• Athlete of the Week - Archive

5-9-05 | Neil Case
Case captured the men's 400 hurdles at the America East Conference Track & Field Championships this past weekend with an IC4A-qualifying time of 52.52. He finished a convincing 1.28 seconds ahead of second-place David Benedetto of New Hampshire. In addition, Case's time also broke the school record of 52.88, set by Mike Stewart last season.

5-2-05 | Entire Men's Tennis Team
The entire men's tennis team has been named BU's Athletes of the Week after claiming the program's third consecutive America East championship. The Bearcats, coached by Michael Starke, knocked off Hartford 4-0 in the semifinals and then edged longtime SUNY rival Stony Brook 4-3 in the title match - the third straight year BU has beaten the Seawolves by a 4-3 score. The team is 21-5 overall,. and will carry a school-record 12-match win streak into the NCAA Regionals.

4-25-05 | Brendon Hitchcock
Sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) had another outstanding week at the plate for the baseball team, which has won eight of its last nine games. Hitchcock, who leads the America East in hitting, went 11-for-19 (.579) in a 4-1 week, raising his average to .430. He collected four doubles and two home runs in the five games, rapping out three or more hits in three of the five. Hitchcock had eight RBI and eight runs scored, and produced a slugging percentage of 1.105 and an on-base mark of .619. A second-team all-star as a freshman, Hitchcock already has 16 multi-hit games in 33 contests this spring. He was also selected as the America East Player of the Week.

4-18-05 | Mathieu Bergeron
Junior third baseman Mathieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec) led the baseball team to a 4-1 week. Already the America East leader in home runs (9), RBI (36) and slugging percentage (.760), Bergeron hit .389 with two home runs and nine RBI in the five games, winning two with dramatic final at-bat hits. His two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning defeated St. Bonaventure on April 12. Bergeron then delivered a two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning to defeat Stony Brook on April 16. In game two of the twinbill, Bergeron belted a three-run home run to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Seawolves. One day later, he hit another three-run bomb to spark a 14-6 win. He has produced three or more RBI five times this season and has 19 extra-base hits.

4-11-05 | Zeynep Altinay and Dan Hanegby
Sophomore Zeynep Altinay (Antalya, Turkey) of the women's tennis team won her 25th and 26th matches of the year this past week. In the process, she broke the school record held by Lisa Denerstein for the most victories in a season. During the 1991-92 season, Denerstein was 25-7 at No. 1 singles. Altinay is currently 26-4 at No. 1 singles. Altinay's most significant win last week was a 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-4 triumph over Hana Chovanova as Binghamton defeated arch rival Stony Brook 4-3 on April 9. The Bearcats are now 11-5 this season.

Sophomore Dan Hanegby (Herzliya, Israel) of the men's tennis team outlasted Stony Brook's Jan Krejci, 11-9 in a third-set super tiebreak. Hanegby saved a match point at 8-9 before claiming the win with a crosscourt passing shot on the forehand. Hanegby, 26-7 overall, is No. 87 in the ITA national rankings, while Krejci was No. 100 earlier in the fall. The men's team defeat Stony Brook 6-1 to improve to 16-5 on the season.

4-4-05 | Matt McNamara
Sophomore men's lacrosse attackmen Matt McNamara (Oswego, N.Y.) scored the game winning goal with 2:18 left in the second sudden death overtime to lead Binghamton over Vermont 8-7. He contributed an assist in the first and in the second quarters. The win improved the Bearcats streak of regular season conference victories to seven, dating back to the 2003 season when they lost to Hartford 13-7.

3-28-05 | Brendon Hitchcock
Sophomore baseball first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) had a spectacular week, batting .619 with two home runs and 11 RBI in five games. He was named America East Player of the Week after raising his season average 112 points to a team-best .391. Hitchcock went 4-for-4 with a home run, five RBI and six runs scored against St. Peter’s and then collected nine hits and seven RBI in a four-game set at Lafayette. His six runs scored against St. Peter’s were a school record (Division I) and the five RBI tied the single-game RBI mark (D-I) that he and former teammate Jay Balback hold.

3-21-05 | Patti Egan
Freshman pitcher Patti Egan (Sierra Vista, Ariz.) went 2-0 this week with a pair of complete-game wins, including a shutout, at the Maryland Softball Tournament this past weekend. She hurled a four-hit shutout against Mt. St. Mary's in the consolation game on Sunday. One day earlier, she surrendered just two runs on five hits against Columbia.

