Red Fox Report

Sports highlights of the spring 2009 semester: men's rowing took its twelfth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, while women's basketball, men's tennis, water polo, and baseball again advanced to the NCAAs.

By Andy Alongi '08
Andy Alongi '08 is assistant sports information director at Marist.

 Men's Rowers Won Twelfth Overall Conference Crown, Ninth Straight

 men's crew team
 The Marist men's crew team won its ninth consecutive MAAC Championship and twelfth overall.

 The Red Foxes' men's crew team collected its ninth straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) title on April 19 at Mercer County Park Marina in Princeton Junction, N.J. Marist posted a 6-point victory over Loyola as the Red Foxes totaled 179 points to finish atop the field. Marist netted a total of 125 points from five victories to take the race.

Earlier in the season, Marist retained the coveted President's Cup as the squad defeated Army, winning three of five races. The day was cut short due to poor racing conditions; however, the Red Foxes took victories in the women's varsity 8, the men's novice 8, and men's varsity 4.

Women's Basketball Seized Fourth Straight MAAC Championship Title

Marist women's basketball team

The women's basketball team won its fourth consecutive MAAC Championship and fifth in six years. The Red Foxes faced fifth-seeded Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at the University of Southern California.

The women's basketball team earned its fourth straight MAAC title as red-shirt senior Julianne Viani was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. The Red Foxes defeated Canisius 78-63 in the championship game to win the conference crown and advance to their fourth straight NCAA Tournament and fifth in six seasons. Forward Rachele Fitz '10 and guard Erica Allenspach '11 were named to the All-Tournament Team for their efforts in the three victories en route to the team's title.

Multiple members of the Red Foxes were honored at a postseason dinner hosted by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association. Fitz and Viani were named to the All-Met Basketball Writers First Team, while Head Coach Brian Giorgis was named the Maggie Dixon Coach of the Year. Fitz was named the Met Writers Division I women's basketball Player of the Year.

Marist ended its 2008-09 season with a record of 29-4 as the Red Foxes fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to fifth-seeded Virginia 68-61.

Men's Tennis Captured Seventh MAAC Crown; Tim Smith Named USPTA Eastern Division College Coach of the Year

Marist's men's tennis team

The Marist men's tennis team captured its second straight MAAC Championship after a 5-2 victory over Fairfield. The Red Foxes have appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments. Co-captain Loic Sessagesimi '10 was named the MAAC Tournament's Most Outstanding Performer for the second straight year. He also represented Marist at the 2009 NCAA Student-Athlete Development Conference.

The men's tennis team advanced to its second straight NCAA Tournament as the Red Foxes defeated the Fairfield Stags 5-2 in the MAAC Championship match on April 19 at the Billie Jean King United States Tennis Association National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Co-captain Loic Sessagesimi '10 earned the championship-clinching point at second singles. He was named the MAAC Championship's Most Outstanding Performer for the second straight year.

Marist fell to No. 10 Florida in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Gainesville, Fla.
Prior to Marist's championship run, Head Coach Tim Smith earned his 200th dual match victory as the Marist head coach on April 13 as the Red Foxes shut out Hartford 7-0 at the East Campus Tennis Pavilion. After the season closed, Smith was named United States Professional Tennis Association Eastern Division College Coach of the Year.

Each member of the Marist starting lineup was named to the All-MAAC Teams. Sessagesimi was named First Team at second singles, while Nicolas Pisecky '11 (third singles) Landon Greene '11 (fifth singles), and Matt Himmelsbach '12 (sixth singles) joined Sessagesimi on the First Team. Christian Coley '10 and Marcus von Nordheim '11 were named Second Team All-MAAC at first and fourth singles respectively.

Coley and Rhys Hobbs '11 were named First Team All-MAAC at first doubles, while Pisecky and Greene shared the third doubles honor with a pairing from Fairfield. Sessagesimi and Himmelsbach were named Second Team All-MAAC at second doubles.

Sessagesimi represented the College at the 2009 NCAA Student-Athlete Development Conference May 24 to 27 at the Walt Disney World Coronado Spring Resort in Orlando, Fla. He was one of 233 Division I athletes who took part in the conference.

