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Raptor of the Week: Kathleen Dreitlein

Monday, April 17, 2006

By Mike Ballard
RutgersCamden Sports Correspondent

Kathleen Dreitlein (Berkeley Heights, NJ/TGovernor Livingston)

Sophomore first baseman Kathleen Dreitlein powered the No. 8-ranked Rutgers-Camden softball team to four straight New Jersey Athletic Conference victories this week, extending the Lady Raptors’ winning streak to 14 games. Dreitlein went 8-for-13 (.615) with four runs, four doubles, six RBIs and one walk in the four games to extend her hitting streak to seven games. She went 3-for-6 in a twinbill sweep of No. 2-ranked Rowan April 11, then 5-for-7 at Ramapo April 15. Included in her big week was a 3-for-4 Game Two against Ramapo, including a two-run double to spark the Raptors’ winning four-run sixth-inning rally. Overall on the season, Dreitlein is batting .455 with 22 runs, 19 RBIs and a team-leading 12 doubles.

SOFTBALL (24-4 overall/10-0 NJAC)

Tue. 11 Rutgers-Camden 6-9, Rowan University 0-0 (2nd game 5 innings)
Thur. 13 vs. Gwynedd-Mercy College (doubleheader), cancelled
Sat. 15 Rutgers-Camden 2-5, Ramapo College 1-4


Tue. 18 at Richard Stockton College (doubleheader) 3 p.m.
Wed. 19 at Neumann College (doubleheader) 4 p.m.
Sat. 22 at Kean University (doubleheader) 1 p.m.
Tue. 25 New Jersey City University (doubleheader) 3 p.m.
Thur. 27 Hunter College (doubleheader) 5 p.m.
Fri. 28 Ursinus College (doubleheader) 5:30 p.m.
Sat. 29 Rutgers-Newark (doubleheader) 1 p.m.

A pair of doubleheader sweeps, including one against the nation’s second-ranked team, highlighted another successful week for the Rutgers-Camden softball team, which rose to No. 8 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association NCAA Division III poll, extended its winning streak to 14 games and grabbed a three-game lead in the New Jersey Athletic Conference regular-season race with eight games to play.

Rutgers-Camden started its week with a 6-0 and 9-0 sweep over No. 2-ranked Rowan University in a conference doubleheader April 11 in Glassboro. The second game ended in the fifth inning due to the eight-run mercy rule.

The Lady Raptors added another road NJAC triumph April 15, rallying in the nightcap to complete a 2-1, 5-4 sweep at Ramapo College.

Rutgers-Camden improves to 24-4 overall and 10-0 in the NJAC. The Lady Raptors hold a three-game lead over Rowan (7-3 in the NJAC), in addition to the head-to-head tie-breaker, in the battle for the regular-season NJAC title. The regular-season conference champion will host the NJAC tournament the first weekend in May.

In the sweep at Rowan, the Raptors toppled a team which had only one loss in its first 28 games, snapping the Profs’ six-game winning streak.

In the opening game, Lady Raptor senior All-American Michelle Schlichtig (Barrington, NJ/Haddon Heights) hurled a two-hitter for her sixth shutout of the season and the 29th of her three-year Rutgers-Camden career. She raised her record to 11-2 while handing Rowan senior Colleen Oswald her first loss of the year after 20 straight wins. Schlichtig walked one and struck out eight while facing only three batters over the minimum.

Oswald, who started the day with a 0.90 ERA, allowed four earned runs in the first game and surrendered four more in two innings of relief work in the nightcap, when Lady Raptor junior Megan Farrell (Medford, NJ/Bishop Eustace Prep) hurled a three-hitter to notch the win. It was the second shutout of the season for Farrell, who walked one and struck out one. Rowan freshman starter Danielle Lawlor took the loss.

On the day, sophomore first baseman Kathleen Dreitlein (Berkeley Heights, NJ/Governor Livingston) went 3-for-6 with three runs and three RBIs for the Lady Raptors, while junior right fielder Autumn Millett (Richwood, NJ/Clearview Regional) went 2-for-5 with three runs, four RBIs and her first home run of the season. Farrell went 2-for-3 with one RBI, junior third baseman Alaina Giles (Willingboro, NJ/Holy Cross) went 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI and sophomore second baseman Jayme Feriod (Glassboro, NJ/Glassboro) had a single, reached base twice as a hit batsman, stole one base and scored three runs.

