The College Report: Chatham's Sara Cox of Holy Cross Shuts Down Nation’s Leading Scorer

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Credits: Columbia University Athletics

A knee injury sidelined Sara Cox (Chatham, Sr.) for most of the season, but she made it back in time to join Holy Cross for last weekend’s Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament in Annapolis, Md. The Crusaders staved off a rally by American to win their semifinal game on Friday, 8-7. Cox got credit for causing one turnover and picking up a ground ball, while teammate Sarah Weber (Summit, Jr.) made four saves in goal. Holy Cross then lost Sunday’s championship match, 14-4, to Navy, but Cox distinguished herself by limiting Navy’s Jasmine DePompeo, the nation’s leading scorer in Division 1, to just one shot and zero goals. For this, Cox was named to the All-Tournament Team. Holy Cross finished the season with a 9-10 record.

No. 15 Navy advanced to the final by virtue of their 9-8 semifinal victory over Lafayette on Friday. The Leopards' Katie Leto (Chatham, Sr.) closed out her college career with a performance in which she grabbed one ground ball, caused one Navy turnover and controlled one draw. Lafayette finished the season at 9-9.

Melissa Carelli (Maplewood, Jr.) exploded for three goals to help pace Massachusetts to a 13-5 home victory over George Washington on Friday in an Atlantic 10 Conference semifinal match. She then scored one goal on Sunday as UMass played its way into the NCAA Tournament by defeating Duquesne, 14-7, in the championship tilt, again in Amherst, Mass. She also controlled two draws and caused on Duquesne turnover. Carelli earned All-Tournament honors for her play. UMass (17-2) is ranked no. 13 in Division 1.

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Megan Leonhard (Summit, Sr.) tallied three goals to help Trinity (Conn.) defeat Tufts, 12-8, in Hartford, Conn. on Saturday. The undefeated Bantams (15-0) also benefited from three draw controls and one ground ball picked up by Leonhard.

Susquehanna also kept their record unblemished at 15-0 with a 15-7 win over Goucher in Towson, Md. Emma Ehler (Chatham, Jr.) scored six goals for the Crusaders, with Meredith Crane (Maplewood, Soph.) adding four tallies. Ehler also got credit for two assists, five draw controls and one ground ball, while Crane dished out an assist and controlled one draw.

Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, Sr.) made six saves in goal to help visiting New Hampshire prevail, 6-5, in a defensive struggle over Maryland-Baltimore County. New Hampshire improved to 6-10. 

Kelly Buechel (South Orange, Sr.) played her last home game for Columbia with resolve and scored three goals in a 15-5 win over Manhattan on Friday. She also got credit for two ground balls, two draw controls and one caused turnover. A post-game interview with Buechel, who has worn a Columbia jersey in both high school and college, can be viewed by clicking on this link --

Columbia then traveled to Cambridge, Mass. on Sunday, where they lost their season finale, 18-11, to Harvard. Buechel scored a goal, picked up an assist and had a team-high five draw controls. Columbia finished the season at 3-12.

Harvard entered that game licking their wounds after a 15-8 defeat to Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. on Friday. The Big Green (9-6) got two goals from Jaclyn Leto (Chatham, Fr.), who also had an assist, a draw control and two ground balls.

Both Tierney Griff (Summit, Fr.) and Shannon Galvin (Maplewood, Fr.) were part of the scoring brigade for Villanova in Friday's 17-7 win over Cincinnati, hard by the Ohio River. Each rookie scored one goal. The Wildcats then traveled about two hours south to conclude a 6-10 season on Sunday with a 13-10 loss to Louisville. Galvin again got into the scoring column and got credit for two ground balls.

Vassar's Paige Abramowitz (Maplewood, Fr.) scored her first goal on the collegiate level in a 15-6 win over Bard in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on Saturday. The Brewers are 12-3. 

Abbie West (Summit, Soph.) scored two goals to help William Smith defeat Skidmore, 13-8, in Geneva, N.Y. on Saturday. The Herons are 10-6.

Franklin & Marshall's Kimberly Abruzzo (Summit, Soph.) scored a goal and had an assist as the Diplomats defeated Dickinson, 21-12, in Carlisle, Pa. on Saturday. F&M moved to 13-2 on the season.

