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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SUNY New Paltz alumni day is Saturday

SUNY New Paltz athletics is conducting an alumni day celebration, sure to feature dozens of returning athletes.
A schedule of events:
9:30 a.m. – Welcome tent opens (South Lawn of AWC)
10 a.m. – Field hockey alumnae game (North Turf field)
10:30 a.m. – Women’s volleyball alumnae game (Hawk Center)
10:30 a.m. – Women’s soccer alumnae game (Turf field)
Noon – Men’s volleyball alumnae game (Hawk Center)
Noon – Women’s soccer alumnae game (South Turf field)
1:30 p.m. – Men’s basketball alumnae game (Hawk Center)
1:30 p.m. – Men’s soccer alumnae game (South Turf field)
2 p.m. – Women’s tennis alumnae match (North tennis courts)
3 p.m. – Women’s basketball alumnae game (Hawk Center)
There will be late-afternoon gatherings on the South Lawn of AWC and the local eatery P&Gs before individual team gatherings in the evening.

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Men’s lacrosse: Army misses postseason; Patriot League bracket set

(From the Patriot League)

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Championship field of six is set as the Patriot League schedule came to a close on Friday, April 20. With a win over Army West Point, Loyola Maryland will serve as the top seed and host for the semifinals and championship later next week. Lehigh and Bucknell will each host a quarterfinal game on Tuesday, April 24.

Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Championship Field
No. 1 Loyola Maryland
No. 2 Navy
No. 3 Bucknell
No. 4 Lehigh
No. 5 Colgate
No. 6 Boston University

Friday, April 20
Colgate 17, Lafayette 9
Boston University 9, Holy Cross 4
Loyola Maryland 12, Army West Point 8
Bucknell 14, Lehigh 7

Patriot League tournament
Quarterfinals – Tuesday, April 24
No. 5 Colgate at No. 4 Lehigh, 7 p.m., PLN
No. 6 Boston University at No. 3 Bucknell, 7:30 p.m., PLN

Semifinals – Friday, April 27 at 4:30/7:30 p.m. | Hosted by Loyola (Md.)
Lower-seeded quarterfinal winner at No. 1 Loyola Maryland, 4:30 p.m., CBSSN
Higher-seeded quarterfinal winner vs. No. 2 Navy, 7:30 p.m., CBSSN

Championship Game – Sunday, April 29 at Noon
Lower-seeded semifinal winner vs. Higher-seeded semifinal winner (at No. 1 Loyola Maryland), Noon, CBSSN

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Men’s lacrosse: Patriot League playoff scenarios; Army in trouble

(from the Patriot League)

Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Seeding Scenarios

Navy (6-1 PL): If Navy wins against Army West Point (Navy’s last League game) and Loyola Maryland and Bucknell both lose on Saturday the Mids to secure the No. 1 seed and regular-season championships. In the three-way scenario (at the end of the season) with Navy, Loyola Maryland and Bucknell (if they win out), Loyola Maryland would have the advantage due to goal differential among the three schools in games against each other, followed by Navy at No. 2 and Bucknell at No. 3. If Navy, Bucknell and Loyola Maryland remain with one loss after Saturday’s games we will need to wait for outcome of the 4.20 games.
Games Remaining: at Army West Point (4.14), at Syracuse (4.21)
Defeated: Boston University, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh
Lost to: Loyola Maryland

Bucknell (5-1 PL): Bucknell currently sits at second in the standings since they defeated Loyola Maryland (12-11) in late March. Bucknell could take the No. 1 spot in the tournament if they defeat both Lafayette and Lehigh, and Navy falls to Army West Point. In the three-way scenario (at the end of the season) with Navy, Loyola Maryland and Bucknell (if they win out), Loyola Maryland would have the advantage due to goal differential among the three schools in games against each other, followed by Navy at No. 2 and Bucknell at No. 3. If Navy, Bucknell and Loyola Maryland remain with one loss after Saturday’s games we will need to wait for outcome of the 4.20 games.
Games Remaining: vs. Lafayette (4.13), vs. Lehigh (4.20)
Defeated: Army West Point, Boston University, Colgate, Holy Cross, Loyola Maryland
Lost to: Navy

