Dominican Basketball Wins; St. Vincent Falls

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Porter powers Chargers

Leon Porter of Laurel, MD, pumped in a career-high 40 points to power the Dominican College men’s basketball team to a 64-47 victory over the visiting Eagles of Post University in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest held on Coach Baxter Court in Orangeburg. 

Dominican, which improved to 12-7 overall and 5-6 in the CACC, travels to Philadelphia on Saturday to meet the University of the Sciences (3-15). Game time is 3 p.m., following a 1 p.m. game featuring the women’s teams.

Porter, a junior guard, shot 15-of-29 from the floor and 8-of-12 from the three-point arc, and had six rebounds.

The Lady Chargers are coming off an overtime loss to Post, 71-70, in a CACC contest, dropping them to .500 at 9-9 overall but 9-3 in the conference.

K.C. Jentzen of Pearl River was limited to six points and two assists in 10 minutes against Post (5-14, 3-9).


Spartans recognition

The men’s soccer team at St. Thomas Aquinas College was ranked 21st in the nation in the final NCAA DII poll, following the Spartans’ first-ever trip to the national championship tournament.

Earlier this week at the campus in Sparkill, the players and Coach Graham Brown were recognized for their special season. A championship banner was unveiled, and each player received a NCAA Championship participant medallion.

Coach Brown was presented with an NSCAA plaque, and senior goalkeeper Andrew Tartara of Bardonia was honored for his selection as an NSCAA scholar-athlete. 

STAC was paced this season by Daktronics second-team all-East Region and first-team all-Conference players Dan Davren of Pearl River and Remington Lee of Hopewell Junction.

Davren, alum of Nanuet High, led the team with 24 points and a team-high eight assists while Lee was the Spartans’ leading goal scorer with 10.

Sean Reily of Monroe was tabbed second-team all-ECC and contributed seven goals and four assists.

Tartara, who was graduated from Albertus Magnus, was named second-team all-Conference after recording 64 saves and three shutouts this season.

The Spartans finished the season 11-4-4 making their first NCAA tournament appearance in school history. STAC beat NYIT 4-1 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament before falling 5-0 to top-seeded, undefeated Franklin Pierce in the sweet 16.

Franklin Pierce, of Rindge, NH, advanced to the national semifinals before losing its first game of the season, 1-0 to Lynn University of Boca Raton, FL.


Walker,  Bonnies stay on course

Starting guard Alaina Walker of Pomona was held scoreless in 24 minutes, but the St. Bonaventure University women’s basketball team added another victory at the A. J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Walker, a defensive stalwart out of Albertus Magnus, chipped in three rebounds, two assists and a steal as the Bonnies (21-2, 8-0 Atlantic 10) handed Duquesne (15-7, 3-4) its first home loss of the season, 58-53.

 St. Bonaventure returns home on Saturday against George Washington University (10-11). It is the Bonnies’ “Play 4 Kay” game in support of the fight against breast cancer. Donations will be accepted at the door and pink T-shirts will be sold in support of the Kay Yow Foundation. Tipoff from the Reilly Center is set for 1 p.m.


Dolphins gasping for air

 The College of Mount Saint Vincent women’s basketball team lost its third straight game, and its fourth consecutive in the Skyline Conference after falling at Old Westbury, 78-45.

Freshman Kelly Fraser of Staten Island led the Dolphins with a game-high 18 points, but Amy Delva of Nanuet helped with 10 points, an assist and one blocked shot.

Mount Saint Vincent, now 5-14 overall and 1-8 in the conference, travels to front-running Farmingdale State (9-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m.


En garde

Junior Avery Nackman of Katonah went 15-1 as the Brown University women’s and men’s fencing teams had impressive showings at a Northeast Fencing Conference meet in Chestnut Hill, MA.

The Bears went a combined 12-1, with the men posting an undefeated 6-0 mark. The women’s squad went 6-1.

The Brown men, now 9-1 overall on the season, had dominating performances against Tufts and Dartmouth, winning 27-0 and 21-6, respectively.

The women, who are 11-1, boasted six wins in which they posted at least 20 points, while their lone loss came in 14-13 battle with Boston College.

Nackman, a graduate of John Jay HS, is a junior and competes in foil.

The Bears have one more bout on Saturday at the Eric Sollee Invitational in Cambridge, MA, before the Ivy League Championships on Feb 11-12.


Mercy hopes to rebound

Senior point guard Simone Williams of Waldorf, MD, led the Mavericks with 17 points as the Mercy College women’s basketball team bowed to visiting Molloy College, 93-73, in front of a sold-out crowd in Dobbs Ferry.

Jessica Biggs of Nanuet had five rebounds and four points in 23 minutes as Mercy fell to 1-18 while Molloy improved to 9-11.

Coach Kelli Dunlay and the Mavericks return to the court on Saturday as they host NYIT on Alumni Day.  Tipoff is set for 1 p.m., followed by a 30-minute alumni game preceding the men’s game at 5 p.m.


Owls howl

Junior forward Trevon Hamlet of Brooklyn scored 27 points and pulled down nine rebounds as the Southern Connecticut State University men's basketball team defeated Assumption in New Haven, CT.

The Owls improved to 9-11 overall and 7-9 in Northeast-10 Conference play while Assumption moved to 8-12 and 6-10 in the NE-10.

Freshman guard Luke Houston of Pearl River, who is averaging eight points per game, scored nine and had one blocked shot and an assist in 33 minutes.

The Owls meet the College of Saint Rose (5-15) in Albany on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Red Dragons bow

Freshman Frankie Kelly of Brewster led Oneona State in a struggle that fell short against host Plattsburgh, 67-64, in men’s basketball.

Kelly, a graduate of Kennedy Catholic, scored 16 points, including 10-for-10 from the free-throw line as the Red Dragons fell to 2-17 and 1-11 in SUNYAC play.

Plattsburgh, which led by as many as 17 points but had to survive a late charge by the Red Dragons, is 7-12, 5-7.

Senior Lukas Slivinsky, also of Brewster, add seven points in the loss while freshman Zach Mager of New City chipped in two points.

Oneonta is back in action tonight (Feb. 3) at Geneseo in the first of back-to-back conference games this weekend.


Hawks downed in home finale

The Hunter College women’s swimming team concluded its dual-meet season with a 62-52 loss at home to Western Connecticut State in preparation for the CUNYAC Championships.

Charlotte Collazo of Spring Valley, a freshman, was second in the 100-yard backstroke, and was also runner-up in the 50 freestyle for the Hawks.


Columbia sinks Cornell

The Cornell University men’s swimming and diving team fell to Columbia, dropping to 1-6 on the season,

Freshman Stanley Wong of Orangeburg, a standout at Tappan Zee HS, was second in the 50-yard freestyle, clocking 21.14 in the final to Alex Ngan of Columbia (21.42).

Wong was sixth in the 100 freestyle.

Cornell is back in action for its lone home meet of the season when the Big Red hosts Brown on Saturday. The diving will commence at 10:30 a.m., with swimming beginning at 1:30 p.m. The senior class will be honored prior to the competition.


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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