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COLLEGE SPORTS: News for Saturday

TCNJ EDGED BY LATE GOAL 1-0

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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.

LION NETTERS CONTINUE RUN AT ITA REGIONALS

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.

ROWAN WOMEN’S SOCCER BLANKS WILLIAM PATERSON, 2-0

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.

ROWAN FIELD HOCKEY COMES FROM BEHIND TO WIN 3-2

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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