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LoHud featured Lacrosse Coach Tom Mariano in "Major League Lacrosse: Life in the bubble was filled with twists and turns"

07/28/2020

LoHud featured Lacrosse Coach Tom Mariano in "Major League Lacrosse: Life in the bubble was filled with twists and turns"

Tom Mariano stopped home only long enough to check in with his family through a screen door, then headed for a hotel to begin 10 days of isolation.

An untimely turn of events inside the Major League Lacrosse bubble over the weekend almost derailed the abbreviated season and inspired the Chesapeake Bayhawks head coach to proceed with an increased level of caution. Health protocols were triggered Saturday after a team member reported feeling symptomatic.

“I think at that point, every one of us was convinced that we had it,” Mariano said.

Tests of players and personnel revealed three positive cases on the Bayhawks.

Chesapeake quickly decided to withdraw from the semifinals along with the Connecticut Hammerheads, forcing the MLL to cancel the semifinals. The Boston Cannons also had five players leave ahead of a 13-10 win over the Denver Outlaws in Sunday’s championship game.  

It made this blur of a season even more frantic.

“A lot of people have died from this and that was my only concern,” said Mariano, who is also the head men’s lacrosse coach at Pace University. “I supported the players on this. I gave them all of the information we had and they made the decision not to play. We felt we were going to win the whole thing, but this was bigger than lacrosse. I’m proud of these guys. We came in as a team and we left as a team.”

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News12 featured Athletic Director Mark Brown in "NE10, ECC suspend all athletic competitions for the rest of year due to COVID-19"

07/22/2020

News12 featured Athletic Director Mark Brown in "NE10, ECC suspend all athletic competitions for the rest of year due to COVID-19"

The East Coast Conference and the Northeast-10 Conference both decided to cancel all athletic competitions through the end of the calendar year, a decision athletic directors say is seen as the safest and smartest moving forward due to the pandemic.

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Baltimore Sun featured Pace Lacrosse Coach Tom Mariano in "Kew explodes for six goals to lead Bayhawks past Barrage"

07/20/2020

Baltimore Sun featured Pace Lacrosse Coach Tom Mariano in "Kew explodes for six goals to lead Bayhawks past Barrage"

Major League Lacrosse unveiled a significant rule change because of the coronavirus. Team benches were on opposite sides of the field, which was expected to impact substitution strategy. Mariano, who is also head coach of the Pace University men’s lacrosse program, could get used to the format.

“I’ll be honest, I loved it. I think it’s something everyone should do — high school, college. It eliminated some of the (trash-talking) between the two sidelines,” he said. “If you work hard, you’re going to get transition. With the old rules, if you sprinted off, you got no break. With this format, if you sprint off, you can gain a numbers advantage.”

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Patch featured Pace University in "Pace To Start Classes In August; No Fall Interscholastic Sports"

07/20/2020

Patch featured Pace University in "Pace To Start Classes In August; No Fall Interscholastic Sports"

As Pace University prepares to reopen its three campuses, the athletic department has had sad but unsurprising news: outside intercollegiate athletics competition has been suspended through Dec. 31.

"I know how disappointing this is for our student-athletes, coaches, staff and our community," Pace University Director of Athletics and Recreation Mark Brown said Thursday in an announcement to the school community. 

Pace classes begin in Pleasantville and New York City Aug. 24. Classes at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains will also start Aug. 24, though the part-time flex option begins Aug. 22.

The college's plans are in line with the phased reopening guidance for higher education issued by New York State, from managing campus space to monitoring the community's health and establishing social expectations. Find the full return plan details.

"We know that the new semester will be unlike anything that has come before," President Marvin Krislov said in a letter to the Pace community.

The school is starting classes early to complete in-person instruction by Thanksgiving break, with the end of the semester, including exams, conducted remotely and finishing on Dec. 6. That should avoid having students disperse across the country and then return to campus, potentially contributing to the spread of the coronavirus.

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News12 featured Football Coach Andy Rondeau in "Pace coach keeps team unified during pandemic, protests"

06/05/2020

News12 featured Football Coach Andy Rondeau in "Pace coach keeps team unified during pandemic, protests"

News 12's Pete Ruf speaks with Pace University football coach Andy Rondeau about his job and responsibilities moving forward.

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Press Release: PACE HOSTS PRIDE HOOPS WITH LGBTQ COMMUNITY

02/12/2020

Press Release: PACE HOSTS PRIDE HOOPS WITH LGBTQ COMMUNITY

Pace Celebrates Its Diversity and Inclusion

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (February 12, 2020) – Pace University hosted its annual LGBTQ Pride Hoops Night during the men's and women's basketball games on Tuesday, Feb. 11, versus Southern Connecticut.

As part of the festivities, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members turned out for the doubleheader inside the Goldstein Fitness Center, which marked the fourth Pride Hoops Night as the Pace Athletics Department teamed up with the LGBTQA Center to celebrate the Pace community's inclusiveness and diversity.

“I am extremely proud of the leadership exhibited by our students and our community with respect to this initiative,” said Pace’s Director of Athletics, Mark Brown. “Pace University is a place that celebrates and embraces everyone and truly values the richness that a diverse and inclusive population adds to our community.”

Halftime of each game featured drag performances by Flower Tortilla (Pace University alum and drag queen) and Ms. D. Carter (Pace staff member Suede Graham). Free t-shirts were also given to the first 500 fans in attendance.

Rachel Simon, Interim Director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs who runs the LGBTQA Center at Pace’s Pleasantville campus, is excited about the event’s continued growth and success each year.

"Now that we're in our fourth year of Pride Hoops I can really see its impact,” Simon said. “We have community partners here interacting with a wide range of Pace students. It is wonderful to see so many rainbows and feel the support for the LGBTQA community at an event with such broad attendance and appeal. It is also nice to have a Pace staff member and a Pace alum perform in drag this year!"

Numerous groups, both on campus and from the local community, helped make the event possible, including:

-Pace University Athletics

-Pace University Center for Community Action & Research

-Pace University FIRE (Fighting Ignorance and Rape through Education)

-Pace University LGBTQA Center, PLV

-Pace University Office of Multicultural Affairs, PLV

-Pace University POWER (Partnership of Women for Empowerment and Respect

-Pace University Pride at Pace Student Club

-Pace Women's Justice Center

-Hillels of Westchester

-Jacob Burns Film Center

-The Loft LGBT Community Center

-Planned Parenthood

-Prideworks for Youth

-Stonewall Hudson Valley Democrats

About Pace University Athletics
Pace University is an NCAA Division II member of the Northeast-10 Conference that sponsors 14 intercollegiate sports, along with cheer and dance teams and a Pep Band.  In 2018-19, Pace student-athletes posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.26. In addition, four Setter teams— baseball, field hockey, and men's and women's swimming and diving —earned NE10 Academic Excellence Awards in recognition of achieving the highest GPA in their respective sports. In competition, Pace teams won over 60 percent of their contests this past year and have made 17 NCAA appearances since 2011. In 2015-16, the department unveiled a multi-million dollar facility upgrade that includes two new turf fields. In addition, the new state-of-the-art 14,010 square foot Ianniello Field House recently opened with new locker rooms, new strength and conditioning facilities and a sports medicine component.

About Pace University

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains. www.pace.edu.

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