John­son named best of the week

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

BROCK JOHN­SON (BOYERTOWN) » The se­nior was named MAC Free­dom Of­fen­sive Player of the Week on March 26 for his play with the 3-4 King’s men’s lacrosse team the pre­vi­ous week. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound co-cap­tain had three as­sists in an 11-10 loss to SUNY-Mor­risville March 22 in Wilkes-Barre and four goals and two as­sists in a 12-9 vic­tory over Bryn Athyn on March 24 in Bryn Athyn. That gives John­son 97 ca­reer goals and 154 ca­reer points, both King’s records. He has 57 as­sists, five away from the school record. This sea­son, he has scored at least one point in all seven games and has 11 goals and 10 as­sists for 21 points.

ALI­CIA STRATTEN (BOYERTOWN) » The se­nior mid­fielder has four goals and three as­sists for seven points for the East Strouds­burg women’s lacrosse team, the No. 21-ranked War­riors 4-2 over­all and 3-1 in PSAC play af­ter drop­ping a 14-7 de­ci­sion to No. 13 West Ch­ester on March 28 in Westch­ester. Stratten also has five ground balls, seven draw con­trols and six caused turnovers. She had a break­out sea­son as a ju­nior with 19 goals and 12 as­sists to help the War­riors cap­ture their first-ever PSAC ti­tle and earn a berth in the NCAA Divi­sion II Tour­na­ment. She had four goals in a 17-10 loss to Florida Tech in the NCAA first round.

BROOKE WENSEL (BERKS CATHOLIC) » The ju­nior was named Pa­triot League Player of the Week on March 27 for her stel­lar play with the 4-22 Lafayette soft­ball team. The Bechtelsville na­tive was named af­ter she hit .833 (5for-6) with two home runs and four runs bat­ted in as the Leop­ards de­feated Holy Cross 13-4 and then lost 8-0 and 12-3 to the Cru­saders. Wensel is hit­ting .278 (20for-72) with three dou­bles, a triple, three home runs, 15 runs scored and seven runs bat­ted in. In an 8-5 vic­tory over St. Pe­ter’s on March 29, she had a home run and sin­gle with four RBIs.

MINUETTE LAESSIG (PERKIOMEN SCHOOL) » The Le­high sopho­more, of Barto, fin­ished tied for 41st place out of 81 golfers to help the Moun­tain Hawks fin­ished ninth out of 15 schools at Wil­liam & Mary’s Kingsmill In­ter­col­le­giate March 19-20 in Wil­liams­burg, Va. She had rounds of 75, 86 and 83 for a 244 to­tal. Laessig fin­ished tied for 14th at the Ben­bow In­vi­ta­tional to kick off the spring sea­son Feb. 12-13 in Jacksonville, Fla. She had back-to-back rounds of 79 to fin­ish with a 155 to­tal.

TEM­PLE LACROSSE » The Tem­ple women’s lacrosse team is 7-3 on the sea­son and has a 2-0 record in the Big East Con­fer­ence af­ter turn­ing back No. 22 Den­ver 10-9 on March 18 and Cincin­nati 9-8 in two over­times on March 24, both games in Philadel­phia.

The Owls are get­ting stand­out play from three area ath­letes – sopho­more Mad­die Ge­bert (Owen J. Roberts), fresh­man Jackie Cer­chio (Methac­ton) and se­nior Kira Gensler (SpringFord).

Ge­bert, a 5-foot-7 mid­fielder, leads the team with 19 goals and has two as­sists to tie for the team lead in points with 21. She had two goals, in­clud­ing the gamewin­ner in the Cincin­nati vic­tory and a goal in the Den­ver tri­umph. It was her third game-win­ner this sea­son. And, she has 20 ground balls, nine draw con­trols and nine caused turnovers.

Cer­chio, a 5-foot-8 mid­fielder, has 10 goals and seven as­sists for 17 points with 19 ground balls and four caused turnovers. She had a goal against Den­ver and two goals against Cincin­nati.

“Jackie has done a tremen­dous job step­ping into a start­ing role and han­dling it with the con­sis­tency of an older player,” Rosen said. “She has the abil­ity to el­e­vate play, but most im­por­tantly, she just brings a con­sis­tency of play on all parts of the field.”

Gensler, a 5-foot-3 at­tack, has nine goals and six as­sists for 15 points. She had a goal and two as­sists against Den­ver and a goal against Cincin­nati.

SA­MAN­THA SNY­DER (EX­ETER) » The Lafayette women’s ten­nis team with no se­niors on the ros­ter is 3-6 thus far this spring but the Leop­ards had a big ef­fort in a 4-0 Pa­triot League vic­tory over Holy Cross on March 24 in West Point, N.Y. and the fresh­man had a big part in the vic­tory. Sny­der cap­tured her No. 2 sin­gles match 6-4, 6-0 and teamed with fel­low fresh­man Ce­celia Les­nick of Mor­ris­town, N.J. to take No. 1 dou­bles 6-4. Sny­der also had a big ef­fort to help Lafayette turn back Slip­pery Rock in a non-league match March 11 in Hil­ton Head, S.C. She and Les­nick took their dou­bles match 8-5 and then she ral­lied from a 0-6 start to take No. 2 sin­gles 6-3 and 10-7.

RE­NEE WALL (BRANDY­WINE HEIGHTS) » The fresh­man hit a three-run home run in her first at-bat to help the In­di­ana soft­ball team kick off its sea­son with a 10-1 vic­tory over Salem In­ter­na­tional on March 9 in Salem, Va. The in­fielder leads the Crim­son Hawks in hit­ting with a .355 av­er­age (11for-31) with three dou­bles, two home runs, four runs scored and 13 runs bat­ted in. In­di­ana is 6-6 af­ter de­feat­ing North­west­ern Ohio 4-3 and 11-5 on March 17 in Cler­mont, Fla. Wall was 4-for-7 with a dou­ble, homer and four RBIs in the two games.


King’s Brock John­son (Boyertown).


Lafayette’s Brooke Wensel (Berks Catholic).

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