Maroon Madness kicks off Basketball Season
By Nicholas Crispino
It was a special night for the Molloy Community as the Molloy College Athletic Department hosted Maroon Madness, on Oct 11, at the Quealy Gymnasium. The night represented the start of the 2013-14 basketball seasons and in spectacular fashion, the men's and women's basketball team were introduced in front of cheering fans, faculty, family, and staff.
"We're excited about Maroon Madness and I think it's the biggest event we can pull off around this time," said Director of Athletics, Susan Cassidy-Lyke. Celebrations began with a free buffet of food that was sponsored by Moe's Southwest Grill and after the Lion supporters found their seats, free t-shirts were thrown their way. Next was a performance by Molloy's dance team, and then the lights dimmed, music started playing, and when the smoke began to rise, each player and coaching staff was introduced on the court to a rounding applause. Asking some of the players what their thoughts are about Maroon Madness, senior John Petrucelli said, "It's a great night for the fans to come out and see a preview of the season to come." Senior Tyler Hammett also spoke, "It's to have fun with my brothers and to show everybody what we do each day."
Petrucelli and Hammett also commented on what they did to improve this offseason, for Hammett it was his conditioning, and for Petrucelli, it was his jump shot and dribbling to help him get to the basket. Women's sophomore player, Kimani Jackson, spoke about Maroon Madness, stating, "It's exciting and everyone to gets to know who I am." Senior Kelly Guerriero explained what Maroon Madness means to her, "fans can come out and see what our team will be like for the year." The night's events included a Slam Dunk contest, a 3-Point contest and performances by Molloy's dance team, cheerleading squad, and the Lioness Steppers.
The three-point contest consists of participants making as many three-point shots as possible in thirty-seconds. The challengers were from both the men's and women's basketball team and involved juniors Meghan Orlando and Matt McLeod, freshmen Charles Marquardt IV and Kevin Bowles, sophomores Alexia O'Conner and Brandon Williams, and senior Kelly Guerriero. The winner of the Maroon Madness 3-Point contest went to Williams with six three's, edging out McLeod and Guerriero who finished with five. In the final event, junior Miles Pendergast edged out Petrucelli in an unbelievable slam dunk contest to become the 2013 Maroon Madness Slam Dunk Champion. The contenders also comprised of sophomore Maurice Gatson, freshman Jaylen Morris, and senior Tyler Hammett. Overall, it was a great night to support the Molloy College Basketball program and kick-off the new seasons.