Chris Walter, Men's Track & Field

Male Athlete of the Week - May 7, 2018

Chris Walter, Men's Track & Field
Major: Business Administration

Walter helped the Knights to a SUNYAC Championship with a 7.29m leap to earn first place in the long jump. He also ran a leg of Geneseo's program-record 4x100 relay. The Knights finished in 41.79 seconds to earn first place in the event. 

Ryan Cates, Men's Lacrosse
Major: Biology 
INTERVIEW WITH CATES

Cates anchored a Knights' defense that has only allowed nine goals in its last three outings. He was credited with a team-high six ground balls in a 5-3 setback at Oswego before totaling three ground balls in a 9-4 win over Potsdam.

Isaac Garcia-Cassani, Men's Track & Field
Major: Physics
INTERVIEW WITH GARCIA-CASSANI

Garcia-Cassani finished fourth in the invite section of the 1,500 at the Bucknell Invitational, Saturday. Competing in a field of Division I, II, III and open competitors, he posted the fastest time (3:45.48) in Division III this spring, finishing less than three seconds behind three DI runners.

Chris Walter, Men's Track & Field
Major: Business Administration

Walter was a part of the first-place 4x100 relay at the Geneseo Early Season Invitational, clocking in at 42.67. He also placed fifth in the long jump, leaping 6.22m (20'5") and was the Knights' top finisher in the 100, placing 10th (11.20). 

Samuel Randall, Men's Swimming & Diving
Major: Business Administration
INTERVIEW WITH RANDALL

Randall topped the one-meter diving field to earn a national championship at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. He recorded a score of 527.00 to earn his second career diving crown, after also earning an NCAA Championship in the three-meter dive in 2016. Now a six-time All-American, he is just the fourth Geneseo student-athlete to win multiple national championships joining track and field athletes Kim DePrez '03, Alexa Wandy '17 and Isaac Garcia-Cassani '18. Randall also earned an All-America sixth-place finish in the three-meter dive earlier in the week, turning in a 500.45 score. 

Andrew Cummings, Men's Lacrosse
Major: Business Administration

Cummings scored three goals in the Knights' 11-9 win over Mary Washington on Saturday. The senior captain scored consecutive goals in the first half to give the Knights a 4-3 lead, and later added a go-ahead goal on a buzzer-beating shot at the end of the third quarter to put Geneseo up 7-6. Cummings also finished with three ground balls in the victory.

David Szmyd, Men's Ice Hockey
Major: Economics

Szmyd scored twice in the Knights' SUNYAC semifinal victory over Buffalo State and added the game-winning goal and two assists in the SUNYAC Championship as Geneseo defeated Fredonia, 7-1, to earn the conference title. With three goals and two assists in two postseason games, Szmyd was named SUNYAC Tournament MVP.  

Jacob Converse, Men's Track & Field
Major: Biology

Converse was named SUNYAC Field Athlete of the Meet as he earned a first-place finish in the Heptathlon and helped Geneseo to a second-straight SUNYAC Indoor Track & Field Championship. He finished first in the shot put (11.20m) and 60m hurdles (8.49) with second-place finishes in the 60m, long jump and pole vault to score 4,854 points and earn the victory. 

Devin McDonald, Men's Ice Hockey
Major: Business Administration
INTERVIEW WITH MCDONALD

McDonald was credited with 22 saves in the Knights' 1-0 shutout versus visiting Brockport in the regular-season finale, Saturday. Ranked fourth in Division III with a 1.80 goals against average, tied for 23rd with a .925 save percentage and tied for fourth with 16 victories, he equaled the Geneseo record with his 44th career win while breaking the all-time mark with his sixth career shutout.

Gillan Faulkner, Men's Track & Field
Major: Accounting
INTERVIEW WITH FAULKNER

Faulkner set a program record in the 1,000 (2:27.95) and added a leg to the 4x400 relay squad that also posted the fastest time (3:19.39) in Geneseo history during the Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational, Saturday. He also currently ranks in the top-30 nationally in the 800. 

