Sports Wrap - February 25, 2010

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Release: February 25, 2010
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Bronc Sports Wrap

February 25, 2010

Upcoming events in varsity athletics


M. Basketball (15-14, 8-8 MAAC)          
W 70-62  *NIAGARA     
W  72-66 *at Saint Peter's MAAC TV
L   89-92 (ot) at Hofstra              
Fri.  26  *SIENA ESPNU TV        7pm
Sun. 28 *CANISIUS                    2pm
Sat. 6  at MAAC Quarterfinals     tba
Sun.  7  at MAAC Semifinals      tba
Mon.  8  at MAAC Title Game     7pm

M. Basketball
Despite a career-high 38 point, six assist, six rebound performance by senior Ryan Thompson (Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape), the Broncs lost an ESPN BracketBuster game in overtime at Hofstra Saturday afternoon. Hofstra junior guard Charles Jenkins, the MET Player of the Year last season, compiled 31 points, including six in overtime.  With the score tied at 77-77, Hofstra out-scored Rider 8-2 to take an 85-79 lead. Rider junior Justin Robinson (London, England/Blair Academy) made a three-point field goal to cut the lead to 87-84 and scored to cut the lead to 88-86 with 16 seconds left, but that was as close as the Broncs could get.  Robinson finished with 12 points, six rebounds and five assists. Rider trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half. Rider sophomore Novar Gadson (Philadelphia, Pa./John Bartram) scored a lay-up with 10 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 75-75, sending the game into overtime. Gadson finished with 16 points in 29 minutes of action off the bench, making six of nine field goal attempts. Trailing 61-52, Rider went on a 17-7 run, seven points by Thompson, to take a 69-68 lead with 2:45 left to play, Rider's first lead since 17-15. Thompson, who has compiled 178 points in his last seven games, made two foul shots with :57 left to cut the lead to 75-73.

W. Basketball (4-23, 2-14 MAAC)
L  39-84 *at Marist                    
L  65-68 *LOYOLA        
W  74-53 *SAINT PETER'S        
L  60-69 *at Fairfield      
Fri.  26  *SIENA ESPNU TV        4:30
Sun.  28  *at Iona                       2pm
Thur.  4  at MAAC Tournament    12 noon
Fri.  5  at MAAC Quarterfinals     9:30 am
Sat.  6  at MAAC Semifinals       9:30 am
Sun.  7  at MAAC Title Game      12 noon

W. Basketball
At Fairfield freshman Caitlin Bopp (Baltimore, Md./Inst. Of Notre Dame) recorded her 10th career 'double-double' with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Bopp also had four blocks in 28 minutes of action. Rider out- scored Fairfield 24-8, seven points by junior Cintella Spotwood (Trenton/Trenton Central)  to get within four (60-56) with three minutes left. Spotwood finished with 11 points in 30 minutes. Two free throws by Bopp got the Broncs within four again (62-58) with 1:34 left before Fairfield hit seven free throws down the stretch for the final score. Fairfield went to the line 28 times, making 20 with Rider going six for 11 at the charity stripe.  The Broncs were 19 for 19 from the line against Saint Peter's Friday night. Freshman Carleigh Brown (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy) finished with nine points, five rebounds, two assists and a block. In win over Saint Peter's Spotwood  had 20 points and seven rebounds with senior Amanda Sepulveda (Perth Amboy/Hun) adding 19 points and five assists.

Wrestling (15-6, 6-1 CAA)
W  25-19 CLARION
W 27-9  *at Drexel        
W 21-16 *HOFSTRA                 
W  32-10 *at Boston
W  47-0 American Int.
W  47-6 *at Sacred Heart           
Thur-Sat 18-20 at NCAA Championships

Against the BU Terriers Rider won five of the eight contested bouts, against American International won all eight duals and against Sacred Heart won seven of eight bouts. Sophomore 133 Jimmy Kirchner (Somerville) won three times by major decision. Junior 165 Rob Morrison (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cedar Cliff) won by fall against BU and Sacred Heart and posted a 5-1 decision against American International, senior 285 Ed Bordas (Montgomery, N.Y./Valley Central) won by decision against the Terriers, by major decision over American International and by decision against the Pioneers. Against BU, freshman 157 Zac Cibula (Luxemburg, Wis./Luxemburg Casco) won a major decision with sophomore 197 Tyler Smith (Philipsburg/Belvidere) winning 5-1. Against Sacred Heart, junior 141 Matt Bradley (Jackson/Jackson Memorial), freshman 174 Jim Resnick (Media, Pa./Penncrest) and senior 184 Mike Ward (Mayfield, Ohio/Mayfield Village) all won by fall.

