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Junior linebacker Josh Bazan and Alex Argulewicz,
an offensive guard, were named to The Sports Network Division I-AA
Mid-Major All-America squad. The Great Danes finished with a 7-3 record
and reached the seven-win mark for the fifth time in the last six
years. Bazan, who led the team with 103 tackles and four fumble recoveries,
and Argulewicz were among ten players chosen to the All-Northeast
Conference team. Free safety Samson Brown and split end Chris
Phillis earned all-conference honors for the third straight season.
CROSS COUNTRY: Senior Jamie Rodriguez posted a pair
of top-10 finishes at the America East Conference Championships and
NCAA Northeast Regional. The Great Danes placed fourth as a team at
their first-ever America East meet, took ninth at NCAA regionals,
and were tenth at the IC4A Championships.
CROSS COUNTRY: Sophomore Jessica Walton was UAlbanys
top finisher at the America East Conference Championships, NCAA Northeast
Regional and ECAC Championships. The Great Danes won the team title
at the 35th Albany Invitational with six runners among the top-20
SOCCER: Sara Rickard, a freshman midfielder, led
the Great Danes in scoring with seven goals, the highest total by
a UAlbany player since 1983. Head coach Joanna Tomasino is
building for a run at the conferences upper division. Ten first-year
players were among the regulars.
SOCCER: Jason Warshaw and Sadeky Jackson
were chosen to the All-America East Conference mens soccer squad
as second-team selections. Freshman forward Lucas Machado was
named to the America East All-Rookie Team. Warshaw, a senior captain,
totaled two goals and four assists from his midfielder position. Albany
finished with an 8-9 record.
HOCKEY: Amy DiMicco was voted to the Division I
All-Mideast Region second team by the National Field Hockey Coaches
Association. DiMicco, a senior, also earned All-America East recognition.
She led the Great Danes in scoring with six goals and four assists
for 16 points. DiMicco and Angel Stegel, a senior forward, finished
in a tie for second on the schools all-time scoring list with
99 points apiece.
WOMEN'S GOLF: Freshmen Diane Onofry and Jill Friedman led the Great Danes to their most successful season since becoming a varsity sport. Albany placed in the top 10 in two tournaments and recorded a pair of top-15 finishes at the Princeton and Rutgers invitationals.
WOMEN'S VOLLEY: Alissa Gibbs, a junior outside hitter, was picked to the 12-player America East all-conference team. Gibbs ranked second among the conference leaders at 5.01 kills per game and averaged 2.28 digs. Fallon Hearst, who contributed 3.22 kills and 2.64 digs, had a productive freshman campaign.
Head coach Mari Warners contract was not renewed for
the 2002-03 season. Warner, the schools all-time leader in coaching
victories with a 299-213 record, recently completed her 20th season.
The Great Danes wrapped up their inaugural America East Conference
campaign with a 4-23 record and ended the season with 16 consecutive
losses in conference play. Becky Ayers, who led the team in
scoring with a 12.2 average, set a freshman scoring record with 316
points and established a single-season mark for three-point field-goal
percentage (.469). Danielle Hutcheson, a 6-foot-4 center, averaged
11.0 points and 8.0 rebounds and shattered the frosh rebounding record
BASKETBALL: The Great Danes finished in a tie for seventh
place in the America East Conference standings and earned the sixth
seed for the conferences postseason tournament. Albany posted
an 8-20 overall record, but won five of its last ten regular-season
games under interim head coach Will Brown. Senior forward Will
Brand, who made 112 consecutive starts, was voted to the America
East third team. Antione Johnson, a junior guard, was the teams
top scorer at 11.3 points per game. He will be one of three returning
INDOOR TRACK: Dustin Wilson won the 55-meter high hurdles
and 200-meter dash in leading UAlbany to a second-place finish at
the 2002 America East Conference Champion-ships. The Great Danes had
four other individual champions. Alix Rodriques won the 55-meter
dash with season-best time of 6.43 seconds. Kristof Molnar
captured the 800 in 1:52.65, while Rob Harrison took the triple
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Brands basketball career at the University at Albany didnt
turn out exactly the way he planned. The Great Danes best all-around
athlete and first big-time Division I recruit didnt experience
the thrill of victory as often as he would have liked. He endured
two coaching changes in four years and saw a number of teammates leave
the program prematurely.
the 6-foot-5 senior forward from Charles F. Brush High School in Richmond
Heights, Ohio, has no regrets. One of the most popular athletes in
program history leaves behind more than his impressive basketball
statistics. A true leader by word and example, Brands legacy
includes some of the most memorable acrobatic dunk shots ever seen
at the Recreation and Convocation Center, but his teammates will remember
him more for being a true gentle giant and a consummate friend.
brings a lot to the game as far as atmosphere, said junior guard
Antione Johnson about the player who finished his career among the
top 10 in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots at UAlbany. He
always goes all out for everything. But hes kind of laid back.
He is exciting on the court, but off the court, he just tries to be
himself, said Johnson. Hes a good friend. Hes
like my older brother. Ive learned a lot from Will.
senior Karim Ouattara, a Paris native who struggled early in his career
trying to adapt to American customs and playing style, owes a great
deal to Brands friendship. Hes just a great person,
said Ouattara. He knows a lot about the game, but he also knows
a lot about all the players, too. Everyone thinks hes really
quiet off the court, but I think of him as a fun guy who looks out
for all of his friends.
coach Will Brown, who took over in December, found out quickly that
he could count on Brand no matter how difficult the circumstances.
Hes a guy who likes to lead by example, said Brown.
Hes always been upbeat and positive. He is so well respected
by everyone, but he is also a lot of fun.
noticed throughout the 2001-2002 season that Brands personality
was like a magnet for his teammates. He is such a well-rounded
human being. Everyone likes to spend time with him, said the
coach. He is rock solid. He has been our most consistent player
all year. I think he will be successful at whatever he does.
is flattered his coach and teammates think so highly of him, because
its his relationships at UAlbany that he will remember the most
when he graduates in May. Im someone you feel comfortable
with, said Brand. You can trust me. I think thats
why some of the younger players like to hang around me, because you
need someone you can trust.
wouldnt trade his experiences at Albany for anything. Since
I was a freshman, Ive been glad I picked this school,
he said. Albany has provided me with so much. Its a great
place to learn, and Ive made a lot of friends.
three-time team MVP and an All-Cleveland Area all-star at Brush High
School, Brand chose UAlbany over scholarship offers from Bowling Green
and Furman. After a brilliant rookie season in which he was named
to the All-New England Collegiate Conference all-star team, Brand
enjoyed unexpected early success at the Division I level when the
Great Danes won 11 games in their inaugural season of competing with
the big boys. But he and his teammates have struggled for the victory
column over his final two seasons.
ability to adjust to difficult circumstances has helped the Great
Danes deal with the growing pains of Division I basketball. Weve
gone through some difficult times, he said. Weve
had three different head coaches since I came here. But I always look
at it as a new challenge.
communications major with a 2.8 Grade Point Average, Brand has a number
of career options. They include continuing to play in either the developmental
league or overseas, sports broadcasting or teaching. But his dream
is to open up a car detail shop with his mother back in Cleveland.
d like to go back home eventually. Im a family guy, and my mom and dad taught me family values, he said, adding, I think it s important to be a role model. There are not that many black role models around these days, and I would like to be one.
Bob Weiner, B.S.82, is an award-winning sports writer at The Daily Gazette in Schenectady.