LETT ER FROM THE DIRE CTOR OF AT HLETI CS
Dear Fans and Supporters of SJU Athletics,
We are proud to present the 2011-12 Athletics Annual Report, which celebrates and recognizes the success and achievements of Saint Joseph's student-athletes and teams, both on the playing fields and in the classroom.
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The Annual Report celebrates many people our student-athletes, coaches and support staff. But just as importantly, it celebrates 5 Teams - baseball, golf, women's YOU - as your generosity helps us fulfill our mission to "Develop Everyday cross country, women's lacrosse, Champions.” For that, we sincerely thank you! and women's rowing - that earned
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Your presence at games and events, along with your financial support and career the NCAA for their Academic mentoring, help our 460 student-athletes achieve great things.
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Without a doubt, one of the biggest highlights of the year, and in SJU history, was the completion of the Maguire Campus fields for baseball, softball and field hockey, which 23 Student-athletes named to now allows those teams to have a true on-campus experience. Our men's and All-Conference teams women's basketball teams continued the tradition of reaching postseason play and the baseball and softball teams made strong runs in their respective Atlantic 10 Championships. We also had a participant in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, 99.9 Percent of student-athwhile our student-athletes posted outstanding academic outcomes and a record num- letes returning to be academiber of community service hours. More people continued to follow the Hawks on a cally eligible daily basis as the SJUHawks.com website recorded its most page views ever. Much has been accomplished, and yet there is always much more to do, to continually meet the challenges of enhancing the student-athlete experience. We live the Magis and challenge all to do the same — strive to do more, get better and live greater! Enjoy this report and share the good news. We are most proud of our "everyday champions."
460 Varsity student-athletes 750 Club sport athletes
1,400 Intramural participants
We sincerely thank you for your support. May you and your loved ones continue to 1,680 Number of donors to the be blessed and may your passion continue to inspire us to achieve the Magis and Hawk Athletics Fund make you proud to be a Hawk!
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HA W KS B E GIN PL A Y ON M AG UIR E CA M P US
The biggest impact of the 2011-12 athletic seasons didn’t come on the field at Hawk Hill, but rather came with the construction of three fields. Baseball, field hockey and softball - all of which played their home contests at various other fields and stadiums over the past decades - returned home with the opening of the John W. Smithson Field (baseball), the Ellen Ryan Field (field hockey) and the SJU Softball Field on the Maguire Campus.
ELLEN RYAN FIELD
The Saint Joseph's field hockey program entered a new era in 2011 as the Hawks began play at Ellen Ryan Field, their brand new turf field on the James J. Maguire '58 Campus. The new field is named in honor of long-time athletic administrator Ellen Ryan, who retired in August of 2011 after 37 years at Saint Joseph's. The first game, a contest against Delaware, was held on September 24, while the facility was officially dedicated on October 7 before a matchup with Temple. Fitted with a synthetic AstroTurf12 surface, Ryan Field is also equipped with an irrigation drainage system, state-of-the-art pop-up water cannons designed to give the surface a more consistent feel, a mobile press The Saint Joseph’s baseball, field hockey and softball teams played their home games on their new fields at the James box, and seating for up to 200 spectators. J. Maguire ‘58 Campus in 2011-12.
SJU SOFTBALL FIELD
After 21 seasons of playing home games away from campus, the Saint Joseph's softball team returned home this past spring, beginning with a 1-0 extra-inning victory over Rider on March 21. Featuring an industry-standard, stateof-the-art AstroTurf 3D GameDay Grass surface, the field offers fans the opportunity to sit in bleachers behind home plate, or they can take in the action along the foul lines or on the grass beyond the outfield wall.
