MAAC Student-Athletes of the Week (12.31.12)
Release: December 31, 2012
Men's Basketball, Sr., G, 6-3, 180, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Central Florida
Canisius senior guard Isaac Sosa may only have one year on the Canisius roster, but he is making an impact in the 2012-13 campaign as the Golden Griffins have opened the year with a 9-4 record, with those nine victories marking the most for the program before Jan. 1, in 109 years of hoops history. Sosa, who played his first three collegiate seasons at Central Florida, sat out 2011-12 due to NCAA transfer rules, and since joining the team's active roster, he has quickly showed why he was one of the top 3-point threats in Conference USA.
Sosa has started all 13 Canisius games this season and currently ranks third on the team with his 11.7 points per game scoring average. After knocking down five 3-pointers at Detroit Dec. 30, the Guaynabo, Puerto Rico native leads the Blue and Gold with 39 makes from long range, where he's shooting 47 percent for the season. At Detroit, Sosa scored 17 points, with 14 coming in the second half, to help him reach the 1,000-career point milestone, counting his points from his time at Central Florida. He has scored in double figures nine times this season and knocked down a career-high eight treys in the Griffs' win over Longwood at home Dec. 17. A tireless worker on the court and in the weight room, Sosa also works hard in the classroom, as he currently holds a 3.85 grade point average as a finance major. He will graduate from Canisius in May.
Kate Conard - Marist College
Women's Swimming, Sr., 5-10, East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville
Conard continues to lead the Red Foxes and the MAAC as the preeminent women's distance freestyle swimmer. The two-time MAAC Most Outstanding Championship performer and current record-holder of the fastest 500-, 1000- and 1650-yd times in conference history is off to another great start to her senior season. Leading Marist to a 6-1 dual meet record, Conard has posted the fastest conference times in the 100- and 200-yd backstroke, 200- and 400-yd IM, and 500-, 1000- and 1650-yd freestyles, as well as the second-fastest times in the 50-yd back and 200-yd butterfly. Conard also excels in the in classroom, earning spots on the 2012 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District At-Large First Team and two consecutive MAAC All-Academic Teams. She is majoring in Psychology/Special Education.