The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has released its All America and All Region teams for the recently concluded 2013 season, and several locals have been honored for their stellar play.
Penn State's Maya Hayes (West Orange, Jr.) is a Division 1 first team All America selection for the second year in a row. The forward out of Newark Academy was a vital cog in the Nittany Lions reaching the NCAA finals, where they lost to North Carolina, 4-1. Hayes scored 16 goals (four match winners) this season, with six assists. She was also a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club's Herrmann Trophy, emblematic of the country's top player. Hayes is also a first team member of the All-Great Lakes Region squad.
West Virginia's Kate Schwindel (Livingston, Soph.) found a spot on the Division 1 All-Central Region second team. Schwindel, a forward out of Livingston High, knocked in nine goals for the Mountaineers (11-5-4) and managed a team-high eight assists.
Kutztown's Sam Costello (Westfield, Soph.) earned All-Atlantic Region second team kudos. A Westfield High product, Costello led the Golden Bears in goals (8), match-winning goals (3) and was tied for the team lead in assists (4). Kutztown ran off an 11-6-2 season.
Johns Hopkins forward Hannah Kronick (Westfield, Soph.) is a Division 3 third team All America selection. The Westfield High grad banged in 24 goals in a season that saw the Blue Jays go 18-5-1. Four of those tallies won the match. She also assisted on nine goals. She also made the NSCAA's All-Mid Atlantic first team.
That Mid Atlantic team also featured Wilkes midfielder Katy Fissel (Madison, Sr.) as a second team honoree. Fissel, a Madison High alum, scored seven goals (four match winners) for the Colonels, while managing five assists in a 12-5-5 campaign.
Montclair State's Mark Lubetkin (Livingston, Sr.) gained recognition on the Division 3 All-America first team in the backfield, as well as the All-South Atlantic Region first team. The Livingston High grad led a crack defensive unit that allowed only 21 goals in 23 contests, while racking up nine shutouts. The Red Hawks had a 19-3-1 season.
Colorado College's Matt Fechter (Westfield, Sr.) earned a spot on the Division 3 All-West first team at forward. The Pingry alum scored 16 goals for the Tigers, five of which won the match, and assisted on 15 others. Colorado College issued a 14-5-3 record this season.
Bucknell's Brendan Burgdorf (Westfield, Sr.) completed his career with a season worthy of Division 1 All-Mid-Atlantic Region second team selection. This Pingry grad scored three goals this season and set up five others as the Bison managed a 7-8-5 record.
Austin Little (Maplewood, Soph.) scored a game-high 16 points to lead Oberlin to a 52-51 victory over Denison in Oberlin, Ohio on Monday. Little, a 5-11 guard, launched all eight of his field goal attempts from outside the three-point arc and got five of them to drop. He also made his only free throw. The Yeomen ticked up to 3-6.
Both Patrick Sabatino (Westfield, Soph.) and Russ Thompson (West Orange, Sr.) of Stevens Tech hit double figures in the scoring column in Sunday's 71-65 road loss to NYU. Sabatino knocked down five of seven field goal attempts and one of four free throws for 11 points, while Thompson got 10 points on 4-for-10 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-8 from Bleecker St. Sabatino also had six rebounds and three rejections, while Thompson got his hands on five caroms. The Ducks are now 6-1.
Jordan Healey (Summit, Sr.) tossed in seven points to help Ithaca defeat St. Lawrence, 82-63, in Canton, N.Y. on Tuesday. Healey nailed three of seven field goal attempts, including his only try from outside the three-point line. He also managed four rebounds, four assists and two steals as the Bombers improved to 4-3.
Kaitlyn Cresencia (New Providence, Soph.) has a role on the Connecticut College Camels and it apparently emphasizes ball distribution and defense. She took just one shot in 28 minutes of Sunday's 54-43 victory in New London, Conn. over crosstown rival Coast Guard, but she did pull down six rebounds and garner two assists. The Camels improved to 5-4 with the win.
Union College's Anne Trojanowski (Chatham, Soph.) won the women's 1,650-yard freestyle at the Liberty League Championships, held recently in Rochester, N.Y. She came through with a winning time of 18:26.43. She also scored points with a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (her 5:19.72 against a winning 5;14.97), an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly (her 2:19.27 against a winning 2:09.52), and a 10th-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (her 2:01.50 against a winning 1:56.67).
Rensselaer Poly's Ellen Tomljanovich (Scotch Plains, Soph.) earned points in the 100-yard breaststroke, in which she placed 11th (her 1:12.55 against a winning :06.96), in the 100-yard butterfly, in which she finished 14th (her 1:03.06 against a winning 57.11) and in the 200-yard individual medley, in which she finished 15th (her 2:22.07 against a winning 2:11/61)
Among the guys, RPI's Mike Rizzo (Scotch Plains, Soph.) was busy earning points in four dips. He did his best work in the 400-yard individual medley, with a second-place finish, in which he touched the wall in 4:18.92, with the winner in at 4:15.86. He also got fifth place in the 200-yard butterfly (his 2:00.46 against a winning 1:54.17), sixth place in the 200-yard breaststroke (his 2:17.31 against the winner's 2:14.11) and seventh place in the 200-yard individual medley (his 2:02.70 against a winning 1:56.63).
Tad Deatly (Summit, Jr.) of St. Lawrence scored points with his seventh-place finish in the men's 1,650-yard freestyle (his 17:43.34 against a winning 16:48.74) and his 15th-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (his 5:06.09 against a winning 4:50.91).
Subsequent to the Liberty confab, Union visited Amherst College, where the host school enjoyed a 188-83 dual meet victory. Trojanowski was victorious in the 200-yard freestyle, which she completed in 2:00.19, while Amherst got a win out of Catherine Maguire (Westfield, Sr.) in the 100-yard breaststroke. She needed 1:11.44 to cover the distance.
Chris Mazzocchi (Madison, Jr.) of King's took fifth place recently at the RIT Invitational in Rochester, N.Y. Wrestling at 149 pounds, he began with victories over Case Western Reserve's Zack McCarthy, 12-4, and Washington & Jefferson's Chris Leva, a 12-2 major decision. Mazzocchi then suffered a 15-5 major decision at the hands of eventual champion Daniel Mirman of John Carroll University. In the consolation bracket, he lost, 6-4, to Oswego State's Abubakarr Sow, before getting fifth place from Worcester Poly's Tanner Burke.