Around the MAAC April 28, 2017

Entire All-MAAC First Team Earns All-Met Accolades

EDISON, NJ – The 2016-17 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men’s Basketball First Team consisting of Tyler Nelson from Fairfield University, Jordan Washington of Iona College, Monmouth University’s Justin Robinson and Micah Seaborn along with Quadir Welton from Saint Peter’s University earned various All-Met accolades, as announced today by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association.

Robinson & Washington earned All-Met First Team distinction, adding to their resume of numerous postseason awards. The duo just finished competing in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT). Washington was the sixth-straight Iona College representative in the tournament, making Iona the only DI institution to have a representative for six consecutive seasons. Robinson, the 2016-17 Unanimous MAAC Player of the Year, earned PIT All-Tournament Team honors.

Robinson, the fourth player in conference history to win back-to-back Player of the Year honors, led the MAAC with 19.7 points per game and was fourth in the conference with 4.8 assists per game. Robinson made 2.8 three-pointers per game, which was third best in the MAAC. Robinson posted an 85.6 free-throw percentage, which was tied for fourth-best in the conference from the charity stripe.

Washington’s 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. In his final collegiate game against Oregon in the NCAA Tournament, Washington recorded a double-double, scoring 22 points and securing 12 rebounds.

Nelson & Welton earned All-Met Second Team honors. Nelson finished second in the MAAC with 19.5 points per game. He ranked first in the MAAC with 36.1 minutes played per game. Nelson also ranked tied for fourth 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 ninth in the MAAC with 3.6 assists per game.

Welton was named the 2017 CIT MVP after leading his Peacocks to its first ever CIT Championship. Welton posted his ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in the 62-61 defeat of Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the championship game. Welton’s 8.3 total rebounds and 6.2 defensive rebounds per game were fourth-best in the league. Welton ranked tenth in the MAAC with 1.0 blocked shots per game.

Micah Seaborn was named to the All-Met Third Team. Seaborn finished sixth in the MAAC with an 82.8 free-throw percentage and finished tied for 11th in the MAAC with 2.0 made three-pointers per game. His 13.2 points per game ranked first among his sophomore class. Seaborn recorded seven games with 20-plus points this season.

The All-Met First and Second Team players, Coach and Rookie of the Year will be honored Wednesday, April 26 at the 84th NIT/MBWA Haggerty Awards dinner at the Westchester Marriott, Tarrytown, NY.

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Rider's Lynn Milligan Named All-Met Division I Women's Basketball Coach of the Year

EDISON, NJ – Rider University Women’s Basketball head coach Lynn Milligan has been named the 2016-17 All-Met Division I Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year, announced on Tuesday by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association.

Earlier this year, Milligan was honored as The Rock MAAC Women’s Basketball Head Coach of the Year. The 10th year head coach became the first Rider Women’s Basketball head coach to capture the award.

She led the Broncs to a (24-9, 16-4 MAAC) mark and reached the MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship game for the first time in program history. Rider earned an automatic qualifier to the 2017 Postseason WNIT, their first-ever appearance in the national tournament.

Milligan guided the Broncs to 24 wins overall this season and 16 in conference play. The 24 wins are the most since the program tallied 26 victories in the 1981-82 season and the 16 MAAC wins are the most by a team in Broncs history. Rider claimed the number two seed in this year’s MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship, its highest seed in history.

The Broncs had four student-athletes receive All-MAAC honors under Milligan’s guidance this season. Senior guard Robin Perkins was named the MAAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and was the only unanimous selection to the All-MAAC First Team. Junior guard Kamila Hoskova was selected to the All-MAAC Second Team and senior center Julia Duggan received All-MAAC Third Team honors. Freshman guard Stella Johnson was selected to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.

On February 21, Rider ranked No. 23 overall in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 Poll, the highest rank in program history. Milligan earned her 100th victory with Rider on January 19, a 56-43 victory over Saint Peter’s University.

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Marist's Rebekah Hand Named All-Met Division I Women's Basketball Rookie of the Year

EDISON, NJ – Marist College freshman guard Rebekah Hand has been named the All-Met Division I Women’s Basketball Rookie of the year, announced on Tuesday by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association.

Hand was also honored as the unanimous Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Year and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Year. 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 MAAC All-Rookie Team.

The freshman 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).

