2010-11 Season in Review
Erin Anthony, Army West Point standout leads League in scoring, rebounding and blocks. The Scholar-Athlete also was a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Finalist. Full story, p. 3
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Lehigh’s Will Rackley, p. 4 Jags’ NFL Third Round Draft Pick
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Patriot League: Who We Are The Patriot League, which was founded on the principles of admitting athletes who are academically representative of their class, is in its third decade of academic and athletic achievement. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education. The Patriot League began as a successful Division I-AA (now called Football Championship Subdivision) football conference in 1986. Full League members include American, Army, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy. Associate members include Fordham and Georgetown in football and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in women’s rowing. These member institutions are among the oldest and most prestigious in the nation. Alumni from Patriot League colleges and universities have played a leadership role in the shaping of our country. In the classroom, the Patriot League’s full-member institutions, individually and collectively, consistently rank among the top Division I programs in the NCAA Graduation Rates Report. Since 1998, the Patriot League has ranked first each year among all Division I conferences awarding athletic aid in the NCAA Graduation Rate Report. The League finished at the top spot with nearly all of its teams reporting a graduation rate of 85 percent or higher in the most recent data. In addition, 82 teams from Patriot League full-member institutions earned NCAA Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Awards after posting academic progress rate scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. League members have also distinguished themselves on the field of play. The Patriot League sponsors championship competition in 23 sports (11 for men; 12 for women). Championship teams from 14 sports are guaranteed advancement into NCAA postseason competition: baseball, men and women’s basketball, field hockey, football, men’s golf, men and women’s lacrosse, men and women’s soccer, softball, men and women’s tennis and volleyball. Along the timeline of Patriot League history about three-quarters of the Patriot League’s Scholar-Athletes of the Year also received All-Patriot League status for their exemplary athletic performance. In the Patriot League’s history, more than 200 student-athletes have been recognized as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, while tens of thousands have qualified for the League’s Academic Honor Roll. More than 30 student-athletes have received NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. Additionally, Patriot League student-athletes have earned Fulbright Scholarships, Rhodes Scholarships, Marshall Scholarships and NACDA/Disney Scholarships.
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Patriot League on Television The Patriot League and CBS Sports Network announced June 22 a multi-year television deal, in which the Network will air Patriot League men’s and women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse and football. The deal provides for a minimum of 12 Patriot League men’s basketball regular-season and tournament contests, including the men’s basketball championship, which will air on CBS Sports Network for the first time. The Patriot League Women’s Basketball Championship game will also be televised by CBS Sports Network, with additional coverage during the regular season. Coverage of the entire Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will be shown on the Network for the third consecutive year, with a minimum of four regular-season games also televised. In addition, at least two football games will be broadcast each season. The expanded partnership with CBS Sports Network provides the most far-reaching television contract in Patriot League history. More televised men’s basketball and football games will be shown in high definition, with CBS Sports Network holding the right to select additional sporting events. The Patriot League enters into its ninth consecutive year in partnership with CBS Sports Network. CBS Sports Network is available across the country to 96 million homes through local cable and video providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 152.
Patriot League Initiatives The Patriot League has been at the forefront of new media, utilizing social media and online video to promote its student-athletes. TWITTER FACEBOOK YOUTUBE ALL-ACCESS
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Fans can stay connected with the League and keep up with all the latest news by following the League on Facebook or Twitter. The League also produces video recaps and features for its YouTube Channel and Patriot League All-Access. On the Patriot League Academic Network, institutions feature videos about campus life, notably their academic offerings and the accomplishments of students, faculty and staff. The League also added the Patriot League Online Store in 2010-11 where all the official gear can be purchased.
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Academic and Athletic Success Now in its third decade as an all-sport conference combining academic and athletic excellence, the Patriot League sponsors championships in 23 men and women’s sports. The Patriot League’s mission is simple, to provide successful competitive athletic experiences while maintaining high academic standards, and to prepare its student-athletes to be leaders in society. During the 2010-11 academic year, Patriot League student-athletes and teams have accomplished the following: • Patriot League schools came in with glowing marks in the latest release of the NCAA Academic Progress Rate, as 97 percent of Patriot League teams came in at or above the national Division I four-year average score of 970. • Bucknell claimed the Patriot League Presidents’ Cup for the 17th time overall and sixth consecutive season. The Bison also won their eighth male trophy and 17th female award, sweeping the honors for the second straight year and seventh time overall. • Six different schools claimed multiple Patriot League titles, led by Navy with seven and Bucknell with six. Lehigh and Army each won three championships while Colgate and American claimed a pair. • Bucknell’s Travis Nissley was named a finalist for the Campbell Trophy and earned an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation. • Navy tennis standout Nick Birger was part of a select group of student-athletes to receive a $7,500 postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA. • The Patriot League Scholar-Athletes of the Year were Colgate junior Elise DeRoo (Female Scholar-Athlete) and Navy senior Nick Birger (Male Scholar-Athlete). For both, it is their first Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, and DeRoo will have the chance to become the fourth multiple winner on the women’s side next year. • Army’s Erin Anthony concluded an outstanding career with First-Team Academic All-America recognition for the second year in a row and a nomination from the Patriot League for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. • 11 student-athletes have been named Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, including: Erin Anthony, Army (Women’s Basketball); Nathan Hedgecock, Army (Men’s Basketball); Travis Nissley, Bucknell (Football); Sam Miller and Alex Foskett, Navy (Men’s Soccer); Ben Koenigsfeld, Army (Baseball); Jay Laing, Army and Jonathan Stumpf, Lehigh (Men’s Lacrosse); Nick Birger, Navy (Men’s Tennis); Alyssa DeLorenz, Bucknell (Women’s Lacrosse); and Cody Rome, Navy (Men’s Track and Field). • 55 Patriot League student-athletes have earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors, with 39 on the first team. • Candidates for Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award included: Erin Anthony, Army (Women’s Basketball); Stefan Bauer, Lafayette (Men’s Lacrosse); Jonathan Stumpf, Lehigh (Men’s Lacrosse); Rob Keefer, Lehigh (Men’s Basketball); Andrew Keister, Holy Cross (Men’s Basketball); Erica Prosser, Lehigh (Women’s Basketball); Ben Koenigsfeld, Army (Baseball); Friederike Engel, American (Women’s Soccer); Jessie Snyder, Bucknell (Softball). • American’s Christine Fingerhuth was named a firstteam All-America selection in field hockey and also received an NCAA Woman of the Year nomination from the Patriot League. • Three Patriot Leaguers competed at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, with Bucknell’s Ted Heitzman and Army’s Domonick Sylve giving the League a pair of All-America recipients for the first time since 2003.
Anthony garners several honors in final season West Point graduate Erin Anthony will go down as one of the most decorated Army women’s basketball players in recent memory. An impact player both on and off the court over all four seasons at West Point, Anthony is a two-time first team Academic All-American, three-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, fourtime All-Patriot League performer and was one of 10 national Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalists. During her stay at West Point, she led Army in rebounding during all four years and scoring twice. She led the Patriot League in rebounding three times and scoring twice. Anthony garnered 12 Anaconda Patriot League Player of the Week citations during her career, which is more than any other Army women’s basketball player and one shy of tying the Patriot League record. Anthony was the only player in the Patriot League to average a double-double during both her junior and senior seasons. She averaged 14.4 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game in 2010-11. She also led the League with 3.0 blocks per game. She finished the season ranked 11th in the nation in blocked shots and 16th in rebounding. The Allentown, Pa., native, started all 29 games, totaled 13 double-doubles and led Army in scoring 21 times and rebounding in 23 games. She scored at least 20 points six times. Anthony broke Army’s career blocked shots record (222) in her final season. The previous career mark, held by Army Hall of Famer Pam Pearson, had stood since 1984-85. Anthony finished her career ranked second on Army’s all-time rebounding list (1,036) and fourth in scoring (1,429). She is one of just two players in women’s basketball history to eclipse the 1,000-point and 1,000-rebound marks. A civil engineering major and two-year team captain, Anthony will go down as one of the most well-rounded players to ever don a West Point uniform. Her performance inside the classroom shined and resulted in a 21st final ranking in a graduating class of 1,089 graduating cadets and a final grade-point average of 3.82. Anthony was a Rhodes Scholarship and National Science Foundation Fellowship finalist and recently won the Society of American Military Engineers David M. Fraser Award for Engineering Excellence and Leadership during the U.S. Military Academy Engineer’s Dinner in late March.
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Academic and Athletic Success • Colgate’s Nate Eachus finished sixth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award, given to the Most Outstanding Player in the Football Championship Subdivision. • Lehigh became the first Patriot League team since 2003 to win a game in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs when it won at Northern Iowa 14-7 in the first round. The Mountain Hawks finished at No. 14 in each of the major FCS rankings, matching the highest for a Patriot League team since 2003. • Bucknell’s Darryl Shazier received the Victory Scholarship and will pursue his master’s in business studies at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland in 2011-12. As part of this program, he will work with youth, coach in Northern Ireland and play for the Ulster Elks in local league and tournament competition. • Army’s Jeremy Boltus was one of five finalists for the Tewaarton Trophy, given to the nation’s top men’s lacrosse player. • Lehigh’s Will Rackley became the highest NFL Draft selection out of the Patriot League when he was picked in the third round by the Jacksonville Jaguars. • Bucknell and Colgate each finished in the top 15 of the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse poll, with the Bison at No. 9 and the Raiders coming in at No. 14. • Lehigh’s Lauren Dykstra capped an amazing career as a women’s lacrosse All-American and MVP of the IWLCA North-South Senior All-Star Game, as well as the Patriot League Female Sportsmanship Award winner. • Sophomores C.J. McCollum (Lehigh) and Mike Muscala (Bucknell) each received postseason All-America recognition following strong men’s basketball seasons. • The Navy trio of Olaf Olson, Mark Meyer and Justin Vagts all competed at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship. • A Patriot League record four runners went to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, with Colgate’s Elise DeRoo earning a top-100 finish in the women’s race. • Four Patriot League baseball players were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, including Holy Cross pitcher John Pedrotty in the 13th round. • Army’s Ben Koenigsfeld was named a semifinalist for the Olerud Award as the collegiate baseball Two-Way Player of the Year in addition to a long list of athletic and academic accomplishments. • Ten Patriot Leaguers, including nine from Lehigh, were named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars as studentathletes of color who exemplify high standards in academics, athletics, and service to the community.
Rackley selected in third round of 2011 NFL Draft Lehigh offensive lineman Will Rackley, an AllAmerican, became the highest NFL Draft selection out of the Patriot League when he was picked by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round with the 76th overall pick on April 29. Rackley became the first Lehigh player selected in the draft since Rich Owens was picked by the Washington Redskins in 1995 in the fifth round with the 152nd overall pick, which stood as the top spot for a Patriot League player before Rackley. Patriot League players have been selected in consecutive drafts for the first time since the League had players taken in three straight years from 1987-89. Fordham quarterback John Skelton was taken in the fifth round by the Arizona Cardinals in 2010. Rackley is the eighth all-time NFL Draft pick from the Patriot League. “I got really anxious seeing all the guys going in front of me,” Rackley said. “It was a long couple of hours. Then I got the phone call and saw it was an NFL team. I couldn’t wait to see what team it was, and it was exciting to find out it was Jacksonville and to finally talk to all the coaches and staff. “It all came together nicely, but my goals aren’t done yet. It’s a big deal for a guy like me from a small school to be selected in the third round.” Rackley was a three-time All-Patriot League selection for the Mountain Hawks. He started the last 40 games of his career, primarily at left tackle. He captained Lehigh to its ninth Patriot League Championship in 2010 and was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game. Most NFL scouts project Rackley, who hails from Riverdale, Ga., as a guard in the professional ranks. The Jaguars traded up four spots with the San Francisco 49ers to select Rackley with the 12th pick in the third round. With his selection, Rackley becomes the eighth Lehigh football player to be selected since the modern draft began in 1967. He was just seven spots from being the school’s all-time highest draft pick, as quarterback Kim McQuilken went with the 69th overall pick in the third round to the Atlanta Falcons in 1973. “Everyone associated with the Lehigh Football family is thrilled for Will,” Lehigh head coach Andy Coen said. “He has worked incredibly hard to get to this point and I have no doubt he will be successful in the NFL. Will was a special player at Lehigh and has always represented the university and the Patriot League in a first class manner. It was a privilege to have Will in our program.”
