Lexi Quick is a key defender for the Bucknell field hockey team, but the senior also knows how to put points up on the scoreboard.
Quick, a Wyoming Seminary grad from Shavertown, leads the 4-3 Bison with 11 points on three goals and five assists. She was named to the All-Patriot League first team last season after collecting five goals and eight assists for a team-high 18 points.
A team captain, Quick also does the job in the classroom. A sustainability major, she’s been named to the All-Patriot and National Field Hockey Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll her first three seasons at Bucknell.
“Lexi has built herself into one of the strongest leaders we’ve ever had in our program,” coach Jeremy Cook said. “She’s our ‘go to’ person on the field in a lot of different situations from bringing the ball out of the backfield to our offensive penalty corners. And, she has carried that increased responsibility in addition to her role as one of our two team captains.”
The coach is “incredibly impressed” with the work Quick has done in building herself into a force on the field.
“I would describe her effectiveness as a player the same way I would describe her leadership style,” Cook said. “She’s a hard-working and a dynamic player – and person.”
ROME’S STILL RUNNING
Former William & Mary All-America track and cross country standout Regan Rome is doing graduate work at Providence College, has eligibility left in cross country and is competing with the Friars this fall.
In a season-opening meet, the New Hampshire Invitational Aug. 31, the Dallas grad finished third on the team and fourth out of 54 runners in the event with a 5,000-meter time of 17:50.58 to help the Friars finish first in a four-team field.
TOUGH LUCK FOR McGRANE
Senior goalkeeper Ian McGrane and the South Carolina men’s soccer team have just a 1-4 record, but McGrane, a Holy Redeemer grad, has given up just seven goals (1.39 goals against average) in five games with 21 saves (.750 save percentage).
The Gamecocks have scored just three goals, losing 1-0 twice, 2-0 and 2-1. The only victory was a 2-1 decision over Lipscomb on Aug. 27. In the season opener, a 1-0 loss to Georgetown, McGrane had a season-high seven saves.
DUO STARTING FOR SETTERS
Seniors Katrina Mikitish and Rachel Platko have started all four games for the 3-1 Pace field hockey team.
Mikitish, a Pittston Area grad, has a goal and an assist, with the assist coming on the only score in a 1-0 victory over Limestone on Sept. 3.
Platko, a Holy Redeemer grad, has an assist and is a key member of the Pace defensive unit.
POPSON LEADS THE WAY
Redshirt junior Jay Popson is the top receiver on the Bloomsburg football team, the Huskies 1-2 after a tough 14-10 loss to Mercyhurst in a PSAC contest last Saturday in Erie.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Crestwood grad had a team-high four receptions for 60 yards in the game, including a 40-yarder. On the season, he’s the leading Huskies receiver with 12 catches for 159 yards. He has 46 career receptions for 698 yards and is looking for his first touchdown reception.
BIG GAMES FOR PITMAN
Junior attack Hunter Pitman had two goals and her assist set up the game-winner as the Susquehanna field hockey team earned a 4-3 overtime victory over York on Sept. 12. The Crestwood grad scored two goals including the game-winner in a season-opening 3-1 triumph over Wilkes on Aug. 31 in Selinsgrove.
Freshman Sam Banks, a Dallas grad, has played in all six games with four starts for the 2-4 River Hawks. She’s been on the field for 322 minutes.
GOOD START FOR MARTIN
Freshman Mitchell Martin and the East Carolina men’s cross country team opened their season in the Carolina Challenge on Sept. 1 in Columbia, S.C. The Pirates nipped Clemson by a point to earn the team title in the eight-team field.
Martin, a Berwick grad, finished 13th and was the team’s fifth-leading finisher with a 5,000-meter time of 16:17.4.
AN HONOR FOR ANGLE – Freshman Shane Angle was named Middle Atlantic Conference Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Stevenson men’s golf team in a pair of tournaments last week.
The Crestwood grad tied for ninth with a 1-over 71 at the Shenandoah Greene Turtle Invitational on Sept. 10 in Front Royal, Va. to help the Mustangs finish fourth. He followed that up with a 2-over 4 to finish tied for 10th at the Dickinson Fall Invitational Sept. 11 in Carlisle.
AWARD FOR SOHNS
FDU-Florham field hockey junior Maggie Sohns was named MAC Freedom Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Devils to a 3-0 record the previous week.
The Tunkhannock graduate had three goals and two assists in the three games, the performance lifting the Devils to 6-1 on the season. Sohns, who has started all seven games, leads the team with 12 points on four goals and four assists.
OLENGINSKI HELPING HAWKS
Sophomore Jordan Olenginski has started all six games for the St. Joseph’s field hockey team, the Hawks 4-2 after dropping a 6-3 decision to No. 4-ranked Duke last Sunday in Syracuse, N.Y.
The Crestwood grad scored the final goal in a 4-0 triumph over Penn on Sept. 9 in Philadelphia. She also has two assists. Freshman Katie Karpinski, another Crestwood grad, has seen action off the bench in two games.