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2015-16 Year in Review


Athletic Administration

Shantey Hill Assistant Vice President & Senior Director of Athletics & Recreation

Melody Cope Assoc. AD for Operations

Donna O’Connors Asst. AD for Compliance

Rosemarie Brown Asst. AD for Sport Prgrms.

Stephanie Palmeri Asst. AD for Gameday Ops.

Andrew Capitelli Mngr., Athl. Comm.

Joshua Soto Asst. Mngr., Athl. Comm.

Lisa Komnik Head Athl. Trainer

Meagan Maguire Assoc. Athl. Trainer

Kevin Brandt Asst. Athl. Trainer

Emily Edwards Asst. Athl. Trainer

Danielle Wilson Asst. to Athletic Director

Tyler Dowd Asst. Director of Recreation


Men’s XC

• Third consecutive 2nd-place finish • Tim Monahan (5th), James Dachille (6th), and Ryan Haun (7th) all appeared on the Skyline All-Conference First-Team

Women’s Tennis Defeated in Conference Championship on October 30, 2016 • Third consecutive 2nd-place finish • Posted a 6-1 conference record and earned the third seed in the playoffs • Kerri McMahon (1st-Team) and Victoria Panicola (2nd-Team) earned All-Conf.

Women’s Lacrosse Defeated in Conference Championship on May 6, 2017 • Fourth consecutive appearance in conference final (won title past two years) • Post 7-1 conf. record (2nd seed) • Earned six Skyline All-Conference nomi nations at season’s end

2016-17 Skyline Runners-Up

Placed 2nd at the Skyline Conference Championship on October 30, 2016


2016-17 Season Recaps

Men’s Golf

Under new direction and one year removed from its third Skyline Championship, the men’s golf team placed three Golden Eagles on the Skyline All-Conference Teams before finishing third at Skyline’s. Freshman Michael Nadeau earned a third-place finish at the conference championship and was named to the Skyline All-Conference First-Team. Teammates Evan Scheuch and Patrick Standard both earned Second-Team nods with their ninth-place finishes.

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team (10-4, 6-1 Skyline) fell short of the Skyline Conference title this season after dropping a 5-2 contest to Farmingdale State in the final. Freshman Kerri McMahon, a two-time Skyline Rookie of the Week, compiled a 12-1 singles record and a 12-2 doubles mark to earn a Skyline All-Conference First-Team selection in her first collegiate campaign. Additionally, sophomore Victora Panicola garnered Second-Team honors.

Indoor Track & Field

The indoor track and field teams competed at the NJAC Championships with the women’s team finishing seventh out nine teams (28 points) and the men scoring eight points to finish ninth. Ashley Arquer earned two ECAC qualification times, claiming fourth-place in the A 14-14 overall record and a 8-3 con60m finals with an 8.07 finish. Arquer, ference mark helped the Golden Eagles along with Briana Shand, Jenn Holownia, enter the Skyline Championship as and Jessica Pierno raced to a fourththe #3 seed, and a 3-0 sweep of Mt. St. place finish in the 4x200-meter with a Vincent in the first round saw the team time of 1:50.72 to earn them a bid to the advance to the conference semis for the ECAC Championships. Mikayla Kowasixth-straight season where they were levich broke the program record in the defeated by second-seeded USMMA. A 60-meter high hurdle with a 10.31 mark. 10-game winning streak from Oct. 15 For the men, Brian Frejka, Mike O’Shea, to Nov. 1 highlighted a season that saw Daniel Antonawich, and Anthony Figothe team earn three All-Conference rito earned a fifth-place finish with their selections, including First-Team honoree program record-breaking time of 1:35.96 Courtney Bocchieri. in the 4x200-meter.

Women’s Volleyball

Cross Country

Erin MacDonell became the program’s 12th Skyline individual champion as the women saw its streak of six conference titles come to an end with a third-place finish at the Skyline Championships on October 30. The men—led by Tim Monahan, James Dachille and Ryan Haun, who finished fifth, sixth and seventh—earned their third-straight second-place finish at the championships. The trio, along with MacDonell— whose second-place finish at the ECAC Championships was the best in program history—and Kelly Roberts all garnered All-ECAC accolades.