Scholar-Athletes of the Year Baseball................................................................. Ben Koenigsfeld, Army Men’s Basketball................................................Nathan Hedgecock, Army Women’s Basketball................................................... Erin Anthony, Army Men’s Cross Country............................................... Colin Eustis, American Women’s Cross Country......................................Elise DeRoo, Colgate * Field Hockey...................................................... Christine Weiss, Bucknell Football................................................................. Travis Nissley, Bucknell Men’s Golf......................................................................Peter Reilly, Navy Men’s Lacrosse................................................... Jonathan Stumpf, Lehigh Women’s Lacrosse............................................ Alyssa DeLorenz, Bucknell Rowing................................................................ Theresa Saxton-Fox, MIT Men’s Soccer................................................... Matt Makowski, American Women’s Soccer.................................................... Kiki Koroshetz, Colgate Softball...........................................................Jennifer Colquhoun, Lehigh Men’s Swimming & Diving...................................Christian Treat, Bucknell Women’s Swimming & Diving...................................Laura Gorinski, Navy Men’s Tennis........................................................... Nick Birger, Navy * Women’s Tennis............................................... Patricia Muething, Lehigh Men’s Indoor Track & Field............................................ Cody Rome, Navy Women’s Indoor Track & Field..................................Elise DeRoo, Colgate Men’s Outdoor Track & Field.....................................Evans Kosgei, Lehigh Women’s Outdoor Track & Field................................ Erin Koch, American Women’s Volleyball......................................Cassandra Ricketts, American * Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year
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Bucknell wins sixth straight, 17th overall Presidents’ Cup Following another strong season across the board, Bucknell claimed its sixth consecutive and 17th overall Patriot League Presidents’ Cup. The Bison also won their eighth male trophy and 17th female award, sweeping the honors for the second straight year and seventh time overall. Bucknell had a banner year that included six Patriot League titles, and the Bison accumulated 118.5 points to take the overall Presidents’ Cup. That was just enough to hold off Navy, which led all schools with seven Patriot League championships and came in second place in the Presidents’ Cup standings with 111.75 overall points. It was the narrowest margin between the first and secondplace finisher since the 1999-00 season. Lehigh (101), Army (99) and Colgate (94) all posted strong years, and were followed in order by American (68.5), Lafayette (60) and Holy Cross (55.5).
Overall 1. Bucknell 118.5 2. Navy 111.75 3. Lehigh 101 4. Army 99 5. Colgate 94 6. American 68.5 7. Lafayette 60 8. Holy Cross 55.5
Presidents’ Cup Standings Men 1. Bucknell 2. Navy 3. Army 4. Lehigh 5. Colgate 6. Lafayette 7. American 8. Holy Cross
56.75 55.75 53.5 49.75 36 32.5 29.5 25.25
Women 1. Bucknell 2. Colgate 3. Navy 4. Lehigh 5. Army 6. American 7. Holy Cross 8. Lafayette
61.75 58 56 51.25 45.5 39 30.25 27.5
Bucknell won at least one championship in each season, and wrapped up its year with an impressive spring that included four Patriot League titles. After being crowned men’s soccer and men’s basketball champion earlier in the year, Bucknell won the men’s lacrosse, rowing and both men and women’s outdoor track and field championships in the spring. Navy won the Patriot League championship in seven of the 20 sports in which it participates. The Mids took the men’s cross country championship in the fall, won the title in women’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving and both men and women’s indoor track and field in the winter, then captured the crowns in women’s lacrosse and baseball in the spring. Lehigh and Army each won three championships to aid their high finish in the Presidents’ Cup standings. Patriot League Presidents’ Cup points are awarded based on a team’s performance in the regular season and postseason Patriot League standings across the League’s 23 Division I sports. In cross country, football, golf, rowing, swimming and diving and track and field, the points are awarded on the final team standings. In team sports with postseason tournaments, points are awarded based on a combination of a team’s finish at the Patriot League Championship and the regular-season standings.
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Football Lehigh wins 2010 Patriot League title • Title Highlights: Lehigh finished undefeated in League play for the fifth time, tying Holy Cross for the most of any program in League history. It also marked the Mountain Hawks’ ninth League title, three more than any other program. • Postseason Highlights: Lehigh rallied for a pair of thirdquarter TDs to upend host No. 16 Northern Iowa 14-7 in the first round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The Mountain Hawks, however, fell to Delaware 42-20 in the second round the following week. • Lehigh’s Standout Performances: QB Chris Lum led the League with 2,881 passing yards and 19 TDs. ... WR Ryan Spadola caught 78 passes for 1,130 yards and nine TDs, all League-highs. ... LB Mike Groome finished with a Leaguebest 131 tackles, including 75 solo takedowns. He also had 4.5 sacks. ... CB Jared Cribbs picked off a League-best seven passes and returned one for a TD.
Nate Eachus, Colgate
Eachus running toward records Colgate junior Nate Eachus led the NCAA in rushing and became the eighth player in League history to earn consensus FCS All-America honors, receiving first-team distinction from The Sports Network, AFCA, Walter Camp and AP. Eachus was also honored by Phil Steele’s, College Sporting News and ECAC. He carried 317 times for 1,871 yards and 21 touchdowns for the season, and also caught 17 passes for 160 yards and a score. Eachus averaged 170.1 rushing yards per game, which led the FCS by nearly 25 yards per contest. He has 3,722 career yards.
Major awards • Offensive Player of the Year: Nate Eachus, Colgate • Defensive Player of the Year: Zach Smith, Colgate • Rookie of the Year: Brandon Wesley, Bucknell • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Travis Nissley, Bucknell Rackley drafted in third round by Jags Lehigh’s Will Rackley became the highest NFL Draft pick out of the Patriot League when he is selected in the third round (76th overall) by the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was the first time since 1987-89 that the Patriot League had student-athletes selected in the draft in consecutive years. Rackley earned multiple All-America honors in the fall. Honors pour in for Bucknell’s Nissley Bucknell’s Travis Nissley received an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation (NFF) as a finalist for the Campbell Trophy while also earning second-team Academic All-America honors and his second straight Patriot League Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Nissley posted a 3.96 cumulative grade-point av-
2010 Final Standings
Lehigh # Holy Cross Colgate Georgetown Lafayette Bucknell Fordham *
Patriot League Overall W-L
5-0 3-2 3-2 2-3 1-4 1-4 -
1.000 10-3 .769 .600 6-5 .545 .600 7-4 .636 .400 4-7 .364 .200 2-9 .182 .200 1-10 .091 - 5-6 .455
# Patriot League Champion * Not eligible for Patriot League title 2010 Coach of the Year: Andy Coen, Lehigh
erage while majoring in mechanical engineering, and the linebacker finished the 2010 campaign with a team-high 63 tackles. Eachus, Coen considered for major FCS honors Colgate junior Nate Eachus and Lehigh head coach Andy Coen each finish in the top half of the voting for a major FCS honor, with Eachus placing sixth for the Walter Payton Award and Coen seventh for the Eddie Robinson Award. Three named to FCS Academic All-Star Team Bucknell’s Travis Nissley, Colgate’s Greg Sullivan and Holy Cross’ Mike McCabe were named to the FCS Academic AllStar Team, while 17 graduating seniors earned a spot on the NFF Hampshire Honor Society. Academic Honor Roll features record 198 A record 198 student-athletes earned a spot on the Patriot League Football Academic Honor Roll. Fordham led all schools with 38 student-athletes on the list, followed by Lafayette with 35, Holy Cross with 32 and Bucknell at 31. Lehigh finished with 26, Georgetown tallied 23 and Colgate notched 14.
American dominates, takes ninth title • Title Highlights: American has been a powerhouse in the Patriot League volleyball standings since joining in 2001, and 2010 was no different. After running the table against League teams during the regular season for the sixth time, the Eagles powered through Bucknell and Colgate en route to their ninth crown in 10 years. American advanced to the NCAA Tournament where it provided a monumental challenge to UCLA. The Eagles twice led the Bruins by a set before UCLA rallied to win a five-set thriller. The loss snapped American’s League-record 23-match win streak. • American’s Standout Performances: Angelina Waterman placed second in the League with 369 kills (2.93 hitting pct.). ... Katerina Cinkova posted 101 blocks, 136 kills and a .290 hitting percentage. ... Krysta Cicala totaled 759 assists in 78 sets for a League second-best average of 9.73. ... Deborah Frantz led the Eagles with 372 digs, ranked sixth in the League.
Magdalena Tekiel, American
Tekiel powers Eagles to League title American senior Magdalena Tekiel was one of the League’s premier players all season, and she was recognized as such when the coaches unanimously voted her as Player of the Year when the League’s awards were announced after the regular season. Three teammates joined her on the All-Patriot League team, including League Tournament MVP and fellow senior Angelina Waterman. Tekiel finished with 396 kills in 103 games, posting a .339 hitting percentage. She also was second in the League in service aces with 38.
Major awards • Player of the Year: Magdalena Tekiel, American • Defensive Player of the Year: Brittany Jensen, Army • Setter of the Year: Karyn Powell, Army • Rookie of the Year: Megan Wilton, Army • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Cassandra Ricketts, American Excellence on and off the court American’s dominance extended to the classroom as well, with senior Cassandra Ricketts being named ScholarAthlete of the Year in volleyball. She led all players with a .385 hitting percentage during League play, helping the Eagles to their perfect 14-0 record. She proved just as formidable academically as well, posting a 3.935 cumulative grade-point average majoring in biochemistry with a minor in psychology. Ricketts was one of two student-athletes to earn both All-Patriot League and Academic All-League honors after the regular season. Past two champions split major awards While American dominated the League during the regular season and earned the tournament crown, the Eagles had
2010 Final Standings
American # Army Colgate Bucknell Lehigh Holy Cross Navy Lafayette
14-0 1.000 11-3 .786 10-4 .714 8-6 .571 7-7 .500 4-10 .286 1-13 .071 1-13 .071
29-3 .906 18-14 .563 18-12 .600 10-17 .370 13-13 .500 12-21 .364 7-23 .233 5-23 .179
# Patriot League Champion Coach of the Year: Barry Goldberg, American
some competition for the major awards. Barry Goldberg was named Coach of the Year after American ran the table with a perfect 14-0 mark against League opponents, joining Magdalena Tekiel (Player of the Year) and Cassandra Ricketts (Scholar-Athlete of the Year) as major award winners. The 2009 League champion Army claimed the other three honors. Senior Karyn Powell was named Setter of the Year, senior Brittany Jensen captured the Defensive Player of the Year nod and freshman Megan Wilton was named Rookie of the Year. An All-America honor for Waterman American’s Angelina Waterman played her best ball of the season as the Eagles captured their ninth League title in 10 years and battled UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Her late-season performances garnered national attention, as she was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. She won All-League accolades from the head coaches at the end of the regular season, but she saved her best performances for the postseason. She was named League Tournament MVP, leading the Eagles to 3-0 wins over Bucknell and Colgate. She then matched a career best with 22 kills and narrowly missed a double-double with nine digs against UCLA.
