By Shoshanah Marcus, News Editor
In a recent poll posted on D3hoops.com on March 1, 2021, the Yeshiva University Maccabees men’s basketball team made program history by earning the fourth rank in the top five Teams of the Week.
The YU Maccabees men’s basketball team extended their winning streak to 35 games in their recent win against the University of Saint Joseph. In D3hoop.com’s weekly honor roll poll, senior forward Gabriel Leifer’s (YC ‘21) performance in the game against the University of Saint Joseph earned Yeshiva University a spot in the top five Teams of the Week. According to D3hoop.com, “Leifer averaged 17 points, 15 rebounds, and nine assists as Yeshiva extended their winning streak to 34 games. Against St. Joseph’s (Conn.), he just missed a triple double, with 13 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists. He also had four blocks in the game and led the defensive effort.”
The 35-game winning streak for the YU Maccabees men’s basketball team is groundbreaking. According to an article posted by the YU Maccabees on March 2, this streak is the “third-longest unbeaten streak in Division III men’s basketball history.”
This ranking, however, is not only historic for the YU Maccabees men’s basketball team, but it is also record breaking for the senior forward, Gabriel Leifer. “Leifer is just the fourth men’s basketball player, and seventh overall, in the 24-year history of D3hoops.com to be named to its Team of the Week in four separate seasons,” explained the YU Maccabees article.
The YU Maccabees men’s basketball team is set to play the Stevens Institute of Technology, a fellow reigning NCAA Tournament team on Monday evening at Canavan Arena.