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The Top Spot:
Kevin McQuade of Mamaroneck had three hits for the Purchase College baseball team in the second game of a twin-bill swept by The College of Mount Saint Vincent, 8-4, 9-1. The Panthers (11-10) visit Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT, on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. McQuade is batting .329, third-best on the team, and has driven in 16 runs, second only to senior Frank Fiumara of Port Chester, who has 18 RBI.
In baseball, East Ramapo heads to Port Chester at 4:30 p.m.
In softball, Riverside heads to Port Chester at 4:30 p.m.
College Sports Notebook:
The Rockland Community College golf team, which is the defending Region XV champion and currently leads the Mid-Hudson Conference standings, will be in Kingston today at 1 p.m. for a conference tournament hosted by Ulster CC at Wiltwyck Country Club.
Head coach Tom “T-bone” Craffey of Garnerville, in his sixth year at the helm and again assisted by the veteran, battle-tested, highly regarded Howie Pierson of West Nyack, is expecting the Hawks to make a serious challenge for the region title, and make another trip to the national tournament.
But there’s a ‘but’ in there.
“We’re stronger (than last year), but the region is stronger, too,” Craffey warns. “Nassau has won seven national titles and has 25,000 students – they got to find some good golfers in there! Suffolk is solid, too; they have a kid, well, a man, 27 years old, coming back from Afghanistan and another kid, a man, 26 … a soccer player from Ireland who also plays golf. Even Dutchess has a couple of good kids.”
Rockland CC has four players back from last year’s regional championship squad--which had an off-day and placed 11th at the national tournament—led by Colby Lewis of Monroe, a top-ranking linksman in the Mid-Hudson Conference and, says Craffey, almost a sure shot to qualify for the national tournament.
Also returning are North Rockland HS graduate Dan Gizzi, who is coming off a 74 at Dunwoodie in Yonkers, Albertus Magnus alum Terrance Michalak, and Andrew Lunau of Highlands Mills, who carded a hole-in-one at the national championship last year at Chateauguay Golf Club just outside Buffalo. Chateauguay GC is also hosting this year’s nationals in June.
The Mid-Hudson Conference championship, which sends the winning team to nationals, will again be contested at Philip J. Rotella Memorial Golf Course in Haverstraw, where Superintendent Cal Foxx continues to draw raves.
“He’s done an unbelievable job with that course,” offers Craffey, easily admitting that having the home-course advantage is an asset and might help offset whatever edge the stronger conference rivals might offer when the championship finals are contested May 10-11.
“It will be a shootout,” Craffey said. “Rotella is a screwy course. You really have to know it, so it should be an advantage to us.”
Rounding out the team is Mike Cavanagh of Garnerville, Sean Murray of Stony Point, John Schifano of Monroe and Christian Fico, also of Monroe.
“We’ve got eight guys battling for six spots, which is great, and something we’ve never really had,” Craffey concluded.
- Sophomore Kelly Harris of Yorktown Heights has started 13 games on defense for the Springfield College women’s lacrosse team (7-7), which visits Smith College (7-6) in Northampton, MA, at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Junior Jen Califano of Suffern also mans a defensive position for the Pride, and has appeared in nine games, starting four.
- Former Tappan Zee HS two-sport standout Ryan O’Rourke, a freshman at Springfield College, has made six appearances on the Pride’s baseball team, with three starts. O’Rourke is a catcher who is also utilized in the outfield. Springfield (14-12) meets Nichols College (6-14) in Dudley, MA, on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Freshman outfielder Brett Jackson of Larchmont, a Mamaroneck High alum, is batting .294 for Nichols in nine appearances, including five starting assignments.
Weekly Sports Poll:
The Mets and Nationals have flipped the National League East upside down in this early season. Right now the Mets are 6-3, a half game behind Washington for the division lead, and in the voting public felt that the Phillies and Mets will be in the top two spots at season’s end.
Staying in the National League East takes a look at the brash Marlins Manager and Ozzie Guillen’s quote in Time Magazine. This we ask if you think the Marlins should fire the manager.
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