The College Report: Amherst and Summit’s Killian Enjoy Convincing D3 Hoops Win

Credits: Amherst College

            Amherst won the NCAA Division 3 Men’s Basketball Championship in Atlanta on Sunday, 87-70, over Mary Hardin-Baylor. Tom Killian (Summit, Jr.), a 6-4 forward out of Delbarton, scored six points for the Lord Jeffs, hitting two of the five three-pointers that he launched. He also grabbed six rebounds and pulled off one steal.

            Amherst never trailed in this game, opening up a 10-0 lead in the first two and one-half minutes. Their rivals from Texas got as close as four points early in the second half, but the Lord Jeffs opened up again and led by double digits throughout the last eight minutes of the contest.

            This is Amherst’s second Division 3 title; the 2006-07 class previously captured the crown.

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            A video of game highlights is viewable at this link – The postgame celebration can be viewed on YouTube at this link – . Killian appears wearing Amherst jersey no. 22.


            Notre Dame won three matches late last week, all at home, with Quentin Monaghan (Chatham, Fr.) locking down the opposition at second singles. In Friday’s 6-1 triumph over Southern Methodist, Monaghan prevailed over Pablo Perez-Esnaola, 6-0, 6-2. The 31st-ranked Fighting Irish then took the measure of both South Florida, 6-1, and Butler, 7-0, on Saturday. Monaghan, formerly of Chatham High, defeated South Florida’s I. Gonalez-Muniz, 7-5, 6-2, before making it three wins on the weekend over Butler’s Austin Woldmoe, 6-2, 6-4. For the latter match, Monaghan joined Michael Moore at third doubles for an 8-1 victory over Ruben Geeraert and Tommy Marx.


            Colgate’s Alex Lagowitz (Livingston, Soph.) tied for 52nd place in the Yale Spring Opener at Yale’s course in New Haven, Conn. The Livingston High alum posted scores of 82 and 78 for the 36-hole event, which was played on Saturday. Nobody broke par in this scramble, which was won by Princeton’s Bernie D’Amato, who shot 1-over-par 141.


            John Beaubien (Livingston, Soph.) and Mike Genovese (Livingston, Sr.) drove in two runs apiece as Seton Hall lit up Rutgers, 15-1, in Piscataway on Friday. Beaubien, the Hall’s designated hitter, stroked a double and two singles from four at-bats, while Genovese, the second baseman, singled twice in five at-bats. Rutgers regrouped for a 7-5 victory on Saturday, although Genovese slapped two singles in five at-bats, driving in one run and scoring one. The Hall duo played their high school ball at Livingston High. The Pirates are 15-14, while Rutgers is 14-14.

            Frank Schwindel (Livingston, Jr.) drove in a run with a two-out double in the first inning and later came around to score as St. John’s shut out Connecticut, 3-0, in Storrs, Conn. on Friday. Joey Graziano (Berkeley Heights, Fr.) got the save, his third of the season, after putting the handcuffs on the Huskies over the final two innings. The Gov. Livingston High alum surrendered just one hit and issued a walk, while managing one strikeout.

            UConn bounced back to defeat St. John’s, 9-2, on Saturday. Pat Butler (Chatham, Sr.) pitched two scoreless innings of relief, giving up no hits and striking out two batters. Butler prepped at Chatham High. The Huskies then won Sunday’s rubber game, 5-3, although Schwindel, a Livingston High grad, went deep in the eighth inning with two out and nobody on base for his third home run of the season. The series left UConn at 18-12 for the season, while St. John’s is 13-18. 

            Fairfield’s Mike Wallace (Madison, Fr.) scattered five hits over seven innings, and allowed just one run (earned) as the Stags defeated St. Peter’s, 7-1, in the Nutmeg State. Wallace, a righthander out of Madison High, struck out four Peacocks.

