Landmark Honors Players of the Week
MADISON, N.J. - A week that featured Landmark Championships and the conclusion of the regular season has earned 14 student-athletes Landmark Players of the Week honors. The Landmark Player of the Week selections are made by the Landmark Conference office.
Dave Zubia helped Moravian secure the top seed and hosting rights for the Landmark postseason with a strong week at the plate. The senior reached base 10 times over three games, knocking out five hits and walking five times. He was 5-for-6 with a home run and three runs scored, while driving in two runs and stealing two bases. He produced a batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage line of .833/.909/1.333 over three games.
Joe Sforza of Juniata turned in one of his best pitching performances of the season as the Eagles won their regular-season finale series with Susquehanna. He tossed a complete game over seven innings, allowing no earned runs and just two hits while striking out six. He did not walk a batter, and didn't allow a hit until the final inning.
Drew senior Sean McGowan did a bit of everything as the Rangers closed the regular season with a win over Washington & Jefferson. He scored a team-high four goals while also adding an assist for five points in the victory. He also performed well in face-offs winning 16-22 in the match, while also collecting 14 ground balls.
In the first start of his career Chris Sumpter turned in a strong performance in goal as Scranton clinched a postseason berth with a win over Catholic. He stopped seven shots while surrendering only seven goals in the victory for the Royals, and also picked up four ground balls and notched two caused turnovers in the win. He produced a save percentage of 50-percent in the match.
Emma Ehler led the Susquehanna offense in a pair of wins last week, including a Landmark win over Drew that earned the Crusaders the number-two seed for the conference postseason. The sophomore scored five goals on 14 shots in the win over Drew, while also picking up two ground balls. Earlier in the week she had three goals and an assist in a non-conference win over McDaniel. She had nine points, four ground balls, four draw controls and a caused turnover over two matches.
Catholic midfielder Mary Swarthout produced a pair of stellar all-around games in two wins last week. In the Landmark finale against Scranton she helped the defense limit the Royals to five goals as she had three ground balls, three caused turnovers and five draw controls. She also was a factor offensively with four goals, including the match winner. Earlier in the week she had six draw controls, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers as Catholic limited Rowan to seven goals in an 18-7 win. She added two goals and two assists in that victory.
Kathryn Gilbert led the Susquehanna offense in a 4-0 week that included a sweep of Landmark foe Scranton to earn the Crusaders the top seed for the upcoming Landmark postseason. She hit .583 with a .750 slugging percentage over four games, knocking out seven hits, including a key triple in the final game against the Royals. She scored four runs and drove in three for the week, while adding a stolen base.
Jenna Carmon won both games of a Landmark doubleheader as Moravian secured the number-two seed for the upcoming postseason. She allowed just one hit in a complete-game shutout in game one of the twinbill against Landmark foe Catholic, and then surrendered just two runs in seven innings of the second contest. She struck out eight over 12 innings and produced a 1.17 ERA.
Drew senior Matt Brisotti played a key role in the Rangers claiming a fifth Landmark Championship, and the fourth of Brisotti's career. In the final against Scranton he teamed with Matt Imbo to pull out a tough 9-8 win in second doubles to help Drew build a lead. He then collected a 6-2, 6-1 victory at second singles to help seal the victory. He also earned a doubles win in the semifinals by an 8-5 score at second doubles, and his singles match was left unfinished.
Freshman Megan Azzalina was a perfect 4-0 in singles and doubles action as Scranton claimed its first Landmark Championship. In the final against Susquehanna she and teammate Nicole Mahaffey rallied to a 9-7 win at third doubles, and then she claimed a 6-0, 6-3 win at fifth singles to help the Royals to a 5-0 win. In the semifinal win over Drew, she claimed an 8-3 win at third doubles and produced a three-set 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 win at fifth singles.
Men's Outdoor Track & Field:
Ken Schetroma added to his strong junior track & field season by earning Male Field Athlete of the Year honors for Susquehanna at the Landmark Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The junior placed first in the shot put with a best throw of 14.73-meters and then added a win in the hammer throw with a toss of 46.76-meters. He also contributed a fourth-place finish in the discus with a mark of 38.81-meters, helping Susquehanna place second in the team standings.
Juniata's Ceth Parker won a pair of events and was voted the Male Track Athlete of the Year at the Landmark Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The senior set a new meet record with a winning time of 14:56.19 in the 5,000-meter run. That came one day after he won the 1,500-meter run on the first day of competition, posting a time of 3:57.24 to place first.
Women's Outdoor Track & Field:
Kelly Carioto produced several strong performances at the Landmark Outdoor Track & Field Championships for Catholic. The senior won a pair of throwing events to earn Female Field Athlete of the Year honors at the event. She placed first in the shot put with a toss of 11.88-meters and then added a win in the discus by throwing 37.96-meters. The title was Carioto's second in the shot put at the outdoor meet, and her first in the discus.
Catholic's Camelia Mayfield was voted the Female Track Athlete of the Year for her efforts at the Landmark Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She opened up the track events by setting a new meet record of 38:32.72 to win the 10,000-meters. She followed it up the next day by winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 11:31.15, giving her two wins for the meet.