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Men’s Soccer Makowski named Scholar-Athlete of the Year American junior GK Matt Makowski was a two-way threat for his team, garnering second-team All-League honors and helping the Eagles reach the League title game for the second straight year. In addition to his on-the-field exploits, Makowski is a stellar student and was honored as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Rookie of the Year in 2008, he became the second American player to garner the top academic award and first since 2001, the Eagles’ first season in the League. Makowski owned a 3.93 cumulative GPA while majoring in biology and was one of a League-high three American student-athletes named to the inaugural Academic All-League team in the sport. His naming to the award snapped a four-year run of Army student-athletes being named to the prestigious honor.
2010 Bucknell Bison
Bison sneak in, repeat as champions Entering the final regular-season weekend of the League schedule, defending champion Bucknell was on the outside of the tournament picture looking in. In a wild finish on the last day of the regular season, Lafayette defeated Navy to hop into fourth place for a handful of minutes before the Bison rallied with a come-from-behind 2-1 overtime victory at Lehigh to clinch the tournament’s No. 4 seed. Bucknell edged top-seeded Colgate in the semifinals and blanked American 2-0 in the title match to repeat as League champion and move on to the NCAA Tournament.
Major awards • Offensive Player of the Year: Brendan Burgdorf, Bucknell • Defensive Player of the Year: Kevin Strunk, Lehigh • Goalkeeper of the Year: Chris Miller, Colgate • Rookie of the Year: Mayowa Alli, Bucknell • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Matt Makowski, American Solid sophomore season Bucknell’s Brendan Burgdorf enjoyed a strong sophomore campaign, garnering the League’s Offensive Player of the Year honor from the head coaches after tallying 14 points (6 goals, 2 assists) while earning first-team All-League accolades. This came after an impressive rookie showing in 2009, when he scored nine goals and added a pair of helpers. Burgdorf’s award marked the third straight year in which a Bison player was named the League’s top offensive player, after former teammate Conor O’Brien had captured the laurel in 2008 and again in 2009. Pair of Academic All-Americas Navy placed two student-athletes on the ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-America team — senior Alex Foskett (second team) and junior Sam Miller (third team). Foskett boasted a 3.73 cumulative GPA majoring in electrical engineering,
2010 Final Standings
Colgate Lehigh American Bucknell # Lafayette Navy Holy Cross Army
5-0-2 17 8-6-5 .553 4-2-1 13 8-8-2 .500 3-2-2 11 7-9-3 .447 3-2-2 11 10-9-2 .524 3-3-1 10 8-7-3 .528 2-2-3 9 7-5-4 .563 0-4-3 3 3-10-5 .306 0-5-2 2 3-12-2 .235
# Patriot League Champion 2010 Coach of the Year: Erik Ronning, Colgate
while Miller, a mechanical engineering major, owned a 3.93 GPA. In all, the Patriot League has had 20 Academic All-America selections in its 21-year history. Among the national leaders Bucknell senior Tommy McCabe had a career season for the Bison in helping them capture the League title for the second straight year. McCabe finished with career-highs in goals (three), assists (10) and points (16), while tying for eighth in the nation in assists per game (0.53) and 10th in total dishes. He was the highest-ranking League player in any individual category in the nation last season. Close behind him were goalkeepers Andrew Pianko of Lafayette and Evan Polanik of Holy Cross, who both averaged five saves per game to tie for 17th in the country. Youth dominate major, All-League awards Underclassmen claimed all three of the League’s major individual awards in 2010 for which a senior is eligible, while 14-of-24 spots on the All-League team were secured by sophomores and juniors. In addition to Brendan Burgdorf’s Offensive Player of the Year nod, Lehigh junior Kevin Strunk was named Defensive Player of the Year and Colgate junior Chris Miller was honored as Goalkeeper of the Year.
Lostetter anchors Army Senior GK Alex Lostetter was one of the main reasons Army captured a share of the League’s regular-season title and owned the top seed in the League Tournament. She finished the season with the nation’s second-best save percentage at .922 and tied her career best with 11 shutouts. She captured the 31st shutout of her career in Army’s 1-0 overtime win over Colgate in the tournament semifinals, which tied the League record. Her 0.25 goals-against average was second in the country and the lowest single-season mark in League annals.
2010 Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Lehigh claims its first League title Led by a talented group of seniors and first-year head coach Eric Lambinus, Lehigh captured its first Patriot League title and made its inaugural trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Mountain Hawks, who entered the League Tournament as the third seed, defeated second-seeded Bucknell and No. 1 and host Army by identical 1-0 scores to capture the title. Senior goalkeeper Lauren Mains was named Tournament MVP after posting the back-to-back shutouts. Lehigh acquainted itself well to NCAA action, playing over 60 minutes of scoreless soccer before falling 3-0 to Virginia, one of four No. 2 seeds in the 64-team tournament.
Major awards • Offensive Player of the Year: Christa Matlack, Bucknell • Defensive Player of the Year: Molly McGuigan, Army • Goalkeeper of the Year: Lauren Smedley, Lafayette • Rookie of the Year: Kim An, Army • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Kiki Koroshetz, Colgate Koroshetz named Scholar-Athlete of the Year Colgate senior defender Kiki Koroshetz, a staple of the Raiders’ backline in 2010 that helped shut out five opponents during the regular season, was recognized for excelling in her academic pursuits when she was named the League’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A native of Norwalk, Conn., Koroshetz carried a 3.90 cumulative GPA at Colgate while majoring in psychology. Koroshetz was a twoyear co-captain and helped lead the Raiders to the NCAA Tournament in 2009 while earning ESPN The Magazine/ CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. She was Colgate’s first Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women’s soccer since Kelly Tyrell in 1999. Underclassmen propel Army The 2010 regular season was one of the most successful in Army history, and the awards reflected that. Freshman Molly McGuigan was named Defensive Player of the Year, while midfielder and classmate Kim An was awarded the Rookie of the Year honor. Stefanie Golan, in her second year at West Point, was named Coach of the Year. After the season concluded, McGuigan and An were honored again
2010 Final Standings
Army Bucknell Lehigh # Colgate American Navy Lafayette Holy Cross
4-0-3 15 5-2-0 15 4-1-2 14 3-3-1 10 2-2-3 9 2-3-2 8 0-3-4 4 0-6-1 1
14-4-3 .738 7-13-0 .350 11-5-4 .650 6-12-1 .342 6-10-3 .395 9-8-3 .525 6-8-4 .444 3-12-2 .235
# Patriot League Champion 2010 Coach of the Year: Stefanie Golan, Army
with spots on the NSCAA/Performance Subaru Mid-Atlantic All-Region team, each earning first-team recognition. Of the 33 players to earn all-region distinction, only three were freshmen, and two were McGuigan and An. Tournament teams remain consistent The three programs with the most appearances in the Patriot League Tournament were at it again in 2010. Colgate qualified for its League-best 18th League playoffs under 20th-year head coach Kathy Brawn, while second-year skipper Stefanie Golan brought Army to the tournament for the 16th time in history. Bucknell earned a bid to the tournament for the sixth time in as many years under the direction of head coach Ben Landis and 15th overall. The one relative newcomer was Lehigh, which qualified for the League playoff for just the fifth time and first since 2006. Black Knights stifle opposition Army led the nation in three defensive categories in 2010 – goals-against average (0.274), shutout percentage (.762) and save percentage (.919). The Black Knights boasted a prominent 1-2 punch in goal, with junior Monica Lee joining senior Alex Lostetter between the posts. Lee is expected to head up a talented pool of players vying for the starting keeper job at West Point in 2011.
2010-11 Patriot League Year-in-Review
Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Navy men, Colgate women win League titles • Men’s Championship: Navy won its third straight team title with 43 points, edging out second-place American (52 points). Army placed third with 86 points, and Colgate (106), Lehigh (120), Bucknell (130), Holy Cross (192) and Lafayette (246) followed. Andrew Hanko led a contingent of six Mids to finish in the top 14. • Women’s Championship: Elise DeRoo and Chelsea Burns finished 1-2 to help Colgate win its first women’s title with 42 points. Bucknell was second with 64 and Army was third (93). Navy (109), Holy Cross (120), American (136), Lehigh (140) and Lafayette (170) rounded out the race. Colgate had four women place in the top 14. Major men’s awards • Runner of the Meet: Andrew Hanko, Navy • Rookie of the Meet: Clay Elward, Navy • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Colin Eustis, American
Andrew Hanko, Navy
Elise DeRoo, Colgate
Back-to-back for Hanko, DeRoo It was a year of repeats in cross country as Navy senior Andrew Hanko and Colgate junior Elise DeRoo defended their individual Patriot League titles. DeRoo will get the chance in October 2011 to become the fourth Patriot League female to win three individual titles, and all in consecutive years. Hanko finished in 24:22, advance to the NCAA Regionals where he qualified for NCAAs. DeRoo, who also qualified for NCAAs, won the Women’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year award with her 3.90 GPA in molecular biology. It was one of four League Scholar-Athlete awards she has won.
Major women’s awards • Runner of the Meet: Elise DeRoo, Colgate • Rookie of the Meet: Elizabeth O’Donnell, Army • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Elise DeRoo, Colgate League sends record four to NCAAs A Patriot League-record four runners competed at the NCAA Division I Championships at Indiana State University at Terre Haute, Ind., with Colgate’s Elise DeRoo leading the way. She placed 100th (21:20.5) in the women’s 6K and American’s Octavia Rinehardt placed 125th (21:31.9). Lehigh’s Evans Kosgei led the men, placing 112th (31:17.7) in front of Navy’s Andrew Hanko, who finished 119th (31:21.1). The League had been represented by three male and female runners four times prior to 2010. Eleven League teams honored by USTFCCCA Six men’s teams and five women’s teams were named AllAcademic teams by the USTFCCCA. For the women, Army, Bucknell, Colgate, Lafayette and Navy all earned All-Academic Team honors. Lafayette led the way with a team GPA
2011 Final Standings Men’s Women’s 1. Navy - 43 # 1. Colgate - 42 # 2. American - 52 2. Bucknell - 64 3. Army - 86 3. Army - 93 4. Colgate - 106 4. Navy - 109 5. Lehigh - 120 5. Holy Cross - 120 6. Bucknell - 130 6. American - 136 7. Holy Cross - 192 7. Lehigh - 140 8. Lafayette - 246 8. Lafayette - 170 # Patriot League Champion 2011 Coaches of the Year: Men’s: Al Cantello, Navy Women’s: Laura Nardelli, Colgate
of 3.45 and Bucknell was second with a 3.39. Colgate was third with a team GPA of 3.30. The Colgate men led the six Patriot League teams with a team GPA of 3.37. Lafayette was second with a 3.35 and Lehigh followed with a 3.27. Bucknell (3.11), Army (3.05) and Navy (3.00) also were recognized. Eustis named Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year American senior Colin Eustis was voted the Patriot League Men’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned one of the seven spots on the Men’s Academic All-Patriot League Team. Joining Eustis on the team is Lehigh senior Evans Kosgei, Bucknell senior Jake Schroeder, Army sophomore Brian Morenus, Colgate senior Ed Sheridan, Navy senior Matt DeVillers and Holy Cross senior Chris Bergan. Eustis, a business administration major, had a 3.69 GPA at American. DeRoo leads Women’s Academic All-League Team Colgate’s Elise DeRoo was one of seven women named to the inaugural Academic All-Patriot League Team. Joining DeRoo on the team are American senior Erin Koch, Bucknell junior Alysha Hooper, Lehigh junior Katherine Pierce, Bucknell senior Sarah Moniz, Colgate senior Julie Tarallo and Navy sophomore Brigid Byrne.
