By John Torenli
LIU-Brooklyn hasn’t won a Northeast Conference championship in men’s soccer since 2004. Long-time head coach TJ Kostecky is hoping his incoming recruiting class of eight players will change that in the next four years.
We’re very excited about our incoming class, as we have increased the talent pool to our young returning team,” said Kostecky, who guided the Blackbirds to a 5-10-3 finish a season ago. “The players we’ve brought in have met our specific positional needs, and are capable of making an immediate impact next fall.”
Brian Alumbaugh of Northville, Mich.; Shaun Daly, Tanner Sica and Robert Soto from New Jersey; Logan Keys (Whitehall, Pa.), Weston Meckes (Riverside, Calif.), Nahuel Medina (Miami, Fla.) and David Nuernberg, who hails from Germany, are the eight new players Kostecky hopes to shape into champions at the Downtown Brooklyn school.
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The Brooklyn College women’s softball squad fell to 8-8 overall and 2-2 in CUNYAC action, suffering a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Hunter College Wednesday on Randall’s Island.
The host Hawks posted a 3-1 victory in the opener and cruised to a 5-2 triumph in the nightcap.
Allison Donovan went 3-for-3 in Game 1 for BC, while reigning CUNYAC Player of the Week Kim Konklewski added two hits and an RBI in the second game.
BC will return to action Monday morning against visiting Lehman College at Monsignor Crawford Field.
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NYU-Polytechnic first baseman Corine Fitzgibbons, a product of Fontbonne Hall Academy in Bay Ridge, was named the Skyline Conference’s Player of the Week on Tuesday. She also received the prestigious Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Metro Region Player of the Week after six outstanding games.
The junior hit .500 (11-for-22) with three homers, two doubles, a triple, eight RBIs and seven runs scored, pacing the Lady Jays to a 3-3 week. Her slugging percentage went off the charts over the six-game stretch, climbing to a whopping 1.090.
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LIU-Brooklyn senior Jessie Gaines received U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association Second Team All-America honors in the triple jump after representing the Blackbirds at the NCAA Indoor Championships back on March 10.
Gaines set a new school record in the triple jump on Feb. 4 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, leaping to a mark of 13.14 meters, shattering her previous record of 12.8 meters, set in 2011.
This year’s Northeast Conference Indoor Championships MVP, Gaines was also recognized by the NEC three times during the season as the women’s field athlete of the week.
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Off the diamond and into the pool, St. Francis senior Paloma Szivos was named the MAAC Player of the Week after registering 16 goals and four assists during the Terriers’ victories over Siena and VMI last weekend.
The Coral Springs, Fla., native, who has a team-best 37 goals this year, scored eight times during Saturday’s 14-9 win over Siena and added five more goals in an 11-7 triumph over VMI on Sunday.
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The St Francis College Men’s water polo team hosted the Wounded Warrior Project in conjunction with the Handicapped Scuba Association at the Remsen Street school’s Aquatic Center on Sunday.
It was the first of three scheduled events at the pool over the next few weekends featuring aquatic activities, including scuba. Members of the team assisted the warriors and instructors in and out of the water providing the group with a safe and inviting environment.
“This project is a tremendous opportunity for our student-athletes to get involved with wounded warriors, who have given so much to our country,” said SFC Assistant Athletic Director/Aquatics Director Carl Quigley. “We are looking forward to spending more time with them over the next few weeks.”