ESPN Announces MAAC Netflex Games for February 24
EDISON, NJ – ESPN has announced the two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball netflex matchups for Friday, February 24.
On ESPN2, Monmouth University will host Siena College at the OceanFirst Bank Center in West Long Branch, NJ at 7:00 p.m. Manhattan College takes on Iona College on ESPNU at the Hynes Athletics Center in New Rochelle, NY at 9:00 p.m.
Monmouth University is currently 12-2 in the MAAC and 20-5 overall. The Hawks are currently on a ten-game winning streak. Siena College is 8-6 in the MAAC and 11-14 overall. These two teams will meet for the first time in the 2016-17 season on Monday, February 13 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off on ESPN3.
Manhattan College and Iona College will square off for the second time this season. The two teams first played on Tuesday, January 17 in Riverdale, NY. The Gaels defeated the Jaspers 82-67. The Gaels are currently 9-5 in the MAAC and 16-9 overall. The Jaspers are 4-10 in conference play and 9-16 overall.
The MAAC telecast schedule will feature 10 netflex games during the 2016-17 season. The netflex format allows ESPN to pick any game on schedule for the selected date to air on the designated platform (ESPN2, ESPNU, or ESPN3). ESPN will announce which game has been selected for the wildcard telecast 21 days out. The format enables the MAAC and ESPN flexibility to showcase the best possible matchups.
The 2016-17 MAAC season culminates at the 2017 MAAC Basketball Championships, March 2-6 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. The 2017 MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship Game will take place on Monday, March 6 at 9:00 p.m. and will air live on ESPN/2 with the winner earning the leagues automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
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Marquis Wright & Peter Kiss Earn LifeStorage Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Marquis Wright, Siena
Sr., 6-1, G, Waldorf, MD/North Point
Wright averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 assists, and 4.5 rebounds in leading the Saints to a pair of road wins last week at defending MAAC Tournament Champion Iona and archrival Marist. Wright recorded a stellar 5.0 assist-to-turnover ratio and came up huge in the clutch late in the two close road wins. In the 81-79 victory at Iona which snapped the red-hot Gaels’ seven-game home win streak and six-game winning streak overall, Wright scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to rally the Saints back from a 13-point deficit with 13:18 to go. He scored nine of his points over the final four minutes, and calmly sank the go-ahead, game-winning free throws with 12.3 seconds left. He also dished out nine assists in the win. On Saturday, Wright scored 16 of his team-high 21 points in the second half and dished out six assists without committing a turnover in an 84-77 win at Marist. Wright was clutch down the stretch once again, going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line over the final 44 seconds to ice the win.
Rookie of the Week
Peter Kiss, Quinnipiac
Fr., 6-5, G, New York, NY/Notre Dame (MA)
Kiss had 18 points and 12 rebounds, including the game-winning basket with 1.9 seconds left, as Quinnipiac picked up a road win at Fairfield on Monday. Kiss broke ties three times in the last 1:10, giving the Bobcats their first lead of the second half with a free throw with 1:08 left, hitting a tiebreaking jumper with 42 seconds left, and after Fairfield knotted it back up with 31 seconds, he beat the shot clock buzzer with a 10-foot floater for the win with just 1.9 left. After being held to nine points in a loss to Saint Peter’s on Thursday, he came back with 17 points and eight rebounds in a 112-107 road loss at Rider on Saturday.
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Quinnipiac's Aryn McClure & Marist's Rebekah Hand Take Home LifeStorage MAAC Women's Basketball Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Aryn McClure, Quinnipiac
So., F, Springfield Gardens, NY/Archbishop Molloy
Sophomore forward Aryn McClure led Quinnipiac University to a pair of wins over Marist College, 79-57 and Siena College, 76-60, two teams both seeded in the upper half of the MAAC standings. She dominated early and often, to the tone of two straight season-high scoring outings as she notched 16 points against Marist and followed with a 21-point performance at Siena. Averaging 18.5 points per game over the 2-0 week, McClure was efficient from the floor going 16-of-33 (48.5%) overall, while hitting the first three-pointer of her career (missed first 22 career attempts).
McClure’s 16-point game against Marist included five rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 27 minutes of play. Her top performance of the season came in the Bobcats’ road win over Siena as she notched 13 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter, while reaching the 20-point plateau for just the second time in her career (one point off her career-high). The Springfield Gardens, NY native scored 13 of the Bobcats’ 16 points in a span of 6:33 in the final quarter. McClure has been named MAAC Player of the Week for the second time this season (last, November 14).
