Albany, NY – The Sage College’s department of athletics gathered to recognize and honor the outstanding performances of the 2013-2014 year with the naming of the athletic award winners for the 15 varsity athletic teams.In addition to awarding the Gator Award, for the Most Outstanding Player, the department also named the 2013-2014 Female and Male Athletes of the Year as well as the ECAC Merit Medal and the Dean Sharon Robinson Senior Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
Senior defender Nick Mauro (Bristol, CT/Bristol) was named the 2013-2014 Sage Male Athlete of the Year.
Junior midfielder Gustavo Trinidad (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck) was named the 2013 Men’s Soccer Gator of the Year.
Head men’s soccer coach Kyle Clancy said of Mauro, “I couldn't be more excited seeing Nick earn The Sage Colleges’ Male Athlete of the Year award.” Clancy continued, “Being a part of the men’s soccer team’s first class, he worked extremely hard over the past four years, helping to build this program from the ground up. He earned numerous individual awards and helped the team achieve numerous accomplishments along the way. His play this past year was as strong as ever and capped off an excellent career. He is a player, Sage men’s soccer program will truly miss.”
During the fall of 2013, Mauro was placed on the placed on the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire Division III Men’s All-East Third Team. For the season, Sage earned the No. 1 seed in the 2013 Skyline Tournament but fell in the semifinals in a match decided in penalty kicks. The Gators also earned an ECAC Division III Tournament bid and advanced to the semifinals before their 2013 season came to an end with a 10-5-4 record.
An anchor on the Gators’ defense and a 2013 Skyline Conference First Team honoree, Mauro also found the net this past fall with a goal and two assists. A team co-captain as well as a senior, he was a Skyline Conference All-Star Second Team honoree as a sophomore in 2011. He helped the Gators to four consecutive Skyline Conference Tournament appearances during his career, while helping Sage rank nationally during that time NCAA Division III statistics in both offensive and defensive categories during that same time frame. He finishes his career having started 55 games, which is No. 3 in the career record book, while his 67 game splayed ranks No. 5 at Sage. He helped the 2013 Gators combine for eight shutouts and helped the team yield just 0.90 goals per game on the season in 20 matches.
Head men’s soccer coach Kyle Clancy said of Trinidad, “Gustavo played a big part in helping us have another excellent season and is well deserving of the 2013 Men's Soccer Gator Award.” Clancy added, “His statistics earned him numerous accolades, including 2013 Skyline Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Year, but it was his daily impact, both in practice and in games, that helped our team excel this year. I was happy to see him honored for his performance.”
Among the awards Trinidad earned, was a selection to the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire Division III Men’s All-East Third. As a sophomore, he earned NSCAA All-East Region Second Team honors.
Trinidad was recognized for his efforts over the course of the campaign including 2013 Skyline Men’s Soccer Player of the Year and a spot on the Skyline First Team. He enjoyed a record-setting season eight game-winning goals after connecting for 10 goals, eight assists and 28 points. The Gators’ scoring leader this past fall, he continues to add to a pair of Sage career scoring marks as well. He is the program’s career game-winning leader (11), while also holding the career assist mark as well with 22. He ranks second all-time with his 64 career points (21g, 22a).
Earlier on the 2013 season, he was named the Skyline and the ECAC Metro Player of the Week in early October after he had a banner week. In one contest, he tied a mark he already owns for connecting for seven points in the Gators’ 6-0 win over Maritime College (Oct. 12, 2013). Trinidad has hit seven points in a contest twice now after first achieving the feat as a rookie in a 7-1 win over SUNY-Old Westbury on October 29, 2011.