Around the MAAC March 29, 2017

Baker Dunleavy Named Quinnipiac Men's Basketball Head Coach

HAMDEN, Conn. (March 28, 2017) – Baker Dunleavy has been named head coach for Quinnipiac University's men's basketball, Director of Athletics & Recreation Greg Amodio as announced on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Dunleavy becomes the seventh head coach in Quinnipiac's 67-year basketball history, and the third in its 19 years at the Division I level.

"After a thorough search for our new men's basketball coach, I'm thrilled to welcome Baker Dunleavy to the Quinnipiac family," Amodio said. "Baker has an outstanding reputation in the college basketball world. We knew the type of candidate that we were looking for and he fit all the criteria. There is no doubt that in hiring one of the top up-and-coming coaches in college basketball that we are taking a step closer to advancing our men's basketball program."

Dunleavy, 34, joins the Bobcats after spending seven years on the men's basketball staff at Villanova University where under Jay Wright, he helped the Wildcats capture the 2016 national championship with a 77-74 win over North Carolina. He began at Villanova as the director of basketball operations in 2010, before being elevated to assistant coach in 2012 and to the associate head coach position in 2013.

"My family and I could not be more excited to join the Quinnipiac community," Dunleavy said. "Quinnipiac is a university that combines a first class academic environment and a highly motivated athletic program. Our staff will work to develop complete student athletes and young men who are willing to work for success on and off the court. I am eager to get started building the foundation of a program that students, fans, and alumni can be proud of."

Dunleavy assisted Wright in all facets of the program as the associate head coach, including on-court teaching, player development and recruiting. In his four seasons as associate head coach, the Wildcats posted an impressive 129-17 record, including 63-9 in the BIG EAST Conference, while winning four straight regular season league titles and two postseason titles. Villanova earned No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and 2017 (including the No. 1 seed in the entire tournament in 2017), as well as No. 2 seeds in 2014 and 2016, placing the Wildcats in the top eight in the country in all four years.

While serving as an associate head coach, Dunleavy had a key role in Wright winning three straight BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors from 2014-16, as well as the 2016 Naismith Men's College National Coach of the Year award. Dunleavy helped coach the last three BIG EAST Players of the Year, Ryan Arcidiacono (2015) and Jason Hart (2016 and 2017), while Hart was also named a first-team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches this winter.

A 2006 Villanova graduate, Dunleavy appeared in 28 games over his four seasons for the Wildcats. As a senior, he was part of the first Villanova team to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in 2006, a feat that he also accomplished twice as the program's associate head coach in the last three years.

After earning his degree from Villanova, Dunleavy entered the corporate world and worked for Merrill Lynch in New York City for four years. He decided to return to college basketball in 2010 and was hired by Wright as Villanova's director of operations before quickly ascending the coaching ladder.

A member of a well-known basketball family, Dunleavy's older brother, Mike Dunleavy Jr., won a national championship as a player at Duke and recently completed his 15th NBA season with the Atlanta Hawks. Their father, Mike Dunleavy Sr., also played 10 years in the NBA and served as head coach for four NBA franchises (Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers). Dunleavy Sr. is currently the head coach at Tulane University in New Orleans, giving the family two NCAA Division I head coaches heading into the 2017-18 season. Dunleavy married the former Chrissi Ingelsby in 2012. The couple has two daughters, Rosie, 3, and Caroline Claire (Cece), who was born earlier this month.

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Quinnipiac: Named Baker Dunleavy head men's basketball coach

What They're Saying About Baker Dunleavy

Jay Wright, Head Coach, Villanova University

"We have had many great assistants - Baker is one of the best ever. Being a former player he knew our system better than anyone. He has been ready to lead a program for years and wanted the perfect fit. He found it at Quinnipiac. Baker and Chrissi will be missed dearly at Villanova and we all wish them the best!"

