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Bernard Roberson, 75, of Galloway, formerly of Woodbine
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Friday College Sports: Results for Rowan, TCNJ, Rider, Rutgers


YORK, PA – The Rowan University women’s volleyball team lost two matches on the first day of the Spartan Invitational hosted by York College (PA).  In the first match, Rowan was defeated, 3-0 by Lebanon Valley College.  The Profs lost the nightcap, 3-0 to York.

Rowan has a 5-6 record.  The two day competition continues on Saturday, September 26.  Rowan plays McDaniel College at noon and Messiah College at 4 p.m.

Lebanon Valley (12-1) won with set scores of 25-17, 25-17 and 25-22.  For Rowan, outside hitter Katie Havlicek (fr. Midland Park, NJ/Immaculate Heart Academy) recorded 14 kills, 10 digs and two service aces.  Libero Casey Roselle (jr. Sparta, NJ/Sparta) added 19 digs and one ace.  Setter Chrissy McKay (sr. Paramus, NJ/Paramus) registered 24 assists and six digs.  Defensive specialist Sarah Betancourt (so. Harrington Park, NJ/Northern Valley Old Tappan) chipped in with 13 digs and two service aces.

Against York (9-4), Havlicek posted eight kills, 10 digs and one block.  Middle blocker Chelsea Bowman (sr. Penns Grove, NJ/Park Bible Academy) contributed with seven kills, two service aces and one solo block.  Opposite Megan Mondelli (fr. Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) compiled 10 digs and two aces.  McKay tallied 18 assists, 11 digs and one kill.


Wayne, NJ... The College of New Jersey field hockey team worked overtime and then some as the Lions extended their New Jersey Athletic Conference winning streak to 19 straight as they edged host William Paterson 1-0 in penalty strokes on Friday.

After 100 minutes of scoreless play, the Lions cashed in on their strokes winning 2-0. Junior Kellyn Riley (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) and freshman Jillian Nealon (Whitehouse Station, NJ/Hunterdon Central) each scored during strokes.

Sophomore goalie Shannon Syciarz (Garwood, NJ/Arthur L. Johnson) made three stops to garner her third shutout of the season and also denied the Pioneers on all four of their penalty strokes.

The Lions continue NJAC play on Friday, October 2 heading to Montclair State University for a 6 p.m. start with the Red Hawks.


SAN ANTONIO, TX – The Rowan University men’s soccer team had a 1-0 victory over Southwestern University on Friday night.  The game was played at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.
Rowan improves to 5-2-1, while Southwestern has a 4-4 record.  After a scoreless first half, Profs’ forward Frank Renna (so. Paramus, NJ/Paramus) had an unassisted goal at 73:36.  It was his first goal of the season.
Southwestern took 25 shots, while Rowan had nine.  Profs’ goalkeeper Charlie Cunliffe (jr. Lakewood, NJ/Lakewood) made nine saves for his second shutout of the year.  Goalkeeper Nick Pierce stopped one shot for the Pirates.
Rowan faces Trinity University (TX) in San Antonio on Saturday, September 26 at 8 p.m.


YORK, PA – The Rowan University women’s volleyball team lost its first match, 3-0 to Lebanon Valley College at the Spartan Invitational.  The event is hosted by York College (PA).
Lebanon Valley improves to 12-1, while Rowan has a 5-5 record.  At 9 p.m. on Friday, Rowan plays York.  Earlier on Friday, Lebanon Valley had a 3-1 victory over McDaniel College.

The Dutchmen won with set scores of 25-17, 25-17 and 25-22.  For Rowan, outside hitter Katie Havlicek (fr. Midland Park, NJ/Immaculate Heart Academy) recorded 14 kills, 10 digs and two service aces.  Libero Casey Roselle (jr. Sparta, NJ/Sparta) added 19 digs and one ace.  Setter Chrissy McKay (sr. Paramus, NJ/Paramus) registered 24 assists and six digs.  Defensive specialist Sarah Betancourt (so. Harrington Park, NJ/Northern Valley Old Tappan) chipped in with 13 digs and two service aces.

