UTICA, NY- (Kirisits In Photo) — Seniors Rebecca Plunkett (Kings Park, NY/Kings Park) and Kevin Kirisits (Buffalo, NY/Brockville (CCHL)) were named the 2017 Kiwanis Student-Athlete Award winners, announced Wednesday.
The award is given to the most outstanding male and female student-athletes based on performance in the classroom, community involvement and athletic accomplishments. A panel of coaches and administrators from each institution vote and select the best suitable male and female.
Plunkett, a standout on the UC women’s lacrosse team, was a two-time Empire 8 All-Conference selection.
Kirisits was a two-year captain on the men’s hockey team and also played golf his senior year. He was a three-time ECAC West All-Academic team honoree and an All-Conference Honorable Mention this past season. He led the Pioneers to two ECAC West Regular Season titles and three ECAC West Championship game appearances in four seasons. Kirisits is the program’s all-time leader with 108 career games played and upon exhausting his eligibility, he played professionally for three games with the Peoria Rivermen of the Southern Professional Hockey League.