Boone grad Kresge splits the uprights for Villanova football
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
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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.