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College Round-up: Beauford nabs America East rookie honor, again

By Dylan Butler

Former Christ the King standout Mitchell Beauford, a freshman guard on the Stony Brook men’s basketball team, was named America East co-Rookie of the Week along with Northeastern’s Bennet Davis, the league announced Monday.

It was the fourth time Beauford earned Rookie of the Week honors, including twice in the last three weeks.

Beauford averaged 17.5 points and 2.5 steals in the Seawolves’ 0-2 week, including a career-high 22 points on 11-of-13 shooting, four assists and two steals in a 74-72 overtime loss to New Hampshire Sunday.

Last Thursday Beauford had 13 points and three steals in a 75-64 loss to Boston University. In that game St. Francis Prep grad Rashad Bell had 12 points and six rebounds for the Terriers.

Bell, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, followed that performance by scoring a career-high 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in BU’s 69-53 win over Binghamton Sunday.

Lohrey, Holder and Sikiric earn NYCAC honors

Donna Lohrey, a sophomore guard on the Molloy College women’s basketball team, was named NYCAC Player of the Week and also earned second-team All-NYCAC honors, while Queens College junior forward Shonda Holder was named to the All-NYCAC first team, the conference announced.

Lohrey, a former Mary Louis star, averaged 30 points, five assists and three rebounds to help Molloy secure the eighth and final berth in the NYCAC tournament. The Glendale native had 33 points in a double-overtime win over Queens College and followed with a 27-point performance against Southampton Saturday.

Holder, who is second in the NYCAC in scoring (18.4) and rebounding (10.5), was named to the all-NYCAC first team.

John Sikiric, a former Archbishop Molloy standout from Maspeth, was named to the all-NYCAC second team. The junior forward averaged 18.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for the Queens College men’s basketball team.

Flushing native Smith named St. Peter’s men’s soccer coach

After a record-setting three-year stint as head coach at Division III Manhattanville College, Chris Smith was named head coach at St. Peter’s College, the school announced last Thursday.

Smith replaces Queens native Cesar Markovic, who left to fill the vacant job at Stony Brook University last month.

In three years at Manhattanville, Smith compiled a record of 32-26-3, including 18-6-1 in the Skyline Conference and was named the conference’s Coach of the Year in 2001.

Smith won a pair of national championships, first as a player at Division II Southern Connecticut State in 1992 and as an assistant coach at Division III The College of New Jersey in 1996.

Reach Associate Sports Editor Dylan Butler by e-mail at TimesLedger@aol.com or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 143.

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