By Mike Ballard
RAPTOR OF THE WEEK
Senior forward Aubree McDermott helped the Rutgers-Camden women’s soccer team break out of its program-record scoreless string in a big way. McDermott scored the game-winning goal with 1:09 remaining Oct. 5 in a 1-0 victory over Philadelphia Biblical University, ending the Lady Raptors’ scoreless drought at 417:24. In her next game, McDermott notched a hat trick and added two assists to set a program single-game record with eight points during a 7-0 win over the College of St. Elizabeth Oct. 7.
MEN’S SOCCER (7-3-3 overall/3-1-1 NJAC)
After a slow start to the season, the Rutgers-Camden men’s soccer team has been on a roll of late, and the Scarlet Raptors continued that run during a 2-0-1 week-long home stand, which saw them hike their record to 7-3-3. The Raptors, who are 6-1-2 in their last nine games, played to a 1-1 tie against powerful Arcadia University Oct. 2, then posted wins over Philadelphia Biblical University (3-1, Oct. 5) and Lincoln University (2-0, Oct. 7).
Sophomore forward Andrew Dorsey (Mt. Laurel, NJ/The King’s Christian School) scored a first-half goal and junior midfielder Rob Gambino (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) added a second-half tally to power Rutgers-Camden over Lincoln University.
The Scarlet Raptors got on the scoreboard at 3:33 on the seventh goal of the season by Dorsey. It came after a perfect through ball from sophomore back A.J. O’Malley (Westmont, NJ/Haddon Township) sprung Dorsey toward the right post. Dorsey fired a shot across the goal mouth into the left panel of the net.
Rutgers-Camden, which held a 25-6 advantage in shots and a 9-1 edge in corner kicks, notched an insurance goal with 9:15 remaining in regulation. Gambino scored his second goal of the year after a long carry up the field by junior back James Fiorani (Bridgeton, NJ/Cumberland Regional). Fiorani sprung Gambino with a through ball.
Rutgers-Camden senior goalie David Cunningham (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Regional) made two saves to earn his second shutout of the season and raise his record to 6-1-3. With the victory, he tied the program career win mark of 30 set by Jim Skene (1978-81).
For Lincoln, senior keeper Kyle Wanamaker played an outstanding game in goal under heavy pressure, making 13 saves.
In a 3-1 non-conference win over Philadelphia Biblical University, junior back Chris Amato (Stratford, NJ/Sterling) and junior midfielder Pat Baldiserra (Milmay, NJ/Buena Regional) each collected a goal and an assist for the Scarlet Raptors.
Rutgers-Camden out-shot Philadelphia Biblical University, 34-6, and held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks in the game.
The Scarlet Raptors took a 1-0 halftime lead, notching a goal by Amato with 1:03 remaining before halftime. Amato’s third goal of the season, a five-yard shot, came after a pair of quick passes inside the box from Baldiserra and senior forward Evan Graves (Somerdale, NJ/Triton Regional).
The Raptors padded their lead at 60:25 on the second goal of the season by junior Ryan Evans (Medford, NJ/Shawnee). Evans was assisted by freshmen Dom Crocetti (Medford, NJ/Holy Cross) and Mark Gidjunis (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson).
After building a 2-0 lead, the Raptors saw the Crimson Eagles slice the margin in half on a goal by sophomore midfielder Jeremy Dunham at 65:36. Dunham scored off a short pass to the right around a Rutgers defensive wall on a restart by junior forward Derek Mosely.
Baldiserra tacked on an insurance goal at 76:26, assisted by Amato.
Cunningham made two saves for the Scarlet Raptors. Sophomore goalie Mattias van’t Hoenderdaal made eight saves and played an outstanding game in goal for the Crimson Eagles.
In the opening game of the week, Amato scored a first-half goal and Arcadia University sophomore midfielder Shawn Coller notched a second-half tally as the Scarlet Raptors and Scarlet Knights played to a 1-1 non-conference tie in double overtime here Monday night.
In a high-paced game between a pair of quality teams, the Raptors jumped on the scoreboard at 35:04 when senior midfielder Michael Reed (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) sent a long restart into the box. Amato leaped over a crowd at the left post to head home his second goal of the season.
Arcadia knotted the score at 76:16 on Coller’s first goal of the season. He scored off a cross to the left post by senior Justin Savino.
The two teams battled through a pair of scoreless 10-minute overtime periods before settling with the draw. Arcadia out-shot Rutgers-Camden, 23-14, including 9-5 in the second half. The Scarlet Knights also held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.
Cunningham made eight saves for the Scarlet Raptors. Freshman Jeff Kratohwill had four saves for Arcadia.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (8-4-1 overall/2-3 NJAC)
The Lady Raptors saw both ends of the spectrum as they started the week in a prolonged scoring drought and broke out of it with a flood of goals. Rutgers-Camden posted a 2-0-1 record in a week which saw their record scoreless streak stretch to 417:24, including a 0-0 tie against Albright College Oct. 3. That string ended with 1:09 remaining in a 1-0 victory over Philadelphia Biblical University Oct. 5 before the Raptors tallied seven goals during a 7-0 win over the College of St. Elizabeth Oct. 7.
Senior forward Aubree McDermott (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) collected three goals and two assists for a school-record eight points and Rutgers-Camden exploded for six first-half goals on its way to the 7-0 victory over the College of St. Elizabeth.
The victory was the Raptors’ biggest win since a 7-0 triumph over Farmingdale State Sept. 8, 2005. That Farmingdale game also produced the Lady Raptors’ last hat trick three goals by Allyson Jones before McDermott accomplished the feat against the Eagles.
McDermott’s eight points broke the previous school single-game mark of seven shared by Jasmine Philip (Sept. 28, 2002 against New Jersey City) and Mary Ann Martell (Oct. 23, 1999, also against the College of St. Elizabeth).
After scoring six total goals in their previous seven games, the Raptors launched 15 shots and produced six goals in the opening 45 minutes. Leading the first-half assault was McDermott, who scored the first goal and fifth goal and assisted on the second and third tallies, by freshman Jessica Leoni (Clementon, NJ/Highland Regional) and senior midfielder Deanna Richardson (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown).
Also scoring first-half goals were senior back Katie O’Connor (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) and senior midfielder Josephine Stansbury (Deptford, NJ/Gloucester Catholic).
The game was stopped early in the second half when freshman forward Kendyll Clayton (Philadelphia, PA/Holy Spirit) was taken to the hospital after a collision with St. Elizabeth goalie Krystle Fierro. Clayton had a pair of first-half assists.
McDermott, who ended the Raptors’ long scoreless streak in the 1-0 win over Philadelphia Biblical University, scored the only goal Rutgers-Camden needed at 6:45, assisted by Leoni and Richardson.
Leoni added a goal at 14:45, assisted by McDermott and Clayton. Richardson put in the rebound of her own blocked shot at 17:56 after a feed from McDermott.
O’Connor, playing in her 72nd game to tie Nicole Lauri (2000-03) for second place on the career list behind Katlyn Pagaduan’s (2002-05) 74 games, notched her third goal of the season at 22:57. It was assisted by freshman Tina Mascia ((Deptford, NJ/Washington Township).
Less than two minutes later, McDermott tallied on a breakaway at 24:47, assisted by Clayton.
Stansbury notched an unassisted goal at 41:15 and McDermott’s second-half goal, at 71:41, completed the scoring and her hat trick. It was assisted by freshman back Amber Chmura (Sicklerville, NJ/Winslow Township), who collected her first career point.
The Lady Raptors out-shot St. Elizabeth, 24-5, and held a 17-2 advantage in corner kicks. Rutgers-Camden goalies Jayme Gatti (Delran, NJ/Delran) and Kristen Cargen (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) collected two and one save, respectively, to share the shutout. St. Elizabeth keepers Alyssa Kirby and Fierro made four saves apiece.
