• Athlete of the Week - Archive

5-28-07 | Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.)

Senior Rory Quiller broke the meet record in the pole vault and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row, highlighting Binghamton's performance at the opening day of the East Region Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In the process, he becomes the first individual in any sport at Binghamton to win a NCAA Regional title since the program moved up to the Division I level six years ago.

The 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships will be held at Cal-State Sacramento June 6-9. Quiller was 13th at last year's meet, which was also held in Sacremento, with a jump of 16-11.

Back in March, Quiller finished second at the NCAA Indoor Championship and earned All-America honors with his previous lifetime-best jump of 18-0 1/2. Should he finish among the top eight in two weeks, he will become the first Binghamton Division I athlete to earn multiple All-America honors in the same academic year.

5-21-07 | Gio Yannuzzi (Binghamton, N.Y.)

Junior Gio Yannuzzi struck out nine and scattered four hits to lead visiting Binghamton to a 3-1 baseball win over Maine on Monday, May 21. With the win, the Bearcats clinched the America East regular season title outright - the program's first-ever conference championship (regular season) in 51 years of baseball. Binghamton will carry the No. 1 seed into the America East tournament, and will face the same Black Bears in Thursday's opening game from Long Island. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled as it had no impact on the final standings or seedings.

Yannuzzi was stellar in just his second start of the season. He struck out six batters in the first three innings and only afforded the Black Bears a solo home run in the fifth inning. Yannuzzi (2-0) scattered four hits, struck out nine and walked two

5-14-07 | Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.)

Senior Rory Quiller, who was named the Binghamton Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday night, won the pole vault at the ECAC/IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend. His winning jump of 17-7 bettered his own outdoor school record.

5-6-07 | Kim Williams (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Sophomore Kim Williams (Buffalo, N.Y.) was named the Women's Most Outstanding Track Athlete, highlighting Binghamton's at the the America East Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Williams captured the 200 with an NCAA Regional and ECAC-qualifying time of 23.83. She also anchored the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, both of which set school records of 47.14 and 3:47.47 respectively.

4-30-07 | Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.)

Senior baseball player Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) led the Bearcats to a four-game sweep of Hartford, which padded the team's first-place lead in the America East. Hitchcock, the league's leading hitter at .421, batted a remarkable .692 in the series with nine RBI in the four games. He belted a three-run home run on Saturday and capped the series with a 4-for-5, three-RBI showing on Sunday. He was also honored as the America East Player of the Week.

4-23-07 | Lya Kushnirovich (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Senior women's tennis player Lya Kushnirovich (Brooklyn, N.Y.) swept both her singles and doubles matches as the Bearcats won a pair of conference matches this past week. Against Albany on Saturday, Kushnirovich won a 6-3, 6-1 over Kim Weltman at No. 2 singles and teamed with freshman Juliana Umeki to defeat Aimee Kern and Weltman 8-2 at No. 1 doubles. On Sunday at Stony Brook, Kushnirovich beat Cludia Sunua 7-5, 1-6, 10-6 at No. 2 singles and joined Umeki for an 8-2 win at first doubles. Kushnirovich is now 84-31 all time in singles matches and is tied with fellow senior Zeynep Altinay for first all time in school history with 70 doubles wins.

4-16-07 | Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.)

Junior baseball pitcher Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.), the reigning America East Pitcher of the Year, shut down Vermont on five hits in a 4-0 Bearcat victory to open the three-game series this past weekend. Groh surrendered only singles and struck out seven in eight innings of work. He improved to 2-1 on the season and lowered his earned run average to 1.93 in conference games.

4-9-07 | Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.)

Junior baseball third baseman Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.) hit .533 to lead the Bearcats to a four-game sweep of Albany in the conference-opening series. James went 8-for-15 with four runs and four RBI and didn't commit an error in the field.

4-2-07 | Chris Mulheron (Canandaigua, N.Y.)

Sophomore attack Chris Mulheron (Canandaigua, N.Y.) scored three goals and dished out three assists in the men's lacrosse team's 16-4 win over Hartford on Saturday. The six points in a game represents his career high and he now has three career hat tricks.

3-26-07 | Jeff Dennis (North Syracuse, N.Y.)

Sophomore baseball pitcher Jeff Dennis (North Syracuse, N.Y.) was sharp in a 3-1 victory over Lafayette. The 6-foot-6 lefthander went 7.0 innings, allowing just two hits (singles) and one run, which was unearned. He struck out eight and lowered his earned run average to 0.68.

3-19-07 | David Holmes (Doncaster, England)

Senior swimming standout David Holmes (Doncaster, England) closed out his storied Bearcat career with his third top-30 finish in as many days at the 2007 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

In his final collegiate race, Holmes finished in 26th place in the 200-butterfly. He finished four positions higher than his seed entering the race, touching the wall in 1:47.36.