            Matt Larangera (Livingston, Sr.) figured in a 3-2 win for Rutgers-Newark over New Jersey City both at the plate and on the mound. The Livingston High grad played the first 26 outs of the first game of a twin bill in left field, poking a double and a single from four at-bats, and scoring a run. The Scarlet Raiders brought a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning in Saturday’s game in Jersey City, but the Gothic Knights ripped a two-out, RBI double that left runners on second and third. Larangera was brought in to put out the fire, and he promptly struck out the only batter he faced to end the game, and earn his first save of the season. In this game, teammate Steve Tamayo (South Orange, Soph.) stroked a pair of singles from four at-bats, one of which drove in a run. New Jersey City won the nightcap, 8-3, although both Larangera and Tamayo drove in a run. Larangera’s came on a double to left center, while Tamayo earned his the hard way – he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, one of two times in the game that the ball made contact with the Columbia High grad and not his bat. He did manage a single from two at-bats. Rutgers-Newark is 7-17.

            Alex Gouin (West Orange, Jr.) got the win as Hartford outlasted Maryland-Baltimore County, 3-2, in 16 innings in West Hartford, Conn. in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader. Gouin, a righthander who pitched for West Orange High, hurled two scoreless innings for the Hawks (8-19), allowing just one hit and striking out one batter.

            Rensselaer Poly’s Jonny Rio (Maplewood, Sr.) was in offensive mode in a four-game series with Vassar over the weekend. RPI began with a 3-0 win in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, as Rio, a shortstop out of Columbia High, had a double and an RBI single from four at-bats. He scored soon after the two-sacker. RPI then swept Vassar with a 14-7 victory in the nightcap. Rio drove in RPI’s first run on a ground out in a game in which he went hitless in four at-bats, but was waved to first base via a walk and as a hit batsman. He scored twice. The action shifted to Troy on Sunday, with Vassar winning the opener, 6-4. RPI (12-7) salvaged a split with an 11-10 victory in the second game. Rio served notice in the first inning with a two-run homer over the left field wall. He also had a single from four at-bats, and earned another trip to first base when hit by a pitch.

            Northeastern’s John Puttress (New Providence, Sr.) pushed across the winning run on Wednesday with an RBI single as the Huskies downed Massachusetts, 3-1, in Brookline, Mass. Both Puttress and teammate Rob Fonseca (Madison, Soph.) had a single from three at-bats. Puttress also stole a base and nailed one UMass baserunner from his perch behind the plate on an attempted steal. On Saturday, Northeastern defeated visiting Hofstra, 4-1, with Puttress driving in Fonseca on a single. Fonseca lashed two singles in three at-bats, and reached base when hit by a pitch. Puttress entered the game midway as a designated hitter and stroked that single. He later walked in another plate appearance. Northeastern (18-13) sent Hofstra back to Long Island with a 9-1 defeat on Sunday. Fonseca, a Seton Hall Prep grad, went 2-for-4 at the plate, plus a walk, while Puttress, a New Providence High alum, was hitless in four at-bats, although a runner scored from third on a ground out.

            Connor Allen (Madison, Soph.) gave Babson four scoreless innings of relief in Saturday’s 3-0 loss at home to Springfield in the second game of a doubleheader. Allen, a righthander out of Madison High, held Springfield hitless during his stint; he walked one batter and recorded one strikeout. The Beavers are 11-9.

            Montclair State got two innings of scoreless relief out of John Silvestri (Livingston, Jr.) in Saturday’s 14-4 home victory over Rutgers-Camden. The southpaw out of Seton Hall Prep gave up just one hit while striking out two batters. The Red Hawks are 11-8.

            A bases-loaded single up the middle by Rob Anderson (Westfield, Jr.) brought two Franklin & Marshall runners in, but that would be the end of the scoring for the Diplomats in a 6-5 loss to Johns Hopkins in Lancaster, Pa. on Saturday. On Friday, the Diplomats tripped up Gettysburg, 6-1, on the road, with Anderson driving in a run on a sacrifice fly. The Westfield High grad, playing centerfield, also got a single from two at-bats and reached base on a walk. Franklin & Marshall is 12-12. 