JOHN W. SMITHSON FIELD
After 53 seasons of playing home games away from campus, the Saint Joseph's baseball team played its first game at its new ballpark on March 9. The Hawks, who last played on campus in 1958, opened the field with a 5-1 victory over Iona. "This is a truly exciting time for our program," said head coach Fritz Hamburg. "We are honored to bring intercollegiate varsity baseball back to Hawk Hill." In May, SJU’s Board of Trustees announced that the new baseball field had been named John W. Smithson Field at the final meeting of the academic year. The University's Interim President during 201112, Smithson played for the Hawks from 1965 to 1968 and was inducted into the Saint Joseph's Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005. A member of SJU's Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2007, he served as the Board Chair from 2003 to 2007, and played a key role in completing the negotiations to acquire the Maguire Campus.
John W. Smithson ‘68, Saint Joseph’s Interim President during the 2011-12 academic year, throws out the ceremonial first pitch at what would later be christened Smithson Field.
"John's passion and commitment to SJU athletics, and particularly the baseball program, are unrivaled. It's fitting that the field bears his name," stated athletic director Don DiJulia '67.
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Saint Joseph's teams and athletes compiled another successful season in 2011-12, earning a host of honors for their accomplishments on and off the playing field.
Among the overall team highlights were 20-win seasons for both the men's and women's basketball teams, with each earning postseason bids. The baseball team had a memorable year tying the school record for wins and making its first-ever appearance in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The softball team made a strong run through the A-10 Championship while great improvement was shown by teams such as men's soccer and men's lacrosse.
The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team revived the excitement on Hawk Hill in 2011-12, with a youthful and talented team that recorded 20 wins and earned a berth in the NIT, which was the 10th postseason bid under head coach Phil Martelli. The Hawks were just one of nine teams in the nation to record 20 wins after having 20 losses the previous season, and did it with a balanced attack.
Hawk fans received an added bonus as games with local rivals Villanova and Temple were played on campus. SJU students postponed their semester break to provide an atmosphere not seen in years for the Villanova game, spurring the Hawks on to victory in the first-ever meeting on Saint Joseph's campus. The fans welcomed Temple to Hawk Hill for the first time since 2001 and the Hawks upset the #22 Owls to clinch a share of the Big 5 title. It was the second win over a ranked opponent for the Hawks, as they had defeated #17 Creighton in Hagan Arena in December.
Saint Joseph’s had five players receive Atlantic 10 honors, which was the most in any season. C.J. Aiken was the league's Defensive Player of the Year and Ronald Roberts, Jr. was the Sixth Man of the Year, while Langston Galloway, Carl Jones and Halil Kanacevic each earned All-Conference recognition.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Led by senior Kevin McDonnell, the Hawks blended youth and veteran experience to improve on their previous year’s performance at the Atlantic 10 Championship.
Led by McDonnell’s fourth-place finish and an 18th-place finish from eventual A-10 Rookie of the Year Paul Szulewski, the Hawks placed third at the conference championship meet, while McDonnell became only the second Hawk to compete twice at the NCAA Championships.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
The Saint Joseph’s women’s cross country team put together another solid year of team and individual results in 2011. Led by a crop of young runners, the Hawks started to build a foundation for future success while meshing with a talented group of experienced harriers. Sophomore Hannah Fuller paced SJU for most of the season, culminating in Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors after finishing 15th at the A-10 Championship and earning a team-best 31stplace finish at the NCAA Regionals. Senior Katie Barrett and junior Maureen O’Donnell also posted strong outings placing third at the Blue/Gold Classic and second at the Charlotte Invitational, respectively.
