Monmouth University Clinches Second-Straight MAAC Regular Season Championship

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - With a 93-75 win over Niagara University on Thursday, February 16, the Monmouth University Hawks have won the 2016-17 MAAC Men’s Basketball Regular Season Championship. It is the second-straight regular season title for the Hawks.

Monmouth is the first team in the NCAA to clinch a postseason berth.

Monmouth will be the number one seed at the MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship, which is held at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY from Thursday, March 2 to Monday, March 6.

The Hawks will play on Friday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN3 against the winner of the #8/#9 matchup, which takes place on Thursday, March 2 at 5:00 p.m. on ESPN3.

Monmouth is currently on a 13-game winning streak and holds a 15-2 conference mark and 23-5 overall record. The entire MAAC Men's Basketball Championship will be broadcasted on the ESPN Family of Networks.

For more information on MAAC Men’s Basketball, visit maacsports.com/basketball and remember to follow the conversation on social media using #MAACHoops

Justin Robinson & Mikey Dixon Claim LifeStorage Weekly Awards

Player of the Week

Justin Robinson, Monmouth

Sr., 5-8, G, Lake Katrine, NY/Kingston

Robinson posted two huge games for Monmouth en route to the Hawks clinching the MAAC regular season title outright for the second year in a row. He netted a career-high 40 points at Siena, the seventh Hawk to ever score 40+ in a game and the fourth most points in the history of the Times Union Center. He put in a career best 14 field goals and eight three pointers along with six rebounds and three assists. He followed that up by scoring 27 points in just 22 minutes vs. Siena, netting another seven threes and nine field goals along with four assists. He finished the week shooting 69.7% from the field, 68.2% from downtown and a perfect 6-6 from the foul line.

Rookie of the Week

Mikey Dixon, Quinnipiac

Fr., 6-2, G, New Castle, De/Sanford School

Dixon had the first two double-doubles of his career, tallying 24 points and 11 rebounds against Fairfield on Friday and 13 points and 12 rebounds against Manhattan on Sunday. Dixon came into the week with only two games all season with more than five rebounds, but set a new career high with 11 in an overtime loss to Fairfield and passed it with 12 in a loss to Manhattan. The 24 points against Fairfield was the seventh-highest total for a freshman in Quinnipiac Division I history. He had 20 of his points and seven of his rebounds after halftime as he led the Bobcats back from a 16-point deficit to a three-point lead with nine seconds left, before Fairfield tied it just before the buzzer.

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Iona's Alexis Lewis & Marist's Rebekah Hand Earn LifeStorage MAAC Women's Basketball Weekly Awards

Player of the Week

Alexis Lewis, Iona

So., G, Pittston, PA/Holy Redeemer

Sophomore Alexis Lewis led Iona College in scoring en route to her second MAAC Player of the Week honor this season. The guard averaged 20.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 40.0 percent from the floor and 38.1 percent from long range. Additionally, on the defensive end, she averaged 1.5 steals per game.

Against Quinnipiac University on Friday, February 17, Lewis played 38 minutes, tallied a game-high 19 points and 14 rebounds. It marked her league-leading ninth double-double of the season. She also contributed one steal and two assists in the effort. On Sunday, February 19, against Fairfield, Lewis netted a game-high 21 points, collected seven rebounds, recorded one block, and two assists. She shot 8-of-18 (44.4%) from the field and 5-of-11 (45.5%) from behind the arc.

Rookie of the Week

Rebekah Hand, Marist

Fr., G, Argyle, TX/Liberty Christian School

Marist College freshman guard Rebekah Hand earns her eighth MAAC Rookie of the Week award. The freshman averaged 13.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, and 1.0 steals in a 2-1 week for the Red Foxes.

In Hand’s first game of the week on Tuesday, February 14, against Rider University, she scored nine points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. on Thursday, February 16, she scored 14 points, grabbed seven more rebounds, had four assists, two blocks, and two steals in 39 minutes of action against Rider. Hand also went 9-of-10 (90.0%) from the free-throw line.

