Army baseball opens Feb. 15

Army will open the 2019 baseball season against service-academy rival Air Force, in Baton Rouge, La., on Feb. 15. The Black Knights will face Louisiana State on Feb. 16 and Louisiana-Monroe on Feb. 17.
Before hosting its first home game, Army plays a four-game set at Longwood (Va.); faces Saint Joseph’s, Fairleigh Dickinson and Tulane in Cary, N.C.; play three games at Houston; two games at Stephen F. Austin; and, three games at Ohio University.
The home opener is March 20 against Hofstra. Bucknell (March 23) and Navy (March 24) visit for Patriot League openers. Cornell, a Manhattan twinbill, Sacred Heart and Columbia and Villanova visit West Point as well.
The annual Hudson Valley Baseball Classic with Marist takes place April 24 at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill.
Army plays an April 20 twinbill at Navy and a single game on April 21, a noon contest to be televised by CBS Sports Network.
Army was 37-24 last season and 18-7 in Patriot League play. Army won a three-game semifinal with Bucknell and two-game final with Navy. In NCAA play, the Black Knights upset North Carolina State in the opener before falling to Auburn and N.C. State.

Fri. 15 – vs. Air Force (at LSU), noon; Sat. 16 – at LSU, 2 p.m.; Sun. 17 – vs. La. Monroe (at LSU), 11 a.m.; Fri. 22 – at Longwood, 3 p.m.; Sat. 23 – at Longwood (DH), noon; Sun. 24 – at Longwood, noon
Fri. 1 – vs. St. Joseph’s (at Cary, N.C.), noon; vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (at Cary, N.C.), 4 p.m.; Sun. 3 – vs. Tulane (at Cary, N.C.), 10 a.m.; Fri. 8 – at Houston, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 9 – at Houston, 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 10 – at Houston, 2 p.m.; Tues. 12 – at Stephen F. Austin, 7:30 p.m.; Wed. 13 – at Stephen F. Austin, 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 15 – at Ohio, 4 p.m.; Sat. 16 – at Ohio, 2 p.m.; Sun. 17 – at Ohio, 1 p.m.; Wed. 20 – vs. Hofstra, 3 p.m.; Sat. 23 – vs. Bucknell* (DH), noon; Sun. 24 – vs. Navy* (DH), noon; Wed. 27 – at Siena, 3 p.m.; Sat. 30 – at Bucknell* (DH), noon; Sun. 31 – at Bucknell*, 1 p.m.
Wed. 3 – vs. Cornell, 3 p.m.; Sat. 6 – vs. Lehigh* (DH), noon; Sun. 7 – vs. Lehigh*, noon; Tues. 9 – vs. Manhattan (DH), 3 p.m.; Sat. 13 – vs. Lafayette* (DH), noon; Sun. 14 – vs. Lafayette*, noon; Wed. 17 – vs. Holy Cross*, 3 p.m.; Sat. 20 – at Navy* (DH), 1 p.m.; Sun. 21 – at Navy*, noon (CBS Sports Network); Wed. 24 – vs. Marist (at Fishkill), 5 p.m.; Sat. 27 – at Holy Cross* (DH), 1 p.m.; Sun. 28 – at Holy Cross*, noon; Tues. 30 – vs. Sacred Heart, 3 p.m.
Wed. 1 – vs. Columbia, 6 p.m.; Sat. 4 – at Lehigh* (DH), time TBD; Sun. 5 – at Lafayette* (DH), time TBD; Wed. 8 – vs. Villanova, 3 p.m.; Sat. 11-Sun. 12 – Patriot League best of 3 semifinals; Fri. 17-Sun. 19 – Patriot League best of 3 finals

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Region XV tournament schedule

Division III quarterfinals
Thursday, October 25
No. 8 Borough of Manhattan CC at No. 1 Queensborough CC
No. 7 SUNY Westchester at No. 2 Nassau CC
No. 6 Suffolk CCC at No. 3 Fashion Institute of Technology
No. 5 SUNY Rockland at No. 4 SUNY Orange
Semifinals (at SUNY Orange)
Saturday, October 27
Rockland/Orange winner vs. Manhattan/Queensborough winner, noon
Suffolk-FIT winner vs. Westchester/Nassau winner, noon
To follow after semifinal matches

Cassidy Smith (Orange) named first team All-Region XV. Jenna Trone (Orange) named honorable mention.