Eagles lock up eighth straight League title • Patriot League Championships: American won its eighth-consecutive Patriot League Championship, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row and seventh time in the past eight seasons. The Eagles fell in a heartbreaker in the NCAA Tournament, rallying to force overtime before losing 3-2 in a stroke-off against No. 5 Connecticut. • 2011 Standout Performances: Lafayette MF Meghan Cicchi scored 16 goals and had three assists, tying for the League-lead in points per game (1.84) with teammate Deanna DiCroce (9 goals, League-high 17 assists). ... Holy Cross D Alanna Sikorski led the League with six defensive saves. ... American GK Hannah Weitzman recorded five shutouts, posting a League-best 1.01 GAA. Major awards • Offensive Player of the Year: Christine Fingerhuth, American • Defensive Player of the Year: Meghan Cicchi, Lafayette • Goalkeeper of the Year: Kirsten Lalli, Colgate • Rookie of the Year: Rachel Misko, Bucknell • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Christine Weiss, Bucknell Christine Fingerhuth, American
Fingerhuth tops scoring list in 2010 American senior Christine Fingerhuth, a native of Santiago, Chile, earned All-America honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, played in the NFHCA Senior Game and won both the Offensive Player of the Year and Tournament Most Valuable Player awards from the Patriot League. Fingerhuth led the Patriot League in goals (17) and points (37) in 2010. A two-time All-American, Fingerhuth ranks third all-time in school and Patriot League history with 51 career goals and is also sixth in program and conference history with 115 career points. Fingerhuth is currently playing for the Chilean Senior National Team as it prepares for the 2011 Pan American Games.
Eagles top League with eight NFHCA honorees Thirteen Patriot League student-athletes earned NFHCA All-Region honors with eight from League champion American, which led all schools nationally. • Mid-Atlantic First Team: Christine Fingerhuth, Gina Hofmann, Anne van Erp, Hannah Weitzman (American). • Mid-Atlantic Second Team: Tatum Dyer, Kirstin Gebhart, Shelly Montgomery, Lotte van de Mierop (American). • Mideast First Team: Meghan Cicchi (Lafayette). • Mideast Second Team: Kelly Bruvik (Bucknell); Kirsten Lalli (Colgate); Carolyn Cabrey, Deanna DiCroce (Lafayette). League given National Academic Team Awards All six Patriot League teams achieved a 3.0 grade-point average or higher in the fall semester, with 58 student-athletes on the NFHCA National Academic squad and 78 on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. American ranked third in the nation with a 3.49.
2010 Final Standings
American # Lafayette Bucknell Colgate Lehigh Holy Cross
Patriot League Overall W-L
5-0 1.000 4-1 .800 3-2 .600 2-3 .400 1-4 .200 0-5 .000
18-4 .818 9-10 .474 7-12 .368 5-12 .294 3-13 .188 0-17 .000
# Patriot League Champion 2010 Coach of the Year: Steve Jennings, American
Cicchi finishes career strong at Lafayette Lafayette senior Meghan Cicchi was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and became the seventh player in Patriot League history with four All-League honors, and just the third to place on the first team in all four of her seasons. Cicchi also becomes the fourth student-athlete to earn two different season-ending awards after capturing the Rookie of the Year honor in 2007, and she is the first to win both the Rookie and Defensive Player of the Year awards in her career. Jennings continues to win at American American head coach Steve Jennings received his sixth consecutive and seventh overall Patriot League Coach of the Year award while leading the Eagles to a Patriot League title and a top-10 national ranking. He has led the Eagles to eight straight League titles and a 163-76 (.682) record during his 13 years as American’s coach. Lalli tops NCAA in saves Colgate senior Kirsten Lalli led the nation in saves per game with 10.76 per game and placed second in total saves with 183 as she earned the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year award.
2010-11 Patriot League Year-in-Review
Men’s Basketball Bucknell rolls to Patriot League title • Patriot League Championships: Bucknell claimed its third Patriot League title, and first since 2006, by leading the race from wire-to-wire in the regular season and defeating Army, Lehigh and Lafayette at home in the Patriot League Tournament. The Bison went to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 14 seed where they fell to eventual national champion Connecticut. • 2011 Standout Performances: Lehigh G C.J. McCollum averaged League-best 21.8 ppg., while placing third in rebounding with 7.8 rpg. He also was first in steals (2.5 spg.) and free-throw percentage (.845). ... Bucknell G Darryl Shazier had 185 assists in 34 games for League-best 5.4 average. ... Holy Cross F Andrew Keister nearly averaged a double-double, scoring 12.9 ppg. and a League-best 9.2 rpg.
Mike Muscala, Bucknell
Bison bring home 3 major awards The Bison cleaned up in the individual honors from the Patriot League, with sophomore Mike Muscala winning both the Player of the Year honor and the Tournament Most Valuable Player Award for his efforts in Bucknell’s run to the title. Junior Bryan Cohen won his second straight Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Award, while Dave Paulsen claimed his first Patriot League Coach of the Year honor. In his third season, Paulsen put together a 21-2 stretch starting in December and won 13 of 14 League contests, earning a multi-year contract extension with the Bison.
Major awards • Player of the Year: Mike Muscala, Bucknell • Defensive Player of the Year: Bryan Cohen, Bucknell • Rookie of the Year: J.J. Avila, Navy • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Nathan Hedgecock, Army McCollum continues after great freshman year Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum followed up his amazing freshman season with another outstanding year, placing in the nation’s top 10 with 21.8 ppg. He also set a single-season League record with six Player of the Week awards. He leads all rising juniors nationally with 1,308 career points. He has already received accolades heading into the 201112 campaign, and he is attending the USA Basketball World University Games Training Camp over the summer. Patriot Leaguers add national honors McCollum and Muscala took home additional hardware for their outstanding play in 2010-11. McCollum was named a USBWA All-District selection while Muscala earned an honorable mention spot on the Associated Press All-America Team. Each player was named a Mid-Major All-American by CollegeHoops.Net and an NABC All-District selection, where American’s Vlad Moldoveanu also made the list.
2011 Final Standings
Patriot League Overall
Bucknell # American Holy Cross Lehigh Navy Lafayette Colgate Army
13-1 .929 11-3 .786 7-7 .500 6-8 .429 6-8 .429 6-8 .429 4-10 .286 3-11 .214
25-9 .735 22-9 .710 8-21 .276 16-15 .516 11-20 .355 13-19 .406 7-23 .233 11-19 .367
# Patriot League Champion 2011 Coach of the Year: Dave Paulsen, Bucknell
Hedgecock garners several academic awards Army’s Nathan Hedgecock was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year with a 4.00 grade-point average as a mechanical engineering major at West Point. The senior became the first men’s basketball student-athlete from the Patriot League to receive Academic All-America distinction since 2000 when he made the second team from Capital One/CoSIDA. Two new coaches coming in 2011-12 The Patriot League will have a pair of new head coaches heading into the 2011-12 campaign. Matt Langel was tabbed as the head coach at Colgate after spending the past five years as an assistant at Temple, while Navy hired Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis to its position in May. League games on CBS Sports Network Patriot League quarterfinal and semifinal games were televised on CBS Sports Network after the network also telecast multiple contests during the regular season. The semifinals on March 6 provided great drama, with Lafayette defeating American 73-71 in 2OT and Bucknell holding off Lehigh 66-64.
Erica Prosser, Lehigh
Lehigh’s Prosser pulls double duty Senior Erica Prosser was the driving force for twotime defending champion Lehigh in 2011. Her prowess on both ends of the court was recognized by the League’s head coaches, who named her the Player and Defensive Player of the Year, marking the first time the same student-athlete was selected for both awards since the latter was introduced in 2005. Prosser led the League with 5.8 assists while finishing third in scoring with 14.2 points per game. Prosser became just the second player in League history with 1,500 career points and 500 assists (Molly Creamer, Bucknell), and finished her career in the League’s all-time top 10 in both categories.
Navy collects first Patriot League title • Patriot League Championships: Navy had been on the doorstep a few times in its history only to fall short in the championship game. Much to the delight of Navy fans, the story ended differently in 2010-11 as the Midshipmen hung their hats on stifling defense en route to capturing the first Patriot League crown in program history. Under the guidance of Coach of the Year Stefanie Pemper, the Mids rolled out to a 6-0 start during League play, held on for the No. 1 seed and won a trio of games in Annapolis during the League Tournament to claim the crown. Jade Geif, who was named Rookie of the Year by the head coaches after the regular season, was recognized by the media as Tournament MVP. In their first trip to the NCAA Tournament, the Mids acquainted themselves well to the national stage before falling 56-43 to third-seeded DePaul in the first round. • 2011 Standout Performances: Army F Erin Anthony led the League with 14.4 ppg., 10.9 rpg. and blocked shots with 87. ... Lehigh G Erica Prosser led the League with 187 assists (5.8 pg.) and steals with 76 (2.4). ... Holy Cross F Whitney Fremeau and Lehigh’s Prosser each tied for second in the League with 14.2 ppg. ... Bucknell G Shelby Romine led all freshmen in the League with 13.5 ppg. Major awards • Player of the Year: Erica Prosser, Lehigh • Defensive Player of the Year: Erica Prosser, Lehigh • Rookie of the Year: Jade Geif, Navy • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Erin Anthony, Army Myers, Consedine lay Navy groundwork Angela Myers and Cassie Consedine have been linked in the lore of Navy women’s basketball since both enrolled at the academy as plebes in 2007. After a 7-23 season that first year, the two players helped lead the rise of the Midshipmen that culminated in their League title run in 2011. Myers became Navy’s all-time assists leader with 511, which places her sixth in League history. Consedine provided a unique combination of efficient outside shooting with smothering interior defense. She finished her four
2011 Final Standings
Navy # Lehigh American Bucknell Army Holy Cross Lafayette Colgate
Patriot League Overall W-L
10-4 .714 10-4 .714 10-4 .714 7-7 .500 7-7 .500 6-8 .429 4-10 .286 2-12 .143
20-12 .645 21-11 .625 22-9 .710 11-17 .393 13-16 .448 10-20 .333 11-19 .367 7-22 .241
# Patriot League Champion 2011 Coach of the Year: Stephanie Pemper, Navy
years with 882 career rebounds, 10th-best in League history, while sitting fourth in career blocks with 216. Anthony makes it three straight Army Erin Anthony became the first Patriot Leaguer to win three straight Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards. She also was named a Lowe’s Senior CLASS First-Team All-America along with garnering her second straight appearance on the All-Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association team. She was named to her fourth consecutive All-League team and sits third all-time in League annals in rebounds (1,036) and blocked shots (222). Anthony was the only player in 2010-11 to average a double-double with 14.4 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game. Many freshmen make immediate contributions While a talented group of seniors, there is a deep core of young players ready to make the jump in the years to come. Look no further than the 2010-11 list of Patriot League Rookies of the Week. Bucknell’s Shelby Romine was named to the award six times this season, with Alex Smith of Holy Cross close behind with five. Navy’s Jade Geif was a two-time winner, while Alexis Dobbs of American, Navy’s Audrey Bauer and Danielle Fiacco of Lafayette all won the award once. All were starters or played significant minutes for their teams this season.
