Mercyhurst Magazine Summer 2016

MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY LAKERS Mercyhurst produced a conference-high 282 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Scholar-Athletes for 2015-16, capping a very successful year for Laker sports. Here’s just a small sampling of this year’s achievements. Visit to learn more.

BASEBALL Mercyhurst won the PSAC Western Division championship and set a program record for wins in a season with its 43-14 overall

MEN’S LACROSSE Men’s lacrosse hosted and won the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament championship, and then hosted

MEN’S SOCCER The Laker men won their fourth consecutive PSAC regular-season championship before falling in the PSAC Tournament semifnals. Their fnal record was 9-8-1. Defender Thomas Davis was named PSAC Defensive Player of the MEN’S TENNIS The men appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, falling in the Atlantic Region fnals. Senior Travis Beck and sophomore Nenad Terzic teamed for the championship in the PSAC Doubles Tournament. Junior Ross Molinaro IV won the NCAA Division II Arthur Ashe Award while Beck was recognized as the Atlantic Region’s Most Improved Singles Year.

record. The team fell in the NCAA Atlantic Region an NCAA Tournament quarterfnal, losing to Tournament’s championship round. Pitcher Colin Tampa 10-9 in overtime. The NCAA bid was

- PSAC’s Pete Nevins Male Scholar Athlete of the McKee was honored as an All-American and PSAC West Pitcher of the Year, and received the

the Lakers’ ffth in six years. Senior goalie Matt Wells was named ECAC Goaltender of the Year and sophomore defender Greg Weyl was ECAC

Year Award. He and third baseman Austin Alonge Defensive Player of the Year. Weyl (First Team), were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. In junior midfelder James Crowe (Second Team)

June, McKee was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball

and senior Shane Endres (Honorable Mention) were named All-Americans as Mercyhurst

Amateur Draft and frst baseman Hank Morrison was taken by the Minnesota Twins

fnished with a 15-3 record.

MEN’S BASKETBALL The team claimed the program’s frst PSAC Tournament championship and then the program’s frst NCAA Tournament win before losing in the second round. The Lakers fnished with a 22-9 record for their


in the 22nd round.

Colin McKee

MEN’S WATER POLO The team qualifed for the Collegiate Water Polo Association National Championships, while senior Dave Matulis was named to the All-America First Team for the

FOOTBALL Senior tight end John Matarazzo was a team leader on the feld and in the classroom, with honors including the PSAC Fall Top 10 list and the CoSIDA Academic All-

second straight 20-win season. Kayode Ajenifuja

second straight year.

America Team. Senior running back Brandon and Damon Jones Brown-Dukes signed a Pittsburgh Steelers tryout signed professional

WRESTLING Four members of the Mercyhurst wrestling team were named All-Americans: Willie Bohince, who was runner-up in the 125-pound weight class; Jeremy Landowski (140), Francis Mizia (165) and Andrew Welton (285). The Lakers

contract to attend mini-camp. Mercyhurst

contracts to continue their playing careers

fnished with a 5-6 record.

in Europe.

Gary Manchel

- MEN’S GOLF The golf team won its frst ever PSAC championship. Senior Blaze Hogan and

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Anthony Amroski was tied for ninth as a team at Nationals. August junior Chris Kupniewski tied for frst place during the Laker men’s top runner in every event during Mizia eclipsed the 100-win mark during the the conference championships in the fall, before the 2015 season. He placed 44th at the PSAC season. Willie Bohince Kupniewski claimed medalist honors in a playof. Championships while Mercyhurst fnished 13th At the NCAA Championships in the spring, as a team. Hogan tied for 43rd. Head coach Ron Coleman was honored as PSAC Coach of the Year.

MEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT ROWING The Lightweight Eight boat competed at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in Princeton, New Jersey,

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY The men’s hockey team made a strong push at the end of its regular season to host an Atlantic Hockey Association

against Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Navy, Penn, Tournament quarterfnal before losing to visiting Princeton and Yale. Season highlights included RIT in two games. Freshman defenseman Lester three gold medals at the Head of the Genesee, Lancaster was named AHA Rookie of the Year. a second-place fnish at the Head of the Charles, Senior defensemen Anthony Mastrodicasa and and a gold at the Dad Vail Regatta.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL The women qualifed for the PSAC Tournament for the frst time since 2012-13. Junior Natalie Piaggesi surpassed the

- goaltender Adam Carlson inked an entry level deal with the Washington Capitals of the Mychal Monteith signed contracts with clubs in the East Coast Hockey League, while freshman

WOMEN’S ROWING The Lakers placed fourth at the NCAA Championship Regatta in Gold River, California. The Lakers earned silvers at the Head of the Genesee in the fall and the Knecht Cup in the spring. Mercyhurst boasted a pair of All-Americans in German natives Hanna Schumacher (First Team) and Florentine Baron

1,000-point mark for her career.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Sophomore Mary Jaskowak and freshman Chloe Tyillian recorded Top 50 fnishes for the Laker women’s cross country team, which fnished 10th at the PSAC

National Hockey League.

(Second Team).



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