No. 12 Quinnipiac Becomes Second Team in MAAC History to Advance to Sweet 16

CORAL GABLES, FL – No. 12 Quinnipiac University (29-6, 17-3 MAAC) defeated No. 4 University of Miami (24-9, 10-6 ACC), 85-78, to advance to the Sweet 16. The Bobcats are the second team in MAAC history to advance to the Sweet 16, the only other was Marist College in 2007. No. 12 Quinnipiac faces No. 1 University of South Carolina on Saturday, March 25 at 1:00 p.m. PT, 4:00 p.m. ET in Stockton, CA.

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

The Bobcats are the first team to represent the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in the Sweet 16 since No. 13 Marist College did so in the 2007 NCAA Tournament (defeated by No. 1 University of Tennessee, 65-46).

Quinnipiac also joined Marist as the only two teams from the MAAC to win multiple games in the NCAA Tournament. With its First Round defeat of No. 5 Marquette, the Bobcats became the third member in the conference’s history to win a NCAA Tournament game (Marist, five times, last 2012 and La Salle 1989).

The win also marked the second time in program history that Quinnipiac defeated a nationally ranked opponent, Miami was ranked No. 16 overall in the nation.

The Bobcats had seven players score this evening, all of which tallied eight points or more in the win. Senior forward Morgan Manz led the Bobcats with a career-high 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field, which included 6-of-8 shooting from behind the arc.

The six threes are a career-high for Manz and tied Quinnipiac’s program record. The senior did all of her scoring in 30 minutes off the bench. Manz’ 22 points are tied for the second most scored in a NCAA Tournament Second Round game by a player from a current MAAC full-time member institution. Marist’s Corielle Yarde scored 25 points on March 21, 2011 and fellow Red Fox Jessica Jenkins had a 22-point point game on March 20, 2012.

As a team, the Bobcats converted a total of 15 threes, which tied for the most made three-pointers by a MAAC team this season. Monmouth University also made 15 treys against Siena college on January 28. Quinnipiac shot 15-of-26 (57.7%) from behind the arc.

Sophomore guard/forward Aryn McClure added 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting. She recorded four rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes of play. Sophomore forward Paula Strautmane recorded her third double-double of the season with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. The forward dished out a career-best seven assists, registered two steals, and a block in 35 minutes.

Quinnipiac’s bench outscored Miami’s 41-8. The Bobcats shot 46.7 percent from the field and 57.7 percent from three-point range. They recorded an assist on 24 of the team’s 28 made field goals. Quinnipiac led in the game for 32:58 and its largest lead of the game was 13 points with 1:48 to play in the second quarter.

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

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 fourth NCAA Tournament game (2-2) 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.

Quinnipiac Notes:

  • Quinnipiac improved to (1-2) all-time against Miami.
  • Quinnipiac improved to (2-9) all-time against nationally ranked opponents, defeated No. 16 Miami and No. 25 Marquette en route to the 2017 Sweet 16.
  • The Bobcats are now (1-9) all-time against ACC opponents after the defeat of Miami.
  • Quinnipiac extended its season-high winning streak to 12-straight games.
  • 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 Champions
  • 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)
No. 12 Quinnipiac Earns Its First-Ever NCAA Tournament Victory Over No. 5 Marquette

CORAL GABLES, FL – No. 12 Quinnipiac University defeated No. 5 Marquette University, 68-65, to advance to the Second Round of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. The victory marks the first NCAA Tournament win in the Bobcats’ Division I program history. Quinnipiac plays No. 4 University of Miami on Monday, March 20, in Coral Gables, FL.

Quinnipiac is the first team from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) to win an NCAA Tournament game since No. 13 Marist College defeated No. 4 University of Georgia, 76-60 in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats become the third MAAC representative in the conference’s history to win a game in the NCAA Tournament (Marist, five times, last 2012 and La Salle 1989).

The 2016-17 MAAC Champions improve to (28-6) after its First Round victory in the NCAA Tournament. Red-shirt sophomore forward Jen Fay scored a team-high 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field. The forward registered a game-high four steals in 24 minutes of play.

Sophomore forward Paula Strautmane added 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor and shot 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. Sophomore guard/forward Aryn McClure recorded 11 points, six rebounds, and four assists in 31 minutes of action.