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Mid-Hudson Conference XC championships

Team champion: SUNY Westchester
Key: O – SUNY Orange; U – SUNY Ulster; W – SUNY Westchester
(at SUNY Ulster, 8 kilometers): 1. Quintin Berteau (U) 31:16; 2. Bryan Friedlander (U) 35:25; 3. Randy Culcay (W) 35:43; 4. Christian Sennyuen (U) time missing; 5. Mark Naulaguari (W) 37:56; 6. Akinbowale Bolaji (W) 45:02; 7. Max Stock (W) 45:03; 8. Matthew Tynczyszyn (O) 51:52; 9. Tristan Fordyce (W) 66:24 (top seven earned all-conference honors)
Team champion: SUNY Sullivan
Key: O – SUNY Orange; S – SUNY Sullivan; U – SUNY Ulster; W – SUNY Westchester
(at SUNY Ulster, 5 kilometers): 1. Kylee Kresge (O) 21:30; 2. Rachel Rivera (S) 26:11; 3. Gem Helper (S) 28:05; 4. Jamilla Woods (S) 36:45; 5. Nadia Packer (S) 36:51; 6. Prue Sanders (S) 36:58; 7. Yaminah Calinda (W) 37:01 (top seven earned all-conference honors


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Atlantic Hockey preseason poll – Army tabbed for sixth

Coaches poll: 1. Air Force (7 first-place votes) 97 points; 2. Canisius (4) 92; 3. Robert Morris 66; 4. Mercyhurst 65; 5. American International 60; 6. Army 55; 7. Rochester Institute of Technology 49; 8. Holy Cross 40; 9. Bentley 31; 10. Sacred Heart 29; 11. Niagara 21.

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Women’s basketball: Army schedule announced

Army will open the season with two road games at Long Island (Nov. 9) and Columbia (Nov. 12) and open a six-game non-conference home slate with Big East power St. John’s on Nov. 16.
Air Force (Nov. 21), St. Francis Brooklyn (Sept. 28), Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 5), Yale (Dec. 11) and Connecticut College (Dec. 30) round out the non-league games at Christl Arena.
Army’s non-conference road slate includes Binghamton (Nov. 25), Texas Christian (Dec. 2) and Wagner (Dec. 8).
Patriot League play opens Jan. 3 at Boston University and the home lid lifter is Jan. 6 against Loyola (Md.)
Navy visits West Point on Jan. 19 in a nationally televised noon start. Army plays at Annapolis on Feb. 16.
The Patriot League playoffs are March 9, 11, 14 and 17.
Army finished 17-14 overall and 9-9 in Patriot play last season. The Black Knights upset Lehigh in the quarterfinals and bowed to top-seed American in the semifinals
– Ken McMillan

Army 2018-19 schedule
(2017-18 overall records and conference finish listed in parenthesis)
Fri. 9 – at Long Island (13-18, Northeast, tied fifth), TBD; Mon. 12 – at Columbia (8-21, Ivy, eighth), TBD; Fri. 16 – St. John’s (19-15, tied fifth), 5 p.m.; Wed. 21 – Air Force (6-25, Mountain West, tied eighth), 5 p.m.; Sun. 25 – at Binghamton (20-12, America East, tied third), 2 p.m.; Wed. 28 – St. Francis, NY (13-17, Northeast, tied third), 5 p.m.
Sun. 2 – at Texas Christian (23-13, Big 12, fifth), 3 p.m.; Wed. 5 – Fairleigh Dickinson (15-15, Northeast, tied seventh), 7 p.m.; Sat. 8 – at Wagner (6-23, Northeast, tenth), TBD; Tues. 11 – Yale (19-13, Ivy, fourth), 7 p.m.; Sun. 30 – Connecticut College (15-9, Division III), 1 p.m.
Thur. 3 – at Boston* (10-19, Patriot, ninth), 7 p.m.; Sun. 6 – Loyola, Md.* (9-21, Patriot, tied sixth), 1 p.m.; Wed. 9 – Bucknell* (22-10, Patriot, second), 7 p.m.; Sat. 12 – at American* (26-7, Patriot, first), 2 p.m.; Wed. 16 – Lafayette* (11-19, Patriot, eighth), 11 a.m.; Sat. 19 – Navy* (25-8, Patriot, third), noon (CBSSN); Wed. 23 – at Holy Cross* (13-18, Patriot, tied sixth), 6 p.m.; Sat. 26 – Lehigh* (15-15, Patriot, tied fourth), 1 p.m.; Wed. 30 – Colgate* (7-23, Patriot, tenth), 7 p.m.
Sat. 2 – at Loyola, Md.*, TBD; Sat. 9 – American*, 1 p.m.; Wed. 13 – at Lafayette*, 7 p.m.; Sat. 16 – at Navy*, noon; Wed. 20 – Holy Cross*, 7 p.m.; Sat. 23 – at Lehigh*, 7:30 p.m.; Wed. 27 – at Colgate*, 8:30 p.m.
Sat. 2 – Boston*, 1 p.m.; Wed. 6 – at Bucknell*, 6 p.m.; Sat. 9 – Patriot first round; Mon. 11 – Patriot quarterfinals; Thur. 14 – Patriot semifinals; Sun. 17 – Patriot championship

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Sprint football: Seven locals on new St. Thomas Aquinas team for debut

