THE GAME WAS a special one for senior Paige Selenski and she ended up having a special game for the University of Virginia field hockey team.
The Cavs defeated Wake Forest 4-0 last Saturday in Charlottesville. The game was chosen by the Virginia players to raise awareness of ovarian and breast cancer and it was dedicated in the memory of Paige‚??s mother, the late Judy Selenski. Paige (Dallas) scored two goals and had an assist in the game.
‚??Paige played the game with her typical quiet confidence,‚?Ě coach Michele Madison said. ‚??We had a beautiful, emotional moment in the locker room with the team dedicating forever the last home game in October to Paige‚??s mom in recognition of the fight she inspired in Paige and the fight Paige brings to the field day in and day out.‚?Ě
Selenski leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with 23 goals. She also has 11 assists and has six game-winners. The five points she scored Saturday gave her 228 in her career, just three points shy of breaking the Virginia career record.
‚??But more than that, Paige is one of the most coachable and gracious athletes I have ever worked with,‚?Ě Madison said. ‚??She is open to input to improve her game and young players should embrace this quality if they want to become the best they can be.‚?Ě
Virginia, ranked 11th in the nation, is 12-4-1 overall and 5-3-1 in league play and closes out its regular season with a home league game against Boston College on Thursday. The ACC Tournament begins Sunday.
MCGUINNESS LEADING THE WAY ‚?? The Scranton men‚??s soccer team is one of the top squads in Division III and Bill McGuiness (Wyoming Valley West) is having a standout season for the Royals.
McGuiness, a senior with junior eligibility, leads the team with 22 points on eight goals and six assists. He has four game-winners including recent victories over Drew (4-3) and Moravian (2-1).
‚??Bill has been playing at a very high level,‚?Ě coach Matt Pivirotto said. ‚??He has battled injuries the past two seasons so one of the main factors that Bill is playing so well is he‚??s been healthy. He plays a huge role on the team, not only as a talented player but as a leader. He sets the bar high for his teammates.‚?Ě
One of those teammates is freshman goalkeeper Josh Ryan of Dallas (Scranton Prep) who has started the last two games and is 1-1 after the victory over Moravian and a 1-0 loss to Catholic last Saturday. He has given up two goals and has 10 saves.
The Royals, ranked second in the Mid-Atlantic Region, dropped to 11-1-2 overall and 5-1-0 in Landmark Conference play with the loss to Catholic. They have a key league game against Juniata at home Saturday.
BUNCH DOING THE JOB ‚?? Tashawn Bunch (Wyoming Valley West) is starting on defense for the Lock Haven football team. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound freshman is third on the team in tackles (46) and has five for losses (20 yards) and three sacks (17 yards). He‚??s also forced two fumbles.
‚??Tashawn is a talented true freshman that we are very high on,‚?Ě coach John Allen said. ‚??He gets better with each game playing the outside linebacker spot for us.‚?Ě
Bunch had five tackles and a forced fumble as the Bald Eagles came close to winning their first game of the season, a 30-28 loss to Clarion last Saturday. The team will take a 0-8 mark (0-5 in the PSAC) into Saturday‚??s game against Gannon in Lock Haven.
WILLIAMS STARTING FOR TIGERS ‚?? The Towson field hockey team is having a tough season (1-16 overall and 0-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association) but junior defender Kate Williams (Lake-Lehman) has started all 17 games for the Tigers.
‚??Kate has done a great job stepping into her role as our center defender,‚?Ě coach Michelle Webber said. ‚??She has continued to improve throughout the season and has come up with some great stops during key defensive play. She is truly a smart and talented defender who I see anchoring our backfield during the rest of her career.‚?Ě
Freshman Kelsey Jones (Crestwood) is also on the squad and has played in six games off the bench but is currently not playing.
