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Raptor of the Week: Shawn Cunning

Monday, November 1, 2004

By Mike Ballard
RutgersCamden Sports Correspondent

Shawn Cunning (Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood)

Sophomore back Shawn Cunning has been a big cog in the stellar defense of the Rutgers-Camden men's soccer team all season long, and he turned in a pair of big performances last week as the Scarlet Raptors continued their season-long success. Cunning helped the Raptors close the regular season with a 3-0 shutout at Ramapo College Oct. 27, then post a 1-0 victory over Kean Oct. 30 in the opener of the New Jersey Athletic Conference playoffs. The two shutouts raised the Raptors' total to 11 for the season - one shy of the school record - and gave Rutgers-Camden a new program mark with 15 wins heading into the NJAC semifinals.

MEN'S SOCCER (15-1-4/5-1-2 NJAC)
Wed., Oct. 27 Rutgers-Camden 3, Ramapo College 0

NJAC Playoffs
Sat., Oct. 30 First Round: Rutgers-Camden 1, Kean University 0

NJAC Playoffs
Tues., Nov. 2 Semifinal: No. 3 Rutgers-Camden at No. 2 Richard Stockton College, 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 5 Final: TBA at highest remaining seed

The beat went on for the Rutgers-Camden men’s soccer team with another outstanding effort last week against two strong New Jersey Athletic Conference teams. With two victories, the Raptors set a school record for wins and moved into the semifinals of the NJAC playoffs.

Junior midfielder Devin Burgin (Pennsauken, NJ/Bishop Eustace) scored the only goal of the game on a penalty kick with 9:21 remaining in regulation to lift Rutgers-Camden over Kean University, 1-0, in the first round of the New Jersey Athletic Conference playoffs Oct. 30 in Camden.

With the victory, the Scarlet Raptors set a new school record for wins in a season, improving to 15-1-4. They had been tied with the 1981 team (14-6-4) for most wins in a season.

The Raptors, seeded third in the six-team NJAC playoffs, advance to the conference semifinals. They will play a 7 p.m. game Tuesday at No. 2 seed Richard Stockton College (14-3-3).

In the other first-round game, No. 4 Montclair State edged No. 5 Ramapo, 1-0, and advances to Tuesday’s semifinal game at No. 1 Rowan University at 7 p.m.

Kean, the sixth seed, ends its season at 9-10-1 with its second 1-0 loss to Rutgers-Camden in two weeks.

Burgin’s penalty kick came after a handball in the box late in the game. He converted the shot for his third penalty kick goal in four attempts this season, and his fourth game-winning goal of the year.

The hard-fought playoff game saw both teams take nine shots. Kean held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

Both Kean junior keeper Bogdan Protas and Rutgers-Camden sophomore goalie David Cunningham (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern) made three saves apiece. Cunningham raised his record to 8-1-4 with his third shutout of the season. It was the 11th team shutout for the Raptors, one shy of the school record set in 1981.

Rutgers-Camden ended the regular season Oct. 27 by tying the school record with its 14th victory in a 3-0 NJAC win at Ramapo College. With their victory, the Raptors clinched the third seed for the NJAC playoffs.

The Scarlet Raptors, who received goals from junior Kevin Ridgway (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) and freshmen Rodney Guishard (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest) and James Ono (Bridgeton, NJ/Cumberland Regional), raised their record to 5-1-2 in the NJAC. They posted the program’s most wins in NJAC play since the 1989 club went 5-4.

The Scarlet Raptors took a 1-0 lead at 28:03 when Ridgway scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season off a cross from junior back Brett Mattei (Turnersville, NJ/Washington Township). It was the second assist of the season for Mattei.

In the second half, Guishard notched an insurance goal with his fourth tally of the year. His goal came off a head flick from Ridgway, following a throw-in by sophomore back Shawn Cunning (Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood).

