For the fourth-straight year, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy baseball team has been named an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award recipient. The Mariners were one of 312 total institutions among NCAA, NAIA, Junior Colleges and high schools in the USA that earned the prestigious award for the 2018-19 school year, including one of 83 NCAA Division III schools.
Superintendent, RADM Jack Buono, and Academic Dean and Provost, Dr. John Ballard, announced Kristofer Schnatz as the new Head of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) today. Schnatz began his tenure at Kings Point on Monday, Aug. 19.
The Skyline Conference recently announced that four Mariners were named Scholar-Athletes of the Year in their respective sports for the 2018-19 school year – Christopher Kahl ’19 (Solomons, Md.) of men’s swimming & diving, Sam Ney ’19 (Vicenza, Italy) of men’s soccer, Andrew Spinnenweber ’19 (Pasadena, Md.) of baseball and then-freshman Lucas Jordan (Littleton, Colo.) of men’s cross country.
The Skyline Conference announced its Academic Honor Roll for the 2018-19 Winter and 2019 Spring seasons on Tuesday and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy had a total of 76 student-athletes over nine different sports recognized for their hard work in the classroom during their respective seasons.
USMMA diving coach Johan C. Lopez has been selected to participate in the United States Olympic Committee Coach Accelerator Program this coming September. This exclusive program, in which only 40 coaches are selected annually from all Olympic sports, is slated to be hosted at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center.
Recent USMMA graduate Hannah Gizzi ’19 (Finksburg, Md.) finished the 2019 season as the NCAA Division III Statistical Champion with a 5.60 goals against average, leading all players in the country in the category. She becomes the first Mariner in program history to end a season as a national statistical champ.
Recent USMMA graduate Charley Hughes ’19 (Baltimore, Md.) was selected to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association/Warrior and New Balance Division III Scholar All-American Team, the USILA announced late last week.
USMMA football head coach Mike Toop ’77 announced the schedule for the upcoming 2019 season on Monday, ahead of his 15th year that at the helm of the Mariners. The team is coming off one of the best seasons in program history, where they went 8-2, tying the program record for wins in a campaign, and winning a bowl game for the second-straight year.
Rising-seniors Kyleigh Kappas (Parker, Colo.), Nicole Ibinson (Fredericksburg, Va.) and Alaina Hudson (King George, Va.) were recently named team captains for the upcoming 2019 USMMA women’s volleyball season, head coach Tim Gaiser announced this week. The trio will lead the Mariners both on and off the court throughout the 2019 campaign, slated to begin in late August.
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy swimming & diving coaches Sean Tedesco and Johan C. Lopez served as guest speakers at the recent College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) National Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The United States Merchant Marine Academy held its 2019 Awards Convocation on Friday morning at the Ackerman Auditorium as part of Kings Point Weekend festivities, which culminates with commencement exercises on Saturday. Four major athletic award winners were announced during the ceremony – the Male and Female Athletes of the Year as well as the two Coaches of the Year – along with a number of other athletic awards and honors.
The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced the 2019 ABCA/Rawlings Division III All-Region Teams on Tuesday and USMMA boasted four student-athletes over the three teams in the New York Region.
The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced the postseason award winners and All-ECAC Teams on Thursday afternoon and three members of the USMMA women’s lacrosse team were honored. Freshman Jessie Wohner (Norfolk, Va.), who was selected as the ECAC Rookie of the Year, while seniors Meredith Willard (Portland, Maine) and Hanna Gizzi (Finksburg, Md.) were chosen to the All-ECAC First Team at attack and goalie, respectively, and Wohner also landed on the Second Team at attack.
On Thursday, both the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and D3baseball.com released their regional honors and a total of six members of the USMMA baseball team earned praise for their phenomenal seasons.
USMMA men’s lacrosse senior midfielder Michael Rodriguez (Coronado, Calif.) was selected to the All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Second Team, the league announced on Thursday. The praise comes after Rodriguez’s final season at Kings Point, where he helped lead the Mariners to an 11-5 overall record and the #2 seed in the Skyline Tournament, where they fell to top-seeded SUNY Maritime in the Finals.
This past Saturday, May 18, coaches and student-athletes from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy football team participated in the annual Jack's Run for Autism Awareness 5K race. This was the third consecutive year that Kings Point Football took part in the event in Port Washington, N.Y.
In keeping with one of the team’s foundational principles of service, members of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams recently volunteered their time to clean up a local pond on Long Island. They teamed up with Operation S.P.L.A.S.H., which stands for Stop Polluting, Littering And Save Harbors, to clean Lofts Pond in Baldwin, N.Y.
On Monday, the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced the All-Region Teams for the 2019 season. USMMA senior goalie Hanna Gizzi (Finksburg, Md.) was one of the 256 student-athletes honored with a spot on the All-Region Team, as she was named to the Second Team in the Boardwalk Region.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women’s track & field team came in sixth place out of 21 teams that scored at the two-day ECAC Division III Outdoor Championship Meet that wrapped up on Thursday up at Southern Connecticut State University. The Mariners scored 50 points as a team. Rutgers-Newark won with 132 points, while Keene State (66) and Hunter (65) rounded out the top-three.
The USMMA men’s track & field season came to an end on Thursday, the final day of the two-day ECAC Division III Outdoor Championship Meet, hosted by Southern Connecticut State University. The Mariners placed ninth out of the 25 teams that scored at the event with a total of 36 team points. Rutgers-Newark won the meet with 87 points, while Marywood (79) and Wesley (72) rounded out the top-three.
This past Friday, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced that U.S. Merchant Marine Academy junior Alexa Vandermeer (Grove Heights, Minn.) was chosen as its Division III Metro Region Track Athlete of the Month for the month April. The praise comes after Vandermeer’s performances in the Mariners’ four meets last month.
The USMMA women’s lacrosse narrowly lost its exciting NCAA First Round matchup against Lebanon Valley on Saturday afternoon by the final score of 13-11 down at Salisbury University in Maryland. The defeat ends the Mariners’ season at 17-1, while the Dutchmen improve to 12-7 and move on to play the host Sea Gulls on Sunday in the Second Round.
After repeating as Skyline Conference champions last Saturday, the USMMA women’s lacrosse team begins play in the 2019 NCAA DIII Championship with an opening-round matchup against the Lebanon Valley Dutchmen on Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m. The game will take place at Salisbury University’s Sea Gull Stadium in Maryland. The winner will take on the host Sea Gulls the following day on Sunday, May 12th at 1 p.m.
On Wednesday, the Skyline Conference announced the postseason award winners and All-Conference Teams for baseball and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy led all Skyline schools with eight student-athletes honored over the two teams, with senior starting pitcher Andrew Spinnenweber (Pasadena, Md.) also being selected as the Skyline Pitcher of the Year for the second-consecutive season.
The USMMA baseball team lost two games on the second day of the Skyline Conference double-elimination tournament on Monday at Farmingdale State. In the opener, the Mariners rallied late, but were edged by the top-seeded Rams, 5-4, in 12 innings. Merchant Marine then lost the elimination game against #3-seed Old Westbury, 8-4. The Mariners end the season with a 28-11 record.
On Monday, the Skyline Conference announced the postseason award winners and All-Skyline Teams for women’s lacrosse and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy WLAX program had a total of 10 individuals honored – nine student-athletes as well as head coach Kyle Simensky.