In the opening game, Schlichtig hurled perfect ball until the bottom of the sixth inning, when senior shortstop Casey Bartolf opened the frame with a single to right field. Freshman left fielder Kristina Brenner followed with a single when she beat out an attempted sacrifice bunt. Two outs later, junior first baseman Jamie Assini walked to load the bases, but Schlichtig wriggled out of the jam on a fine running catch into foul territory by Raptor freshman left fielder Mandi Moore (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddon Township).

The Lady Raptors scored the only run Schlichtig needed in the second inning when Dreitlein reached on an error. She advanced on a sacrifice by Farrell and a ground out by junior catcher Mo Baney (Deptford, NJ/Deptford), then scored when Feriod reached on an error.

Rutgers-Camden plated three runs in the fifth inning to break the game open, sparked by a leadoff single from Feriod and a sacrifice by Giles. Following a one-out walk to Millett, Feriod scored on a single by Schlichtig, with both runners advancing on a throw to the plate. Dreitlein doubled home Millett and pinch-runner Valeri Bohn (Delran, NJ/Holy Cross).

Millett tacked on a two-run home run in the seventh inning after freshman center fielder Marissa Van Cleef (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) reached on an error.

In the second game, Rutgers-Camden scored the only run Farrell needed in the second inning after Baney hit a leadoff single. With one out, Feriod was hit by a pitch and Giles singled to load the bases. The Profs brought in Oswald to relieve Lawlor, and following a force out at the plate, Feriod raced home on a passed ball.

In the two-run third inning, Dreitlein walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Giles singled home the second run, plating Baney who had reached as a hit batsman.

Rutgers-Camden broke open the contest with six runs in the fourth inning on two hits, two walks, a hit batsman and three errors. The frame was sparked by a leadoff walk to Millett, who promptly stole second. Dreitlein singled home Millet to open the scoring. Farrell added a sacrifice fly in the wild frame, which included an RBI by Feriod when she was hit with the bases loaded. The Raptors, who sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning, scored their final two runs on a single by Millett.

Rutgers-Camden used the big bat of Dreitlein and a big sixth-inning rally in the nightcap to record its sweep at Ramapo College April 15. Dreitlein went 5-for-7 with one run and three RBIs in the doubleheader and the Lady Raptors rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the second game with a four-run sixth inning.

Rutgers-Camden fell into an early 2-0 hole in the nightcap when Ramapo junior shortstop Michele Rossi ripped a two-run home run in the second inning. After the Raptors cut the gap to 2-1 on a bases-loaded walk to Millett in the bottom of the second, Ramapo stretched its lead to 4-1 with a two-run sixth. The Roadrunners plated runs on RBI singles from junior designated player Becky Pollak and freshman pinch-hitter Mickey O’Connor. Lady Raptor sophomore Therese Taraschi (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield) relieved starter Farrell and worked out of a jam when Raptor catcher Baney threw out a pinch-runner trying to steal second base.

Taraschi, in one-third of an inning, went on to earn the win and raise her record to 5-0 when the Raptors rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Raptor rally started with a walk to Moore and a single by Van Cleef. One out later, Schlichtig singled to load the bases. Dreitlein followed with a two-run double to left field and Farrell tied the game with a sacrifice fly. Baney delivered the go-ahead run with a single to center, plating Dreitlein, and then returned behind the plate as Schlichtig came into the game and shut the door. Schlichtig hurled a perfect seventh inning, retiring the first two batters on strikes, to earn her third save of the season. Not only did that tie the school’s single-season save record set by Jamie White in 2003, but it also was Schlichtig’s fifth career save to set a new program standard. She broke the mark of four by Sarah O’Malley (2001-03).

For the game, Dreitlein went 3-for-4 with one run and two RBIs, while Baney was 3-for-4 with one RBI.

In the opening game, Schlichtig tossed a two-hitter, allowing only two walks and one unearned run. She struck out nine in raising her record to 12-2.

