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Burke leads Louisville women to win over Liberty

Becky Burke is still waiting to make her first college start, but the freshman from Abington Heights is having an increasing impact on the fortunes of the Louisville women’s basketball team as it moves through the NCAA tournament.

Burke led the team in minutes played and was the leading scorer in the first half of the tournament opener which Louisville won over Liberty, 62-42.

Only 3:17 had been played when Burke entered the game with Liberty ahead, 4-1. Louisville wound up outscoring Liberty, 47-30, in the team-high 30 minutes that Burke played and just, 15-12, in the 10 minutes she was out.

Burke helped break the game open with eight points in a 16-2 run to a 29-12 lead. She had eight of Louisville’s first 10 points in the run, starting with a 3-pointer for a 16-10 lead with 8:17 left in the half. She scored the Cardinals’ next basket on a layup and hit another 3-pointer.

Burke added two free throws with 46 seconds left for 10 points in the first half and a 35-17 lead.

The freshman guard wound up with 11 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Louisville advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 62-52 victory over host LSU.

Burke played 27 minutes and scored five points while grabbing three rebounds. She made one of her two shots – both 3-point attempts – and hit both free throws.

“She only scored five points, but she hit a big three-pointer and then she was able to draw a foul with only three seconds left on the shot clock and make both shots,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said during the post-game press conference.

Louisville plays again today in Raleigh, N.C. against Baylor.

DIVISION I BASEBALL

Stephen Arcure set many Scranton Prep school records as both a hitter and a pitcher during a career in which he was a four-time Lackawanna League Division I all-star.

Now, Arcure is off to a strong start in his college career as one of the top run producers as a freshman outfielder on the William & Mary baseball team.

Arcure ranked second on the team in both runs scored (16) and runs batted in (16) heading into a weekend series against George Mason.

Last weekend, Arcure gave William & Mary (6-13) its first Colonial Athletic Association win, driving in the winning run in the bottom of the 15th to end a 9-8 victory over Georgia State. Arcure hit the ball deep enough that it could have gone for extra bases if more than the single was needed to decide the game.

Arcure batted .426 for Scranton Prep last season when he went 8-1 with two saves, 129 strikeouts and a 1.70 earned run average.

COACHING CHANGE

Keystone College will be looking for a new men’s and women’s track and field and cross country coach following the resignation of Matthew vanLierop.

VanLierop will coach at the school for the final time today in the outdoor track season opener at Susquehanna. Rylan Coker has been named interim coach for the remainder of the track season.

He is leaving the school to take a similar position at Mount Olive College in North Carolina. He was in his fifth year coaching each of the Keystone teams.

After his men’s team won its third straight title and his women’s team won its first in 2007, vanLierop was named Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in both men’s and women’s cross country. He was named Colonial States Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in women’s cross country when the Giants took the title in 2008 in their first year in the conference.

MAKING HISTORY

Freshman Sam Webster made his first college victory a special one.

Webster set a Marywood University record for strikeouts in a game with 16 while leading the Pacers to the first baseball win over a ranked opponent in school history, 4-3 over Alvernia.

Marywood improved to 4-9 when it beat Alvernia (13-7).

Webster allowed one earned run in the seven-hitter.

Jeff Williams had the old record with 14 strikeouts in a game against Neumann College April 20, 2001.

Pat Diskin, a senior catcher and captain from Abington Heights, drove in a run in the game. He is the team’s leading hitter with a .548 average.

ODDS AND ENDS

Baptist Bible College defeated winless Keystone College, 7-2, in men’s tennis Tuesday. Ryne Davies, Thomas Davis and Jacob Frantz won in the top three singles spots and in doubles.

University of Scranton sophomore Carl Caceres was named Landmark Conference Player of the Week for the period ending March 22 when he went 4-1 in singles and 4-2 in doubles during a Spring Break trip to Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Megan Kopecki of the University of Scranton was named third-team women’s basketball All-American by D3Hoops.com. The Lady Royals, who reached the national quarterfinals, were ranked 11th in the Web site’s final poll of the season.

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