Darden captures MAC honors with 5 TDs
Norristown native tearing it up for Delaware Valley University
Delaware Valley University junior quarterback Dashawn Darden, a Cardinal O’Hara grad and Norristown native, has been selected as the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Offensive Player of the Week following his performance in the 47-13 victory over Widener University that clinched the conference championship and an NCAA playoff berth. Darden did most of his damage with his legs as he rushed for 133 yards and four touchdowns while also throwing a 25-yard scoring pass. His touchdown runs went for 17, 28, 11 and one yard(s). The second score gave DelVal the lead for good at 14-13 and was part of 41 unanswered points by the Aggies. Towson quarterback Ryan Stover, an Upper Dublin grad, completed 13-of-23 passing attempts for 140 yards and also rushed or 22 yards and a touchdown in a 26-14 win over William & Mary Saturday afternoon.
Ursinus senior Alexander Skyrm, a Souderton grad, had eight tackles in a 40-17 loss at Dickinson Saturday.
Shippensburg junior Josh Lister, a Souderton grad, notched his first collegiate sack in a 51-13 win over Seton Hill Saturday. Sophomore quarterback Michael
Marino, a Wissahickon grad, threw four touchdowns in Chestnut Hill’s 28-3 win over Franklin Pierce University. The game brought to an end the 2017 Collegiate Sprint Football League.
La Salle’s Matt Robinson, a North Penn grad, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. He also was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic team. Robinson boasted a 3.85 GPA through his time at La Salle and led the team in goals (7) and points (19) this year. Both were career highs.
Shippensburg University junior forward Cole Kropnick, a Wissahickon grad, was named to the 2017 All-PSAC second team. Kropnick is one of just five players in the PSAC this year to score double-digit goals. In 15 matches, he had 10 goals and three assists.
Gwynedd Mercy University senior Sarah Nedwick, a North Penn grad, received honorable mention All-CSAC recognition. It is her first allleague honor. She has six goals and three assists. Hopkins recorded 11 saves in net in Gwynedd Mercy’s 4-2 loss at top-seeded Marywood in a CSAC Tournament semifinal contest. In Gwynedd’s 2-1 win over Neumann in a first round contest, freshman Victoria Braeunle, a North Penn grad, scored. Cabrini senior Marisa
Christensen, a North Penn grad, earned All-CSAC first team honors. This is Christensen’s first all-CSAC honor but was earned as the senior’s play at midfield helped the Cavs both offensively and defensively. Kutztown junior Alyssa
Ryan, a Wissahickon grad, was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Two team. A team captain, she has earned PSAC Scholar-Athlete recognition twice, has been a Dean’s List Honoree four times and a D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner. The Wissahickon graduate has totaled four goals and four assists this season and was named to the All-PSAC second team. The midfielder has started all 20 games and has played in 61 games throughout her career. Ryan is a Biology/Pre-Med major and holds a 3.89 GPA. Penn State junior Marissa
Sheva, a Pennridge grad, had an assist in the No. 3 seed Nittany Lions’ 7-0 win over Stony Brook in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday.
Kristina Miller, a North Penn grad, contributed an assist in Kutztown’s 2-1 loss to Notre Dame (OH) in the first round of the NCAA Atlantic Region Friday. Vanderbilt freshman
Maddie Elwell, a Wissahickon grad, played 24 minutes off the bench as the Commodores upset No. 4 seeded Ohio State 2-1 in the NCAA first round Friday.
Kuttown’s redshirt junior
Anthony Lee, an Abington grad, scored 34 points while hitting hit eight three-pointers in 135-80 win over Penn State Schuylkill Saturday. Senior captain Demetrius Bennett, a PW grad, had seven points, three rebounds and three assists and Joseph O’Brien, an Abington grad, added four points and two steals.
Jefferson’s redshirt junior Erin Maher, from North Penn, scored 13 points in a 60-54 win over Queens Saturday afternoon. Chestnut Hill senior guard
Vicky Tumasz, a North Penn grad, recorded 11 points, three steals and six points in a 84-67 win over Queens College at the Jefferson Challenge Sunday. Saturday, Tumasz recorded a team-high 21 points. She also had four steals, four rebounds and went 4-of-7 from beyond the arc in a 55-46 win over Molloy College.
Taylor Thames, a North Penn grad, scored six points in Kutztown’s 53-35 loss to Bowie State at Shippensburg’s Wolf’s Bus Lines Classic Friday.
Women’s Cross Country
Kutztown junior Stephanie Bresadola, a North Penn grad, finished 18th out of 150 runners with a time of 21:54.4 at the NCAA Atlantic Regionals last Saturday, earning All-Region honors.
In Messiah’s 2-1 win over Alvernia to clinch the program’s 11th straight MAC Commonwealth title, Souderton grad Shelby Landes made two saves.
