Terrier Volume 79, Number 1 - Fall 2015 - Page 12

Terrier Sports Men’s Hoops Earns First Post-Season Berth in 50 Years A fter capturing the NEC regular season championship, the men’s basketball team came up just shy of earning the program’s first NCAA tournament berth after a 70 -foot shot bounced off the rim and fell to the floor as the buzzer sounded. The game against Robert Morris was featured on ESPN2 and capped a month in which Head Coach Glenn Braica’s team became the city’s media darlings and captured the imagination of the entire SFC community. The squad tied the school record with 23 victories and competed in the prestigious National Invitation Tournament (NIT) for the first time since 196 3. Power forward Jalen Cannon ’15 was named the NEC player-ofthe-year and became the conference’s all-time leading rebounder, while soaring to the top of SFC’s leaderboard in both scoring and rebounding. Center Amdy Fall ’16 was named the NEC’s defensive player-of-the-year while point guard Brent Jones ’15 garnered First Team All-NEC accolades and set a new program record for career assists. Braica was named the NEC and Metropolitan Sportswriters Division I Co-Coach of the Year. In addition, he was selected as the District 18 NABC Coach of Jalen Cannon ’15 dunks the Year and was a finalist for the Skip home two of his all-time career leading points. Prosser Man of the Year Award. ● Terrier fans supporting the home team during the NEC playoffs. Women’s Basketball Nets First NCAA Tournament Berth T he Terriers made history this past season as they went on the road to win three Northeast Conference Tournament games, earning the College’s first trip to an NCAA basketball tournament. Despite a first-round loss to the eventual NCAA champion UConn, fans will never forget the team’s magical run last March which ended with the team hoisting its first trophy after defeating Robert Morris on ESPNU. Guard Sarah Benedetti ’15 was Sarah Benedetti ’15. named the Most Valuable Player of the conference tournament after she averaged 21.7 points per game, including a career-high 29 in the 77-62 win over Robert Morris in the title game. Forward Jaymee Veney ’15 earned Second Team All-NEC honors and forward Leah Fechko ’16 was named to the All NEC Defensive Team. Head Coach John Thurston’s team continued to lead in the classroom as well. The Terriers finished with a 3.656 team GPA, the second highest for all NCAA Division I women’s teams and the second time in the past four years that the team placed second. The Terriers also earned the 2014-15 NEC Team Academic Award and the NEC Sportsmanship Award; voted on by the league’s head coaches. ● Women’s Basketball celebrates their NEC Championship victory. Upcoming Home Events (Check SFCathletics.com for updated dates/times. Special events marked in red.) September 25 Men’s Soccer vs. SHU, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 1pm 16 Men’s Soccer vs. St. Joseph’s, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 7pm 28 Men’s Water Polo vs. Iona, SFC Aquatic Center, 7:30 pm 26 Men’s Soccer vs. Albany / Soccer Alumni Day / Banner Unveiling, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 1pm November 26 Men’s Water Polo vs. Harvard / MIT, SFC Aquatic Center, 2pm/7pm 27 Men’s Water Polo vs. Brown / Conn, SFC Aquatic Center, TBA October 7 Women’s Volleyball vs. LIU, Genovesi Center, 1pm 14 Women’s Volleyball vs. FDU, Genovesi Center, 1pm 15 Women’s Volleyball vs. SHU, Genovesi Center, 1pm 3 Women’s Volleyball vs. SFU, Genovesi Center, 1pm 18 Women’s Basketball vs. Rider / Women’s Basketball Banner Unveiling, Pope P.E. Center, 7pm 4 Women’s Volleyball vs. RMU, Genovesi Center, 1pm December 9 Men’s Soccer vs. Bryant, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 7pm 6 Men’s Basketball vs. St. John, Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival 14 Men’s Water Polo vs. Fordham, SFC Aquatic Center, 7:30pm 8 Women’s Basketball vs. Army, Pope P.E. Center, 7pm 16 Men’s Soccer vs. SFU, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 7pm 18 Men’s Soccer vs. RMU / Family Day, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 1pm 10 Men’s Basketball vs. NJIT / Men’s Basketball Banner Unveiling, Pope P.E. Center, 7pm 24 Women’s Volleyball vs. Bryant, Genovesi Center, 1pm 20 Men’s Basketball vs. Liberty, Pope P.E. Center, 4pm 25 Women’s Volleyball vs. CCSU, Genovesi Center, 1pm 22 Women’s Basketball vs. Loyola, Pope P.E. Center, 2pm 10  |  ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE TERRIER  |  FALL 2015