Mercyhurst Magazine Summer 2016

FIELD HOCKEY The Lakers were one of 22 Division II teams to receive the National Academic Team Award, while sophomore Taylor Balser and freshman Jessica Brandon were NFHCA Scholars of Distinction. WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY Mercyhurst won its 16th consecutive College Hockey America regular-season championship and won the CHA Tournament championship with an overtime win over Syracuse. Mercyhurst fell in an NCAA Tournament quarterfnal at Wisconsin. Freshman Rachael Smith was the CHA Rookie of the Year while fellow freshman Sarah McDonnell claimed the CHA Goaltender Trophy. Head coach Michael Sisti was named CHA Coach of the Year. Graduating senior Emily Janiga signed a contract with the Bufalo Beauts of the National Women’s Hockey League.

- WOMEN’S SOCCER The women’s soccer team fnished with an 8-8-2 record—a four win improvement over its previous season. SOFTBALL Sophomore Rachel DiBartolomeo was named to the All-American Honorable Mention Team, among other honors. WOMEN’S GOLF The women fnished seventh at the PSAC Championships, led by senior Meghan Finley who tied for 21st. WOMEN’S LACROSSE The Laker women won the PSAC regular-season championship and hosted and won the PSAC Tournament. The team fell in the frst round of the NCAA Tournament to Queens (North Carolina). Sophomore Kristin Anderson was an All- American.

- WOMEN’S WATER POLO The Laker women placed fourth at the Western Water Polo Association Tournamentt. Sophomore Kennedy Watson was an All-American while head coach Curtis Robinette was a National Co Coach of the Year. WOMEN’S TENNIS The Laker women’s tennis team earned its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth, fnishing 1-1 at the Atlantic Regional. Sophomore Saioa Gomez de Segura was PSAC Singles Tournament champion, ITA Atlantic Region singles champion, PSAC West Athlete of the Year and a CoSIDA Academic All-American. VOLLEYBALL The Mercyhurst volleyball team closed the season with four straight wins and narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.

MERCYHURST NORTH EAST SAINTS Twelve North East Saints earned Academic All- Conference honors for the 2015-2016 school year.

The Saints wrestling team won the district title and advanced nine wrestlers to the national tournament, where it fnished 18 th . Detric McCoy and Sam Colebert both earned All-America honors. The baseball team had a 30-19 season and fnished as runners-up in Region III. Along the way, the Saints set school records in at bats (1442), hits (492), doubles (118), home runs (50), batting average (.341), runs scored (492), walks (177) and RBIs (320). The pitching staf struck out a school-record 293 batters. The softball team won both Region III and District Championships and headed to the DII national tournament for the eighth consecutive year. Coach Brian Dewey recorded his 400th career win as the team ended the season at 37-17. Kiersten Coho, Emily Foy and Mackenzie Hawley were all named FFCA All-Americans, and Coho was an NJCAA All-American. Lacrosse will return to Mercyhurst North East this fall, with Eric Miccio named head coach.

With a record of 9-4-1, women’s soccer recorded the highest win percentage in program history. The men’s soccer team fnished as Region III runners-up. At one point of the season, volleyball athlete Rose Thacker led the country in hitting percentage. She was named to the All-Region III First Team and was a Region III Female Athlete of the Week. The women’s basketball team fnished third seed in its conference tournament, and Kym Braine ended the season ranked 4th nationally in rebounds. Men’s basketball coach David Gahan recorded his 100th career win during the season, and his team set a program record with an 11-game winning streak en route to a 16-13 season.


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