Monday, October 25, 2004
By Mike Ballard
RAPTOR OF THE WEEK
Freshman Julie Grochowski has been a bright spot all season long for the Rutgers-Camden volleyball team, and the freshman continued her fine play last week. In three matches, Grochowski collected 31 kills, 56 digs, five aces and 16 blocks. A two-time New Jersey Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week (Sept. 20 and 27), she also was a member of the All-Gothic Knight Women's Volleyball Invitational team Oct. 16. She leads the Lady Raptors in kills (241), digs (325) and blocks (61) and is second on the team in aces (45).
The Scarlet Raptors garnered their first national ranking and stretched their undefeated streak to 17 games before suffering their first loss of the season.
Sophomore defender Todd Tumelty scored the decisive goal in the second half to lift Montclair State University to a 3-2 victory over visiting Rutgers-Camden in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game Oct. 23.
The Scarlet Raptors, ranked No. 20 nationally, fall to 13-1-4, ending their school-record undefeated streak at 17 games. They are 4-1-2 in the NJAC. It was their first loss since Oct. 25, 2003, a 2-0 setback at Kean University.
MSU junior midfielder Sean Horan launched a direct kick from the right side of the field to the left side of the Rutgers-Camden box, where Tumelty collected the ball and put it in off the outstretched hands of Rutgers-Camden sophomore goalie David Cunningham (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern) at 61:28.
Montclair took a 2-0 lead on goals just 15 seconds apart in the first half, with sophomore forward Illyas Tasci scoring off an assist from classmate Bill Anthes at 21:30 before Rutgers-Camden inadvertently put the ball in its own net at 21:45.
The Scarlet Raptors got one goal back at 39:22 when junior forward Kevin Ridgway (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) redirected a header by sophomore forward Ian Simmons (Blue Anchor, NJ/Winslow Township) past MSU junior goalkeeper Chris Owen. Rutgers tied the game at 47:19 when junior midfielder Devin Burgin (Pennsauken, Bishop Eustace) scored, assisted by freshman forward Ryan Evans (Medford, NJ/Shawnee).
Cunningham and Owens each finished with six saves on the day, as Rutgers-Camden outshot Montclair State, 17-11, and held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
In their only other game of the week, freshman forward Rodney Guishard (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest) collected a goal and an assist and Simmons added a pair of assists to lead the Scarlet Raptors to a 4-0 victory over Albright College in a non-conference game Oct. 19.
The Scarlet Raptors, who earlier in the day moved up to No. 20 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of American/adidas NCAA Division III national poll, improved to 13-0-4, extending their school-record unbeaten string to 17 games.
The game also served as a Senior Night for a pair of athletes on the men’s soccer team, as forward Mike Hannings (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) and midfielder Tom Magoffin (Sewell, NJ/The King’s Christian School) were honored.
Rutgers-Camden jumped on the board only 2:52 into the game as Evans scored on a breakaway, assisted by freshman Pat Baldiserra (Milmay, NJ/Buena Regional).
The Scarlet Raptors, who held a 28-3 advantage in shots and a 6-1 edge in corner kicks, made it a 2-0 game at 29:44 when Simmons slipped a restart behind an Albright defensive wall. Sophomolre Mike Reed (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) ran onto the ball and completed the play with his fourth goal of the year.
In the second half, the Raptors completed their scoring with goals by Ridgway and Guishard. Ridgway scored at 71:18 after Guishard sent a cross along the goal line and he tapped it in near the far post. Guishard scored on a one-timer off a chip into the box by Simmons.
Rutgers-Camden used all three of its keepers in the game, with starter Cunningham working the first half and getting the win. Sophomore Tim Giacobbe (Stratford, NJ/Sterling) made the Raptors’ lone save in 28:53 of play in the second half. Freshman Chris Comuso (Turnersville, NJ/Washington Township) finished up the game.
For Albright (3-12-2), keeper Chad Shreiner made six saves.
WOMEN'S SOCCER (11-5-2/2-4-1 NJAC)
The Rutgers-Camden women’s soccer team went 0-2-1 in a week which started with a 1-1 tie against Albright College and ended with back-to-back losses against Richard Stockton College (3-1) and Montclair State University (7-1) in New Jersey Athletic Conference games.