Loyola Maryland (5-1 PL): As of now, Loyola Maryland is in the third spot in the standings. The Greyhounds are tied with Bucknell at 5-1 and if they stay tied the Bison would own the tiebreaker since they defeated Loyola Maryland, 12-11, in March. In the three-way scenario (at the end of the season) with Navy, Loyola Maryland and Bucknell (if they win out), Loyola Maryland would have the advantage due to goal differential among the three schools in games against each other, followed by Navy at No. 2 and Bucknell at No. 3.. If Navy, Bucknell and Loyola Maryland remain with one loss after Saturday’s games we will need to wait for outcome of the 4.20 games. If Loyola Maryland wins and Bucknell and Navy drop, the Greyhounds will clinch a quarterfinal home game.
Games Remaining: vs. Boston University (4.14), vs. Army West Point (4.20)
Defeated: Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, Navy
Lost to: Bucknell

Lehigh (5-2 PL): Lehigh is currently in fourth with a 5-2 record in conference play. Lehigh is not in League action this weekend as they play Cornell on Saturday and guaranteed to finish no lower than fourth.
Games Remaining: vs. Cornell (4.14), at Bucknell (4.20)
Defeated: Army West Point, Boston University, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette
Lost to: Loyola Maryland, Navy

Colgate (2-4 PL): Colgate, Boston University and Army West Point are all tied at 2-4 going into this weekend. Since Colgate beat Boston U. and Army West Point they would hold the tiebreaker in the standings. Colgate can clinch a spot in the tournament Saturday with a win over Holy Cross, and losses by Boston U. (vs. Loyola Maryland) and Army West Point (vs. Navy).
Games Remaining: vs. Holy Cross (4.14), at Lafayette (4.20)
Defeated: Army West Point, Boston University
Lost to: Lehigh, Loyola Maryland, Navy

Boston University (2-4 PL): Colgate, Boston University and Army West Point are all tied at 2-4 going into this weekend. Since Colgate beat Boston U. and Army West Point they would hold the tiebreaker in the standings. Boston U. would come next in the standings since they defeated Army West Point.
Games Remaining: at Loyola Maryland (4.14), at Holy Cross (4.20)
Defeated: Army West Point, Lafayette
Lost to: Bucknell, Colgate, Lehigh, Navy

Army West Point (2-4 PL): The Black Knights need to finish ahead of either Boston U or Colgate in the standings to make the tournament. Colgate, Boston University and Army West Point are all tied at 2-4 going into this weekend. Since Colgate beat Boston U. and Army West Point they would hold the tiebreaker in the standings. Boston U. would come next in the standings since they defeated Army West Point.
Games Remaining: vs. Navy (4.14), at Loyola Maryland (4.20)
Defeated: Holy Cross, Lafayette
Lost to: Boston University, Bucknell, Colgate, Lehigh

Holy Cross (1-5 PL): If Holy Cross loses to Colgate they will fall to 1-6 and if they win they will bump to 2-5.
Games Remaining: at Colgate (4.14), vs. Boston University (4.20)
Defeated: Lafayette
Lost to: Army West Point, Bucknell, Lehigh, Loyola Maryland, Navy

Lafayette (0-6 PL): The Leopards cannot make the tournament.
Games Remaining: at Bucknell (4.13), vs. Colgate (4.20)
Defeated: None
Lost to: Army West Point, Boston University, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Loyola Maryland, Navy

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Basketball (w/video): Marist women set to face St. John’s in WNIT

The Marist College women’s basketball team will face St. John’s in the opening round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) at 7 p.m. Thursday night in Queens.
Here’s a video previewing the postseason playoff game.

(Video courtesy of Marist Athletics)

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College wrestling: EIWA championship preview (from EIWA communications)

By John Aadland
EIWA Director of Sports Information

The nation’s oldest college wrestling tournament convenes for the first time at Hofstra University. The
team title and the individual weight classes are at stake; awards for outstanding wrestler, most career
points, and best pinner will be presented; the coaches will vote for the best amongst themselves and the
officials will vote for the most sportsmanlike team. The EIWA championship tournament is also a
qualifier for the NCAA Championships to be held in Cleveland in two weeks. Forty-seven automatic
qualifying bids will be locked in; it’s the last opportunity for wrestlers not receiving the automatic bids to
make their case for the handful of at-large bids to be extended next week.
The Big Red of Cornell have now won eleven consecutive team titles. To put that in perspective, their
unprecedented run now equals the next two longest streaks combined. The Lehigh Mountain Hawks,
seven times a runner-up during this span, look to mount another assault and claim the top spot. Both
teams lost multiple stars to graduation after last season, but both have rebuilt through a combination of
recruits and roster depth. It’s doubtful that any other team can challenge for the team title.
Last year Princeton staged a strong contest for second place, but injuries have depleted this year’s Tigers’
lineup; while they have contenders for several individual titles it appears unlikely that the winning team’s
colors will be black and orange. Navy fields a veteran squad that could challenge for a high team place;
Army’s recent upset of the Mids in the Star Dual makes a case for the Black Knights. The Drexel
Dragons may have two finalist-level seeds and boast the depth needed to make a strong run. Binghamton
and American round out the group that could battle for third and possibly move higher if things break the
right way.

