Capping 125 Years of Victories

Intercollegiate athletics has been an integral part of the University’s heritage since its founding as St. Thomas College in 1888. Several teams and individuals added another chapter to the University’s rich history during its 125th anniversary. The University now has 96 NCAA championship appearances in 12 different sports.

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Here are just a few of the highlights of the 2013-2014 academic year:

 Coaches Colleen Murphy (women’s soccer) and Carl Danzig (men’s basketball) were voted coaches of the year by their peers in the Landmark Conference.

 Junior Meredith Mesaris of the women’s basketball team was named honorable mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), becoming the 19th player from the women’s basketball program to be named All-American and bringing the University’s overall total to 57 in 12 different sports.

 Senior John Gregitis became the second player from the men’s lacrosse program to be named Scholar All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), joining 2013 recipient Tim Cleary.

 Gregitis’s teammate, senior Matt Tibbitts, was one of four University students to be awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, a highly competitive grant based on academic merit and professional promise. It is the United States government’s premier scholarship program for overseas graduate study, research and teaching. He received an English teaching assistantship to Malaysia. 

 Men’s soccer standout Bill McGuiness ’13 repeated as All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

 Six student-athletes — sophomore Erin Casey (women’s soccer), junior Ross Danzig (men’s basketball), junior Emily Goss (women’s lacrosse), McGuiness (men’s soccer), Mesaris (women’s basketball), and senior Samantha Russo (women’s soccer) — were named District IV All-Academic by CoSIDA. In addition, Goss, a two-sport athlete, was named a Scholar of Distinction by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), a designation for those student-athletes who have earned a 3.9-or-higher grade point average during the fall semester. 

 One hundred and twenty-four student-athletes were named to the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll, which recognizes those student-athletes who are at least a sophomore and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2.

 Sara Franciscovich (women’s swimming) and Kelsy McAnelly (women’s soccer) were selected the Landmark Conference Senior Scholar-Athletes in their respective sports by a committee comprised of conference officials. Franciscovich, who holds a 3.79 grade point average in elementary and primary teacher education, was a three-time Landmark Conference relay champion, while McAnelly, a political science and history major with a 3.68 grade point average, earned all-conference honors three times.

 The men’s golf team, one of two teams that do not compete in the Landmark Conference, was well- represented on the Empire 8 Conference President’s List, which honors those student-athletes who have earned at least a 3.75 term grade point average. Last fall, junior Josh Jimenez and seniors Kevin Kucharski, Andrew LoyackDaniel Penetar earned this distinction, while Jimenez, Kucharski, and Penetar were joined by sophomore Ryan Brown for the spring semester.

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