Rookie of the Week
Rebekah Hand, Marist
Fr., G, Argyle, TX/Liberty Christian School
Reigning MAAC Rookie of the Week Rebekah Hand averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 assists in a two game week for the Red Foxes. Hand shot 42.3 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from three, and was perfect from the free-throw line (4-of-4). In Hand’s first game against first place Quinnipiac, the guard scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds, and swiped three steals. In her second game of the week, she notched her third double-double of the season scoring 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds against Niagara University. Hand also added an assist a block, a steal, and knocked down five three pointers against the Purple Eagles playing all 40 minutes of the game.
Don't miss the upcoming week of MAAC Women's Basketball!
Three MAAC Student-Athletes Selected by CoSIDA to Academic All-District Teams
EDISON, NJ – Fairfield University junior forward Samantha Cooper, Rider University junior guard Kamila Hoskova, and Siena College red-shirt senior forward Brett Bisping have been selected to the 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams.
All three First Team honorees have advanced to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where First, Second, and Third Team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. To qualify for the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30, reached sophomore standing academically, be a starter or key reserve on his or her team, and participated in a minimum of 50% of their team’s games.
Fairfield’s Samantha Cooper was named to the CoSIDA Women’s Basketball Academic All-District 1 First Team. Cooper is a Biology major, who posted a 3.70 GPA and was one of five student-athletes selected to the District 1 team. The Sudbury, Ontario native is a three-time member of the MAAC All-Academic Team (2014, 2015 & 2016).
Rider’s Kamila Hoskova was selected to the CoSIDA Women’s Basketball Academic All-District 2 First Team. The Junior is a Mathematics/Economics major and compiled a 3.92 GPA. Hoskova was one of five members of the District 2 team, her 3.92 GPA tied for the highest mark on the team. She was also selected to the 2016 MAAC All-Academic Team after her sophomore campaign.
Siena’s Brett Bisping was selected to the CoSIDA Men’s Basketball Academic All-District 1 First Team. Bisping recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA in his first semester as a graduate student last fall, he registered a cumulative 3.42 GPA as an undergraduate where he majored in Finance and Economics. The red-shirt senior was named to the MAAC All-Academic team three times over the course of his career (2014, 2015 & 2016).
CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) was founded in 1957 and is a 3,000+ member national organization comprised of the sports public relations, media relations and communications/information professionals throughout all levels of collegiate athletics in the United States and Canada. The 2016-17 academic year will mark the 60th year of the organization, making it the second oldest management association in all of intercollegiate athletics. CoSIDA became an affiliated partner with NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) in December of 2008.
Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest” Announces Lineup of Participating Restaurants for Inaugural Event at Albany Capital Center
ALBANY, NY; February 13, 2017 – The Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Albany Convention Center Authority and SMG today announced the participating restaurants for the second annual “Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest” on Friday, March 3 at the Albany Capital Center from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
The Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest will invite fans to celebrate the return of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships to downtown Albany. The popular fan festival will serve as the inaugural event at the much-anticipated Albany Capital Center, the new state-of-the-art convention center.
During the pre-game event, fans will have the opportunity to sample gourmet mac-n-cheese dishes from numerous Albany-area restaurants, including: Allie B’s Cozy Kitchen; Ama Cocina; Angelo’s 677 Prime; Capitol Melts Grilled Cheese Café; Cider Belly Doughnuts; The City Beer Hall; Dave & Buster’s; Druthers Brewing Company; The Hollow Bar & Kitchen; Parish Public House; Public House 42; and Wellington’s.
Multiple varietals of craft beer from New York breweries will also be available, including: Brewery Ommegang; Brown’s Brewing Company; Ithaca Beer Company; and Saranac Brewery.
Tickets for the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest are available online at www.albany.org for $8. Tickets entitle guests to 10 tastings of any combination of mac-n-cheese or craft beer. Tickets will be available at the door on Friday, March 3 for $10.
This year’s festivities will feature the Air Elite Dunkers, the official dunk team for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors. The high-flying entertainers will showcase their aerobatic skills in a pair of 20-minute performances during the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest at the Albany Capital Center. The Air Elite Dunkers are presented by Pioneer Bank. Also, the Siena men’s basketball court will be relocated from the Times Union Center to the Albany Capital Center for the event.
Other entertainment will include performances by MAAC school pep bands; basketball-themed inflatables; face painting; a balloon artist; and music.
A portion of proceeds will benefit the Times Union Hope Fund which serves children in need throughout the Capital Region.
Times Union Senior Writer and Table Hopping Columnist Steve Barnes will emcee the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest, which will include a People’s Choice Award for the restaurant which serves the crowd’s favorite mac-n-cheese. The Table Hopping blog and timesunion.com are the title sponsors of the Mac-n-Cheese Bowl created at the suggestion of a Table Hopping reader. The eighth event, featuring mac-n-cheese from 30 Capital Region restaurants, is scheduled for February 18 at Siena College in Loudonville.
