Ithaca Programs Clean Up Liberty League Weekly Awards
ITHACA, NY – It’s been quite a weekend for the Ithaca College athletics department, as the women’s basketball and track teams won the Liberty League titles, joining the women’s swimming and diving of the previous week. Spring seasons are now in full swing and the rest of winter sports are gearing up for post-season opportunities. That being said, the success of the programs over the past seven days has led to 10 people being named Liberty League Athletes of the Week and five others named to the Weekly Honor Roll.
Highest Performing Women’s Basketball Tournament – Grace Canon
The grad was the Bombers’ leading scorer all season and exploded in the Liberty League Championship game against St. Lawrence for a game-high 26 points. With the win, the Bombers won their third straight Liberty League title and went on to win a program-best 19 games.
Cannon filled the stat sheet adding five rebounds and five steals while averaging 19 points per game in the Liberty League Championship tournament.
Women’s Swimming and Diving – Diver of the Week – Eliana Wallock
In what turned out to be a battle between teammates at the NCAA Region 4 Division III Diving Championships on the 3-meter board, Eliana Wallock beat her teammate Ava Lowell by just 0.10 points to win the 3m diving title. The talented junior completed a total of 11 dives of 465.30 to win the 3m above the graduate student Ava Lowell which totaled a final score of 465.20. She also put up an NCAA Cup B standard in her third-place finish (422.50) on the 1-yard board.
Women’s Athletics – Athlete on competition track – Tia Jones
Tia Jones recorded two individual victories and a competition record in three events. Jones won the 60-meter sprint in 7.72 seconds, then added a victory in the 200-meter sprint in a competition, facility and school record of 24.82 seconds, which currently ranks as the best Division III time this season. Jones also placed fifth in the 400 on Friday.
Male Athletics – Competition Field Athlete – Luke Tobie
Luke Tobie won the shot put with a mark of 18.40 yards, which ranks as the seventh-best mark in Division III this season. Tobia also finished fourth in the shot put, qualifying for the All-Atlantic Region Championship in both events.
Baseball – Offensive Performer of the Week – Buzz Shirley
Buzz Shirley hit .500 (6 for 12) to start the season on a three-game road trip for Ithaca. Shirley also drove in six runs, scored six more, had two doubles and hit a home run, to go along with three walks. After a no-hitter first game in a 5-4 win over New Paltz, he then went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, a home run and three runs scored in a 13-8 win over the Hawks. He wrapped up the weekend with a 3-for-4 outing with three runs and two RBIs and two doubles in a 13-8 loss to Virginia Wesleyan.
Men’s Basketball – Rookie of the Week – Logan Wendel
Logan Wendel posted one of the best games of his rookie season for Ithaca as the Bombers fell to eventual Liberty League champions Vassar 76-74 in the semifinals. Wendell went 9 for 16 in the game for 27 points, to go along with five rebounds and two steals. He was 4 for 8 from 3-point range and went 5 for 6 at the line.
Women’s Tennis – Singles Performer of the Week – Taylor Crain
Reigning Liberty League Rookie of the Week Taylor Crain picked up singles and doubles wins over the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers on Saturday. In the first singles slot, the freshman dominantly beat his opponent, RIT’s Jackie Drozd, 6-0, 6-0 in his second collegiate singles match.
Men’s Tennis – Doubles Team of the Week – Deon Kraft and Eric Dubilirer
Second year students Eric Dubilirer and Deon Kraft picked up Ithaca’s only doubles victory in the Bombers’ 5-4 win over RIT last Saturday, beating Tiger opponents Jake Woluicki and Jacob Meyerson 8-6. The win marked the duo’s second collegiate victory as a doubles team this season.
Men’s Tennis – Rookie of the week – Jacob Wachs
Second year Jacob Wachs secured Ithaca’s 5-4 victory over RIT last Saturday after beating their opponent, Tiger’s Jacob Meyerson, 7-6(6), 6-3 in the sixth and final singles slot to win the match for IC.
ROLL OF HONOR
Kyle Lambert pitched 7.0 innings in Ithaca’s season opener against New Paltz. Although he didn’t consider the call, Lambert struck out nine on one walk and allowed three runs on five hits.
Nicolas Cutaia posted a great start to his IC career as he went 5 for 12 (.417) with five RBIs, a triple, a double, two runs scored and three walks in three games. Cutaia had at least one hit in every game, as he went 4 for 9 in two games against New Paltz and 1 for 3 against Virginia Wesleyan.
Jake Erickson had five goals and four assists for nine points in two games to start the year for Ithaca last week. In a 7-4 win over Oneonta, Erickson scored two goals with an assist, then had three goals and three assists in a loss to No. 7 St. John Fisher.
In Ithaca’s 6-3 win over RIT, freshman Laurent Rodriguez achieved victories in the first slots in doubles and second in singles. In second singles, the freshman beat RIT’s Gabby Donahue 6-0, 6-0 to win her second straight collegiate singles match. Rodriguez and his doubles partner Taylor Crain defeated Donahue and partner Jackie Drozd 9-7 in the pair’s doubles match.
Second year Deon Kraft picked up singles and doubles wins to help Ithaca top RIT 5-4 last Saturday. Kraft scored the most dominant win of the afternoon for the Bombers in fifth-place singles, thrashing Tiger’s Chang in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. In his doubles match with his partner Eric Dubilirerthe pair picked up the only doubles win for Ithaca, beating Tiger opponents Jake Woluicki and Jacob Meyerson 8-6.