After the sweep of conference rivals Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), junior forward, Emily Janiga, and junior goaltender, Julia DiTondo, were awarded with weekly honors for the Collegiate Hockey America (CHA) conference.
Each week, every team from the CHA has a submission from their coaches for one skater and one goaltender to be awarded with player of the week honors. Members from the CHA committee vote to see which players will be awarded these honors. This week, two Mercyhurst players won the weekly awards for their performances on the ice.
Two Mercyhurst football players, Ben Gysin and T.J. Latimer, recently earned the 2014 Don Hansen NCAA Division II Honorable Mention All-American honors. Both players played a huge role in sparking Mercyhurst to a seven-game win-streak to conclude the 2014 season.
Offensive lineman Ben Gysin, from East Palestine, Ohio, says he was notified about earning the award from Head Coach Marty Schaetzle.
“It’s very flattering and humbling, and I’m thankful and appreciative of it,” Gysin said.
Lacrosse Magazine recently named Rebecca Himes pre-season All-American.
During last year’s season, Himes became the fifth player in Mercyhurst women’s lacrosse history to score 200 career points and during her freshman year she was part of the 2012 Synapse Sports All-Rookie Team.
“It’s a great honor to be named a pre-season All American,” said Himes. “It’s awesome to get recognized for the hard work the team and I put into practices and off-season. Without my teammates, I would never have received this honor.”
Mercyhurst University wrestling is gearing up for NCAA Super Region I Championships which is set for Friday in West Liberty, W.Va. The Lakers are sending 10 men, six who are seeded second, to represent the university.
Among the six wrestlers is Willie Bohince in the 125-pound division. Bohince, who was 18-1 in duals this year and 28-4 overall, is currently fourth in the nation. Last season, he set the school record for wins by a freshman. Bohince finished 7th at the NCAA National Championships.
Mercyhurst wrestling tackled the week, winning over Gannon University and University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ).
The Lakers began their week with winning over crosstown rival, Gannon University, 23-9. The team continued their success into Saturday, beating UPJ 24-15. Mercyhurst went into the match ranked fifth in the nation. With this win, the team took their third consecutive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) title.
In their final regular season home game, the women’s ice hockey team honored their four seniors on Senior Night by sweeping a two-game series against Penn State University main campus.
After being swept by the Nittany Lions in early December, the Lakers evened the season series by putting up two shutout performances on Friday and Saturday, earning their fourth straight victory. Junior goalie Julia DiTondo was awarded the shutout in Friday’s match-up as well as senior Amanda Makela for her performance in net on Saturday.
The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team broke its four-game winless streak over the weekend by sweeping American International College (AIC) on the road.
The Lakers traveled to West Springfield Mass. to beat AIC 3-1. The team continued their success into Saturday, outscoring AIC 5-2.
During Friday’s game, senior Matthew Zay started off the scoring by tipping senior Ryan Misiak’s shot past AIC’s goalie, Hunter Leisner, to give Mercyhurst an early lead. Senior Kyle Just had the lone assist on Zay’s goal.
AIC scored their only goal of the night 5:33 into the second period.
The women’s water polo team will join the Women’s Water Polo Association (WWPA) for the 2015-16 academic year.
Joining the WWPA will allow the team to compete against other Division II schools in the country including Gannon University, University of California San Diego, California State Monterey Bay, California State East Bay and Sonoma State University.
The Lakers will also have a chance to compete for a spot in the NCAA Collegiate Water Polo Championship.