Manley's journey falls short; Jayne's DIII effort pays off

Gary Pinneo
Mary Mary Jayne, a PYA graduate playing for Monroe Community College, was named to the Second team NJCAA DIII All American Team.

The Duke Blue Devil Men's Lacrosse team dropped a 10-9 decision to Johns Hopkins in the semi-finals of the NCAA Lacrosse Final four played in Foxborough,Mass. this past weekend. 

The loss eliminated the Dukies from the tourney and short-circuited their run for a lacrosse national championship. 

Generally this news is something you would look for in the national press or on ESPN's Sportcenter.  But this year the Blue Devil's run for the crown had significant local interest.

Penn Yan Academy graduate and former Mustang lacrosse super star Michael Manley plays for the Duke team.  He is a long stick on the Duke defense and played an important role in helping the Blue Devils win the Atlantic Coast Conference title and secure a #1 seed in the Final Four Tournament.  Manley had an outstanding freshman season for Duke.  He was named the ACC Freshman of the Year. 

For five years, Michael Manley dazzled local lacrosse fans with his aggressive, highly skilled, energetic game.  He led Penn Yan  to five consecutive successful seasons. 

When Michael headed off to Duke this past Fall, there were a goodly amount of local lacrosse fans who became instant Duke fans. 

They followed his freshman year in Durham very closely.  A large contingent of fans journeyed to Cornell last weekend to watch their favorite son's team advance to the Final Four. 

They were hoping that Memorial Day on Monday would feature a national championship for the Penn Yan native.

 It had happened once before when Pat Couvegan was on a national championship team at Syracuse in the 1990's. But as Yogi Berra once uttered, "Reality sometimes can be so real!"  Duke lost in the semi-finals to Johns Hopkins.  A showdown on Monday with Syracuse was not to be.  But not to dispair, Michael Manley is only a freshman.  As they used to chant in Brooklyn, "Wait ''til next year!" 

 Congratulations, Michael on a fantastic year. You can be sure there will be a bunch of Penn Yan faithful that will looking for you next Memorial Day on television.

MARY JANE NAMED TO SECONC NJCAA D-III All-AMERICAN TEAM

Penn Yan Academy graduate and Lady Mustang softball standout Mary Jayne was named to the NJCAA D-III All-American team last week.  Jayne, a sophomore at Monroe Community College, is a member of the Lady Tribune Softball team that recently won their third consecutive national championship in Rochester, Minnesota last week.   Jayne is an infielder for the Tribunes. This year at Monroe Community College she had 177 at bats with: 78 singles, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 32 RBI’s, scored 43 runs and carried a batting average of .441. During their run for the National Title, MCC won their first game, but dropped their second game in the double elimination tournament. They had to fight their way out of the loser’s bracket and win the next 5 in a row to capture the title with a 12-4 win over Brookdale Community College.

KELLY LICKERT SELECTED TO ALL REGION TEAM

Kelly Lickert, a member of the Limestone College Women's Lacrosse team, was named to the Intercollegiate Women's Coaches Association All Southern Region team for 2008.  She had an outstanding year with the Lady Saints leading the team in scoring with 32 goals and 33 assists.  Lickert was named to the First Team All Conference team and was also Conference Player of the week in April 2008. 

She will be on a select team that will represent the United States in a tournament in Melbourne, Australia this spring.