College Corner: PV's Perozze leads La Salle

CROSS COUNTRY

Division I

Vince Perozze (Perkiomen Valley) and La Salle won their second Atlantic 10 Championship in three years on Nov. 2 morning at Pole Green Park.

The Explorers ruled the competition by having five top-12 finishers and a team score of 27. Perozze finished eighth with a time of 24:14.1 in the 8K race.

Division III

For the second straight year, Elizabethtownís Traci Tempone (Perkiomen Valley) was the runner-up to Lebanon Valley Collegeís Kelsey Patrick at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships.

Tempone, in her final Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) meet, ran a 23:10.41 clocking for second place as Elizabethtown did what it has done the pasty six years - win the MAC. The Blue Jays were the only team to put more than two runners in the top 10.

Sophomore Kimberly Nolan (Perkiomen Valley) was sixth for Ursinus, finishing with a time of 27:06.70 as the Golden Bears finished eighth at the Centennial Conference Championships with a total score of 193.

Sam Cooper (Phoenixville) rounded out the point scorers for the Elizabethtown menís team, taking 16th in 27:42.44, as the Blue Jays finished third in the MAC championship meet.

FIELD HOCKEY

Division I

Senioor All-American forward Marie Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Villa Maria Academy) made the most of her final regular season home game, scoring a career-high four goals and falling just one short of the school record held by Lauren Henderson (2002), Rose Aspelin (1996) and Laura Kaczynski (1996) in UConnís 7-0 victory over No. 16 Temple University on Nov. 2.

With the victory, UConn claimed ashare of the 2013 Big East regular season championship with a 6-1 league mark and improved to 14-4 overall. The Owls slippd to 14-5 on the year, 4-3 in the league. Bolles upped her season total to 16 goals.

Division II

Alexis Versak (Spring-Ford) and West Chester closed out the regular season with two victories, one coming against Slippery Rock University and the other against Mercyhurst College.

Goalkeeper Audree Bonavita (Perkiomen Valley) recorded four saves in a 9-0 win over Mercyhurst as Versak registered one goal and one assist.

The Golden Rams finished in third place with a 13-4 log, 8-2 PSAC record and hosted East Stroudsburg in the opening round of the PSAC Tournament Nov. 5.

MENíS SOCCER

Division III

Easternís Eric Giovagnoli (Spring-Ford) netted the gameís lone goal in the 67th minute as the Eagles locked up the top seed in the Freedom Conference with a 1-0 win over the FDU-Florham Devils.

Giovagnoli thus closed out the regular season with 12 goals, including four game-winners, second best in the conference, plus seven assists.

With a 5-1-1 record in conference play, the Eagles claimed home-field advantage in the playoffs.

WOMENíS

TENNIS

Senior Kellie Booth (Perkiomen Valley) played a key role on the Gwynedd Mercy team that captured the 2013 Colonial States Athletic Conference Womenís Tennis TGeam Championship for the fifth time in program history.

The Griffins (17-2) defeated Marywood, 5-1, in the finals and thus fained the conferenceís automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament, which will take play in May of 2014. Pairings and locations will be released at that time.

Booth and her partner, Jenna Caffarello, held a 7-4 lead, saw their foes tie it at 7 and then prevailed with a 9-7 verdict.