Tight end David Stevens (Short Hills, Sr.) caught his first collegiate touchdown pass on Friday evening as Syracuse defeated West Virginia, 45-23, at the Carrier Dome. The 29-yard completion put Syracuse up, 27-16, midway through the third quarter and effectively won the game for the Orangemen (5-2). Stevens, a Milburn High grad, had one other reception for five yards. Stevens credited the partisan crowd of 45,265 with playing a crucial "12th-man role" for Syracuse.
"Going into the game, we knew that there was going to be a big crowd, but I don't think some of the young guys have seen a crowd like this or heard a crowd like this," Stevens said. "They were really loud."
Stevens, who is majoring in forensic science and sociology, played both offense and defense at Millburn under Carmen Guarino. Now in his fourth year at Syracuse, Stevens did not redshirt nor did he see game action in his first two years, when the previous coaching staff envisioned him as a linebacker. He played sparingly last year, primarily on special teams, until current Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone (the Jets' offensive line coach from 2002-05) decided to utilize Stevens' 6-3, 230-pound frame at tight end.
Syracuse, which has now won two straight since an overtime loss to Rutgers, hopes to keep the skein going at Louisville on Saturday.
Ithaca’s Joe Gilfedder (Berkeley Heights, Sr.) had a team-high 12 tackles in the Bombers’ 20-15 road loss to Utica on Saturday. Eight of those tackles were solo jobs, with two ballcarriers dropped behind the line of scrimmage. Ithaca (3-4) will welcome Frostburg State to their Butterfield Stadium on Saturday.
Defensive backfielder Max Machado (Berkeley Heights, Soph.) had 12 tackles in Bryant’s 34-27 win over Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa. on Saturday. Machado, a Gov. Livingston High grad, brought down the ballcarrier on his own on four of those 12 occasions. He also had one interception as the Bulldogs improved to 5-3. Saturday will find Bryant in the Capital District of New York, taking on Albany.
Salisbury’s Alex Smith (Madison, Sr.) lined up at left guard for the Seagulls on Saturday, when they trounced Hartwick, 61-14, in Oneonta, N.Y. The offensive line preceded a rushing unit that netted 432 yards on the ground, averaging 7.1 yards per carry. They also allowed only one sack. Salisbury (7-0), ranked 11th in Division 3, will visit Wesley in Delaware on Saturday.
Rowan’s Kevin DelleDonne (Summit, Jr.) caught four passes for 52 yards as the Profs pulled out a 36-29 victory over Buffalo State in Glassboro on Saturday. DelleDonne, a tight end out of Summit High, enjoyed a long gain of 31 yards. Rowan (5-2) will be back in action on Saturday against Kean in Union.
Coast Guard’s John Manganiello (Berkeley Heights, Jr.) recorded four tackles in Saturday’s heartbreaking 31-30 loss to Worcester State in New London, Conn. The linebacker out of Gov. Livingston High managed two of those tackles without assistance. Coast Guard (1-6) now faces two road games to finish the season, beginning with Saturday’s tussle against Framingham State.
Franklin & Marshall’s Aaron Fant (Madison, Fr.) was involved in a couple of tackles – one unassisted – in the Diplomats’ 14-7 road win over Moravian on Saturday. Franklin & Marshall (3-4) will next take the field at home on Saturday against Susquehanna.
Ursinus delivered a 49-14 defeat upon the aforementioned Susquehanna in Selinsgrove, Pa. on Saturday. Ursinus’ Greg Fontaina (Millburn, Jr.) was credited with four tackles (two solo), including one for a loss of four yards. Ursinus (5-2) travels to Baltimore on Saturday to take on undefeated Johns Hopkins.
Hobart’s Kevin Hearon (Westfield, Soph.) made five tackles, all unassisted, on Saturday as the Statesmen remained undefeated at 5-0 with a 42-14 home victory over the Merchant Marine Academy. Hearon is a cornerback out of Morristown-Beard. Hobart’s next assignment will be on the road at Worcester Poly.
