Three former Wyoming Valley Conference standouts will wrap up their college field hockey careers when they compete in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I senior all-star game Saturday, Nov. 22, at the University of Louisville.
Named to the lineup are Duke’s Laura Suchoski (Wyoming Seminary), James Madison’s Melissa Stefanik (Wyoming Valley West) and Bucknell’s Amanda Faust (Wyoming Valley West).
Suchoski, a three-time All-American selection coming into the season, has started all 82 games in her career and has 13 goals and 27 assists for 53 career points. This season she has two goals and seven assists for the No. 4 ranked Blue Devils (14-3). Suchoski was a second team All-American as a freshman and a first-team choice as a sophomore and junior.
Stefanik currently has 36 goals and 21 assists for 93 points for her career including 10 goals and eight assists for 28 points this season for the Dukes, who are ranked seventh with a 15-2 overall mark and a 7-0 record in the Collegiate Athletic Association. She has eight game-winners including three this season.
Faust has nine goals and 10 assists this season for the 10-6 Bison. On her career, she has 27 goals, a school-record 34 assists and is third all-time in points scored with 88. She has started 68 games.
CECCONI STARTING – Sophomore Matt Cecconi (Wyoming Valley West) is starting at right back for the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team. The Mules are currently 11-4-1 overall and 4-2-1 and in first place in the Centennial Conference. Cecconi has a goal and two assists to go along with his solid defensive play.
“Matt has been one of our more consistent players this season,” coach Sean Topping said. “He is very athletic and uses that attribute to get up and down the field helping us attack out of the back and put tremendous pressure on the other team.”
Topping is looking forward to having Cecconi in the lineup the next two seasons.
“We look for Matt to become one of our leaders,” the coach said.
The Mules wrap up their regular season hosting Swarthmore Wednesday and traveling to Ursinus Saturday.
WILLIAMS COMES UP BIG – Freshman Kiley Williams has just two goals for the Francis Marion College women’s soccer team this season, but she made both of them count.
Williams (Dallas) scored with 15 seconds left in overtime to give the Patriots a 2-1 victory over Longwood last Wednesday. Earlier in the season, she had the first goal in a 2-1 triumph over Liberty.
“Kiley has been working very hard at adjusting to Division I college play,” coach Marty Beall said. “She has a great first touch and her speed of play is steadily improving.”
The Patriots are young (just two seniors on the squad) and are just 3-12-1 playing against solid opponents including seven teams that competed in last year’s NCAA Tournament. But Beall feels the team is on the rise and Williams is counted on down the road.
“We are looking for Kiley to be a major part of our attack throughout her career,” the coach said. “She blistered her goal against Liberty and we expect more from where that came from.”
PACCHIONI DOING THE JOB – David Pacchioni (Wyoming Area) is one of the top tacklers on the East Stroudsburg football team.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound red-shirt senior has 50 tackles (27 unassisted) with 3 ½ sacks. He has also been credited with a safety in a 42-23 loss to Bloomsburg.
“Dave is an outstanding player who is a great student of the game,” coach Denny Douds said. “He has outstanding leadership ability and he provides this every day. His play has been on a high level in every game and he’s a super team player.”
Red-shirt sophomore Brent Jones (Meyers) is also on the squad, which is 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. He’s a 6-foot, 255-pound fullback.
“Brent has seen some playing time,” Douds said. “He’s a smart player who is just starting to use his ability. He has a great future in the Warrior football program.”
East Stroudsburg closes its regular season at Millersville Saturday.
SGARLAT BIDING TIME – Sophomore Aime Sgarlat (Lake Lehman) is playing behind a pair of All-Americans but she still has played in all 19 games for the Bloomsburg field hockey team.
Sgarlat, a forward, has picked up an assist for the Huskies, who are 18-1 overall and 9-0 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
“Coming out of Lake-Lehman, we knew Aime would have great fundamentals and a solid knowledge of team strategy,” coach Janet Hutchinson said. “She has seen significant time for us. She’s a tough competitor and we are really pleased she’s with us at Bloomsburg.”
