Local Footballers Shine at College

The latest in local college sports.

Macalena has tons of Pride

Sophomore linebacker Danny Macalena of Congers, a Clarkstown North graduate, had six tackles, and fullback Joel Altavesta of Tewksburg, MA, ran for 214 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Springfield College football team to a 44-14 victory over the University of Rochester in its Liberty League debut at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field in Springfield, MA.

The Pride (3-1), who rushed for 416 yards, and gained 517 yards overall, travel to Union College (1-3) in Schenectady on Saturday at 6 p.m. for another league contest.

Kyle Hanney of Nanuet is looking to gain a foothold at defensive back for Union College after an impressive special-teams showing in his rookie season.

The Dutchmen are quarterbacked by sophomore Connor Eck of Rye, who is a teammate of former Harrison High rival Sam Goldman, a senior safety. Goldman, a team captain, is out for the year, however, with an injury. He would be eligible to come back for a fifth year, but no decision has been made at this time.

Eck is having a productive season behind center, averaging 185 yards per game through the air, and 88 yards overland.

Connor directed a 31-20 win over St. Lawrence last week, hitting on 15 of 24 passes with no interceptions and three touchdowns.

The Dutchmen are home on Saturday, entertaining Springfield College at 6 p.m. at Frank Bailey Field.


Mortarboard musings

  • Jenn Califano of Suffern is a senior defender on the field hockey team at Springfield (MA) College, which meets Babson College on Saturday at noon at Babson Park, MA.
  • Dominican College junior Olivia Antonopolous of Baldwin has been tabbed as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) women’s soccer player of the week. Nyack College freshman Julia Nosert of Riedstadt Leeheim, Germany, was named rookie of the week after scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory over previously undefeated Philadelphia University.
  • Nyack College cross country standout Rebecca Wakley of Pittsburgh, PA, won rookie of the week honors for the second time this season following a second-place effort at the Philly Metro with a time of 20:24.
  • The Rockland Community College women’s volleyball team defeated visiting Region XV rival Westchester CC despite 27 digs from Carolina Alvarez of Harrison.
  • The Tappan Zee boys cross country team, coming off a fifth-place finish at the prestigious Queensbury Invitational at Queensbury High School, returns to action this weekend at the Suffolk Coaches Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park in Long Island. Luke Gavigan led Dutchmen by finishing seventh in 16:17.80 over the 5,000-meter course. The girls team, which placed sixth behind Erin Jaskot’s seventh-place effort, will also compete at Sunken Meadow.


This & that

  • The Tappantown Historical Society will hold its 28th annual
    Colonial Day on Saturday at The DeWint House grounds, located at Livingston St. and Oak Tree Road in Tappan. Step back in time and visit Colonial American from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, and refreshments will be available. The event will be canceled in the event of stormy weather.


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