The Saint Joseph's baseball team had a banner season in 2012, making history at nearly every turn. The Hawks tied a program record with 25 wins and posted a winning record in conference play for the first time since 1984 on the way to taking Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Team of the Year honors and earning their first Atlantic 10 Championship berth. On March 9, the team played its first game on John W. Smithson Field, the new home of Saint Joseph's baseball. The Hawks downed Iona, 5-1, as Kyle Mullen was the winning pitcher, while Chris Hueth recorded the first Hawk hit on the new turf. Greg Kumpel's second-inning home run put SJU on top and the Hawk bullpen preserved a 6-3 win over Penn at Citizens Bank Park to give Saint Joseph's its first-ever Liberty Bell Classic title. Entering the A-10 Tournament as a sixth seed, the Hawks showed they belonged as they downed third-seeded Rhode Island, 3-0. Following a tough loss to Dayton, SJU rebounded to top URI again as Brett Tiagwad scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Unfortunately for Saint Joseph’s, the tournament run ended with a 6-0 defeat to top-seeded Saint Louis. Mullen became the first Hawk starting pitcher to earn All-Atlantic 10 First Team honors, while first baseman Kevin Taylor was also named to the A-10 First Team. In addition, Mullen, Taylor, and catcher Brian O'Keefe were tabbed for the All-Big 5 Team, while Mullen won the Big 5 Pitcher of the Year award and head coach Fritz Hamburg was named the Big 5 Coach of the Year.
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After more than three seasons away from campus, the Saint Joseph’s field hockey team opened Ellen Ryan Field on the Maguire Campus during the 2011 season. An increase in attendance, as a result of improved visibility in the campus community, began to show itself immediately and culminated in the Hawks winning two of their final three home contests. Individually, senior Therese Doyle was rewarded for her career year with an All-Atlantic 10 First Team nod. Classmate Ellen Rowe was a Second Team honoree and was named to the A-10 All-Academic Team, alongside senior Theresa Testa and junior Meghan Githens. Freshman Jordan Martin received A-10 AllRookie honors.
The Saint Joseph's men's rowing program began a new era in 2011-12 with Mike Irwin taking over as head coach. The Hawks posted a number of solid results to give promise for the future.
The Hawks closed out the season at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta with two notable efforts. The Lightweight 8 finished its year on a high note by capturing a bronze medal in that event for the third time in the last four years. The Second Varsity 8 also made its way into the Grand Final for the first time since 2008. Additionally, seniors Matt Benedetto and Sean Stewart were both named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic AllArea Team for the second year in a row. Therese Doyle
Playing with a roster of mostly newcomers, the Saint Joseph’s golf team struggled to find consistency in 2011-12. With a combined six freshmen and sophomores on the squad, the Hawks relied on returning scoring leader Jimmy Bea to lead the way. Competing in all 11 matches, Bea was the top finisher for the Hawks at every event, culminating with a tie for 31st at the Atlantic 10 Championships.
Entering the 2012 season with a completely new identity, the Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team showed a great deal of improvement under first-year head coach Taylor Wray. The program posted a 6-9 overall record as it picked up its first conference victory in Colonial Athletic Association play. Under Wray’s coaching, several Hawks posted career seasons. Sophomore Ryan McGee earned CAA Co-Player of the Week and Academic All-Area Team Ryan McGee distinctions, while freshman Michael Dougherty earned Rookie of the Week honors during the season.
The Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team saw several of its graduating seniors put their names in the SJU record book in 2012. Senior Liz Fox was recognized for her strong play, earning her third Atlantic 10 All-Conference recognition. Additionally, senior Grace Dinn finished her career fifth all-time in scoring with 121 career goals, while Jen Peters’ 88 career goals cemented her in eighth. Alana Glanell finished in fifth place with 32 career assists, while midfielder, Julie Mineweaser moved into seventh all-time in caused turnovers (53).
The women's rowing team experienced a number of wins in 2011-12, but competed to the best of its ability and posted solid results to build upon for the future. The Hawks medaled in three events at the Atlantic 10 Championship, including a gold by the Freshman 4. Finishing the season at the Abderdeen Dad Vail Regatta, Saint Joseph's looked to continue its success of recent years. And although the Varsity 8's seven-year streak of advancing to the Grand Final came to an end, the defending champion Second Varsity 8 earned a bronze medal for its third consecutive Dad Vail medal. Excelling on the water and in the classroom, senior Arianna McDevitt was named to the A-10 All-Conference First Team and was joined by fellow senior Bridget Dempsey on the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team.
