Men’s Cougar Sports 2012-2013 Seasons in Review

Men's Cougar Sports 2012-2013 Seasons in Review

Highlander Editorial Staff

Football

 

The football team completed its first season in university history. Finished the year with a record of 0-10. The year was a learning experience for not only the players but also the coaches. Now, the Cougars know what to expect going into the second season and what they need to work on.

Although they didn’t end the season with a win, they did have a number of firsts. First year Dean Lucchesi scored the first touchdown in Cougar history against Lebanon Valley. The team hosted their first home game on Sep. 15 in front of more than 2,000 fans. Although they ended the game with a loss to Widener University they ended the day with the first football game played on Mangelsdorf Field.

Soccer

The men’s soccer team finished with a record of 13-6-3, going 7-3 at home, and had a record against MAC competitors of 5-1-1. The team also won their second straight MAC championship, earning a spot in the playoffs where they lost 5-4 in the first round to Rochester University in a round of penalty kicks.

Senior Andy Bush became the career leader in goals, 48, and points, 117, and earned the title of Freedom Conference Player of the Year. Bush also scored both goals in the win against Kings College in the Freedom Conference Semifinals.

The Cougars recorded a 10-game unbeaten streak and posted five shutouts on their way to their fourth Freedom title in five years.

While the team loses seven seniors for the fall 2013 season, they have high hopes to make it back to the NCAA DIII Championships.

Cross Country 

The men’s cross country team finished sixth in MAC Championships and 20th out of 49 schools at NCAA Mid-East Regional.

Sophomores AJ Limongelli and Dave McLean finished back-to-back to earn All-MAC honors at the MAC Championships. Limongelli went on to tie the 10th-fastest time in school history on his way to a 46th place at Regionals.

With a number of returning runners the Cougars look forward to beginning the 2013 fall schedule.

Golf

Senior Jeff Slanovec finished second and earned Rookie of the Year honors to lead the men’s golf team to a third place finish at the Freedom Conference championships at the Hershey Country Club.

Slanovec shot a 77 to finish with a two-day total of 158 while junior Leo Moran recorded 169 for the two-day match to finish 16.

They also finished second at an invitational hosted on MU’s grounds. The Cougars had a team total of 306 to finish two shots behind FDU-Florham.

Basketball

The men’s basketball team finished with an even 13-13 record. The Cougars went 9-3 at home, and 9-5 against MAC competition.

The men’s team lost in the semi-finals of the Freedom Conference Championship to Delaware Valley. Sophomore Steve Ware led the Cougars with 19 points and 11 rebounds during the game against Del Val and senior Justin Grotevant added 12 points.

The loss to Del Val was tough after ending the 2011 season after claiming their first Freedom Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.

Junior Matt Greene and Ware were named to the All Freedom Team after their work during the 2012 season.

The men look to score big again in the 2013 season.

Swimming

The men’s swimming team finished second at MAC Championships out of 11 schools.

Junior Doug Ranson won his second-straight MAC Championship in the 200 breaststroke while first year Chris Gleason broke his second school record of the meet in the 1650 free with his sixth-place time of 16:58.52.

Junior Matt Essington, first year Matt Cullen, Kolokithias and senior Adam Grzech closed the meet with a strong second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.

Former teammate Jeff Clark was named to the MAC 100 All-Century Team for the 2004-12 era when teams were announced by the MAC office in March. Clark is a physical therapy graduate student.

Tennis

The men’s tennis team ended with a record of 3-12 but ended the season with a win over Bryn Athyn.

The men were defeated in all MAC play but look to improve for the upcoming season. The small team looks to expand for the 2014 season.

Lacrosse

The men’s lacrosse team, 10-7, await for word on earning an ECAC Tournament berth for the second consecutive season. At press time the men’s record sat at 4-2 in the MAC.

The team clinched the second seed in the Championships with a win over Arcadia University but fell in the Freedom Conference title game to Eastern University 22-6.

The team had seven players named to All Freedom Teams, seniors Drew Abatangelo, Kyle Calabro and Sean McGuigan, junior Nick Santillo and sophomore Patrick Johnson were named to the second team while juniors Jared Hunt and Matt Martins both earned honorable mention.

Track & Field

Junior Angelo Scaffido broke the school record in the javelin as the men’s track and field team competed in the 29th Annual Jim Taylor Invitational at Susquehanna University.

First year Skyler Gerrity broke the MU pole vault record as the men’s track and field team competed at the Moravian College Coach P Invitational.

Senior Joe Ardo set a new MU record in the hammer throw at the East Stroudsburg All-American Meet.

The men’s team continues to expand and compete for more record-breaking times and scores.

Baseball

For the second straight season, MU dropped its Freedom Tournament opener, but rallied to win four straight games to claim the Freedom Championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Championships.

The baseball team beat DeSales 9-5 in Quakertown to win their third straight Freedom Conference title. The team had a record of 32-8 and went 18-3 in MAC play.

First year Kyle Lindsay was named tournament MVP after the win against DeSales.

During their “senior sendoff” the team recorded the win against local rival Wilkes University.

High school teammates Andrew Tressa and Kenny Durling kept the magic together during their four years as Cougars ending with highly ranked stats.

At press time the team was preparing for their first game in the NCAA Tournament.