Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2013

Wrapping up the season.

’ Individual athletes stand out senior forward christine bestland and junior forward shelby bram participated in canadas national womens development Team selection camp in august at hockey canadas home arena in calgary, alberta. mercyhurst assistant coach delaney collins, who played for hockey canada from 1998 through 2011, was named an assistant coach. ’ ’

’ Two mens hockey players took part in nhl prospect development camps this summer, junior forward ryan misiak with the new Jersey devils and senior forward daniel o donoghue with the calgary flames. ’ ’ lisett calderon of the womens water polo team was named to the 2013 association of collegiate water polo coaches (acwpc) all-american first Team. The senior capped her career with 99 points this season.

’ Men’s lacrosse highlights spring sports season mens lacrosse had one of its most successful seasons ever – and the most dramatic in laker lore. mercyhurst went 18-1, advancing all the way to the ncaa championship in philadelphia.

’ field hockey players kelsey lovelace and blair pembleton visited scotland in June to play in the 2013 scottish friendship series. selected to usa athletes international, they played for coach lindsay Jackson, a 2006 mercyhurst graduate whos now the head coach at limestone college.

’ coach chris ryans squad posted a second consecutive undefeated regular season, joining the 2012 edition as the lone teams in school history in any sport to go unbeaten through a regular season. They won the inaugural eastern college athletic conference (ecac) regular season and tournament championships. The lakers set school records with six one goal wins, including two overtime victories in the ncaa Tournament, and the most games won in a single season. They defeated six teams ranked in the top 12 of the fnal united states intercollegiate lacrosse association (usila) poll. - The lakers pulled out many close victories late in games, but saved their most thrilling fnish for the fnal home match of the season. in one of the wildest games in ncaa Tournament history, mercyhurst beat then-second- ranked limestone, 18-17, in overtime on may 18.

’ Tennis coach Jerome simon was named the 2013 wilson/iTa atlantic region womens Tennis coach of the year. simon led the womens tennis team to a 15-5 overall record in 2012-13. ’

andrew wagner was named to the 2013 united states intercollegiate lacrosse association (usila) all-american first Team. brian scheetz was selected to the second team and Zac reid earned honorable mention.

’ coach chris ryan was named the 2013 captainu division ii mens lacrosse college coach of the year.

’ redshirt junior outfelder ryan siegel played with the marthas Vineyard sharks of the futures collegiate baseball league of new england, claiming the 2013 league batting title with a .373 average and helping the sharks earn the regular season championship with a 35-18 record. Scholastic honors pour in athletes representing many laker teams were honored for their outstanding academic achievements as well. a sampling: seven mercyhurst teams earned Top Team gpa awards for 2012-13 to lead the pennsylvania state athletic conference (psac). mercyhurst also held the highest cumulative gpa among all of its student-athletes that compete in psac sports, combining for a 3.252 gpa. - Two hundred sixty laker student-athletes earned 2012-13 pennsylvania state athletic conference (psac) scholar athlete honors. mercyhurst had the most student-athletes featured on the list, which recognizes student athletes with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. forty-seven percent of mercyhurst players were honored this year, the second-highest fgure in the conference. mercyhurst also recognized 356 lakers as mercyhurst scholar-athletes for achieving a gpa of at least 3.0. That represents 64 percent of our athletes. - ’ Trevor Vargo of mens lacrosse won the ncaa elite 89 award for having the highest gpa at the lacrosse national championship site. Jorn van der Veer of mens tennis took the pennsylvania state athletic conference (psac) champion-scholar athlete of the year award, given to the student-athlete with the highest gpa at the conference championship site. (Jorn was also an all-psac selection in singles.) ’

Men’s rowing competes at Henley Royal Regatta oXfordshire, england - The

’ mercyhurst university mens rowing team made its second appearance in the prestigious henley royal regatta in July, falling to a composite crew of Taurus boat club & star club in its opening race. since the regatta is a one-and-done competition, that concluded mercyhurst s quest for the Visitors challenge cup. ’ ’ representing mercyhurst on the four-man boat were ivan palikuca in the stroke position, david cullmer in seat three, Xavier alexander in seat two, and kevon bridges in the bow position. Jef murt also went with the team as an alternate. ’ Baseball program reaches goal for new facility with help from several large donations, laker baseball raised the $60,000 it needed to begin construction of a new indoor facility on mercyhurst s main campus. The gifts, plus university matching funds, will build two batting cages, four pitching mounds, and 40 lockers. i am completely overwhelmed by the generosity of our alums, parents and friends of the mercyhurst baseball program, said head coach Joe spano. This indoor facility will greatly improve and enhance the laker baseball experience and i am sincerely thankful for everyone who made this opportunity a reality. i ve never been more proud to call myself a laker. “ ” “ ’ ”


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