In the Red Foxes last bout of action of the week, Hand recorded her fourth double-double of the season, with 17 points and 13 rebounds on Saturday, February 18 against Monmouth. The guard also added three assists, two blocks, and a steal in 37 minutes of play in the Red Foxes second win of the week.

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MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor Reappointed to WBCA Committee

EDISON, NJ – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has reappointed MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor to serve as the CCA representative for a third term, beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020.

Ensor has represented the CCA on the WBCA Board of Directors for two three-year terms. Ensor’s current term was scheduled to end June 30, 2017. WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew said, “Rich has been an incredible asset to the board over the years and has provided important guidance during our most recent transition of leadership and rewriting of our bylaws.”

Ensor was awarded the WBCA’s highest honor, the 2015 WBCA President’s Award, given by our then WBCA President Sue Semrau. He also received the WBCA Administrator of the Year Award in 2015 and 2016. Ensor currently serves on the Finance Committee and is the chair of the Audit Committee.

MAAC College Fair, Friday, March 3, Albany Capital Center

EDISON, NJ – The annual MAAC College Fair will be held on Friday, March 3 at the brand-new Albany Capital Center from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All 11 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s University and Siena College will be in attendance to provide academic information for prospective students and parents.

Attendees will be given a free ticket voucher to either the MAAC Men’s or Women’s Basketball Championship game on Monday, March 6. The voucher can be redeemed at the Times Union Center box office.

The MAAC College Fair gives prospective students and their parents a chance to obtain more information on the admissions process and ask questions of the respective institutional representatives. Students will have the chance to learn what opportunities each MAAC institution has to offer them by attending this free event.

The 2017 MAAC Basketball Championships take place at the Times Union Center March 2-6.

For more information on the 2017 MAAC College Fair visit, albany.org/maac

For all information on the 2017 MAAC Basketball Championships, visit maacsports.com/basketball

Kearnan, Corrigan & Schwenk Take Home Men's Lacrosse Weekly Awards

Offensive Player of the Week

Conor Kearnan, Canisius

Sr., 5-8, A, Courtice, Ontario/St. Stephen's (Saint Joseph's Univ.)

Kearnan posted career highs in goals (4), assists (5) and points (9) to lead Canisius to a 13-8 victory over Dartmouth in its season opener Saturday. He notched first man down goal of his career in second quarter and assisted on each of the Griffs final three tallies in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Defensive Player of the Week

Brian Corrigan, Marist

R-Jr., 5-10, GK, East Quogue, NY/ Westhampton Beach

Corrigan made 16 saves and allowed just four goals when Marist defeated no. 14 Air Force in a road game Feb. 18. He picked up two ground balls and caused a turnover in the 10-4 Red Foxes victory. Corrigan helped the Marist defense hold the Falcons scoreless on six extra man opportunities in the contest. Saturday was the second time in as many years that Marist has defeated a nationally ranked opponent.

Rookie of the Week

Justin Schwenk, Monmouth

Fr., 6-0, M, Royersford, PA/Spring-Ford

Justin Schwenk had a breakout performance for Monmouth in the Hawks’ 11-9 loss at Hofstra. The freshman faceoff man tied the program record with 15 faceoffs won, going 15-for-21 on the day. Schwenk became the second Monmouth player to win 15 faceoffs in one game, joining Keegan Teluk, who went 15-for-18 against Marist on March 19, 2016. Schwenk also scored his first collegiate goal and picked up eight ground balls in the game, which also tied the program mark.

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Iona's Giordano, Canisius' VanLaeken & Monmouth's Ceraso Claim MAAC Women's Lacrosse Weekly Honors

Offensive Player of the Week

Pamela Giordano, Iona

Jr., A/M, Smithtown, NY/Smithtown West

Iona College junior Pamela Giordano recorded six goals on Wednesday, February 15, in a victory over defending NEC Champions Wagner College, 12-10. The junior recorded half of her team’s goals on 11 shots, grabbed two ground balls, and forced two turnovers. On Saturday, February 18, the Smithtown, NY native registered one shot and one ground ball in a defeat against Holy Cross.