Rutgers-Camden scored a first-inning run after Van Cleef was hit by a pitch and Bohn was inserted as a pinch-runner. Bohn advanced on an infield single by Schlichtig and scored on a double by Dreitlein.

Ramapo tied the game in the fourth on a walk to senior catcher Lisa Rizzo and a pair of Raptor errors, scoring pinch-runner Kendall Patton.

The Raptors scored the winning run in the fifth when Farrell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

For the game, Dreitlein and Schlichtig collected two hits apiece.

BASEBALL (19-10 overall/6-4 NJAC)

Thur. 15 Rutgers-Camden 3, The College of New Jersey 2 (12 innings)
Fri. 14 at Arcadia University, ppd. TBA
Sat. 15 Rutgers-Newark 6-5, Rutgers-Camden 5-4


Thur. 20 William Paterson University 3:30 p.m.
Fri. 21 at The College of New Jersey 3:30 p.m.
Sat. 22 at New Jersey City University (doubleheader) 12 p.m.
Mon. 24 Neumann College 7:15 p.m.
Thur. 27 at Rowan University 3:30 p.m.
Fri. 28 at William Paterson University 3:30 p.m.
Sat. 29 Kean University (doubleheader) 12 p.m.

A spectacular win over the nation’s third-ranked team was followed by a doubleheader loss as the Rutgers-Camden baseball team experienced both the highs and lows associated with life in the competitive New Jersey Athletic Conference last week.

Junior left fielder Mike Morris (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) doubled home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Scarlet Raptors to a thrilling 3-2 victory over The College of New Jersey in a NJAC marathon April 13 in Camden. Two days later, the Raptors were swept by sister school Rutgers-Newark, losing 6-5 and 5-4, in a twinbill at Campbell’s Field.

Against TCNJ, ranked No. 3 nationally in the American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division III poll, Rutgers-Camden held a 2-0 lead before the Lions tied the game in the top of the ninth inning. That started a marathon of strategic moves and countermoves in which both teams ended up losing their designated hitter with defensive changes. The contest, which lasted three hours, tied the Rutgers-Camden program record for the longest game by innings. The team had three previous 12-inning games, with the last coming in a 5-4 loss against Drew on April 30, 1970.

In the bottom of the 12th, senior first baseman Matt Calloway (Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) opened the frame with a single to center off the fourth Lion pitcher, junior Blake Ortiz. Morris, who in the top of the 12th threw out the go-ahead run at the plate, followed by ripping a 3-2 pitch into the right-center field alley for his game-winning double.

Morris’ hit gave sophomore John Gladden (Sicklerville, NJ/Winslow Township) his first career win. Gladden (1-0), entered the game in the top of the ninth for Raptor junior starter Jason Ronca (Eastampton, NJ/Rancocas Valley), worked the final 3-2/3 innings, allowing three hits during his shutout stint. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.

Ortiz took the loss, allowing three hits, two walks and the one earned run in 1-2/3 innings. He struck out one.

Ronca hurled a superb game, holding the hard-hitting Lions – who had averaged 11.4 runs over their first 23 games – to only four hits over his first eight innings. In the ninth, however, Ronca issued his first walk of the game to senior center fielder Charles Iacono, leading off the inning. Following a strikeout, junior catcher Gerard Haran singled Iacono to third and was removed for pinch-runner Tom Grohs. Iacono scored and Grohs advanced to second on a wild pitch, ending the day for Ronca, who finished with 8-1/3 innings, five hits, one walk, nine strikeouts and two earned runs.

Gladden coaxed the dangerous junior first baseman Blake Bullis to fly out to center, advancing Grohs to third. With two gone, senior right fielder Chris Wilson skied a high fly down the left field line that fell barely fair for a game-tying single.

The Lions nearly took the lead in the top of the 12th after Bullis singled and Wilson sacrificed him to second. Senior third baseman Rich Kropp followed with a single to left field. Morris charged the ball and threw Bullis out at the plate, setting the stage for his game-winning double in the bottom of the frame.

Rutgers-Camden scored single runs in the fourth and fifth in the pitching duel between Ronca and TCNJ sophomore Mike Oliver. In the fourth, a fly ball by Raptor junior center fielder Nate Buchter (Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) was played into a double, extending his school-record hitting streak to 23 games. Buchter scored on a single by Calloway.

