NEW PALTZ, NY — Today we took a few moments to honor our eleven Hawk seniors as they play in their final regular season home game.
VIRGA – Our first senior is a Media Management major and hails from Farmingville, NY. He has been a staple in the Hawks bullpen over the past four years. He has 59 strikeouts in 65.4 innings of work, making 32 appearances on the mound. He is joined today by his parents Frank and Debra and his sister Jen. From Farmingville, #31 – Mike Virga.
DUCHIN — Our second senior is a graduate of Marlboro High School. He transferred to New Paltz from Dutchess Community College last season and has been an asset in the Hawks bullpen. In 2006, he made four appearances on the mound while striking out five batters in eight innings. He has seven appearances this year, earning a win against Crown College when he struck out five batters in four and half innings of work. The English major is joined by his grandmother Audry and his aunt Donna. From Marlboro, #21 Justin Duchin.
STITH – Our next senior is a graduate of Newfield High school. He has spent three seasons with the Hawks. In 2006 he led the team with six wins. He has a record of 11-7 on the mound, making 30 appearances. He has thrown 110 strikeouts in 109 innings of work. He is joined today by his parents John and Nancy. From Selden, NY #32 – Jeff Stith.
CADMUS – The next senior is a native of Hopewell Junction. He transferred to New Paltz last season from Dutchess Community College. In 2007, he was named a first team All-SUNYAC selection as he batted .328 with 38 hits. Over the past two years he has started 63 of the 67 games he has played in, totalling 68 hits , 38 runs and 54 RBIs. The physics major is joined by parents Maria and Lamont. #28 – Alex Cadmus
MARSH – Our next senior has been a staple at the shortstop position for the past two seasons after transferring from Dutchess Community College. He has started all 75 games over the past two years, totalling 124 putouts and 171 assists. In a Hawk uniform he has hit .328 over the past two seasons with 90 hits, 60 runs and 34 RBIs. The elementary education major is joined by his parents John and Marie and his siblings Josh and Justine. From Marlboro, NY – #6, Jesse Marsh.
PAINO – Our next senior hails from Poughkeepsie, NY and is a history education major. He transferred from Dutchess Community College and made an immediate impact as a Hawk. He was a first team All-SUNYAC selection in 2007, batting .328 with 45 hits. In two seasons he has started all 75 games in the outfield, making 143 putouts. Today he is joined by his mother Teresa and grandparents Judith and Richard. From Poughkeepsie, #22 – Kevin Paino.
POTTER – This next senior is a native of Pine Plains and transferred to New Paltz last season. He quickly emerged as a threat on the mound and was named second team All-SUNYAC in 2007 after leading the conference with 59 strikeouts. In addition he was selected to the 2007 ABCA All –Region second team. He is second on the career chart with 133 strikeouts and second in season strikeouts with 74. He has thrown 133 innings in 19 appearances with a record of 12-4. The English/Creative writing major is joined today his mother Barbara and his grandma Catherine. From Pine Plains, #7 – Zach Potter.
ROSENGREN – Our next senior hails from White Plains, NY. He has spent four years as a Hawks, and this year made a move to the outfield from the pitching mound. In three years on the mound he threw 31 strikeouts in 58 innings with a record of 4-3. This season as an outfielder he has played 21 games, starting 17 of them. On the season he has 21 runs and a team high 18 walks. The Mathematics Major is joined by his parents David and Donna. From White Plains – #13, Neal Rosengren.
LOPEZ – Our next senior hails from Seldon, NY. Over the past four years as a Hawk he has played in 117 games, starting 97 of them. He has totalled 78 hits, 45 runs, 84 putouts and 169 assists in his career. Today the Communication Major is joined by his parents Javier and Evelyn. From Selden, NY – #1, Javy Lopez.
HELF – Our next senior is an Electrical engineering major and hails from Peconic, NY. In four seasons with the Hawks he has played in 99 games, totalling 62 hits, 32 RBI, 327 putouts from behind the plate with 43 assists. On the season he is hitting .309 on 21 hits in 68 at bats. Today he is joined by his parents John and Laura and his brother John. From Peconic, NY – #15 – Rob Helf.
CHAPUTIAN – Our final senior hails from Sea Cliff, NY and has been an asset as a utility player. In four seasons as a Hawk, he has started 47 of the 85 games he has played in. In his career he has 43 hits, including a walk off single to defeat Brockport last season, 23 RBIs and has plated 32 runs. The Organization Communication major is joined by his parents Mary Jo and Bob. From Sea Cliff, NY – #14, Doug Chaputian.
Ladies and Gentlemen: your 2008 Hawk seniors!