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College Corner by Dan Sousa
(Sept. 18, 2013) – Stone Bride High School grad Mariah Brantley has been named Patriot League Women’s Volleyball Rookie of the Week as announced on Monday. The Lehigh freshman libero made her first career starts
this weekend as she filled in for senior two-time Patriot League Libero of the Year Rachel Charles who was sidelined due to injury.
Brantley recorded 75 digs in four matches this weekend, all part of the Crosstown Invitational. She averaged 4.69 digs per set, which ranks among the leaders of the Patriot League. The Ashburn, Va. native’s 26 digs against Morgan State was the team’s season high.
College Corner Quick Takes
- Syracuse starting wide receiver Adrian Fleming (Broad Run High School) will miss the rest of the season with a lower-body injury, according to a release from the SU athletic department. The injury will require surgery. Fleming caught the first two passes of his Syracuse career in the season opener. The senior missed all but five games last year due to a high ankle sprain and he has also had problems with groin and hamstring injuries during his college career.
- The UConn women’s volleyball team is on the right side of .500 for the first time this year, improving to 5-4 after sweeping St. John’s over the weekend thanks to help of some big serving by Amy Christensen (Stone Bridge High School). The junior defensive specialist has played in 20 sets this season with four service aces and 14 digs.
- Boston College was beaten by Southern California in football Saturday, 35-7, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and safety Spenser Rositano (Stone Bridge High School) was the team’s leading tackler in the loss with 11 stops. Rositano third on the team in tackles through three games with 15 unassisted and 9 assists for 24 total. He also has a sack and fumble recovery on the young season.
- Speaking of sacks, Wake Forest defensive lineman Zach Thompson (Stone Bridge High School) has two in three games and four tackles for losses for the Demon Deacons. Thompson has nine unassisted tackles and four assists for 13 total tackles.
- Virginia Tech walkon redshirt sophomore Josh Trimble (Bishop O’Connell) is part of a Hokies linebacker corps drawing praise and a big reasons opponents are gaining just 3.2 yards per play.
- James Madison football is off to a 2-1 start and the Dukes roster features 5 players from Loudoun including redshirt senior free safety Daniel Allen (Stone Bridge High School), redshirt junior defensive end Brandon Lee (Park View High School), redshirt freshman defensive tackle Justin Baker (Briar Woods High School), freshman wide receiver Brad Szoka (Loudoun County High School) and freshman long snapper Brett Siegel (Fork Union/Loudoun County High School). Lee has made all three starts with four solo tackles and five assists including two sacks.
- Syracuse men’s lacrosse 2013-14 signing class has been ranked No. 2 in the nation by Inside Lacrosse and it features two players from Loudoun including Dylan Maltz (Stone Bridge High School) and Jimmy Wyrick (St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School). The freshman will join two more Loudoun players on the 2014 roster, Chris Daddio (Loudoun Valley High School) and Derek Maltz (Stone Bridge High School). Syracuse loss to Duke in the NCAA finals, 16-10, in May.
- The University of Virginia football roster features redshirt freshman center Jackson Matteo (Broad Run High School) and sophomore tight end Rob Burns (Stone Bridge High School). Both players saw action against No. 2 ranked Oregon on Sept. 7.Dere
- The University of Mary Washington men’s soccer team shut out Randolph-Macon, 4-0, on Sept. 5 with freshman keeper Ian Waltz (Potomac Falls High School) combining for the clean sheet.
- Brothers Victor Rizzardi (Briar Woods High School) and Joe Rizzardi (Briar Woods High School) are both playing key roles on defense for the United States Coast Guard Academy football team. Sophomore strong safety Joe finished with 14 tackles in his first career start against St. Lawrence, earning a spot on the defensive honor roll for the New England Conference and Victor, a junior linebacker, had five tackles in the game.
- Longwood graduate keeper Shelby Hall (Loudoun Valley High School) has started all seven games this season, making 29 saves and allowing just 1.94 goals per game. The Lancers are 1-4-2 thus far. Other local players on the Longwood roster include sophomore defender Alana Mackey (Loudoun County High School), sophomore defender Katie Beebe (Woodgrove High School), and 5th year defender Chelsea Walter (Freedom High School).
- Penn State women’s soccer is ranked in the top 20 with two starting defenders from Loudoun – junior Whitney Church (Broad Run High School) and freshman Brittany Basinger (Woodgrove High School).