The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy held its 2017 Awards Convocation on Friday morning at the Ackerman Auditorium as part of Graduation Weekend festivities. Four major athletic award winners were announced during the ceremony – the Male and Female Athletes of the Year as well as the two Coaches of the Year – along with a number of other athletic awards and honors.
The Landmark Conference announced the All-Decade Team for men’s lacrosse late last month and two former USMMA student-athletes, Brennan Dougherty ’09 and Brian Flannery ’10, were selected by the current Landmark head coaches as members of the selective team.
Former U.S. Merchant Marine Academy multi-sport student-athlete Jesselyn LaValley-Johnston ’10 was selected to the Landmark Conference Softball All-Decade Team, the league announced in late April. The All-Decade Team was voted on by current Landmark Conference head softball coaches.
The Landmark Conference announced late last month the league’s All-Decade Team for men’s outdoor track & field and two former USMMA standouts represent the Academy on the prestigious list – Christopher Cook and Tomas Sanchez ’16. The All-Decade Team was selected by the current Landmark Conference head track & field coaches.
Earlier this month, the Landmark Conference announced that three former U.S. Merchant Marine Academy baseball student-athletes were named to the league’s All-Decade Team – Warren Hartmann ’14, Danny Collins ‘14 and Davey May ’09.
On Tuesday, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced that U.S. Merchant Marine Academy junior Nick Treon (Danville, Pa.) has been selected as a DIII South ECAC All-Star. Treon was named to the All-ECAC Second Team as an attackman and is one of six Skyline Conference student-athletes honored on the list.
Three members of the USMMA men’s tennis team were selected to the 2017 All-Skyline Conference Teams, the league announced on Tuesday. Senior James Hicks (Haddon Heights, N.J.) was chosen by the conference’s head coaches to the First Team, while junior Jake McDonough (Wilmington, N.C.) and freshman Justin McGaffigan (Quincy, Mass.) earned Second Team accolades.
On Tuesday, the Skyline Conference announced the 2017 Women’s Lacrosse Postseason Awards and All-Conference Teams and USMMA was well represented with three student-athletes recognized. Sophomore goalie Hannah Gizzi (Finksburg, Md.) was named to the All-Skyline First Team, while freshmen Grace McHugh (Sturbridge, Mass.) and Angela Parker (Bowie, Md.) both earned spots on the Second Team.
On Tuesday, the Skyline Conference announced the postseason award winners and the All-Conference teams for baseball and USMMA had three student-athletes represent the Academy on the All-Skyline Second Team – senior pitcher Nathan Slusarczyk (Woodbury, N.J.), junior utility player Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.) and sophomore third baseman Kyle Cunningham (Panama City Beach, Fla.).
The Skyline Conference announced the 2017 Men’s Lacrosse Postseason Awards and All-Conference Teams on Tuesday and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy junior Nick Treon (Danville, Pa.) was selected by the league’s head coaches to the All-Skyline First Team at attack.
The sixth-seeded USMMA baseball team was eliminated from the Skyline Conference Tournament on Saturday after losing both its games out at top-seeded St. Joseph’s of Long Island. The Mariners dropped a marathon heart-breaker, 8-7, in 15 innings to second-seeded SUNY Maritime in the opener and then lost the first elimination game, 7-4, to fifth-seeded Mount St. Mary.
On Saturday, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men’s track & field team concluded the 2017 outdoor season at St. John’s University’s Tom Farrell Classic. The Mariners were led by senior Daniel Wolfer (Hebron, Ky.) and junior Blase Neumann (Spokane, Wash.), who both picked up second-place finishes at the event.
After its 2-0 victory over Farmingdale State in the opening round of the Skyline Tournament on Wednesday, the USMMA baseball team qualified for the four-team, double-elimination tourney that will determine the 2017 Skyline Champion this weekend.
The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) recently announced its postseason honors for NCAA Division III and USMMA senior Matt Miller (Augusta, Ga.) was selected to the All-Met Third Team after his performance for the Mariners this season.