TCNJ Lions Wallace Tops All Division III Runners at Mainline Invitational


Rider's Schneider Named NEC Rookie of the Week

LAWRENCEVILLE-Freshman Marlaine Schneider of the Rider University field hockey team was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week for all games played September 14-20 it was announced Monday afternoon.

"This weekend was a great weekend for Marlaine in both games," said head coach Lori Hussong.  "We are really pleased with her progress."

Schneider, a 5-7 forward out of Neshaminy High (Feasterville, Pa.), scored one goal each in Rider road wins at Appalachian State and Radford.

Against Radford on September 20, Schneider scored on a rebound 4:59 into the second overtime to break a scoreless tie and preserve Rider's undefeated start at 7-0.  Schneider took eight shots in the game while logging 80 minutes of playing time.

At Appalachian State on September 19, Schneider scored the fourth goal of the game as the Broncs opened up a four-goal halftime lead in a 6-0 win.

Overall, Schneider has three goals and an assist (seven points) and has started all seven games.

"With each game, Marlaine is improved tremendously," Hussong added.  "She is getting used to the pace and intensity of the game and she is going to be a fantastic player by the time her career is done at Rider."

Schneider is the third Bronc in the first four weeks of the season to claim the NEC's rookie award, joining Ellie LaBar (Oaklyn/Collingswood) (September 7-13) and Jackie Adams (Medford Lakes/Shawnee) (August 24-August 30).

Through Sunday, Rider is one of only seven undefeated teams in Division I including North Carolina (9-0), Maryland (8-0), Virginia (8-0), Connecticut (7-0), Stanford (7-0) and Cornell (6-0).

In the 10 seasons under Hussong, this is the 30th time that Rider has had a conference Rookie of the Week honoree.

The Broncs host West Chester on Friday at 4:00pm.

Men’s College Soccer
Rider’s Tramontana Honored by MAAC

LAWRENCEVILLE-- Senior Nico Tramontana of the Rider University soccer team was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week for all games played September 14-20.

In Rider’s only game last week, a 2-1 victory at the University of Delaware, Tramontana (Vineland, N.J./Sacred Heart) scored two goals to lead Rider to its second consecutive win.

Tramontana scored 27 minutes into the game to give Rider a 1-0 lead, and scored again in the tenth minute of the second half to break a 1-1 tie.

The 6’0”, 175 pound midfielder had four of Rider’s eight shots. Tramontana, last season's team MVP, now has 12 career goals.

Rider hosts Army September 30.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The No. 17/20 Rutgers women’s soccer team (8-1-1, 2-0 BIG EAST) earned the top spot in the BIG EAST National Division Friday, as the Scarlet Knights defeated the Georgetown Hoyas (7-2-1, 1-1 BIG EAST), 1-0, on North Kehoe Field. Junior Ashley Jones (Feasterville, Pa.) scored her eighth goal, fourth game-winner, in six-consecutive games for RU.

“We played very well today against a very good team,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “Georgetown may be the best opponent we have faced so far this year. Ashley has been so composed in the box for us this year. She gets in close to goal, and has been so dangerous. It is an attitude and a mentality. It was important we got the first score and set the tone. Our defense really neutralized the Georgetown attack.”

Ashley JonesJones wasted no time keeping her streak alive, as she scored the game-winner 13 minutes into the game. The speedy forward stole the ball from Georgetown defender Norah Swanson and sent a rocket past GU netminder Jackie Desjardin to the bottom right corner of the net.

Jones now paces the team with 19 points on the season – all coming in the last six games. The Feasterville, Pa. product also stands in a tie for fifth in the single season charts with four game-winners in 2009.

RU nearly went up 2-0 at the 19th minute as the Scarlet Knights netted a goal against Desjardin, but the squad was called offsides.

RU allowed just six shots all game, two of which were on goal. Senior goalkeeper Erin Guthrie (Sparta, N.J.) stopped both shots, earning her sixth clean sheet of the season and extending her position as the all-time shutout leader with 39 overall.

The RU defense held GU’s top three scorers – who came into the game with a combined 15 goals – to a combined three shots, just one of which was on goal. GU’s Ingrid Wells, who came into the game tied with Jones for second in the BIG EAST with 17 points, took just two shots.  ­

Offensively, the Scarlet Knights took 10 shots, five of which were on target. Redshirt freshman Stefanee Pace (Kearny, N.J.) took two shots on goal, as well as Jones. Junior Karla Schacher (Tofield, Alberta) had one opportunity.