In the fifth, senior catcher Nick Turekian (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) walked and was safe at second on Oliver’s throwing error on an attempted sacrifice. Following a sacrifice by senior third baseman Tyler Inkster (Audubon, NJ/Audubon), senior shortstop Brian Jakubowski (Audubon, NJ/Audubon) plated the run with a ground out.

For the Lions, Haran went 2-for-4 and Rich Kropp went 2-for-5 to combine for half of their eight hits.

For Rutgers-Camden, Buchter and Morris each went 3-for-5, extending their hitting streaks to 23 and 14 games, respectively. Calloway went 2-for-3 and Jakubowski extended his hitting streak to nine games with a seventh-inning single.

In the sweep by Rutgers-Newark, junior southpaw Tom Reynolds raised his record to 8-0 in the opening game and the Scarlet Raiders handed Rutgers-Camden senior Tom Ford (Laurel Springs, NJ/Paul VI) his first defeat of the season in the nightcap. Rutgers-Newark built a three-run lead before winning the opening game, 6-5, and then weathered a Rutgers-Camden comeback in the nightcap before winning, 5-4, on a save from senior Travis Bilak.

The sweep helped the Scarlet Raiders leapfrog the Scarlet Raptors in the NJAC standings. Rutgers-Newark improved to 17-12 overall and 8-3 in the conference with its fourth straight win. Rutgers-Camden fell to 19-10 overall and 6-4 in the NJAC, snapping a two-game winning streak. The Raptors tumbled from a two-way tie (with Montclair State) for first place all the way to fifth place.

In the opening game, Rutgers-Camden jumped to a quick 2-0 first-inning lead on three singles, a walk and sacrifice flies by Buchter and senior second baseman Nick Faragasso (Sewell, NJ/Gloucester Catholic).

Rutgers-Newark bounced back with three runs in the fourth inning on four hits, including a run-scoring single by freshman right fielder Brian Gill and a two-run single by sophomore center fielder Mike DiMattia.

After Rutgers-Camden tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI double by senior third baseman Tyler Inkster (Audubon, NJ/Audubon), the Scarlet Raiders took the lead for good with a three-run sixth inning. Rutgers-Newark’s big frame started with four consecutive walks off three different Raptor pitchers, including a RBI walk to DiMattia. Senior shortstop Dave Sica greeted the Raptors’ fourth pitcher of the frame with a sacrifice fly. The final run scored on a fielder’s choice by junior designated hitter Tom Callari.

Rutgers-Camden rallied in the ninth inning on a walk, a RBI triple by junior catcher Tom Terrill (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) and a sacrifice fly by Inkster, but Rutgers-Newark senior reliever Scott Barchetto worked out of a one-out, one-on jam with a double play to record his fourth save. That save nailed down the victory for Reynolds (8-0), who worked seven innings, allowing six hits, three walks and three earned runs. He struck out three.

Barchetto entered the game with one run home and one on base in the ninth. He finished with one scoreless inning and one walk en route to his fourth save.

Rutgers-Camden sophomore Andrew Lihotz (Philadelphia, PA/Northeast) took the loss, working five innings and allowing seven hits, three walks and four earned runs. Lihotz, 2-5, struck out five.

For Rutgers-Newark, DiMattia went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Gill, junior second baseman John Farmer and freshman third baseman Christian Diaz also had two hits apiece.

For Rutgers-Camden, Calloway and Terrill had two hits apiece. Three Scarlet Raider pitchers, however, snapped the long hitting streaks of Buchter (a school-record 23 games) Morris (14 games).

In the second game, the Scarlet Raiders scored a run in the fifth inning on a run-scoring fielder’s choice by junior left fielder Brent DiMarco. They tacked on three more runs in the sixth on a hit batsman and four hits, including a two-run double by Diaz. Gill added an RBI single in the frame.

Newark’s fifth run came after a leadoff double by DiMattia in the seventh inning. He scored on a single by Sica.

