Spring college sports honors

By on June 17, 2019

•(Inadvertedly left out of Winter Report): Nazareth College junior and Brockport High grad Rachel Benedict was named to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Rochester Chapter All-District Award winners after being named the Empire 8 conference women’s basketball Player of the Year. Benedict led the Golden Flyers with 17.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest and reached the 1,000-career point plateau midway through the season. 

•(Inadvertedly left out of Winter Report): Brockport High product and Nazareth College senior Jake Burgio was selected to the Empire 8 All-Conference First Team Burgio led the Golden Flyers 16.6 points per game and also led the team with 8.0 rebounds per contest. He scored his 1,000th career point in January.

•Abrams earned All-Empire 8 honors and was second on the team with 12.6 points per game and her 42 3-point baskets made led Nazareth. 

•Lexi Firkins (Brockport) from Morrisville State was named the North East Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference after serving as a key piece of a defensive unit that limited its conference opponents to a league-best 4.11 goals-against average. Firkins and the Mustangs allowed just 37 goals in nine league games, which are 26 fewer goals than any other NEAC team. The Mustangs’ junior defender missed the first half of the season due to injury but came back in time for league play to register 44 ground balls and 35 caused turnovers in 12 games while totaling 34 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers in conference games. 

•Churchville-Chili grad Ryan Mead, Hilton’s Cash Lawson and Brockport HS product Elijah Ryan were named Third Team All-Conference in boy’s lacrosse by the Northeast Athletic Conference. Mead, a sophomore at SUNY Poly was named Face-off Specialist; Lawson, a senior at Wells College was named Short-Stick Midfield while Ryan was the goalkeeper following his senior campaign at Hilbert College.

•Ryan was also named to the First Team in the Allegheny Mountain Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse as were Churchville-Chili grads and Alfred State College teammates Joe Johnson (senior, attack) and AJ Soto (junior, midfield).

•St. John Fisher senior Haley Brust was named First-Team All-Conference in the long jump after the Hilton native broke the standing school record with a leap of 5.56.

•RIT sophomore goalie and Churchville-Chili grad Paula Goodermote earned Second Team All-Conference in women’s lacrosse after she finished second in the Liberty League with a .529 save percentage and was ninth with a 11.73 goals against average. She had five games with 10 or more saves, including a career-high 19 stops in the season finale at Ithaca College. Her .529 save percentage is seventh-highest in a single season in RIT’s history.

•Buffalo State senior attack and Churchville-Chili’s Kendal Kruse was named Second Team All-Conference in SUNYAC women’s lacrosse. 

•Brockport High’s Brooke Falsion finished her senior season at Potsdam by being named the Utility player Second Team All-Conference.

•St. John Fisher senior Jonathan Robinson (Brockport) was selected to the Empire 8 Track & Field All-Conference First Team in discus while sophomore teammate and Hilton grad Matt Pennell was named Second-Team All-Conference as part of the 4×100 meter relay team. 

•Four members of the Roberts Wesleyan women’s lacrosse team made the East Coast Conference All-Conference list with sophomore Emily Tomei a first team selection. The midfielder led Roberts in goals with 45 and was third on the team in total points with 53. Named to the second team all-conference was senior Emily Knight, junior Jessica Giancursio, and junior Tiffany Melendez. Knight was the leading point scorer for Roberts with 71 points (35 goals, 36 assists) and led the team in total shots and shots on goal. Giancursio served as the playmaker for the Redhawks while holding down the midfield posting 24 goals, 19 assists and had 63 ground balls. She also led the team with 74 draw controls. Melendez was an anchor on the defensive side of the field with 35 caused turnovers and added in 28 ground balls.

•Roberts Wesleyan sophomore Hunter Lemieux and senior Sam Schubach earned Second Team all-conference honors in men’s lacrosse. Lemieux was tied as the leading point scorer for Roberts with 43 including 31 goals and 12 assists. Schubach was the leading face off man winning 198-of-302 in the circle. 

•Redhawks men’s tennis sophomore Guido Janssen was named to the East Coast Conference first team while senior Boyd Blackburn was a second team selection. Both Janssen and Blackburn spent most of the season as doubles partners in the No. 1 spot while Janssen played No. 1 singles and Blackburn played at No. 2 singles.

•Five members of the Roberts Wesleyan track and field team were named to the 2019 USTFCCCA All-Region list. On the women’s side sophomore Ashley Watson and freshman Bailey Gostomski were All-Region honorees. Watson had the second fastest time in the East Region for the 5,000m. Gostomski owned the second fastest time in the region for the 1,500m race with a time of 4:38.47. On the men’s side, Chris Sims, Justin Shaffer and Josiah Ottolini were named to the All-East Region list. Sims made it for two events including the 5,000m and 10,000m races. In the 5K Sims ranked fifth overall with a time of 14:49.81. In the 10k the junior held the top spot with a time of 30:23.49 which is 34 seconds faster than the second place time in the region. Senior Shaffer had the third fastest 10k time in the region at 31:59.52. Ottolini was fifth in the region in the 1,500m with a time of 3:52.07.

•College at Brockport’s Allison Jennings was named SUNYAC Rookie of the Year and Stephen Wagner Coach of the Year in women’s lacrosse after the Golden Eagles won the SUNYAC championship for the first time in program history. Jennings posted 40 goals and 12 assists for a total of 52 points overall along with 25 ground balls and 62 shots on goal. Wagner led his team to the 2019 SUNYAC Championship, to the second round of the NCAA tournament and finished with a 16-5 record. Seniors Heather Conklin, Sara Grapevine, and Nikki Nolan were named First-Team All-Conference selections while Hannah Cullen, Jillian Babinsky, and Victoria Thompson were Third-Team picks.

•Golden Eagles junior shortstop Meghan Cullen was named SUNYAC First Team All-Conference after she led the Golden Eagles offensively for the second season in a row, notching a .407 batting average while picking up 40 runs, 50 hits, 16 doubles, and two home runs. She just missed the Brockport record books, falling one run short of the record for most runs scored in a single season.

•The U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named 17 Brockport track & field athletes as 2019 NCAA Division III All-Region recipients. Andrew Davis-Steeplechase; Tony DeYoung-Discus, Shot Put; John Fleming-Hammer Throw; Olivier Kothor-100m; Egypt Page-Long Jump; Mike Panzarino-Decathlon; Joe Weiner-Pole Vault; Jessica Craven-Hammer Throw, Discus, Shot Put; Mady Dibble-Discus; Olivia George-Hammer Throw; Satin Holmes, Cynthia John-Ogam, Brianna Lawless, Molly Scarpello-4×100 Relay; Allison Miller-Steeplechase; Maya Reina-Pole Vault, Kelcey Watson-Pole Vault.

•The College at Brockport baseball team had three players named to the All-SUNYC Second Team. Senior third basemen Lou Miceli led the team with a .341 batting average, 42 hits and 26 RBI. Tom Kretzler hit .290 while sporting a slugging percentage of .519 and led the squad with seven home runs, 26 walks and runs scored with 29. Junior Aaron Cook finished with a .309 batting average, drove in 18 runs and scored 15 runs. 

•Golden Eagles men’s lacrosse sophomore Ethan Stiles received Second Team All-Conference honors after the faceoff specialist won 149 battles while leading the team in ground balls with 58.

•Byron-Bergen grad and University of Buffalo sophomore Brandon Burke’s set a new school record in the high jump event, clearing the bar at a height of 7’2.50” (2.20m). The mark ranks Burke first in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and 12th in the entire NCAA. He also won the individual MAC title in the high jump.