Fall athletes still basking in glow of successful season

While the College was out for Winter break, Fall athletes continued to receive awards and honors in recognition of another exceptional athletic season.

Lions’ football went beyond expectations this year as the team came home with a win in the first round of the NCAA tournament and a total record of 9-3.

Senior defensive tackle Joe King was put on the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southeast Football All-Star Team. King was also named ECAC 2007 Division III Player of the Year after 28 tackles for a loss and 15 sacks this season and was given D3football.com and All-America honors.

Joining King on the All-Star Team are senior offensive lineman Robert Keyes, senior defensive back Andrew Larkin and senior punter Jeff Struble.

The field hockey team went 17-3 this season, recording 11 shutouts and placing two players on the ECAC Division III First Team.

Junior defender Kelly Mitchell was a key component of the Lions’ defense and was honored as the 2007 New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Defensive Player of the Year.

Junior forward Katie Reuther also earned her spot on the First Team after scoring 35 points on 13 goals and nine assists last fall.

The men’s soccer team (10-6-3) saw five of its players named to the 2007 NJAC All-Star Team. Sophomore forward Kevin Luber, the Lions’ leading scorer, was named to the NJAC First Team, while seniors midfielder Joe McGinley and defender Frank Fiorilli earned spots on the Second Team.

Seniors midfielder Craig Langan and forward Nima Rahimi were also given honorable mention for their contributions to the Lions this season.

Luber, McGinley and Fiorilli were chosen for the All-Metro Region Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The women’s soccer team received recognition for yet another successful season. Seniors midfielder Dana DiBruno and defender Courtney Krol both reeled in All-America honors.

Both DiBruno and Krol were also named to the All Mid-Atlantic First Team along with forwards junior Jamie Kunkel and sophomore Briann McDonough.

Sophomore Jessica Clarke, 2007 NJAC Goalkeeper of the Year, earned a spot on the All-Mid-Atlantic Third Team after leading the nation in goals-against average with .238 goals per game.