Holmes recorded three top-30 efforts in his respective events against the nation's best swimmers. In Friday's 200-free, Holmes posted a final time of 1:36.23, leaving him 0.54 seconds shy of a top-16 finish which would have earned All-America honors. On Thursday, he made his championship debut with a 27th place showing in 500-free (4:23.81).

He is the first men's swimmer in both school and America East Conference history to qualify for nationals, joining former BU women's swimmers Yun Qu and Huijue Cai as the only Bearcats to make a Division I NCAA Championship appearance. The senior concludes his career as the school record holder in five individual events and as part of three relay efforts.

3-5-07 | Josh Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.)

Freshman 174-pound wrestler Josh Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.) placed third at CAA Championship, receiving a "wild card" entry into NCAA Championship. Patterson knocked off No. 1 seed and 9th-ranked wrestler from Hofstra in the semifinals en route to qualifying for the NCAA Championships, March 15-17 in Auburn Hills, Mich.

2-18-07 | Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.)

Senior Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.) broke his own school and conference record in the men's pole vault, highlighting the Binghamton track & field teams' performances at the America East Indoor Championships this past weekend.

Quiller's vault of 17-8 1/2 feet broke his 2005 record of 17-6 1/2 and solidified his chance of advancing to the NCAA Indoor Championship for the second time in three seasons. It also marked his third indoor conference title in four years. Quiller was named the America East Field Athlete of the Meet for the third time in his career. This marks the fourth consecutive year that a Binghamton athlete has received the honor.

2-11-07 | David Holmes (Doncaster, England)

Senior swimmer David Holmes (Doncaster, England) won three individual crowns and five overall gold medals en route to earning America East Men's Most Outstanding Swimmer honors at the 2007 America East Swimming and Diving Championships. Binghamton men's swimmer has now earned the conference's top individual accolade in three consecutive years. Former BU swimmer Kaan Tayla won the award at each of the last two championship meets.

Holmes notched four NCAA 'B' cuts over the four-day meet and set new school and championship records in the 200-yard butterfly (1:46.70), 500-yard freestyle (4:22.80) and 200-yard freestyle (1:35.56). He also swam a leg on each of Binghamton's two record-setting 400-yard relay efforts.

2-5-07 | Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.)

Junior basketball player Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) orchestrated another stunning victory for the Bearcats, banking an inbounds pass off a Stony Brook defender and releasing a winning layup at the final buzzer. It was the second buzzer-beating game-winning shot for in the last five games for Gordon, who also won a game at Hartford last season. In a pair of games during the week, Gordon averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 assists and 4.0 steals.

1-29-07 | Brian Koizim (White Plains, N.Y.)

Senior swimmer Brian Koizim (White Plains, N.Y.) led the Bearcat men to a split against Atlantic-10 powerhouse UMass and Colgate this past weekend. In his last collegiate dual meet, Koizim was a triple winner pacing the men's efforts with victories in the 100 back (51.85), 100 free (46.58) and 200 IM (1:54.8). His performance in the 200 I.M. was the second-fastest swim in that event in the America East all season. In both the 100 back and 100 free, his times were the league's third fastest efforts. On the year, Koizim has now 14 individual wins on the season and has won at least two races in three consecutive meets.

1-22-07 | David Holmes (Doncaster, England)

Senior swimmer David Holmes (Doncaster, England) was a perfect 5-for-5 in individual events lifting the Bearcats to a 3-0 mark with wins over Lafayette, St. Bonaventure and conference foe Stony Brook. In the final home meet of his collegiate career on Wednesday, Holmes claimed gold in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a school and pool record time of 9:27.73 and the 50-yard freestyle event in a time of 21.30 to lead BU's tri meet victory. Over the weekend, Holmes' dominance continued as he set a pair of pool records against a very strong St. Bonaventure program, taking home top honors in both the 200 fly (1:52.42) and 500 free (1:52.42). He also won the 1,000 free clocking in at 9:53.79

1-15-07 | Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland)

Junior guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) led the women's basketball team to a 2-1 record this past week by averaging 20.3 points per outing. She poured in a career-high 25 points against Cornell on Monday, scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed tied a career high with eight rebounds against Maine on Wednesday and ended the week with another 18-point effort against UMBC on Saturday. Since returning to the Bearcat lineup four games ago, Sario has averaged 19.5 points per game. In America East Conference play, she is averaging 17.7 points per night.

1-8-07 | Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.)