The weight-by-weight preview:

125 NCAA bids: 1 Defending Champion: Darian Cruz, Lehigh
Defending EIWA and NCAA champion Darian Cruz returns seeking his third title; he is the only
undefeated wrestler in the tournament. Two former 3rd placers, Drexel senior Zach Fuentes and Cornell
soph Noah Baughman, seek to pull off the tournament’s biggest upset. Other returning placewinners are
Army’s Trey Chalifoux, 5th (has a win over Fuentes), and Princeton’s Matteo DeVincenzo, 8th. Junior
Joe Nelson has won Binghamton’s starting job but faced only Fuentes amongst the top contenders.
Another junior, Harvard’s Nolan Hellickson, has enjoyed a sound season.
The lightest weight class generally is host to a large influx of newcomers and this year is no exception.
The best of the freshmen appear to be Gage Curry, American, who could grab a seed as high as 4th; he
has a recent win over Fuentes. Aslan Kilic, Navy (a win over Curry) and Ryan Burns, Sacred Heart round
out the rest of the best frosh.

133 NCAA bids: 3 Defending Champion: Scott Parker, Lehigh
This weight class boasts two returning junior finalists: champ and All-American Parker and 125 runnerup
Josh Terao from American. But the top seed should go to Drexel freshman Austin DeSanto, whose
fine inaugural season includes a sudden victory win over Terao and the highest rankings in this weight
class. Both DeSanto and Parker were injured at the Southern Scuffle but have since returned to action.
Any one of the three could find himself on the top step of the podium on Sunday afternoon.
Cornell’s Chaz Tucker could be the best of the rest. A junior, he’s a former Top 50 recruit who missed his
first two seasons with injuries. A defensive specialist, he keeps things close and winnable.
Binghamton’s Jacob Nicholson looks to place in his second and final tournament. The best of the
freshmen appear to be Army’s Lane Peters, Navy’s Cody Trybus, and Penn’s Gianni Ghionne.

141 NCAA bids: 4 Returning Champion: None
Spend some time learning to pronounce Diakomilhalis because you’ll be hearing it a lot over the next few
years. Yianni D. justified his high recruiting ranking by stepping right into Cornell’s lineup and has lost
just once. The other top seeds will probably go to Bucknell senior Tyler Smith, a 2-time placewinner, and
Lehigh freshman Luke Karam. Navy junior Nicholas Gil rounds out the top four; he placed 6th two years
Other returning placewinners are Pat D’Arcy of Princeton, a placer at 125 and 133 who’s trying his luck at
141 for the first time; Hofstra’s Vinny Vespa (Monroe-Woodbury graduate), 5th at 133 last year; and Harvard’s AJ Jaffe, 7th last year.
American will send frosh Kizhan Clarke; Binghamton junior Joe Russ seized the Bearcats’ starting job;
two other talented freshmen are Drexel’s Julian Flores and F&M’s Brett Kulp.

149 NCAA bids: 4 Returning Champion: Matthew Kolodzik, Princeton (141)
Sophomore Kolodzik, last year’s 141 champ and A/A, moves up and tops this deep weight class. He’s the
highest-ranked wrestler at this weight but not invincible, as Brown soph Zach Krause demonstrated in a
dual four weeks ago. The other top seeds probably go to three juniors: American’s Michael Sprague
(looking to improve from 5th last year), Lehigh’s Cortlandt Schuyler (who has a win over Sprague), and
Cornell’s Will Koll (who joined the starting lineup in January and has a win over Schuyler). At press time
Navy hadn’t decided between senior Corey Wilding and soph Jared Prince; either fits right in with that
Others in contention for medals (in no particular order) include Harvard soph Hunter Ladnier, a surprise
runner-up last year; Binghamton junior Frank Garcia; Brown’s Krause, of course; senior Jacob
Macalolooy of Columbia, 8th last year; either Drexel frosh Trevor Elfvin (with a win over Schuyler) or
fellow frosh Evan Barczak (Monroe-Woodbury graduate); and Penn senior Joe Oliva. The blood round is the second consolations and
some good wrestlers won’t advance to the medals.

