Entire MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship to Stream Live on MAAC.TV and ESPN Family Networks

EDISON, NJ – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) announced today that the first and quarterfinal rounds of the 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship will stream live on MAAC.TV free of charge.

The MAAC Basketball Championships will tip-off on Thursday, March 2 with a full slate of Women’s Basketball action. The first round of the women’s tournament will begin with the No. 8 seed taking on the No. 9 seed at 9:30 a.m. The second game of the day will feature the No. 7 seed vs. No. 10 seed at 11:30 a.m. followed by the No. 6 seed vs. No. 11 seed at 1:30 p.m. to wrap up the first round of play. All first round games will be streamed on MAAC.TV.

On Friday, March 3 the Women’s Basketball quarterfinals will begin with the No. 1 seed and the winner of Game 1 (No. 8 seed or No. 9 seed) at 1:00 p.m. The second quarterfinals matchup will be between the No. 2 seed and the winner of Game 2 (No. 7 seed or No. 10 seed) at 3:30 p.m.

On Saturday, March 4 the Women’s Basketball quarterfinals continue with the No. 3 seed and the winner of Game 3 (No. 6 seed or No. 11 seed) at 12:00 p.m. The final quarterfinals matchup will be the No. 4 seed vs. No. 5 seed at 2:30 p.m. All quarterfinals games will be streamed on MAAC.TV.

The Women’s Basketball semifinals and finals will air live on the ESPN family networks. The semifinals will take place on Sunday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. live on ESPN3. The 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship game will be played on Monday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m. live on ESPNU.

For all information on the 2017 MAAC Basketball Championships, visit maacsports.com/basketball.

First Round March 2:

Game 1: No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 seed – 9:30 a.m. – MAAC.TV

Game 2: No. 7 seed vs. No. 10 seed – 11:30 a.m. – MAAC.TV

Game 3: No. 6 seed vs. No. 11 seed – 1:30 p.m. – MAAC.TV

Quarterfinals March 3:

Game 4: No.1 seed vs. Winner of Game 1 (No. 8 seed of No. 9 seed) – 1:00 p.m. – MAAC.TV

Game 5: No. 2 seed vs. Winner of Game 2 (No. 7 seed of No. 10 seed) – 3:30 p.m. – MAAC.TV

Quarterfinals March 4:

Game 6: No. 3 seed vs. Winner of Game 3 (No. 6 vs. No. 11 seed) – 12:00 p.m. – MAAC.TV

Game 7: No. 4 seed vs. No. 5 seed – 2:30 p.m. – MAAC.TV

Semifinals March 5:

Game 8: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 7 – 11:00 a.m. – ESPN3

Game 9: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 – 1:30 p.m. – ESPN3

Championship Game March 6:

Game 10: Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 9 – 5:00 p.m. – ESPNU

MAAC Men's Lacrosse Championship to Air on ESPNU on Sunday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m.

ESPN has announced its 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Schedule. The 2017 MAAC Men's Lacrosse Championship will air on ESPNU on Sunday, May 7 at 10 a.m.

ESPN Release

ESPN Announces 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Schedule

  • Rematch of 2016 National Championship Title Game Featuring North Carolina and Maryland
  • Fifteen of the Top 20 Teams To Play on ESPN Networks; Every Matchup Features a Ranked Opponent
  • Anish Shroff to Serve as Lead Play-by-Play Commentator; Chris Cotter Joins Play-by-Play Lineup
  • Legendary Former Head Coach Don Zimmerman to Contribute to Coverage as Game Analyst
  • ESPNU To Televise Four Conference Championships: ACC, America East, Ivy League, MAAC

ESPN’s coverage of the 2017 men’s college lacrosse season includes more than 25 televised games, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 7, when No. 11 Navy takes on No. 9 Johns Hopkins (5 p.m. ET, ESPNU). In addition to regular season games, ESPNU will be the home of four conference championships, including the ACC, America East, Ivy League and MAAC, as well as the entire NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Every matchup on the slate features a ranked team.

ACC Network Extra will stream nearly 30 men’s lacrosse matchups, and ESPN3 is expected to have more than 50 matchups, featuring the ASUN, BIG EAST, Ivy League, MAAC and Southern conferences. St. John’s will play several games on ESPN3, including matchups against No. 3 Denver and No. 6 Syracuse.