Women’s Swimming

Following seven-straight top-four finishes, the women’s swimming team placed fifth at the Skyline Conference Championship on Jan. 27. Second-year head coach Stephanie Palmeri took home Coach of the Year honors after her side posted a 7-6 overall record and a 3-6 conference mark. In total, the team set three program records, including two by the relay team of Gabrielle Zollo, Aileen Baker, Kim Mazza and Samantha Mullman in the 200 and 400 yard freestyles.

Women’s Basketball

SJC compiled a 6-19 record this season with a 5-13 mark in conference play. Junior Andrea Iavarone finished the season In the team’s first season under the first in the conference in scoring (18.3 One year removed from its first Skyline direction of Alex Mendolia, the men’s PPG) and second in rebounds (11.6 RPG) Conference Championship, the women’s soccer team posted a 7-11 overall record to earn conference First-Team Honors. soccer team ( 5-13-1, 4-4-1 Skyline) enand a 6-5 conference mark, good for Additionally, the three-time Skyline tered the conference championship as a fifth place in the Skyline standings. In Player of the Week garnered D3Hoops. the fifth seed and exited via a first-round a rematch of the 2015 Skyline semis, com Team of the Week, ECAC Metro Alldefeat. SJC was led up front by freshman the Golden Eagles fell 1-0 to local rival Star Honorable Mention, and All-Met Christina Gagliardi, who tallied eight Farmingdale State in the first round of Division III Third-Team honors. Senior goals and three assists for 19 points to the championship. Senior midfielder Jackie Zizzo set the program record in earn Skyline Second-Team accolades. Brian O’Sullivan was tied for the team three-point field goals made in a game Junior defender Katelyn Jones anchored lead in points (13) and, along with senior (9) and career three-point field goals the backline and appeared on the Skydefender Eddie Whalen, appeared on the (193). Zizzo also finished fifth in the line First-Team. Skyline All-Conference Second-Team. nation in three-point field goals made.

Women’s Soccer

Men’s Soccer


Men’s Basketball

Outdoor Track & Field Baseball The outdoor track and field teams competed at the NJAC Championships with the women’s team finishing seventh (19 points) and the men scoring nine points to finish ninth. Jennifer Holownia leaped to an 8th place finish with a mark of 4.83m in the long jump, making her the first SJC long jumper to score at the NJAC conference. Jessica Pierno become the first female athlete to score at ECAC’s with a second-place finish in the Heptathlon, which is the highest finish by any track & field athlete in program history. The senior finished behind first-place finisher by just 32 points.

