Jersey Blues’ gallant effort leads to 4th place at NJCAA

first_imgDefending championsgo 2-2 at nationaltournament By tim morrisStaff Writer Defending champions go 2-2 at national tournament By tim morris Staff Writer With the season now behind him, Bo Scannapieco has more of an appreciation for what his Brookdale Community College softball team accomplished this year. “Looking back on it, we did well,” said the veteran skipper. “Summing up the season, we really did exceed expectations. “Being the national champions there was a little more pressure to get back and to defend it,” he said. “There was pressure on the girls all year. We were the hunted and got everyone’s best effort. It was a challenge for the girls and they accomplished a lot.” The Jersey Blues finished fourth at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III national championships, May 16-18, going 2-2. They were one game away from playing Anne Arundel, Md., (the eventual winner) for the national title, losing to Broome, N.Y., 10-7, in the double-elimination tournament held in Joliet, Ill. “We gave a gallant effort,” Scannapieco said. “I’m not disappointed at anything. We distinguished ourselves well. “I think we finished about where we should have,” he added. Brookdale, which won its eighth consecutive Region XIX championship on its way back to the nationals, began the defense of its national title with a 7-3 win over Nassau, N.Y. Ryan Lafferty improved to 15-4 on the season and fanned 10 batters. Jessica Williams and Kristin Tozzi slammed run-scoring doubles in a six-run fifth inning that broke the contest open. In the second round, the Blues fell victim to a perfect game from Anne Arundel’s Tina Willis as she bested last year’s national tournament Most Valuable Player Marissa Busch, 2-0. Busch (19-3), was outstanding herself. She tossed a four-hitter and did not give up an earned run. Brookdale stayed alive in the loser’s bracket the next day as Busch picked up her 20th win of the season, beating Dawson, Mont., 7-3. “I thought that was our best game of the tournament. We got good pitching, hitting and fielding,” Scannapieco said. In the second game against Broome, the Blues’ title defense bid ended as they appeared to run out of gas, losing a 5-2 lead. With the loss, the Jersey Blues finished the 2003 campaign at 36-9 and fourth in the nation. Not bad at all for a team that had just nine players at its first meeting of the season. Scannapieco was still able to put to­gether a team that won the Garden State Athletic Conference title during the regular season and defended its Region XIX title against some very talented teams. “We could have been beaten in the Regions this year,” Scannapieco said. “Give credit to the girls, they did every­thing they had to do to be a championship team.” Williams and Tozzi were two new­comers who drew praise from Scannapieco because both, like many on the team, were playing out of position defensively — Williams at shortstop and Tozzi behind the plate. “There was a lot of pressure playing shortstop and Jessica Williams handled it,” said Scannapieco. “She played stellar de­fense and batted .415 with 48 RBIs. “We wouldn’t have been able to do what we did without Kristen Tozzi,” he added. “I have to compliment every kid who played out of position.” Williams was the lone Jersey Blue to make the all-tournament team in Joliet. She was 9-for-14 at the national champi­onships. Williams was a first team all-American, and Busch was named second team all-American. Busch, a first team pick last year, is only the third Jersey Blue to be a two-time all-American, joining Maryann Soares and Amanda Smith. Busch, Williams and Jessica Murray all made the all-Region first team, with Lafferty and Tozzi second team selections. Busch, Williams, Murray and Deirdre Trujillo were all-GSAC first team mem­bers with Lafferty a second team choice. Murray, a center fielder, had a big sea­son, batting .500 with six home runs and 60 RBIs. She and Williams were one-two in RBIs in the nation. The incomparable Busch was brilliant again, completing a record-breaking career. She was 20-3 for the season with an earned run average of 0.95. She authored one no-hitter and 10 shutouts. She set BCC career records for shutouts (26), strike outs (294), innings pitched (311.66), earned run aver­age (0.78) and winning percentage (.857). Her 42 career wins (42-7) tied Dara DeVincenzo for the most in school history and her five career no-hitters also matched DeVincenzo’s. Busch’s impact, however, went beyond numbers. “There are two or three players who you remember as being special, and she’s one of them,” said Scannapieco. “She’s very loyal, wants to win, is motivated and works hard at it. She’s very team-oriented. She cares what the team does. She’s one of the special players.” In looking ahead to 2004, Lafferty proved that she can win big games and should settle in nicely at the top of the rota­tion. The lefty was 15-5 with a 1.62 ERA and fanned 141 batters. She won the deci­sive game against Gloucester in the Region finals. Tozzi, despite moving to a new posi­tion, batted .323 with 25 RBIs.last_img read more