Hand scored a career-high 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting from the field in the Red Foxes first round matchup with Saint Peter’s University in the 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship. Her 32-point performance marks the most points scored by a player from Marist in a MAAC postseason game since Erica Allenspach scored 34 points versus Siena College on March 5, 2011.

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).

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Six MAAC Women's Basketball Student-Athletes Named to All-Met Postseason Teams

EDISON, NJ – The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association announced its postseason honors on Tuesday. A total of six MAAC Women’s Basketball student-athletes were named to All-Met postseason teams.

Rider University senior guard Robin Perkins was selected to the All-Met First Team. Fairfield University senior forward Kelsey Carey and Rider’s senior center Julia Duggan earned All-Met Second Team honors. Iona College sophomore guard Alexis Lewis, senior guard Marina Lizarazu, and Manhattan College senior center Kayla Grimme received All-Met Third Team recognition.

The 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, Perkins tallied 15.5 points per game, the fourth-most in the league this season. She shot 41.6 percent from the field and 33.5 percent from three-point range. Perkins knocked down 52 threes, the fifth-most in the MAAC this season.

On December 30, she scored a career-high 33 points against Quinnipiac University. The senior was named MAAC Player of the Week twice (December 12 & January 2) in addition Perkins earned Met Basketball Writers Association Division I Basketball Player of the Week once this season (December 13).

Fairfield’s Carey averaged 15.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season. The Staten Island, NY native shot 45.7 percent from the field, which ranked 10th in the MAAC. Carey finished the 2016-17 campaign fifth in the league in scoring, 10th in rebounding, tied for eighth in defensive rebounds per game (4.6), and 10th in minutes played (32.2).

She scored a season-high 25 points on 10-of-17 (58.8%) shooting, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out four assists in the Stags, 68-67 overtime victory over Rider on January 14. The forward registered four double-doubles this season, the last coming on February 16 vs. Marist College.

Rider’s Duggan averaged 11.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. She recorded 12 double-doubles this season, which was tied for the most in the MAAC with Iona’s Lewis. The senior led the conference in rebounding, second in defensive rebounds per game (6.1), tied for sixth in offensive rebounds per game (2.4), sixth in steals, and ninth in free-throw percentage (75.7%).

The center was named to the 2017 MAAC All-Championship team for her efforts throughout the Tournament. Over the course of three games, the All-MAAC Third Team selection averaged 19.0 points and 14.7 rebounds per game. Duggan grabbed 20 rebounds in the semifinal victory over Fairfield, the 20-rebound performance marked the second-most rebounds ever recorded by a player in a MAAC Women’s Basketball Tournament game.

Lewis was named to the All-MAAC First Team and averaged 15.9 points, which were the third-most in the conference. She tallied 8.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals per game, and was tied for league’s lead in double-doubles with 12.

The sophomore ranked second in the MAAC in rebounding, fifth in steals per game, fifth in three-point field goal percentage (37.7%), third in three-pointers made per game (2.4), first in offensive rebounds per game (3.2), tied for fifth in defensive rebounds per game (5.1), and sixth in minutes per game (34.8). The Pittson, PA native was named MAAC Player of the Week twice this season (November 28 & February 20) and captured Met Basketball Writers Association Division I Player of the Week Honors once (December 20).

Lizarazu earned her second-straight All-MAAC First Team selection at the conclusion of the regular season. The guard was also selected to the 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball All-Championship Team. She registered 14.9 points, 4.1 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game for the Gaels.

The Madrid Spain native ranked sixth in the conference in scoring, second in assists per game, seventh in free-throw percentage (77.2%), fourth in steals, fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.2), and fifth in minutes played (35.6). Lizarazu took home the MAAC Player of the Week award three times in 2016-17 (December 26, January 23, February 6). She was also named Met Basketball Writers Association Division I Basketball Player of the Week (January 24).

Grimme is a member of the All-MAAC Third Team. The junior averaged 14.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game in 30 starts for the Jaspers. She shot 47.4 percent from the field, 44.0 percent from behind the arc, and 78.8 percent from the free-throw line.

