College Corner: Wyoming Seminary’s Harris shows versatility on the ice

By Bill Arsenault - For Times Leader | November 21st, 2017 9:57 pm

Christine Harris has been a proven scorer for the Buffalo State women’s hockey team in her first three seasons with the team. But the senior has been moved into a new spot for the Bengals this season.

Harris, from Mountain Top (Wyoming Seminary), is seeing time on defense and has helped the team post a 4-4 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Northeast Women’s Hockey League.

“Christine has played a very versatile role this season,” coach Jennifer Wilson said. “Originally a forward, she has stepped up to fill in for a few early-on set of injuries to our defensive unit.”

The 5-foot-3 senior entered this season having played 77 games and had 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 points with three game-winners.

She’s still helping out on the offensive end with the game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory over Potsdam on Nov. 3 and picking up an assist in each of two games against Cortland last weekend, one in a 3-1 triumph last Friday and one in a 2-0 shutout last Saturday.

“Christine’s speed, strength and playmaking abilities have made her an asset and a huge part of our success this season,” Wilson said.

Big start for Hopkins

Senior Mia Hopkins collected double-doubles in her first three games of the season with the West Chester women’s basketball team and then had a season-high 24 points and nine rebounds in a 106-71 PSAC victory over Clarion last Sunday in Clarion.

The 5-foot-11 forward, a Pittston Area grad, is averaging 15.3 points and 12.0 rebounds for the 3-1 Golden Rams. Last season, Hopkins played for Bloomsburg and averaged 16.1 points and 92 rebounds with 66 assists.

Honor for Seabrook

Junior attack/midfielder Brea Seabrook was named to the Atlantic 10 Conference second team for her play with the St. Francis field hockey team. The GAR grad had 10 goals and seven assists for 27 points with three game winners with two defensive saves.

She had an assist on the first goal and tallied the second in a 2-1 season-ending victory over Lock Haven on Oct. 29.

Junior Elizabeth Dyer (Berwick Area) started 16 games in goal and gave up 33 goals with 87 saves and two shutouts with the Red Flash finishing 8-9 overall and 4-4 in league play.

DeSpirito got in his kicks

True freshman Alex DeSpirito was the placekicker and punter for the Ursinus football team with the Bears finishing 6-4 overall and 5-4 in the Centennial Conference. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Crestwood grad converted 33 out of 34 extra point attempts and was 3-for-7 on field goals.

He had two field goals and three extra points in a 38-35 victory over Gettysburg on Sept. 9 and finished third on the team in scoring with 42 points. DeSpirito punted 49 times and averaged 34.5 per kick with a long of 73 yards. He had 15 kicks inside the 20 yard line.

Falcone wraps it up

Senior Elana Falcone started all 18 games for the Temple women’s soccer team, as the Owls finished 6-10-2 overall and 2-6-1 in American Athletic Conference play after a 3-2 league loss to Connecticut on Oct. 27. Falcone, from Pittston (Scranton Prep), had a goal in that game and finished with four goals and an assist for nine points, third best on the squad.

She had the only goal in a 1-0 league victory over East Carolina on Sept. 28. She has started every game for the Owls (57) the past three seasons.

First team for Sohns

Sophomore Maggie Sohns was named to the MAC Freedom first team for her play with the FDU-Florham field hockey team. She was a second-team pick as a freshman. The Tunkhannock grad had three goals and two assists for eight points and helped the defense limit foes to 25 goals (1.02 goals against average) with four shutouts.

The Devils finished 15-8 overall including a 6-1 record in league play and lost 2-0 to Alvernia in the ECAC title game on Nov. 12 in Reading.

Anastasi finishes strong

Sophomore defensive back Nic Anastasi was the fourth-leading tackler on the Mansfield sprint football team with 40, including 30 unassisted. He also had an interception and a fumble recovery.

The Pittston Area grad wrapped up the season with his two best games – 10 tackles in a 62-14 loss to Army on Oct. 21 and seven tackles, all solo, in a 35-13 setback to league champion Penn on Nov. 3. The Mountaineers finished 1-6 overall and 1-3 in the Collegiate Sprint Football League.

Mattson aids Wolverines

Sophomore Ruby Mattson was a key performer on the Grove City women’s soccer team, which finished 17-6 and saw the season end with a 1-0 loss to New York University in the ECAC Division III Championship game Saturday.

Mattson had two goals to lead the Wolverines to a 3-1 victory over Franciscan in the first round. The Dallas grad was named to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference first team after she led Grove City in scoring with 23 points.

Dixon and Simpson solid

Sophomore linebackers Cole Dixon and David Simpson, both Dallas grads, had strong seasons on defense for the Susquehanna football team, which finished 8-3 after defeating Albright 28-9 in the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series last Saturday in Reading.

Dixon had 76 tackles, including 48 solos, and was credited for 3.5 sacks. He also had a forced fumble. Simpson had 48 tackles with four sacks totaling 25 yards in losses.

Second team for Gasser

Franklin & Marshall right guard A.J. Gasser was named to the Centennial Conference second team in football after helping the Diplomats post a 10-1 record, the season ending with a 21-7 victory over Widener on the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series last Saturday in Lancaster.

The 6-foot-1, 294-pound Hazleton Area grad helped Franklin & Marshall average 36.4 points a game with 392.2 yards in total offense. The only loss came against league champ Johns Hopkins (45-7) on Oct. 7 in Baltimore.

Mountain Top native and Wyoming Seminary grad Christine Harris has played both forward and defense for Buffalo State. Top native and Wyoming Seminary grad Christine Harris has played both forward and defense for Buffalo State. Submitted photo

By Bill Arsenault

For Times Leader