Fairfield's Tyler Nelson & Quinnipiac's Mikey Dixon Take Home Weekly Men's Basketball Awards

Player of the Week

Tyler Nelson, Fairfield

Jr., 6-3, G, Bradford, MA/Central Catholic

Tyler Nelson averaged 30.5 points per game in a 1-1 week for the Stags, including a career-high 38 points in a 76-67 road win against Rider. Nelson made six of his 10 three-point field goal attempts and all 10 of his free throws. With the score tied at 22-22, Nelson scored 11 straight points to help Fairfield take control, 33-26, and the Stags never lost that lead. He followed up with 23 points in an 80-73 loss to Siena, leading the team in scoring. For the week, Nelson shot 48 percent from the floor (19 of 39), 42 percent from three-point range (8 of 19) and 94 percent from the free throw line (15 of 16). Nelson also added five assists and five steals against one turnover in 61 minutes played (30.5 per game).

Rookie of the Week

Mikey Dixon, Quinnipiac

Fr., 6-2, G, New Castle, De/Sanford School

Dixon averaged a team-high 16.0 points on 54.2 percent shooting off the bench to help Quinnipiac split its opening MAAC weekend. He led the Bobcats with 18 points on 7-14 shooting in a 91-72 loss to preseason favorite Monmouth, and then had 14 points in 19 minutes on 6-10 shooting in a 77-63 win over Marist. Dixon came up big in a key part of the second half of the Marist win – after the Red Foxes cut a 19-point lead down to just five, Dixon scored six straight points to restore an 11-point lead with 12:06 left, and the Red Foxes were unable to get closer than seven the rest of the way.

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Canisius' Saliah Serrette & Marist's Rebekah Hand Earn MAAC Women's Basketball Weekly Honors

Player of the Week

Saliah Serrette, Canisius

Jr., G, Nitick, MA/Brewster Academy

Canisius’ junior guard, Saliah Serrette had her best weekend as a Griff, averaging 19.0 points and five rebounds per game during the weekend series. On Friday, against Rider, Serrette posted a career-best 23 points to go along with five rebounds, one assist, and one block. She recorded double-figures again on Sunday, in a victory over Monmouth, as the Natick, MA native posted 15 points, five rebounds, one assist, and one block in the winning effort. Not only was Serrette a top-producer for Canisius, she was dangerously accurate, posting an 83.3 field goal percentage, and shot 77.8 percent from the charity stripe.

Rookie of the Week

Rebekah Hand, Marist

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

Rebekah Hand continued her torrid stretch for Marist averaging 17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and a block a game for the Red Foxes in a two-game week. In Hand’s first game she scored 25 points, 21 in the first half, grabbed seven rebounds, had two assists, two blocks, and a steal in 37 minutes of action. Hand went 9-for-18 from the field and hit a number of crucial threes to pad the Red Foxes lead by half.

In Hand’s second game against Saint Peter’s she scored 10 points and dished out five assists in 34 minutes of play.

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Monmouth University Named 2017 Indoor Track & Field Favorites

EDISON, NJ –Three-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) champions Monmouth University has been selected as the preseason favorite to repeat as the 2017 Men's Indoor Track & Field Champions, according to a vote of the league’s eight head coaches. Monmouth University earned a total of 63 points with seven first place votes.

Last season, the Hawks won the 60 meter hurdles, 60 meter dash, 800 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 4x400 meter relay, and the shotput. Hawks sophomore Bryan Sosoo set a new MAAC record in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.71 seconds. Monmouth University finished with 170 team points.

Finishing in second place and receiving one first place vote is Manhattan College totaling 54 points. Rider University finished third place with 43 points and Iona College finished in fourth place with 42 points. Saint Peter’s University finished fifth in the poll with 29 points. Marist College finished in sixth place with 23 points. Canisius College finished in seventh with 20 points. Siena College placed eighth with 14 points.

Three-time defending MAAC Champions Monmouth University has also been selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2017 MAAC Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship according to a vote of the league’s nine head coaches. Monmouth University received a total of 79 points with seven first place votes. Last season, the Hawks claimed its third consecutive MAAC Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship.

At the 2016 MAAC Indoor Track & Field Championship, Monmouth University won four events including the 60 meter dash, 800 meter run, distance medley, and the 4 x 400 meter. The Hawks set a new distance medley MAAC record with a time of 11:44.68 led by juniors Lindsey Bellaran, Jenna Cupp, Vanessa Dautruche and senior Kendal Hand. Bellaran, Cupp, and Hand continued their dominance in the 800 meter run by sweeping the top three spots. The Hawks finished with 205 team points.

