EDISON, NJ – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) announced today that Debbie Williamson has been named the league’s Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officials. Williamson currently serves as the Women's Basketball Coordinator of Officials for the American Athletic, Atlantic 10, and Big East Conferences.
“Debbie Williamson brings an abundance of experience and passion to her position of MAAC Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officials,” notes MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor. “The MAAC is fortunate to have Debbie assume the league’s officiating responsibilities as she will improve the group with her training and technology expertise. The MAAC needs to attract new officials to its ranks and training will be a key to insure the proper development of the pool. Debbie’s experience with other leagues, and her past service to the NCAA, were important factors in her selection by the MAAC.”
Prior to assuming roles as the Women’s Basketball Coordinator of Officials for the American, A-10, and Big East, Williamson served as the NCAA’s national coordinator of women’s basketball officiating and secretary-rules editor from 2006-2014. Williamson joined the NCAA staff in 2006 as secretary-rules editor and added the role of national coordinator of women’s basketball officiating in 2011.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve the members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. I'm looking forward to working with the administrators and teams in this league under the leadership of Rich Ensor. Commissioner Ensor is and has been a strong leader and advocate of women's basketball. This is a great opportunity to work with people who share a passion for women's basketball and to be able to serve our game in the area of rules and officiating," said Williamson on her new role with the MAAC.
"Debbie will be a terrific addition to the MAAC and our women's basketball coaches. She brings a tremendous amount of experience in women's basketball and officiating in addition to understanding the importance of utilizing technology in making officials better. She's also been extremely creative and effective in bringing more female officials to the college game," notes Marist College Director of Athletics Tim Murray.
Williamson served on officiating staffs for several conferences prior to her role with the NCAA. The conferences she served included the Big South Conference, the Colonial Athletic Association, the Peach Belt Conference, the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference, USA South, and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
“I am incredibly excited for the experience and enthusiasm that Debbie is going to bring to the MAAC. She has an immense understanding in a multitude of different areas, and I’m eager to see how her unique perspective will help evolve and grow the officiating in the conference,” said Iona College Head Coach Billi Godsey. “I am appreciative of the MAAC for its continuous effort to grow our sport, and Debbie’s hire is just another stride in its commitment to women’s basketball."
“I can't think of a more positive singular, significant, immediate impactful decision Rich Ensor, (and the rest of the MAAC officials and Athletic Directors) have made to help make our game a better game to play and watch. Debbie Williamson brings a background of excellence, stellar reputation, and service to making the game of women's basketball the best it can be. This continues to expand the profile and raise the bar of excellent basketball being played in the MAAC,” notes Quinnipiac University Head Coach Tricia Fabbri.
Williamson graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1985 and led the Lady Techsters to four Final Four appearances. She was a member of the first NCAA Women’s Basketball championship team in 1982. Williamson earned her master’s degree in health and physical education from Louisiana Tech in 1986 and completed her doctorate for education from the University of Houston in 2000.
New York Red Bulls II Sign Iona’s Jordan Scarlett to USL Contract
HARRISON, NJ – Iona College defender Jordan Scarlett signed a USL Contract with the New York Red Bulls II, which was announced by the organization on Wednesday, March 22. Scarlett was selected by the Red Bulls in the third round (61st overall) of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
Scarlett joined Monmouth University goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky as the only two MAAC student-athletes selected in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Scarlett became the 12th player in the conference’s history to be drafted and the first from Iona since midfielder Ignacio Maganto was selected by the LA Galaxy in 2015.
The midfielder finished his career with the Gaels 10th all-time in minutes played (1,750). Scarlett was named to the 2016 All-MAAC First Team and the 2015 All-MAAC Second Team. He was also selected to the MAAC All-Academic team three times over the course of his career.
