Mercyhurst Magazine Summer 2015


Women’s basketball earned a 17-11 overall record and fnished second in the Western New York Athletic Conference. Jalin Steel, Brea Forney and Kashwanna Sampson were named to the All-Region frst, second and third teams, respectively. Men’s basketball ended its season with a 9-17 record, while Justin Dobbs was a second team All-Region selection.

- Year while senior Amanda Makela earned the league’s Goaltending Trophy. Men’s hockey advanced to the Atlantic Hockey Conference Championship for the second time in the last three years, but fell to a hot Rochester Institute of Technology team in the fnals, ending a heart-pounding run through the postseason. Mercyhurst came from behind to defeat Bentley in game three of the best of-three quarterfnal series in Waltham, Massachusetts, and then came from behind to win in overtime against regular season champion Robert Morris in the semis. Nine of the team’s seniors went on to sign professional contracts. Women’s basketball fell just short of qualifying for the PSAC Tournament but had a superb season from sophomore Natalie Piaggesi, who recorded the program’s frst triple double since Mercyhurst Hall of Famer Teresa Szumigala in 1993. Piaggesi scored 19 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, and blocked 10 shots in a win over Mansfeld in early January. The 10 blocks marked the frst time since records were kept that a Mercyhurst player blocked 10 shots in a game. She was named the National Player of the Week for her eforts. - During the winter, the wrestling team fnished fourth in the country, the highest fnish by the team in program history. The Lakers had a school record six All- Americans who fnished in the top eight in their respective weight classes at the NCAA Division II National Championships. The Lakers won their third consecutive PSAC Division II Regular Season Dual Championship and fnished with a dual record of 18-1, tying school records for wins in a season and winning percentage (.947). Head coach Mike Wehler was named the Division II National Coach of the Year. Men’s basketball advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the frst time in program history before losing to Fairmont State, 68-63. They fnished the 2014-15 season with a 20-9 overall record. Head coach Gary Manchel was named PSAC West Coach of the Year while junior Gerrae Williams earned All-Conference honors. Women’s hockey earned its 14th consecutive regular season championship and its 14th consecutive 20-win season in 2014-15 with a 23-9-3 overall record. The Lakers lost in the CHA Semifnals, however, ending their bid to make the NCAA Division I Tournament for the 11th consecutive season. The 10 straight tournament appearances is an NCAA record. Junior Emily Janiga was named CHA Player of the

- Baseball Coach Dan Bertolini picked up his 200th career victory with a 6-5 walk of win against Genesee Community College on April 26. The team fnished its spring season at 27-21 and as Region III runners-up. Sabatino Dinardo, Jim Solano, Drew Delsignore and Scott Pierce were named to the All-Region III 1st team. Mark DiBattiste was an NJCAA Academic All-American as well. The Saints wrestling team won the region title. Six wrestlers competed at the NJCAA Wrestling National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, where Cole Shirey advanced the farthest, losing in the national placement round. Jamar Henry won the district title. The softball team fnished with a record of 29- 14 and won the Region 15/3 Championship over Orange Community College. They went on to win the District K Championship and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament, where they fnished 9th. Julia Lang, Lauren Nickerson and Portia McBride were all named to the All-East Region team, and Lang went on to be named an NJCAA All-American.


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