HAMMOND, Louisiana – Southeastern Louisiana University closed out the 2021-22 athletic year by naming seniors Preston Faulkner and Aeriyl Mass the 2021-22 SLU Athletes of the Year.
Faulkner and Mass were given the honor after a vote by head coaches and sports staff across the Southeast, as they both led their respective teams to outstanding campaigns.
Faulkner, a first baseman for the Lion baseball team in Denham Springs, Louisiana, helped SLU reach its fourth NCAA region under head coach matt riser. Mass, an outfielder from Lake Charles, Louisiana, was one of the leaders of a Southeast softball team that won a school-record single-season 40 games and advanced to the championship game at the Southland Conference for the first time in school history.
Faulkner is the 11th baseball student-athlete to receive the award, given since the 1990-91 sports year. He joins former Lions Corey Gaconi (2018-19), Jameson Fisher (2015-16), Brock Hebert (2011-12), Tyler Watkins (2010-11), Wade Miley (2007-08), Chris Province (2006- 07), Steve Trosclair (2000-01), Macky Waguespack (1998-99), Jeff Williams (1995-96) and Troy Melancon (2001-02). Fisher, Hebert, Miley, Waguespack and Williams are all in the SLU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Mass is the fifth softball student-athlete to receive the honor and the third in the past five seasons. She adds to a list that includes Jaquelyn Ramon (2018-19), Mahalia Gibson (2017-18), Katie Duhe (2010-11) and SLU Athletics Hall of Famer Sarah Gascon (2000- 01).
Faulkner was a second-team All-Region and first-team All-SLC after leading the Southland Conference with 17 home runs and 80 RBIs. Total RBI ranks third and total home runs ranks fifth in the program’s single-season rankings. Faulkner finished the season in the top five of Southland’s nine different statistical categories, including slugging percentage, on-base percentage, OPS, hits, RBIs, doubles, homers, at-bats and the steps.
A scorching May led to Faulkner being named Southland’s Post-Houston Baptist Series Hitter of the Week and Southland Tournament MVP. The Lions broke or tied 19 tournament records on the way to an NCAA regional appearance, with Faulkner setting individual tournament marks for hits (18) and runs scored (15).
Faulkner finished his career in the Top 10 in 10 different SLU statistical categories, including strikeouts (first), home runs and RBIs (second), pitch hit (fourth), double (fifth), sacrificed bats and flies (sixth), runs scored (eighth), games played and walks (ninth), as well as hits (10e).
Mass was named first-team All-Southland Conference and All-Louisiana for the second straight season after leading the Lady Lions to a record winning streak. she led the SLC with 73 hits and 33 stolen bases, while ranking among the league leaders in batting average (.410, 4e), shot percentage (.579, 4e), percentage on base (.481, 4e), runs (44, 3rd), RBI (34, 7e), doubled (14, 4e), triples (2, 7e) and walks (22, 6e).
Mass is just the third Lady Lion to be named first-team All-Louisiana in consecutive seasons, joining SLU Athletics Hall of Famers Karin Smith and Voncia Bookman.
Faulkner and Mass highlighted an accomplished group of 2021-22 Athlete of the Year finalists that also included All-Americans Cole Kelley (soccer) and Kristian Jackson (women’s track and field). Kelley and Bradley Makuvire (men’s cross-country) were both SLC Player of the Year for their respective sports, while indoor volleyball’s Cicily Hidalgo was named region, conference and area rookie of the year. of State.
Finalists Kelley, Jackson, Makuvire, Hidalgo, Caitlyn Williams (women’s basketball), Mya Guillory (women’s soccer), Logan Kuehn (men’s golf), Jalyn Hinton (men’s basketball), Slavko Stevic (men’s athletics), Putri Insani (women’s football tennis ) and Megan Scuderi (beach volleyball) were all All-Southland Conference selections.
University of Southeast Louisiana Athletes of the Year
2021-22: Men: Preston Faulkner, baseball; Aeriyl Mass, Softball
2020-21: Male: Cole Kelley, soccer; Wife: Megan Gordon, Soccer
2019-20: Male: Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund, soccer; Woman: Jodi Edo, volleyball
2018-19: Male: Corey Gaconi, baseball; Women: Jaquelyn Ramon, softball
2017-18: Male: Marlain Veal, basketball; Female: Mahalia Gibson, softball
2016-17: Male: Alex Young, athletics; Women: Ashley Davis, athletics
2015-16: Male: Jameson Fisher, baseball; Women: Renée Villarreal, Tennis
2014-15: Male: Alex Young, athletics; Women: Renée Villarreal, Tennis
2013-14: Male: Bryan Bennett, soccer; Women: Renee Villarreal, tennis and Hope Sabadash, football
2012-13: Male: Robert Alford, soccer; Woman: Courtney Donald, volleyball
2011-12: Male: Brock Hebert, baseball; Wife: Maiya Cooper, soccer
2010-11: Male: Tyler Watkins, baseball; Female: Katie Duhe, softball
2009-10: Male: Adonson Shallow, athletics; Wife: Dana Mayer, soccer
2008-09: Man: Cédric Scotto, Golf; Women: Kristy Carlin, basketball
2007-08: Male: Wade Miley, baseball; Woman: Emilija Arnaudovska, Tennis
2006-07: Men: Chris Province, baseball; Woman: Emilija Arnaudovska, Tennis
2005-06: Male: Lars Laursen, athletics; Women: Iva Velkovska, Tennis
2004-05: Male: Chris Carter, athletics; Wife: Kim McNally, soccer
2003-04: Male: Amir Abdur-Rahim, basketball; Woman: Kendra Oney, Soccer
2002-03: Male: Chris Carter, athletics; Women: Sarah Gascon, Volleyball/Softball
2001-02: Male: Andy Smith, golfer; Wife: Becca Weingartner, Soccer
2000-01: Male: Steve Trosclair, baseball; Woman: Christine Amertil, athletics
1999-00: Man: Jacques Chevallier, Golfer; Women: Stacey Turner, basketball
1998-99: Male: Macky Waguespack, baseball; Wife: Allison Holladay, soccer
1997-98: Male: Grant White, golf; Women: Simona Nedorostova, Tennis
1996-97: Man: Martin du Toit, Golf; Woman: Anne Bauer, volleyball
1995-96: Men: Sam Bowie, basketball and Jeff Williams, baseball; Women: Darci Starr, volleyball and Deneka Knowles, basketball
1994-95: Men: Harvey Baker, basketball; Women: Felisa Howard, athletics and Rena Faust, basketball
1993-94: Male: David Bennett, athletics; Women: Renata Smekalova, Tennis
1992-93: Male: Hank Washington, basketball; Women: Renata Smekalova, Tennis
1991-92: Man: Troy Melançon, baseball; Women: Millie Williams, basketball
1990-91: Male: Oja Fjellstrom, tennis; Woman: Diana Brown, athletics
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