Checking In: Alumni Update (9-23-12)

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Penn State Abington sophomore Nicholas Volpe (William Tennent) finished third overall with a time of 17:46.8 at the Lancaster Bible College Invitational on Saturday, helping to lead the Nittany Lions to the team title.

Widener senior Ryan Gallagher (Neshaminy) posted a time of 20:57.5 while junior Michael Quinn (Plymouth Whitemarsh) finished in a time of 21:08.4 at the Main Line Invitational on Thursday.

Penn State Abington junior Megan O’Farrell (Pennsbury) finished fourth overall with a time of 23:46.9 at the Lancaster Bible College Invitational on Saturday, helping to lead the Nittany Lions to the team title.

Lock Haven’s Laura Histand (Neshaminy) finished 13th overall at the LHU River Run Invitational on Saturday. The Lady Eagles finished sixth out of 12 teams.  

Senior forward Gretchen Kempf (Central Bucks South) scored a pair of goals to lead the University of Scranton to a 4-0 win over Goucher College in the Landmark Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.

Senior Taylor McGarvey (Plymouth Whitemarsh) contributed an assist in Cabrini’s 7-3 win over Widener on Thursday.

Caitlin Vasey (Central Bucks East) hit a career milestone when she notched her 50th career assist in Lebanon Valley’s 7-2 loss to #19 William Smith last Sunday. She is the 18th player in NCAA Division III history to reach 50, and she is the active D-III leader in that category.

Junior Maria Karidas (Council Rock South) contributed an assist in Gwynedd-Mercy’s 2-0 win over William Patterson on Saturday. In Monday’s 2-1 win over Delaware Valley, Karidas also contributed an assist.

Freshman Maddie Wagenfeld (Hatboro-Horsham) came off the bench and recorded four saves in her first action of the year in St. Joseph’s 5-1 loss to Monmouth on Friday.

Jennalise Taylor (Pennsbury) scored a goal in Quinnipiac’s 5-3 loss to Maine on Friday. Taylor has a team-high four goals on the season.

Junior Christina Maida (Central Bucks East) teamed with Julia Boyle to post No. 3 Princeton’s first shutout of the season in the Tigers’ 8-0 win over Yale on Saturday. Maida and the Tiger defense did not allow a shot in the first half. In last Sunday’s 10-2 win over Delaware, Maida had a pair of saves over 35 minutes of work in the first half.

Junior Lauren Purvis (Hatboro-Horsham) contributed a goal in No. 6 Penn State’s 7-1 win over No.24 Indiana on Friday.

Brittany Varacallo (Central Bucks South) played the entire game in goal in IUP’s 4-2 come-from-behind win over Mercyhurst on Saturday.

Rider senior Marlaine Schneider (Neshaminy) has contributed two goals and two assists through seven games this season. She has 29 goals and 31 assists in her four-year career.

Senior midfielder Amanda Fleischut (Central Bucks West) scored a goal off a penalty corner that knotted the score 1-1 in Friday’s 2-1 win over James Madison University. Fleischut also had the assist on the game-winning goal.

Junior Olivia Shoemaker (Souderton) scored her third goal of the season in the 33rd minute, and it proved to be the only offense that La Salle needed in a 1-0 win over Robert Morris on Saturday. In Thursday’s 4-3 win over Penn, sophomore Colleen Kempf (Central Bucks South) contributed a goal and an assist. Kempf scored 42 seconds into the game and had an assist on the goal that knotted the score 3-3.

Brandon McManus (North Penn),
a senior placekicker/punter at Temple, was one of 11 Football Bowl Subdivision players named to the 2012 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. The award recognizes college football players for making a difference in their communities. McManus volunteered for 11 community service events during the 2011-12 academic year. This marks the third consecutive year and fifth time since 2003 that a Temple player was named to FBS Good Works team. A 2012 preseason All-BIG EAST selection by Phil Steele’s College Football, McManus handles all kicking and punting duties for the Owls. The biology major, who was cited on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, has played in every game of his collegiate career. He holds the career record for field goals made (50) and is No. 2 in scoring with 284 points. He is just 40 points shy of catching Bernard Pierce (2009-11) who is the career leader with 324 points. McManus continues as Temple’s career punting leader with a 45.84 average (55 punts and 2,521 yards). He is one of eight players in the country who handles all kicking duties. McManus had the most community service events during the 2011-12 academic year with 11. He has participated in the annual Thanksgiving food drive, the Diamond Street clean-up, A Mile in Her Shoes, Read Across America, Owls for the Cure, and the Shore Tour as well as numerous hospital visits and Ronald McDonald House visits.