Finishing in second place and receiving one first place vote is Quinnipiac University with 69 points. Third place and also receiving one first place vote belongs to Manhattan College who finished with a total of 62 points. Rider University came in fourth with 56 points. Iona College finished fifth with 46 points. Saint Peter’s placed sixth with 32 points. Marist College finished seventh with 29 points and Siena College placed eighth with 18 points. Canisius College rounded out the poll in ninth with 14 points.

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Women’s Indoor Track & Field Poll:

Bonaro, Garner, Robbins, & Wilson earn Indoor Track and Field Performers of the Week

Men’s Field Performer of the Week

Tim Wilson, Monmouth

Sr., Washingtonville, NY

Wilson dominated the competition in the weight throw at the Monmouth Indoor Season opener, setting an IC4A qualifying mark of 19.40 meters in his first event of the season. His mark was almost a full two meters of the next closest competitor, teammate Troy Andretta. Wilson helped the Hawks stay unbeaten at home for the last eight seasons, defeating conference foes Rider and Saint Peter’s.

Men’s Track Performer of the Week

Tom Bonaro, Manhattan

Sr., Pearl River, NY

Bonaro won the 800 meters in the season-opening Crowell Open at Army West Point on Saturday. His 1:57.76 clocking was more than a half-second ahead of the second-place finisher.

Women’s Field Performer of the Week

Marisa Robbins, Manhattan

Sr., Goshen, NY

Robbins broke her own school record at Army West Point’s Crowell Open on Saturday. She cleared 3.87 meters (12 feet, 8¼ inches) on her third attempt to better her previous mark by two centimeters. With that performance, which easily won the competition, Robbins also qualified for the ECAC Championships.

Women’s Track Performer of the Week

Tionna Garner, Monmouth

Sr., Trenton, NJ

Garner won or helped the Hawks win a pair of events in the Monmouth Season Opener. The senior won the 600m with a time of 1:34.78, which is the second-best in school history, behind only the school record 1:34.17 she ran at Rutgers last January. Garner also was the anchor leg of Monmouth’s winning 4x400 relay team, which crossed the tape with a time of 4:05.73.

Stags Fall To No. 15 Michigan State In NCAA Championship First Round

EAST LANSING, MI – The Fairfield University volleyball team saw its 2016 season come to an end on Friday evening, dropping a 3-0 decision at ninth-seeded and No.1 5 nationally-ranked Michigan State in the NCAA Championship First Round at the Spartans’ Jenison Field House. The Stags’ Megan Theiller led all players with 12 kills in the postseason contest.

Fairfield’s MAAC Championship season concludes with a record of 28-6. The Stags’ first loss since Sept. 10 also ends the nation’s longest winning streak at 22 matches. The run was the second longest in program history (27, 1998) and included only the second 18-0 MAAC regular season in conference annals.

Michigan State (25-8) advances to meet Arizona in Saturday’s Second Round. The Wildcats swept Cleveland State in today’s opening match.

In addition to Theiller’s dozen finishers, Skyler Day added five, Megan O'Sullivan and Mayda Garcia each posted two, and Kaitlyn Fisher and Manuela Nicolini notched one apiece. Nicolini and Sydney Buckley shared setting duties and distributed five and 12 assists, respectively.

On the defensive end, Mallory Bechtold and Taylor Rudeen shared the team lead of eight digs. Theiller chipped in with five from the back row and Day added four. At the net, Day sent back a solo block while Fisher and Garcia also teamed up for a rejection.

The Spartans were led by eight kils from Autumn Bailey and seven apiece by Chole Reinig and Alyssa Garvelink. Rachel Minarick doled out 32 assists for Michigan State and Bailey had a match-best 11 digs.

In the opening set, Theiller led the Stags with three kills and Day added two finishers as well as a solo block. Fairfield never allowed an extended run by the Spartans but the Stags were unable to put together a stretch of the own larger than two straight points as Michigan State pulled away for a 25-14 decision.

The teams traded points to start the second frame with three early Theiller kills pushing Fairfield to a quick 4-3 edge. However, the Spartans responded to the slim deficit with five straight points to take an 8-4 advantage. Once again, the Stags could not engineer a run against their Big Ten foe as Michigan State steadily built its lead en route to a 25-13 win in the set and a 2-0 lead in the match entering the intermission.

The Spartans carried their momentum through the break and into the third set. Michigan State led by as many as nine in the stanza, taking a 25-15 victory to complete the 3-0 sweep.

The Stags’ 2016 season was highlighted by the program’s ninth MAAC Championship, tying Siena for the most in conference history. Fairfield’s 28 victories mark the third-most in program history and the most since the 1998 (35-2) and 1999 (30-4) teams put together back-to-back 30-win campaigns. O’Sullivan is Fairfield’s lone senior, graduating as a two-time First Team All-MAAC honor and MVP of the 2016 MAAC Championship, with the rest of the Stags slated to return in 2017.

