Bucknell's Burgdorf of Westfield Earns All-Tourney Kudos

nell’s Brendan Burgdorf

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Bucknell’s Brendan Burgdorf (Westfield, Jr.) was named to the All-Tournament Team at Notre Dame’s Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament in South Bend, Ind. this past weekend in men's soccer action. Bucknell lost to a pair of top-20 opponents in no. 10 Indiana, 3-2, and no. 17 Notre Dame, 2-1. Burgdorf, a Pingry grad, scored a goal in each game. He now has two goals and two assists this season for the Bison (2-3-0).

Another Pingry alum, Colorado College’s Matt Fechter (Westfield, Jr.), scored his first goal of the campaign to lead the Tigers to a 2-0 road win over Carleton College on Sunday. Fechter nailed a free kick in the 49th minute for the first tally of the match. Colorado College is now 2-1-2.

Andres Rocha (West Orange, Jr.) scored from six yards out with 15 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to power Emmanuel College past Johnson & Wales, 4-3, in Boston last Saturday. Rocha, a West Orange High product, got a shot off his left foot that hit off the far post and deflected into the goal. That was the first goal of the season for Rocha, who was named to the Great Northeast Conference Weekly Honor Roll for his accomplishment. The Saints are off to a 2-0-3 beginning.

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Matt Kepler (Chatham, Sr.) sent a free kick to a teammate that was headed to yet another Denison jersey, resulting in the winning goal in the Big Red’s 3-2 triumph over Thomas More at home last Friday. That was the first point of the season for Kepler, a Chatham High grad. Denison is now 2-1-1.

Joseph Greenspan (Westfield, Fr.) scored his first collegiate goal, a blast from 25 yards that entered inside the right post, to help Navy to a 3-3 tie with Loyola (Md.) in Annapolis, Md. last Wednesday. The Midshipmen are 1-2-2.


 Both Hannah Kronick (Westfield, Fr.) and Ava Scheininger (Westfield, Jr.) had an enjoyable homecoming in Johns Hopkins' 8-0 pasting of Drew in Madison on Saturday. Kronick, out of Westfield High, knocked in an unassisted goal off a rebound and set up two other tallies. Scheininger, a Morristown-Beard alum, took a pass that she booted into the bottom left corner for a score. Hopkins returned to the same pitch on Sunday, where they had a tougher time with Arcadia, but departed for Baltimore with their undefeated record intact after a 2-0 win. Kronick assisted on the second goal.

Maya Hayes (West Orange, Soph.) has accounted for more than half of Penn State's offensive output thus far this season. The Newark Academy grad has scored 12 of the Nittany Lions' 22 goals as they're off to a 6-2-0 start. She most recently scored twice and assisted on the third goal in Sunday's 3-2 road win over Virginia. Penn State is currently ranked 21st in Division 1.

 Hannah Nitzberg (Summit, Sr.) scored Wesleyan's first goal of the season in Saturday's 2-1 overtime win against Bowdoin in Middletown, Conn. The Summit High alum knocked in a rebound in the 26th minute. She also assisted on the Cardinals' third goal in yesterday's 3-0 home win over Eastern Connecticut State.

Scranton's Christina Cognetti (Westfield, Sr.) scored the tying goal in the 32nd minute of the Royals' 3-2 victory over Lebanon Valley in a Saturday home match. The Westfield High grad took a header off a corner kick and directed the ball into the goal. Yesterday, Cognetti picked up an assist on the Scranton goal that allowed the Royals to escape with a 2-2 tie against Kean in Pennsylvania. The Royals are now 3-1-1.

 Annie Weichert (Chatham, Jr.) and Liz Cassin (Summit, Fr.) combined for a shutout as Dickinson downed Albright, 3-0, in Reading, Pa. on Saturday. Weichert, a Chatham High product, made four saves in her 81 minutes in goal, while Cassin stopped one shot in her 9-minute stint. The Red Devils are 3-0-1.

Abigail Katz (Livingston, Jr.) contributed two goals to a 7-0 victory by SUNY-Purchase over Yeshiva at home yesterday. The Panthers are now 2-1.


Cecilie Pikus (Short Hills, Jr.) had 13 assists (co-high for her side) and four digs to help Hamilton defeat Utica College, 3-0 (25-14, 25-7, 25-12), in Clinton, N.Y. yesterday. Pikus, a Kent Place alum, and the Continentals are 7-2.

Casey Larsen (Livingston, Sr.) led Rochester with 16 kills and 22 digs in yesterday's 3-1 (40-42, 25-16, 25-18, 26-24) home victory over SUNY-Geneseo. The match was notable in that two NCAA Division 3 marks were set – 42 single-set points by Geneseo and most points (116 by Rochester) in a 4-set match using the 25-point format. Rochester is now 6-2.  

Alexandra Russo (New Providence, Jr.) played four sets of Lafayette's 3-2 (25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 17-25, 12-15) loss to Manhattan in Easton, Pa. on Tuesday. The New Providence High product recorded eight kills, seven digs and three assists as the Leopards dropped to 6-3.


Molly Duffy (New Providence, Soph.) gave MIT all the scoring the Engineers needed in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Gordon. Duffy, who prepped at Oak Knoll, notched three goals in the game's first 27 minutes (her first two came in the initial eight minutes). That makes for 11 goals this season, which leads MIT (6-1).

Kean's Stephanie Soares (Berkeley Heights, Soph.) scored the game's first two goals in the Cougars' 3-2 loss to Montclair State in Union on Tuesday. Her first tally came unassisted at the 24:13 mark and she cashed again less than two minutes later on a redirect off a corner. The goals were her second and third of the season. Erin Langan (Millburn, Soph.) was in goal for much of the game for Kean (2-3); she allowed two goals, while stopping eight Montclair shots.

            Chelsea Davies (Madison, Soph.) scored on a backhand into the top of the cage in the 17th minute for Richmond's first tally in what turned out to be a 3-2 win for the Spiders over Princeton on Sunday. On Friday, Davies picked up an assist in the Spiders' 2-1 victory over Virginia Commonwealth. Richmond is now 3-2.

Elizabeth Toft (Berkeley Heights, Sr.) continues to persevere in goal for Bryn Mawr, despite the seemingly long odds of success. The Owls had one of their best outings in recent memory on Saturday when they took Goucher into overtime. Both teams were scoreless at the end of regulation, although Toft had stopped 11 shots, whereas her opposite number had just two shots to contend with. That continued in overtime, with Toft making seven saves (18 for the game) until an eighth ball got past her to give Goucher a 1-0 road win. The Owls are currently 0-4.

Stevens Tech's Megan Traub (Berkeley Heights, Soph.) scored her first goal of the season on Saturday on a penalty corner in a 5-2 road loss to Haverford. The Ducks are presently 1-3 on the season.

Dartmouth's Liz Blanken (Short Hills, Jr.) earned an assist in the Big Green's 5-2 loss to New Hampshire in Hanover, N.H. on Sunday. Dartmouth dropped to 2-2.  

Avery Koep (Madison, Soph.) made four saves in Franklin & Marshall's 6-2 win over Eastern in Lancaster, Pa. on Saturday. The Diplomats remain undefeated at 3-0.

 Julia Conroy (Westfield, Jr.) picked up an assist on Ithaca's lone goal in yesterday's 2-1 loss to William Smith College in Ithaca, N.Y. The Bombers are 0-3.

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