For the week, Egan pitched 17.0 innings and had an ERA of just 0.86. She is now 2-1 this season.

3-14-05 | Rory Quiller
Sophomore pole vaulter Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.) placed 12th in the pole vault at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championship, hosted by University of Arkansas Friday and Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Quiller, who qualified with a BU record of 17-feet 6 1/2 inches, successfully cleared 17-feet-4 1/2 in Friday night's competition. He was seeded 16th of the 17 competitors entering the event.

"Rory did very well for his first national meet," head coach Mike Thompson said. "He had one very good attempt at 17-8 3/4, which would've been his personal best and would've made him a All-American. I thought he showed great composure and maturity at such a world-class meet."

Quiller was the only male athlete from the America East Conference to compete at the national meet.

2-28-05 | Kaan Tayla
Binghamton University freshman Kaan Tayla (Ankara, Turkey) made the NCAA "B" provisional qualifying time in both the 50 and 100 freestyle at the ECAC Championship. He captured the 50 free (20.16) and 100 free (44.46) setting the ECAC and school records in both of these events. Tayla also swam on three relay teams which set school records.

2-21-05 | Rory Quiller and Kaan Tayla
Binghamton University freshman Kaan Tayla (Ankara, Turkey) received two awards, the men's Most Outstanding Swimmer and Most Outstanding Rookie at the America East Conference Championships. He captured the 50 free (20.72), 100 free (45.11) as well as the 200 free with a school-record time of 1:40.84. Tayla also swam on four first-place relay teams, three of which set conference records.

Sophomore Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.) was named the Men's Most Outstanding Field Athlete at the America East Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships for the second year in a row. He earned the honor by virtue of his record-breaking win in the pole vault on Friday night. His winning height of 17-6 broke both the school and meet records (17-2 and 16-1 respectively). On Saturday, he placed sixth in both the 55 hurdles (7.75) and heptathlon (4,122 points). Quiller has already met the provisional qualifying height for the NCAA Championships.

2-14-05 | Heather Tassler
For Binghamton, senior Heather Tassler (Hartsdale, N.Y.) won the 55 dash in a school-record 7.28, and also captured the 200 dash (25.71). Tassler's 55 time broke the school record of 7.30 set in 1997 by 13-time NCAA Division III All-American Monique Hacker.

2-7-05 | Andre Heard
Junior guard Andre Heard (Oklahoma City, Okla.) has been named Athlete of the Week for January 31-February 6. In two Bearcats wins during the week, he averaged 18.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Heard shot 113 points higher from the field (.448 from .335) than his season average entering the week. His 16 points against Hartford marked the 15th time he has led the team in scoring this season, and he also contributed team-highs in rebounding (both games), steals (both games) and assists (5 vs. Maine). Heard ranks among the AE top-10 in scoring (9th), free throw percentage (.742, 6th) and steals (1.86, 5th).

1-31-05 | Robert Kaczynski
While hosting Lafayette on Tuesday, senior Robert Kaczynski (Tychy, Poland) swam the 200 IM in 1:54.91 and in the process, smashed the pool record of 1:56.08 set last season by Jakub Stroczynski of UMBC. In the same meet, he was part of the 400 yard medley relay and 400 free relay that won in 3:34.63 and 3:18.77, respectively.

On Saturday against Colgate, Kaczynski won both his individual events-the 100 breast (58.85) and the 200 breast (2:08.91). He was also part of the 400 yard medley relay (3:31.12) which started the meet off with a win for the men's team. Kaczynski also swam in the 400 free relay, winning in 3:08.79 to give the team the final points it need to win the meet.

1-24-05 | Rory Quiller
Sophomore Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.) continued his outstanding season by breaking two of his own school records, meeting the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the pole vault and winning the men's heptathlon at the Cornell Invitational on Saturday. The men's team placed fifth out of six competing teams with 52 points while the women were fourth out of six teams with 72 points.

Quiller winning score of 5,051 points eclipsed his old record of 4,816 points, which was set at last season's America East Indoor Championships. Furthermore, in the pole vault portion of the heptathlon, Quiller vaulted 17-2 3/4 inches, breaking his previous best height of 16-8 3/4. More importantly, his height met the provisional for the NCAA Championships, which will be held March 11-12 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Quiller met the NCAA provisional standard by five centimeters.

1-17-05 | Rory Quiller
At the Great Dane Indoor Track Classic, Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.) was named the men's Athlete of the Meet. He won the pole vault with a height of 16-2 3/4 as well as the 55 hurdles with a time of 7.61.

