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College Cross Country:
Raptor of the Week: Travis Stewart

Monday, October 16, 2006

By Mike Ballard
RutgersCamden Sports Correspondent

Travis Stewart (Runnemede, NJ/Triton Regional)

Sophomore Travis Stewart captured the individual championship at the Cabrini Cross Country Invitational with a meet record of 27:07.37 to lead Rutgers-Camden to the team title Oct. 14 in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.


Oct. 10 at Cabrini College Invitational
(at Belmont Plateau, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA)

MEN (8K): 1. Rutgers-Camden, 64; 2. Keystone College, 83; 3. Gwynedd-Mercy College, 94; 4. Ursinus College, 107; 5. Cabrini College, 143; 6. Catholic University, 152; 7. Wesley College, 158; 8. University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 163; 9. Chestnut Hill College, 195; 10. Holy Family College, 235.

Leading runner: Travis Stewart (Rutgers-Camden), 27:07.37

WOMEN (5K): 1. Ursinus College, 27; 2. Gwynedd-Mercy College, 65; 3. University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 66; 4. Keystone College, 86; 5. Holy Family College, 142; 6. Wesley College, 155. Incomplete Team: Rutgers-Camden

Leading runner: Carolyn Roberts (Cabrini College), 19:44.42
Leading Rutgers-Camden runner: Jessica Hull, 28:14.13

Upcoming meets

Sat. 28 New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships
(at Richard Stockton College)

Sophomore Travis Stewart (Runnemede, NJ/Triton Regional) set the pace and the rest of the Rutgers-Camden cross country team followed.

Stewart led the 87-runner field with the 8K meet record of 27:07.37 to edge out his freshman teammate Jonathan Salamon (Bridgewater, NJ/St. Joseph-Metuchen) as the Scarlet Raptors captured the team title at the Cabrini Cross Country Invitational Oct. 14 at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia.

Rutgers-Camden finished with 64 points to top the 10-team field, 19 ahead of second place Keystone College.

Salamon ran a 27:33.40 to finish second behind Stewart as the Raptors placed five runners in the top 27. Sophomore G. Brandon Gordon (Haddon Township, NJ/Haddon Township) finished 16th (29:07.43), while freshmen Akeem Lloyd (Atlantic City, NJ/Atlantic City) and Frank Iwanicki (Edgewater Park, NJ/Holy Cross) finished 18th (29:13.59) and 27th (30:06.10), respectively.

The Raptors’ sophomore Darryl Mendillo (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) finished 51st (32:41.97), followed by sophomore Stefon Coleman (Penns Grove, NJ/Penns Grove), who was 55th (33:08.28). Three other Scarlet Raptors freshmen competed in the race as Brandon Ransburgh (Riverside, NJ/Riverside) finished 74th (36:04.54), Patrick Eigbe Jr. (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) was 76th (37:29.18) and Michael McClain (Sewell, NJ/Bishop Eustace) finished 85th (49:41.72).

On the women’s side, the Raptors ran only two runners in the 57-woman field. Junior Jessica Hull (Sicklerville, NJ/Fairton Christian Center and Academy) finished 50th (28:14.13) in the 5K race, while freshman Rebecca Taylor (Haddon Heights, NJ/Haddon Heights) was 56th (34:21.08).

Ursinus College (27 points) won the race over five other teams. Cabrini’s Carolyn Roberts (19:44.42) was the individual winner.

MEN'S SOCCER (9-4-3 overall/4-2-1 NJAC)

Mon. 9 Rutgers-Camden 8, John Jay College of Criminal Justice 0
Wed. 11 Rutgers-Camden 1, Richard Stockton College 0
Sat. 14 William Paterson University 1, Rutgers-Camden 0

Upcoming games
Wed. 18 at Franklin & Marshall College 4 p.m.
Sat. 21 at Ramapo College 1 p.m.
Wed. 25 at New Jersey City University 3 p.m.

The Rutgers-Camden men’s soccer team had a record-setting week on and off the pitch as the Scarlet Raptors posted a 2-1 record, saw one player earn national honors and two others establish program records. The Raptors recorded victories over John Jay College of Criminal Justice (8-0) and Richard Stockton College (1-0) before losing to William Paterson University (1-0). They also saw junior back Chris Amato (Stratford, NJ/Sterling) earn a berth on the Team of the Week Oct. 10, and watched senior goalie David Cunningham (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Regional) and junior midfielder Pat Baldiserra (Milmay, NJ/Buena Regional) play their way into the school record books.