157 NCAA bids: 6 Returning Champion: None
This weight has many contenders but no clear favorite. Princeton junior Mike D’Angelo, 3rd last year, is
at the head of the rankings, closely followed by senior Markus Scheidel of Columbia. D’Angelo recently
won their dual matchup in overtime; Scheidel is a 3-time placewinner and the runner-up back in 2014.
Next is probably Drexel senior Garett Hammond (a transfer from Penn State who went down with an
injury early last year), followed by 3-time placer Zack Davis of Navy; Brown senior Justin Staudenmayer,
5th two years ago; and Lehigh junior Ian Brown, 7th two years ago. Cornell fans will be watching
transfer Fredy Stroker, who joined their team in January.
Also in this deep field are freshman Eric Hong of American, soph Lucas Weiland of Army, soph Tristan
Rifanburg of Binghamton, freshman Brock Wilson of Harvard, senior Joe Velliquette of Penn, and Sacred
Heart’s Paul Klee. As with 149, some good wrestlers won’t be on the podium.

165 NCAA bids: 6 Returning Champion: None
The class boasts a veteran field and, once again, no clear favorite. The top four appear to be Princeton
senior Jonathan Schleifer, a 2-time 5th placer, down from 174; Cornell junior Jon Jay Chavez, a former
Top 50 recruit in his first full season; Lehigh’s unpredictable junior Gordon Wolf, 5th at 174 two years
ago; and Penn’s May Bethea, up from 157 where he was 6th in 2016. Bethea is on a run of twelve straight
victories, including one in sudden victory over Schleifer, and has never looked better. Not to be left out
are two more seniors: Army’s Andrew Mendel, 3rd and 5th the past two years; and Navy’s Drew Daniels,
5th last year.
Also seeking hardware are junior Jon Viruet of Brown, 6th last year; Binghamton senior Vincent DePrez;
Bucknell junior DJ Hollingshead, down from 174; and soph Ebed Jarrell of Drexel, also down from 174.

174 NCAA bids: 5 Former Champion: Jadeen Bernstein, Navy (2015); Returning Champion: Brandon Womack (165)
The top three at 174 are probably former champ and 3-time placewinner Bernstein of Navy; last year’s
165-pound champ and A/A Brandon Womack, a junior from Cornell; and last year’s top seed at 157, soph
Jordan Kutler from Lehigh. Kutler has the highest ranking, Bernstein has the title at this weight, Womack
has the more recent title. Kutler has beaten Womack; Bernstein has not wrestled the other two.
One notch down but looking to move up are 3-time 4th placer Tyler White of Columbia; 2-time placer
Josef Johnson of Harvard; last year’s 7th placer, Ben Harvey of Army, who just edged Bernstein in the
dual with Navy; 2-time 7th-placer Austin Rose of Drexel, up from 165; and 8th-placer Anthony
Lombardo of Binghamton. Freshman Bryce Rogers of Brown and soph Sage Heller of Hofstra are also in
the hunt for medals.

184 NCAA bids: 7 Returning Champion: None
Cornell freshman Max Dean, brother of 4-time EIWA and 2-time NCAA champ Gabe, will try to keep
the family dynasty alive at 184. Ranked ahead of him is Lehigh junior Ryan Preisch, up from 165 and
174 where he earned 3rd- and 2nd-place medals, respectively. Preisch missed close to two months with a
mid-season injury, missing a highly-anticipated matchup with Dean; he hopes to regain top form in time
for the tournament. Also aiming to claim the big trophy are Navy senior Michael Coleman, runner-up last
season who has lost to Dean; and 3-time placer Steve Schneider of Binghamton.
Additional returning placewinners are seniors Alex DeCiantis, Drexel, 6th; Joe Heyob, Penn, 7th; and
Harvard’s Kanon Dean (cousin of Cornell’s duo), 8th. Three more EIWA wrestlers have been in the
national rankings: they are Brown junior Christian LaFragola, who owns a win over Coleman; Army
soph Noah Stewart; and Bucknell soph Drew Phipps (who has very quietly posted wins over Stewart,
LaFragola, and Harvard’s Dean).