Quote from Head Coach John Wolyniec courtesy of New York Red Bulls:
“We were excited to get Jordan in the draft,” Head Coach John Wolyniec said. “He has shown to be a guy that has a lot of talent playing for a local team, Iona College, and we’ve gotten to see him a few times. It’s great to get him with the team and hopefully we can get him moving towards an MLS contract for next year.”
Monmouth Duo of Wasserman, Schwenk & Marist's Corrigan Earn Weekly Awards
Offensive Player of the Week
Bryce Wasserman, Monmouth
Jr., 6-3, A, Southlake, TX/Grapevine Faith
Junior Bryce Wasserman led Monmouth with six points as the Hawks improved to 2-0 in the MAAC for the first time in program history with a 17-9 win over Siena. Wasserman scored all of his season-high five goals in the first half as Monmouth erased a 4-0 first-quarter deficit. He scored his fifth goal with 0.5 seconds left in the first half and had a hand in six of Monmouth’s first nine goals as he assisted Eric Berger’s goal that completed a 9-1 run. The Hawks led 9-5 at that point and led by as many as nine in their third straight home win. Wasserman is the only Monmouth player to score at least five goals in one game and accomplished the feat for the second time in his career. He has 13 goals this year, 49 for his career, and leads Monmouth with 21 points in 2017
Defensive Player of the Week
Brian Corrigan, Marist
R-Jr., 5-10, GK, East Quogue, NY/Westhampton Beach
Corrigan went 1-1 in two games for Marist this week, compiling a .682 save percentage. He picked up two ground balls and made 11 saves at Hartford on March 21. In an 8-5 comeback win against Holy Cross on March 25, Corrigan made a career-high 19 saves and held the Crusaders scoreless in the fourth quarter. After facing a combined 60 shots in the two games the reigning MAAC Defensive Player of the Year made 30 saves and had a 7.00 goals against average.
Rookie of the Week
Justin Schwenk, Monmouth
Fr., 6-0, M, Royersford, PA/Spring-Ford
Justin Schwenk had his best performance in a Monmouth uniform to date. The freshman faceoff man set the program record with 16 faceoffs won, going 16-for-26 on the day. Schwenk previously shared the faceoff record of 15 wins and picked up seven ground balls in the contest. Monmouth’s 17 goals tied the program record and the Hawks’ eight-goal win is the team’s largest margin of victory in MAAC play. Schwenk is 80-for-157 (.510) on faceoffs in 2017.
Fairfield's Hellstein, Marist's Witczak & Siena's Deaken Take Home MAAC Weekly Awards
Offensive Player of the Week
Riley Hellstein, Fairfield
Sr., A, Feeding Hills, MA/Agawam
The senior attacker recorded 14 points in two games this past week for the Stags. In the 13-4 win over Sacred Heart, she matched a career-high with nine points, while setting a new career-high in assists with five. Stags headed to Siena for their MAAC opener and came out with a 19-5 win. Hellstein posted five points in the win and led the team with four goals and three caused turnovers.
Defensive Player of the Week
Abigail Witczak, Marist
Sr., GK, Mendham, NJ/West Morris Mendham
Senior goalkeeper Abigail Witczak made a career-high 18 saves in the Red Foxes’ non-conference finale at UMass on March 25. She allowed just 10 goals on 35 shots faced and compiled a .643 save percentage. Witczak also contributed a ground ball and a caused turnover on defense. She is Marist’s all-time leader in wins and goals against average.
Rookie of the Week
Alexis Deaken, Siena
Fr., M, Orangeville, Ontario/The Hill Academy
Deaken recorded two goals against Bryant and one against Fairfield for a total of three goals on the week. Against the Stags, Deaken dished out one assist. She went 1-2 on free position shots this week. She had five draw controls, one caused turnover, and one ground ball for Siena.
Shea, Wallace & White Take Home Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Dan Shea, Monmouth
Sr., 6-2, OF, Wilmington, DE/ Salesianum
Shea led Monmouth to the MAAC’s only conference weekend sweep, hitting .714 with five extra base hits in seven at bats and eight RBI’s before an injury cut his weekend short. Shea had a four-double afternoon in the opener against Quinnipiac, driving in five runs, before launching his team leading fourth home run of the year in game two, a three-run blast. He scored three times and threw out two runners at second base from left field on Friday. All five of his hits went for extra bases.
