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Melissa Weck named Defensive Player of the Week for the Second Time

After saving 10 shots on Friday night in the Eagles 1-0 win over Arizona and three more on Sunday, Melissa Weck was named Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career.  In the two games over the weekend, the opposition took 26 shots, but Weck only allowed two goals to get past her.  She made 13 saves and reached her 14th career shutout with the Eagles win on Friday.   Also, for a fourth consecutive week, a member of the Eagles was awarded a weekly award, and Weck joins Lindsay Patton, who also received Defensive Player of the Week.   After winning 14 games in her freshmen season, Weck Leads the A-Sun with six wins. She also is leading the conference with...

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FGCU women’s soccer team split a pair of games in Arizona

The FGCU women’s soccer team escaped Hurricane Irma by traveling to the West Coast to play a pair of games against Arizona and Arizona State. The Eagles defeated Arizona 1-0 on Friday, but fell to Arizona State 2-1 just two days later.   Battling against a Power 5 program in Arizona, FGCU scored midway into the first half and Melisa Weck preserved the shutout for her fourth of the season.  “This is a phenomenal result and a testament for how well our kids battled,” said head coach Jim Blankenship to FGCU athletics. “Weck was absolutely fabulous as always and led a bend-don’t-break defense. These kids were outstanding defensively today. I’m just really proud of the kids’ effort, and this is a great result against a really good team. This is a great win for the program.”  In the first 20 minutes of the match, the Wildcats generated four shots on multiple corner kicks, but Weck and her defense kept it scoreless. Moments later, Camille Knundstrom sent a long ball to Varin Ness who broke clear of the defense and scored the lone goal of the match. For Ness, it was her second goal of the year.  Despite the lead, the wildcats pressured FGCU throughout the rest of the half, leading to Weck making seven more saves.  Coming out of the break, Arizona continued to control play, earning a couple of corners. Weck then came up with two of her biggest saves on Carlie Crisler and Gabi Stolan, preventing a tie.   FGCU earned their first corner late in the half right after...

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FGCU men’s basketball, Morant, signs overseas

Former FGCU forward Demetris Morant has signed a professional contract with Aris Thessaloniki for a tryout contract. Morant transferred to FGCU after a season with UNLV and helped the Eagles reach the NCAA Tournament two years in a row. The forward averaged 10.5 points a game and 7.9 rebounds in his senior league after an injury plagued the 2015 season. Aris Thessaloniki finished off last season with a 6-16 record, but has been one of the most successful Greek basketball clubs that has won 10 Greek League Championships. Morant becomes the next Eagle to sign an oversea contract, as...

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FGCU softball adds new assistant coach

Head coach Dave Derios and the FGCU softball team will welcome in Jamie Kertes as a new assistant coach for the 2018 softball season. Kertes had a similar position at Stony Brook as the pitching coach and helped the Seawolves pitching staff to the second lowest ERA in the American East Conference. “I’m very excited about the opportunity at FGCU,” Kertes said to FGCU athletics. “This is a very successful program with driven student-athletes and I look forward to working with them in their pursuit of their goals. I’d like to thank Coach Derios and Coach Ubrun for this...

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Former FGCU men’s basketball player, Comer, accepts graduate assistant position

Former FGCU basketball player and one of the originators of Dunk City, Brett Comer, has taken a graduate assistant position with The University of Dayton men’s basketball team. Comer, who was a four-year guard at FGCU, helped the Eagles become the first 15th seed ever to reach the sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. He graduated from FGCU in 2015 and recently played professional basketball with the Orlando Wave of the ABA. Comer ranks 24th all-time in assists in the NCAA with 845, and he has 200 more assists than any other ASUN player. He will be joining the...

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FGCU women’s soccer plays to a 2-2 draw first scrimmage against USF

Heading back to the University of South Florida for the first time since their 2-1 NCAA tournament win, the FGCU women’s soccer team played a 2-2 draw in a scrimmage Tuesday night. There were 11 different Eagles who made their debut, including Varin Ness and Majorie Boilesen. Ness and Boilesen accounted for both of the Eagles goals, 7:55 and 19:46, into the game. Sophomore goalie Melissa Weck made a start for FGCU and played 60 minutes, finishing with four saves and allowing one goal before Elyse Hanson came in off the bench. FGCU led 2-1 entering the final of...

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FGCU women’s soccer continues success

After another NCAA tournament appearance for the FGCU women’s soccer team, the new 2017-2018 Eagles team is ready for the start of a new season. With 61 votes, FGCU was chosen to win the ASUN-Preseason Coaches Poll. This will be the Eagles eighth-straight regular season championship. Lipscomb finished with 57 votes and Stetson finished with 47 to round out the top three spots. Also, three Eagles were selected for the ASUN Preseason All-Conference Team, which included Ashley Parks, Nikki Hudson, and Meaghan Mulligan. “This is a great honor for these girls to gain preseason recognition, not only as individuals,...

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Albert Ruiz and Tabby Tindell are named FGCU’s most outstanding athletes

Both Albert Ruiz and Tabby Tindell from the men’s and women’s soccer team were named Most Outstanding Athlete for FGCU during the 2016-2017 year. This is the second time Tindell has won, and she joins a list with Ruiz that includes MLB All-Star Chris Sale, Washington Nationals prospect Jake Noll, and Mets minor leaguer Ricky Knapp, who have also won this award. Tindell, a three-time ASUN player of the year, including 2016, finished her senior season at FGCU with 66 goals, including 14 in her final year for the Eagles. With her 66 goals, she ranks number one in...

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FGCU men’s basketball player, Norelia, signs overseas in France

Former FGCU ASUN Tournament MVP, Marc-Eddy Norelia, will begin his professional career in France with Caen BC. The Calvados are located in the Commune of Caen in Northwestern France and recently were promoted to LNB Pro B after a successful season a year ago. Norelia, who transferred to FGCU from Tulane after his freshmen year, finished with 1,084 career points at FGCU. He helped the Eagles defeat Fairleigh Dickerson in the NCAA tournament with 20 points back in 2016. Missing most of his senior year with a hand injury and personal reasons, he came back his senior year to...

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FGCU baseball is eliminated from the NCAA tournament with losses to Davidson and UNC

After defeating Michigan in their first-ever NCAA tournament game, the FGCU baseball team dropped their next two games, eliminating them from the NCAA tournament. On Saturday, the Eagles lost 2-1 to No. 4 Davidson and fell into the elimination bracket and then fell on Sunday 10-1 to finish the season. It was a battle of southpaws in the second game of the tournament as Josh Dye went up against Davidson’s Evan Roberts.  Both pitchers finished the game with eight innings pitched, but Roberts had the upper hand, allowing only one run compared to Dye who allowed two. “I thought...

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