McManus connected on field goals of 33 yards and 42 yards in Temple’s 24-6 loss to Penn State on Saturday. He also punted six times for a 48.5 average while three of his four kickoffs went for touchbacks.

Pete Panichi (Upper Merion) rushed for a team high 105 yards in Lebanon Valley’s 31-28 win over Stevenson on Saturday.

Freshman defensive end Andrew Cohen (Council Rock South) returned a fumble four yards for a touchdown in West Chester’s 45-24 win over Kutztown on Saturday. Placekicker Shawn Leo (Souderton) is now a perfect 20-for-20 on the season in PATs. He takes over fifth place all-time at West Chester with 91 PATs. His 48-yard field goal in Saturday’s win ties his career best. It is the third time in his career that he has converted a 48-yard field goal. For Kutztown, starting quarterback Kevin Morton (Abington) was sidelined with an injury.

Craig Needhammer (North Penn) scored on a one-yard TD run in Lycoming College’s come-from-behind 29-14 win over undefeated Albright on Saturday. Needhammer finished the day with 47 yard. Teammate John Sibel (Pennsbury) had three catches for 24 yards.

Shaun Moore (North Penn) had eight tackles in Bloomsburg’s 42-27 win over LIU Post on Saturday afternoon.Ryan Dickerson (Souderton) recorded a fumble and took it two yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 9:08 left in the first half.

Albright College safety Drew Peterson (Harry S Truman) was named a BSN National Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 17, following Albright’s 27-13 victory over Wilkes. Peterson, a junior, had a game-high seven solo tackles (10 total) as the Albright College defense shut out Wilkes for the first three quarters. He picked off two passes in the first half and added two tackles for a loss. This is Peterson’s second BSN National Player of the Week honor with both coming in Wilkes-Barre, following his two interception, one-TD performance last year at King’s. He was also the MAC Defensive Player of the Week on both occasions.

Sophomore Josh Williams (Central Bucks South) caught a touchdown pass in Ursinus College’s 40-21 win over McDaniel on Saturday. He finished with a game-high 86 yards receiving with 71 of them coming on the TD catch. Freshman kicker Eric Boyer (Upper Dublin) connected on a 19-yard field goal. Senior punter Derek Giannetti (Upper Dublin) averaged 45.8 yards on four punts.

James Brennan (Upper Merion) had an interception in Shippensburg’s 61-6 win over Millersville on Saturday. Junior Jake Metz (Souderton) had three tackles and a sack. Sophomore Sheldon Mayer (Norristown) handled some of the punt return duties and finished with 83 yards off four runbacks, the most by a Red Raider in a game since 2006. SU had 144 punt return yards for the entire 2011 season. For Millersville, Reggie Slaton (Bensalem) had two tackles for a loss. He now has a team best total of 7.5 this season. Running back Myron Myles (Wissahickon) had one carry before leaving the game with an injury.

Brandon Mercer (North Penn) scored on a 94-yard kickoff return in East Stroudsburg’s 59-27 win over Cheyney on Saturday. ESU’s record holder in the 60m and 100m dashes, Mercer ran for ESU’s first kick return touchdown since 2002 and finished with 163 all-purpose yards on the afternoon. His kick return average of 48.0 (144 yards on three returns) is third best in school history. Wide receiver Gerard Wendowski (North Penn) and defensive end Antoine Ray (Souderton) both saw their first career action in the game.

Penn State Abington sophomore Dylan Amin (Neshaminy) shot a 79 on Friday and 81 on Saturday for a team low total of 160 as the Nittany Lions opened their fall season with a 12th place finish at the Penn State Harrisburg Fall Classic. Senior John Haldis (Council Rock South) shot an 80 and 81 for a total of 161 while Tim Anderson (Hatboro-Horsham) shot a 78 and 84 to total 162.

