Colgate's Mike Venezia (Westfield, Sr.) earned Patriot League Men's Basketball Player of the Week honors for his performance in the Raiders' season-opening road victory over Binghamton, 78-74, on Saturday. The 6-1 guard out of Westfield High, whose collegiate career has been plagued by injuries, poured in a team-high 22 points, connecting on six of 12 field goal attempts, including four of the eight that he launched outside the 3-point arc. He also converted all six free throws afforded him.
Columbia's Alex Rosenberg (Short Hills, Fr.) received quite the introduction to the college game, as the Lions began their season against defending national champs Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. last Friday. UConn won the game, 70-57, but were actually outscored by the Lions, 35-33, in the second half. Rosenberg, a 6-7 forward out of Millburn High, was in for 10 minutes of action, pulling off two steals and collecting one rebound. He saw more action (25 minutes) on Monday as Columbia returned to Morningside Heights, where they lost, 62-58, to Furman. He rolled 7s in both the points and rebounds columns; he shot 3-for-7 from the floor, including 1-for-2 from the 116th St. IRT stop.
Rob Delaney (Westfield, Sr.) drained five of six free throws in the last three minutes of Lafayette's game with St. Francis in Loretto, Pa. on Monday to help the Leopards to an 84-81 win. Delaney, a Lawrenceville Prep grad, chipped in 13 points, hitting three of eight field goal attempts, including two of five from long range. Lafayette is now 1-1.
Yvon Raymond (Maplewood, Jr.), a 6-3 guard out of Columbia High, has led St. Peter's in rebounding in the Peacocks' first two games of the season, both losses. He collected nine caroms in Friday's 72-65 road loss to Buffalo and followed with seven rebounds in Tuesday's 69-52 home loss to Robert Morris. Raymond also scored 12 points against Buffalo, knocking down five of nine field goal attempts and two of five free throws, to go with a game-high three steals. He hit double figures again in the Robert Morris game, scoring 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting and dishing out four assists.
Billy Oliver (Chatham, Jr.) had a game-high 10 rebounds for Penn State in Wednesday's 77-68 home win over LIU. Oliver, a Chatham High grad, contributed nine points, all on 3-pointers. He started at forward and his 37 minutes on the floor was the most of any of the Nittany Lions (3-0).
Bloomfield College's quest to return to the NCAA Division 2 postseason got off to a bumpy start at the Bentley Tip-Off Classic in Waltham, Mass. last weekend. The Deacons lost both games, although Kevin Udo (West Orange, Soph.) showed that he's going to be a force to reckon with in the low post. Udo came off the bench to score eight points and grab 12 rebounds in Friday's 87-79 loss to Merrimack. He was given a start in Saturday's 83-74 tumble to Bentley, and responded with a team-high nine rebounds, as well as two blocks. He attempted only three shots, making one for two points.
Russ Thompson (West Orange, Jr.) scored 13 points as Stevens Tech began the season by crossing the Hudson River to defeat Baruch, 72-64, on Tuesday. Thompson, a 5-10 guard out of West Orange High, threw down four of seven shots from the floor, including two of three from Madison Square, and all three free throws.
William Paterson's Femi Agunbiade (Maplewood, Soph.) recorded four blocks in only 17 minutes of action as the Pioneers raised the curtain on the season with a 72-61 win over York (N.Y.) in Wayne on Tuesday. Agunbiade, a 6-8 center out of Columbia High, also had six rebounds and scored one point.
Lamar Powell (West Orange, Soph.) scored seven points for Bard as the Raptors opened their season with a 69-58 loss at home to John Jay on Tuesday. Powell, a 5-10 guard out of West Orange High, hit on three of six field goal attempts, including one of two from downtown.
Monmouth's Abby Martin (Maplewood, Jr.) scored 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting from the floor and 2-for-2 from the foul line in the Hawks' 68-64 loss to Maryland-Baltimore County on Sunday in West Long Branch to open the season. Martin, a Columbia High product, also managed a team-high three steals.
Fordham's Ranait Griff (Summit, Jr.) was a perfect 2-for-2 from the floor as the Rams opened the season in the Bronx on Friday with a 59-42 loss to Albany. Griff, a 6-foot guard out of Rutgers Prep, launched one shot each from close range and long range, scoring five points.
Hannah Kronick (Westfield, Fr.) scored one goal and assisted on two others as Johns Hopkins defeated Springfield, 4-1, in NCAA Division 3 tournament second-round action in Baltimore on Sunday. The fourth-ranked Blue Jays (21-0-0) move into the round of 16 and will next take on Amherst in Grantham, Pa. on Saturday at 1:30 pm.
Marist's Samantha Panzner (Livingston, Soph.) assisted on the only goal scored by the Red Foxes in Sunday's 6-1 loss to Boston College in Newton, Mass. in the first round of the NCAA Division 1 tournament. Marist completed the season with a 13-6-2 record.
Ramapo called it a season with a 3-1 (19-25, 25-16, 25-11, 25-21) loss to Elmira in the semifinal round of the ECAC Tournament in Elmira, N.Y. on Saturday. Deandra Black (Westfield, Fr.) provided the Roadrunners with eight kills. On Wednesday in Mahwah, Ramapo dispatched Hunter College, 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-20), as Black managed 12 kills for the victors. Ramapo finished the season at 28-8.