197 NCAA bids: 6 Defending Champion: Frank Mattiace, Penn
Be forewarned about the third of Cornell’s standout freshmen, Ben Darmstadt; if you look away during
one of his contests you might miss something you’ll regret not seeing. Thirteen times this season he’s
pinned an opponent in the first period. Last year’s champ, Frank Mattiace of Penn, is the only wrestler
with a win over Darmstadt this season; in a recent re-match the Big Red came out on top. Princeton’s
Patrick Brucki has drawn support in the rankings for much of the year and upset Mattiace two weeks ago.
Then there’s American senior Jeric Kasunic, a 2-time placewinner who rides a 20-match winning streak
into Hempstead and is ranked high in the national polls. Bucknell’s Tom Sleigh, runner-up a year ago,
was injured in his first action in November and will not return for this tournament.
Others wishing to make a statement include Army junior Rocco Caywood, 6th last year and the owner of
a pin of Darmstadt, accomplished early last season; and Navy senior Steban Cervantes, 8th a year ago.
Drexel junior Stephen Loiseau, fifth among EIWA ranked 197s, seeks his first medal. Hofstra junior
Nezar Haddad needs to pull an upset or two to stand on the podium in his home arena. Lehigh freshman
Chris Weiler (wins over Kasunic, Loiseau, and Caywood) recently claimed the starting spot for the
Mountain Hawks.

285 NCAA bids: 5 Defending Champion: Garrett Ryan, Columbia
Two-time placewinner Mike Hughes of Hofstra returns from a year layoff to top the rankings among
EIWA grapplers; he would dearly love to win a title at home as a senior. Blocking his path is defending
champ Ryan, another two-time placewinning senior. In between the two stands Jordan Wood, the third of
Lehigh’s top freshmen. Hughes has a win over Ryan; neither has wrestled Wood.
Two placewinners return from the 2016 tournament: juniors Antonio Pelusi of Franklin & Marshall, 5th,
and Jeramy Sweany, Cornell, 6th. American senior Brett Dempsey and Brown junior Ian Butterbrodt
have appeared in the rankings. Princeton soph Christian Araneo, who missed five weeks following a
December injury, makes his first appearance at EIWAs, as does Army plebe Robert Heald. Navy is still
deciding between senior Austin Faunce and soph Andrew Piehl.
For those looking ahead, the 115th EIWA tournament will be held at the Events Center, home of the
Bearcats of Binghamton University, on March 8-9, 2019.

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Swimming: Army results at Patriot League championships

Patriot League championships
(at Navy, Feb. 14-16, 2018)

Team: 1. Navy 720.5 points; 2. Army 540.5; 3. Bucknell 283; 4. Boston 281.5; 5. Loyola (Md.) 213.5; 6. Lehigh 182.5; 7. Colgate 129.5; 8. American 100; 9. Lafayette 88; 10. Holy Cross 83.
Army results
200-yard medley relay: 2. Army (Josh Sembrano, Sr.; Brady Almand, So.; Johnny Ellery, So.; Brandon McCredie, Jr.) 1:27.83
3-meter diving: 3. Hudson Kay (So.) 330.10 points; 7. Michael Burke (Fr.) 229.70; 8. Andrew Mizell (Fr.) 208.10
800 freestyle relay: 2. Army (Peter Mikheyev, So.; Evin Rude, Sr.; Graham Ungrady, Fr.; Tom Ottman, Jr.) 6:28.61
500 freestyle: 3. Tom Ottman (Jr.) 4:21.71; 8. Graham Ungrady (Fr.) 4:29.92
200 IM: 1. Peter Mikheyev (So.) 1:46.09; 10. Brian McKenrick (Fr.) 1:48.96; 12. Jay Yang (Jr.) 1:50.19; 13. Johnny Ellery (So.) 1:50.33; 15. Jason Rodriguez (Sr.) 1:51.65
50 freestyle: 1. Brandon McCredie (Jr.) 20.15; 2. Evin Rude (Sr.) 20.25; 7. Nate Hein (So.) 20.45; 9. Hogan Harper (So.) 20.63
400 medley relay: 2. Army (Josh Sembrano, Sr.; Brady Almand, So.; Kevin Doo, So.; Evin Rude, Sr.) 3:15.01
400 IM: 5. Jay Yang (Jr.) 3:53.17; 6. James Bilbrey (Fr.) 3:54.35; 8. Andrew Blomquist (So.) 3:56.93
100 butterfly: 3. Kevin Doo (So.) 47.80; 4. Johnny Ellery (So.) 48.20; 6. Jason Rodriguez (Sr.) 48.68; 9. Brandon McCredie (Jr.) 49.05; 10. Nate Hein (So.) 49.25; 14. Josh Sembrano (Sr.) 49.80
200 freestyle: 2. Evin Rude (Sr.) 1:36.77; 7. Peter Mikheyev (So.) 1:37.53; 8. Tom Ottman (Jr.) 1:38.35; 10. Graham Ungrady (Fr.) 1:38.88
100 breaststroke: 4. Ty Dang (So.) 54.94; 7. Brady Almand (So.) 55.51
100 backstroke: 3. Brian McKenrick (Fr.) 48.73; 6. Josh Sembrano (Sr.) 49.08
1-meter diving: 4. Hudson Kay (So.) 275.25 points; 6. Michael Burke (Fr.) 254.10; 7. Andrew Mizell (Fr.) 236.15
200 freestyle relay: 2. Army (Brandon McCredie, Jr.; Evin Rude, Sr.; Nate Hein, So.; Hogan Harper, So.) 1:20.01

