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Volleyball: Rachel Guida

She will finish her NYIT collegiate career graduating with a degree in Health Sciences, B.S. In her two years with the program as a Mid Block, Rachel was a big part of the Bears making an appearance in the NCAA Elite 8 as well as winning the East Coast Conference this past year. In her first year with the team, Rachel appeared in all 36 matches finishing the season with 218 kills and totaling a team-leading 117 blocks. In her final year with the team, she appeared in 34 matches while averaging 2.52 kills per set and 1.20 blocks per set.

“Rachel is the ultimate team player,” said Head Coach Gail Wasmus. “She has always out the success of the team before her own personal goals. In one season she has set several blocking records. I wish I had her for all 4 years.”

Women’s Tennis: Melanie Benyadi

She will finish her NYIT collegiate career graduating with a degree in Communication Arts, B.S. Coming from France, Melanie looked to make an impact in the United States and she accomplished that. Melanie was one of the reasons why the Bears won the East Coast Conference Title 5 years in a row. In her freshman year, she went 25-5 in singles play and a perfect 7-0 record. Melanie was awarded the ECC All-Conference Second Team. In her sophomore year, she was once again awarded the ECC All-Conference Second Team. In her junior and senior year, Melanie was awarded ECC All-Conference First Team.

Women’s Soccer: Alexis Panieriello

She will finish her NYIT collegiate career graduating with a degree in Occupational Therapy, B.S. Alexis was one of the most stable parts of the soccer program at NYIT as a Midfielder. She played in all four years for the Bears and finished her tenure as Captain. In her freshman year, she played in all 17 games scoring twice. In her sophomore year, she was one of five players to start in 17 games scoring two goals with four points. In her junior year, she was one of five players to start in all 17 games finishing with four goals, eight points and recording 16 shots. In her final year with the Bears, she started in all 13 games finishing the year with one goal.

“Alexis is every coach’s dream,” said Head Coach Rachel Reeves. “She is type of student athlete that works 100% on the field and in the classroom every day and is determined to be the best in all she does. She is a natural leader and sets a high standard for all of her teammates. I am so fortunate to have been able to coach Alexis for her senior year- she has made me a better coach and leader.”

Men’s Soccer: Ben Wilson

He will finish his NYIT collegiate career with a degree in Business Administration, B.S. Coming from England, Ben had the pressure to come to the United States and make an impact for NYIT. Throughout his four years, he did just that. During his freshman year, he played in 17 games and scored four goals including two game winners. His sophomore year was the most memorable. He played in 13 games scoring three goals (two game winners) with six points. Ben helped lead the Bears to the 2014 ECC Championship title as well as an NCAA tournament appearance. During his junior year, he was awarded ECC All-Conference Third Team after leading the Bears with 11 points and also contributed two goals and seven assists. During his final year with the team, he had four goals with seven assists. He made the ECC All-Conference First Team as well as the NSCAA All-Region Third Team. Ben finished his tenure as team captain.

“Ben was our captain and one of the best players we have had in the last four years,” said Coach Carlos Delcid. He is very passionate and committed to our team’s mission. He works very hard and will be successful at anything he does due to his fighter mentality. Ben sees pressure as a chance to shine and this is rare in players nowadays.”

Cheerleading: Jordann Pascall

She will finish her NYIT collegiate career graduating with a degree in Communications. Jordann was Captain for the NYIT Bears cheerleading team, four year member of the team and was known for motivating her team day in and day out. She will be missed by the team as the future looks bright for NYIT cheerleading and Jordann is one of the reasons for that.

“Jordann cheered all four years at NYIT and was an integral part of the team,” said Coach Erica Jordan. “As captain, she led by example and positivity, always pushing the other athletes to be and perform their best. Jordann will be greatly missed!”

Men’s Cross Country: Tom Ruppel

He will finish his NYIT collegiate career graduating with a degree in Business Administration, B.S. Tom was captain of the cross country team and helped put the team on the map in his four years with the Bears. In his freshman year, he competed in all seven races where he won ECC Runner of the Week as well as earning the second best time in the ECC Championship. In his sophomore year, he once again ran in all seven races qualifying for the NCAA East Regionals while finishing with a team best 79th place in the 10k. In his junior year, Tom ran for six races and had three top 10 finishes. He once again qualified for the NCAA East Regionals. In his final year with the team, Tom was on the All-Conference Second ECC team and was again competed in the NCAA East Regionals.

