Lehman Today Online Magazine Lehman Today Spring 2016 - Page 10

sports Highlights of the 2016 Lehman Athletic Season Head Coach Steve Schulman was Named CUNYAC Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year. His Lightning squad posted an 18-8 overall mark and a 12-4 record in the CUNYAC and earned the top seed in the CUNYAC Post Season Tournament. Chaun Miller and Olando Minott were named CUNYAC All-Stars. Miller led the Lightning in scoring and rebounding and has scored over 1,000 points in his collegiate career. Minott ranks in the top 100 in the nation in nine different categories. The Lehman College women’s basketball team, coached by Eric Harrison, won the CUNYAC regular season title and the post-season tournament. The thrilling overtime victory over Brooklyn College earned the Lightning an NCAA bid to the Big Dance as March Madness took over the APEX and the Lehman community. Coach Harrison became the winningest coach in CUNYAC women’s basketball history as his squad posted a 20-8 overall mark. To date he has amassed 272 career coaching victories in 18 years. Junior standout Amely Del Rosario was named CUNYAC Player of the Year as well as Tournament MVP. The Bronx native led the Lightning and CUNY scoring 23.3 points per game and ranked third in the country in scoring. She was also voted First Team All-ECAC and First Team at Met. Teammate Jennifer Navarro led the country in three point shooting, draining 99 trifectas (3.54 per contest) this season. Navarro ends her career as the second leading scorer in Lightning history with 1,737 points and ranks six on the CUNYAC all-time scoring record. Amani Lightbourne joined Del Rosario and Navarro as CUNYAC All-Stars. On the soccer field, Head Coach Casey Melilli and her charge won the CUNYAC regular season title for the first time in school history as the Lightning posted a 6-0 in league play. Melilli was once again named Coach of the Year, an honor bestowed on her after last season as well. The teams overall record of 14-4 qualified the Lightning for the ECAC Tournament for the second straight season. In just their fourth season in existence, the Lightning were able to re-write the record books, setting new school records for wins in a season (14) and shut-outs (9). Freshman standout Chelsey Harris earned CUNYAC Player of the Year honors. She netted an impressive 26 goals to lead CUNYAC and rank among the leaders in the country in scoring. Several other players were named CUNYAC All-Stars, including: Lillian Barreto, Daisy Gomez, Michelle Reyes Ruiz, Samantha Dias, and Gredia Sanchez, who all claimed First Team honors, while Juliana Generoso and Pamela Sanchez were named to Second Team. 1. Amely Del Rosario 6. Josh Roman 2. Jennifer Navarro 7. Chelsey Harris 3. Anthony Preda 8. The CUNY champs with 4. Chaun Miller 5. Jo-Marie Aquino 8 Lehman Today CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken (far left). 2 Brandon Melendez Ruiz was named a CUNYAC All-Star. For the season, the Yonkers native was credited with six assists to go along with a team high six goals, including four game-winners in three consecutive contests. For his efforts he was named CUNYAC Offensive Player of the Week as well as ECAC Metro Player of the Week. The women’s volleyball team was led by Jo-Marie Aquino. The senior CUNYAC All-Star was one of the top players in the conference. She led the CUNYAC with an average of 3.82 kills per set. She also averaged 0.62 service aces per set and 3.97 digs. She produced 15 double-doubles this season. The team posted a 13-15: 6-2 record and fell in the CUNYAC semi-finals. 5 The men’s soccer team posted an 8-8-1 record this past fall. Midfielder 3 1 6 Cross country newcomer Josh Roman cracked the top ten at the CUNYAC Championships with a ninth place finish running around the famed Van Courtlandt Park loop. During the season, the freshman and Bronx native had five top ten finishes. Lehman’s indoor track standout Jordon Clarke was crowned champion of the 60-meter hurdles and brought home a gold medal in a time of 8.62. In the APEX Pool, Jessica Reynoso, Angela Mejia, Gabriela Rodriguez earned CUNYAC ALL-Star recognition. Rodriguez claimed the gold medal in the three-meter diving competition. She also took home a bronze in the one-meter event. During the season she garnered CUNYAC Diver of the Week on three different occasions. Reynoso had a brilliant first season with the Lightning as she also earned gold in the 100-yard breaststroke to go along with a silver medal in the 200-IM and a pair of bronze medals in the 50- and 100-freestyle. Mejia captured silver in the 400-IM and bronze in the 50-freestyle. Seven male swimmers earned All-Star accolades. Anthony Preda captured a gold medal in the 100- and 200-breaststroke. Ernes Mernica was the gold medalist in the 400-yard IM. Jeremy Guerra, Carlos Alonso, Chris Fischer, Ryan Sanchez, and Adam Acevedo were all recognized as conference All-Stars. At the Annual Athletic Banquet, Amely Del Rosario (women’s basketball) was awarded the President’s Award. Chelsey Harris (women’s soccer) joined Del Rosario as Co-Female Athletes of the Year. Chaun Miller (men’s basketball) was named the Male Athlete of the Year. Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards were presented to Gene Nakagaki (men’s tennis) and Christina Lousell (women’s swimming). The Pedro Vialet Award was presented to Olando Minott (men’s basketball). The Paula Soto Spirit of Athletics Award was presented to Chariny Graciano (softball). The Charles Greenberg Award was given to Elizabeth Oladele (women’s swimming) while the Ed Kramer Award was presented to Gentian Muhaxheri (men’s soccer). 8 4 7 Lehman Today 9