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February 1, 2018
>>Head football coach Jason Mangone was named the American Football Coaches Association Division III national coach of the year. Mangone led the Golden Eagles to the most successful season in program history, setting a record for wins in a single season and advancing to the national semifinals — the furthest the Brockport football program has ever advanced. The team’s success was awarded, as well. The 2017 Golden Eagles were the recipients of the Division III Lambert Trophy, which honors the top team from the east region.
>>The women’s basketball team defeated SUNY Fredonia 49-46 on Tuesday night to extend its winning streak to five games. It was the program’s seventh consecutive SUNYAC victory, improving its record to 10-10 overall and 8-5 in the conference. Junior guard Schyler Laux hit five three-pointers to power the Golden Eagles’ offense. All nine active Brockport players scored in the game, the second time that has happened this season. Defense powered the victory as Brockport held Fredonia to a .328 field goal percentage.
>>The men’s basketball team knocked off SUNY Fredonia 73-55 behind 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists from senior guard Hamed Shamseldin. Sophomore forward Justin Summers chipped in 18 points. Brockport improved to 15-5 overall and 10-3 in SUNYAC play. Both the men’s and women’s teams travel to Geneseo to take on the Knights Saturday.
>>The women’s lacrosse program is preparing to begin its season after receiving strong praise from its peers. The program is ranked No. 1 in the 2018 SUNYAC women’s lacrosse preseason poll. The Golden Eagles set a program record for wins last season (16) and advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament. They finished the season ranked No. 15 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association post-season coaches poll.
December 7, 2017
>>Junior Hamed Shamseldin was named the United States Basketball Writers Association Division III National Player of the Week Dec. 5. The senior guard’s big week included a triple double (26 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists) in a win over Medaille College, a 42-point performance in an upset win over No. 19 Hobart College, and scoring 28 points in a loss to SUNY Oneonta. Shamseldin is just the 23rd player in Golden Eagle history to score more than 1,000 career points. The Golden Eagles (4-2 overall, 1-1 SUNYAC) host Plattsburg State on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 pm.
>>D3Football.com released their 2017 All-Region teams Dec. 5. Brockport honors in the East Region include:
Coach of the Year: Jason Mangone
Offensive Player of the Year: Sophomore Joe Germinerio
First Team All-East Region: Senior Mark Sanchez, Senior Adan Barrientos, Senior Jake O’Connell
Second Team All-East Region: Junior Caleb Ferdilus, Junior Austin Dean, Sophomore Alex West, Senior Justin Mizro
Third Team All-East Region: Junior Justin Morrison, Senior Matt Szymanski
Mangone was also named East Region Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.
>>Senior Meghann Kilgallon was named the SUNYAC Diver of the Week on Dec. 4. Her impressive week included placing first in both the one- and three-meter dives at the Fredonia Invitational. She also set a team record for both the six and 11 dive for this event. The Golden Eagles women’s team finished fourth in the Invitational. Sophomore Kaitlin Dunning finished sixth in the 1650-yard freestyle and sophomore Rebekah Wilkinson and freshman Abby Tripp finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 200-yard fly.
November 2, 2017
>>The Brockport football program jumped to No. 10 in the D3Football.com national poll after a 33-0 shutout victory over Buffalo State October 28 to remain unbeaten. Sophomore linebacker Alex West led the defensive effort with nine (seven solo) tackles and 3.5 sacks (which included a safety). West’s performance earned Empire 8 Defensive Player of the Week honors and placed him on the D3football.com Team of the Week.
The Golden Eagles host Alfred University Saturday, November 4, at noon in a matchup that could decide the Empire 8 Conference title. Brockport (8-0 overall, 6-0 in Empire 8) would clinch the title and an NCAA Playoff berth with a win over Alfred (6-2, 4-1). It would be Brockport’s first NCAA appearance since 2003.
>>Brockport women’s volleyball cruised through the second day of the Golden Eagle Invitational on October 28 by defeating SUNY Canton and Hiram College to improve their record to 24-8. The Golden Eagles now turn their attention to the SUNYAC playoffs, which will be hosted at Brockport. They’ll take on the winner of New Paltz and SUNY Oneonta at 7 pm Friday.
