With NCAA Division 1 tournament selections set for Monday afternoon, this week is filled with conference tournaments and the announcement of postseason awards. There was no shortage of hardware to pick up for New England’s teams.
Harvard’s Jake Suddleson (Ivy) and Fairfield’s Jack Gethings (MAAC) earned Player of the Year in their respective conferences, while the Crimson’s Bill Decker and Bryant’s Steve Owens (Northeast) are both Coach of the Year. Owens is now a five-time Coach of the Year, while senior Steve Theetge is the program’s sixth consecutive Pitcher of the Year. Bryant took home multiple Northeast Conference honors for the eighth straight season.
Suddleson and senior first baseman Patrick McColl were a dynamic power duo in the middle of Harvard’s lineup. The junior outfielder, the first Crimson to be named Ivy Player of the Year since 1999, drove in 36 of his program-record 53 runs during league play. His 1.33 RBI per game stacks up eighth in the nation.
A .373 hitter during his senior campaign, Gethings — the first-ever Stag to be named MAAC Player of the Year — earned the honor unanimously. The Williston Northampton alum is also the first player in program history to record an 80-hit season, and set the career record in that category on the final day of the regular season.