Mendell, Hreshko & DeVito Claim Weekly Awards
Offensive Player of the Week
Seth Mendell, Detroit Mercy
Fr., 5-7, A, Carmel, IN/Carmel
The high-scoring rookie was at it again leading the Titans with six points on four goals and two assists in the 10-6 road win at Siena. He was extremely proficient taking just five shots for his four scores as he recorded his second hat trick of the season.
Defensive Player of the Week
Nick Hreshko, Monmouth
Sr., 5-6, GK, Warrington, PA/La Salle College HS
Nick Hreshko continued his run of extraordinary play in goal for Monmouth as the Hawks won their third consecutive game on Saturday night at Marist. Monmouth’s dominating defensive performance in the 7-2 win helped the Hawks start 3-0 in the MAAC for the first time ever. The senior made 13 saves in the victory and recorded double-digit saves for the fifth straight game and sixth time overall this season. Hreshko also picked up one ground ball in the contest and has limited opponents to nine or less goals in five consecutive games. Monmouth is 5-1 when Hreshko makes at least 10 saves this season and the Hawks made history with their first win over Marist (previously 0-5). The two goals allowed marked a new program record and Monmouth held Marist’s J.D. Recor without a point for the first time in 38 games. Hreshko has been selected as the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week three times this season. Hreshko lowered his season goals-against average to 7.66, which leads the MAAC and ranks ninth in the NCAA. As a team, Monmouth’s scoring defense is seventh in the country (7.78).
Rookie of the Week
Tyler DeVito, Quinnipiac
Fr., 6-2, A, Amawalk, NY/Trinity-Pawling
DeVito made his first career start for the Bobcats after playing on only two of the first seven games and had his first three collegiate points. He finished with two goals and an assist, and had two points in the first two minutes of the game, scoring the game’s first goal just over a minute in and then assisting on the second goal 30 seconds later. He also added a goal in the third quarter after Manhattan closed to within 7-4 to help restore momentum as the Bobcats went on to the 12-6 win.
Canisius' Evans, Fairfield's O'Connor & Monmouth's Ceraso Take Home MAAC Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
Offensive Player of the Week
Erica Evans, Canisius
Jr., M, Peterborough, Ontario/St. Peter's Secondary
Canisius College junior Erica Evans had a season-high seven goals in an 18-5 victory over Iona College on Saturday. The midfielder added an assist, seven ground balls, seven caused turnovers, and four draw controls. Her seven caused turnovers marked a career high, while her seven ground balls tied a career-high. Evans would got the scoring going at 29:22, with a free position goal to put the Griffs up 1-0. Following a Gaels goal, Canisius would go on a 4-0 run that saw two goals from Evans for a 5-1 lead. Evans would add her fifth goal in an 8-0 run that gave the Griffs a 14-3 lead at halftime. The midfielder would add two goals in the second half en route to victory.
Defensive Player of the Week
Caleigh O’Connor, Fairfield
Sr., GK, Tewksbury, NJ/Villa Walsh
Fairfield University senior goalkeeper Caleigh O’Connor earned two wins and limited opponents to 12 goals over the two-game span. Her goals against average for the week was 7.58, O’Connor has the lowest goals against average in the MAAC this season (9.58).
Rookie of the Week
Nicole Ceraso, Monmouth
Fr., A, Massapequa, NY/Plainedge
Monmouth University attack Nicole Ceraso tallied a career-high five points (one goal, four assists) in the Hawks win over Marist College. The Massapequa, NY native assisted on the first goal of the game and the first two goals of the second half as Monmouth continued to build key leads over the Red Foxes. Ceraso is tied for first among all MAAC players in assists with 23 and was third among all freshmen in the NCAA heading into the weekend. She is currently tied for 12th most in school history for a single season.
Marist's Kelliher, Manhattan's Matazinsky & Quinnipiac's Long Take Home MAAC Softball Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Gabrielle Kelliher, Marist
Jr., OF, East Brunswick, NJ/East Brunswick
Kelliher hit .389 (7-18) with two homers, six RBI, and scored seven runs. In the first game of a doubleheader at Binghamton on March 30, her two-run homer in the fifth inning gave Marist the lead for good in its 6-5 victory. She finished the game 2-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Kelliher went 1-4 with an RBI in Marist’s 7-4 win in game two. In the second game of a doubleheader against Siena on April 2, she went 2-3 with two runs scored in Marist’s 10-0 win. In a 4-2 victory over Cornell in the first game of a doubleheader on April 3, Kelliher went 1-2 with two runs scored, a stolen base, and a walk. In the second game, the junior hit a three-run homer in the team’s 3-1 win.
Pitcher of the Week
Briana Matazinsky, Manhattan
Jr., P, Valley Falls, NY/Tamarac
Matazinsky went 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA last week, allowing one run in 18.0 innings. She went six innings at Sacred Heart on Wednesday, scattering four hits and walking one while striking out seven in the 9-0 victory, which was the first of four straight shutouts tossed by Manhattan pitching. Matazinsky then threw a complete game one-hitter in an 8-0 win over Rider on Sunday. The lone hit she surrendered was an infield single in the first inning, as Rider sent only three batters over the minimum to the plate in six innings. Matazinsky recorded six strikeouts in the contest. She threw another six-inning complete game against Monmouth on Monday. Matazinsky gave up one run on six hits to go along with four walks and a strikeout in the 9-0 win. She collected 15 strikeouts over the course of the three games.