The Raptors ended their scoreless string when McDermott headed home the lone goal of the game with 1:09 remaining beat Philadelphia Biblical University. The victory snapped the Lady Raptors’ 0-2-1 skid in which they were shut out for three consecutive games.
McDermott’s goal came off a cross from Leoni, ending the school-record scoreless streak at 417:24.
Rutgers-Camden out-shot Philadelphia Biblical University, 20-7, and held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Lady Raptor goalies Cargen and Gatti split the shutout, with Cargen making two first-half saves and Gatti picking up one save in the second half.
Philadelphia Biblical University’s Laura Wronski had one first-half save, while the Crimson Eagles’ Melissa Landis made four saves in the second half.
In their first non-conference game of the week, the Raptors played to a 0-0 double-overtime tie with Albright College Oct. 3 in Camden. The scoreless game also marked the third consecutive shutout for both offenses, leaving Albright with a scoreless span of 333:30 and Rutgers-Camden with a 328:33 scoreless streak.
Rutgers-Camden out-shot Albright, 15-7, and held a 6-4 edge in corner kicks. Albright junior goalie Jess Schmura made eight saves for the Eagles. The Rutgers-Camden goalie duo of Gatti and Cargen split the shutout, with Gatti making two saves in the opening half and Cargen collecting two saves in the second half and the two 10-minute overtime periods.
VOLLEYBALL (5-9 overall/1-3 NJAC)
Tues. 3 Rowan University 30-30-28-30, Rutgers-Camden 28-27-30-22
Sun. 8 at Goucher College tri-match
Sat. 14 Rutgers-Camden tri-match
Tues. 17 at New Jersey City University 7 p.m.
Sat. 21 at Widener University tri-match
Tues. 24 DeSales University 7 p.m.
Rutgers-Camden dropped all three of its matches during the week as the Scarlet Raptors saw their losing streak extend to four. Rutgers-Camden lost a New Jersey Athletic Conference home match against Rowan, 28-30, 27-30, 30-28, 22-30 on Oct. 3 and the Raptors dropped a pair of matches at Goucher College Oct. 8. The Lady Raptors dropped a five-game match against the College of Notre Dame (Maryland), 19-30, 24-30, 30-22, 30-27, 6-15 and then were swept by host Goucher, 18-30, 23-30, 17-30, as their record fell to 5-9.
The Raptors opened their week with their NJAC loss against Rowan University as freshman Karen Ramirez collected 14 kills, 16 digs and eight service aces and sophomore Alexis Louie added 14 kills and 15 digs to power the Profs.
For Rutgers-Camden, freshman Marci Polite (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) collected 26 kills, 15 digs and five blocks, while junior Julie Grochowski (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) had 24 digs, 21 kills and four blocks.
Freshman Julie Lo (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) had 52 assists, breaking the school mark of 51 she set Sept. 26 at William Paterson University. She also added 12 digs.
Freshman Natalie Powell (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) added 20 digs and eight kills, while sophomore Nikki Cosico (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) collected 19 digs and six kills.
In a tri-match at Goucher College, Rutgers-Camden rallied from a two-game deficit only to lose in the decisive fifth game against Maryland’s College of Notre Dame, and then was swept by Goucher.
In the five-game loss to the College of Notre Dame, Polite collected 20 kills, nine blocks and 15 digs, while Grochowski had 14 kills, 25 digs and 20 assists. Cosico contributed nine kills, 18 assists and 18 digs.
In the sweep by Goucher, Grochowski and Cosico each had nine digs to lead the Lady Raptors. Grochowski also added nine kills and 12 assists, while Cosico had eight assists and Polite notched six kills and five blocks. Freshman Heather Pohorely (Lebanon, NJ/Hunterdon Central) had four service aces.