2010-11 Patriot League Year-in-Review
Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field Navy sweeps 2010-11 titles • Men’s Championship: A wild and exciting ending led to the Navy men’s team hoisting the 2011 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship trophy at Wesley A. Brown Field House in February. Navy rallied from a 32-point deficit to score 171 points, edging out Army (165). Bucknell placed third with 151, and Lehigh (46.5) and American (29.5) rounded out the top five. Lafayette (29), Colgate (20) and Holy Cross (8) followed. • Women’s Championship: The Navy women’s team entered the final day of the 2011 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships in the lead and it remained that way. Holding off the defending champion Bucknell Bison, the Mids won eight events and scored 157 points to win the title at Wesley A. Brown Field House. For the Mids, it’s their second title in three years and third overall. Bucknell placed second with 117 points. Lehigh scored 95 points to finish third, and Army (67) and Colgate (58) rounded out the top five. Lafayette (50), Holy Cross (48) and American (28) followed.
Cody Rome, Navy
Scholar-Athlete keys Mids’ victory Cody Rome had to be tired, but he fought through it to win the Mids a title. Less than 45 minutes after scoring a key victory in the 3,000 that helped the Mids battle back from a 32-point hole, Rome returned to the track to run the first leg of the DMR. It was the first of consecutive relay titles that gave Navy the League championship. Rome went on to win the League’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, posting a cumulative GPA of 3.55 in applied mathematics. Rome ranked 118th out of 1,148 classmates in Overall Order of Merit. Rome had been named to the Commandant’s List four times.
Major men’s awards • Track Athlete of the Meet: Domonick Sylve, Army • Field Athlete of the Meet: Tom Wagner, Army • Rookie of the Meet: Chris Sacks, Bucknell Major women’s awards • Track Athlete of the Meet: Jess Palacio, Navy • Field Athlete of the Meet: Kasandra Clark, Army • Rookie of the Meet: Jess Kendzor, Lehigh DeRoo wins fourth Scholar-Athlete award DeRoo won her fourth straight Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award that she was eligible for during the 2010-11 indoor season. She also was the 2009-10 indoor and outdoor award winner, as well as the 2010 cross country Female Scholar-Athlete. DeRoo won an indoor individual title in the 1,000 and a relay title in the DMR. She finished the 1,000 in a Patriot League record time of 2:52.37 and anchored the League record-breaking DMR team (11:58.26).
2011 Final Standings Men’s Women’s 1. Navy # - 171 1. Navy # - 157 2. Army - 165 2. Bucknell - 117 3. Bucknell - 151 3. Lehigh - 95 4. Lehigh - 46.5 4. Army - 67 5. American - 29.5 5. Colgate - 58 6. Lafayette - 29 6. Lafayette - 50 7. Colgate - 20 7. Holy Cross - 48 8. Holy Cross - 8 8. American - 28 # Patriot League Champion 2011 Coaches of the Year: Men’s: Stephen Cooksey, Navy Women’s: Carla Criste, Navy
Palacio wins second Track Athlete of the Meet award
Navy junior distance runner Jess Palacio, who anchored the 3,200 relay win, won both the mile and the 800 en route to being named the Patriot League Track Athlete of the Meet. She cruised to a Patriot League Championship record in the mile, finishing in 4:43.58, breaking a 16-yearold Patriot League (Kim McGreevy, Navy, 4:54.80, 1995). Less than two hours later, Palacio crossed the finish line first in the 800.
Sacks nabs Rookie of the Meet award Bucknell freshman distance runner Chris Sacks had a great year in indoor track, winning the 1,000 and helping the 3,200 relay take the top spot. He won the 1,000 with a time of 2:25.32. Army sprinters collect several top performances Domonick Sylve and Alfred McDaniel led the Black Knights to three individual titles and two runner-up finishes at the League’s Indoor Championships. Sylve won the 60 hurdles (7.91 seconds) and McDaniel finished first in the 60 dash 6.89 seconds. The two seniors finished in the top three in the 200 dash, too, with Sylve winning his second title of the day (22.06 seconds) and McDaniel placing third (22.09).
Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving Navy men, Colgate women take home titles • Men’s Championship: For the League-record eighth time in as many years since joining in 2004, Navy captured the Patriot League title Feb. 19 at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium in Lewisburg, Pa. The Mids finished with a championship meet-record 1,056 points, ahead of rival Army, which captured 603.5 points for second place. • Women’s Championship: On the women’s side, a host of Colgate student-athletes posted impressive performances as the Raiders captured the trophy for the third time in the last four years, unseating defending champion Navy Feb. 19 at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium in Lewisburg, Pa. Colgate scored 862 points, 102 more than second-place Navy.
Laura Gorinski, Navy
Navy’s Scholar-Athlete qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials in two events Navy sophomore Laura Gorinski qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events in December 2010 at the U.S. Short and Long Course Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. Gorinski placed second in both events, clocking times of 1:11.55 in the 100 and 2:32.20 in the 200. Gorinski has performed just as exceptionally in the classroom, winning the 2011 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. A three-time member of Navy’s Commandant’s List, she’s appeared on the Dean’s List twice and the Superintendent’s List once. She has a 3.62 cumulative GPA studying physics.
Major awards • Diving Coach of the Year: Ron Kontura, Army • Male Swimmer of the Meet: Mac Anthony, Navy • Female Swimmer of the Meet: Erin McGraw, Colgate • Male Diver of the Meet: Chris Nguyen, Army • Female Diver of the Meet: Kim Pilka, Colgate • Male Rookie of the Meet: Zach Ingold, Navy • Female Rookie of the Meet: Rheanna Vaughn, Navy Eight years, eight trophies Since joining the Patriot League for the 2003-04 season, Navy has captured all eight championships for which it has competed, seemingly increasing its stranglehold on the League with each passing season. The Mids set the mark for most championship points for the third year in a row with 1,056, and they eclipsed the rest of the field by a record 452.5 points. Bill Roberts was named Men’s Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career, and the Mids sent three student-athletes to the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in March. Bucknell’s Treat named Male Scholar-Athlete Bucknell sophomore Christian Treat was named the 2011 Patriot League Men’s Swimming and Diving ScholarAthlete of the Year. Treat carries a 3.77 cumulative GPA while studying animal behavior. He scored 44 points at the League Championship Meet, second-best among Bison
2011 Final Standings Men’s Women’s 1. Navy # - 1,056 1. Colgate # - 862 2. Army - 603.5 2. Navy - 760 3. Bucknell - 566 3. Bucknell - 581.5 4. Lehigh - 380 4. American - 332 5. Colgate - 363 5. Army - 323.5 6. American - 201 6. Lehigh - 230 7. Lafayette - 183.5 7. Lafayette - 226 8. Holy Cross - 130 8. Holy Cross - 14
# Patriot League Champion 2011 Coaches of the Year: Men’s: Bill Roberts, Navy (pictured right) Women’s: Fernando Canales, Colgate (pictured left)
swimmers and 13th in the League. He broke a 23-year-old school record when he qualified with the fastest time in the 200 IM and finished fourth in the finals. He was fourth in the 200 breast and fifth in the 100 breast, and competed on four second-place relay foursomes for Bucknell. Mid-Major recognition Bucknell, Colgate and Navy combined to place 24 studentathletes on CollegeSwimming.com’s Mid-Major All-America list. A pair of Navy men’s swimmers earned outright All-America honors in junior Mark Meyer and sophomore Justin Vagts for qualifying for the NCAA Swimming Championships. Fourteen more male and eight female student-athletes earned Honorable Mention Mid-Major All-America laurels from the website. Navy boasted the League lead with 17, followed by Colgate with five and a pair from Bucknell. Pilka sets marks and raises the bar One of the many reasons for Colgate’s League title was Kim Pilka. The sophomore diver swept the 1- and 3-meter events with record-breaking performances, scoring 303.40 points from the 1-meter board and 308.05 points from the 3-meter board. The Female Diver of the Meet went on to finish 12th in the 1-meter finals at the NCAA Zone meet.
2010-11 Patriot League Year-in-Review
Baseball Mids win first Patriot League since 2002 • Patriot League Championships: Navy won its first Patriot League title since 2002 by taking two of three games from rival Army in the Championship series May 23-24. The Mids won two of three over defending champion Bucknell in the semifinal round on May 14-15 after claiming the No. 1 overall seed in the Patriot League Tournament by placing first in the regular season with a 12-8 record. • 2011 Standout Performances: Lafayette C A.J. Miller won the League batting title, finishing with a .385 average. He also had 12 HRs, 52 RBIs and 35 walks. ... Bucknell P Ryan Ebner posted a League-best 3.53 ERA and went 6-1 with 54 strikeouts. ... Bucknell 1B Doug Shribman led the League with 16 HRs. ... Navy P Ben Nelson punched out a League-best 80 in 16 games; however, Holy Cross P Nate Koneski’s 10.77 strikeouts per game (63 in 10) was tops in the League. ... Holy Cross P John Colella closed out nine games to lead the League in saves. ... Navy IF Greg Dupell and OF Alex Azor tied for first in the League with 49 runs scored each.
Ben Koenigsfeld, Army
Koenigsfeld pads his academic honors Army’s Ben Koenigsfeld concluded his career with impressive honors on and off the field, as he was named one of 10 national semifinalists for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award and earned second-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. Koenigsfeld also earned his second straight Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the fourth first-team AllPatriot League honor of his career.
Major awards • Player of the Year: A.J. Miller, Lafayette • Pitcher of the Year: Ryan Ebner, Bucknell • Rookie of the Year: Taylor Cato, Navy • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Ben Koenigsfeld, Army Shribman, Moore belt their way into League books A new home run and RBI king emerged in the Patriot League record book as Bucknell’s Doug Shribman and Army’s Clint Moore etched their names into history. Shribman belted 16 home runs in 2011 to close his career with 43, including 37 in the past two seasons. Moore finished his four years at West Point with 184 RBIs, and also placed second to Shribman with 35 career home runs. Four MLB clubs select Patriot League players Four Patriot Leaguers were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, led by Holy Cross junior pitcher John Pedrotty in the 13th round (384th overall) by the Arizona Diamond-
2011 Final Standings
Navy # Army Lafayette Bucknell Holy Cross Lehigh
12-8 .600 11-9 .550 10-10 .500 10-10 .500 9-11 .450 8-12 .400
33-25-1 .568 22-26 .458 18-30 .375 25-28 .472 24-23-1 .510 24-21 .533
# Patriot League Champion 2011 Coach of the Year: Paul Kostacopoulos, Navy
backs. A pair of Army seniors were selected in the draft, too, as shortstop Clint Moore, one of the most storied players in Patriot League history, went in the 31st round (953rd overall) to the San Diego Padres and first baseman/ relief pitcher Kevin McKague was picked in the 50th round (1,525th overall) by the Atlanta Braves. Lafayette pitcher Ian Dickson went in the 35th round (1,059th overall) to the Chicago Cubs. League race goes down to the wire Patriot League Tournament spots went down to the final weekend as every team in the race was separated by just four games for the first time in League history. A trio of teams posted winning overall records, as Navy won 30 games overall for the fifth time in the past six years and Holy Cross had its first winning mark since 1991. Miller, Ebner burst into League spotlight Coming into the season, neither Lafayette senior catcher A.J. Miller nor Bucknell junior pitcher Ryan Ebner had received an All-Patriot League award. Each student-athlete went beyond that step in 2011 as Miller earned the Patriot League Player of the Year Award and Ebner was named Pitcher of the Year.