The veteran-laden women’s basketball team had high expectations for the 2011-12 season. Led by four seniors, the Hawks won their most games since 2003-04 (22) and earned a third consecutive WNIT berth. Averaging a career- and team-high Michelle Baker 13.0 points per game, senior Michelle Baker set a new SJU record for games played in a career (127) and finished 14th all-time in scoring (1,184 points) while earning A-10 All-Conference Second Team and All-Big 5 First Team honors. Classmate Kelly Cavallo garnered Big 5 Second Team honors after leading the Hawks in rebounding (8.0 rpg) and blocked shots (47). She finished her career second all-time in blocked shots (121) and 11th in rebounding (615). Additionally, former SJU standout Melissa Coursey '99 was inducted into both the Big 5 Hall of Fame and SJU Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
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After a challenging 2010 campaign, second-year men’s soccer coach Don D’Ambra continued to help the Hawks progress in 2011. With more than a dozen freshmen and sophomores playing regularly, Saint Joseph’s showed a strong competitive effort throughout the season, while junior Tim Brennan was selected to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Team.
The Saint Joseph’s women’s soccer team boasted one of its most formidable scoring tandems in recent history in 2011, while its defense and goalkeeping kept the Hawks in contention for an Atlantic 10 postseason berth heading into the final weekend of the season.
Individually, sophomore Mo Hawkins’ play garnered her All-Mid-Atlantic First Team honors as well as A-10 Midfielder of the Year and All-Conference First Jen Pfeiffer Team recognition. Senior Jen Pfeiffer set the program’s record for career goals (33) en route to being named to the A-10 All-Conference Second Team.
The 2011-12 Saint Joseph’s men’s tennis team posted a double-digit win total for the first time in five years and earned the seventh seed in the 2012 Atlantic 10 Men’s Tennis Championship, its highest positioning in the league table in a number of years. Junior Alex Veronis once again paced the squad, pulling in Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team honors for the second consecutive season.
With the construction of the first softball field on campus in 22 years and the return of 16 letterwinners, the Saint Joseph’s softball team looked forward to a successful 2012 season and the ultimate goal of securing an Atlantic 10 title. However, plagued by injury and faced with a tougher schedule than those of past seasons, the team finished the regular season just 2027-1 overall. Even so, the Hawks proved to be contenders as they fought their way through the A-10 schedule. After splitting with Saint Louis and sweeping St. Bonaventure in the final two weekends of the regular season, the Hawks earned their fifth-consecutive postseason appearance, where they went 2-2 in tournament play and missed the title game by just two runs. Senior Bernadette Moran, junior Dana Parks and freshman Lauren Rendon led the way for SJU’s offense as the trio garnered A-10 Bernadette Moran All-Conference accolades, with Moran receiving ECAC All-Star honors and Rendon being named to the NFCA All-Northeast Region Second Team.
In the circle, senior Erin Gallagher capped one of the top pitching careers in SJU history by setting the program’s record for wins (63), strikeouts (614), appearances (134) and innings pitched (671.1) to earn All-Conference honors for the third straight year.
MEN’S TRACK & FIELD Alex Veronis
Competing with its most talented squad in recent years, the 2011-12 Saint Joseph’s women’s tennis team posted its most wins (nine) in five years and had several standout individual performances throughout the season. Coming off an Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team selection a season ago, junior Casey Robinson turned in arguably the best single season in Hawk history. Setting Saint Joseph’s record for singles victories in a year (23), Robinson became the first player in program history to earn consecutive Atlantic 10 AllConference honors, earning First Team distinction in 2012.