West Chester’s Eric Slawter (Upper Merion) shot an 80 on day one of the Powerade Atlantic Region Invitational last weekend.

La Salle junior Mike Johnson (Hatboro-Horsham) fired a 35 and 37 for a total of 72 (+2) and was atop the 44-player leader board in a tie with three St. Bonaventure players after the opening round at the 24th Leo Keenan Invitational held at Bartlett Country Club in Olean, N.Y., last Sunday. Johnson’s round included one eagle, four birdies and a double bogey. He finished with a birdie on the final hole. Sophomore Greg Goodreds (Hatboro-Horsham) posted an eight-over 78 and was tied for 24th. Johnson finished with a two-day total of 72-75=147 (+7) to finish in a tie for seventh. Goodreds bettered his score of the preceding day, carding a six-over 76 for a two-day total of 154 (+14). The Explorers placed sixth in the eight-team field.

Temple junior Russell Hartung (Central Bucks East) shot a 242 (77-83-82) in Temple’s 10th place finish in the 16-team invitational at Bethpage Red Course last weekend.

Senior forward Marco Paparo (Abington) came off the bench to score a goal that sent Penn State Abington into halftime of Saturday’s contest against SUNY IT with a 1-0 lead. Later, with the score deadlocked 1-1, Paparo headed the ball into the net to give the Nittany Lions a 2-1 lead in the 68th minute. The senior reserve completed the hat trick 10 minutes later when Paparo turned a pass from teammate Julian Ward (Abington) into a goal and the 3-1 win. The Nittany Lions open the season 3-0 for the first time since 2000.

Junior defenseman Ross Garabedian (Hatboro-Horsham) contributed an assist in Chestnut Hill’s 2-0 win over Shepherd University on Thursday.

Terence Meehan (William Tennent) was acknowledged for his strong play in Lock Haven’s 4-0 loss to West Virginia Wesleyan on Friday.

Anthony Manero (Council Rock North) put Bloomsburg on the scoreboard with a header at the 5:55 mark. The Huskies went on to earn a 4-1 win. Stephen Pieri (Central Bucks South) contributed an assist. The Huskies are ranked ninth in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) Continental Tire NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Poll released last Tuesday. Junior Miguel Diaz (Central Bucks East) leads the Huskies in points with one goal and three assists. Behind him is Manero with two goals. Fran Miller (Central Bucks East) has a goal and an assist.

Redshirt freshman Kyle MacDonald (Pennsbury) earned his first collegiate point with an assist in Penn State’s 3-0 win over Adelphia last Sunday.

Mike Wambold (Upper Moreland) contributed a goal in Gwynedd-Mercy’s 6-0 win over Penn State-Brandywine on Monday.

Senior captain Sean Peckham (Central Bucks East) set up a goal in Lafayette’s 4-2 loss to Navy on Saturday.

Freshman midfielder Stephanie Fischer (Pennsbury) scored the game-winning goal in the 89th minute to propel Holy Family to a 2-1 victory over Felician College in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference road contest on Saturday night. Fischer scored the game-winning goal with 1:12 showing on the clock in the second half when the freshman midfielder played the ball wide off a pass from teammate Lisa Abramski and shot the ball low to the far goal post into the back of the net for her first score of the season.

Senior Maddy Evans (Abington) was credited with an assist in No. 11 Penn State’s 4-1 win over Northwestern on Friday.

Junior Samantha Wood (Central Bucks South) made her first appearance of the season and made five saves in the final 34 minutes of Shippensburg’s 5-0 loss to No. 7 West Chester on Wednesday.

Freshman Paula Jurewicz (Council Rock South) had a pair of strong shots that were turned away in Temple’s 1-0 loss to Siena on Friday. She also had a pair of big scoring chances late in last Sunday’s 0-0 tie against Hartford.

Wilkes sophomore forward Alicia Roberts (Upper Moreland) was named Freedom Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 17. She also was honored with her second weekly award on Wednesday when she was named the ECAC Division III South Offensive Player of the Week. Roberts scored her career-best three goals in a four-minute span to lead Wilkes to a 5-0 win over Widener.