Oct. 7 at Golden Beacom College Cross Country Fall Classic
(at Carousel Park, Wilmington, DE)
MEN: 1. (tie) West Chester University and Felician College, 87; 3. Rutgers-Camden, 117; 4. Philadelphia University, 151; 5. Wilmington College, 160; 6. Ursinus College, 177; 7. Wisconsin Lutheran College, 219; 8. Lincoln University, 228; 9. Goldey Beacom College, 230; 10. (tie) University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and Bloomfield College, 251; 12. Albright College, 260; 13. Nyack College, 266; 14. Wesley College, 273; 15. Holy Family University, 319; 16. Cheyney University, 467.
Leading runner: Tommy Pearson (West Chester University), 27:03.26
Leading Rutgers-Camden runner: Travis Stewart, 27:44.78
WOMEN: 1. Ursinus College, 64; 2. Albright College, 100; 3. University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 111; 4. Felician College, 116; 5. Philadelphia University, 124; 6. West Chester University, 153; 7. Wilmington College, 159; 8. Wisconsin Lutheran College, 183; 9. Holy Family University, 217; 10. Nyack College, 243; 11. Lincoln University, 258; 12. Caldwell College, 330; 13. Wesley College, 337; 14. Goldey Beacom College, 351. Incomplete team: Rutgers-Camden
Leading runner: Kristie Kershaw (West Chester University), 19:58.77
Leading Rutgers-Camden runner: Rachel McCormick, 27:35.95
Sat. 14 Cabrini College Invitational Women only
Sat. 28 New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships
Rutgers-Camden sophomore Travis Stewart (Runnemede, NJ/Triton Regional) turned in another outstanding performance as he finished fourth out of 115 runners to lead the men’s cross country team to a third-place finish at the Fourth Annual Goldey Beacom College Fall Classic Oct. 7 at Carousel Park in Wilmington, Delaware.
Stewart ran the 8K course in 27:44.78 to finish only 41 seconds behind individual winner Tommy Pearson of West Chester University. West Chester also tied for the team title with Felician College. Both teams had 87 points, to finish ahead of the third-place Scarlet Raptors, who finished with 117.
The Raptors’ sophomore Jonathan Salamon (Bridgewater, NJ/St. Joseph-Metuchen) finished 11th overall (28:19.96), while three Rutgers-Camden runners finished 33-35: freshman Frank Iwanicki (Edgewater Park, NJ/Holy Cross) at 30:10.26, sophomore G. Brandon Gordon (Haddon Township, NJ/Haddon Township) at 30:11.82 and freshman Akeem Lloyd (Atlantic City, NJ/Atlantic City) at 30:13.28.
The Rutgers-Camden men also received a strong performance from sophomore Stephon Coleman (Penns Grove, NJ/Penns Grove), who was 72nd (33:26.87) and sophomore Darryl Mendillo (Galloway, NJ/Absegami), who finished 91st overall (35:19.33).
Also running for the Scarlet Raptors were freshmen Patrick Eigbe Jr. (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) and Michael McClain (Sewell, NJ/Bishop Eustace). Eigbe was 102nd overall (37:16.07) and McClain was 112th (41:21.94).
The three members of the women’s cross country team also competed in the event, a 5K run which was won by Ursinus College (64 points) and Kristie Kershaw of West Chester University (19:58.77). Raptors senior Rachel McCormick (Blue Anchor, NJ/Winslow Township) led Rutgers-Camden by finishing 84th of 108 runners (27:35.95). Junior Jessica Hull (Sicklerville, NJ/Fairton Christian Center and Academy) finished 93rd (29:13.26) and freshman Rebecca Taylor (Haddon Heights, NJ/Haddon Heights) was 104th (33:38.34).
Fri. 27 RU-Camden Scarlet Raptors Fall Invitational 12:30 p.m.
Sat. 21-Sun. 22 Head of the Charles Regatta
Sat. 28 Head of the Schuylkill Regatta