The Raptors opened the week with a non-conference 8-0 home win over John Jay College of Criminal Justice Oct. 9. That game turned into a highlight reel for junior midfielder Pat Baldiserra (Milmay, NJ/Buena Regional) and senior forward Evan Graves (Somerdale, NJ/Triton Regional). Baldiserra collected one goal and four assists, tying a single-game program assist mark, and Graves notched a hat trick.

Baldiserra’s four assists tied the Rutgers-Camden single-game record set by Mike Zeno against Holy Family on Oct. 7, 1995. Graves’ hat trick was the second collected by the Scarlet Raptors this season. Sophomore Andrew Dorsey (Mt. Laurel, NJ/The King’s Christian School) had one in a 3-1 win over Kean University Sept. 23.

The eight goals were the most scored by Rutgers-Camden since a 9-0 win over York (NY) College on Sept. 3, 2005.

Baldiserra assisted on the first two goals of the game to give the Raptors a 2-0 halftime lead. He had a cross for a header by junior Onur Yilmaz (Delran, NJ/Delran) at 9:08, and a through ball for a goal by Graves at 34:53.

Baldiserra added another assist right after halftime on a goal by Dorsey at 48:24, then added a goal of his own off a set piece at the top of the box. It was assisted by junior Rob Gambino (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) and Yilmaz.

Graves scored his second goal of the day, tapping in a cross by freshman Mark Gidjunis (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) at 59:03.

Baldiserra assisted on a goal by Amato at 62:39.

Graves completed his hat trick at 64:41 off a through ball from freshman Dom Crocetti (Marlton, NJ/Holy Cross), and the Raptors closed out their scoring at 67:16 on the first career goal by freshman Pat Morris (Bellmawr, NJ/Paul VI). Dorsey collected an assist on the goal.

The Raptors received a combination shutout from junior Brent Grunow (Estell Manor, NJ/Buena Regional) and freshman Corey McDonough (Philadelphia, PA/Northeast Catholic), who each played one half. Grunow made the lone Raptor save in the first half.

For John Jay, keeper Edwin Casas had seven saves as Rutgers-Camden out-shot the Bloodhounds, 24-5.

The Raptors returned to the New Jersey Athletic Conference wars Oct. 11 and junior midfielder Rodney Guishard (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest) returned to form. Guishard, who spent a week recovering from an ankle injury suffered in a game against Arcadia University Oct. 2, scored the lone goal of the game to lift the Raptors over Richard Stockton College, 1-0, in Pomona.

Guishard, who missed two games since his injury and returned to play sparingly in the Raptors’ win over John Jay, found the net from inside a crowded box at 52:10. It was his fourth goal of the season.

Guishard’s goal helped Cunningham become the school’s all-time leader in wins by a keeper with 31. He raised his record to 7-1-3 on the season and 31-10-10 for his career, making five saves to record his third shutout of the year.

In the first half, Stockton midfielder A.J. Colubiale appeared to score a goal, but it was disallowed on a handball call. Colubiale also had another great chance for Stockton with 28:30 remaining in the game, first hitting the post then shooting just wide of the net on the rebound.

The Ospreys out-shot the Scarlet Raptors, 9-4, and held a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks. In the physical NJAC battle, there were 37 fouls. Both coaching staffs were hit with cards as a yellow card was issued to the Rutgers-Camden bench and a red card to the Stockton bench.

Matt Hart had three saves in the loss for Stockton.

The Raptors’ four-game winning streak burst in a 1-0 home loss to William Paterson on Oct. 14.

Paterson senior midfielder Jay Hooper scored the lone goal of the game off the rebound of a saved shot to power the Pioneers over the Raptors.

In a game which saw the Pioneers apply constant pressure and out-hustle the Scarlet Raptors, William Paterson held a 17-5 advantage in shots and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Paterson finally broke the scoring ice at 62:50 after Cunningham made a fine one-on-one save against the Pioneers’ Mark Brzyzek. Hooper collected the rebound in the box and flicked a shot that glanced off the inside top of the right post and into the net. It was his third goal of the season.

Cunningham made 10 saves in a busy night in goal for the Raptors, who saw their scoreless streak end at 353:14. Cunningham’s personal streak was snapped at 263:14.

For William Paterson, junior keeper David Casper made four saves to collect the shutout.

The contest, the last regular-season home game for the Scarlet Raptors, also served as Senior Night as Rutgers-Camden honored a quartet of four-year players, back Shawn Cunning (Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood), Cunningham, Graves and midfielder Michael Reed (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East).

WOMEN'S SOCCER (8-6-1 overall/2-4 NJAC)

Mon. 9 Arcadia University 1, Rutgers-Camden 0
Wed. 11 Richard Stockton College, ppd. rain (TBA)
Sat. 14 William Paterson University 3, Rutgers-Camden 1

Upcoming games
Tues. 17 at Wesley College 7 p.m.
Sat. 21 Ramapo College 1 p.m.
Sun. 22 at St. Joseph’s College-Patchogue 1 p.m.
Mon. 23 Richard Stockton College 6 p.m.
Wed. 25 New Jersey City University 6 p.m.

