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Oak Knoll School Senior Athlete Awards June 2020

On behalf of all of us at Oak Knoll, we thank each of you for all that you have contributed not only to our athletic programs, but also to the greater Oak Knoll community. Many of you served as Council Presidents, Peer Leaders, Eucharistic Ministers, Musicians, Artists, Team Captains, and great examples of truly embracing the deep-rooted tradition of being a senior leader here at Oak Knoll.

Thank you for your dedication and sportsmanship, especially during the more challenging moments in games, throughout coaching changes, injuries, and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic. We wish you the best in your future endeavors and we will certainly miss you next year. Please know you have left your mark on Oak Knoll athletics and will always be a Royal!

- Dr. Childs, Dr. Maskery, and Mr. Kriner

Women in Sports Award Winner:

Aine Maseker

2019 Soccer Team Captain
2020 Lacrosse Team Captain
2019 TOC Champion

Each year every high school and college in New Jersey is invited to participate in the “Women in Sports Day” celebration at Seton Hall University. The Women in Sports Award is presented each year to a senior who exemplifies everything that makes an Oak Knoll student athlete special, with a particular focus on using one’s athletic platform for the greater good. The 2020 award recipient is Aine Maseker. Aine Maseker was a defensive catalyst and captain this fall on the soccer team and a standout defender on the 2019 Tournament of Champions lacrosse team, which she was also serving as a captain of this year before the season was canceled.

In addition to her athletic success, Aine is an active leader in her church youth ministry serving as a retreat leader and assisting with freshmen making their confirmation in her parish. At Oak Knoll, Aine is the co-President of the Health and Nutrition Club as well as Knit for the Needy. Aine is a Eucharistic Minister and the grade 9 peer leader coordinator. Always willing to lend a hand or offer support, Aine has contributed to the Oak Knoll community on and off the playing field.

When asked to describe Aine's contributions to Oak Knoll, head lacrosse coach Rachel Lasda said, "Aine has been a starter and significant contributor since freshman year. She anchors the defense in both voice and skill. She is confident, commanding, and has a presence which demands respect from both her teammates and opponents. Aine is a true student of the game. She is always the most prepared, watches film constantly, and studies her opponents. Aine is the true embodiment of a team player. She will always put the needs of the team above her own, and will offer whatever she can to a teammate in need. She is approachable and a true liaison between the coaches and the players."

Aine was named a US Lacrosse All-American for the 2019 season, 2nd Team All-League, and a "Would Be Senior Star" by NJ.com for the 2020 season. Aine will be attending the University of Notre Dame in the fall and continuing as a lacrosse student athlete.

Notre Dame, Lacrosse

Scholar Athlete Award Winner:

Keelin Schlageter

2019 TOC Champion
2020 Lacrosse Team Captain
Founded the OKS Triathlon Club and qualified for the USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals

The Scholar Athlete Award is presented to the member of the senior class who has exhibited superior achievement in the areas of athletics and academics, as well as significantly participated in other school related extra-curricular activities. This year the Scholar Athlete Award is presented to Keelin Schlageter. Keelin was recognized by the New Jersey State Athletic Association, the New Jersey Independent School Athletic Association, and the Union County Athletic Conference as the 2020 Oak Knoll Scholar Athlete. Additionally, out of all the New Jersey Independent Schools, Keelin was selected by the other Athletic Directors as the female award winner of the 2020 Jan Baker Scholar Athlete Award.

Keelin was named an AP Scholar earlier this fall and was inducted into the Cum Laude Society this spring. Keelin was named a 2019 Academic All-American by US Lacrosse and 2nd Team All-League. In previous years Keelin served as her class representative for Athletic Council, and was elected as the Athletic Council President her senior year. Keelin served as a Eucharistic minister, co-president of the Health and Nutrition Club, and founder of the inaugural Oak Knoll triathlon club, most recently qualifying for the USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals. Keelin has worked as a lacrosse coach and Special Olympics of New Jersey track and field coach for young kids. Keelin was also elected as a 2020 lacrosse team captain.

When asked to describe Keelin's contributions to Oak Knoll, head lacrosse coach Rachel Lasda said, "Keelin has been a strong contributor since her freshman season. As a starter and integral part of the midfield, Keelin is usually taking the draw or on the circle fighting for the ball. Keelin’s speed adds to her ability to challenge and test the other teams defense, and her high shooting percentage, game sense, and overall skill and ability make her a true offensive threat at anytime. Keelin never stops. She is an intense competitor with a special drive to win and to be the best all while forcing her teammates to follow her example and speed of play in order to improve themselves. She rises to every challenge and pushes herself until she can achieve it, bringing her teammates with her. Her hard work, diligence, and competitive nature extends beyond the field as Keelin is a leader in the classroom as well. She challenges herself with difficult courses and works to achieve the highest marks. Her winning attitude and competitive drive keep her wanting more and improving every day, characteristics which will surely take her far in life beyond the lacrosse field."