One of those All-Americans is senior Samantha Kropa of Tunkhannock (Lackawanna Trail). She is second on the team in scoring with 50 points (20 goals and 10 assists).
“Samantha has had an outstanding career here,” Hutchinson said. “She’s a tenacious player.”
Kropa has helped the Huskies capture two NCAA titles and a runner-up finish in her first three seasons at Bloomsburg.
AMENDOLA WITH CRUSADERS – Sophomore Julia Amendola (Bishop Hoban) is a key performer with the Susquehanna field hockey team, which is 8-8 overall and tied with Catholic University at the top of the Landmark Conference standings. Each team is 5-0 and they meet Saturday in a Senior Day game in Selinsgrove.
Amendola has started all 16 games for the Crusaders and has chipped in with two goals and four assists for eight points.
“Julie is a scoring threat out of our backfield,” coach Amy Cohen said. “It is not unusual for her to carry the ball the complete length of the field and get a shot off. Her strength, power, stick skills and determination make her the wonderful player that she is.”
Cohen sees even bigger things from Amendola down the road.
“I expect greatness from Julia and she constantly brings that to the table each and every game,” the coach said. “I would expect her to be the leader of this team for years to come.”
OSTRUM LEADS THE WAY – The Misericordia University women’s cross country team has five former Wyoming Valley Conference stars on its roster and leading the group is junior Ali Ostrum (Meyers).
Ostrum is always the first finisher for the Cougars. She was the team’s MVP her first two seasons and is heading for three straight this season.
“Ali is a great athlete to have on the team,” coach Christopher Wadas said. “She is a very hard worker and is becoming a student of the sport. She’s in great shape.”
Finishing second for the Cougars in every meet this fall is senior Megan Dreabit (Wyoming Valley West).
“Megan is a very talented runner and this year she’s showing it,” Wadas said. “She had a minor setback (knee) in the beginning of the season, but now she’s working better than ever.”
Also on the squad are senior Lesley Warren (Wyoming Valley West), junior Kayla Weaver (Bishop Hafey) and sophomore Amanda Radishofski (Hazleton Area).
“Lesley had some issues with her shins but I feel she will end her career on a high note,” Wadas said. “Kayla is in her second year of cross country and making huge strides. Amanda is very reliable and a very hard worker.”
The Cougars are gearing up for the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships Saturday in Lancaster.
COLLINI SEES DOUBLE – Senior Lauren Collini (Dallas) has nine goals for the Drew University field hockey team this season and the midfielder has scored two goals on three different occasions.
Collini had a pair of scores in last week’s 3-1 non-league victory over Vassar. Earlier in the season, she had two goals in a 4-0 victory over Goucher and two goals in a 4-0 triumph over Neumann.
And, she’s not just a scorer for the 8-9 Rangers.
“Lauren has played every position on the field,” coach Felicia Cappabianca said. “Depending on our personnel, I have changed her role and she has always stepped up to the challenge.”
Collini is also a standout pitcher on the Drew softball team and holds the single season and career strikeout records at the college.
“She’s a talented athlete who is playing at the peak of her game right now,” Cappabianca said. “She is a good leader and has been instrumental to our team’s success this season.”
The Rangers are 2-3 in the Landmark Conference and are battling two other teams for the final two spots in next week’s league championship.
SIRACUSE SOLID – Sophomore Ellen Siracuse (Wyoming Valley West) has played in 14 games and started 12 for the Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham field hockey team.
Siracuse, a midfielder, had a goal in a 4-0 victory over DeSales and an assist in a 3-2 loss to Eastern. Last year as a freshman, she played in all 21 games with 20 starts and had three goals and an assist.
“Ellen has been an impact player here since her freshman season,” coach Ann Petracco said. “She has excellent skills and even better, an understanding of the game. She is very talented and I hope she’ll continue to improve as she enters her junior and senior seasons.”
The Devils are 7-9 overall and 2-4 in the Freedom Conference with three games remaining.