Golden Eagles basketball standouts Olivier Laurent and Trey Black both reached the 1,000-point plateau for their careers this season. Senior guard Black reached the milestone against Yeshiva, while fellow senior guard Laurent broke the millenium margin in a victory over Farmingdale State. Black also completed 141 assists and six double-doubles this year to lead the team; Laurent was among the league leaders in scoring and assists.
After a 1-9 start, the Lady Bears basketball squad propelled into its first NCAA Division III tournament on the strength of a 10-game winning streak (January 21 through February 18 — the team’s longest since the 2003-2004 season). St. Joseph’s was led by senior guard Ashley McQuillan, who took home her fourth HVWAC All-Conference award and led the Lady Bears by averaging 13.8 points per game.
Golden Eagles men’s soccer player John Dettori finished the season tied for first in the NCAA Division III statistical rankings goals-per-game category, with an average of 1.3. He finished in second place in points per game (2.95), total points (59) and total goals (26). Dettori was named the 2011 Skyline Conference Player of the Year and won multiple ECAC Metro and Skyline Player of the Week awards. His cumulative totals for the year were 59 total points, 26 goals and seven assists.
The number of women on the Brooklyn men’s soccer team in its inaugural varsity season. Four were regular starters (Christina Abbate, Daniela Semilia, Cynthia Gambino and Shannon Rom) on a St. Joseph’s soccer team that received much publicity for its co-ed makeup, including a full-page article in the Daily News. In a victory over Webb Institute, Gambino found the back of the net off a pass from Semilia. The goal will stand in the SJC men’s soccer record books as the only goal scored by a female, as women’s soccer will be added as the 13th Brooklyn varsity sport in Fall 2012.
Members of the Long Island women’s swim team were named to the Skyline All-Conference team: Lauren Ouzounian, Allison Grega, Jessica Alessi, Melissa Nocco and Amanda Schneider. Ouzounian shattered league records in both the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke for the second consecutive year at the Skyline Championships, while Grega (200-yard medley relay), Alessi (200-yard butterfly, 200-yard medley relay), Nocco (200-yard medley relay) and Schneider (500-yard freestyle) were standouts in each of their events.
Men’s basketball rookie forward David Louison became the first Bear in the last decade to average more than 10 rebounds per game. Louison’s 10.3 rebounds per game ranked him 23rd in Division III, and his 10 double-doubles tied him for 36th. With his 12.8 points per game, he was also the first Bear in a decade to average a double- double. Louison was named the Atlantic Region’s Rookie of the Year by d3hoops.com as he led the Bears to a 13-14 record.
For the second consecutive year, St. Joseph’s Long Island cross-country teams captured the men’s and women’s team titles at the Skyline Cross-Country Championships. Led by senior Eric Haun’s (28:19.76) runner-up finish, the Golden Eagles placed five runners in the top six and seven in the top 12 overall en route to its third crown in four years. On the women’s side, teammates Christine Cristobal and Gillian Goodwin finished first and second as SJC seized its eighth conference title in program history.
In her first season with the Lady Bears volleyball team, sophomore setter Sabrina Cornia handed out 570 assists in 84 sets, the most by a Lady Bear since 2008. The team also posted its first winning campaign (14-11) since that 2008 season. Cornia’s presence in the middle allowed for St. Joseph’s to connect on 724 kills, with Kim Matthews being the primary recipient with 277 kills.