Down by a 5-0 score, Rutgers-Camden rallied for four runs in the eighth on five hits and a costly error which made the final three runs unearned. The inning was sparked by a double from Inkster, his 99th career hit. Following a one-out walk to sophomore second baseman Joe Ambrozy (Haddon Township, NJ/Bishop Eustace Prep), Buchter plated a run with a fielder’s choice and Calloway reached on a two-out infield error. Morris and senior catcher Nick Turekian (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) followed with RBI singles and Terrill had an infield single to load the bases. Faragasso plated a run with a high-bouncing infield chopper that went for a single before Inkster flied out to end the frame.

Bilak, who on Friday threw a two-hit shutout against New Jersey City University in a rain-shortened six-inning game, allowed a one-out single by Ambrozy in the ninth before ending the game with a double play. He finished with 1-1/3 shutout innings pitched, allowing three hits.

Junior Adam DiLorenzo, the second of four Scarlet Raider pitchers, picked up the win to raise his record to 1-3. He worked 3-1/3 shutout innings, allowing two hits and one walk. He struck out one.

Ford worked 6-1/3 innings in taking his first defeat of the season. He allowed 14 hits and five earned runs in falling to 5-1. He struck out two.

Newark had 15 hits overall, including three hits apiece from DiMattia, Sica and Gill. Diaz and senior designated hitter Tom Csigi each added two hits.

Rutgers-Camden received two hits from Calloway and Morris.



12 at Lebanon Valley College Invitational (Annville, PA)


15 at New Jersey Invitational (The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ)

Men: 1. College of New Jersey, 119; 2. Richard Stockton, 118; 3. Lincoln University, 85; 4. Ithaca College, 81; 5. New York University, 64; 6. Haverford College, 63; 7. (tie) Ramapo College and New Jersey City, 48; 9. Stevens Institute of Technology, 35; 10. Cabrini College, 28; 11. City College of New York, 18; 12. Rutgers-Camden, 10; 13. Widener University, 8.

Women: Ithaca College, 154; 2. Haverford College, 115; 3. (tie) College of New Jersey and Richard Stockton College, 90; 5. City College of New York, 80; 6. Lincoln University, 77; 7. New Jersey City University, 50; 8. Cabrini College, 41; 9. Rutgers-Camden, 17; 10. Ramapo College, 7; 11. Widener University, 6.

Rutgers-Camden School Records:

* Travis Stewart, 5,000 M, 16:16.49 (Old: 16:20.89 by Tom Thomasson, March 27, 1999 at Montclair State)


Sat. 22 East Stroudsburg University Invitational (East Stroudsburg, PA) TBA
Thur. 27- Penn Relays TBA
Sat. 29 (at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA)
Sat. 29 Lions Invitational (at The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ) 10:30 a.m.


Sat. 6 New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships TBA
(at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ)

In the Scarlet Raptors’ first outing of the week, freshman Jonathan Salamon (Bridgewater, NJ/St. Joseph-Metuchen) finished third in the 800 meters (2:05.0) and fourth in both the 400 meters (53.0) and 1,500 meters (4:17.5) to lead eight Rutgers-Camden athletes at the Lebanon Valley College Track & Field Invitational April 12 in Annville, Penn.

There were no team scores at the event.

The Rutgers-Camden men’s team also received fine performances by freshman Travis Stewart (Runnemede, NJ/Triton Regional), who finished seventh at 1,500 meters (4:22.4) and 13th at 800 meters (2:12.3). Sophomore Patrick Eigbe (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) was ninth at 400 meters (55.8), 17th at 100 meters (12.9) and 18th at 200 meters (25.8), while sophomore Michael McClain (Sewell, NJ/Bishop Eustace Prep) finished 13th in the long jump (15-0.5).

On the women’s side, sophomore Imani Hafiz (Franklinville, NJ/Delsea Regional) posted her top triple jump of the outdoor season (34-5) to finish second. She also was fifth in the 100-meter dash (13.4).

Senior Tanishia Greene (Georgetown, SC/Georgetown) was seventh in the 200-meter dash (29.3) and eighth in the 100-meter dash (13.7), while sophomore Jessica Hull (Sicklerville, NJ/Fairton Christian Center and Academy) placed 12th at 200 meters (30.3) and 13th at 100 meters (14.5).

