West Chester sophomore forward Kelsey Cheek (Oakcrest) scored in the 56th minute to help the Golden Rams beat host Massachusetts-Lowell 5-0 for their second straight NCAA Division II field hockey championship Sunday.
Amy Cohen, a native of Linwood and a member of the Mainland Regional High School class of 1998, coached the Golden Rams to their second straight championship in as many seasons. Cohen's record in two seasons at West Chester is 37-6.
"This has been just an amazing experience," Cohen said in a story on the university's website. "It was such a wonderful family experience (in Boston). The stands were full of West Chester family, friends and supporters.
" They were tailgating all weekend like it was a Penn State football game. Everybody from the parents, to the administration to the fans had a hand in this championship."
Cheeks' goal was the final one of the title game. In the semifinals Friday, Cheek, who is from Mays Landing, came off the bench to assist on the game-winning goal in the 68th minute of a 3-2 victory over Shippensburg.
Despite having started only three of 22 games this season, Cheek was the Golden Rams' fifth-leading scorer. She scored six goals and got five assists for 17 points.
McDaniel's Katie Corson (Ocean City) recorded a goal and an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss to Alvernia in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic quarterfinals. The assist was her 11th of the season, a program single-season record. Corson earned a place on the All-Centennial Conference honorable mention team. She had six goals and 22 points this season.
Albright College junior Mark Capetola (Egg Harbor Township) was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Capetola set a school record with four forced fumbles as the Albright defense held Lebanon Valley offense scoreless until the final minute of a 26-14 win. The defensive end added 21/2sacks and 61/2 tackles for a loss (also a single-game school record). He had eight solo stops and 11 total tackles.
Wentworth sophomore Kevin Crowe (St. Augustine Prep) had two assists in a 3-2 loss to Western New England.
Rutgers-Camden junior forward Mitch Grotti (Millville) scored in a 2-0 victory over Medaille College in the opening round of the NCAA Division III tournament in York, Pa. It was his 40th career goal and 11th of the season.
Only three players in program history have reached the 40-goal mark, including all time-leading scorer, George Scafidi, who scored 43 from 1974-77. The Scarlet Raptors are ranked No. 7 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 and No. 14 in the D3soccer.com national poll.
University of Scranton junior midfielder Colin McFadden (St. Augustine Prep) was selected to the All-Landmark Conference first team. McFadden has a goal and an assist on offense, while his defensive play contributed to a team record of 15-2-2. The Royals won their first-round NCAA Division III tournament game, 6-0 over Elms College.
York College junior forward Austin Johnson (Middle Township) received All-Capital Athletic Conference second-team honors. Johnson recorded five goals, four assists and 14 points this season. Johnson started in the Spartans' first- and second-round NCAA Division III tournament games. Johnson also scored in a 5-0 win over the Mary Washington in the conference title game. It was York's fourth straight conference championship.
Nicolette Hensel's (Buena Regional) got her 11th assist of the season to help Misericordia University beat Lesley University 2-0 to advance to the round of16 in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Shepherd University's Morgan Gabriel (Holy Spirit) earned West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honorable mention. Gabriel tied for her team lead in goals with four and led it with three-game-winning tallies. She added one assist for nine points to rank second on the squad in scoring.
Old Dominion freshmen Ashley Nardiello (Ocean City), Lauren Wright (Egg Harbor Township), Colleen Rennie (Absegami) and Jenna Sterling (Absegami) combined to win the freshman-eight contest at the Hooch Regatta in Chattanooga, Tenn. It was the boat's second straight win in as many tries. Seniors Allison Gigerich (Holy Spirit) and Kierstan Stephens (Ocean City) helped the lightweight-four boat to second place.
Nova Southeastern junior Stephanie Hauck (EHT) aided the Sharks' second-place varsity-eight A boat at the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association (FIRA) Fall Classic in Fellsmere, Fla. The boat finished in 11 minutes, 55 seconds.
Bethany Desmond (Holy Spirit) helped Barry University's varsity-eight boat win at the FlRA Fall Classic in 11:38. Desmond also rowed on Barry's winning varsity-four A boat (13:38).
Men's cross country
Gloucester County College's Joe Sacco (Hammonton) finished 77th in 32:20 at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III championships in Delhi, N.Y. The Roadrunners took second place in team scoring.
Women's cross country
Junior Meghan Borz (Buena) helped Rowan take fourth place at the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional championships by finishing 19th among 277 runners at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester, N.Y. She finished in 22:35.1 and earned all-region honors for her performance.
Junior Priscila Antuna (Southern Regional) was 113th in 24:17.2.
Also at the championships, Ramapo freshman Brianna Springsteadah (Millville) finished a team-best 118th in 24:20.30. The Lady Roadrunners were 23rd in team scoring.
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