Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2013

’ senior forwards gina buquet and lauren Jones and freshman goaltender Julia diTondo of womens hockey were named college hockey america student athletes of the year. -

’ former laker outfelder david lough ’07 had an impressive year with the kansas city royals in the american league s central division. lough fnished the 2013 season with a batting average of .286, fve home runs and 33 runs batted in.

’ The womens water polo team recorded the sixth- highest grade point average in the nation. The lakers had nine student-athletes land association of collegiate water polo coaches (acwpc) all- academic awards and compiled a 3.36 gpa in the 2012-13 school year.

- Jamie walczak ’09 is working his way up the minor league baseball ranks. he played this summer for pensacola, the double a afliate of the cincinnati reds, and is now playing for the glendale desert dogs in the arizona fall league. former laker Jon dziomba, who plays for the san angelo colts in the independent united league, has won the 2013 batting title. he hit a career-best .354 with two home runs and 39 rbis in 79 games for the colts. ’ former mercyhurst university mens hockey standout paul chiasson has signed a professional contract with the east coast hockey league s (echl) san francisco bulls, an afliate of the national hockey league s san Jose sharks. ’ ’

’ mens hockey placed 15 players on the atlantic hockey association all-academic Team.

’ brian scheetz and Zac reid of mens lacrosse were named to the 2013 united states intercollegiate lacrosse association (usila) scholar all-america Team. both student-athletes were also recognized as usila all-americans. The mens lacrosse team landed 23 student-athletes on the 2013 eastern college athletic conference (ecac) all-academic Team. The lakers, who also advanced to the ncaa championship, had the most players on the list. ’

North East The saints softball team set a school record with 44 wins and just 12 losses. They advanced to the national Tournament and fnished 9th in the nation.

The volleyball team earned an american Volleyball coaches association (aVca) Team academic award for the 2012-13 season.The awards honor teams that compile at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade point average throughout the school year.

’ The womens lacrosse team was named a 2013 academic honor squad by the intercollegiate womens lacrosse coaches association (iwlca), and lakers sarah stokes, anna ’ legrett and kayla minner earned spots on the academic honor roll. The team achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.383.

freshman ronette claar was named 1st team all conference, 1st team all region and 1st team all american, as well as female freshman athlete of the year in the conference. another freshman, alayna carlson, was also named 1st team all conference and 1st team all region.

’ Alumni updates former womens hockey player Jess Jones ’12 was selected in the frst round of the 2013 canadian womens hockey league (cwhl) draft, picked third overall by the brampton Thunder. Jones will join four other former lakers currently playing in the cwhl: forwards meghan agosta- marciano (montreal stars), kelley steadman (boston blades), Vicki bendus (brampton Thunder) and bailey bram (brampton Thunder). ’

softball coach brian dewey ’00 was named east region coach of the year and fnished 2nd in the national coach of the year voting.

dylan goodill, who competed in lacrosse and swimming, was awarded the medal of honor at graduation, given to the student with the highest gpa. paula harrison-grubbs (basketball/ volleyball)

was named female student athlete of the year, while aaron smith (wrestling/cross country) was named male student athlete of the year.

The idaho steelheads of the east coast hockey league agreed to terms with former mercyhurst forward grant blakey ‘13.

a dozen north east student athletes qualifed for the academic all region team by completing a minimum of 45 credits and obtaining a cumulative gpa of 3.5 or higher.

’ former mens hockey goaltender ryan Zapolski ‘11 was named the 2012-13 most Valuable player in the ccm east coast hockey league. Zapolski is just the second player in echl history to win rookie of the year, goaltender of the year and most Valuable player in the same season. he’ll play for raumann lukko of finland s sm-liiga in 2013-14. ’ ’ former wide receiver/special teams star Trevor kennedy ‘12 has signed a two year contract with the winnipeg blue bombers of the canadian football league as he resumes his playing career. a former teammate, linebacker ian wild ‘12, followed suit and also signed a two year deal with winnipeg. - -

- former shortstop Zak blair ‘13 is continuing his baseball career in the chicago cubs organization. blair became the 14th mercyhurst player to be taken in the major league baseball first year player draft, when the cubs took him in the 20th round (588th overall). blair currently plays for the arizona league cubs.


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