The Misericordia University women’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 for the second straight year after defeating Trinity on Sunday on penalty kicks, 4-2 at Mangelsdorf Field.
Misericordia (19-2-2) will face Middlebury at a site to be determined. Maureen Ciccosanti made two saves in 110 minutes and came up with two more stops in the shootout to help the Cougars move on.
Erin Roberts buried her PK to put the Cougars ahead, 1-0, and after Trinity answered, Lindsay Usarzewicz converted to make it 2-1. The Bantams tied it 2-2 and Alexandra Irr put the Cougars up 3-2.
After Ciccosanti stopped Trinity’s third shooter, Kaitlin Sauder converted to make it 4-2. Ciccosanti made another diving save on the Bantams’ fourth shooter for the clincher.
The Cougars held a 14-12 advantage in shots, including a 5-2 edge in shots on goal, but none of the shots hit the back of the net as overtime and penalty kicks were forced with the game tied at 0-0.
Puckett lauded by MAC
Misericordia’s Jeff Puckett was selected as the MAC Offensive Player of the Week.
The sophomore quarterback, earned his second Player of the Week award after leading the Cougars to their first win, 63-40, at FDU-Florham while running for 159 yards and setting a new school record with six touchdowns.
Puckett set a new MAC single-game record for rushing touchdowns and tied Billy “White Shoes” Johnson of Widener for the MAC single-game points mark with 36. He added 155 yards passing while completing 11-of-15 passes.
Puckett gave the Cougars a quick 14-0 lead with two TD runs in the first 1:15 and added a third midway through the first quarter.
On the season, he ran for 1,300 yards with 19 rushing touchdowns. He added 875 yards passing and five scores.
Robinson earns MAC honor
Scranton grad Patrick Robinson was named the MAC Special Teams Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday.
While King’s had several players who exceled on the special teams, it was Robinson who was involved in the two biggest plays of the game. Robinson made two critical plays as a punt rusher that enabled the Monarchs to defeat Wilkes.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Robinson blocked a Wilkes punt and King’s recovered at the Colonel 13. Later in the game, King’s teammate Monroe Sherman blocked the Colonel punt and Robinson picked up the ball at the Wilkes 10-yard line and raced into the end zone with what proved to be the winning touchdown with 8 seconds left on the clock.
A back-up tailback, Robinson also chipped in with two catches for 35 yards out of the backfield. It was Robinson’s second blocked kick of the season.
Misericordia 174, Lycoming 85
Beth Karmondy set a pool record of 4:56.21 while winning the 400 IM and Bree Grzech, Dani Blass and Brittany Luzik all won twice for the Cougars
Grzech (100 back, 50 free) won twice, while Blass (200 breast, 100 breast) and Luzik (50 free, 100 fly) were also two-time winners.
Kelly Strahosky (100 free), Kerri Ciriello (500 free) and Dana Hallam (200 free) were also winners.
Misericordia 143, Lycoming 114
Patrick O’Dell (100 back, 200 back, 200 medley relay) and Thomas Scott (100 breast, 200 breast, 200 medley relay) were triple winners to lead the Cougars to the victory.
Wilkes 77, Washington & Jefferson 74
Alec Wizar hit the game-winning three-pointer with one second left in overtime to lift Wilkes to the championship of the W&J Farmers Insurance Tip-Off Tournament final.
It was a balanced effort offensively for the Colonels as five players reached double figures. Wizar, named the tournament’s MVP, led the way with 17 points and three assists. Nic Wilkins followed with 15 points and six rebounds, while Pat Furst, named to the All-Tournament team, added 14 points. Jim Brackett contributed 13 points while Steve Stravinski chipped in 10 points.
College Cross Country
NCAA Mideast Regional
The three Luzerne County Division III colleges concluded their men’s and women’s seasons on Saturday at Lehigh University.
Wilkes’ men’s and women’s teams concluded their seasons with the men finishing 40th of 54 teams, while the Lady Colonels claimed 40th out of 52 teams to mark the best finish in school history for both squads at the regional.
Rachel Quinn led the Wilkes women with a time of 25:20, good for ninth all-time on the school’s record list.
Tim Jurkowski led the Colonel men, breaking his previous school record of 28:37 he set at the Gettysburg Invitational with a time of 28:10.
For King’s, the men were 24th overall and paced by Robert Moulton - who finished 58th with a time of 26:09. Moulton’s time was a personal best and he also posted the fastest time in King’s history on the course.
The Lady Monarchs were 44th out of 52 teams, led by Melissa Durako, who made the All-Region Freshman Team after placing 63rd among a field of 358 female runners. At the same time she posted a personal best time in the 6k event and broke the Lady Monarchs school-record time in the distance by 26 seconds.
For Misericordia, the men finished 20th led by Mikael Hause, who took 97th with a time of 26:48. The Misericordia women were 25th paced by Biana Bolton (23:09), who took 68th.