Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2017

was an All-American and PSAC West Athlete of the Year while earning PSAC Champion Scholar, PSAC Spring Top 10 and NCAA Elite 90 academic awards. Gomez de Segura and Kayla Frost were selected to the All-PSAC First Team as singles; Gomez de Segura/Annie Baich and Frost/Adrianna Jefress were All-PSAC First Team for doubles. Annie Baich was All-PSAC Second Team and the Atlantic Region’s Most Improved Player. MEN’S TENNIS The Lakers won their first PSAC championship with a dramatic 5-4 victory over Edinboro. They topped Edinboro again at the NCAA Atlantic Regional before falling to Bluefeld State. Nenad Terzic and Cormac McCooey were named All-PSAC First Team in both singles and doubles. Terzic was the Atlantic Region Player to Watch and McCooey was the Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year. Conor McCooey and Sebastian Pardo were honored on the All-PSAC Second Team, and Conor McCooey was the PSAC Champion Scholar.

BASEBALL The Lakers swept the major PSAC West awards as Chris Gonzalez (second base/center feld) claimed Athlete of the Year honors, Russell Lamovec was Pitcher of the Year, Vincenzo Lucente (also a pitcher) was Freshman of the Year and Joe Spano was Coach of the Year. Gonzalez and Lamovec were also Atlantic Region Athlete and Pitcher of the Year. Spano was NCBWA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. Gonzalez, Jimmy Latona and Lamovec were Third Team All-Americans. All-PSAC West First Team and All-Region honors were claimed by Latona, Lamovec, Gonzalez, Lucente, Cameron Balego, Drew Delsignore and Chris Vallimont. Lucente was All-PSAC West Second Team. The Lakers fnished 38-8 and were ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division II late in the season. Mercyhurst fell in the PSAC Tournament fnals and then went 1-2 at the Atlantic Regional, which it hosted in Jamestown, New York. Following the season, Balego, a shortstop, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 30 th round of the MLB Draft. SOFTBALL Jolene Teller was named to the All-PSAC West and Atlantic All-Region Teams. Rachel DiBartolomeo was named to the All-PSAC West team and Emily Hair was Atlantic All-Region. WOMEN’S WATER POLO Becky Insalaco was a Second Team All-American and was named to the All-WWPA Second Team. Cristal Maldonado was an All-WWPA Honorable Mention and Jennifer Moshinsky made the WWPA All-Freshman Team. BASKETBALL Omar Little was named to the All-Region Second Team, and Peyton McLaurin to the Third Team. LACROSSE In the frst season for lacrosse after a four-year hiatus at North East, Donavan Brown was named to the All-WNYAC First Team and Jacob Norton to the Second Team. SOFTBALL The Saints won their Conference, Region and District titles, and advanced to Nationals for the 8th consecutive year, fnishing with a 42-10 record. Named to the All-WNYAC Team were Lei Guthrie, Mackenzie Hawley, Hannah Larkin, Aren Schwab, Kaelyn Shea and Ashlyn Slusher. Guthrie, Schwab and Slusher made the All-Region Team, while Guthrie, Hawley and Slusher were NFCA All-Americans. Mackenzie Hawley was named Female Athlete of the Year for Mercyhurst North East.


Wrestlers Aaron Erhgott, Derrick Ridgeway, Sam Colbert, Devin Simpson and Cornell Wilson qualifed for Nationals, while Simpson was a district champion. BASEBALL The Saints won the Region III Championship and were honored with a variety of Region awards, including Coach of the Year Brandon Crum, Pitcher of the Year Dalton Donachie and Most Valuable Player Josh Anderson. Zach Barrett, Tommy Cannon, Blaze Chamberlain, Donachie, Kenny Robinson, Jason Swope and Austin Tisch were named to the All- Region Team. Dalton Donachie was named Male Athlete of the Year for Mercyhurst North East.


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