All-Semester Athletic Team: Spring 2016

By Will Edwards
Sports Editor

This article was originally published in Issue 14, Fiftieth Year of The Minstrel (April 28, 2016). Click here to view the entire issue. 

As DeSales’ spring sports teams finish up their seasons, our editorial staff has looked back at some of the driving forces that have gotten them to this point. Here are the results of that process: our spring 2016 All-Semester Athletic Team, the nine student-athletes we thought were the most deserving of recognition. These awards considered the men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as all sports played during the spring season.

robert jones head shotRobert Jones
Sophomore, Track and Field
Event: Sprints
Major: Biology
Jones had a record-setting indoor season, winning both the 60- and 200-meter dashes at the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championships on Feb. 27. His time of 6.96 seconds in the 60-meter that day was good enough to break the school record in the event. Heading into the MAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Alvernia University on May 5-7, Jones was ranked first in the conference in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.88 seconds, which is second all-time in DeSales program history.

Wheeler (2)Veronica Wheeler
Sophomore, Track and Field
Event: Distance
Major: Biology
The sophomore distance runner broke the school record in the 10,000-meter run last month at Widener University’s Danny Curran Invitational, finishing in 37 minutes, 54.78 seconds. A mainstay on our All-Semester teams (this is her fourth appearance), Wheeler placed third and second in 5,000- and 10,000-meter titles respectively at the MAC Outdoor Championships in early May. Indoors, she finished third in the 5,000-meter run and fourth in the 3,000-meter run at the MAC Championships.

Beaumont, Alexa headshotAlexa Beaumont
Junior, Softball
Position: Outfield
Major: Biology
The outfielder can’t seem to do anything wrong at the plate this season. As of April 28, she lead her team in batting average (.321), hits (25), triples (2), home runs (4) and RBI (16). An Oxford, N.J. native, Beaumont had her most impressive game against Elizabethtown College on March 30, when she hit two home runs and drove in six runs. She currently sits fourth all-time in program history for career home runs (14), 13th all-time in career RBIs (65) and was also named All-MAC Freedom Second Team this season.

Cooperman, Tyler headshotTyler Cooperman
Junior, Baseball
Position: Pitcher
Major: Sport & Exercise Science
Coming in from the bullpen, Cooperman has been the team’s most effective pitcher this season, throwing his way to a 6-0 record and a 2.23 ERA in 15 appearances. The junior also leads the team in saves (5) and has held opponents to a combined batting average of .221. Cooperman was named the MAC Freedom Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 4 after a three-game stretch in which he earned three wins in 10 1⁄3 innings pitched. His record and ERA are both second best of all pitchers in the Commonwealth and Freedom Conferences combined. Cooperman was also named All-MAC Freedom Second Team for his efforts this season.

Sweeney, Tyler headshotTyler Sweeney
Junior, Baseball
Position: Infield
Major: Sport Management
Sweeney is leading the Bulldogs, who finished in second place in the Freedom standings. The junior was first on the team in batting average (.442), runs scored (25) and doubles (9) entering the Freedom playoffs. For his play during the week of March 27, when he hit .706 over five games, he was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Honorable Mention Hitter of the Week and listed on D3baseball.com’s Team of the Week. Additionally, he was named All-MAC Freedom Second Team.

Deal headshotCody Deal
Senior, Basketball
Position: Forward
Major: Finance
Deal had a season to remember, becoming just the 26th player in program history to score at least 1,000 career points. An imposing big man who will be remembered for his ability to hit clutch shots, often from beyond the three-point line, Deal was the driving force behind his team’s conference-best regular season record of 18-6. He lead the Bulldogs in scoring (13.6 ppg), three-point field goals (68) and free throw percentage (.908) for players who had over 30 attempts. Furthermore, he was named All-MAC Freedom First Team and D3hoops.com All-Region Third Team.

McCollian headshotMorgan McCollian
Junior, Basketball
Position: Center
Major: Criminal Justice
There was no stopping McCollian in the paint this season, in terms of both scoring and rebounding: she was fourth in scoring average (17.7 ppg) and sixth in rebounds per game (9.5) out of all players in both the Freedom and Commonwealth Conferences. She led DeSales in both categories by large margins. For her efforts, the junior was named to the All-MAC Freedom First Team, the ECAC DIII South Region Second Team and the D3hoops.com Atlantic Region Third Team.

Lawler, Rob headshotRob Lawler
Senior, Track and Field
Event: Throws
Major: Accounting
In one of the most dramatic moments of the MAC Indoor Championships in late February, Lawler won the shot put on his final throw —a school-record mark of 50 feet, four inches. The senior also won the shot put at the Collegiate Track Conference Indoor Championships and the Muhlenberg Invitational, the latter of which earned him MAC Field Athlete of the Week honors. Outdoors, Lawler placed first in the conference in the shot put, third in the hammer, fourth in the discus and qualified for the ECAC outdoor championships in both shot put and hammer. Moreover, following his win in the shot put at the MAC Championship, Lawler was named MAC Field Athlete of the Year.

Loughlin, Ryan headshotRyan Loughlin
Grad. Student, Lacrosse
Position: Attack
Major: Accounting
Loughlin has been at the forefront of his team’s resurgence in the second half of the season, when the team went 5-0 after an abysmal 0-7 start. The New Brunswick, N.J. native finished first on the team in goals (37) and second in points scored (49), both of which push him to fourth and sixth in their respective categories and sixth all-time in points in program history. Loughlin had his best games against Manhattanville and King’s Colleges and Clark and Delaware Valley Universities; he scored five goals against Manhattanville and four in each of the other three contests. His 2.46 average goals per game was top nine among all MAC Freedom and Commonwealth players. Loughlin was named All-MAC Freedom First Team and earned Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Honorable Mentions:
Dan McDonald
Junior, Golf

Meghan Warner
Senior, Women’s Track and Field

Jen Napolitano
Senior, Women’s Basketball

Joe Neggia
Sophomore, Lacrosse

Angelina Biondo
Freshman, Women’s Track and Field

Kuity Slanger
Junior, Men’s Basketball

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