Sponsors of the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest include Hannaford Supermarkets, Berkshire Bank, Upstate Ford, NYSCOPBA, Pioneer Bank and Dunkin’ Donuts. Additional funding to host and promote the MAAC Basketball Tournament was provided from Empire State Development/ I LOVE NY, which was awarded through the Regional Economic Development Council awards.
The Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest will supplement the MAAC Basketball Championships featuring men’s and women’s teams from Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, St. Peter’s University, and Siena College.
Flex ticket packages are currently available for the MAAC Basketball Championships. Flex ticket packages include four tickets redeemable for any open seat during any session of the MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, including both championship games. The tickets may be utilized for four seats to one session, one seat for four sessions, or any ensuing combination to enable fans to tailor the tournament experience to meet their needs.
Two sets of flex ticket packages, each comprised of four tickets, are available for this year’s tournament. The first package provides access to any open seat during any session and is $150. The second package provides access to any open seat in the lower level corners and end zones and is $100.
All-session passes are also available for fans seeking admission to additional games in the MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. All-session passes, which grant access to all 20 games of the men’s and women’s tournament, are $97, $122, $167 and $227.
Individual session passes are also currently available. Individual session passes, flex ticket packages and all-session passes may be purchased at the arena box office, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.timesunioncenter-albany.com.
For a complete tournament schedule, visit www.maacsports.com.
The Capital Complex in Albany is the largest meeting space in upstate New York. Connected by an enclosed walkway, the Complex is comprised of the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, a 50,000 sq. ft. facility that includes a convention hall, seven meeting rooms and pre-function space operated by the New York State Office of General Services; The Egg, which includes two theaters that seat a total of 1400 people along with 10,000 square feet of event space; and two locations operated by SMG including the new Albany Capital Center, a 50,000 sq. ft. space with six meeting rooms and pre-function space; and the Times Union Center, upstate New York’s premier sports and entertainment facility with 17,500 seats and 50,000 sq. ft. of exhibit and pre-function space.
Quinnipiac Selected as Unanimous Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Favorite; Foster Cuomo & Jeff Edwards Earn Co-Preseason Player of the Year Honors
EDISON, NJ – The defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men’s Lacrosse champion Quinnipiac University, has been selected as the unanimous 2017 preseason favorite, as voted upon by the leagues seven head coaches, totaling 49 points.
Quinnipiac went 6-0 in conference play last season en route to winning its first MAAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship in program history. The Bobcats defeated Marist College 13-9 in the 2016 MAAC Championship game to advance to the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship. In preliminary round action, Quinnipiac knocked off Hartford 14-9, behind four goals from the 2017 MAAC Men’s Lacrosse Co-Preseason Player of the Year, Foster Cuomo.
Monmouth ranks second in the preseason coaches’ poll with 38 points. Last season the Hawks were 3-3 in MAAC play and faced Marist in the semifinals of the MAAC Championship. Monmouth ranked first in the MAAC in 2016 with 7.57 caused turnovers per game and second with an 8.42 goals against average. Returning for the Hawks is 2017 Preseason All-MAAC member, senior defensemen Andrew Grajewski.
Marist comes in third in the preseason poll with 34 points and a league-best four players on the 2017 MAAC Men’s Lacrosse Preseason All-MAAC team. The Red Foxes were 4-2 in the MAAC a season ago and made it to the championship game before falling to Quinnipiac. J.D. Recor was second in the MAAC with 1.73 assists per game and second with 3.53 points per game. Goalkeeper Brian Corrigan ranked first in the MAAC with an 8.14 goals against average and a 58.7 save percentage. The senior goalkeeper ranked second with 11.75 saves per game.
In fourth-place in the preseason poll is three-time MAAC Men’s Lacrosse Champions, Siena College. The Saints placed defender Joe Arcarese on the 2017 MAAC Men’s Lacrosse Preseason All-MAC team. Canisius College placed in fifth with 23 points. The Griffs are led by Co-Preseason Player of the Year, Jeff Edwards. Edwards led the MAAC with 2.17 assists last season. Detroit Mercy and Manhattan College round out the preseason poll in sixth and seventh place, respectively.
The 2017 MAAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will take place from Friday, May 5- Sunday, May 7 at a predetermined site, which is to be determined at this time. The 2017 MAAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship game will take place on Sunday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. and will air live on ESPNU. As part of the MAAC’s deal with ESPN, one regular season game on Friday, April 28 will be flexed onto ESPNU. One of the following games is eligible to be flexed onto ESPNU: Manhattan at Monmouth, Quinnipiac at Canisius or Siena at Marist.
For all information on the 2017 MAAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship, visit maacsports.com/menslax