Keelin was named by NJ.com as a "Would Be Senior Star" this season. She was also on the 2020 National High School Player Watch list by US Lacrosse. Keelin will be attending the University of Notre Dame and playing lacrosse.

Notre Dame, Lacrosse

The Kelly E. Durkin Award Winner:

Anabelle Brodeur

2020 Ice Hockey Team Captain
2019 Field Hockey Captain and TOC Champion
2020 Golf Team Captain

The Kelly E. Durkin Award is presented to a senior student athlete who embodies a true competitive spirit and personal commitment always to perform at one’s best. Kelly Durkin, a senior in the class of 1995, was a young woman with an intense desire to win and a high level of performance both on the playing field as well as in the classroom. Demanding of herself and of her teammates, Kelly demonstrated a leadership and authority which challenged others to give their full effort to each team endeavor. This year’s award winner is Anabelle Brodeur.

Anabelle has been an active member in the Oak Knoll community. She was elected Social Council representative in her junior and senior years, serves as a staff writer for the school newspaper Untucked, and holds the position of co-president of the Glee Club. She also participates in fundraising for charity: water, organizes school-wide activities as a homeroom coordinator, and serves as a peer leader for 8th graders.

Her intensity and enthusiasm for competition brings out the best in her teammates and her coaches, and her willingness to leave it all out on the field is always visible. When asked to offer some words about Anabelle, head field hockey coach Ali Good said, "Anabelle has been a three year varsity player and starter, and her senior year was First Team All State, Third Team All American, First Team All Conference and County, and finished with 31 goals and 18 assists her senior year. She had a point in every state game and led the team with points in our state tournament. But what some average fans may not see is Anabelle is a complete player. It’s often her defensive attention to detail that creates her many offensive opportunities. She has a laser shot and the best hand eye coordination, but she is most lethal because her passion for the game shines through. This combination of skill and love for the game cannot be defended. She wore her heart on her sleeve and shared it with everyone. Her passion brought her game to another level and it became contagious with her teammates. Anabelle is more than just a talented sharp shooter, she was the heart and soul of our 2019 team."

Anabelle also contributed to the success of Oak Knoll's varsity ice hockey program, and head coach Megan Cassidy offered some words about Anabelle's competitive spirit and dedication to the sport, "Even though she had not played ice hockey before, she picked up the goalie position and breathed new life into the team her sophomore year and gave us the opportunity to become more competitive. Despite being new to ice hockey, Anabelle is the type of athlete who expects perfection from herself and is constantly seeking to improve. While in goal she posted an 88% save rate and led the team to many important victories, including a shutout victory over Kent Place in the program's first ever Summit Cup Championship. Anabelle is a type of player that puts the success of the team first and her leadership will be greatly missed."

Anabelle will attend Columbia University in the fall and will be playing field hockey.

Columbia University, Field Hockey

Athlete of the Year

Avery Donahue

2019 Field Hockey Team Captain and TOC Champion
Four Year Varsity Swimmer
Four Year Varsity Track & Field Athlete
2019 New Jersey Region & National Field Hockey Player of the Year

Each year, the Athlete of the Year Award is presented to the senior athlete who has exhibited outstanding qualities in sportsmanship, athletic ability, and performance. This year, our co-Athlete of the Year Award recipient is Avery Donahue. A rare three-sport athlete for all four years, Avery has left her mark on the field hockey, swimming, and track & field programs here at Oak Knoll. Most impressively, Avery had an amazing personal performance on the undefeated and Nationally #1 ranked field hockey team, earning herself the 2019 New Jersey Region and National Field Hockey Player of the Year accolades.

Avery served as a 2019 field hockey team captain, has been a member and past president of the charity: water fundraising, and received a Silver Key award for photography in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition and an Honorable Mention in the Randolph Photography Invitational.

When asked about her contributions to the field hockey team, head coach Ali Good said "Avery was a four year varsity player and three year starter, in 2019 was selected as First Team All State, First Team All American, Academic All American, First Team All Conference and County, NJ Player of the Year, and National Player of the year. Her field hockey journey has been nothing short of remarkable. Her collaboration of physical and mental toughness brought her to the top of her game as she led our team to the most successful season in program history. Her skill, speed and undeniable game sense made her the quarterback of our team. Our game ran through Avery. She was our most balanced player with 20 goals and 19 assists her senior season, but even more impressive was her memorable impact on her teammates. She uses her story of hard work and tenacity to help motivate her teammates and have them believe in themselves. It’s the mark of not only a great player but a great leader. Not only we will miss her game but we are forever grateful for the inspiring impact she has had off the field."

