RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College placed four players on all three recognized NCAA Division II All-East Region teams, according to balloting released late last week. Headlining the Golden Falcon quartet was senior shortstop Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard), who was voted the Daktronics Regional Player of the Year and to the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Gold Glove Second Team.
The Daktronics teams, coordinated and voted upon by regional members of the College Sports Information Directors of America, were publicized along with the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association squads and the ABCA honorees within a 24-hour period last Thursday and Friday. Two Felician players, Brill and junior pitcher Jerry Vasto (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Henry Hudson Regional) were consensus first-team selections.
Two other Golden Falcons – sophomore first-baseman Scott De Jong (North Haledon, N.J./Eastern Christian) and senior outfielder Joe Petosa (Spotswood, N.J./Spotswood) – qualified for two First Teams and one Second Team. Details can be viewed in the chart below.
Felician set program records for wins and winning percentage with a won-lost record of 30-20. The Golden Falcons won their first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) championship, and advanced to their initial NCAA East Regional Tournament, where they eliminated defending champion Franklin Pierce University before bowing out in fourth place.
Brill, who was also the Player of the Year in the CACC, is the second Regional Player of the Year for Felician. First-baseman Frank Quintana was so honored in 2007, also by the Daktronics program. In 2014, Brill established school records with 11 triples and a 22-game hitting streak, and set a Felician wood-bat standard with 74 hits. In 50 games, while batting predominantly in the No. 2 position in the line-up, Brill hit .363 with 22 extra-base hits, including a grand slam, 47 runs scored, 33 runs batted in and 13 stolen bases.
Defensively, Brill's 147 assists are second in Felician single-season annals to his 150 in 2013, and lead the CACC. He committed no errors in this season's 20 conference games, and completed the season with 13 errors and a .941 fielding percentage while being involved in 23 double plays. Brill is the first Golden Falcon to ever win a Gold Glove from the Rawlings/ABCA program.
"Aaron was our quarterback – everything we did on offense and defense worked through or around him," said 11th-year Golden Falcon head coach Chris Langan. "He plays at such a high level on both sides of the ball and never lets one phase of the game surpass the other in his preparation."
Brill racked up 144 hits in two years at Felician, and 213 for his overall collegiate career. He is a two-time first-team all-region honoree and a two-time CACC All-Tournament selection.
Vasto was voted the CACC Pitcher of the Year and to the CACC All-Tournament team while setting the Felician single-season record for strikeouts (79). The left-hander put up a 6-3 record, a save, and an earned-run average of 1.84 while allowing 53 hits and 29 walks in 68 1/3 innings. He crafted a late-season 27-inning scoreless streak that began with a three-hit shutout against nationally-ranked Wilmington (Del.) University on Apr. 14. He is all-region for the first time.
De Jong topped the East Region with 51 RBI, and also led the CACC in home runs (7-tie), walks (30), and slugging percentage (.610). He hit .374 with 26 extra-base hits, 45 runs and 10 steals en route to first-team all-CACC honors. He was picked for the all-tournament team of both the CACC and East Regional championships.
Petosa is all-region for the second time after being voted to his fourth All-CACC honor. He leaves Felician as the program's all-time leader in hits (225), walks (91) and triples (19), and was a Capital One Academic All-American in 2012. Petosa was named to the all-East Region Tournament team and as the Most Valuable Player of the CACC Tournament.
All members of each First Team advance to the national ballot for the respective organization's All-America squad.
Felician totaled five all-region student-athletes in the 2013-14 academic year.
The NCAA Division II East Region consists of the CACC, East Coast Conference and Northeast-10 Conference, totaling 33 schools.