“The captain was a four-year leader for the NYIT cross country program, both in the classroom and on the field,” said Head Coach Lenroy Raffington. “He ended his senior campaign as an all conference competitor, while achieving personal best on the area’s courses throughout the season. Tom has placed himself in the tremendous history of the cross country/track and field program by being in the top five all-time cross country runners.”

Women’s Cross Country: Sarah Jerotich

She will finish her NYIT collegiate career graduating with a degree in. She transferred in her junior year and had a great first season for the Bears. She was named ECC Runner of the Year for her first place finish in the ECC Championship and competed in all 8 races where she placed in the top five in each event. Because of the success, she qualified for the NCAA East Regionals where she finished second to earn a berth in the NCAA Championship. She would place 80th overall in that event. In her final season, she was named Preseason Runner of the Year and helped NYIT Cross Country have another great season.

“An inspiring season in 2015, she was qualified for the NCAA championships where she competed and was place 80th in the nation,” said Head Coach Lenroy Raffington. “She completes her career with NYIT as the school record holder in the 6000 m cross country race. Sarah also as course school records on various venues throughout her career.”

Men’s Basketball: Jon Feiler

He will finish his NYIT collegiate career graduating with a Masters. Jon was one of the most dynamic forwards that NYIT has had in program history. He transferred into the program in his junior year and where immediately made an impact. Jon started in 28 of 29 games averaging 11.2 points per game and was second on the team with over 325 points. He was ranked ninth in all of NCAA Division II in rebounding after averaging 10.9 per game. However, during his senior year, he suffered a season ending injury after playing in only four games. He finished that season averaging 12.3 points per game. In his final season with the Bears, he came back with a vengeance. He played in a total of 26 games averaging 19.8 points per game with a 49.2 field goal percentage. He led NCAA Division II with 14.6 rebounds per game and was named to the East Coast Conference second team. He was also named to the second-team All-East Region by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association.

“Jon Feiler was a great leader and player for the NYIT Bears this year,” said Head Coach Kevin Hamilton. “He was one of the best players in division II this year with remarkable stats. It was a pleasure coaching someone so committed to making the Bears competitive and restoring pride in our basketball program. Jon will defiantly continue playing professionally somewhere and will do the same at the next level.”

Women’s Basketball: Shanice Allen

She will finish her NYIT collegiate career graduating with a degree in Health Sciences. Shanice helped continue the winning ways of NYIT when she transferred in her sophomore year. During her tenure, the team made two NCAA Division II tournament appearances. In her sophomore year, she appeared in 30 games and averaged a team leading 15.5 points per game. She was ranked fifth in the ECC in scoring with 465 points and was second on the team with 49 steals. In her junior year, she averaged 11 points per game and was second in total points with 386. She was second on the team with 54 steals as well as shoot 70.2% from the free throw line. In her final season with the team, she finished the year with 12.6 points per game and averaged 3.9 rebounds per game. She earned an All-East Coast Conference third team selection. In her three years with the team, she scored over 1,000 points.

“Shanice Allen was a constant on the court that helped keep all of her teammates focused and motivated, her daily approach to the game was one that all her teammates looked up to and admired,” said Coach Kenny Parham.

Women’s Basketball: Shannon Duer

She will finish her NYIT collegiate career graduating with a degree in Communication Arts. Along with Shanice, she was a big part in the winning ways of NYIT. During her tenure, the team made two NCAA Division II tournament appearances. She played in over 100 games and totaled 946 rebounds with 1,061 points. She also contributed with 126 steals, 82 assists and 35 blocks. Last season, she earned ECC second team accolades and was named to the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Second Team. She was also ranked sixth across all of NCAA Division II in double-doubles with 20. In her final season with the Bears, she joined the 1,000 point club. However, her season was cut short due to a season ending injury after only nine games. Shannon also finished her NYIT tenure as Captain of Women’s Basketball.

“Shannon Duer was a team captain, a vital, and integral part of our team…even after her season ending injury she still showed on a daily basis her leadership which always encouraged her teammates,” said Coach Kenny Parham.

Former NYIT Women’s Basketball and current Saint Leo Women’s Basketball Head Coach Anthony Crocitto spoke highly of his two recruits: “Shannon Duer and Shanice Allen are two young ladies that will leave NYIT Women’s Basketball with quite the resume and legacy left behind. Shannon is clearly one of the best rebounders I ever coached while Allen was a big game player and scorer. Shannon had a work ethic that was second to none while Shanice could score with anyone. Shannon had the very tough task of replacing one of NYIT’s best in Rebecca Lynch and she certainly did her best in replicating Lynchie’s greatness. Shanice was the last piece of the pie in building East Region greatness at NYIT. She came in and put this group over the top.”

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