            Brown’s Dan Kerr (Westfield, Soph.) drove in two of the Bruins’ four runs on a double in Sunday’s 13-4 loss to Columbia in New York City. Kerr, a Westfield High product, was the designated hitter for Brown (3-19).

            David Webster (South Orange, Soph.) was a bright spot for Williams College in Friday’s 16-7 loss to Wesleyan in Williamstown, Mass. Webster, a graduate of Newark Academy, rapped an RBI double and a single in four at-bats. He also scored two runs. Williams is 9-11.


            Kaitlin Zampino (Millburn, Jr.) didn’t have her best stuff in the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader with York (Pa.) in Lancaster, Pa. The Millburn High grad allowed six runs (four earned) in five and one-thirds innings, but made up for that with the bat. She blasted a three-run home run over the left center wall that gave the Diplomats a 9-8 come-from-behind victory. Zampino took the mound for the second game and settled down somewhat, allowing just three earned runs in six innings as Franklin & Marshall won, 11-3. She allowed six hits, struck out six batters and walked a pair. She also stroked a double and a single from four at-bats. Teammate Patricia Crigler (Chatham, Fr.) made the most of her two at-bats in the second game. She drove in two runs with a double and later swatted a bases-empty home run. She is a Chatham High alum. Franklin & Marshall is 9-15.

            A Saturday doubleheader in Hamilton, N.Y. had mixed results for Bucknell’s Amanda Fazio (Chatham, Fr.). The hurler out of Chatham High pitched the Bison to a 7-0 victory over Colgate in the first game. She allowed three hits in six innings, while walking two batters and striking out five. She came on in the fifth inning on the second game, with the score tied at 2, and held Colgate scoreless until the bottom of the eighth, when the Raiders won the game, 3-2, on a two-out single up the middle that brought in the runner on third base. Fazio was dinged with one earned run in three and two-thirds innings, in which she allowed three hits, struck out four batters and walked three. Bucknell is 9-24.

            Ali Graebner (Millburn, Jr.) singled twice in four at-bats and drove in a run as Williams College edged Wesleyan, 7-6, in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader in Middletown, Conn. Graebner, a centerfielder, came out of Millburn High. The Ephs are 7-14.


            Marist’s Ryan Scrudato (Westfield, Jr.) got second place in the men’s 5,000 meters university division at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va. on Saturday. The Westfield High grad gave it a good try, his 15:20.61 exceeded only by Monmouth’s Dan Collura, who finished in 15:19.36. Villanova’s Brian Basili (South Orange, Jr.) took seventh place in the men’s 3,000 meters steeplechase at the Colonial meet. He got home in 9:20.10, whereas race winner Benji Szalai of High Point needed only 9:09.14. 

The Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton on Saturday attracted a quartet of area collegians. Columbia’s Caroline Williams (Westfield, Jr.) was runner-up in the women’s 5,000 meters. Her 16:36.25 clocking was exceeded only by the 16:24.35 turned in by Leonora Petrina. Williams is a Mount St. Mary grad. Another Columbia runner, Mallory Anderson (Madison, Sr.) took fourth place in the women’s 3,000 meters steeplechase. Anderson, a Madison High alum, needed 10:22.19 to finish a race won by Rolanda Bell in 10:08.37. Dartmouth’s Bridget End (Summit, Jr.) was fifth to finish in the women’s 10,000 meters. Her time was 35:32.36 in a race won in 34:21.08 by Princeton’s Abby Levene. End prepped at Oak Knoll. Brown’s Kat Grimes (Chatham, Jr.) finished 11th in Division 2 of the women’s 1,500 meters. The Chatham High grad ran the distance in 4:45.20, with Princeton’s Melissa Newbery first in 4:31.74.

            Melissa David (Maplewood, Sr.) of California (Pa.) finished fifth in the women’s 1,500 meters at the Slippery Rock Invitational on Friday. The Columbia High grad was along in 5:22.38, with Grove City’s Cayla Clawson having broken the tape in 5:14.04.


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