The La Roche College Men’s Basketball Team was ranked 1st in the NCAA Division III Middle Atlantic Region standings posted on February 28th.
The Redhawks finished the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 25-3. La Roche faced Wittenberg College in the NCAA Tournament and fell 74-68.
The Redhawks’ Season
The Redhawks fell early in the NCAA Tournament first round to Wittenberg College 74-68. La Roche trailed by as many as 22 points in the second half and 16 points with ten minutes left in the game before making a 9-0 run.
Wittenberg responded with a 4-0 run of their own. Both teams went back and forth before Wittenberg made their free throws to guarantee the win. Wittenberg made 22 of 29 free throws, including 14 of 19 free throws in the second half. Despite the loss La Roche outrebounded Wittenberg 40-35 and had five Redhawks finish with double-digit scoring.
Although the season ended prematurely for the Redhawks they can still be proud of accomplishing a 25-win season, and both the AMCC regular season and tournament champions. Interim Head Coach Harry Jenkins leads the Redhawks but needs Nate Wojciechowski, Laron Mann, and Mike Dixon to be successful.
About The Team
Interim Head Coach Harry Jenkins was recently named Head Coach of La Roche. Jenkins took over as head coach after Scott Lang passed away on December 10, 2010. Jenkins has been the top assistant for the past two seasons.
He guided La Roche to a 25-3 record, their second AMCC Conference championship, and their first ever NCAA Tournament selection. Before coming to La Roche, Jenkins was the head basketball coach at Fox Chapel Area High School for 25 years, and assistant coach at Fox Chapel for 10 years prior. Scott Lang and Jenkins were named the AMCC and D3Hoops.com Mid-Atlantic Coaches of the Year this season.
Senior Nate Wojciechowski was named the AMCC Co-Player of the Year and All-AMCC First Team. He was also named to the D3Hoops.com All-Middle Atlantic Region Third Team and ECAC Division III South Region Second Team. He averaged 13.9 points per game and hit 69 three pointers this season. Senior Laron Mann was named to the All-AMCC Second Team.
He averaged 11.8 points per game, 4.1 assists per game, and 3.4 rebounds per game. Junior Mike Dixon was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and All-AMCC Third Team. Dixon averaged 11.1 points per game, 3.2 assists per game, 7.4 rebounds per game, and 1.9 steals per game.
About The School
La Roche College is located in Pittsburgh, PA and offers outstanding academic excellence combined with all the advantages of small classes and personal attention from faculty. There are over 1,300 students with a 12:1 student-faculty ratio.
La Roche offers over 50 majors of study and 30 student organizations. In addition to this there are also ways to give back to the community, such as participating in spring break trips to help hurricane victims or planning a conference on global issues with involvement by United Nations representatives.