March 13, 2012

Messinger, Milo claim UAA Athlete of the Week honors

WALTHAM, Mass.- Brandeis University juniors Zoe Messinger of Short Hills, N.J., and Steven Milo of Woodbury, N.Y., have earned University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week honors for the week ending March 11. Messinger was recognized for women's fencing, while Milo was a men's tennis honoree.

Messinger, who earned her second career UAA Athlete of the Week honor, had the Judges' best finish at the 2012 NCAA Northeast Regional meet at Boston College on Sunday, placing 11th overall. Messinger, whose best previous finish at regionals was a 17th-place finish last year, improved six spots in 2012. She was the 20th seed headed into the tournament this year. In her first round of competition, Messinger went 4-2, advancing in the 16th spot. She went 3-3 in the second round, edging two other fencers who went .500 with an even touch differential, to take the 12th and final spot in the final round. In the final bracket, Messinger registered two more victories, over fencers from St. John's and Boston College, to claim 11th place overall and one of two at-large considerations from the Northeast region for the NCAA National Collegiate Fencing championships, which will be held at the Ohio State University from March 24-27.

Milo, a captain of the men's tennis team, went 3-1 at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles for the Judges at the Middlebury Invitational. In a 6-3 win over UAA rival NYU, he won 8-2 in doubles action along with sophomore Josh Jordan of Northboro, Mass., and cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win in singles action, one of only two Brandeis players to win both matches. Against host Middlebury, ranked seventh in Division III by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, Milo picked up Brandeis's only point in an 8-1 loss with a 6-2, 6-3 over the Panthers' Alec Parower, the No. 11 player in the Northeast Region and No. 37 in the nation.

Overall this season, Milo is 5-1 in dual matches at No. 1, 2-2 at No. 2 doubles and 0-2 at No. 1 doubles, while the Judges have a 2-4 record in dual matches. Brandeis's next match is their home opener March 21 against cross-town rival Bentley College at 3 p.m.     

Messinger is a 2009 graduate of Millburn High School.

Milo is a 2009 graduate of Syosset High School.

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