Led by a talented group of seniors, the 2011-12 Saint Joseph’s men’s track season saw a great deal of team success in addition to outstanding individual performances. Senior Kevin McDonnell led the Hawk contingent, qualifying for the NCAA Regionals for the second consecutive year in the 10,000m. Freshman Logan Mohn (mile) and junior Andrew Townsend (800m) earned A-10 All-Conference Second Team honors at the Indoor and Outdoor A-10 Championships, respectively.
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
The 2011-12 Saint Joseph’s women’s track season was highlighted by a number of standout individual performances in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. The squad relied on senior leadership that meshed well with a group of gifted young Hawks. Seniors Anna Casey, Emily Coldren and Kelsey Rose led coach Kevin Quinn’s charges throughout the year as the team took third at the Lafayette 7Way and 15th at the Colonial Relays.
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HAWKS GO OVE RSEAS
Three Saint Joseph’s teams traveled abroad during the spring and summer as the Hawks’ women’s soccer, field hockey, and women’s basketball teams all made trips overseas to compete against international competition and experience different cultures. In March, the Saint Joseph's women's soccer team traveled to Spain for a 10-day trip that included stops in Barcelona, Girona, and Sitges. Along with sightseeing, the Hawks attended professional matches featuring FC Barcelona, and represented the Saint Joseph's name in four international matchups, going 3-1.
“It was a really amazing experience,” said women’s soccer head coach The Saint Joseph’s field hockey team, pictured above at the Jess Reynolds. “Soccer is a huge part of their culture and I am glad the Barcelona Olympic Stadium, played five games in Spain and team got to experience that.” the Netherlands during its 11-day trip in June. The Hawks’ field hockey team spent 11 days on a European trip, playing games and taking in the sights and culture of Spain and the Netherlands. Saint Joseph’s visited Barcelona and Madrid, taking on three Spanish club teams, before making its way to the Netherlands. The Hawks played a pair of matches in Nijmegen, considered the oldest city in the Netherlands, before heading back home to the United States.
"We had a wonderful experience in Europe," head coach Michelle Finegan said. "We learned a lot about the game and each other, and we couldn’t wait to get back onto the field so Hawk fans could see the benefits firsthand." Coming off three straight postseason berths, the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team began preparations for the 2012-13 season with an 11-day tour to Ireland and Northern Ireland, in August. Visiting Galway, Limerick, Cork, Dublin, and Belfast, the Hawks held several clinics for area youth and capped the trip with a 4-1 record against international competition. Among the many highlights, Saint Joseph’s saw several historic and beautiful sites including Kylemore Abbey, Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, Giant’s Causeway and a special tour of the Parliament Buildings in Stormont, Northern Ireland, and lunch with the The Hawks women’s soccer team poses Deputy Secretary for the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Cynthia Smith. with their opponents, VIC, following a match (top). One of the many sites visited “The trip was a great team bonding experience for us,” said women’s basketball head during Saint Joseph’s trip was Park Güell in coach Cindy Griffin ‘91. “We were able to immerse ourselves in the culture and it was a Barcelona (bottom).
very enjoyable trip for everyone.”
The Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball team played the Ireland Superleague Select Team (left) during its 11-day trip. In between games, the Hawks traveled throughout both countries seeing the breathtaking sites including the Giant’s Causeway and Cliffs of Moher (right).