Schedule Highlights

No. 2 Maryland visits No. 1 North Carolina for a rematch of the 2016 National Championship title game on Saturday, March 25 (11:30 a.m., ESPNU)

Ivy League matchup between No. 7 Yale and No. 8 Brown, featuring All-American and 2016 Tewaaraton Award winner Dylan Molloy

Conference Championships: ACC (Apr. 28 & 30), America East (May 6), Ivy League (May 5 & 7) and MAAC (May 7)

Fifteen of the top 20 teams to face off on ESPN networks, including No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 Denver, No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 5 Loyola, No. 6 Syracuse, No. 7 Yale, No. 8 Brown, No. 9 Johns Hopkins, No. 10 Duke, No. 11 Navy, No. 14 Penn State, No. 15 Virginia, No. 16 Villanova and No. 19 Rutgers

This year’s coverage will also include a new player profile segment titled “reLAXin’ with P. Carc.” Analyst and reporter Paul Carcaterra will provide fans with in-depth and interactive interviews with some of the best college lacrosse players in the country. He kicked off the season with Yale’s Ben Reeves in the passenger’s seat. Watch here.

2017 NCAA Lacrosse Championship

This year marks the 10th consecutive year that ESPN will be providing complete coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Coverage begins with the 2017 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Selection Special on Sunday, May 7 (9 p.m., ESPNU), and continues with each round, culminating on championship weekend from Gillette Stadium in Boston, Mass. (May 27-29).

ESPN Commentators

This year’s coverage will be led by seasoned analysts, who were all standout athletes for their respective schools. Analysts include:

  • Quint Kessenich –Two-time winner of the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award as the nation’s best goalie when he played for Johns Hopkins; played professionally with the Baltimore Thunder
  • Paul Carcaterra – All-American and national champion with the Syracuse Orangemen; played professionally with Major League Lacrosse’s New Jersey Pride and participated in the World Lacrosse Games; recipient of 2016 Doyle Smith Sports Information/Media Award
  • Ryan Boyle – Four-time All-American at Princeton, winning the national championship with the Tigers in 2001; played professionally in both the NLL and MLL, and retired in 2014 with the Boston Cannons.
  • Matt Ward – Won the Tewaaraton Award for most outstanding player in 2006 after winning a national championship with Virginia; a year later, won Rookie of the Year in the MLL playing for the Washington Bayhawks.
  • Ryan Flanagan – Nation’s top defensemen in 2011 while playing at North Carolina; a MLL All-Star, currently with the Long Island Lizards.
  • Don Zimmerman – Former legendary head coach spent 23 years with the UMBC men’s lacrosse team, made four consecutive appearances in NCAA lacrosse championship; America East Coach the Year (2006, 2008, 2009); also led Johns Hopkins to three national championships
  • Mark Dixon – Helped Johns Hopkins reach the national semifinals in 1992 and 1993; current college lacrosse official.

Anish Shroff will now serve as the lead play-by-play commentator. Chris Cotter also joins a notable lineup of play-by-play commentators, which includes Shroff, Mike Corey, Jason Benetti and Booker Corrigan, who will all handle play-by-play duties throughout the season.

The women’s college lacrosse schedule will be released later this week.

Robinson & Kiss Earn LifeStorage Weekly Awards

Player of the Week

Justin Robinson, Monmouth

Sr., 5-8, G, Lake Katrine, NY, Kingston

Robinson set Monmouth’s Division I scoring record at Marist, hitting a three to move into first before netting two more triples in 52 seconds to extend the Monmouth lead in the second half. He finished with 24 points on 6-13 shooting. He then took over against then-second place Saint Peter’s, scoring 29 points, 26 coming after the half in an overtime victory. During a stretch in the second half with the Hawk down eight, Robinson netted 14 consecutive Monmouth points to get MU over the hump to tie a program record with their ninth straight win. He added nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and shot 88.9% from the foul line.

Rookie of the Week

Peter Kiss, Quinnipiac

Fr., 6-5, G, New York, NY/Notre Dame (MA)

Kiss set career highs in all three major categories in a win over Niagara on Saturday, tallying 23 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. He had a huge first half (16 points, eight rebounds, six assists) to stake the Bobcats to a 22-point halftime lead, and after Niagara came back to close the lead to just six points with 2:30 left, he had a key three-point play to push the lead to nine. Kiss also tied for team-high honors with 19 points in a loss to Siena on Monday, while adding seven assists. For the week, Kiss averaged 21.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists while shooting 58.6 percent from the floor.

Don't miss the upcoming week of MAAC Men's Basketball!

