Holy Spirit football

HS 4 Taalib Gerald carries stopped by DePaul 9 Amir Arrington and 13 Andre Evans during the third quarter. Sunday December 8 2013 Holy Spirit loses to DePaul for the state non-public group II championship at Rutgers in Piscataway. (The Press of Atlantic City / Ben Fogletto)

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Franklin & Marshall College senior Taalib Gerald was named the Centennial Conference Football Offensive Player of the Week on Sunday.

Gerald, an Egg Harbor Township resident and 2013 Holy Spirit High School graduate, rushed for 139 yards on 32 carries with three touchdowns in the Diplomats’ 51-21 win over Gettysburg on Saturday.

Gerald also broke the program’s career rushing TD record at 30. The previous record lasted nearly 40 years, held by Keith Wert (1978) with 28.

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In 10 regular-season games this season, Gerald rushed for 849 yards on 213 carries (3.99 yards per carry) with 11 TDs. He also has 23 receptions for 207 yards and a touchdown.

At Holy Spirit, Gerald rushed 1,023 yards and 14 TDs as a junior and had 900 yards and 18 TDs as a senior. He was an honorable and second-team Press All-Star those years, respectively.

The Diplomats won a share of the conference title with Johns Hopkins, the latter earning the automatic berth to the NCAA Division III national tournament based on its win over Franklin & Marshall earlier in the season.

The Diplomats didn’t earn an at-large bid to the tournament but will host Widener in the third-annual Centennial-Middle Atlantic Conference Bowl series Saturday. Albright and Susquehanna also are in the four-team playoff.

Defensive back Jarren McBryde (Atlantic City) had six tackles, an interception and two pass breakups in Delaware Valley’s 47-13 win over Widener on Saturday. The Aggies (10-0) won the Middle Atlantic Conference championship and earned an automatic berth to the D-III tournament.

Defensive lineman Christian Snowden (St. Joseph) had three tackles, including a sack, and defensive back Jamir Prevard (Atlantic City) had three tackles.

Wide receiver Dylan Mento (Hammonton) had three receptions for 30 yards in Gallaudet’s 54-14 loss to Maritime (New York) on Saturday. Mento also had a 10-yard completion and was intercepted once.

Men’s soccer

Ryan Saul (Ocean City) helped the University of Massachusetts defense in a 3-1 win over Virginia Commonwealth in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament final Sunday. UMass earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.

Haverford junior Ben Clark (St. Augustine Prep) was named to the Centennial Conference second team Thursday. He led a defense that posted eight shutouts, and he scored thefirst goal of his collegiate career.

Women’s soccer

The College of New Jersey, which includes Hannah Richman (Egg Harbor Township), Despina Lianidis (Mainland Regional) and Alyssa Nani (Vineland) won its first two games in the D-III national tournament. The Lions beat Roger Williams 3-0 on Saturday and Virginia Wesleyan 3-0 on Sunday. Their next game is Saturday in the sectionals, with the location and opponent to be announced.

Field hockey

MacKenzie Meyer (EHT) had a defensive save in Delaware’s 2-1 overtime loss to Penn State in the first round of the NCAA Division I tournament Saturday. The Blue Hens were the defending national champions.

Issy Gilhooley (Ocean City) started and helped the TCNJ defense earn a couple of wins in the D-III national tournament. TCNJ beat SUNY Cortland 2-1 on Saturday and Centre College 2-0 on Sunday. The Lions will face top-ranked Messiah on Friday in the next round. Jordan Allegretto (Ocean City) is also on the Lions.

Men’s cross country

Louis Paone (Ocean City) recorded both his best regional placement (139th) and 10-kilometer time (32 minutes, 23.9 seconds) of his career for Liberty at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships in Earlysville, Virginia, on Friday.

Nick Nocco (Southern Regional) took 41st (25:38.6) for Rowan at the NCAA Atlantic Regional 8K race Saturday in Houghton, New York. The Profs finished in fourth as a team.

Rutgers-Camden’s Elijah Crouch (Buena Regional) also competed in Houghton, finishing 215th (28:38.4). The Scarlet Raptors finished 39th.

Women’s cross country

Vanderbilt’s Devon Grisbaum (Ocean City) finished 85th (21:44.5) at the D-I South Regional 6K in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Saturday.

Danielle Leavitt (Lacey Township) finished 158th (23:09) for Monmouth at the D-I Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships 6K race in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Sunday.

Emily Johnson (Wildwood Catholic) finished 151st (22:53.0) for Seton Hall at the Mid-Atlantic Regional.

Abby Gauthier (Lacey) ran a 6K personal-best 22:24.6 for Towson at the Mid-Atlantic Regional, finishing 118th.

Kaitlyn Mooney (Southern) won the D-III New England Championship race in Gorhman, Maine, on Sunday, breaking her own school record in 20:22.

She qualified for the national championship race next Sunday in Elsah, Illinois.

Mackenzie Greene (Ocean City) finished 271st (28:02.5) for Immaculata at the D-III Mideast Regional on Saturday in Newville, Pennsylvania.

Women’s volleyball

Amy Bruno (Barnegat) had 11 kills in Georgian Court’s 3-0 win over Chestnut Hill on Thursday. She had six kills and three blocks in a 3-0 win over the University of the Sciences on Saturday.

Sara Ridgway (Barnegat) had five kills in Kean’s 3-0 loss to Johns Hopkins in the first round of the D-III tournament Saturday.

Alexa Cacacie (Southern) had seven kills in Maine Maritime’s 3-0 loss to MIT in the first round of the D-III tournament Saturday.

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Contact: 609-272-7210 JRusso@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPress_Russo

I graduated from Rowan University in 2011 where I studied journalism. I covered local high school and college sports at the South Jersey Times and Vineland Daily Journal. I have been a sports reporter with The Press since July of 2013

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