Laker Student-Athletes Honored

OSWEGO, NY – Two Oswego State student-athletes have garnered awards that reflect their work inside the classroom as well as in athletics.

Nick Montesano of the men’s cross country and track and field teams has earned the Donald Snygg Award while Bridget Smith of the women’s ice hockey team nabbed the Oswego Woman Scholar Athlete Award.

These awards are presented to Laker student-athletes who have demonstrated athletic and academic success in at least two years of participation, while having earned a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average, as voted on by athletic department staff.

Montesano, who carries a grade point average of 3.83 in graphic design, is a four-year member of both the cross country team and the track and field team. The long-distance runner is no stranger to accolades as he has been on the SUNYAC All-Academic list since 2011 and the Commissioner’s List since 2012.

As for his athletics, the senior excels as well. In cross country, he currently holds the Oswego State 5K record (19:44) and is fifth on the list for the 8K (26:10.1). During his track career, the Apalachin native has earned the seventh spot all-time for the indoor 5K (15:50.55) and eighth for the outdoor 10K (33:09.58).

He  was also a captain for both squads during his senior year. He was also named the Oswego State Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending on Sept. 9, 2014.

Smith, who has a 3.69 overall GPA in chemistry, has been a member of the women’s ice hockey team since freshman year.

The goaltender has repeatedly been awarded for her performance in the classroom, as she has been on the ECAC West All-Academic team every year since 2012, the SUNYAC All-Academic list since 2011 and the SUNYAC Commissioner’s List since 2012.

On the ice, Smith is equally successful. The Hamburg native has received numerous awards for her efforts in net including ECAC West First Team All-Conference 2014-15 and most recently ACHA First Team All-America.

With the All-America selection, the goaltender becomes the first player in program history to receive that honor.

Aside from those prestigious accolades, Smith has also earned countless weekly awards from both the ECAC West and from Oswego State. As a Laker, the senior’s 35 wins in net is also the most in Oswego State women’s ice hockey history.

She was also named an assistant captain for the 2014-15 season.