Albright College senior back Monica Kline scored a first-half goal and Rutgers-Camden sophomore forward Aubree McDermott (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) notched the tying goal with 7:36 remaining in regulation as the two teams battled to a 1-1 non-conference tie in double overtime Oct. 19.
Albright scored at 12:01 when Kline’s corner kick along the goal line deflected into the net off a Lady Raptor defender.
McDermott tied the score on a 30-yard breakaway goal after being sprung by senior forward Heather Greenwald (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford). It was the 10th goal of the season for McDermott and the 10th assist for Greenwald.
Rutgers-Camden held a 14-10 advantage in shots. Albright had six corner kicks to the Raptors’ five.
Sophomore keeper Tracy Stonaker (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) collected three saves for Rutgers-Camden. For the Lions, freshman keeper Carly Sidone had eight saves.
In another home game on Oct. 21, Richard Stockton College built a one-goal halftime lead and junior forward Kari Devine scored her single-season school record 22nd goal late in the second half as the Ospreys defeated Rutgers-Camden, 3-1.
The Lady Raptors scored the game’s first goal when McDermott tallied her 11th goal of the season at 7:05. It was assisted by Heather Greenwald, who raised her program career-leading point record to 120.
Stockton, which is ranked No. 6 in the Mid-Atlantic Region poll, tied the game at 25:19 on a goal by senior midfielder Dana Ash, assisted by Devine.
The Ospreys, who held a 12-6 advantage in shots in the opening half, notched the winning goal with 3:25 remaining in the first half. Senior midfielder Laura Federico scored at the left post off a cross by senior back Megan Norcia.
Devine notched her record-breaking goal with 2:05 remaining in the game. She scored on a breakaway after running onto a through ball by freshman midfielder Val Davison. That goal allowed her to break the single-season school record set by All-American Shannon Keelan in 1998.
Stockton, which leads the all-time series, 4-1-1, held a 21-11 advantage in shots and a 6-3 margin in corner kicks for the game. Stockton junior keeper Becky Baisley made four saves, while Rutgers-Camden’s Stonaker had seven saves.
In the week’s final home game, Montclair State senior Stephanie Sabaliauskas assisted on the first two goals of the game and added a hat trick as the Red Hawks defeated the Raptors, 7-1, Oct. 23.
Sabaliauskas, who was the NJAC’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2003, didn’t take long to jump start the Red Hawk attack. She sent a through ball behind the Raptor defense early in the game to spring junior forward Jess Amendola on a breakaway. Amendola scored her team-leading sixth goal at 6:05.
Clinging to a 1-0 lead, the Red Hawks put the game away with three goals in a 2:30 span late in the first half. Sabaliauskas took a shot that was saved and deflected by Raptor keeper Stonaker, and junior forward Ruby Russell followed up the rebound with a goal at 41:21. Moments later, Sabaliauskas scored off an assist from freshman midfielder Maureen Shockley, crossing a long shot from the left side that hit off the inside of the right post and bounded into the goal at 42:55.
The Red Hawks completed their scoring barrage at 43:51 as junior forward Kelly Dutko curved a corner kick off the far post and into the net.
Rutgers-Camden scored its lone goal off a corner kick by sophomore midfielder Kate Machion (Blackwood, NJ/Paul VI) six minutes into the second half. Junior back Katlyn Pagaduan (Somerdale, NJ/Sterling) knocked in the goal at the far post for her third tally of the year.
The Red Hawks ended any Raptor thoughts of a comeback when Sabaliauskas scored her second goal at 63:30, assisted by senior back Shirah Odeh. Junior midfielder Lauren Kowalski scored at 72:40, assisted by Amendola, and Sabaliauskas completed her hat trick on an unassisted goal at 76:36. The eight-point day gave her six goals and five assists for the season, jumping her into the team lead with 17 points.
Sabaliauskas also had a hat trick against Ramapo Sept. 28, 2003, and scored the game-winning goal in overtime last season against the Lady Raptors in Montclair State’s 1-0 victory (Sept. 20).
