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Cross Country. Navy Men, Boston University Women Repeat as Patriot League Cross Country Champions

Nov. 1, 2014

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Navy men dominated and the Boston University women won on a tiebreak as each team defended its title at the Patriot League Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Lehigh’s Goodman Course.

Steve Schroeder won the men’s 8K race for the Mids, and was one of six Navy runners in the top 10. Navy finished with 30 points overall, easily outpacing second-place Bucknell (76). The rest of the field included Army (92), Boston University (97), American (111), Lehigh (111), Holy Cross (210), Colgate (258), Lafayette (272) and Loyola Maryland (302).

Boston University’s Rosa Moriello won the women’s 6K race for the second year in a row, and led the Terriers to a first-place tie with Bucknell with 52 points apiece. Boston University was awarded the Patriot League title via a tiebreaker with the Bison. The rest of the standings featured Army and Navy with 70 points each followed by Holy Cross (130), Lehigh (136), American (214), Loyola Maryland (235), Lafayette (243) and Colgate (290).

By winning the races, Schroeder and Moriello were named the Patriot League Male and Female Runner of the Year, respectively. Bucknell’s Will Bordash was the top finishing male freshmen and Holy Cross’ Hannah Jeter was first among all female freshmen to earn the Rookie of the Year honors. Navy’s Al Cantello and Boston University’s Bruce Lehane were the respective Coach of the Year honorees for leading their teams to titles.

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MEN
Navy took six of the top 10 places in the race to roll to the title at the Patriot League Men’s Cross Country Championship on Saturday at Lehigh’s Goodman Course.Steve Schroeder won the 8K race in 23:57.0, becoming the first-ever runner to finish under 24:00 at the Patriot League Men’s Championship. He led the way against a strong field where each of the top 10 finishers came within 17 seconds of first place.

Bucknell’s Michael McGowan (24:05.2) and Andrew Garcia-Garrison (24:07.0) took second and third place, respectively, followed by Army’s Thomas Girardot (24:09.1) in fourth and Navy’s Sam Peckham (24:11.2) in fifth as each of the top-five runners beat the Patriot League Championship record coming into the meet. Lehigh’s Ryan Mahalsky (24:12.2) was sixth and Navy’s John Sweeney (24:12.3) came in seventh to join the top-five runners as first-team All-Patriot League selections.

Navy took the next three spots in the race to complete its six runners in the top 10. Zachary Hebda was eighth for the Mids, followed by Lucas Stalnaker and Kyle Davis as the three runners finished within one second of each other. The trio earned second-team All-Patriot League honors along with Army’s Trevor LaFontaine (11th), Boston University’s Alec Olson (12th), Bucknell’s John Dugan (13th) and Navy’s Harry Bullen (14th).

Navy won its second straight title, and sixth in the past seven years. After winning by two points last season, Navy rolled to victory with 30 points ahead of Bucknell with 76. The rest of the field included Army (92), Boston University (97), American (111), Lehigh (111), Holy Cross (210), Colgate (258), Lafayette (272) and Loyola Maryland (302).

Cantello was named Patriot League Men’s Coach of the Year for the sixth time, with each of his honors coming in Navy’s championship seasons. Schroeder, the 2012 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, was the first Mid to win the race since Andrew Hanko won his second in a row in 2010, and Will Bordash (26th) became Bucknell’s first Rookie of the Year since Dugan won the honor in 2011.

Mahalsky earned a first-team All-Patriot League honor for the third year in a row, while Dugan also claimed his third All-Patriot League nod. Five others earned their second All-Patriot League honor, with McGowan and Sweeney making the first team for the second time.

FINAL STANDINGS
1. Navy, 30 points
2. Bucknell, 76
3. Army, 92
4. Boston University, 97
5. American, 111
6. Lehigh, 111
7. Holy Cross, 210
8. Colgate, 258
9. Lafayette, 272
10. Loyola Maryland, 302

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Runner of the Year: Steve Schroeder, Navy (Jr.)
Rookie of the Year: Will Bordash, Bucknell (Fr.)
Coach of the Year: Al Cantello, Navy

ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE
First-Team: Steve Schroeder, Navy (1st); Michael McGowan, Bucknell (2nd); Andrew Garcia-Garrison, Bucknell (3rd); Thomas Girardot, Army (4th); Sam Peckham, Navy (5th); Ryan Mahalsky, Lehigh (6th); John Sweeney, Navy (7th)
Second-Team: Zachary Hebda, Navy (8th); Lucas Stalnaker, Navy (9th); Kyle Davis, Navy (10th); Trevor LaFontaine, Army (11th); Alec Olson, Boston University (12th); John Dugan, Bucknell (13th); Harry Bullen, Navy (14th)

WOMEN
Boston University senior Rosa Moriello won the race for the second year in a row to lead her team to its second-consecutive title at the Patriot League Women’s Cross Country Championship on Saturday at Lehigh’s Goodman Course.

The Terriers finished tied with Bucknell with 52 points apiece, but Boston University was named the Patriot League champion via tiebreaker. The rest of the standings featured Army and Navy with 70 points each followed by Holy Cross (130), Lehigh (136), American (214), Loyola Maryland (235), Lafayette (243) and Colgate (290).

Moriello won the race in 20:18.1, coming in 12 seconds ahead of Lehigh’s Elizabeth Weiler (20:30.1) in second place. Bucknell’s Katie Jessee (20:59.3) was in third place, followed by Navy’s Kelley Robinson (4th) and Lindsay Rheiner (5th), Boston University’s Sarah Saccoach (6th) and Holy Cross’ Hannah Jeter (7th), who was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year winner as the highest finishing freshman. The top-seven runners comprised the first-team All-Patriot League squad.

The second-team All-Patriot League honorees were Bucknell’s Monica DiPietrantonio (8th), Boston University’s Shelby Stableford (9th), Army’s Rachel King (10th) and Lindsay Gabow (11th), Bucknell’s Catherine Scott (12th), Army’s Jennifer Comfort (13th) and Bucknell’s Sarah Chandler (14th).

Moriello becomes the seventh repeat champion in Patriot League history, and first since Colgate’s Elise DeRoo won two straight in 2009-10. Bruce Lehane won the Coach of the Year award for Boston University for the second straight season as the Terriers repeated in their second year in the Patriot League. Jeter became the first Rookie of the Year recipient from Holy Cross.

Robinson earned first-team All-Patriot League status for the third year in a row, while Moriello was among five runners who earned All-Patriot League honors for a second time.

FINAL STANDINGS
1. Boston University, 52
2. Bucknell, 52
3. Army, 70
4. Navy, 70
5. Holy Cross, 130
6. Lehigh, 136
7. American, 214
8. Loyola Maryland, 235
9. Lafayette, 243
10. Colgate, 290

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Runner of the Year: Rosa Moriello, Boston University (Sr.)
Rookie of the Year: Hannah Jeter, Holy Cross (Fr.)
Coach of the Year: Bruce Lehane, Boston University

ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE
First-Team: Rosa Moriello, Boston University (1st); Elizabeth Weiler, Lehigh (2nd); Katie Jessee, Bucknell (3rd); Kelley Robinson, Navy (4th); Lindsay Rheiner, Navy (5th); Sarah Saccoach, Boston University (6th); Hannah Jeter, Holy Cross (7th)
Second-Team: Monica DiPietrantonio, Bucknell (8th); Shelby Stableford, Boston University (9th); Rachel King, Army (10th); Lindsay Gabow, Army (11th); Catherine Scott, Bucknell (12th); Jennifer Comfort, Army (13th); Sarah Chandler, Bucknell (14th)

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