The new sprint football team at nearby Saint Thomas Aquinas (Sparkill, Rockland County) opens play Saturday by hosting Post University at 6 p.m. STAC hits the road for games with Caldwell (Sept. 22), Army (Sept. 29) and Franklin Pierce (Oct. 13), hosts Cornell (Oct. 20), travels to Chestnut Hill (Oct. 26) and concludes at home with Mansfield (Nov. 2).
The Varsity 845 graduates on the squad are:
No. 10 Abner Padin (Fr. RB) Port Jervis
No. 14 Matthew Ehret (Fr. WR) Burke Catholic
No. 25 Henry Bowers (Fr. WR) Port Jervis
No. 26 Trystan Marrero (Fr. CB) Washingtonville
No. 81 Joshua Mallard (Fr. WR) Washingtonville
No. 83 Jimmy English (Jr. WR) Warwick
No. 89 Anthony Lulgjuraj (Soph. DE) Monroe-Woodbury

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NCAA baseball: Army press conference quotes

NCAA Division I Baseball Championships
Raleigh Regional
Army Practice Day Press Conference Quotes

Head Coach Jim Foster
Opening Statement:
“We got here by beating Navy twice last week, best-of-three. The week before that was Bucknell, best-of-three. We’ve come a long way this year, we played a challenging early season schedule and that helped us a lot. I want to thank (associate athletic director) Bob Beretta for bringing me in here; I was at Boston College for two years and been here quite often with them; been coaching over at Rhode Island before that and we’ve come here a few times with them. Elliot and I go way back and Butch and Coach Glavine from Northeastern, so it’s nice to be in this regional; surrounded by some really good baseball teams and in a really good college baseball spot like Raleigh. You can’t really ask for any more.”

On what it’s like to be at a regional in his second year at Army
“It’s my first a head coach, I been doing it for a while. I started coaching college in 2004 at Brown University when I got done playing professional baseball. Been here as a player, played at Providence College. Been out to three regionals; been to Ole Miss for a regional, played in a super regional at Boston College. Right after that season Bob called me from Army West Point; I took a ride down there and met these guys. It’s been great, it’s an unbelievable spot. These guys are such a pleasure to coach an work with every day. It’s a coaches’ dream, they give you everything they got every single day. We’ve come a long way and have become a true team; that’s what I’m most proud of. We’ve got some talented players and they come out here and play hard. Just seeing them get better and better, the way they’ve bought in. We’re a true team and as far as the coach goes, no matter what level you’re coaching at this is what you’re looking for. They’ve accomplished a lot just sticking together.”

On what the junior and senior class have meant to the program
“That’s the key; having guys up at the top and the leadership in the locker room is everything. The way Jon Rosoff and Matt Ball have led us at seniors is something I’ll never forget. To see how far they’ve come as baseball players and leaders; these guys are leaders in life. Off the field, in school they’re at the premier leadership institution in the world in our opinion. They just needed someone to show them how to work every day and how to go about their business. Without the older guys buying into that and passing it on in the locker room, you don’t have anything. Jon and Matt have led the way in that department.

“As far as out junior class goes, I couldn’t be more proud of the group. If you’ve seen the improvement they’ve made from last year to this year, it’s been incredible. In terms of production on our team Jon and Matt have been really productive players as leaders and seniors, but that junior class has been there every day playing hard, doing the right things on and off the field. The way they’ve stepped up has been a real key to our season. Without them and the improvement they’ve made, the influence they’ve had in the locker room. Guys walk into our locker room and it’s not freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. It’s ‘hey we need you, let’s go.’ We’ve created that atmosphere, it’s everybody doing it together every single day.

“It seems like somebody stepped up every single weekend for us; without pitching, our speed and our defense that’s how we do it. We like to play small ball, put pressure on the defense; that’s our recipe. We’ve got some pretty good arms that I think will hold their own in this regional. Hopefully we can get a lead; we get a lead we can be a little more aggressive. Getting into what we like to do; we’ll see and it should be exciting.

“I know our guys are battle-tested, we’ve seen teams from all over the country, played a great schedule and I’m just proud for the school, proud for Army West Point. Last week after we won it one of the coolest things was hearing how excited people were outside of just on campus at Army West Point. We have a large travel party with us, including colonels; we get text messages from guys serving the country all over the world. You think about how big the army is and you’re part of something that’s bigger than you. To make those guys proud and everyone whose gone through Army West Point, and to get Army West Point baseball back to where we want to be is something we’re real proud of.”

Jon Rosoff, senior catcher, co-captain
On what it’s like to be in this position about to play at the NCAAs
“One of those things where we are just excited about the opportunity; none of us on the team have had that opportunity yet to play in a regional so really grateful to have the opportunity to come here and play in a regional like this. Really excited to get going.”

On what his year has been like overall
“It’s been incredible. Coach Foster came in last year and has tried to turn the program around and this year really put it together. Biggest thing coming into this year was going out every day and never quitting, and I think we did that. Winning Patriot League Player of the Year is just a result, I want to go out and play for the guys. It’s been special.”