Hawks off to 4-0 start, look ahead to NEC play

first_img BY DOMINICK RINELLI JR.Correspondent WEST LONG BRANCH – Facing off against Colgate University in their last nonconference game of the 2006 season, the Monmouth University Hawks football team defeated the Raiders 17-12 on the road to move to 4-0 on the year on Saturday – the first time since 2003 that the Blue and White have started out undefeated through four contests. “I was very happy with the way the entire team played,” said 14th-year head coach Kevin Callahan. “I thought it was a game where there were a lot of momentum shifts and our guys really stayed focused through all of those shifts.” Freshman running back David Sinisi rushed the ball in for two touchdowns to put Monmouth in front 14-0. The Hawks carried their two-touchdown advantage into the fourth quarter and within five minutes of play, Colgate cut the lead to two points. After a Fred Weingart field goal to increase the lead to five, the Raiders ensuing possession and final attempt to take the victory was halted as senior defensive back Derek Bischoff recorded his first career interception. Sinisi’s performance earned him his second Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week honors. Monmouth’s victory against Patriot League member Colgate marked their second win against a Patriot League team in 2006 – their first came on the road in their season opener versus Fordham, 23-9. “I think it’s an indication of exactly how far we’ve come and how much we’ve developed since year one,” said Callahan when asked about defeating two Patriot League squads. “I think to be able to go out and compete on an even basis with Patriot League teams and even beat Patriot League teams says an awful lot as to where our program is right now.” Next up on Monmouth’s schedule are seven consecutive Northeast Conference match-ups, including a televised contest at home against Central Connecticut State on Oct. 28. Callahan knows the magnitude of each conference game. “They’re all critically important and it’s great to win these nonconference games,” said Callahan. “The games that matter and count the most are the ones still in front of us.” With a total of 18 fourth- and fifth-year seniors on the Hawks’ roster, younger underclassmen have a variety of options when looking for leadership and motivation during the tough conference stretch. “I really believe that any time you have a successful season or campaign you need to have good, quality senior leadership,” said Callahan. “I think those guys have continued to motivate, to demonstrate commitment and when younger players see that it’s easy for them to get on board.” Senior quarterback Brian Boland, who has been averaging 190.0 yards per game through the air and has a quarterback rating of 139.0, has found much success with senior wide receiver Adam San Miguel. San Miguel is averaging seven receptions per game and 92.5 yards receiving. “They’ve had a good chemistry throughout the first four games,” replied Callahan when asked about the duo. Boland is not limited to looking to No. 88. Boland has displayed his ability to spread the ball to his teammates. “I think Brian really has an outstanding awareness of the field and knows where to put the ball,” said Callahan. In addition, the Hawks defense is nothing to glance over. Through their first four games, Monmouth has held their opponents to an average of 10.5 points per game and lead the NEC with a plus-six turnover margin. Seniors Anthony Addonizio of Holmdel, Mike Castellano of Freehold, Matt Hill and David Jiles have combined for 99 total tackles and five of the team’s seven interceptions. “The defense has gotten better each and every week throughout the first four games,” said Callahan. “It’s not an overly big group, but they are very quick and they get around the ball, and we’re tackling well right now.” Monmouth will play host to Stony Brook on Saturday at Kessler Field in West Long Branch, with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m., as the Hawks begin their seven-game NEC stretch. Stony Brook is off to an 0-4 start with losses to Hofstra (17-8), Georgetown (7-0), New Hampshire (62-7) and Massachusetts (48-7). “It’s the most important part of the season. This is where the league championship will be decided along with our postseason opportunity,” said Callahan. BY DOMINICK RINELLI JR. Correspondent last_img read more

