McEr­lean, Johns Hop­kins make Fi­nal Four

The Phoenix - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault

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.

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.

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 gamewin­ners and fin­ished his ca­reer 18 goals and 10 as­sists for 46 points with seven game-win­ners.

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.

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 non­league 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.

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.

The 5-foot-8 ju­nior out­side hit­ter was named to the Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence sec­ond team and the All-Mid-At­lantic first team for the sec­ond straight sea­son for her play with the Muh­len­berg women’s vol­ley­ball team. Tor­netta led the Mules in kills (325) and points (354.5), was third in digs (265) and added 20 to­tal blocks and 18 ser­vice aces. Muh­len­berg fin­ished 20-8 af­ter drop­ping a 3-0 de­ci­sion to McDaniel in the first round of the league tour­na­ment on Oct. 31 in West­min­ster, Md.

The se­nior was named Goal­keeper of the Year in the Cen­tral At­lantic Col­le­giate Con­fer­ence on Oct. 30 for his play with the Wilm­ing­ton (Del) men’s soc­cer team. The 6-foot5, 190-pounder was also named to the first team. He’s started all 22 games and played all but 14:35 in front of the cage for the Wild­cats. He has given up 20 goals with 60 saves and seven shutouts. He didn’t have to make a save in a 4-1 first-round vic­tory over Le Moyne in the NCAA Divi­sion II East Re­gional Tour­na­ment last Fri­day in Syra­cuse and had three saves as the Wild­cats saw their sea­son end with a 2-1 loss to No. 1 seed Adel­phi last Sun­day in Syra­cuse.

In­di­ana suf­fered through a 4-13 sea­son with a 1-7 mark in the Big Ten Con­fer­ence, but the ju­nior had a solid sea­son for the Hoosiers. The 5-foot-7 mid­fielder started all 17 games and led the team in scor­ing with 10 points on four goals and two as­sists. One of her goals came in a 3-2 over­time loss to Michi­gan State in the first round of the Big Ten Tour­na­ment on Oct. 26 in Col­lege Park, Md. She took six shots in the game, four on goal. Giese has nine goals and four as­sists for 22 points in her ca­reer.

The se­nior libero bat­tled back prob­lems early in the sea­son but she came on strong for the 13-17 Fair­mont State women’s vol­ley­ball team and earned Moun­tain East Con­fer­ence hon­or­able men­tion. She played in 16 matches and 64 sets and led the team with 240 digs with 54 as­sists and nine ser­vice aces. Red­shirt sopho­more Re­becca Feeney (Daniel Boone) also had a solid sea­son for the Fight­ing Fal­cons. The 6-foot-3 mid­dle hit­ter had a teamhigh 135.0 to­tal blocks and was sec­ond on the team in kills with 218.

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 Caroli­naUp­state 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.

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.

The 5-foot-8 fresh­man mid­fielder played in 16 games with one start for the Brown field hockey team, the Bears fin­ish­ing 7-10 over­all and 1-6 in the Ivy League af­ter a 3-2 league loss to Yale on Nov. 3 in Providence, R.I. She saw 262 min­utes of ac­tion on a young team which had just five se­niors on the ros­ter. She helped the Brown de­fense post three shutouts dur­ing the sea­son.

Johns Hop­kins’ Katie McEr­lean (Phoenixville)

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