On what it’s like for him and the three other North Carolina locals returning
“It’s really cool; it’s great to see family and friends but we want to play.”

Tyler Giovinco, junior left-handed pitcher, co-captain
On what it’s like to be in this position about to play at the NCAAs
“It feels special to be back; we’ve got a few guys from North Carolina and I’m one of them. It’s good to be back home. It’s been a long season, guys have put in a lot of hard work and this is what guys should expect every year. Guys are ready to roll.”

On how much confidence his three complete games gives him
“I have a reasonable amount of confidence; knowing I can go deep into games helps our offense by just keeping us in the game. Our big thing all year has been pitching defense, so getting our offense to get the opportunity to get to their bullpen and keep us in the game while I’m out there. It builds a reasonable amount of confidence knowing I can do that for our team.”

On the Vegas NHL team
“It’s a long season for them, first year they’re in the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s big for the city itself and all year Matt Hudgins and I been playing for the city after what happened in October. It’s bought the season together, they’ve faced adversity before and I’m sure they’ll be just fine.”

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Former Army associate hoops coach Colleen Mullen takes over at Albany

(From the University of Athletics sports communications office)

ALBANY — The University at Albany has announced Monday, May 14, the hiring of Colleen Mullen as the 12th women’s basketball coach in program history.

Mullen joins the Great Danes from Army West Point, where she spent the past seven seasons, including the last six as Associate Head Coach.

“We are delighted that Coach Mullen will be joining the UAlbany family. I am confident that she and her staff will build on the great success our women’s basketball team has achieved in recent years both on the court and in the classroom,” UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez said. “Coach Mullen will get to know very quickly that it’s always a great day to be a Great Dane!”

“Colleen stood out as the right fit to continue to escalate the championship culture of our women’s program,” UAlbany Athletic Director Mark Benson said. “Throughout her career, she’s demonstrated a commitment to developing exemplary student-athletes. She is a leader whose values align perfectly with our mission to develop Great Leaders + Great Champions + Great Danes. We are thrilled to welcome Colleen and her family to UAlbany.”

Mullen will be formally introduced at news conference at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in SEFCU Arena.

“I’m so humbled and so grateful for this opportunity,” Mullen said. “I’m very appreciative of all the mentors I’ve had. Working under Dave Magarity at Army West Point, the premiere leadership institution in the world, has prepared me to take on this position. I’m grateful for an opportunity to develop student-athletes holistically into confident leaders, so when they leave UAlbany they can go on to a future of personal and professional excellence.”

Mullen takes over a program that has reached the postseason each of the past seven seasons, a stretch that included six straight America East championships and NCAA Tournament appearances.

“The championship culture, the success over a long period of time, just the ability to be able to work with young student-athletes that have that championship mentality is very exciting for me,” Mullen said.

At Army, Mullen helped guide a program that made four postseason appearances, with two trips to the NCAA Tournament, and posted a 138-51 overall record, including a 77-27 mark in the Patriot League.

She was hired at Army in 2011 as an assistant and promoted to Associate Head Coach after just one year. During Mullen’s tenure, Army won two Patriot League Tournament titles and two regular-season championships. The 2015-16 squad won 29 games, setting program and Patriot League records.

Mullen, who worked closely with Army’s backcourt, coached three Patriot League Players of the Year and eight All-Conference selections, including two-time Associated Press All-America Honorable-Mention honoree Kelsey Minator, Army’s all-time leading scorer, male or female, with 2,556 career points.

“I’ve been fortunate to have had a number of outstanding Assistant Coaches during my career and Colleen Mullen has proven to be one of the very best and brightest,” said Army’s head coach, Dave Magarity. “Her knowledge of the game combined with her exceptional communication skills have had an incredibly positive impact on our women’s basketball program at Army West Point during her tenure. She has excelled in every aspect of her responsibilities and without question will be a terrific head coach for UAlbany.”

Mullen said she plans to bring to UAlbany the same fast-paced style of play she helped employ at Army.

“We played a high-pressure defense with a lot of great athletes, and high-pressure defense turned into great offense,” Mullen said. “We looked to push the ball, be unselfish and share the ball. It’s a great style of play that kids love – definitely controlling the boards, rebounding and running.

“As a former point guard, I’m really excited to work with the great guards coming back here and have a system where they can really create and be unselfish.”

Before Army, Mullen served two seasons as an assistant at LIU Brooklyn, where she mentored the program’s all-time leading scorer, Ashley Palmer (2,044 career points) and, as recruiting coordinator, landed a class ranked 88th nationally by All-Star Girls Basketball Report.

After getting her start in coaching at Northern Illinois as the director of basketball operations (2004-05), Mullen was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Southern New Hampshire University for two seasons (2005-07).

