Merritt Bailey spent his freshman season with the Seton Hill men’s lacrosse team learning the collegiate ropes behind two-year starter Brady Lawrence.
The Marcus Whitman grad saw a sparse 22 minutes of action in 2015, but has transitioned to a full-time role this spring — and shown himself to be quick study.
Bailey was named the ECAC Division II Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Griffins to a 3-0 start. He’s the first Seton Hill player to garner weekly honors this season.
Bailey has been busy in all three victories.
He began the season with 11 saves in a 13-12 victory over Wingate. Seton Hill breezed past Chestnut Hill in its second game, 18-6; Bailey made nine saves. The fifth-ranked Griffins earned a signature victory Saturday, a 12-10 win over the New York Institute of Technology, which came into the game ranked fifth in the country in Division II. Bailey helped Seton Hill nurse its late two-goal lead thanks to a key save with 1:14 left in regulation. He finished with 11 stops.
Bailey hasn’t limited his learning to the lacrosse field. He was named to the ECAC D2 men’s lacrosse all-academic team as a freshman.
Late next month, Bailey and Seton Hill will host current D2 No. 1 Limestone and Penn Yan graduate Ryan Maciejewski. Maciejewski, a sophomore midfielder, has three goals and four assists for the 5-0 Saints, including a goal and two assists last weekend in a 25-4 win over No. 4 Tampa.
Yellowjackets to host opening round
The University of Rochester women’s basketball team will be a host this weekend as the NCAA Division III tournament tips off. Rochester will take on Johnson & Wales Friday, while Liberty League-champion Clarkson will battle Stockton in the other opener at the Palestra.
Lauren Deming (Waterloo) is averaging 11.1 points and 5.3 assists rebounds per game for the Yellowjackets. She is third on the team with 31 steals. Brynn Lauer (Newark) is putting up 5.5 points per game and leads the team in assists (3.8) and steals (39). Lauer also earned UAA all-academic accolades last month.
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