CARLISLE, Pa. - After the COVID-19 pandemic cut short the spring season and continues this fall, it has also prevented the presentations for the 2018-19 McAndrews Awards. Voted on by members of the Athletic Department, the McAndrews Award is the most prestigious award presented to a Dickinson College athlete. In addition to being outstanding student-athletes, the recipients possess strong leadership qualities, demonstrate good sportsmanship, and serve as positive role models for future student-athletes. The award is presented for the top female and male performances for each academic year and are given in honor of Richard H. McAndrews, Doctor of Physical Education and beloved member of the Dickinson College faculty from 1911-1961.
Dickinson senior softball standout Madison Milaszewski (Rutland, Mass./Sutton) and men's lacrosse All-American Nate Usich (Avon, Conn./Avon Old Farms) were selected as the honorees, following a pair of truly outstanding performances in the spring of 2019.
Milaszewksi was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Atlantic Region Softball Team and was a unanimous decision as the Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Year, throwing three complete games in the conference tournament. She turned in a remarkable performance in the second round, flirting with a perfect game. After hitting one batter and walking another, Milaszewski was untouchable the rest of the way, throwing just the fourth no-hitter in the history of the tournament.
Milaszewski was a First-team selection as well, earning her third straight appearance on the All-Conference roster, receiving Second-team honors in 2017 and 2018. She had an outstanding senior season, leading the conference with 136 strikeouts and a remarkable 1.04 earned run average. She posted a 15-6 record on the season, tying for third in program history for wins in a season.
She set the school record with 108 career appearances, ranking second in career starts, wins and innings pitched. She ranks third all-time in strikeouts, complete games and saves as well. She is just the third pitcher in program history to record over 400 strikeouts, booking 452 with over 100 in each of the past four seasons. She had an outstanding performance in the playoffs, earning Tournament MVP honors with two shutouts and a 9-1 win in the opening round.
The Red Devils earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, going 1-2 in Kentucky to close out the season with an overall record of 25-17. Head Coach Matt Richwine was named the Conference Coach of the Year, leading the Red Devils to their second Centennial Conference title.
Usich, a two-time All-American, was the second Red Devil to be named the National Long Stick Midfielder of the Year, following in the steps of Brandon Palladino '13, who earned the honor in 2012 and 2013.
Usich was voted the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year, earning his third straight First-team honor. The long pole middie led the conference with 46 caused turnovers and ranked third in the CC in ground balls, picking up 90 on the year.
He continued to play a key role in the Red Devils success rate on clears and posed a dangerous threat in transition, scoring three goals and handing out five assists during the season. Usich broke into the program's top-10 with 245 career ground balls, ranking eighth all-time. He forced 123 turnovers, causing 51 turnovers in 2018. He raised his scoring totals to 10 goals and 11 assists in his career as well.
The Red Devils finished 11-6 overall and rallied to win three of the final four conference games to earn the #3-seed before falling to Gettysburg in the semifinals. They knocked off the eventual conference champion, Ursinus, in the regular season finale.
He signed a professional contract to play for the Atlanta Blaze, joining 2018 Dickinson grad and the 2017-18 McAndrews Award winner Dylan Maher '18 on the MLL roster.