Competitive schedule designed to make Rockets contenders

first_img Middletown High School North’s Kelly Rasmussen slides into second base ahead of the tag of Raritan High School shortstop Daniella Marino during the Together We Believe a Cure is Possible Softball Classic at Manalapan High School. The Rockets won the game, 9-2, at the event that raised money and awareness for the NephHope Foundation, an organization aimed at finding a cure for the rare kidney disease, nephronophthisis. ERIC SUCAR staff I f the Raritan High School softball team is going to contend for a division title, it will have to battle through a slate of competitive games this season.That’s exactly what head coach Aado Kommendant envisioned — a tough schedule that will put the Rockets in a better position to compete in the postseason.“We’re playing a tough schedule to compete in May and June,” said Kommendant, who is in his fifth season at Raritan. “That way, we’ll be battle-tested.”The head coach added that Raritan is less concerned about its record, although with a large group of returning players from last year’s 17-10 team, the Rockets have the experience to get through the regular season schedule.Seniors Lindsey Carver, Casey Bossert and Laura Gesario provide the team with veteran leadership. Carver is an outfielder, while Bossert plays in the infield and outfield. Gesario is an infielder and catcher.Pitcher Emily Schaffer is the lone junior on the team, while sophomore Bethany Budner will also be on the mound. Also in the lineup are sophomores Bethany Evans (1B/OF), Brianna Rinaldi (C/IF/OF), Daniella Marino (SS) and Francesca Svoboda (IF/OF).Freshmen Nicole Coppolino, a pitcher, and Madison Bou, an outfielder, are the two newcomers on this season’s Raritan squad.Kommendant said the lineup is proving to be balanced. Raritan can come up with big hits and “do the little things,” such as stealing a base, when necessary, he said.The head coach also expressed optimism that his pitching staff is developing into a strength.“All three [pitchers] have already proven to me [that] they are up for the big moment. They don’t shy away from the ball,” he said.Overall, the Rockets have proven to be very team-centric, according to Kommendant. Each player is focused on helping Raritan accomplish its objectives.“These girls are more concerned about the name on the front of the uniform, and they realize what a privilege it is to wear a Raritan Rockets uniform,” he said.In the first of many tests this spring, Raritan (3-2) fell short in Immaculate Heart Academy’s IHA Invitational on April 7, losing to Saddle Brook High School, 4-3. Marino tripled and then scored on an error to give the Rockets a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning, before Raritan and Saddle Brook each scored a run to make it a 3-1 game. But Saddle Brook tied the game when it scored twice in the bottom of the sixth, pushing it to extra innings. Raritan surrendered the winning run in the 10th inning.On April 5, the Rockets’ bats came alive to topple Monmouth Regional High School, 14-7, led by a home run and five RBIs from Marino. Schaffer finished 1-3 with a double and three RBIs.On April 5, the Rockets were one of 14 teams participating in the Together We Believe a Cure is Possible Softball Classic at Manalapan High School. The event raised money for the NephHope Foundation, an organization aimed at finding a cure for the rare kidney disease, nephronophthisis. The Rockets beat Middletown High School North, 9-2, in their game.Raritan was scheduled to play a road game against Red Bank Catholic on April 9. The team will stay on the road to face Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on April 11, followed by a matchup the next day at Middletown High School South.Raritan’s next big test will come on April 13 against Bloomfield High School as part of the Mount St. Dominic Invitational. On April 20, the Rockets will host the fifth annual Stephanie Coonan Don’t Stop Believin’ Classic. Middletown South and Mount St. Dominic Academy will play in the first game, followed by Raritan and Morris Knolls High School. The final matchup will be Immaculate Heart against Allentown High School.There will be a $5 admission that will go to a scholarship fund in honor of Coonan, a 2003 Raritan graduate and softball co-captain who died after a battle with stomach cancer. BY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent last_img read more