The 2016-17 MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship MVP, red-shirt senior guard Adily Martucci recorded a pivotal block of Marquette’s Natisha Hiedeman’s jumper with 20.0 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Hiedeman’s field goal attempt could’ve tied the game for the Golden Eagles, with the score being 65-63 at that moment.

After the first quarter the Bobcats led 26-13 and led in the game for a total of 38:51. They led by as many as 19 points with 5:51 to play in the third quarter. Quinnipiac shot 28-of-53 from the field (52.8%) and totaled 20 assists as a team. The Bobcats scored 23 points off turnovers opposed to the Golden Eagles, who scored 11. Quinnipiac received 19 points from its bench (Fabbri eight points, Manz eight points, and Shewan three points).

The Bobcats played in their third NCAA Tournament game (1-2) 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.

Quinnipiac Notes:

  • Today’s game marked the first meeting in history between Quinnipiac and Marquette.
  • The win over No. 25 Marquette marked its first victory over a nationally ranked opponent in program history (1-9 in 10 games overall).
  • The Bobcats improved to (5-10) all-time against Big East opponents.
  • Quinnipiac extended its season-high winning streak to 11-straight games.
  • 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).
No. 14 Iona Topped By No. 3 Oregon In NCAA Midwest Region First Round, 93-77

SACRAMENTO, CA – The No. 14 seed Iona College men’s basketball team cut a 27-point second half deficit down to 13 points in the final stages of regulation, however, No. 3 Oregon was able to earn a 93-77 victory earlier this afternoon at the Golden 1 Center in the First Round of the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Senior Jordan Washington led the effort for the Gaels (22-13) with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Classmate Sam Cassell Jr. came off the bench for 16 points to help the Maroon & Gold post a 25-11 advantage in points off the bench. Deyshonee Much scored all 15 of his points in the second half. Taylor Bessick added five blocks in reserve duty while Jon Severe netted nine points and three rebounds.

The Ducks (29-5) placed four players in double-figures, led by a game-high 24 points from Tyler Dorsey to go along with five rebounds. Dillon Brook and Payton Pritchard each scored 18 points with Pritchard adding three steals. Jordan Bell shot 7-of-8 from the field towards 17 points and 12 rebounds.

After Oregon jumped ahead by 11 points less than eight minutes into the contest at 23-12, a 16-6 run from Iona brought the Gaels to within one point at 29-28 following a pair of free throws from Schadrac Casimir. The Ducks quickly turned in a run of their own to end the final eight minutes of the half by outscoring the Maroon & Gold 26-9 to create a 55-37 halftime margin.

Oregon shot 63.6 percent (21-for-33) from the floor in the first half as Bell and Dorsey combined for 29 points. Washington and Cassell combined for 24 points to lead the Gaels. The Ducks also owned a 20-14 rebounding margin to go along with advantages in points in the paint, 34-10, and fast break points, 10-0.

The Ducks opened the second half with 10 of the first 11 points to create a 27-point lead less than two minutes into the half. After Iona brought the deficit back below 20 points, Oregon once again increased the advantage to 26 points at 76-50 with 13:07 remaining.

With the Maroon & Gold trailing by 23 points, Much hit three straight 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to bring Iona within 16 points. After back-to-back layups from Severe, Much hit another trey to bring Oregon’s lead to 13 points and followed up a Brooks 3-pointer with his fifth of the half to keep Iona within 13 points.

A Casimir layup brought the margin to 13 points for the third time within two minutes as Iona trailed 88-75 with 3:40 left. The Gaels managed just two more points, a Washington layup, in the final three minutes while the Ducks added five more to secure the final scored of 93-77.

Iona outscored Oregon 40-38 after surrendering a season-high 55 first half points. Much led all scorers with 15 points in the final 20 minutes, shooting 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Bessick helped keep Oregon to 46.7 percent (14-for-30) shooting from the floor with four blocks in the period.

The Gaels conclude an eighth straight 20-win season, with seven coming under Head Coach Tim Cluess. Today’s NCAA appearance was the fourth in seven years for the program.

Saint Peter’s Men’s Basketball Defeats UAlbany, 59-55, in First Round CIT Action

EDISON, NJ – In the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, the Saint Peter’s University Peacocks defeated UAlbany 59-55. This is the first postseason victory for the Peacocks since the 1980 National Invitation Tournament. Saint Peter’s has earned a bye into the CIT Quarterfinals.

