Sports Briefs: Union football’s Irabor, Flanagan honored by Liberty League – The Daily Gazette
Two Union College football players earned honors from the Liberty League. Senior Ike Irabor was named Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, while freshman Patch Flanagan earned Rookie of the Week honors.
In the Dutchmen’s 45-0 win over Buffalo State, Irabor had 129 yards rushing and two touchdowns. In his collegiate debut, Flanagan went 10 for 17 passing for 114 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 47 yards on five carries.
UALBANY’S LADNER RECOGNIZED BY AMERICA EAST
UAlbany women’s soccer midfielder Ashley Ladner was named America East Rookie of the Week. Ladner, a freshman, scored her first career goal in the Great Danes’ 1-1 tie against Bryant last week.
SIENA SOFTBALL NAMES ASSISTANT
Skania Valencia was recently named an assistant coach for the Siena College softball team.
Valencia served as the head coach for Westfield State last season, leading the Owls to an 18-19 overall mark and 10-4 record in conference play. Prior to that, she spent three years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Mercy College.
CANAJOHARIE’S NARE HONORED BY EMPIRE 8
Utica University senior Joey Nare, from Canajoharie, was named the Empire 8’s Football Special Teams Player of the Week. Nare returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown in the Pioneers’ 57-7 win over Hartwick, improving the team to 5-0.
SKODA RECEIVES WEEKLY AWARD
Nazareth College junior Alexandra Skoda, a Mohonasen graduate, was named the Empire 8’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week for women’s soccer. Skoda scored a natural hat trick over the first 15:55 of Saturday’s 8-0 win over Elmira. The previous school record for fastest hat trick was 20:18.
HARTPENCE LEAGUE’S TOP ROOKIE
St. John Fisher freshman Kiera Hartpence, a Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake graduate, earned her second Empire 8 weekly honor by being named Rookie of the Week for women’s volleyball. She totaled 32 digs with only one receiving error, and added six aces in helping the Cardinals go 3-0.
McGRATH EARNS LIBERTY LEAGUE HONOR
Union College freshman Shannon McGrath earned Liberty League Rookie of the Week honors for women’s volleyball. She had 42 kills with 12 aces and 27 digs in 13 sets last week as Union split four matches.
WANIA EARNS WEEKLY AWARD
Saint Rose freshman forward Madelyn Wania, of Ballston Spa, was chosen the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week for women’s soccer. Wania recorded a goal and an assist throughout a 2-0 week for the Golden Knights, ranked 8th nationally in Division II.
UALBANY EARNS TWO VOLLEYBALL AWARDS
UAlbany’s Charlotte Macken and Malea Stanton were named the America East Defensive Specialist of the Week and Setter of the Week, respectively.
Macken, of Clifton Park, led UAlbany with 57 digs, including a four-set match-high 23 against New Hampshire. She added six assists and one ace for the week. Stanton totaled 154 assists for three matches when the Great Danes went 2-1.
LIBERTY LEAGUE RECOGNIZES RPI’s BOSSOM
RPI freshman Tessa Bossom, a Shenendehowa graduate, was named the Liberty League’s Women’s Cross Country Rookie of the Week. Bosom ran a time of 23:43.4 on the 3.72-mile course at Lehigh University’s Paul Short Run. She placed 233rd of 395 runners, helping the Engineers finish 14th in the 46-school meet.
TWILIGHT LEAGUE NAMES SEASON AWARD-WINNERS
The Albany Twilight League recently announced its season award-winners.
Capital City Kings third baseman James Murphy, currently at St. John Fisher, was the most valuable player. He hit .354 with six home runs, 24 RBIs, 17 runs and five doubles. Teammate Sheridan Dillon, currently at Fairfield, was pitcher of the year after going 5-2 with a 1.24 ERA, 64 strikeouts, two complete games and one shutout. Finally, Albany Athletics shortstop Mike Talavera, currently at Hudson Valley Community College, was voted rookie of the year after winning the league batting title (.397) and having 10 RBIs, 20 runs, two doubles, one home run and 12 stolen bases.
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