The center ranked seventh in the league in scoring, fifth in rebounding, sixth in free-throw percentage, sixth in field goal percentage, first in blocks, third in offensive rebounds per game (2.6), and fifth in defensive rebounds per game (5.1). She scored 34 points against Marist, which tied a MAAC season-high for points scored in a game. Grimme was named MAAC Player of the Week once this season (February 27)

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Monmouth University Men’s Lacrosse Claims 2017 Regular Season Championship

EDISON, NJ – For the first time in program history, the Monmouth University Men’s Lacrosse team is the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men’s Lacrosse Regular Season Champions. The Hawks sit at 5-0 in the MAAC after defeating Canisius College, 11-6 on Friday night in West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth takes on Manhattan College in its regular season finale on Saturday, April 28 at 4:00 p.m. on ESPNU.

The Hawks also secured the number one overall seed in the 2017 MAAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship, which takes place from Friday, May 5-Sunday, May 7 at Marist College, who is serving as the championship host. Monmouth faces the fourth seed in the semifinals on Friday, May 5.

The 2017 MAAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship Game takes place on Sunday, May 7 live on ESPNU at 10:00 a.m.

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Wasserman & Corrigan Repeat As Weekly Award Winners; Schwenk Named Rookie of the Week

Offensive Player of the Week

Bryce Wasserman, Monmouth

Jr., 6-3, A, Southlake, TX/Grapevine Faith

Junior Bryce Wasserman led Monmouth offensively as the Hawks secured the 2017 MAAC Regular Season Championship. The Hawks remained unbeaten at 5-0 in the MAAC with the 11-6 win over Canisius. Wasserman scored five goals against the Griffs, including four in the first quarter, to extend his scoring streak to 12 games. He set the Monmouth single season points record (36), and leads the team with 25 goals. In two career games against Canisius, Wasserman has 11 goals. Monmouth owns the nation’s second-longest winning streak at eight games, behind Syracuse’s nine-game winning streak.

Defensive Player of the Week

Brian Corrigan, Marist

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

Corrigan preserved Marist’s one-goal win over Detroit Mercy on April 22 to help the Red Foxes clinch a MAAC Championship berth on their home field. He made 12 saves to hold off the Titans’ rally in the fourth quarter and his six goals allowed were one shy of his season low. Corrigan compiled a .667 save percentage on the afternoon after he faced 36 shots.

Rookie of the Week

Justin Schwenk, Monmouth

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

Justin Schwenk had a successful game at the faceoff X, going 13-for-21 in the win over Canisius. The rookie midfielder secured a team-high seven ground balls, one shy of his career high. Schwenk’s performance was his sixth game with double-digit faceoff wins this season. Schwenk is 132-for-254 (.520) on faceoffs in 2017 and ranks second in the MAAC in faceoff win percentage. His 132 faceoff wins this year are third among freshmen in the NCAA.

2017 MAAC Women's Lacrosse Championship Field is Set

EDISON, NJ – The 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Women's Lacrosse Championship field of play is set as the regular season concluded on Wednesday evening. Canisius College is the No. 1 overall seed and are set to host the semifinals and championship rounds on May 5 and May 7 from the Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, NY.

The Griffs finished the season (13-4, 8-0 MAAC) and are hosting the championship for the fourth-straight season. As the No. 1 seed Canisius receives a bye to the semifinal round where it faces the lowest advancing seed from the first round games on Friday, May 5 on ESPN3. The Griffs have won the MAAC Women's Lacrosse Championship five out of the last six seasons (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016).

Fairfield University (11-5, 7-1 MAAC) are the No. 2 seed in the championship. The Stags won nine of their last 10 games to close out the season and were on an eight-game winning streak before their first conference loss to the Griffs on April 22. Fairfield receives a bye to the semifinal round where it takes on the highest advancing seed from the first round matchups on Friday, May 5 on ESPN3.

The No. 3 seed is Marist College (9-8, 5-3 MAAC). The Red Foxes host a first round game against No. 6 Quinnipiac University (4-12, 3-5 MAAC) on Saturday, April 29 from Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field in Poughkeepsie, NY. An official game-time for the first round matchup is yet to be announced.

Marist won the lone regular season meeting against Quinnipiac, 10-4 on April 8 from Tenney Stadium. Senior attack Olivia Pitonzo tallied three goals, an assist, four ground balls, and three caused turnovers en route to the victory. Freshman attack Samantha Mehalick added three goals and five ground balls for the Red Foxes. Senior goalkeeper Abigail Witczak registered five saves on the day.