|Daktronics (SIDs)||NCBWA (Writers)||Rawlings/ABCA (Coaches)|
|1B||Zach Collett, New Haven||Scott De Jong, Felician||Scott De Jong, Felician|
|2B||Andrew Abreu, Dowling||Andrew Abreu, Dowling||Nick Baviello, SCSU|
|3B||Frank Crinella, Merrimack||Frank Crinella, Merrimack||Frank Crinella, Merrimack|
|SS||Aaron Brill, Felician||Aaron Brill, Felician||Aaron Brill, Felician|
|IF||Brendon Buckley, New Haven|
|C||Matt Lopes, Wilmington||Matt Walsh, FPU||Matt Walsh, FPU|
|OF||Cliff Brantley, Adelphi||Cliff Brantley, Adelphi||Cliff Brantley, Adelphi|
|OF||John Cruz, Dowling||Rich Baerga, STAC||Rich Baerga, STAC|
|OF||Brendan O'Brien, SNHU||Brendan O'Brien, SNHU|
|OF||Joe Petosa, Felician||Joe Petosa, Felician|
|P||Tyler Badamo, Dowling||Tyler Badamo, Dowling||Tyler Badamo, Dowling|
|P||Rocco Cundari, SCSU||Rocco Cundari, SCSU||Derrick Sylvester, SNHU|
|P||Jerry Vasto, Felician||Jerry Vasto, Felician||Jerry Vasto, Felician|
|P||Jamie Treml, Wilmington||Jim Duff, Stonehill|
|RP||Benjamin Criscuolo, SNHU||Benjamin Criscuolo, SNHU||Benjamin Criscuolo, SNHU|
|DH||Derek Hirsch, STAC||Richard Mejia, Adelphi||Richard Mejia, Adelphi|
|UT-P||Frank Samluk, Wilmington||Brendon Buckley, New Haven|
|UT-NP||Richard Mejia, Adelphi|
|1B||Scott De Jong, Felician||Zach Collett, New Haven||Zach Collett, New Haven|
|2B||Mike Apreda, STAC||Nick Baviello, SCSU||Andrew Abreu, Dowling|
|3B||Tom Tolan, LIU Post||Tom Tolan, LIU Post||Josh Hampton, Wilmington|
|SS||Stanley Susaña, STAC||Stanley Susaña, STAC||Josh Swirchak, Wilmington|
|IF||J.C. Brandmaier, Dowling|
|C||Matt Walsh, FPU||Matt Lopes, Wilmington||Matt Lopes, Wilmington|
|OF||John Kennedy, Nyack||John Kennedy, Nyack||John Kennedy, Nyack|
|OF||Rich Baerga, STAC||Joe Petosa, Felician||Calvin Graves, FPU|
|OF||Brendan O'Brien, SNHU||John Cruz, Dowling||John Cruz, Dowling|
|OF||Sam Goines, Wilmington|
|P||Tom Bammann, Dowling||Jamie Treml, Wilmington||Jamie Treml, Wilmington|
|P||Derrick Sylvester, SNHU||Derrick Sylvester, SNHU||Rocco Cundari, SCSU|
|P||Jim Duff, Stonehill||Jim Duff, Stonehill||Zach Soulier, Stonehill|
|P||Connor Gleason, FPU||Connor Gleason, FPU|
|RP||Tyler Fries, Wilmington||Tyler Fries, Wilmington||Armand Rugel, Stonehill|
|DH||Ken McCormick, Philadelphia||Derek Hirsch, STAC||Derek Hirsch, STAC|
|UT-P||Brendon Buckley, New Haven||Frank Samluk, Wilmington|
|UT-NP||J.C. Brandmaier, Dowling|
|1B||Kenny Kirshner, STAC|
|2B||John Sczepanski, Philadelphia|
|3B||Josh Hampton, Wilmington|
|SS||Will Brennan, Bentley|
|OF||Matt Burns, SCSU|
|OF||Calvin Graves, FPU|
|UT-NP||J.C. Brandmaier, Dowling|
|P||Don Crook, Post|
|P||Connor Gleason, FPU|
|P||Brian O'Keefe, Bridgeport|
|RP||C.J. Ferriggi, STAC|
|Player of Yr.||Aaron Brill, SR, Felician||Frank Crinella, SO, Merrimack||Frank Crinella, SO, Merrimack|
|Pitcher of Yr.||Tyler Badamo, SR, Dowling||Tyler Badamo, SR, Dowling||Tyler Badamo, SR, Dowling|
|Rookie of Yr.||Benjamin Criscuolo, FR, SNHU|
|Coach of Year||Scott Loiseau, SNHU|