After winning the 2016 Skyline title, the baseball team (25-14, 15-3 Skyline) entered the 2017 conference tournament with a first-round bye as the first seed where, after defeating Mount St. Mary 18-4, the Golden Eagles dropped consecutive games to Maritime and Mount St. Mary. Senior Josh Outsen posted a 7-0 record with a 1.99 earnedrun average to collect a bevy of awards including Skyline Conference Pitcher of Year, D3Baseball.com All-New-York Region Third-Team and ABCA/Rawlings New York All-Region First-Team. Additionally, for his efforts in the classroom, the right-handed pitcher was earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. In the program’s sixth season, the Teammate and Second-Team All-Conwomen’s lacrosse team posted a 9-9 ference member Brandon Lubrano led record (7-1 Skyline) reaching the Skyline the SJC pitching staff with a 1.30 era Championship final for the fourth con- –sixth best in the nation –earning him secutive year. Attacker Brooke KreusD3baseball.com All-New-York Region cher, midfielder Nicole Stoppelli, and Third-Team and ABCA/Rawlings New defender Chelsea Tarazona highlighted York All-Region Second-Team honors. the Golden Eagles’ All-Conference selec- Lou Doria was selected to the Skyline tion with Skyline First-Team accolades, Conference First-Team, D3Baseball.com The men’s tennis team failed to qualify while Kristin Carroll, Diana Johnston All-New-York Region Third-Team and for the Skyline Conference Champion- and Samantha Caruso appeared on the ABCA/Rawlings New York All-Region ship in 2017 after posting a 3-7 record Second-Team. Kreuscher collected 50 First-Team after hitting .361 and collectand a 2-6 conference mark. In a season goals and 28 assists for a team-leading ing nine homeruns and 42 RBI’s. Catcher highlighted by a three-game winning 78-point to tally the second-highest Dan Campaniell was also named to the streak with victories over York, Sage and point total in a single season in program conference’s Second-Team and to the St. Joseph’s (Brkln), newcomer Tyler history. Additionally, the Bayport, NY D3Baseball.com All-New-York Region Yaskanich led the team with a 5-5 singles native collected additional end-of-season Second-Team, and second baseman Tyler record. awards including a ECAC South Region Crafa earned D3Baseball.com All-NewAll-Star Second-Team selection and a York Region First-Team honors. IWLCA All-Region Second-Team nod. Under the direction of Lisa Jusino for a second season, the softball team earned Also competing in its inaugural season, the second seed in the Skyline ConferIn the program’s first-ever season, the the men’s lacrosse team enlisted the ence Championship with a 20-17 overall Golden Eagles posted a 19-11 (6-3) help of 15 transfers, including eight record and a 14-4 conference mark. record to earn the fourth seed in the from Dowling College. After winning its Carrying a four-game win streak into Skyline Championship. After dismissing first-ever match, a 13-9 win over Westthe championship round, the Golden Sage in the first round, SJC was defeated ern Connecticut, the Golden Eagles went Eagles topped Sage in the opening game by five-time defending champion Kean, on to win seven of its 13 total matches of the double-elimination tournament who went on to win its sixth title in and barely missed out on a playoff but dropped consecutive contests to 2017. Skyline Rookie of the Year Kyle berth after dropping a 16-12 decision to eventual champion Mt. St. Mary and Biggers would be crowned NCAA Divi- Kean University in the final game of the Sage and were eliminated on the second sion III statistical champion with a .469 season. Scott Reece led the team with 36 day of the competition. Catcher Kristen hitting percentage. Biggers and Paul goals and was a Skyline First-Team selecArbiter and pitcher Theresa Cardello— Curaro also garnered Skyline First-Team tion, while Josh Shaw and James Conroy who finished fifth in ERA (1.94)—both honors, and head coach Bill Kropp was graced the Second-Team. appeared on the Skyline First-Team. named conference Coach of the Year.

Women’s Lacrosse

Men’s Tennis

Softball

Men’s Volleyball

Men’s Lacrosse

2016-17 Season Recaps

Despite a rocky start, the men’s basketball team won four of its last five regular season games to earn a Skyline Championship berth with a 10-16 overall record and a 10-6 conference mark. As the sixth seed, the Golden Eagles faced #3 Old Westbury—with whom they split the regular season series—but were defeated 69-61. Senior Andy Laurent appeared on the All-Met Second-Team and the Skyline All-Conference First-Team, and wrapped his career third all-time in points (1,566). Senior Fernando Vazquez became the 13th player in program history to score 1,000 points.