>>Connor Hutchins scored three goals, including a game winner, and two assists during a pair of Brockport ice hockey victories over King’s College and Neumann University last weekend. The performance led to the sophomore forward being named SUNYAC player of the week. Brockport (2-0) opens SUNYAC play in Brockport against Fredonia November 3. The Golden Eagles return to Brockport November 10 when they take on Plattsburgh.
October 5, 2017
>>Brockport football is in the midst of one of their best seasons in program history, having started 5-0 for the first time since 2003. Read all about their "perfect September."
>>After two straight SUNYAC championships, the Golden Eagles volleyball team was afforded the opportunity to travel to California to participate in the Pacific Coast Classic against multiple top-25 teams. The tough competition has them prepared for another run at the NCAA tournament. The team has started conference play 3-0, growing their conference winning streak to 26 games over the past three seasons.
>>After down seasons a year ago, the men’s and women’s soccer teams are off to hot starts in 2017. The men’s team eclipsed its win total from last year less than halfway into the season, boasting a 6-3-2 mark, including a 2-1-1 mark in conference play. The women’s team, which features 17 freshmen, is off to their best start since 2014 with a 7-2-2 record. They began their season with a road trip, squaring off with past national champion Lynchburg College and Roanoke College in Salem, VA, where they went 1-1.
>>The field hockey program has a new outlook in 2017 with Krista Archambeau taking over for Andrea Zurlo, who stood at the helm of the program for 16 years, as head coach. Archambeau has brought a new energy to the program, leading the team to their first win in a 1-0 shootout over Keuka College. Junior goaltender Sarah Beam has been dominant early in the season, winning SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Week twice and helping the team to the second spot in the nation in total saves (149).
September 7, 2017
>>Brockport football knocked off the No. 14 ranked team in Division III on September 2 as they defeated Hobart College 34-20. The Golden Eagles generated 606 yards of total offense, largely behind sophomore Joe Germinerio’s 360 yards passing and junior Justin Morrison’s 169 yards rushing. The win vaulted the program into D3Football.com’s Top 25 for the first time since 2012. Brockport is ranked No. 25 heading into a home matchup with Ithaca College at 2 pm on September 9. From there, they’ll travel to St. John Fisher College to take on the Cardinals in the Courage Bowl on September 16.
>>Junior goalie Sarah Beam was named the SUNYAC field hockey Defensive Player of the Week on September 5. Beam recorded seven saves on nine shots and stopped eight of nine penalty strokes in an overtime shootout last weekend to lift Brockport to a 1-0 win over Keuka College. Brockport then lost to St. John Fisher College to even their record at 1-1, heading into a September 9 game against Vassar College.
>>The Golden Eagles men’s soccer team sits at 2-1 on the season following a 2-1 loss to Medaille College on Tuesday. Senior defender Chris Aherne scored Brockport’s lone goal, while Joseph Romano finished with a season-high seven saves. Justin Mercer and Quintin Volpe each lead the team with two goals on the season. Brockport hosts Alfred University at 7 pm on Thursday, September 7.
May 4, 2017
>>Senior Kelly Wall scored five goals to help the Golden Eagles women’s lacrosse team top rival SUNY Cortland on April 25 for the first time in program history. The five goals also propelled Wall to first on Brockport’s all-time goals leader list. Brockport followed with a win over SUNY New Paltz to finish the regular season undefeated in SUNYAC play. The Golden Eagles earned the right to host the SUNYAC Tournament May 4-5. Brockport has been ranked nationally throughout the season and aims to make a deep playoff run.
>>Brockport baseball will also compete in the conference playoffs, clinching the third seed in the SUNYAC Tournament after finishing the season with a 13-5 conference record. The Golden Eagles have beaten three nationally ranked teams this season, including a series win over No. 2 Cortland. It was the first time Brockport baseball has won a series against the Red Dragons since 2013. Brockport and Cortland will face off again in the opening round of the SUNYAC Tournament May 5 at SUNY Oswego.
