Julie Gawronski Union
Sophomore Goalie (Dunkirk, NY)
Posted her seventh career shutout with a six-save performance against Rochester in a 2-0 victory that kept the Dutchwomen undefeated at 5-0-0.
UCAA Special Teams
Performer of the Week
Cliff Eisenhut Union
Senior Place kicker (Mohawk, NY)
Eisenhut scored 13 points and had the game-winning field goal with 27 seconds left in the game in Union's 19-16 win over WPI. In the game he kicked field goals of 42, 31, 37 and 38 yards (38 yarder was game-winner) and added a PAT. So far this year he is seven of nine with two PATs to lead the team with 23 points (out of a total of 41 points).
Sophomore soccer goaltender Julie Gawronski (Dunkirk, NY) and senior football placekicker Cliff Eisenhut (Mohawk, NY) joined the growing list of Union student-athletes who have been recognized by the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association for their outstanding performances. In the first two weeks of the season, junior football tailback Chris Nappi (Scotia, NY), senior soccer forward Corinne Hennessy (Mahopac, NY) and sophomore soccer forward Erika Eisenhut (Mohawk, NY) all captured weekly conference awards for their individual performances.
Now in its eighth year as a conference, the UCAA introduced, for the first time, an all encompassing web site. The conference's sports information directors have teamed with Tim Danehy to put together an informative and easy to navigate site. Besides a daily up-do-date scoreboard for every sport, the site contains photos, statistics, standings and links to each of the member schools. Each week players from the 10 member schools nominate players who have produced solid performances during the previous week's contests. The “best of the best” are then selected as “Players of the Week” and are eligible to contend for the weekly ECAC “Player of the Week” awards.
As each of the three seasons nears its conclusion, student-athletes from each of the member schools are nominated for All-Conference honors as well as for the circuit's All-Academic team.
While all of this has been going on for the past seven seasons, this year and for years to come the UCAA web site will provide interested parties with a quick and easy access.
Union College as a whole and Union College athletics in particular, lost a dear friend and supporter in August with the passing of Joe Milano, Class of 1936. Joe and his wife, Betty, had celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary four days before his passing. Joe was 90.
Born and raised in Schenectady, Joe was a three-sport standout at Union. Captain of the basketball team, he was also a key member of the football and track teams. As a senior at Union, Joe was asked to come out for the lacrosse team where he was promised a starting role. A top performer for the track team, he opted to stay with that squad during his final term.
“One of the few regrets I have regarding my undergraduate days at Union was that I didn't play for the lacrosse team during the spring term of my senior year,” Milano had told friends. “I would have been one of the few who would have started for four different teams at Union.”
Joe and Betty, who could, and did, sit on their front porch and watch Union's tennis teams compete, were
often seen at various athletic events. Joe's love for Union went a lot deeper than athletics. He was an ambassador for the College in every respect. Visitors often commented about the Union memorabilia that decorated his home. Scrap books, old photos and a large collection of curling pins were some of the favorite Union College items on display.
Past president of the Union College Alumni Association, Joe was the recipient of the Alumni Medal for Meritorious service to the college. Betty would often speak lovingly about her rivalry with Union when it came to Joe's love.
Like so many of those who have left us, Joe will be remembered and revered by those who had the privilege to know him.
In the summer of 2003, the women's soccer team traveled to England to play various soccer clubs and tour the country. It has now become a tradition that every three years the team travels to a new place in Europe for this wonderful opportunity, allowing each player on the team to be on at least one trip during the course of their Union College soccer career. This summer the seniors, juniors, and sophomores traveled to France, Italy, and Switzerland for 11 days before returning to Schenectady for preseason and to meet the incoming freshmen, who will travel to a different place in Europe during the summer before their senior year in 2006.
Tickets to the Second Annual Union College Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner are now on sale. Union will introduce the 2003 inductees at a dinner on Thursday, October 16. The evening will begin with a one hour reception at 6:30 followed by the induction ceremony.
Union, which last year opened its Hall of Fame by inducting Sigmund “Sig” Makofski (Class of 1926), Ken Whalen ('49), Tim Tedisco ('72), Rich Romer ('88), and Robin Romer-Chudy ('92), will induct six members this year, three posthumous and three living.
Greg Olson ('67), Bob Moffat ('78) and Julie Benker ('93) will be inducted along with posthumous members George Daley (1892), Ralph Semerad ('35) and Sam Hammerstrom ('40).
Cost for the event will be $60.00 per person. For more information or to order your tickets, please contact the Union College Department of Athletics at 518-388-6134.