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Ewing, NJ... The College of New Jersey men’s soccer team pushed unbeaten #17 Montclair State to their limit, but the Red Hawks (8-0-1) knocked in a loose ball off of a corner kick with 4:16 remaining to edge the Lions 1-0.

TCNJ (3-3-3) played a balanced match and were in position to hand Montclair State its first loss of the season. After a scoreless first half, TCNJ had the better part of play for the majority of the second period. Sophomore Ray Nelan (Haddon Heights, NJ/Haddon Heights) and classmate Michael Recchia (Wayside, NJ/Ocean Township) spearheaded several offensive attacks, but the Lions had difficulty penetrating a strong Montclair defense led by sophomore Kevin Brown (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley).

With senior Matt Erny (Delran, NJ/Delran) injured and Adam Dorflinger (Seargentsville, NJ/Hunterdon Central) unavailable to play, the Lions had their hands full defensively with Montclair State leading scorer Michael Cullen (Clementon, NJ/Highland) and freshman Sean Tyree (Somerset, NJ/South Brunswick. Senior Anthony Staropoli (Raritan, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) dropped back from the midfield, and along with junior Mike Razzoli (Parlin, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy), junior Philip Cunha (Milford, NJ/Immaculata), kept both explosive players in check throughout the game. Cunha also made several productive runs out of the backfield that created scoring chances for TCNJ.

After a Red Hawk shot was deflected out of bounds, Tyree sent a corner kick to the far post. The ball was headed down in front of the goal mouth, and after a scramble, found the right foot of sophomore Mike Pytlar (Califon, NJ/West Morris) who deposited the game-winner.

Freshman Adam Friedman (Chester, NJ/West Morris Menham) had three saves for the Lions, while Teddy Ritter (Belford, NJ/Middletown North) needed only three stops to earn his eighth win of the season.

The Lions will look to bounce back when they host NJAC opponent Rutgers University-Camden on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. Montclair State will host conference foe Kean University on Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. and attempt to set an NCAA record by winning their 41st consecutive home match.


Geneva, NY...The College of New Jersey continued its run through the 2009 Wilson/ITA Northeast Regional Championship on Saturday as a handful of Lion women’s tennis players remained alive in the tournament.

TCNJ entered the middle of the two-day tournament hosted at William Smith College boasting three of the remaining eight doubles teams. The day got off to a good start as the tandem of Jackie Shtemberg (Franklin Lakes, NJ/Ramapo) and Felice Trinh (Linden, NJ/Linden) started with an 8-4 win over Alex Goodman and Danielle Shreck from the University of Rochester. The Lion duo then took on Skidmore College’s Danika Robison and Nataly Mendoza and posted an 8-5 triumph to move into the finals.

The pairing of Karisse Bendijo (Egg Harbor Township, NJ/Egg Harbor Township) and Allison Tierney (Berkeley Heights, NJ/Governor Livingston) won an abbreviated match against Dani Fancher and Laura Attley of Skidmore leading 3-0 before their opponents were forced to retire. In the semifinals, TCNJ’s pair then took on Lia Weiner and Frances Tseng of Rochester, falling to the Yellowjacket pairing by a tough 9-7 score.

Weiner and Tseng advanced to that match by beating TCNJ’s Lauren Balsamo (Wall Township, NJ/Wall) and Emily Petersack (Mercerville, NJ/Notre Dame) 8-3.
Shtemberg and Trinh hope to score some revenge for their teammates as they will face Weiner and Tseng in Sunday’s finals.
The top-seeded Shtemberg opened Saturday’s singles action with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Deborah Barany of Hamilton College and then edged Ithaca College’s Cristina Cruz by the scores of 7-6 and 6-1. Next up for Shtemberg is third-seeded Weiner from the University of Rochester.
Trinh won her first match of the day beating New York University’s Liz Stachtiaris 7-5 and 6-3. Trinh then fell to Weiner in the quarterfinals (6-1, 6-0) as she finished the tournament with a mark of 3-1.