2016-17 Award Winners

CoSIDA Academic All-District Josh Outsen ABCA/Rawlings New York All-Region Josh Outsen, Baseball (First-Team) Lou Doria, Baseball (Second-Team) Brandon Lubrano, Baseball (Second-Team) D3Baseball.com All-New York Region Tyler Crafa, Baseball (First-Team) Daniel Campanelli, Baseball (Second-Team) Lou Doria, Baseball (Third-Team) Brandon Lubrano, Baseball (Third-Team) Josh Outsen, Baseball (Third-Team) ECAC All-Star Brooke Kreuscher, Women’s Lacrosse (Second-Team) Andrea Iavarone, Women’s Basketball (Honorable Mention) All-Met Division III Andy Laurent, Men’s Basketball (Second-Team) Andrea Iavarone, Women’s Basketball (Third-Team) IWLCA All-Region Brooke Kreuscher, Women’s Lacrosse (Second-Team) All-ECAC Ryan Haun, Men’s Cross Country Tim Monahan, Men’s Cross Country James Dachille, Men’s Cross Country Erin MacDonell, Women’s Cross Country Kelly Roberts, Women’s Cross Country Skyline Individual Champion Erin MacDonell, Women’s Cross Country Skyline Pitcher of the Year Josh Outsen, Baseball Skyline Rookie of the Year Kyle Biggers, Men’s Volleyball Skyline Coach of the Year Stephanie Palmeri, Women’s Swimming Bill Kropp, Men’s Volleyball Skyline All-Conference First-Team Lou Doria, Baseball Josh Outsen, Baseball Andy Laurent, Men’s Basketball Andrea Iavarone, Women’s Basketball Tim Monahan, Men’s Cross Country James Dachille, Men’s Cross Country Ryan Haun, Men’s Cross Country Erin MacDonell, Women’s Cross Country Michael Nadeau, Men’s Golf Scott Reece, Men’s Lacrosse Brooke Kreuscher, Women’s Lacrosse Nicole Stoppelli, Women’s Lacrosse Chelsea Tarazona, Women’s Lacrosse Kristen Arbiter, Softball Theresa Cardello, Softball Kerri McMahon, Women’s Tennis Kyle Biggers, Men’s Volleyball

Skyline All-Conference First-Team (Cont.) Courtney Bocchieri, Women’s Volleyball Skyline All-Conference Second-Team Daniel Campanelli, Baseball Paul Britt, Baseball Matthew Burnett, Baseball Brandon Lubrano, Baseball Nick DeLuca, Men’s Cross Country Kelly Roberts, Women’s Cross Country Evan Scheuch, Men’s Golf Patrick Standard, Men’s Golf James Conroy, Men’s Lacrosse Josh Shaw, Men’s Lacrosse Kristin Carroll, Women’s Lacrosse Samantha Caruso, Women’s Lacrosse Diana Johnston, Women’s Lacrosse Brian O’Sullivan, Men’s Soccer Eddie Whalen, Men’s Soccer Christina Gagliardi, Women’s Soccer Katelyn Jones, Women’s Soccer Victoria Panicola, Women’s Tennis Paul Curaro, Men’s Volleyball Kiersten Kissinger, Women’s Volleyball Danielle Senecal, Women’s Volleyball Skyline Academic Honor Roll Anthony Aloisio, Baseball Sean Balsam, Baseball Vincent Biordi, Baseball Anthony Brisman, Baseball Matthew Burnett, Baseball Nicholas Clemente, Baseball Louis Doria, Baseball Michael Ferrufino, Baseball Justin Fitzpatrick, Baseball Louis Fontinha, Baseball Andrew Genovese, Baseball Matthew Hess, Baseball Andrew Libertelli, Baseball Nicholas Mannarino, Baseball Joshua Mercurio, Baseball Gehrig Montoro, Baseball Joshua Outsen, Baseball Michael Reda, Baseball Anthony Rizzo, Baseball Austin Turner, Baseball Daniel Brzozka, Men’s Basketball Max DeMartino, Men’s Basketball Andy Laurent, Men’s Basketball Daniel Nappi, Men’s Basketball Matthew Renahan, Men’s Basketball Fernando Vazquez, Men’s Basketball Danielle Gehring, Women’s Basketball Jennifer Gubell, Women’s Basketball


Skyline Weekly Honor Roll (Cont.)