Manduca penalty hands APOEL a point in enthralling draw

first_imgBy Andreas VouA Gustavo Manduca penalty handed APOEL their first point of in Group F of the Champions League in an enthralling 1-1 draw against Ajax at the GSP Stadium on Tuesday night.The Cypriot champions had their fair share of chances to grab all three points but so did the Dutch champions and a point a piece was a justified result.Giorgos Donis surprisingly left Argentine playmaker Tomas De Vincenti out of the starting eleven, instead preferring to go with 34-year-old Manduca, one of the key players from APOEL’s famous 2011-2012 campaignSummer signing John Arne Riise, despite playing in APOEL’s last two league games was also left out as he was deemed unfit to make the squad. Marios Antoniades, who played the full 90 minutes against FC Barcelona replaced the Norwegian in the lineup.APOEL have demonstrated weaknesses on their defensive flanks in Champions League qualifying and were again guilty of some slack defending in the early parts.Dutch legend Johan Cruyff spoke before the game about the impact that APOEL’s atmosphere could cause for Ajax. However, the Cypriot fans were subdued at the start of the game due to Ajax’s blistering start.Frank de Boer’s side created a golden chance after just two minutes; Antoniades was guilty of affording far too much space on the wing for Davy Klaassen. The young Dutchman picked out the unmarked Kolbeinn Sigthorsson in the box but the striker screwed his shot wide.Ajax’s early pressure eventually told. Lucas Andersen was on hand to stroke home into an empty net on 27 minutes after APOEL keeper Urko Pardo had done well to deny the initial effort on goal, it was the first goal that the Cypriots had conceded at home this season.The goal gave APOEL the push they needed to attack. The subdued home faithful were soon in full voice just minutes later as APOEL were awarded a penalty for a hand ball by Ricardo van Rhijn.Manduca scored four goals in APOEL’s last Champions League campaign and stepped up to calmly convert the ball past Dutch international keeper Jasper Cillessen.And just three minutes before the break, APOEL came agonisingly close to going into the break with a 2-1 lead. Manduca raced in behind the Ajax defence before crossing towards Cillian Sheridan, but the Irishman was just inches away from getting a toe to it.APOEL’s best chance came just shy of the hour mark as Sheridan, unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box, headed past the post with the goal gaping.It was not to be Sheridan’s night as, shortly after, a long punt up field from Urko went through to the Irishman who was taken out by Cillessen. The referee deemed that it was not a clear goalscoring opportunity with Ajax having a covering defender racing towards the line.APOEL continued to force the issue with Mario Sergio having a good effort saved by Cillessen on 70 minutes but Ajax also came close to grabbing the win.Like Sheridan for APOEL, Sigthrsson simply could not find the net despite having a number of quality chances falling at his feet. And though APOEL will be left ruing those missed efforts by Sheridan, they will also leave grateful as Ajax spurned a gilt-edged chance in injury time – Thulani Serero nipped in front of the APOEL defenders after a mix-up but drilled his effort wide with the goal at his mercy.Though a draw may not be enough for APOEL to have a realistic chance of reaching the knock-out rounds, APOEL once again showed that they do not look out of place in Europe’s elite competition.last_img read more

Eriksen double sends Spurs into League Cup final

first_imgBy Toby DavisTottenham Hotspur reached the League Cup final after suppressing a late uprising from third tier Sheffield United as Christian Eriksen struck twice to seal a 3-2 aggregate win on Wednesday night.Tottenham, who will face Chelsea in the final at Wembley on March 1, appeared to be cruising when they took a first-half lead through Eriksen’s stunning free-kick which took their aggregate advantage to 2-0.Sheffield United teenager Che Adams came off the bench, however, to turn the tie on its head with two goals in two minutes to give his team a 2-1 lead and level the scores over two legs.Eriksen ensured four-time winners Spurs avoided playing extra-time when he found space on the edge of the lower league side’s box with two minutes remaining and calmly slotted home. “Sheffield United definitely gave us a big fight. They gained confidence after they scored their first goal, the second one was a bit lucky but we came back at the end,” Eriksen told Sky Sports after the final whistle.“This season when we have been in front we have given stupid goals away and it is something we need to stop doing. Chelsea will probably want revenge in the final but I am really looking forward it.”last_img read more