Team: 1. Navy 602.5 points; 2. Army 387; 3. Lehigh 354; 4. Bucknell 260; 5. Boston 255; 6. Loyola (Md.) 188.5; 7. Colgate 130; 8. American 101; 9. Holy Cross 86; 10. Lafayette 75
Army results
200-yard medley relay: 2. Army (Ceclia Croman, Jr.; Kara Wineinger, Jr.; Madison Berg, Fr.; Nicole Parry, So.) 1:41.63
800 freestyle relay: 5. Army (Meaghan McGovern, Jr.; Sabrina Mortell, Sr.; Whitney Chang, Fr.; Sidney Evans, Jr.) 7:31.19
500 freestyle: 6. Sabrina Mortell (Sr.) 4:53.81
200 IM: 12. Whitney Chang (Fr.) 2:04.31; 14. Sidney Evans (Jr.) 2:04.63; 16. Jo Marsh (So.) 2:06.01
50 freestyle: 1. Bailey Smith (Jr.) 23.08; 9. Madison Berg (Fr.) 23.53; 10. Nicole Parry (So.) 23.61; 12. Jenna Forrester (Jr.) 23.62; 15. Nneka Pilgrim (So.) 23.87
1-meter diving: 2. Serica Hallstead (So.) 267.55 points; 8. Heather Yoshii (Fr.) 227.30; 11. Kathryn Seyer (So.) 218.25
400 medley relay: 3. Army (Ceclia Croman, Jr.; Kara Wineinger, Jr.; Whitney Chang, Fr.; Bailey Smith, Jr.) 3:41.97
400 IM: 7. Meaghan McGovern (Jr.) 4:25.64; 8. Sidney Evans (Jr.) 4:27.32; 9. Sabrina Mortell (Sr.) 4:24.35; 11. Marie Docken (Fr.) 4:28.08
100 butterfly: 1. Whitney Chang (Fr.) 53.59; 13. Cecelia Croman (Jr.) 56.05; 16. Madison Berg (Fr.) 56.62
200 freestyle: No Army swimmers in finals
100 breaststroke: 3. Kara Wineinger (Jr.) 1:02.87; 7. Margaret Ireland (Sr.) 1:04.24; 8. Rebecca Morel (Fr.) 1:04.59; 9. Jess Ambrose (Jr.) 1:04.66
100 backstroke: 1. Cecelia Croman (Jr.) 54.29; 4. Bailey Smith (Jr.) 55.05;8. Kim Sembrano (Jr.) 56.64; 11. Jo Marsh (So.) 56.40
200 freestyle relay: 3. Army (Bailey Smith, Jr.; Madison Berg, Fr.; Nicole Parry, So.; Jenna Forrester, Jr.) 1:32.79

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Track and field: Army results at Patriot League championships

Patriot League championships
(at Bucknell University, Feb. 17-18, 2018)
Top eight places earn team points  (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1)