Quinnipiac earned its first postseason berth in program history. Sophomore midfield Allison Kuhn led the Bobcats in points this season with 37 (24 goals, 13 assists) and draw controls with 34. The sophomore also tallied 26 ground balls on the year.

Niagara University (8-9, 5-3 MAAC) is the No. 4 seed and hosts No. 5 Monmouth University (6-11, 4-4 MAAC) on Saturday, April 29 from Niagara Field in Niagara University, NY. An official game-time for the first round matchup is yet to be announced.

The Purple Eagles defeated the Hawks, 13-8 at home in their only head-to-head meeting of the regular season. Sophomore attack Rachel MacCheyne recorded five goals, two assists, and six draw controls in the win. Junior defender Alexandra Higgins tallied five ground balls, five caused turnovers, and five draw controls for Niagara.

Monmouth senior attack Olivia Higson led the team in goals with 35 and has totaled 42 points on the season. Freshman Nicole Ceraso finished the regular season with a team-high 49 points (19 goals, 30 assists). The Hawks have now qualified for the postseason in each of the last four seasons.

The 2017 MAAC Women's Lacrosse Championship game takes place on Sunday, May 7 on ESPN3. For more information on the Championship, visit maacsports.com/womenslax and be sure to follow the action on social media by using #MAACLAX.

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Canisius Earns its Third Consecutive MAAC Women’s Lacrosse Regular Season Championship

EDISON, NJ – Canisius College defeated Fairfield University, 15-10 to claim the 2017 MAAC Women’s Lacrosse Regular Season Championship. The Griffs improved to (12-4, 7-0 MAAC) with today’s victory.

For the third consecutive season the Griffs earn the MAAC Regular Season Title and the number one seed in the upcoming Championship. As the number one seed, Canisius hosts the 2017 MAAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship, May 5-7, from the Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, NY. The Griffs have won the MAAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship five out of the last six seasons (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016).

Canisius’ junior midfield Erica Evans leads the MAAC in goals (60), points (83), and ground balls (57). The Peterborough, Ontario native was tied for second in the NCAA in goals scored heading into today’s contest. Evans is a three-time MAAC Offensive Player of the Week and earned NCAA Player of the Week honor on April 12.

Six Griffs have scored 20 or more goals this season to pace their league leading offense, which is also ranked as the sixth-highest scoring offense in the nation coming into today’s game. Evans is joined by Tessa Chad (44), Jen Reininger (36), Jourdan Roemer (31), Allie Stewart (26), and Ashley Bull (24) as the six Canisius players to score 20 or more goals this season.

Senior goalkeeper Rebecca VanLaeken has earned 11 wins in net for Canisius this season. She is a two-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Week and has recorded 142 saves in 16 starts.

The Griffs are currently on a nine-game winning streak, which dates to March 8. They have won 22-straight MAAC games dating to 2014. Canisius has earned non-conference victories over Oregon, Binghamton, Delaware, Duquesne, and Michigan this season.

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Smith, Witczak & Ceraso Claim Weekly Awards

Offensive Player of the Week

Alexa Smith, Monmouth

Jr., A, Westhampton Beach, NY/Westhampton

Smith tallied a team-high 10 points in two wins for the Hawks last week. The junior tied a career-high with six goals in a win over Siena, also registering a career-high nine points in the contest that locked up a MAAC Tournament bid for the Blue & White. She scored five of her six goals in the second half as Monmouth built its lead over the Saints. On Wednesday she had one goal in Monmouth’s 9-7 win over Manhattan. Smith is second on the Hawks in goals with 29 and third on the team with points while recording a .742 shot on goal percentage. Her nine points on Saturday was tied for the fifth most in school history.

Defensive Player of the Week

Abigail Witczak, Marist

Sr., GK, Mendham, NJ/West Morris Mendham

Witczak entered this weekend leading the nation in saves and led Marist to two more road MAAC victories and a berth in this year’s championships. In a 9-7 victory at Niagara on April 19 she made 13 saves and held the Purple Eagles to 1-for-7 on free position attempts. She also scooped up five ground balls and caused a turnover. When the Red Foxes clinched a postseason spot with a 13-9 win at Iona on April 22, she made 14 saves to earn her 38th career victory. This week, she compiled an 8.00 goals against average and a .628 save percentage.