Jay Bilas, College Basketball Analyst, ESPN

"I am a big believer in Baker Dunleavy. He does not just have star potential; he is a future superstar in the coaching business, on and off of the floor. First and foremost, Baker is just good people, plain and simple. He has great character, grounded values, and high standards for how things should be done. He is a patient teacher who sees the big picture while also being a demanding leader in the present, which can be a difficult balance to strike. Baker has a very calm demeanor, but he is an intense competitor who understands competition and winning. He is the kind of coach I want my son to be around and learn from every day. Quinnipiac just hired one terrific basketball coach and leader in Baker Dunleavy."

Mike D'Antoni, Head Coach, Houston Rockets

"Quinnipiac will be in great hands with Baker Dunleavy. I have known him since he was a young player and have watched him grow into a passionate and dedicated young coach. I'm excited to watch the progress of the program under his leadership."

Bill Raftery, College Basketball Analyst, Fox Sports

"Quinnipiac has chosen a young coach that will have a profound effect on the young players at the university. I have watched Baker Dunleavy impart his knowledge in a strong instructional fashion yet with a deep respect for the young men under his charge. Baker's people skills as well as his coaching ability will assure the university of long term success the students will be proud of during the winter months ."

Saint Peter’s Men’s Basketball Defeats Texas State, 49-44, To Advance to 2017 CIT Semifinals

EDISON, NJ – With a 49-44 defeat of Texas State University, the Saint Peter’s University Peacocks have advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

After struggling to score during the first ten minutes of this quarterfinals contest, and trailing 14-2, the Peacocks responded with a 19-2 run over the final 8:17 of the first half to tie the game at 23 with the Bobcats going into halftime. Saint Peter’s held Texas State scoreless over the final 7:50 of the first half.

Coming out of the second half, Texas State took a 36-29 lead. Saint Peter’s responded with a 9-0 run to take a 38-36 lead with 7:43 left on the clock. The Bobcats would tie the game at 38. With the score tied at 40 and 5:43 left to play, sophomore Antwon Portley buried a three from the corner to give Saint Peter’s a 43-40 lead. That would be the last field goal of the game for the Peacocks, who converted on six free-throws down the stretch to secure the win. The top defensive team in the MAAC, who held opponents to 61.6 points per game, held the Bobcats to five points over the last six minutes of this quarterfinals game.

All-MAAC First Team selection Quadir Welton scored 9 points, secured 12 rebounds and added three steals & three blocks in the victory. Welton had two big rejections late for the Peacocks, thwarting the Bobcats offense. Saint Peter’s held Texas State to 29.4 percent shooting from the field. Saint Peter’s is the first MAAC team to advance to the CIT semifinals since Fairfield in the 2011-12 season.

For more information on the 2017 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, visit http://www.collegeinsider.com/tournament/ to see whom the Peacocks will play next. The semifinals take place on Wednesday, March 29 at either 7 or 9 pm. The game will be shown on the CBS Sports Network.

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

Robinson, Washington Named to ECAC First Team; Robinson Named ECAC Player of the Year

EDISON, NJ – Monmouth University’s Justin Robinson is the 2016-17 ECAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Iona’s Jordan Washington, along with Robinson, were voted as ECAC First Team Selections.

Robinson was named the unanimous MAAC Player of the Year, becoming just the fourth player in conference history to win this award in back to back seasons. He ranked first in the conference with 19.7 points per game and fourth with 4.8 assists per game. Robinson made 2.8 three-pointers per game, which was third best in the MAAC. Robinson was also named to the All-Championship Team for the Hawks and was a NABC First Team All-District selection.

Washington was named unanimously to the All-MAAC First Team. His 18.0 points per game for the Gaels was third best in the conference. Washington also ranked third in the MAAC with a 55.2 field-goal percentage and fifth in the MAAC with 7.6 rebounds per game. He was named Tournament MVP for the Gaels, who won the MAAC Championship for the second consecutive season. Washington was a NABC First Team All-District selection.

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

Player of the Year

Justin Robinson – Monmouth University, Sr.

All-ECAC First Team

Angel Delgado – Seton Hall University, Jr.

Justin Robinson – Monmouth University, Sr.

Tim Kempton – Lehigh University, Sr.

