Burns lifts Millersville to PSAC ti­tle

The Community Connection - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

JAX­SON BURNS (DANIEL BOONE) >> The se­nior keyed Millersville’s two vic­to­ries to cap­ture the PSAC men’s soc­cer ti­tle. He had a goal in a 2-0 vic­tory over Se­ton Hill in the semi­fi­nals Nov. 2 in West Ch­ester and then had the game-ty­ing goal in a 1-1 dou­ble over­time tie against West Ch­ester in the ti­tle game and had a goal in the shootout as the Ma­raud­ers outscored the Golden Rams 4-2. He earned MVP for his per­for­mance.

“Af­ter not be­ing rec­og­nized as an all-con­fer­ence player af­ter the amount of game-win­ners that Jax­son had this sea­son, I think his per­for­mance was a per­fect re­demp­tion,” coach Steve Wid­dow­son said. “He has been such a valu­able player through­out his ca­reer.”

Burns fin­ished with eight goals and three as­sists for 19 points with five game-win­ners and fin­ished his ca­reer 18 goals and 10 as­sists for 46 points with seven gamewin­ners.

Millersville saw its sea­son end with a 1-0 loss to Charles­ton in the first round of the NCAA Divi­sion II Tour­na­ment on Nov. 10 in Charles­ton, W.Va., the Ma­raud­ers fin­ish­ing 10-4-6.

LEON MARIC (BOY­ER­TOWN) >> The 6-foot-5, 200-pound for­ward led the St. Joseph’s men’s soc­cer team in scor­ing with 25 points on 12 goals and an as­sist. He was 2-for-2 on penalty kicks. The Vir­ginia trans­fer had three game-win­ners, one com­ing in a 3-2 At­lantic 10 Con­fer­ence vic­tory over Ford­ham on Oct. 6 in Philadel­phia. The Hawks fin­ished with an 8-7-3 over­all record and a 2-3-3 in league play af­ter a 3-3 dou­ble over­time tie with St. Louis in a league game on Oct. 31 in Philadel­phia. Maric scored the first goal for St. Joseph’s in the game.

MARK FOR­REST (THE HILL SCHOOL) >> The se­nior was named Pa­triot League Of­fen­sive Player of the Year for the sec­ond straight time and a first team All-League pick for the sec­ond straight year on Nov. 5. The 6-foot-3 for­ward from Dou­glassville led the Le­high men’s soc­cer team in scor­ing with eight goals and five as­sists for 21 points. He fin­ished his ca­reer with 41 goals, three shy of the Le­high record and 103 points, four shy of the team’s top mark.

“I’m de­lighted that Mark was se­lected again with some re­ally good com­pe­ti­tion this year,” coach Dean Koski said. “It’s a credit to not only Mark, but I’m ap­pre­cia­tive of the coaches for see­ing what Mark’s po­ten­tial is and vot­ing for him.”

The Moun­tain Hawks saw the sea­son end with a 2-1 loss to Col­gate in the league semi­fi­nals last Fri­day in Bal­ti­more, Md. Le­high fin­ished 9-8-2 over­all and 6-3-0 in league play. KATIE MCERLEAN (PHOENIXVILLE) >> The sea­son is con­tin­u­ing for ju­nior Katie McErlean and the Johns Hop­kins field hockey team.

The Blue Jays de­feated No. 1-ranked Mes­siah 3-2 in dou­ble over­time in the third round of the NCAA Divi­sion III Tour­na­ment last Sun­day in Gran­tham to move onto the semi­fi­nals.

McErlean, from Phoenixville (Phoenixville High), had a goal in that game and also had a goal in a 4-0 tri­umph over FDU-Florham last Satur­day, also in Gran­tham.

Prior to the tour­na­ment, the 5-foot-4 mid­fielder was named to the Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence first team. She has 10 goals and five as­sists for 25 points with three game-win­ners.

“We were so ex­cited to see Katie earn that much de­served honor,” coach Jane Wells said. “She is an in­te­gral part of both our cor­ner de­fense and cor­ner at­tack units.”

The coach said that she has en­joyed see­ing some re­ally amaz­ing goals from McErlean this fall.

“Katie abil­ity to elim­i­nate de­fend­ers and her strong hit def­i­nitely stands out at this level,” Wells said. “Her abil­ity to jump-start our at­tack or come up with a big goal when we need it most have been keys to our suc­cess. She’s an in­cred­i­bly tal­ented player.”

The Blue Jays will take a 19-2 record into Satur­day’s semi­fi­nal game against Tufts (18-2) at Spooky Nook Sports in Man­heim. Mid­dle­bury and Rowan meet in the other semi­fi­nal, the ti­tle match set for Sun­day, also in Man­heim. EM­I­LIE KUPSOV (OWEN J. ROBERTS) >> The 5-foot-5 ju­nior led the Long­wood women’s soc­cer team in scor­ing. She played in all 18 games with 17 starts and had eight goals and two as­sists for 18 points with a game-win­ner. That came when she scored all three goals in a 3-0 Big South Con­fer­ence vic­tory over South Carolina-Up­state on Oct. 6 in Spar­tan­burg, S.C. The Lancers faced the same team in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the league tour­na­ment but fell as the No. 3 seed 1-0 to the No. 6 seed on Oct. 27 in Far­mville, Va. to fin­ish 8-7-3. KATHRYN LEHMAN (UP­PER PERKIOMEN) >> The sopho­more along with fel­low sopho­more Michaela Swenk (Up­per Perkiomen) had strong sea­sons for the Gwynedd Mercy field hockey team, the Griffins fin­ish­ing 13-7 af­ter a 2-0 loss to Franklin & Mar­shall in the first round of the NCAA Divi­sion III Tour­na­ment last Wed­nes­day in Lan­caster. Lehman, named At­lantic East Con­fer­ence Co-De­fen­sive Player of the Year, fin­ished with four goals and six as­sists for 14 points with a game-win­ner and a de­fen­sive save. Swenk had five goals and two as­sists for 12 points with a pair of game-win­ners.

POP LACEY (BERKS CATHOLIC) >> The ju­nior safety con­tin­ues to be a stand­out on de­fense for the New Hamp­shire foot­ball team, the Wild­cats 4-6 over­all and 3-4 in the Colo­nial Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion af­ter a 24-10 league vic­tory over Al­bany on Nov. 10 in Durham, N.H. The 6-foot, 201-pounder had seven tack­les in the game. On Nov. 3, he had a team-high 11 tack­les and an in­ter­cep­tion which he re­turned 23 yards in a 3524 up­set vic­tory over No. 3-ranked James Madi­son, also in Durham. On the sea­son, Lacey has 72 tack­les, 43 unas­sisted, with two in­ter­cep­tions. KAYLA MESAROS (POPE JOHN PAUL II) >> The fresh­man came off the bench in all 19 games for the St. John’s women’s soc­cer team, the Red Storm fin­ish­ing 9-9-1 over­all and 5-3-1 in the Big East Con­fer­ence af­ter drop­ping a quar­ter­fi­nal game in the league tour­na­ment 1-0 to Prov­i­dence on Oct. 28 in Queens. She scored her first col­le­giate goal in a 3-0 non-league vic­tory over Sa­cred Heart on Aug. 27 in Queens. Mesaros also helped the de­fense hold foes to 26 goals (1.36 goals against av­er­age) with four shutouts.

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