Pitcher of the Week
Gavin Wallace, Fairfield
Jr., 6-5, RHP, Madison, NJ/Madison
Gavin Wallace threw his second-straight nine inning complete game shutout as he got the better end of a 1-0 pitcher’s duel against Rider. Wallace allowed just one hit through the first six innings and surrendered just five the whole game. Only two runners reached second base against Wallace who struck out seven and did not walk a batter.
Rookie of the Week
Brendan White, Siena
Fr., 5-11, RHP, Mahopac, NY/Mahopac
White dazzled in twirling his first collegiate complete game shutout, in pitching the Saints to a road win at NYIT Saturday. The freshman right-hander scattered just three hits over seven scoreless innings of work, while striking out seven without issuing a walk. White retired the final nine batters he faced, and six of his seven strikeout victims went down swinging.
Manhattan Duo of Ross, Williams & Canisius' Cassie Ho Earn MAAC Softball Weekly Honors
Player of the Week
Victoria Ross, Manhattan
Jr., INF, Bloomfield, NJ/Bloomfield
Manhattan senior Victoria Ross hit .562 with six extra-base hits, seven runs scored and nine RBI in five games last week. In game one of a doubleheader at Mount St. Mary’s on March 24, she went 3-4 with a double, two home runs, and six RBI. Ross became the first Jasper with a six-RBI game since 2015. After notching another double in game two of the double header, she finished a double shy of the cycle against Morgan State on March 25. Ross tripled and homered in the same inning of the 13-0 victory. She ended up 3-3 with two runs scored and two RBI against the Bears. She then went 1-2 with a walk and an RBI in the win over Cornell on Sunday. She slugged 1.375 and had an on-base percentage of .611 in the five games.
Pitcher of the Week
Nicole Williams, Manhattan
Fr., P, Ansonia, CT/St. Joseph's
Manhattan freshman Nicole Williams went 2-1 with a 0.66 ERA over the course of four appearances last week. She struck out 12 in 10.2 innings. Williams earned her first collegiate win in game two of the doubleheader at Mount St. Mary’s on March 24. She gave up just one hit and one walk, while striking out five over three shutout innings, as Manhattan posted a come-from-behind 10-9 win. Williams then got the start against Morgan State on March 25 and tossed a one-hitter. The no-hitter was broken up with a one-out single in the fourth, as Williams faced one batter over the minimum in the five-inning contest. She struck out five and walked one in the shutout. Williams capped the week by tossing two innings of no-hit relief against Cornell on March 26.
Rookie of the Week
Cassie Ho, Canisius
Fr., OF/C, Honolulu, HI/Iolani
Canisius freshman Cassie Ho hit .500 (3-6) with a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI last week as the Golden Griffins took part in the Mount St. Mary’s Invite in Emmitsburg, MD. In the team’s 6-5 loss to the host Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers on March 25, Ho slugged her second home run of the season, a two-run shot, and she also drew a walk in the game. Against Morgan State, on March 26, the Honolulu, HI native went 1-3 with a single. The two-RBI effort in the loss to Mount St. Mary’s was her fourth multi-RBI game of the season, and she ended the weekend with a .571 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage.
Bozovicar, Guerriero, Blamon, & Gardner Earn Outdoor Track & Field Performers of the Week
Men’s Field Performer of the Week
Ire Bozovicar, Manhattan
Jr., Potoki, Slovenia
Bozovicar took second in the discus and sixth in the shot put at the Monmouth Season Opener. He got out to a personal-best distance of 52.72 meters (172 feet, 11 inches), which bettered the IC4A qualifying standard, in the discus on Friday. Then on Saturday, Bozovicar had a best effort of 15.73 m (51’7¼) in the shot put.
