John Marques (’17)
For the second time this season, Marques was named Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. This honor comes after Marques recorded two shutouts the previous week when Drew defeated New York University and tied Landmark Conference opponent Susquehanna University last Saturday. In addition, Marques notched two saves in the Rangers’ loss to the University of Scranton on Wednesday night. Marques holds a 0.64 goals against average after having only eight goals scored on him thus far in the season and he has a 0.857 save percentage.
Emma Campbell (’16)
Following the women’s soccer team’s double overtime 2-1 victory over Susquehanna, Campbell was named Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in her career. Campbell notched both of Drew’s goals last Saturday. In addition to her outstanding performance against Susquehanna, Campbell scored one goal and had an assist in the Rangers’ 3-1 win over William Patterson University on Tuesday evening. She is now just the third player in program history to reach and surpass the 100 point milestone with 45 goals, 12 assists, and 102 total points.
Katie O’Keefe (Women’s Soccer)
Katie O’Keefe (’14) has been an impact player for the Drew women’s soccer team since her first year on campus. As a sophomore, O’Keefe earned First Team All-Conference honors and was second on the team in goals with seven and tied for first with seven assists. O’Keefe continued her outstanding play on the field into her junior year, earning First Team All-Landmark Conference Honors for the second-straight season. She was also named to the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll for the second year in a row.
Recently, O’Keefe scored the game-winner on Saturday, Sept. 13 against DeSales. With the score tied at one, Bridget McRory (’15) found O’Keefe in front of the net to record her first goal of the season and her 19th of the career.
John Nogiewich (Men’s Soccer)
John Nogiewich (’15) has been an important part of the midfield line for the Drew men’s soccer team. His first year on campus, Nogiewich started 19 of the 20 games he played and scored five goals in the season. His sophomore year, Nogiewich started all 19 games for the Rangers and was the co-leading scorer with five goals for a tally of 10 points.
Last week, Nogiewich scored in a pair of wins for the Rangers. On Wednesday, he scored the go-ahead goal against cross-street rival FDU. He then recorded his third goal of the season in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Manhattanville. Nogiewich has scored in three of the last four games and leads the Rangers with three goals this season.
Kati Eggert (’11)—It is rare to find a player who can manage to play multiple sports in college.
The demand of one sport is challenging enough. Somehow Eggert has managed to be a three-sport athlete, and even more notably, she is an intricate part of each team she plays for.
For field hockey, her best sport, Eggert was named offensive player of the year in the Landmark Conference and named to the 2010 Longstreth / NFHCA Division III South Atlantic All-Region team.
Additionally, she was part of a relay team in swimming that set school records and made it to the ECAC tournament.
Finally, she is the starting second basemen on the softball team and is the catalyst of that offense. The team struggled to score runs when she went down with an injury.
What Eggert has been able to accomplish in her senior year is more than most are able to do in their entire collegiate careers, and her ability to be successful in three sports is nearly indescribable.
This was the most challenging category to decide upon. Basically I looked at three teams, all of whom could easily be argued as the best team of the year. The most obvious choice would be Men’s tennis.
They have been beyond dominant in the Conference and seem completely untouchable in Landmark Conference play. Their consecutive wins record, 89, against conference opponents is rather astounding. However, the question is whether they really are the best team, or whether their opponents really aren’t very good.
The second team was Men’s soccer. They were, at times, a dominant squad themselves. Watching Kawuba and Greenberg orchestrate the offense was a thing of beauty. However, in the end, when it counted, the team came up short.They did not beat Merchant Marine Academy at home in the playoffs and they did not win a Landmark Conference Championship.
The final team I considered was Women’s soccer. Their run to the Landmark Conference Championship game was a thrill to watch, and they came inches away from forcing top-seeded Scranton into overtime. Additionally, they were the only team thus far to win the ECAC tournament.This was a feat the Men’s soccer team was unable to accomplish. However, they did not play very well in the championship game of the conference and they did not have to face the quality of opponents other teams did.
In the end, I came to understand that the Men’s tennis team really is that good. Any team that can win 89 straight conference games deserves to be named their school’s best team.
I want to reemphasize how good of a year this was in Drew sports. As someone who covered a great deal of the games, I can honestly say that I enjoyed watching this year’s games. It seemed like every team had a shot at making a run in the playoffs, which made the 2010-2011 season thoroughly enjoyable.
RJ Voorman (’14)—Being a defender in soccer is certainly not a glorious position. RJ Voorman may not have the statistics that his roommate Matt Gragnano (’14) put up in his first year.
That does not diminish what Voorman was able to do this past fall.
Under Coach Lenny Armuth, the Rangers have traditionally been a defense-first team, and Voorman played a pivotal role in maintaining that reputation.Armuth, toward the end of the season, told me that Voorman was “his most consistent player.” On a team with Matt Greenberg (’11), Kawuba, Gragnano and Curtis Fornarotto (’11) that was extremely high praise.
As a Freshman, Voorman displayed great toughness and was, at times, impossible to beat.
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