Monmouth's Hornbeak & Rider's Jordan Take Home LifeStorage MAAC Men's Basketball Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Je’lon Hornbeak, Monmouth
Sr., 6-3, F, Arlington, TX/Grace Prep
Je’lon Hornbeak was a major reason Monmouth knocked off its sixth high-major program in 2 years, beating Memphis last week at FedEx Forum. He netted a career-best 21 points and set a career-high with six threes, going 6-of-7 from deep. He also knocked in two key free throws with 0.7 seconds left to extend Monmouth’s lead to three, and added four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 27 minutes. His efforts helped MU to a record-tying eighth win in a row and tied the best start in school history at 9-2.
Rookie of the Week
Stevie Jordan, Rider
Fr., 5-10, G, Bensalem, PA/Conwell-Egan/API
Jordan had another breakout week, averaging 13.3 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 50.0 percent (15-30) from the floor and 80 percent (8-10) from the free-throw line as the Broncs went 3-0 with wins over Kennesaw State, Drexel and North Carolina A&T. Against Kennesaw State, Jordan dished out a career-high 12 assists to go along with six points, four rebounds and two steals. The 12 assists are the most by a Broncs player in at least the last 21 years, as far back as full box scores are available. Jordan then went off for a career-high 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line against Drexel. Included in the production was a three-pointer to break a 79-79 tie and the Broncs never relinquished the lead. He also added six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Jordan finished the week with eight points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in a 60-59 win at North Carolina A&T. Jordan is now averaging 10.0 points and 5.6 assists on the year.
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Niagara's Victoria Rampado & Marist's Rebekah Hand Earn LifeStorage MAAC Women's Basketball Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Victoria Rampado, Niagara
R-Jr., F, Niagara Falls, Ontario/A.N. Myer
Victoria Rampado recorded her second double-double of the season against Drexel on Tuesday, December 13. Rampado led the Purple Eagles with a season-high 25 points and 12 rebounds. Rampado is the only Purple Eagle to record a double-double this season and scored in double figures for the ninth time this season against Drexel.
Rookie of the Week
Rebekah Hand, Marist
Fr., G, Argyle, TX/Liberty Christian School
Rebekah Hand continues to build on her excellent freshman campaign by earning her fifth consecutive Rookie of the Week honor. The guard scored 18 points, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out three assists in the Red Foxes only game of the week. Hand help lead the way as the Red Foxes picked up a tough road non-conference win over Dartmouth, 66-61. Hand played 38 minutes and went 5-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Iona's Alexis Lewis Named Met Women's Basketball Player of the Week
NEW YORK (Dec. 20, 2016) --- Alexis Lewis of Iona in Division I, and Sierra Clark of Adelphi and Kristen Drogsler of Caldwell as co-winners in Divisions II-III, have been named Women’s Players of the Week, respectively, by the Met Basketball Writers Assn.
The designations, for games played Dec. 12-18, are unique in that they encompass players from 74 Met area schools across Divisions I, II and III.
A 5-10 sophomore guard from Pittston, PA, Lewis tied an Iona women’s basketball single-game record with seven made 3-point field goals in helping the Gaels (6-4) in their only game last week capture a 62-46 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn.
Lewis finished the game with 25 points, one shy of her career-high that came earlier this season against Manhattan. She shot 7-of-10 from long range while grabbing four rebounds and four steals in just 23 minutes of playing time.
A 5-10 senior forward from Hughesville, MD, Clark led all scorers with 27 points for the Panthers (9-2) in a 63-58 victory over regional rival Bloomfield. She scored 17 of her team’s 31 first-half points and pulled down 11 rebounds overall for her ninth double-double of the season in Adelphi’s only game of the week.
A 5-10 junior guard from Middle Village, NY, Drogsler averaged 24.5 points, 12 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals in a 1-1 week for the Cougars (10-2).
She shot 7-of-14 from downtown and posted her first double-double of the season with 27 points and 13 rebounds --- along with eight assists, two blocks and four steals --- in a 79-73 loss to Malone. Drogsler followed with another double-double in a 67-55 triumph over Southern Connecticut State, totaling 22 points and 11 rebounds.
