Leanza Rodriguez – Staff Writer
On Saturday, Sept. 26 the Drew University Women’s Soccer team had the opportunity to take their Landmark Conference game against Juniata College into overtime when the net was open, waiting for them to kick a goal. Sadly the game did not go as planned and Drew suffered a conference loss. The game was at a 0-0 standstill until Juniata scored at the 65 minute mark.
As the clock quickly ran down the Rangers worked to make a run at the net. Emma Campbell (‘16) moved swiftly past a defender and down the field. She then passed the ball to midfielder Danielle Cowan (‘16). Cowan ran, moving the ball close to the penalty box, where Kelly then kicked a ball that seemed to be going directly into the net, but then turned right at the last instant. This was the last play of the game.
The Rangers had seven shots during the game with forward Campbell (‘16) and midfielder Caroline Kelly (‘19) leading the team. By the end of the game each player had two shots on goal. Goalkeepers Sara Nash (‘16) and Andee Higgins (‘17) together ended the game with five saves.
On Wednesday, Sept. 30 the girls traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey to play at Stevens Institute of Technology. The team went hopeful to win, but unfortunately came back with their sixth loss of the 2015 season. Their record for the season is now 3-6-1.
The Ducks scored three goals in the first half of the game, while they tried to hold off the Rangers’ powerful offense. Though the Rangers lost they played a great game. The team’s offense was able to attempt ten shots and even put eight on goal. They were also able to retrieve eight corner kicks throughout the game. Meghan McDermott (’19) pushed through and led her team, taking three of the ten shots and getting two on net.
McDermott (’19) was not the only player at the top of their game that night. Goalkeeper Sara Nash (’16) started for the fifth time this season and played every minute of the game. During the game she made seven saves which is now the season-high. This will now be her 25th save of the season.
Wednesday’s game was the fifteenth meeting between the Stevens Ducks and the Drew Rangers since 1993. This game put Stevens in a 12-3 all-time lead against Drew. The women’s soccer team last triumphed over Stevens back in 2013 when they were on their way to becoming the Landmark Conference Champions.
Drew Women’s Soccer look forward to their next game tomorrow against Susquehanna University. They will be traveling up to Sellingsgrove, Pa. to face it off in a Landmark Conference game, at 3:30 p.m.
Kirby Clark – Sports Editor
The Men’s Soccer team improved their record to 8-1-1 this week after capturing a pair of 1-0 wins over Manhattanville College and New York University this past week. Bass Etta-Ashu (’17) and Ian Pavlak (’17), who each notched game winners, led the Rangers’ offense.
In last Saturday’s win over Manhattanville, the Rangers were unable to get on the board in the first half. Their best opportunity came with ten minutes left in the half, when Etta-Ashu sent a pass to Anthony McMyne (’19) who took a shot that went just high of the goal. Three minutes into the second half, however, Pavlak sent the ball into the cage for his first goal of the season. The goal came after Benji Audi (’18) took a free kick which Marlon Rodriguez (’19) tipped before Pavlak put it in the net.
The Rangers held onto their lead for the rest of the game, but it was challenged by the Valiants with just 21 minutes left to play. Ranger goalkeeper John Marques (’17) made a critical diving save to preserve the lead. Ten minutes later, the Rangers had another chance to score when Etta-Ashu sent a pass to Anthony McMyne (’19) who took a shot that went just high of the goal.
Despite the low score, the Rangers fired off 21 shots. Cole Leckburg (’17) had a team high of five, followed by Pavlak with three. Defensively, the Rangers were led by the efforts of Daniel Giraldo (’16) and Rodriguez.
The team continued their successful week on Tuesday evening against New York University in a tight matchup against the Violets.
After 35 minutes of scoreless play in the first half, the Rangers got on the board when Guy Zeplovitch (’19) sent a pass to Etta-Ashu, who received it but then was tripped inside the penalty box, earning a penalty kick. Etta-Ashu sent the ball to the top left corner of the cage to put the Rangers on the board.
The Rangers had a limited amount of scoring opportunities during the rest of the game, but weren’t able to capitalize on any. They were led offensively by the work of Audi, who fired off a number of shots. Defensively, Marques made five saves, earning him his sixth shutout of the season.
The Rangers return to action this weekend when they travel to Selinsgrove, PA to take on Landmark Conference opponent, Susquehanna University, tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Kathryn Swenor – Assistant Sports Editor
The Rangers men’s and women’s cross country teams improved their times last weekend at the York College Invitational at the historic Van Cortlandt Park.
The women’s team finished in third out of the 12 contending team in the Bronx for the meet. The men finished in ninth place out of 11 teams. The women missed second place by a single point, finishing with a total of 96, behind College of Staten Island. The winning team, The Fashion Institute of Technology, won the meet with 51 points.