With the victory, Saint Peter’s reaches the 20-win plateau for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign. Nick Griffin led the charge for Saint Peter’s with a game-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting. All-MAAC Second Team Selections, Quadir Welton and Trevis Wyche combined for 24 points in the victory. This game featured 13 lead changes and five ties. Saint Peter’s held UAlbany to 27 second half points.

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 quarterfinals take place from March 24-26. All games are streamed through Facebook Live.

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Duggan Scores Her 1,000th Career Point in Rider's WNIT Loss

BLACKSBURG, VA – Senior center Julia Duggan (Marmora, NJ/Ocean City) became the 21st player in Rider women’s basketball program history to score 1,000 career points as the Broncs fell on the road to Virginia Tech, 76-62, in the first round of the 2017 WNIT. Rider (24-9) sees its record-setting season come to an end, while the Hokies (18-13) have now won two of their last three games.

“Tonight we started out a little slow and they came out strong,” Rider University Head Coach Lynn Milligan said. “We fought like we always do. I don’t think it was nerves, I think the speed and the pace of the game caught us off guard a little bit.”

Offensively, junior Kamila Hoskova (Brno, Czech Republic/Sportovni Gymnazium Ludvika Danka) led the charge for the Broncs with 18 points thanks to a 6-of-7 showing from the charity stripe. The balanced offensive attack saw three other Rider players score in double figures. Duggan had 12 points and four rebounds, while both freshman Stella Johnson (Denville, NJ/Morris Catholic) and sophomore Lexi Posset (Pittsburgh, PA/Beaver Area) poured in 13 points apiece. Johnson also added three steals for the guests, while Posset scored in double figured for the fourth straight game.

“Julia has been a warrior for four years,” Milligan added. “She works hard, she gives everything she has every day and she’s really developed into a terrific leader. She’s done everything that we’ve asked her to do and I’m really proud of her.”

It was a three-player attack for Virginia Tech as Regan Magarity, Chanette Hicks and Samantha Hill combined to score 65 of the team’s 76 points. Magarity was a force in the post, scoring a game-high 25 points on 10-fo-13 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds for a double-double. Hicks netted 21 points, while grabbing five boards and dishing out two assists and Hill had 19 points to go along with a game-high four steals.

The hosts started the game on a 4-0 run over the first 90 seconds of action before freshman Safie Tolusso (Vevey, Switzerland/Honore d'Estinne d'Orves) got the Broncs on the board with a lay-up on a nice cut. It was a two-player show early for the Hokies as Magarity and Hicks combined to score the team’s first 17 points.

After Rider cut the deficit to two at 6-4, Virginia Tech reeled off five straight points. Senior forward Yeliz Dogan (Izmir, Turkey/Western Nebraska CC/Antalya Koleji) put an end to the spurt with a put back of her own miss. Trailing by 11 at 17-6 with under a minute left in the first frame, Hoskova got the basket and drew contact. Her three-point play cut the Hokie advantage to single digits. To close out the first, Vanessa Panousis connected on a deep three for the Hokies to give the hosts a 22-11 edge after 10 minutes.

In the first quarter, the Broncs shot just 29 percent (5-17), while Virginia Tech knocked down over 56 percent (9-16) of its shots. Magarity and Hicks had 17 of the 22 Tech points in the first, while five different Broncs scored at least two points in the frame.

Rider started the second quarter on a 7-0 run capped by a triple from the wing by Posset to cut the deficit to four at 22-18 two minutes into the stanza. The Hokies would answer with a 12-0 run of their own to stretch the lead 16 at 34-18. Duggan put an end to the run with a free throw for Rider midway through the quarter. Her free throw would be the final points of the first half for Rider.

A three from the wing by Virginia Tech freshman Kendyl Brooks with 2:21 left in the half gave the Hokies a 41-19 lead. Down the stretch, Virginia Tech scored the last four points of the frame to lead, 45-19, at the break.

Over the first 20 minutes, Rider shot 25 percent (8-32) compared to the Hokies hitting 50 percent (18-36) of the their shots.

