Poelstra, Goude lead Finlandia athletic honors

HANCOCK – Hockey players Cam Goude and Kelly Poelstra were named Finlandia University Male and Female Athletes of the Year at the school’s annual awards ceremony Thursday.

Goude, a senior forward from St. Paul, Minn., had three goals and three assists in 21 games for the Lions and had a career total of 10 goals and 12 assists in 82 career games.

Goude also received the Lion Award for men’s hockey. Each program gives out a Lion Award to the player who best represents Finlandia athletics ideals.

Poelstra, a senior forward from Baltimore, Ontario, recorded a goal and four assists this season and seven goals and 11 assists for her four-year career. She received the Lion Award for women’s hockey and was also named co-most valuable player with goaltender Breanna Hynes.

Each team presents an MVP, a most improved player, a Lion Award and an Academic Excellence Award for the player with the highest grade-point average.

Spring sports teams will hand out their season awards in the fall.

Winners include:

Women’s volleyball – Academic Excellence: Lindsey Usitalo.

Women’s cross country – MVP: Michelle Wood, Most Improved: Hailey Gervais; Lion and Academic Excellence: Kelsey Norz

Women’s soccer – MVP: Jessica Ingold, Most Improved: Elizaveta Monakhova; Lion: Hillary Guynn; Academic Excellence: Monakhova.

Men’s soccer – MVP: Adam Arthur, Most Improved: Brett Deiter; Lion: Nic Hendrickson; Academic Excellence: Arthur.

Men’s golf – MVP: Mark Gauthier; Most Improved: Robert Niemi; Lion and Academic Excellence: Dylan Peterson

Women’s hockey – MVP: Kelly Poelstra and Breanna Hynes; Most Improved: Abby Gallaher and Alexandra Chutskoff; Lion: Poelstra; Academic Excellence: Elizaveta Monakhova.

Men’s hockey – MVP: Troy Chandler; Most Improved: Andrew Huckleby; Lion: Cam Goude; Academic Excellence: Scott Vargas, Shigenobu Kakudate.

Women’s basketball – MVP: Marissa Burke; Most Improved – Brierra Ruska, Lion: Kaylin Rajala, Academic Excellence: Burke.

Men’s basketball – MVP: Jonathan Moore, Most Improved: Craig Raasio, Lion: Darryl Brown, Academic Excellence: Matt Strong.