Defensive Player of the Week

Rebecca VanLaeken, Canisius

Jr., GK, Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua Academy

In a 15-11 victory over the University of Oregon on Monday, February 13, Canisius College goalkeeper Rebecca VanLaeken made nine saves, added a team-high eight ground balls, and had one caused turnover. In the Griffs’ 18-6 loss to No. 5 Syracuse University, the goalkeeper made 14 saves and recorded two ground balls.

Rookie of the Week

Nicole Ceraso, Monmouth

Fr., A, Massapequa, NY/Plainedge

Monmouth University freshman Nicole Ceraso, led the Hawks in scoring against Temple University and Rutgers University. Ceraso posted 12 points, which included three goals in each contest against the Big East and B1G opponents. In Wednesday’s game against the Owls, the Massapequa, NY native had three goals and four assists for a total of seven points. In Saturday’s one-goal loss to in-state rival Rutgers, Ceraso scored three goals and assisted on two others. All nine of the shots Ceraso took over the week were on-goal, while the freshman committed just one turnover over the two games. She currently leads Monmouth in goals (10), assists (10) and points (20).

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Scafariello, Jerla & Long Take Home First MAAC Baseball Weekly Awards of 2017

Player of the Week

Liam Scafariello, Quinnipiac

So., 6-4, 1B/DH, Southington, CT/Southington HS

Scafariello put up big numbers in his first weekend at Quinnipiac, blasting five home runs in four games at UTSA. The sophomore already has six hits, 7 RBI’s and five runs to go along with his 5 home runs. He’s 6-for-18 so far this year (.333) and has reached 21 total bases.

Pitcher of the Week

Charlie Jerla, Marist

Jr., 6-1, LHP, Philadelphia, PA/Neumann & Goretti

In the Red Foxes’ season opener, Jerla picked up the win, throwing five and two thirds innings, giving up no runs on just two hits to go along with eight strikeouts.

Rookie of the Week

Danny Long, Monmouth

Fr., 5-11, SS, Sellersville, PA/Pennridge

Long was a single away from the cycle on Sunday at FAU, knocking a three-run homer for the first long ball of his career in addition to a double down the line and a triple off the top of the wall, narrowly missing his second home run of the day. He was the first Monmouth freshman to start on opening day in seven years, and finished the weekend slugging .900 with a run scored, three RBI’s and a perfect three games at shortstop.

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Quinnipiac's Miranda Magana, Casey Herzog & Canisius' Cassie Ho Take Home MAAC Softball Weekly Awards

Player of the Week

Miranda Magana, Quinnipiac

Jr., INF, Santa Paula, CA/Santa Paula

Quinnipiac University junior Miranda Magana earns her first MAAC Player of the Week award. Magana hit .562 (9-16) with one home run and five RBI over the course of a five-game stretch last weekend. The junior started her week by slugging her first homer of the season and driving in three runs on Friday, February 17 versus Oakland. In Quinnipiac’s second game of the day on Friday, Magana tallied three hits, which included a double and a RBI vs. Central Michigan. Magana had three multi-hit games over the five-game stretch. She posted a .588 on-base percentage and .938 slugging percentage in a 3-2 week for the Bobcats.

Pitcher of the Week

Casey Herzog, Quinnipiac

Jr., P, Wappingers Falls, NY/ Roy C Ketcham High School

Quinnipiac University junior pitcher Casey Herzog went 2-1 with a 1.45 ERA (four earned runs/19.1 innings pitched). The junior struck out 15 and walked four in four appearances (two starts) for the Bobcats. Herzog tossed a complete game shutout in her first start of the season on Friday, February 17 vs. Central Michigan. The Wappingers Falls, NY native tossed 7.0 innings and struck out nine in the Bobcats’ 3-0 victory. In her second appearance of the season on Saturday, February 18, Herzog earned a save in 1.0 inning of work en route to a 3-2 victory over Villanova.