Lehigh upends host Colgate for 11th title • Patriot League Championships: Lehigh won its 11th League title, posting three victories, including a pair of shutouts over tournament host Colgate, to win the 2011 championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament. Lehigh dropped two of three to the Raiders on the road during the regular season, but after defeating Holy Cross 6-4 on the tournament’s first day, Lehigh scored 9-0 and 14-0 victories over Colgate on the second and third days to capture this year’s crown. Lehigh’s 29 runs were two shy of Army’s record of 31 set in 1991, and sophomore catcher Liz Lucas was named to the All-Tournament team after setting marks with three home runs and eight RBIs over the threeday competition. Lehigh sophomore pitcher Rebecca Bliss went 2-0 with one save to earn Tournament MVP honors. • 2011 Standout Performances: Lehigh C Liz Lucas led the League in RBIs with 48, while batting .455 with 10 homers and a League-record 21 doubles. ... Holy Cross INF Sam Fregenti led the League with 11 homers, driving in 34 runs. ... Colgate P Rachel LeCoq posted a League-best 2.14 ERA in 31 appearances and 166.2 innings, going 18-9 with League-high 164 strikeouts. ... Army 2B/OF Amanda Nguyen led the League with 27 steals.
Jennifer Colquhoun, Lehigh
Colquhoun goes back-to-back There are not many firsts left to achieve in the 21year history of the Patriot League, but Lehigh junior shortstop Jennifer Colquhoun did just that when she became the first back-to-back Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the sport of softball. Colquhoun had a 3.76 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in biochemistry at the time of her award and was named to the inaugural Academic All-League team. She was one of four players to garner both All-League and Academic All-League honors this season.
Major awards • Player of the Year: Alison Ford, Bucknell • Pitcher of the Year: Rachel LeCoq, Colgate • Rookie of the Year: Tera Vaughn, Colgate • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jennifer Colquhoun, Lehigh Ford captures Player of the Year award Bucknell’s Alison Ford capped off her career, batting .408 with four homers and 28 RBIs. Being named Player of the Year by the League’s head coaches, Ford’s performances improved as the season went on, culminating in a .434 batting average during League play. She finished the year as the team leader in batting average, home runs, hits (58), doubles (12), slugging percentage (.592), on-base percentage (.488) and stolen bases (10). Ford is the first player in League history to be named Player of the Year from a team that did not qualify for the League Tournament.
2011 Final Standings
Colgate Lehigh # Holy Cross Army Lafayette Bucknell
Patriot League W-L
16-3 .842 14-5 .737 10-10 .500 9-11 .450 5-15 .250 5-15 .250
27-21 .563 33-23 .589 18-31 .367 28-25 .528 8-39 .170 14-36 .280
# Patriot League Champion 2011 Coach of the Year: Brian Claypool, Holy Cross
Raiders set up for the future Colgate’s run for a fourth Patriot League title came up short, but the Raiders have a young nucleus that appears to have a very bright future. Colgate boasted two major award winners in 2011, including freshman Rachel LeCoq, who was named Pitcher of the Year, and classmate Tera Vaughn, who the coaches voted as the Rookie of the Year. The Raiders captured the League’s regular-season title and the No. 1 seed for the League Tournament with a 16-3 mark under first-year head coach Ashley Obrest. Best in the nation Colgate’s Tera Vaughn posted statistics worthy of being named Rookie of the Year in 2011, and one number stands out as the best in the nation. She finished the season as the toughest batter to strike out in all of NCAA Division I, going down on strikes just three times in 161 at-bats, or an average of once every 53.7 times. Vaughn’s three strikeouts all season were tied for the lowest in Division I. Other Patriot League players ranked highly in NCAA categories, including Lehigh sophomore Liz Lucas, who finished fifth in doubles per game (0.38), and teammate Rebecca Bliss, who tied for 14th in saves (4). Lucas also set the League record for doubles in a single season with 21.
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Jeremy Boltus, Army
Boltus shines during senior season Army senior Jeremy Boltus put a ribbon on a tremendous career when he was named one of the five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy, annually awarded to the best men and women’s college lacrosse players in the country. While the award recognized Boltus’ contributions to his team during his senior season, he put together a remarkable fouryear career making him one of the best in League history. His name appears twice on the League’s single-season top-10 points list, while his 214 career points are third. His 45 assists this season tied the League record, and his 124 for his career are third in League annals.
Bucknell claims first men’s lacrosse title • Title Highlights: The last time Bucknell hosted the Patriot League Tournament, the Bison endured a disappointing end to their season after being nipped by Navy in the championship game. It was a different story in 2011, as Bucknell capped off an undefeated run through the League during the regular season with stifling victories over Lehigh and Colgate to capture the League title and advance to the NCAA Tournament. Bucknell finished the season a perfect 9-0 at home. • NCAA Highlights: Two weeks after winning the League title, Bucknell held several leads in a back-and-forth affair against No. 7 seed Virginia before ultimately falling 13-12 in overtime to the Cavaliers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Virginia went on to win the national title. • 2011 Standout Performances: Army’s Garrett Thul led the League with 42 goals (2.80 pg.). ... Army’s Jeremy Boltus scored a League-high 69 points (24 goals, 45 assists). ... Lehigh’s David DiMaria finished second in scoring with 52 points (22 goals, 30 assists). ... Lehigh’s Ryan Snyder led the Patriot League in groundballs with 118. ... Bucknell GK Kyle Feeney led the League in GAA with 7.24, while Army’s Tom Palesky edged Feeney in save percentage with a .540. Major awards • Offensive Player of the Year: Jeremy Boltus, Army • Defensive Player of the Year: Bill Henderson, Army • Goalkeeper of the Year: Tom Palesky, Army • Rookie of the Year: Tucker Hull, Navy • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jonathan Stumpf, Lehigh Bucknell, Colgate finish year nationally ranked The last two teams standing in the League championship game both found themselves ranked nationally when the last polls were released. Bucknell earned a No. 7 ranking in the final USILA Coaches Poll for 2011, which came out before the NCAA Tournament. Colgate, which fell to the Bison in the League title game but earned a big 10-8 victory over eventual national runner-up Maryland one week later, was listed 12th in the final coaches rankings. Both schools also
2011 Final Standings
Bucknell # Colgate Army Lehigh Navy Holy Cross Lafayette
Patriot League Overall W-L
6-0 1.000 5-1 .833 4-2 .667 3-3 .500 2-4 .333 1-5 .167 0-6 .000
14-3 .824 11-5 .688 9-6 .600 7-9 .438 4-9 .308 2-13 .133 2-11 .154
# Patriot League Champion 2011 Coach of the Year: Frank Fedorjaka, Bucknell
appeared in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Top 20, with Bucknell ranking ninth and Colgate 14th. Army, which spent most of the season ranked in both major polls, finished the year outside the top 20 but received votes in both final rankings. Scholarly Stumpf recognized Lehigh senior Jonathan Stumpf earned second-team AllLeague laurels at midfield for the Mountain Hawks, helping the team reach the League Tournament for the first time since 2006. He was one of nine Patriot Leaguers to play in the USILA Division I/II North-South game and one of five who earned USILA Scholar All-America honors. In addition he was named the League’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, boasting a 3.88 cumulative GPA at the time of his award. To cap off the season, Stumpf was named a Lowe’s Senior CLASS All-American along with Lafayette’s Stefan Bauer. Perini graduates with Lafayette record Lafayette’s Tom Perini left an indelible mark at Lafayette, finishing his career with a school-record 127 goals, which ties him for fourth on the League’s all-time list. He matches Colgate’s Brandon Corp, who graduated in 2009 also with 127 career goals.
Lauren Dykstra, Lehigh
Dykstra sets new League goal mark With 72 goals in her senior season, Lehigh midfielder Lauren Dykstra broke the League’s all-time goal record, passing former Lehigh standout Jill Altshuler to finish with 257 goals, which is sixth in NCAA history. Dykstra finished with a careerhigh 86 points in 2011 to cap her four-year career with 302 points, second on the League’s all-time list. She also closes her career having won major League awards in all four seasons — 2008 Rookie of the Year, 2009 Offensive Player of the Year, 2010 Defensive Player of the Year and 2011 Midfield Player of the Year. Dykstra was selected as an IWLCA Third-Team All-American after leading Lehigh to a share of the regular-season League title.
Navy wins second straight League title • Patriot League Championships: Jasmine DePompeo set a League record for points in a single game, posting nine as third-seeded Navy battled back from a five-goal deficit in the second half to defeat No. 1-seeded Colgate 15-14 for the League title at Tyler’s Field. It is the second straight title for the Mids. DePompeo, who also set a twogame tournament record with 13 points en route to the Tournament MVP, scored all five of her goals in the second half, including three in the final 13 minutes. • NCAA Highlights: Caitlin Mandrin Hill and Kathy Young each scored five goals, and Jasmine DePompeo had eight points to lead Navy past Quinnipiac 20-5 in the NCAA PlayIn Game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Mids advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, but fell 19-6 in the first round to Maryland. • 2011 Standout Performances: Colgate MF Colleen Bubnack (51 goals, 16 assists). ... Colgate MF Courtney Miller (36 goals, 26 assists). ... Navy A Aimee Gennaro (53 goals, 14 assists). ... Navy A Caitlin Mandrin Hill (35 goals, 34 assists). ... Lehigh A Kelly Draper (26 goals, 31 assists, 26 caused turnovers). ... Lafayette MF Ana White (45 groundballs, 35 caused turnovers, 89 draw controls). ... Bucknell GK Alyssa DeLorenz (205 saves). ... Lehigh GK Alex Fitzpatrick (8.66 GAA, .506 save pct., 126 saves). Major awards • Offensive Player of the Year: Jasmine DePompeo, Navy • Midfield Player of the Year: Lauren Dykstra, Lehigh • Defensive Player of the Year: Christina Roa, Colgate • Rookie of the Year: Ana White, Lafayette • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Alyssa DeLorenz, Bucknell DePompeo powers Navy as a sophomore The Mids may have lost their 2010 Offensive Player of the Year prior to the 2011 season, but they didn’t miss a beat. Sophomore Jasmine DePompeo stepped up to take the lead, scored 99 points with 52 goals and a school-record 42 assists. The first-year starter had just 18 points as a freshman, but quickly rose up to lead the Mids to their second straight Patriot League title and NCAA Tournament berth.
