College Corner: Coughlin’s Wozniak delivers for Kutztown field hockey

By Bill Arsenault - For Times Leader
Kyra Wozniak (right) scored six game-winning goals in her first two seasons on the Kutztown field hockey team. The Coughlin grad already has three in the opening month of her junior year. - Submitted photo

When the game is on the line, the Kutztown field hockey team usually looks to Kyra Wozniak to get the job done.

The junior from Plains, a Coughlin grad, has three game-winners this season to add to the five she had as a sophomore and one as a freshman.

This season, Wozniak had the first and third goal in a 3-0 victory over Mercy on Aug. 31. She had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-0 triumph over Adelphi on Sept. 12. And, last Saturday, she had the first goal in a 4-0 victory over Seton Hill in Kutztown.

She leads the 5-1 Huskies with seven goals and an assist for 15 points and has scored at least one point in all six games and a goal in five of six.

“Kyra is a very special field hockey player,” coach Marci Scheuing said. “She is extremely talented and has great skills, but it is her grit and determination that makes her such a threat on the field.”

The coach said that Wozniak has the ability to take over a game at any time.

“Kyra is currently tied for first in goals and game-winning goals and is first in points scored in the PSAC,” Scheuing said. “We are very excited to see where the rest of the season takes her.”

Blass helping Big Red

Sophomore Lance Blass is starting at linebacker for the Cornell football team. The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder, a Crestwood grad, had a team high six solo tackles and eight tackles overall in Saturday’s loss to Yale in the Ivy League opener.

In a loss to Delaware in the season-opener on Sept. 15, Blass had three tackles and was credited with half a sack. He was a special teams player as a freshman.

Sanford finding the range

Junior Kara Sanford has scored two goals and picked up an assist in her last three games for the 5-5 Providence field hockey team. The Hazleton Area grad had the Friars’ only goal in a 6-1 setback against Old Dominion Sept. 14, had a goal in an 8-0 triumph over LIU Brooklyn on Sept. 16 and assisted on the second goal in a 3-2 double overtime victory over Temple in a conference game last Saturday in Philadelphia.

Sanford has four goals and an assist on the season. She scored one goal in 17 games in her first two years with the team.

Wyda working hard

Sophomore running back Len Wyda carried the ball 22 times for 67 yards to help the Lycoming football team get past FDU-Florham 27-24 in a Middle Atlantic Conference game last Saturday. The Berwick grad also caught a pass for 7 yards and returned a kick for 19 yards in the biggest offensive game of his young college career.

As a freshman, Wyda played in one game and carried the ball once for six yards.

Big goal for Barber

Senior midfielder Allie Barber scored at the 61-minute mark to give the Bloomsburg field hockey team a 1-0 victory over No. 5-ranked West Chester in a PSAC contest last Sunday in Bloomsburg. It was her second goal of the season for the 5-2-1 Huskies.

The Pittston Area grad now has 15 goals and 16 assists for 46 points with four game-winners in 63 career games. She was All-PSAC third team as a freshman, second team as a sophomore and a first-team last season.

Good start for Lawson

It appears that junior forward Lydia Lawson is looking for back-to-back Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors after her start with an Elizabethtown women’s soccer team. The Holy Redeemer grad leads the 2-3-2 Blue Jays in goals (5), assists (5) and points (15).

Last season, she scored 15 goals and added an assist for 31 points. In her career, Lawson has 29 goals with six assists for 64 points in 38 games, all starts.

Geroski, Reed help The Rock

Senior Sam Geroski, a Crestwood grad, and junior Kalie Reed, a Coughlin grad, both have started all six games for the Slippery Rock field hockey team after a loss to No. 4-ranked West Chester last Saturday.

They have each picked up an assist, both coming in a 7-0 victory over American on Sept. 3. The duo also keys the defense, which had limited its first five foes to just four goals before the West Chester loss.

Mattson doing the job

Junior midfielder Ruby Mattson has started all eight games for the Grove City women’s soccer team, the Wolverines 5-3 after a 2-1 double overtime victory over Mount Union last Saturday.

The Dallas grad has four goals and two assists for 10 points. She had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-0 victory over Penn State Behrend on Sept. 19 and a goal and an assist in a 4-0 triumph over La Roche on Sept. 14.

Honor for Berman

Senior Allison Berman was named Colonial States Athletic Conference Player of the Week last Monday after she scored two goals, including the game-winner, to lead the Keystone field hockey team to a 3-1 league-opening victory over Wilson last Saturday.

They were the first two goals of the season for the Meyers grad. Berman’s first point of the season was an assist in a 4-1 non-league victory over McDaniel on Sept. 9.

Fry running well

Freshman Jade Fry is competing with the Shippensburg women’s cross country team. The Lake-Lehman grad kicked off the season by finishing 32nd with a 4,000-meter time of 16:44.6 at the Raiders’ Galen Piper Alumni race Aug. 31.

Last weekend, she competed in the 6,000-meter race at Dickinson’s Long/Short Invitational in Newville. She posted a time of 25:12 to finish 14th out of 65 runners and was the second-best finisher for the Raiders.

Kyra Wozniak (right) scored six game-winning goals in her first two seasons on the Kutztown field hockey team. The Coughlin grad already has three in the opening month of her junior year.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_Wozniak_Kyra_5.jpgKyra Wozniak (right) scored six game-winning goals in her first two seasons on the Kutztown field hockey team. The Coughlin grad already has three in the opening month of her junior year. Submitted photo

By Bill Arsenault

For Times Leader