Middlebury’s Matt Rea (Summit, Soph.) returned two kickoffs in Saturday’s 49-43 road win over Bates. He gained 25 and 12 yards on the two carries. Ken LeStrange (Short Hills, Sr.) started at center for Middlebury. The Panthers (2-3) next face Trinity in Hartford, Conn. on Saturday.
Monmouth’s trio of locals contributed to the Hawks’ 31-17 road win over Sacred Heart on Saturday. Tight end Tyler George (Berkeley Heights, Jr.) caught three passes for 22 yards, including a long gain of 11 yards. Pat Gray (Westfield, Fr.) had an interception and four tackles (two solo) while manning the defensive backfield. Finally, Ryan Mohr (West Orange, Fr.) got off three punts that averaged 37.3 yards, with the long ball traveling 39 yards. Monmouth (4-3) has a home game this Saturday against Duquesne.
The College of New Jersey opened a 20-7 halftime lead over Montclair State in Ewing on Saturday, and then lost it in the third quarter, but came back with a fourth-quarter touchdown to defeat the previously undefeated Red Hawks, 27-21. TCNJ linebacker Kevin Allgood (Chatham, Sr.) was involved in five tackles, including a sack of the quarterback nine yards behind the line of scrimmage. Teammate James Siracusa (New Providence, Jr.) also got credit for two tackles. On the other side of the ball, Gerald Silvera (West Orange, Fr.) caught four passes for 42 yards, the long gain moving the chains 12 yards. Montclair’s Vin Fischer (Livingston, Jr.) had one reception for a gain of 22 yards. Quarterback Tom Fischer (Livingston, Sr.) missed his second straight game as a result of an injury suffered two weeks prior. Montclair (6-1) has Western Connecticut State coming to town on Saturday, while TCNJ hits the road for a game with Cortland State the same day.
Doug Van Orden (Madison, Jr.) caught two passes for a total gain of 11 yards as FDU-Florham dropped to 0-7 on the season with a 35-10 loss to Albright in Madison on Friday evening.
Edgar Osols (Summit, Jr.) put two points on the scoreboard for Mass.-Dartmouth in Saturday’s 27-14 loss to Endicott in Beverly, Mass. Osols, a punter/placekicker out of Summit High, also averaged 37.3 yards on six punts, with a long boot of 44 yards, and averaged 46.5 yards on two kickoffs. The Corsairs (4-4) travel to Curry on Saturday.
Villanova's Brian Basili (South Orange, Soph.) got third place in Friday's Haverford Invitational, a 4-mile run in Pennsylvania. Basili, a Columbia High grad, came in with a time of 19:56. Teammate Alex Tully won the race in 19:45. Widener's Kyle Brogan (Chatham, Sr.) finished 66th of 110 runners, getting the distance in 22:44.
Florida Tech’s Stephanie Fonseca (New Providence, Jr.) got ninth place in the Sunshine State Conference Championship race in Sunrise, Fla. on Saturday. Her time for 6,000 meters was 23:31.32. She graduated from New Providence High. Tereza Novotna of St. Leo won this race in 21:44.60.
Gettysburg’s Emily Smith (Chatham, Jr.) placed 13th of 73 runners in Saturday’s Battle for the Buggy in Lancaster, Pa. The Chatham High grad threw a time of 18:26.81 in this 4,000-meter race. Megan VanDenHengel, a noncollegian, won the race in 17:19.73.
Stonehill’s Steve Leonard (Chatham, Soph.) finished 34th of 165 runners in Sunday’s Northeast-10 Conference Championship in Westfield, Mass. Leonard, a Chatham High alum, managed the 8,000-meter course in 25:49.32. Glarius Rop of American International ran a winning 23:59.72.
Stevens Tech's Nicholas Chapel (Westfield, Fr.) checked in 112th in last Sunday's Collegiate Track Conference Championships at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Chapel, a Westfield High grad, covered 8,000 meters in 31:47.13. NJIT's Brian Mendez won the race in 26:38.04.