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STANDOUT HAWKS AIKEN, ROBERTS AND HAWKINS EARN TOP ATLANTIC 10 AWARDS
GALLAGHER AND MCDONNELL NAMED SAINT JOSEPH'S TOP SENIOR ATHLETES
The 2011-12 seasons saw several Hawks earn individual honors, highlighted by men’s basketball’s C.J. Aiken and Ronald Roberts, Jr., and women’s soccer’s Mo Hawkins. Aiken was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Roberts was chosen Sixth Man of the Year, and Hawkins was named Midfielder of the Year. Aiken, who headed the league's All-Defensive Team, proved to be one of the top shot blockers in the nation, topping the A-10 with 116 blocks and 3.7 per game. He led the nation early in the season and finished the year ranked fourth. Aiken became the first Hawk to receive the A-10 award since Dwayne Jones in 2004-05. Roberts came off the bench in all 34 games and energized the Hawks with his athleticism. He was the team's third leading scorer with 11.1 points per game and Ronald Roberts ranked second on the squad with 6.0 rebounds. Roberts scored double figures 18 times in 2012 and became the first SJU player to receive the A-10's Sixth Man award since Tyrone Barley in 2003-04. Making the move from forward to the midfield this past year, Hawkins thrived, leading Saint Joseph's attack as she topped the team in points (21), tied for the lead in goals (nine) and finished second in assists (three). Earning both All-Conference First Team and All-Mid-Atlantic First Team honors, she has already etched her name into the SJU record book as she enters her junior year fifth all-time in points (42), tied for fifth in goals (17) and tied for 10th in assists (eight).
Erin Gallagher (Softball) and Kevin McDonnell (Cross Country/Track) were selected as the recipients of Saint Joseph's Class of 1950 Awards as the school's top senior student-athletes.
Gallagher made her mark as one of the top pitchers in Hawk history, setting Saint Joseph's career records for victories (63), strikeouts (614), appearances (134) and innings pitched (671.1). A three-time Atlantic 10 AllConference selection, Gallagher holds the records for single-season wins (24) and strikeouts (242) and has thrown two no-hitters in her career. She helped Saint Joseph's reach the A-10 Championship game twice in the last three years while earning a spot on the league's AllTournament Team two times. A food marketing major, she is a member of the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and SJU Athletic Director's Honor Roll. McDonnell has been the Hawks' top distance runner for the past four years and his achievements rank him among the best in school history. As only the second SJU runner to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships twice, he earned All-Mid Atlantic Regional Team honors both times, highlighted by a fourthplace finish in 2011. A three-time A-10 All-Conference performer, McDonnell was the runner-up Kevin McDonnell twice at the A-10 Cross Country Championships and helped the Hawks to a third-place team finish in 2011. A member of the SJU Athletic Director's Honor Roll who received his degree in marketing, McDonnell won the College 5,000 meters at the 2012 Penn Relays.
S AI NT J OS E P H’S CO ACHE S GARNE R ACCL AIM
The past year was memorable for four of Saint Joseph’s head coaches as they received honors and reached career milestones. • Men's basketball coach Phil Martelli became the school's all-time leader in career victories when the Hawks defeated Morgan State on December 28. It was the 310th win for Martelli, to surpass the school record of 309 previously held by Bill Ferguson (192853). In 17 years as the Hawks' coach, he now owns a career mark of 320-223.
• Gerry Quinlan, the Hawks' women's rowing coach, received the Matthew Ledwith Coach's Award at the 2012 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta. The award is given annually to the top coach from the previous year's regatta. In 2011, Quinlan guided SJU to a gold medal in the Second Varsity 8 and to a bronze medal in the Varsity 4.
• First year men's lacrosse coach Taylor Wray served as the head coach for the Canadian U-19 National Team that competed at the Federation of International Lacrosse • Women’s basketball coach Cindy Griffin U-19 World Lacrosse Championships in earned her 200th victory at her alma mater Phil Martelli after his 310th win with ath- Turku, Finland in July. Wray, who previously with the Hawks’ WNIT victory over Boston letic director Don DiJulia and interim served as the defensive coordinator on the University president John W. Smithson. University on March 15. Second all-time in 2010 National Team, guided the Canadian wins at SJU, Griffin has compiled a 200-147 record over 11 sea- team to the finals, where it earned a silver medal after a 10-8 loss to the United States. sons at Hawk Hill, including eight postseason berths.
