Nine Saints Earn Liberty League Weekly Honors
Jan. 22: The Liberty League announced its weekly award winners on Monday, and nine St. Lawrence University student-athletes were honored for their athletic accomplishments.
Amr Khalifa led the men's squash team past nationally-ranked No. 9 Columbia, including a 3-2 victory over Ramit Tandon, the second-ranked player in the country. The Cairo, Egypt native was named the Liberty League's Player of the Week after his impressive wins, which also included victories at No. 1 against Williams and Colby.
Sophomore Kara McDuffee continued her strong play for the women's basketball team and earned Player of the Week honors after wins against Clarkson, Williams Smith and RIT. The Owego, NY native averaged over 16 points and 8 rebounds per game, while totaling 11 assists, 10 steals and five blocks.
Three members of the St. Lawrence swimming and diving program earned conference accolades this week including Sammi Moffitt, Alanna Blackburn and Billy Moran. Moffitt and Blackburn, named the league's Swimmer and Rookie of the Week respectively, helped the women's team to a pair of dual meet victories over St. Michael's and Potsdam. Each had four individual victories over the weekend and contributed to relay wins as well. Meanwhile, Moran earned Diver of the Week honors on the men's side after sweeping the one and three meter boards in both meets.
The Saints' track and field teams added four Liberty League award winners this week. Jacob Fredericks and Vinny Maniscalco earned the men's Track Performer and Rookie of the Week, respectively. Fredericks broke his own St. Lawrence record in the 60 hurdles, running 8.42 (14th nationally), and ran a leg on the league-leading 4x400 relay. Maniscalco had an impressive showing at the SLU Invitational with several top-10 finishes and now leads all rookies in the conference in the 400m and triple jump.
On the women's side, Divya Biswal earned women's Field Performer of the Week after winning the triple jump with a mark of 11.31m in the SLU Invitational. She also added a second place showing in the long jump. Her teammate, Ella Martin, is the Rookie of the Week as she broke Wendy Pavlus' University record in the 3000m by nearly 3.0 seconds en route to a win in 10:06.25.
With classes back in session for second semester, the women's hockey team and swimming and diving teams will host contests this weekend on campus. The Saints women's hockey squad will take on rivals Dartmouth and Harvard at Appleton Arena on Friday and Saturday, while the swimming and diving team hosts Hartwick on Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm.