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December 2018 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Monday, December 31, 2018



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           Dor Saar, University of Maine

Maine Matches School-Record with 16 Three-Point Field Goals in Win at UNC

Black Bears pick-up their third-straight victory


Chapel Hill, N.C. -- Five Black Bears posted double-digit scoring totals and Maine matched a school-record with 16 three-point field goals in an 85-73 road win at North Carolina on Sunday afternoon. The victory extended Maine's win streak to three and improved the Black Bears to 5-2 on the year.

Maine's 85 point total marked its most against a Division-I opponent since tallying 87 against New Hampshire on Jan. 29, 2015.

Blanca Millan posted her 18th, 20-plus scoring performance with a team-high 21 points, going 8-for-17 from the field, to go along with a season-high seven steals. Tanesha Sutton added 17 points, eight boards and four steals while Dor Saar (Ma'anit, ISRAEL) chipped in 15 points and matched a career-best with nine assists. Parise Rossignol added 14 points and Kelly Fogarty hit four three-pointers for 12. Maeve Carroll was a force inside, totaling a career-high 11 boards in the win.

Maine's offense was on fire from start to finish as the Black Bears went 30-for-61 from the floor including an impressive 16-of-33 from three-point range. Maine assisted on 24 of its 30 field goals, its highest assist total of the season and most since a 25 assist effort last February against New Hampshire.

The Black Bears started quick, racing out to a 7-0 lead on a triple from Saar just 2:16 into the first period. North Carolina, forced to call an early timeout to stop the Maine momentum, settled in following the break and fought back to tie the game at 18-all entering the second quarter.

The Tar Heels kept charging, taking a three point lead with 7:57 left in the half. However, a triple from Fogarty knotted the score as Maine would began a 22-7 sprint to close the half. Three-point field goals from Millan, Sutton and Saar would come as part of an 11-0 Maine run, extending the Black Bears' lead to nine. The lead reached double-digits (11) on a three from Rossignol before Fogarty closed out the half with another triple.

Maine would lead, 44-32, entering the half.

North Carolina cut the lead to eight but Maine would answer, ending the third period on a 7-0 run when Carroll's buzzer-beater extended the lead to 17 after three.

Maine continued to roll, building its largest lead of the afternoon when a three from Saar made it 68-47.








DAVIS, Calif. -- Senior utility Ido Goldschmidt became the first UC Davis men's water polo player to garner All-America honors for four straight years, as the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches announced its year-end honors Monday afternoon. The cognitive science major from Herzliya, Israel, captured second-team distinction from the ACWPC, marking the highest status ever bestowed upon an Aggie player.

Goldschmidt previously earned third-team distinction in 2016 and 2017, plus honorable mention as a freshman in 2015.

The 2016 and 2018 Western Water Polo Association Player of the Year scored a team-high 51 goals with 29 assists for 80 total points in his final season. He tallied 11 hat tricks for the year and had another five games with at least three assists, including a career-high five dimes against California on September 6. Goldschmidt also became just the third player in the program's modern era (1993 to present) to amass 200 career goals, finishing with 211 overall, and wrapped up as the school's assist leader at 153.

No other player in program history had ever won All-America honors for more than two years. The list of Aggie multiple All-Americans consists of Goldschmidt, Aaron Salit (2010, 2011), Nick Arrigo (2006, 2007), Mike McGee (2006, 2007), Patrick Jacobson (2004, 2005), Lance Campbell (1999, 2000), and Kevin Loscotoff (1999, 2000).

Furthermore, no Aggie male had earned higher than ACWPC third-team status. Goldschmidt won it as a sophomore and junior, while Salit (2011), Arrigo (2007) and McGee (2007) each achieved the feat once. (Note: the ACWPC began honoring a separate Division II All-America team in 1996, although D-III and D-II players remain eligible for the main All-America teams.) In fact, between the UC Davis men's and women's programs, the only other player to garner higher than third-team accolades was Christi Raycraft, who picked up second-team acclaim in 2008. UC Davis went 18-8 in 2018, finished second in the WWPA and ranked 10th in the final Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 20 Coaches' Poll.

                       Daniel Cukierman, University of Southern California    

College Kids Impress at Israeli National Tennis Championships 

December 2018 - A total of four Israeli tennis players that play college tennis or are bound for college tennis ended up making their marks at the recent Israeli Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships held at the Jerusalem Tennis Center December 15-21.  Daniel Cukierman (above), current #8 ranked in NCAA singles, won the Israeli Men’s title, while Maayan Sela and Shiran Arol Wiegand won the women's doubles tournament at the Israeli Championships. Maayan plays for the University of Hawaii and Shiran will start school next September at UMass Amherst. Yannai Barkai, who is headed for NC State next month, lost in the men’s semis. Congratulations to all of you!     



 Arad Mishkal, Mercer Country Community  College                   Oz Daniel, University of San Francisco


Israeli athletes Arad Mishkal (basketball) and Oz Daniel (tennis) will start school in January 2019, joining Ilana Tetruashvili (Louisiana Tech), Yannai Barkai (NC State) and Gal Rubanenko (Arizona State and profiled in the November 2018 TIB newsletter).  Arad will join the team mid-season at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey, while Oz starts school at the University of San Francisco.  Best of luck and have a great semester!



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