September 11, 2009

Sports Briefs 9-11-09

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M. Basketball Names Tri-Captains
Three seniors will step up to share the captain title for the men’s basketball team in 2009-10, head coach Steve Donahue announced on Tuesday: center Jeff Foote and forwards Alex Tyler and Jon Jacques, who serves on the Sun’s editorial writing board. Foote and Tyler are two of the five returning starters from last year, and Jacques has been a vocal leader on the team and played in 13 games last season.
Foote is the reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year after posting 7.2 rebounds per game and 2.1 blocks per game, both Ivy League-leading figures. He also bulked up in offseason while playing in the Howard Pulley Summer Pro League in St. Paul, Minn. — up to 265 from 245.
Tyler is a three-year starter at the power forward position, and shot 50 percent from the floor last season. His 6-7, 235 pound-frame provides a reliable post presence for the Red.
Softball Adds Assistant Coach
The softball team, which won the Ivy League title and took a trip to the NCAA tournament last season, added a member to its coaching staff on Sept. 4. Beth Ameno, a former third-team All-American pitcher at the University of Rochester, was named an assistant coach by head coach Dick Blood. Ameno went 69-31 with a 1.49 earned-run average in her four years at Rochester, but her senior year was truly a standout campaign. She went 23-9 with a 1.25 ERA while striking out 254 in 201.1 innings. No easy out at the plate, Ameno also batted .274 with 70 RBIs and 25 stolen bases over her career.
Lacrosse Alumni Chosen in NLL Draft
Three Cornell alumni were chosen in the National Lacrosse League draft on Wednesday: Max Seibald, John Glynn and Rocco Romero, all of the Class of 2009. The three helped lead the Red to its national title game against Syracuse in 2009, and all left their mark on the lacrosse program.
Seibald, chosen eighth overall by the Boston Blazers, will join forces with Mitch Belisle ’07. The Tewaaraton Trophy winner in 2009, Seibald racked up numerous awards in his time in a Red uniform, including becoming the first-ever four-time All-Ivy League selection. His 141 points are the most by any Red midfielder.
Chosen 26th overall by the Philadelphia Wings, Glynn excelled at the face-off X for the Red, winning 57.4 percent of his restarts, and picking up 6.56 ground balls per game. He was an integral part of the Red’s postseason run, despite playing through a fractured elbow.