By Mike Ballard
RAPTOR OF THE WEEK
Junior midfielder Rodney Guishard scored in all three games for the Rutgers-Camden men’s soccer team last week, notching three goals and two assists for eight points. He had two goals, including the game-winning tally, and one assist as the Raptors won their first game of the year against Neumann College Sept. 6. He notched an assist against Alvernia (Sept. 8) and the game-tying goal with 1:29 left in regulation against Wesley College (Sept. 9). Guishard leads the Raptors in scoring with eight points after four games.
MEN'S SOCCER (1-2-1 overall/0-0 NJAC)
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-CAMDEN CIALELLA SOCCER CLASSIC
Sat. 9 Alvernia College 5, Delaware Valley College 0
Tues. 12 Albright College 7 p.m.
Sat. 16* Rutgers-Newark 1 p.m.
Wed. 20* at Rowan University 7 p.m.
Sat. 23* Kean University 1 p.m.
Wed. 27* The College of New Jersey 7 p.m.
Sat. 30* at Montclair State University 1 p.m.
The Alvernia College Crusaders captured the championship of the Sixth Annual Cialella Soccer Classic Sept. 9 by posting a 5-0 victory over Delaware Valley College in the opening game of the night.
Wesley College, which also had a shot at the title entering the second-day action in the mixer format, tied host Rutgers-Camden, 1-1, in the nightcap to finish second.
Alvernia posted a 2-0 record over the two-day event, while Wesley went 1-0-1. Rutgers-Camden (0-1-1) finished third and Delaware Valley (0-2) was fourth. The title marked the first Cialella Soccer Classic championship for Alvernia, which finished as the runnerup in 2004 to Rutgers-Camden.
The Crusaders placed four players on the all-tournament team, including Offensive MVP Zach Naylon and Defensive MVP Mike Allegra. Alvernia’s other all-tournament team members were Cody Gambler and Tim Marcinek. Also named to the all-tournament team were Wesley’s Edward Hunt, Gary Palko and Peter Hulem, Delaware Valley’s Chris Wellington and Joe Antoniello and the Rutgers-Camden duo of junior Rodney Guishard (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest) and Michael Reed (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East).
In the opening game, the Crusaders raced to a 3-0 halftime lead and went on to outshoot the Aggies, 21-1.
Sophomore Tyler Absalom scored the lone goal Alvernia needed on a penalty kick at 6:24. His shot followed a takedown in the box.
Junior Cory Lush and sophomore David Schaeffer scored first-half goals at 17:28 and 36:12, respectively, for the Crusaders, assisted by Marcinek and freshman Adam Lush.
Alvernia added unassisted second-half goals by junior Nathan Pletscher and Marcinek.
In the nightcap, Wesley and Rutgers-Camden scored their goals within 27 seconds of each other late in the second half and played to a 1-1 tie. Rutgers-Camden held a slim 21-19 advantage in shots and had a 7-3 edge in corner kicks.
For the Wolverines, senior Joey Spino collected a loose ball in the box and broke a 0-0 tie with only 1:56 remaining in regulation. Had the Wolverines held onto that lead, they would have won the title on the tie-breaker of fewest goals allowed in the tournament. Moments later, however, the Scarlet Raptors notched the tying goal when Guishard headed home a drive into the box by Reed. Guishard scored his team-leading third goal of the season with 1:29 remaining in regulation.
Rutgers-Camden senior goalie David Cunningham (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern) made seven saves, while Hunt had eight saves for Wesley.
During the opening day of Cialella Soccer Classic action Sept. 8, Wesley College used four first-half goals and Alvernia College was sparked by a pair of goals from Naylon as both teams won their opening game. Wesley defeated Delaware Valley College, 6-0, and Alvernia edged Rutgers-Camden, 2-1.
Wesley scored four goals in a four-minute span and went on to race past Delaware Valley College. The Wolverines used first-half tallies by junior forward Allen Justis at 19:58, Spino at 21:11, sophomore forward Brendyn Pressley at 22:46 and senior midfielder Robbie Polk at 23:40. Spino also assisted on Pressley’s goal.
In the second half, Wesley received goals from junior midfielder Brian McCann and junior forward Matt Doyle.
The Wolverines held a 25-5 advantage in shots, forcing Aggies senior keeper Nick D’Amato to make nine saves. For Wesley, a trio of keepers combined for three saves, with Hunt seeing 55:17 in goal and making two saves to earn the win.