West Chester junior goalkeeper Marissa Elizardo, a North Penn grad, was named the Athlete of the Week for the week ending Nov. 5. She played a crucial part in West Chester’s PSAC Tournament run. She contributed three shutouts. Elizardo’s effort is a primary reason why the Golden Rams were crowned the PSAC champions. The trio of shutouts came against No. 10 Bloomsburg in the quarterfinals, No. 1 Shippensburg in the semifinals and No. 2 East Stroudsburg in the final. She made a total of 11 saves for the Golden Rams to help earn the championship.
Elizardo recorded three saves in West Chester’s 3-0 win over No. 2 East Stroudsburg last Sunday. In West Chester’s 1-0 upset of No. 1 Shippensburg, Elizardo recorded her fifth shutout of the season, recording five saves in 70 minutes. In West Chester’s 1-0 win over Bloomsburg, Elizardo recorded three saves.
Monmouth University senior Rachel Konowal ,a Plymouth Whitemarsh grad, was named to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference second team. A mainstay in the midfield for four years, Konowal earned the first allleague honor of her career. She had career highs in goals (7), assists (10) and points (24) as a senior. For her career, she has 10 goals, 18 assists and 38 points while recording two defensive saves as part of the defensive corner unit in 76 games. Konowal scored in Monmouth’s 2-0 win over Rider in the MAAC semifinal game.
Kutztown University senior Courtney Konowal ,a Plymouth Whitemarsh grad, completed her career with four consecutive All-PSAC honors, the first Golden Bear to do that since the 2013 season. In her senior year, Konowal tallied three goals and three assists playing in both the midfield and forward positions. For her career, Konowal started all 73 games, racking up 12 goals and 12 assists.
Gwynedd Mercy University senior Abigail Gabriel ,a Souderton grad, was named to the All-CSAC second team. She had three goals and two assists and added a pair of defensive saves for her third all-league honor.
Gwynedd Mercy University senior Madison Reiss ,a Pennridge grad, earned AllCSAC honorable mention recognition. It was her third all-conference nod. She has amassed five points on two goals and an assist along with two defensive saves and is a vital cog in the defense.
La Salle freshman David Kim, an Upper Dublin grad, shot a four-over par 74 to lead La Salle at the City Six Championships. He finished tied for second in the field at even par on the par-4 holes.
Cabrini freshman Steph
Judkins, a Pennridge grad, was named Mid-Atlantic Region Freshman of the Year and also earned a spot on the All-Mid-Atlantic Team. Judkins was named Colonial States Athletic Conference Player and Rookie of the Year after leading the Cavaliers and the CSAC with 427 kills. The freshman ranks 33rd in Division III in kills, and her 3.71 kills per set ranks 48th in the nation. Defensively, Judkins had 285 digs to finish second on the team.
Chestnut Hill sophomore Nicole Yang, from Wissahickon, was named to the 2017 CACC All-Academic Team. In order to be named to a CACC All-Academic Team, recipients must have participated in a CACC-sponsored championship sport and must be at least a sophomore. The nominee must have been a student-athlete at their current school for at least two semesters and must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher through the preceding semester.
Ogden Leyens, an Upper Dublin grad, finished third in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:56.83 in a doubledual meet Saturday. Gettysburg defeated Messiah 18279 and beat Susquehanna 207-54. Shippensburg sophomore
Jeff Beyer, a Wissahickon grad, finished first in the 500 free (4:45.18) and 1000 free (10:07.01) in a 105-100 loss to Clarion. Both were PSAC qualifying times. Beyer also was part of the first place 200 free relay (1:28.28).
Arcadia senior Jacob Schellinger, a North Penn grad, took third in both the 50 free (22.74) and 200 butterfly (2:04.01) in a 115-88 loss at Franklin & Marshall Friday night. Ursinus junior Maxwell
Coulter, a Pennridge grad, was part of the 200 medley relay that earned the silver medal with a time of 1:40.54 in a 57-38 win over McDaniel Saturday. Junior Thomas
Bantley, an Upper Dublin grad, and sophomore Daniel
Powell, a Central Bucks East grad, finished 2-3 in the 1000 free with Bantley (10:47.06) edging Powell (10:53.98). West Chester sophomore
Quinton Mitchell, a North Penn grad, finished first in the 3-meter diving championship with a score of 245.80 in a match against Rowan. He finished second in the one-meter event with a score of 258.15. Bloomsburg sophomore
Devon Polak, an Upper Dublin grad, was part of the 200 medley relay that finished second in a 128-76 win over Edinboro.
La Salle’s Olivia DeStefano, a North Penn grad, highlighted a tri-meet with Rider and Delaware Saturday with three first place finishes. She took first in the 100 back, finishing in 58.06 seconds. She also won the 50 free, finishing in at 24.66 seconds. DeStefano was part of the 400 free relay team that placed first in 3:43.69 and the second place 200 medley relay that finished in 1:49.13. Sydney Szopo, an Upper Moreland grad, placed first in the one-meter diving event with a score of 250.00. She took second in the three-meter with a 229.70.
Norristown native Dashawn Darden rushed for four touchdowns and threw another in Delaware Valley University’s 47-13 win over Widener. Darden was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his effort.