Sunday, February 27, 2011

Neumann Tops Immaculata For CSAC Title

By Mel Greenberg

Host Neumann (20-7) is NCAA Division III tournament bound after the top-seeded Knights defeated No. 3 Immaculata 66-60 in Aston, Pa., to win the Colonial States Athletic Conference title and automatic bid.

The Knights pulled away in the final minute to thwart the Mighty Macs' shot at a Cinderella ending.

Katie Young had 25 points and 15 rebounds for Neumann, while Krista DiRomualdo had 15 points. Sami Borcky grabbed 12 rebounds.

Immaculata’s Chrissy Esbensen had 16 points, Chelsea McTigue scored 14, and Rachel Dennis had 10 for the Mighty Macs (19-9), who were outrebounded 55-39.

USP Finishes Regular Season – Eyes CACC Playoffs

University of Sciences finished off one of its best regular seasons Saturday, beating Post 75-65 on the road in Waterbury, Conn.

Alyssa Hamm had a career high 25 points and Caitlin Shaw scored 22 for the Devils (21-5, 16-3 CACC) in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

Monique Chance scored 16 points for the Eagles (8-18, 6-13), whose season concluded.

USP, seeded second in the Southern Division, will host No. 3 Goldey-Beacom (15-11, 13-6) in a CACC quarterfinals game Monday night at the Bobby Morgan Arena at 7 p.m. in Southwest Philadelphia.

Goldey-Beacom during the season snapped Holy Family’s NCAA record 110-game conference regular season win streak at the Tigers’ gym on Jan. 13.

Holy Family (21-3, 18-1), the top seed, will host No. 4 Philadelphia University (15-11, 11-8) at 7 p.m. at the Tigers’ Campus Center in Northeast Philadelphia.

The Tigers swept the Rams during the regular season, as did USP.

Despite the team’s success in recent seasons, Holy Family is after its first conference title since 2008. Nyack topped coach Mike Miller’s squad in last season’s championship, though the Tigers gained an NCAA at-large invite and advanced to the region title game at home the next weekend, losing in overtime.

The Tigers are currently ranked 17th in the USA/ESPN Division II coaches poll and also first in the NCAA Division II East Region.

In the North Division, Bloomfield (18-8, 16-3) gained the top seed via coin flip after finishing in a first place tie with Caldwell (20-5, 16-3).
Bloomfield in quarterfinal action will host No. 4 Dominican College (9-17, 7-12), which upset Bloomfield in the quarterfinals last season.
Caldwell will face No. 3 Felician College (18-8, 12-7), which made the field for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
No matter who wins quarterfinals play, the semifinals will be at Holy Family Friday night, beginning at 7 p.m., with the championship on Saturday, also at 7 p.m.

The CACC awards dinner will be Thursday night at the Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park.


Bloomsburg (21-5, 13-1), the regular season champion of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division, snapped West Chester’s seven-game win streak 68-47 at the Golden Rams’ Hollinger Fieldhouse as Dana Weiller scored 20 points.

West Chester (20-6, 11-3) finished in a second-place tie with Millersville (21-5, 11-3), but will go to Millersville Tuesday night as the third seed.

Alex Lennon and Megan Stewart each scored 11 points for the Golden Rams against Bloomsburg, which will host No. 4 Kutztown Tuesday night.

Millersville finished its regular season art Kutztown (15-11, 8-6) and handed the Golden Bears a 67-58 setback as Aurielle Mosley scored 22 points and also had four of the team’s six blocked shots.

Kutztown was also forced by the Marauders into 23 turnovers which yielded the visitors 25 points.

The Golden Bears’ Melissa McQuade, who entered the contest with a 17.3 scoring average, was held to seven points and Brittany LeVan was Kutztown’s high scorer with 15 points.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Holy Family Ends USP Run

By Mel Greenberg

University of Sciences’ school-record win streak of 14 games was ended by perennial Division II power Holy Family 60-51 Wednesday night at the Devils’ Bobby Morgan Arena in West Philadelphia.

The home team had a chance to tie the Tigers for first in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Southern Division but instead finish two games behind in the standings.

Nevertheless, both schools will host first-round playoff games Monday night.

Holy Family (20-3, 17-1 CACC) at its Campus Center in Northeast Philadelphia will host No. 4 seed Philadelphia University (14-11, 10-8) at 6 p.m. while USP will host No. 3 Goldey-Beacom (14-11, 12-6).

Philadelphia U. whose coach Tom Shirley, won his 600th career game earlier this season, defeated Goldey Beacom 85-81 in overtime on the road.

In the Holy Family game, Samantha Thompson scored 19 points for the Tigers, while Catherine Carr scored 15 points and Erin Mann grabbed 12 rebounds.

Colleen Christian scored 22 points for USP.

Philadelphia U. had six players in double figures in the win over Goldey-Beacom: Taylor Magnus scored a team-high 18 points for the Rams, Stephanie Agger scored 16, Kristen Blye scored 15, Samantha Morris and Taylor Peltzer each scored 12, and Kate Brennan scored 11.

