Her­nan hailed for lead­er­ship amid tragedy

The Phoenix - - SPORTS - By Bill Ar­se­nault

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.”

The 5-foot-11 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.

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.

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 MidAmer­i­can 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.

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.

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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