Mercyhurst Magazine Summer 2015

‘Hurst athletes make marks in competition and in classroom MERCYHURST LAKERS

Men’s lacrosse lost in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) semifnals and fnished with a record of 8-6. Michael Grace was named ECAC Goaltender of the Year. Trevor Vargo was an ECAC Second Team choice, a Capital One Academic All-District First Team selection and an Honorable Mention All-American. In rowing , the lightweight men made their frst appearance in the International Rowing Association (IRA) championship in late May and fnished third in the Petite Final. The Lakers fnished ninth nationally in lightweight fours. The men’s tennis team made the NCAA Sweet 16 for the frst time in 20 years and ended the season 15-7. Four players made All-Conference while Kyle Hosier won the Atlantic Region’s Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award. Gaelin Carrig of women’s golf was named senior Female Athlete of the Year. She was chosen Second Team All-PSAC and was named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team. Women’s lacrosse capped a splendid 15-4 season by fnishing 10th in the fnal IWLCA poll. The Lakers reached the PSAC championship game for the second straight year. Seven players were named All-PSAC and four were selected All-Region. Rebecca Himes was chosen First Team All-ECAC and First Team All-American. Rebecca Muscella and Mackenzie Jordan were picked to play in the IWLCA North/South All- Star Game. Women’s rowing ended its season ranked second in the country.

- Conference (PSAC) with 288 scholar-athletes -- 45 percent of the 641 student-athletes who competed for Mercyhurst in 2014-15. A PSAC Scholar Athlete must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA. Mercyhurst also had four teams – football, women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis and wrestling – earn the PSAC Top Team GPA Award. The school’s cumulative GPA was 3.359 (second in the league) and all 17 PSAC teams had team GPAs of 3.0 or better, the only school in the conference to achieve that feat. Aided by a sensational spring season, Mercyhurst University posted a record-breaking fnish in the 2014-15 Learfeld Sports Directors’ Cup standings. Mercyhurst fnished 15th in the country, accumulating 526 points, and surpassing the school’s previous best fnish at 16th in 2010- 11. The Learfeld Sports Directors’ Cup was developed by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s fnish in up to 14 sports - seven women’s and seven men’s. Mercyhurst picked up 332 points during a spring season that saw fve teams reach the NCAA playofs and score big points in the standings. Women’s rowing fnished second in the country, baseball fnished ffth in the country and men’s tennis was ninth in the country. The women’s tennis and men’s golf teams also earned points. Mercyhurst was the top fnisher among Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) schools. Academically, Mercyhurst led the Pennsylvania State Athletic

The baseball team made its frst appearance at the NCAA Division II World Series in May and ranked fourth in the nation in the fnal Division II rankings. The Lakers fnished with a 40-11 mark; the 40 wins tied

The Lakers won silver in both the four and the eight at the NCAA Championships in California in late May. Hanna Schumacher and Kristine Wright were named First Team All-Americans.

for the second most in program history. Nine players were named All- Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and three were named All-Region. Jon Klein was PSAC Pitcher of the Year and an Honorable Mention All-American. He and pitcher Ben Nolan were Academic All- Americans while head coach Joe Spano was the PSAC Coach of the Year

Softball fnished a rain-plagued season with a mark of 16-28. Becky Malaga and Kayla Larson were chosen to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team. Women’s tennis made it all the way to the Atlantic Region Championships before bowing, concluding with a 13-5 record. Saioa Gomez de Segura was named both PSAC West Freshman of the Year and Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year. Teammate Adrianna Jefress was selected Second Team All-PSAC. The women’s water polo team fnished spring competition 12- 13. Kennedy Watson was named a First Team All-American by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC). Watson was also chosen an All-Conference Honorable Mention. She was one of only two non-Division I student-athletes to be honored with an All- Conference nod by the CWPA.

and the Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. The men’s golf team also made NCAA postseason play. Blaze Hogan and Chris Kupniewski were named All-PSAC while Kupniewski claimed his second straight Erie District Golf Association (EDGA) Match Play Championship in June and qualifed for the U.S. Amateur.


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