>>The Golden Eagles have also been making an impact off the field. Brockport participated in the Yards for Yeardley event, which is organized by the One Love Foundation in an effort to raise awareness about relationship violence. Student-athletes engaged the entire Brockport community and challenged it to run, walk, bike, or swim one million yards on April 26. More than 700 people joined together to total 3,759,440 yards — far surpassing the original goal.
April 6, 2017
>>Sophomore Candis Kowalik won her second consecutive national championship on the balance beam at the 2017 NCGA Individual Championships. Kowalik claimed the title with a score of 9.600 and was named a first team All-American. Sophomore Stephanie Mager also received first team All-American honors with her third place finish on the vault. Seniors Kendal Hamer, Maddie O’Braitis, Jen Sklenar, and Marla Thomas all received the NCGA All-America in Academics honor.
>>Three Golden Eagles were named first team All-Americans following their outstanding performances in the NCAA National Championships. Senior Jon Rogers finished fourth in the shot put at the indoor track and field championships to become an All-American. Junior Jonathan Haas and sophomore Triston Engle, wrestlers, earned the honor by finishing third in the 125-lb weight class and fourth in the 197-lb class, respectively.
>>The Brockport women’s lacrosse team is off to an 8-1 start and are ranked No. 8 in the nation in the US Lacrosse Magazine poll. Junior Taylor Thomas leads the team with 20 points (12 goals, 8 assists) while senior Kelly Wall, junior Jessica Boddery, and sophomore Jillian Babinsky are tied for the team lead with 15 goals each. The Golden Eagles have upcoming home dates against SUNY Fredonia (April 11) and SUNY Oneonta (April 15).
March 2, 2017
>>Football player Dan Andrews — Brockport’s career record-holder in rushing yards (5,001), career points (434), career touchdowns (72), and career rushing touchdowns (64) — received the Rich Funke Jr. College Male Athlete of the Year Award. The running back will be honored at the 68th Day of Champions Dinner to be headlined by National Football League Most Valuable Player Matt Ryan on Thursday, April 20, at the Joseph Floreano Riverside Convention Center in Rochester. Andrews will be recognized alongside Ryan and other local winners.
>>Don Murray ’69, associate professor and head wrestling coach, was honored in February as an inductee into the Section V Wrestling Hall of Fame. Throughout his career, Murray has coached more than 100 collegiate All-Americans through 47 winning seasons, 36 Conference titles, five NCAA team titles, and three New York State Collegiate titles.
>>In February, men’s and women’s basketball and ice hockey earned spots in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) playoffs, while gymnastics and wrestling continued to receive national recognition. March will welcome the start of men’s and women’s lacrosse, baseball, and softball. Both lacrosse programs, as well as baseball, were picked third in the SUNYAC conference in the first annual pre-season poll. The women’s lacrosse team was ranked eighth in the nation by USLacrosse Magazine and ninth by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.
>>Brockport Athletics will host several community service initiatives throughout March and April. On March 8, athletes will assemble bears and blankets to be delivered to Golisano Children’s Hospital. Athletics will partner with the Department of Dance to host ‘Dancing with Athletes’ on April 13, through which all proceeds will support the winning team’s charity of choice. On April 26, Athletics, Brockport Student Government, and the Office of the President are teaming up to raise awareness for domestic violence by helping to organize Yards for Yeardley, a State University of New York Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SUNYAC SAAC) yard-running competition in memory of former lacrosse player at the University of Virginia Yeardley Love, who was killed by her boyfriend in 2010 as a result of domestic violence.
February 2, 2017
>>The Golden Eagles men’s basketball team sits in second place in the SUNYAC Conference with five games remaining in the regular season, after posting a 7-4 record in the month of January to bring their total to 15-5 overall and 10-3 in SUNYAC play. Known for a fast-paced offense and full-court pressure defense, the Golden Eagles have received votes in the d3hoops.com Top 25 poll during each of the final three weeks of January. They have been led by senior forward Clifton Lyerly’s 15.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
>>Gymnastics started the season with a 7-0 record and are currently ranked fourth in the country by the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA). Jen Skenlar and Candis Kowalik have each been recognized by the NCGA as a Gymnast of the Week this season. Skenlar, who won the honor twice in January, is currently ranked 10th in the vault, 14th in the floor exercise, 16th on the balance beam, and 21st on the uneven bars.