The Met Basketball Writers Players of the Week program will now take a two-week holiday break and renew its weekly announcements on Jan. 10.
Players receiving MBWA Women’s Division I Honorable Mention for the week: Madison Hovren, Army; Jade Walker, St. John’s.
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Addlesberger, Guerriero, Hubbard, & Lee earn Indoor Track and Field Performers of the Week
Men’s Field Performer of the Week
Ryan Addlesberger, Manhattan
So., Cinnaminson, NJ
Addlesberger won the shot put for the second straight week at the Seahawk Shootout on Friday. He got out to a distance of 16.26 meters (53 feet, 4¼ inches) on his first attempt to easily pace the field of 32. Addlesberger also placed 10th in the weight throw with a toss of 12.96m (42’6¼).
Men’s Track Performer of the Week
Peter Guerriero, Monmouth
Fr., Lyndhurst, NJ
Guerriero, a freshman competing in just his second collegiate meet, won the 200m with an IC4A qualifying time of 22.61 at the Princeton Invitational.
Women’s Field Performer of the Week
Mariah Hubbard, Monmouth
Fr., Galloway, NJ
Mariah Hubbard won the triple jump at the Princeton Invitational with a jump of 11.63m. The freshman from Galloway, NJ also took third in the long jump with a mark of 5.41, which was a career best.
Women’s Track Performer of the Week
Jessica lee, Quinnipiac
Jr., Montgomery, NJ
The reigning New England and MAAC 60m hurdles champion Jessica Lee added to her already impeccable resume with her eighth individual event victory (ninth including relays) including the seventh in the 60m hurdles of her career. Lee's 8.59 second performance on Saturday at the Yale Season Opener cannot be understated as she bested her previous program record time of 8.61 seconds she ran to win the 2016 New England title. Lee ran a time of 8.66 seconds to score the fastest time in the preliminary round and later crossed the line with a new program record. Lee wasn't done on the day as she also competed and landed a Top 5 finish in the 60m dash. Advancing to the finals with the second-fastest preliminary time (7.79), Lee took fourth place in a thrilling finals as the 2nd through 5th place finishers were separated by a mere 0.03 seconds.
Saint Peter's Phyllis Anderson Inducted Into Armory Coaches Hall of Fame
Saint Peter's University head track & field/cross country coach Phyllis Anderson has been inducted into the Armory Coaches Hall of Fame.
One of the most successful scholastic coaches in New York City, Phyllis Anderson built the A. Philip Randolph High School track and field program into a powerhouse, winning 17 straight Manhattan Borough Indoor Championships. In 1988 she became the first female coach to win the outdoor PSAL City Championships, and went on to win five of those in a row in the 1990s. Her team also won the 2000 New Balance/Marty Glickman Award presented to the team with outstanding achievement in academics, team spirit and community service.
Anderson coached at A. Philip Randolph High School from 1981 to 2008, where she coached multiple Olympians, including gold medalist Natasha Hastings (Team USA, 2008) and Barbara Selkridege (Antigua, 1988). She has also been a fixture as a coach at the Empire State Games.
Anderson, along with the seven other coaches were inducted into the Armory Coaches Hall of Fame during the AT&T Coaches Hall of Fame Invitational on December 17, 2016.
NBC Sports Featured Monmouth's Eric Klenofsky On Trial With Everton
An American goalkeeper at Everton is nothing new, and a big young backstop is on trial at Goodison Park this week.
Monmouth University goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky, 22, is scheduled to appear at the MLS Combine next month, but the 6-foot-6 keeper is working with the Premier League club on trial this week.
“Getting invited on trial with such an historic club like Everton is something only so many people can add to their resumé,” Klenofsky told PST. “Being here and experiencing the level of football and the culture that surrounds it is a dream of mine that I feel blessed to be able to do.”
PST profiled Klenofsky during his junior season as Monmouth posted another impressive season under coach Robert McCourt. To be at a club where Tim Howard shone is humbling the big backstop.