“UAlbany is getting a great person who understands today’s student-athletes,” Southern New Hampshire Head Coach Karen Pinkos said. “Colleen takes great pride in her leadership, work ethic and ability to communicate well with others. Colleen will be a dynamic head coach and will continue the success that UAlbany women’s basketball has established over the past decade. Her players will love playing for her!”

Mullen also was an assistant coach Lehigh University (2007-08) before moving on to Army.

She played Division I basketball at Rhode Island, where was the starting point guard in 1998 and 1999, as well as New Hampshire, where she was a two-year co-captain and starter in 2001 and 2002 as well as a two-time member of the America East Academic Honor Roll.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from New Hampshire and a master’s in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire.

“I’m really excited and really appreciate Mark Benson, President Rodríguez, Cara White, Jerry Koloskie, and everyone in the search process,” Mullen said. “I felt after my interview that the people are what make this place special. I can’t wait to get started.”

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Baseball: Army earns two major Patriot League awards

Patriot League No. 2 playoff seed Army secured two major postseason awards. Senior catcher Jon Rosoff was named the player of the year and freshman third baseman Anthony Giachin was named the rookie of the year.
Rosoff ranks third in league batting (.337) and second in RBIs (42). He is a three-time all-league selection.
Giachin batted .292, and .322 in league play with 17 RBI.
Rosoff, Giachin and sophomore outfieldder Jacob Hurtubise were named to the first team.
Junior starting pitchers Daniel Burggraaf and Tyler Giovinco, junior reliever Cam Opp, junior second baseman Josh White and sophomore outfielder Drake Titus were named to the second team.
Second-seeded Army (28-21, 16-7 Patriot) will host No. 3 Bucknell (16-25, 13-11 Patriot) in a best-of-three semifinal series. Games one and two are Saturday at noon and 3 p.m. Game three, if necessary, is noon Sunday.
No. 1 Navy (36-12, 18-7 Patriot) will host No. 4 Holy Cross (17-23, 11-12 Patriot), utilizing the same schedule.

The Patriot League all-star selections:
Player of the Year: Jon Rosoff, Army West Point, Sr., C

Pitcher of the Year: Connor Van Hoose, Bucknell, Sr., RHP

Rookie of the Year: Anthony Giachin, Army West Point, Fr., 3B

Defensive Player of the Year: Zach Biggers, Navy, So., 2B

Coach of the Year: Paul Kostacopoulos, Navy

First-Team All-Patriot League Team%

SP: Connor Van Hoose, Bucknell, Sr.*

SP: Noah Song, Navy, Jr.

RP: Danny Barlok, Holy Cross, Jr.*

C: Jon Rosoff, Army West Point, Sr.*

1B: Christian Hodge, Navy, Jr.*

2B: Zach Biggers, Navy, So.

SS: Chris Rinaldi, Holy Cross, So.

3B: Anthony Giachin, Army West Point, Fr.

3B: John Marti, Lafayette, So.

OF: Logan Knowles, Navy, Sr.

OF: Luke Robinson, Lafayette, Sr.

OF: Jacob Hurtubise, Army West Point, So.

OF: Austin Masel, Holy Cross, So.

DH: Liam Lowery, Navy, Jr.*

Second-Team All-Patriot League Team^

SP: Daniel Burggraaf, Army West Point, Jr.

SP: Tyler Giovinco, Army West Point, Jr.

RP: Cam Opp, Army West Point, Jr.

RP: Jared Leins, Navy, Fr.

C: Jeff Shanfeldt, Lehigh, Jr.

C: Evan Klugerman, Bucknell, So.

1B: Tony Gallo, Lehigh, So.

2B: Josh White, Army West Point, Jr.

SS: Michael Coritz, Navy, So.

OF: Stephen Born, Navy, Sr.

OF: Chuckie Scales, Bucknell, Sr.

OF: Drake Titus, Army West Point, So.

DH: Dom Toso, Bucknell, Fr.

* – Unanimous first-team selection

% – 14 players on the first-team due to ties in voting

& – 13 players on the second-team due to ties in voting

^ – No 3B on the second-team due to a tie in voting for the first-team

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Marist football to bring in 29 freshmen for fall 2018

(release from Marist Athletics)

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Marist football program has announced the addition of 29 newcomers for the 2018 season.

The class includes student-athletes from nine different states plus the District of Columbia: New Jersey (nine), New York (five), Georgia (three), Florida (three), Connecticut (two), Maryland (2), Pennsylvania (2), Massachusetts (1), Virginia (1), and Washington D.C. (1).

By position, the class includes four defensive linemen, four linebackers, four wide receivers, three cornerbacks, three offensive lineman, two defensive lineman, two kicker/punters, two quarterbacks, two safeties, one defensive back, one running back, and one tight end.

Here is a closer look at each individual in the incoming class:

Aaron Acosta, DL – 6-0 / 260 – Mt. Laurel, NJ / Lenape

Accolades: Named South Jersey Defensive Player of the Year … All-South Jersey … All-County … New Jersey Super 100 Team

Coach Parady on Acosta: “Aaron comes to us after a dominant senior year that saw him earn South Jersey Defensive Player of the Year honors. He is a disruptive force who plays multiple positions along the defensive line. His versatility and relentless motor really fit what we’re looking for up front.”