Ono added his fifth goal with 8:10 remaining, scoring on an 18-yard shot after taking a long through ball from junior back Brandon Bond (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson).

Sophomore goalie Tim Giacobbe (Stratford, NJ/Sterling) collected his fifth shutout of the season, making two saves to raise his record to 7-0-0. For Ramapo, sophomore keeper Patrick Jagodzinski had three saves.

WOMEN'S SOCCER (12-6-2/3-4-1 NJAC)
Wed., Oct. 27 Rutgers-Camden 3, Ramapo College 0

NJAC Playoffs
Sat., Oct. 30 First Round: Montclair State 3, Rutgers-Camden 1

Junior forward Jess Amendola scored two goals to lead third-seeded Montclair State University to a 3-1 victory over sixth-seeded Rutgers-Camden in the first round of the 2004 New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament Oct. 30 in Montclair.

The Red Hawks improved to 10-7-1 overall, while the Scarlet Raptors ended their season at 12-6-2.

It was the second consecutive year that the Lady Raptors have ended their season in the first round of the NJAC playoffs. They lost to Rowan, 2-1, last season in the first NJAC playoff berth in program history. It also was the second time in a week the Raptors lost to Montclair State, having dropped a 7-1 decision Oct. 23 in Camden.

The Raptors are 0-6-1 against Montclair State in the all-time series.

Amendola scored just 13 seconds into the game, off a set-up by senior forward Liz D'Alto and then added her second goal of the game and ninth of the season at 33:51 following a corner kick. D'Alto set up freshman Maureen Shockley for her first career collegiate goal at 44:18 to put MSU up, 3-0, at halftime.

Rutgers-Camden senior midfielder Rachel Greenwald (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) spoiled MSU's shutout bid with eight seconds remaining in regulation with her ninth goal of the campaign. It was assisted by her sister, senior forward Heather Greenwald (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford).

That combination was a fitting ending to the record-setting careers for the Greenwald sisters. Heather Greenwald set single-season records for goals (16) and points (44) this year, and also holds the career marks for goals (46), game-winning goals (13) and points (121). Rachel Greenwald’s nine goals, 10 assists and 28 points left her fourth on the team in scoring this season. She also set the program’s career assist record with 36 and finished fourth on the career charts with 78 points.

Sophomore goalkeeper Tracy Stonaker (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) finished with 13 saves for the Scarlet Raptors, while sophomore netminder Kristin Kuhmann (Beachwood, NJ) came up with four saves for the Red Hawks, who outshot Rutgers-Camden, 30-8, and had 11 of the game's 12 corner kicks.

Stonaker’s 90 minutes in goal allowed her to set a new single-season mark of 1,401:06 in goal, eclipsing the mark of 1,381 by Tracy Winter in 2002.

In the Lady Raptors’ regular-season finale, sophomore forward Aubree McDermott (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) scored two goals and Rachel Greenwald added a goal and an assist to power Rutgers-Camden over Ramapo College, 3-0, in a conference game Oct. 27 in Camden.

McDermott gave Rutgers-Camden the only goal it needed at 32:02, following a shot by junior back Katlyn Pagaduan (Somerdale, NJ/Sterling) that was saved by Roadrunner junior keeper Christy Turner. McDermott followed up the shot and scored off the rebound at the right post.

McDermott made it a 2-0 game 10:26 into the second half off a through ball from Rachel Greenwald and an assist by sophomore back Katie O’Connor (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township), and finishing off her 13th goal of the season. Rachel Greenwald completed the scoring with an unassisted goal at 63:42.

Stonaker made five saves for the Raptors to record her fifth shutout of the season and set a school record with her 10th win in goal. Stonaker, who snapped the tie for goalie wins that she shared with Tracy Winter (2003) and Kristen Stewart (2001), raised her record to 10-4-2.

For Ramapo, Turner had six saves in goal.

Rutgers-Camden outshot Ramapo, 15-8, and held a 3-0 edge in corner kicks.

