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LOCAL COLLEGE NOTEBOOK / Molloy's Scarinci Stealing the Spotlight

Consider Mike Scarinci a first-rate thief with the legal

mandate to continue such actions.

Molloy's senior shortstop has stolen 29 bases in 30 attempts this season

for an alarming 96.7-percent success rate.

His swipe of second base after a single to lead off the bottom of the first

inning against Felician (N.J.) on March 19 gave Scarinci the NCAA Division II

career record with 189 steals. By the way, he stole third base several pitches

later and scored on a sacrifice fly, a true display of small ball and

manufacturing runs. For his career, Scarinci has 194 stolen bases in 216

attempts (89.8 percent).

Scarinci broke the previous record of 188 set by Greg Sims of St. Leo

(Fla.) in 1988. Sims needed 186 games to set the mark 14 years ago. Scarinci

slid in to the top spot in just 143 games.

Scarinci, who is hitting .408 with 29 runs for defending NYCAC champion

Molloy (13-6, 4-2), needs 13 more steals to break the NCAA career record of 206

set by Wichita State's Phil Stephenson from 1979-82. Molloy has 27 games left

in the regular season.

He Shoots, He Scores

Kevin Pall is picking up where he left off last season for the men's

lacrosse team at Stony Brook University. Pall, who led the nation in goals per

game in 2001, scored four times against Lafayette on March 20, making him the

second player to eclipse the 100-goal plateau at SBU.

The senior is up to 110 goals after games against Navy and Binghamton and

is three shy of breaking Courtney Wilson's school record set from 1994-97. Pall

leads the nation with 26 goals and 3.71 goals per game for Stony Brook (4-3,

2-1 America East).

Pall, an All-America candidate, was named conference player of the week

Monday, and freshman teammate Steve Conlon won his second straight rookie of

the week award.

Go Figure

When sophomore Angel Figueroa, a native of Puerto Rico, came stateside to

play for the Dowling men's basketball team, few people in the NYCAC knew what

to expect.

After Figueroa scored 26 points in each of his first two games, opponents

figured things out. He's a player. The only thing opposing coaches couldn't

decipher was a way to stop him.

The 6-5 forward averaged 26.2 points - tops in Division II - and earned

Daktronics third-team All- America honors. Aside from being one of two

sophomores selected to any of the three teams, Figueroa was the first player in

Dowling history to receive the award.

His 654 points set a single-season record for Dowling (14-13). He also set

the single-game school record for points with 48 against Concordia on Feb. 20.

Panthers at the Met

Though its magical season ended in Springfield, Mass., one game shy of the

Elite Eight, the Adelphi women's basketball team continues to rack up awards.

Kim Barnes-Arico was named coach of the year by the Metropolitan Basketball

Writers Association on Monday, and junior forward Alexis Seeley was named to

the All-Met team for the second straight season. Seeley averaged 12.3 points,

5.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals this season for the Panthers (28-3).

Molloy's Mary Harrison and Dowling's Zulmary Andino were also named to the

All-Met team.

Flood Moves South

After five years as offensive line coach at Hofstra, Kyle Flood resigned

last week to accept a similar position at Delaware.

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