Sports Wrap - March 1, 2012

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Release: March 01, 2012
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Bronc Sports Wrap 
March 1, 2012
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Swimming & Diving (Men 3-5, Women 2-6)
W m  194-91 W w 178-110  *at Fairfield
L w  74-221 at Rutgers                          
W m 170-228  L 78-216 w  Fordham       
Men 1st ,  Women 2nd  at MAAC Championships
5th  at ECAC Championships
Fri-Sun 9-11  NCAA Zone Diving

Swimming & Diving
At the ECAC Championships freshman Drew Peterson (Boulder City, Nev./Boulder City) placed first in the 200 LCM individual medley with an Olympic Trail qualifying time of 2:06.03 and placed second in the 400 individual medley. Senior Brendan Cavallaro (Middleboro, Mass/Middleboro) won the 3-meter dive and finished fourth in the 1-meter and was named the Diver of the Meet. Sophomore Trevor Hiller (Galloway Twp., NJ/Absegami) won the 1-meter dive, junior Johnny Funk (Las Vegas, Nev./Southeast Academy) won the 200-yard individual medley (1:50.46) and junior Julien Hensen (Delafield, Wis./Kettle Moraine) won the men's 100 breaststroke. For the Rider women junior Addie Oswald (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) won the 200-yard backstroke and junior Kelly O'Connor (Beverly, Mass./Beverly) placed second in the 200-yard butterfly and placed second in the 400 individual medley. At MAACs junior Johnny Funk (Las Vegas) won the 200 back and the 200 IM with a MAAC and pool record time of 1:47.56.  Freshman Brett Pedersen (Sewell/St. Augustine Prep) won the 100 free. Freshman Drew Peterson (Boulder City, Nev) was second in the 400 IM with a Rider record time of 3:55.70. Senior Brendan Cavallaro (Middleboro, Mass./Middlesboro) won the 3-meter dive and was second in the 1-meter. The men's 800 free relay of Peterson, Pedersen, sophomore Sean Newhouse (Katy, Texas/Morton Ranch) and Funk won in a Rider record time of 6:46.17. Junior Addie Oswald (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) won the 200 back and the 200 free. Junior Kelly O'Connor (Beverly, Mass./Beverly) won the 200 fly and the 400 IM.

Indoor Track & Field
W m. 100-67 W w. 92-72  TCNJ Dual
NTS  Rider/Lafayette Games at NYC Armory
Men 2nd , Women 4th at  MAAC Championships
NTS at Armory Challenge
Sat-Sun 3-4 ECAC/IC4A Championships

Track & Field
At the Armory Collegiate Challenge junior Dave Brown (Ewing) finished second in the 500m with an IC4A qualifying time of 1:03.82 and sophomore Joseph Carlin (Staten Island, N.Y./McKee) placed fourth in the 800m with a qualifying time of 1:54.15. For the women junior Mia Riley (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) placed fourth in the 60m (7.82) and fourth in the 200m (24.35). At MAACs junior David Hightower (Easton, Pa./Easton) won the 60m hurdles in a MAAC record time of 8.31.  Sophomore Lauryn Strebeck (Dayton, OH/South Brunswick) won the triple jump. Junior Mia Riley (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) was second in the 60m dash. Junior James Burroughs (West Orange) was second in the 60m hurdles, sophomore Steven Brown (Penns Grove) was second in the triple jump. Junior Greg Wesh (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) placed third in the 800m with an IC4A time of 1:53.12, freshman George Solujich (East Windsor, NJ/Notre Dame) placed third in the shot put with a Rider record and an IC4A qualifying distance of 52'6". The men's distance medley relay of Zayer, freshman Michael Breen (Hazlet, NJ/Raritan), Carlin and Wesh finished second.

Wrestling (10-9, 4-3 CAA)
W  35-6 at Franklin & Marshall               
W 18-15  *at Drexel                   
L  9-26 *HOFSTRA                                
W  24-9  *at Boston U.              
Sat.  3  at CAA Championships
Thur-Sat 15-17 at NCAA Championships

At BU freshman Jimmy Morris (Northport, N.Y./St. Anthony's), upset the top ranked wrestler in the CAA who is ranked 12th in the nation. Sophomore James Brundage (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) won by fall. Sophomore Chuck Zeisloft (Woodbury Heights, N.J./Gateway), senior Jimmy Kirchner (Somerville), freshman Vinny Fava (Elmwood Park, N.J./Elmwood Park), sophomore Ramon Santiago (Sayreville, N.J./Sayreville) and freshman Clint Morrison (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cedar Cliff) also won. Against Hofstra junior Jim Resnick (Media, Pa./Penncrest) won by fall in 1:08.