Baghdatis to face Djokovic after first round win

first_imgBy Andreas VouMarcos Baghdatis is through to the second round of The Indian Wells Masters after his opponent, Jiri Vesely, retired early in the second set and will now face top seed Novak Djokovic in the second round.The Cypriot star began brightly against the young Czech player who was evidently suffering at various points throughout the early exchanges. Baghdatis took the first set 6-3 which was when Vesely took his first medical timeout. The 21-year-old was said to be suffering from the flu prior to the match and was seen coughing and pointing to his glands upon completion of the first set. Then, after just two games had been equally shared at the start of the second set, Vesely indicated that he could no longer continue, thus handing Baghdatis passage to the second round of the tournament.It was the third ever meeting between Baghdatis and Vesely and the Cypriot has come out on top in each of them, including a first round three-sets win in Delray Beach last year.Now ranked world no.61, Baghdatis faces an almighty challenge against Djokovic whom he has faced seven times and is yet to defeat the Serbian. The last time the two met was in late 2012 in the Miami Masters when Baghdatis made a positive display but eventually lost out 6-4, 6-4.It was Baghdatis who retired in rather strange fashion in his last appearance. Against 18-year-old Borna Coric in the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship late last month, after spurning two golden chances to seal the game in the final set, Baghdatis threw in the towel with just a few points left to play for due to suspected cramps. This is Baghdatis’ eighth trip to Southern California to take part in the Indian Wells, a place where he played some of the best tennis of his career in years gone by. One of the most famous wins of his career took place in this tournament back in 2010 when he defeated Roger Federer. With his latest victory over Vesely, his overall record in the tournament now stands at 9-7, while his best run in the competition was when he reached the quarter-final stage in 2006.last_img read more

Title-seeking Apoel left frustrated after draw

first_imgThe crowning of this year’s Cyprus football champions has been delayed for at least another week following Apoel’s draw with AEK, while in the relegation scrap, Doxa Katokopias’ win against Karmiotissa means that the third team to be relegated will be decided on the final day of the season, with four teams now somewhat involved.The eagerly-anticipated game between Apoel and AEK was dominated by the two defences, with neither side willing to commit too many players forward. In 90 minutes of action, both sides were unable to carve out a clear goal-scoring opportunity.AEK were by far the better side in the first half, but despite their possession and good build-up play, they were always lacking in the final third of the pitch. Ivan Trisckovski looked rusty up front, after being out of competitive play for almost two months, while nippy winger Tete was more concerned with his defensive duties rather than providing strikers Florian and Triscovski with any good service.Apoel were a shambles in the opening half with their players chasing shadows for large periods. Their forward Pieros Sotiriou hardly got a kick in the opening 45 minutes, and this despite manager Thomas Christiansen’s decision to beef up his midfield and deploy three defensive midfielders. At the start of the second half Apoel brought on speedy winger Stathis Aloneftis and the balance of play changed. The home side got more of the ball and forced AEK to retreat. However Apoel’s play was predictable and the visitors’ defence, expertly marshalled by Katala and Murillo, had little problems in coping with anything that was thrown at them.The visitors hardly ventured forward in the second half and seemed (surprisingly) happy with a point.Christiansen was the happier of the two managers as the title is still in their hands, with Apoel needing one win from their final two games to be crowned champions.In the other Championship Group game, Apollon kept their slim chances of the title alive with a convincing 3-0 over much maligned Omonia who had their goalkeeper Panayi to thank for stopping an even more embarrassing scoreline.Apollon opened the score four minutes before the break through Anton Maglica and after weathering Omonia’s pressure early in the second half added two more through an Alex da Silva penalty and Vinicius.Doxa Katokopias continued their Houdini act with a memorable 2-1 away win over Karmiotissa. The two teams are now level on points but Doxa hold the advantage as they have a better head-to-head record.Gulon and Eniful gave the visitors an early two-goal lead with Karmiotissa reducing the arrears through Polianec before the break.Doxa could have wrapped up the game in the 64th minute but Fofana was unable to beat Karmiotissa keeper Kyrenios.In the final 20 minutes Karmiotissa pressed forward for the equaliser but poor finishing and some excellent saves by Doxa’s Negri denied them a goal.In other games, Ermis defeated Nea Salamina 3-0 while Ethnikos Achnas and Aris shared the points in a 1-1 draw.As things stand, Nea Salamina, Aris, Doxa and Karmiotissa can all still go down depending on the results of their final two games.In the final match of the round on Monday night, AEL beat Anorthosis 2-0 at the Tsirion stadium, with Ismail Sassi scoring both goals.HIGHLIGHTSlast_img read more

