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College wrap: West Chester wins opener; Villanova men rally to go 4-0

Thursday, 5th March 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/5/09

    Top-ranked and defending national champion West Chester University opened defense of its Division II women’s title in convincing fashion Wednesday with a 20-4 victory over Slippery Rock in Hilton Head, S.C.

    Courtney Whiting (Downingtown East) scored four goals and posted two assists to lead the Golden Rams. Nicole Haines (Great Valley) registered a hat trick and two assists for a five-point effort while Jackie Baker (Penncrest) scored twice and assisted on two others.

    The entire roster saw action in the season-opener in which West Chester held a 15-0 advantage at halftime. Senior Mary Beth Green (Henderson) started in goal and played 50 minutes before giving way to classmate Brittany Barnes (Unionville), who allowed one of the four Slippery Rock goals.

Division I

George Mason 16, George Washington 11

    Freshman Emily Ellisen (Great Valley) scored twice for the winners (1-2) while Taylor Donohue (Radnor) had one goal for GW (0-5).

Syracuse 17, Boston Univ. 8

    Megan Mosenson (Great Valley) pumped in three goals for the host Orange (4-1), who scored 12 of the 13 second-half goals.

Manhattan 18, Lafayette 10

    Lisa O’Donnell (Abington) scored twice and Kristin Ruminski (Boyertown) once for the losing Leopards (0-5).

Columbia 12, Wagner 7

    Kelly Blundin (Plymouth Whitemarsh) had two goals and Jessica Richmond (Jenkintown) one for Wagner (0-3).

Division III

Franklin & Marshall 17, Cabrini 6

    Ashley Bevington (Hill School) and Jen Pritchard (Penncrest) each scored four goals while Meredith Lussier (Radnor) had three and Shannon Summers (Hill School) dishes four assists for the No. 2 Diplomats in their opinion-day win over the Cavaliers.

    Amanda Alexandrowicz (Ridley) had four goals for Cabrini, also in its opener.

Alvernia 14, Neumann 10

    Rachael DiCicco had three goals, an assist, two draw controls and five ground balls to lead the losing Knights. Gabby D’Ambrosio added three goals and five ground balls and Emily Glackin scored two goals.Tiffany Baker made 23 saves in net.


Division I

Villanova 7, Binghamton 6

    Freshman CJ Small scored 54 seconds into overtime as the undefeated Wildcats (4-0) rallied from a slow start to remain undefeated at Binghamton (0-4).

    The ‘Cats were down 6-2 at halftime when they began their comeback. Small scored two goals while Chris MacDonald (four assists), Chris Aitken (Haverford School), Matt Fritts, Mike Brennan and Matt Bell scored once each.

Bellarmine 8, St. Joseph’s 7

    Scott Cullinan (West Chester East) had three goals and Charlie Gorman added two goals and an assist for the host Hawks (2-3).

Army 11, Bryant 5

    Rob McCallion (Episcopal Academy) scored twice for the winning Cadets (2-0).  

Division III

Cabrini 12, Franklin & Marshall 5

    Casey Grugan (Ridley) had four goals and an assist and B.J. Kletcheck (Roman Catholic) added two goals and an assist to lead the Cavaliers (3-0). Noah Wilkinsky (Valley Forge Military Acad,) had a goal for F&M (1-2).

McDaniel 10, Widener 7

    Johnny Casey (Abington) scored three times and Shawn DeHaven twice in a losing cause for the Pride (0-3).

Ursinus 8, Drew 6

    Jason Orlando (Springfield-Delco) and Eric Farris (Pottsgrove) had two goals each and Tony Aquilino (Archbishop Wood) made 14 saves to lead the Bears.

Salisbury 28, Hood 1

    Freshman Kyle Quist (Central Bucks East) scored two goals as the Sea Gulls (5-0) won their 50th straight game.

Stevenson 16, Gettysburg 6

    The No. 2 Bullets (1-1) suffered a stunning loss to the No. 7 Mustangs despite a goal by Tom O’Donnell (La Salle)

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