The Rutgers-Camden women’s soccer team saw it all during an 0-2 week which included a school record, a downpour of rain and a scoring drought that saw the Raptors score only one goal in two official games.

Senior back Katie O’Connor (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) played in her 74th career game at William Paterson University Oct. 14, tying the program mark set by Katlyn Pagaduan from 2002-2005. She would have tied the mark on Oct. 11, but after playing a scoreless half in a driving rainstorm against Richard Stockton College, the Raptors’ home field became unplayable due to standing water. The game, which was 25 minutes shy of being an official contest, was washed out of the books.

In games that counted, Rutgers-Camden continued to struggle offensively as the Lady Raptors dropped a 1-0 non-conference home game against Arcadia University Oct. 9 and lost a 3-1 New Jersey Athletic Conference game at William Paterson Oct. 14.

In the loss to Arcadia, sophomore back Samantha Calhoun scored a first-half goal and the Scarlet Knights made it stand up for a 1-0 victory in Camden Oct. 9.

Calhoun notched her fourth goal of the season at 26:20, hitting a long angled shot from the left side into the top of the net. It was assisted by sophomore back Erin Metz.

Rutgers-Camden pressured for the tying goal and even pulled its goalie with 1:12 remaining, but the Lady Raptors couldn’t get the tying goal.

Arcadia out-shot Rutgers-Camden, 15-11, but the Lady Raptors held an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Arcadia sophomore goalie Auralia Kubat earned the shutout with six saves. Junior Kristen Cargen (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) played the first half for Rutgers-Camden, allowing the one goal and making three saves. Sophomore Jayme Gatti (Delran, NJ/Delran) played 43:48 of the second half, making two saves, before the Raptors pulled their goalie in a last-ditch effort to tie the game.

O’Connor’s record-tying day was spoiled by the Pioneers in a 3-1 loss at Paterson Oct. 14. Paterson scored an early goal at 9:25 by Aly Salvacion off a scramble in the box. Paterson added a pair of second-half goals by Amanda Kurdyla at 50:02 and by Melissa Boka at 62:00.

Rutgers-Camden broke Paterson’s shutout bid on a 25-yard shot by senior forward Aubree McDermott (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) at 78:00.

Paterson out-shot Rutgers-Camden, 24-7. The Raptors held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Junior keeper Kristen Cargen (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) made six saves for Rutgers-Camden. Freshman Jessica Reibis had two saves for Paterson in the first 77:00, while Kurdyla played the final 13:00 and allowed the one goal.

VOLLEYBALL (5-11 overall/1-5 NJAC)

Tues. 10 Kean University 32-30-30, Rutgers-Camden 30-15-21
Thurs. 12 Ramapo College 30-30-30, Rutgers-Camden 22-17-19

Sat. 14 Rutgers-Camden tri-match
Rutgers-Newark 30-30-30, Rutgers-Camden 10-28-20
Rutgers-Newark 30-30-30, College of Notre Dame 19-28-6
College of Notre Dame 30-30-30, Rutgers-Camden 28-23-19

Upcoming matches
Tues. 17 at New Jersey City University 7 p.m.
Thurs. 19 Chestnut Hill College 7 p.m.

Sat. 21 at Widener University tri-match
Neumann College vs. Widener University 10 a.m.
Rutgers-Camden vs. Neumann College 12 p.m.
Rutgers-Camden vs. Widener University 2 p.m.

Tues. 24 DeSales University 7 p.m.
Fri. 27 at King’s College 7 p.m.

The Lady Raptors saw their losing streak stretch to eight as they were swept in all four of their matches during the week, including three against New Jersey Athletic Conference foes Kean, Ramapo and Rutgers-Newark. They also were swept by the College of Notre Dame.

Freshman setter Colleen Masterson returned to the Kean University lineup and tallied a match-high 27 assists as the Cougars swept Rutgers-Camden, 32-30, 30-15, 30-21, in NJAC action Oct. 10 in Union. Playing for the first time since September 26, Masterson added four kills, four service aces and five digs as the Cougars snapped a losing streak which had stretched to seven matches while she was out with an injury.

Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Bauer led the Cougars with 12 kills and 10 digs, while junior Alicja Ciastoch added seven kills, eight digs and three service aces. Junior Corinne O’Toole contributed six kills, five service aces, four digs and two solo blocks.

