Her­nan hailed for lead­er­ship

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Red-shirt ju­nior goal­keeper Ju­lia Her­nan and the St. Fran­cis women’s soc­cer team saw the sea­son end with a 2-1 loss to top seed Cen­tral Con­necti­cut in the North­east Con­fer­ence ti­tle game last Sun­day in New Bri­tain, Conn.

Her­nan, from Col­legeville and a grad­u­ate of The Hill School, had nine saves in the game. She ended up with an 8-7-3 for the 8-9-3 Red Flash. In 19 games and 1,588 min­utes of ac­tion, Her­nan gave up 19 goals (1.03 goals against av­er­age) with 100 saves (.845 save per­cent­age). She had seven shutouts and earned NEC sec­ond-team honors.

“Ju­lia is such a tremen­dous leader in our pro­gram,” coach Brenda van Stralen said. “She is a hard worker who was re­warded this sea­son by be­com­ing the pro­gram’s lead in ca­reer shutouts. Her pas­sion for the game is un­ri­valed and she has a unique abil­ity to han­dle any­thing that is thrown her way.”

Her­nan was hit with a big set­back when her mother passed away dur­ing the sum­mer.

“That was tragic but she has dealt with it with tremen­dous ma­tu­rity,” van Stralen said. “I am sure she has made her fam­ily proud with her play on the field this sea­son.”

JOSH EHST (DANIEL BOONE) >> The true fresh­man quar­ter­back led the Grove City foot­ball team to a big come­from-be­hind 35-27 vic­tory over Geneva in a Pres­i­dents’ Ath­letic Con­fer­ence game last Satur­day in Beaver Falls. Geneva jumped out to a 20-0 first quar­ter lead but the Wolver­ines ral­lied with 21 points in the fi­nal quar­ter to pull the game out. That’s five straight vic­to­ries with Ehst run­ning the team. He was 18-for33 good for 204 yards with two touch­downs as the Wolver­ines moved to 6-3 on the sea­son, the best mark over that stretch for the pro­gram since 1997. The 6-foot, 185-pounder didn’t play in the team’s first three games but has ral­lied the team by com­plet­ing 71 out of 129 passes for 1,083 yards and 13 touch­downs. He car­ried the ball 10 times for 54 yards against Geneva and has 277 yards with a touch­down on 62 car­ries on the year.

ME­GAN BERNOTAS (OWEN J. ROBERTS) >> The ju­nior fin­ished third out of 134 run­ners to help the East­ern women’s cross coun­try team fin­ish fourth at the Mid­dle At­lantic Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onships on Oct. 27 in Steven­son, Md. Her 6,000 me­ter time was 23:24 and it earned her All-MAC honors. Her sopho­more sis­ter, Kate­lyn, earned All-MAC sec­ond team for fin­ish­ing 11th in 23:59. Fresh­man Mary, an­other sis­ter, fin­ished 38th in 26:37.2 which was the sixth best fin­ish among the fresh­men en­tered in the race. JAX­SON BURNS (DANIEL BOONE) >> The 5-foot-11, 145-pound se­nior scored at the 78:08 mark give the Millersville men’s soc­cer team a 1-1 tie with West Ch­ester in the PSAC Cham­pi­onship game last Sun­day in West Ch­ester and the Ma­raud­ers went on to win in a 4-2 shootout to earn a berth in the Di­vi­sion II Tour­na­ment. Burns has played in all 19 games with 18 starts and was sec­ond on the team in scor­ing with 21 points on nine goals and three as­sists. He led the team with five game-win­ners. Millersville will take a 10-3-6 record into the NCAAs.

LAU­REN HA­LEY (BOY­ER­TOWN) >> The sopho­more for­ward was named to the MAC Com­mon­wealth first team last Thurs­day af­ter a stand­out sea­son with the Al­bright women’s soc­cer team. Ha­ley led the league with 13 goals, added four as­sists and fin­ished with 30 points. Her five game-win­ners also leads the league. Four times dur­ing the sea­son Ha­ley was named the MAC Com­mon­wealth Of­fen­sive Player of the Week. She’s the first Al­bright soc­cer player to do so. The Li­ons fin­ished 11-4-2 af­ter drop­ping a 3-0 de­ci­sion to Ar­ca­dia in the league semi­fi­nals last Wed­nes­day in Glen­side.

NI­COLE DOR­MAN (POPE JOHN PAUL II) >> The 5-foot11 se­nior out­side hit­ter was named to the MAC Com­mon­wealth first team for her play with the Wi­dener women’s vol­ley­ball team, the Pride fin­ish­ing 16-17 af­ter drop­ping a 3-0 match to Mes­siah in the first round of the league play­offs on Oct. 29 in Gran­tham. Dor­man, who played in all 33 matches and all 113 sets, led the team in kills (326) and points scored (391.5) and fin­ished sec­ond in digs (282) and ser­vice aces (42) and third in to­tal blocks (43). She fin­ished her ca­reer sec­ond in kills with 1,464. SI­MONE STE­WART (SPRING­FORD) >> The Clarks Sum­mit women’s soc­cer team fin­ished 5-9 over­all and 1-7 in the Colo­nial States Ath­letic Con­fer­ence but the 4-foot-11 sopho­more showed enough to be named to the CSAC first team last Thurs­day. She led the De­fend­ers in goals with 14, was sec­ond in as­sists with five and first in to­tal points with 33. Clarks Sum­mit scored just 29 goals on the sea­son. Ste­wart had four goals and an as­sist in an 8-1 vic­tory over Penn State Schuylkill and all three goals in a 3-2 tri­umph over Penn Col­lege. JEF­FREY KIRSHENBAUM (METHAC­TON) >> The ju­nior fin­ished 22nd out of 111 run­ners for the Le­high men’s cross coun­try team at the Pa­triot League Cham­pi­onships on Oct. 27 in Lewis­burg. He was the sec­ond best fin­isher for the Moun­tain Hawks who fin­ished fifth out of 10 teams. Kirshenbaum’s time was 26:48.4. He prepped for the league meet by fin­ish­ing in a three­way tie for first (22:21) in the 4,000 me­ter run at the Buck­nell Tune Up over the same course on Oct. 18. He has fin­ished first or sec­ond for Le­high in five out of his six races this fall.

LEXIE NU­GENT (SPRING­FORD) >> The sopho­more and the Mi­ami (OH) women’s field hockey team earned a berth in the NCAA Di­vi­sion I Tour­na­ment with a 5-2 vic­tory over Kent State in the Mid-Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence ti­tle game last Satur­day in Ox­ford, OH. Nu­gent played in all 21 games with 11 starts and has four goals for the Redhawks who will take a 15-6 record into the tour­na­ment. She played in 21 games with 12 starts last year as a fresh­man and had 17 points on seven goals and three as­sists. GABRIELLE VAGNOZZI (SPRING-FORD) >> The ju­nior for­ward and the St. Joseph’s field hockey team dropped a 2-1 de­ci­sion to Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth in the semi­fi­nals of the At­lantic 10 Con­fer­ence last Satur­day in Day­ton, OH. Vagnozzi played in all 21 games with 20 starts for the Hawks who fin­ished 14-5-2, the sec­ond most vic­to­ries in pro­gram his­tory. She had two goals and six as­sist for 10 points this sea­son and has 12 goals and 20 as­sists with two game-win­ners in 60 ca­reer games with 56 starts. MA­HOGANY WIL­LIS (OWEN J. ROBERTS) >> The fresh­man was named to the PSAC third team last Wed­nes­day af­ter lead­ing the In­di­ana women’s soc­cer team in scor­ing this sea­son. Wil­lis fin­ished the sea­son with 29 points in 18 starts with 14 goals, an as­sist and five game-win­ners. Her 14 goals are tied for sec­ond in both the PSAC and NCAA Di­vi­sion II and her 29 points are the most scored by a Crim­son Hawk player since 2011. In­di­ana was beaten 4-0 by West Ch­ester on Oct. 28 to end the sea­son with a 9-8-1 record.

DAVID HAHN/CSI PHOTO

St. Fran­cis goal­keeper Ju­lia Her­nan.

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