Cody Kull, Men’s Soccer Michael O’Shea, Men’s Soccer Justin Ostrick, Men’s Soccer Kristin Carroll, Women’s Soccer Samantha Caruso, Women’s Soccer Katelyn Jones, Women’s Soccer Megan Locke, Women’s Soccer Mackenzie Nyitray, Women’s Soccer Nicholle Santulli, Women’s Soccer Aneisha Scott, Women’s Soccer Rebecca Voisich, Women’s Soccer Rebecca Walsh, Women’s Soccer Ashley Accardi, Softball Kristen Arbiter, Softball Ashley Blydenburgh, Softball Lauren Buturla, Softball Theresa Cardello, Softball Sandra Foster, Softball Madeline Sganga, Softball Ashley Steponaitis, Softball Aileen Baker, Women’s Swimming Lorraine Diehl, Women’s Swimming Julianne Garvey, Women’s Swimming Kimberly Mazza, Women’s Swimming Marissa Palmeri, Women’s Swimming Gabrielle Zollo, Women’s Swimming Kyle Conway, Men’s Tennis Matthew Dioguardo, Men’s Tennis Avery Gomez, Men’s Tennis Cody Puglisi, Men’s Tennis Tyler Yaskanich, Men’s Tennis Nora Burnett, Women’s Tennis Alana Caporale, Women’s Tennis Kerri McMahon, Women’s Tennis Jamie Meere, Women’s Tennis Victoria Panicola, Women’s Tennis Amanda Post, Women’s Tennis Matthew Amberge, Men’s Volleyball Michael Barfield, Men’s Volleyball Tyler Jones, Men’s Volleyball Daniel McNamara, Men’s Volleyball David Slager, Men’s Volleyball Courtney Bocchieri, Women’s Volleyball Kristin Crudele, Women’s Volleyball Keilly Estacuy, Women’s Volleyball Danielle Gehring, Women’s Volleyball Kiersten Kissinger, Women’s Volleyball Jessica Monteserrato, Women’s Volleyball Jessica Nicholson, Women’s Volleyball Danielle Senecal, Women’s Volleyball Claire Urizzo, Women’s Volleyball Courtney Wickline, Women’s Volleyball

2016-17 Award Winners

Skyline Academic Honor Roll (Cont.) Juliana Mellor, Women’s Basketball Jacqueline Zizzo, Women’s Basketball James Dachille, Men’s Cross Country Brad Danielsen, Men’s Cross Country Nicholas DeLuca, Men’s Cross Country Timothy Elgort, Men’s Cross Country Ryan Haun, Men’s Cross Country Michael Mirrione, Men’s Cross Country Raymond Ricca, Men’s Cross Country Taylor Darby, Women’s Cross Country Monica Grismer, Women’s Cross Country Marissa LoSchiavo, Women’s Cross Country Erin MacDonell, Women’s Cross Country Ariana Nunez, Women’s Cross Country Jennifer O’Connor, Women’s Cross Country Victoria Quinones, Women’s Cross Country Kelly Roberts, Women’s Cross Country Mary Scott, Women’s Cross Country Amanda Sprague, Women’s Cross Country George Fabricorte, Men’s Golf Vincent Garofalo, Men’s Golf Richard Kelly, Men’s Golf Daniel McNamara, Men’s Golf Joshua Rose, Men’s Golf Evan Scheuch, Men’s Golf Declan Canevari, Men’s Lacrosse Timothy Durkin, Men’s Lacrosse Thomas Ekstrom, Men’s Lacrosse Kevin Fox, Men’s Lacrosse Paul Harron, Men’s Lacrosse Anthony Navas, Men’s Lacrosse Christopher Nielsen, Men’s Lacrosse Scott Reece, Men’s Lacrosse Tricia Barrett, Women’s Lacrosse Kristin Carroll, Women’s Lacrosse Samantha Caruso, Women’s Lacrosse Melanie Cervone, Women’s Lacrosse Emily Fey, Women’s Lacrosse Maygan Forssell, Women’s Lacrosse Alexis Hillman, Women’s Lacrosse Alexandra Johnston, Women’s Lacrosse Diana Johnston, Women’s Lacrosse Brooke Kreuscher, Women’s Lacrosse Lindsay Ramos, Women’s Lacrosse Aneisha Scott, Women’s Lacrosse Nicole Stoppelli, Women’s Lacrosse Margaret Tapler, Women’s Lacrosse Chelsea Tarazona, Women’s Lacrosse Kelly Walsh, Women’s Lacrosse Kyle Conway, Men’s Soccer Avery Gomez, Men’s Soccer Shayne Johnson, Men’s Soccer


2016-17 Award Winners

Skyline Weekly Honor Roll (Cont.)

