Stars Name Male And Female Breakthrough Athletes

Tue May 14, 2019
On Tuesday, April 30, the Dominican University department of athletics handed out its 2018-2019 awards, naming Olivia Magnussen (Volleyball) the Female Breakthrough Athlete of the Year and Isaac Moore (Basketball) the Male Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.
 
For the award, Magnussen topped a ballot that featured Alexis Hoskins (Basketball) and Hannah Gordon (Softball), while Moore edged Josh Prindle (Soccer), Kamren Carey (Golf), Tyler Trojan (Baseball) and Patrick Bradford (Volleyball) for the honor.
 
A sophomore from Hampshire, Illinois, Magnussen started all 30 matches for the Stars in 2018 after appearing in just five total matches with no starts as a freshman in 2017.  Magnussen totaled 135 kills in 2018, ranking third on the team with a .209 attack percentage.  Defensively, the six-foot-two-inch Magnussen collected a team-best 18 solo blocks and added 42 block assists for 60 total blocks.  Within the NACC, Magnussen ranked third in solo blocks.
 
Playing in the shadows of a pair of 1,000-point career scorers his first three seasons, Moore broke out in his senior season campaign, averaging a team-best 11.8 points per game while shooting better than 45-percent from the field, including converting at a 40-percent clip from three.  His 2.3 three-point field goals per game ranked fifth in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.  Of the 19 games he played in, Moore scored in double-figures 14 times including topping 20 points twice.
 
Female Breakthrough Athlete of the Year Nominees
 
Alexis Hoskins—Women's Basketball
A former two-sport standout, Hoskins decided to focus her attention on the basketball court this year and it paid dividends, earning 2018-2019 All-NACC honorable mention honors in women's basketball.  For the year, Hoskins averaged 9.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, both ranking second on the team. The junior logged a team-most eight double-doubles, including a 20-point, 13-rebound effort in a 65-57 win over Maryville College back in November.
 
Hannah Gordon—Softball
After appearing in just 37 of 81 games during her freshman and sophomore seasons, Gordon has been a staple in the Stars' starting lineup in 2019.  The junior from South Elgin High School started 38 of the Stars' 42 games and posted a batting average of .328, nearly 87 points higher than her career .241 batting average entering the season.  Gordon's 25 RBIs on the season led the team and placed her among the top 20 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.
 
Male Breakthrough Athlete of the Year Nominees
 
Josh Prindle—Men's Soccer
Logging just 493 minutes over parts of 17 games through his first two seasons in a Stars' uniform, Prindle spent more than 1,042 minutes on the pitch in 2018, appearing in all 22 of Dominican's matches including making six starts.  The Wheeling High School product tripled his career goals and doubled his career assists in 2018, logging six goals and four assists.  Prindle netted three game-winners on the season, including netting the game-winner in Dominican's NACC semifinal overtime win over Aurora.
 
Kamren Carey—Men's Golf
Averaging more than 88 strokes per round through his freshman and sophomore seasons, Carey is averaging just over 81 strokes per round for his junior season.  The Brentwood, California, native had never shot a round in the 70s during his first two seasons, but has carded scores in the 70s in five of the ten rounds he has played thus far in the 2018-2019 season, including a career low 77 turned in at the Loras Invite back in September.
 
Tyler Trojan—Baseball
A sophomore from Barrington High School, Trojan has emerged as an every day starter for the Stars on the diamond after appearing in just seven games during his rookie season and logging four at-bats.  After the first 12 games of the 2019 season, Trojan cracked the Stars' starting lineup and has been a staple since, posting a .273 batting average, fourth highest on the team to go along with a .954 fielding percentage.
 
Patrick Bradford—Men's Volleyball
After appearing in just 14 matches over his freshman and sophomore seasons, Bradford, a junior middle, started 25 matches in 2019 and was one of just four players to appear in all 30 matches for the Stars. His .331 attack percentage on 254 total attempts, ranked second on the team, averaging 1.21 kills per set.  Defensively, the Chicago native collected 66 total blocks at the net to rank second in blocks per set while his 12 solo blocks topped the Dominican roster.