October 24, 2018 The Signal page 27
Women claim sixth place out of 25 Cross Country
Men fall behind in Connecticut College Invitational
Left: Mayhew finishes as the top runner for the Lions. Right: Cooper places second out of 307 runners. By Malcolm Luck Staff Writer Fresh off a sixth-place finish at the NJIT Highlander Challenge on Oct. 6, the women’s cross country team returned to the track to compete at the Connecticut College Invitational on Oct. 13. The women proved their consistency, capturing another sixth place finish in a field of 25 total teams. Senior Natalie Cooper came in clutch for the Lions, claiming second place out of 307 total runners with her time of 21:10.2, just a fraction of a second slower than sophomore Kaitlin Mooney from Coast Guard. Junior Gabby DeVito claimed second, finishing in 22:46.1, followed by senior Madeleine Tattory in 49th, finishing the 6k event in 23:06.6. Senior Erin Holzbaur was up next for the College,
claiming 72nd in 23:27.6, followed by freshmen Kelsey Kobus in 94th, with her time of 23:48.3 and Emily Prendergast in 98th in 23:52.8. Junior Hannah Fay led the next surge of Lions with her time of 24:18.6, good for 121st. Junior Ryann Reagan was not far behind in 150th, crossing the finish line in 24:41.1. Sophomore Zoe Paxos’s time of 24:44.4 was good for 158th, followed by sophomore Casey Hopkins at her time of 24:59.6. Rounding out the day for the Lions were sophomore Jill Neggia, senior Olivia Shenkman and freshman Grace Cocanower coming in 191st, 195th and 208th places. The men’s team saw a significant drop off in performances from the NJIT Highlander Challenge. After claiming fourth place just one week prior, the squad members found themselves in 16th place at the Connecticut College Invitational out of 27.
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First to cross for the College was freshman William Mayhew, completing the race in 26:05.02. Sophomore teammate Pelle Nogueira followed in 68th with his time of 26:09.2. Senior Quinn Wasko claimed the third-best time for the Lions, finishing the 8k in 25:15.4, which was good for 78th. In a distant 110th was senior finishing in 26:33.7, followed by sophomore Matt Kole in 26:40.2, claiming 117th. Sophomore Alex Carideo and junior Chris Coombs trailed in 141st and 154th with their respective times of 26:51.6 and 27:01.4 while sophomore Noah Preihs and freshman Pat Mulligan earned times of 27:21.0 and 27:34.7, good for 196th and 223rd. After a bye, the College will participate in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship held at Rowan University on Saturday, Oct. 27 in Glassboro, New Jersey.
Lions hopes to end season on strong note By Alexandra Parado Sports Editor The men’s soccer team holds an overall record of 9-6-2 as a result of a tie against Stockton University, two wins over New Jersey City University and Brooklyn College and defeats by Stevens Institute of Technology and Montclair State University. On Oct. 10, the Lions faced New Jersey Athletic Conference opponent Stockton at home. The Lions had a few opportunities to score, but both shots on goal attempted by sophomore midfielder Ryan Vazquez and sophomore defender Sebastian Leon were denied by Stockton’s goalkeeper. The team was outshot by Stockton by 15, with four shots on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Daniel Mecadon protected the goal and denied all four shots that came his way. The defense unit was comprised of junior defender Matt Decker, freshman defender Dante Bettino, senior midfielder Jeorge Jauk and junior midfielder Michael Maltese. The game was forced to settle for a 0-0 draw. On Oct. 13, the Lions hosted another NJAC opponent, NJCU, in the College’s Soccer Complex. The team had plenty of
shooting opportunities during the first half of this match and ultimately outshot NJCU by a 30-9 differential. With just 15 minutes remaining, Maltese netted his first game of the year off of an assist by freshman midfielder Ryan Santos. Minutes later, Maltese sent in a corner kick that was headed into the goal by Jauk, resulting in the final score of 2-0. Mecadon stopped four shots on goal out of NJCU’s nine attempted shots, recording another shutout game for the Lions. One shutout game was not enough for the team, as it succeeded in its sixth shutout victory against Brooklyn College on Oct. 15 in Brooklyn, New York. Senior midfielder Nick Sample scored off an assist by Leon to quickly give the team a lead. Just a few minutes later, freshman defender Dante Bettino scored his first collegiate goal with help from Sample. The team closed the first half of the game with a lead of 4-0 after goals made by sophomore midfielder Kevin Esteves and sophomore defender Dylan Teixeira, the latter being Teizeira’s first goal of his career. In the second half, Teixeira and Bettino each scored another goal while sophomore forward
Abdullah Afridi, sophomore midfielder Kevin Ordonez and freshman midfielder John Taylor each added a point each to advance the Lions. Freshman goalkeeper Nolan Cloney saved the only two shots he faced on goal to earn the team’s shutout victory. The Lions broke their winningstreak on Oct. 17 against Stevens. Stevens captured an early lead against the Lions, scoring two minutes into the game. The team could not seem to make its shots in the goal the entire first half of the game. The first half closed with a 2-0 advantage by Stevens. In the 63rd minute, Bettino received the ball from Maltese and smoothly kicked it in the goal, scoring the Lions’ first point. The team could not break the lead, as Stevens shot its third goal to end the game with a final score of 3-1. On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Lions journeyed to Montclair, New Jersey and fell 3-4 against Montclair State. First to put itself on the board was Montclair State after scoring on a penalty kick. Tying it up, Sample responded with a goal a little more than two minutes later. The team went back and forth as Montclair State scored
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Bettino scores his first collegiate goal.
again, and Vazquez again for the Lions. With both sides netting two goals by the end of the first half, the second half of the game was full of intensity. Vazquez scored again off an assist by Maltese, but Montclair State quickly got rid of the Lions’ lead. Scoring twice, Montclair State gained a lead that it
did not give up. The game ended with a score of 4-3. Montclair State outshot the Lions 28-13, while Mecadon reached his career high of 11 saves this game. The Lions face NJAC opponent Rowan University on Oct. 24 in Lions Stadium for the team’s senior night and final game of the season.
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