College Corner by Mike Stancik
(Oct. 4, 2013) – Even though Freedom High School graduate Sam Scolarici (2011) was injured for her entire senior prep season, Hofstra soccer still saw enough potential from Scolarici to offer her a full scholarship. The forward sure has proved she earned that spot as she’s turned into a star for the Pride.
After notching one goal in a 2-1 win over UNC-Wilmington on Sept. 27, the junior recorded her first collegiate hat trick in a 3-2 overtime victory over the College of Charleston on Sept. 29. With the four-goal burst, Scolarici was awarded the Big Apple Soccer’s women’s college Player of the Week and was also named the Sports Madness CAA Player of the Week.
Hofstra (8-3-0) has won seven matches in a row partially thanks to Scolarici, who is leading the CAA with 13 goals and 28 points. Perhaps even more impressive is the former Eagle has scored on 13 of her 21 shots this season. (61.9%)
Other tidbits from the last week in college sports:
After being named the CAA Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Week two weeks ago, Stone Bridge graduate Ashley Herndon (2013) has continued her tremendous start for JMU women’s soccer. She registered two more assists in a 2-1 win over George Mason on Sept. 25 to help guide the Dukes to a 5-game winning streak. Unfortunately, James Madison lost to William and Mary 2-1 on Sept. 29 to end the streak. Herndon has 3 goals and 3 assists on the season, both tied for 2nd on the team.
A week after notching his first interception of the season, Briar Woods graduate Alex Carter (2012) led the Stanford Cardinal with 8 tackles in a 55-17 win over Washington State. The Cardinal are currently ranked 5th in the country heading into a matchup with the 15th ranked Washington Huskies.
Loudoun County graduate Olivia Mackey (2010) helped the Elon women’s soccer team to a 1-0-1 record last week. She had one assist in a 3-1 win over Western Carolina on Sept. 26, and added two more in a 3-3 tie against Appalachian State on Sept. 29. The midfielder now has 4 assists on the season for the 6-1-3 Phoenix.
In his redshirt sophomore year, Potomac Falls graduate Isaac Owusu (2011) has seized a starting defender spot for the VCU soccer team. Although the Rams (3-4-1) have lost three matches in a row, Owusu registered his first collegiate point with an assist in a 2-1 loss to Virginia on Oct. 1.
In Coastal Carolina football’s 53-28 victory over Elon, Stone Bridge graduate Calvin Hollenhorst (2011) recorded his 2nd career sack that resulted in a loss of 7 yards. The defensive end has 11 tackles on the season for the 5-0 Chanticleers.