Dominic Paolo earns NYIT baseball's first-ever ECC weekly award; women's lax sweeps Player of Week honors

Dominic Paolo earns NYIT baseball's first-ever ECC weekly award; women's lax sweeps Player of Week honors

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — NYIT swept the East Coast Conference's Player of the Week honors for women's lacrosse and also claimed its first-ever ECC baseball award on Monday.

Redshirt freshman Dominic Paolo was named the ECC Rookie of the Week for baseball after hitting .500 (6-for-12) with a double and two RBIs during the opening week of his collegiate career. Paolo's production included delivering the tiebreaking sacrifice fly in a 4-2 win against Dominican (N.Y.) on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

NYIT baseball entered the ECC and Division II this season after nearly four decades competing in Division I — including the past four years as an independent, without the benefits of any conference awards recognition.

Meanwhile, a record-setting outburst by the women's lacrosse team in a 20-4 victory against Southern New Hampshire on Saturday helped Karie Znaniecki become ECC Offensive Player of the Week, Kelly McQuail become ECC Defensive Player of the Week, and Alyssa Milano get named to the league's weekly honor roll.

Znaniecki scored her 100th career goal, including 44 with Dowling College, in Tuesday's win against Southern Connecticut State. She then set program records with nine assists and 11 points in the win against Southern New Hampshire. She combined for seven goals and 12 assists in the victories.

McQuail combined for two goals, five ground balls, eight draw controls and seven caused turnovers as the 16th-ranked Bears upped their winning streak to three games.

Milano and Shannon Donovan each matched the program record with seven goals in the Southern New Hampshire victory.

LeRoy Halftown, who had three goals in the men's lacrosse team's loss at Seton Hill on Saturday, also was named to the ECC's weekly honor roll.

The women's lacrosse team returns to action on Thursday at 3 p.m. at President's Stadium against Bentley. The game originally had been scheduled for Tuesday. It was postponed because of expected heavy snowfall.