By Mike Ballard
RAPTOR OF THE WEEK
The Scarlet Raptors’ sophomore forward notched a hat trick to give Rutgers-Camden a 3-1 victory over Kean University Sept. 23 in a New Jersey Athletic Conference men’s soccer game. Dorsey’s performance marked the first hat trick for Rutgers-Camden since Tom Magoffin scored three goals against Neumann College Oct. 30, 2002.
MEN’S SOCCER (4-2-2 overall/2-0-1 NJAC)
Sophomore forward Andrew Dorsey (Mt. Laurel, NJ/The King’s Christian School) collected a hat trick to power Rutgers-Camden over Kean University, 3-1, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game Sept. 23 in Camden. The victory gave the Raptors a 1-0-1 mark against rugged NJAC competition during the week. On Sept. 20, the Raptors used a goal by junior back Ryan Evans (Medford, NJ/Shawnee) with 1:01 left in regulation to earn a 2-2 double-overtime tie at Rowan University.
Dorsey, who raised his season output to six goals, collected the first hat trick at Rutgers-Camden since Tom Magoffin had three goals in an 8-0 win over Neumann College Oct. 30, 2002. It was the Raptors’ first hat trick against an NJAC team since Brian Hobson scored three goals in a 4-1 win over Jersey City State (now New Jersey City University) Sept. 25, 1996.
Dorsey’s output helped the Raptors stave off the Cougars, who held a 15-5 advantage in shots, a 6-0 margin in corner kicks and the territorial edge most of the game. It was Rutgers-Camden, however, which notched the first goal as junior midfielder Pat Baldiserra (Milmay, NJ/Buena Regional) slid a through ball into the box for Dorsey, who fired a shot to the top left corner at 8:11.
Dorsey struck again in the second half at 59:04. Sophomore A.J. O’Malley (Westmont, NJ/Haddon Township) sent a cross to the far post, which Dorsey finished with a diving header. It was the first point of his career for O’Malley, who also made an outstanding defensive play later in the game to thwart a dangerous Cougar opportunity.
Kean’s pressure finally resulted in a goal at 84:19, when sophomore Anthony Tuesta beat Scarlet Raptor junior keeper Brent Grunow (Estell Manor, NJ/Buena Regional) in a one-on-one in the box. Tuesta, who entered the game tied for the NJAC goal-scoring lead with six, was sprung by a through ball from sophomore forward Jorge Aguilar.
Dorsey added a huge insurance goal with 2:23 remaining. He ran onto a chip into the box from senior forward Evan Graves (Somerdale, NJ/Triton Regional) and beat Kean junior keeper Kyle Crego to the ball for a short pop into the net.
Grunow, who relieved injured senior starter David Cunningham (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern) early in the game, turned in an outstanding effort, making six saves and breaking up numerous other Kean scoring threats.
In their 2-2 tie at Rowan, Evans scored his first goal of the season by knocking home a cross sent into the box by junior midfielder Rodney Guishard (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest). Junior midfielder James Fiorani (Bridgeton, NJ/Cumberland Regional) also assisted on the play.
Rowan had taken a 2-1 lead at 72:15 when senior back Dave Smith headed in a free kick by senior back Doug Johnson.
Evans’ goal capped a night in which the Scarlet Raptors rallied from a pair of one-goal deficits. Rowan jumped on the scoreboard at 16:31 when senior forward Dwayne Reevey put back a shot in the box. A pair of seniors, back Andrew Bergman and forward Robert McMullen each collected an assist on the play.
Rutgers-Camden tied the game at 40:40 when junior back Chris Amato (Stratford, NJ/Sterling) headed in a pass from senior midfielder Michael Reed (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East). It was the first Rutgers-Camden goal for Amato, a transfer from Camden County College.
Rutgers-Camden outshot Rowan, 23-21, and held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. The Profs were called for 32 fouls, including one yellow card, to the Raptors’ 12.
