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On Saturday, Drew’s cross country team turned in three personal records and finished 10th out of 13 teams at the DeSales University Invitational. Notably, the Rangers finished above Madison Avenue rival  FDU-Florham for the third time this season, trumping the Devils by 11 points. The Rangers finished with 301 points to the Devils’ 290.

All of the team members who competed in the same 6k race last year saw decreases in their times, proving that Head Coach Colleen O’Brien’s new approach to racing has been successful.

“There was tough competition today and our girls still managed to feel the pace,” O’Brien said. “All of their hard work is paying off. Dina Abdeljabbar (’17) improved on this course by over 30 seconds, Zoe Hughes (’17) by over a minute and Victoria Emm (’17) by about three minutes. We’re happy with the improvements across the board.”

Abdeljabbar was the first Ranger to cross the finish line, ranked 55th place out of 123 total competitors with a time of 28:55.02. Hughes was not too far behind in 73rd place with a time of 30:03.90, while Corrine Snyder (’15) was 78th in 30:38.45.

Donia Abdeljabbar (’17) finished in 30:58.00, while May Manalo (’15) was the final point scorer for the Rangers and also came away with a new personal record in the 6k event. She finished in 32:43.95. Emm was the third runner to end the day with a new personal record of 33:49.92.

The Rangers have one more meet before their biggest meet of the season, the Landmark Conference Championship on Nov.1 at Goucher College. Tomorrow, Drew will compete at the St. Joseph’s College XC Invitational at noon.

 

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This past weekend Drew University men’s soccer team played the Catholic University of America. Against Catholic, the Rangers played to a scoreless draw after two overtimes at Ranger Stadium. Senior goalkeeper Michael Reyes (’15) put together a winning performance to earn his team an important point in a Landmark Conference Game.

Reyes had two incredible stops when he dove to deny Catholic’s attempts on goal. Catholic now has an overall record of 6-5-2 and a 3-1-1 record in the Landmark Conference. This is Drew’s fifth draw of the season, which moves them to a record of 2-1-1 in the Landmark Conference.

The shutout was Reyes’ 25th of his career and he tied his own record with eight saves, which are the fifth highest ever for a single game. This also happens to be the fifth time Reyes has recorded that mark during his four years in Madison.

The Catholic Cardinals threatened in minute 32 as the offense transitioned down field quickly and took a shot just inside the 18-yard box. Thankfully, keeper Reyes nudged the shot just over the crossbar. Drew’s defense did their job and cleared the ball out after Catholic’s corner attempt. In the final minute of the first half the Rangers’ Lendee Henry (’17) sent a header to goal that was a little wide. The half ended with Catholic leading 3-2 in shots on goal.

The Rangers’ defense was a big help in guarding the goal line and in the 78th minute, it was defender Rob Hart (’15) that prevented a Cardinal cross before it got to a wide-open attacker to maintain the nil score. With 30 minutes left in the game, the Cardinals  tried to take the lead by putting together a strong offensive attack as a pass slipped behind the Drew defense. Catholic set up a fast break and utilized the opportunity with little protection for Reyes. The Cardinals’ forward shot the ball to the right; Reyes dove and once again preserved the clean sheet.

With no score on the board yet, the game went into overtime. The Cardinals took advantage of a free kick and sent the ball to the right side of the box, where it was immediately crossed in front of the goalmouth and reached the left corner of the box. Reyes quickly shifted and was able to get his fingertips on the ball. He was able to deflect it wide where a defender cleared the ball up field.

Catholic, still fighting hard for the win, threatened Drew in the 106th minute. The Cardinals crossed a ball and Reyes came off his line in an attempt to cut down the angle; Catholic executed a fast pass along the line to free a wide open shot only eight yards out. The shot was low right, and just pinged off the post and back into the box.

Drew was also able to get a shot in during overtime, a blocked attempt by sophomore defender Ian Pavlak.(‘17)

“We are very lucky to say we have come to expect that kind of performance from Michael,” said 21-year Head Coach Lenny Armuth. “It was a big game and we needed him to play well. That’s what a senior is expected to do and he has been consistent in that role this season.”

Against Amherst, the Lord Jeffs netted the lone goal of the match in the 19th minute of the game. Both teams were working hard to defend their goals and the Rangers fought hard right to the 90th minute. Amherst outshot Drew 15-9 in what became a bit of a contest with 35 fouls called throughout the game.

Defender Michael Pezzuti (‘15) pushed the limits of Amherst keeper, as did midfielder Matt Sommer (‘16). Both had great shots on goal but Amherst keeper, Thomas Bull had a clean game.

Amherst took the lead in the 19th minute when a cross from the baseline slipped passed Drew’s goalkeeper, Reyes, to an open forward. Christopher Martin scored his fourth goal of the season gaining the only goal of the game.

Pezzuti led the Rangers in their fight creating fouls, free kicks and corner kicks. Pezzuti’s free kick in the 32nd minute was stationed just outside of the Jeffs’ 18-yard box and the senior shot to the right of the defensive wall with the hope of a goal, but to the Rangers’ dismay, Bull laid out to maintain Amherst’s 1-0 lead.

Sommer’s chance came in the 64th minute when he found a loose ball at his foot inside Amherst’s 18-yard box. His shot was destined for the right side netting, but again Bull came up with a save. Drew stayed strong and kept the pressure high in the second half and by game’s end, the Rangers held an 8-5 advantage in corner kicks.

