Highlights of the Senior Student Athletes

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Kate Brock

Kate Brock

Kate Brock:

Kate is the first student-athlete to graduate from the nurses program. “If someone told me that they are playing sports and going through the nursing program, I would tell them it is extremely hard but they can do it,” Kate explains. “It takes determination and if it is truly what you want to do, it can be done. I cannot wait to graduate and move on to take the NCLEX and be a registered nurse!!” 

During her four years with the Bears, she had great success with the volleyball team as a middle blocker and was a captain for the team. In her second year with the team, she was second on the team with total blocks (116) and helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament. In her third year, she led the team with solo blocks and third on the team in kills and earned recognition on the ECC All-Conference First Team. In her senior year, she saw herself in the NCAA tournament on two different teams. One was with volleyball as they tied the program best for wins (28) and reached the NCAA Division II National Quarterfinals. She also joined the women’s basketball team halfway into the season and was a part of another historic season as the team reached the NCAA Division II East Regional Championship.

“Kate is an incredibly committed student in the Nursing program, and has also managed to be an exceptional athlete these past 4 years,” said Volleyball Coach Gail Wasmus. “It has been extremely rewarding as a Coach to see someone work as hard as Kate to reach her goals in the classroom and on the court.”

“She joined us after volleyball and helped stabilize us at the post position, giving us more size and strength,” said Women’s Basketball Coach Anthony Crocitto. “Kate impacted important games at pivotal times for us and brought big game experience with her from volleyball and this was invaluable in helping us reach the Sweet 16. I wish I could have coached Kate for 4 years.”

Dina Ragab. Photo credit: Island Sports Photography

Dina Ragab. Photo credit: Island Sports Photography

Dina Ragab:

Dina has accomplished a lot in just a short time period with the Women’s Basketball team and finished her time with the Bears as a Captain. In her freshman year, she was ECC All-Rookie Selection and appeared in the NCAA tournament but lost in the first round. In her sophomore year, she broke the records with blocks in a single season. In her junior year, she was named First Team All-Conference. Her final year proved to be an historic year for Dina and the team. She joined the 1,000 points club and became the all time leading shot-blocker. She was awarded ECC Player of the Year and earned inclusion on the 2016 All NCAA Tournament team. Dina was also named the All-Met Division II Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year. Dina will be graduating NYIT with a degree in Business Administration.

“You will never replace any senior,” said Coach Crocitto. “Dina is a wonderful athlete and an even better person that helped put NYIT on the map nationally. She is an amazing person and one I hope my daughter grows up to be like. She dominated the record books here at NYIT.  These types of players do not come around that often and will be missed because of who she is on and off the court.”

Joe Daru. Photo credit: Island Sports Photography

Joe Daru. Photo credit: Island Sports Photography

Joe Daru

For Bears’ baseball, Joe was the one of the most durable players in his four years with the team. Joe was an outfielder for the team and switch hitter. He also participated in the 2013 World Baseball Class Qualifiers in Taiwan. In his freshman year, he played in every game for the Bears. In his second year with the team, he played in every game and had a batting average of .301 with a team best in runs (27) and triples (2). He stole 31 bases that year and was only caught three times. In his third year, he once again appeared in every game and was third on the team with hits (40). Joe is currently having his best season for the Bears. After 37 games into the season, as of April 25th, he has a .371 batting average with 6 home runs, 28 runs batted in with 23 stolen bases and 35 runs. His final stats for the season can be seen on nyitbears.com. Joe will graduate NYIT with a degree in Social Work.

“I’ve grown a lot over the four years and have met a lot of great people here,” Joe Daru explains. “I am very happy with who I am now and couldn’t imagine where I would be without all of my experiences here.”

“Joe Daru has had an outstanding career,” said Baseball Coach Bob Malvagna. “He is a tremendous outfielder and a catalyst in the leadoff position.  He loves the game of baseball and gives it his very best.  Joe is a role model for our underclassmen both on and off the field.  A four year starter, he will create a big void when he graduates.”   

Jon Lynott. Photo credit: Island Sports Photography

Jon Lynott. Photo credit: Island Sports Photography

Jon Lynott

Jon came to NYIT in his sophomore year and made an immediate impact for the Men’s Lacrosse team playing Defense. He was named to the Second Team USILA All- American and earned All-ECC first team honors. In his junior year, he started in every game for the team and picked up 44 ground balls and caused 30 turnovers. He was a part of the defense that ranked in the top ten nationally in scoring defense. Before his senior year began, coaches picked him as the ECC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. So far, Jon won the ECC Defensive Player of the Week twice. This will be his final season with the Bears as he will be completing the Nurses Program next year and become the second student athlete to graduate from the program.

“Jon has been an instrumental part of the lacrosse program for the past 3 years, on and off the field,” said Lacrosse Coach William Dunn. “He has performed to All- America status on the lacrosse field, but has been a tremendous role model not only for our under classmen but the entire team and athletic department.  His off field training regimen is one that should be followed by all student athletes, and his work ethic is second to none in all areas of his life.  He is a true meaning of a STUDENT-ATHLETE.”   

 

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