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RECREATION AND FITNESS UPDATE
The Saint Joseph’s intramural program continued to grow and prosper in 2011-12 as over 2,080 students participated in intramural sports. Along with the increase in participation, the program continued to see positive results from its online website that allows the department to assess and support growth within the intramural program. The Hawks’ club sports program again had a successful season with 23 clubs competing with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Ski and Snowboard teams as the newest clubs. Participation also increased, with several clubs earning regional and national recognition. • The women’s basketball team placed third in the East Coast Women’s Club Basketball Championship.
HAWKS IN THE COMMUNITY
Saint Joseph’s teams and coaches continued to exemplify the Jesuit ideal of being “persons for others,” participating in a variety of community service projects in 2011-12. • More than 220 Saint Joseph's student-athletes participated in the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. The teams worked to clean up various areas in the community, and visited patients at local long-term care communities. • Saint Joseph’s teams and administrators took part in several projects, including collecting items for basket drives for needy families during both the Thanksgiving and Easter holidays.
The Saint Joseph’s club men’s lacrosse team was honored as the 2011 National Collegiate Lacrosse League Division II Team of the Year.
• Members of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team competed in the Tournament of Brotherly Love, with each SJU participant medaling in the event. • The Hawks’ women’s ice hockey team finished its second year of competition, earning the program’s first win against Columbia. Additionally, Liana Taylor was named Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference D2 Rookie of the Year. • The men’s club lacrosse team was recognized as the 2011 National Collegiate Lacrosse League Division II Team of the Year and ranked second in the Division II of the NCLL. • Saint Joseph’s claimed the Philadelphia Collegiate Roller Hockey League championship for the second straight year. • The men’s rugby team participated in the 2012 USA Rugby Sevens Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada. • Women’s rugby placed second at the Beantown Collegiate Tournament.
• The women’s soccer team took part in several events, including Treats for the Troops, Kristin's Krusade and a Halloween party at the Free Library. • The men’s basketball team collected donations and purchased, wrapped and delivered Christmas gifts to needy families in the Philadelphia area. Additionally, the team hosted clinics with the Delaware County chapter of the Special Olympics.
Members of the SJU baseball team helped clean and organize the neighborhood for the Arc of Philadelphia.
• The men's soccer team was active in “Project Restart,” a tutoring program for inner city youth. • The women’s basketball team took part in various community service projects throughout the year. Team members donated 12 hours of time to projects that included volunteering at retirement communities and conducting basketball clinics. • The men’s lacrosse team took part in several events this past season, starting in the fall when the Hawks raised $3,870 for Men’s Lacrosse Blood Cancer Research and Support. The squad also spent time volunteering at Gompers Elementary School, Methodist Services and Simpson House. • Members of various teams took part in SJU’s annual Hand In Hand event. Hosted at Hagan Arena, the event provided a carnival atmosphere to mentally and physically-challenged children. • Teaming with St. John’s Hospice, Saint Joseph’s held its annual sneaker drive in April. The Hawks collected over 100 gentlyused sneakers and delivered them to St. John’s Hospice, a center city site that services homeless men.
The Saint Joseph’s club women’s ice hockey team posted its first win in program history with a 5-4 victory over Columbia on February 3.
• The women’s basketball club team held the Jennifer Jacksits Memorial Tournament, raising $2,000 for the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support.
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S UPPO RT O F HAWK ATHLET ICS
VARSITY LOCKER ROOM RENOVATIONS ENHANCE STUDENT-ATHLETE EXPERIENCE
Continuing the comprehensive transformation of its varsity athletics facilities, members of Saint Joseph’s baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse and women’s soccer teams are enjoying the comforts of renovated locker rooms thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents and friends. Among the features of the new locker room spaces are: large wooden lockers with space to secure valuables, equipment and apparel; new carpeting; fresh paint; drop ceilings and improved lighting; large flat screen televisions, and equipment storage space
"We’ve long wanted facilities which match the passion we share for the Hawks. This is another step in that direction. We couldn’t provide enhancements like these without the partnership of alumni, parents and friends of our programs," remarked athletic director Don DiJulia ’67.