Rookie of the Week

Nicole Ceraso, Monmouth

Fr., A, Massapequa, NY/Plainedge

Ceraso had her best conference outing on Saturday against Siena, helping the Hawks win a game that would earn a bid to the upcoming MAAC Tournament. The freshman attacker tallied nine points on the weekend, including six against the Saints on Saturday. In that contest, Ceraso had six points, including four assists and put three of her four shots on goal. On Wednesday she had three points on a goal and two assists in Monmouth’s 9-7 win over Manhattan. Ceraso now has 30 assists on the season, which is tied for sixth most in a single season in school history. She is also fourth in the league in assists (the top freshman).

Marist's Korak, Iona's Evans & Niagara's Watkins Earn MAAC Softball Weekly Awards

Player of the Week

Janna Korak, Marist

Sr., OF, Huntsville, AL/Sparkman

Janna Korak hit .682 (15-22) with a .731 on-base percentage and 1.409 slugging percentage for an OPS of 2.140 in Marist’s six games this past week, as the Red Foxes went 5-1. Eight of her hits went for extra bases (four homers, four doubles), and had 10 RBI and eight runs scored. She had five multi-hit games, and hit safely in all six contests. She also drew four walks. In a doubleheader at Boston University on April 19, Korak went 6-7 on the day with three doubles, including a 4-4 performance with four RBIs and two doubles in game two alone. At Saint Peter’s on April 22, she hit three homers in a doubleheader while going 6-8 with five runs and four RBI. Her first homer came in the seventh inning of game one, and started a six-run rally as Marist came back to win, 9-5. She then went 3-4 with three RBI, three runs, and two homers in Marist’s game two victory. She closed out the week by going 3-7 in the Red Foxes doubleheader split at Manhattan on April 23. Her two-run homer provided the winning runs in the eighth inning of Marist’s 5-3 victory in game two.

Pitcher of the Week

Alana Evans, Iona

So., P, Goleta, CA/Dos Pueblos

Alana Evans takes home her second consecutive MAAC Pitcher of the Week award. The sophomore pitched in three games for the Gaels, recording a 0.48 ERA in 14.2 innings thrown. She struck out a total of 17 batters and allowed just five hits and one earned run. In relief on April 19 against Stony Brook, Evans went 2.2 scoreless innings, and allowed just one hit. On April 22 against Quinnipiac, Evans surrendered just one hit while striking out five in a shortened 8-0 victory. Evans threw a complete game against Fairfield on April 23, allowed one run, earned, on three hits, struck out nine, and walked four. Her record on the season stands at 14-3, and she has allowed just one earned run over her last 23.2 innings pitched.

Rookie of the Week

Kendall Watkins, Niagara

Fr., INF, Williamsport, PA/Loyalsock Township

Kendall Watkins went 7-16 last week with eight RBI, three home runs, one double, and five runs scored as the Niagara Purple Eagles went 4-2 on a six-game road trip. Watkins hit a two-run home run against Syracuse, to make it a 7-1 game after four full innings of play. The two-run homer proved to be the difference as Niagara held on for its first-ever win over Syracuse. In MAAC play last week, Watkins drove in four of Niagara’s six runs, going 3-3 in a 6-3 win at Monmouth on April 22. She had a two-run home run in the first inning against the Hawks, and her RBI single in the top of the third proved to be the game-winning run for Niagara. In a doubleheader sweep at Rider on April 23, Watkins went 3-6 in the two-game set with one home run, one double, and two RBI.

Saint Peter’s University Claims 2017 MAAC Men’s Golf Championship

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – Saint Peter’s University Men’s Golf team climbed up one spot on the leaderboard to claim the 2017 MAAC Men’s Golf Championship at Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

The Peacocks entered the final round seven-strokes behind Siena College. This is Saint Peter’s third MAAC Men’s Golf Championship in program history, they have won all three within the last four years.

Peacocks’ sophomore Mike Winter entered the final round tied for third place just four-strokes behind the men’s individual leader, Siena’s Jake Holt after day two. Winter shot a 71 (-1) on the day and finished the championship with an overall score of 220. He recorded six birdies this afternoon, finishing the tournament with a championship-high of 12. Teammate freshman Ryan Rodriguez recorded a final round score of 73 (+1) and overall score of 224, which was good for fourth place overall.

