College Corner: Athletes make grade in all sports

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Division III

Alvernia University junior Harrison Deyo (Phoenixville) added eight points and four rebounds as the Crusaders fell to Wesley (Del.), 83-78, in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament at Virginia Wesleyan College on March 7.

Alvernia closed out the season at 20-8, the third straight 20-win season for the Crusaders.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Division I

Philadelphia University senior Megan Finn (Perkiomen Valley) added two points and an asist in the Rams’ 81-52 loss against Caldwell in the semifinal round of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (cACC) Tournament on March 7.

Finn’s collegiate career ended after Philadelphia finished with a 20-8 overall record. Philadelphia won the southern division for the first time, recorded its first 20-wins eason since the 2011-12 campaign and reached the semifinals of th conference tournament for the first time since 2009.

Division III

Scranton freshman Sarah Payonk (Spring-Ford) had 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in the Lady Royals’ 88-63 victory over Bridgewater State in an NCAA Division III Tournament first-round game on March 7 in the Long Center.

The victory marked the first time the Lady Royals advanced past the first round since 2009, when theyr eached the Elite Eight.

Payonk followed up her perforamnce with 15 points, four assists, four ebounds and three steals in Scranton’s 72-71 victory over Vassar in tehs econd round the following day.

Scranton raised its record to 55-27 all-time in 27 NCAA Tournament appearnces and 36-5 all-time in NCAA Tournament games held in the Long Center.

INDOOR TRACK

AND FIELD

Division II

The No. 11 Shippesnburg University men’s indoor track & field team won the men’s team title at the 2014 PSAC Indoor Track & Field Championships at Bucknell University on March 1.

East Stroudsburg’s Damien Boham (Spring-Ford) placed second in the 400-meter dash behind Shippensburg’s Eric Bologa (Daniel Boone), who was clocked at 48.89.

WOMEN’S

LACROSSE

Division II

Marisa Moley (Spring-Ford) scored seven points for a career high in Bloomsburg’s home opener on March in a non-conference victory over Mercy College, 14-6. Moley finished the game with four goals and three assists.

Division III

Bailey Stover (Phoenixville) collected two ground balls and had one caused turnover in Alvernia’s 16-11 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson on March 8. Stover had two caused turnvoers and two ground balls in the team’s loss to Swarthmore in Alvernia’s season opener on March 6.

Gwynedd Mercy got two goals and two ground balls from Sarah Lombardi (Phoenixville) in a 16-7 victory over first-year program Bryn Athyn.

Freshman Leanne Shaw (Spring-Ford) picked up a goal and two assists as Lycoming fell to Elmirak, 11-9, on March 8.

SOFTBALL

Division II

Jessica Norris (Spring-Ford) went 2-for-5 and scored two runs and drove in one as West Chester dropped game one of its doubleheader to Shepherd on March 8. Norris also had a big game in the second contest as the senior finished with three this while driving in five as the Golden Rams (6-4) won the second game, 13-5. Norris remained fourth on her team with a .324 batting average.

Division III

Michelle Stehman (Phoenixville) went 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring two runs as Estern outsted Iowa Wesleyan, 11-2, in part one of a doubleheader on March 5 at Myrtle Beach, S.C. Stehman went 3-for-3 in the nightcap as Eastern fell to Cardinal Stitch, 14-4.

Elizabethtown capped its 10-game spring break trip to Florida by splitting a pair, falling 5-0 to St. Benedict (Minn.) before shutting out Salve Regina, 7-0, to complete a 3-7 stretch.

In those 10 games, Jessica White (Perkiomen Valley) batted .207 with six hits, including one double and one triple, and five runs batted in. White finished 1-for-4 with an RBI in the team’s victory over Salve Regina.

BASEBALL

Division I

Shane Allen (Phoenixville) went 2-for-4 and registered one stolen base as Northeastern fell to Presbyterian, 4-3, on March 8. In 11 games, Allen is batting .294 with 10 hits and two RBIs.

Division III

Andrew Skchulter (Perkiomen Valley) threw five innings of shutout ball, allowing four hits while striking out three, as DeSales earned its first win of the season, a 2-1 decision over Cardinal Stitch on March 7. Schulter is 1-0 on the season with a 3.22 earned run average.

Immaculata (4-5) capped its Florida coast Sprring Training trip with a doubleheader sweep of the Unviersity of Northwestern (Minn.) by scores of 6-1 and 8-7 on March 7 in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Senior right fielder Alex Kobylinski (Phoenixville, Pope John Paul II) scored one run in the first game of the twinbill.

Scranton earned a doubleheader split gainst Neumann by winning the second game, 11-5, on March 7 at Terry Park. Senior designated hitter Eric Pizzico (Spring-Ford) had a single and two RBIs in the victory.

Wilkes opened a 1-0 lead early, but a three-run fourth helped propel Johnson and Wales to a 4-2 win over the Colonels on the final day of its spring break trip March 7. Quinn Kelly (Perkiomen Valley) helped pitch a scoreless final three innings in relief for Wilkes.

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Division I

Brian Bock (Spring-Ford) had one assist in Lafayette’s 11-3 loss to Navy on March 7. Brock tallied the game-tying goal against Delaware, but a late surgey by freshman Paul Major (Spring-Ford) and the Blue Hens sent them to a 9-6 victory on March 4. Major scored one goal and had one assist.

Major and Delaware won, 10-9, over Binghamton, the team’s fourth straight win. The winning streak is the Blue Hens’ longest since their NCAA Tournament run back in 2010.

Division III

Bill McCabe (Spring-Ford) had one ground ball and one assist in Cabrini’s 14-8 win over Hampden-Sydney College. The Cavaliers have started the year at 4-0 for the first time since 2008.

Evan Zielinski (Spring-Ford) recorded one caused turnvoer and four ground balls as Neumann picked upits first win of the season, 12-4, over Regis College.

Andrew Thomas (Spring-Ford) had three ground balls for No. 18 York in a 13-4 victory over Haverford in non-conference action. York extended its winning streak to five games and is 5-1 for the season.