The CACC championship dinner will be held at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday followed by the playoff semifinals and finals Friday and Saturday at Holy Family.

NJAC Awards

The College of New Jersey’s Dawn Henderson and Kean’s Michele Sharp shared coach of the year honors in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Richard Stockton’s LaTonya Oliver made the first team, while Rowan’s Lauren Gregg and TCNJ’s Alexandra Gregorek made the second team.

Rowan’s Brittany Baum. Richard Stockton’s Che’Na Thompson, Rutgers-Camden’s Brittany Turner and TCNJ’s Keri Washington made honorable mention in the Division III conference.

The College of New Jersey lost the opener of the NJAC tournament at Rutgers-Newark 63-48 last week, while Montclair State eliminated Richard Stockton 64-55.

Host William Paterson and Rutgers-Newark will play Saturday for the conference title and automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

CSAC Playoffs

Top-seed Neumann and No. 3 Immaculata will meet Saturday at Neumann for the Division III Colonial States Athletic Conference title after winning semifinals on Wednesday night. The winner goes to the NCAA tournament.

Neumann beat No. 4 Gwynedd-Mercy 65-48 while Immaculata beat Marywood 78-64.

In Neumann’s game at home in Aston, Katie Young scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Knights (19-7) against the Griffins (17-10).

Sami Borcky added 14 points, and Krista DiRomualdo had 11 points.

Gwynedd-Mercy got 11 points from Brittany Neill and 10 from Stacey Judge.

The Mighty Macs (19-8) in their upset of No. 2 seed Marywood (19-7) in Scranton got 20 points and 12 rebounds from Rachel Denis, 18 points from Kelly Brown, 15 from Chelsea McTigue, and 10 from Bridget Welz.

Chrissy Esbensen dealt 10 assists.


Allison Hostetter scored 17 points and Alex Lennon had 10 rebounds and blocked six shots for West Chester in a 97-45 wipeout of host Cheyney Wednesday night in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division.

The Golden Rams (2-5, 11-2), who have already earned a berth in the playoffs, also got 13 points from Megan Stewart and 10 from Carly Strickland in sweeping the season series from the Wolves (6-19, 2-11).

Cheyney’s Chrystalee Lynch scored 12 points.

West Chester trails Bloomsburg by a game in the Division II conference and hosts the frontrunners Saturday but Bloomsburg has already clinched the top seed for the playoffs.

Kutztown (15-11, 8-6) locked up the fourth seed Wednesday night with a 73-59 win at Mansfield (6-19, 1-12) as Melissa McQuade scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Ashley Wood scored 13 points, Meredith Starr scored 11 and Steph Zewe had 10 points.

The Golden Bears will open play in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Bloomsburg.

More Playoffs

Ursinus (15-10) fell in the quarterfinals of the Centennial playoffs, losing at Franklin & Marshall 61-49 in Lancaster.
Lindsay Teuber, who made the all-conference second team, had 14 points for the fifth-seeded Bears while Jaclyn Hilf, who made honorable mention, scored 8.

F&M (13-12) moves on against Johns Hopkins, which had a bye.

Meanwhile, Widener (19-7) fell 74-63 at Messiah in Grantham, Pa., in the semifinals of the Commonwealth Conference playoffs.

Kate Dellinger scored 18 points for the Pride, while Lil Carney scored 12 points, and Vanessa Hejnas scored 10 points.
That’s it till next time.

-- Mel

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

CACC Showdown Between USP and Holy Family

By Mel Greenberg

Thanks to the shocking upset of Holy Family at home earlier this season by Goldey-Beacom, a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) showdown will occur Wednesday night at 6 p.m. when the Tigers (19-3, 16-1) are hosted by University of Sciences (20-4, 15-2), which is on a school-record 14-game win streak.
Both teams are assured home sites when the playoffs begin but Wednesday’s game is for top honors in the Division II CACC Southern Division.

Philadelphia University (13-11, 9-8) is in fourth.

Stockbower In Elite Company

She didn’t win player of the year – that honor went to Johns Hopkins’ Lyndsay Burton of the regular season champion Blue Jays – but Kathryn Stockbower became the only the second player in Centennial Conference history to make the all-first team in each of her four seasons.

The other player who achieved the feat was also a Garnet – Heather Kile.

Stockbower recently set the NCAA Division III career record for double doubles, which stands at 83.

The only local team in the Centennial playoffs is Ursinus, which as the No. 5 seed, travels to No. 4 Franklin & Marshall 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night with the winner advancing against No. 1 Johns Hopkins on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Middle-Atlantic Conference Honors

Widener placed Lil Carney and Kate Delligner on the All-Commonwealth First Team along with Alvernia’s Angela Altemoose, while Albright’s Jessica McGinness made the second team in Division III.

Alvernia, the fourth seed, meets No. 1 Lebanon Valley at 6 p.m. Wednesday night. No. 3 Widener meets No. 2 Messiah, the host, at 7 p.m.

