CLEVELAND, OH – Former University at Buffalo women's soccer player Carissima Cutrona and men's basketball player Dontay Caruthers were the Bulls recipients of the MAC Medal of Excellence Award as announced during an Honors Dinner Ceremony at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel as part of the MAC Spring Meetings.
The Medal of Excellence is an award presented annually to one male and one female student-athlete from the graduating class of each of the 12 Conference member institutions.
Cutrona is a recent graduate with a degree in social sciences. A MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete, Cutrona also earned a spot on the All-MAC First Team despite only appearing in 11 matches in 2018 after sustaining a season-ending injury. The lethal forward was having one of the best seasons in a long time for a Buffalo player as she had eight goals and eight assists for 24 points in only 11 matches.
The 2019 Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Caruthers recently graduated with a master's degree in education studies. He averaged 8.6 points per game as he played in all 36 games for UB. He scored 20 or more points four times during the year, including a career-best 28 points at Bowling Green. Caruthers was also a 2019 MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete honoree.
Twenty-four Mid-American Conference (MAC) student-athletes were presented the Medal of Excellence Award during this evening's Honors Dinner Ceremony at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel as part of the MAC Spring Meetings.
"The Medal of Excellence Award is a reinforcement of the core values that we as a conference and each of our member institutions all possess with excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and service," said MAC Commissioner, Jon A. Steinbrecher. "We congratulate all of our Medal of Excellence Award winners."
To be honored with the Medal of Excellence Award, student-athletes had to participate on the varsity level in a conference sponsored sport and shown evidence of academic success with a minimum 3.50 accumulative grade-point average, exhibited athletics excellence, leadership and service. Selection of the recipients was made by each MAC institution.