Rookie of the Week

Cassie Ho, Canisius

Fr., OF/C, Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani

Canisius College freshman Cassie Ho hit .417 (5-12) with two doubles, a home run, six RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base as the Golden Griffins took part in the First Pitch Classic, hosted by Charlotte. In Canisius’ 6-4 win over Bowling Green on February 17, Ho went 2-2 with a double and a three-run homer. She had a double and two RBI in a 9-8 loss to Charlotte on February 18, and she scored an insurance run in the eighth inning against St. Bonaventure on February 19, as the Blue and Gold scored a 3-1 win over their long-time rivals. All six of her RBI last week came with two outs and she ended the week by posting a .500 on-base percentage and an .833 slugging percentage.

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Rider University Men Claim its First MAAC Indoor Track & Field Championship

NEW YORK, NY - The Rider University Men’s team captured its first MAAC Indoor Track and Field Championship at the New Balance Armory Track & Field Center in New York, NY.

The Broncs finished the night with a team score of 149 total points to edge out Monmouth University (146) by three points in exciting fashion. Iona College followed in third with 116 points while Manhattan College finished in fourth place with 113.5 points. Saint Peter’s compiled 45.5 points to finish in fifth place, Canisius College finished in sixth with 23 points, while Marist College finished seventh with 15 points. Rounding out the Men’s side in eighth place was Siena College, who finished with 14 points.

Daniel Gilligan of Monmouth University was named 2017 MAAC Men’s Rookie of the Meet in the field events and Jac Hopkins from Iona College was named the Rookie of the Meet in the track events. Bryan Sosoo of Monmouth University was named 2017 MAAC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Most Outstanding Performer in track events and Tyree Adams of Rider University was named the Most Outstanding Performer in the field events.

Bob Hamer of Rider University was named the 2017 Men’s Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year.

Monmouth University Women Take Home Fourth Straight MAAC Indoor Track & Field Championship

NEW YORK, NY - The Monmouth University Women’s team earned its fourth straight MAAC Indoor Track and Field Championship, held at the New Balance Armory Track & Field Center in New York, NY.

The Hawks finished in first place with 208.5 points. Rider University finished in second place with a total of 137 points, while Manhattan College finished in third place with 92.5 points. In fourth place was Quinnipiac University with 67 points, Iona College in fifth place with 56 points, and Marist College in sixth place with 26 points. In seventh place was Siena College with 18 points and Saint Peter’s University and Canisius College tied for eighth place with 8 points.

Casey Sturts of Monmouth earned Most Outstanding Field Performer for her performance at this year’s championship. Also from Monmouth, Jordan Wildermuth was named 2017 Women’s Rookie of the Meet in the field events. From Iona College, Julia Flower was named the Rookie of the Meet for the track events. Jessica Lee of Quinnipiac was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer after breaking her own MAAC championship record in the 60m Hurdles, with a time of 8.45.

Joe Compagni of Monmouth University was named the 2017 Women’s Coach of the Year.

Zack Molloy Named National Male Swimmer of the Week

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – After his record-breaking performance last week at the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, Rider University junior Zack Molloy (Toms River, NJ/Toms River HS North) was named the CollegeSwimming.Com Division I National Male Swimmer of the Week.

“Zack was truly ‘on’ at the MAAC Championships,” Rider University Head Coach Steve Fletcher said. “He broke conference and University records that were set in 2009, which was the year of the full body technical suit. It makes his record-breaking swims that much more impressive. We're proud of him for this national recognition and his season will continue with more racing in the next few weeks.”

Molloy was named the MAAC Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet for the second year in a row thanks to breaking five conference records, three as a part of a relay quartet and two individually, at the four-day event last week. In total, Zack took home gold in the 400 free relay (2:59.18), 100 free (43.47), 200 free (1:34.84), 200 free relay (1:20.40) and the 800 free relay (6:31.70).

This marks the second time in his illustrious career that Molloy has been named the CollegeSwimming.com Swimmer of the Week.

Rider returns to the pool on March, 3-5, traveling to Annapolis, MD, to compete in the ECAC Championships hosted by Navy.

