Albany, NY—The Sage College's department of athletics gathered to recognize and honor the outstanding performances of the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 Female and Male Athletes of the Year as well as the Dean Sharon Robinson Senior Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, which is given to the senior student-athlete with the highest overall grade point average, as well as the Aggie Stillman Perseverance Award.
Sage selected junior men's soccer player River Seybolt (Selden, NY/Longwood) as the Male Athlete of the Year.
Head Men's Soccer Coach commented on River's selection, "River is an extremely talented and hard-working player." Simons added, "I am thrilled that he has been given this honor and I can't think of anyone that deserves it more. We are excited to have him back next season as our program's most outstanding offensive player."
Among the tremendous accomplishments Seybolt achieved over the course of the 2017 season, he was named the 2017 All-East Second Team for his play this past season. The award comes on the heels of his selection as the 2017 Empire 8 Men's Soccer Player of the Year. He was also named to the Empire 8 All-Tournament Team, while also garnering a spot on the 2017 Empire 8 All-Start First Team. Seybolt led the league in four different offensive categories as he tallied a personal-best campaign this fall on the pitch. He added 16 goals (.889 per game), with 35 points (1.94 ppg), five game-winning goals with 101 shots (5.61 per game).
In the semifinals of the league tournament, Seybolt propelled the Gators to the program's third straight conference championship appearance. Against Nazareth in the Empire 8 semifinals, Sage trailed at the half and with just 1:56 left in regulation, Seybolt would tie the game and send the match to overtime.
Late in the first period of overtime, Seybolt would score his second goal of the match at 99:32 propelling Sage into the conference finals. Sage fell to Stevens Institute of Technology in the championship game, 1-0 to wrap the year.
On the 2017 season, Seybolt once again led the Sage team in scoring with 16 goals, three assists and 35 points. In late October, Seybolt became Sage's all-time leading goal scorer, while also breaking the program's all-time point record as well. He has 40 goals with 10 assists and continues to build upon Sage's career point record which he holds with 90 points.
The Gators wrapped their first season as a new member of the Empire 8 Conference by advancing to the championship game and just missed a shot at the league's championship crown after allowing a goal with just 16 seconds left in the match. Sage wrapped the 2017 season with a 10-6-2 overall record after finishing conference play as the No. 3 seed after recording a record of 4-2-1.