The game marked the most goals allowed by Rutgers-Camden since a 7-1 loss to The College of New Jersey Sept. 10, 2002. The six-goal margin of defeat was the largest since a 6-0 loss to The College of New Jersey Oct. 2, 2004.
Montclair State outshot Rutgers-Camden, 20-9. The Raptors held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Stonaker and freshman Therese Comella (Delran, NJ/Delran) combined for four saves while splitting the game in goal for the Raptors. Comella made three saves and Stonaker had one. For Montclair State, sophomore keeper Kristin Kuhmann had four saves.
Oct. 18 Gwynedd-Mercy College Tri-Match
Senior Hugh Arbuthnot (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) was the individual medalist, shooting a 75 at the par 70 Pinecrest Golf Club to power Rutgers University-Camden to victory at the Gwynedd-Mercy College tri-match in Lansdale, PA, Oct. 18.
Rutgers-Camden shot 315 as a team to finish 24 strokes ahead of Neumann College. Host Gwynedd-Mercy College had only one golfer and did not score.
It was the final event of the fall for the Scarlet Raptors, who posted a sterling 57-28 fall record in seven outings, including a first-place and a pair of second-place finishes in their last three invitationals.
In addition to Arbuthnot, the Raptors received a 77 from junior Chris Binder (Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood), while sophomore Chris Kelley (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield) added an 81.
Junior John Goff (Haddon Heights, NJ/Paul VI) tied top score of the season with an 82, and sophomore Rob Burgess (Sewell, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) rounded out the team by shooting a 93.
For the season, Binder led the team with a 77.4 average in seven outings, while Kelley averaged 79.3. Arbuthnot and senior Brian Mason (Bridgeton, NJ/Bridgeton) each averaged an 80.0 in seven and five matches, respectively.
VOLLEYBALL (2-20 overall/0-6 NJAC/0-6 WIAC)
The Rutgers-Camden volleyball team went 0-3 during the week with four-game home matches against Montclair State University and Valley Forge Christian College and a three-game sweep at Alvernia College.
Alvernia raised its record to 20-3 by sweeping Rutgers-Camden, 30-18, 30-11 and 30-17, Oct. 23.
The Lady Raptors, 2-21, were paced by freshman Julie Grochowski (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown), who collected seven kills, 16 digs and two blocks. Sophomore Katherine Maikoksoong (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South) notched four kills, seven digs and one block for the Raptors.
Junior Joelle Diener (Rickenbach, Switzerland/Kantonsschule, Olten) collected seven assists, one ace and nine digs, while sophomore Karla Masto (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern) had seven assists, three kills, one ace and two digs.
Freshman Kristina Matthews (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township), sophomore Rosevic Santos (Jersey City, NJ/Abraham Lincoln) and freshman Bianca Skvirsky (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) each added four digs for the Lady Raptors.
Valley Forge Christian College outlasted Rutgers-Camden, 30-20, 30-23, 28-30 and 30-26, to capture a non-conference volleyball match Oct. 21 in Camden.
For the Raptors, Grochowski collected nine kills, 23 digs, eight blocks and three service aces, while Maikoksoong added 14 kills, six digs, five blocks and one ace.
Diener notched 16 assists, seven kills, three aces, 13 digs and three blocks, while Maisto had three kills, 17 assists, five aces, seven digs and four blocks.
Matthews collected two aces and two digs, while Santos and freshman Lilliana Quintana (Camden, NJ/Pennsauken Tech) each had one service ace, while adding four and two digs, respectively.
Skvirsky notched two digs and two blocks, while freshman Yara Khalil (Medford, NJ/Shawnee) added three digs.
In their opening action of the week, the Lady Raptors watched Montclair State receive 15 kills and 23 assists from senior Tiffany Aciz as it defeated Rutgers-Camden, 30-27, 30-22, 28-30 and 30-24, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference match Oct. 19 in Camden.
Junior Kelly McGuire added 31 assists, while sophomore Heather Aciz added 21 kills and seven digs.
For the Lady Raptors, Grochowski collected 15 kills, 17 digs and six blocks. Diener and Masto each had 19 assists, while Diener added 13 digs and Masto had 12. Maikoksoong had 14 digs.