Siena’s Holt finished in second place just one stroke behind the top finisher with a final score of 221. Holt was named the 2017 Men’s Rookie of the Year. With only one stroke behind second place, Canisius College freshman David Hanes finished the tournament with an overall score of 222.

The Saints finished in second place three-strokes behind Saint Peter’s, with 913 points, followed by Manhattan College (918). Rider University and Monmouth University finished tied for fourth totaling 920 points. Iona College finished in sixth place (931), Fairfield University in seventh (934), Canisius College in eighth (936) and Niagara University finished in ninth place (941).

The Peacocks went ahead by one-stroke going into the 18th hole over Siena. The 2017 McLeod Trophy recipient and Most Outstanding Men’s Golfer, Mike Winter, finished hole 18 with five strokes securing the top spot on the men’s individual leaderboard.

First-year head coach and former standout performer for the Peacocks, Nick Dilio, was named the 2017 Men’s Coach of the Year.

Saint Peter’s will receive an automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. The 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship selection show will be televised on the Golf Channel, Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.

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Quinnipiac University Repeats as 2017 MAAC Women’s Golf Champions

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – Quinnipiac University Women’s golf team maintained its number one spot on the leaderboard to win its second Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) golf championship in program history. The Bobcats entered the final round at Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course in Lake Buena Vista, FL just five-strokes ahead of the University at Albany with a score of 307.

Freshman Alexandra Sazhin maintained the leader position finishing the tournament with rounds of 80, 73, and 78 to finish 231 (+15) and secured the Rookie of the Year Award, Most Outstanding Women’s Performer, and the McLeod Trophy. Sazhin finished +6 today with one birdie and eight overall.

Senior Paige Fujihara of the University at Albany finished today +8 with an overall score of 233 just two-strokes shy of the top spot. Fujihara and Sazhin shuffled between the tops spot throughout the championship. Senior Kristen Bromley of Siena College finished +6 today (235), which landed her tied for third with Helga Einarsdottir of Albany +2 (235).

The Bobcats finished with 939 points overall, followed by Albany (945), and Monmouth University (961). In fourth place was Dayton University (975), Siena (1006), and Hartford University (1011). In seventh place is Niagara University (1012), Fairfield University (1039), and La Salle University (1233) finished in ninth place.

Quinnipiac head coach John O’Connor was named the 2017 Women’s Coach of the Year.

Quinnipiac will receive an automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf

Championship. The 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship selection show will be televised on the Golf Channel, Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

For all information on the 2017 MAAC Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, visit maacsports.com/golf. Be sure to follow the conversation on all social media platforms by using #MAACGolf.

Quinnipiac Women's Golf Headed to Athens, GA for 2017 NCAA Regional

EDISON, NJ – The 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Women's Golf Champions, Quinnipiac University received the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will travel to the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Georgia for the Regional round. The Bobcats are a No. 18 seed and are set to compete in their second-straight NCAA Tournament.

Quinnipiac posted a three-day score of 939 (+75) to claim the 2017 MAAC Women's Golf Championship. The Bobcats maintained a lead in each of the three days of the championship and finished six strokes ahead of second place finisher University at Albany. Their final score of 939 was the second-best 54-hole score in program history.

Freshman Alexandra Sazhin earned Rookie of the Year, Most Outstanding Women's Performer, and the McLeod Trophy at the 2017 MAAC Women's Golf Championship. Sazhin tallied a three-day total of 231 (+15). She shot an 80 (+8) in round one, a 73 (+1) in round two, and a 78 (+6) in the final round. Head Coach John O'Connor was named MAAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Sophomore Luciana Tobia-Palza finished tied for fifth with a 236 (+20), sophomore Julia Kemmling placed tied for seventh with a three-day total of 237 (+21), and junior Estefania Morales was ninth with a score of 238 (+22).

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Litzell, Miller, Wildermuth, & Gardner Earn Outdoor Track & Field Performers of the Week

Men’s Field Performer of the Week

Love Litzell, Manhattan

Sr., Ostersund, Sweden

Litzell moved up the NCAA East Preliminary Round qualifying list with his second-place performance in the hammer throw at Princeton University’s Larry Ellis Invitational on Friday. He had a season-best effort of 67.12 meters (220 feet, two inches), which is currently the No. 15 mark in the region.