“Being mentioned in the same sentence as Tim Howard is an honor in itself as well,” Klenofsky said. “But as big of honor as it is to be at Everton, being a trialist is not my goal, I’ve wanted to be a pro for as long as I can remember and I’m close but I am not there yet. These next few months are pivotal for my career and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead. That being said I wouldn’t be here without my youth club TSF Academy or Monmouth University and I will be forever indebted to them.”
Klenofsky twice led the NCAA in goals against average, and allowed 10 goals in 11 matches this season. He also played for the New York Red Bulls U-23 side in the Premier Development League.
Monmouth's Eric Klenofsky Selected to Participate in 2017 MLS Player Combine
LOS ANGELES, CA - Monmouth University men’s soccer goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky (Lincoln Park, NJ/DePaul Catholic) has been selected to take part in the 2017 MLS Player Combine, slated to take place January 8 to January 12 in Los Angeles, CA. Klenofsky joins former Hawks Hugh MacDonald, Bryan Meredith, Ryan Kinne, RJ Allen, and Ryan Clark as recent Monmouth players to participate in the combine. The MLS SuperDraft is scheduled for Friday, January 13 at the LA Convention Center.
“We are very excited for Eric,” said Monmouth head coach Rob McCourt. “He is widely regarded as one of the top goalkeepers in college soccer. He has been invited to three Major League Soccer mini-combines, a tryout with an English Premier League team and now the 2017 MLS Player Combine. Eric has carried himself as a young professional on and off the field during his career here at Monmouth. He has earned everything he gets in life, and it’s going to be fun to watch him in this next stage of his career.”
Major League Soccer announced that a total of 53 NCAA Division I college players were invited to participate in the 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine. According to the MLS website, a committee of MLS and NCAA Division I coaches from every conference selected the invitees, all of whom completed their college eligibility this season. A mix of MLS academy personnel and college head coaches will make up the Combine coaching staff.
Klenofsky was recently named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) First Team All-Northeast Region Team for the second consecutive season. The MAAC Preseason Player of the Year played in 11 games, recording a 5-4-2 record with four shutouts. His 36 career wins are the second-most in conference history, and he ends his Monmouth career with 32 shutouts.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play professional soccer and getting an invite to the MLS Combine makes that dream another step closer,” said Klenofsky. “The Monmouth Soccer program and everyone that embodies it put me in the position to get to this point in my life and I couldn’t be more appreciative of that. It’s a privilege to be able to go up against some of the best guys in college soccer and I can’t wait to get out to LA and give it my best.”
The senior was named MAAC Co-Goalkeeper of the Year last month. Klenofsky ranked first in the conference with a .841 save percentage, second with a 0.87 goals against average, and was tied for fifth with four shutouts. He averaged 4.82 saves per game, which was third in the MAAC and recorded 53 saves, which were the eighth-most in the conference. Klenofsky leaves Monmouth with the fourth-best goals against average in program history (0.745) and the third highest save percentage (0.842). He was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season, also earning a Second Team All-MAAC selection.
Klenofsky earned All-MAAC Second Team in 2013 and 2014, before elevating to the First Team and being named MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year in 2015. He was the 2013 and 2014 NCAA Division I Statistical Champion in goals-against average and posted a 1.00 GAA and .784 save percentage with seven shutouts last year.
Iona's Jordan Scarlett Prepping For MLS Collegiate Combines
NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Senior defender Jordan Scarlett has been invited to the New York Red Bulls collegiate combine, and the 2016 Las Vegas College Combine, which is hosted by various MLS programs including the Seattle Sounders, Toronto FC, Orlando City SC, and the Columbus Crew SC.
The Bulls combine is being held at the clubs’ training facility in Whippany, NJ on Dec. 16-17, and Scarlett will travel out west from Dec. 11-13 to work out for other MLS programs.
First year head coach James Hamilton on Scarlett post Iona:
"We've always believed Jordan has what it takes to play at the next level. For me, it's his passion and his drive that gives him the edge; on and off the pitch, Jay wants to be the best. There are plenty of talented soccer players out there but I can't imagine anyone who wants it more than Jordan and we wish him the best of luck."
Scarlett made an immediate impact upon setting foot at Iona his rookie season. He appeared in 18 games his freshman season, making nine starts. Scarlett had a career-best five assists as a junior. He finished his Iona career with 54 games player and seven total points.