The teams traded points early in the third as a pair of free throws from Posset made it a 25-point game at 50-25 in favor of Virginia Tech. Heading into the media timeout in the third, Rider trailed, 55-30, following a steal and lay-up from Johnson. She was the most effective Bronc on the offensive end to that point in the contest, hitting 3-of-4 from the field.

Rider made it a 7-0 run in the third with a lay-up from Duggan with 3:41 remaining in the stanza. She would follow that up with a jumper and after a Hokie miss, Johnson scored in transition to make it an 11-0 Rider run.

Virginia Tech would answer on the following possession with a jumper in the paint from Hicks to stop the Bronc spurt. Rider would cut the deficit to 19 to close out the frame and trail 59-40 heading into the fourth. In the third, the Broncs outscored the Hokies, 21-14, and shot 64 percent (9-14) thanks to Duggan scoring six in the quarter. The Broncs also forced six Virginia Tech turnovers over the 10-minute span.

Rider was scoreless over the first two minutes of the fourth quarter before Duggan knocked down a pair of free throws. The free throws got the team on the board in the frame and gave her 1,000 career points. Back-to-back three-point plays from Johnson and Posset cut the Hokie lead to 15 at 63-48 with six minutes left in the contest.

The Broncs would cut the lead to 13 at 63-50 following a steal and score in transition from Johnson. On the ensuing possession, Virginia Tech would answer with a basket from Magarity and then an old-fashioned three-point play from Hill.

Over the final three minutes of regulation, Rider would use a 5-0 spurt to pull within 14 at 71-57 following a trey from Posset off a feed from Johnson. Duggan would hit her second career three-pointer with under a minute left. The triple was also her second in the last two games.

Late in regulation, the Hokies would knock down their free throws to advance to the second round of the 2017 WNIT.

Johnson would end the season with 93 steals, which is the most in a single-season in program history since the team started playing in Division I in 1982-83.

For the game, Rider shot 38 percent (23-60) from the field, while Hokies shot 44 percent (29-65). The Broncs forced 22 turnovers and outscored Virginia Tech, 43-31, in the second half.

The tilt marked the final game in the careers of Duggan, Taylor Wentzel (Pittsburgh, PA/Baldwin) and Dogan.

Kearnan, Hreshko & Dempsey Take Home Weekly Lacrosse Awards

Offensive Player of the Week

Conor Kearnan, Canisius

Jr., 5-8, A, Courtice, Ontario/St. Stephen's (Saint Joseph's)

Kearnan tallied 10 points on six goals and four assists to lead Griffs to a split of its two games last week. Scored three goals and added three assists in 18-11 setback to Hobart on March 14. Tallied three goalls and added one assist in 17-6 victory over Marist in MAAC opener on March 18.

Defensive Player of the Week

Nick Hreshko, Monmouth

Sr., 5-6, GK, Warrington, PA/La Salle College HS

Goalkeeper Nick Hreshko backstopped the Hawks in their 8-7 overtime win over Quinnipiac in the conference opener on Saturday night. The senior recorded 12 saves in the victory and recorded double-digit saves for the fourth time this season. Hreshko also picked up three ground balls in the contest and has limited opponents to seven or less goals in three consecutive games. Hreshko is the reigning MAAC Defensive Player of the Week, an honor he has received twice this season. Monmouth won its conference opener for the first time and also defeated Quinnipiac for the first time in four meetings.

Rookie of the Week

Donavon Dempsey, Detroit Mercy

Fr., 5-9, A, Lakeville, MN/Lakeville South

Dempsey kept up his strong play with two goals, two ground balls and a caused turnover in the victory over Manhattan. It was his second-straight game with two goals and the third-straight that he found the back of the net.

Marist Sweeps MAAC Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards

Offensive Player of the Week

Olivia Pitonzo, Marist

Sr., A, Syracuse, NY/Christian Brothers Academy

Olivia Pitonzo registered 10 points on four goals and six assists in Marist’s two games against Big South competition this week. She scored on all four of her shots on goal in the Red Foxes’ 15-9 win at reigning two-time Big South champion Winthrop on March 17. Pitonzo followed up by tying her career-high of five assists in a 15-12 loss at High Point. She scored on her only free position attempt of the week and complied an .800 shot on goal percentage.

