Mercyhurst Magazine Spring 2014

’ The Laker mens hockey team (21-13-7) won its frst regular-season title since joining the Atlantic Hockey Association in 2003, but fell just short in the tournament with a heartbreaking double overtime loss to Canisius College. The team cleaned up at the AHA banquet, winning Coach of the Year (Rick Gotkin), Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year (junior Jimmy Sarjeant), Best Defenseman (Nick Jones) and Best Defensive Forward (Daniel O’Donoghue). - ’ The womens hockey team advanced to the Frozen Four for the second year in a row and the fourth time in the last six years after again stunning rival Cornell in the national quarterfnals. The Lakers fell to eventual national champ Clarkson in the semifnals. The team also earned multiple College Hockey America awards, including Coach of the Year (Mike Sisti), Player of the Year (Christine Bestland, for the second straight year), All- Conference First Team selections (Bestland, Molly Byrne, Emily Janiga) and Best Defensive Forward (Shelby Bram). Bestland was also named to the AHCA / CCM Second Team All-America Team. LAKERS SHINE IN ATHLETICS – AND ACADEMICS

’ Brett Luehmann of the mens water polo team was named 2013 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Division II Player of the Year. He was also chosen First Team All-American for the fourth time in his career. In 2013, Luehmann led the Lakers to 19 wins and a second straight appearance at the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Championship. The Mercyhurst University athletics department leads the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in Academic Success Rate (ASR). For students enrolled in 2003-2006, Mercyhurst recorded an 89 percent ASR. As a league, the PSAC is among the leaders in Division II ASR. More than 100 girls attended Mercyhurst s Third Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day event on Feb. 8. Laker teams set up activity stations throughout the Rec Center, allowing the girls to try their hand at a number of diferent sports. “It was a great experience. It was fun to introduce young girls to a new sport, said junior volleyball student-athlete Tai Lattimore. “I enjoyed having the opportunity to show girls some of the basic skills of volleyball. SAINTS NOTES ’ ” ”

The wrestling team placed 22nd at the NCAA Championships March 14-15, as Dylan D’Urso earned All-American honors with a third-place fnish in the 141-pound weight class. Jeremy Landowski was also an All-American, taking eighth in the 149-pound division. Mike Wehler was named

’ Womens basketball claimed a region championship with a win over Jamestown Community College and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament for the 2nd time in program history. They were eliminated by #5 seed Kishwaukee.

’ Coach Gary Manchel guided the mens basketball team to 17 wins and a ffth consecutive PSAC Tournament appearance in 2014. They beat every other team in the division for the second time in three seasons and ranked second in the country in scoring defense, allowing 60.3 points per game. 2013-14 Division II Super Region One Coach of the Year. D’Urso was also honored as a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Winter Top 10 award winner,

’ The mens soccer team fnished the regular season 9-6 under new coach Mickey Blythe, losing in the conference semifnal to national powerhouse Monroe Community College. The Saints wrestling team fnished second in the Eastern District and qualifed eight wrestlers for the NJCAA National Tournament. Freshman John Dillon gained All-American honors as the national runner-up in the 133 pound class. Also competing were Jordan Palanca (149 pounds), Cole Shirey (157), Tim Vargo (165), Alex Svetz (174), Jamar Henry (184), Kojo Boadu (197) and Lorenzo Maddox (HWT).

Laker football recorded a 7-4 season, while several players earned major honors. Junior Colin Kimball was named a 2013 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Fall Top 10 award winner. The PSAC Top 10 Awards recognize student-athletes who excel in both the classroom and in athletic competition. Kimball is coming of a breakthrough

’ Mens basketball ranked as high as #4 nationally in Division II and advanced to the regional semifnals before losing to the eventual tournament winner, Monroe Community College. Cross country runner Shawn Wiler was the Region III Division I champion and recorded the overall fastest time to qualify for nationals. BEYOND MERCYHURST

campaign in 2013 that saw him earn NCAA Division II Capital One Academic All-America® First Team status, a spot on the All-PSAC West Second Team, and a selection to the ECAC Division II All-Star Team. Senior placekicker Steven Wakefeld was named a 2013 First Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

’ Junior Fernando Martinez was named to the second team of the NCAA All-American Division II Mens Soccer roster. A native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, he led the nation in assists with 16 on the season and set a team record of career assists (28).

’ Mens hockey forward Daniel O’Donoghue signed a two year National Hockey League entry-level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. He s expected to begin his professional career with the Coyotes American Hockey League afliate, the Portland Pirates. - ’ ’ ’ Former Laker outfelder David Lough received a third-place vote for American League Rookie of the Year after his frst full year at the Major League level with the Kansas City Royals in 2013. Then, on Dec. 18, he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles where he s starting in the outfeld. For updates on spring sports, visit and

The feld hockey team had one of its best seasons in recent memory, winning nine games and qualifying for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament – and also recorded the third-highest GPA in Division II.


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