Men’s Track Performer of the Week

Chartt Miller, Iona

Sr., Perth, Australia

Senior Chartt Miller of the Iona College track & field program earned the winning time of 13:49.60 to edge out Bryce Stroede of Oakland by .30, both in section one of the 5,000 meter at the Virginia Challenge. The time is the best in the MAAC by nearly 13 seconds.

Women’s Field Performer of the Week

Jordan Wildermuth, Monmouth

Fr., Oak Ridge, NJ

At the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, VA, freshman Jordan Wildermuth placed second in the women’s shot put with a throw of 14.54m. Windermuth’s mark qualifies her for the U.S. Junior National Championships, to be held in California in late June.

Women’s Track Performer of the Week

Sara Gardner, Rider

Jr., Holland Township, NJ

Junior sprinter Sara Gardner continued to impress during her outdoor campaign for the Broncs last week, taking home a first-place finish in the 100M hurdles at the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton. Gardner re-broke her own school record in the event, crossing the finish line with a time of 13.90.

2017 MAAC Water Polo Championship Preview

EDISON, NJ – The 2017 MAAC Water Polo Championship kicks off at the McCann Natatorium on the campus of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, this Saturday, April 29th. The #1 seeded Wagner Seahawks will take on the #4 seeded Iona Gaels in the first semifinal matchup at 12:00 pm, and the #2 seeded Marist Red Foxes will face the #3 seeded Virginia Military Institute Keydets in the second semifinal matchup at 2:00 pm.

In their regular season meetings the Seahawks (23-10, 14-0 MAAC) bested the Gaels (11-12, 8-6 MAAC) twice. In the first meeting between the two, Wagner defeated Iona 13-8. Junior utility, Kimberly Watson was the leading scorer with five goals and one assist for a total of six points for the Seahawks. For the Gaels, Hannah Schultz led the way with three goals and one assist for four points. Emily Riddle held the Gaels scoreless in the third quarter and made seven saves in the victory.

The second meeting was a much closer battle with the Seahawks narrowly escaping with a 9-8 victory. Kimberly Watson and Hannah Schultz each scored four goals. After the Seahawks gained a 2-0 lead, 2-meter guard Kayla Allen started a 3-0 run and the tied up the game at three going into the half. Wagner junior Elise Begg broke the tie but it was quickly back thanks to another score from Allen. Wagner then sealed the deal in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter with a pair of goals from Watson and Hardy.

The Red Foxes (19-13, 11-3 MAAC) and the Keydets (22-6, 11-3) split their regular season matchups winning one game each. In the first meeting, the Foxes beat the Keydets 15-8. In the game the Red Foxes were led by sophomore center Grace Doerfler, who scored three goals and added one assist. After VMI junior Shelby Barkley opened the scoring early in the first quarter, the Foxes scored eight unanswered goals. The Keydets were able to close the gap to 9-6 thanks to goals from Bailey Huddleston and Cecilya Lundy. Huddleston was the high scorer for the Keydets registering three goals. Marist was able to put the game away with goals from freshman Justine Castro and senior Nastassia McGlothlin.

The second meeting between the two was a close game that went into double overtime, and the Keydets pulled away with the 17-15 victory. This was a monumental victory for the Keydets, recording their first win over the Red Foxes, and the programs first win over a nationally ranked team. The first quarter was back and forth with both teams trading goals. At the end of the first quarter it was 3-2, with goals Nastasssia McGlothlin, Jocelyn McQuade, and Katherine Tijerina from Marist and, for the Keydets, Natalie Rivas and Emma Noble were the goal scorers. Amanda Amorosa, Diana Carballo, and Jocelyn McQuade scored back-to-back-back goals to extend the Foxes lead in the remaining minutes of the first half, making the score 7-4. The Keydets would answer right back with back-to-back goals from Bailey Huddleston and Sarah Dolitsky in the third.

The Foxes had a 13-11 lead in the final minutes of regulation but VMI goals by Rivas and Lundy tied the game with 20 seconds left. The first overtime period saw goals by McGlothlin from Marist and Rivas from VMI. A goal by McQuade gave the Foxes a 15-14 lead heading into the second overtime period. In that period junior Sophia DelBondio gave the Keydets the 17-15 lead and secured the victory. Freshman goalie Isabel French made 19 saves in the victory which tied her season high and tied the No. 2 rank in the record book, which also belongs to French.

