Anthony Vega, Manhattan Baseball
Jr. - Patchogue, N.Y.
Vega has started every game this season, as Manhattan won its second consecutive MAAC regular season title. The Jaspers' leadoff hitter, he ranks in the top five in the MAAC in eight different statistical categories. Vega paces the Jaspers with a .343 batting average, 69 hits and 38 runs scored. He also has five home runs and 31 RBIs to go along with nine doubles and four triples. In addition, Vega has been successful on 31-of-34 stolen base attempts, placing him second on Manhattan's all-time single season stolen base chart.
One of two Jaspers to appear in every game this season, he's the only one who's done so at the same position. Vega has been stellar in center field, committing just one error in 129 defensive chances.
Manhattan's Male Student-Athlete of the Year, Vega's also a sprinter on the Jaspers' indoor track & field team, and he scored points in both the 60 meters and 200 meters at the 2012 MAAC Indoor Championships.
Shannon Jones, Siena Softball
Jr. - Troy, N.Y
Jones had a banner year for Siena softball in 2012. The junior led the MAAC in batting average (.434), home runs (14), RBI (43), hits (66), runs (46), total bases (127), and slugging percentage (.836), set single-season program records for homers, hits, and runs, and established new career marks for batting average (.396) and doubles (39). Additionally, Jones became just the third player in Siena history with more than 100 career RBI, and tied the career record in that category as well with 119 runs driven in.
It's been a busy offseason for the junior. She was also named Siena College's Female Student Athlete of the Year, the MAAC Co-Player of the Year, a MAAC All-Academic Team honoree for the second consecutive season, a Capital One Academic All-District First Team selection, and an NFCA Second Team All-Region award-winner. In the classroom, she carries a 3.43 cumulative GPA while majoring in Biology.