The third-seeded USMMA men’s tennis team ended the 2016-17 season on Thursday night with a 5-2 road loss at second-seeded Purchase College in the semifinals of the Skyline Conference Tournament. In defeat, the Mariners finish the year with a 10-5 record while the Panthers improve to 11-1 and will move on to face the winner of #4 Mount St. Mary at #1 Yeshiva in the Skyline Finals this weekend.
Sophomore Andrew Spinnenweber (Pasadena, Md.) tossed a complete-game two-hit shutout to lift the sixth-seeded USMMA baseball team to a 2-0 road victory over #3 Farmingdale State on Wednesday afternoon in opening round action of the Skyline Tournament.
On Wednesday night, the #3 U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men’s lacrosse team lost its road Skyline semifinal matchup at #2 Stockton University, 17-11. In defeat, the Mariners close out the season with an 11-4 record – their second straight double-digit win campaign – while the Ospreys improve to 16-2 and will face top-seeded Montclair State on Saturday in the Skyline Finals.
On Saturday afternoon, the USMMA women’s lacrosse team ended the 2017 season with a 16-4 home victory over Skyline Conference opponent Mount St. Vincent at Brooks Stadium. With the victory, the Mariners closed out the year with a 5-7 record (3-5 Skyline), while the Dolphins fell to 2-13 (0-8 Skyline) to end their season.
It was a very busy, but very successful Saturday for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy spring athletic teams, as all six squads were in action. See below for results and quick highlights of each contest. Full recaps will be available on www.USMMASports.com and on our social media platforms (see links at the bottom of this release).
The USMMA tennis team defeated visiting non-conference opponent Western Connecticut State, 8-1, on a beautiful Friday afternoon at the Brooks Stadium Courts. With the win, the Mariners improve to 8-4 on the season, while the Colonials’ record drops to 4-10.
The USMMA women’s lacrosse team was defeated on the road by Skyline Conference opponent Purchase College, 15-14, on Tuesday night up in Westchester County. In defeat, the Mariners fall to 4-7 (2-5 Skyline) on the season, while the Panthers improve to 4-7 (3-5 Skyline).
USMMA senior face-off extraordinaire Chris Whitenack (East Meadow, N.Y.) was named the Skyline Conference Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week on Monday, while junior Nick Treon (Danville, Pa.) earned a spot on the league’s weekly honor roll. This comes after their performances in the Mariners’ two Skyline Conference victories last week – a 21-14 home win over Mount St. Mary on Wednesday night and a 19-5 triumph at Purchase on Friday night.
On Monday, the Skyline Conference announced that USMMA freshman Matt Mundorf (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) was named the league’s Baseball Rookie of the Week. Additionally, senior pitcher Nathan Slusarczyk (Woodbury, N.J.) earned a spot on the weekly honor roll. The accolades come after the duo’s performances in the Mariners’ 4-3 week last week.
The Skyline Conference announced on Monday that USMMA freshman Justin McGaffigan (Quincy, Mass.) was selected as the league’s Men’s Tennis Rookie of the Week. The honor comes after McGaffigan helped lead the Mariners to a 2-1 week last week – all against Skyline opponents.
The USMMA track & field teams hosted the annual Coach Omeltchenko Invitational on Sunday at Brooks Stadium. Prior to the event getting underway full-swing, the program held a special Senior Day Ceremony to honor their four graduating seniors – Cameron Green (Lancaster, Calif.), Conor McWeeney (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Daniel Wolfer (Hebron, Ky.) and Mary Catherine Zehnder (Carle Place, N.Y.).
On Sunday, the USMMA baseball team swept a Skyline Conference doubleheader from visiting Yeshiva University – winning the first game 14-0 in seven innings before taking the second by a final of 16-4. With the wins, the Mariners improve to 12-17 (9-9 Skyline), while the Macabees fall to 0-15 (0-12 Skyline).
The USMMA tennis team lost its Skyline Conference matchup at first-place Yeshiva, 8-1, on Sunday at the Maccabees' home courts at the Binghamton Racquet Club in New Jersey. In defeat, the Mariners fall to 7-4 (5-2 Skyline) on the season, while the Maccabees improve to 11-1 (6-0 Skyline).