Todd Kress Named ECAC VB Coach of the Year; Day & Theiller Named to First Team

ECAC Volleyball Coach of the Year - Todd Kress

ECAC Volleyball First Team representative - Skyler Day

ECAC Volleyball First Team representative - Megan Theiller

DANBURY, CT – Fairfield University Head Volleyball Coach Todd Kress has been named the ECAC Division I Coach of the Year, as announced today by the organization. In addition, Skyler Day and Megan Theiller have been selected as First Team ECAC All-Stars.

Kress earns the Coach of the Year nod from the ECAC after also claiming his conference-record fifth MAAC Coach of the Year recognition this season. This fall, he led the Stags to their second consecutive MAAC Championship and NCAA postseason berth, and his squad is currently in the midst of a 22-match winning streak – the nation’s longest active streak. Fairfield is 28-5 overall and completed only the second 18-0 MAAC regular season in conference history.

Now in the midst of his third campaign back on the sidelines at Alumni Hall – his seventh with the Stags overall – Kress owns a record of 162-72 at Fairfield and 396-267 overall in 21 seasons as a Division I head coach. He is Fairfield’s all-time leader in wins (162) and matches coached (234) and also ranks second in program history with a .692 winning percentage. Kress piloted Fairfield to the MAAC Championship in 1997, 1998, 2015 and 2016.

Skyler Day adds an ECAC First Team All-Star selection to a 2016 résumé that includes MAAC Player of the Year, First Team All-MAAC, MAAC All-Championship Team and MAAC Preseason Player of the Year laurels. Day currently leads the MAAC and ranks 25th in the nation with 4.35 kills per set, while her 492 total kills this fall rank fifth in a single-season in Fairfield history. She has also contributed 2.48 digs per set to the defensive effort en route to 11 double-doubles. In 113 sets of action, she rounds out her statline with a team-high 30 service aces along with 30 blocks and 24 assists. Day has established a new Fairfield single-season record this fall with 1,296 attack attempts.

Megan Theiller garners ECAC First Team honors after collects her first career First Team All-MAAC nod earlier this month. Also a MAAC All-Championship Team pick, Theiller led the conference with four MAAC Player of the Week selections during the 2016 regular season. Theiller ranks second in the MAAC (behind Day) and 35th in the nation with 4.19 kills per set, while her 478 total kills rank seventh-most in Fairfield single-season history. She also slots eighth in the MAAC with a .279 hitting percentage despite having taken more than 540 swings more than any other player ranked in the top 10. Her 1,223 attempts this fall are fourth-most in Fairfield single-season history. She also ranks second among Fairfield players with 2.78 digs per set to round out a team-leading 15 double-doubles. Theiller has contributed 44 blocks, 31 assists and 27 service aces while playing all 114 sets of action this season.

Cameron Harr Named ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, Fairlamb Earns ECAC First Team Honors
ECAC Offensive Player of the Year - Cameron Harr
ECAC First Team representative - Luke Fairlamb

DANBURY, CT – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced its 2016 Division I Men’s Soccer All-Star Team.

Marist College stand-out Cameron Harr was voted Offensive Player of the Year, with Collyns Laokandi of St. Francis College Brooklyn taking home Defensive Player of the Year. UMass Lowell’s Ivan Abramovic collected the Rookie of the Year accolade, while UMass Lowell Head Coach Christian Figueroa was selected as the Coach of the Year.

Harr had an outstanding sophomore year leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) with 17 goals and 35 points this season. The forward ranked first in the MAAC and fifth in the country with 0.89 goals per game. Harr’s four game-winning goals had him tied for most in the league.

2016 ECAC Division I All-Star Team

Offensive Player of the Year

Cameron Harr – Marist College

Defensive Player of the Year

Collyns Laokandi – St. Francis Brooklyn

Rookie of the Year

Ivan Abramovic – UMass Lowell

Coach of the Year

Christian Figueroa – UMass Lowell

FIRST TEAM

Jorge Gomez Sanchez – Temple University

Cameron Harr – Marist College

Guillermo Delgado – University of Delaware

Starvos Zrokostas – The University of Rhode Island

Simen Hestnes – LIU Brookyln

Luke Fairlamb – Saint Peter’s University

Zach Tamen – Colgate University

Jack Webber – Saint Francis University

Collyns Laokandi – St. Francis Brooklyn

Miles Robinson – Syracuse University

Roberto Bazzichetto – St. Francis Brooklyn

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.

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Stay updated on the latest news, championships and more by connecting with the ECAC on Facebook (ECACSports), Twitter (@ECACSports) and Instagram (@ECACSports).

Turner Named ECAC Coach of the Year, Gibson Named ECAC Rookie of the Year, Sobierajski Named to First Team
Krissy Turner (top), Madie Gibson (left) & Tara Sobierajski (right) earn ECAC Women's Soccer Honors

DANBURY, CT – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced its 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer All-Star Team.