Kevin Crockett, Men's Basketball 
Major: Communication

Crockett averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game to lead the Knights to a pair of conference wins. Crockett scored 16 points in an 82-74 victory at Buffalo State and then poured in 23 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc as Geneseo took down Brockport, 105-78. 

Tyson Empey, Men's Ice Hockey
Major: Accounting
INTERVIEW WITH EMPEY

Empey scored a career-high five points in the Knights 7-4 victory at Plattsburgh on Saturday as Geneseo clinched its eighth-straight postseason berth. Assisting the first three goals of the game, Empey notched two goals in the third period, including his ninth power-play tally of the season that is currently tied for first in Divison III.

Jeff Doser, Men's Swimming & Diving
Major: Biology & Mathematics

In a dual meet at Case Western Reserve, senior Jeff Doser clocked a 21.52 in the 50 free, finished in 47.26 in the 100 free, and touched up in 1:43.01 in the 200 free to take first in all three events. He also anchored the 400 free relay that took first, sealing the Knights' victory, 158-142.

Tommy Eastman, Men's Basketball
Major: Physics
INTERVIEW WITH EASTMAN

Eastman averaged a double-double, scoring 12.3 points per game and securing 10.0 rebounds per game, to lead the Knights to a 3-0 week against SUNYAC opponents. Eastman went for 14 points and 11 rebounds on Tuesday against Fredonia, scored six points and grabbed 10 boards against Buffalo State on Friday, and then finished with 17 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals in a win over the Blue Devils on Saturday. Eastman leads the conference in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and is the only player in the conference averaging a double-double.

Devin Brink, Men's Ice Hockey
Major: Economics

Brink grabbed three points as the Knights earned a 6-2 victory over Brockport Friday night. Brink put the Knights ahead 2-0 early in the second period with a goal on his only shot of the night. He recorded both of his assists in the third period as the Knights pulled away for the victory. Brink has scored four goals and dished off four assists on the season so far.

Samuel Randall, Men's Swimming & Diving
Major: Business Administration

Randall earned a first-place finish in the one-meter dive and grabbed second in the three-meter to lead Geneseo to a second place finish at the Ithaca Winter Invitational. In a field that included NCAA Division I and Division II student-athletes, Randall scored a 508.60 in the three-meter to grab second and put up a 543.45 in the one-meter to take first in the event.

Quinn Carey, Men's Basketball 
Major: Business Administration
INTERVIEW WITH CAREY

Carey netted 24 points, including seven three-pointers, to lead the Knights to an 89-63 victory over Morrisville in the team's home-opener on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Carey came off the bench to score a game-high 24, grabbed three rebounds, a steal and a block. 

Isaac Garcia-Cassani, Men's Cross Country
Major: Physics

Garcia-Cassani finished an All-American sixth out of 279 runners to lead the Knights to 11th place at the NCAA Division III Championships, Saturday, at host Principia's North Farm Course. He crossed the 8-kilometer finish line with a time of 24:32.24 for his third-straight top-10 showing at the national championships after also placing fourth last season and eighth in 2016.

Andrew Romano, Men's Ice Hockey
Major: Communications
INTERVIEW WITH ROMANO

Romano keyed a pair of SUNYAC home victories last week to propel the Knights to the top of the conference standings. Ranked first nationally with 12 assists, his 12 total points are also tied for first in Division III. He logged three assists in Saturday's 4-1 victory over defending SUNYAC Champion and 13th-ranked Plattsburgh after notching two helpers in Friday's 5-2 win over Potsdam. 

Jeff Doser, Men's Swimming & Diving
Major: Biology & Mathematics
INTERVIEW WITH DOSER

Doser earned three event victories to lead the Knights to a split at Grove City College over the weekend, beating Fredonia, 215-78, but falling to the hosts, 159-135. Doser took first in the 50 freestyle, finishing in 21.65, and the 100 freestyle, touching up in 47.22. Doser also swam the anchor leg of the 200 free relay, teaming with senior Derek Secord, and first-years Will Eng and Harry Harkins to take first in 1:26.18.  