M. Swimming & Diving (3-5)
at USA Winter Nationals Diving
2nd  at MAAC Championships
Fri-Sun. 26-28 at ECAC Championships

W. Swimming & Diving (7-2)
4th of 6 at Rutgers' Conference Carnival
at USA Winter Nationals Diving
2nd  at MAAC Championships
Fri-Sun. 26-28 at ECAC Championships

Swimming & Diving
At the MAAC Championships senior divers Paul Apostolakis (Brooklyn, N.Y./Fort Hamilton) and Amanda Burke (Southampton, Pa./William Tennent) were named the Divers of the Meet.  Burke won the one-meter dive with a MAAC record score (319.10) and also won the three-meter. (356.90) Apostolakis  won the one-meter dive (314.55) and placed third in the three-meter dive (314.15). For the women senior Kellyanne Tomasula (Sussex/Vernon Township) won the 200 back (2:00.62) and the 100 back (56.64) and was second in the 200 IM (2:05.75). The women's 400 free relay of freshman Addie Oswald (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley), junior Brianna Burns (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y./Spring Valley), junior Alicia Fimple (Drexel Hill, Pa./Upper Darby) and Tomasula won with a time of 3:27.67. Oswald also placed second in the 200 back (2:02.38). The women's 400 medley relay of Tomasula, Fimple, freshman Kelly O'Connor (Beverly, Mass./Beverly) and Burns was second with a time of 3:52.92. For the men, junior Ryan Nelthropp (Christiansted, V.I./St. Croix Country Day) won the 200 fly (1:52.19) and placed second in the 400 IM (4:02.75). Freshman Brian Molloy (Toms River/Toms River HS East) placed second in the 1650 free (16:00.44), the 1000 free (9:33.08) and in the 500 free (4:36.67), sophomore Brendan Cavallaro (Middleboro, Mass./Middleboro) was second in both the one-meter dive (291.10) and was the three-meter dive (317.10) and freshman Johnny Funk (Las Vegas, Nev./Southeast Career & Tech. Acad.) placed second in the 200 back (1:51.68). The men's 400 free relay of senior Scott Player (Chino Hills, Calif./Ruben S. Ayala), Funk, Molloy and senior Brian Brady (Turnersville/Gloucester Catholic) finished second (3:05.90). Nelthropp, Molloy, Funk, and Brady placed second in the men's 800 free relay (6:52.72).

Indoor Track & Field (0-1)
Men W, Women L  TCNJ at Lawrence Prep
Rider/ Lafayette Winter Games at NYC Armory
Men 2nd, W 3rd  at MAAC Championships
Fri.  26  at NYU Fast Track

Track & Field
At MAAC Championships freshman Daequan Kim (Bordentown) won the 55m dash (6.46), won the 200m (21.91) and led the 4 x 400 relay to first place in a time of 3:19.81 to be named the Most Outstanding Performer. All three of Kim's times were IC4A qualifiers. Junior Christian Gonzalez (Somerset/Franklin Twp.) won the mile in a Rider-record 4:08.11, breaking the mark set by Rider Hall of Famer Terrance Armstrong '94 of 4:09.11. Freshman David Hightower (Easton, Pa.) won the 55m hurdles (7.66) and placed fifth in the 200m (22.66), junior Michael Soroko (Kinnelin) won the 3,000m (8:19.12) and freshman Jammar Lim (Ewing) won the high jump (6'4.25"). Kim ran on the winning 4 x 400 with Hightower, Lim and Burroughs. Senior Alicia Price (Voorhees/Eastern) won the wt. throw (54'6") and placed second in the shot put (45'2.25"). The 4 x 400 relay team of Counts, freshman Lauren Findley (Hallstead, Pa./Blue Ridge), McMullin and Hunter won in a time of 3:58.77. Freshman Caitlin Vanek (Riegelsville, PA/Wilson) placed second in the triple jump (35'8.75") and fifth in the long jump (16'4.5"). Junior Chelsea Callan (Hazlet/Raritan) placed third in the 3,000m (10:24.49). The Distance Medley Relay team of sophomore Kristen Perrine (Brick), Riley, Clarke and Giovagnoli placed fourth (12:44.61). Also for the Rider men, the Distance Medley Relay team of Wesh, sophomore Mike Bartoli (Millstone/Allentown), South and Gonzalez placed second (10:18.49), junior John Clark (Pennsville) placed second in the wt. throw (57'7.75") and third in the shot put (48'4.75") and freshman Jorge Merino (Old Bridge) placed second in the shot put with a Rider-record 52'1" toss and seventh in the wt. throw (44'3.5").

Softball (0-4)
L  0-11 at Elon
L  0-8 Georgetown         
L  1-5 at Elon
L  0-9 Georgetown
Sat.  27  at Norfolk/Quinnipiac     3pm/5pm
Sun.  28  Quinnipiac/FDU at Norfolk 9am/11am

At Elon senior Candice Harris (Henderson, Nev./Coronado) had an RBI single to cut the Elon lead to 3-1. Senior Ally Melia (Toms River/Toms River North) walked and stole second, was sacrificed to third and scored. Junior Brittany Eckett (Jackson/Jackson Memorial) and freshman Alyssa Paul (Toms River/toms River East) also collected hits against Elon. Sophomore pitcher Rachael Matreale (Williamstown) struck out six Elon batters. Senior Derrin Minunni (Cohoes, N.Y./Shaker) collected Rider's only hit against Georgetown. Harris, Paul and freshman Sam Pugh (Elkton, Md./Elkton) recording hits on Saturday.

Baseball (0-0)
Sat.  27  at Maryland East Shore            (dh)       12 noon
Sun.  28  at Maryland East Shore            (dh)      12 noon
Fri-Sun 5-7  at Appalachian State

W. Tennis (0-0)
Sat.  27  at Navy                                    11am

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