Former Union men’s hockey standout Carr named to Canadian Olympic team; Foos on China squad

Union's Daniel Carr takes a shot on Dartmouth goalie Charles Grant during Game 1 of the ECAC Hockey tournament quarterfinals  March 14, 2014, at Messa Rink.
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Union's Daniel Carr takes a shot on Dartmouth goalie Charles Grant during Game 1 of the ECAC Hockey tournament quarterfinals  March 14, 2014, at Messa Rink.

Three former Union College men’s hockey players will be playing in the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Daniel Carr will represent Canada, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday. Carr played for the Dutchmen from 2010-14, and was a member of the 2014 NCAA championship team. In 160 career games, Carr had 78 goals and 79 assists. His 157 points are the second most all-time in Union Division I history, and his 78 career goals ranks first. Carr also has the most career power-play goals scored at Union with 34.

Carr is in his eighth season in pro hockey. He played in 117 career NHL games and had 16 goals and 21 assists. He is playing for Lugano in the Swiss Hockey League, and he has seven goals and eight assists in 17 games.

The NHL was scheduled to send players to the Winter Olympics for the first time since 2014. However, the omicron variant of the coronavirus forced several NHL games to be postponed, and the league backed out of the Olympics.

Carr isn’t the only former Union men’s hockey player at the Winter Olympics. China will have the Foo brothers, Spencer and Parker, on its team. The Foos are playing for the Kontinental Hockey League’s Kunlun Red Star based in Beijing. Spencer Foo collected 49 goals and 63 assists in 112 games for Union and was a top-10 finalist for the 2017 Hobey Baker Award. Spencer Foo gave up his senior season to sign with the Calgary Flames.

Parker Foo played in 68 games from 2017-19 and had six goals and 15 assists. He left Union after the 2018-19 season.

On Wednesday, RPI women’s hockey senior forward Lilli Friis-Hansen was named to the Danish National Team. She is sixth RPI hockey player to represent their home country in the Winter Olympics and the first from the women’s program.

PASINELLA EARNS HONOR

Russell Sage senior Sammy Pasinella, a Mechanicville High School graduate, was named the Empire 8 Conference Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Jan. 23.

Pasinella averaged 18.3 points in a 2-1 week for the women’s basketball team. The senior guard made 40.5% of her field goals, including 42.9%of her 3-pointers, across the three games.

She scored a season-high 29 points in a game against Utica.

BUSHWAY WINS AWARD

Williams College sophomore Lillian Bushway, a Niskayuna High School graduate, was named the NESCAC Women’s Swimming & Diving Performer of the Week for her role in two tri-meet wins this past weekend for the Ephs.

In a competition Saturday at MIT, Bushway won the 1,650 freestyle, the 500 freestyle and placed third in the 400 IM.

The next day in Williamstown, Bushway won the 200 freestyle and placed third in the 100 freestyle.

RPI’S BROWN REPEATS

For the second consecutive week and third time this season, RPI’s Shannon Brown has been chosen as the Liberty League Rookie of the Week in women’s swimming & diving.

In a meet last weekend at Skidmore, Brown took first place in the 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley. Brown also was a runner-up in the 100 breaststroke and with the team’s 200 medley relay.

UALBANY MEN’S LACROSSE PICKED THIRD

The University at Albany men’s lacrosse team has been picked to finish third in the America East Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the conference announced Wednesday.

The Great Danes received 26 points, finishing one point behind No. 2 Stony Brook. Vermont was picked to finish first, receiving six of seven first-place votes and earning 36 points.

Rounding out the poll are UMBC (25 points, one first-place vote), Binghamton (15 points), NJIT (11 points) and UMass Lowell (7 points).

UAlbany opens its season Feb. 19 at Cornell.

CAGE WARS 51 ON MARCH 11

The Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center will host Cage Wars 51 on Friday, March 11.

Tickets are on sale now at CageWarsMMA.com and start at $56 plus fees. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the fights begin at 6 p.m.

Cage Wars 51 will feature both local and regional amateur MMA fighters squaring off in the octagon to determine the Cage Wars 51 champion.

SUNY COBLESKILL’S HALASY HONORED

SUNY Cobleskill’s Jason Halasy was named the North Atlantic Conference’s Men’s Swimming & Diving Co-Rookie-of-the-Week for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 23.

Halasy helped the Fighting Tigers win a tri-meet against Wells and SUNY Delhi on Saturday. He won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.72 and placed third in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.71 seconds. Halasy also swam legs on the team’s winning 200-yard medley relay in 2:01.20 and the 800-yard freestyle relay in 9:03.20.

SIENA’S OLDEN, LOMASCOLO RECOGNIZED

Siena’s Brandon Olden and Olivia Lomascolo were each named the MAAC Indoor Track Performers of the Week on Tuesday.

Olden set the program record in the men’s mile with a time of 4:07.67 at last weekend’s NYC Gotham Cup in Staten Island. His second-place finish surpassed the previous school record of 4:11.76 set by Evans Kibet in 2019.

The Shenendehowa High School-graduate Lomascolo also participated in the women’s mile, placing second in 4:53.89. The time was good for the second-fastest in program history, and made Lomascolo just the second female in program history to surpass a five minute mile.

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