Brianna Wolf, Women’s Volleyball NJAC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention Daniel Antonawich, Men’s Track & Field Alexander Becker, Men’s Track & Field Brad Danielsen, Men’s Track & Field Timothy Elgort, Men’s Track & Field Brian Frejka, Men’s Track & Field Kyle Gardner, Men’s Track & Field Ryan Haun, Men’s Track & Field Christopher Maher, Men’s Track & Field Michael O’Shea, Men’s Track & Field Raymond Ricca, Men’s Track & Field Nicholas Russo, Men’s Track & Field Joseph Wetzel, Men’s Track & Field Ashley Arquer, Women’s Track & Field Monica Grismer, Women’s Track & Field Jennifer Holownia, Women’s Track & Field Kelly Ingarra, Women’s Track & Field Marissa LoSchiavo, Women’s Track & Field Erin MacDonell, Women’s Track & Field Gabrielle-Ada Mason, Women’s Track & Field Ariana Nunez, Women’s Track & Field Kelly Roberts, Women’s Track & Field Amanda Sprague, Women’s Track & Field

Skyline Rookie of the Week (Cont.) Kerri McMahon, Women’s Tennis (2x) Will Flohr, Men’s Volleyball Paul Curaro, Men’s Volleyball (2x) Matthew Amberge, Men’s Volleyball Kyle Biggers, Men’s Volleyball Danielle Senecal, Women’s Volleyball

Skyline Weekly Honor Roll (Cont.)

Paul Britt, Baseball

Matthew Burnett, Baseball Lou Doria, Baseball (2x) Fernando Vazquez, Men’s Basketball (2x) Isaiah Moore, Men’s Basketball (2x) Andy Laurent, Men’s Basketball Jackie Zizzo, Women’s Basketball (2x) Andrea Iavarone, Women’s Basketball (4x) Josh Shaw, Men’s Lacrosse (2x) Brooke Kreuscher, Women’s Lacrosse Nicole Stoppeli, Women’s Lacrosse (3x) Kristin Carroll, Women’s Lacrosse Tricia Barrett, Women’s Lacrosse Avery Gomez, Men’s Soccer Brian O’Sullivan, Men’s Soccer (2x) Justin Heredia, Men’s Soccer Christina Gagliardi, Women’s Soccer (2x) Theresa Cardello, Softball Gabrielle Zollo, Women’s Swimming Kim Mazza, Women’s Swimming Nora Burnett, Women’s Tennis (2x) Amanda Post, Women’s Tennis Kerri McMahon, Women’s Tennis Kyle Biggers, Men’s Volleyball (2x) Tyler Jones, Men’s Volleyball Danielle Senecal, Women’s Volleyball Erin Kelly, Women’s Volleyball Kiersten Kissinger, Women’s Volleyball

D3Hoops.com Team of the Week

CSCAA Scholar All-America Team

Skyline All-Sportsmanship Team James Dachille, Men’s Cross Country Kelly Roberts, Women’s Cross Country Rich Kelly, Men’s Golf Michael O’Shea, Men’s Soccer Samantha Caruso, Women’s Soccer Erike Hesselbirg, Women’s Tennis Claire Urizzo, Women’s Volleyball

D3Baseball.com Team of the Week Andrea Iavarone, Women’s Basketball

MBWA Divisions II-III Weekly Honorable Mention Fernando Vazquez, Men’s Basketball Andy Laurent, Men’s Basketball Andrea Iavarone, Women’s Basketball (2x)

