COLLEGE CORNER: Perk Valley grad Armstrong closing strong at UConn

UConn senior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Perkiomen Valley). (Submitted photo - UConn athletics)
UConn senior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Perkiomen Valley). (Submitted photo - UConn athletics)

Emily Armstrong has had a standout career as a goalkeeper with the University of Connecticut women’s soccer team but this season, she’s really stepped up her game.

The senior from Collegeville (Perkiomen Valley) has started and played every minute (1,460) in goal for the Huskies who are 13-2-1 overall and leading the American Athletic Conference with a 5-0-1 record after a 3-1 victory over South Florida on Oct. 16. She has given up just 13 goals (0.80 goals against average) and has 65 saves (.833 save percentage) with seven shutouts.

Armstrong entered this season with a 35-13-3 record and 16 shutouts in her first three seasons with the Huskies. In 65 games and 36 starts she gave up 61 goals with 195 saves. She was 18-4 last season and posted shutouts over Siena (5-0) and Notre Dame (2-0) in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament before the season ended with a 4-0 loss to Rutgers in the third round.

Ally Mooney (Owen J. Roberts) >> The Shippensburg goalkeeper was named National Field Hockey Coaches Association (HFHCA) Division II Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8. Mooney collected a pair of shutouts – 1-0 over Millersville on Oct. 12 and 1-0 over Mercyhurst on Oct. 15. She made six saves against the Marauders and two against the Lakers. She’s the Division II leader in goals against average (0.20) and save percentage (.938) having allowed just three goals with 45 saves and 10 solo shutouts. The Raiders were 14-1 overall and 7-0 in PSAC play after the Mercyhurst victory.

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Kelly Tornetta (Pope John Paul II) >> The 5-foot-8 sophomore outside hitter leads the Muhlenberg women’s volleyball team with 251 kills. The versatile performer is second in points (287.5) and has 163 digs, 27 assists, 20 blocks and 19 service aces. The Mules are 15-9 overall and 5-3 in the Centennial Conference after a 3-0 league loss to Swarthmore on Oct. 19.

Lydia Keiper (Upper Perkiomen) >> The Grove City senior was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference Female Runner of the Week (Oct. 7) after a standout performance at the Hood Open cross country meet Oct. 15 in Frederick, Md. Keiper was the individual winner covering the 6K course in 22:41 in a field of 119 runners. She also led the Wolverines to the team title. Up next for Keiper will be the PAC Championship next Saturday at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

Paul Power (Spring-Ford) >> The Villanova red-shirt freshman finished 87th out of 144 runners at the Penn State National cross country meet on Oct. 14 in State College. He was the third-best finisher for the Wildcats with a 5.2 mile time of 26:30. Villanova finished 11th out of 16 schools. Power and the Wildcats are prepping for the Big East Championships next Friday at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y.

Molly McKeon (Pope John Paul II) >> The senior recorded the second-fastest time by any Monmouth women’s cross country runner ever at the Princeton Invitational on Oct. 15 in Princeton, N.J. McKeon finished 32nd out of 215 runners in a 6K time of 22:15.2. She led the Hawks to an eighth place finish. Up next will be the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship next Saturday at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Katie McErlean (Phoenixville) >> The 5-foot-4 freshman has started all 14 games for the Johns Hopkins field hockey team, the Blue Jays 6-8 overall and 2-5 in the Centennial Conference after a 6-1 league loss to Dickinson on Oct. 19. McErlean has scored two goals and picked up her first collegiate goal in a 2-1 victory over Washington & Lee on Sept. 2.

Adam Regensburg (Hotchkiss School) >> The 6-foot, 180-pound junior from Pottstown is the leading scorer on the Williams (Mass.) football team. The placekicker has hit two of three field goals, including one from 38 yards, and has hit 6-of-7 extra points for 19 total points. He also does the team’s punting and is averaging 35.2 on 32 kicks with a 60-yarder and five inside the 20. Williams is 0-4 after a 49-23 loss to Middlebury on Oct. 15. Regensburg had a 25-yard field goal and two extra points in the game.

Kelly Guarino (Pope John Paul II) >> The 5-foot-6 outside hitter leads the Cabrini women’s volleyball team with 356 digs. She is second in service aces with 33, third in kills with 170 and has 21 assists. She’s played all 24 matches and is the only person to play in all 80 sets. The Cavaliers are 12-12 overall but stand 9-0 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference after a 3-0 victory over Gwynedd Mercy on Oct. 20.

Savannah Tucker (Boyertown) >> The junior has played in 12 games with one start for the King’s women’s soccer team, the Monarchs 5-8 overall and 2-3 in MAC Freedom play after a 1-0 league victory over Delaware Valley on Oct. 18. Tucker picked up an assist on the winning goal. She scored her team’s only goal in a 3-1 loss to Moravian on Oct. 5. It was her third career goal having played in 24 games with 14 starts her first two seasons.

Jerry Williams (Spring-Ford) >> The junior scored his first collegiate goal to help Gordon men’s soccer team turn back Maine Maritime 7-2 on Sept. 7. He had a goal and an assist in a 7-0 triumph over Eastern Nazarene on Oct. 8. The Fighting Scots are 10-3-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference after a 3-1 league setback to Wentworth Tech on Oct. 15.

Caitlyn Somerville (Boyertown) >> The 5-foot-5 senior is starting at flanker for the West Chester women’s rugby team which stands 5-2 after a 38-34 victory over Vassar on Oct. 16. The Golden Rams outscored foes 139-26 to open the season with a 4-0 record before they were beaten 56-10 by American International on Oct. 9.