The Lady Raptors finished their season withschool records for goals (65) and points (188) in a season. They also tied the club mark of 58 assists, set in 2002, and were one win shy of tying the program mark of 13 victories, set in 2003.

VOLLEYBALL (2-24 overall/0-7 NJAC/0-6 WIAC)
Tue., Oct. 26 Kean University 30-30-30, Rutgers-Camden 17-18-19
Thur., Oct. 28 Chestnut Hill College 30-30-30, Rutgers-Camden 27-27-27
Sat., Oct. 30 WIAC Tournament at New Jersey City University
Centenary College 30-30-24-30, Rutgers-Camden 13-25-30-17

Rutgers-Camden closed its season Oct. 30 by losing to Centenary College, 13-30, 25-30, 30-24 and 17-30, in the first round of the Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament Oct. 30. The WIAC tournament was held at New Jersey City University.

For the Lady Raptors, who close the season at 2-24, freshman Julie Grochowski (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) notched 12 kills, nine assists, four service aces, 12 digs and four blocks. Sophomore Karla Maisto (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern) collected 13 assists, eight kills, two blocks and five digs.

Freshman Bianca Skvirsky (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) collected 11 digs, one service ace and one kill, while freshman Yara Khalil (Medford, NJ/Shawnee) added six digs. Sophomore Rosevic Santos (Jersey City, NJ/Abraham Lincoln) had 10 digs and one kill, while freshman Lilliana Quintana (Camden, NJ/Pennsauken Tech) added three aces and six digs for Rutgers-Camden.

Grochowski ended her sterling freshman season with school records for matches played (26), games played (89), kills (274), total attacks (1,120) and digs (375). She also added 52 service aces to tie sophomore teammate Katherine Maikoksoong (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South) for another single-season school record. Maisto finished a close third on the team with 47 aces.

Maikoksoong led the club with 195 assists.

In the Raptors’ final home match of the season, Chestnut Hill College outlasted Rutgers-Camden by identical scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 30-27 to sweep a non-conference battle Oct. 28.

For the Lady Raptors, Maisto collected seven aces, five digs and four kills, while Grochowski notched 10 kills, 24 digs and three blocks and junior Joelle Diener (Rickenbach, Switzerland/Kantonsschule, Olten) added 14 assists, five kills, three aces and three blocks.

Quintana added four aces for Rutgers-Camden.

In its first match of the week, Rutgers-Camden lost a New Jersey Athletic Conference match at Kean University, 17-30, 18-30 and 19-30, Oct. 26 as the Cougars received 13 kills from sophomore Elizabeth Bauer and 17 digs, six aces and eight kills from senior Iwona Janiak. Senior Evelina Trzeciak (Monroe, NJ/Monroe) added 30 assists for the Cougars.

Rutgers-Camden was paced by Grochowski, who collected 11 kills, 14 digs and five blocks and two service aces. Diener added 15 assists, 10 digs, three kills and one block.

Oct. 30 at New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships (at Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ)

MEN: 1. The College of New Jersey, 22; 2. Rowan University, 48; 3. Kean University, 88; 4. Richard Stockton College, 94; 5. Ramapo College, 165; 6. Montclair State University, 169; 7. William Paterson University, 184; 8. Rutgers-Camden, 231.

Leading runner: Matt Molski (The College of New Jersey), 25:42.20.
Leading Rutgers-Camden runner: Chris McGowan, 28:55.00.

WOMEN: 1. The College of New Jersey, 15; 2. Rowan University, 56; 3. Ramapo College, 92; 4. Richard Stockton College, 130; 5. Rutgers-Camden, 148; 6. Montclair State University, 149; 7. Kean University, 180.

Leading runner: Jenna Fasulo (The College of New Jersey), 22:59.40.
Leading Rutgers-Camden runner: Joelle Diener, 24:37.50.