Defensive Player of the Week

Hailey Wagner, Marist

So., M, Brookhaven, NY/Bellport

Hailey Wagner broke Marist’s single-game draw control record, winning 15 when the Red Foxes defeated two-time reigning Big South Champion Winthrop, 15-9, on March 17. The old mark of 13 belonged to Jamie Romano, who achieved the feat in 2014. Wagner led a Marist defense that held the Eagles to 1-of-11 on free position attempts. The Red Foxes’ 19 draw controls in the contest were the most since they had 20 against Manhattan last season. In a three-goal loss at High Point on March 19, Wagner had 10 draw controls and picked up a ground ball.

Rookie of the Week

Samantha Mehalick, Marist

Fr., A, North Brunswick, NJ/North Brunswick

Samantha Mehalick averaged seven shots and 3.50 goals per game for Marist this weekend. She scored five goals on eight shots in the Red Foxes’ 15-9 win at two-time defending Big South champion Winthrop on March 17. She also had a ground ball and a draw control in the contest. Mehalick fired three shots on goal, scoring twice against High Point on March 19. She compiled a .500 shot percentage and a .714 shots on goal percentage in the two games. Mehalick is the Red Foxes’ leading scorer this season with 20 goals.

Wilson, Wallace & Kapuscinski Take Home Weekly Awards

Player of the Week

Liam Wilson, Canisius

R-Jr., 6-2, 3B/DH, Ayr, Ontario/ Northeastern Junior College

Liam had a strong series against George Mason this past weekend, batting .500 in the three game series with six hits and six RBI to give Canisius a consistent scoring threat. Wilson’s biggest day came in the opening contest of the series, as the third basemen helped erase a 5-0 deficit, notching four hits and three RBI, in a heartbreaking extra innings loss. He also tallied a hit in the second game of the day and exploded for a trio of RBI in the finale, going 1-of-4 from the dish. Not only was his batting average high, but he recorded an on base percentage of .571 and a slugging percentage of .667.

Pitcher of the Week

Gavin Wallace, Fairfield

Jr., 6-5, RHP, Madison, NJ/Madison

Gavin Wallace threw a nine-inning complete game shutout against the reigning Atlantic Sun champions Stetson leading the Stags to a series win. Wallace needed only 98 pitches to set career-highs in innings (nine) and strikeouts (nine) while walking just two batters. Wallace allowed more than one hit in justone inning as the Hatters tallied seven against the junior.

Rookie of the Week

Tyler Kapuscinski, Marist

Fr., 5-11, 1B/DH, Marlboro, NJ/Colts Neck

Kapuscinski continued his strong offensive numbers, batting .375 (6-for-16) with two doubles, three walks, one stolen base, one home run, five runs scored, four RBI, a .688 slugging percentage and a .474 on base percentage. In a 15-6 win at VCU, Kapuscinski went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, a walk, three runs scored and four RBI. In a 4-3 win over Penn, he went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.

Reed, Weathers, & Olaff Earn Weekly Awards

Player of the Week

Tori Reed, Fairfield

Sr.,C, Dover, DE/Poly Tech

Reed batted .407 with three home runs and 11 RBI as the Stags posted a 3-5 record during its trip to Florida last week. The catcher started all eight games and picked up at least one hit in each of those appearances. She posted four games with two RBI, including a three-hit performance in a win over Chattanooga. Five of her 11 hits on the week went for extra bases including a home run against FIU, Saint Joseph’s, and Bethune-Cookman. The senior was also responsible for scoring eight of the team’s 29 runs during the eight-game stretch.

Pitcher of the Week

Madi Weathers, Canisius

Jr., P, Westminster, CA/Fountain Valley

Junior pitcher Madi Weathers went 1-1 with a save and a 0.78 ERA last week, as Canisius played six games on it annual Spring Break trip. She was the tough-luck loser in the circle for the Golden Griffins March 15, as she went the distance and allowed two runs on five hits in a 2-1, extra-inning loss to FGCU. She came back to earn the win for Canisius after she allowed three hits, all singles, while fanning seven in the team’s 3-0 win over Cleveland State March 17. In that win, she threw 101 pitches and didn’t allow a base runner past second base. The Westminster, California native pitched three shutout innings against Drexel March 18, en route to her third save of the season.

