The College Report: Livingston's Jan Yburan of Holy Cross Swims to Two Victories in Worcester Meet

Credits: College of the Holy Cross
Credits: College of the Holy Cross
Credits: College of the Holy Cross
Credits: College of the Holy Cross

            Jan Yburan (Livingston, Jr.) of Holy Cross won two individual events and placed in another in the recent Worcester City Championships that brings together that Massachusetts city's colleges to settle local bragging rights in the swimming pool. Yburan, a Seton Hall Prep grad, won the freestyle at both 50 and 100 yards, with times of 22.30 and 48.68, respectively. That 100-yard time set a pool record. He also got second money in the 100-yard backstroke; his 54.80 was trumped only by the winner's 53.69. He also swam legs on three relays for the Crusaders, each of which finished second.

            Brendan Higgins (Summit, Soph.) ascended the diving platform for Holy Cross and got second place at both three meters and one meter. The St. Peter's Prep alum garnered 293.65 points from the judges off the higher board (the winner got 381.38) and 307.57 from the lower board (to the winner's 432.49).

            Christine Werner (Livingston, Soph.) pulled off wins in two races at 200 yards to help Montclair State to a 144-116 win over Ramapo on Saturday in Montclair. Werner, a Livingston High product, was first to touch the wall in the backstroke (in 2:34.34) and in the individual medley (in 2:19.83). 

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            South Carolina's Matt Navata (West Orange, Jr.) won two events in last Saturday's meet at the College of Charleston that also included Queens (N.C.) and Wingate. The West Orange High grad prevailed in both the 200-yard breaststroke (which he won in 2:04.93) and the 400-yard individual medley (3:58.68).

            Kelly Pontecorvo (New Providence, Jr.) scored points via a win and a second-place finish for Bucknell as the Bison defeated Lehigh, 184-102, on Saturday. Pontecorvo, a Mount St. Mary grad, led the way in the 1,000-yard freestyle, which she won in 10:17.37. At 500 yards, her time of 5:08.05 was bested by a rival's 5:07.13. Stephanie Koziol (Summit, Soph.) got second place for Bucknell in the 200-yard butterfly. Her time of 2:09.21 was trumped by the winner's 2:08.68.

            Alexander Maquet (Millburn, Fr.) swam the final leg for NYU's winning 'A' team in the 200-yard medley relay in a dual meet with Vassar last Saturday. NYU won the meet, 149-65.



            Quentin Monaghan (Chatham, Fr.) provided Notre Dame with victories at third singles in matches against Harvard and Memphis in Norman, Okla. over the weekend. He defeated Harvard's Nicky Hu, 6-4, 6-4, on Saturday in a match that the Crimson won, 4-3. The Fighting Irish took revenge on Sunday, dispatching Memphis, 4-0, with Monaghan prevailing, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, over Lukas Vrnak.



            Mike Ambrosia (Chatham, Fr.) scored two goals and assisted on a third to lead Princeton to a 5-2 victory over Sacred Heart at home on Sunday. The Delbarton product scored in the first period on a power play and then got his fifth goal of the season in the third period. The Tigers improved to 7-8-4.

            Danny Kaufman (Scotch Plains, Sr.) scored a goal, his ninth of the season, for Johnson & Wales in a 6-3 loss to Curry in Milton, Mass. on Saturday. The Wildcats dropped to 7-11-1.

            Rebecca Morse (Westfield, Jr.) scored two goals and picked up an assist to lead Providence College to a 9-2 rout of Maine at home on Sunday. Morse, a graduate of the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, N.Y., has now scored five goals this season. The win moved the Friars to 12-11-4 on the season.

            Skidmore's Phil Buonocore (Westfield, Jr.) notched his first goal of the season on Saturday in a road game with New England College. The tally put the Thoroughbreds up, 1-0, but didn't hold as NEC scored twice for a 2-1 win. Skidmore is 9-9-2.



            Duane Morgan (West Orange, Soph.) played a critical role for Adelphi in Saturday's 65-64 overtime win over Southern New Hampshire in Manchester, N.H. The 6-6 forward out of West Orange High grabbed a defensive rebound with 1:21 left on the game clock and the Panthers down by three points. After a timeout, Morgan missed a layup down at the other end of the floor, got the rebound on his errant shot and put the ball back in the hoop for two points while being fouled. He then converted the free throw for a three-point play that sent the game into overtime. He then drew his fifth personal foul 48 seconds into the extra session and took a seat on the Adelphi bench. He finished the game with 11 points on five of seven shooting from the floor and just one of six from the line, but an important one. He also retrieved seven caroms. Adelphi is now 10-9 overall and 7-6 in the Northeast-10.