Team: 1. Navy 240 points; 2. Army 197; 3. Bucknell 117; 4. Lehigh 81.5; 5. Boston 62; 6. American 41; 7. Lafayette 23; 8. Holy Cross 11.5; 9. Colgate 6.
Army results
60-meter dash: 2. Tyler Davis (Sr.) 6.88; 3. Kevin Dyer (Jr.) 6.89; 9. Andre Vaughn (Jr.) 6.97
60 hurdles: 3. Ross Puritty (Sr.) 8.27
200: 2. Kevin Dyer (Jr.) 21.84; 3. Kedrin Jefferson (Fr.) 21.91
400: No Army participants
500: 1. Tyrell Maddox (So.) 1:04.68; 7. Christian Wright (Fr.) 1:06.80
800: 3. Nickolas Causey (Sr.) 1:55.96; 7. Jackson Sullivan (So.) 1:57.25
1,000: 3. Anthony Boswell (Jr.) 2:29.79; 11. Mikey Singer (Jr.) 2:41.66
Mile: 1. Keagan Smith (So.) 4:10.14; 11. Mikey Singer (Jr.) 4:18.51
3,000: 1. Benjamin Petrella (So.) 8:18.74; 3. Roman Ollar (So.) 8:20.77; 4. Robert Santoyo (So.) 8:20.87; 9. Daniel Mazzei (Fr.) 8:28.04
5,000: 1. Benjamin Petrella (So.) 14:28.96; 6. Roman Ollar (So.) 14:41.73; 8. John Valeri (Sr.) 14:43.22; 9. Daniel Mazei (Fr.) 14:43.42
1,600 relay: 4. Army (Tyler Davis, Sr.; Drew Bullen, Fr.; Bradley Gibson, Sr.; Turell Maddox, So.) 3:23.18
3,200 relay: 7. Army (Jackson Sullivan, So.; Anthony Boswell, Jr.; Tyrell Maddox, So.; Nickolas Causey, Sr.) 7:53.24
Distance medley relay: 1. Army (Nickolas Causey, Sr.; Christian Wright, Fr.; Anthony Boswell, Jr.; Keagan Smith, So.) 10:05.45
High jump: 1. Jeff Giannettino (Jr.) 6-10.25; 3. Bernard Jenkins (So.) 6-8.25; 5. Bryce Samuel (Fr.) 6-4.25; 7. Jaeden Watson (So.) 6-2.25
Long jump: 5. Drew Bullen (Fr.) 22-11.25; 8. Tyler Davis (Sr.) 22-6.5
Triple jump: 3. Tyrese Bender (Fr.) 47-5.75; 8. Bradley Gibson (Sr.) 45-0.5
Shot put: 3. Geoff Kirk (Fr.) 52-4; 5. Kenneth Brinson (Jr.) 50-4.5; 7. Grant Alter (So.) 50-2; 8. Michael Renard (So.) 49-9.25
Weight throw: 1. Kenneth Brinson (Jr.) 64-7.75; 3. Wyatt Doughty (So.) 60-5.75; 7. Jacob Stauffer (So.) 56-6.65; 13. Michael Renard (So.) 51-5.75
Pole vault: 1. Lee Bares (Sr.) 17-2.75; 8. Joseph Price (Fr.) 15-3
Heptathlon: No Army participants

Team: 1. Bucknell 158.5 points; 2. Army 154; 3. Navy 140; 4. Boston 129; 5. Lehigh 77.5; 6. Holy Cross 67; 7. Loyola (Md.) 28; 8. American 17; 9. Lafayette 7; 10. Colgate 2.
Army results
60-meters: 1. Calli McMullen (So.) 7.58; 6. Yasheika Beckaroo (So.) 7.76; 8. Bonvie Fosam (Fr.) 7.88; 11. Emily Malone (So.) 7.75; 16. Jade Robinson (Fr.) 8.00
60 hurdles: 3. Lynne Mooradian (So.) 8.95; 8. Asia Chen (Fr.) 10.36; 10. Sarah Donaldson (Fr.) 9.12 semis
200: 1. Calli McMullen (So.) 24.72; 4. Emily Malone (So.) 25.26
400: No Army participants
500: 5. Haley Watson (So.) 1:15.60; 13. Isabel Olds (Fr.) 1:21.02
800: 6. Hannah Deines (So.) 2:14.86; 8. Cassie Mundekis (Jr.) 2:15.26
1,000: 1. Abby Halbrook (Jr.) 2:51.47; 2. Samantha Coletti (So.) 2:53.91; 15. Monika Shimko (Fr.) 3:09.42
1-mile: 2. Abby Halbrook (Jr.) 4:58.06; 5. Samantha Coletti (So.) 5:02.51
3,000: 3. Bethany Nunnery (So.) 9:54.74; 9. Kate Sanborn (So.) 10:07.57
5,000: 5. Bethany Nunnery (So.) 17:18.73; 14. Kajol Maheshwari (So.) 18:11.62
1,600 relay: 3. Army (Lynne Mooradian, So.; Calli McMullen, So.; Asia Chen, Fr.; Haley Watson, So.) 3:51.10
3,200 relay: 3. Army (Monika Shimko, Fr.; Cassie Mundekis, Jr.; Haley Watson, So.; Hannah Deines, So.) 9:02.80
Distance medley relay: 2. Army (Morgan Chewning-Kulick, Fr.; Emma Record, Fr.; Cassie Mundekis, Jr.; Cordella McGinn, Sr.) 12:00.92
High jump: 9. Olivia Gervan (Fr.) 5-3
Long jump: 7. Jade Robinson (Fr.) 17-11.5
Triple jump: 1. Bonvie Fosam (Fr.) 9-6.5; 12. Tya’tianna Johnson (Jr.) 34-10.5
Shot put: 1. Briyah Brown (Sr.) 48-7.5; 7. Carrie Wasdyke (Sr.) 43-11.75
Weight throw: 1. Briyah Brown (Sr.) 62-10.5; 2. Kamryn Brinson (So.) 59-6.75
Pole vault: 9. Jennifer Reis (Fr.) 11-11.75; 11. Madeline Schneider (Jr.) 11-11.75; 12. Kelsey Healy (Fr.) 11-5.75
Pentathlon: 2. Lynne Mooradian (So.) 3,420 points

