It didn’t take long for Lydia Lawson to forget about kicking the ball in the goal and remembering how to put the ball in the basket.
Lawson, from Mountain Top (Holy Redeemer), was the leading scorer on the Elizabethtown women’s soccer team last fall. This winter, the 5-foot-3 sophomore guard is averaging 12.7 points a game for the 5-2 Blue Jays’ women’s basketball team. She was named Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week on Monday and was named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week on Tuesday after scoring 23 points in a 74-68 home victory over Moravian last Saturday to kick off the league season.
“Lydia had a great transition from soccer to basketball despite a shortened preseason,” coach Veronica Nolt said. “Her basketball IQ has really been beneficial.”
The coach called Lawson a great floor leader who takes charge of the offense as the team’s point guard.
“Lydia’s explosiveness and ability to finish continues to be one of her strengths,” Nolt said. “And, she’s done a great job of dedicating time to improving her scoring ability both long-range and mid-range.”
Lawson has hit 34 of 62 shots from the field (.548) and is 7-for-15 from 3-point range (.467). She also has 21 rebounds, 19 assists and 19 steals in seven games.
She had a team-high 15 goals with four game-winners for the 9-7-1 soccer team.
LEWIS LEADING THE WAY
The Iona women’s basketball team is off to an 0-5 start playing some of the top teams in the country before Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play begins — and junior Alexis Lewis is off to another strong start for the Gaels.
She kicked off the season with 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 71-58 loss to Arizona on Nov. 18, and had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 59-54 loss to Temple on Nov. 19.
The Holy Redeemer grad leads the team in scoring (14.2) and rebounding (7.6). Last season, Lewis was an All-MAAC first team choice when she averaged 15.9 points and 8.3 rebounds a game.
BIG GAMES FOR CALLAHAN
Junior Seth Callahan scored his career-high in points in two games for the 3-3 Susquehanna men’s basketball team. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound guard, a G.A.R. Memorial grad, had 18 points in a 93-89 loss to King’s on Nov. 14 and had 18 points in a 56-55 triumph over Goucher last Saturday. He’s averaging 9.0 points a game. Senior Adam Dizbon, a Lake-Lehman grad, also had a career best when he scored 20 points in a 75-73 season-opening victory over Bethany, W.Va. on Nov. 15.
GOOD START FOR DEDICS
Bloomsburg senior Carli Dedics opened the indoor track season by finishing fourth in the 200-meter dash (26.55) and fifth in the 60-meter dash (8.02) at the Bison Opener last Friday and Saturday in Lewisburg. The Hazleton Area grad also helped the 4x400 relay finish second to host Bucknell with a time of 4:02.23. Freshman Autumn Kaminsky, a Holy Redeemer graduate, finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.58.
JOSEPH ASSISTS PIONEERS
Freshman Marcus Joseph is playing defense for the Sacred Heart men’s hockey team. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder from Mountain Top (Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League) has picked up three assists for the 4-10-2 Pioneers. He collected his first assist in a 3-1 victory over Connecticut on Oct. 14 and his second in a 5-3 loss to Air Force on Nov. 26. Last Saturday, he assisted on the second goal in a 5-2 triumph over Mercyhurst in Erie.
FINNEGAN SOLID AGAIN
Sophomore Lauren Finnegan is having another strong season with the Cabrini women’s swim team. The Dallas High graduate captured the 200 IM (2:24.20) and the 100 freestyle (59.33) and swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay in a 129-68 victory over Penn State Altoona last Friday in Radnor. In a meet against Elizabethtown and Bryn Mawr on Nov. 29, Finnegan won the 200 free (2:03.78) and finished second in both the 500 free and with the 200 medley relay team.
BIG GAME FOR WASHINGTON
Junior guard Darius Washington scored a career-high 17 points but the 3-3 Eastern men’s basketball team dropped a 99-87 decision to Hamilton in a non-league game last Saturday in Clinton, N.Y. The Holy Redeemer grad had 13 points in a 96-81 victory over Morrisville last Friday in Morrisville, N.Y. Washington connected on seven of 15 3-point attempts in the two games. On the season, he’s averaging 9.3 points and has hit 13 of 35 3-pointers (.371).
PARKER, RAY PITCHING IN
Junior Steph Parker and redshirt sophomore Carly Ray are scoring points for the Lock Haven women’s swim team. In a 143-93 loss to PSAC foe Kutztown last Saturday, Parker, a Berwick Area grad, swam a leg on the winning 200 free relay and Ray, a Coughlin grad, finished second in the 200 freestyle. In a meet against Millersville and Cedar Crest on Nov. 4, Parker was second in the 200 freestyle while Ray finished second in the 50 free and third in the 100 free.
BOBYNSHYJ HELPING KNIGHTS
Freshman Drew Bobynshyi has played in all six games for the 4-1-1 Neumann men’s hockey team. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward from Mountain Top (Harford Wolfpack of the Eastern Hockey League) collected his first collegiate goal in a 5-4 loss to Mercyhurst on Nov. 10 in Rye, N.Y. Bobynshyj had his first assist and it came on the game-winner as the Knights turned back Elmira 5-2 on Nov. 18 on home ice in Afton.
KORNFELD’S A STARTER
After coming off the bench the first four games of the season, freshman Maya Kornfeld has started the last four games for the 4-4 Ursinus women’s basketball team. The 5-foot-5 guard, a Holy Redeemer grad, is averaging 27.5 minutes of action in her starts and had eight points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes of action in a 73-43 victory over Bryn Mawr on Nov. 30. Kornfeld is averaging 4.9 points and 2.9 rebounds and leads the Bears with 21 assists.