by TARA MARIN, Senior Writer
Swimming and Diving Teams Breaks Records at MAAC Championships
Women’s senior Ally Hutzler and men’s freshman Andre Van Huyssteen helped rewrite the record books this year at the 2018 MAAC Championships. Hutzler advanced to the “A” final in both 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke, breaking her own records in both. She shattered the Jaspers’ three-year-old record in the 400 medley relay, along with juniors Megan Pagano and Klaudia Nagrabska and sophomore Kali Nembach. The four finished 3:58:73.
Van Huyssteen improved each time in the pool for 200-yard Freestyle, advancing to “A” with a time of 1:39:75, placing fifth.
In total, 22 records were broken in 13 events.
Men’s And Women’s Track and Cross Country Teams Continue to Shine
This season, school records were set left and right. Junior Lisa Fajardo set a new school record in the outdoor 10,000-meter race, outdoor 5,000-meter race, indoor 5,000-meter race and indoor 3,000-meter race.
Paige Chapman broke school records in the outdoor 100-meter dash and the indoor 60-meter dash.
A couple of relay teams broke school records as well. The indoor relay team of Fajardo, Kelly Gorman, Erin Spadaccini and Mikeisha Kelly won the medley relay at the Boston University Terrier Invitational. The outdoor relay team of Fajardo, Gorman, Spadaccini and Gabby Fanning won the medley relay at the Penn Relays.
Brenton Foster started the season off with a new record in the high jump and was the lone male field performer in the entire MAAC to participate in the indoor NCAAs.
This season, seniors Kayla Grimme, Amani Tatum, and Rich Williams joined the 1,000 point club. Grimme also went on to score 1,200 points and secure her 800th career rebound, being only one of five Jaspers to do so.
Grimme, Tatum, Williams, Zane Waterman and Courtney Warley all earned All-MAAC honors as well. Grimme and Williams were named to the All-MAAC Second Team, Tatum and Waterman were named to the All-MAAC Third Team and Courtney Warley was named to the All-MAAC Rookie Team.
Williams was also named Third Team All-Met.
Williams and Waterman also represented the MAAC in the inaugural 3X3U National Championship.
Other achievements included Pauly Paulicap earning the MAAC’s Defensive Player of the Year Award, and Gabby Cajou was named MAAC’s 6th Player of the Year.
Softball Game No-Hitter
On Apr. 21, senior Briana Matazinsky threw her first career no-hitter, and the second in program history. Their 5-0 win over Niagara marked their first MAAC victory of the year and Matazinsky’s 13th career shutout. The team wraps up their season in a Senior Day matchup against Quinnipiac on May 5.
Baseball’s Strong Start
The baseball team started off their season 1-7, but began to turn things around in time for MAAC play. They now look positioned well to make the MAAC Tournament behind the solid play of Fabian Pena, Matt Forlow, and Richie Barrella among many others.
Golf Collected Third Place in the MAAC
For the second season in a row, the men’s golf team placed third place in the MAAC Championships. Seniors Connor O’Rourke and Johnny Schob also received All-MAAC honors.
At the three-day tournament, they carded 306 in the first round, 298 in the second round and 298 in the third round to finish 38-over par during the tournament.
Rowing Teams To Wrap Up Season in Couple of Weeks
Both the men’s club rowing team and the women’s Division I rowing team have two more regattas left this spring. The men conclude at the Dad Vail Regatta on May 12, while the women conclude at the MAAC Championship on May 13.
The men spent their spring break by training in Florida and have experienced a sort of revival with their team. The women will be wrapping up their third season as a DI team.
Women’s Lacrosse Playoff Push
Manhattan stayed in postseason contention up until the last day of the season, but their playoff hopes ended with their 14-9 loss to Fairfield on Apr. 25. The women concluded their season with a 5-11 overall record and a 2-6 conference record.
Parker Giarratana Joins Men’s Lacrosse 100-Point Club
Junior Parker Giarratana became the first member of the men’s lacrosse team in nearly a decade to join the 100-point club. That 100th point came on the road against the Bellarmine University Knights in Chester, P.A. on Feb. 24.