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The Stockton University women’s basketball team lost to Delaware Valley University 79-47 Saturday in Doylestown, Pennsylania in the season opener and the debut of Ospreys coach Devin Jefferson.

Kirsten Flournoy, a transfer from Rutgers-Camden, scored 18 points and had five rebounds for Stockton. April Peterson added 11 points and eight rebounds, and Natalie Miller had nine points. Colleen Brady (Southern Regional) had eight rebounds.

Ashley Smink topped Delaware Valley (1-0) with 25 points.

Danielle Skedzielewski shot 8 for 10 from the field and scored 21 points, and Domanique Moser had 15 points and six rebounds.

Also for the Aggies, Lauren Moretti (Wildwood Catholic) scored eight points. Delaware Valley led 42-14 at halftime.

On Friday, the New Jersey Athletic Conference released its women’s basketball preseason coaches poll, with The College of New Jersey taking the top spot with nine of the 10 first-place votes.

Montclair State, the defending conference tournament champion, received the other first-place vote.

Stockton was picked to finish fifth.

Last season, the Ospreys finished 18-9 (13-5 NJAC).

Jefferson took over for Joe Fussner, who retired in March after 26 seasons and 410 wins. For the past five years, Jefferson served as the associate head coach at NCAA Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Stockton lost standout Sasha Williams to graduation. Williams signed a one-year deal with Tirso Igualatorio, a professional team in Santander, Spain, in July.

Among the Ospreys’ key returning players are Hailey Porricelli and Peterson. Porricelli averaged 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season. Peterson averaged 4.6 points and 5.1 rebounds.

Lajerah Wright, a graduate of Atlantic City High School, also joins the Ospreys as a transfer from Rutgers-Camden.

The coaches’ dark horse pick as a team to watch in the NJAC was New Jersey City.

NJAC Preseason Poll

(first-place votes in parenteses)

1. The College of New Jersey (9)

2. Montclair State (1)

3. Rowan

4. William Paterson

5. Stockton

6. Kean

7. Ramapo

8. Rutgers-Camden

9. Rutgers-Newark

10. New Jersey City (dark horse)

Stockton picked 6th in NJAC men’s basketball poll: Stockton was picked sixth in the NJAC preseason coaches poll Thursday.

New Jersey City came out as the favorite in the coaches poll, finishing with nine of the 10 first-place votes. Montclair State, picked to finish second, received the other first-place vote, and two-time defending NJAC Tournament champion Ramapo was picked third.

Rutgers-Newark, which finished seventh in the poll, was named the conference dark horse, or team to watch.

With a solid core of returning players, Stockton is expected to improve from last season, when it went 15-10 (9-9 NJAC). The Ospreys will open their 2018-19 season Nov. 17 at home against York College of Pennsylvania.

Junior Steven Ferebee was the Ospreys’ leading scorer last season, averaging 10.1 points per game (ppg) to go along with 6.1 rebounds.

Jordan Taylor, another returning junior, provided 5.6 ppg as a key reserve player. Classmate Kevin Allen, another key reserve player last season, averaged 3.8 ppg in 16 minutes per game to go along with 2.4 rebounds.

Among the new players on coach Scott Bittner’s team will be two players who transferred from other NJAC schools. Keenan Williams averaged 10.0 points at Kean last season. Tariq Baker played 10.2 minutes per game as a reserve at Rutgers-Newark in 2015-16.

NJAC Preseason Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses)

1. New Jersey City (9)

2. Montclair State (1)

3. Ramapo

4. Rowan

5. The College of New Jersey

6. Stockton

7. Rutgers-Newark

8. William Paterson

9. Kean

10. Rutgers-Camden

Field hockey: The host Ospreys beat Juniata College 1-0 in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal on Casey Coronna’s goal.

Issy Gilhooley (Ocean City) fired a shot on a corner from just inside the circle, and Cordonna deflected it in.

Emily Gilligan made four saves for her second consecutive shutout and sixth of the season.

Stockton (14-6) will host Arcadia University (16-6) at noon Sunday for the ECAC title.

Cross country: The Stockton men’s team finished 16th among 45 teams and the Ospreys’ women’s team 24th out of 44 teams in the season-ending NCAA Division III Atlantic Regionals in Logan Township.

The Stockton men’s 16th-place finish is a program best by two places, topping the 18th-place mark the Ospreys achieved three times.

Daniel Do (Absegami) led the Stockton men with a 77th-place finish in a field of 307 runners in the 8K race in 27 minutes, 56.1 seconds. Joe D’Amico was one second behind in 27:57.1, and Cooper Knorr placedd 99th in 28:16.6.

For the women, Regina Duncan finished 67th among 305 runners in the 6K race in 24:20.4. Hayley Baydar was 121st in 25:13.2.

Women’s crew: The Ospreys did not compete at the Frostbite Regatta on the Cooper River in Camden County, due to high winds.

Press staffers Patrick Mulranen and Ahmad Austin contributed to this report.

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I’ve been at The Press since January of 1983. I cover all sports in general, but mostly lifeguard racing, and high school field hockey, football, swimming, basketball, crew, baseball and softball.

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