            Kevin Ferguson (Berkeley Heights, Fr.) made his first collegiate start on Saturday as Army defeated American, 77-64, in West Point, N.Y. The Black Knights started an all-plebe lineup as they ran their season mark to 9-11 overall and 2-3 in the Patriot League. Ferguson, a 6-10 center out of Gov. Livingston High, was hampered by foul trouble, picking up four personals in just 16 minutes. He scored six points on 2-for-4 shooting from the floor and 2-for-2 at the line. He also had four rebounds and two rejections.

            Yvon Raymond (Maplewood, Sr.) scored a team-high 19 points for St. Peter's in Sunday's 61-54 loss to Fairfield in Jersey City. The 6-3 guard out of Columbia High delivered eight of his 16 field goal attempts on target and did likewise with three of four free throws. He also had three assists. Previous to that, the Peacocks (6-14, 1-9 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) dropped a 90-71 verdict on the road to Iona on Friday, in which Raymond accounted for a team-high seven assists. He scored six points, hitting three of five shots from the floor. 

            Andy Charles (West Orange, Jr.) posted yet another double-double – his eighth of the season – as Centenary squeaked by Gwynedd-Mercy, 76-75, in Hackettstown on Saturday. The 6-5 forward out of Montclair High rolled a pair of lucky 13s in the points and rebounds columns, shooting 4-for-11 from the field and 5-for-5 from the foul line. The Cyclones ticked up to 10-10 overall and 7-6 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference.

            Alex Rosenberg (Short Hills, Soph.) gave Columbia some much-needed punch off the bench on Saturday in a 66-63 loss at home to Cornell. The 6-7 forward out of Millburn High scored 13 points, getting four of eight field goal attempts to drop, including one of three from Amsterdam Ave., and four of six from the foul line. He also accumulated five caroms and two assists as the Lions had their manes trimmed to 9-7 overall and 1-1 in Ivy League play.

            A double-double – 10 points and 10 rebounds – from Jack Cole (New Providence, Soph.) couldn't save Stonehill from a 77-74 loss to Southern Connecticut State in Easton, Mass. on Saturday. Cole knocked down five of nine shots from the field and doled out three assists as the Skyhawks dropped to 8-9 overall and 4-9 in the Northeast-10.

            Middlebury lost its first game of the season, 64-63, to Williams in that rival's gym on Saturday. Joey Kizel (Short Hills, Jr.) scored 15 points for the Panthers (16-1, 5-1 New England Small College Athletic Conference), hitting five of nine field goal attempts (one of three from downtown) and all four of his free throws. He also managed a game-high three steals.

            James Burke (Scotch Plains, Sr.) sliced the nets for 19 points in MIT's 92-66 trouncing of the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. on Saturday. Burke, a 5-11 guard out of Seton Hall Prep, made seven of 17 field goal attempts, including five of 12 from long range. The Engineers are 14-4 after the victory.

            Lamar Powell (West Orange, Soph.) provided Bard with 12 points in Saturday's 64-57 road loss to Rochester Institute of Technology. The 5-10 guard out of West Orange High directed five of his seven field goal attempts through the hoop, including both of his shots from the gates at Eastman Kodak. The loss dropped the Raptors to 4-13 on the season and 1-9 in the Liberty League.

            Stevens Tech got revenge for a recent loss by knocking off Hartwick, 62-55, in Hoboken on Tuesday. Russ Thompson (West Orange, Sr.) treated the winning Ducks to 20 points, making six of 13 field goal attempts, including two of four from outside the three-point arc, plus all six of his free throws. Teammate Patrick Sabatino (Westfield, Soph.) was good for 10 points (3-for-5 from the floor, 4-for-4 from the foul line) and five rebounds. Stevens is 16-3 overall and 7-2 in the Empire 8.



            Alyssa Polimeni (Berkeley Heights, Fr.) was co-high for Ursinus with 12 points and pulled off a game high four steals in Saturday's 68-57 loss to Dickinson in Collegeville, Pa. The Bears are 8-10 overall and 5-8 in the Centennial Conference.

            Randi Jo Farrell (West Orange, Soph.) earned credit for a team-high four assists in Chestnut Hill's 57-48 loss to Dominican (N.Y.) in Orangeburg, N.Y. on Saturday. The Griffins slid to 2-15 on the season.

            Caroline Murphy (Chatham, Jr.) scored 10 points and ripped down seven rebounds for Gettysburg in the Bullets' 55-54 road win over Swarthmore on Saturday. She made four of 12 shots from the field and both tries from the foul line in a game in which she was limited to 22 minutes, due to foul trouble. She eventually drew her fifth personal and was whistled out of the game. Gettysburg then defeated Haverford, 61-55, in a Tuesday road contest, with Murphy scoring nine points and grabbing eight caroms. She 3-for-8 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the line. The Bullets are 14-5 overall and 11-3 in the Centennial Conference.

            Lindsay Atchison (Green Village, Sr.) took down a team-high 10 rebounds for King's in a 63-48 road loss to DeSales on Saturday. The former Chatham High star chipped in five points and rejected two shots. King's is 14-5.

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