Ivana Boberic Earns Female Tennis Player of the Week Award

Ivana Boberic, Siena

Jr., 5-7, Becej, Serbia/Svetozar Miletic

Junior Ivana Boberic went undefeated this weekend as the Saints continued their undefeated season 7-0 on the year, 2-0 this weekend. Boberic first won 6-0, 7-6 (7-2) over Colgate and followed that up with a two straight set, 6-1, 6-3, win at Hofstra on February 11 at the No. 2 singles spot. With doubles partner, Natalie Weaver, Boberic and Weaver won 6-0 against Colgate over O’Brien and Williams. Boberic and Weaver then took down Herdon and King (6-2) of Hofstra the next day. In doubles, she also plays on in the No. 2 position.

Wagner Water Polo Sweeps Weekly Awards

Offensive Player of the Week

Kimberly Watson, Wagner

Junior, Utility, Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada

Junior utility Kimberly Watson registered a team-high 14 points on nine goals and five assists as the Seahawks went 3-1 at the Bison Invitational. Their only loss came in a hard fought 5-4 loss to No. 21-ranked Harvard University on Saturday, February 11. After drawing the penalty with only 33 seconds left in the third quarter, Watson rattled the cage with a 5M shot to tie the contest 3-3 entering the final stanza. She later went a perfect 4/4 in Wagner’s 16-3 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, scoring a team-high four goals as well as registering two assists, one steal, and three sprints won. In the Green & White’s whopping 18-2 victory over Gannon, Watson went a perfect 4/4 in sprints won and added two more points on one goal and one assist. The standout junior capped off the weekend with three goals one four shots, two assists, and one steal in a 14-6 victory over Bucknell who received votes in last week’s CWPA Poll.

Defensive Player of the Week

Emily Riddle, Wagner

Senior, Goalkeeper, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Senior goalkeeper Emily Riddle led the Seahawks to a 3-1 record at the Bison Invitational. In a tough 5-4 loss to Harvard, the standout netminder registered nine saves, two steals, and five goals against in 32 minutes of play, the lowest GA thus far this season (also had five against Harvard on Feb. 4). Sharing time with the other Wagner goalies, Riddle then recorded two saves and one GA and five saves and one GA against Gannon and Claremont, respectively. The senior capped off the weekend with six saves and one assist in a 14-6 victory against Bucknell who RV in last week’s CWPA Poll.

Rookie of the Week

Jacqui Sjogren, Wagner

Freshman, Attack, Queensland, Australia

The rookie registered 14 points on the weekend and a team-high 12 goals. Her best performance came against Gannon where she netted a team-high five goals on seven shots. For good measure, she added an assist and one steal to total six points on the contest. The freshman scored in every game throughout the weekend, netting a team-high two goals in a 5-4 loss to Harvard where she also added one assist and two steals. After cashing in for two goals and three steals against Claremont, the Australian native knocked down a hat-trick to tie teammate Kimberly Watson for a team-high three goals. In addition to her offensive domination, Sjogren added defensively with seven total steals on the weekend.

Robinson, Kligys Earn Student-Athlete of the Week Awards

Andrew Robinson, Quinnipiac

Men’s Basketball | Sophomore | Guard | 6’6” | Takoma Park, MD/Springbrook/Putnam Science

Andrew Robinson had a career-high 17 points in Quinnipiac men’s basketball’s road game at Rider on February 11. Robinson hit four straight three-pointers in the final five minutes to help a comeback attempt that came up short. The broadcast journalism major, had a 3.93 GPA in the fall semester after earning a perfect 4.0 last spring. He earned the MAAC Rookie of the Week Award as a freshman last season after scoring 15 points on five three-pointers in a win over Marist, which stood as his career-high until he passed it against Rider last week.

Sydney Kligys, Niagara

Women’s Swimming & Diving | Senior | Fly | Lutherville, MD

Niagara senior Sydney Kligys closed her career as a Purple Eagle with a strong performance at February’s MAAC Swimming & Diving Championships in Buffalo, NY. Kligys helped set a pair of Niagara relay records in the 200 free relay (1:36.36) and the 400 free relay (3:33.45) at the MAAC Championships. She also placed in the top eight of three individual events. Kligys placed fourth with a career-best 52.64 in the 100 free, fourth in the 100 fly at 57.63, and fifth in the 50 free at 24.15.

A two-time MAAC All-Academic Team honoree, Kligys will graduate this May with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing.

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