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SFC gives update on new sports facility

Terrier teams to move from Remsen to Livingston Street

May 4, 2022 John Torenli, Sports Editor
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Though its only half a mile from its previous location in Brooklyn Heights, the St. Francis Brooklyn athletic department is hoping for a world of change and improvement when it moves its various programs into the Franciscan school’s new campus digs on Livingston Street.

“Our senior staff, coaches, SFC stakeholders and community partners have been hard at work to chart a course for the next chapter of the Athletics Department as the College moves its operations to the Wheeler Building in the fall,” said SFC Athletic Director Irma Garcia.

Though the teams will finish the spring semester on the traditional Remsen Street campus, Garcia shared the exciting vision of state-of-the-art athletic facilties at the school’s new location last month at a town hall meeting.

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“I want to assure you that all of our teams will have a home away from home during this period with the full support of the Athletics Department and the entire College,” she noted.

“With five of our sports teams already operating with off-campus facilities, we are well-prepared for this change at St. Francis College.”

Livingston won’t be the immediate home for a handful of other programs once the new school years begins in September.

“Our women’s volleyball and men’s water polo teams will conduct their full seasons during the fall semester in the Genovesi Center and Aquatics Center,” Garcia noted, citing the programs that will remain on campus.

“Men’s and women’s soccer will continue to practice and play their games on Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, and will continue using their spaces on Remsen Street throughout the season,” she added.

The Terriers have been a mainstay on Remsen Street since 1963.

Moving, albeit a short distance, is still something that Heights residents have to embrace before SFC moves into its new home.

“We are working with our community partners to ensure our student-athletes, coaches and staff have access to the highest quality spaces, equipment and venues to compete at the highest level,” Garcia said.

“Likewise, we continue to work diligently to find a new, permanent home for SFC Athletics. Your continued support and patience is appreciated as we navigate this complex process. I will work to bring you more details soon.”

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Danielle Guzzardi struck out nine, but the Brooklyn College women’s softball team was eliminated by Lehman Tuesday in the CUNYAC play-in game. Photo courtesy of BC Athletics

In other local college sports news, the Brooklyn College women’s softball team saw its season come to an end Tuesday with a 6-0 loss to Lehman in the CUNYAC Championship play-in game.

Seeded fifth, the Bulldogs (6-21) doubled their win total of a season ago before bowing out to Lehman, which officially punched its ticket to the double-elimination tournament at Brooklyn College Field on Friday morning.

Freshman starter Danielle Guzzardi gave up two runs on four hits and struck out nine for BC, which struggled mightily at the plate against Samantha Nazar, who struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings.

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Nyara Sabally was selected fifth overall by the Liberty in the 2022 WNBA Draft, but she will not play until next year after undergoing knee surgery. AP Photo by Adam Hunger

On the pro scene, the New York Liberty revealed Tuesday that Nyara Sabally, the No. 5 pick in this year’s WNBA Draft, will miss the entire 2022 season while recovering from successful Osteochondral Autograft Transplantation (OCA) on her right knee at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Performed by team orthopedist Dr. Riley Williams, the procedure will allow Sabally, a University of Oregon alum, to begin rehabilitation immediately so she can make a full recovery for next year.

“Further updates will be provided as appropriate. Out of respect of her privacy, Nyara will not be taking media interviews,” the Liberty said in a team-issued statement.

The news comes just ahead of Saturday’s season opener at Barclays Center vs. Connecticut and after New York announced last weekend that veteran center Kylee Shook would also miss the campaign for personal reasons.


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