EVENTS HELD SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2013
Bricker named Defensive Player of the Week by NJAC
Ewing, NJ … Senior Nick Bricker (Middletown, NJ/Middletown South), a linebacker for The College of New Jersey football team, was selected as the New Jersey Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the season opener against Ursinus College.
Bricker registered a game-high 17 tackles in the contest, more takedowns than any other defensive player in the conference. Of those tackles, 11 were solo which is also tops in the NJAC.
In the fourth quarter of the game against the Bears, the Lions staged a late comeback. After scoring a touchdown to make it a 28-13 game, the defense held Ursinus to just five yards on three plays. Bricker had a hand in each tackle, including a solo tackle on third-and-five for no gain which forced Ursinus to punt.
TCNJ scored on its next possession, but came out on the short end of a 28-20 decision to the Bears.
The selection marks the fourth time in Bricker’s career that he has earned defensive player of the week honors. He was also an All-NJAC First Team selection in 2011 and 2012.
The Lions return to action on Friday night in their home opener against FDU-Florham. Kickoff is slate for 7 p.m. in Lions’ Stadium.
ROWAN FOOTBALL DROPS SEASON OPENER AT DELAWARE VALLEY
DOYLESTOWN, PA - Delaware Valley College outscored Rowan University 35-7 for a 35-27 win in the season opener for both teams. Rowan led 20-0 at the half and 27-7 after three, but could not stop Delaware Valley in the fourth quarter.
Rowan quarterback Paul Hamersma (so., Tenafly, NJ/Tenafly) was 25 of 41 for 270 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Ed Eisenhart (jr., Mullica Hill, NJ/Clearview Reg.) caught nine balls for 101 yards and a touchdown, while running back Withler Marcelin (so., Ocean Twp., NJ/Ocean Twp.) ran the ball 20 times for 89 yards and a touchdown. Defensive End Josh Popper (jr., Egg Harbor Twp., NJ/Holy Spirit), defensive end Chris Alvarez (jr., Cliffside Park, NJ/Cliffside Park) and outside linebacker Dominic Caruso (sr., Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) led the Prof defense with eight tackles each.
Delaware Valley quarterback Aaron Wilmer (jr., Phiadelphia, PA/George Washington) went 19 of 30 with two touchdowns. He also ran the ball 15 times for 44 yards and a touchdown. Darren Parrott (sr., East Orange, NJ/West Windsor Plainsboro North) ran 16 times for 59 yards and a touchdown, while wide receiver Rasheed Bailey (jr., Philadelphia, PA/Roxborough) made seven catches for 138 yards and a touchdown.
Rowan won the toss and got the ball to start the game. The Profs went 75 yards in 12 plays, capped off by a one yard run by Marcelin for a 7-0 lead. That was the only scoring of the first quarter. The big play on the drive was a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Delaware Valley that led to a first down inside the 15 yard line for Rowan.
The first 13-plus minutes of the second quarter went scoreless, but with 1:22 to play, Hamersma found Eisenhart for a 38-yard touchdown pass and a 14-0 lead. The drive was nine plays and 90 yards. Wideout Russ Forchion (so., Clementon, NJ/Hammonton) had a big 26-yard catch that turned a third and long into a first down during the drive.
With 34-seconds to go in the second quarter, defensive back and co-captain Mike Ruopli (sr., Jameburg, NJ/Monroe Twp.) intercepted a pass from Wilmer to give Rowan the ball on the Aggies five-yard line. On first down, Hamersma found wide receiver Todd Guillaume (so., Irvington, NJ/Immaculate Conception) for a five-yard touchdown. The extra point was no good and Rowan led 20-0 with 30-seconds on the clock in the first half. On the first play following the kick-off, Anthony Verrilli (jr., Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) recovered a fumble inside the Delware Valley 40-yard line. The Profs attempted a 45-yard field goal which was blocked, but went into the break with a 20-0 halftime lead.
Hamersma was 18 of 24 for 151 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Marcelin had 13 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown, while Eisenhart had five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown. Alvarez and Caruso each had five tackles to lead the Prof defense. Wilmer was 9 of 14 for 79 yards and a pick for Delaware Valley. He also ran the ball seven times for 21 yards.
With 6:07 to play in the third quarter, the Aggies got on the board after a three-yard touchdown run by Parrott. Running back Michael Weber (jr., East Brunswick, NJ/East Brunswick) put Rowan back up by three scores after a two-yard touchdown run and a 27-7 lead. Running back Chris Smallwood (jr., Philadelphia, PA/Upper Moreland) scored on a two-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 27-13 at the 12:53 mark of the fourth quarter. The Aggies then cut the advantage to six as Rasheed Bailey caught an eight-yard touchdown pass with 8:13 to play, making the score 27-21.
At 4:02 of the fourth, Delaware Valley took the lead as Wilmer found wide receiver Lewis Vincent (sr., Bensalem, PA/Bensalem) for an eight-yard touchdown and a 28-27 Aggie lead. On the ensuing possession Hamersma threw his only pick of the day and the Aggies had the ball at the Prof 15 yard line. On Delaware Valley's second play from scrimmage, Wilmer scored on a 13-yard run to put the Aggies up 35-27. Rowan turned the ball over on downs on its next possession and Delaware Valley ran the clock out for the win.
