Western New England Announces 2017-18 Athletic Department Award Winners

Western New England's 2017-18 athletic department award winners (from left): Dorothy O'Neill (Coca-Cola Female Athlete of the Year), John Boyle (Coca-Cola Male Athlete of the Year), John Abbott (Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year) & Christina D'Agostino (Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year).
Western New England's 2017-18 athletic department award winners (from left): Dorothy O'Neill (Coca-Cola Female Athlete of the Year), John Boyle (Coca-Cola Male Athlete of the Year), John Abbott (Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year) & Christina D'Agostino (Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year).

Dorothy O'Neill

John Boyle

Christina D'Agostino

John Abbott

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (June 5, 2018) – Western New England University announced its 2017-18 athletic department award winners on Tuesday morning. Senior Dorothy O'Neill (Staten Island, N.Y.) of the women's basketball team and sophomore John Boyle (Rowley, Mass.) of the wrestling team were named the Coca-Cola Athletes of the Year, while seniors Christina D'Agostino (Bohemia, N.Y.) of the women's tennis team and John Abbott (Higganum, Conn.) of the men's golf team were selected as Senior Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

All four student-athletes will be honored at the 2018 Downes Athletic Hall-of-Fame banquet, which will be held on Friday, October 19 at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow, Mass.

Western New England's annual department awards are voted on by all members of the athletic administration, coaches and full-time staff. Established in 2001, the Coca-Cola Athlete of the Year awards recognize the school's top male and female based strictly on athletic performance. The Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, which were first given out in 2003, recognize senior student-athletes for combined athletic and academic performance.

O'Neill finished her career as one of the top players in the history of the women's basketball program. She earned her second straight All-Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) first team selection and fourth consecutive All-CCC nod overall, in addition to being picked to compete in the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) Senior All-Star Classic.

The Staten Island, N.Y. native, who averaged a career-high 13.4 points per game to go with 2.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game, led the CCC in made three-point field goals (52), tied for second in assist/turnover ratio (1.9), and ranked fourth in free throw shooting percentage (80.6) during her senior season. She became Western New England's 15th 1,000-point scorer in program history at Nichols on January 6th. O'Neill graduated as the women's basketball program's all-time leader in games started (111), while ranking second in both assists (358) and made three-point field goals (173).

Boyle bounced back from an injury-shortened freshman season with an historic sophomore campaign. The Rowley, Mass. native became the wrestling program's ninth All-American and first in over two decades when he finished fourth in the 184-pound weight class at the NCAA Division III Championships in Cleveland in early March.

Boyle completed the season with a 34-5 record that included a team-leading 12 wins by fall. He was the runner-up in his weight class at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships and also earned a spot on the All-New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Team. During the regular season, Boyle won an individual title at Springfield College's Doug Parker Invitational, while placing second at the Williams College Open and third at both the Will Abele Invitational and Ithaca Invitational.

D'Agostino was recognized as the CCC's Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year for her performance both on the tennis court and in the classroom. A Health Science major that graduated with a 3.84 cumulative grade point average, D'Agostino interned on campus with the Health Services office and was active as a member of Western New England's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She went a combined 8-12 during her senior campaign with a 4-6 record at both No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles.

Abbott capped his outstanding career with several athletic and academic accolades. He was Western New England's top golfer all season with a team-best 73.72 stroke average prior to the start of the NCAA DIII Championships. Abbott was the medalist at both the CCC Fall Qualifier and the CCC Championship, and he placed in the top-10 in ten of Western New England's 11 tournaments with eight top-five showings. Abbott was named the CCC Golfer of the Year and a Division III Ping All-Northeast Region selection.

Academically, he graduated with a 3.84 cumulative GPA as a Communication-Media Theory & Production major. Abbott received his second straight Scholar All-America honor from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and was also named the CCC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Additionally, he was a member of multiple honor societies and served as the assistant station manager for Golden Bear TV.