Freshman Becca Taylor (Haddon Heights, NJ/Haddon Heights) finished fifth in the discus (101-0) and 10th in the shot put (23-8).

Later in the week, in the New Jersey Invitational at The College of New Jersey April 15, Stewart set a Rutgers University-Camden record in the 5,000-meter run. Stewart posted a time of 16:16.49 to finish seventh in the race. He beat the program record of 16:20.89 by Tom Thomasson at Montclair State March 27, 1999.

The Rutgers-Camden men’s team finished 12th of 13 programs with 10 points. Host The College of New Jersey won the event with 119 points, barely edging Richard Stockton College (118).

In the women’s competition, Ithaca College posted 154 points to win the 11-team competition. Rutgers-Camden finished ninth with 17 points.

For the Lady Raptors, senior captain Carmen Zimmitt (Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown) finished fourth in the long jump (17-10.75), marking the first time in four spring meets she did not win the long jump competition. She also was sixth in the triple jump (33-6.75) and 11th in both the 100-meter (12.66) and 200-meter (26.85) dashes.

Hafiz finished fifth in the triple jump (34-6.25), while Greene was 17th at 100 meters (13.42) and 22nd at 200 meters (28.68).

Hull placed 22nd in the 100-meter dash (13.91) and 27th at 200 meters (29.86). Taylor finished sixth in the discus (94-6) and seventh in the shot put (29-8.25).

In addition to Stewart, the Rutgers-Camden men saw Stewart finish fifth at 800 meters (1:57.96) and 23rd at 1,500 meters (4:14.92), while sophomore Darryl Mendillo (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) was 40th at 800 meters (2:07.62). McClain finished 14th in the long jump (16-7.0) and was 15th in the triple jump (34-2.75).



Thur. 13 Tom Ruggieri Invitational (Widener University)
(at Frog Hollow Golf Club, Middletown, DE)

1. Villanova University, 300; 2. Widener University, 304; 3. Neumann College, 320; 4. Lebanon Valley College, 323; 5. La Salle University, 326; 6. Haverford College, 329; 7. Cabrini College, 333; 8. (tie) FDU-Florham and Nyack College, 338; 10. Muhlenberg College, 346; 11. Rutgers-Camden, 347; 12. Burlington County College, 353; 13. Immaculata, 386. NC – Widener B, Chestnut Hill.

Individual Medalist: Tom Grady (Widener), 69

Rutgers-Camden Medalist: Joe Zulli, 81

Rutgers-Camden Scores: Zulli 81, John Goff 84, Michael Nauss 87, Rob Burgess 95


Mon. 17 Franklin & Marshall College Invitational 1 p.m.
(at Bent Creek Golf Course, Lancaster, PA)

Thur. 20 Wesley College Invitational 12 p.m.
(Wild Quail Country Club, Wyoming, DE)

Mon. 24 Tri-Match vs. Swarthmore, Widener 1:30 p.m.
(Edgemont Country Club, Edgemont, PA)

Fri. 28 RU-Camden Scarlet Raptors Invitational 12 p.m.
(Town & Country Golf Links, Woodstown, NJ)

Junior Joe Zulli (Bellmawr, NJ/Paul VI) shot an 81 to pace the injury-depleted Rutgers University-Camden golf team at the Tom Ruggieri Invitational April 13.

The Scarlet Raptors, playing without injured junior Matt Tomasic (Berlin, NJ/St. Augustine Prep) for the second time in three spring outings, finished with a score of 347. The 15-team event featured a pair of Division I programs, including team champion Villanova University, which shot a 300 on the Par 71 Frog Hollow Golf Club course . Tomasic had the Scarlet Raptors’ lowest average during the fall with a 79.0, and carded an 82 in his one spring outing.

Widener’s Tom Grady was the lone golfer under par, shooting a 69 to finish as the individual medalist.

Zulli continued his fine golfing as he led the Raptors for the third consecutive time this spring. He owns an 81.3 average in Rutgers-Camden’s three spring outings after posting an 84.4 average during five fall invitationals.

Rutgers-Camden also received an 84 from senior John Goff (Haddon Heights, NJ/Paul VI), who shot his top round of the spring season. Freshman Michael Nauss (Blackwood, NJ/Paul VI) carded an 87, while junior Rob Burgess (Sewell, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) shot a 95.