Saint Joseph’s University’s stand-out Dakota Mills was voted Offensive Player of the Year, with Diana Poulin of St. John’s University taking home Defensive Player of the Year. Monmouth University’s Madie Gibson collected the Rookie of the Year accolade, while her head coach Krissy Turner was selected as the Coach of the Year.

Gibson scored in four consecutive matches including the final, helping the Hawks win the MAAC Women’s Soccer title this season. She was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Tournament Team. The forward led the team with 33 points and 12 goals, her nine assists and three game-winning goals helped cap a successful season for the Hawks in 2016.

Coach Turner led the Hawks to a 14-5-2 overall record, and their fourth NCAA berth in program history. Monmouth posted a 9-0-1 conference record, culminating in a MAAC Women’s Soccer title this season.

2016 ECAC Division I Women’s Soccer All-Star Team

Offensive Player of the Year

Dakota Mills – Saint Joseph’s University

Defensive Player of the Year

Diana Poulin – St. John’s University

Rookie of the Year

Madie Gibson – Monmouth University

Coach of the Year

Krissy Turner – Monmouth University

First Team

Dakota Mills – Saint Joseph’s University

Hannah Rosenblatt – Northeastern University

McKenzie Meehan – Boston College

Emily Gingrich – Saint Joseph’s University

Eliza Doll – Colgate University

Clare Shea – Army West Point

Nicole Bates – Fordham University

Anna Maria Baldursdottir – St. John’s University

Tara Sobierajski – Siena College

Paige Lombardi – University of Pennsylvania

Diana Poulin – St. John’s University

Honorable Mentions

Abby Sotomayor – Colgate University; Alexis McTamney – Monmouth University; Madie Gibson – Mounmouth University; Ellie Smith – Rider University; Nadya Gill – Quinnipiac University; Casey Gallaher – Saint Francis University; Alyssa Riporti – Lehigh University; Maclaine Lehan – Brown University; Christine Etzel – Brown University

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.

STAY CONNECTED

Stay updated on the latest news, championships and more by connecting with the ECAC on Facebook (ECACSports), Twitter (@ECACSports) and Instagram (@ECACSports).

Four Named to ECAC Field Hockey First-Team, Koch & Piersanti Earn Rookie & Defensive Player of the Year
Ann Burgoyne (top left), Alyssa Ercolino (middle), Julie Laszlo (top right), Daane Koch (bottom left) & Christen Piersanti (bottom right) earn ECAC Field Hockey Honors

DANBURY, CT – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced its 2016 Division I Field Hockey All-Star team.

University of Delaware sophomore Greta Nauck was tabbed Offensive Player of the Year, while junior Christen Piersanti of Monmouth University earned Defensive Player of the Year honor. Rider University freshman Daane Koch was named Rookie of the Year and University of Delaware Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof was tabbed Coach of the Year.

Piersanti had a standout season for the Hawks. The junior goalkeeper was named NFHCA National Player of the Week, honorable mention Sept. 8 and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 6. Piersanti finished the season 17-3 starting all 20 games in goal for the Hawks racking up 69 saves with a 1.20 goals against average in addition to 10 shutouts.

Koch produced a fantastic rookie campaign, earning MAAC Rookie of the Year. The freshman was named to the First Team All-MAAC in addition to being named MAAC Rookie of the Week four times and MAAC Offensive Player of the Week once during the 2016 season. She started all 19 games for Rider leading the team in goals, points, shots and shots on goal. Koch ranks among the top-five in the MAAC for shots, shots per game, points, points per game, goals, goals per game and game winning goals.

2016 ECAC Division I Field Hockey All-Star Team

Offensive Player of the Year

Greta Nauck, So., University of Delaware

Defensive Player of the Year

Christen Piersanti, Jr., Monmouth University

Rookie of the Year

Daane Koch, Fr., Rider University

Coach of the Year

Rolf van de Kerkhof, University of Delaware

First Team

Miranda Rigg, So., James Madison University

Anna Willocks, So., Saint Joseph’s University

Alexa Hoover, Jr., University of Pennsylvania

Anne Burgoyne, Sr., Fairfield University

Hannah Hall, Jr., James Madison University

Greta Nauck, So., University of Delaware

Alyssa Ercolino, Sr., Monmouth University

Ashley Mendonca, Jr., University of New Hampshire

Shannon Pereira, Jr., Saint Francis University

Julie Laszlo, Jr., Monmouth University

Christen Piersanti, Jr., Monmouth University

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.

STAY CONNECTED

Stay updated on the latest news, championships and more by connecting with the ECAC on Facebook (ECACSports), Twitter (@ECACSports) and Instagram (@ECACSports).

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