Whether it has been pitching out of the bullpen as a freshman or anchoring the rotation, Max Schonfeld has been the model of consistency for Molloy baseball. In his collegiate career, which has spanned 3+ seasons, Schonfeld has compiled a minuscule 2.45 ERA, just 0.08 behind the program record, currently held by Chuck Fontana — a 2012 graduate.
“It’s not something that I have ever thought about,” said the East Meadow native. “But to have the opportunity to be ranked that high among all the great pitchers that have come through this program would mean a lot to me,” he concluded.
Sometimes taking a step back and returning to your comfort zone is the best decision you can make. Molloy’s standout basketball player Kelly Guerriero claims that was precisely the case with her.
“It was just too crazy,” said the Floral Park native in regards to her two-year tenure at Division-I Mount St. Mary’s in Maryland. “I am a very family-oriented person, and being four hours away meant I barely came home. I came home for only two days for Christmas break,” she added. It was at that time she made the choice to come back to Long Island and play for Division-II Molloy, virtually around the corner.
Every basketball player has a niche, or a reason they are on the team, but the measure of a truly valuable player is their versatility. The more that a player can bring to the table, the more of an impact they will have on the team. An easy way to quantify that is through double-doubles. DeAndra Scott, senior forward at Old Westbury, has made her impact felt in the Skyline Conference through the consistency of her double-doubles.
Scott was recently named Player of the Week for the Skyline Conference, but really made a name for herself last season when she collected a bevy of accolades, including Skyline Conference Player of the Year and All-ECAC Metro Region First Team. She averaged 18.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. It is no small accomplishment to average a double-double for a season, something only a handful of NBA players can do. Scott followed that up with a tremendous 2013-’14 season in which she is averaging 22 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. The ever humble athlete is not satisfied with individual accomplishments.
Last year, Dowling’s women’s basketball team came up one game short of being crowned National Champions. This year, the leader of the men’s team, Darien Davis, is looking to follow suit.
“That’s definitely what we’re shooting for,” said the junior from Middle Island. “The goal is the win the ECC (East Coast Conference), then the regional and possible the National Championship.
When you finish your high school career as the leading scorer in the history of the program, you have accomplished a lot as a basketball player. Once the individual accolades lose their luster, however, winning is the only priority. Any great player will agree, as does Shannon Duer of NYIT.
“I’m focusing on making the playoffs,” said the freshman standout performer at NYIT who was just named ECC Rookie of the Week. “That would be awesome,” she added.
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