The Rangers have four conference games remaining. They are currently ranked 5th in the conference and hope to increase their standing by winning the remaining games, in hope of securing a spot in the Landmark Conference Tournament.

“We responded well by matching their intensity,” said Armuth. “We saw tonight what the next level is all about and what kind of speed and athleticism it takes to be a top 10 team in the country. We stepped it up tonight and it’s the perfect way to go into these last four conference games.”

The Rangers return to action tomorrow with a trip to Goucher College at 1 PM in a crucial Landmark Conference game.

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The Drew University Field Hockey team faced off against Landmark Conference rival and defending champion Catholic University on Saturday Oct. 11. Catholic, known for its dominating offense, was active early but the Ranger defense held strong in the first half holding the Cardinals scoreless early even though they averaged a shot per minute.

Sarah Stewart (’16) kept the Cardinals off the board with three big saves to aggravate the Cardinal offense. With no time left in the first half, the Cardinals had a penalty corner kick they needed to play out before halftime which resulted in a goal and a 1-0 lead for the Cardinals. Entering the second half, the Cardinals continued to put pressure on the Rangers which showed in the 61st minute when Catholic put in an insurance goal to make it a 2-0 lead. Six minutes later, Catholic would score again on a penalty stroke to push the lead to 3-0.

The Rangers would fail to put any offensive production together and drop the Landmark Conference battle with no.12 Catholic 3-0. The Rangers had a scheduled Landmark Conference game against Scranton on Wednesday Oct.15, but it was canceled due to weather.

The next game for the Rangers is tomorrow against another Landmark Conference foe Goucher College at Ranger Stadium at 1:00 p.m.

 

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Kirby Clark – Sports Editor

This week, Drew University Director of Athletics, Jason Fein, and Head Swimming Coach Eric Scheingoltz announced the addition of a diving program to the athletics departments offerings. The addition of diving comes as the University celebrates the 20th anniversary of the swimming program this year.

The addition will allow the Rangers to compete at a higher level in dual meets, because diving is not actually a separate sport, but a component of swimming meets. With the addition of diving, the Rangers will now be able to score more points in both dual and championship meets, instead of forfeiting points that may have been won in that event.

This will significantly increase the Rangers’ presence and success both in the conference and against out-of-conference opponents, as well as during the championship meets portion of the season, particularly at the Landmark Conference Championship Meet. With the addition of diving, the program has already been able to attract multiple talented recruits and will continue to bring increase interest in the program in the future.

Bethanywv.edu | Head Dive Coach Kayla Spinelli will be the first diving coach in program history.

Bethanywv.edu | Head Dive Coach Kayla Spinelli will be the first diving coach in program history.

Drew announced the hiring of Kayla Spinelli as its first diving coach in program history this week as well. Spinelli comes to Drew with a wealth of diving experience to share with the program. She is a recent graduate of Bethany College, where she was a member of the swimming and diving team. She currently coaches youth swimming and diving in Maplewood, N.J.

The team will start its inaugural season with a team of women divers, but will look to expand in the coming years as the program gains recognition. Both coaches and divers have high hopes for the program.  Monica Callaghan (‘18) will be a member of this year’s squad. “Being on the inaugural team is such a great feeling and an honor to represent the university in such a unique way because diving is a unique sport that people often fail to recognize. In the upcoming season, I hope to learn more complex dives on 1M and complete my list on 3M,” said Callaghan. “I hope that the program grows larger and gains more recognition.”

With the addition of the diving program at Drew, the F.M. Kirby Pool will be upgraded in the coming weeks to include the addition of both a 1M and a 3M diving boards. The boards will both be top-quality, FINA-approved quality and serve as a crucial component of the development of the diving program and future recruitment of new divers.

The Landmark Conference began in 2007, with only one school sponsoring both swimming and diving. Now, six out of nine schools in the conference offer diving as an option to their

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The Drew University women’s soccer team faced off against  Landmark Conference rival Catholic University on Saturday Oct.11 as they looked to climb up the standings with a win.

The Rangers threatened early in the game when Emma Campbell (’16) curled a shot near the baseline that ended up missing just wide of the post. Goalkeeper Sara Nash’s (’16) strength was tested early in the game as she recorded eight saves and bounced back from a hard smash into the post which was caused from a scuffle by the goal. Nash’s determination and will stayed strong as she continued to play, but it wouldn’t be long until Catholic scored their first goal on a loose ball off a corner kick to take the lead 1-0. Just four minutes later, Catholic continued to be aggressive and scored another goal on a long shot that hit the upper 90s of the goal to make it an early 2-0 lead going into halftime.

Going into the second half, Nash would exit the game and Andee Higgins (’17) would take over in the net. Catholic dominated possession and shot opportunities in the second half which led to their third goal of the game in the 58th minute after executing a back angle pass and a high percentage shot to take a 3-0 lead over the Rangers. With just 11 seconds left on the clock, Catholic scored their fourth goal of the game and ended up defeating the Rangers 4-0.

The Rangers had another Landmark Conference game scheduled against Scranton on Wednesday Oct.16, but the game was cancelled due to the weather. The next match is tomorrow when they travel to Towson, Md. to take on Goucher College at 3:30 p.m., which is another big Landmark Conference challenge for the Rangers.

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