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College Notes: Jackson steps down as Union College women’s lacrosse head coach

Abigail Jackson, center, stepped down as the head coach of the Union College women’s lacrosse team, the college announced Tuesday. (Courtesy of Union Athletics)

Abigail Jackson, center, stepped down as the head coach of the Union College women’s lacrosse team, the college announced Tuesday. (Courtesy of Union Athletics)

Abigail Jackson stepped down as the head coach of the Union College women’s lacrosse team, the college announced Tuesday.

Jackson has accepted the job of Director of Sport for Lacrosse for the Athletes Unlimited Professional Women’s Lacrosse League, Union College athletic director Jim McLaughlin said.

“I would like to thank Jim McLaughlin and the entire Department of Athletics for the opportunity to be part of the Union community,” Jackson said in a press release. “My time here has provided me with so many learning opportunities, but most importantly the opportunity for growth. I will always value the relationships I have built here.”

Jackson was the head coach for 11 seasons. She compiled an 80-73 record. The 80 wins ties her for first all-time with Linda Bevelander, who coached the Dutchwomen from 1997-2004). Under Jackson, Union produced one All-American, nine All-Region selections and 51 All-Liberty League honorees. She led the team to one of the best seasons in program history in 2015, when Union posted a 13-4 record and swept the Liberty League regular-season and tournament titles to earn an NCAA Tournament berth.

“As a department, we thank Abi for her leadership and the time that she invested in her teams, our College and community as a whole over the last 11 years,” McLaughlin said. “Her work on and off the field have made our women’s lacrosse program and broader community better.  We will miss her many contributions to the College and look forward to following her future impact and success in her next role.”

The college will conduct a search for a new coach shortly.

RPI’s Marshall earns ECAC Hockey honors
RPI’s Linden Marshall has been named the MAC Goaltending Goalie of the Week by ECAC Hockey, the league announced Monday.
It’s the third time in his carer and the first time this season that Marshall, a graduate student from Victoria, British Columbia, has earned the award. He stopped 28 shots in RPI’s lone game of the week, backstopping the Engineers to a 2-1 win over Vermont on Saturday.
In four starts this year, Marshall is 2-1-1 with a 1.95 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.
RPI meets rival Union this weekend in a home-and-home series, with Friday’s game at Messa Rink in Schenectady and Saturday’s contest at Houston Field House in Troy.

RPI’s Rampado claims honors
RPI junior women’s hockey player Amanda Rampado has been named the MAC Goaltending Goalie of the Week by ECAC Hockey for the second time this season, the league announced Monday.
Rampado, a native of Stoney Creek, Ontario, led RPI to a pair of wins over Hockey East foes over the weekend, making 24 stops in a 4-2 victory over Boston University, then making 42 saves in a 2-0 win over No. 9 Providence for her second shutout of the month.
In eight games this season, Rampado is 4-4-0 with a 1.87 goals against average and a .944 save percentage.

Union’s Friedman gets rookie award
After scoring a game-tying goal and adding an assist on the game-winning goal, Union College women’s soccer player, Sam Friedman earned her second Liberty League Rookie of the Week award of the year, the league announced on Monday.
Friedman played a role in both Union goals during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Clarkson. The first-year player is tied for the team lead with four goals this season, and has added two assists.
Friedman’s Rookie of the Week honor is her second of the season, as she was previously honored on Sept. 27.

RPI’s Rodriguez earns award
RPI first-year midfielder Julio Rodriguez was named the Liberty League Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Week after he scored the game-winning goal in RPI’s 1-0 victory over Ithaca on Saturday, pushing the Engineers into first place in the Liberty League standings with two games to play. In 51 minutes against the Bombers, Rodriguez had three shots, with his strike coming in the 39th minute.

Schoharie grad Fagnani captures NAC honor
SUNY Poly’s Noah Fagnani, a Schoharie High graduate, was named the North Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Fagnani scored three of the Wildcats’ five goals in its conference finale at NVU-Johnson, helping his team finish 5-0 in NAC West play and earn the top seed for the NAC Championship Tournament.

Honors for SUNY Cobleskill duo
SUNY Cobleskill volleyball players MacKenzie Larson and Alexis Miranda have been named the North Atlantic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the league announced Monday.
Larson accumulated 27 kills and 50 digs over three matches during the week as SUNY Cobleskill went 2-1 with wins over Castleton and SUNY Polytechnic Institute and a loss to SUNY Delhi.
Meanwhile, Miranda had 31 kills, 42 service points and 14 blocks during the Fighting Tigers’ three matches.

RSC’s Billert named top defender
ALBANY — Russell Sage College senior field hockey player Ashlee Billert was named the Empire 8 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
Billert, a Bennington, Vermont native, scored the eventual game-winning goal on Saturday in a 3-2 win over Keuka while also totaling four defensive saves.

Liberty League honors Skidmore’s Michaels
Skidmore senior Madeleine Michaels led the defense in a 3-0 week en route to Liberty League Defender of the Week honors.
The Thoroughbreds registered Liberty League shutouts against Ithaca (3-0) and Union (3-0).
Michaels scored her first career goal on Sunday against the Bombers.

RPI’s Harrigan lauded
RPI senior Joey Harrigan was named the Liberty League Men’s Golf Performer of the Week on Monday following his 11th-place finish at the 24-school, 120-competitor Golfweek Division III Invitational.
Harrigan finished with a three-round score of 1-over 214 with rounds of 72, 69 and 73. His 2-under second round inlcuded an eagle and four birdies.

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