The new facilities provide athletes and coaches with a comfortable, user-friendly space specifically designed for maximum productivity. The spaces will also contribute to the team's success in the future, as potential recruits will appreciate the modern conveniences and amenities.
Part of the University’s larger initiative to upgrade its athletic facilities, donor support is currently being sought to assist with renovations to the field hockey, men’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis and track and cross country locker rooms.
ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS SUITE NAMED AFTER OAKES FAMILY GRADUATES
Among the most recognizable names in Saint Joseph’s Athletics history, Lynne and Joseph J. Oakes III ’64 honored three generations of SJU graduates from their family with the naming of the Athletic Communications Office Suite in May.
Among SJU’s most generous benefactors, Oakes is President of Acorn Financial Services. A former member of the University’s Board of Trustees and past recipient of the Haub School of Business Hall of Fame Award (2006), he is currently a member of the University’s Magis Society and sits on the Haub School’s Board of Visitors. The Oakes family legacy on Hawk Hill dates back to the 1930s, as Joe Oakes’ father, Joseph J. Oakes II ’38, was a member of SJU’s famed “Mighty Mites” basketball teams under legendary head coach Bill Ferguson. His sons Joseph J. Oakes IV ’94 (soccer/lacrosse) and Bill Oakes ’98 (lacrosse) continued the family legacy in the 1990s.
Under the direction of associate athletic director Marie Wozniak, the athletic communications office manages information and media services for SJU’s 20 intercollegiate varsity sports programs. Among the department’s responsibilities are all media relations pertaining to athletics, updating and maintaining the athletics website, publications, social media, multimedia, statistical record-keeping, and gameday operations, as well as writing press releases, game stories, and other athletics-related copy.
ANNUAL SUPPORT FOR HAWK ATHLETICS $1.06M
As the lifeblood of Saint Joseph’s Athletics, the Hawk Athletic Fund ensures that the work ethic, endurance, drive and dedication of our athletes are complemented by the resources and facilities they need. By supporting the Hawk Athletic Fund, you play a vital role in the daily lives of our student-athletes and in our ongoing success.
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CORP ORATE P ARTNERS HIPS
A corporate partnership with Saint Joseph's University Athletics provides businesses the opportunity to align themselves with a recognizable and successful college athletics brand, as well as a loyal following of students, alumni and fans. Below are just a handful of examples of how our corporate partners created awareness and gained exposure through SJU Athletics in 2011-12.
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A LU M N I A N D FRI EN D S R ETU RN TO C A MP U S
An appearance by the Phillie Phanatic was among the highlights when the SJU baseball and softball programs hosted Alumni and Family Day on the Maguire Campus on May 5.
Alumni and friends returned to campus in October for Hawktoberfest. Vince Papale ’68 (far right) held a book signing and was joined by Don DiJulia ‘67, and Chet ‘06 and Annie ‘05 Stachitas.
Alumni spanning five decades returned to campus in April for the SJU tennis Alumni and Family Day.
SAVE THE DATE
11th Saint Joseph’s University Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Brunch Doyle Banquet Hall, Campion Student Center • Sunday, November 11, 2012 Mass at 11 a.m. • Brunch & Ceremony to Follow Help Celebrate Athletic and Academic Achievement on Hawk Hill
C ORP ORATE SPONSORSHIP S
During the 2011-12 year, Saint Joseph's University Athletic Corporate Partnerships continued to be extremely successful, with 117 corporate partnerships in place. We appreciate the support of all our corporate partners, including: 6 ABC, Drexelbrook, Dunkin Donuts, Hifi House, Hilton Philadelphia City Ave., Horizon Services, IBEW Local 98, Independence Blue Cross, J.P. Mascaro & Sons, Keystone Mercy Health Plan, Lankenau Medical Center, Rafferty Subaru, Scotland Run Golf Club and Snyder's of Hanover. Thank you for your continued support!
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