Lizzy Pellicane (Short Hills, Fr.) scored a goal and assisted on another tally as Denison snapped a two-game losing streak with a 20-0 rout of Hiram College in Granville, Ohio on Saturday. Denison is 13-2.

Hillary Densen (Summit, Sr.) scored one of three Amherst goals in an 11-3 loss to Colby in first-round action of the New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament in Waterville, Maine on Saturday. Amherst wrapped up a 9-6 campaign.


Cory Weiss (Maplewood, Sr.) assisted on four goals and took possession of three ground balls for FDU-Florham in Saturday’s 9-8 overtime loss to King’s in Madison. The Devils finished their season at 4-12.

Penn defeated Bellarmine, 10-5, in Radnor, Pa. on Saturday, with Brian Feeney (Summit, Jr.) making nine saves in goal for the Quakers. He also got credit for bringing up nine ground balls and causing one turnover. Danny Feeney (Summit, Jr.) took control of three ground balls and caused one turnover, while Mark Leonhard (Summit, Fr.) got his stick on one ground ball. The Quakers are 8-4. 

            Casey Gill (Chatham, Jr.) scored a pair of first-half goals, both unassisted, for Muhlenberg in their 11-10 overtime loss to Ursinus in Collegeville, Pa. on Saturday. Teammate Michael Carpetto (Westfield, Sr.) added a goal for the Mules, and picked up a career-high seven ground balls. Teammate James Coleman (Madison, Sr.) earned credit for causing one Ursinus turnover and one ground ball. Going the other way, Adebayo Adeyemo (Scotch Plains, Soph.) came up with one ground ball. Ursinus ticked up to 9-5 with the win, while Muhlenberg dropped to 6-9.

            Tyler Smith (Madison, Jr.) scored twice for Salisbury as they defeated Mary Washington, 20-8, in semifinal round action of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament in Salisbury, Md. on Saturday. Smith also caused a turnover and picked up two ground balls for the Sea Gulls (14-4).

St. Michael’s got two goals from Pete Donnally (Madison, Sr.) as the Purple Knights defeated visiting Southern New Hampshire, 11-4, in first-round action of the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament on Tuesday. Donnally also set up one goal and lifted two ground balls. St. Michael’s is 11-4.

Alex White (Summit, Sr.) scored two unassisted goals for Harvard in Saturday’s 11-10 loss to Yale in Cambridge, Mass. White also assisted on a goal, caused a Yale turnover and retrieved a ground ball. The Crimson finished the season at 6-8.

Both Nick Guida (Chatham, Soph.) and Colin McLinden (Madison, Soph.) assisted on a goal in Fairfield’s 14-8 loss to Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday. The Stags slipped to 8-6.

Charlie Oldendorp (Madison, Jr.) provided Lynchburg with a goal in Saturday’s 19-5 victory over Shenandoah in Winchester, Va. He also got his stick on five ground balls as the Hornets improved to 12-4.

Jack Allen (Westfield, Soph.) scored an early goal and teammate Matt Proto (Chatham, Fr.) assisted on the final goal for Bates in Saturday’s 14-10 loss to Tufts in the quarterfinal round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament in Medford, Mass. Bates finished the season with a 7-7 record.

Colgate’s Bobby Lawrence (Summit, Jr.) caused Lehigh to cough the ball up four times and he grabbed three ground balls, but Lehigh won this Patriot League semifinal game, 15-7, in Bethlehem, Pa. on Friday. The Raiders dropped to 8-6.

Evan Baskst (Westfield, Jr.) of Franklin & Marshall picked up an assist, his fourth of the season, in the Diplomats’ 12-10 loss to Dickinson in Carlisle, Pa. on Saturday. Franklin & Marshall dropped to 10-5.

Villanova scored a 19-11 triumph over visiting Providence on Saturday. The Wildcats’ Christopher Conroy (Chatham, Jr.) caused three Friars’ turnovers and recovered two ground balls. Teammate Michael Tsiang (Summit, Soph.) got credit for one ground ball. Villanova is 6-7.

Vermont’s Tim Yager (Summit, Soph.) notched a goal in a 17-11 loss to Hartford at home on Saturday. The Catamounts fell to 4-10.