Georgetown took four corner kicks to Rutgers' two.

The Scarlet Knights return home Sunday, Sept. 27 to face Villanova. Game time is 6 p.m. and the game will be shown on Verizon FiOS on tape delay.


Geneva, NY...The College of New Jersey women’s tennis team had an impressive opening day at the 2009 Wilson/ITA Northeast Championships on Friday as the Lions had all three doubles teams advance to the quarterfinals and three individuals remain alive in the championship bracket.
Tournament action resumes on Saturday with singles playing starting in the morning and the doubles competition picking up in the afternoon. TCNJ boasts three of the final eight teams in the doubles bracket.

The tournament opened with singles play and top-seeded Jackie Shtemberg (Franklin Lakes, NJ/Ramapo) got off to a fast start for TCNJ as the senior beat University of Rochester’s Alex Goodman by the scores of 6-0, 6-1. Shtemberg then handled Chelsea Ott from Moravian College by the score of 6-3, 7-6 to advance into Saturday’s action against 11th-seeded Deborah Barany of Hamilton College.

Fifth-seeded Felice Trinh (Linden, NJ/Linden) breezed past Hunter College’s Stephanie Smith in her opening match by the scores of 6-0, 6-1. She then played a familiar face in the second round taking on teammate Lauren Balsamo (Wall Township, NJ/Wall). Balsamo started with a 6-2, 7-5 win against St. Lawrence University’s Elizabeth Greer, before Trinh won the contest between the two Lions, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

Trinh will next face 16th-seeded Liz Stachtiaris from New York University in the round of 16.
Ninth-seeded Paige Aiello (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) coasted past The College at Brockport’s Katelyn Richenberg in the first round before retiring with an injury in the next round against Moravian College’s Jamie Fein.

Freshman Karisse Bendijo (Egg Harbor Township, NJ/Egg Harbor Township), who is seeded 12th, started the tournament with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over Skidmore College’s Brittany Trimble and followed that up with 6-3, 6-3 victory against Gabriela Murphy-Goldberg from Mount St. Mary College.

Next up for Bendijo is second-seeded Frances Tseng from Rochester.
Christie Pollin (Mendham, NJ/Gil. St. Bernards) fell to Hunter’s Evgeniya Kim in the opening round by the score of 6-0, 6-1.

The Lions were perfect in doubles play as the top-seeded tandem of Shtemberg and Trinh cruised past Hamilton College’s Alex Arenson and Laura Brantley by the score of 8-0 and then disposed of Christy Alexander and Kelli Williams from Richard Stockton College.

Fourth-seeded Bendijo and Allison Tierney (Berkeley Heights, NJ/Governor Livingston) started with an 8-0 win over St. Lawrence’s Shannon Murphy and Elizabeth Edgar and then got to a 3-0 against a team from NYU before the Violet duo was forced to retire.

Sixth-seeded Balsamo and Emily Petersack (Mercerville, NJ/Notre Dame) claimed an 8-0 triumph against SUNY New Paltz’s Montana Wilson and Kayla DiPaulo and came right back to beat a duo from Hunter College by the count of 8-4 and advance into the quarterfinals.

The Wilson/ITA Northeast Women’s Championships at William Smith features the top NCAA Division III schools in the region. The singles and doubles champions from the tournament advance to the ITA National Small College Championships at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala., Oct. 15-18. 

The ITA National Small College Championships began in 1986 and annually crowns men’s and women’s singles and doubles national champions in each of the ITA’s four small college divisions (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College). These championships are the only national tournaments for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA level, and the only tournaments that combine the levels of Junior/Community Colleges (NJCAA and the California schools). Participants are determined through these Wilson/ITA Regional Championships, which serve as qualifying tournaments. The national champions from each division square off in the “Super Bowl” of Small College Tennis to determine the overall ITA National Small College Champions (who then earn berths into the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, a Division I event, in November). 

As the governing body of collegiate tennis the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit presented by the USTA, and the Campbell/ITA Rankings for men’s and women’s tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship.

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