For the Scarlet Raptors, freshman middle hitters Natalie Powell (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) and Marci Polite (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) each had five kills, while Powell had a team-high nine digs and Polite added eight digs and three solo blocks. Sophomore setter Nikki Cosico (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) had eight assists and seven digs for Rutgers-Camden.

In another NJAC match, the Lady Raptors were swept at home by NJAC rival Ramapo College on Oct. 12 by scores of 30-22, 30-17 and 30-19.

Junior setter Ashley Cornett notched 17 assists, seven digs and two kills to power the Roadrunners. won by scores of 30-22, 30-17 and 30-19. Freshman opposite Kaitlin Smith collected six kills and four digs for the Roadrunners, while sophomore outside hitter Rochelle Kizhnerman had six kills and 11 digs.

For the Scarlet Raptors, Polite notched nine kills, four blocks and six digs, while Powell had five kills and 12 digs. Junior outside hitter/setter Julie Grochowski (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) collected seven kills, 20 assists, two blocks and 13 digs. Cosico added 11 digs and six assists.

The Raptors wrapped up their week falling to both Rutgers-Newark and the College of Notre Dame in a home tri-match Oct. 14. The Scarlet Raiders swept Rutgers-Camden, 30-10, 30-28, 30-20, in a NJAC match and then completed their day by sweeping the College of Notre Dame, 30-18, 30-28, 30-6. In the third match of the day, the College of Notre Dame swept Rutgers-Camden, 30-28, 30-23, 30-19.

In the opening match, Newark received 13 kills and nine digs from freshman outside hitter Katlyn Lewis in its sweep over Rutgers-Camden. Junior middle hitter Julie Pape added eight kills and four service aces, while freshman outside hitter Jesica Cockerham had 11 assists and 11 digs. Sophomore setter Nazly Hasanizadeh notched 19 assists for the Scarlet Raiders and senior libero Jessica Kleeman notched 13 digs.

For Rutgers-Camden, Polite and freshman outside hitter Heather Pohorely (Lebanon, NJ/Hunterdon Central) each collected six kills, while Cosico added 13 digs and Powell notched 11 digs and five assists. Grochowski collected four kills, 13 assists, nine digs and two blocks. Freshman opposite Deanne Linen (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) added two kills and eight digs.

In their loss to Notre Dame, the Lady Raptors saw Pohorely notch seven kills and nine digs, while Cosico had 18 digs, Grochowski had 14 digs, 22 assists and four kills and Powell added two kills, nine assists, three aces and 12 digs. Polite had five kills, five aces, 10 digs and two blocks, while Linen added one kill, four digs and one block.

During the two matches, the Scarlet Raptors broke single-season program records, set in 2004, for kills (571) and assists (542). With their statistics Saturday, the 2006 team raised those single-season standards to 613 kills and 546 assists. They also tied the 2004 single-season club record of 225 service aces.


Mon. 9 Muhlenberg College Fall Invitational Did not compete

Upcoming matches


Fri. 27 RU-Camden Scarlet Raptors Fall Invitational 12:30 p.m.
(Town & Country Golf Links, Woodstown, NJ)

Injuries and exams kept Rutgers-Camden from being able to field a full team for the Muhlenberg College Fall Invitational Oct. 9, so the Scarlet Raptors didn’t compete in the event. They will return to action when they host their own Rutgers University-Camden Scarlet Raptors Fall Invitational Oct. 27.


Sat. 14 Navy Day Regatta
(Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, PA)

Women’s College Four+
Rutgers-Camden, 8:12.72 (15th of 19 teams). Winner: Dowling College, 17:06.20

Women’s Club Four+
Rutgers-Camden, 22:32.10 (4th of 4 teams). Winner: Undine Barge Club, 17:29.60

Men’s College Four+
Rutgers-Camden, 7:46.82 (19th of 19 teams). Winner: U.S. Naval Academy, 15:12.10.

Men’s Club Four+
Rutgers-Camden, 20:13.60 (12th of 12 teams). Winner: Penn A.C. Rowing Association, 15:17.90

Upcoming meets

Sat. 21-Sun. 22 Head of the Charles Regatta (Charles River, Boston, MA)
Sat. 28 Head of the Schuylkill Regatta (Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, PA)

The Rutgers-Camden crew team opened its fall season at the Navy Day Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia Oct. 14. The Lady Raptors finishes fourth of four teams in the Women’s Club Four+ race (22:32.10) and placed 15th out of 19 boats in the Women’s College Four+ competition (19:57.70).

The men’s club team, meanwhile, finished 12th of 12 boats in the Men’s Club Four+ (20:13.60) and 19th of 19 boats in the Men’s College Four+ (19:10.80).

The Raptors return to action Saturday, Oct. 21, in the two-day Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.