Scaccias among Utica University award winners


Whitesboro High School graduates and sisters Lexi and Sydney Scaccia were among the athletes to earn awards during Utica University’s 13th annual Pioneer Hall of Fame and Senior Student-Athlete ceremony.

They were among 11 seniors were honored “for their dedication to Utica athletics and success on and off the field,” the school said.

Lexi Scaccia, who is on the lacrosse and field hockey teams, earned the eighth annual Greg Roberts Senior Athlete award.

She played in 53 games for the field hockey team and helped the Pioneers to two Empire 8 Conference tournament berths and an appearance in the E8 Championship game last fall.

Scaccia finishes ranked third in the program’s record book in career points (177). She is sixth all-time in career goals (129), and second all-time with 241 career draw controls. Scaccia ranks fourth in Utica’s single-season record book after totaling 62 points as a junior.

The award is given out to a male and female student-athlete that best exemplifies what Greg Roberts stood for: hard work, unselfishness, loyalty, and passion for Utica College athletics, the school said. Other recipients were field hockey’s Sabrina Whitehouse, men’s golf’s Josh Kienz and football’s Maki Medici. The trio all hail from outside the area.

Sydney Scaccia, who also played field hockey and lacrosse at Utica, is the recipient of Kiwanis Student-Athlete honor.

Scaccia started all 66 games since joining the women’s lacrosse team as a freshman. She ranks first in program history in games played and eighth in caused turnovers. She is a three-time all-conference selection in both field hockey and lacrosse. She also ranks in the top-10 in Utica field hockey history in career goals and points.

The Kiwanis Student-Athlete 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 vote and select the best suitable male and female, the school said. Hockey goaltender Sean Dickson was the male recipient.

The other award winners are all from outside the Mohawk Valley. They are:

-Sydney Przygoda, women’s basketball, Jim “Doc” Spartano Outstanding Senior Athlete Award.

-Justin Allen, men’s hockey, Jim “Doc” Spartano Outstanding Senior Athlete Award.

-Georgiana Santullo, women’s hockey, Richard “Dick” Miller Most Inspirational Player Award.

-Regen Cavanagh, men’s hockey, Richard “Dick” Miller, Most Inspirational Player Award.

-Darius Hopkins, men’s basketball, Richard “Dick” Miller, Most Inspirational Player Award.


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