College Corner: Holy Redeemer grad Lydia Lawson starring with Elizabethtown field hockey

By Bill Arsenault - For Times Leader
Holy Redeemer grad Lydia Lawson leads the Elizabethtown field hockey team with 23 points on 11 goals and an assist this season. - Submitted photo

Lydia Lawson had a solid freshman season with the Elizabethtown field hockey team but as a sophomore, she’s playing even a bigger role with the Blue Jays.

Lawson, from Mountain Top and a Holy Redeemer grad, leads the team with 23 points on 11 goals and an assist. She has three game-winners. The 5-foot-3 forward kicked off the season by scoring two goals including the game-winner in a 3-0 non-league victory over Rutgers-Camden on Sept. 1. She used the same formula — two goals with the game-winner — in a 3-0 triumph over Lebanon Valley on Sept. 16. And, she got the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Penn State Berks on Oct. 2.

Lawson was one of just two players to start all 16 games as a freshman and had nine goals for 18 points.

“Lydia has been a tremendous asset to the program over her two seasons,” coach Amy Hough said. “Her killer instinct around the goal and innate desire to improve herself and those around her every day are two intangible qualities that coaches search very hard for in the recruiting process.”

The Blue Jays are 8-5-1 overall and 3-3-0 in the Landmark Conference after a 1-0 league loss to Susquehanna in the team’s Homecoming/Senior Day game last Saturday in Elizabethtown.

“I’m very glad that Lydia chose Elizabethtown for her academic endeavors and that I have had the opportunity to coach her,” Hough said. “Throughout the past year, her spatial awareness and strength on the ball have greatly improved to help her compete against some of the top defenses in the conference and I’m excited to work with her in fulfilling team and individual goals as her career progresses.”

The Blue Jays close out regular-season play with a league game at Juniata on Saturday.

Honor for Zapoticky

Shippensburg’s senior quarterback Ryan Zapoticky was named PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Week on Monday for his big effort with the Raiders’ football team last Saturday.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder, a Dallas High grad, completed 15 of 21 passes for 237 yards and five touchdowns in a 51-14 league victory over Millersville. He also rushed for 30 yards and played just three quarters after the Raiders scored touchdowns on all six of its first half drives.

On the season, Zapoticky has connected on 145 of 243 passes for 2,161 yards and 18 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He’s also rushed for 246 yards on 58 carries with two scores. He now has 6,311 career passing yards placing him in third place all-time in Raider history.

Shippensburg, ranked ninth in Division II Super Region I, is 7-1 overall and 4-1 in league play and has a tough road test Saturday at Kutztown.

DeLuca saves the day

Bloomsburg senior Sally DeLuca leads the PSAC and is second in Division II with seven defensive saves to help the Huskies posted a 9-7 overall record and a 5-3 mark in league play. DeLuca, a Wyoming Area grad, had two-career defensive saves heading into this season. She’s started all 16 games and has a goal and three assists. On defense, she has helped Bloomsburg limit foes to 27 goals (1.60 per game) with two shutouts. DeLuca has played in 66 career game with 27 starts.

Cusatis leads Wolves

Cheyney freshman Michael Cusatis was named PSAC Athlete of the Week in men’s cross country on Oct. 18 after he finished third at the Battle of the First against Lincoln on Oct. 12 in Cheyney. The Hazleton Area grad covered the 5,000-meter course in 18:15.3. It was his best performance for the Wolves this fall. Lincoln had five of the top six finishers. At the PSAC Championships last Saturday in California, Cusatis was the top finisher for Cheyney with an 8,000 meter time of 34:55.5.

Elmy tough in goal

Junior Paige Elmy is doing the job as goalkeeper for the Penn State Berks women’s soccer team. The GAR grad has started all 15 games for the Nittany Lions, who are 9-5-1 overall and lead the North Eastern Athletic Conference with an 8-0-0 record after a 4-0 league victory over Keuka last Saturday in Reading. Elmy had to make just one save in that game and has given up eight goals (0.65 goals against average) and has 48 saves (.857 save percentage) thus far.

Solid season for Lipski

Senior Katie Lipski has started all 16 games for the 7-9 Mansfield field hockey team. The 5-foot-5 midfielder, a Wyoming Valley West grad, has four goals and an assist for nine points with two game-winners. She had the first goal in a 3-0 victory over Newberry on Oct. 8 and the go-ahead goal in a 3-1 PSAC victory over Seton Hill last Saturday in Mansfield. Freshman Mikaila Chakon, a Dallas High grad, has played in 16 games with seven starts and has a goal and two assists.

Pitman on a roll

Sophomore Hunter Pitman is winding down the season with the 8-8 Susquehanna field hockey team in fine style. The Crestwood grad scored all three goals in a 3-0 victory over Randolph-Macon on Oct. 16, had the game-winning goal in a 3-0 victory over Drew on Oct. 14 and had an assist in a 3-1 loss to Elizabethtown last Saturday in Selinsgrove. Pitman has 14 goals and two assists for 30 points. The hat trick was her second of the season and she also has scored two goals in three games.

Robinson honored again

Sophomore Savanna Robinson was named Colonial States Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday for her play with the Keystone field hockey team. The Coughlin grad, who leads the Giants in scoring (9-5—23) has four game-winners, was selected after she had two goals and an assist in a 4-0 victory over Notre Dame (Md.) on Oct. 14 and came back with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 triumph over Cabrini last Saturday.

Knorr lead the way

Megan Knorr and her brother Brian led Valley Forge at the Immaculata Invitational last Friday in Immaculata. Megan finished third in the women’s 3,000 meter race with a time of 12:07 while Brian took seventh in the men’s 4000 meter race with a time of 14:16.3. Megan is a junior and Brian a senior and both are Crestwood graduates.

Holy Redeemer grad Lydia Lawson leads the Elizabethtown field hockey team with 23 points on 11 goals and an assist this season. Redeemer grad Lydia Lawson leads the Elizabethtown field hockey team with 23 points on 11 goals and an assist this season. Submitted photo

By Bill Arsenault

For Times Leader