OJR grad Hassinger proves a key piece for Vil­lanova

The Boyertown Area Times - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault

The Vil­lanova women’s lacrosse team needed a big ef­fort — and the Wild­cats got just that from se­nior Devin Hassinger.

Vil­lanova was 5-5 over­all and 0-3 in Big East Con­fer­ence play and faced league ri­val Con­necti­cut on the road last Wed­nes­day in dire need of a vic­tory.

Hassinger, an Owen J. Roberts grad, had two goals in­clud­ing the game-win­ner with 2:02 left in a 13-12 vic­tory over the Huskies. She also had a game-high eight draw con­trols.

“Devin win­ning the last two draws and scor­ing the go ahead goal were the type of big plays we needed to win,” coach Julie Young said.

The coach con­tin­ued to talk about Hassinger’s ef­forts on draw con­trol.

“She has a great step off the line and is great at read­ing whether it will be in the air or one the ground,” Young said. “She has given the team so many key of­fen­sive pos­ses­sions in big games. She’s a work­horse and does so much for us in tran­si­tion.”

The 5-foot-4 mid­fielder has seven goals and seven as­sists for 14 points and has 13 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. Her 61 draw con­trols not only lead the Wild­cats but are sec­ond in the Big East and her draws per game (5.5) are 25th in NCAA Divi­sion I.

As a sopho­more, Hassinger had seven goals, three as­sists, 18 ground balls, 20 draw con­trols and eight caused turnovers in 17 starts. Last sea­son, she played in 12 games with six starts and has a goal, 12 ground balls, two draw con­trols and three caused turnovers.

“Devin had to bat­tle through a cou­ple of in­juries last year,” Young said.

But this sea­son, she’s healthy and that’s good news for the Vil­lanova women’s lacrosse team.

MARIE VALENTI (BOY­ER­TOWN) » The ju­nior was named to the Pa­triot League Honor Roll on April 2 for her play on de­fense for the Navy women’s lacrosse team, the Mid­ship­men 9-2 over­all and 4-0 in league play af­ter a 19-7 vic­tory over Holy Cross on March 31 in Worces­ter, Mass. Navy outscored Pa­triot foes 6831 in the four games. Valenti is third on the team in ground balls with 24 and leads with 18 caused turnovers. She had 11 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers in the four league games in­clud­ing six ground balls and five caused turnovers against Holy Cross. The five caused turnovers tied a Navy record.

CARO­LINE DUFFY (METHAC­TON) » The sopho­more kicked off her out­door sea­son with the St. Joseph’s women’s track team by fin­ish­ing first out of 19 sprint­ers in the 100 me­ter dash at the Rider 5-Way meet on March 31 in Lawrenceville, N.J. Her time (12.44) cur­rently ranks 11th on the At­lantic-10 Con­fer­ence per­for­mance list. Duffy also ran a leg on the win­ning 4x400 re­lay which was clocked in 3:55.17 which stands fifth on the A-10 list. A food mar­ket­ing ma­jor, she was re­cently named to the league’s in­door Aca­demic All-Con­fer­ence first team.

BRET CLARKE (SPRING-FORD) » The 6-foot-2 ju­nior righthander has a 2-2 record with a 2.70 earned run av­er­age pitch­ing for the Stony Brook base­ball team, the Sea­wolves 15-11 over­all and 4-2 in Amer­ica East Con­fer­ence play af­ter a 10-6 non-league loss to Iona last Wed­nes­day in Stony Brook, N.Y. Clarke has made seven starts and in 33.1 in­nings, he’s given up 29 hits and 13 runs, 10 earned, with 14 walks and 27 strike­outs. He picked up the vic­tory in a 5-1 win against Quin­nip­iac on March 24, giv­ing up three hits, an earned run with two walks and five strike­outs.

NI­CO­LETTE SERRATORE (METHAC­TON) » The James Madi­son ju­nior opened her out­door sea­son with the women’s track team by fin­ish­ing sec­ond out of 31 en­trants in the javelin throw at the tal­ent-laded Raleigh Re­lays March 30-31 in Raleigh, N.C. Her heave of 156 feet, 11 inches leads the Colo­nial Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion by more than 10 feet. She fin­ished third (128 feet 1 inch) in the league out­door cham­pi­onship last year. She fin­ished fifth in the pen­tathlon (3321 points) at the ECAC Cham­pi­onship March 2 in Bos­ton, Mass dur­ing the in­door sea­son.

ME­GAN NEMETH (PHOENIXVILLE) » The 5-foot-3 ju­nior was named MAC Free­dom Con­fer­ence De­fen­sive Player of the Week af­ter a stand­out per­for­mance in goal for the 5-4 FDU-Florham women’s lacrosse team. Nemeth tied a school record with 20 saves and had 12 ground balls and a caused turnover but the Devils dropped an 11-5 de­ci­sion to un­beaten Keen on March 28 in Union, N.J. She’s started ev­ery game and has given up 66 goals and has 75 saves.

BEKAH SLAT­TERY (DANIEL BOONE) » The Lock Haven ju­nior was named PSAC Cen­tral Divi­sion Pitcher of the Week on April 2. Se­nior team­mate Amanda Loar (Boy­er­town) was se­lected as the divi­sion’s Ath­lete of the Week. Slat­tery, a 5-foot-5 left-han­der, was 2-0 with a 1.95 earned run av­er­age the pre­vi­ous week with vic­to­ries over Slip­pery Rock (6-2) and Millersville (4-2). In 14.1 in­nings, she struck out 21 bat­ters with 12 against Millersville. Out­fielder Loar hit .600 (6-for10) in four games last week, all vic­to­ries. She had eight runs bat­ted in as the Bald Ea­gles moved to 11-9.

JOSH TUPPER (SPRINGFORD) » The Wi­dener ju­nior opened his out­door sea­son with the men’s track team by fin­ish­ing sec­ond in a field of 50 in the 800 me­ter run at the an­nual Danny Cur­ran In­vi­ta­tional March 30-31 in Ch­ester. Tupper was the top col­lege fin­isher with a time of 1:56.52. That stands as the best time in the Mid­dle At­lantic Con­fer­ence. It was just his fifth race at that dis­tance for the Pride in his ca­reer. Tupper cap­tured the 400 me­ter dash at the league’s in­door cham­pi­onship Feb. 23-24.

CHASE KOF­FEL (PERKIOMEN VAL­LEY) » The ju­nior catcher-in­fielder is hit­ting .313 for the Cen­te­nary base­ball team, the Cy­clones 6-8 on the sea­son af­ter a 15-4 loss to FDU-Florham on April 4 in Flem­ing­ton, N.J. Kof­fel has 10 hits in 32 at-bats with two dou­bles, three runs scored and two runs bat­ted in. In the field, he’s made just two er­rors on 40 chances (.950) with three double plays. In a four game stretch (March 24-31), he col­lected seven hits in 15 at-bats, get­ting two hits in three of the four games.

JAKE HVAZDA (SPRING-FORD) » The fresh­man mid­fielder has 12 goals and 12 as­sists for 24 points for the York men’s lacrosse team which stands 10-1 over­all and 2-0 in the Cap­i­tal Ath­letic Con­fer­ence af­ter a 24-3 league vic­tory over Wes­ley last Wed­nes­day in Dover, Del. The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder had two goals and two as­sists in the game and has six goals and eight as­sists in the last four games. Hvazda col­lected his first collegiate goal in his first game with the Spar­tans, a 10-4 vic­tory over Wash­ing­ton & Lee on Feb. 10 in Lex­ing­ton, Va.

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