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Army hockey: A chat with coach Brian Riley ahead of the rivalry RMC game

Army and Royal Military College of Canada resume the longest-standing college hockey rivalry on Saturday, January 20, in Kingston, Ontario. Army has won the last six matchups but the latest confrontations have been close battles.
We talked to Army coach Brian Riley about the rivalry game and the Black Knights’ recent play.

THR: What do you think of the matchup?
Riley: The last two years have really been one-goal games: 4-3 up there and last year we won 5-3 with an empty net goal. The games certainly the last couple of years have been real close. I anticipate it will be the same. They have a freshman who is the leading goal scorer in all of Canadian college hockey … he has 18 goals. It will be a battle. I think it’s good for us to play in a rivalry game like this because that will help prepare us as we get ready to come down the home stretch here for Atlantic Hockey.

THR: Army has played a very tough schedule this year, knocking off ranked teams four times and you played Minnesota tough. Is the schedule kind of grueling this year?
Riley: It’s a challenging schedule, obviously with the non-league games that we played and the fact that only one of the non-league games is at home. But also what makes it so grueling is the fact that our league … there is so much parity in our league. There’s not any teams where you can say, hey, we should come away with a couple wins here. The parity in our league, with the challenging non-conference schedule, has made this probably the toughest schedule that we’ve had since I’ve been here.

THR: As a coach, how concerned are you, especially since you have six weeks ahead of you?
Riley: That’s why you just try to live in the moment and you try not to think about the six weeks. We will just focus on RMC this week but once we get back into league play … next week it will be just worrying about Mercyhurst because if you start looking, and then you start saying, man, we’ve got such a tough stretch, like there’s no letdown. I think the big thing is just living in the moment and when you get back into the league you have to try to come up with something every weekend, and by something I mean points … two points, three points, four points. The league is so tight that if you have a weekend where you don’t come up with anything … this weekend that’s going to happen to us, and you’re going to drop three spots. It is exciting but it’s a real grind.

THR: Have you been altering your lineup, and using extra players for rest?
Riley: We’ve moved some guys around and I think that’s been a little bit of our issue, trying to find chemistry with some guys. I am hoping last week we found a little something. You don’t want to move guys too much, especially coming down the stretch, because you always want to be playing your best hockey in February and coming into the playoffs. If anything for us, it’s chemistry and just feeling good about the lineup. You always know guys are going to get dinged up and we’re going to have guys ready to go.

THR: Did you move the lineup to find something, or are you making moves because of injuries?
Riley: I think it was two weeks ago we moved some guys around, just hopefully to find something. We need some secondary scoring. We have a top line (Michael Wilson, Tyler Pham, Dominic Franco) that has been giving us a lot of scoring and we split them up and no we’ve gone back to them and we are relying on other guys who have put up numbers before to hopefully put up some numbers down the stretch here.

THR: You certainly received more balanced scoring from your four lines last season.
Riley: This year we haven’t had quite as much production spread out. Lately, we’re starting to get a little bit more of that so I am hoping we will have more balance in our offense.

THR: You got Cole Bruns back in goal, and you played him and Jared Dempsey last weekend. How will you use them the rest of the way?
Riley: We will take it weekend by weekend. Brunsy came off an injury so it was good to get him a game last week. It wasn’t good news when we heard he had to go out, but Dems has stepped in and played really well so now he has himself in the conversation and I feel that whoever we have in there, they have a good chance to help us win a game.

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