June 2, 2012
BEAUMONT - Golfer M.J. Daffue was named the Male Senior Athlete of the Year, while soccer player Lisa Hance was honored as the Female Athlete of the Year, announced the Lamar University athletics department Saturday.
Additionally, women's basketball player Kalis Loyd was honored with the John E. Gray/Babe Didrikson Zaharias Award which is given annually to the top senior-to-be from Lamar's female athletics programs.
Daffue capped a stellar three-year Lamar career Thursday by tying for 29th at the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championship from Riviera Country Club. A native of Pretoria, South Africa, Daffue led the Cardinals in scoring average at 73.0 strokes per round.
Daffue earned three individual tournament wins this year, including becoming the first golfer since 1979 to successfully defend his title at the Southland Conference Championship. The 2011 Southland Conference Player of the Year, Daffue was also named first-team all-conference in 2012.
Daffue helped the Cardinals win their 24th Southland Conference team title on his way to being named to the PING All-Central Region Team. He tied for 13th at the NCAA Greensboro Regional this year, and finished the season with seven top 20 finishes in 14 events.
A native of Grapevine, Texas, Hance set single season school records this year in scoring (21 points), goals (8) and game-winning goals (3). As a senior, Hance was named Second-Team All-Southland Conference and to the SLC All-Academic second-team.
Hance finishes her four-year career as the school's all-time leader in goals (18), assists (13), points (49) and game-winning goals (7). With Hance leading the way, Lamar finished the 2011 season with a 9-8-2 overall record and a 6-2-1 conference mark which was good enough for third place.
Loyd led Lamar in scoring at 16.1 points per game this year to earn First-Team All-Southland Conference accolades for the second straight year. In addition to her scoring, Loyd paced the Lady Cardinals in rebounding (6.4 per game), assists (84) and steals (64).
A native of Malmoe, Sweden, Loyd has already scored 1,424 career points in her Lamar career and is just 306 points shy of matching the school's all-time record of 1,730 points. She is one of five players in Lamar's history with at least 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
Lamar is 67-31 (68.4 percent) during Loyd's first three seasons, including a regular season conference title, a conference tournament title and a pair of postseason appearances.