Terrier Volume 79, Number 1 - Fall 2015 - Page 13

Men’s Soccer Looking for Third Straight NEC Title St. Francis Sweeps Scholar Athlete of the Year Honors T he St. Francis Brooklyn Men’s Soccer Team has begun its drive for a third straight NEC Championship after defeating Saint Francis University (Loretto, PA) 2-1 in an overtime victory to cap the 2014 season. With a returning core of stellar players, including Vincent Bezecourt ’16, midfielder Cyril Coisne ’16, and goalkeeper Jack Binks ’16, wh o all made last year’s All-Tournament Team, the Terriers hope to complete the trifecta and tie for the most conference titles at seven. Defender Andy Cormack ’15, the NEC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player, scored the golden goal on a free kick. Remarkably, the captain also scored the golden goal via a free kick in last year’s championship game over Bryant. ● The Men’s Soccer Team after its NEC Championship victory. Terriers Answer Call to Service W e call them Student Athletes for a reason and Katie Fox ’15 (Women’s Basketball) and David Lönnberg ’15 (Men’s Water Polo, Swimming) are two of the best. Both finished their academic careers at St. Francis College with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and both were honored with the 2014-15 Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, the first time students from a single college swept the male and female awards. Fox, an English and History double major, was a member of the Duns Scotus Honor Society and earned a post-graduate Victory Scholarship that means she’ll play professional basketball in Ireland for one year while going to graduate school at the Waterford Institute of Technology. On the court, Fox was a three-time co-captain who started all 3 4 games this past season as point guard and helped engineer the team’s amazing run in the NCAA tournament. In the NEC championship win over Robert Morris, she played all 4 0 minutes and finished with six assists and zero turnovers. As a junior, Fox was named to the NACDA I-AAA Scholar Athlete team. She finished her career with 350 assists to rank seventh all-time at St. Francis. Lönnberg double majored in Political Science and Economics/ International Economics and was President of the Duns Scotus Honor Society. He was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, the only water polo player to earn that award this year. In the pool, Lönnberg helped the Terriers Men’s Water Polo team make it to back-to-back NCAA Division I Final Four championships. Each time, he also earned the Elite 89 award for highest GPA for a participating player. On the swim team, Lönnberg participated in the 1,0 0 0 freestyle, 50 butterfly, and 10 0 butterfly. ● F rom the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K (Women’s Bowling) to the Swish for Kids Cancer Awareness Classic (Men’s Basketball), St. Francis’ student athletes were out in the community all year. In fact, their commitment to volunteerism earned the College the Northeast Conference Building Communities Award for having the highest percentage of athletes performing community service in the conference. Other activities included working at a homeless shelter (Women’s Tennis), helping Wounded Warriors (Men’s Water Polo), and supporting the New York City Marathon (the entire athletic department). “Our student athletes and coaches did an outstanding job demonstrating who we really are, and living by the Franciscan Way,” said Director of Athletics Irma Garcia ’80. ● David Lönnberg ’15. New Men’s Water Polo Coach Brings Olympic Experience to Brooklyn Heights Student Athletes setting up a water station for the New York City Marathon. Women’s Volleyball Katie Fox ’15. F Sophomore Brooke Haliscak ’18 is one of several young players leading a turnaround on the volleyball court. ormer Olympian Igor Zagoruiko will be calling the shots for the Men’s Water Polo Team this year. Zagoruiko has years of experience in the water and on the pool deck. He played on the Kazakhstan National Team at the 20 0 0 and 20 0 4 Summer Olympics. His team also won the gold medal in the 19 94 and 19 98 Asian Games and took the bronze Igor Zagoruiko. in the 19 95 World Military Games. As coach, Zagoruiko was an assistant for the Kazakhstan National Team for three years. He also coached club teams to British and Turkish Championships before coming to New York. “It’s an honor for me to become a part of the St. Francis Water Polo Program,” Zagoruiko said. “We have plans to build strong fundamentals and continue developing an unwavering commitment to the team.” Zagoruiko takes over from Srdjan Mihaljevic ’01 who resigned after two years as Head Coach. His tenure included one trip to the NCAA Final Four. ● ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE TERRIER | FALL 2015 | 11