University at Albany junior tailback David McCarty, a graduate of LaSalle Institute, has been named to the Sports Network Division I Football Championship Subdivision All-America third team.
McCarty was the nation’s second-leading rusher at 154.4 yards per game. He shattered the school’s single-season records for rushing yards (1,852) and all-purpose yards (2,208) along with scoring 17 touchdowns. He also broke the school’s single-game FCS record with 271 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a 28-0 victory over Jacksonville in the Gridiron Classic.
A first-team All-Northeast Conference selection, McCarty ran for 100 or more yards in 11 of the 12 games this season. He has scored at least one touchdown in 20 consecutive contests.
McCarty enters his senior season as the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards (3,353), all-purpose yards (3,979) and 100-yard rushing games (19).
Two other Great Danes, 6-foot-7, 330-pound offensive tackle Raphael Nguti and defensive tackle Tom Pandolf, were honorable mention selections on the Sports Network Division I FCS team.
Following the Red Hawks’ 80-41 victory over CCNY in the consolation game of the Williams College Purple & Gold Invitational, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute head basketball coach Mike Griffin tied Bill Kalbaugh on the school’s all-time victory list with 297. Griffin, who has a 297-292 record in 25 seasons, goes after the record today, when the Red Hawks host the College of St. Joseph (Vt.). at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WRPI 91.5 FM. Kalbaugh coached RPI for 30 years.
Brian Ledbetter, from Schenectady High School, scored a season-best 14 points for The College of Saint Rose in last Saturday’s 74-73 overtime victory over American University.
Amsterdam High School graduate Brittany Stahura scored her first collegiate points for Bryant in a 70-51 loss to host Fordham on Dec. 29. She finished with four points on 2-for-2 shooting from the floor, and added two rebounds in 11 minutes.
Northeast Conference & Gridiron Classic champion University at Albany (9-3) received votes in the final Football Championship Subdivision Top 25 national polls. The Danes received 116 votes in the Sports Network FCS College Football Poll and picked up 10 votes in the FCS Coaches Poll.
Siena College women’s golf coach Dave Wronowski announced the signings of Megan Cahill and Cortney Tilley to national letters of intent. Cahill, from Auburn High School, finished in the top 10 at both the New York State Girls Championships and the IJGT Hershey Tournament. Tilley, from Plaistow High School, N.H., was a top-15 finisher at the New England Women’s Amateur Championships, and she was also a runner-up in the New Hampshire State High School Championships.
University at Albany’s men’s lacrosse team is ranked among the top 20 teams in a pair of national polls. The Great Danes are ranked 12th by Face-Off Yearbook and Inside Lacrosse, while Lacrosse Magazine has the Great Danes at No. 18. Virginia is the preseason favorite in both polls.
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Junior outside linebacker Chris Simpson was named to the 11th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star team. He has a 3.96 cumulative grade point average in physics. He made 38 tackles for the Great Danes.
Sophomore running back Chris Coney and senior offensive lineman Tony Morello were named to the ECAC Division III Northwest Football All-Star Team. Coney, who also was named to the Liberty League first team, rushed for 1,283 yards and 18 touchdowns in nine games. He had the fourth-best single-season rushing total in Union history and was 12th among NCAA Division III rushers. Morello was also a first-team All-Liberty league selection for the 5-4 Dutchmen, who recorded their 28th straight non-losing season.
Senior Sam Simmons was named the Liberty League forward of the week, and freshman Sarah Wetmore was named the Liberty League rookie of the week in basketball. Simmons averaged 19.7 points and 8.0 rebounds in three games. Wetmore scored 18 points in her only game of the week. She is averaging 14.3 points for the Red Hawks.