Rookie of the Week
Abbey Long, Quinnipiac
Fr., P, Eau Claire, WI/Eau Claire North High School
Long went 3-0 during the week, with a 1.05 ERA with 16 strikeouts over 20.0 innings. Long tossed a three-hit, complete game effort in a 2-1 win over Hartford. Long went 6.0 innings in her start against Saint Peter’s, giving up two runs, with one walk, and five strikeouts. Long pitched a complete-game shutout with seven strikeouts against Rider on Sunday, April 3.
Murphy, Motschmann, Roones, & Lee Earn Outdoor Track & Field Performers of the Week
Men’s Field Performer of the Week
Corey Murphy, Monmouth
Jr., Yaphank, NY
Murphy posted a first-place shot put mark of 18.48 meters (60’ 7.75”) at the Stockton Invite this past weekend. He is now seventh in the East and 19th in NCAA Division I with that throw so far this season. That mark not only qualifies him for ECAC competition, but also NCAA Regional qualification.
Men’s Track Performer of the Week
Johannes Motschmann, Iona
Jr., Magdeburg, Germany
At Stanford on Friday, Johannes Motschmann placed ninth in the invite 3,000 meter steeplechase for the Gaels. The junior clocked in at 8:50.80 for the fastest time in the MAAC this season thus far by nearly 40 seconds. It was his first steeplechase race of the season.
Women’s Field Performer of the Week
Stephanie Roones, Monmouth
Jr., Stamford, CT
Roones won the javelin at the Stockton Invite this past weekend, doing so with a toss of 47.76m (156’ 8”), a personal best as well as an NCAA Regional qualifying mark. Her throw ranks her 14th in the East this year and 31st in NCAA Division I.
Women’s Track Performer of the Week
Jessica Lee, Quinnipiac
Jr., Montgomery, NJ
Fresh off one of the single-greatest indoor seasons in program history, Jessica Lee showed no signs of rust as she rang in the outdoor season with yet another first place finish in the hurdles. Running in the 100m hurdles event, Lee bested her own program record with a time of 13.89 seconds to top the field of 56 competitors. After winning seven 60m hurdles titles in the 2016-17 indoor campaign, Lee opens the 2017 outdoor season with her eighth first place finish out of nine hurdle event appearances.
Iona's Schultz, Siena's Jackson-Clark, & VMI's Isabel French Are Weekly Winners
Hannah Schultz, Iona College
Junior, Utility, 5'8", Tinley Park, IL
In four games for the Gaels this week, junior Hannah Schultz scored 12 goals on 28 shots in a 2-2 week. Iona fell to Wagner on Wednesday, where the junior posted four goals on ten shots. In Iona’s 13-3 victory over Siena on Saturday morning, junior Hannah Schultz scored three goals on seven shots .In a split with Villanova and VMI on Sunday, Schultz posted contests of five goals on six shots against the Wildcats and one goal on six shots in three quarters against VMI. She now leads the MAAC with 63 goals.
Carly Jackson-Clark, Siena College
Senior, 6'-0", San Rafael, CA
Senior goalie Carly Jackson-Clark was tremendous for Siena in Virginia this weekend. Jackson-Clark saved 21 shots in the Saints’ 2-0 shutout win over St. Francis Brooklyn, which was just the third shutout in program history. The senior also added 10 saves in a win over La Salle. She totaled 37 saves in three games of action, adding an assist and a steal as well, helping the Saints to a 2-1 weekend.
Isabel French, Virginia Military Institute
Freshman, 6'-0", Naperville, IL
In 12 quarters, freshman goalkeeper Isabel French had 44 saves, a 62.9% save percentage, and 3 steals, helping the team to a 3-1 record at home. Against La Salle, French played one quarter, registered five saves and allowed no goals. Versus St. Francis, she played three quarters and recorded eight saves. Against #17 Wagner, the freshman played four quarters and had 12 saves. In VMI's matchup aginst Iona, French played four quarters, and had 19 saves, which saves is second most for a single match in program history.
Wadner & Marist Remain Nationally Ranked in CWPA Women's Poll
EDISON, NJ - Wagner College and Marist College remain nationally ranked in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Women’s Poll that was released on Wednesday, March 30. Wagner ranks 17th in the nation while Marist sits in the 24th spot.
Wagner was selected 20th in the CWPA Preseason Poll and have been nationally ranked for 11 consecutive weeks. The Seahawks have picked up wins against the No. 20 Harvard University, No. 18 University of California – San Diego, No. 14 San Jose State University, and No. 22 California State University – Bakersfield.
Wagner’s offense has been led by junior utility Kimberly Watson and sophomore attack Erica Hardy. Watson leads the conference with 64 goals, ranks third in points with 82, third in goals per game with 2.67, and fourth in points per game averaging 3.42. Hardy is the league leader in assists (40) and points (94), she is also tied for third in the conference in goals with 54. Senior goalkeeper Emily Riddle ranks second in the conference in goals-against average with 7.15 and in total saves with 141. The Seahawks currently sit in first place in the league with a record of (15-4, 6-0 MAAC).
Marist was not selected in the top 25 of the Preseason Poll, however they did receive votes. The Red Foxes did not break into the Top 25 until the second week of the season when they were tied for 24th. Since then, they have remained in the Top 25. The highest ranking the Red Foxes have earned was 23rd in weeks three through eight. For the past three weeks Marist has been ranked 24th in the nation. The Red Foxes earned an 11-10 double overtime win against #22 California State University – Bakersfield.
The Red Foxes have been led by senior utility Amanda Amorosa. The 2016-17 Preseason Player of the Year ranks fourth in the conference in points (72), sixth in the conference in goals (38), and second in assists (34). Marist is in third place in the conference with a mark of (12-11, 4-1 MAAC).
For all of the up to date information about MAAC Water Polo visit www.maacsports.com/waterpolo.