Ryan Puglisi, a senior on the Union College men’s lacrosse team that advanced to the 2022 Division III national championship game, was recognized Monday as the 2021-22 Liberty League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
“We are so proud of Ryan for receiving this award,” Union head coach Derek Witheford said via a statement issued through the school’s athletic department. “As a three-year captain, Ryan is a first-class person and one of the best leaders I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching, and this has translated into his work in the classroom and in the community. His efforts to better both himself and the people around him have been truly remarkable. He is one of the hardest workers and most humble players that this program has seen, especially considering all that he has accomplished during his time at Union.”
The scholar-athlete awards “are presented to graduating student-athletes . . . who have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their time as student-athletes.” Puglisi joins former baseball standout Kent Curran, a 2017 graduate, as winners of the award from Union. The Liberty League first established the award following the 2012-13 academic year.
Puglisi, a June graduate, finished his academic career with a 3.86 GPA as a mechanical engineering major. On the field, the Massachusetts native earned All-America honors from USA Lacrosse Magazine (first team) and the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association as a senior, and twice earned USILA All-America honors during his career. As a senior, Puglisi tied for the team lead with 27 caused turnovers and ranked second among Union defensemen with 34 ground balls.
3 VALLEYCATS NAMED ALL-STARS
Tri-City ValleyCats outfielder Brantley Bell, infielder Pavin Parks and infielder Brad Zunica will represent the franchise at the 2022 Frontier League All-Star Game, the league announced Monday.
This season, Brantley’s .343 batting average ranks seventh overall in the Frontier League and leads all ValleyCats hitters. Brantley also holds the team lead for hits (68), doubles (17), triples (two), stolen bases (16) and on-base percentage (.411).
Parks is hitting .287 with 51 hits, six doubles, a triple, eight home runs, eight stolen bases, and 31 walks.
Zunica has tallied a batting average of .297, with nine home runs, 10 doubles, a triple, 26 RBIs and 20 runs scored.
This year’s all-star game is on July 20 in Washington, Pennsylvania.
FORMER SIENA FOOTBALL COACH DIES
John “Jack” DuBois — who was the winningest and longest-tenured head coach of the Siena College football program — died Friday at the age of 93, the school announced Monday.
DuBois also coached football for seven years at Catholic Central High School and led the Sage women’s basketball team in 2002-03.
A Troy native and graduate of Catholic Central, DuBois led Siena’s football program from 1982 to 1995. DuBois’ teams were a combined 49-85 during his tenure, and matched a program record with nine wins in both 1985 and 1986.
Siena’s last football season was in 2003.
ALBANY ATHLETICS REGISTER 2 MORE WINS
Sunday at Edsall E. Walker Field at Bleecker Stadium in Twilight League action, the Albany Athletic defeated the Albany Blue Jays 2-0 and the Troy Haymakers 12-2.
The victories earned the Athletics their 20th consecutive league postseason berth, and pushed their league winning streak to 41 games. The Athletics improved to 17-0 in the league and 24-1-2 overall.
Zach Breen (4 IP, 2 H, 5 K, Win), Ryan Lambert (2 IP, 1 H, 5 K) and Joe Pokrentowski combined to pitch a shutout and struck out 11 batters in the Athletics’ win against the Blue Jays. Cam Overbaugh had a two-RBI single and Nate Novak contributed two hits for the Athletics, while Paul Fernandez had a triple for the Blue Jays.
The Athletics scored six runs in the first inning of their win against the Haymakers. RJ Pingitore, Mike Talavera, Jaden Ross and Greg Sulz each hit RBI singles in the first inning. Sulz finished with two singles and three RBIs, while Ross singled twice and drove in two runs. Kyle Decresce singled and doubled to help lead a 12-hit attack. Kyle Lambert struck out 10 batters and allowed one earned run in five innings to claim the win.
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Athletics 020 000 X — 2 6 1
ATHLETICS 12, HAYMAKERS 2
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