Suffolk University's three winter sports teams combined for 10 post-season awards for the 2012-13 season.
Two men's basketball players were selected to the 2012-13 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Conference teams. Senior Colin Halpin was a first-team selection, while senior Matt Pepdjonovic garnered third-team honors.
Halpin finished the season with a team-best 16.5 points per game, which was the fifth highest average among scorers in the GNAC. He earned GNAC Player of the Week honors on Dec. 3. The senior forward etched his name into the Suffolk University history books on Dec. 1 when he became the 27th player in program history to reach the 1,000-career-point milestone.
Pepdjonovic finishes the 2012-13 season with an average 10.3 points per game. His 10 rebounds per game was the best average in the GNAC and 36th among NCAA Division-III players. He also finished in the top 10 nationally for blocked shots, with 2.7 per game. In 102 career games played, Pepdjonovic recorded double-doubles in 66 contests. He is the all-time leader in both Suffolk University and GNAC history in career rebounds, with 1,234, while he also holds the record in blocked shots at 239. He is one of three GNAC players to record 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
Freshman Caleb Unni was named to the GNAC All-Sportsmanship team for men's basketball, while senior Lindsey Rogers, a basketball co-captain, was Suffolk's representative on the GNAC All-Sportsmanship women's team.
Sophomore Tim Sprague received an Honorable Mention for the ECAC Northeast Hockey All-Conference team for the 2012-13 season. In 16 games this season Sprague led the Rams with 13 goals and added five assists for a total of 18 points. His season cut short on Jan. 23 when he broke his leg during a game. His 1.28-goals-per-game average in ECAC Northeast action would be the highest had he played enough games to qualify. More
Coach of the Year
Women's basketball Coach Ed Leyden was named Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Coach of the Year for the 2012-13 season.
It is the sixth time Leyden has been recognized by his peers as the league's top coach. He guided the Rams to a 21-7 mark during the year as his team set the all-time Suffolk University record for wins in a season by a basketball team. In 20 career seasons as a collegiate Head Coach, Leyden has a career mark of 309-216 (.589 winning percentage). More
Women's basketballTwo women's basketball players -- Jacqueline Vienneau and Jennifer Ruys -- were named to the GNAC first team All-Conference selections for the 2012-13 season.
Vienneau, a senior and team co-captain, was one of three guards selected to the league's top team. She also was named to the GNAC All-Tournament team. Vienneau averaged 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Her 128 total assists led the GNAC, and she logged 924 minutes of play through 28 games, the most of any player. She became the first player in Suffolk University Women's Basketball program history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists and the fourth GNAC player to do so.
Ruys, a junior, was named a first-team selection at forward and also was named to the GNAC's All-Tournament team. She led the Rams with a team-high 15.9 point per game average and was fifth in the league, scoring 17.5 points in conference games. Ruys collected six double-doubles on the year and led the Rams with 41 blocked shots. She became the 12th member of the 1,000-career-point club in February, one of only two Rams to have reached the career marker in her junior season. Ruys holds the best mark in Suffolk history from the free-throw line shooting at 81.3 percent. More