FONSECA IS ECAC METRO CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR; SCHETTINO AN ALL-STAR

It has been exactly a month since the College of Staten Island men’s basketball team securing its second-straight ECAC Metro NY/NJ Championship, and today the team accepted another pair of ECAC citations.  Junior Will Fonseca, a D3hoops.com and DIII News third-team All-America, took home Metro Co-Player of the Year honors, a distinction he will share with Richard Stockton College’s Josh Blamon, and sophomore Frank Schettino earned a Metro NY/NJ all-star selection, placing on the second team.

Fonseca, the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Player of the Year, led the country and broke Staten Island’s single-season scoring record this season with 732 points over 28 games played. The Staten Island native also led the nation with 26 double-doubles this season, along with 278 total field goals made. Fonseca wrapped up his outstanding junior season by leading the Dolphins to the ECAC Division III Metro Men’s Basketball Championship. En route to claiming the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Award, Fonseca scored a career-high 41 points and hauled in 13 rebounds in a double-overtime triumph over New York University in the title game. Fonseca was also named ECAC Division III Metro Player of the Week four times this season. In addition to the ECAC honors, Fonseca was also named an NABC regional first-team all-star.

Just as dynamic in the backcourt was CSI sophomore Frank Schettino, who led the nation in total assists this season with 228, breaking his own school record of 222 posted last season.  Schettino averaged a healthy 17.0 points per game, and led the team with 58 steals.  The first-team CUNYAC all-star posted eight double-doubles, and amassed 13 assists on two separate occasions, good for second-highest all-time in CSI single-game history.

“I felt I had a good season,” said Schettino when he heard the honor come from the ECAC.  “I am proud of being named an ECAC all-star, but the focus will be on getting more consistent and work hard to improve no matter how much success we had.  We had a young team this past year and we know we still have a way to go.”

The Dolphins posted a 20-9 season this year, masking the sting of a CUNYAC Quarterfinals loss to York College with their second-straight ECAC Championship via the win over NYU, their third title in program history.

“Winning the ECAC Championship was special, because we really wanted to win it this year,” commented Schettino.  “We wanted to prove that we could play and beat any team we faced.  Our goal was to win a CUNY Championship and we came up short, so to step up the way we did is something I am really proud of and I know it will help us in the future.”  
 

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