Cunningham made 11 saves for Rutgers-Camden, including two in the second overtime period. Senior keeper Anthony Clemente had 14 saves for Rowan, including nine in the second half and one in each of the overtime periods.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (6-2 overall/2-1 NJAC)
The Lady Raptors played a pair of 2-1 NJAC games during the week, losing to powerful Rowan University with 1:03 left in the second overtime Sept. 20 in Camden and posting a win at Kean University Sept. 23. Freshman back Julia Jackson (Absecon, NJ/Holy Spirit) scored the game-winning goal early in the second half against Kean.
With the game tied at 1-1, Jackson ripped a shot which deflected off a Kean defender and past Kean junior goalie Samantha Groh at 51:27. That shot proved to be the game-winning goal, although Kean outshot Rutgers-Camden, 19-7, and held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. It was Jackson’s first collegiate goal and came one game after her first collegiate point, an assist against Rowan.
The Lady Raptors took an early lead as freshman forward Kendyll Clayton (Philadelphia, PA/Holy Spirit) picked up a loose ball in the box following a cross and fired a shot just inside the post. It was her third goal of the season and came only 6:00 into the contest.
Kean tied the game at 20:43 when senior forward Heather Anzivino fired a shot that beat Lady Raptor junior keeper Kristen Cargen (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East). It was assisted by junior forward Michelle Fischer.
Cargen made four saves for the Raptors, who also had a team save. Groh had two saves for the Cougars.
The Raptors nearly earned a tie against nationally-ranked Rowan, but senior midfielder Jamie Weist scored the game-winning goal with 1:03 left in the second overtime for the Profs.
Rowan, which was ranked No. 23 nationally in the NSCAA/adidas Division III poll released Sept. 19, also was ranked No. 14 in the d3kicks.com Top 25.
Weist scored on a point blank shot from the left post following a fine save by Rutgers-Camden goalie Cargen following a shot by Rowan senior Jackie Kane. The ball bounded around in the box and Weist ended the marathon contest with her second goal of the season.
Rutgers-Camden scored the game’s first goal at 21:40 when freshman Tina Mascia (Deptford, NJ/Washington Township) collected the first goal of her career. She ran onto a long chip into the box by Jackson and scored from close-range at the left post.
Rowan tied the game at 70:26 when junior Kerry Little scored in a similar fashion, tapping in a shot at the left post following a long free kick into the box by freshman Caitlin Toomey.
The Profs held a 17-4 advantage in shots and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.
Rowan senior goalie Gabby Ditchey made one save in picking up the victory. Rutgers-Camden sophomore keeper Jayme Gatti (Delran, NJ/Delran) had four saves in the first 45 minutes. Cargen, who played the second half and the overtime periods, made five saves in 63:57 of playing time.
VOLLEYBALL (2-5 overall/0-2 NJAC)
Kean University vs. Cabrini College 11 a.m.
Rutgers-Camden vs. Kean University 1 p.m.
Rutgers-Camden vs. Cabrini College 3 p.m.
College of Notre Dame vs. Goucher College 11 a.m.
Rutgers-Camden vs. College of Notre Dame 1 p.m.
Rutgers-Camden vs. Goucher College 3 p.m.
Tues. 10 at Kean University 7 p.m.
Sat. 14 Rutgers-Camden tri-match
Rutgers-Camden vs. Rutgers-Newark 1 p.m.
Rutgers-Newark vs. College of Notre Dame 3 p.m.
Rutgers-Camden vs. College of Notre Dame 5 p.m.
The Rutgers-Camden volleyball team set several program records during three matches last week, but the Lady Raptors came out on the short end of the action against Bryn Mawr College and a pair of New Jersey Athletic Conference foes, Richard Stockton College and Montclair State University.
The Lady Raptors lost three straight games at Richard Stockton Sept. 19 (28-30, 17-30, 13-30) before being edged out by Montclair State in five games Sept. 21 in Camden (26-30, 30-26, 19-30, 30-21, 15-9). They lost a four-game home match against Bryn Mawr Sept. 23 by scores of 30-21, 20-30, 23-30, 25-30.