Iona's Marina Lizarazu & Marist's Rebekah Hand Earn LifeStorage MAAC Women's Basketball Weekly Honors

Player of the Week

Marina Lizarazu, Iona

Sr., G, Madrid, Spain/Fomento Fundacion-Rivas Ecopolis

Senior guard Marina Lizarazu averaged 20.5 points, 4.0 steals, and 3.0 assists per game in a 2-0 week for the Gaels. The guard shoot 56.0 percent from the floor, and 45.5 percent from three-point range en route to her third MAAC Player of the Week award this season. Against Niagara University on Thursday, February 2 Lizarazu had a game-high 18 points on 41.0 percent shooting. She set a season-high with three triples, while collecting three assists, and three steals. On Saturday, February 4 Lizarazu scored a game-high 23 points on 9-of-13 (69%) shooting against Canisius College. She hit 2-of-3 from long range and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. Additionally, she clicked on three assists and had a game-high five steals. Lizarazu now has eight 20+ point games this season. She has played all forty minutes in each of Iona’s six games during its six-game winning streak.

Rookie of the Week

Rebekah Hand, Marist

Fr., G, Argyle, TX/Liberty Christian School

In a two game week for the Red Foxes, freshman guard Rebekah Hand averaged 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game, while shooting 44.0 percent from the field. The freshman earns her sixth MAAC Rookie of the Week honor this season. In the Red Foxes first game of the week, a road win against Siena College, Hand scored 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five assists, and swiped a steal in 36 minutes of action. In Hand’s second game of the week, she continued with her versatile performance against Siena to score 14 points, pull down nine rebounds, and dish out five assists for the second consecutive game. Hand also had a block and a steal in the Red Foxes road win over Saint Peter’s University.

Don't miss the upcoming week of MAAC Women's Basketball!

MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor Appointed to NCAA DI Council

MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor has been named as the CCA Division I Subdivision Commissioner representative to the NCAA Council. Ensor will begin to serve on the NCAA DI Council starting on July 01, 2017 and continue through June 30, 2021.

As a member of the NCAA DI Council, Ensor will sustain and advance the Association’s mission, traditions, values and reputation. Ensor will regularly participate in committee meetings and conference calls while serving as an advocate for the Association on governance matters.

Check out the 2017 MAAC LifeStorage Swimming & Diving Championships Digital Program
Foti, Wurtz, Wright and Berardelli Earn Final Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards for 2017

Men's Swimmer of the Week

Christian Foti, Iona

Jr., 6’4”, Belle Harbor, NY/Chaminade

Christian Foti was victorious in four individual events this past week. He picked up two wins against Fordham University on Wednesday and the other two came against the Manhattan College Jaspers on Saturday.

Against Fordham, Foti touched the wall first in the 100-freestyle (47.92 seconds) and the 1000-freestyle (9:42.19). Later in the week against Manhattan, he also claimed first place in the 200-freestyle (1:43.49) and 500-freestyle (4:42.91).

Women’s Swimmer of the Week

Meredith Wurtz, Marist

Sr., 5’9”, Lafayette Hill, PA/William Penn Charter

On January 28, senior Meredith Wurtz took first place in three events in her final team victory at home against Binghamton University (165-135). She touched the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.64) and also the 50-yard freestyle (24.35 seconds) and 100-yard freestyle (53.36 seconds). Her 100-yard freestyle first place finish was the fastest time Wurtz swam at home all season. She also anchored the 400-yard freestyle relay team that finished second (3:42.18).

Men's Diver of the Week

Travis Wright, Canisius

Jr., 5-9, Derby, NY/Lake Shore

At the Fredonia Diving Invite, junior Travis Wright took home first place in both of his diving events. In each event, he finished with his highest scores of the season in the 1-meter (371.85) and 3-meter (383.85).

Women's Diver of the Week

Megan Berardelli, Marist

Jr., 5’3”, Blue Bell, PA/Wissahickon

On January 28, Megan Berardelli led a pair of 1-2-3 finishes on the board in her team’s victory over Binghamton (165-135) to finish the season. She placed first in the 1-meter (278.25) and also in the 3-meter (292.27). For her 2016-17 season, Berardelli won both diving events at five dual meets and one invitational.

Check out the 2017 MAAC Indoor Track & Field Championships Digital Program
Hoeller, Sosoo, Cibuls, & Garner earn Indoor Track & Field Performers of the Week

Men’s Field Performer of the Week

Stefan Hoeller, Manhattan

Sr., Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

Hoeller defended his title in the heptathlon at the Metropolitan Championships on Thursday and Friday. He sat in third place after the first day, but won all three events on day two to clinch the victory. Hoeller posted a time of 8.44 seconds, then moved into the lead after pole vaulting 4.60m (15'1). He cemented the win with a 2:49.11 clocking in the meters. Hoeller won by just 82 points, finishing with a score of 5081.

