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Men’s Lacrosse: Will Kistinger

He will finish his NYIT collegiate career graduating with a degree in Accounting, B.S. In his four years with the program as a Midfielder, Will continued to improve every year and was a big part of the Bears many appearances in the ECC conference championship and NCAA tournament. In his junior year, he was named to the ECC All-Conference second team, earned inclusion on USILA All-America Second Team and was named ECAC Division II first Team All-Star. He tallied 64 points on 48 goals,16 assists and picked up 63 groundballs. As a Senior, he tabbed preseason second-team All-American from Inside Lacrosse Division II Faceoff Yearbook, scored his 100th goal of his career, currently has 135 career goals, 164 points, 42 assists and 136 ground balls.

“Will is very quiet, very confident and determined to be the best player every time he steps on the field,” said Coach
Dunn. “He is constantly trying to work on his game. Taking extra shots and is always in the gym making himself
stronger. He is our go to guy. In my opinion, the BEST midfielder in Division 2.”

Men’s Lacrosse: Alex Seltzer

After graduation, he intends to join the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantryman. In his four years as starting goalkeeper for the Bears, Alex reached early accolades as a freshman as he was named USILA Second Team All-American, earned ECC Goalkeeper and Rookie of the Year honors and was named All-ECC first team. As a sophomore, he earned ECC All-Conference Second Team behind 120 saves of the season and continued his success as a junior when he was named ECC Goalkeeper of the Year for the second time in three seasons, tabbed as USILA All-America Second Team and ECAC Division II Second Team All-Star with 196 season saves and a 58.7 save percentage, which ranked fourth across NCAA Division II. Seltzer was also in the top ten (6th) for goals against average at 7.83. As of today, he set the program record for career saves and currently has 591 saves.

“Alex is quiet, but confident, and a good teammate and a leader,” said Coach Dunn. “He is truly a real hard worker.
He has really grown in this aspect over the years and knows this is HIS team and will do whatever it takes to win.
Without a stopper in the goal, it’s tough to have a successful team. We go by how Alex goes, and he knows that.
All memories are great memories. Will and Alex are “my guys” and as all our student-athletes, I appreciate how
they represent NYIT, their selves and their families. Four years come and go so fast, I wish we had them for a few
more.”

Men’s Baseball: Louis Mele

He will finish his NYIT collegiate career graduating with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, B.S. During his tenure, the third baseman put in a lot work for the Bears. As a sophomore, he earned inclusion on the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-Region Second Team after leading his team in hits with 51 and a .364 batting average while posting a .868 fielding percentage. Louis also had a team-high 9 home runs and 41 RBIs during the 2015 season. As a junior, he batted .313 with 5 homeruns, 19 runs scored and 28 RBIs. He had 42 hits including 7 doubles and 4 triples. As a senior up to date, Louis has a .298 batting average, 8 runs, 11 RBIs and .931 field percentage.

“Louis is a quiet leader… not a very vocal rah, rah guy but leads by example,” says Coach Malvagna. “I think a lot of the younger guys look up to him. Louis’s work ethic is unparalleled; there is no such thing as ‘off the field’ with Louis. He has been with me as a four-year starter and I’ve watched him develop as a player.”

Women’s Lacrosse: Katie Meinecke

She will finish her NYIT collegiate career graduating with a degree in Sociology, B.S. Katie has been a four-year starter under Coach Handras and was an outstanding player at Dowling, continuing her success during her first year at NYIT. She has won an ECC All-Conference award ever since her freshman year at Dowling, as she was named to the ECC All-Conference First team, after being tied for second on the team in goals with 46, having 63 points, 17 assists, 22 ground balls and caused 17 turnovers on defense. As a sophomore, she was named to ECC All-Conference Second Team and finished the season with 42 goals and 15 assists to total 57 points. As a Junior she was named to ECC All-Conference First Team and earned IWLCA Third Team All-America Honors after an amazing season of 52 goals, 37 helpers, caused 25 turnovers and lead the team with 89 points. As a senior, Katie scored the first goal in NYIT women’s lacrosse program history and was named ECC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

Women’s Lacrosse: Erin Smith

She will finish her NYIT collegiate career graduating with a degree in Business Management. Erin has been a three-year starter under Coach Handras and has been a key defensive player at Dowling and now NYIT. As a starting sophomore, she finished the season with 21 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers and won 12 draw controls. As a junior, Erin was named to the ECC First Team, as well as a IWLCA Third Team All-America selection and IWLCA All-North Region Second Team honoree. She totaled 39 ground balls for the season, caused 28 turnovers and won 47 draw controls. Currently as a senior, was named the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and as of today’s date has 31 ground balls, 27 draw controls and 20 caused turnovers.

“Katie and Erin are both leaders on and off the field,” says Coach Handras. “Being seniors they have a lot of game experience and we rely on them to keep us organized and composed. Erin and Katie are both hard working players who practice hard day in and day out. They play at high level and their intensity makes players around them better. Katie is a very versatile and balanced player. She is one of our biggest threats on attack because she can score goals and feed the ball for an assist. Erin is one of our most vocal leaders on defense. Her communication and her hustle has been detrimental to our success. Katie and Erin are both great players but more importantly great people and we will sorely miss them next year.”

Women’s Softball: Laura McLaughlin

She will finish her NYIT collegiate career graduating with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, B.S. The Arizona native moved to New York as a junior after playing for two years at Central Arizona College. As a junior right hand pitcher, Laura started in 25 out of 30 games for the Bears and pitched 158 innings, had 76 strikeouts, 38 walks and a 1.86 ERA. As a senior she has pitched over 100 innings pitched and with over 77 strikeouts on top of a under 2.00 era.
“Laura is very quiet, but doesn’t carry that out on the field,” says Coach Christianson. “She puts it out there for her team and holds herself with a lot of confidence. She is a very hard worker and has taken her game to another level this year, putting a lot of time and effort in the bullpen to work on her mechanics. She’s been vital this year by being a dominant pitcher who can keep people from scoring, which takes a lot of the pressure off of the offense. She is definitely one of the top pitchers in the east region. One thing that will always stick with me is that she always drops post it notes on my desk with positive quotes that I hang up on my quote board. That will be something I will never forget about Laura.”
Men’s Tennis: Rafal Charkiewicz

He will finish his NYIT collegiate career graduating with a degree in Health Sciences, B.S. During his four years as a star of the team, Rafal was part of winning 3 straight ECC Championships, 2 Sweet 16 appearances and 1 Elite 8 appearance. As a freshman, he went 11-9 in dual match play, 5-1 in ECC singles action and was named first-team All-ECC. As a sophomore, he went 14-8 in overall match play, a perfect 6-0 against ECC opponents, was 17-9 overall in doubles and was again named to the first-team All-ECC. As a junior, Rafal was named to the ECC All-Conference First Team after an 18-2 record in dual match play, unmarked 4-0 in ECC action and 5-0 in singles play at second flight. The ITA ranked him 10th in the East Region in the final rankings. Currently as a senior, he was named first-team All-ECC for the fourth straight year.

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