February 26, 2013

Winter Sports Collect Multiple Postseason Honors

As the 2012-13 winter sports seasons wind down, Suffolk University earned 10 postseason awards combined throughout their three sports teams.

Two Men's Basketball players were selected to the 2012-13 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Conference teams. Senior Colin Halpin (Melrose, Mass.) was a first-team selection, while senior Matt Pepdjonovic (Quincy, Mass.) garnered third-team honors.

Halpin finished the season with a team-best 16.5 points per game, which was the fifth highest average among scorers in the GNAC. He was a workhorse for the Rams as he logged an average of 34.7 minutes per game starting all 26 games this year and was Suffolk's top scorer in seven contests. He earned GNAC Player of the Week honors on December 3, and was also tabbed to the Courtyard by Marriott Tip-Off Tournament in the Rams' season opening weekend tilt at Roger Williams.

The senior forward etched his name into the Suffolk University history books on December 1 of this season when he became the 27th player in program history to reach the 1,000 career point milestone club.

In 91 career games played, Halpin has scored 1,345 career points which stands for the eleventh highest total in program history. He averaged 14.8 points per game throughout his career, while he finishes with Suffolk's third best mark from the free-throw line at 82.9-percent (252-for-304) in program history. Halpin also shot at a 34.8-percent clip from the three-point line in his career. In 68 career GNAC games, Halpin finishes with 1,002 career points scored while his 375 field goals made is the eighth best tally.

Pepdjonovic finishes the 2012-13 season with averages of 10.3 points per game and 10 rebounds per game to add to an already impressive career. His rebounding average was the best in the GNAC and stood for 36th among NCAA Division-III players. He also finished in the top ten nationally with 2.7 blocked shots per game.

In 102 career games played, Pepdjonovic recorded double-doubles in 66 contests. He is the all-time leader in both Suffolk University history and GNAC history in career rebounds with 1,234 while he also holds the record for both in blocked shots at 239. Pepdjonovic is the eighth all-time scorer in program history scoring 1,439 career points, while his 600 field-goals made is the seventh most among Suffolk University scorers and tenth among GNAC scorers. He is the 18th highest scorer in GNAC history and is one of only three players to record 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds throughout a career. Pepdjonovic and Christos Tsiotos ('77) are the only two players in Suffolk history to reach the grand total in both career marks. He has been a GNAC All-Conference selection in all four seasons and in each of his previous three seasons he was among the top five in the nation among rebounders.

Freshman Caleb Unni (Winchester, Mass.) was Suffolk's representative on the GNAC All-Sportsmanship team. Unni appeared in 26 games for the Rams averaging 11.3 points per game. He finished with a team-high 78 assists on the year, while his 34.8-percent shooting from the three-point line was the second best average on the team.

Men’s Basketball finished the 2012-13 with a 10-16 overall record. The Rams were the number six seed in the GNAC Tournament as they held a 8-10 mark in conference play.

Hockey sophomore Tim Sprague (Plymouth, Mass.) was an Honorable Mention selection for the ECAC Northeast Hockey All-Conference team for the 2012-13 season.

In 16 games this season Sprague led the Rams with 13 goals as he added five assists for a total of 18 points. Sprague was a vital part to the Suffolk offense. He had his season cut short on January 23rd as he broke his leg during a game against ECAC Northeast rival Johnson & Wales University. At the time the Rams were in a four-way tie for first place with a 3-2-2 conference mark and a 6-7-4 overall record. In seven conference games on the year, Sprague tallied nine goals. His 1.28 goals per game average in ECAC Northeast action would be the highest average had he played enough games to qualify. Sprague's 13 goals this year are the most of a Suffolk University player since the 2009-10 season.

Without Sprague in the lineup the Rams went 0-5-2 in their final seven conference contests as they narrowly missed the playoffs this season. They finished the season with a 6-13-6 record.

In two seasons with the Rams, Sprague has scored 16 goals and added eight assists for a 24 point total in 36 games.

Women's Basketball Head Coach Ed Leyden was named Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women's Basketball Coach of the Year for the 2012-13 season.

