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Ricardo Marsh Named Male Athlete of the Year

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Release: April 29, 2003
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April 29, 2003

NORFOLK, VA. -Field hockey senior Tiffany Snow (Escondindo, CA.), and men's basketball senior Ricardo Marsh (Mebane, NC.) were named Athletes of the Year by the Old Dominion University Alumni Association. Golfer Geoffrey Harris (Reading, Dengland), field hockey's Tara Herrmann (Perkasie, PA.) and women's tennis Julia Sotiriu (Wendelstien, Germany) were named the 2003 Jack Wilkins/James Howard Scholar Athletes of the Year at the annual Old Dominion University Athletic Honors Banquet and Hall of Fame induction which was held at the Ted Constant Convocation Center Tuesday night.

Snow became the sixth Old Dominion field hockey player to be named a Honda Award winner as the nation's top field hockey player after guiding the Lady Monarchs to a 21-4 record and to the NCAA semi-finals. This past season Snow was tied for second in the nation in points (75), second in the nation in goals scored with 30 and 11th nationally in assists with 15. Defensively she led ODU to six shutouts and a team best three defensive saves. Snow finished her career ranked sixth on the Old Dominion all-time goals list with 71 and 182 total points. Snow's list of honors and awards bestowed upon her this season include her second first team Dita/NFHCA All-America, and CAA Player of the Year, CAA Tournament MVP, and the prestigious Tom Scott Award.

Marsh led the Monarchs in scoring at 16.7 points, and in rebounds at 8.3 per game. He earned first team All-CAA, first team All-NABC District IV, and first team All-State honors this year. The two-time All-CAA selection ranked in the league's top five in three categories. He was fourth in scoring, third in rebounding and fifth in field goal percentage. Marsh performed the double-double five times, and led ODU in scoring 12 times. Marsh joined the 1,000 career point mark on Dec. 20 against the University of Dayton, and completed his career with 1,350 points which rank him 20th all-time at ODU. He also hauled in 690 career rebounds, which rank him 15th all-time as a Monarch.

The Jack Wilkins/James Howard Scholar Athletes of the year are presented to the male and female senior athletes with the highest grade point averages. Both Howard and Wilkins were instrumental in the formation of the Intercollegiate Foundation in 1965.

Geoffrey Harris captured this year's CAA Individual Golf Championship with a record setting score of 203 for 54 holes. He helped lead the Monarchs to a the school's first ever CAA team title and will compete in the NCAA Tournament, May 15-17. Harris won two tournaments this year and placed fourth or better six times this year. Harris, who represented Great Britain in last year's Palmer Cup against top US Collegians and a finalist for the prestigious Byron Nelson Award. He ranks in the nation's top 25 with a 71.55 scoring average and is a sports management major.

Julia Sotiriu helped the Lady Monarchs to a #72 national ranking and a semi-final appearane in the CAA Championships. Sotiriu won 16 matches this year. She also won the flight C doubles crown at the East Coast tennis championships. A native of Wendelstien, Germany, Sotiriu is majoring in international business.

Tara Herrmann is a two-time NFHCA Academic All-American. She scored 18 goals this season as the Lady Monarchs reached the NCAA national semi-finals. Herrmann earned second team All-CAA honors this year. The Perkasie, PA., native is a biology major.

Old Dominion University also inducted five former athletes into the school's Sports Hall of Fame. They included: Ericka Davidheiser (Lacrosse), Patrick Downey (Sailing), Kelli James (Field Hockey), Louis Morris (Tennis), and Jan Trombly (Women's Basketball).

In addition to the above awards, the Most Valuable Players from each sport were recognized. They are as follows:

Baseball: TBA Men's Basketball Ricardo Marsh Women's Basketball Okeisha Howard Men's Golf Geoffrey Harris Field Hockey Tiffany Snow Women's Lacrosse Suzanne Wosczyna Men's Sailing Jack Kerr Women's Sailing Corrie Clement Men's Soccer Brandon Baker Women's Soccer Sarah Raible Men's Swimming Martin Lundgren Women's Swimming Sarah Mooney Men's Tennis Zoltan Csanadi Women's Tennis Nataly Cahana Wrestling Ben Summerlin

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