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Lamb, Hansen, Taube, and Beson Award Winners Named for 2010-11

May 27, 2011 at 12:21 pm

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- The Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation (P.E.A.R.) Department announced its annual senior awards on Friday in conjunction with Carleton College’s annual Honors Convocation. Kelly Lovett (Portland, Ore./Lincoln) and Kale Zicafoose (Omaha, Neb./Westside) received the Pat Lamb Award. Louise Buckler (Blaine, Minn./ St. Paul Academy) and Merritt Swain (Mendota Heights, Minn./St. Paul Academy) were honored with the Ele Hansen award. Brad Eckelmann (Portland, Ore./Lincoln) was given the Mel Taube Award, while Eric Brenner (Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) and Will Taylor (Missoula, Mont./Loyola Sacred Heart) were recipients of the Warren L. Beson Memorial award.

The Pat Lamb Award is given to two outstanding senior female student-athletes who have achieved athletic excellence and a high level of academic achievement.

Lovett, a political science major, has been an important member of both the women’s track and field and volleyball teams. In track, Lovett is a two-time All-American in javelin throw and has also earned All-MIAC honors twice for her performances. She possesses the third-best mark in Division III this season, and on Saturday, Lovett will participate in the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships for third consecutive year. She is also a key member of the Knights’ volleyball program pacing the team with double-digit kill totals in 17 of Carleton’s 24 matches this year and leading the squad with 1.01 blocks per game. She was named to the All-MIAC volleyball team and earned academic All-MIAC honors this year.

Zicafoose, an English major, has been a major force on the swim team over the last four years. She participated at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships all four years of her Carleton career, taking part in six relays in 2008 and 2009 that earned All-America honorable mentions and earning seventh-place finishes in the 200-yard backstroke in 2009 and in the 100-yard backstroke in 2010 for individual All-America honors. This year she picked up two more All-America honors finishing third in the 100 backstroke and sixth in the 200. Zicafoose was the 2011 MIAC “Swimmer of the Year” having set the 100 backstroke school and MIAC Championships record as she earned her fourth straight All-MIAC honor in the event.

The Ele Hansen Award recognizes two senior female students who bring to their sport the joy of participation and who have positively influenced others through their example, service, and leadership in the athletic or recreation program.

Buckler, an economics major, has been a major contributor to the women’s golf team and the swimming and diving program for the past four years. Although she has battled a back injury over the last three seasons, Buckler has led the Carleton golfers with a strong performance this year as one of the team’s co-captains. She was an All-MIAC sportsmanship honoree in 2010. In the water, Buckler captured All-MIAC honors for the sixth time as part of the Knights’ 200-yard freestyle and medley relays.

Swain, a psychology major, has been a key contributor to the women’s soccer program—on and off the field—for the past four years. She started in the midfield on teams that advanced to the NCAA Championships in 2008 and 2009, then provided leadership from the sidelines for another national tournament qualifying squad after a leg injury ended her 2010 campaign. An Academic All-Conference honoree, she was also named to the MIAC All-Sportsmanship team in 2008.

The Mel Taube Award is given to students for exceptional loyalty, dedication, competitive spirit, and achievement in varsity athletics. The recipient of this award must have participated in at least two sports with emphasis on team sports in at least one category.

Eckelmann, a physics major, was a three-year starter at right tackle for the Carleton football team. An All-Region selection in 2008 and 2009, he was tabbed as a pre-season All-American on three occasions. Eckelmann started his final 29 collegiate games and was a first-team All-MIAC pick in both 2009 and 2010. His athleticism was on display on the biggest of stages, recording the game-winning touchdown in Carleton’s 17-13 triumph over rival St. Olaf during the 2009 campaign. He scored from five yards out on a designed lateral in the fourth quarter. Eckelmann also played parts of three seasons for the Knights’ baseball program, batting a team-best .429 as a rookie in 2008. He also competed as a thrower for the track and field program in 2010.

The Warren L. Beson Memorial is an award for athletic and academic excellence to seniors who have won one or more awards in any sport and have a high scholastic average.

Brenner, a computer science major and MIAC Diver-of-the-Year in 2011, twice advanced to the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships where he earned All-American Honorable Mention both times finishing 16th in 2010 and 10th in 2011 on the 1-meter board. In 2011, he was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District second team and won the Warnecke award, given each year to a senior member of the swimming and diving program who has made the greatest contributions to the team through leadership, sportsmanship, and scholarship. Brenner earned seven All-MIAC honors for Carleton.

Taylor, a political science/international relations major with a concentration in archaeology, is an offensive lineman for the Knights who has helped Carleton to improve its rushing total each season, achieving its highest rushing total since 2005. His blocking up front also helped the team cut its sack total 52 percent from before Taylor arrived on campus. This season he was named an Academic All-American by CoSIDA as well as being awarded a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. He was also an ESPN Academic All-District selection in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

The Pat Lamb Award publicly honors Pat Lamb, Carleton’s first director of women’s athletics (1970–1985). Professor Lamb was an influential leader in the early development of increased opportunities for women not only at Carleton, but also at state, regional, and national levels. This award is endowed by a fund created by friends, colleagues, and former students upon Lamb’s retirement in 1994.

The Ele Hansen Award publicly honors Professor Eleanor Hansen, chair of the women’s physical education department from 1952–86, in appreciation for the generosity, enthusiasm, and warmth she shared with generations of Carleton students. It is endowed by a fund created by her friends, colleagues, and former students at the time of her retirement in 1986.

The Mel Taube Award honors its namesake who served as athletic director from 1960–70; baseball coach from 1950–70; football coach from 1960–70; and head basketball coach from 1950-60.

The Warren L. Beson Memorial is named for former head football coach Warren Beson, who came to Carleton in 1956 after leading Edina High School to the mythical state championship. He quickly turned the fortunes of the program around in three-plus seasons before dying of a heart attack midway through the 1959 season. Despite his short tenure he left a lasting impression on colleagues and students. Beson, who reportedly had chances to coach larger and more successful programs, stayed at Carleton, amassing a 21-7-2 mark, including a 1956 Midwest Conference tri-championship.