SPORTS BRIEFS – The RPI football team has been picked to win the Liberty League this season in the preseason coaches poll, while Union was selected fourth, the conference announced Tuesday.
The Engineers, who won the Dutchman Shoes trophy and reached the NCAA Division III quarterfinals last year, received four first-place votes and 33 points, edging Ithaca, which got a first-place vote and 30 points. Hobart was third with 26 points.
The Dutchmen got two first-place votes and had 25 points.
St. Lawrence (fifth), Rochester (sixth) and Buffalo State (seventh) round out the poll.
VALLEYCATS RAINED OUT
Tuesday’s Frontier League game between the Tri-City ValleyCats and Sussex County Miners was postponed because of rain. The teams will play a doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 4 p.m.
The ValleyCats have lost five straight games, dropping them to fifth and out of a playoff position in the East Division. The top three teams in the East and West Divisions make the postseason. The regular season ends Sunday.
McNAMARA, TWO OTHERS TO BE HONORED
Former Syracuse basketball standout and current Orange assistant coach Gerry McNamara will be honored with the Inspiration Award at the 2022 Capital Region Coaches vs. Cancer Basket Ball on Sept. 22 at Albany Capital Center.
Also being honored that night are American Cancer Society executive vice president and founder of the Ball Anthony Marino, who will receive the Champion of Hope Award; and Evan Franz and Joseph Carista, Tamarac student-athletes currently battling cancer, will receive the Mary Ann Raymond Donnelly Fighting Spirit Award.
SIENA GOALIE GETS WEEKLY AWARD
Siena men’s soccer goalie Greg Monroe was named the first MAAC Defensive Player of the Week of the season.
Monroe made three saves in the Saints’ 1-0 victory over Sacred Heart last Thursday. It was his 21st career victory, which ties him with Brett Boskiewicz for most in program history. It was Monroe’s 11th career shutout.
HERC NAMED SUNY COBLESKILL INTERIM HEAD WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL COACH
Hailee Herc has been named interim head coach of the SUNY Cobleskill women’s volleyball team.
Herc replaces Scott Hill, who guided the team to the North Atlantic Conference Western Division Championship last year. Hill, an associate professor in the department of sport & exercise, will be expanding his role in terms of program design and teaching.