Boone grad Kresge splits the up­rights for Vil­lanova foot­ball

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Sopho­more Drew Kresge is do­ing a solid job place­kick­ing for the Vil­lanova foot­ball team.

The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder from Dou­glassville (Daniel Boone) has con­nected on four of five field goals and has hit 14 of 15 ex­tra points and leads the team in scor­ing with 25 points.

Wild­cats are 2-2 after a 19-10 up­set loss to Al­bany on Sept. 23 in Al­bany, N.Y. Kresge con­nected on a 24yard field goal early in that game and then with no time show­ing on the clock in reg­u­la­tion, he con­verted the ex­tra point after a Vil­lanova touch­down to tie the game at 10-all. Al­bany scored nine points to win it in over­time.

In a 16-13 loss to Tem­ple on Sept. 9 in Philadel­phia, he hit a 44-yard field goal and a 34-yard field goal.

“Drew has done a nice job,” head coach Mark Fer­rante said. “He has a strong, ac­cu­rate kick­ing leg and he is be­com­ing more of a weapon as he con­tin­ues to gain con­fi­dence. We are very pleased with Drew’s de­vel­op­ment.”

Kresge saw lim­ited play­ing time on special teams as a fresh­man but was named to the Colo­nial Ath­letic Con­fer­ence All-Aca­demic team. At Daniel Boone, he earned first team All-County as a punter and sec­ond team as a kicker. He hit a school record 46 yard field goal.

The fresh­man for­ward/mid­fielder has played in eight games with three starts for the Rut­gers field hockey team. But­sack picked up her first col­le­giate points when she scored a goal in each half in a 9-0 vic­tory over Tow­son on Aug. 26. She’s taken five shots, four on goal. The Scar­let Knights are 7-3 over­all and 2-0 in Big Ten Con­fer­ence play after de­feat­ing In­di­ana 2-0 on Sept. 22 and Iowa 1-0 on Sept. 24. Rut­gers is 2-2 against na­tion­ally-ranked



The sopho­more, hop­ing for a turn­around sea­son, got off to a big start with the Kutz­town women’s ten­nis team. Pursell cap­tured No. 2 sin­gles 6-1, 6-0 and teamed with fel­low sopho­more Tay­lor Capo­ferri of Lan­caster to take No. 1 dou­bles 8-0 in a sea­son-open­ing 9-0 vic­tory over Holy Fam­ily on Sept. 15 in Kutz­town. Pursell was 3-8 at No. 4 sin­gles and 0-2 at No. 6 sin­gles while win­ning just one of 13 matches at No. 2 and No. 3 dou­bles as a fresh­man.

The ju­nior as­sisted on two big goals for the 6-1-1 Millersville men’s soc­cer team to kick off the PSAC sea­son. The 5-foot-11, 145-pound mid­fielder had the helper in a 1-0 vic­tory over Se­ton Hill on Sept. 22. Then he set up a goal at the 86:49 mark of the game to tie East Strouds­burg 2-2 on Sept. 24, Millersville win­ning 3-2 in over­time. Those were the first points of the sea­son for Burns who scored 10 goals with five as­sists for 25 points his first two sea­sons. The Ma­raud­ers lost at Lock Haven 1-0 last Wed­nes­day to go 2-1 in league play.

The fresh­man came up big for the 7-3 Slip­pery Rock field hockey in the first two PSAC games of the sea­son. She had the as­sist on the win­ning goal in a 4-3 vic­tory at West Ch­ester on Sept. 23 and scored the first goal in a 2-1 tri­umph over In­di­ana on Sept. 27. McKay scored her first col­le­giate goal in a 3-1 vic­tory over Queens on Sept. 4. Ju­nior Han­nah Si­mone (Gov­er­nor Mif­flin) has started all 10 games for The Rock and has an as­sist.