In the nightcap, the Crusaders raced to a 2-0 lead early in the second half against Rutgers-Camden as Naylon scored on a shot off the crossbar at 51:12, following a corner kick. He also scored a first-half goal at 6:13, assisted by junior midfielder Cory Lush.
Rutgers-Camden finally broke the scoring ice at 80:17 on a goal by sophomore forward Andrew Dorsey (Mt. Laurel, NJ/The King’s Christian School), assisted by Guishard. The Raptors couldn’t get the tying goal, despite a late-game flurry that left them with a deceiving 13-7 advantage in shots.
Alvernia (1-1-1) freshman keeper Daniel Houser made six saves, including a huge save off the foot of Reed in the second half when it was still a 2-0 game.
Cunningham made three saves for Rutgers-Camden.
Earlier in the week, Guishard collected two goals and one assist to power the Rutgers University-Camden men’s soccer team over Neumann College, 3-0, in a non-conference game Sept. 6. The game was played at Widener University due to field problems at Neumann.
The victory was the first of the season for the Scarlet Raptors and the first win under new head coach Tim Oswald. Neumann fell to 0-3.
Guishard, who finished fifth on the team in scoring last year with 13 points (five goals, three assists), notched the only goal the Raptors needed at 6:24 off an assist from freshman midfielder Mark Gidjunis (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson). It was the first collegiate point for Gidjunis.
The Raptors didn’t waste any time padding their lead after halftime. Only 46 seconds into the second half, Guishard scored again, this time assisted by junior back Chris Amato (Stratford, NJ/Sterling). Guishard capped his huge night at 61:33 when he assisted on a goal by Dorsey.
Cunningham, making his first appearance of the season, played most of the game, making two saves. He combined on the shutout with freshman Corey McDonough (Philadelphia, PA/North Catholic), who was making his first collegiate appearance.
For Neumann, freshman Cory Grove made his first collegiate start and notched five saves.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (3-0 overall/0-0 NJAC)
Wed. 6 Rutgers-Camden 3, Cabrini College 2
Mon. 11 at Juniata College 4 p.m.
Wed. 13 Ursinus College 7 p.m.
Sat. 16* at Rutgers-Newark 7 p.m.
Wed. 20* Rowan University 7 p.m.
Sat. 23* at Kean University 7 p.m.
Wed. 27* at The College of New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 30* Montclair State University 1 p.m.
Freshman midfielder Jessica Leoni (Clementon, NJ/Highland Regional) scored two goals and senior forward Aubree McDermott (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) assisted on all three Rutgers-Camden tallies as the Lady Raptors posted a 3-2 non-conference victory at Cabrini College Sept. 6.
Rutgers-Camden took an early 1-0 lead when McDermott assisted on a goal by senior forward Katie O’Connor (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) at 13:24. McDermott slid a rebound to O’Connor, who tapped it in for her second goal of the year.
Cabrini, however, bounced back with back-to-back goals 65 seconds apart by freshman Sabina DeGisi (Merion Mercy Academy) at 16:26 and 17:31. She scored on a solo run down the right side and a header, giving Cabrini the lead in the first on-campus night game in school history.
It was another rookie, Leoni, who ended up the hero by scoring the tying goal in the 37th minute and the game-winner 10 minutes into the second half. Both were assisted by McDermott and gave Leoni three goals and two game-winning goals in her first three collegiate games. Leoni (three goals) and McDermott (one goal, four assists) share the early-season scoring lead with six points apiece.
Cabrini goalie Lea Conti (Strath Haven) had six saves, two of them diving stops on wide-open blasts from freshman midfielder Tina Mascia (Deptford, NJ/Washington Township) eight minutes in and by Leoni late in the first half.
Rutgers-Camden junior goalie Kristen Cargen (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) made three saves while raising her record to 3-0.
VOLLEYBALL (1-2 overall/0-0 NJAC)
Tues. 5 Rutgers-Camden 30-30-35, Valley Forge Christian College 16-23-33
Sat. 16 Immaculata University 1 p.m.
Tues. 19* at Richard Stockton College 7 p.m.
Thurs. 21* Montclair State University 6 p.m.
Sat. 23 Bryn Mawr College 12 p.m.
Tues. 26* at William Paterson University 7 p.m.