The consolation game will take place on April 30th at 12:00 pm, and the championship game will follow at 2:00 pm.

For all of the up to date information on the 2017 MAAC Water Polo Championship visit www.maacsports.com/waterpolo. For tickets visit www.maac.ticketleap.com, and all four games will be available on www.maac.tv.

Monmouth University Men's Tennis Claims 2017 Regular Season Championship

EDISON, NJ – The defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men’s Tennis Champions, Monmouth University, has earned the 2017 MAAC Men’s Tennis Regular Season title after going 7-0 in conference matches this season. The Hawks will be the number one overall seed at this weekend’s championship and will take on fourth seeded Fairfield University in semifinals action on Saturday, April 29 at 2pm.

Second seeded Marist College will face third seeded Quinnipiac University at 2pm in the second semifinal matchup. The two winning teams will advance to the championship match on Sunday, April 30 for a chance at the 2017 MAAC Men’s Tennis Championship at 2pm.

The 2017 MAAC Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships take place at the Mercer County Park Tennis Center in West Windsor, NJ on April 29-30. Admission is free!

For all information on the 2017 MAAC Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships, visit maacsports.com/tennis

Quinnipiac University Women's Tennis Wins Fourth-Straight Regular Season Championship

EDISON, NJ – The three-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Women’s Tennis Champions, Quinnipiac University, has earned the 2017 MAAC Women’s Tennis Regular Season title after going a perfect 7-0 in conference matches this season.

The Bobcats will be the number one overall seed at this weekend’s championships and will take on fourth seeded Fairfield University in semifinals action on Saturday, April 29 at 10am.

Second seeded Siena College will face third seeded Marist College at 10am in the second semifinal matchup. The Saints took the regular season match by a 7-0 score on April 2. The two winning teams will advance to the championship match on Sunday, April 30 for a chance at the 2017 MAAC Women’s Tennis Championship at 10am

The 2017 MAAC Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships take place from the Mercer County Park Tennis Center in West Windsor, NJ on April 29-30. Admission is free!

For all information on the 2017 MAAC Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships, visit maacsports.com/tennis

Another Weekly Award Sweep For Jacksonville

Varsity 8 Boat of the Week

Jacksonville University

The Varsity 8 kept momentum going, winning its first race against Canisius and SUNY Geneseo. In the latter sprint, JU finished ahead of Marist. In the second event of the day, Jacksonville University finished in first place with a time of 6:50.5. Beating out Canisius College and SUNY Geneseo. In the 19th event the women's first varsity 8 placed first with a time of 6:43.5. Jacksonville University finished ahead of Marist College.1V8: Coxswain- Claire McLenna, 8-Delaney Plunkett, 7-Sarah Goodman, 6-Meg Coyle, 5-Stacey Price, 4-Veronika Stasaityte, 3-Jessica Shipkowski, 2-Nicole Martin, 1-Victoria Tkacz.

2nd Varsity 8 Boat of the Week

The Second Varisty 8 completed the sweep with no problems against Marist and Fairfield. Jacksonville finished with a time of 6:53.4, which placed them first ahead of Marist College whgo clocked in at 7:02.2. In the 21st event of the day Jacksonville finsihed in first with a time of 7:02.1. The dolphins beat out Fairfield University who had a time of 7:14.9. 2V8: Coxswain- Emily Niermann, 8-Sara Miller, 7-Rochelle Martinez, 6-Madison Boyer, 5-Yailene Herrera, 4-Jennifer Pavlik, 3- Samatha Amadio, 2-Emily Woods, 1- Alex Pulliam.

Varsity 4 Boat of the Week

The Varsity 4 defeated a pair of MAAC foes over the weekend. Marist went down first in the morning race, and then the Dolphins took down Canisius College in the afternoon sprint in a similar margin. Aaginst Marist Jacksonville rowed a time of 7:57.4 and Marist scored a 8:09.2.Versus Canisius, Jacksonville University earned a first place victory with a time 7:45.8.V4: Coxswain-Lauren Whetzel, 4-Maddie Black, 3-Katharina Dinsmore, 2-Tori West, 1- Alexis Feraco.

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