M. Basketball (13-18, 10-8 MAAC)         
W  74-73 *NIAGARA                 
W  71-66 *at Canisius
L  82-84 *at Niagara
L 62-75  *IONA (ESPN3)
L 60-71  at Albany                                
W  83-79 *LOYOLA (ESPN2)                 
W  65-62 *FAIRFIELD (ESPN3)  
Sat.  3  Fairfield at MAAC Quarterfinals  2:30pm
Sun.  4  at MAAC Semifinals                  2pm
Mon.  5  at MAAC Title Game                 7pm

Men's Basketball
Against Fairfield in regular season finale senior Novar Gadson (Philadelphia, Pa./John Bartram) scored Rider's final eight points and finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. With the score tied 55-55 with 6:12 remaining, Rider out-scored Fairfield 6-3, four points by Gadson, to take a 61-58 lead with 2:18 remaining. Against Loyola Gadson scored 23  points, including a three-point play (lay-up and foul shot) with 33 seconds left to give Rider an 81-79 lead, the 17th and final lead change of the game. Senior Brandon Penn (Philadelphia, Pa./Paul Robeson)  made two foul shots with 8.3 seconds left to seal the victory.  Penn finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, his eighth double-double of the season and earned All-MAAC honors.

W. Basketball (11-18, 3-15 MAAC)        
W 80-76  *IONA
L  42-61 *at Siena                     
L  64-65  *at Saint Peter's                      
L  30-49  *FAIRFIELD (ESPN3)
Thur. 1 Iona  at MAAC Championships    12 noon
Fri. 2  Fairfield MAAC Quarterfinals        9:30 am
Sat.  3  MAAC Semifinals                      9:30 am

Women's Basketball
At Saint Peter's junior Caitlin Bopp (Baltimore, Md./Inst. of Notre Dame) scored a career-high 21 points on eight for 16 shooting. Against Fairfield Bopp compiled 11 points and eight rebounds. Against Iona senior Alyssa Parsons (Ivyland, Pa./Archbishop Wood) scored a career-high 22 points. Rider went on an 11-0 run, five points by junior Carleigh Brown (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy) and four points by sophomore MyNeshia McKenzie (Springfield, Pa.) to take a 77-73 lead. McKenzie had 19 points and nine rebounds.  Brown had a career-high 14 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Emily Fazzini (Wayne, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) had 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. At Siena Fazzini had nine points and  four rebounds.

Baseball (3-1)
L  0-1 (14 innings)  at Norfolk State                    
W  5-3  at Norfolk State            
W  2-1  at Norfolk State            
W  11-3   at Norfolk State
Fri-Sun 2-4 at Appalachian State           
Tue.  6  at Lafayette                               3pm
Fri-Sun. 9-11 at Charleston Southern

At Norfolk State senior Brandon Cotten (Wiconisco, Pa./Williams Valley) collected eight hits, including 2 triples and a double, batting .500 in the series. Junior Ian Lindsay (Oaklyn/Haddon Township) also batted .500 in the series with five hits. Senior Patrick Devlin (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock HS North) allowed three hits while recording four strikeouts to pick up his 14th career win. Junior pitcher Joe Calogero (Cherry Hill/Cherry Hill HS West) picked up his sixth career win and junior Tyler Smith (Westmont/Haddon Township) recorded his 25th career save.

Softball (0-5)
L, L  0-7, 0-12 Drexel
L  1-9 at UNC Greensboro                     
L, L 2-4, 2-9  Utah at UNC Greensboro   
Fri.  2  at George Mason                         3:30pm
Sat.  3  Cornell at Mason                       2:30pm
Sun.  4  Cornell/Akron at Mason             9am/1:30pm
Tue.  6  DREXEL                                   2pm

Freshman Allysen Breeden (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week. The Rider catcher, Breeden batted .308 in her first five collegiate games with four RBI and three doubles. Sophomore Kehli Washington (Lulea, Sweden/New Rochelle) had five hits in the first five games.

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