The fresh­man was named the North East­ern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Of­fen­sive Player of the Week for the sec­ond time this sea­son for his play with the 3-5-1 Penn State-Berks men’s soc­cer team. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound for­ward scored at the 88 minute mark to tie the game but the Nit­tany Lions dropped a 2-1 dou­ble over­time de­ci­sion to Ar­ca­dia on Sept. 20. Then he had a ca­reer-high 10 points with four goals and two as­sists in a 15-0 league vic­tory over St. El­iz­a­beth on Sept. 23. He added a goal in a 4-4 tie with Lebanon Val­ley last Wed­nes­day and leads the league with 26 points on 11 goals and four as­sists.

The ju­nior has started all nine games for the Mis­eri­cor­dia field hockey team. She picked up an as­sist in a 5-1 loss to Scran­ton on Sept. 12. Fresh­man Kayla Pu­gosh (Daniel Boone) has also started nine games while sopho­more Kort­ney McEwen (Schuylkill Val­ley) has played in seven games with six starts. The Cougars are 2-7 over­all and 0-1 in MAC Free­dom play after a 3-1 loss to FDU-Florham on Sept. 23, but the team has won two out of its last three.

The 5-foot-8 ju­nior de­fen­sive mid­fielder scored her first col­le­giate goal in a 5-4 non-league dou­ble over­time vic­tory over Pa­cific on Sept. 24 in Char­lottesville, Va. The Ea­gles are 7-3 over­all and all three set­backs have come against At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence foes – 3-0 to No. 3-ranked Vir­ginia, 2-1 in over­time against No. 5 North Carolina and 6-0 against No 7 Syra­cuse. Kauff­man has played in 46 games with 25 starts in her ca­reer.

The se­nior fin­ished tied for sev­enth out of 63 en­trants at the Hal Hansen In­vi­ta­tional on Sept. 17-18 in Dubois to help the Millersville men’s golf team fin­ish sec­ond out of 10 teams. He had rounds of 75 and 74 for a 149 to­tal. Burns fol­lowed that up by shoot­ing 81-77— 158 to fin­ish tied for 30th at Mer­cy­hurst’s Fall In­vi­ta­tional on Sept. 24 and 25 in Erie, Pa, the Ma­raud­ers fin­ish­ing third out of 10 teams. He av­er­aged 79.4 a round as a sopho­more and im­proved it to 79.0 last year.

The 6-foot-1 ju­nior is a key per­former for the St. Joseph’s men’s golf team. He kicked off the sea­son by fin­ish­ing tied for 22nd at the Lagowitz Memo­rial on Sept. 9-10 in Hamil­ton, N.Y. with rounds of 78, 72 and 76 for a 226 to­tal. In the Cor­nell In­vi­ta­tional on Sept. 16-17 in Ithaca, N.Y., he had his best match of the fall fin­ish­ing tied for 32nd on rounds of 75, 76 and 72 for a 223 to­tal. Pil­liod got off to a slow start with an 80 in the Pa­triot In­vi­ta­tional on Sept. 25-26 in Chan­tilly, Va., but ral­lied with a sea­son-best 70 and a 75 to fin­ish tied for 37th with a 225 to­tal.

The red-shirt ju­nior fin­ished tied for third out of 64 golfers at the Le Moyne In­vi­ta­tional on Sept. 17-18 in Jamesville N.Y. She had rounds of 75 and 74 for a 149 to­tal. We­ber, a trans­fer from Millersville who was named PSAC Fresh­man of the Year in 2014-15, kicked off the sea­son by tak­ing medal­ist hon­ors at Mer­cy­hurst’s Evann Parker Memo­rial Sept. 8-9 in North East. She bested a field of 83 with rounds of 75 and 82 for a 157 to­tal.


Vil­lanova kicker Drew Kresge (Daniel Boone) boots a field goal dur­ing a game ear­lier this sea­son.

Rut­gers’ Gracey But­sack (Schuylkill Val­ley) winds up for a shot dur­ing a game against Tow­son last month.

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