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By Brian DePasquale

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Antione Johnson/Photo by Bob Ewell

Big Purple Growl Scheduled for February 8
The University at Albany’s sixth annual Big Purple Growl and Ferocious Feast is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8. The UAlbany women face Maine at 5 p.m., while the men tangle with Maine at 7:30 p.m. in the second contest. Ticket packages include admission to the feast, Puppy Pound and basketball doubleheader, and are priced at $19 for adults and $15 for children (ages 7-12). Children 6 and younger are free. Contact the UAlbany Athletic Ticket Office at 518-442-4683 for more information. Fans and students can follow the Great Danes on the television program “Hoop Games - Great Danes Basketball.” Rodger Wyland hosts the 30-minute show that airs on WNYT-TV (NBC 13) on Saturdays at noon.

43 Fall Athletes on America East Academic Honor Roll
The 2002 America East Fall Academic Honor Roll was announced on Wednesday, Jan. 22, by Chris Monasch, commissioner of the America East Conference. UAlbany placed 43 student-athletes, who earned a 3.0 grade point average or higher, on the academic list.

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.

America East Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll
Men’s Cross Country: Andy Allstadt*, Bryant Cherry-Woode, Tim Koch*, Joe Pienta*.

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
UAlbany’s Gary Jones has been named to the 2002 Associated Press I-AA All-America Football Team, as announced in mid-December by the national wire service. Jones, a second-team running back, is the second UAlbany player to be chosen to the Division I-AA All-America squad. Offensive tackle J.T. Herfurth earned first-team honors in 2000.

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
UAlbany’s Alex Argulewicz has been named the Football Gazette Division I-AA Mid-Major Offensive Lineman of the Year, as announced on Monday, Jan. 20, by the national college football publication.

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
The University at Albany’s Aggrey Morris anchored the 4x400-meter relay to a first-place finish with an IC4A-qualifying time to highlight his team’s performance at Boston University’s Terrier Invitational on January 25 at the BU Track and Tennis Center.

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.