The College Report: Late Surge by Kaitlyn Cresencia Sparks Connecticut College Hoops Win

Credits: John Narewski

Kaitlyn Cresencia (New Providence, Soph.) provided the Connecticut College women's basketball team with an offensive spark off the bench in Wednesday’s 61-58 overtime win over Colby in Medford, Mass. The New Providence High grad was scoreless at halftime, but finished the game with 11 points, shooting 5-for-6 from the field, including one successful three-point try. She also cradled seven rebounds for the Camels (10-13, 4-6 New England Small College Athletic Conference).

Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, Sr.) paced Middlebury with 18 points as the Panthers eliminated Bates by a 75-64 score at home on Saturday in first-round action of the Nescac tournament. The Villa Walsh alum saw six of her 17 field goal attempts succeed, including two of eight from long range, plus four of eight free throws. She also garnered seven rebounds. Middlebury (14-11) next takes on Williams at Amherst College on Saturday evening.

Abigail Martin (Maplewood, Sr.) scored nine points and registered a game-high four rejections to help Monmouth defeat St. Francis (N.Y.) in West Long Branch on Saturday. The Columbia High product got four of five shots from the field to drop, as well as one of two free throws. The Hawks (12-12, 9-4 Northeast Conference) followed that up with a 69-60 win over LIU at home on Monday. Martin put eight points on the scoreboard, pulled down six boards and blocked three shots.

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Alyssa Polimeni (Berkeley Heights, Fr.) scored a team-high 16 points for Ursinus in a 75-63 loss to Muhlenberg in Allentown, Pa. on Saturday. The Gov. Livingston High grad nailed six of 10 field goal attempts, including three of five trifectas, plus one of three foul shots. She also grabbed four caroms as the Bears fell to 12-13 overall and 9-11 in the Centennial Conference.

Caroline Murphy (Chatham, Jr.) was good for 12 points and seven rebounds as Gettysburg edged McDaniel, 43-41, at home on Saturday. Murphy, a Chatham High alum, clicked on four of 14 shots from the field and all four of her free throws. She also blocked three shots, a game high. Gettysburg finished the regular season 19-6 overall and 16-4 in the Centennial Conference.

Lindsay Atchison (Green Village, Sr.) scored 11 points and hauled down seven rebounds as King’s defeated Wilkes, 67-54, in a Saturday home game. Atchison, a Chatham High grad, hit on four of 13 shots from the field and three of six from the foul line. The Lady Monarchs are 20-5 overall and 12-2 in the Freedom Conference.

Felician’s Ashley Morris (West Orange, Soph.) struck for eight points and six rebounds in a 69-60 road loss to Chestnut Hill on Saturday. Three of her seven shots from the field, including one three-point try, dropped through the hoop, as did one of two free throws. Felician is 7-17 overall and 7-10 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.


Patrick Dougher (Scotch Plains, Soph.) of Lycoming sank a three-pointer with seven seconds left in regulation to tie the score and send Saturday’s game with Hood into overtime. Lycoming then prevailed in two overtimes, 97-95. The guard out of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High later tied the game and scored the winning point on free throws with 37 seconds left in the second overtime. He finished with 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting from three-point range and 2-for-2 from the foul line. Lycoming is 16-9 overall and 9-9 in the Commonwealth Conference.

Andy Charles (West Orange, Jr.) ended the season with a double-double as Centenary lost, 94-69, to Keystone in La Plume, Pa. on Saturday in first-round action of the Colonial States Athletic Conference tournament. The Montclair High alum scored a team-high 22 points, nailing eight of 17 shots from the field and six of seven from the foul line. He also ripped down 17 rebounds and rejected four Keystone shots, both game highs. Centenary finished the season with a 13-13 record.

Russ Thompson (West Orange, Sr.) and Patrick Sabatino (Westfield, Soph.) both hit for double figures as Stevens Tech suffered an 82-73 loss to St. John Fisher in Pittsford, N.Y. on Saturday. Thompson rung up 16 points on 4-for-13 shooting from the floor (3-for-10 from long range) and 5-for-5 at the foul line. Sabatino contributed 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field (1-for-2 from outside the three-point perimeter) and 4-for-5 from the foul line. Stevens (21-4, 11-3 Empire 8) hosts the Empire 8 tournament beginning Friday with a first-round game against Utica College. The winner gets the survivor of Ithaca and St. John Fisher on Saturday.

Ithaca (17-8, 10-4 Empire 8) closed out the regular season at home on Saturday with a 76-69 win over Nazareth. Jordan Healey (Summit, Sr.) came off the bench to provide four assists for the Bombers, as well as a game-high three steals and four points on 2-for-4 shooting from the field.

Both Middlebury and Amherst advanced through the first round of the Nescac playoffs on Saturday. Middlebury took out Wesleyan, 61-49, at home, as Joey Kizel (Short Hills, Jr.) led the scoring brigade with 20 points. Seven of his 11 field goal attempts went down, including three of five from three-point range, and three of four from the foul line. Middlebury (22-2) has a date with Williams at Amherst on Saturday.

