Two Yale seniors who represent "the highest ideals of American sportsmanship and Yale tradition" were presented athletic awards by Thomas A. Beckett, director of athletics, at the Senior Class Day exercises on May 24.
Laurie Belliveau, a member of the women's ice hockey team, received the Nellie Pratt Elliott Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior female at Yale. It is awarded in memory of Nellie Pratt Elliott, who was assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Yale for 46 years.
Belliveau, one of the most decorated athletes in Yale history, is a psychology major and a member of Timothy Dwight College. She is a native of Manchester, Massachusetts.
Raymond Giroux, captain of the 1997-98 men's ice hockey team, was named the winner of the William Neely Mallory Award, the most prestigious award given to a senior male athlete at Yale. The award is named after William Neely Mallory, an athlete in the Yale College Class of 1924.
Giroux, one of the most celebrated players in the history of Yale hockey, is an economics major and a member of Berkeley College. He is a native of North Bay, Ontario, Canada. Giroux's brother, Richard '95, captained the 1994-95 Yale men's ice hockey team, making them the only brother-captain combination in 103 years of Yale hockey.
Descriptions of the winning athletes' accomplishments follow:
Nellie Pratt Elliott Award
A three-time Ivy League Player of the Year, Laurie Belliveau holds virtually every goaltending record at Yale. In her four years, she played 98 games, 5,809 minutes; made 4,262 saves; and had a .911 save percentage and a 4.32 goals against average.
This past winter she was a finalist for the inaugural Patty Kazmaier Award, presented to the women's intercollegiate player who represents the highest standards of personal and team excellence. She also was named All-America by the American Women's Collegiate Hockey Coaches Association, first-team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), first-team All-New England and Academic All-Ivy. In 1994-95 she became the first freshman in any sport to earn Ivy League Player of the Year honors, and that same year she made an ECAC record 78 saves in a game against Providence. In her career, she averaged more than 43 saves per game.
Belliveau's accomplishments have not been limited to Yale. She was an alternate for the 1998 United States Olympic team and played on the 1995 USA Select Team. In addition, she participated in the 1997 USA Hockey Women's National Festival and was a goalie for an ECAC all-star team that played the Olympic team in December. Her exploits have not gone unnoticed. She was profiled in the "Scorecard" section of Sports Illustrated, and was featured on the Fox News Channel.
William Neely Mallory Award
Raymond Giroux, a finalist for the 1998 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the nation's top male hockey player, captained the most successful team (23-9-3) in Yale hockey history this past winter and earned numerous individual honors.
He was Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Year and the Best Defensive Defenseman, while also garnering first-team All-America and All-New England accolades. Giroux, tied for second on the all-time Yale defenseman scoring list with 84 points, was also the 1997-98 Ivy League Player of the Year.
Giroux set the Yale record for assists in a season by a defenseman with 30. His 39 points were the fifth highest among all Division I defensemen (tops in the ECAC), and he ranked 12th nationally in assists per game. Giroux put together a 13-game point scoring streak and had 11 multiple-point games during the 1997-98 campaign. Yale's second ever All-America blueliner opened the season by scoring twice in a 5-1 win over Air Force and had points in 24 of the 33 games. Giroux, a 1994 Philadelphia Flyer draft pick who led the ECAC regular-season champions with a +32 rating, scored the most memorable goal of last season with 55 seconds left in regulation to force overtime in the ECAC quarterfinals at Ingalls Rink. The Bulldogs went on to win the series and compete in the conference finals before falling in the NCAA Western Regional at Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Three Yale College seniors received the Robert E. Lewis Award during Senior Class Day exercises on May 24. The award is given to the senior who "best demonstrates the highest ideals of athletics and intramural competition." The students were presented their awards by Robert Farris Thompson, master of Timothy Dwight College and the John Trumbull Professor of the History of Art, who also serves as chair of the Council of Masters Committee on Athletics.
During his presentation, Thompson noted that the students were so special that he was "inspired to recite their valor and their talents in poetry." Thompson's verse tribute to each student follows a brief description of the winners.
Matthew Morgado of Calhoun College played nearly 20 intramural sports during his four years at Yale. He was an especially committed ice hockey, baseball, Ultimate Frisbee and coed softball player, and served as his college's intramurals secretary. A senior editor of the Yale Herald, he also wrote about sports for the student newspaper. A native of Harrison, New York, Morgado majored in economics.
"When this guy arrived, Houn wore 12th hat
But as IM secretary he changed all that
Now the Houn's third and everyone's proud
Shout out his name -- MATT MORGADO -- and make it loud."
Alexandra Robbins of Ezra Stiles College played women's field hockey during all four of her years at Yale and was also active in women's and coed soccer. She wrote for the Yale Daily News and also wrote a weekly column about her college's intramural games. Robbins, who is from Bethesda, Maryland, majored in English.
"She played in pain, she ignored her knee
She wrote weekly columns urging victory
All Stiles loves her and with good reason
Salute ALEX ROBBINS, woman for all seasons."
Tanya Brief of Timothy Dwight College, played more than a dozen intramural sports during her four years at Yale. She was most active in field hockey, coed softball, coed touch football and soccer. Brief, who hails from New York City, majored in history.
"And now for a woman from Timothy Dwight
So athletic, played everything right
Hit all the sports, team-played beyond belief
Let's hear it now for TANYA BRIEF."