2012-13 Rewind: A Record-Breaking Year
ALBANY, N.Y. – On May 6th, the University at Albany Athletic Department gathered on the floor of SEFCU Arena for the 13th Annual Great Dane Awards Dinner -- a yearly event in which University officials, athletic administrators, coaches, student-athletes, and supporters celebrate the accomplishments, victories, and championships of the department. However, this year was different. It was historic. It was special.
The Great Danes celebrated the school’s most successful year in Division I history, winning a record nine conference championships, while making four NCAA Tournament appearances. While it was unknown at the time of the awards dinner, UAlbany also claimed the America East Conference’s Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup for the second time in school history by the conference’s largest margin of victory since 2002. Below is a list of the Great Danes’ 2012-13 athletic accomplishments with links to the corresponding releases.
2012-13 UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY ATHLETICS HIGHLIGHTS
- UAlbany claimed the America East Conference’s Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup for the second time in school history.
- UAlbany athletic teams won a school-record nine conference championships and made four NCAA Tournament appearances. Championships were won in football, field hockey, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s indoor track & field, women’s indoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field, and men’s lacrosse.
- The Great Danes increased their total to 66 conference championships and 27 NCAA Tournament appearances since going Division I (1999).
- UAlbany student-athletes earned a combine cumulative grade point average of 3.01 for the 2012-13 academic year and donated over 2500 hours of service to the Capital Region.
- Julie Forster (women’s basketball), Rachael Burek (women’s lacrosse), John DeLallo (men’s outdoor track and field), and Kristi Troch (field hockey) were named the America East Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year for their respective sports.
- Field hockey earned its third America East Conference Championship title in the last five seasons, earning a berth into the NCAA Tournament where they faced Penn State.
- Kristi Troch earned her third straight America East Conference Goalkeeper of the Year award, while Daphne Voormolen was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year, and Laura Page earned Co-Rookie of the Year honors
- Football won its sixth Northeast Conference title and boasted the best record the program has ever seen at the Division I FCS level, going 9-2 overall, and also ranked as high as No. 18 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 20 in the Sports Network Top-25.
- Linebacker Jon Morgan and running back Drew Smith signed NFL Free Agent contracts with the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills, respectively.
- Volleyball won its fifth-straight America East Conference Regular Season title, going 14-15 overall and 10-2 in league play. Sarah Pope was named the America East Conference Volleyball Player of the Year and Viktoriia Stroilo was named the Defensive Player of the Year.
- The track and field programs swept the men’s and women’s indoor (m I w) and outdoor (m I w) America East championships, bringing the UAlbany Track and Field/Cross Country program’s total to 31 America East titles since 2003.
- Alexander Bowen and Alfonso Scannapieco competed in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. Bowen earned second team All-America honors, while Scannapieco was named an honorable mention All-American.
- Women’s basketball won the league’s regular season title for the first time in program history and claimed back-to-back tournament titles. The Great Danes made their second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, nearly upsetting North Carolina in the first round.
- Senior Ebone Henry was named the America East Women’s Basketball Co-Player of the Year, as well as the Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight season, while freshman Shereesha Richards brought home Co-Rookie of the Year honors.
- Men’s Basketball made the program’s third NCAA Tournament appearance after becoming the lowest seed (4) to win the America East Championship. UAlbany gave Duke University a run in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on national television (CBS).
- The women’s tennis team made history, reaching their first America East Conference Championship match.
- The softball team clinched their fifth regular season America East title on their way to an overall record of 37-15 and 15-2 in conference play.
- Softball player Brittney McFawn was named the America East Pitcher of the Year.
- Baseball made its eighth appearance in the America East tournament, going 16-15 in conference play.
- Men’s lacrosse won their fifth America East championship, topping UMBC, 19-10, and played Denver in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
- Sophomore Lyle Thompson was named the America East Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award – given annually to the top lacrosse player in the United States.
- Lyle, Miles, and Ty Thompson all earned United States Inside Lacrosse Association Division I All-America honors.
- Scott Marr (men’s lacrosse), John Battaglino (women’s lacrosse), Katie Abrahamson-Henderson (women’s basketball), and the men’s indoor track and field staff headed by Roberto Vives earned America East Coach of the Year honors.
- The University broke ground on a brand new track and field venue on May 8th, which is expected to be completed in late fall.
- Bob Ford Field, a brand new 8,500 seat stadium, is nearing completion and will be ready for the Fall 2013 football and soccer seasons.
HONORS GIVEN AT THE GREAT DANE AWARDS DINNER
- Michael Arcuri (’81), a former UAlbany football player and member of Congress for New York’s 24th Congressional District, was the recipient of the Distinguished Student-Athlete Alumni Award.
- The SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Awards were given to Brittney Lane (Cross Country), Lindsey Lowrie (women’s basketball), and Ariana Parker (women’s lacrosse).
- Julie Forster (women’s basketball) and Jacob Iati (men’s basketball) were recipients of the ECAC Merit Medals, which are given annually to the school’s top senior male and female student-athletes.
- Brianna Schwoyer (field hockey) and Artie Marrapese (men’s lacrosse) were recipients of the Presidential Scholar-Athlete Award, given to the top senior student-athletes based on cumulative grade-point average.
- Jessica Ryan (cheer) and Corinne Gratien (dance) received Spirit Awards, given annually to one member of the cheer team and one member of the dance team for their commitment and overall enthusiasm in supporting the UAlbany Great Danes.
- The Most Valuable Player awards, selected by each program’s coaching staff were given to the following student-athletes… Jessica Longstreth (Field Hockey), Jeff Pierre (Men’s Soccer), Chelsea DeVerna (Women’s Soccer), Ethan Clary (Men’s Cross Country), Brittney Lane (Women’s Cross Country), Drew Smith (Football), Gabby Whitworth (Volleyball), Pat McNish (Women’s Indoor Track and Field), Alexander Bowen (Men’s Indoor Track and Field), Ebone Henry (Women’s Basketball), Mike Black (Men’s Basketball), Chaiwon Youn (Women’s Golf), Rachael Burek (Women’s Lacrosse), Lyle Thompson (Men’s Lacrosse), Alli Rogers (Women’s Outdoor Track and Field), Alexander Bowen (Men’s Outdoor Track and Field), Rocio Lopez (Women’s Tennis), Josh Nethaway (Baseball), Brittney McFawn (Softball).