Bits and Pieces
A few items that we caught juuuuust before they fell through the cracks.
The Cornell men’s basketball team was going to have an enormous Mason connection this season but it just got a little smaller. Former Mason assistant Bill Courtney took over as head coach this spring and he brought with him former Mason video coordinator Ricky Yahn and head coach Jim Larranaga’s son Jay as assistant coaches. Jay Larranaga, who coached the Irish National Team, has left the Cornell coaching staff to take over as the head coach of the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.
The BayHawks are affiliated with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors. Here is the press release with quotes from Larranaga and team owner Steve Demetriou. Perhaps Courtney can find another Mason connection to fill that open assistant coach position?
Back over to soccer.
Freshman forward Wesley Sever was named by College Soccer News as one of the nation’s top 100 freshmen. The native of Belleair, Florida was the Florida 2A Player of the Year last season and he participated in the U.S. U-18 National Team Camp. He has started five of Mason’s six matches this year and he has an assist.
And in alumni news, Jonathan Borrajo who played for the Patriots from 2005-08 recently signed to play in Europe. The former All-CAA midfielder who played 76 matches for Mason signed with HamKam of the Norwegian Second Division. Actually, that’s a shortened team name. The real name is Hamarkameratene. I’m not sure why they feel the need to abbreviate it. Anyway, Borrajo was played for Real Maryland in USL-2. Here’s their press release. I don’t speak Norwegian but it looks like HamKam is tops in the league.
Mason senior Kimmy Moss will provide the first women’s soccer player blog on Friday morning so keep an eye out for it.