College Corner by Mike Stancik
(Oct. 24, 2013) – Who says we can’t all be friends?
Loudoun Valley High School grad Shelby Hall (2009) has started all 17 games in net for the Lancers, and she has allowed just 20 goals (1.16 per game) while accumulating 63 saves. Over a seven-game stretch from Sept. 25-Oct. 16, Hall recorded five clean sheets and allowed just three goals.
Loudoun County grad Alana Mackey (2012) has added two goals on the year, including one in a 4-2 victory over High Point on Oct. 9. Also, Freedom graduate Chelsea Walter (2009) has been instrumental in providing defense in front of Hall as well as holding the title of team captain for Longwood. The Lancers have two more matches before beginning the Big South conference tournament, where they currently sit in the third seed.
Other tidbits from the past couple weeks in college sports:
- Speaking of Longwood, Stone Bridge graduate Robert Willis (2013) was named Longwood’s Male Athlete of the Week on Oct. 9 for his cross-country performance. He ran the team’s season best time of 26:42 in the 8K to finish 71st of 372 runners at the Paul Short Invitational on Oct. 5. His impressive pace for the long distance race is the second-fastest at Longwood in the last three years.
- Rugby alert! Heritage graduate Erik Warnquist (2012) has helped lead Dartmouth to a perfect 6-0 record in the Ivy XV league this fall. Head Coach Gavin Hickie called Warnquist “probably our standout player this year” and a “natural-born flanker” thanks to being a consistent playmaker on defense while also adding valuable offensive production. His knack for setting up teammates for powerful runs appears to only improve in his final two years at the New Hampshire school.
- Stone Bridge graduate Jennifer Skogerboe (2010) scored her first goal of the season in the University of Connecticut’s 3-1 victory over Temple on Oct. 11. The senior midfielder has now scored seven times in her UCONN career, and the Huskies are currently standing at a modest 10-7-0 record.
- Former Broad Run Spartan Kacey Kelley (2011) has added another accolade to her fantastic 2013 season as she was named the Big South Attacking Player of the Week on Oct. 21. The Coastal Carolina forward scored three goals and added one assist in two games of play last week, including a two-goal performance in a 4-1 victory over Campbell on Oct. 16. She has an incredible six goals and five assists in the team’s last seven matches.
- Although she’s just in her junior season at Keene State, Loudoun County graduate Sammy Dormio (2011) registered her 1,000th career dig in a Oct. 22 comeback victory against Colby-Sawyer. Keene State is 15-12 this season and Dormio has 245 digs on the season.
- Two former LoCo women’s soccer freshmen have already proven that not only do they belong at the collegiate level, but are already among the best in the nation for their class. Per Top Drawer Soccer, Stone Bridge graduate and current Virginia Tech Hokie Murielle Tiernan is ranked as the 16th best freshman in the country thanks to her seven goals (tied for the team-lead) and four assists. Just nine spots down the list at No. 25 is Woodgrove graduate and current Penn State Nittany Lion Brittany Basinger, who has been a shutdown defender all year long.