Kayla Jackson (’19) turned in the second fastest 6,000-meter time for the Rangers since the program’s record holder back in 2012. Jackson finished in seventh place out of 82 contenders with a time of 27:24. Lisa Rojas (’18) was not far behind Jackson, finishing in 28:42. Zoe Hughes (’17) stopped the clock for her 6K at 29:04.3, for a 15th place finish. Finally, freshman Uma Kantheti (’19) made her debut with a time of 33:14.7 and a 42nd place finish.
For the men’s team, Christian Parenti (’19) finished 11th of 69 runners on Sunday, Sept. 27 while running his first collegiate 8,000-meter run in 31:17.4. Parenti was just 16 seconds away from cracking the top 10. Anatole Colbert (’19) also made his Drew debut with a 33rd place finish in 35:54.7.
“Since it was the men’s first 8K and the women’s first 6K of the season, it was a great competition for us to get our feet wet as many of our athletes were able to place top 20.” Tiago Dos Santos (’18) commented. “As the competition get harder and our team gets bigger, the Drew community can expect great things from their cross country team.” Patrick Boyle (’17), Dos Santos (’18) and Mat Cassese (’16) rounded out the scores for the men’s team at the meet.
The men and women return to action today for the Paul Short Run hosted at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
Michelle McQueen – Contributing Writer
The Drew University Equestrian Team travelled to Crosswinds Farm in Lagrangeville, NY on Sept. 26, where they competed in their 2015-2016 season opener. The show, hosted by Marist and Vassar colleges, included Drew and the eight other teams in their Region.
Drew’s first division of their day started with captain Cassidy Rooney’s (’17) debut in the Intermediate Flat division. Rooney, aboard Sky, took home a fifth place ribbon in her class. She also finished fourth in her Novice Fences class riding Woody, earning her a spot in the 2016 IHSA Regional competition for Novice Fences. Rooney was able to block a William Paterson point rider with her ride. She was followed by Carli Gentile (’18) who rode Harry to a sixth place finish in Novice Fences and captain Michelle McQueen (’16), riding Hawk, who finished with a fourth place in her Novice Fences class. With her ride, McQueen was able to block a Marist point rider and a Vassar point rider.
After a lunch break, it was back to action. Gentile took fifth place on her ride with Woody, blocking a William Paterson point rider, and McQueen rode to a fifth place aboard Sky. The day ended with Elizabeth Grein (’18), who brought home a fifth place ribbon after her ride on Patch in the Advanced Walk-Trot-Canter. She was able to block a Stevens point rider with her performance.
The Drew University Equestrian Team finished eighth place overall out of nine teams,
with seven points to open the 2015-16 season. They eagerly await their next show, which will take place on Oct. 17 at the New Jersey Equestrian Center in Pompton Plains, NJ.
Alexandra Kemper – Staff Writer
The Drew University field hockey team had a rough week, suffering a loss to Juniata College with a final score of 10-0 last Saturday. They followed it up with another rough away game at Wesley College where the girls lost 3-0 on Wednesday night.
In Saturday afternoon’s contest at Juniata College, Michele Pozyc (’18) broke a 21-year-old career record. Pozyc is now the leader in defensive saves with 31 for her career.
During the defender’s first year, Pozyc won the Rookie of the Year Award with 17 defensive saves and set the single-season record. Pozyc has earned the all-time title with just 24 games played, and she still has a long career ahead of her.
Drew currently has a record of 1-7 overall and a 0-1 in the Landmark Conference. Juniata now stands at a 4-4, 1-0, respectively.
Keeper Ryann Callaghan (’19) now holds the record for the fifth most saves in a game in Rangers’ history after saving 16 goals against the Eagles this past Saturday. The last Drew keeper to save that many goals in a game was C.C. Carlini in 2012 against Catholic University of America.
Madi Sheetz (’18) charted three defensive saves during the setback in the first half of the competition. Kelsey Rasmuson (’19) logged her first career defensive save in the last ten seconds of the first half.
Drew followed up the Juniata game on the road again this past Wednesday evening when they faced Wesley College in Dover, DE. The Rangers fell in their last non-conference game 3-0 to the Wolverines.
Kirby Clark (’16) led the rally against the Welsey keeper early on in the game with three shots on goal. Huma Sheikh (’17) and Sheetz followed suit with two shots on target each.
The Wolverines took a 1-0 lead in the first half, but the Rangers took over possession late in the second half forcing Wesley to play a heavy defense for the remaining time. In the span of four minutes, Drew won a penalty corner and took four shots on goal, but the Wolverine goalie was there for every save. The Wesley defense did their job and held strong going into the half.
Just 12 minutes left in the second half, Clark, Sheikh and Sheetz fired shot after shot against the Welsey keeper, all within 45 seconds of each other. The Rangers fought hard but unfortunately came up short in the contest. Wesley scored a third and final time with just 34 seconds left on the clock, making the final score 3-0.
The Rangers return home for the Landmark Conference opener tomorrow against Susquehanna University at 1 p.m.
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