By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(Feb. 13, 2014) – Broad Run High School graduate Maddy Scozzie (2012) is making her name known in the world of NCAA Division III gymnastics. On Feb. 8, Scozzie, a sophomore at SUNY Cortland, finished second in the all-around event – with a career high 37.825 – in a meet at the University of Pennsylvania featuring DI Pennsylvania, DI Temple, D3 Brockport and D3 Cortland.
Scozzie has helped the Red Dragons to a win in a dual meet and a second place finish in tri-meet after the gymnastics season kicked off this January.
Excelling at the all-around event early this season, Scozzie currently holds the 7th highest all-around average in the country in Division III with a 37.019. She leads all Division III women’s gymnasts on the balance beam with an average score of 9.440 including a high on the balance beam of 9.550. Scozzie also cracks the top 25 in the women’s uneven bars with a high score of 9.550 and an average score of 9.065.
Other notes from this past weeks in college sports:
- About 30 miles north of SUNY Cortland, three Loudoun County natives helped lead the No. 2 Syracuse men’s lacrosse team to a win over Siena, 19-7, on Feb. 10 in the Orange’s season opener. Stone Bridge High School graduate Derek Maltz (2010) scored within the first four minutes of the game. Maltz was also named an Orange Scholar-Athlete of the Week for his success on the field and in the classroom. His younger brother Dylan Maltz (2013) added a goal and an assist for the Orange. Loudoun Valley High School graduate Chris Daddio (2010) led Syracuse in the faceoff circle winning 10 of 17 at the X.
- While the older Maltz co-captains the Syracuse lacrosse team, Briar Woods High School graduate Priscilla Smith (2010) was recently named the defensive captain of the Mary Washington women’s lacrosse team.
- Shepherd University’s football team had Park View High School graduate Robert Hayes (2010) as their captain this past season. The senior just earned recognition as the Mountain East Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the first team defensive line on the Capital One Academic All-America Division II Football Team. Hayes led a D2 Rams defense which led the nation in rush defense and was second in total defense adding 11 sacks himself.
- Stone Bridge High School graduate Murielle Tiernan (2013) picked up some more awards being named to the All-Freshmen Second Team by Soccer America. Tiernan scored 11 goals for Virginia Tech in 2013, the second-most by any Hokie freshmen all time.
- Another Stone Bridge High School class of 2013 graduate Sydney Broderick is proving herself on the softball diamond at the Division I level as the Brigham Young University softball squad is getting off to a sub-.500 start at 2-3. Broderick, however, was red hot during a doubleheader on Feb. 7 where she had two hits and drove in four runs as the Cougars split the doubleheader defeating East Carolina but falling to Nevada. Broderick – who played centerfield for the Bulldogs during their VHSL AAA state championship run in 2013 – has started all five games of her collegiate career at catcher for BYU.
- Penn State sophomore and Briar Woods High School graduate Macy Jones (2012) has helped lead the Division I Nittany Lions’ softball team to an above .500 start at 3-2. On Feb. 9, Jones went 3-for-3 scoring two runs and driving in another two as Penn State went on to beat the Seattle Redhawks, 6-1. Jones has started all five games of her sophomore season batting .375 with four RBI.
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!