Men’s Track Performer of the Week

Bryan Sosoo, Monmouth

Jr., Laurel, Maryland

Sosoo won the 60m dash at the Villanova Invitational on Saturday - crossing the tape in 6.72 seconds. Later in the day Sosoo placed fifth in the triple jump, clearing 14.05m.

Women’s Field Performer of the Week

Kathleen Cibuls, Manhattan

Fr., Blue Point, New York

Cibuls won the pentathlon at the Metropolitan Indoor Championships on Thursday. In third place after the first event - the 60m hurdles - she moved into the lead with a 10.16m (33'4) effort in the shot put. She then leaped 5.29m (17' 4 1/4) in the long jump to maintain her advantage heading into the 800 meters. Cibuls then finished first in the 800 with a time of 2:29.32 to clinch the victory. She tallied 3557 points, 166 more than second-place finisher Oksana Sokolova of Rutgers.

Women’s Track Performer of the Week

Tionna Garner, Monmouth

Sr., Trenton, New Jersey

At the NY Armory, senior Tionna Garner took second overall in the 500m behind Sage Watson of Arizona, who ran the fastest time in the world, breaking the collegiate record in 1:08.40. Garner's time of 1:11.91 is the top in the MAAC, top time in the ECAC, and one of the fastest in NCAA. It is the third fastest time in school history behind her own school record of 1:10.31 and second fastest time of 1:11.59 both at ECAC's last year. On Saturday, Garner took fifth in the 800m with a time of 2:11.13. Monmouth's women finished 10th of more than 30 schools competing, featuring Oklahoma, Duke, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Maryland, Lehigh, and Connecticut among others.

Fukamachi, Stern Earn Tennis Weekly Awards

Female Player of the Week

Mitsuki Fukamachi, Siena

Sr., 5’3”, Mayfield Hts., OH/Mayfield

Senior Mitsuki Fukamachi contributed to the Siena College 3-0 mark on the weekend. In doubles, Fukamachi and partner Ali Garrity went 3-0 on the day, winning each match 6-2. At No. 3 singles, she won 6-4, 7-5 (10-0) against St. Bonaventure University. She then recorded a quick victory at Providence College (6-0, 6-2) and finished off the weekend with her third win against Bryant University (7-5, 7-5).

Male Player of the Week

Axel Stern, Quinnipiac

Fr., 6’3”, Tustin, CA/ Arnold O. Beckman

Axel Stern finished the weekend 2-2, going 1-1 in both doubles and singles play. On January 28, Stern was closely edged out by The University of South Carolina in doubles and singles play. The next day, Stern picked up two victories. At the No. 2 doubles spot, Stern and his partner Austin Yannone earned a victory over Boston University (6-3). Stern went on to win the No. 4 singles matchup against Jake De Vries of BU, 7-5, 7-5.

Wagner Sweeps Weekly Water Polo Awards

Offensive Player of the Week

Kimberly Watson, Wagner

Junior, Utility, Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada

Watson registered eight goals in Wagner’s opening weekend of play at the Arizona State Univesity Invitational. Against UC Santa Barbara, she recorded four goals, one assist, two sprint wins and two steals. In Wagner’s matchup against San Diego State University, Watson had three goals, one steal, three sprint wins,and two blocks. Watson had one goal, one sprint win, and drew three exclusions against Arizona State University.

Defensive Player of the Week

Emily Riddle, Wagner

Senior, Goalkeeper, Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Riddle played 80 total minutes at the ASU Invitation over the weekend. Against UC Santa Barbara, Riddle recorded nine saves and registered one steal. Against San Diego State University Riddle had six saves, and again had one steal.

Rookie of the Week

Millie Pullyblank, Wagner

Freshman, Center, Victoria, Australia

After arriving on Grymes Hill for the first time shortly after the New Year, Pullyblank recorded a hat-trick in her first-ever collegiate water polo game against UC Santa Barbara. Against UCSB, Pullyblank had three goals on four shots and her final goal in the fourth quarter ignited a 3-0 run for the Seahawks, however it was not enough to propel them past the Gauchos. In the matchup against SDSU, she recorded one assist and drew two exclusions. She also assisted fellow rookie Franciska Miló-Sidló on Wagner’s lone goal in the third quarter to keep the Seahawks within two tallies.

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