As a junior he was named to the All-MAAC Second Team, and raised the ante his senior campaign with All-MAAC First Team accolades. Scarlett excelled off the soccer field as well, being named to the All-MAAC Academic Team his sophomore, junior and senior years.
Monmouth’s Julie Spracklin Named to 2016 NSCAA Division I Women's Scholar All-American Second Team
EDISON, NJ – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced today the NCAA Division I Women’s Scholar All-American Teams. Monmouth University’s senior defender Julie Spracklin was named to the NSCAA Women’s Scholar All-American Second Team.
Spracklin is a health studies major, who compiled a 3.51 grade-point average. The senior helped lead Monmouth to its second MAAC Championship in program history as well as its fourth NCAA Championship berth. Spracklin, a 2016 All-MAAC First Team selection tallied four goals and five assists on the season for the Hawks. In addition to this honor, Spracklin was also named to the NSCAA Scholar All-Region First Team, NSCAA All-Region First Team, and 2016 MAAC All-Academic Team.
Student-athletes receiving Scholar All-America recognition at these levels meet the following criteria:
- 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) or better throughout career
- Start more than 50 percent of all games and significantly contribute to their team
- Nominated by head coach of current NSCAA College Services member institution
- Junior or above in academic standing; and, if a transfer student, in second year at school
Players on this year’s Scholar All-America Teams will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom at the NSCAA All-America Luncheon on January 14, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in conjunction with the 2017 NSCAA Convention.
About the NSCAA
Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2016, the National Soccer Coaches Association was founded in 1941 and is based in Kansas City, Mo. It is a non-profit organization with the mission of advocating for, educating and serving soccer coaches to encourage excellence and elevate the game.
The NSCAA is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game from youth to professional. Benefits of membership are wide ranging including a national coaching education program, $1 million of general liability insurance, recognition for players and coaches as All Americas and Coaches of the Year, the annual NSCAA Convention, networking and mentor opportunities, Soccer Journal magazine and much more. To learn more, visit www.nscaa.com.
Marist's Women’s Lacrosse Alumna Amanda Tuck Makes Israeli National Team
ASHKELON, Israel - Marist women’s lacrosse alumna Amanda Tuck ’13 has earned a spot on the Israeli national team that will compete in the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup. The nation’s 20-player roster was announced Nov. 22 following a three-day tryout this summer in Be’er Sheva, Israel, and a set of fall exhibition games.
The 2017 FIL Women’s World Cup will be held at University of Surrey near London, England, from July 12-22. Teams from 24 countries are expected to compete at the international tournament. Israel has its sights set on improving its world ranking from its eighth place finish at its first Women’s World Cup appearance in 2013.
Israel’s roster is composed of Israeli players as well as members of the Jewish diaspora in accordance with FIL rules and regulations. In conjunction with the Israel Lacrosse Tzedakah Program, each player on the national team will be competing in honor of a charity of their choosing. Tuck will be playing for IsraAID, a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to providing life-saving disaster relief and long term support for people all over the world who experience extreme crises. The charity has provided emergency response, humanitarian aid, and sustainable development programs to Europe, Africa, and Asia in addition to the United States to help affected areas move from deconstruction to reconstruction.
Tuck brings a wealth of international experience to Israel Lacrosse, as she was an assistant coach for the country’s first U-19 team at the 2015 FIL Women’s World Cup. Three of Tuck’s players from that squad will be on the field with her in 2017: Jenna Baverman, Gabriela Cheban and Shirel Fresh.
In her playing career abroad Tuck was captain of Israel’s 2015 European Lacrosse Federation Championship squad that participated in the largest international women’s lacrosse competition ever held on European soil. Israel finished fourth in the tournament, falling to host Scotland, 10-9, in the bronze medal game.
During her time at Marist Tuck assisted with community and economic development projects in Ghana for two weeks through the college’s program and also studied in London as part of a Marist short-term program. After earning her bachelor’s degree in political science and government in 2013, she ran an outdoor leadership course in Patagonia, Chile, for three weeks. In Marist women’s lacrosse history, Tuck is currently tied for second with 70 games played and is third with 117 draw controls.