SUNY Potsdam senior student-athletes Kathleen Frear and Kevin MacLellan each received a prestigious Maxcy Molnar Award on Wednesday, May 11, at the athletic department’s annual Athletic Banquet and Senior Athletes Reception.
Each year, the Maxcy Molnar Award is given to one male and one female student-athlete who best combine the qualities of sportsmanship, leadership, scholarship and athletic achievement. To be eligible, student-athletes must be a senior and must have competed in at least one sport for four years or the entirety of their undergraduate career.
Prior to the announcement of the Maxcy Molnar Award winners, all seniors from the Bears’ 16 varsity programs as well as the recipients of individual team awards were recognized. Dinner was served to all student-athletes, coaches and administrators on hand.
A key member of the women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse teams, Frear capped her three-year playing career by receiving All-State University of New York Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse second team accolades. The Scotia, N.Y., native started all 16 games and posted 13 caused turnovers and six points as a defensive midfielder for the Bears. In the fall, Frear helped the women’s soccer team tie a school record with 10 wins.
Frear will graduate later this month with a double major in communication and English literature. She currently carries a grade point average above 3.6 and has several academic honors to her name, including the SUNYAC All-Academic Team and Commissioner’s List.
MacLellan, a four-year forward on the men’s ice hockey team, scored 47 points in 77 career games for the Bears. The Kensington, Prince Edward Island, native served as an assistant captain last season for Potsdam. He is received SUNYAC All-Academic Team and Commissioner’s List recognition multiple times.
MacLellan also graduated in three years with a degree in education, and is currently a graduate student carrying a perfect 4.0 GPA in the education program. He is involved in several different community service organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Relay for Life and Special Olympics.
Men’s lacrosse coach Rick Berkman was honored as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to their first-ever SUNYAC Tournament victory and championship game appearance.