It is the sixth time Leyden has been recognized by his peers as the league's top coach. He guided the Rams to a 21-7 mark during the year as his team set the all-time Suffolk University record for wins in a season by a basketball team. Leyden's Rams' finished with the league's second best mark in-conference play with a 10-2 standing as they advanced to the conference finals for their fourth time before falling to Emmanuel College, 68-45 on Saturday afternoon. The Rams had the league's second stingiest defenses as they only allowed opponents to a 52.5 points per game.

In 20 career seasons as a collegiate Head Coach, Leyden has a career mark of 309-216 (.589 winning percentage).

Earlier this season Leyden won his 300th career collegiate game on January 21 with a 79-52 victory over the Norwich University Cadets.

He has now coached the Rams to 298 victories in 19 seasons with Suffolk. He began his coaching career at Tufts University during the 1993-94 season.

He has coached 22 players in his time at Suffolk who have received All-Conference recognition by the GNAC. Of the 12 players in Women's Basketball program history to record at least 1,000 career points, ten have come under Leyden's tenure, including Suffolk's all-time leading scorer Katie Norton '00 (1,502 points) who was a member of the GNAC's inaugural Hall of Fame Class in 2010 and Suffolk University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

Leyden was also a recipient of the Suffolk University Leadership Award in 2007, and was named Coach of the Year by the Suffolk University Student Government Association in 2012. This past October he received Suffolk's "Pink Tie Award" handed out to a Suffolk University male during October's Breast Cancer Awareness month to someone who has demonstrated leadership in their support for the cause.

Prior to his collegiate career, Leyden coached high school for 11 years. At Revere High School, his teams were 84-36, a .700 winning percentage. His teams won the Greater Boston League Title his last three seasons, going 44-1 in that stretch. Leyden was selected Coach of the Year twice by the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association. He was also named Boston Globe Coach of the Year. Ten of his former high school players were named captains of their college teams.

A pair of Women's Basketball players were named to the first team All-Conference selections by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) for the 2012-13 season.

Senior Jacqueline Vienneau (Salem, N.H.) was one of three guards selected to the league's top team. She averaged 12.6 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game while her 128 total assists were the most in the GNAC as she logged the most minutes of any player at 924 through 28 games. Vienneau was also tabbed to the GNAC's All-Tournament team as she helped lead the Rams to the conference playoff finals.

It's been a historic season for Vienneau as she's reached milestone markers in points, rebounds and assists. She became the first player in Suffolk University Women's Basketball program history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists for a career and fourth GNAC player to do so. In 107 career games played, Vienneau has scored 1,237 career points which stands for fourth in program history while she holds Suffolk's record for assists with 443, the fourth highest total in GNAC history. She's also collected 531 career rebounds. Vienneau's 158 three-point field goals made are the second most treys in program history, while she's made 189 free-throws, the fourth highest total. Vienneau shot a team-best 82.4-percent from the line during the 2012-13 season.

Junior Jennifer Ruys (Wallingford, Conn.) was named a first-team selection at forward. Ruys led the Rams with a team-high 15.9 point per game average while she was fifth in the league scoring 17.5 points in conference games. Ruys collected six double-doubles on the year recording an average of seven rebounds per game and led the Rams with 41 blocked shots. She was also named to the GNAC's All-Tournament team averaging 16.7 points through three games guiding the Rams to the finals. She was the Rams' leading scorer in 14 of 28 contests during the 2012-13 season.

Ruys became the 12th member of the 1,000 career point club on February 16 and only the second player to reach the career marker in her junior season. Her 1,060 points in 76 career games is the tenth highest point total in program history. Ruys currently holds the best mark in Suffolk history from the free-throw line shooting at an 81.3 percentage (248-for-305) while her 114 blocks are the third most.

Senior Lindsey Rogers (Gloucester, Mass.) was Suffolk's representative on the GNAC All-Sportsmanship team. Rogers averaged 5.6 points per game and three rebounds during the season. In four years, Rogers averaged 6.7 points per game and 4.4 rebounds in 107 career games. Both she and Vienneau served as team captains this season.

Suffolk held a 21-7 overall mark on the year, the most wins of any basketball team in school history. They were 10-2 in league play earning the number two seed in the GNAC Tournament.

Suffolk has been selected as the number two in this year’s Eastern College Athletic Conference (GNAC) Division-III New England Tournament. They will open up the eight-team single elimination bracket on Wednesday evening as they host Endicott College at 7:00pm.

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