Junior basketball player Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) had a strong week for Bearcats, leading the team to an upset win over league-leading Albany. In two games, Gordon averaged 11.5 points, 7.5 assists and 2.5 steals and shot 57% from the floor and a perfect 100% from the free throw line. Gordon produced 11 points and eight assists in the 11-point win over Albany. In a loss to UMBC, Gordon drained 4-of-6 three-pointers and had seven assists and three steals.

1-1-07 | Kyle Fried (Rock Hill, N.Y.)

Junior wrestler Kyle Fried (Rock Hill, N.Y.) had an outstanding showing at the Southern Scuffle, hosted by UNC Greensboro on December 29-30. The 149-pound transfer from SUNY Brockport went 7-2 to place fifth in a field of 50 wrestlers. Along the way, he scored victories over three nationally-ranked wrestlers - the 13th, 14th and 16th-ranked individuals in the country. Fried pinned No. 13 Aaron Martin from Chattanooga in his final match.

12-25-06 | Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway, N.Y.)

Junior basketball player Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) led the Bearcats to an historic 79-74 victory over ACC member University of Miami on December 20. He scored a game-high 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting (4-of-6 three-pointers) and added four assists and four three steals as the Bearcats posted the biggest victory in program history. Forbes, who averaged 22.3 points per game on 73% shooting during the team's three-game win streak, also was selected as America East Player of the Week.

12-11-06 | Kareem Naguib (Clifton Park, N.Y.)

Freshman 133-pound wrestler Kareem Naguib (Clifton Park, N.Y.) went a perfect 3-0 in dual matches, leading the Bearcats to another victory during the week. Naguib posted a 9-4 decision against Drexel in BU's home opener, then scored a 12-4 major decision in the Bearcats' victory over Millersville. He completed the week with a 13-7 decision against Delaware Valley. Naguib is 9-6 overall and 5-3 in duals this season.

12-4-06 | Josh Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.)

Freshman 174-pound wrestler Josh Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.) went 8-2 during the week, earning a pair of dominating dual match victories before placing seventh out of 63 wrestlers at the elite Penn State Nittany Lion Open. He began the weekend with a pin against Princeton and then followed with an 11-3 decision against Bucknell. At the Nittany Lion Open, Patterson went 6-2 with two pins and two major decisions to earn a top-8 placement for the second time this season. Overall, he is 13-4 with eight of those victories coming by major decision (8 or more points), technical fall (15 points) or pin.

11-27-06 | Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.)

Senior Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) led the men's basketball team to a pair of wins during the week. He was 7-for-7 from three-point range and shot 75% from the floor. Hailey scored a team-high 15 points against Cornell - including six points in the pivotal final 2:27 - and averaged 13.0 points per game for the week. For the season, he is averaging 12.3 points and shooting 53% from the field.

11-20-06 | Katie Radzik (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.)

Sophomore Katie Radzik (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) won the ECAC Cross Country championship this past weekend, finishing first out of 166 runners. Her time of 18:02 for the 5K course was 26 seconds faster than the rest of the field and was 27 seconds faster than her time in 2005, when she placed fifth in the race. Radzik is the first Binghamton runner to win the ECAC individual title since the program moved up to the NCAA Division I level in 2001.

11-13-06 | Katie Radzik (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.)

Sophomore Katie Radzik (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) earned All-Northeast Region honors for the second straight season. She placed 25th out of 228 runners in the women's 6,000-meter race with a time of 22:14. The top 25 runners in the race were named to the All-Northeast Region Team. The award comes two weeks after Radzik earned America East all-conference honors for the second week in a row.

11-6-06 | Men's Soccer Team

For the second time in four years, the men' soccer team captured the America East Conference title and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. After winning the decisive penalty kick shootout against Boston in the semifinals on Wednesday, the Bearcats took a 1-0 decision over Vermont in the finals on Saturday. Sophomore back Barry Neville (Mearns Castle, Scotland) was named the America East Tournament MVP) while senior forward Joey Neilson (Boothwyn, Pa.), sophomore midfielder Cody Germain (Glenmont, N.Y.) and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jason Stenta (Binghamton, N.Y.) were named to the all-tournament team.

10-30-06 | Katie Radzik (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.)

Sophomore Katie Radzik (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) placed fourth overall in the women's race, highlighting the Binghamton cross country squads' performance at America East Cross Country Championships in Saturday at Maine.
Radzik covered the women's 5,000-meter course in a time of 17:27. In the process, she became just the second Binghamton runner to earn all-conference accolades (given to the top 10 runners) two staight years.

10-23-06 | Jason Stenta (Binghamton, N.Y.)

For the second time this season, redshirt freshman Jason Stenta (Binghamton, N.Y.) has been named the America East Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week. He earned the award by virtue of his two shutouts last week, which were instrumental in the Bearcats clinching their first-ever America East Conference regular season title.

