Kayla Gluchowski and Gabrielle Malishchak had standout senior seasons in field hockey and both women are reaping the rewards for their play.
Gluchowski (Crestwood) led West Chester to the NCAA Division II title. She was named to the first team on both the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American team and the Synapse Sports squad. Malishchak (Nanticoke) was a defensive standout at Slippery Rock and earned first-team honors on the Synapse squad and second team with the NFHCA.
We are proud of Kayla's selection and believe it was well deserved, coach Amy Cohen said. She was a great leader on the field with her vision, passion, determination as well as her ability to score in an instant. Kayla was by far the fastest person on our team and I have yet to see someone quicker to the ball in the two years I've been here.
Gluchowski had 13 goals and six assists for 32 points and five of the goals were game-winners including her score in a 3-2 victory over Shippensburg in the NCAA semifinals. She also had a goal in the championship game, a 5-0 triumph over UMass-Lowell. The Golden Rams finished 20-2.
Malishchak had two goals and four assists but more importantly had five defensive saves. She was the only four-time All-PSAC selection ever to play for The Rock, who finished 8-10 on the season.
Gaby grew tremendously as a person and a player in her four years here, coach Julie Swiney said. I'm extremely proud of her accomplishments and honors. It is clear that her contributions to the program have been significant. This season she played with pure determination both offensively and defensively.
WIGNOT SELECTED – Pittsburgh junior Monica Wignot (Holy Redeemer) was named to the Big East Conference second team in women's volleyball.
The 6-foot-2 middle blocker finished the season with 229 kills, 80 blocks, 80 digs and 30 service aces. She had a .213 attack percentage. She ranked third in the Big East in aces per set (0.37) and eighth in blocks per set (1.07). She had 134 kills and 61 blocks in league play as well.
The Panthers finished 17-14 and lost 3-1 to Marquette in the Big East quarterfinals. Wignot had 10 kills and four aces in the match.
SKRINAK FITS RIGHT IN – Freshman Jenna Skrinak (Wyoming Area) had a solid first season with the Lindenwood field hockey team. The 5-foot-5 forward played in all 16 games and started seven. She had two goals and her second goal was the game-winner in a 3-2 triumph over Bellarmine in the final game of the season.
Jenna has been a joy to be around and watch compete, assistant coach Sara Confer said. I have no doubt that she will continue to impress us with her skills and commitment to the game.
Confer knew all about Skrinak when she joined the team. A former Wyoming Valley West standout and a former assistant coach at Holy Redeemer, Confer coached Skrinak on the Valley Styx club team.
Jenna is a perfect fit for where this program is headed, head coach Sarah Johnson said.
HONOR FOR MCGINNESS – Scranton's Bill McGuiness (Wyoming Valley West) was named Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year in men's soccer.
McGuinness finished with a league-high 24 points on nine goals and six assists. He had five game-winners. Awards are not new to the senior with junior eligibility. He was a second team All-League choice as a sophomore and a first-team pick last season.
The Royals finished 17-3-2 and saw their season end with a 3-0 loss to top-ranked Messiah in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. It's the most victories for the program since Scranton won 18 games in 1990.
CAMPENNI SEEING ACTION – Red-shirt freshman Julian Campenni (Wyoming Area) is a backup defensive lineman with the Connecticut football team. The 5-foot-11, 281-pounder has played in all nine games and has eight tackles, including 1.5 for losses for the Huskies, who are 4-5 overall and 1-4 in the Big East Conference with two league games remaining – at Louisville Saturday and against Cincinnati on Saturday, Dec. 1 in East Hartford.
Even though we lost some tough, close games it has been a great learning experience, Campenni said. My goal coming into the year was just to try to see the field so I blew up my expectations
Campenni feels that he's improved as the season has gone on.
When it comes to my development as a player, I've made a complete 180, he said. I'm 100 times better now than in pre-season camp. I will only work hard to get bigger, faster and stronger for next year.
ZONDLO WRAPS IT UP – Senior Nathan Zondlo (Pittston Area) ended his final season of cross country for the Lock Haven men's team by finishing 90th out of 245 runners in the NCAA Division II Championships last Saturday in Joplin, Mo. He was the second-best finisher on the team, posting a time of 31:21.2 over the 10K course.
Zondlo will now prep for the indoor season which begins Saturday, Dec. 1, with the Bison Open in Lewisburg.
RADZWILKA HELPED HAWKS – Freshman Sara Radzwilka had a strong first season with the St. Joseph's women's cross country team, running in all eight of the team's meets despite the fact that she was asked to compete to keep in shape for the indoor and outdoor season, where she is a middle-distance runner.
Radzwilka (Wyoming Area) wrapped up her first campaign with the Hawks by running in the Atlantic-10 Conference Championships, the NCAA Division I Mid-Atlantic Regionals and the ECAC Championships. She finished 92nd out of 140 runners in the A-10 meet with a time of 19:50.7, and then followed it up by finishing 142nd out of 215 competitors in the regionals with a 6K time of 23:46. Last weekend, she was 77th in the ECAC meet with an improved time of 19:49.0 for 5K.
CLARKE NAMED AGAIN – For the second straight season, Bloomsburg's Brian Clarke has been named to the All-PSAC first team in football. But honors are nothing new for the 6-foot-3, 290-pound right guard. He was a three-time Wyoming Valley Conference first-teamer while playing for Hanover Area.
Clarke helped the Huskies average 37.6 points and 472.5 yards in total offense on the season, which ended with a 58-20 loss to Shippensburg in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament last weekend.
The Huskies finished 10-2 and were 6-1 in the PSAC East.
DUO WITH DUKES – Junior Regina Dutz (Hazleton Area) and senior Mary Ketchner (Dallas) are members of the Duquesne women's rowing team which wrapped up its limited fall season by competing in the Head of Occoquan in Fairfax, Va.
Dutz was a member of the Dukes' Varsity A and B boats this season. In the Occoquan, her B boat finished eighth in a time of 17:30.04.
Regina started out as part of our first varsity 8 and helped her boat finish first in our opening race at Dayton against one of the largest and most competitive fields that regatta has seen in some time, coach Joe Setting said. I expect her to be a key part of our varsity team's success in the spring.
Ketchner was coxswain on the No. 3 boat which finished 15th out of 31 teams in the Collegiate 4 competition at Occoquan.
Mary returned to the team after taking a one-year hiatus to focus on her pharmacy studies, Setting said. As a coxswain, it can take some time to regain the feel of the action but Mary has natural talent and it's just a matter of getting in the reps and she will be fine.
The Dukes return to the water March 9, at the Spring Break Regatta in Orlando, Fla.
MENTION FOR JAYNE – Senior Roger Jayne (Lake-Lehman) earned honorable mention honors in the Middle Atlantic Conference for his play with the Lycoming football team.
Jayne, a 5-foot-11, 255-pound defensive tackle had 31 tackles, including 15 solos, and was credited with half a sack on the season. He was a two-time MAC second-team choice coming into the season.
The Warriors finished 8-2 overall and 8-1 in conference play and saw their season end with a 38-0 victory over Misericordia, a game in which Jayne collected four tackles. Despite the record, Lycoming missed out on an NCAA Division III berth.
Bill Arsenault covers area athletes competing at the collegiate level for The Times Leader. Reach him at [email protected].