Rayven Johnson, Basketball
NJITâ€™s first-team all-conference senior Rayven Johnson was named tournament Most Valuable Player after leading all players on both teams with 20 points and 18 rebounds. Johnsonâ€™s 18 rebounds were the most for an NJIT player in the programâ€™s Division I era, which began in 2006-07.
NJIT defeated top-seeded regular season champion Utah Valley in a wire-to-wire 52-42 win Saturday for the championship of the 2013 Great West Conference womenâ€™s basketball tournament held at the Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center on the campus of Chicago State University
2011-12: Great West Conference first-team honoree. Finishes her junior season at NJIT leading the team in points (334, 11.5ppg), rebounds (232, 8.0) â€“ a new NJIT Division I single season record and shares the lead with Nwankwo with (29) steals. Named the GWC all-tournament team. Scored in double-figures in 20 out of 29 contests (season-high 26 points vs. New Hampshire) and registered eight double-doubles. GWC Player of the Week (Jan. 4, Jan. 24, Feb. 22)
2010-11: Started every game but one (27). All-Great West Conference honorable mention. Second leading scorer on the team with (299 points, 10.7 ppg) and (172 rebounds, 6.1 rpg). Established a new program Division I record for three-point baskets made with nine vs. Houston Baptist on January 15, 2011. Shot 9-for-11 on threes and 10-for-13 overall, finishing with 30 points. Johnson was one of nine players in Division I to make 9 3-pointers in a game in 2010-11 (most in the nation for the season) Scored in double-figures 15 times with a career-high 30 points vs. Houston Baptist (1/15/11). Posted three double-double games (11p, 11r at Manhattan 12/1/10; 10p, 10r at Brown 1/6/11; 12p, 11r at North Dakota 2/26/11).
Mark Leiter Jr., Baseball
Mark Leiter, Jr. was NJITâ€™s stopper for a second straight weekend, earning a win after the team had lost its previous two, this time with a 7-inning effort in a comeback win over Sacred Heart.
Leiter pitched the first seven innings, allowing eight hits and three runs (two earned), with five strikeouts and three walks.
Sundayâ€™s win marked the second time in as many weekends that Leiter served as a stopper. Last weekend, NJIT lost two games to Presbyterian before Leiter answered with a 1-0 win in the final game of the series. This weekend, the Highlanders lost their first two games, to Fordham and Saint Peterâ€™s, repectively, before another strong start by Leiter righted the ship.
Summer 2012: Ranked 19th as top pro prospects in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Leiter ranked eighth among right-handed pitchers. P record, some eight full games ahead of second-place Glens Falls. Amsterdamâ€™s league-record 35 wins and .745 winning percentage earned it recognition as the third-best college summer league team in the country. Leiter appeared in five games for the Mohawks, all starts, and posted a 3-0 won-lost record with a stellar 1.55 earned run average. In 29 innings, he allowed just 15 hits, holding opponents to a .160 batting average. He struck out 32 and walked 13, allowing just two doubles and a triple among the 15 hits. He had been a PGCBL all-star in 2011, as well as earning all-Great West Conference honors in 2011 and NJCBA all-rookie honors in 2010.
2012: Ranked second on the team with a 3.56 ERA. Posted a 5-7 overall record and 3-2 in Great West play. Pitched 93.2 innings while striking out a team-leading 95 batters. Leiter pitched three complete games and one shut-out. Struck-out a season-high 11 batters vs. NYIT on May 17th.
Summer 2011: First-team all-PGCBL (Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League) for the Amsterdam MoHawks. #9 prospect chosen by Baseball America in the PGCBL. Started 10 games finishing the season with a 2.67 ERA. Recorded a 4-3 record with one shutout (8-0 vs. Elmira Pioneers; July 14) and 74 strikeouts (which led the league) in 54 innings pitched.
Courtesy of NJIT Athletics