NYIT student-athletes dominating in early rounds of ECC Play of Year voting

NYIT student-athletes dominating in early rounds of ECC Play of Year voting

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — NYIT Athletics won the inaugural East Coast Conference Play of the Year contest last summer.

Now, it's time to repeat as champions.

Thirteen of the 38 plays nominated in this year's contest involve NYIT student-athletes.

The contest actually began Friday with some preliminary matchups in this year's bracket.

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An NYIT student-athlete advanced in five of those six matchups. The opening-round winners included volleyball's Portia McIntosh (75% to 25% against Daemen's Amy Trabert), men's soccer's Jonathan Rico (54-46 over Daemen's Alex Hasiotis), women's lacrosse's Shannon Donavan (87-13 over Franklin Pierce bowler Nicollete Vucak) and volleyball's Tiffany Verni (82-18 against UDC's Gabriel Torres).

Additionally, men's soccer's Alberto Alonso Marchan overcame a big early deficit to knock out men's lacrosse's Andrew Zito by a 65-35 margin in an all-NYIT matchup.

Men's basketball guard Luis Cartagena Jr. was the lone Bear to fall in the opening round.

Other NYIT student-athletes advanced to the round of 32 with an opening bye: women's basketball's Nina Vukosavljevic, baseball's Joey Fusco, men's lacrosse's Ian Prate, softball's Jessica Daniel and men's basketball's Domonic Josephs.

Zito actually remains alive because he had two plays nominated in the ECC Play of the Year contest.

The inaugural winner of the Play of the Year contest belonged to Tom Hughes. Hughes' overtime goal in the ECC Championship game against Mercy in 2017 gave NYIT men's lacrosse the first of its now back-to-back unbeaten conference titles.