ECAC Offensive Player of the Week

Courtney Bocchieri, Women’s Volleyball

ECAC Rookie of the Week

Diana Johnston, Women’s Lacrosse Christina Gagliardi, Women’s Soccer

Skyline Player/Swimmer/Runner/Pitcher of the Week Josh Outsen, Baseball Ryan Haun, Men’s Cross Country Erin MacDonell, Women’s Cross Country (4x)

Skyline Rookie of the Week

Diana Johnston, Women’s Lacrosse (2x)

Women’s Swimming


3.93 GPA, Psychology Major • Skyline All-Conference First-Team • Led the team and the conference in hitting percentage (.280) • Led team with 225 kills • ECAC Metro Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 19)

James Dachille Men’s Cross Country 3.94 GPA, Hospitality Manag. Major • Skyline All-Conference First-Team • Placed 6th at Skyline Conference Championships • Team finished runner-up • Finished 16th at ECAC Champion ships for All-ECAC honors

Andy Laurent Men’s Basketball 3.62 GPA, Speech Pathology Major • Skyline All-Conference First-Team • All-Met Division III Second-Team • Led team in all major statistical categories including pts. and rebs. • Graduated third all time in scoring in program history (1,566)

Skyline Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Courtney Bocchieri Women’s Volleyball


Top Stories of 2016-17

Women’s Soccer

• On Nov. 22, women’s soccer team head coach and Egypt Women’s National Team player Salma Tarik scored in the 82nd minute vs. Zimbabwe in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations group stage to lift her side to its first-ever victory at the tournament in team history.

Men’s Volleyball

• The St. Joseph’s College men’s volleyball team participated in its first-ever match on Jan. 24 and picked up a convincing 3-0 victory over Medgar Evers. Freshman Will Flohr led all players with a game-high nine kills.

Women’s Basketball

• In her final collegiate season, senior Jackie Zizzo established a pair of three-point shooting records to cement her place in program history as the team’s best-ever three-point shooter. On Jan. 9, Zizzo became the first player in history to sink eight three-pointers in a single game in a loss to the College of Staten Island. On Feb. 14, the Bethpage, NY native went for seven three-pointers to break the program’s career record. At the conclusion of the season, Zizzo had collected 193 career three’s. • Junior Andrea Iavarone became the first player in SJC women’s basketball history to appear on D3Hoops.com’s National Team of the Week on Jan. 9. Iavarone was one of five players across the country at the NCAA Division III level to be honored after averaging 25.3 points and 10.7 rebounds-per-game across three games that week.

Men’s Basketball

• After tearing several ligaments in his knee during the first game of the 2015-16 season--which resulted in him missing the entire season--senior Max DeMartino made his return to the men’s basketball team on Jan. 14 after a grueling 14-month rehabilitation. On Jan. 25, the West Babylon, NY native would tally a career-best 11 points in nine minutes in a loss to Sage. • In a win over SUNY Maritime on Jan. 20, senior Fernando Vazquez scored 18 points and eclipsed the 1,000-career points mark. Eight days later, the Hartwick transfer became the 13th player in program history to score 1,000 points as a Golden Eagle. He would finish his career seventh all-time with 1,099 points.

Women’s Swimming

• The women’s swimming team maintained its high academic standing in 2016-17 when it was named a College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division III Scholar All-America Team for the fall and spring semesters. The honor is bestowed upon teams that boasted total GPA’s of over 3.3. SJC was one of 173 NCAA Divsion III programs highlighted across the nation.

