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Jaspers lose lacrosse opener

Senior attack Chrissy Gutenberger of Stony Point scored three goals as the only offense for the Manhattan College women’s lacrosse team, which dropped it season opener to host Stony Brook, 19-3, at LaValle Stadium.

The Seawolves, winning their second straight, dominated from the start, scoring 86 seconds into the game and notching the first 17 goals of the night.

The Jaspers were shut out in the first half trailing 15-0, but scored 11 minutes into the second frame when Gutenberger scored on an unassisted shot for her first goal of the season. The North Rockland HS graduate tallied two more in a span of two minutes, one off a free-position shot, and another on an assist by Donna Jo DiNorcia of Verona, NJ.

Last season Gutenberger led the team in scoring with 39 points on 33 goals and six assists.

Manhattan returns to action on Feb. 25 when it hosts Bucknell University (0-2) at 1 p.m. at Gaelic Park in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.


Owls reach .500

Freshman Luke Houston of Pearl River, who is averaging 7.3 points per game, had a rare off-night, shooting 0-of-8 from the floor, but the Southern Connecticut State basketball team reached the .500 level after defeating Le Moyne, 76-69.

The Owls (12-12) meet the University of New Haven in New Haven, CT, on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Houston is also averaging 2.6 rebounds for the Owls, along with 40 assists and 19 steals in his rookie collegiate campaign.

Junior guard Sean Harris of Mount Vernon is averaging 15 minutes a game for the Chargers (14-10), and is averaging 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds, along with 28 assists and eight steals. 


Get a horse

Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs starts the winter/spring riding season at home Feb. 18 with a 10-team show, followed by Hartwick on March 3 and Morrisville March 10. 

Junior Jennifer Brown of Larchmont, and Rachel Comp of New Rochelle are competing for the Thoroughbreds, while Kathryn Galyon of Pearl River competes in novice fences and novice flat at Morrisville State.

The Zone II, Region 3 finals are scheduled March 31 at Skidmore, while also will host the IHSA Zone II finals on April 7.          

The national championships will take place May 3-6 in Raleigh, NC.

The Morrisville State hunt seat and western equestrian teams compete within the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) within Region 3, Zone 2.

As the fall season winds down and the mid-year break approaches, the Skidmore College riding team is in full command of Region 3, having won all five shows to date. 

The Thoroughbreds have dominated the competition, building a 56-point lead in the 10-team region.


Huskies return home

The Northeastern University hockey team is back at home tonight (Feb. 17) coming off a 3-2 loss to Harvard in the Beanpot Tournament at TD Garden in Boston.

The Huskies (11-14-3) meet Providence College (12-14) on a rare two-game stand at Matthews Arena that will close the regular-season set in the 142nd game in series history.

Northeastern has lost only once (Oct. 8, 2010) in the last 10 meetings. When Northeastern and Providence meet in the first meeting this season, Northeastern dealt PC its first league loss of 2011-12.

Tonight and tomorrow mark the first time that Providence will skate at Matthews Arena on back-to-back nights in program history. In 1994, PC skated to consecutive 6-6 overtime scores on Feb. 2 and Feb. 9. Providence leads the overall series history, 76-51-14.

Justin Daniels of Suffern has six goals and eight assists for Northeastern, while twin brother Drew has five assists.

Senior defense standout Daniel New of White Plains is an active defenseman at Providence, with two power-play goals and 11 assists. He also has a team-leading 43 minutes in penalties.


Pucci picked again

Josephine Pucci of Pearl River joins current Harvard University teammates Jillian Dempsey and Michelle Picard, along with former stars Julie Chu and Caitlin Cahow on the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team’s Pre-IIHF world championship roster.        

This particular quintet of current and former Crimson skaters has played together once before, helping the U.S. National Team take home the title at the 2011 Four Nations Cup.

Picard, the youngest player on the roster, will look to make her second appearance with the national team, and first at the IIHF World Championships, while Dempsey also looks to play in her first IIHF tournament. Pucci helped Team USA claim the 2011 IIHF World Championship title last April in Zurich, Switzerland.

Harvard head coach Katey Stone will continue to lead the squad after seeing the team capture last year’s IIHF World Championship title.

Stone will oversee Team USA’s training camp from March 25-April 3 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, and USA Hockey will announce the final tournament roster April 1. Tournament play will begin April 4 in Burlington, VT.


Diplomats dominant

Guard Georgio Milligan of Spring Valley scored 27 points to power the 13th-ranked Franklin & Marshall basketball team to its 22nd victory of the season, 71-63 over John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

Milligan added three rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots for the Diplomats (22-2), who will be in Carlisle, PA, on Saturday to meet Dickinson College at 4 p.m.

Dickinson (14-9) features sophomore guard Adam Honig of Chappaqua. The Horace Greeley alum is second on the team in scoring with 14.6 points per game, and is leading the club in assists averaging three a game.


Dolphins gasp for air

Sophomore guard Amy Delva of Nanuet pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds, but the College of Mount Saint Vincent women’s basketball team fell for the sixth time in its last seven games after a 54-40 home loss to Sage College. 

Mount Saint Vincent went the first 10 minutes of the second half scoring just two points, helping the Troy- based Gators open a 12-point lead.

Delva is averaging 5.7 points and four rebounds per game while teammate Brittany Griffin of Suffern, a senior forward, is averaging 5.4 points and five rebounds.

The Dolphins (6-17) wrap up the season in Riverdale on Saturday when they host NYU-Poly (10-14) on senior day at 1 p.m.


Mortarboard musings

  • Lauren Milligan of New City makes her collegiate debut on the softball diamond on March 2 in Washington, D.C., when Siena College is scheduled to open its season with a doubleheader against Robert Morris and Stony Brook. Milligan, a graduate of Paramus Catholic where she was a four-year, two-sport standout, played travel softball with the Hudson Valley Hurricanes.
  • The Utica College women’s ice hockey team is set for its final home games of the season at it takes on Buffalo State (7-14-2), tonight at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m.  Both games will take place at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Freshman defenseman Samantha Pucci of Pearl River has played 22 games for the Pioneers, picking up a pair of assists.
  • Joe Rausch of Ardsley, a freshman forward, and defenseman Brian Infante of Pomona, a junior, are winding up the hockey season at Hamilton College, which stopped an eight-game winless streak after blanking Tufts University, 6-0. The Continentals (8-11-3) travel to Vermont on Saturday to meet Middlebury College (11-8-3) at 7 p.m.
  • The SUNY Cortland women’s hockey team improved to 5-14-1 after a 3-1 victory at Buffalo State. The Red Dragons host RIT today and tomorrow. Pam Murphy of Rye, a senior forward/defenseman, has played in 20 games for the Red Dragons while junior forward Jordon Baum of Suffern has appeared in 15 games.
  • The Manhattan College women’s basketball team, facing a virtual must-win against a team they lost to earlier this season, defeated Iona College, 59-54, at Draddy Gymnasium in Riverdale The Jaspers (14-12, 8-6 MAAC) moved into a tie for third place in the MAAC with four games remaining in the regular season.  Three of those four games are on road, starting with a 7 p.m. contest at Siena (8-15, 6-8 MAAC) tonight (Feb. 17) in Loudonville. 


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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