Mike Arrington, LB – 5-11 / 200 – Ashburn, VA / Broad Run

Accolades: Two-time Second Team All-State … Two-time First Team All-District … Two-time First Team All-Conference … Selected to All-Loudoun County Team … Selected to Capital Bowl All-Star Game… Was named his team’s defensive player of the year

Coach Parady on Arrington: “Mike is a very polished linebacker, displaying physicality and the ability to play in space. It is evident that he is well coached, as he breaks down the opposing offense prior to the snap and hustles to the football. He uses great technique, and arrives with force once he diagnoses the play.”

Carson Badamo, DL – 6-3 / 250 – Stewartsville, NJ / Bethlehem Catholic (PA)

Accolades: Lehigh Valley McDonald’s All-Star Game selection … Two-year varsity letterman … Was named his team’s defensive player of the year as a senior

Coach Parady on Badamo: “A talented linebacker in high school, Carson joins the Red Foxes as a defensive line prospect. He is an imposing frame, and covers a lot of ground in his pursuit to the football. His football knowledge from playing at the second level should help his transition up front, and we are excited about the speed and power he brings to the group.”

Drew Callahan, TE – 6-3 / 220 – Rockland, MA / Thayer Academy

Accolades: Was named First Team All-ISL … New England Prep Schools Honorable Mention … Served as team captain as a senior

Coach Parady on Callahan: “Drew shows everything you’re looking for in a classic tight end product. He has good size and feet, and shows tremendous ability and technique as a blocker. He is also versatile in the pass game from a hand-down or slot position, demonstrating good route-running and hands.”

Hunter Cobb, RB – 5-9 / 195 – Sandy Hook, CT / Loomis Chaffee

Accolades: Named All-State … Named All-Conference … CT 100 All-Star Game selection … Named team captain … Two-time team offensive MVP … Holds school’s total career touchdowns record

Coach Parady on Cobb: “A slasher who can really fit up the stat sheet, Hunter is a very talented back. He is patient with excellent vision, and chews up yardage once he hits the hole. He understands the position well, and is a threat catching the football out of the backfield as well.”

Courvoisier Dingle, CB – 5-10 / 170 – Atlanta, GA / Therrell

Accolades: Was named First Team All-Region … Named to All-State Team … Ranked the #1 cornerback in Atlanta Public Schools as a senior … Set school record for interceptions as a senior … Atlanta Public Schools All-Star Game selection … Honored as both NUC and O-D All-American … Named team’s Golden Helmet and most valuable player as a senior

Coach Parady on Dingle: “A real ball hawk, Courvoisier shows excellent versatility at the corner back position. Whether in zone or man coverage, he shows good poise and ability to track the football in flight. He can really get in a receiver’s hip pocket, and is always a threat to come away with the ball if it’s thrown his way.”

Anthony D’Urso, OL – 6-3 / 290 – Stormville, NY / Our Lady of Lourdes

Accolades: Third Team All-State … All-Section … All-Metro Team Honorable Mention, League Most Outstanding Lineman … Named Team Captain … Exceptional Senior All-Star, Poughkeepsie Journal First Team All-Star … Hudson Valley Sports Report Dream Team … Three-year varsity starter … Three-year varsity lacrosse player

Coach Parady on D’Urso: “Yet another local product from nearby Lourdes High School, Anthony has attended our Prospect Camp for the last several years. He showed tremendous improvement every time he came back to campus – he has excellent feet and bends well at his size. He takes his craft very seriously, and we believe he fits our system well.”

Matt Edwards, QB – 5-11 / 190 – Buford, GA / Mountain View

Coach Parady on Edwards: “Matt is a feisty competitor at the quarterback position. He makes the throws you’re looking for, demonstrating both touch and the ability to rip the ball on a line. On top of all that, he can really frustrate a defense by extending the play with his feet.”

Clayborne Fields III, SAF – 5-11 / 190 – Somerset, NJ / Franklin

Accolades: Was named All-Area … Two-time All-Conference as both wide receiver and defensive back … Served as team captain for two years … Phil Simms North-South All-Star Game selection … Basilone Bowl selection.

Coach Parady on Fields: “Clayborne is a very versatile and skilled athlete. He can roll in and out of the box as safety, playing with physicality and the ability to cover ground in a hurry. He also showed a real knack as a receiver as well, which is evident in how he makes plays on the football.”

Nicholas Foglia, DL – 6-1 / 270 – Whippany, NJ / Whippany Park

Accolades: Named Morris County Defensive Player of the Year … Two-time All-County … Four-time All-Conference … Was named Group 2 All-State … Top 100 Players in NJ … Two-time All-Academic Team … Served as team captain … Four-year varsity letterman

Coach Parady on Foglia: “A stout and sturdy player, Nicholas looks to shore up our defensive line unit. He demonstrates good quickness off the ball, and uses his hands to defeat the block. Once he’s in the backfield, he really sniffs out the play and can disrupt an entire offense.”

