Mooney saving the day for Ship

Shippensburg goalie Ally Mooney
Shippensburg goalie Ally Mooney
Shippensburg goalie Ally Mooney
Shippensburg goalie Ally Mooney

The Shippensburg field hockey team is rolling along and the key performer is sophomore goalkeeper Ally Mooney.

Mooney (Owen J. Roberts) has given up just two goals and has 34 saves in 12 games. She ranks first in NCAA Division II in save percentage (.944) and goals against average (0.17). Her performance has helped the Raiders start the season 11-1 with a 4-0 mark in PSAC play. The only loss came against East Stroudsburg, 1-0 on Sept. 17. Shippensburg is ranked second in Division II behind LIU-Post.

“Ally has done a great job this season,” coach Bertie Landes said. “She is a solid goalie who has a great command of the circle as she directs our defense in their responsibilities as our opponent comes into the 30-yard line.”

The coach also complimented Mooney for her communication skills.

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“That is a ‘huge’ necessity for the success of our defense,” Landes said. “She gives great confidence to the team in her play, her work ethic and her leadership abilities.”

J. J. Paige (Spring-Ford) >> The 6-foot-1, 204-pound red-shirt senior is in his third season as quarterback with the Millersville football team. This season, he’s completed 97 of 163 passes for 1,090 yards and seven touchdowns with just four interceptions for the 1-4 Marauders. He opened the season by hitting 24 of 36 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-7 victory over Pace. In 27 career games, Paige has completed 289 of 501 passes for 3,040 yards with 13 interceptions and 22 touchdowns.

Gabrielle Vagnozzi (Spring-Ford) >> The freshman forward has been the top goal creator for the St. Joseph’s women’s soccer team, which is 10-1-2 this season. Vagnozzi has two goals and a team-high seven assists while starting in 11 of the team’s 13 games. She had an assist in a 2-1 win over La Salle and former Spring-Ford teammate Taylor Newhart last weekend, upping the Hawks Atlantic-10 record to 3-0-1. Vagnozzi was named A-10 Rookie of the Week on Sept. 26.

Nicole Dorman (Pope John Paul II) >> The 5-foot-11 outside hitter leads the Widener women’s volleyball team in kills with 293 which is ranked ninth in NCAA Division III. She had a season-high 34 kills in a 3-2 loss to FDU-Florham on Oct. 1 and she’s hit double figures in kills in 18 of 21 matches. The sophomore also is second in digs with 180 and service aces with 23 and is third on the squad in blocks with 23. Widener is 8-13 overall and 2-2 in MAC Commonwealth play after a 3-0 loss to Stevenson last Wednesday in Chester.

Courtney Gerber (Owen J. Roberts) >> The freshman scored her first college goal in the second game of the season for the St. Joseph’s field hockey team. It was the first goal in a 2-1 victory over Temple on Aug. 28. Gerber has come off the bench in all 12 games for the 8-4 Hawks, who are 4-0 in Atlantic-10 Conference play. She’s picked up three assists, the latest coming in a 4-2 non-league loss to Albany on Sept. 25.

Sarah Hancock (Spring-Ford) >> The junior has scored three goals for the Swarthmore women’s soccer team. The 5-foot-4 midfielder had back-to-back game-winners – a 1-0 victory over Scranton on Sept. 6 and a 2-0 triumph over Shenandoah on Sept. 10. Her third goal came in a 2-1 loss to Johns Hopkins on Oct. 1, the Garnet’s only setback in 11 games. They’re 3-1 in the Centennial Conference.

Dan Heinrichs (Upper Perkiomen) >> The 6-foot, 240-pound senior is starting at defensive end for the Lycoming football team, the Warriors 2-3 after a tough 24-21 loss to Widener on Oct. 1 in Williamsport. He has 16 tackles, including 11 solo and one for a loss. He also has a blocked kick and a forced fumble. After two seasons with the junior varsity, Heinrichs played in ten games at linebacker last season before being switched to end this season.

Julia Hernan (The Hill School) >> The 5-foot-7 sophomore from Pottstown has played every minute in goal for the St. Francis women’s soccer team. She has given up 28 goals and has 77 saves. She had a season-high 13 saves in a 3-1 loss to West Virginia on Aug. 28. She had four saves in her only shutout, a 1-0 triumph over Maryland-Baltimore County on Sept. 4. Hernan and the team are 2-10, the Red Flash offense scoring just seven goals all season long. She dropped four 1-0 decisions including the first three of the season.

Emma Christman (Owen J. Roberts) >> The junior has started all 10 games for the Elizabethtown field hockey team and leads the Blue Jays in goals with six and points with 15. She had a game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Gwynedd-Mercy on Sept. 17 and had a goal and an assist in a 2-1 victory over Scranton on Oct. 1. Sophomore Hannah Mack (Upper Perkiomen) shares goalkeeper duties and is 1-1, the team 6-4 overall and 2-0 in Landmark Conference play after a 3-2 non-league victory over Wilkes last Wednesday.

Emily Nagle (Perkiomen Valley) >> The 5-foot-10 sophomore scored two goals, including the game-winner, to lead No. 5-ranked Franklin & Marshall to a 4-0 Centennial Conference victory over Johns Hopkins last Wednesday in Lancaster. She scored her first goal of the season last Monday in a 3-0 triumph over McDaniel. The Diplomats are 8-2 overall and 5-0 in league play.

Courtney Black (Boyertown) >> The 5-foot-7 sophomore has two goals and two assists for the Clarkson women’s soccer team. She scored goals in back-to-back games – 8-1 over Johnson State on Sept. 10 and 7-0 over Green Mountain on Sept. 11. Black played in all 17 games and led the Golden Knights in minutes played (1492) and tallied three goals. Clarkson is 4-7 overall and 0-3 in Liberty League play after a 2-0 loss to Plattsburgh on Tuesday in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Akeem Walcott (Methacton) >> The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder is serving as a backup in the defensive backfield for the Holy Cross football team. He has 11 tackles, including seven solos. Walcott saw action in eight games at cornerback as a true freshman, starting twice. He ended up with 13 tackles and three pass breakups. The Crusaders are 2-3 but opened Patriot League play with a 38-28 victory over Lafayette on Oct. 1 in Easton.

Lamar Saxon (Boyertown) >> The junior led the Ursinus men’s golf team at the Muhlenberg Invitational last Monday at the Lehigh Country Club in Allentown. He shot a 78 to finish tied for 26 in a field of 98 golfers. The Bears finished tied for 10th in the 20 team field. Saxon opened the season with a 75 at the Swarthmore-Neumann Invitational on Sept. 25 and had a 78 at the Ursinus Open on Sept. 27.