Mercyhurst Magazine Spring 2013

Lakers excel as students and athletes

’ ESPN s SportsCenter featured junior Jonathan Ouegnin on its Feb. 21 Top 10 Plays list for his dunk in a win over rival Gannon. “ ”

’ Womens basketball advanced to the PSAC Tournament for the frst time since 2011. Kaylee Foster led the team with 11.1 points per game, fnishing her career with the ninth-best feld goal percentage in school history. Dana Banda wrapped up her career with 381 assists, the second-most in program history.

’ Senior forward Gina Buquet won the Elite 89 award at the Division I national womens hockey tournament. She was Mercyhurst s ffth winner of the Elite 89, given to the athlete with the highest ’ Both Laker hockey teams had exciting postseason runs. The women won the College Hockey America tournament and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the ninth straight year. After knocking of #2 seed Cornell to reach the Frozen Four for the third time in program history, the Lakers fell to Boston University in the semifnals. Christine Bestland was CHA Player of the Year and Stephanie Ciampa was named CHA Tournament MVP.

’ Mens soccer advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the frst time since 2002, winning its frst PSAC Championship in the process. Alex Manea was chosen Daktronics Regional Player of the Year.

The football team won the PSAC West for the second time in three seasons. Quarterback Anthony Vendemia was selected for the PSAC Fall Top Ten list, while running back Brandon Brown-Dukes was the PSAC West Freshman of the Year.

’ cumulative grade-point average participating at the fnals site for each NCAA championship. Previous honorees were Vicki Bendus (also of womens hockey), Bethany Brun (womens rowing, a two-time winner) and Ian Wild (mens lacrosse). ’ ’ ’ The mens hockey team beat Army, Holy Cross and Connecticut on its way to the title game in the Atlantic Hockey Association tournament before losing to Canisius.

’ Mens water polo had its best season in program history, winning 23 games and qualifying for Easterns for the frst time ever.

’ The Lakers fnished the season ranked 17 th in the country, and Brett Luehmann was national co-player of the year after breaking Mercyhurst s career points record. Volleyball made the NCAA Tournament for the frst time since 2009 and Elyse Texido was named the PSAC West Defensive Player of the Year.

’ Luis Leao of the mens basketball team has been selected to the 2012-13 National Association of Basketball Coaches All-

’ America Team, the frst Laker in program history to earn the honor. Earlier, Leao put up 18.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as the mens basketball team qualifed for the PSAC Tournament for the fourth straight season. A native of Brazil, he was the PSAC Western Division Athlete of the Year and was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First - Team – also the frst student athlete in program history to win those honors.

- Jake Pilarski and Kristen Vidmar of the golf team were both honored as PSAC Champion Scholar Athletes for earning the highest GPA among student athletes competing in the conference championship. Mercyhurst posted an Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 82 percent for freshmen enrolled 2002-2005, above both the 78 percent average of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and the 72 percent national average for student-athletes.


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