College Corner: Major contributor for UNC field hockey

Gab Major (Spring-Ford). (Submitted photo - UNC Athletic Communications)
Gab Major (Spring-Ford). (Submitted photo - UNC Athletic Communications)
Gab Major (Spring-Ford). (Submitted photo - UNC Athletic Communications)
Gab Major (Spring-Ford). (Submitted photo - UNC Athletic Communications)

The University of North Carolina pulled off back-to-back upset victories over No. 1 Syracuse and No. 2 Duke last week and junior Gab Major was right in the middle of the action.

Major (Spring-Ford) had an assist on the first goal as the Tar Heels topped Syracuse 3-2 in double overtime on Sept. 23. She didn’t score in a 3-2 triumph over Duke on Sept. 25 but played her usual solid game in the field.

“Gab has made tremendous progress in her time here and she’s constantly developed as a player,” veteran coach Karen Shelton said. “She brings maturity to our front line and she’s a leader on our press. She’s definitely been instrumental to the success of our team.”

The 5-foot-3 forward is second on the team in points with nine on four goals and her assist. She has a game-winner. Major had a breakout year as a sophomore, scoring 18 goals with five game-winners.

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North Carolina (8-2) was beaten 1-0 by Michigan in the season opener and 2-1 by Boston College on Sept. 16. The Tar Heels were ranked fifth in the country prior to the big weekend but have moved up to No. 2 behind unbeaten Connecticut in the latest poll.

Colton Habecker (The Hill School) >> The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder from Douglassville missed the first three games of the season but has played in seven games with three starts for the Southern Methodist men’s soccer team. He had a goal in a 3-1 loss to American in his first game back for the 4-6 Mustangs. He didn’t play last season but played in all 18 matches as a true freshman and had the game-winning goal in a victory over Duke.

Jordyn Slocum (Methacton) >> The senior keeper is sharing duties in goal for the Susquehanna women’s soccer team which is 6-2 overall and 1-0 in Landmark Conference play. Slocum was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 26) after making five saves in a 4-0 league victory over Hood on Sept. 24. She is 4-2 and has given up just six goals with 20 saves with a shutout as of Sept. 30.

R.J. Sheldon (Spring-Ford) >> The 6-foot-3, 235-pound senior is starting at defensive end for the Bucknell football team which is 1-3 after a 23-17 triple overtime loss to Virginia Military on Sept. 24. He had four tackles in that game and has 13 tackles with three for losses plus a quarterback hit. Sheldon played in 11 games as a junior and started the last five. He finished with 25 tackles, seven for losses and 3.5 sacks.

Ali Meszaros (Phoenixville) >> The senior defender has started all 10 games for the Temple field hockey team, the Owls 2-8 overall and 0-2 in American Athletic Conference play after a 3-2 non-league victory over Sacred Heart Sept. 25 in New Haven, Ct. Meszaros has three defensive saves. Red-shirt sophomore Ashley Kucera (Owen J. Roberts) has played in 10 games and started nine, also on defense for the Owls.

Jaxson Burns (Daniel Boone) >> The 5-foot-11 sophomore is tied for the lead in points with nine for the Millersville men’s soccer team. He has four goals and an assist and had the game-winning goal in a 6-0 victory over Pitt-Johnstown on Sept. 21. He had a goal and an assist in a 3-0 victory over Bloomsburg on Sept. 7. The Marauders are 6-2-2 overall and 3-1-2 in PSAC play as of Sept. 29. Burns had four goals and three assists as a freshman.

Nate Guerrini (Perkiomen Valley) >> The 5-foot-11 freshman made his debut with the Indiana University of Pa. men’s golf team, the Crimson Hawks one of the top teams in Division II. Guerrini finished tied for 11th out of 48 golfers at Gannon’s Hal Hanson Invitational Sept. 18-19 in DuBois. He posted a six-over-par 150 for the two rounds posting a 74 on the first day and a 76 on the second. He was IUP’s third best finisher and helped the team finish second.

Jill Braunsberg (Daniel Boone) >> The 5-foot-9 freshman setter/opposite is having a solid first season with the Wilmington University (Del.) women’s volleyball team. She has 106 assists, 74 digs, 56 kills, 12 service aces and nine blocks with a .212 hitting percentage after the Wildcats improved to 6-7 with a 3-1 mark in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference after a 3-0 victory over USciences on Sept. 27.

Jalen Mayes (Pottsgrove) >> The 5-foot-8, 170-pound junior is starting in the defensive backfield for the Delaware Valley football team which is 3-1 after a 20-17 loss to Albright on Sept. 24. Mayes had four tackles and three pass breakups in that game and has 11 tackles on the season. He played in 19 games his first two seasons with DelVal and had 25 tackles.

Danielle Lentz (Boyertown) >> The senior has made six starts with the Mansfield women’s soccer team. She picked up a goal in a 3-1 loss to Indiana. Lentz has made 51 starts for the Mountaineers in her four seasons with the squad. Freshman defender Caitlyn McNichol (Methacton) has played in seven games with five starts for Mansfield, which is 1-5-1 overall and 1-5-0 in PSAC play as of Sept. 29.

Nico Williams (Methacton) >> The senior is starting on defense for the Albright football team. The 5-foot-11, 211-pounder has 20 tackles and a sack for the 2-2 Lions after a 20-17 victory over Delaware Valley on Sept. 24. Williams had seven tackles and a sack in that game. He had 27 tackles in 12 games as a junior after not seeing any action his first two seasons with the team.

Lauren Mengel (Boyertown) >> The senior is a member of the defensive unit for the Bridgeport women’s soccer team which is 5-3 and has given up 11 goals with two shutouts. She hasn’t scored but had six goals and 11 assists in 64 games coming into this season for the Purple Knights. Mengel was also a 20-goal scorer with the Bridgeport women’s lacrosse team last spring.