Trae Bell-Haynes – University of Vermont, Jr.

Jordan Washington – Iona College, Sr.

ABOUT THE ECAC

In the 77 years since its inception, the ECAC has emerged as the nation's largest Conference, ranging in location from Maine to Georgia, and westerly to Missouri. In 2015-16, the ECAC hosted nearly 100 championships in men's and women's sports as the sponsors of over 5,800 varsity teams and 111,000 student-athletes. For more information, visit www.ecacsports.com.

Six Named to NABC District I First & Second Teams, King Rice Named NABC District I Coach of the Year

EDISON, NJ – Six Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) student-athletes were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District I First & Second Teams. Monmouth University Head Coach King Rice was named District I Coach of the Year.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2016-17 NABC Division I All-District teams and coaches. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division I, these student-athletes and coaches represent the finest basketball players and coaches across America.

Monmouth’s Justin Robinson, Fairfield’s Tyler Nelson and Iona’s Jordan Washington all earned District I First Team accolades. All three were named to the All-MAAC First Team.

Robinson was named the unanimous MAAC Player of the Year, becoming just the fourth player in conference history to win this award in back to back seasons. He ranked first in the conference with 19.7 points per game and fourth with 4.8 assists per game. Robinson made 2.8 three-pointers per game, which was third best in the MAAC. Robinson was also named to the All-Championship Team for the Hawks.

Nelson finished second in the league in scoring with 19.5 points per game for the Stags. He ranks first in the MAAC with 36.1 minutes played per game. Nelson also ranked fifth in the conference with an 85.6 free-throw percentage and fourth with 2.6 made three-point field goals per game. The junior also ranked 12th in the MAAC with 3.5 assists per game.

Washington was named unanimously to the All-MAAC First Team. His 18.0 points per game for the Gaels was third best in the conference. Washington also ranked third in the MAAC with a 55.2 field-goal percentage and fifth in the MAAC with 7.6 rebounds per game. He was named Tournament MVP for the Gaels, who won the MAAC Championship for the second consecutive season.

Monmouth’s Micah Seaborn and Siena’s Brett Bisping & Marquis Wright were named to the NABC District I Second Team.

Seaborn, an All-MAAC First Team selection, finished sixth in the MAAC with an 82.8 free-throw percentage and 12th in the MAAC with 2.0 made three-pointers per game. His 13.2 points per game ranked first among his sophomore class. Seaborn was named Rookie of the Year in the 2015-16 campaign.

Bisping and Wright were named to the All-MAAC Second Team. The duo was also named to the All-Championship Team for the Saints. Bisping led the MAAC with 9.7 rebounds per game and posted 13 double-doubles this season. Wright was named MAAC Player of the Week two times this season. He ranked third in the MAAC with 5.0 assists and sixth in the MAAC with 16.8 points per game. The duo led the Saints to the MAAC Championship Game while winning 13 of its final 19 games.

Monmouth University Head Coach King Rice was named NABC District I Coach of the Year. Rice, who was also named “The Rock” MAAC Coach of the Year for a second-straight season led the Hawks to 27 wins, its second-straight regular season title and National Invitation Tournament appearance. The Hawks became the first team in conference history to win 18 MAAC games in a season.

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

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches

Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.

Siena Basketball's Brett Bisping Named to CBI All-Time Team

LOUDONVILLE, NY – Siena Basketball red-shirt senior forward Brett Bisping has added another major achievement to an already highly decorated career. The Peoria, Illinois native has been named to the College Basketball Invitational All-Time Team.

Bisping was joined on the All-Time CBI Team by Kenneth Faried (Morehead State), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Larry Nance, Jr. (Wyoming), and Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure). The College Basketball Invitational All-Time Team was created in conjunction with the celebration of the CBI’s 10thAnniversary. The team was selected by a fan vote from an official ballot of 24 candidates.

Bisping was named the 2014 College Basketball Invitational Most Valuable Player after leading Siena to the first national postseason tournament title in school history. He also helped guide the Saints to a CBI appearance in 2016, and averaged 15.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in seven career tournament games.