Men’s Track Performer of the Week
Peter Guerriero, Monmouth
Fr., Lyndhurst, NJ
Monmouth freshman Peter Guerriero picked up two wins at the 22nd Annual Monmouth Season Opener this weekend. In the men’s 100 meter dash, he shared the win with teammate Bryan Sosoo, as they both finished in 10.86 to best 43 other athletes. Guerriero also won the men’s 200 meter dash in a field of 74 with a time of 22.05.
Women’s Field Performer of the Week
Faith Blamon, Monmouth
Sr., Cinnaminson, NJ
Senior captain Faith Blamon won the women’s javelin throw at the 22nd Annual Monmouth University Season Opener with a throw of 45.48 meters. The toss qualified her for ECAC/IC4A’s later in the year, and was more than four meters from the next closest thrower. Blamon took the gold in a field of 26 total athletes.
Women’s Track Performer of the Week
Sara Gardner, Rider
Jr., Holland Township, NJ
Junior sprinter Sara Gardner opened the outdoor season with a strong showing at The Penn Challenge last week. In the one-day event contest at Franklin Field on Saturday, she won the 100M hurdles with an ECAC-qualifying time of 14.18. Her performance helped lead the Broncs to a third-place finish at the event.
Siena's Scott Kim Earns Male Golfer of the Week
Men's Player of the Week
Scott Kim, Siena
Sr., 5-9, River Edge, NJ/River Dell Regional
Scott Kim led the Saints to a tie for ninth place finish out of 19 teams at Villanova’s Wildcat Invitational. The senior carded a final round even par score of 71 to finish tied for 17th at +2 for the 38-hole tournament, just five strokes behind the individual tri-champions. Kim finished tied for second in the field in parring 29 of the tournament’s 38 holes. Thanks in large part to Kim’s efforts, the Saints were tops amongst five MAAC finishers in the tournament, besting nearest conference competitor Saint Peter’s by 11 strokes. Kim’s two-round score of 144 was also five strokes better than the next best score by a MAAC golfer in the event.
Iona's Schultz, Vilander and Wagner's Pullyblank Win Weekly Awards
Hannah Schultz, Iona College
Junior, Utility, Tinley Park, IL
In three games for the Gaels this week, junior Hannah Schultz scored 18 goals on 32 shots to help the gaels to a 2-1 week. Iona defeated St. Francis Brooklyn 16-9 to open up conference play, a game which saw Schultz score six goals on 11 shots. In Iona’s 17-4 victory over La Salle on Saturday morning, junior Hannah Schultz tallied her second consecutive 6-goal performance, completing the feat with nine shots. In the Gaels’ 13-11 Overtime loss to #24 Marist, the junior added another six-goal performance on 12 shots. She now leads the team with 50 goals.
Britten Vilander, Iona College
Junior, Goalkeeper, Santa Barbara, CA
In a 2-1 week for the Gaels, junior Britten Vilander went 2-1, making 35 saves and allowing 26 goals. Iona opened up the week with a 16-9 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn, a game which saw Vilander make 7 saves and allow 9 goals. Vilander was a brick wall for the Gaels in Iona’s 17-4 victory Saturday morning against La Salle. The Santa Barbara, California Native allowed only 4 goals, while making 13 saves, collecting two steals, and adding one assist. In Iona’s 13-11 overtime loss to #24 Marist, the junior made 15 saves and collected four steals. She now holds a .480 save percentage.
Millie Pullyblank, Wagner College
Freshman, Center, Victoria, Australia
Freshman center Millie Pullyblank registered 12 points on 10 goals and two assists as the Seahawks swept the weekend competition 3-0. The rookie’s best performance came in Wagner’s 19-5 victory over St. Francis, burying a team-high five goals and cashing a hat trick before the first quarter’s end. Additionally, she collected a team-high four steals while forcing the Terriers to three exclusions. Earlier in the day, Pullyblank logged a hat trick against the Wildcats, netting a perfect 3-for-3 strikes for a 1.000 shot percentage.
