PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University department of athletics honored its student-athletes during its annual Sports Recognition Night held Sunday evening in the Gallagher Center.
The biggest winners of the evening were men's basketball's Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) and women's basketball's Tori Arnao (Newtown, Pa./Archbishop Wood), who received the President's Award. The President Award is the department's highest honor and is given to a senior student-athlete, one male and one female, based on their academic and athletic achievements at the University.
Alexis scored 2,116 points, grabbed 1,162, and blocked 268 shots in his four-year career at Philadelphia University. The second player in program history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, Alexis is ranked second in school history in blocks, third in rebounds, and fourth in points.
He is a four-time All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) selection, capped off by being named the CACC Player of the Year for the 2015-16 season. As a senior, Alexis earned National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II All-East District and Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-East Region Men's Basketball first team recognition and was invited to play in the 2016 Reese's Division II College All-Star Game.
Alexis is the first student-athlete in University history to earn Capital One Academic All-America status twice with his selection to the third team in 2015 and first team in 2016, and the second to be a first-team Academic All-American.
Arnao racked up 1,242 points, 1,199 rebounds, and 89 blocks for the women's basketball team over four years. She will leave the University sitting second in rebounds, fourth in field goal shooting (48.9 percent), eighth in blocked shots, and 15th in scoring.
The 2012-13 CACC Rookie of the Year, Arnao earned a place on the All-CACC team three times, including a selection to the first team in 2015-16. Arnao was named to the D2CCA All-East Region Women's Basketball second team this season.
She was selected to the 2015-16 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Women's Basketball Team and 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-District 1 Team.
The Director of Athletics Award—which uses Leadership, support and guidance as the primary criteria—went to men's soccer Angelo Dambalas (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) and women's soccer and lacrosse's Courtney Shaw (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie).
A three-time All-CACC first team selection, Dambalas—the 2014 CACC Defensive Player of the Year—was the anchor for the Rams' defense and helped the team win two CACC championships. He was named to the D2CCA All-East Region first team in 2014, second team in 2013 and 2015 and the NSCAA second team in 2014 and third team in 2013.
Shaw was a three-year starter in goal and was a part of two CACC championship winning teams. The school's career leader in goals against average (0.79), Shaw was an All-CACC first team selection as a junior and a second team player as a senior. In 2014, she earned a place on the NSCAA and D2CCA second teams and the Capital One Division II Academic All-District 1 Team. The NSCAA tabbed her for the All-East Region third team in 2015. In her first season on the women's lacrosse team, Shaw was named to the All-CACC second team.
Women's lacrosse's Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) and baseball's Luke Floer (Brewster, N.Y./North Salem) and took home the Achievement Award—which uses dedication to the sport, ability, effort, citizenship, character, and sportsmanship as the criteria.
Mower holds four records for the women's lacrosse team: career points (318), career goals (205), career assists (113), points in a season (96). A three-time All-CACC first team selection, Mower was tabbed as the 2013 CACC Rookie of the Year. She was named the MVP of the 2013 CACC Tournament.
Floer has appeared in 57 career games for the baseball team, including five starts. He recorded two career victories and 13 saves, eight coming in 2013 to help the team earn a place in the CACC Tournament. A two-year member of the Philadelphia University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Floer is serving as the organization's treasurer this year.
Women's soccer head coach George Dunbar earned the Bucky Harris Coach of the Year Award after leading the Rams to their second straight CACC Tournament championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Dunbar won his 200th career game on Nov. 7, 2015 against Caldwell.