Bisping averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in six games in the 2014 CBI, which included three, 20-point performances and double-doubles vs. Penn State and Illinois State. He poured in 20 points and added nine rebounds in Siena’s decisive championship game win over Fresno State.

Bisping recently completed one of the most successful careers in Siena Basketball history, and is set to graduate as the only player in program history to eclipse both 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds. He departs ranking 11th all-time in program history in scoring (1,528), and fourth in rebounding (1,024).

Bisping was named a Second Team All-MAAC, MAAC All-Tournament and NABC District I Second Team selection this season. He averaged 12.3 points, posted 13 double-doubles, and led the MAAC in rebounding for the second straight season with 9.7 caroms, which currently ranks 24th nationally entering Final Four weekend.

Other candidates on the official fan ballot for the CBI All-Time Team included: Joevan Catron (Oregon), Tyron Criswell (Nevada), Jared Cunningham (Oregon State), Kevin Foster (Santa Clara), Tim Frazier (Penn State), A.J. Hammonds (Purdue), Justin Holiday (Washington), Danuel House (Houston), Jerome Jordan (Tulsa), T.J. McConnell (Duquesne), Robert McKiver (Houston), Cameron Oliver (Nevada), Lamar Patterson (Pittsburgh), Earl Peterson (Loyola-Chicago), Quincy Pointdexter (Washington), Joey Rodriguez (VCU), Roeland Schaftenaar (Oregon State) and Mike Scott (Virginia).

The College Basketball Invitational presented by Five Four is produced by the Gazelle Group of Princeton, New Jersey. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized events, such as the 2K Classic, the Legends Classic, and the Gotham Classic. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit www.gazellegroup.com.

No. 12 Quinnipiac Falls to No. 1 South Carolina in NCAA Women's Basketball Sweet 16

STOCKTON, CA – No. 12 Quinnipiac University (29-7, 17-3 MAAC) were defeated by No. 1 University of South Carolina (30-4, 14-2 SEC), 100-58, in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Sweet 16.

The Bobcats are the second team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s (MAAC) history to play in a NCAA Sweet 16 game, joining Marist College (2007). The Red Foxes were the No. 13 seed in the 2007 NCAA Tournament and faced No. 1 University of Tennessee in the Sweet 16. The Red Foxes were defeated by the Lady Volunteers, 65-46. Quinnipiac’s matchup with South Carolina marked 10 years to the exact date that Marist took on Tennessee on March 25, 2007.

As a No. 12 Seed, the Bobcats were lowest remaining seed in the Sweet 16. Quinnipiac was just the fourth No. 12 seed in NCAA Women’s Basketball Division I history to advance to the Sweet 16, joining BYU (2014), Kansas (2013), and San Francisco (1996). The Bobcats were also the fourth team in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to knock off both a No. 4 and 5 seed en route to a Sweet 16 berth.

Red-shirt senior guard Adily Martucci scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field and 2-of-3 shooting from behind the arc. Red-shirt sophomore forward Jen Fay tallied 12 points to tie Martucci for the team-high. Fay shot 4-of-9 from the field and grabbed a team-best four rebounds in 27 minutes of play.

Sophomore guard/forward Aryn McClure added nine points, six assists, and three rebounds in 34 minutes of action. McClure’s six assists marked a season-high and were just two short of her career-high of eight, which she registered on January 17, 2016 against Canisius College.

MAAC All-Time Wins in NCAA Tournament:

2017 First Round – No. 12 Quinnipiac – 68 | No. 5 Marquette – 65

2017 Second Round – No. 12 Quinnipiac – 85 | No. 4 Miami – 78

2012 First Round – No. 13 Marist – 76 | No. 4 Georgia – 60

2011 First Round – No. 10 Marist – 74 | No. 7 Iowa State – 64

2008 First Round – No. 7 Marist – 76 | No. 10 DePaul – 57

2007 First Round – No. 13 Marist – 67 | No. 4 Ohio State – 63

2007 Second Round – No. 13 Marist – 73 | No. 5 Middle Tennessee State – 59

1989 First Round – No. 9 La Salle – 72 | No. 8 Connecticut – 63

The Bobcats played in their fifth NCAA Tournament game (2-3) in the program’s Division I history, which dates to 1998-99. Quinnipiac has made it to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last five years and it is the second time that they are representing the MAAC. This also marked the sixth consecutive national postseason appearance for the Bobcats.

NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Schedule:

First Round: March 17-18

Second Round: March 19-20

Sweet 16: March 24-25

Elite Eight: March 26-27

Final Four: March 31

Championship Final: April 2

Quinnipiac Notes:

  • Quinnipiac converted 15 three-pointers in its Second Round win over No. 4 Miami, finishing just one shy of matching a single-game program record. Quinnipiac’s 15 threes were the third-most in the NCAA Second Round history.
  • Quinnipiac is now (2-10) all-time against nationally ranked opponents, defeated No. 16 Miami and No. 25 Marquette en route to the Sweet 16.
  • Quinnipiac is (1-3) all-time against SEC opponents. Today’s meeting with South Carolina was the first between the two programs.
  • Quinnipiac season-long 12 game winning streak was snapped in the loss.
  • Quinnipiac is one of 13 programs across the nation to have won at least three-straight conference regular season titles. The Bobcats have recorded a mark of 54-6 (.900) in conference games in that three-year span (since 2014-15).

Quinnipiac 2016-17 All-MAAC Honors:

  • MAAC Regular Season Champion
  • Adily Martucci: (MAAC Championship MVP, All-MAAC Second Team)
  • Jen Fay: (All-Championship Team, All-MAAC Third Team)
  • Aryn McClure: (All-Championship Team, All-MAAC Third Team)
  • Carly Fabbri: (All-Championship Team)
Marist's Rebekah Hand Named ECAC Rookie of the Year

EDISON, NJ – Marist College freshman guard Rebekah Hand was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Year as announced by the organization on Thursday, March 23. Hand was also named the unanimous Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Year after her freshman campaign.

Hand averaged 13.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game in 32 starts for Marist. The guard led MAAC freshmen in scoring, rebounding, defensive rebounds per game (4.6), and minutes per game (36.0).

She ranked ninth in the league in scoring (13.7 ppg), eighth in rebounding (6.8 rpg), tied for sixth in assists (3.0 apg), tied for fourth in free-throw percentage (79.7%), tied for fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.0), tied for eighth in defensive rebounds per game (4.6), and fourth in minutes played (36.0).

The Argyle, TX native was named MAAC Rookie of the Week eight times this season and earned the honor five weeks in a row (November 21-December 19). Hand was a unanimous selection to the All-Rookie Team.

2016-17 ECAC Major Award Winners and All-ECAC Selections:

Player of the Year

Precious Hall – James Madison University, R-Sr.

Rookie of the Year

Rebekah Hand – Marist College, Fr.

Coach of the Year

Charlotte Smith – Elon University

All-ECAC First Team

Precious Hall – James Madison University, RS-Sr.

Alexis Peterson – Syracuse University, Sr.

Michelle Nwokedi – University of Pennsylvania, Jr.

Feyonda Fitzgerald – Temple University, Sr.

Teniya Page – Penn State University, So.

All-ECAC Second Team*

Jessica Kovatch – Saint Francis University, So.

Imani Watkins – Binghamton University, Jr.

Nia Marshall – Cornell University, Sr.

Katie Benzan – Harvard University, Fr.

Amy Griffin – La Salle University, Jr.

Shay Burnett – Elon University, Jr.

*Additional player added due to tie

About the ECAC:

In the 77 years since its inception, the ECAC has emerged as the nation's largest Conference, ranging in location from Maine to Georgia, and westerly to Missouri. In 2015-16, the ECAC hosted nearly 100 championships in men's and women's sports as the sponsors of over 5,800 varsity teams and 111,000 student-athletes. For more information, visit www.ecacsports.com.

Debbie Williamson Named MAAC Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officials

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

Varsity 8

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.

Varsity 4

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.

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