2011 Final Standings
Colgate Lehigh Navy # American Holy Cross Lafayette Bucknell
Patriot League Overall W-L
5-1 5-1 4-2 3-3 3-3 1-5 0-6
.833 .833 .667 .500 .500 .167 .000
9-7 .563 10-7 .588 15-6 .714 9-8 .529 6-11 .353 3-13 .183 3-13 .183
# Patriot League Champion 2011 Coach of the Year: Jill Redfern, Lehigh
White delivers stellar rookie campaign Lafayette freshman MF Ana White was one of the League’s more exciting players, winning the League’s Rookie of the Year award and a spot on the Inside Lacrosse 2011 AllFreshman First Team. White led the team with 44 points, with a team-best 15 assists. She also led the League in draw controls with 89 (5.56 per game), caused turnovers with 35 (2.19 per game) and groundballs with 45 (2.81 per game). Her 5.56 draw controls average was tops in the NCAA. DeLorenz collects several academic honors Bucknell senior GK Alyssa DeLorenz had 205 saves for the Bison, but she also was strong in the classroom, being named to CoSIDA’s Capital One Academic All-America Women’s At-Large First Team. DeLorenz, a four-year started who graduated in May with a 3.98 cumulative GPA as an accounting major, is a two-time Patriot League ScholarAthlete and was named to the 2011 Patriot League AllAcademic Team. Bubnack, Miller fuel Colgate’s run Colgate was an offensive juggernaut in 2011, posting 14.06 goals per game, led by Colleen Bubnack’s 51 goals. Courtney Miller (36), Katie Sullivan (32) and Kate Bergstrom (30) were all 30-goal scorers for the Raiders, too.
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Men’s Golf Black Knights nab Patriot League title • Title Highlights: Army won its first Patriot League Golf Championship since 2005, holding off host Navy by four strokes in Annapolis on April 30-May 1. The Black Knights entered the final 18 holes six strokes ahead of the Mids, and held on to win by four strokes behind a final-round 70 for individual champion Matt Krembel. • NCAA Highlights: Anthony Kim shot a one-under-par 70, Ethan Johnson fired a one-over-par 72 and William Park finished in the top 35 as the Army golf team concluded play at the NCAA Tucson Regional at Omni Tucson National. The Black Knights went on to place 13th at the NCAA Regional. • Top-10 Performances at League Championships: 1. Matt Krembel, Army, 71-72-70—213 (E); 2. David Hall, Navy, 72-72-71—215 (+2); Carter Rufe, Lafayette, 74-7269—215 (+2); 4. Anthony Kim, Army, 71-72-73—216 (+3); Steven Zychowski, Holy Cross, 73-73-70—216 (+3); 6. Tyler Ostrovsky, Lafayette, 75 73 69—217 (+4); Tim Shield, Navy, 77-69-71—217 (+4); 8. Doug Marcincin, Lehigh, 7774-68—219 (+6); Rob Robertson, Lafayette, 74-74-71—219 (+6); 10. Mike McCarthy, Holy Cross, 73-76-71—220 (+7).
Matt Krembel, Army
Krembel claims individual title Army senior Matt Krembel completed an outstanding career by winning the individual crown at the Patriot League Championship. He earned his fourth All-Patriot League honor, joining a group of eight players that also includes Lafayette’s Tyler Ostrovsky who pulled off the feat in 2011. Krembel became the fifth in League history to win a pair of Golfer of the Month honors in his career.
Major awards • Player of the Year: Matt Krembel, Army • Rookie of the Year: David Hall, Navy • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Peter Reilly, Navy Army, Navy split major awards In his first season, Army’s Brian Watts earned the Patriot League Coach of the Year award for leading the Black Knights to the title and coaching the individual champion, Matt Krembel, who was named the Player of the Year. A pair of Navy student-athletes also won major awards, with David Hall claiming the Rookie of the Year honor and Peter Reilly taking home the Scholar-Athlete of the Year trophy. Navy has captured the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in six of the previous nine seasons, and four of the past five years. Reilly becomes the fifth different Midshipman to claim the award. The rest of the Academic All-Patriot
2011 Final Standings
Patriot League Finish
1. Army # 2. Navy 3. Lafayette 4. Holy Cross 5. Bucknell Lehigh 7. Colgate
870 874 879 896 900 900 944
# Patriot League Champion 2011 Coach of the Year: Brian Watts, Army
League members also boast strong credentials on the course and in the classroom. Matt Philie holds a 3.77 GPA as a systems engineering major at West Point. Michael McCarthy holds a 3.39 GPA as a psychology major at Holy Cross, and has earned All-Patriot League plaudits in each of his first two seasons. David Kafafian carries a 3.87 GPA as an economics major at Lafayette, while Duncan Zeiders maintains a 3.58 mark as an accounting major at Lehigh. Hayes, Kim earn All-Northeast Region honors Navy’s Ben Hayes and Army’s Anthony Kim were named to the PING Golf All-Northeast Region team. Hayes had a banner season being selected twice as the Patriot League Golfer of the Month. Hayes posted a 73.4 average and tallied four top-five performances including an individual title at the Navy Spring Invite for the third time in his career. Hayes finished 11th at the League Championship. Kim becomes the third Army player to be selected to the AllRegion team after a stellar freshman year. He led the squad with a 74.9 scoring average, winning two tournaments and placing in the top 10 in six of his 10 events. He finished in fourth place at the Patriot League Championship to earn first-team All-League honors and help Army to its first title since 2005.
Bison rally from behind to win title Bucknell won its sixth-straight Patriot League title, winning a close varsity eight race over Colgate and Navy to claim the crown at Lake Quinsigamond on April 24. Bucknell won tight races in both the varsity and second varsity eight, while Navy finished first in the varsity four. The Bison trailed the Mids by one point entering the varsity eight race, but won the final event of the day in a time of 6:54.2 to hold off Colgate (6:57.2) and Navy (6:58.1). That victory gave the Bison 33 points, enough to hold off Navy (28) and Colgate (22) for the 2011 Patriot League title. Holy Cross (21), MIT (12) and Lehigh (10) rounded out the final standings. Major awards • Boat of the Year: Bucknell Varsity Eight • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Theresa Saxton-Fox, MIT
Bucknell varsity eight
Bison take care of business, sweeps awards at Lake Quinsigamond The Bison claimed top individual honors at the Patriot League Championship, with the varsity eight taking the Boat of the Year trophy for the sixth straight season and Stephen Kish winning the Patriot League Coach of the Year award for the fifth time in six years. The varsity eight was also named the Crew of the Week by row2k.com after winning the League honor. The varsity eight consisted of Katherine Anderson (coxswain), Christina Cabiati (8), Jillian O’Mara (7), Victoria Dudley (6), Katharine Watson (5), Taylor Jordan (4), Carol Schoenecker (3), Nicole Pilling (2) and Allison Martens (1).
MIT claims its first Scholar-Athlete award Junior Theresa Saxton-Fox became the first individual award winner from MIT when she was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Bucknell led all schools with three student-athletes on the inaugural Academic All-Patriot League Team, with Jillian O’Mara later adding distinction as a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree. Thirty-one honored by CRCA The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association honored 31 Patriot Leaguers with National Scholar-Athlete status for meeting qualifications that included a cumulative gradepoint average of at least 3.5 through the fall semester. The CRCA also tabbed Colgate’s Kate Thomson and Navy’s Amy Davis on the All-Mid Atlantic Region second team, and Bucknell’s Dan Wolleben as the Mid-Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year. CRCA National Scholar-Athletes • Bucknell (10): Elizabeth Aigler, Katherine Anderson, Stephanie Frank, Emily Gladstone, Taylor Jordan, Jillian O’Mara, Nicole Pilling, Carol Schoenecker, Julia
2011 Final Standings
Patriot League Finish
1. Bucknell # 2. Navy 3. Colgate 4. Holy Cross 5. MIT 6. Lehigh
33 28 22 21 12 10
# Patriot League Champion 2011 Coach of the Year: Stephen Kish, Bucknell
Steen, Katharine Watson • Colgate (3): Jillian Anderson, Natalie Bauman, Katharine Johnescu • Holy Cross (2): Katherine Broderick, Beth Charron • MIT (12): Lauren Ayers, Hilda Buss, Rachel Clary, Katie Everett, Rebecca Haywood, Katie Inman, Man-Yan Lam, Theresa Saxton-Fox, Sabine Schneider, Allison Simi, Monique Squiers, Lizzy Wei • Navy (4): Amy Davis, Hannah Dildine, Alexandra Lado, Jacqueline Penichet Roy one of 18 rowers selected by USRowing Holy Cross sophomore rower Catherine Roy was invited to the 2011 Women’s National Team Pre-Elite Camp as announced by USRowing. She is just one of 18 rowers to be selected. Last year, Roy was one of 16 rowers invited to attend the U.S. National Team Freshman Camp. Conley completes first season at Lehigh Following a lengthy and thorough national search, Lehigh named Brian Conley as the Steven J. ‘69 and Karen A. Lee head rowing coach. Conley spent the prior four seasons as an assistant varsity coach, recruiting coordinator and the head freshman coach for the lightweight crew at Dartmouth College.
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Men’s and Women’s Tennis Army sweeps men’s, women’s League titles • Title Highlights: It was a banner year for Army Tennis, as the Black Knights swept both the men and women’s championships on back-to-back weekends in April. The men, led by Coach of the Year Jim Poling, earned the No. 1 seed and held serve to defeat host Lehigh for their first League crown since 2006. The Black Knights’ dominance continued on the women’s side as Player of the Year and Tournament MVP Annie Houghton led Army, again the top seed, to its seventh consecutive crown and 11th overall. Both clubs advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Major men’s awards • Player of the Year: Owen Bullard, Navy • Rookie of the Year: Luke Gensburg, Colgate • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Nick Birger, Navy
Nick Birger, Navy
A model Scholar-Athlete Nick Birger graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy as an honors political science major with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Following his graduation as the Class of 2011 Valedictorian, Birger became the only Patriot League student-athlete in 2010-11 to earn a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. His academic success mirrored what he achieved on the court, as he set Navy and League records for dualmeet doubles wins at 73 and won three League titles as a member of the men’s tennis team. Birger won two years of study at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University focusing on international and government affairs. He finished his career as a two-time Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA.
Major women’s awards • Player of the Year: Anne Houghton, Army • Rookie of the Year: Jamila Paul, Army • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Patricia Muething, Lehigh Rise of the Midshipmen In just its second season as a varsity sport, Navy women’s tennis exerted itself as a major player in the future of the Patriot League. Keith Puryear was named Coach of the Year after guiding the Mids to a 22-10 mark and a perfect 3-0 ledger against League teams. Navy, which served as the League Tournament’s host for the first time, garnered the No. 2 seed and advanced to the championship match after wins over Holy Cross and Bucknell in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, but the Mids lost to Army in the finals in the first meeting between the academy rivals. Houghton, Lucido head up impressive class The League boasted a handful of accomplished seniors in women’s tennis this season. The two names at the top are Army’s Anne Houghton and Bucknell’s Lauren Lucido. Houghton became a two-time Player of the Year and earned
2011 Final Standings Patriot League MEN’S
Army # 6-0 1.000 13-12 .520 Lehigh 4-2 .667 15-7 .682 Navy 3-2 .600 17-11 .607 Bucknell 3-2 .600 11-8 .579 Colgate 1-4 .200 6-12 .333 Lafayette 1-5 .167 5-11 .313 Holy Cross 0-3 .000 2-10 .167 2010-11 Men’s Coach of the Year: Jim Poling, Army WOMEN’S
Army # 5-0 1.000 23-8 .742 Navy 3-0 1.000 22-10 .688 Bucknell 3-2 .600 10-11 .476 Lehigh 3-3 .500 6-13 .316 Colgate 1-4 .200 5-14 .263 Lafayette 1-4 .200 3-7 .300 Holy Cross 0-3 .000 2-9 .182 2010-11 Women’s Coach of the Year: Keith Puryear, Navy # Patriot League Champions
Tournament MVP honors after guiding the Black Knights to their seventh consecutive League crown in April. She graduated with the West Point a career singles records of 98 overall victories and 65 dual-match wins at No. 1. Lucido earned her fourth career All-League honor after another strong season for the Bison, helping them reach the League semifinals. She graduated with Bucknell records in singles (87), doubles (83) and total victories (170), along with a program-best .813 career winning percentage at No. 1 singles. Another Scholar-Athlete nod for Lehigh Lehigh sophomore Patricia Muething was named ScholarAthlete of the Year in women’s tennis, becoming the second straight Mountain Hawk and third in the last five years to claim the award. A two-year starter, Muething went 3-3 against League foes in the middle of the Lehigh lineup. Off the court she boasted a 3.77 cumulative GPA studying business.
Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Navy sweeps 2010-11 titles • Men’s Championship: The Bucknell men scored 186 points to win the 2011 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Lafayette. The Bucknell men won eight events to win their third title in school history. Army finished second with 157 points and Navy was third with 132.5. Lehigh (91), Lafayette (49), American (36.50), Colgate (16) and Holy Cross (14) round out the men’s standings. • Women’s Championship: The Bucknell women scored 189.5 points to win their 12th title, beating indoor champion Navy, which scored 164 points. Lehigh had a strong start to the championships, but finished with 84 points to place third. Lafayette was fourth (64) and Holy Cross was fifth (62). Army (60.50), Colgate (31) and American (26) rounded out the women’s standings. Major men’s awards • Track Athlete of the Meet: Rob Arent, Bucknell • Field Athlete of the Meet: Steve Tutunjian, Lehigh • Rookie of the Meet: Patrick Ciez, Lehigh • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Evans Kosgei, Lehigh Ted Heitzman, Bucknell; Domonick Sylve, Army
Heitzman, Sylve named All-Americans For the first time since 2003, two Patriot League student-athletes earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Bucknell junior Ted Heitzman earned First-Team All-America honors in the javelin and Army senior Domonick Sylve earned Second-Team All-America honors in the 110-meter hurdles. Heitzman became Bucknell’s first All-American since 1996 and the Patriot League’s first since 2007, finishing sixth in the javelin (236-7). Sylve placed 11th in the 110-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 13.62 seconds in his second straight appearance in the national semifinals.
Major women’s awards • Track Athlete of the Meet: Jess Palacio, Navy • Field Athlete of the Meet: Amanda Phelps, Navy • Rookie of the Meet: Lauren Allam, Navy • Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Erin Koch, American Navy trio sweeps women’s major awards
Navy’s Jess Palacio was named the Female Track Athlete of the Meet, winning titles in the 800 (League-record 2:07.35) and the 1,500 (4:22.58). Amanda Phelps was named the Female Field Athlete of the Meet after adding the shot put title (13.49) to her hammer throw title (55.20). Freshman Lauren Allam was named the Rookie of the Meet, winning the discus title (League-record 50.49). Koch wins Scholar-Athlete award American’s Erin Koch was selected as the 2011 Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Koch had a 4.0 cumulative GPA while pursuing a masters in mathematics.
2011 Final Standings Men’s Women’s 1. Bucknell # - 186 1. Bucknell # - 189.5 2. Army - 157 2. Navy - 164 3. Navy - 132.5 3. Lehigh - 84 4. Lehigh - 91 4. Lafayette - 64 5. Lafayette - 49 5. Holy Cross - 62 6. American - 36.5 6. Army - 60.50 7. Colgate - 16 7. Colgate - 31 8. Holy Cross - 14 8. American - 26 # Patriot League Champion 2011 Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year: Kevin Donner, Bucknell
Koch graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.91 GPA from American’s College of Arts and Sciences in May 2010. She was a four-year member of the women’s soccer team and joined the track and field team in 2009-10. She is a six-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and she is now a three-time Academic All-Patriot League selection. Kosgei wins second Scholar-Athlete award Lehigh senior Evans Kosgei, a native of Moiben, Kenya, was selected as the 2011 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete in men’s outdoor track and field. Kosgei, who was the 2009 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men’s cross country, has a cumulative 3.82 GPA in computer sciences and engineering. He opened the 2011 Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a title in the 10,000 (30:20.08). He also was Second-Team All-League in the 3,000 steeplechase. Sylve makes it four straight Army sprinter Domonick Sylve collected his fourth straight title in the 110-hurdles, breaking his Patriot League record time of 13.90 seconds with a 13.74. He is only the second Patriot League male student-athlete to have won an event all four seasons. American’s Sean Duffy won the 1,500 from 2002 to 2005.
2010-11 Patriot League Year-in-Review
About the Patriot League The Patriot League celebrated its 20th anniversary as an all-sport conference during the 2010-11 academic year. The Colonial League was founded and began full round-robin play in football only in 1986. Three years later, Carl Ullrich was appointed the first full-time Executive Director and in 1990, the Colonial League changed its name to Patriot League and became an all-sport conference (22 sports). The initial membership included Bucknell University, Colgate University, Fordham University, the College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University and the United States Military Academy. In 1991, the United States Naval Academy joined the League as a full member. In 2001, American University joined the ranks of the Patriot League as its eighth full member. Meanwhile, the sport of women’s rowing became the League’s 23rd sport in 2004.
Billy Hurley III, Navy (2004) “The Patriot League is one of the premier academic leagues in the country and to have competed in golf while attending a demanding institution (like all of the Patriot League schools are) makes me value the overall experience more than some other athletes whose main focus was just their sport.”
Keira Carlstrom, American (2006) “I would not be the same person today if I was not a Patriot League student-athlete. The support within the classroom and the experiences gained as an athlete turned me into the person I am proud of today. It was the combination of student-athlete emphasized in the Patriot League that I learned the skills that I use in my day-to-day life. Thank you, Patriot League!”
Lt. Col. Kim Kawamoto, Army (1992) “I was fortunate to be in the League in its first two years and it was such a great, competitive environment. It is an honor to be part of a league with student-athletes who continue to boast great achievements both regionally and nationally over the past two decades.”
Anne Tierney, Lehigh (1995) “I’m proud to say that because anyone that knows the Patriot League knows that they are great schools so to be able to be a student-athlete there is a great accomplishment.”
2010-11 Patriot League Year-in-Review
Dr. Jim Nairus, Holy Cross (1991) “The Patriot League schools, which all stress both academics and athletics, all prepare their student-athletes for life after college. This certainly was true in my case. By instilling in the studentathletes the benefits of hard work and setting them up for future careers in life outside of athletics, the Patriot League schools do not use the athletes like other more prominent athletic schools in other conferences.”
Lisa Gibbons King, Bucknell (1995) “Being a Patriot League student-athlete, it meant I was able to receive the best education, while at the same time, be able to play the sport I love at a very high level. I walked away prepared to continue to play competitive soccer as well as to become successful in my current profession.”
Tucker Neale, Colgate (1995) “Being a Patriot League student-athlete, it meant having done things the right way with the right influences. There is a reason a book was written about our wonderful League, The Last Amateurs. The Patriot League does it the right way and creates a balance that allows the student-athlete to flourish.”
Jen Bayer, Lafayette (2003) “I feel that all the schools in the Patriot League placed the correct emphasis on the student portion of the student-athlete and truly cared about allowing each player to become the best they could be. I do not think I would be where I am today without the experiences I learned on and off the court.”
Full Members • Athletic Site www.aueagles.com • School Site www.american.edu • Alumni Site http://alumni.american.edu
Location: Washington, D.C. Founded: 1893 Enrollment: 6,241 Nickname: Eagles
Colors: AU Red, White and Blue Joined Patriot League: 2001 President: Dr. Cornelius M. Kerwin Director of Athletics: Keith Gill
• Athletic Site www.goarmysports.com • School Site www.usma.edu • Alumni Site www.westpointaog.org
Location: West Point, N.Y. Founded: 1802 Enrollment: 4,400 Nickname: Black Knights
Colors: Black, Gold and Gray Joined Patriot League: 1990 Superintendent: LTG David H. Huntoon Jr. Director of Athletics: Boo Corrigan
• Athletic Site www.bucknellbison.com • School Site www.bucknell.edu • Alumni Site www.b-link.bucknell.edu/s/754/
Location: Lewisburg, Pa. Founded: 1846 Enrollment: 3,583 Nickname: Bison
Colors: Orange and Blue Joined Patriot League: 1990 President: Dr. John C. Bravman Director of Athletics: John P. Hardt
• Athletic Site www.gocolgateraiders.com • School Site www.colgate.edu • Alumni Site www.colgatealumni.org
Location: Hamilton, N.Y. Founded: 1819 Enrollment: 2,800 Nickname: Raiders
Colors: Maroon and White Joined Patriot League: 1990 President: Dr. Jeffrey Herbst Director of Athletics: David Roach
• Athletic Site www.goholycross.com • School Site www.holycross.edu • Alumni Site www.holycross.edu/alumni
Location: Worcester, Mass. Founded: 1843 Enrollment: 2,897 Nickname: Crusaders
Color: Royal Purple Joined Patriot League: 1990 President: Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Director of Athletics: Richard M. Regan Jr.
• Athletic Site www.goleopards.com • School Site www.lafayette.edu • Alumni Site www.lafayetteexperience.com/alumni/
Location: Easton, Pa. Founded: 1826 Enrollment: 2,406 Nickname: Leopards
Color: Maroon and White Joined Patriot League: 1990 President: Dr. Daniel H. Weiss Director of Athletics: Dr. Bruce McCutcheon
• Athletic Site www.lehighsports.com • School Site www.lehigh.edu • Alumni Site www3.lehigh.edu/alumni/
Location: Bethlehem, Pa. Founded: 1865 Enrollment: 4,856 Nickname: Mountain Hawks
Color: Brown and White Joined Patriot League: 1990 President: Dr. Alice P. Gast Dean of Athletics: Dr. Joe Sterrett
• Athletic Site www.navysports.com • School Site www.usna.edu • Alumni Site www.usna.com/SSLPage.aspx
Location: Annapolis, Md. Founded: 1845 Enrollment: 4,400 Nickname: Midshipmen
Color: Navy Blue and Gold Joined Patriot League: 1990 Superintendent: Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller Director of Athletics: Chet Gladchuk
Associate Members • Athletic Site www.fordhamsports.com • School Site www.fordham.edu • Alumni Site www.fordham.edu/alumni_relations/
Location: Bronx, N.Y. Founded: 1841 Enrollment: 7,950 Nickname: Rams
Color: Maroon and White Joined Patriot League: 1990 President: Joseph M. McShane, S.J. Director of Athletics: Frank McLaughlin
• Athletic Site www.guhoyas.com • School Site www.guhoyas.com • Alumni Site http://alumni.georgetown.edu/
Location: Washington, D.C. Founded: 1789 Enrollment: 7,092 Nickname: Hoyas
Color: Blue and Gray Joined Patriot League: 2001 President: John J. DeGioia Director of Athletics: Lee Reed
• Athletic Site www.mitathletics.com • School Site web.mit.edu • Alumni Site alum.mit.edu
Location: Cambridge, Mass. Founded: 1861 Enrollment: 4,232 Nickname: Engineers
Color: Cardinal Red and Silver Gray Joined Patriot League: 2010 President: Dr. Susan Hockfield Director of Athletics: Julie Soriero