In the Freedom Conference, Eastern did not make the playoffs but Shatne Jones made the first team and Bekah Roland made the second team along with Emily Soper of Delaware Valley, which also missed the postseason.

CSAC Honors

Neumann University’s Katie Young was named player of the year in the Colonial States Athletic Conference, formerly known as the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference in Division III, while her mentor Frank Farnese, was named coach of the year.

Young made the first team along with Gwynedd-Mercy’s Kristy McGrath and Immaculata’s Chelsea McTigue.

Gwynedd-Mercy's Brittany Neill and Immaculata’s Chrissy Esbensen made the second team.

-- Mel

Thursday, February 17, 2011

USP's Caitlin Shaw Honored In D-2 East Region Report

By Mel Greenberg

University of Sciences star Caitlin Shaw was named star of this week’s Division II East region report and the Devils, on a school-record 12-game win streak, moved into the rankings for the first time this season at No. 8.

The Devils are 17-4 in the region and hold the same record overall.

Holy Family, which leads USP by one game in the Southern Division of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, is ranked second (17-3 both), behind Bentley (20-3 both), whom the Tigers beat back at the start of the season.

TNJ Dispatches Rowan

Rowan in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, suffered a season-ending loss at College of New Jersey, 62-55, Wednesday night in Ewing Township near Trenton.

The Profs (12-11, 7-6 NJAC) won’t play in the conference tournament but the Lions (14-10, 7-6) have the tiebreaker and will be the South Division’s third seed.

Rowan’s Gina Catanzariti had 17 points and finished her career with 1,017 points overall.

TCNJ’s Keri Washington had 15 points.

On Saturday, TCNJ will meet host Rutgers-Newark, the No. 2 seed in the North, in the first round, while South second-seed Richard Stockton (17-8) will host North third-seed Montclair State (1`3-12).

Next Wednesday, South 1 seed Kean (22-3), which had a bye, will meet the Rutgers-Newark/College of New Jersey winner while No. 1 North William Paterson will host the Richard Stockton winner.

The championship for the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament will be a week from Saturday.

Kutztown Muzzles Cheyney

The Golden Bears (13-0, 6-5 PSAC-East) stopped the Wolves 84-62 at home at the Keystone Arena, snapping a two-game losing streak in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East.

Melissa McQuade scored 20 points, dealt 8 assists, and reached 1,558 career points. Meredith Starr finished with a career-high 17 points.

Cheyney fell to 6-17 overall and 2-9 in the PSAC-East asd Nidirah Brown had a game-high 23 points and Brittany Jenkins scored 22.

-- Mel

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Shaw Shoots University of Sciences To Sweep Of Philadelphia University

(Guru’s Note: This is the work in progress home for most Division 2 and Division 3 local news.)

By Mel Greenberg

University of Sciences thought Philadelphia University would be very revenge-minded several weeks ago when the Devils won the first game of the season series in the Division II Central Collegiate Athletic Conference game at the Bobby Morgan Arena in Southwest Philadelphia.

Still, the Devils managed to make it a sweep Tuesday night by a narrow 69-64 win at the Gallagher Center in Roxborough to extend their school-record streak to 12 straight courtesy of some sharpshooting from Caitlin Shaw.

USP (18-4, 4-2) maintained its hold on second place right behind 18th-ranked Holy Family as Shaw hit her first 10 shots and finished 11-of-12 with a pair of foul shots for 25 points. She also had 10 rebounds for her 10th double double.

Marissa Chesnavich scored 14 points as did Alyssa Hamm, while Colleen Christian scored 12 points.
The host Rams (12-11, 8-8) got 19 points from Taylor Magnus, while Christine Wooding scored 16 points, and Stephanie Agger scored 10.

The score might have not been as close if Philly U. didn’t force 24 turnovers, which yielded 24 points from the miscues.

In another CACC game, Chestnut Hill beat Wilmington, Del., 65-59.

Kutztown’s Valley Girl

Senior forward Melissa McQuade may be from Pittsburgh at the other end of the state, but on Tuesday the Kutztown star who plays for the PSAC-East squad was named the Lehigh Valley Player of the Year.

McQuade has become one of the Golden Bears’ all-time players, scoring to date 1,538 points while grabbing 923 rebounds.

She told the awards luncheon, “I didn’t know anything about Kutztown when I decided to come here. Coach (former Rutgers star Janet Malouf) told me I would have an opportunity to help the team,
“I would have never expected to become the all-time scorer and leading rebounder.”

Kutztown visits Cheyney in an D-II PSAC-East game Wednesday night.

Malouf praised McQuade, saying “Melissa is one of those players who make coming to work fun every day.”

Big Star On Rowan’s Campus

Rowan’s Gina Catanzarita was named Rowan’s Female Athletic of the Week after setting a career mark with 21 points against Rutgers’Camden, and then matching the total against Richard Stockton.

That’s it for now.

-- Mel