"There were some top team in the region at this meet," head coach Mike Thompson said. "So for Rory to be named the top athlete was really good. He beat some very good hurdlers to win that event."

12-13-04 | Rachel Laws

In two games last week, junior guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) averaged 25.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 3.5 steals per game against a pair of teams with a current combined record of 12-3. From the field, Laws shot 21-of-28 (.750) and she made 8-of-11 free throws (.727).

Laws turned in a 21-point, 13 rebound, four-steal performance in Binghamton’s game against undefeated St. John’s on Tuesday night. The 13 rebounds marked her career high. She then followed up with a 29-point, 11-rebound, two-assist, two-block, three steal masterpiece at La Salle on Saturday. The 29 points shattered her previous career high of 22 points and the two blocks also marked a career-high.

She was named the America East Conference Co-Player of the Week.

12-6-04 | Paddy Hennessy

Junior Paddy Hennessy (Selkirk, N.Y.) won the 35 lb. weight throw in the season-opening Cornell Indoor Track Relays this past weekend. His distance of 56-11 met the qualifying standard for the IC4A Indoor Championships, which will be held March 5-6 in Boston.

Last season, Hennessy finished eighth in the 35 lb. weight throw at the America East Indoor Championships. He then went on to finish seventh in the hammer and eighth in the discus at the America East Conference Outdoor Championships.

11-22-04 | Stacy Kramer (Loudonville,N.Y.)

Junior Stacy Kramer (Loudonville, N.Y.) concluded her outstanding season with a second-place finish at the ECAC Cross Country Championship, highlighting Binghamton's final meet of the season. The women ended the season with a fifth-place finish out of 20 competing teams at the ECAC meet.

Kramer's time of 18:22 for the 5K course was 22 seconds off the lead but it was still the fastest time and place ever recorded by a Binghamton runner at the ECAC meet. She earned All-ECAC honors to go along with her America East All-Conference honors three weeks ago.

11-15-04 | David Holmes (Doncaster, England)

Sophomore David Holmes (Doncaster, England) won the 100 yard butterfly in 51.65 breaking the pool record of 51.90 set by Chris McGuire in 2003. Homes also took first place in the 200 yard freestyle (1:44.88). He swam the first leg of the 200 freestyle relay to help Binghamton win with a time of 1:29.09. Binghamton defeated New Hampshire 120-86, improving to 5-1 on the season.

11-8-04 | Entire Women's Soccer Team

The entire women's soccer team has been named Athletes of the Week for November 2-7. The Bearcats captured the America East championship with back-to-back shutout wins over Northeastern and Maine, and will now advance to the NCAA Division I tournament for the first time. The team was picked to finish eighth in the preseason conference poll, but instead won a share of the regular season title and became the first BU women's team to win an America East championship.

11-1-04 | Lauren Massey (Burlington, Ontario)

Junior midfielder Lauren Massey (Burlington, Ontario) scored a dramatic overtime goal to beat defending conference champion Boston University, and ultimately propel the women's soccer team to the America East regular season title and No. 1 seed for the upcoming tournament. Massey scored the game-winner 1:44 into the first overtime session, sending a wicked blast over the keeper into the top netting for her second game-winning goal of the season.

10-25-04 | Charles Darkwah (Toronto, Ontario)

Senior forward Charles Darkwah (Toronto, Ontario) doubles as both the America East Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week and BU Athlete of the Week. It marks the first time this season and second time in his career that he has received the conference honor.

Darkwah scored two goals and recorded two assists this past week as nationally-ranked Binghamton won a pair of games. He had a career-high two assists in the Bearcats' 3-1 win over UMBC last Wednesday and turned in his third career two-goal game in Sunday's 3-0 victory at Maine.

Through 16 games, Darkwah leads the America East Conference with 11 goals and 27 points. He is also tied for the team lead with five assists.

10-18-04 | Erica Angell (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)

Junior Erica Angell (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) continued her superb season, winning the women's race at the Albany Cross Country Invitational on Saturday. She helped lead the women's team to a second-place finish out of 21 teams.

Angell finished first out of 227 runners in the 5,000 meter race, clocking a time of 17:40. She becomes the first Binghamton women's runner in the 38-year history of the Albany Invitational to win the individual title. In addition, Angell was just four seconds of the course record of 17:36.

In five races this season, Angell has finished first once and tied for first two other times. Heading into the America East Conference Championships in two weeks, she is undefeated against all conference runners this season.

Angell was also named Binghamton's athlete of the week on Sept. 27.