‚??Kelsey is continuing to adjust,‚?Ě Webber said. ‚??She has been sidelined for medical reasons, but that has allowed her to learn the intellectual part of the game. I look forward to having her return to play this coming spring.‚?Ě
FRITZGES NEARS MARK ‚?? Eric Fritzges (Dallas) needs just seven victories ‚?? either in singles or doubles ‚?? to become the third player in the history of Elizabethtown men‚??s tennis to reach the century mark.
The 5-foot-11 senior is 44-26 in singles and 49-26 in doubles for the Blue Jays in his four-year career.
Fritzges added to his totals by competing in two events this fall and made it to the semifinals in singles and the title game in doubles in the Middle Atlantic Conference Individual Championship before losing.
‚??I really didn‚??t notice that Eric was approaching that milestone but it certainly doesn‚??t surprise me,‚?Ě coach Matt Helsel said. ‚??We‚??ve always just tried to accomplish our goal each year and then let things add up when it‚??s all over.‚?Ě
The coach feels that Fritzges is a prime example of that philosophy.
‚??It doesn‚??t matter if it‚??s an October practice on a cold and windy day or playing a match in the NCAA Championships, Eric brings the same level of intensity and work ethic,‚?Ě Helsel said. ‚??I never had a player who simply enjoys striking a tennis ball. It‚??s really as simple as that. He loves to hit tennis balls and that ruthless simplicity has frustrated many opponents over the years.‚?Ě
The Blue Jays open spring play March 3-9 in Hilton Head, S.C.
‚??I‚??m looking forward to see what Eric can accomplish this spring,‚?Ě Helsel said.
ROSA IN THE RUNNING ‚?? Senior Gabriel Rosa (GAR) is a key performer for the SUNY-Maritime men‚??s cross country team.
Rosa, the team‚??s No. 3 runner, finished seventh out of 128 runners in the York Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx last weekend with an 8k time of 29:29. Prior to that, he finished 21st in the Knight Invitational in Newburgh, N.Y. with a time of 30:22.
‚??Gabe is having a really good season,‚?Ě coach Jake Scott said. ‚??He‚??s been running through a tough ankle injury. He continues to train hard and push himself every day.‚?Ě
The Privateers will compete in the Skyline Conference Championship Sunday in Newburgh.
‚??We are looking to Gabe to help us achieve our goal of winning the conference title,‚?Ě Scott said.
DIMARIA ON A ROLL ‚?? Jen DiMaria is having a strong season with the Haverford field hockey team but the sophomore forward has been outstanding the past two games.
DiMaria, from Swoyersville (Wyoming Seminary), had two goals in an 8-3 victory over Bryn Mawr last Thursday and an assist in a 5-2 triumph over McDaniel last Saturday. She has six goals and two assists for 14 points on the season. Last season, she played in 11 games and had a goal.
‚??Jen came in her freshman year like many incoming freshmen ‚?? a little behind in regards to her fitness level and readiness for the speed of the college level game,‚?Ě coach Jackie Cox said. ‚??But she worked extremely hard in the spring and summer and came back as one of our most fit players.‚?Ě
DiMaria has been starting and coming off the bench and is the team‚??s No. 1 hitter on corners.
‚??Jen is critical to our offense and her skill level and confidence has improved by 100 percent to make her a threat to other teams. I‚??m so happy that she has come into her own and the confidence she has when she steps onto the field,‚?Ě Cox said.
The Fords are 11-4 overall and 6-2 in the Centennial Conference and have won three straight.
SURDI STARTS FOR KENT STATE ‚?? Sophomore Sami Surdy (Crestwood) has started all 19 games for the Kent State field hockey team, which is 7-12 overall and leads the Mid-American Conference with a 3-1 record. Five of the setbacks have come against nationally-ranked teams.
‚??Sami is a hard-working, hard-nosed defender that we depend on very much,‚?Ě coach Kathleen Schanne said.
The Golden Flashes have a big league game at Central Michigan Saturday which will determine the seeding for the upcoming MAC Tournament Nov. 2-3.