April 8-9 Knecht Cup (Cooper River, Pennsauken)

Women’s Club Four DI/II

Heat 1

1. Lafayette B, 8:36.7; 2. Penn State B, 9:00.5; 3. American, 9:02.3; 4. Rutgers-Camden, 9:55.9.

(cox- Michelle Sanchirico; stroke-Cynthia Burt; 3-Regina Williams; 2-Rachel Negro; bow-Traci Arnold)

Women’s Varsity Four DIII

Heat 2

1. Carnegie Mellon, 8:30.0; 2. New York University, 8:41.4; 3. Catholic, 8:50.0; 4. Rutgers-Camden, 8:52.2; 5. USMMA, 9:21.4.

(cox- Michelle Sanchirico; stroke-Nicole Corl; 3-Laura Williams; 2-Renee Martin; bow-Monica Fleming)

Women’s Varsity Eight - DIII

Heat 2

1. Mary Washington, NTT; 2. Marietta, NTT; 3. Johns Hopkins, NTT; 4. Rutgers-Camden, NTT; 5. TCNJ, NTT.

(cox-Michelle Sanchirico; stroke-Nicole Corl; 7-Laura Williams; 6-Renee Martin; 5-Cynthia Burt; 4-Monica Fleming; 3-Regina Williams; 2-Rachel Negro; bow-Traci Arnold)

Men’s Varsity Four Div. II/III

Heat 1

1. Washington College, 7:47.5; 2. Rutgers-Camden, 7:51.4; 3. Catholic, 7:51.7; 4. NY Maritime, 7:54.5; 5. Geneseo, 8:04.9.


1. USMMA A, 7:23.9; 2. Washington College, 7:27.0; 3. Catholic, 7:28.6; 4. Rutgers-Camden, 7:29.9; 5. Susquehanna, 7:32.7.

(cox-BJ Ochal; stroke-Lou Gallagher; 3-Lance Carsillo ; 2- Chris Piligno; bow-Joe Cardillo)

Men’s Varsity Pair

Heat 1

1. Colgate B, 7:30.0; 2. WIT, 7:39.7; 3. Duquesne, 7:40.6; 4. Rutgers-Camden, 7:53.3; 5. NY Maritime, 8:40.6; 6. New York University, 8:49.7.

(stroke-Lou Gallagher; bow-Chris Piligno)

April 15 Johns Hopkins Invitational (Baltimore, MD)

Women’s Varsity Four

Heat 1

1. Washington College, 7:27; 2. Johns Hopkins, 7:23; 3. Loyola, 7:28; 4. Rutgers-Camden, 7:53.

(cox-Michelle Sanchirico; stroke-Nicole Corl; 3-Laura Williams; 2-Renee Martin; bow-Monica Fleming)

Women’s Varsity Eight


1. Mary Washington, 6:23; 2. Loyola, 6:36; 3. Rutgers-Camden, 6:48; 4. Johns Hopkins, 7:04; 5. St. John’s, 7:13.

(cox-Michelle Sanchirico; stroke-Nicole Corl; 7-Laura Williams; 6-Renee Martin; 5-Cynthia Burt; 4-Monica Fleming; 3-Regina Williams; 2-Rachel Negro; bow-Traci Arnold)

Men’s Varsity Four

Heat 2

1. University of Maryland, 6:29; 2. Rutgers-Camden, 6:31; 3. Loyola, 6:39.


1. Mary Washington, 6:17; 2. University of Maryland, 6:20; 3. George Mason, 6:23; 4. Rutgers-Camden, 6:37; 5. Loyola, 7:33.

