TCNJ Captures 10th CAANJ Directors’ Cup

TCNJ Captures 10th CAANJ Directors’ Cup

lion's logoTCNJ’s athletic department was named the 2007-08 recipient of the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey (CAANJ) Directors’ Cup for Division III. This award is bestowed annually to the top collegiate athletic departments at the different NCAA levels.

With this latest CAANJ Cup, TCNJ’s athletic department has now won 10 of 11 titles as the top Division III collegiate athletic department in the state.

During the 2007-2008 academic year, the Lions competed in 15 different NCAA championships and captured two NCAA Division III team semifinalist finishes, while one individual earned an NCAA national championship and another captured a runner-up title. TCNJ amassed 163 All-NJAC honors, while collecting 10 NJAC championship team titles and three Metropolitan Conference Championships. TCNJ had 29 student-athletes combine to earn 59 All-America citations as well. Over the course of the year, TCNJ compiled 210 wins, 97 losses and four ties for a .682 win percentage.

Over the past 13 years, TCNJ has finished in the Top 10 in each of the USSA Directors’ Cup races. The Lions are coming off an impressive third place showing during the 2007-08 academic year after collecting a record 825.25 points in the race for the cup. In 1995–96, TCNJ took fourth place and finished in second place in 1996–97. The Lions finished in second place again in 1997–98. All told, TCNJ has finished in the Top Ten 13 consecutive years.

2007-08 Highlights

Women’s Tennis
2007 NJAC Women’s Tennis Champions
NJAC win streak stands at 121-0.
Jackie Shtemberg, NJAC Player of the Year, 2007 ITA National Small College Singles Champion (ITA All-American) and an All-American in doubles
Christina Contrafatto, 2007 ITA All-American in doubles
Amanda Berg, NJAC Rookie of the Year
Scott Dicheck, NJAC Co-Coach of the Year, USTA New Jersey Coach of the Year

Women’s Soccer
2007 NJAC Champions
2007 NCAA Division III Semifinalist
Joe Russo named NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year and NJAC Coach of the Year
Dana DiBruno NSCAA/adidas Women’s NCAA Division III All-America First Team and 2007 NJAC Midfielder of the Year.
Courtney Krol NSCAA/adidas Women’s NCAA Division III All-America Third Team; 2007 CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II College Division Second Team and 2007 NJAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Jessica Clarke named 2007 NJAC Goalkeeper of the Year.

Women’s Cross Country
2007 NJAC Champions
Angela Tecco, NJAC Runner and Rookie of the Year
Phil Jennings, NJAC Coach of the Year

Field Hockey
2007 NJAC Champions.
NCAA Division III Regional finalist.
Sharon Pfluger named 2007 NJAC Co-Coach of the Year.
Kelly Mitchell named 2007 NJAC Defensive Player of the Year and 2007 Longstreth/NFHCA All-American First Team.
Leigh Mitchell named 2007 NJAC Rookie of the Year.
Jenny Lubin named 2007 Longstreth/NFHCA All-American Third Team.

Men’s Cross Country
2007 NJAC Champions
Chris Guerriero, NJAC Runner of Year
TJ Bocchino, NJAC Rookie of the Year

Football
2007 NJAC Co-Champions
NCAA Tournament Bid
Advanced to second round of NCAA Championships
Eric Hamilton, NJAC and D3Football Regional Coach of the Year
Finalist for 2007 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year
Joe King, D3Football East Defensive Player of the Year, NJAC Defensive Player of the Year, ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, D3football All-America Second Team
Andrew Larkin, CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team
Marc Fabiano, CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team

Women’s Basketball
Advanced to second round of 2008 NCAA Division III Championships.
Won NJAC South Division regular season.
Hillary Klimowicz named 2007-08 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team Honorable Mentions for NCAA Division III; 2008 ECAC Metro Co-Player off the Year; 2008 NJAC Player of the Year; 2008 All-NJAC First Team and 2008 ECAC Metro First Team.
Kelsey Kutch named 2008 ECAC Metro Rookie of the Year and 2008 NJAC Rookie of the Year.
Dawn Henderson named 2008 NJAC Coach of the Year and 2008 Russell Athletic/WBCA Region 3 Coach of the Year.

Men’s Basketball
Mark Aziz, NJAC All-Star Second Team

Wrestling
2008 Metropolitan Conference Champions.
Finished in top 25 at 2008 NCAA Division III Championships.
Greg Osgoodby placed seventh at 174 pounds to earn All-American status and was named to the NWCA Scholar Athlete Team.
Justin Bonitatis placed eighth at 165 pounds to earn All-American status.
Senior Ray Sarinelli and freshman John Barnett were also NCAA qualifiers.

Men’s Swimming and Diving
2008 Metropolitan Conference Champions
Brian Bishop, 2008 Metropolitan Conference Coach of the Year
Tom Medvecky, 2008 Metropolitan Conference Rookie of the Year
Team finished in 7th at NCAA Championship for the highest finish in school history
Over the course of the 2008 NCAA Championships, TCNJ broke five school records

Women’s Swimming and Diving
2008 Metropolitan Conference Champions
Jennifer Harnett, Metropolitan Conference Coach of the Year
Margaret Molloy named MET Rookie of the Year
Ava Kiss and Lauren Pfeifer qualify for 2008 NCAA Championships
Ava Kiss, NCAA Division III Champion in the 100 butterfly breaking both TCNJ’s school record and setting the NCAA Division III record in the process.

Men’s Indoor Track and Field
2008 NJAC Champions
Brian Donatelli, 2008 NJAC Most Outstanding Male Athlete

Women’s Indoor Track and Field
2008 NJAC Champions
Stephanie Herrick, 2008 NJAC Most Outstanding Female Athlete, 2008 USTFCCA National Division III Runner of the Year. Was a two-time All-American placing seventh in both the 800 meters and the one-mile run.
Junior Kristen Tricocci earned All-American honors placing fourth in the long jump.
Distance medley relay team also qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships as did junior Martine McGrath in the 5,000 meters.

Men’s Tennis
Mike Klimchak, ITA All-American in singles

Baseball
Earned a bid to 2008 NJAC Playoffs, looking to become first team in 50-year history of NJAC to win 4 straight NJAC baseball titles.

Softball
Head Coach Sally Miller collects 350th career win
Earned a bid to 2008 NJAC Playoffs

Women’s Lacrosse
Ranked in the top 5 nationally throughout the season and poised to earn the program’s 24th straight bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field
Men’s Outdoor Track and Field

Teams seek to continue their dominance at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships this weekend as the men’s team has captured 10 straight and the women have won 11 straight.

Liam Dillaway and Carolyn Gray earn Dr. Harold W. Eickhoff Senior Scholar-Athlete Awards for the year.

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