Senior Jaimee Lubniewski and sophomore Breanna Scott of the Mount Saint Mary College women’s tennis team were both named to the 2013 Skyline Women’s Tennis All-Conference Team, as announced by the conference office on Friday, Oct. 25.
Lubniewski, from Middletown, earns her first All-Conference honor after going 2-3 against each conference opponent’s top player at No. 1 singles and 1-4 against the top doubles team at No. 1 doubles. Over her career, she has a 15-27 overall record in singles play, and a 25-18 overall mark in doubles action.
Scott, from Highland Falls, lands on the All-Conference Team for the first time after going 4-1 against conference opponents at No. 4 singles and a 3-2 at No. 2 doubles. For her career, she has a 13-6 overall record in singles play and an 8-10 overall mark in doubles action.
The women’s tennis team qualified for the Skyline Conference Championships as the No. 4 seed, but was eliminated on Wednesday, Oct. 23 by top-seeded Farmingdale State College.
Women’s Cross Country
Freshman Brigitte Leyva, from Hyde Park, of the Mount Saint Mary College women’s cross country team was named Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year, as well as the Skyline Conference Rookie of the Week for the week ending Sunday, Oct. 27, as announced by the conference office on Monday, Oct. 28. Leyva was recognized for her performance at the 2013 Skyline Conference Championship meet on Sunday. In addition, she was named to the 2013 Skyline Women’s Cross Country All-Conference Second Team.
Leyva placed 14th overall in the field of 98 runners on Sunday with a time of 21:28.85 in the 5K conference meet. She was the third Knight to cross the finish line, helping the team to a second-place finish in the nine-team field. This was her second Rookie of the Week recognition this season.
The Mount Saint Mary College women’s soccer team became much more decorated on Tuesday, Nov. 5, with the announcement of the 2013 Skyline Women’s Soccer All-Conference Teams and individual awards.
Sophomore forward Shanice Robe, from Valley Stream, headlines the awards by taking home her second-consecutive Player of the Year honor. Senior defender Tara McDermott, Tewksbury, was named Defensive Player of the Year. Head coach Frank Martini was named Coach of the Year for the third year in a row. In addition, the Knights landed a conference-best seven student-athletes on the All-Skyline teams.
In addition to Robe and McDermott, senior goalkeeper Jacquelyn Mancini, from Valley Stream, senior midfielder Brigit Burgio, from Riverhead, and junior midfielder Nicole Gianotti, from Massapequa Park, were all named to All-Skyline First Team.
Junior forward Vanessa DiSilvio, from Massapequa, and junior defender Jordyn Catapano, from Hopewell Junction, each earned Second-Team All-Skyline honors.
Robe shares the league lead with 24 goals and ranks third in the conference with 50 points. The Valley Stream, NY, resident has tallied eight game-winning goals while earning four Skyline Player of the Week honors and three ECAC Metro Region Player of the Week selections this season.
Named to the All-Conference First Team for the fourth consecutive year, McDermott anchors a Mount Saint Mary defense that has yielded just 13 goals in 18 games. The senior defender has compiled six points on two goals and two assists, as the Knights enter their Skyline semifinal matchup with Old Westbury on Nov. 6 riding a nine-game winning streak.
In his eighth season, Martini guided the Knights to the regular-season crown with a perfect 8-0-0 mark and the top seed in the 2013 Skyline Conference Championships. The Knights boast an overall record 14-4-0, which includes a 2-1 victory over No. 18 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Sept. 26. Martini has earned Skyline Coach of the Year distinction in each of the past three seasons.
Mancini finds herself on the First Team for the third-straight season. She currently holds a 13-4-0 overall record with six shutouts on the season. She has a save percentage of .800 and a goals-against average of 0.79. She did not allow a single goal to a Skyline opponent this season.
Burgio was named to the First Team for the second consecutive year. She also made the Second Team back in 2010. Battling injuries for much of the season, Burgio accumulated three points with a goal and an assist. Playing the center midfielder position, she has won a majority of 50-50 balls and is the catalyst to many of the Knights’ big plays in the offensive front.
Gianotti earns her first First-Team distinction and her second-career All-Skyline honor. She tied for second on the team with five assists on the year. She also added a goal for a total of seven points.
DiSilvio was named to the Second Team for the second time in her career. She led the Knights with six assists on the year and finished third with 10 points with the addition of two goals, including the game-winner in a 4-1 victory over Bard College on Oct. 15.
Three members of the Mount Saint Mary College women’s volleyball team were named to the 2013 Skyline Women’s Volleyball All-Conference Team, as announced by the conference office on Thursday, Nov. 7. Sophomore middle blocker Kayla Kurka (Islip, N.Y.), sophomore libero Jen Gries (Hicksville, N.Y.) and freshman setter Claire Scully (Bloomfield, N.J.) all represent the Knights on the All-Skyline Second Team.
Kurka earns her first all-conference honor after leading the Knights with a .297 hitting percentage, which also ranks her second in the Skyline. She also adds 58 service aces on the season and 32 total blocks.
Gries picks up her second All-Skyline award with a strong defensive effort throughout the season. Her 429 digs lead the Knights, and her 3.83 digs per set ratio places her fourth in the conference.
Scully ranks second in the conference with 7.54 assists per set in her freshman campaign, also placing her on the Second Team. She leads the team with 671 assists and also contributed 55 service aces. Scully was named Skyline Rookie of the Week twice this season.
Catapano lands on the Second Team for the first time. She picked up three assists on the season, but her biggest contribution was holding down the middle of a back line that is yet to allow a goal to a Skyline team this season.