Bendijo also started the day with a win knocking off second-seeded Frances Tseng from Rochester by the scores of 6-3, 6-3. She then took on Evgeniya Kim in the quarterfinals and eliminated the sixth seed and advance into the semis. She won the match 6-0, 7-5 and will take on Robison on Sunday with a spot in the finals on the line.

In the singles consolation bracket, Christie Pollin (Mendham, NJ/Gil. St. Bernards) had a big day beating Sarah Hollis from Ithaca College and Cristina Gray from The Sage Colleges by identical 8-0 scores. Pollin then beat Skidmore College’s Brittany Trimble 8-3 to advance into the semifinals.

Jacksonville Jaguars Sign Former RU Standout Courtney Greene

Cpourtney GreenePISCATAWAY, N.J. – Former Rutgers standout defensive back Courtney Greene signed a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday. Greene joined the 53-man active roster and joins two former RU teammates with the Jaguars – offensive lineman Cam Stephenson and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood.

Greene, a seventh round draft pick in the 2009 NFL Draft the Seattle Seahawks, becomes the 18th former Scarlet Knight currently active in the NFL.

Greene was a four-year starter for the Scarlet Knights, playing both the free and strong safety spots. He was a first-team All-Big East selection as a senior after finishing with 87 tackles and two interceptions and earned second-team honors as a sophomore as he led the team with four interceptions along with 82 tackles.

He earned Freshman All-America honors in 2005 after he started all 12 games and finished with 116 tackles.


GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University women’s soccer team had a 2-0 victory over William Paterson University in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game on Saturday.

Rowan improves to 6-1-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference. William Paterson has a 3-4-2 record and a 1-1-1 NJAC mark. This week, the Profs were ranked third in the South Atlantic Region and 23rd in the nation.

Profs’ forward Jess Babice (jr. Groveville, NJ/Steinert) recorded one goal and one assist. She leads the team with 20 points (nine goals and two assists). Forward Veronica Rhea (so. Pennsauken, NJ/Paul VI) added one goal.

Rowan took 22 shots, while William Paterson had three. Goalkeeper Sarah Volkomer (sr. Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) made two saves for her third shutout. Pioneers’ goalkeeper Meaghan Baker (sr. Rockaway, NJ/Morris Knolls) stopped eight shots.

After a scoreless first half, Babice put Rowan ahead 1-0 with an unassisted goal at 45:31. Rhea found the net at 60:38. Babice took a shot and Rhea knocked the rebound into the net.

Rowan hosts Richard Stockton College in a NJAC game on Wednesday, September 30 at 7 p.m.


GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University field hockey team came from behind to win 3-2 over Montclair State University in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game on Saturday.

The Profs trailed 2-1 going into the second half. Forward Lauren Ross (jr. Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester) tipped in a shot by back Sam Williams (jr. Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood) at 60:18 to tie the score. Forward Laura DiMenna (so. Glassboro, NJ/Glassboro) recorded the game winner at the 63rd minute. She knocked in a rebound after a shot by midfielder Jenna Lombardo (sr. Barnegat, NJ/Southern Reg.).

Rowan improves to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in the conference. This week, the Profs are ranked 10th in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Poll. Montclair State has a 5-3 record with a 0-1 NJAC mark.

Rowan took 14 shots and Montclair State had nine. In the Profs’ goal, Lisa Apt (so. Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest) made four saves. For the Red Hawks, goalie Megan Bosland (fr. Boonton, NJ/Boonton) stopped six shots.

In the first period, forward Nicole Valianti (jr. Oaklyn, NJ/Collingswood) gave Rowan a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal at 15:45. Forward Deana Hagel (jr. Fairfield, NJ/West Essex) tied it at one (25:00) when she scored on a rebound. Midfielder Melissa Buttray (sr. Lincoln Park, NJ/Boonton) made the score 2-1 at 26:25 with an assist from midfielder Chelsea Keelen (so. Middletown, NJ/Middletown S.).

Next, Rowan travels to Stevens Institute of Technology on Wednesday, September 30 for a 4 p.m. game.


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