Connor Pulvidente - Men's Cross Country
Major: Accounting
INTERVIEW WITH PULVIDENTE

Pulvidente earned a third-place finish at the SUNYAC Championships, crossing in 27:00.1 to help the Knights to their fourth-consecutive SUNYAC title. It marked the first time that the senior had broken the top five at the SUNYAC Championships, and the highest-place finish of his career. 

Isaac Garcia-Cassani - Men's Cross Country
Major: Physics
INTERVIEW WITH GARCIA-CASSANI

Garcia-Cassani finished first out of 354 runners to lead No. 2 Geneseo to second place out of 38 teams at the Cowbell Classic, hosted by Principia (Ill.), Saturday. The field included 18 teams ranked in the top-30 of the most recent national polls, including six of the top-10 squads. Garcia-Cassani covered the 8-kilometer course with a winning time of 24:41.02, edging runner-up Dhruvil Patel from North Central by .95 of a second. The course will be the site of the NCAA Division III Championships next month.

Dillon Medd - Men's Soccer
Major: Business
INTERVIEW WITH MEDD

Medd helped lead the Knights to an undefeated week, posting a pair of shutouts in a double-overtime win against Nazareth and a draw against conference foe Brockport. Medd made one save on Tuesday against Nazareth, keeping the Golden Flyers scoreless as the Knights earned a 1-0 victory in double-overtime. Against Brockport, the keeper made six saves to hold the Golden Eagles scoreless and secure a point for Geneseo.

Sean McAneny - Men's Cross Country
INTERVIEW WITH MCANENY

McAneny finished second out of 238 runners to lead the No. 2 Knights to first place out of 18 teams at the 37th-Annual Mike Woods Invitational, Saturday, at Letchworth State Park. He crossed the 8K finish line with a time of 25:01.1 to lead Geneseo to its ninth-straight team title at the meet. 

Isaac Garcia-Cassani - Men's Cross Country
Major: Physics

Garcia-Cassani bested a stacked field at the Williams College Purple Valley Classic for the second year in a row to lead the No. 2 Knights to their second team title in as many years. In his first race of the season, the senior clocked a 25:50.2 to best the 324-runner field by 14 seconds. Geneseo compiled 87 points to defeat No. 13 RPI (95 points), No. 12 Amherst (109), No. 19 Middlebury (117) and No. 4 Williams (136) in the top-five of the 26-team field.

Joey Vucic - Men's Soccer
Major: Political Science
INTERVIEW WITH VUCIC

Senior forward Joey Vucic scored his second goal and dished off an assist to lead the Knights to a 2-0 victory over Houghton. Vucic capitalized on a defensive mistake by the Highlanders to put Geneseo ahead 1-0 in the third minute. In the 89th minute, Vucic played in sophomore forward Bryan Wager to earn an assist as the Knights put the game away with the late insurance goal. Vucic leads the team in points (5) on two goals and an assist. 

Nick Keneally - Men's Soccer
Major: Accounting

Senior defender Nick Keneally led the Knights to a 1-0-1 week, helping the team to a victory over Morrisville, 2-1, and playing a vital role in the Knights' 2-2 draw with Skidmore. The captain played as a solid defensive back against Morrisville, with the Mustangs' only goal coming on a penalty kick. Against Skidmore, Keneally finished off a header for his first career goal, drawing the Knights level in the 80th minute to force overtime and eventually earn the draw. The tally marked his first in 21 career appearances. 

Kevin McGrath - Men's Soccer
Major: Mathematics
INTERVIEW WITH MCGRATH

Senior midfielder Kevin McGrath helped guide the Knights to an appearance in the Herb Lauffer Memorial Tournament champioship game. The senior scored the game-winning goal in the Knights' season-opener to give the team a 2-1 victory over Baldwin-Wallace College on Saturday, Sept. 2. He anchored the midfield, playing nearly every minute of both games for Geneseo over the weekend.

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