COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse senior Dan Johnson (Ringwood, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) and women's cross country senior Roxy Withers (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) were both presented with the Roger F. Keleher '15 Award on Thursday during a senior ceremony in Alliot Student Center. The duo drew the Department of Athletics' oldest annual award, which has been earned by outstanding scholar-athletes of the College's graduating class who maintain high scholastic averages since 1954.
Johnson was a dependable member of the defensive corps throughout his career, including starting 31 of his 37 games the past three seasons. He averaged 9.3 caused turnovers per season and ranks ninth on the program's career list with 37 for his career. As a senior, Johnson was limited due to injury but still saw time in 11 games, drawing seven starts, while forcing nine turnovers and committing none. He also nabbed eight ground balls. In the classroom, Johnson maintains a 3.94 grade-point average as an English major, with a minor in philosophy. He holds membership in the Chi Alpha Sigma (college athlete), Delta Epsilon Sigma (Catholic) and Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts and sciences) honor societies, and has qualified six times for the Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll. Soon after graduation, Johnson is traveling to Australia with a group of graduating teammates, and will play for the Woodville Warriors premier lacrosse club.
Withers was a steady performer for the Purple Knights throughout her career, and placed second on her team in all six meets in her senior season, when she was a captain. Over her three seasons as a College harrier, she was among her team's top five in every race, and had six top 25 finishes. An NE10 Academic All-Conference honoree as a junior, she has earned NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll status five times. Withers has maintained a perfect 4.00 GPA as a biology major, with minors in chemistry and mathematics, and holds membership in the Beta Beta Beta (biology), Chi Alpha Sigma (college athlete), Delta Epsilon Sigma (Catholic) and Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts and sciences) honor societies.
The Keleher Award was established in 1954 by the Connecticut Valley Alumni Chapter to honor Roger Keleher, a Springfield, Mass., native. A member of the Class of 1915, his dedication to both academic and athletic achievement provided the model for the scholar-athlete award that now bears his name. Keleher also received an honorary degree from the College in 1959, and is a member of the Saint Michael's College Athletic Hall of Fame.