STAC'S SPARTAN BASEBALL TEAM COMPETES IN NCAA DII NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
First game against Colorado Mesa University on Sunday, May 25th at 5pm.
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ST. THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE SPARTANS ADVANCE TO NCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS
Baseball, Golf and Track & Field All Compete for National Championships This Month!
(SPARKILL, NY –May 19, 2014)—St. Thomas Aquinas College Spartans baseball team, golf team and track & field athlete, George Erazo, have earned places in NCAA Division II National competitions, announces Dr. Margaret M. Fitzpatrick, president of the College.
“St. Thomas Aquinas College has always taken pride in our athletic program and student-athletes. These post-season achievements attest to the strength of our athletic programs, the character and talent of our student-athletes and the success of our institution. Our community is proud of these exciting accomplishments and looks forward to supporting our Spartans as they compete in the national spotlight,” said Fitzpatrick.
The Spartan baseball team won the East Coast Conference championship, for the second year in a row, and went on to win
the NCAA Division II Baseball Regional playoffs. The team was crowned the East Region Champions at the tournament in Manchester, NH, and has earned a place in the 2014 NCAA Division II Baseball National Finals. They will be traveling to Cary, NC, to compete in the Finals from
May 24-31, 2014. The Spartans first match up will be against South Central Region champion Colorado Mesa University. Only eight teams in the country remain in the quest for the Division II National Championship.
The Spartan golf team finished second in the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Atlantic East Super Regional in early May, with four of their five golfers finishing in the top 20. The team, led by senior Thomas Linehan (Dansville, NY), earned a place in the National Tournament at The Meadows in Allendale, MI, and is currently competing. The Spartans are among only 20 teams in the tournament nationwide. This is the fifth time the Spartan golf team has earned a national title berth in the past six years.
Men’s Track and Field
Spartan track and field team member, George Erazo
(North Babylon, NY), has earned a place to compete in the 400-meter race at the
NCAA Division II National Championships in Allendale, MI, on May 22, 2014. Erazo is currently ranked 19th in
the nation and has received several accolades, on and off the track, including:
All-Region and All-Conference runner; ECC Track Athlete of the Year; Athlete of
the Meet at the ECC Championships; and, the Excellence in Community and
Character Award from the ECC.
“We are extremely proud of
our baseball, golf and track and field teams,” said Gerry Oswald, athletic
director at the College. “St. Thomas
Aquinas College is dedicated to providing its student-athletes with the
resources and support they need to succeed, in their sports and in the
classroom. The hard work and commitment
of our students, coaches and staff have enabled our teams to excel in their
post-season competitions. We are
thankful for the encouragement from the entire STAC community, led by Dr.
Fitzpatrick, and are eager to see our teams compete at the national level,” he
More About Spartan Athletics
St. Thomas Aquinas has worked to expand the College’s athletic presence and provide our student athletes with state of the art facilities. The College currently has 18 NCAA Division II teams, the newest being men’s lacrosse and women’s field hockey (competing at the club level in 2014-15 and the NCAA DII level in the 2015-16 seasons). Other teams include: baseball; men’s and women’s basketball; men’s and women’s cross country; men’s golf; women’s lacrosse; men’s and women’s soccer; softball; men’s and women’s tennis; and, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. The baseball team plays at Provident Bank Park Stadium, a professional minor league ball park, courtesy of our existing partnership. The soccer, lacrosse and softball teams practice and play at the Spartan Athletic Complex, a 12-acre turf field complete with locker room and parking. The other athletic facilities include four outdoor, all-weather tennis courts, and the Aquinas Hall Gymnasium. The College uses a nearby state park cross country course and an area golf course as well.
Student athletes at St. Thomas Aquinas College build determination and sportsmanship, develop critical life skills such as leadership and personal discipline, and make lifelong friendships with likeminded peers. In addition, the emphasis on academics, along with strong faculty support, ensures that they will strike the perfect balance learning both on the field and off, and still have time to socialize and explore other interests. For more information visit www.stacathletics.com.
St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); and its School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu.