Daily Sports Digest: Iona Basketball Falls in First Four

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The men's basketball team fell last night to . The Gaels were up 25 in the first half but a huge second half slump doomed the team.

The Gaels have five players graduating this season but keep an eye on Mike Glover and Scott Machado in the upcoming months as both will get looks at from NBA teams. ESPN’s Chad Ford currently has Machado ranked as the 45th best prospect and predicts he will be selected sometime late in the first round.

College Sports Notebook:

Spartans sparkle in the sun; Salerno honored

The St. Thomas Aquinas College baseball team winds up a trip to Florida today in Lake Worth against St. Michael’s College.

The Spartans remained perfect in the Sunshine State after defeating American International College in a 1-0 pitchers’ duel, lifting their overall mark to 8-4.

STAC returns north to host Southern New Hampshire University in a pair of twin-bills at Provident Bank Park on Saturday and Sunday. Both double-headers are scheduled to start at noon.

Sophomore shortstop James McGowan of Mahopac, sophomore utility man Greg Pezzuto of Hastings, and sophomore pitcher Frank Fantino of Nanuet are playing for Southern New Hampshire.

The Spartans have been sparked by Frank Salerno of New City, who was named East Coast Conference player of the week, hitting 6-for-13 (.462). 

The junior, a graduate of Clarkstown South, had 10 runs, three RBI and seven stolen bases.  In a 9-5 win against Felician, Salerno hit safely all five times, stole five bases and scored four runs.

The Spartans have had back-to-back players of the week with Andrew Hancsak of Lake Worth, FL, earning the honors the previous week. 

Senior Matt Marotta of Suffern was named the ECC pitcher of the week after pitching a no hitter in a 4-1 win over Adelphi. 

Mortarboard musings

  • The Manhattan College baseball team, which is struggling in the early gong, ends a 16-game road swing this weekend when the Jaspers visit West Virginia. The four-game set begins in Morgantown, WV, on Friday at 3 p.m. The Jaspers (1-11) will play their first contest at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on March 21 against Hofstra at 3 p.m. Danny Dwyer of Pleasantville is a sophomore infielder for the Pride.
  • Paramus Catholic alumna Lauren Milligan of New City is batting .250 for the Siena College softball team, which opens a seven-game trip in Baltimore, MD, today with a twin-bill against Coppin State. The Saints visit UMBC on Thursday and meet Saint Francis (PA) in the second game of a doubleheader.
  • The Nyack College baseball and softball teams are in action today in Florida. The softball team plays a doubleheader, meeting Stonehill and Bridgeport in Clermont, while the baseball team is meeting Mercy in Fort Pierce. Senior pitcher Walt Kowalczyk of Valhalla has a 3.38 ERA in three appearances for Mercy, while Bryan Greig of New City has a 4.50 ERA in two appearances in his rookie season.
  • The Mercy College hall of fame dinner is slated on May 9. Among the inductees will be softball standout Eleni Kousoulas Pallogudis (Class of 1990), baseball star and major-league Brian Sweeney (’07), and longtime men’s golf coach Tony Macellaro. For information contact Drew Brown at 914-674-7759.
  • The Manhattan College women’s basketball team (16-15), including Maggie Blair of Briarcliff, hosts Robert Morris (18-13) in the opening round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI). tonight at Draddy Gymnasium in Riverdale. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Weekly Sports Poll:

In poll the New York Jets and General Manager Mike Tannenbaum decided not to listen to our results as the team made Mark Sanchez the seventh highest paid quarterback in the NFL and told Peyton Manning to look for work elsewhere.

Over 51 percent felt the Jets would be best served to spend the money and bring in Manning for a few years to mentor the Sanchize, but Tannenbaum and crew feel that the fourth year quarterback is both the present and future.

It’s March, so this week’s poll question deals with the topic that will be on everyone’s mind for the next month: The NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky and Syracuse come into the field of 68 as the top two seeds but as we all know, anything can happen in March.

Let us know what No. 1 seed you think has the best chance to win it all this season in our , and if you don’t think any of them will win let us know in the comments section.

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