St. John’s alum helps US win fifth medal
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Dagmara Wozniak
Dagmara Wozniak
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• St. John’s alum Dagmara Wozniak led the U.S. Women’s Saber team to a bronze medal at the Senior World Championships in Moscow. Wozniak teamed up with Mariel Zagunis, Ibtihaj Muhammad, and Eliza Stone to finish on the podium for the fifth-consecutive year.

Wozniak helped the squad become one of the most dominant and decorated teams in USA Fencing history, as they have now piled up four third-place finishes (2011-13, 2015) and one first-place finish (2014) in the past five years.

In the bronze medal final, Team USA fenced Poland – a team that upset France, the 2014 Senior World silver medalists. Team USA won six of the first eight bouts against Poland to give Wozniak a 40-32 lead going into the anchor bout against 2007 Senior World individual bronze medalist Bogna Jozwiak. Wozniak gave up just one touch and Team USA concluded the Senior Worlds with a 45-33 win.

• Called into action by the New York Red Bulls for a clash against Chelsea as part of the International Champions Cup, former Red Storm players Danny Bedoya and Jamie Thomas helped the MLS side defeat the defending English Premier League champions by a 4-2 margin on July 22.

The match marked the senior team debut for Bedoya and Thomas, who were both called up from the New York Red Bulls II of the United Soccer League (USL). Bedoya started the match, while Thomas came on as a second half substitute.

Bedoya and Thomas are just two of four former St. John’s players associated with the New York Red Bulls. Rafael Diaz also plays for the New York Red Bulls II, while Connor Lade plays for the MLS squad.

Bedoya has scored one goal in 16 games, 10 starts, for NYRB II (7-7-4), while Thomas has seen action in 13 games, including 11 starts. Diaz has made four appearances, two starts, and is 1-0-1 with one shutout and a 0.89 goals against average.

In his fourth season with the MLS squad, Lade has made five appearances, four starts, for the Red Bulls (8-6-5).

• The all-time leading rebounder in St. John’s Women’s Basketball history, Amber Thompson has signed a contract to play for New Basket ’92 Oberhausen e.V. in Germany’s First Division.

“It means so much for me to have this opportunity to play professional basketball overseas,” said Thompson.

Thompson closed out a storybook career at St. John’s this past spring, a tenure that saw Thompson’s teams reach the postseason in all four of her campaigns.

Thompson made her mark on the St. John’s record book during her time in Queens, etching her name in more than a few places.

In addition to being the first player in program history to surpass the 1,000-board mark, Thompson also holds the top two spots on the school’s single-season rebounding list.

As a senior, Thompson led the Big East in rebounding and ranked 18th in the nation overall in that category.
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