Alex Lushkevich, a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, was one of four players who recently signed letters of intent to play baseball at the University at Albany in the 2014 season.
Lushkevich, an infielder, hit .380 with 21 RBI and also scored 31 runs in his first season at Hudson Valley Community College last spring. He also hit two home runs, and was successful on 19 of 20 steal attempts.
“Alex has the athleticism and makeup to have a very successful two years at Albany,” said Great Danes coach Jon Mueller. “He adds a left-handed bat with gap-to-gap power to our lineup, and he is also a viable utility option.”
Also joining the Danes in the fall of 2013 are Cory Kingston of San Jose, Calif., Joe Romero of Valley Stream and Stephen Woods of Dix Hills.
Kingston, an outfielder, is a transfer from De Anza Junior College, where he hit .288 with one home run and seven RBI.
“Cory has the athletic ability to have an instant impact at UAlbany,” said Mueller. “His military background provides leadership, work ethic and toughness that will transfer onto the field.
Romero is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound pitcher at Chaminade High School who throws in the upper 80 miles per hour range, according to Mueller, and Woods is a 6-2, 205-pound right-hander at Half Hollow Hills East High School.
“Stephen has a great makeup and possesses a fastball in the low 90’s” said Mueller. “One of the top recruits from Long Island, he will have an immediate impact in the America East Conference.”
Schenectady native Joe Early, the offensive coordinator at Middlebury College, was recently named the American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year.
A 1993 graduate of UAlbany, Early has been at Middlebury for 12 years, and was named offensive coordinator in 2009, after coaching the offensie line for eight years.
Since the 2009 campaign, Middlebury’s offense has led all of Disivion III in numerous statistical categories.
The criteria for the award are not limited to on-field coaching ability. Service to the community through volunteer activities and participation in AFCA activities are also taken into account.
Off the field, Early has been involved in a campus leadership role as an advisor for the Newman Club, and has volunteered his time for several local organizations, including the Addison County Humane Society, Meals on Wheels and the Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation.
Early will be honorted as the AFCA convention in Nashville, Tenn, on Jan 7.
Ostrowski heads class
Caitlin Ostrowski of Troy, a two-sport standout, will be inducted into the Sage Colleges Athletic Hall of Fame, along with Rafael Salazar and Marie Corrado, on Feb. 16.
Ostrowski played both volleyball and softball for the Gators. In volleyball, she helped the team post a 71-35 record during her career. During her second season, she was ranked 15th in the nation in Division III with 4.57 kills per set, and is still the all-time leader in that category with 1,411.
She played both the infield and outfield in softball, and was a three-time letterwinner. She graduated with a degree in criminal justice and was the recipient of the Douglas E. Stanley Award for Criminal Justice. Ostrowski is a deputy sheriff.
Salazar played two seasons of basketball at Sage, leading the Gators to a combined 40-18 record. The 1993-94 team made it to the semifinals of the Region 3 Division I playoffs before losing to Monroe Community College.
Salazar was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in both seasons, leading the team in rebounds and blocked shots. He finished his career with 428 reboounds, still sixth on the all-time list, while his 167 steals are second in the program’s history.
Corrado, who will join the Hall of Fame as a contributor to athletics, graduated from Russell Sage College in 1950. She
began her professional career as a physical education teacher at Ticonderoga, and later taught and served as athletic director at New Hyde Park School from 1957 until her retirement in 1984.
Corrado is a past president of the Association of Women in Physical Education, and was active in the implementation of Title IX programs in Nassau County and throughout New York.
Her dedication to Sage and the athletic department is on-going, as she is often seen in attendance at Sage contests, especially when the Gators play downstate.
Former Siena soccer standout Joey Tavernese, a native of Garden City, recently signed a one-month contract with the Rochester Lancers of the Major Indoor Soccer League.
Tavernese, a 2011 Siena graduate, began his professional career in the summer of 2011, playing 11 games with FC New York of the United Soccer League.
Last year, the former Saints’ captain played for Armadale SC, an Australian club which competes in the Premier division of the Football West State League. He led Armadale in goals (10) and assists (12) and was rewarded with a call-up to the First Division’s Perth Glory.
Tavernese starred at Siena from 2007-10, and is 10th in career points with 39.
Puopolo, Bond on list
Junior forward Carmelina Puopolo and junior midfielder Sydney Bond of The College of Saint Rose were recently rocognized as scholar/athletes by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Puopolo was a first-team selection, while Bond earned a spot on the second team.
Puopolo set school records in all three major statistical categories this season, leading the country with 57 points and finishing second in goals (20) and assists (17) as the Golden Knights went 20-3-2 and advanced to the national semifinals of the NCAA Division II tournament for the fifth straight year.
A childhood education major who carries a 3.35 grade-point average, Puopolo is a two-time All-American and already owns
school records for career points (139) and assists (49).
Bond, who was second to Puopolo in scoring in the Northeast-10 Conference with 30 points (13 goals, six assists) is a criminal justice major with a 3.42 GPA. She is also a two-time All-American.
Danes set schedule
The University at Albany football team, wrapping up a 14-year tenure in the Northeast Conference, will begin its first season in the Colonial Athletic Association on Sept. 14 at home against Rhode Island.
Along with the Great Danes, Stony Brook will also join the CAA next season, joining current members Delaware, James Madison, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Richmond, Towson, Villanova and William & Mary.
In the past, the Danes have compiled a 7-5 record against CAA members, facing Delaware (1-1), Maine (4-2), Towson (2-1) and New Hampshire (0-1). UAlbany will also have an opportunity to expand its rivalry with Stony Brook, having played the Seawolves 15 times in the past, winning 10 times.
The Danes’ home opener on Sept. 14 will be the program’s first game at Bob Ford Field, the campus’ new 8,500-seat stadium.
Football season tickets are on sale, individual game tickets will go on sale in August.
UAlbany’s non-conference schedule will be announced at a later date.