On May 11 Saint John’s (Minn.) University scored twice to edge SCAD in the first round of the 2010 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division II National Championship at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.
Saint John’s took a 1-0 lead at the 10:33 mark of the first quarter. The Bees leveled the match at one all on a goal by second-year Derek Shurson, an advertising design major from Woodbury, Minn., in the opening minutes of quarter two. The Johnnies opened a 3-1 lead with 6:11 left in the first half. SCAD entered halftime down a goal as second-yearShelton Polka, a film and television major from Howe, Texas, found the back of the net with 4:28 remaining.
Saint John’s scored the first two goals of the second half to take a 5-2 lead before advertising design major Jordy McManus, a second-year from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., scored with 1:49 left in the third quarter to pull the Bees to 5-3. The Johnnies took control of the match at 7-3, scoring twice in a span of 63 seconds midway through the final quarter. McManus scored the final goal for the Bees with just over two minutes to play.
Shurson and second-year Trey McKay, a graphic design major from Houston, Texas, each registered an assist while second-yearWade Winebrenner, a graphic design major from Flemington, N.J., had 19 saves and six ground balls in goal for the Bees. Second-yearDarren Martin, a photography major from Pasadena, Md., had four ground balls while junior Dan Comite, an advertising design major from Swampscott, Mass., and fourth-year Derek Superville, an animation major from Columbia, Md., each had three and first-year Cody Hoerauf, a Seaford, N.Y. native, had two. Superville had five takeaways while Comite had three and Martin and Hoerauf each tallied two.
Two days later the Bees faced Briarcliffe College, who edged SCAD 5-4 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
The game ended early with 12:54 remaining in the match after an injury by a Briarcliffe player.
McManus scored all four goals for the Bees. Shurson and third-year Michael Molinaro, an advertising design major from New Providence, N.J., each tallied an assist. Martin had five ground balls and five takeaways while Superville tallied four ground balls and four takeaways. Comite registered four ground balls and two takeaways while Hoerauf had two ground balls and added a takeaway for the SCAD defense.
SCAD ended the season with an 11-6 record.
SCAD’s athletics department held its annual Awards Ceremony May 14 at Arnold Hall.
Men’s cross country runner Cesar Fernandez Lazaro and softball player Kristen Curette were named the Paul E. Poetter Male and Female Athlete of the Year, while softball coach Terri Knecht was named the department’s Frances Wong Coach of the Year.
The women’s golf team received the Team Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement as they had the highest grade point average this year out of the 16 sports SCAD sponsors. The team had a 3.509 grade point average in the classroom as they finished ranked No. 12 in the NAIA and earned an at-large berth to the NAIA National Championship for the seventh consecutive season.
Equestrian rider Lynsey Gwilliam and men’s soccer playerRobbie Wright received the Athletics Director’s Award, which is given to the senior female and male with the highest cumulative grade point average. Gwilliam has a 4.00 cumulative grade point average as a fibers major while Wright has recorded a 3.92 as an architecture major.
Baseball player Matt Zajac, a second-year third baseman from Pine Brook, N.J., earned the Champion of Character Award, which is given to the student athlete who best represents the five core values—respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship—of the NAIA’s Champions of Character program.
List of award winners:
Men’s Cross Country
Runner of the Year – Cesar Fernandez Lazaro
Coach’s Award – Nick Curtis