TROJAN NOTEBOOK: ABCA selects 3 UMO players

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GREENSBORO – Three University of Mount Olive players received either first- or second-team honors on the 2022 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Division II All-Region list.

Trojan second baseman Jack Casbarro was named to the first team, while third baseman Aiden Cottle and designated hitter Vito Patierno each drew a nod on the second team.

One of five players to start all 54 games, Casbarro batted .345 with 77 hits, 15 home runs and 60 RBI. He successfully stole 33 of 36 bases and logged a team-best slugging percentage of .610.

A Southern Wayne alum, Casbarro was named a third-team All-American by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association.

Patierno logged a .344 average with 72 hits, five homers and 48 RBI. He also started all 54 games for UMO, which reached the Conference Carolinas championship game.

Cottle hit .344 with 67 hits and a team-leading 61 RBI.

Duo selected

SPARKS, Md. – University of Mount Olive student-athletes Chaija Olsson and Meaghan Michaud played for the South team in the 2022 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Star game contested Sunday.

A two-time Conference Carolinas defensive player of the year, Olsson recorded a team-high 66 draw controls, caused 26 turnovers and picked up 30 ground balls. She anchored a Trojan defense that allowed just 39 goals in league play.

Michaud, a senior from New Hampshire, collected 65 points on 51 goals and 14 assists. She averaged 2.68 goals per game.

The Trojans (14-5 overall) won the regular-season and tournament crowns for the second consecutive year.

UMO honored

The University of Mount Olive men’s lacrosse team received the Messick Sportsmanship Award for the 2022 Conference Carolinas season.

The award is presented annually to the member institution judged to have exhibited the highest degree of sportsmanship and respect among its players, coaches and fans during regular-season play.

The winning institution is recognized for its overall commitment to providing a quality playing environment for home and visiting fans, players and staff members.

“Over the last few years, we have had outstanding leadership from our captains and upper-class student-athletes – one consistent message has been to always respect the game, your opponent, your teammates and yourself,” said UMO head coach Mike Murphy. “Receiving positive feedback from our peers by earning the team Messick Sportsmanship Award is something that makes our coaching staff proud.

“As a team, we will continue to strive to do our best in respecting the game, our opponents, officials, teammates and ourselves. Thanks goes to our graduating class of upperclassmen who did a great job in reminding our team to stay focused, stay positive and stay respectful.”

UMO concluded the year 10-6 and reached the Conference Carolinas tournament championship game. Murphy picked up career win No. 100 on senior day against Lees-McRae.

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