Rookie of the Week

Lacey Olaff, Fairfield

Fr., 5-9, INF, Florence, NJ/Florence Twp. Memorial

Olaff batted .350 over eight games with a homer and six RBI as the Stags posted a 3-5 record during their trip to Florida. She picked up a hit in six of the team’s eight games, starting each of those contests. She started the week with a pair of hits and an RBI in a 3-0 win over Rutgers. She tallied a week-best three RBI with a home run in loss to Saint Joseph’s, and followed with a hit, a sacrifice fly and a walk with two RBI against Army West Point. Olaff is batting .408 for the season with 17 RBI in 19 games.

Mueller, Murphy, Blamon, & Davis Earn Outdoor Track & Field Performers of the Week

Men’s Field Performer

Corey Murphy, Monmouth

Jr., Yaphank, NY

Murphy helped the Hawks usher in the outdoor season with a couple of impressive performances at the withheld on the campus of High Point University. Murphy took gold in the shot put with his throw of 59’ 5.5” as Monmouth went 1-3-4 in the event. He then came back and placed second in the discus with his IC4A qualifying mark of 164’ 11”.

Men’s Track Performer

Fabian Mueller, Manhattan

Gr., Amtzell, Germany

In his first competition of the year after sitting out the indoor campaign, Mueller finished second in both the 100 and 200 meters at the Dennis Craddock Carolina Relays, posting IC4A-qualifying times in both events. After running the 200 in 21.92 seconds on Friday, he registered a 10.88-second clocking in the 100 on Saturday. Mueller was also a part of the Jaspers’ 4x100 meter relay squad that took third in 42.79 seconds.

Women’s Field Performer

Faith Blamon, Monmouth

Sr., Cinnaminson, NJ

Senior Captain Faith Blamon competed in three events for the Hawks at the Bob Davidson Spring Kickoff, earning a second place finish in the javelin with an ECAC qualifying throw of 151’ 3”. She also competed in the discus and the hammer for the Hawks but did not crack the top-three in either event.

Women’s Track Performer

Jasmine Davis, Manhattan

So., Ronkonkoma, NY

Davis won the 400 meters at the Dennis Craddock Carolina Relays on Saturday. With a time of 58.49 seconds, she qualified for the ECAC Championships in the event.

Quinnipiac's Luciana Tobia-Palza Earns Female Golfer of the Week

Luciana Tobia-Palza, Quinnipiac

So., 5-6, La Paz, Bolivia/IMG Academy

Sophomore Luciana Tobia-Palza finished fifth out of 93 golfers at the Low Country Intercollegiate hosted by Wofford College. She finished with a two-day total of 157 (76-81, +13). Tobia-Palza’s two-day score of 157 at Moss Creek tied her season best, which she also shot at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational and the Dartmouth Invitational. Her fifth place finish is her second-best of the season, after a fourth-place finish at the Quinnipiac Classic.

Garrity, Nadeau Earn Weekly Tennis Awards

Ali Garrity, Siena

Sr., 5-5, Medina, OH/Medina

Ali Garrity went 2-0 this weekend as the Siena College Saints continue their undefeated season, improving to 10-0 on the year and 2-0 in conference play. Garrity partnered with Mituski Fukamachi to take down Sacred Heart University at No. 1 doubles (6-2) and against Saint Peter’s University at No. 1 doubles Garrity and Fukamachi came out on top with a score of 6-4. In No. 1 singles against Sacred Heart, the senior won 6-3, 6-4, and against Lucia Radovic of Saint Peter’s, Garrity won 6-3, 6-1.

Francis Nadeau, Niagara

Sr., 5-9, Terrebonne, QC/St. Gabriel High School

Francis Nadeau went 2-1 in singles and doubles play to help the Niagara University Purple Eagles to a 2-1 week. At the No. 3 singles spot, Nadeau defeated Louis Tonon (6-3, 6-2) of Mount St. Mary’s. He also defeated Mercyhurst University’s Joaquin Aguilera at the No. 3 singles position in three sets (6-4, 4-6, 6-3). On the doubles side, the senior won two matches with two different partners. At the No. 1 doubles spot, he paired with Taylan Ozdemir to notch a victory over Mount St. Mary’s (6-2). At the No 2. Doubles spot paired with Brent Boleslav, the duo defeated Mercyhurst, 8-4.

