Monday, April 15, 2013

Which of the following recorded the most notable performance in the A-Sun during the month of March?

 Crons sponsors the monthly "Achiever Award," which is presented to the school recognized by a fan vote for the most notable achievement from the month prior. Below are the descriptions of each submission, along with the poll in the right-hand sidebar.

FGCU Men’s Basketball
In just its second year of postseason eligibility and second year under head coach Andy Enfield, FGCU’s historic run in the month of March started by posting three straight double-digit wins at the Atlantic Sun Tournament as the No. 2 seed. That culminated with an 88-75 win over No. 1 seed and host Mercer in the championship game to earn the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. 

Just being at the tournament for the first time wasn’t good enough for the Eagles, as they defeated Big East member and South Region No. 2 Georgetown in the second round in Philadelphia, snapping an 11-game NCAA Tournament losing streak for the A-Sun. 

FGCU clinched its place in NCAA history and established itself as the Cinderella of the tournament in the third round, as it became the first No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to advance to the Sweet Sixteen with an 81-71 victory over No. 7 San Diego State. 

The triumph over the Aztecs stretched the Green and Blue’s win streak to seven games – a program D1 record – and improved them to 6-0 in March while becoming the first team since the 1987 Florida club to win its first two NCAA Tournament contests.

Stetson Women’s Basketball
The Stetson women's basketball team capped off their most successful season in school history with an amazing run through the Atlantic Sun Conference championship.

In the quarterfinals, Stetson's three all-conference performers combined for 53 points as the second-seeded Hatters survived a hard-fought battle with seventh-seeded ETSU 66-55.

Stetson then advanced to its third straight Atlantic Sun Conference championship game by defeating tournament host Mercer, 67-52, in the A-Sun semifinals.

In the title game, Stetson rallied from a 15-point second half deficit to shock top-seed and previously undefeated FGCU, 70-64, capturing the conference championship and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

The Hatters were selected as a no. 14 seed and played third-seeded and 11th-ranked UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Championship in Columbus, Ohio. It was Stetson's third NCAA tournament appearance overall, and second in the last three years.

Stetson finished the season with a school-record 24 victories.

Britt Orashen, Jacksonville Women’s Lacrosse
Britt Orashen led the Jacksonville women’s lacrosse team to a dominating 5-1 record during the month of March. 

Behind the play of Orashen, the Dolphins outscored the opposition an average of 17.33 to 7.17 per game. The junior attack played a large role accounting for 15 goals, three assists, 24 ground balls, 20 draw controls and six caused turnovers. 

During the first ever A-Sun women’s lacrosse game on March 30 against Kennesaw State, she racked up four goals on five shot attempts while recording four ground balls and three draw controls.

Kristen Sturdivant, Lipscomb Softball
Sturdivant led the Lady Bisons in the month of March with a .419 batting average, which included five home runs and 13 runs batted in. She was pivotal in the three-game sweep of Florida Gulf Coast with her hitting and fielding.

For the month her slugging percentage was .837 and her on-base percentage was .510.

In the 7-5 win in the third game of the FGCU series, Sturdivant led all hitters with three hits, including a pair of solo home runs. She also led the Lady Bisons with three runs batted in.

Additionally, Sturdivant's nine total bases in the third game with FGCU on March 30 is the highest total base total in a conference game.

McKenzie Woody, Mercer Softball 
Woody batted .453 in the month of March with 34 hits in 22 games to lead the Bears, and currently leads the nation in hits (69). McKenzie also leads the A-Sun in hits, runs scored (42) and triples (4).

Woody has recorded 24 multi-hit games out of a possible 46 outings, and she is currently riding a six-game hitting streak.  She has also enjoyed a 13-game hitting streak.

As the Official Motivation and Apparel Brand of the Atlantic Sun Conference, Crons sponsors the monthly "Achiever Award" to recognize what A-Sun fans deem the most notable performance from each month.

The Crons Brand provides what it calls “high quality motivational apparel, merchandise, and accessories to inspire people to get better and constantly strive for their goals.” It also strives to reinforce positive messages to athletes about what it takes to be a winner and the importance of working harder than anyone else in order to reach their full potential.

Crons communicates this message through four separate product categories: Team Gear, Lifestyle Apparel, Nutritional Products, and School Programs. Crons is a national brand with its message-themed and motivational merchandise and apparel already in use by more than 500 schools and organizations in 25 states. 

Crons perpetuates its message through its Achievers Program, designed to teach students the importance of setting and achieving goals. The program focuses on fostering skills that will help young people set smart, measurable goals now and in the future – leading to academic, personal and professional success.

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