Niagara Gazette — Niagara University student-athletes Antoine Mason and Hugo Turcotte were honored as Players of the Week in their respective sports, basketball and hockey, in recognition of their individual performances last week.
Mason was named Basketball Player of the Week by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. He led the Purple Eagles with 25 points in last week’s 92-81 over the University at Buffalo at the Gallagher Center. The redshirt junior played the entire game against the Bulls, shooting 8-for-14 in the field and 7-for-11 at the free-throw line. He scored 13 of his points in the first half.
It is the first time Mason, a native of Queens, has received this honor from the MAAC.
Turcotte was named the Travel Team USA Player of the Week by the Atlantic Hockey Association. The sophomore was recognized for the four goals he scored in Niagara’s two wins over Army at Dwyer Arena last weekend, including a hat trick in the second game Saturday evening.
His hat trick, which helped lift Niagara to an 8-3 win against the Black Knights Saturday, was the first of his collegiate career. He also scored a goal in Niagara’s 5-0 shutout of Army on Friday night.
The native of Laval, Quebec took the team’s scoring lead with four goals and eight assists on the season heading into Tuesday night’s game at Mercyhurst. He also finished the weekend games with a plus-6 rating.
Women’s basketball adds two recruits
The Niagara athletics department and women’s basketball team announced two new recruits will join the program in 2014.
Jamie Sherburne of Hudson, New Hampshire was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the Granite State. The 5-foot-7 guard has provided many key plays for Bishop Guertin High School, including scoring two late free throws that helped her school win its first state championship. She also led the team in a win over Winnacunnet High School that ended the latter school’s 84-game winning streak.
Other honors include appearing on the Division-I First Team All-State and making the All-Tournament team for the Nike U17 National Championship in Washington, D.C.
“Jamie is a savvy point guard with great motor,” said Niagara head coach Kendra Faustin in a prepared statement. “Her ability to manage a game, handle the basketball, hit the three and lead the break is how she will contribute to the success of our program.”
Also joining the Purple Eagles will be Kaylee Stroemple, a 5-foot-11 forward from Canton, Ohio. Stroemple, of North Canton Hoover High School, was named to the All-Federal League First Team and All-Northeast Inland Third Team in her sophomore and junior seasons.
Stroemple comes to Monteagle Ridge after three strong seasons at North Canton Hoover High School in Canton, Ohio. She was named to the All-Federal League First Team and the All-Northeast Inland Third Team in her sophomore and junior seasons. Other individual honors include placement on the All-County First Team in all three seasons in which she played at North Canton Hoover and winning a Canton Repository Player of the Week Award as a freshman.
“Kaylee is a strong physical forward,” said Faustin in prepared remarks. “Her versatility on the offensive end will allow her to score in numerous way and places on the floor. On the defensive end Kaylee is a tireless worker who will battle for every rebound.”
Club rugby wins state title
Niagara’s club rugby team will travel to Salisbury, MD this Saturday to play in the first round of the sport’s national tournament against Coast Guard Academy. The team, which goes by the name Dead Pheasants, earned the trip to the nationals after defeating Colgate in the New York State championship last weekend.
Niagara got the win over Colgate, 30-25, in overtime.