Sophomore keeper Gabrielle Benedict (Central Bucks West) recorded five saves in Penn State Abington’s 3-0 win over SUNY IT on Saturday.

Jen Hutchinson (Neshaminy) scored a pair of goals in West Chester’s 5-0 win over Shippensburg on Wednesday. She notched her first two goals of the season as West Chester built an insurmountable lead in the first half. Brianna Hires (Neshaminy) scored a single goal while Carly Yost (North Penn) and Ashley Saylor (Central Bucks South) both recorded an assist.

Senior Marissa Kunkle (Pennridge) capitalized on a scramble in front of the net, scoring the lone goal in Dickinson’s 1-0 win over Gettysburg on Wednesday.

Kunkle was named the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 10, leading the Red Devils to a pair of wins. Kunkle anchored a strong defensive effort as Dickinson allowed just one goal on four shots, posting wins over Penn State Altoona and previously unbeaten Wilkes University. In addition, she scored the game winner to lead the Devils past Wilkes.

Lauren Hetzel (Upper Moreland)
won her No. 2 singles match 6-2, 6-0 in Penn State Abington’s 6-3 win over Cedar Crest College on Tuesday. She also was part of the third doubles team that earned an 8-1 win.

Junior Rachel Fein (Wissahickon) earned a 6-0, 6-1 win at first singles in Gwynedd-Mercy’s 9-0 win over Neumann on Saturday. She also was part of the first doubles team that earned an 8-1 win. In Friday’s 7-2 win over Bryn Mawr, Fein earned a 6-0, 6-1 win at first singles and was part of the first doubles team that notched an 8-4 win.

Gabriela Durand (Council Rock North) was a winner at fourth singles and also was part of the winning second doubles team in West Chester’s 9-0 win over St. Thomas Aquinas on Wednesday.

Freshman Cassidy Koenig (Upper Merion) recorded six kills and also was credited with 32 assists and 11 digs in Cabrini’s 3-0 road win at Bryn Mawr College on Tuesday. The win was the fifth in a row for the Cavaliers.

Abbie Keating (Neshaminy) contributed nine kills and 12 digs in Cairn University’s 3-1 win over Gwynedd-Mercy on Saturday. In Cairn’s 3-0 win over Delaware Valley College later in the day, Keating logged 11 kills and 17 digs. In Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to Philadelphia University, Keating contributed six kills and two service aces.

Sophomore Kate Schalck (William Tennent) notched 21 kills, three blocks and a block assist in Penn State Abington’s 3-0 win over Wells College on Saturday. Freshman Leah Brown (William Tennent) had 52 assists in two matches on Saturday. In Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Notre Dame University of Maryland, Brown had 15 assists while Schalck had nine kills.

Sarah Godfrey (William Tennent) had five kills in Lebanon Valley’s 3-0 loss to North Central at the Wheaton Invitational on Saturday. In Lebanon Valley’s 3-1 loss to Wheaton, Godfrey had three solo blocks and one block assist. In Friday’s 3-0 win over Dubuque, Godfrey had six kills, a season-high four aces and a solo block.

Junior middle blocker Brittany O’Hara (Pennridge) had eight blocks in Moravian’s 3-1 win over Richard Stockton College of New Jersey on Saturday. Moravian improved to 12-1 on the season. In Friday’s 3-1 win over Widener, O’Hara had six kills and three blocks.

Sophomore Devon Maugle (Plymouth Whitemarsh) posted her team-leading fifth double-double of the season with 15 kills and 10 digs in the University of Connecticut’s 3-1 win over Villanova in the BIG EAST opener on Friday night. In Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Sacred Heart, Maugle had 10 kills and seven blocks.

Junior middle blocker Mara Berzins (Pennridge) had eight kills in Ursinus College’s 3-2 loss to Immaculata on Saturday.

Freshman libero Deanna Bianchini (Wissahickon) helped anchor the defense with 10 digs in Chestnut Hill’s 3-0 win over Concordia College on Saturday. In Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Goldey-Beacom, she recorded 24 digs.