A Year in Review of NYIT Bears!

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With the end of the 2011-2012 academic year coming to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the year in athletics here at NYIT.

NYIT Athletics is not just about what the players and coaches do on the fields of competition. It is also about our successes in the classroom and in the community. They host several community engagement events (Night Out on the Bears, OI Walk, Cystic Fibrosis Walk, clinics with the VIP program in Central Islip, to name a few), as well as visit local schools, help the Girl Scouts, volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club, etc.

Clyde Doughty, Director of Athletics always responds with an answer of “great” based on how the teams are doing. This leaves people puzzled especially when they know the records of some programs.  However, Doughty does not evaluate the athletic programs based on wins or losses. His athletic mission is simple and profound; academic excellence enhanced social development and quality athletic participation. The coaches and staff approach our athletic mission in that order.  They continue to have an overall departmental GPA of 3.0, they exceeded their community service hours from last year (giving back to the community that supports them), and they show up to every athletic contest with a goal of playing hard and within the rules to achieve success.

I am very proud of our student-athletes and all of the great individuals of the NYIT community who proudly support us as we represent NYIT throughout the United States said Doughty. We will continue to work on all components of our mission to improve our level of success which we feel will continue to successfully enhance the global brand of NYIT.

Women’s basketball, under the direction of third year head coach Anthony Crocitto, has consistently been on an upward climb and this season (2011-2012), the Bears produced the best record in program history (16-13) said Sabrina Polidoro, Assistant Director of Sports Information. It was the first time in more than 20 years that the women’s basketball team had a record over .500. They advanced to the ECC Tournament for the first time in five years, falling to local rival C.W. Post in the first round. In addition, Coach Crocitto was named the 2011-2012 All-Met Division II Coach of the Year; he was presented with his award on April 26th in Tarrytown, NY.

Here is how the season went during the year for all of the NYIT sports teams:

Men’s Soccer – ECC Tournament Champions, NCAA Tournament First Round

Women’s Soccer – no post season

Volleyball – ECC Tournament appearance, NCAA Tournament First Round

M&W Cross Country – ECC Tournament, Gladys Kimutai named ECC Women’s Rookie of the   Year

Men’s Basketball – ECC Playoffs

Women’s Basketball – ECC Playoffs, best record in school history (16-13 overall)

Women’s Tennis – ECC Finals, lost to UDC in the championship match, Sara Burinato and Gaby  Rodriguez competed in the USTA/ITA Small College Nationals in Mobile, Ala. Burinato placed 5th in singles, the pair placed 7th in doubles.

Men’s Tennis – still competing ranked No. 9 in the region, still have a chance at the NCAA Regionals, Freshman Pedro Peixoto was named the East Coast Conference Rookie of the Year and earned second team All-ECC honors for his efforts.

Softball – still competing

Baseball – still competing; regular-season ends Saturday, 5/19 and the Great West Conference tournament begins Monday, 5/21

Lacrosse – still competing, regular-season ends Saturday, 5/5. Postseason play TBA 

Some athletes, particularly baseball, will compete in summer leagues during June-August. These are all around the country. Lacrosse athletes will do the same and this summer, sophomore, Danny McDermott will be competing in the World Lacrosse Championships with Team Canada in Finland. Additionally, each program gives their athletes a workout chart and list of strength and conditioning methods that they should do during the summer to help keep them in shape for the upcoming season. The fall sports report back to Old Westbury in mid-August to begin preseason training which is organized with coaches.

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