In the Bryn Mawr match, freshman Marci Polite (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) set a program record with 17 blocks and the Scarlet Raptors set a team mark with 32 blocks.
Polite had 17 blocks to pass the old program mark of 13, set by Joy Silver against Stevens Tech Sept. 21, 2002. She also added 15 kills, nine digs and four service aces.
Junior Julie Grochowski (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) collected 12 blocks, 13 kills and 19 digs, helping the Raptors set the program team record of 32 blocks. The old mark was 24 in a five-game match against Montclair State on Thursday. The old four-game match record was 22 against Valley Forge Christian Oct. 21, 2004.
The Raptors also received 20 digs and seven kills from sophomore Nikki Cosico (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) and 32 assists from freshman Julie Lo (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West). Lo added a team-high five aces.
Despite its loss to Montclair State University, Rutgers-Camden made program history. The Lady Raptors, who are 0-32 in their NJAC volleyball history, marked the first time they had won a pair of games in one NJAC match. That doubled the Raptors’ NJAC victory total to four games over the program’s history.
Leading the way for the Raptors were Polite and Grochowski with nine and seven blocks, respectively. Those blocks helped the Raptors set a short-lived program record of 24 team blocks, which was broken against Bryn Mawr. Grochowski and Polite each added 11 kills.
Lo notched 35 assists for the Lady Raptors.
In their loss at Richard Stockton, the Lady Raptors received seven kills and two service aces from freshman Heather Pohorely (Lebanon, NJ/Hunterdon Central). Polite notched six blocks and five kills, while Lo had 23 assists. Grochowski had six kills, six digs and two blocks.
The first game was tied at 23 until Stockton scored three straight points to take the lead for good, 26-23. The Ospreys jumped to leads of 19-11 and 10-4 in games two and three, respectively.
Sept. 21 MORAVIAN COLLEGE FALL GOLF INVITATIONAL
(at Southmoore Golf Course, Bath, PA)
1. Susquehanna University 296; 2. Franklin & Marshall College 298; 3. Keystone College 301; 4. Moravian College 304; 5. Dickinson College 307; T6. Delaware Valley College 311; T6. FDU-Florham 311; 8. King’s College 314; 9. Manhattanville College 315; 10. Alvernia College 316; 11. The University of Scranton 318; 12. Muhlenberg College 322; 13. Lebanon Valley College 325; 14. Albright College 328; 15. Elizabethtown College 328; 16. Gettysburg College 330; 17. DeSales University 333; 18. Wilkes University 337; 19. Penn State-Berks 374. No Team Score: Rutgers-Camden.
Individual Medalist: Mitch Mercer (Susquehanna), 69
Rutgers-Camden Medalist: Matt Tomasic and Mike Nauss, 84
Rutgers-Camden Scores: Tomasic 84, Mike Nauss 84, Rob Burgess 88
Mon. 25 Lebanon Valley College Fall Golf Tournament 12:30 p.m.
Fri. 29 Susquehanna University Fall Golf Classic 1 p.m.
Mon. 9 Muhlenberg College Fall Invitational 12 p.m.
Fri. 27 RU-Camden Scarlet Raptors Fall Invitational 12:30 p.m.
The Rutgers University-Camden golf team, ravaged by injuries and illness, sent three golfers to compete as individuals at the Moravian College Fall Invitational Sept. 21 at the Southmoore Golf Course in Bath, Penn.
Senior Matt Tomasic (Berlin, NJ/St. Augustine Prep) and sophomore Michael Nauss (Blackwood, NJ/Paul VI) each shot an 84, including a 39 on the back nine, to lead the Scarlet Raptors. Senior Rob Burgess (Sewell, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) shot an 88.
Susquehanna University won the 19-team event with a 296 and had the individual champion in Mitch Mercer, who shot a 69. Mercer won the tiebreaker over Moravian’s Brian Bergstol, who also shot a 69, by carding a 32 on the back nine. Bergstol shot a 34 on the back nine tiebreaker.