Nominations open for women’s snooker titles

first_imgPNG Billiards and Snooker Vice President, John Chan said nomination and registration fees are K150 per player.The tournament is scheduled to be held from May 24-28.  Forty players will take part in the tournament.The tournament will be held at the Lamana Q Club, Dragon’s Den, Laguna Hotel and Aviat Club – registration forms can be picked up from the four venues.“Nomination and registration for players out of Port Moresby will close on May 18 and for those players in Port Moresby, it will close on May 23,” said Chan.He said registration and briefing will be held at 5pm on Monday May 23 at the Dragons Den. “The tournament will start on Tuesday and end with the finals on Saturday May 28,” Chan said.“We are looking at 40 players again this year and being the National Championships, preference will be given to ranked players. But in saying that, there will be enough spot up for grabs,” said Chan.“We are grateful to the four venues management and staff for the use of their facilities and hosting this premier women’s event.Chan added the tournament director will be Richard Whitchurch and an announcement by naming rights sponsors NGCB is expected to made early next week.“This will be the second year NGCB has supported women in snooker in PNG and I thank them for their continued support,” said Chan.last_img read more

Harvard soccer team suspended over sex comments

first_imgA document uncovered by Harvard’s student newspaper included ratings of the attractiveness of female players as well as sexually explicit comments.University President Drew Faust called the behaviour “appalling”.The team, currently in first place in the Ivy League, will forfeit the rest of its games this season.In what reports indicate may be a yearly tradition, male soccer players at Harvard circulated documents with pictures of their female counterparts, rating their attractiveness from one to 10 and giving reasons for their decisions.They also noted which sexual position they thought the women in question would prefer.Until recently, the Harvard Crimson newspaper reports, documents from 2012 were publicly accessible through a former team’s Google Group.’Not isolated’Ms Faust said an investigation had found that the tradition had continued to the current season.She wrote that she “was deeply distressed to learn that the appalling actions of the 2012 men’s soccer team were not isolated to one year or the actions of a few individuals”.Ms Faust added in a statement: “The decision to cancel a season is serious and consequential, and reflects Harvard’s view that both the team’s behaviour and the failure to be forthcoming when initially questioned are completely unacceptable, have no place at Harvard, and run counter to the mutual respect that is a core value of our community.”Last week after the original story came out, the female players in question said they were “appalled that female athletes who are told to feel empowered and proud of their abilities are so regularly reduced to a physical appearance”.In an opinion piece published in the Crimson, they said: “More than anything, we are frustrated that this is a reality that all women have faced in the past and will continue to face throughout their lives.”The university’s director of athletics, Robert Scalise, said: “It’s very disappointing and disturbing that people are doing this.”Any time a member of our community says things about other people who are in our community that are disparaging, it takes away from the potential for creating the kind of learning environment that we’d like to have here at Harvard.”The men’s soccer coach Pieter Lehrer wrote in a statement to the Crimson that the team was “beyond disappointed that our season has ended in this way, but we respect the decision made by our administration”.last_img read more

Mozzies well prepared for International Cup

first_imgThe Mozzies’ assistant coach, Douglas Lai, was all praises for the High Performance Sport PNG team for providing professional assistance, which is something they have not had before.“Identifying the injuries…advising them what to be done on the injuries, you know all those kinds of advice coming from HP are professional opinions I’d say.“They are well educated in the field and what we got out of HP is professional opinion and professional guidance.“It’s good for the team definitely.“It will take care of the injuries; take care of our mental preparations, plus physical preparations.“Everything that we have taken out of HP is professional, I can say,” said Lai.Lai said the challenge for the team is to defend the cup as the 2014 IC champions.“We are the defending title holders so we have to go defend the cup.“We’ve prepared well, like I’ve said with HP, which we haven’t had in the past.“All we’ve done in the past is train as a team with the local and coaches but now HP has come on board, to guide us.”The men’s and women’s teams have also been assisted by HP staff Malosi Ila as the trainer for the men’s while the Flames have been assisted by physiotherapist Hendriella Vilosi.The sixth International Cup will be held in Melbourne from Saturday August 5 to Saturday August 19, 2017. The carnival will include both men’s and women’s competitions.last_img read more