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43 Fall Athletes on America
East Academic Honor Roll
Student-athletes were recognized from the six championship sports which America East sponsors in the fall, including men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and volleyball.
Sixteen players from the UAlbany field hockey squad were honored, including two of the team’s top three scorers, Allison Mann and Alexis Johnson. Alissa Gibbs, a two-time first-team all-conference outside hitter, was among five volleyball athletes chosen.
Joe Pienta and Andy Allstadt, who finished sixth and eighth, respectively, at the America East cross country championships, led a group of nine UAlbany men’s and women’s runners. Sara Rickard, a second-team all-conference midfielder, was among eight women’s soccer players named. Men’s soccer had five athletes selected to the academic honor roll.
Conference Fall Academic Honor
Women’s Cross Country: Lindsey Bellosa*, Jenny Boscho, Erin Goddard, Theresa Juva*, Nicole Susser*.
Field Hockey: Megan Akstin, Brooke Barton, Heidi Bowen, Rhonda Corcoran*, Danielle Costello, Joanna DaLuze*, Michele De Cuffa*, Abby Frisbie*, Amber Greiner*, Michelle Guerin, Theresa Henson*, Alexis Johnson*, Allison Mann, Cheryl Varga*, Amber Wade*, Jessica Whitcomb.
Men’s Soccer: Tom Lough, Anthony Matrone, Tim Roty, Caio Silva, Savvas Theofilou*.
Women’s Soccer: Alena Baisden, Christie Cremo, Katie Petrarca, Sara Rickard, Jen Schroeckenthaler, Erin Stanek, Beth Spinelli*, Erika Van Zandt.
Volleyball: Jill Dombrowski, Alissa Gibbs*, Ashlee Reed*, Eileen Nicole Rodriguez, Susan Spierre*.
*Commissioner’s Honor Roll (3.5 GPA or higher).
Gary Jones on Associated Press
I-AA All-America Football Team
Jones established two Northeast Conference records and nine school single-season marks as a junior. He rushed for 1,509 yards, scored 23 touchdowns, accounted for 1,949 all-purpose yards, and became the first Albany player to run for 100 or more yards nine times in a season.
The UAlbany tailback is third among the nation’s rushing leaders at 125.8 yards per game. He is fourth in Division I-AA in scoring (11.5 points/game) and seventh in all-purpose yards (162.4 pg).
Jones, the NEC Offensive Player of the Year, was previously named to the Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major All-America Team earlier this month. He led Albany to its first-ever Northeast Conference championship with an 8-4 record. Jones rushed for 194 yards and two touchdowns in an upset of previously unbeaten Duquesne to earn the ECAC Football Classic MVP award.
Alex Argulewicz Named Football
Gazette Offensive Lineman of the Year
Argulewicz, 6-foot-1, 295-pound left guard, is a two-time Division I-AA All-American and All-Northeast Conference selection. He made 33 consecutive starts on UAlbany’s offensive line. The Great Danes finished seventh nationally in rushing at 252.3 yards per game and 26th in scoring with a 29.8 average. The ECAC and NEC champions led the conference in total offense at 371.4 yards per game.
Joining Argulewicz on the Football Gazette All-America first team were tailback Gary Jones, offensive tackle Geir Gudmundsen, and linebacker Josh Bazan. Jones was named to the Associated Press All-America squad in December. Punter Billy Pike and offensive tackle Mike Laroche were second-team selections.
Aggrey Morris Qualifies for
IC4A Meet in Two Events at Terrier Invitational
Morris teamed with Stephen Evans, Joel Vazquez and Jesse Bennett to post a winning time of 3:18.69, nearly one second better than second-place Fordham. Morris also qualified for the IC4A championships in March by sprinting 48.82 seconds to finish third in the 400-meter dash.
Sophomore Kristof Molnar was third in the 800-meter
run with a school-record time of 1:50.33. Molnar, who also qualified
for the IC4A meet, finished behind Pennsylvania’s Sam Burley (1:48.16)
and Dan Caulfield of Ireland (1:50.20) in the invitational race. In
addition, Jennifer Aubin and Teresa Covert recorded individual victories
at Boston University’s Terrier Classic, a two-day meet held at the BU
Track and Tennis Center on January 24-25. Aubin, a junior, won the triple
jump for the third straight weekend. She posted a mark of 38 feet, 1.50
inches to narrowly defeat Yale’s Dionna Thomas (38-0). Covert, a Temple
transfer, won the 55-meter high hurdles with a time of 7.95 seconds,
and more than a tenth of a second better than Seton Hall’s Lynnsey Dailey.
Covert also placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 18-4.25.