Barkley, Riddle, and Fernandez Win Weekly Awards

Shelby Barkley, Virginia Military Institiute

Junior, Center, Riverside, CA

Junior center Shelby Barkley scored 27 goals over seven matches (3.85 average) to help the Keydets to a 6- mark last week. Barkley helped team to go 4-1 in California beating Chapman, Concordia Irvine, and University of Redlands before going 2-0 to start MAAC action. Barkley scored a season-high six goals against La Salle, and three against Siena. During the week Barkley also drew 19 exclusions and registered seven assists.

Emily Riddle, Wagner College

Senior, Goalkeeper, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Wagner goalkeeper Emily Riddle registered 18 saves and 12 GAA as the Seahawks beat Marist and Iona in opening weekend of conference play. The senior netminder amassed a season-high 11 saves against MAAC Co-Preseason favorite Marist, holding the No. 24 Red Foxes to just one goal in each of the first three quarters. Riddle later collected seven saves in Wagner’s 13-8 triumph over Iona. Tied 5-5 at intermission, the Canadian native held the Gaels scoreless in the third quarter as the Green & White jumped out to a 9-5 lead. Riddle’s 127 saves on the season moves her up to third for all-time saves in Wagner’s program history with 878.

Diana Fernandez, Siena College

Freshman, Attack, Chicago, IL

Diana Fernandez totaled five goals and 11 steals for the Saints in two games at Villanova on Saturday. Fernandez scored twice, had six steals, and drew two ejections in against the host Wildcats. In the contest against VMI, Fernandez netted three more goals, recorded one assist, and added five steals for the Saints.

Jacksonville sweeps Weekly Awards

Jacksonville University

1st Varsity 8+

In their first weekend of spring competition, Jacksonville University’s 1st Varsity 8+ boat finished in third place with a time of 6:57.5 in the 2000 meter race. Jacksonville beat out Nova Southeastern and fellow MAAC member Stetson University to finish third. Members of Jacksonville’s boat were: Coxswain-Claire McLenna, (8) Sara Miller, (7) Victoria Tkacz, (6) Meg Coyle, (5) Yailene Herrera, (4) Veronika Stasaityte, (3) Stacey Price, (2) Nicole Martin, and, (1) Sarah Goodman.

2nd Varsity 8+

Jacksonville’s 2nd Varsity 8+ boat finished their 2000 meter race with a time of 7:05.3 to secure third place over the weekend. The 2nd Varsity 8+ boat also finished ahead of Nova Southeastern and Stetson. The boat was lead by Coxswain Emily Nierman, and by rowers (8) Sara Miller, (7) Rochelle Martinez, (6) Madison Boyer, (5) Samantha Amadio, (4) Jennifer Pavlik, (3) Jessica Shipkowski, (2) Katharina Dinsmore, and, (1) Alex Pulliam.

Varsity 4

The Varsity A4+ boat of Jacksonville University finished with a time of 7:53.9 in the 2000 meter race in their first weekend of spring competition. Coxswain Alexandria Kyriakidis lead rowers (4) Tori West, (3) Gabrielle Torres, (2) Emily Woods, and (1) Colette McDonald.

Reinhardt, Kocinski Earn Student-Athlete of the Week Awards

Stephanie Reinhardt, Manhattan

Softball | Senior | Albany, NY

Reinhardt has been the Jaspers’ starting shortstop from the moment she arrived in Riverdale. She has started 166 consecutive games and has never missed an inning defensively. Reinhardt helped Manhattan reach the championship round of the 2014 MAAC Tournament, then was selected to the All-Tournament Team in 2015. Reinhardt has five home runs and 65 RBIs in her Manhattan career, and she recorded her 100th collegiate hit against Yale on March 14.

Greg Kocinski, Marist

Baseball | RS-Junior | Belle Mead, NJ

Greg Kocinski is a redshirt junior and is majoring in Business Administration/Finance. He was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team twice and was named to Marist's deans list for four semesters of his career, In October, he represented the MAAC at the NCAA Leadership Conference, where he gained invaluable leadership skills along with the experience of exploring the relationship between personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles, and a thorough understanding of the NCAA as a whole, the different divisional perspectives and the valuable role of Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC).. Through 16 games played, Kocinski leads the team with four doubles, is tied for first on team with 13 RBI and is third on the team with nine walks.

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