Wed. 27 at Bryn Athyn College of the New Church 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 30 at Cabrini College tri-match
Kean University vs. Cabrini College 11 a.m.
First-year Rutgers-Camden volleyball coach Carl Taylor notched his first victory as the Lady Raptors defeated Valley Forge Christian College, 3-0, in a non-conference match Sept. 5 in Camden.
Rutgers-Camden swept the match by scores of 30-16, 30-23 and 35-33.
It was the Lady Raptors’ first three-game sweep since a win at the College of Staten Island, Sept. 24, 2004, and was the first home sweep in the history of the Rutgers-Camden program, which started in 2000.
The victory also was the first in volleyball for Taylor, who led his Rutgers-Camden softball team to the Division III national championship in May.
Rutgers-Camden improves to 1-2. It is the closest the Lady Raptors have been to .500 this far into the campaign since their inaugural season, when they also won their third match to improve to 1-2.
Leading the way for the Lady Raptors were junior Julie Grochowski (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) and freshmen Marci Polite (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) and Heather Pohorely (Lebanon, NJ/Hunterdon Central). Grochowski had 12 kills, seven service aces, two assists, 10 digs and six blocked shots. Polite had 10 kills, one assist, five aces, 10 digs and eight blocks, while Pohorely notched eight kills, two assists, six aces, four digs and one block.
Sophomore setter Nikki Cosico (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) had 18 assists and 13 digs.
Freshman middle hitter Natalie Powell (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) collected seven kills, one assist, two aces, four digs and one block for the Lady Raptors, while freshman opposite Deanne Linen (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) added eight digs, one block and one ace.
As a team the Lady Raptors recorded 37 kills, tying the program’s three-game match record set against Alvernia College Oct. 1, 2005. They also had a program three-game match record 22 service aces and added 17 blocks, one shy of the program’s three-game match mark set against the College of St. Elizabeth Sept. 27, 2003.
Sept. 9 at Lebanon Valley College Cross Country Invitational Meet
MEN (8K): 1. University of Mary Washington, 60; 2. Messiah College, 79; 3. Juniata College, 105; 4. Lebanon Valley College, 119; 5. Bridgewater College, 123; 6. University of Scranton, 126; 7. Elizabethtown College, 175; 8. College Misericordia, 197; 9. Rutgers-Camden, 258; 10. Albright College, 283; 11. Penn College, 286; 12. Dickinson College, 332; 13. Holy Family University, 360; 14. Lycoming College, 399; 15. Mount Aloysius College, 434.
Leading runner: Frank Eanes (Messiah College), 27:03.77
Leading Rutgers-Camden runner: Travis Stewart, 28:32.15
Sat. 23 Philadelphia Metro Small College Tournament TBA
Fri. 29 Paul Short Open Race TBA
Sophomore Travis Stewart (Runnemede, NJ/Triton Regional) opened the Rutgers University-Camden men’s cross country season by finishing 18th out of 137 runners at the Lebanon Valley College Cross Country Invitational Meet Sept. 9. The 8K race was held at Fort Indiantown Gap in Memorial Lake State Park (PA).
Stewart posted a 28:32.15 clocking to spark the Raptors to a ninth-place finish out of 15 teams. Rutgers-Camden had 258 points in the meet won by the University of Mary Washington (60).
Messiah College’s Frank Eanes was the individual champion, posting a 27:03.77 clocking on the 8K course.
In addition to Stewart, Rutgers-Camden runners Jonathan Salamon (Bridgewater, NJ/St. Joseph-Metuchen) and George Gordon (Haddon Township, NJ/Haddon Township) finished 56th and 59th, respectively, with times of 30:21.56 and 30:24.91.
Frank Iwanicki (Edgewater Park, NJ/Holy Cross) finished 79th (31:43.51), Akeem Lloyd (Atlantic City, NJ/Atlantic City) was 93rd (32:58.48), Darryl Mendillo (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) was 118th (36:44.72), Stephon Coleman (Penns Grove, NJ/Penns Grove) finished 121st (37:12.57) and Patrick Eigbe (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) was 136th (46:36.76).
The full Rutgers-Camden cross country team will run Sept. 23 when the women make their 2006 debut and join the men at the Philadelphia Metro Small College Tournament.
Thurs. 21 Moravian College Fall Golf Invitational 12:30 p.m.