Rowan will play its home opener at Coach Richard Wackar Stadium next Saturday as they host Framingham State University at 1pm.
LASALLE DEFEATS UMASS/LOWELL
PHILADELPHIA - Senior Olivia Shoemaker (Telford, Pa./Souderton) drained two goals as the La Salle field hockey team defeated UMass Lowell 3-0 on Sunday in the Explorers' home opener. Senior Mariel Papa (Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional) added a goal and La Salle keeper Lisa Shaffer (Hershey, Pa./Lower Dauphin) stopped 12 shots in the win.
28:57 - Olivia Shoemaker (Olivia Leaman, Juliana Carfagno)
57:48 - Mariel Papa (unassisted)
63:29 - Olivia Shoemaker (Abbey Lawrence)
La Salle: 1-3
UMass Lowell: 0-3
ROWAN MEN’S SOCCER DEFEATS GWYNEDD-MERCY IN THE SECOND ROUND OF THE KELLY’S SPORTS LTD./ROWAN INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University men’s soccer team won 1-0 over Gwynedd-Mercy College in the second round of the Kelly’s Sports Ltd./Rowan Invitational Tournament on Saturday night. Rowan is now 3-1, while Gwynedd-Mercy is 0-4.
Rowan scored the only goal of the game at 20:18 of the first half as midfielder Shane Kohler (jr., Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central Reg.) scored unassisted after a throw in by forward/midfielder Dylan Smith (sr., Hamilton, NJ/Steinart) and a scramble in front of the net. Goalie Ryan Gill (sr., West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) made one save to earn the victory.
Rowan will return to action on Wednesday night for the New Jersey Athletic Conference opener against Montclair at 7 p.m.
In the game prior, The College of New Jersey shut out Farmingdale State College, 5-0. The College of New Jersey was named the tournament champion, which was decided by goal differential.
Angelo Viteritti Farmingdale State
Rich Mychack Gwynedd Mercy
Christian Pembroke Gwynedd-Mercy
Ryan Gill Rowan
Bryan Kahn Rowan
Dave Schwartz Rowan
Dylan Smith Rowan
Sean Casey TCNJ
Nick Costello TCNJ
Greg Kaye TCNJ
Most Valuable Player
Kevin Shaw TCNJ
La Salle VB: Explorers Drop Twin Bill in Second Day of Greyhound Challenge; Perillo Named to All-Tournament Team
BALTIMORE - The Explorers entered the second day of the Greyhound Challenge knowing that they were to face a couple of difficult matchups against Delaware Blue Hens and UMBC Retrievers. The team hoped they could build upon the improvements they made in the second half of yesterday’s match against Loyola (Md.). Unfortunately, the matchups proved to be too tough for the Explorers, as they dropped both matches in straight sets.
Kelly Perillo enjoyed another strong day of play, accumulating 20 kills and 15 digs. She was named to the All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of today’s action, the second time she’s earned the honor in as many tournaments.
The Explorers started the day with a late morning clash against Delaware, falling in three sets (25-17, 25-17, 25-19). Buoyed by the return of junior hitter Jennifer Whelan to the lineup, the Blue & Gold hoped that they could establish their hitting game early. While the Explorers nearly doubled their team hitting percentage from the last match, the Blue Hens hitters were on top of their game from the get-go, riding a .336 to .171 hitting advantage to the three set victory.
Kelly Perillo continued to pace the Explorers on offense, leading the Explorers with 10 kills (.206). Jennifer Whelan notched 4 kills (.133), 3 digs, and a service ace in her return to the La Salle lineup. Ashley Felton added 5 kills on a team leading .308 hitting percentage.
Rachel Melich led the Explorers with 12 assists, while Michelle Healy played a very strong two way game with 4 kills (.154), 11 assists, and 10 digs. Erin Noga led all Explorers with 15 digs.
The Explorers wrapped up the day with perhaps their toughest matchup of the tournament against the UMBC Retrievers. The Retrievers translated their size at the net front to advantages on both the offense and defense. UMBC outhit the Explorers (.364 to .059) and out-blocked them (9 to 2), riding these two advantages to the three set victory (25-6, 25-17, 25-15).
Kelly Perillo posted 10 kills (.161) to pace the Blue & Gold, her fourth straight match double-digit kills. Michelle Healy continued her two way play with an almost identical line to her first match of the day. She notched 5 kills on a team leading .200 hitting percentage, while also posting a double-double with 11 assists and 10 digs. Rachel Melich again led the Explorers with 12 assists, while also chipping in a service ace.
“We just were not ourselves this weekend and we were never able to get going,” Rachel Melich said. “We have games to look forward to this week and [we] need to practice and prove ourselves.”
The Explorers return to action this coming Wednesday as they travel to Rider for a 7:00pm matchup with the Broncs.