Stuhlmann & Restrepo Earn Weekly Tennis Awards
Female Player of the Week
Sarah Stuhlmann, Fairfield
Jr., 5-9, Saint Louis, MO/Kirkwood
Sarah Stuhlmann won both her singles and doubles matches against Saint Peter’s University on Sunday. The junior took care of Luica Radovic at No. 1 singles in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. In doubles action, she teamed up with Nicole Aragones for a 6-1 win at the No. 1 spot.
Male Player of the Week
Javier Restrepo, Marist
Jr., 5-7, Miami, FL/UNC-Wilmington/New Village High School
Marist junior Javier Restrepo went a perfect 3-0 on the week playing from first singles and the third doubles position. The Red Foxes were able to defeat Georgetown University and Boston University in their two matches played as the team improved to 8-2 overall in part to Restrepo’s play leading the way.
Against Georgetown, Restrepo defeated the Hoyas Peter Beatty, 7-5, 6-3 from the first singles position. The Red Foxes triumphed over Georgetown 4-0 playing a 4-1 format. In the next match against Boston University, Restrepo defeated Lucas Bombonaitti, 6-3, 6-4. He then teamed up with Gianlucca Massa to defeat Jay Leelavanich and Miguel Cepeda, 6-3 in doubles.
Canisius Sweeps Rowing Awards
The varsity eight consisting of Alexandra Heinz, Shannon Pritzker, Tara Federow, Madeline Kurka, Kathryn Hobika, Patricia Beaulieu, Brooke Stanley, Sydney Bichsel and Kaitlyn Taylor finished the Murphy Cup, with a time of 7:03.66. While the Griffs didn’t place in the event, they did best other Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe, Robert Morris, who clocked in with a time of 7:14.22.
Second Varsity 8
The second varsity eight team of Kira Voyer, Mackenzie App, Michelle Turner, Bridget Lillis, Emma Vicaretti, Jessica Fabian, Molly Murphy, Audrey Rieman and Grace Horner finished the Murphy Cup with a time of 7:36.09 in the 2000 meter race.
The Canisius varsity 4 team of Alexandria Holt, Chanel Davis, Melissa Frank, Erin Grim and Gianna Ortolani finished the 2000 meter race with a time of 8:06.29. Similar to the varisty 8, the Griffs were the fastest MAAC school in the regatta, clocking in ahead ofthe Colonials who finished the Murphy Cup with a time of 8:15.24.
Kirwer, Brager Earn Student-Athlete of the Week Awards
Tanner Kirwer, Niagara
Baseball | Junior | Outfielder | 6-0 | Sherwood Park, Alberta/Archbishop Jordan Catholic H.S.
Kirwer leads the Purple Eagles so far this season with 17 runs scored, 13 doubles and 12 stolen bases. He has a team-best .426 on-base percentage and a .519 slugging percentage. Kirwer is batting .312 with 24 hits and 11 RBI.
In his career, Kirwer has been named to the Preseason All-MAAC Team twice and the All-MAAC Second Team twice. Kirwer has received both Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors during his time at Niagara, and was named National Hitter of the Week in 2016 after an outstanding series against Saint Peter’s.
Riley Brager, Monmouth
Women’s Lacrosse |Sophomore | Goalkeeper | 5-3 |Reisterstown, MD/Roland Park Country
Riley Brager is a communication major, minoring in marketing. She turned in her finest game as a Hawk, stopping 12 saves (two short of her career-high) while helping shut out the Quinnipiac University offense for the final 19:15 on the game. She turned in an impressive .600 save percentage while recording three ground balls. The sophomore made five stops during that scoreless drought, allowing the Monmouth University offense to go on a 5-0 run to retake the lead and secure the four goal win. Brager held an opponent to single digit scoring for the first time all season.