Joe Cordrey (Summit, Sr.) set up one Union College goal in Saturday’s 15-8 win over Skidmore in Schenectady, N.Y. Kevin Mulvey (Westfield, Fr.) threw in two goals for Skidmore (4-11). Union improved to 8-6.


Mike Genovese (Livingston, Sr.) teed off on Villanova in a weekend series that saw the Pirates sweep the Wildcats in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. Genovese went 7-for-13 over the three games, legging out a double and a triple in Sunday's 11-8 victory. In Friday's 7-0 win, he slapped four singles from five at-bats and drove in two runs. Seton Hall returned to South Orange with a 26-16 record.

Jonny Rio (Maplewood, Sr.) blasted his first home run of the season, a three-run shot over the left field wall that provided Rensselaer Poly with the margin of victory in a 7-4 over Clarkson in Potsdam, N.Y. on Sunday. Rio also slapped a single in his five at-bats, stole a base and scored a run. RPI is 12-19.

Joe Meola (Maplewood, Jr.) went 3-for-4 in Thursday's 5-4 Bloomfield College win over Felician in Lodi, but he drove in the winning run the lone time he didn't hit safely. A Meola sac fly in the top of the ninth inning with the score tied at 4 brought in the winning run. Otherwise, he notched a single, double and triple with his bat, and stole a couple bases along the way. The Deacons are struggling at 7-29.

Relief. That's what Stephen Silvestri (Livingston, Soph.) gave Penn in the second game of their Friday doubleheader against Columbia in upper Manhattan. He came on in the fifth inning, the fourth Penn hurler to face the Lions, his predecessors having allowed 14 runs. Silvestri shut the door, pitching three and two-thirds scoreless innings, with just three hits allowed. He struck out just one batter and walked none, getting Columbia to keep the ball in the yard. Penn is 22-21 after getting swept by the Lions in four games over the weekend.

Rob Anderson (Westfield, Jr.) had a 5-for-12 weekend at the plate for Franklin & Marshall, which won one of its three games. He also stole one base. The Diplomats are 20-17. 

A single to rightfield in the first inning by Taylor Schon (Scotch Plains, Jr.) drove in two runs for Arcadia, although the Knights would go on to lose, 9-5, to Alvernia in Cheltenham, Pa. on Friday. Schon finished the game hitting 2-for-4, plus a walk. Arcadia is 21-16. 

Dan Kerr (Westfield, Soph.) had a double from four at-bats and came around to score one of Brown's runs in a 9-3 loss to Yale in New Haven, Conn. on Friday. Kerr was in the lineup as the designated hitter. Brown, likewise, is limping along at 5-32.

Jimmy Murphy (South Orange, Fr.) lacked offensive support in Fordham's 4-1 loss to Butler in Indianapolis on Sunday. He hurled six and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits. He walked five batters and struck out five. He dropped to 0-3 on the season, while the Rams fell to 15-30.

Contrast that with Fairfield's Mike Wallace (Madison, Fr.). He didn't have his best stuff against Niagara at home on Saturday, but no matter. He got plenty of help from teammates such as Keith Skinner (Berkeley Heights, Fr.) and got the win in a 13-7 Stags romp. Skinner, who caught Wallace, had three singles from four at-bats, plus a walk; he scored three runs and drove one in. Wallace hurled five innings and allowed five runs (all earned) on eight hits and two walks; he whiffed five batters as his season mark improved to 4-3. Fairfield is 12-25.

Rochester's Michael Mondon (Westfield, Fr.) got in for an inning to close out the Yellowjackets' 9-4 loss to St. Lawrence in Canton, N.Y. on Sunday. He retired the side with one strikeout, a ground out and a fly out. Rochester slumped to 15-20 after losing all four games of their weekend series with St. Lawrence.

A.J. Flores (West Orange, Jr.) drove in two runs with a single down the rightfield line to lead William Paterson past Rutgers-Newark, 5-3, in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader in Wayne. Flores also singled and tripled, as well as stole two bases. Jimmy Napolitano (Livingston, Jr.) of Rutgers-Newark had three hits from five at-bats, including a double. He also doubled once in the nightcap, in which William Paterson swept the twin bill by a 5-4 verdict. The wins boosted the Pioneers to 25-11 on the season, while the Scarlet Raiders dipped to 8-30.



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