Halil Gecaj, DL – 6-1 / 245 – Goldens Bridge, NY / John Jay

Accolades: Two-time All-League … All-Conference as a junior … All-Section as a senior … Was named Third Team All-State as a senior … Section I North-South All-Star Game starter … Golden Dozen Honorable Mention … Two-time Hudson Valley Top 100 … Second Team All-Hudson Valley … State runner-up in wrestling for 220-pound weight class

Coach Parady on Gecaj: “Halil joins us from just a ways down the Hudson as a very dynamic and tenacious defensive lineman. He fires off the ball, sheds the block with his hands, and chases down the ball carrier with relentless pursuit. He was also a championship caliber wrestler, which clearly comes through in his determination and energy on the field.”

Hezikiah Hawkins, WR – 5-9 / 165 – Waldorf, MD / Thomas Stone

Accolades: 1st Team All-Conference WR … Maryland Crab Bowl selection …PG-SMAC Challenge selection … Served as team captain … Was named team’s most valuable player twice

Coach Parady on Hawkins: “A true speedster, Hezikiah is a threat to change the game every time he touches the ball. He is a smooth route runner, can read the coverage in front of him to get open, and is a very tough assignment on the perimeter. When catches the football, it’s off to the races.”

Max Heinrich, K/P – 6-2 / 185 – Slate Hill, NY / Goshen Central

Accolades: All-State Honorable Mention as a junior … All-State selection as a senior … All-Section … All-League … Named to Varsity 845 Team

Coach Parady on Heinrich: “Max has shown to be a real weapon in the kicking game. He has a big leg, and can flip the field when punting the football. As a placekicker, the ball really explodes off his foot with power, and he has the accuracy to put it where he wants it.”

Ben Johnson, OL – 6-3 / 260 – South Williamsport, PA / South Williamsport

Accolades: All-State Offensive Line … Three-time All-Conference selection as an offensive lineman … Two-time All-Conference selection as a defensive lineman … East vs West All-Star Game selection … WNEP Dream Team selection … Served as team captain for three years

Coach Parady on Johnson: “With outstanding feet and body control, Ben is a real athlete at the offensive tackle position. He demonstrates excellent technique to get the job done, and has a natural understanding of angles and leverage. Whether in the run game or in pass protection, he really works hard to finish his assignment.”

Jayden Johnson, LB – 5-11 / 240 – Linden, NJ / Mater Dei

Accolades: 2014 Mid-State 38 Champion … Three-time Second Team All-Area Watchung Division … Team’s defensive MVP as a junior … First Team All-Shore Conference as a senior … Four-year honor roll student … Army All-Shore All-Star Game selection … Four-year varsity letterman

Coach Parady on Johnson: “Jayden is a commanding, physical presence on the defensive side of the ball. He reads the play quickly, comes downhill with authority, and punishes the ball carrier on contact. In addition to making plays in the box, he also shows athleticism to run down opponents in space.”

Julian McGarvey, QB – 6-2 / 215 – Ardsley, NY / Ardsley

Coach Parady on McGarvey: “Julian is a big, athletic quarterback who led his squad to a hard-fought playoff run as a senior. He is poised and comfortable in the pocket, demonstrating very good footwork no matter what’s going on around him. He has a strong arm to place the football where he wants it, and can really take charge of the huddle.”

Dwayne Menders, WR – 5-9 / 160 – Miramar, FL / Mater Academy Charter

Accolades: Miami Dolphins Dade vs Broward All-Star Game selection … Miami-Dade North-South All-Star Game selection … Blue-Grey All-Star Game selection … Offense-Defense All-Star Game selection … Served as team captain … Was named team’s offensive most valuable player as a senior

Coach Parady on Menders: “Dwayne is a very skilled receiver coming up from talent-rich South Florida. He runs crisp routes, catches the ball with his hands, and really sells out to make the tough grabs. In addition, he is also a dangerous return man who can change your field position in the blink of an eye.”

Paul Olivett, SAF – 5-10 / 180 – State College, PA / State College

Accolades: Two-time Mid Penn All-Conference … Was named to Academic All-State Team … Served as team captain as a senior … Three-time varsity letterman

Coach Parady on Olivett: “A very smart signal caller in the defensive backfield, Paul plays the safety position with grit and tenacity. He puts his teammates in position to be successful, and he breaks on the ball with good vision and speed. He is a sure tackler, and brings great energy to the field every time he suits up.”

