College Notebook: Saints, Jaspers set for MAAC tourney

One of the hottest teams in the country, with 18 wins in its last 20 games, the Siena College baseba
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One of the hottest teams in the country, with 18 wins in its last 20 games, the Siena College baseball team competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament for the first time since 2005 beginning Thursday in Trenton, N.J.

The third-seeded Saints (27-24) take on second-seeded Manhattan (31-18-1) at 2 p.m. in the double-elimination event. This will be Siena’s eighth appearance in the MAAC tournament since joining the league in 1990.

Manhattan is also on a hot streak, having won 10 in a row and 16 of its last 20. The Jaspers clinched a share of the MAAC regular-season title with Canisius when the Jaspers swept Fairfield to end the regular season.

Manhattan won two of three meetings with Siena this season.

All Siena games can be heard online at SienaSaints.com. Thursday’s game also will be broadcast on WVCR 88.3-FM.

WHAT THEY’RE DOING

u Soccer standouts Alyssa Cav­osie (Shenendehowa) and Laura Good (Brainard) and cross country runner Sarah Popovics (Guilderland) received Chancellor’s Awards for student excellence at Hudson Valley Community College. Soph­omore basketball player Justin Gallo (Lansingburgh) and women’s soccer player Brenna Mereness (Maple Hill) were named the

Vikings’ most outstanding male and female athletes, respectively.

u Keene State College’s Katie Allenson (Shenendehowa) was named to the New England Softball Coaches Association’s all-star team. Allenson, a third baseman/designated hitter, led the Owls in hitting (.477), home runs (nine), RBI (42) and slugging percentage (.758).

u Rensselaer Polytechnic Ins­titute baseball players Ken Carroll, Dan Valentine, Camden Mamig­onian and Patrick Reardon were selected to the ABC/Rawlings all-region first team, while Joe Zongol and Sean Wilkes were picked to the second team.

u Union College senior diver Molly Freeman received the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Award. She is the Dutchwomen’s record holder in all four diving events.

u Union sophomore Jen Merinder broke her own school record and placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with an NCAA provisional time of 1:04.11 at the ECAC Division III outdoor track and field champ­ionships in Springfield, Mass.

u RPI’s Marion Albert will compete in the 400 meters at the NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships at the

University of Wisconsin this weekend. She is a two-time New York state and Liberty League champion.

u Former Schenectady High School pitcher Steve Juedes, a

junior at Oneonta State, was named the team’s most valuable pitcher after posting a 5-3 record with a SUNYAC-best 2.11 earned run average in 64 innings. Christian Brothers Academy’s Ryan Myers, also a junior, led Oneonta State with a .338 batting average and a league-best 47 RBI.

u SUNY-Cobleskill freshmen Matt Greene (Colonie) and Tom Wiener were named to the All-Mountain Valley Conference baseball team. Greene hit .320, while Wiener hit a team-best .443.

u University at Albany senior left fielder Amber Maisonet and soph­omore pitcher Leah McIntosh were both named to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Softball

Association Division I All-Northeast Region second team. Maisonet, an All-America East Conference first-team choice for the fourth straight year, hit .379, while McIntosh led the conference with a 1.57 ERA and 217 strikeouts. She was 16th nationally in strikeouts per game (9.8), and fired two no-hitters.

u Former UAlbany athletic director William Moore has been selected for induction into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame. Moore, who was the UAlbany athletic dir­ector from 1983 to 1993, will be

inducted June 10 in Dallas.

u Schenectady County Community College has named Rosa Pardee, Craig Borgen and Jordan Bichrest as the school’s athletes of the year. Pardee, a Schenectady Christian graduate, averaged 10 points per game on the women’s basketball team. Borgen struck out 59 and posted a 1.93 ERA on the Royals’ baseball team, while

Bichrest, a shortstop on the baseball team, hit .338.

u Siena College associate athletic director Joyce Eggleston was named to the NCAA Division I Amateurism Cabinet. Eggleston, who also serves as the department’s senior women’s administrator and director of compliance, begins her four-year term Sept. 1.

u College of Saint Rose junior right-hander Nick DeMidio (Christian Brothers Academy) was named to the Northeast-10 third team in baseball. He led the Golden Knights with a 4-4 record and a 2.76 ERA.

u Sacred Heart sophomore Brittany Dexter (Ballston Lake) defended her New England high jump title by clearing the bar at 5-83⁄4. She also won the NEC championship meet with a leap of 5-7.

u Keene State College’s Dan­ielle Gravely (Schenectady) received the National Strength and Con­ditioning Association All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award after overcoming ACL surgeries on both knees during her freshman and junior

years on the basketball team.

u Former Wisconsin and Penn State assistant coach Cord Farmer has been named the head women’s soccer coach at RPI.

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