Amherst takes on Tufts in the other Nescac semifinal tilt after having knocked out Colby, 83-52, at home. Tom Killian (Summit, Jr.) chipped in five points for the Lord Jeffs (23-2) and grabbed four rebounds.

Columbia’s Alex Rosenberg (Short Hills, Soph.) tossed in 13 points in a 58-55 loss to Brown in Providence, R.I. on Friday. The Millburn High grad hit three of his nine field goal attempts, including one of five from long range, plus six of eight free throws. He also had three assists and a team-high six rebounds for the Lions (10-12, 2-6 Ivy League).


Taryn McLaughlin (Chatham, Fr.) of Binghamton got second place in the ‘B’ final of the women’s 200-yard freestyle at the America East Championships in Orono, Maine. She touched the wall in 1:54.17 in a race won in 1:53.57.

Brennan Haley (Westfield, Fr.) of Washington & Lee finished second in the ‘B” final of the men’s 200-yard backstroke at the Bluegrass Mountain Championships in Charlotte, N.C. His time was 1:53.13 in a race won in 1:52.82. Haley also got fifth place in the ‘B’ final of the backstroke at 100 yards, completing the race, which was won in 51.01, in 51.94.

Hannah Benn (Summit, Fr.) of Johns Hopkins finished fifth in the ‘B’ final of the 100 backstroke at the Bluegrass Mountain meet. She needed 59.51 in a race won in 57.21.

The Amherst women's team won the Nescac Championship in Brunswick, Maine over the weekend, helped in part by Catherine Maguire (Westfield, Sr.). She competed in three 'A' finals of the breaststroke at varying distances, her best showing a fourth-place finish at 50 yards. Her time there was 30.06 against a winning 29.82. She got seventh place at both 100 yards (her 1:06.67 against a winning 1:05.15) and 200 yards (her 2:25.91 against a winning 2:18.75).

Jessica Cronin (Westfield, Fr.) of Connecticut College qualified for the 'C' finals in the backstroke at three distances at the Nescac meet. She was a winner at 200 yards (timed in 2:09.05, which was faster than the final five finishers of the 'B' final) and at 50 yards (28.35). She also came in second at 100 yards, clocked in 1:00.40 against a winning 1:00.29. The Camels got fifth place in the team standings.

The Metropolitan Collegiate Championships went off at Rutgers in Piscataway over the weekend, with several area swimmers diving into the pool. Montclair State's Julie Hansen (Berkeley Heights, Fr.) finished fourth in the 'A' final of the 200-yard butterfly (her 2:08.47 against a winning 1:59.50). She also placed seventh in the 'A' final of the butterfly at 100 yards (her 58.80 against the winner's 53.95) and fourth in the 'C' final of the 50-yard freestyle (her 25.39 against a winning 24.66).

Christine Werner (Livingston, Soph.), also of Montclair State, got eighth place in the 'A' final of the 400-yard individual medley (her 4:44.30 to the winner's 4:28.03). She also swam in 'B' finals of both the 100-yard breaststroke, in which she finished third (her 1:08.84 against the winner's 1:06.82), and the 200-yard breaststroke (her 2:29.63 against a winning 2:27.98).

Ramapo's Amanda Wilson (Summit, Soph.) was the sixth-place finisher in the 'C' final of that 200-yard breaststroke. She needed 2:42.63, with the winner in at 2:34.58.

Evan Paulan (Westfield, Sr.) and Matt Morgan (Westfield, Sr.) of The College of New Jersey took fourth and sixth places, respectively, in the 200-yard breaststroke. They were timed in 2:08.68 and 2:10.32, with the winner in at 1:59.41. They also competed in the 'B' final of the breaststroke at 100 yards, with Paulan first to finish. The teletimer caught him in 58.42. Morgan was the fourth-place finisher in 59.46. Paulan also made the 'A' final of the 200-yard individual medley, in which he placed sixth (his 1:53.67 against a winning 1:48.61).


Delaware Valley's Mike Boardman (Madison, Soph.) and Jeff Furbish (Chatham, Jr.) of The College of New Jersey met on Friday in the heavyweight match of the teams' dual meet in Doylestown, Pa. Boardman scored a 12-1 major decision as the Valley prevailed, 22-13, over TCNJ.

Duke's Peter Terrezza (New Providence, Sr.) split a pair of matches in the North Carolina duals in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Sunday. The 125-pounder scored an 8-3 decision over The Citadel's Joaquin Marques, although Duke lost, 19-17. Later, Terrezza lost a major decision, 11-3, to Eric Montoy of Campbell. Duke lost here, 20-19.

North Carolina, meanwhile, defeated both The Citadel, 27-9, and Campbell, 26-19. Christian Barber (Westfield, Fr.) took care of business at 149 pounds for the Tar Heels, scoring victories over Campbell's Brent Jorge, 5-0, and The Citadel's Jordan Dix, 3-0.


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