Volleyball player Lexi Brown and football player Jake Gnieser have been named the 2013 winners of St. Lawrence University's Ronald C. Hoffmann First-Year Scholar Athlete Award. The official presentation of the awards will take place as part of National Student-Athlete Day on April 3.
The Hoffmann Award is selected based on the combination of athletic and academic excellence through the first year of intercollegiate competition and is awarded in the sophomore year to the previous year's winners.
Brown, Sayville, NY, earned Dean's List honors (3.6 GPA or higher) in each of her first two semesters at St. Lawrence and was named second team All Liberty League. She led the team in kills, kill/set and had the highest hitting percentage on the team. She had 342 kills and her average of 3.11 kills per set was sixth highest in program history. She is a double major in Geology and Conservation Biology and she was on the Dean's list both semesters, finishing the year with a 3.8 GPA. Lexi was a member of the Saints volleyball team that earned the AVCA Team Academic Award in 2012.
Gnieser, Dix Hills, NY, played in nine games as a rookie running back and started the last four in the fall of 2012, accumulating 285 yards on 70 carries and caught 13 passes for 47 yards and his first collegiate touchdown. He had a grade point average of 3.58 for his rookie season.
Other nominees for the award included Samantha and Kim Haab, field hockey, Lauren Quattrocchi, women's basketball; Hannah Calvelli, soccer and lacrosse; Gabrielle Schreffler, women's rowing and Christian Yarros, soccer.