Luke Paladino, K/P – 5-10 / 160 – Rochester, NY / Penfield

Accolades: All-Greater Rochester selection … First Team All-County selection … Was named to All-State team … Set school record for longest field goal … Eddie Meath All-Star Game selection

Coach Parady on Paladino: “Luke is a real threat in all three phases of the kicking game. He can boom the ball out of the end zone on kickoffs, and really put some air on his punts. He is good from long distance on field goals, and will really help bolster our special teams units.”

Ethan Parrish, OL – 6-2 / 275 – Walkersville, MD / Walkersville

Accolades: Three-time First Team All-Division … Three-time First Team All-Conference … Three-time First Team All-County … All-State Honorable Mention … Two-time First Team All-State … BTC Super 22 Member … BTC All-Star Game … USA Today Maryland Consensus All-State Team … 2016 Maryland 2A State Champions

Coach Parady on Parrish: “Ethan is a classic road grader offensive lineman. He fires off the football with excellent pad level, and really runs his feet through contact. In addition to his strength and physicality in the run game, he has good footwork and hands to lock onto defenders in pass protection.”

Sydney Person, WR – 6-3 / 180 – Washington, D.C. / Gonzaga College HS

Accolades: WCAC Honorable Mention selection

Coach Parady on Person: “Sydney brings great size and length to us at the wide receiver position. He has a big catch radius, competes for the ball in the air, and covers lots of ground in just a few strides. As continues to fill out, we believe he will be a very tough matchup for opposing defenses.”

Arthur Pinckney, LB – 5-10 / 215 – Union, NJ / Union

Accolades: Two-time First Team All-Conference … 2017 King of the Hill … Phil Simms North-South All-Star Game Selection

Coach Parady on Pinckney: “Arthur is a very productive, hard-nosed competitor on the defensive side of the ball. He plays a physical brand of linebacker between the tackles, and can fill a gap with purpose. He reads his keys well, and can really find the football in a crowd.”

Christian Pritzlaff, DL – 6-3 / 245 – Red Bank, NJ / Red Bank Catholic

Accolades: Received Peter Paul Apollo Memorial Scholarship Award … Served as team captain for two years

Coach Parady on Pritzlaff: “Christian will add some nice size to our defensive line unit. He plays with good pad level, and uses his hands to really control his gap. He shows a nice array of pass rush maneuvers, and really is a difficult assignment for an opposing offensive lineman.”

Jhonny Quest, SAF – 5-10 / 175 – Velrico, FL / Armwood

Accolades: First Team All-County … First Team All-State … FHSSA Class 6A Academic Player of the Year … Big County Preps Executive Skills Competition invitee … Central Florida Rivals Camp invitee … Hillsborough Alliance of Black School Educators 2018 highest GPA award winner … Member of the National Honor Society

Coach Parady on Quest: “An aggressive defensive back, Jhonny shows tremendous versatility in his game. He is very physical when he comes downhill, running through the ball carrier with strong tackling skills. He is also savvy against the pass, and has a knack for finding the football thanks to his excellent vision and awareness.”

Lawrence Santana, DL – 6-1 / 230 – Union City, NJ / Union City

Coach Parady on Santana: “Lawrence plays the defensive line position the way you want: fast and physical. He penetrates upfield, owns his gap, and hunts down the ball carrier. He has very good balance and uses his hands to play with leverage – he can really disrupt an offense’s momentum when he’s in the game.”

Scott Scherzer, WR – 6-1 / 190 – Manalapan, NJ / Manalapan

Accolades: Two-time All-Conference selection … Two-time All-Shore selection … Outdoor 200m conference champion

Coach Parady on Scherzer: “Coming up from the always tough Shore Conference, Scott is a big, physical target at the wide receiver position. He has sure hands, runs good routes, and can really gain a lot of yardage in a hurry after the catch. Whether he lines up inside or outside, he has the potential to impact the game whenever he’s on the field.”

Tyson Stephenson, LB – 6-1 / 205 – Tangerine, FL / Olympia

Accolades: Central Florida Super 60 … Four-year varsity starter … Cure Bowl All-Star Game selection

Coach Parady on Stephenson: “A dynamic running back in his own right, Tyson is a rangy, athletic
linebacker prospect. Tracking down ball carriers from sideline to sideline, he really showcases tremendous speed on the football field. Once he reads the play, he breaks on it suddenly, and is sure to be around the football when the whistle blows.”

Sam Thomson, CB – 6-3 / 165 – Southington, CT / Southington

Coach Parady on Thomson: “Joining his brother Matt, who will be a junior, Sam comes to us from Connecticut power Southington (coached by Marist alum Mike Drury). He is a very long defensive back who plays with great range. He attacks the ball at its highest point, and really drives through runners on the tackle.”

Marcus Webster, CB – 5-10 / 180 – Alpharetta, GA / Alpharetta

Coach Parady on Webster: “Marcus is a gritty, hard-nosed cornerback. He has a good break out of his pedal, speed to close the distance, and delivers with good pop on contact. When the ball is in the air, he really pesters receivers to break up the play, and can frustrate an offense with his constant presence.”


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