Men's Soccer / Defender / Senior / New York, N.Y.
Sam Barovick is a senior defender on the UChicago men's soccer team. Barovick played in both Maroon victories last week, helping the team earn a pair of shutout wins over Elmhurst College and Emory University.
Assistant Coach Michael Choquette: "Bar is the consummate teammate. He pushes himself and invariably the whole squad, week in, week out. With a player like Bar setting the tempo and expectations at training, it makes it easy on the coaching staff to focus more on the tactical side of things. When called upon in games, he is laser-focused and highly energetic. This week, he came on against Elmhurst and Emory, contributed to the solidity and composure of the back four. He came in as the fittest player on the team this summer, and has continually pushed his teammates through the axiom, 'lead by example'. You will not find a more committed, more genuine, more well-liked player in the program, leading to the home crowd chanting, "Bar! Bar! Bar! Bar!" on numerous occasions throughout the convincing conference win."
Teammate Nate Johnson: "Sam Barovick is unanimously the most enjoyable person on our team and a true crowd favorite. Sam’s commitment and dedication over the past four years to the program have not gone unnoticed. His personality is contagious and a cornerstone that our team feeds off of. Seeing Sam get in to play valuable minutes against both Elmhurst and Emory, in our first conference match-up of the year, fueled the teams’ morale. Although nobody ever really knows what is going through his mind, Sam is an amazing teammate that all the underclassmen look up to. This team would not be what it is without Sam Barovick."
Other OOC Nominees
Mike Hiestand (Football)
- Head Coach Chris Wilkerson: "Mike has played the best football of his career through the first four weeks of this fall. He worked in the offseason to add some weight and has provided a physical presence for us up front. His efforts there helped lead our offense to a fast start Saturday in opening holes for the running game and protecting the passer. He has continued to improve every year and is playing at high level right now. I know he will do anything to help our team and will continue to battle no matter what the situation. Michael brings outstanding energy, enthusiasm and toughness. I look forward to watching him lead our team the remainder of this fall as we continue Midwest Conference play."
Andy Kates (Men's Cross Country)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "Andy was our No. 3 runner this week and third overall in the meet. Andy had a lifetime-best performance both in terms of his time but also his overall placement on our team and how close he was to our lead runner. On a day that we had one of our very best team meets, it is difficult to choose an individual for this award. But I feel Andy is very deserving as a senior who is really finding some consistency in the way he races. To be within 20 seconds of Ryan Cutter and only seven seconds off our No. 2 runner in this meet was a real breakthrough performance for Andy. I feel this will give him the confidence to go into the big meets at the end of the season expecting to make an impact. I have felt for a long time that Andy could compete this way and I think as he gets more confident to go out in a really competitive way (strong first mile), his fitness takes over and carries him to these type of performances."
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