>>Brockport’s wrestling program is now ranked No. 15 nationally in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) poll after starting the season 5-1 in dual meets. Three wrestlers are ranked in the top 10 nationally: Jonathan Haas (ninth at 125 lbs), Sean Peacock (fifth at 149 lbs), and Triston Engle (fourth at 197 lbs).
>>Mary Jane Leja was named the State University of New York Athletic Conference’s (SUNYAC) Female Swimming and Diving Swimmer of the Week on January 31. Leja earned the honor on the strength of a dominant performance at Fredonia January 28. The senior won the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle, and the 50-yard freestyle. She also contributed to a second place finish in the 200-yard medley relay.
December 1, 2016
>>The Golden Eagles men’s basketball team is off to a perfect start to their season. Brockport (4-0) is coming off an 85-82 overtime victory over Old Westbury on November 23. Senior forward Clifton Lyerly hit a jump shot in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime. Lyerly’s 1,056 career points currently ranks 18th in College history. John Ivy ’14 is the school’s all-time leader with 1,683 points. Lyerly is averaging 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals per game this season. The Golden Eagles will attempt to stay unbeaten this weekend when they host SUNY Oneonta and SUNY New Paltz on Friday and Saturday at Jim and John Vlogianitis Gymnasium.
>>The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which serves as the liaison between the College’s varsity athletes and athletic administration, organized several community service projects throughout November. Student-athlete volunteers raked leaves in more than 40 yards in the community, as well as collected more than 830 pounds of food for the Brockport Food Bank through the annual Athletics canned food drive.
>>The women’s basketball team hosted its first Kids Day game on November 15, offering activities for children such as face painting, giveaways, contests, games, fun with Ellsworth, and a post-game meet and greet with the players.
>>Senior Ed Suriano, captain of the football team and President of the State University of New York Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SUNYAC SAAC), recently initiated a conference-wide yard-running competition called Yards for Yeardley. The movement invites sports teams from across the country to commit to running 1 million yards in 30 days in memory of Yeardley Love, a former lacrosse player at the University of Virginia who was killed by her boyfriend in 2010 as a result of domestic violence.
November 3, 2016
>>Sarah Mensah ’18, an international student from Berlin, Germany, earned State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) postseason awards for her performance as a new addition to the women’s tennis team this fall. She was a recipient of both the SUNYAC Peter J. Cahill Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards, and earned first team All-SUNYAC honors after an outstanding rookie campaign. Mensah, who is of Ghanaian descent, totaled 16 wins in the singles competition, then a 5-1 record in the ITA Northeast Regional Championship where she placed second. Mensah was the only unseeded athlete to reach the semifinals, defeating four seeded opponents along the way. As Brockport’s number-one singles player throughout the season, Mensah remained undefeated against top competition throughout the SUNYAC season.
>>The women’s volleyball team is currently 35-3 this season and undefeated in SUNYAC play — winning the regular season SUNYAC for the second straight year. The Golden Eagles were the first team in the NCAA Division III to reach the 30-win mark this season. It is the second consecutive season Brockport has won 30 or more games. Brockport achieved four-set victories over both Geneseo and New Paltz as the SUNYAC Tournament host, and will play in the NCAA tournament on November 11.
October 6, 2016
>>Martha Ruether, a transfer student on the Golden Eagles swimming and diving team, represented Brockport in September's 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. Born with a visual impairment that left her fully blind in the left eye and partially blind in the right, Martha was drawn to the College after participating in Camp Abilities in the summer of 2007, a weeklong sports camp for children with visual impairments. The Allegany, NY, native competed in five events for Team USA: the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley, 100-meter freestyle, and 100-meter breaststroke.
>>Running back Dan Andrews broke the 20-year record for all-time rushing in Golden Eagle football history, reaching 3,910 yards by the time of the opening game against Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Between his first two games, the Franklin High School graduate and nursing major racked up 3,996 career yards. The original record of 3,876 yards was set by Adam Rodger '00, who donned our colors from 1995 to 1998. Six games remain for Dan to continue raising the bar in his senior season.