Stenta finished the regular season with a 0.68 goals against average, including a microscopic 0.36 mark against America East Conference squads. Heading into the America East Conference Tournament, he has posted three consecutive shutouts and six for the season.

10-16-06 | Kristie Bowers (Rochester, N.Y.)

Senior goalkeeper Kristie Bowers preserved two shutouts during the week, leading the women's soccer team to a pair of crucial America East victories. Bowers broke the school's career saves record in the 3-0 win at UMBC, making five saves. She added four more, including a key stop early in the second half, in the team's 1-0 win over Maine. That triumph over Maine on Senior Day pushed BU into sole possession of third place in the America East standings. Her four-year total currently stands at 377 saves.

Bowers, who has six solo shutouts on the season, has led the Bearcats to four wins in their last five games. She has lowered her goals against average to 1.25, which ranks sixth in the America East.

10-9-06 | Zach Vinal (Syracuse, N.Y.)

Junior Zach Vinal tied for third place out of 96 individuals, leading the golf team to a title at the Yale MacDonald Cup. Vinal shot rounds of 75-71-73 to steer the Bearcats to their second championship at Yale in the last three years. He hit 43 of 54 greens in regulation and finished among the top-10 for the fourth time in five tournaments. In the process, Vinal lowered his scoring average to 72.8.

"Zach was totally prepared for this tournament and it showed," head coach Nick Lasky said. "I think he maybe had four bad swings in 54 holes and even those weren't too bad."

10-2-06 | Jeff Wolniewicz (West Seneca, N.Y.)

Senior Jeff Wolniewicz led the golf team to a championship at the Dartmouth Invitational. The No. 1 man fired an opening-round 67 and wound up second out of 67 golfers (67-78). His 4-under-par first round was the low round of the tournament and featured five birdies. Wolniewicz owns a 72.5 scoring average.

9-25-06 | Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.)

Junior right-side hitter Kathleen Schauer led the volleyball team to a 2-2 mark this past week averaging a team-best 3.50 kills per game. Against Siena on Wednesday, she registered a career-high 17 kills and six blocks. Schauer also figured largely over the weekend as BU posted a 2-1 mark at the Sheraton Penn Invitational. In both Bearcat victories, she paced the attack corps with 12 and 11 kills respectively. Along with teammate Megan Hoag, she recorded double-digit kills in each of Binghamton's four contests this past week. "I thought that Kathleen had a great week," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama.

"She did a pretty consistent job on the outside," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "She has become very steady for us, not only with her hitting along the front row, but also with her passing and defense."

9-18-06 | Jason Stenta (Binghamton, N.Y.)

Redshirt freshman Jason Stenta (Binghamton, N.Y.) recorded his first two solo shutouts this past week. He made three saves in a scoreless tie against Lehigh and followed up with six stops in the Bearcats' 1-0 win over Hartwick on Saturday. His most important save of the week came off a corner kick with three minutes left against Hartwick. Stenta saved a header from close range off a corner kick to preserve the win. Since taking over as the starting goalkeeper five games ago, Stenta has led Binghamton to a 2-1-2 record. His goals against average stands at 1.09, including a microscopic 0.29 the past three games.

9-11-06 | Katie Radzik (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.)

Sophomore Katie Radzik (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) won the women's race for the second year in a row, highlighting the Binghamton cross country teams' season-opening meet at the Binghamton Invitational. Radzik placed first out of 42 runners in the women's race by covering the 5,000-meter course in 19:17.3. She came from behind in the last 200 meters to defeat Elizabeth Kennedy of Colgate by one second. With the win, Radzik has now won three races during her career at Binghamton.

9-4-06 | Cody Germain (Glenmont, N.Y.)

Sophomore midfielder Cody Germain (Glenmont, N.Y.) netted a career-high two goals, including the game winner with just 2:32 left in regulation, leading Binghamton to a 4-3 win over Long Island in the final day of the Dartmouth adidas/Hypertherm Men's Soccer Classic on Sunday afternoon. In addition to scoring twice, Germain assisted on another of the Binghamton goals. He now has a team high six points (two goals and two assists) this season.

8-28-06 | Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio)

In four matches last week senior middle blocker Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) led the volleyball team with 2.81 kills and 0.50 service aces per game. Against Wright State on Saturday, she was instrumental in leading the Bearcats to its first victoryof 2006, collecting a team-high 16 kills along with a match-high six service aces and 14 digs. Hoag also figured largely in BU's 3-1 loss to Big Ten power Michigan, once again leading her squad with 16 kills and adding 12 digs to record her first of two double-doubles on the weekend.

"If there was one star for us this weekend, it would have to be Megan," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "She was terrific today in both matches. Her aces were a huge factor in our success."


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