Water Polo Took Back-To-Back MAAC Titles and First NCAA Tournament Game in Program History

Marist water polo team

The Marist women's water polo team won its second straight MAAC Championship. The team is the first in MAAC Water Polo League history to win consecutive titles.

 Marist head coach Ashleigh Jacobs has never lost a MAAC tournament game in her two seasons in Poughkeepsie, amassing a 4-0 record in conference tournaments. In 2009, the Red Foxes entered the MAAC Tournament as the third seed. The Red Foxes posted a 7-6 victory over the second-seeded Wagner Seahawks to advance to the championship game against top-seeded Iona. Marist went on to take the championship game 11-7 at the McCann Center Natatorium. The Red Foxes became the first team in the MAAC Water Polo League to win consecutive titles, and Katelin McCahill '09 was named the Most Outstanding Player.

Three players were named to the MAAC Water Polo League First Team, while goalkeeper Jessica Getchius '10 was named Defensive Player of the Year. McCahill, Angie Rampton '10, and Samantha Swartz '10 were named to the First Team.

In their second straight NCAA Tournament, the Red Foxes won their first game in program history to take seventh place in their third NCAA Tournament appearance. Marist defeated eighth-seeded Cal Lutheran 16-11 on the final day of the tournament on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park. Rachel Sunday '10 was named Second Team All-NCAA Tournament.

Baseball Earned First MAAC Championship Since 2005, Competed in Sixth NCAA Regional

Marist baseball team

Marist won the 2009 MAAC Baseball Championship. Jacob Wiley '09 was named MAAC Tournament Most Outstanding Performer as well as 2009 MAAC Relief Pitcher of the Year. In June, Wiley was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

The Marist baseball team advanced to its first NCAA Tournament since 2005 as the Red Foxes defeated Canisius 13-9 in the MAAC Tournament on May 23. Relief pitcher Jacob Wiley '09 was named the MAAC Tournament's Most Outstanding Performer as he recorded a win and two saves. He recorded the final four outs of the tournament in game 7 to lift Marist over Canisius. It yielded his sixth save of the season. On June 11, Wiley was chosen by the Cincinnati Reds in the 41st round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He is playing for the Gulf Coast League Reds.

seniors on the Marist baseball team had a special commencement

President Dennis J. Murray hosted a special commencement ceremony at the campus chapel for the baseball team's eight graduating seniors, who missed graduation because of the MAAC Tournament. The 2009 grads (from left) were Josh Rickards, Dan Gallagher, Kyle Meyer, Andrew Stanton, Kenny Anderson, Jacob Wiley, Peter Barone, and Brian McDonough.

When the baseball team returned to the Hudson River Valley, President Dennis J. Murray hosted a special commencement in the campus chapel for the team's eight graduating seniors, who missed graduation because of the MAAC tournament.

The Red Foxes came out of the winners' bracket, as they got to the championship game with two one-run victories. In the opening round, third-seeded Marist defeated second-seeded Canisius 7-6, lifted by an eighth-inning triple by Jon Schwind '12. In the semifinals, the game went to 11 innings, but Marist defeated top-seeded Manhattan 4-3 off a long ball by Richard Curylo '10.
Four Red Foxes were named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team: Brian McDonough '09, Kyle Meyer '09, Curylo, and red-shirt sophomore Bryce Nugent. Prior to the MAAC Tournament's opening round, three Red Foxes were honored at the conference championship banquet. Wiley was named MAAC Relief Pitcher of the Year, while Nugent and Kyle Putnam '11 were named Second Team All-MAAC.

Marist garnered the fourth seed in the Tallahassee Region in the 2009 NCAA Regional. The Red Foxes held multiple-run leads against Florida State and Ohio State in each of their games in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

Women's Club Rugby Team Ranked Sixth Nationally

Marist women's club rugby team

The Marist women's rugby team competed at the Division II National Championships.

The Marist women's club rugby team competed in the Division II National Championships in Sanford, Fla. Coming off a very successful fall 2008 campaign, the Red Foxes finished second overall in the Northeast and earned the No. 16 seed in the DII Collegiate USA Rugby National Championships. The club is ranked at No. 6 in official DII collegiate women's rankings. Four Red Foxes were named to the Metropolitan New York Rugby Football Union All-Star (U23) team: captain Jessica Peterson '09, captain Andrea Hart '09, Laura Litwin '09, and Leanne Fusco '09.