SYRACUSE, NY – Oswego junior defender Kate Randazzo (Ancaster, Ontario, Canada/Burlington Barracudas) has been selected the 2019 Northeast Women's Hockey League Scholar Athlete of the Year.
This marks the second straight year Randazzo has claimed the award after earning the inaugural honor in 2018.
The Scholar Athlete of the Year award is nominated and voted upon by the athletic communication directors from the NEWHL and is based on a combination of success in the classroom and in the arena of competition.
The NEWHL announced the winner on Wednesday, March 6, from its league office in Syracuse, N.Y.
A biology major with a 3.97 grade point average, Randazzo was named NEWHL All-Conference Second Team as a defender this season for the Lakers after compiling 10 points on two goals and eight assists. She also produced +5 in the plus/minus rating.
The All-NEWHL selection was the second straight for Randazzo who was named First Team in 2018. In 2018, Randazzo was awarded the inaugural NEWHL Elite Academic Award for boasting the highest grade point average among all participating student-athletes at the NEWHL Championship.
In addition to her biology major, the junior captain is double-minoring in chemistry and health science. For her excellence in the classroom, she has been named to the President's List in each of her semesters at Oswego.
Randazzo's leadership extends outside the classroom and into community service. The Ontario native tutors for Oswego Learning Services and takes part in the Captain's Leadership Training program through the Oswego Athletics Department.
She also participates in multiple community service events, including The St. Paul Harvest Dinner Fundraiser, Stone Soup Lunch, Annual Leaf Raking, United Way Toy and Food Drive, Holiday Skate with the Lakers, and the Oswego Girl Power Tournament.
When she is not leading on the ice or in the community, Randazzo works with Dr. James McKenzie performing research in the biology department.