A four year varsity swimmer, head coach Maria Corrall echoed these words about Avery -Oak Knoll's 2020 Athlete of the Year, "Avery is the ultimate example of a team player; she has shown dedication and grit throughout all four years on the swim team. Early on, she showed both myself and her teammates how committed she was. Avery has put 100% + into every practice, meet, and team event. Avery is every coach's dream athlete. She always wants to improve, works extremely hard, and never gives up."

Avery will be attending Harvard in the fall and playing Field Hockey.

Harvard, Field Hockey

Athlete of the Year

Bridget Murphy

2019 Field Hockey Captain
2019 TOC Champion
2020 Ice Hockey Team Captain

Bridget Murphy is the co-Athlete of the Year for displaying outstanding qualities in sportsmanship, athletic ability, and performance is. Bridget is a four-year varsity field hockey starter and served as a captain of the 2019 TOC Championship team. She was also a four-year member of the varsity ice hockey team and selected as a captain for her senior season. Bridget volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County organizing Christmas present drives for foster and at-risk youth, and the To and Thru organization. She is a Peer Leader, Eucharistic Minister, was named an AP Scholar earlier this fall, and inducted into Cum Laude Society this spring.

When asked to describe Bridget's athletic impact, head lacrosse coach Rachel Lasda said "Bridget's decision to return to the lacrosse team this year is truly a testament to the true athlete and competitor she is. She hit the field without missing a step. Bridget is a player every coach wants on the team as she understands her role and knows how to best motivate herself and her teammates. She works hard, has no "off" button or a half speed. With Bridget, it is 100% all the time."

Varsity ice hockey coach Megan Cassidy added "Bridget has been a tremendous contributor on the ice hockey team for four years. Her selfless style of play has become part of Oak Knoll’s brand. I am never more confident than when I have Bridget on the ice. No matter what is asked of her she always rises to the occasion. Bridget is a tremendous athlete and one of the most talented players we have had on the hockey program. Her main role on the team was a defender, but still finished as the team's second leading scorer. She finished off the season with 18 goals and 6 assist. She is the type of player that leads by example and someone that her teammates aspire to be like."

Head varsity field hockey coach Ali Good said, "Bridget was a four year varsity starter, and in 2019 finished First Team All State, First Team All American, Academic All American, and First Team All County and Conference for the fourth straight year. She is Oak Knoll's all time career goal scorer with 131 goals. Bridget is an electric player that you notice immediately when you watch any game. Her stick skills, mixed with her speed and creativity, made her one of the most dangerous forwards in NJ and the nation for years. She brings her game to a new level every time she steps on the field. Bridget had a point in 25 games her senior year, this not only says a lot about Bridget as an offensive threat but her mark as a gamer. When the whistle blows Bridget is always on because she plays every game like it’s her last. Bridget plays with a level of intensity, she never gives up on a single play, let alone a game. While her ability to score was prolific, her desire and tenacity is the lasting impact she leaves behind. Bridget’s leadership and drive to be the best player possible has been tremendous for our team and all of our accomplishments. Our dream season was possible because of her play and determination."

Bridget will be attending Princeton University in the fall and playing field hockey.

Princeton University, Field Hockey

2019 Lacrosse Tournament of Champions!

2019 Field Hockey Tournament of Champions!

2019 Division I Signing Day
Thank You Team Parents! Thank you for your support of our programs over the years and your unending dedication and loyalty to your daughters and their athletic endeavors! A special thank you to those families who have served: Antunes, Bulan, Campbell, D'Alessandro, Deal, Donohue, Dubois, Feit, Fitzpatrick, Gaston, Guido, Lynch, Morton, Murphy, Parlavecchio, Pelayo, Schlageter, Schroeder, Schwartz, and Settle.

Thank you Booster Club! A special thank you to our President, Melissa Ramsey, for all her hard work to make this a great year! Thank you to Jean Marie Volpe, Vice President, Shannon Schlageter, Team Gear Coordinator, and Michele Albano, Photo Coordinator.

Special thank you to Keelin Schlageter for serving as the Athletic Council President for the 2019-2020 school year! She did a fantastic job keeping the student body and faculty/staff informed of all things regarding Oak Knoll Athletics. She also created the senior athlete slideshow for this awards presentation. Thank you Keelin!