2017 Brandeis Department of Athletics Award Winnners May 4, 2017

On Thursday, May 4, the Brandeis University Department of Athletics handed out its annual end-of-season awards. The following student-athletes were all recognized at the department's awards brunch.


are presented to student-athletes who have displayed general excellence in representing Brandeis Athletics. They went to


of Syosset, New York, of the women’s soccer team. A two-year starter and senior captain, Grossman was the last line of defense for the team’s run to the Final Four this season, tying the school’s single-season record for wins with 16 and setting a single-game record with 15 saves. She graduates as Brandeis’s career leader in goals-against average (0.52), second in career shutouts (21) and third in wins (33). She was a three-time All-UAA selection, including second-team honors this year. Grossman is a business and sociology double major;

Alexis Grossman, Vice President of Student Affairs Sheryl Sousa '90 and Senior VP of Students and Enrollment Andrew Flagel


of Rochester, New York, of the women’s basketball team. A four-year team member and two-time team captain as a senior, Jackson earned three All-University Athletic Association honors in her career and was selected to two All-New England squads as a senior. She led the Judges in scoring, rebounding and steals as a senior and graduates among the top 10 in six career statistical categories, including fourth in blocked shots (62) and fifth in rebounding (623) while amassing 943 points, 13th all-time. Jackson is a linguistics major with a minor in French.

Maria Jackson along with Sheryl Sousa and Andrew Flagel


of Mamaroneck, New York, of the women’s fencing team. A four-year team member and senior captain, Sayles was twice named All-Northeast Fencing Conference in her career, helping the Judges to two NFC titles as a sophomore and junior. She earned bronze at the New England Championships as a senior as Brandeis won the women’s team title. Outside of the department, Sayles is a decorated musician, who performs percussion with the Brandeis/Wellesley Orchestra. She also serves as president of the Brandeis Mountain Club and is a member of the University’s Farmer’s Club. Sayles will graduate with degrees in music and Health: Science, Society and Policy.

Sheryl Sousa, Nina Sayles and Andrew Flagel


is presented to seniors who best exemplify the character, dedication and good sportsmanship that depicted soccer All-American and inaugural Hall of Famer Jim McCully’s career at Brandeis. They went to


of Syosset, New York. Zitelny is a four-year member of the men’s swimming and diving team, who served as a two-time team captain. Zitelny graduated in December with two University records, swimming the butterfly record on two medley relays. He turned in all-time top 10 performances in nine different events in his career. Zitelny was a community advisor in Brandeis residence halls for three years. Over the summer, he will start medical school at Wake Forest University.

Sheryl Sousa, Andrew Flagel and Edan Zitelny



of York, Maine. Robinson was a three-year starting defender for the men’s soccer team, earning the captain’s band as a senior. He helped anchor a back line that brought the Judges to four straight NCAA Division III Tournament berths, reaching two Sweet 16s, one Elite Eight and this season’s Final Four berth. He was the consummate teammate who consistently put team success ahead of individual accolades. Robinson will graduate with degrees in economics and business.

Kyle Robinson, Sheryl Sousa and Andrew Flagel


are awarded each year to one female and one male graduating student-athlete with plans to attend graduate school. Candidates for this award must exemplify the ideals of the Brandeis student-athlete by demonstrating sportsmanship and commitment to academics.

They went to


of Monson, Massachusetts. Braz is a December graduate with degrees in neuroscience and philosophy. A transfer to Brandeis, he was a three-year swimmer who served as a captain as a senior. A leader in and out of the pool, Braz worked in the Brandeis admissions department as a senior interviewer. In the fall, he will attend graduate school for Interdepartmental Medical Science at Drexel University.



of Parker, Colorado. Hunter is a four-year member of the softball team who was selected as a captain this year. Another team player, she moved from playing center field as a junior to shortstop as a senior. Off the field, Hunter worked at the Gosman Athletic Center front desk and served as a Peer Tutor on campus. A linguistics and psychology double major, Hunter will be attending Hofstra University in the fall to start her master’s degree in forensic linguistics.

Madison Hunter, Sheryl Sousa, Andrew Flagel and Cameron Braz


presented to a student-athlete who has demonstrated courage both on and off the playing fields and/or intervened to better the lives of others, went to


of Weymouth, Massachusetts, of the men’s soccer team. Berg battled injury and surgery throughout his career to become a key reserve on the Judges. He has been involved with Team IMPACT. While missing the early part of the 2016 season due to injury, Berg bonded with Brandeis’s Team IMPACT member, Austin Flateau, as Austin became a huge inspiration for the Judges’ success this season. Berg, who received a medical hardship waiver to return in the fall, is a triple major in Health: Science, Society and Policy, psychology and business.

Josh Berg along with Team IMPACT member Austin Flateau
Sheryl Sousa, Josh Berg and Andrew Flagel


presented to the varsity athlete who not only displays outstanding sportsmanship but also makes a significant contribution to the athletic program and to campus life at Brandeis, went to


of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, a captain of the women’s soccer team. A three-year contributor to the women’s soccer team who started all 24 games as a senior, Morana scored a key overtime goal in a 4-3 win over top-ranked William Smith to help the Judges advance to the Final Four. She was a three-time Academic All-University Athletic Association honoree and a Gosman Athletic Center employee who served as the president of the Judges’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee this year. An economics and business double major, Morana will be enrolled at Brandeis’s International Business School in the fall.

Sheryl Sousa, Jessica Morana and Andrew Flagel


presented to an outstanding student athlete who has excelled in the classroom and on the athletic field, went to


of Highland Park, Illinois, of the women’s track and cross country teams. Dolins is a three-time All-University Athletic Association cross country runner, earning conference Rookie of the Year honors in 2013, when she was the second scorer on the squad that finished 22nd at the NCAA Division III championships. She’s a two-time All-New England runner in cross country. In the classroom, Dolins carries a 3.79 grade point average as a triple major in neuroscience, biology and psychology. She earned election to Phi Beta Kappa this year and volunteered with children with autism and interned at Boston Children’s Hospital in Waltham.

Sheryl Sousa, Andrew Flagel and Maddie Dolins


presented to the outstanding female student-athlete, was given to


of Port Jefferson Station, New York, captain of the women’s soccer team. Friedman was a starting center back for the three-time NCAA qualifying women’s soccer team. She anchored a back line that set a record for fewest goals allowed in her sophomore year, and this season led the Judges to the Final Four for the first time in school history, providing key assists in the team’s overtime win over William Smith in the quarterfinals. Friedman was a two-time All-America selection by D3Soccer.com and was once honored as an All-American by the NSCAA. Friedman is a Health: Science, Society and Policy and sociology double major.

Sheryl Sousa, Michaela Friedman and Andrew Flagel


presented to the outstanding male athlete, was given to


of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, captain of the men’s soccer team. Ocel finished the 2017 campaign ranked fifth in Division III with 15 assists, climbing to second on Brandeis’s career list with 34 helpers for his career. He was a first-team All-UAA, All-New England and All-ECAC selection, earning All-America honors from D3soccer.com and the NSCAA, the third and fourth of his career. The Judges reached the Final Four of the NCAA Division III tournament this season with Ocel as their playmaker. After missing his rookie season to injury, Ocel will be back in the fall for a medical hardship season.

Josh Ocel, Sheryl Sousa and Andrew Flagel

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