Baseball

• For the third-straight holiday season, the SJC baseball team donated toys to needy children, this past year providing over 110 contributions to St. Joseph’s College outreach services. • The baseball team held its first-annual Gregg Alfano Alumni Game at Gregg Alfano Field on Oct. 15. Prior to the game, head coach Rick Garrett held a ring ceremony for the 2016 Skyline Conference championship team, who won their first title in 12 years months earlier in May. The game featured previous players and alumni including ABCA/Rawling Gold Glove winner Jason Dierkes (‘12), Rich Pecoraro (‘12), Chris Alfano (‘93), Pete Manger (‘93) and assistant coaches Dan DiBlasi (‘16) and Joe Benkert (‘11). • Senior hurler Joshua Outsen became the first player in program history to earn CoSIDA Adademic All-District honors at the conclusion of the 2017 season. The award is voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America and is awarded to student-athletes that excel on and off the field. • Partnered with the St. Joseph’s College’s Relay for Life, the baseball team raised $1,200 for the American Cancer Society, which uses donations for cancer research. The team made the donations on April 28 before SJC’s Relay For Life event on April 29.

Men’s Lacrosse

• Senior Scott Reece tallied eight goals as the SJC men’s lacrosse team earned a 13-9 come-from-behind victory over Western Connecticut State (1-1) in the program’s first-ever competitive game on Mar. 1.


Women’s Lacrosse

• For the fifth consecutive year, the SJC women’s lacrosse team operated a unique lacrosse station at the annual Special Olympics event inside the Danzi Center on Oct. 24. Using a portable goal and soft sticks and balls, the team taught nearly 100 Special Olympians basic lacrosse skills.

• The unofficial start of the SJC women’s lacrosse team’s season began with the unique Christmas Magic event, which, for six years, has brough the team together off the field for a special cause. This tradition, started in December of 2011—before the program played its inaugural contest—begins annually with members of the team receiving letters addressed to Santa from local needy children. The team members were then tasked to buy specific gifts mentioned in the letters to be delivered to the children. This year’s event occurred on Dec. 21 at Clayton-Huey Elementary School in Center Moriches, NY and benefitted over 50 needy families. • Following the conclusion of the 2017 season. women’s lacrosse team head coach Bob Vlahakis announced his retirement after seven years with the program. Vlahakis was introduced as the first head coach in program history on Feb. 14, 2011 and led the women’s lacrosse team to back-to-back Skyline Conference titles and NCAA Tournament Second Round appearances in 2015 and 2016. Under Vlahakis’ tutelage, the Golden Eagles posted a 73-40 overall record and an impressive 41-6 mark in Skyline Conference play. SJC qualified for the conference playoffs in all six seasons during the Vlahakis era and appeared in the conference final the past four seasons.

• The SJC men’s basketball and softball teams both took part in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk held at Jones beach on Oct. 18. The teams were among over 50,000 participants that walked the five mile loop. The goal of the event was to raise $3,000,000 for breast cancer research. The men’s basketball team, which set a team goal of $1,000, raised $1,200. For the softball team, it was the second year participating in the walk.

• In December, the St. Joseph’s College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted its first annual Blue and Gold Night and collected over 100 toys to benefit the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation. The program sets out to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign in conducted.

• In January, SJC Assistant Vice President & Senior Director of Athletics & Recreation Shantey Hill was appointed Vice Chair of the NCAA Division III Management Council. The Management Council “reports directly to the Presidents Council and handles the implementation of policies adopted by the Association’s Board of Governors and Division III Presidents Council.” Additionally, it “may sponsor legislative proposals; make interpretations of Division III’s bylaws; and may also handle resolution of Division III issues and recommendations from other committees and working groups throughout the Division’s substructure.” Hill has been with St. Joseph’s since November of 2013 when she was named Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation and Chair of the Department of Physical Education. In July 2015 Hill was promoted to her current position as Assistant Vice President.

Top Stories of 2016-17

• Also for the fifth-straight year, the women’s lacrosse program hosted its annual Veterans Day High School Girls Lacrosse Clinic & Showcase on Nov. 6. The highlight of the event has been the Veteran’s March and Celebration in which the SJC women’s lacrosse team and over 125 high school lacrosse players honor attending veterans. SJC head coach Bob Vlahakis assumed the responsibility of introducing each veteran individually, allowing the crowd to acknowledge their service. After the introductions, the veterans were received at a catered luncheon while the 12 teams participated in the 7-v-7 showcase.

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