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Long Island Natives Hit Tewaaraton Trophy Nomination List
As always this year’s Tewaaraton Trophy nominee list is jam packed with Long Island natives. College lacrosse’s version of the Heisman will be awarded at a dinner on June 2 in Washington D.C.
“In now its 11th year, the Tewaaraton Award continues to establish itself as the pre-eminent collegiate lacrosse honor,” said Robert Sweeney, President of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. “This year’s field is one of the best yet, and our selection committees have done a tremendous job sorting through the brightest talent in the college lacrosse world. We are looking forward to another exciting finish to the lacrosse season and seeing what the nation’s best players have to offer.”
The award has been given since 2001 with its first winner being Doug Shanahan, a Sachem and Hofstra alum. Other Long Island winners include Farmingdale native and Duke alum Matt Danowski and Hewlett native and Cornell alum Max Seibald.
Men from Long Island
-Billy Bitter, University of North Carolina – Senior (Attack), Manhasset, N.Y.
-Zach Brenneman, University of Notre Dame – Senior (Midfield), East Hampton, N.Y.
-Zach Howell, Duke University – Senior (Attack), Huntington, N.Y.
-Rob Pannell, Cornell University – Junior (Attack), Smithtown, N.Y.
-Ryan Young, University of Maryland – Senior (Attack), Manhasset, N.Y.
Women from Long Island
-Erin Brennan, University of Pennsylvania – Junior (Attack), Garden City, N.Y.
-Grace Golden, William and Mary – Senior (Midfield), Manhasset, N.Y.
-Lauren Schmidt, Stanford University – Senior (Midfield), Bay Shore, N.Y.
-Shannon Smith, Northwestern University – Junior (Midfield), West Babylon, N.Y.
-Kerry Stoothoff, Loyola University, Maryland – Junior (Goalkeeper), Blue Point, N.Y.
Jenkins Piling on Awards
Chip Hilton Sports and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Hofstra’s Charles Jenkins as this year’s Chip Hilton Award winner.
Three of the nation’s premier basketball coaches and four outstanding graduating players were named as finalists for the fifteenth annual prestigious Clair Bee and Chip Hilton Awards, to be presented by Chip Hilton Sports and the NABC during the Final Four.
The Chip Hilton Award honors a Division I graduating senior men’s player for demonstrating outstanding character, leadership, and talent similar to the qualities evident in the 24-book Chip Hilton Sports Series.
The graduating finalists for the Chip Hilton Award were: James “Jimmer” Fredette (Brigham Young University), Charles Jenkins (Hofstra University), Robert “Robo” Kreps (University Illinois Chicago), and Andy Polka (Loyola University Chicago).
Jenkins averaged 22.6 points per game this season, ranking him sixth in the country, while finishing his career with 2,513 points. He became just the 63rd player in NCAA history to score 2,500 points in a career, and finished second in Colonial Athletic Association history behind David Robinson of Navy.
Jenkins was a third-team All-American selection by Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, and CBS Sports.com, earned honorable mention All-America honors from the Associated Press, and was the CAA Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Jenkins’ efforts helped the Pride to a 21-12 record and a 14-4 finish in the CAA, tying it for second, which marked the program’s highest finish since joining the league in 2001-02.
“Charles has visited children’s hospitals, participated in reading programs at local elementary schools, volunteered at the St. John’s Home for Boys in Far Rockaway, New York, and has spoken at numerous youth basketball clinics,” said Hofstra athletic director Jack Hayes. “In 20 years in this business, I have never seen a student-athlete get more from his or her college experience than Charles.”
Crowley Sets School Record
Stony Brook senior Kevin Crowley set a Stony Brook record for career points with 202 in a 17-9 loss to No. 10 Cornell in non-conference lacrosse action at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Tuesday.
Crowley entered the game with 198, and recorded two goals and two assists, breaking the previous mark of 201, set by Jason Cappadoro in 2006.
Crowley, Division I’s active leading scorer, also would become the only player in school history with at least 100 goals and 100 assists with 14 more assists.
March Madness Long Island Style
As with everything else, we’re taking at look at March Madness with a Long Island scope. There are multiple players and coaches, boy girls and guys, who made the NCAA Division I tournament.
Here’s a look:
-Billy Donovan, Florida head coach, Rockville Centre
-Niko Roberts, Kansas player, Huntington
-Tobias Harris, Tennessee player, Hills West
-Rick Pitino, Louisville, St. Dominic’s/Oyster Bay
-Alexa Roche, Georgetown, St. Michael’s/Bellmore
-Kristine Best, Marist, St. Anthony’s/Commack
-Sam Prahalis, Ohio State, Commack
-Tesia Harris, St. John’s, Hills West
-Emma O’Connor, Marist, Kellenberg/Lynbrook
-Bria Hartley, UConn, North Babylon
Donovan’s Florida bunch has been receiving ample love from many analysts as of late and Prahalis and Ohio State have a shot at winning a national title.
As the tournament unwinds, we’ll post more specific updates about each player/coach.
Hofstra’s Tom Shifflet Stepping Down
Hofstra head wrestling coach Tom Shifflet, who led the Pride to four Colonial Athletic Association Championships during his five years at the University, has resigned his position, effective at the conclusion of the 2011 NCAA Championships.
Hofstra athletic director Jack Hayes said associate head coach Rob Anspach will become the 11th head coach in program history effective March 28. Anspach, a 2001 Hofstra alumnus with a degree in American studies, is in his ninth season on the Pride wrestling staff and his third as associate head coach.
“I am truly grateful to Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz and Director of Athletics Jack Hayes for this opportunity and the confidence they have expressed in me to lead the Pride Wrestling program,” Anspach said in a statement. “I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead and I feel I have the ability to continue leading Hofstra in the right direction. I would also like to thank both Tom Shifflet and Tom Ryan, both mentors and friends, for helping me get to this day.”
As a student-athlete, Anspach compiled a 69-51 record and made two trips to the NCAA Championships during his five-year career at Hofstra. As a freshman in 1996-97 he recorded a 20-13 record, placed third in the ECWA Championships, and was named to the ECWA All-Freshman Team at 158 pounds. A year later, he posted an 18-12 mark, placed third again in the ECWA Championships and captured the New York State Championships title at 167 pounds.
Shifflet became the 10th coach in Hofstra wrestling history on May 17, 2006. Since his arrival in Hempstead, the Pride reached a NCAA Championship finish benchmark as well as continued the tradition of excellence in the CAA. During his tenure with the Pride, Shifflet’s teams posted a 61-34-5 (.635) dual match record, captured four CAA championships, produced 17 conference champions, sent 31 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships with six earning All-America honors and placing in the NCAA Championships top 20 twice including a school-best seventh place in 2007.
According to the university, Shifflet, who has two young children, will be leaving coaching to enter private business.
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