10-11-04 | Jeff Wolniewicz (West Seneca, N.Y.)

Sophomore golfer Jeff Wolniewicz (West Seneca, N.Y.) enjoyed an outstanding performance at the 15-team Yale MacDonald Cup over the weekend, winning his first college medalist honors thanks to a final-round 66. Wolniewicz played his final four holes in 4-under-par to win the tournament by two strokes and lead the Bearcats to the team title as well. He recorded two eagles and four birdies in Sunday's closing round, and now has finished in the top-10 at all five tournaments this fall. He leads the team with a scoring average of 72.4.

10-4-04 | Deli Plourde (Clifton Park, N.Y.)

Senior women's soccer captain Deli Plourde (Clifton Park, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal in BU's 1-0 win over Maine Sunday in Orono. Just over a minute into a scoreless second half, Plourde blasted a 20-yard shot high into the net to give the Bearcats their seventh win overall and first in conference play. Plourde now has seven points in 10 games this season.

9-27-04 | Erica Angell (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)

Junior Erica Angell (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) continued her superb start to the 2004 cross country season, placing 20th out of 175 runners in the prestigious Lehigh Paul Short Run. She helped lead the Binghamton women's squad to a 12th-place finish out of 26 competing teams.

Until this weekend, the highest that any Binghamton runner had finished at the Paul Short Run was 47th. Angell's time of 21:29 for the 5,000 meter course was also the fastest time that a Binghamton women's runner has recorded at the meet by 54 seconds.

Several top teams competed in the meet including Penn State, Tennessee, Georgetown, Auburn, Columbia, Princeton, Villanova and Yale.

9-20-04 | Jelena Koprivica (Belgrade, Serbia) and Lya Kushnirovich (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

The Binghamton women's tennis team made its presence felt at the Eastern College Championships, crowning two individual singles champions on Sunday.

Sophomores Jelena Koprivica (Belgrade, Serbia) and Lya Kushnirovich (Brooklyn, N.Y.) - both unseeded in the draw - captured the "B" and "C" singles flights respectively at the Eastern Intercollegiate Championships. The 20-team event, hosted by Army, is the largest individual tournament in the country behind only the NCAA Championships and the ITA Regional Championships with the top teams from across the Northeast represented.

In her final, Koprivica trailed 5-2 in the opening set before steamrolling to a 7-5, 6-1 win over Jessica Loose of Long Island University. One day earlier, she dispatched No. 2 seed Catalina Isaza of Seton Hall, 6-2, 6-1, in the semifinals. Kushnirovich had an even easier time in her title match, dropping just one game in a 6-0, 6-1 triumph over No. 4 seed Ebru Burduroglu of Seton Hall. She went 5-0 at the tournament.

"Both Jelena and Lya played excellent tennis throughout the tournament," head coach Mike Stevens said. "In the final, Lya played probably the smartest match I've ever seen her play. She was confident throughout, and never was in any trouble. Jelena was able to come back from 5-2 down and played very well once she settled down."

9-13-04 | Bryan Arnault (Clay, N.Y.)

Sophomore midfielder Bryan Arnault (Clay, N.Y.) was named the America East Conference Co-Player of the Week for Sept. 7-13. It marks the second time in his career that he has received a weekly award from the America East Conference. Last season, Arnault was named the Rookie of the Week for Oct. 27-Nov. 2.

This past weekend, Arnault earned MVP honors in leading Binghamton to the team title at the Philadelphia Soccer Classic. He scored a goal in Saturday's 3-1 win over Philadelphia and in Sunday's 3-0 shutout of St. Joseph's.

Earlier in the season, Arnault was also named the Offensive Most Outstanding Player of the Buffalo Fall Classic (Sept. 4-6). He is currently tied for the team lead with a career-high five goals.

In his freshman season, Arnault was named to the America East Conference all-rookie team.

9-7-04 | Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa.)

Senior middle blocker Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa.) was named the America East Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for Aug.31-Sept 7 for the second time in her career. She earns the honor by virtue of her performance at the season-opening Western New York Tournament this past weekend.

In four matches this past weekend, Crocus averaged 4.43 kills and 1.93 blocks per game. Twice she had at least 20 kills, including a career-high 25 against Texas Arlington on Sunday, and against Niagara on Saturday, she posted a school-record 17 blocks. Her weekend concluded with a selection to the all-tournament team.

"Anne was the difference in the matches we won this weekend," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "She continues to improve each day at practice and is one of our hardest workers on the team."


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