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Rutgers opens with a thriller

Ali Steinberg of Suffern scored five points but the Rutgers University women’s lacrosse team was edged by Temple, 12-11, in its season opener at the RU Stadium Complex in Piscataway, NJ.

Steinberg, a senior midfielder, recorded the seventh hat trick of her career, adding two assists to pace the Scarlet Knights. In her first game since April 7, 2010, redshirt junior Annie McGinley of Moorestown, NJ, added two goals and two assists. RU outshot Temple (2-0) by a 30-22 margin, including 18-8 in the first half.

Rutgers rushed out to a 5-0 advantage, highlighted by two goals and an assist from Steinberg, and led 6-4 at the break.

Rutgers scored three of the first four goals over the first 4:23 in the second half to push its lead to 9-5. After Temple scored, sophomore midfielder Lauren Sbrilli of Martinsville, NJ, and Steinberg posted back-to-back goals to give the Scarlet Knights an 11-6 advantage.  

Temple won the final six draw controls to register six scores over the final 14:38.

Junior goalie Lily Kalata of Nesconset earned the start, making six saves in the outing. 

Rutgers continues its home stand with Cornell on Saturday at the RU Stadium Complex. Game time is set for noon. 


Pirates’ DeStaso honored

Seton Hall freshman softball standout Danielle DeStaso of Congers was named to the Big East weekly honor roll after hitting a team-best .556 with two home runs, and five RBI in a 1-2 week for the Pirates at the Lancer Leadoff Tournament.

In her first collegiate game against St. John’s, DeStaso started the game in left field but came in to pitch in the second inning and kept Seton Hall in the game, throwing five innings allowing just one earned run and six strikeouts. She also recorded her first career hit and RBI in the fifth inning to help the Pirates erase a late deficit and later win a thrilling 7-6 decision in nine innings.

DeStaso, a graduate of Clarkstown North, went 3-for-3 against UMBC and belted her first career homer, a solo shot, in the top of the seventh inning to tie the score, 1-1. Against Longwood, she homered again.

The Pirates open a five-game trip in Orlando, FL, today against Eastern Nazerene. The trip ends on Feb. 29 and also includes games against UCF and Jacksonville, and two games against Florida Gulf Coast.


Kivlehan a diamond in the rough

The Rutgers University baseball team fell to 0-2 with a 12-inning loss to No. 13 Miami in Coral Gables, FL, and West Nyack’s Pat Kivlehan is still swinging away for his first hit.

Kivlehan, a dynamic senior who helped the Scarlet Knights win a bowl game in the football season, is making the two-sport transition as he had hoped.

The Scarlet Knights rallied in the 11th inning when Kivlehan worked a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Pat Sweeney of Sparta, NJ. However, the next two batters were retired.

Senior right-hander Ryan Fasano of Stony Point and Rockland CC gave Rutgers a strong starting effort, logging 6 2/3 innings with six strikeouts. He scattered six hits and only allowed a first-inning homer.

The Scarlet Knights will look to take the series finale on Sunday as junior Rob Corsi of Oceanport, NJ, will start against Bryan Radziewski of Miami, FL, in a battle of left-handers. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Alex Rodriguez Park.


Milligan player of the year

Leading four members of the Franklin & Marshall men’s basketball team to be named all-Centennial Conference, Georgio Milligan of Spring Valley earned his second straight player-of-the-year accolades.

Milligan, an alum of Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ, also became the first player in CC history to earn first-team honors four times.

The senior, who led the conference in points per game with 18.4, assists with 4.5 and steals with 2.4, last week became the all-time leading scorer in Diplomats history.

Sophomore Jon Salandra of Harrison received his first postseason honor, leading the conference with a 63.7 shooting percentage while averaging 9.8 points per game. The Hackley School grad picked up his first double-double with career-highs of 24 points and 10 rebounds against Johns Hopkins on Jan. 12.

The Diplomats, who host the Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament for the fourth-straight year today and Saturday, meet Washington College tonight at 8 o’clock.


Mortarboard musings

  • The St. Bonaventure University women’s basketball team, which clinched at least a share of the Atlantic-10 Conference title with a 52-45 victory over Fordham, will be looking to become just the seventh team in A-10 history to go undefeated through a conference schedule as it travels to Rhode Island on Saturday. Tipoff from the Thomas M. Ryan Center in Kingston is set for 4:30 p.m. Alaina Walker of Pomona is averaging seven points and six rebounds per game for the Bonnies (26-2, 13-0 A-10). The Albertus Magnus grad also has 41 assists and 22 steals.
  • Junior forward Justin Daniels of Suffern, who has accounted for 23 points in 100 games, hopes to help the Northeastern University hockey team gain a berth in the Hockey East playoffs. The Huskies (11-14-5) host the University of Maine (18-10-3) tonight at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Matthews Arena in Boston.
  • Junior Josephine Pucci of Pearl River, a key defenseman on the Harvard University women’s hockey team, and classmate Jillian Dempsey of  Winthrop, MA, have been named 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award nominees by USA Hockey. Harvard (20-8-1) hosts Princeton (12-13-3) in a best-of-three ECAC quarterfinal series, beginning today at 4 p.m. at Bright Hockey Center in Boston. Saturday’s game is scheduled at 3 p.m., and Sunday’s game (if necessary) is also set for 3 p.m.
  • Coming off their top performance of the season, the Towson University women’s gymnastics team visits North Carolina State University tonight. Freshman Donna Straub of Congers, a Clarkstown North alumna, competes for the Tigers, who are 11-3 on the season. Towson, which finished first at the Shelli Calloway Memorial Towson Invitational last week, will face the 19th-ranked Wolfpack, Kent State University and William and Mary in a quad meet at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh at 7 p.m.
  • Junior infielder Amanda Babcock of Haverstraw is set for the Manhattan College softball opener, a doubleheader scheduled on March 29 at 2 p.m. in Riverdale against Quinnipiac University of Hamden, CT. Babcock, a North Rockland graduate, batted .229 in 37 games last season, with eight RBI.


The 'College Sports Notebook' is published each Friday. Please send items of interest—including local athletes competing at out-of-town colleges—to marcmaturo@aol.com.


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