of two sophomores in the eighth-ranked Varsity Eight boat (No. 2 seat).

Melanie Standridge (Gymnastics)

Event:    All-AroundStats:    • 2009-10 All-American Honors    • Beam Ivy Classic Title (2009)

Melissa Hewitt (Women’s Track and Field)

Event:    SprinterStats:    • First place at the Heptagonals in the long jump event    • First place at the Titan Twilight Invitational

Original Author: Sun Staff