Sept. 23 at Philadelphia Metro Small College Tournament
MEN (8K): 1. Richard Stockton College, 62; 2. Franklin & Marshall College, 85; 3. Philadelphia University, 89; 4. Rutgers-Camden, 108; 5. Lincoln University, 141; 6. Bloomfield College, 191; 7. Penn State Berks-Lehigh, 201; 8. Cabrini College, 237; 9. University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 239; 10. Cumberland County College, 247; 11. Chestnut Hill College, 270; 12 Gloucester County College, 287; 13. Holy Family University, 294; 14. Lycoming College, 299; 15. Williamson Trade School, 428.
Leading runner: Walter Tum (Bloomfield College), 27:37.62
Leading Rutgers-Camden runner: Travis Stewart, 27:52.12
WOMEN (5K): 1. Franklin & Marshall College, 36; 2. Richard Stockton College, 95; 3. Georgian Court College, 127; 4. Gloucester County College, 138; 5. (tie) University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and Philadelphia University, 161; 7. Delaware Valley College, 168; 8. Lycoming College, 169; 9. Lincoln University, 279; 10. Holy Family University, 317; 11. Cedar Crest College, 319; 12. Penn State Berks-Lehigh, 330; 13. Cabrini College, 331; 14. Bloomfield College, 341; 15. Eastern University, 344; 16. Immaculata University, 380. Incomplete Team: Rutgers-Camden
Leading runner: Karen Ziga (Franklin & Marshall), 19:35.72
Leading Rutgers-Camden runner: Rachel McCormick, 29:19.58
Sat. 7 Goldey Beacom College Cross Country Fall Classic W: 10:30 a.m.
Sat. 14 Cabrini College Invitational Women only
Sat. 28 New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships
Sophomore Travis Stewart (Runnemede, NJ/Triton Regional) finished third out of 138 runners to lead the Rutgers-Camden men’s cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the Philadelphia Metro Small College Tournament Sept. 23 at the Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Stewart ran the 8K course in 27:52.12 to finish within 15 seconds of winner Walter Tum of Bloomfield College (27:37.62).
Richard Stockton College won the meet with 62 points. Rutgers-Camden finished fourth in the 15-team field with 108.
The Rutgers-Camden women’s team also participated in the event as the Lady Raptors opened their season. The Raptors had only three competitors, with senior Rachel McCormick (Blue Anchor, NJ/Winslow Township) leading the team. She ran the 5K course in 29:19.58 to finish 131st out of 145 runners.
Franklin & Marshall College won the 16-team women’s race with 36 points, led by Karen Ziga, who won the race in a time of 19:35.72.
In addition to Stewart, sophomore Jonathan Salamon (Bridgewater, NJ/St. Joseph-Metuchen) finished 12th overall for the Scarlet Raptors (28:48.42), while freshman Akeem Lloyd (Atlantic City, NJ/Atlantic City) was 26th (30:03.95) and freshman Frank Iwanicki (Edgewater Park, NJ/Holy Cross) was 32nd (30:31.74).
Sophomore G. Brandon Gordon (Haddon Township, NJ/Haddon Township) finished 43rd (31:19.36), sophomore Stephon Coleman (Penns Grove, NJ/Penns Grove) was 84th (34:29.40), sophomore Darryl Mendillo (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) finished 94th (35:04.28) and freshman Brandon Ransburgh (Riverside, NJ/Riverside) finished 105th (36:37.71) for the Raptors. Rounding out the team were freshmen Patrick Eigbe Jr. (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) and Michael McClain (Sewell, NJ/Bishop Eustace). Eigbe finished 120th (38:30.30) and McClain was 137th (46:50.68).
In addition to McCormick on the women’s side, junior Jessica Hull (Sicklerville, NJ/Fairton Christian Center and Academy) finished 137th (31:50.46) and freshman Becca Taylor (Haddon Heights, NJ/Haddon Heights) was 145th (35:58.34).