WRITTEN BY PATRICK MCCORMACK
It was a remarkable weekend for St. Francis Brooklyn.
“What a spectacular weekend for St. Francis College Athletics. I don’t recall a time when so many of our teams have done as well as they did last weekend,” Athletic Director Irma Garcia said. “Their success does not come as a surprise to me. This particular group of student athletes really get it. They are dedicated, focused and resilient. They do such a wonderful job of representing St. Francis College both in and out of the classroom. I look forward to many more weekends such as this one.”
The success started on Friday night when the men’s basketball team defeated the defending Atlantic Coast Conference Champion (ACC) Miami Hurricanes 66-62 in overtime.
Head Coach Glenn Braica summarized the victory by saying, “”This is one of the biggest wins, if not the biggest in the history of our school. They are the defending ACC champs, and are such a great program. I was particularly impressed that our guys had enough left at the end to pull this out after Miami had tied it up to force overtime. To have that kind of mental discipline is not an easy thing to do so it’s a credit to them that they were able to hang in there.”
The winning continued on Saturday when the women’s basketball team went to the University of Pennsylvania and defeated the Quakers 56-51.
“It’s great to win on the road and it’s even better when you play a top-level team that doesn’t lose at home,” commented women’s Head Coach John Thurston. “We had some close game with them (UPENN) over the past couple of season. UPENN was in the postseason last year, won a couple of games and most of all, return nearly everyone. I told the team at the half that there will be a point in the game where our experience would kick in. For us, it was the difference in the game and the way we played down the stretch. I couldn’t be more proud of the girls. They battled and fought hard to the end. We had production from everyone today and it’s a great win against a really tough opponent.”
Also on Saturday, the women’s bowling team picked up their first Northeast Conference victory against perennial NCAA participant Fairleigh Dickinson University. They continued their success on Sunday by going 4-0.
The success continued on Sunday.
First the #18 men’s water polo team beat the #17 Harvard Crimson 12-4, to win their ninth CWPA Northern Division Title in ten years.
The Terriers were led by All-American goalie Igor Mladenovic who made 19 saves.
Later on Sunday, the men’s soccer team defeated the Long Island University Blackbird 4-0, to earn their first appearance in Northeast Conference Tournament since 2009.
“We played a great game vs. LIU. It was an important game for us and the boys were great from minute one,” Head Coach Tom Giovatto commented. “It is very exciting to be back in the NEC Tournament. It has been a great year for the team. They have worked hard all year and I’m very happy for them. ”
The weekend concluded with the men’s and women’s swim teams hosting the Manhattan College Jaspers. The women’s team defeated Manhattan College 111-107. In the win, freshman Jessica Reynoso broke the school record in 100 breast stroke, swimming a 1:08.90.
On the men’s side sophomore diver Jack Volpe set two school records. He set the record in the one-meter dive receiving 289.65 points, and then set the three-meter dive record with 276.45 points.
The Terriers’ weekend is one that will be remembered for a long time.