(cox-BJ Ochal; stroke-Lou Gallagher; 3-Lance Carsillo ; 2- Chris Piligno; bow-Joe Cardillo)

Men’s Novice 4

Heat 2

1. Loyola, 6:42; 2. Johns Hopkins, 6:46; 3. Rutgers-Camden, 6:51; 4. University of Maryland, 7:04.


1. Rutgers-Camden, 6:38; 2. Loyola, 6:41; 3. Johns Hopkins, 6:42; 4. St. John’s, 6:49; 5. Mary Washington, NTT.

(cox-BJ Ochal; stroke-Lou Gallagher; 3-Lance Carsillo ; 2- Sean Kendall; bow-Joe Cardillo)



Sat. 29 Atlantic Collegiate League Sprints .
(Gifford Pinchot State Park, York, PA)


Sat. 7 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Championships
(Occoquan, VA)

Rutgers-Camden competed in the finals of the Women’s Varsity Eight and the Scarlet Raptors’ club program won the Men’s Novice Four final at the Johns Hopkins Invitational April 15 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Lady Raptors finished third in the Women’s Varsity Eight final in a time of 6:48, 25 seconds behind the winning boat from Mary Washington. Members of the Raptors’ boat included sophomore coxswain Michelle Sanchirico (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Bishop Eustace Prep), senior stroke Nicole Corl (Sewell, NJ/Gloucester Catholic), sophomore 7-seat Laura Williams (Cherry Hill, NJ/home schooled), junior 6-seat Renee Martin (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest), junior 5-seat Cynthia Burt (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford), sophomore 4-seat Monica Fleming (Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood), freshman 3-seat Regina Williams (Cherry Hill, NJ/home schooled), freshman 2-seat Rachel Negro (Audubon, NJ/Paul VI) and sophomore bow Traci Arnold (Pitman, NJ/Pitman).

In addition, the Women’s Varsity Four finished fourth in its heat (7:53) with a boat of coxswain Sanchirico, stroke Corl, 3-seat Laura Williams, 2-seat Martin and bow Fleming.

On the men’s club team, the Varsity Four finished second in its heat (6:31) before placing fourth in the final at 6:37. That boat included were junior cox BJ Ochal (Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic), junior stroke Lou Gallagher (Florence, NJ/Holy Cross), sophomore 3-seat Lance Carsillo (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken), senior 2-seat Chris Piligno (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) and freshman bow Joe Cardillo (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown).

The Men’s Novice Four finished third in its heat (6:51) and turned it around to capture the finals with a time of 6:38. That boat included cox Ochal, stroke Gallagher, 3-seat Carsillo, 2-seat junior Sean Kendall (Haddon Township, NJ/Haddon Township) and bow Cardillo.

The performance in Baltimore came one week after weather played havoc during the two-day Knecht Cup Regatta on the Cooper River in Pennsauken April 8-9. A cold, rainy, windy day caused Saturday’s races to be postponed in the early afternoon and added to the remainder of the competition for Sunday’s schedule.

The Rutgers University-Camden crew team placed two boats in the finals, but due to the confusing schedule only one boat, the Men’s Varsity Four Div. II/III team, was able to compete. The Rutgers-Camden Women’s Division III Varsity Four team, along with another boat, missed the finals in the long delay and rearranged schedule. Another boat from Rutgers-Camden, the Men’s Club Four, had to be scratched due to the scheduling changes.

The Lady Raptors finished fourth in their heat of the Women’s Division III Varsity Eight in a race where times were unavailable. Members of that boat included sophomore coxswain Sanchirico, senior stroke Corl, sophomore 7-seat Laura Williams, junior 6-seat Martin, junior 5-seat Burt, sophomore 4-seat Fleming, freshman 3-seat Regina Williams, freshman 2-seat Negro and sophomore bow Arnold.

The Women’s Division III Varsity Four included coxswain Sanchirico, stroke Corl, 3-seat Laura Williams, 2-seat Martin and bow Fleming. That team finished with an 8:52.2 time to place fourth in its heat and qualify for the final. The Women’s DI/II Club Four team, meanwhile, was fourth in its race in a time of 9:55.9. That team included coxswain Sanchirico, stroke Burt, 3-seat Regina Williams, freshman 2-seat Negro and bow Arnold.

On the men’s club team, the Div. II/III Varsity Four finished fourth in the finals (7:29.9) after placing second in its heat (7:51.4). That boat included were junior cox Ochal, junior stroke Gallagher, sophomore 3-seat Carsillo, senior 2-seat Piligno and freshman bow Cardillo.

The Men’s Varsity Pair, with stroke Gallagher and bow Piligno, posted a 7:53.3 time to finish fourth in its heat.

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