Sat., Nov. 6 at ECAC Championships (Grafton, MA) M: (8K) 11 a.m. W: (6K) 12 p.m.

Junior Joelle Diener (Rickenbach, Switzerland/Kantonsschule, Olten) finished 14th overall and earned All-New Jersey Athletic Conference Second Team honors to power the Lady Raptors to a fifth-place finish at the NJAC Cross Country Championships at Richard Stockton College Oct. 30.

The Lady Raptors compiled 148 points in the 6K race, which was won by The College of New Jersey (15 points).

TCNJ also won the men’s 8K race with 22 points. Rutgers-Camden (231) finished eighth.

Individual winners included TCNJ’s Jenna Fasulo (22:59.40) in the women’s race and the Lions’ Matt Molski (25:42.20) in the men’s race.

Leading the way for the Rutgers-Camden men’s team was junior Chris McGowan (Barington, NJ/Gloucester Catholic), who finished 40th out of 65 runners in a time of 28:55.00.

Diener, who earlier this season earned All-New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women honors at the NJAIAW meet Oct. 2, posted a 6K time of 24:37.50 to become the second Lady Raptor in as many years to capture All-NJAC honors. Last year Tina DiGiovanni, now a Rutgers-Camden assistant coach, captured First Team All-NJAC honors.

Senior captain Sarah Roberts (Pittsgrove, NJ/Schalick) finished second on the Lady Raptors and 31st out of 50 female runners, posting a time of 27:06.50. Junior Jackie Tursi (Sewell, NJ/Clearview Regional) was 40th overall (28:10.40), followed by sophomore Erin Rajauski (Haddon Heights, NJ/Camden Catholic), who was 42nd (28:24.50), and sophomore Rachel McCormick (Blue Anchor, NJ/Winslow Township), who was 45th (29:01.10).

In the men’s race, which featured 65 runners, freshman Stefon Coleman (Penns Grove, NJ/Penns Grove) finished second behind McGowan and 62nd overall (34:14.80). He was followed in order by senior Matthew Weng (Lakehurst, NJ/Shawnee), freshman Steven Sooy (Millville, NJ/Millville) and junior Andrew Silipino (Hammonton, NJ/Hammonton), who posted times of 35:11.00, 38:16.40 and 43:45.60, respectively.


The Rutgers University-Camden women’s crew team completed its maiden fall season in a pair of races at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia Oct. 30.

Rutgers-Camden finished 15th out of 16 boats in the Women’s Freshman Novice 4 race in a time of 21:46.93, and was 25th out of 32 boats in the Women’s Open 4 (19:34.32).

Rowing in the Freshman Novice 4 race were freshman coxswain Jill Corl (Sewell, NJ/Gloucester Catholic), sophomore stroke seat Stephanie Jones (Swedesboro, NJ/Kingsway Regional), sophomore 3 seat Jen Culligan (Willingboro, NJ/Holy Cross), sophomore 2 seat Cynthia Burt (Woodbury, NJ/West Deptford) and freshman bow seat Diana Marko (Philadelphia, PA/Camden Catholic).

Rowing in the Women’s Open 4 were coxswain Jill Corl, junior stroke seat Nicole Corl (Sewell, NJ/Gloucester Catholic), freshman 3 seat Monica Fleming (Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood), sophomore 2 seat Renee Martin (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest) and junior bow seat Kristin Stoszak (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg).

The Rutgers-Camden men’s club team, meanwhile, finished 30th out of 33 boats competing in the Men’s Open 4, posting a time of 18:14.91. Rowing in the men’s boat were sophomore stroke seat Lou Gallagher (Florence, NJ/Holy Cross), junior 3 seat Chris Piligno (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown), sophomore 2 seat Sean Kendall (Haddon Township, NJ/Haddon Township), freshman bow seat Lance Carsillo (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken) and freshman coxswain Colin Oswald (Wiliamstown, NJ/Williamstown).

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