College Corner: Crestwood’s Pitman scoring big goals for Susquehanna

By Bill Arsenault - For Times Leader | September 26th, 2017 6:29 pm - updated: 11:49 am.

The Susquehanna field hockey team started this season with a 4-4 record and Hunter Pitman has the game-winning goal in all four of the victories.

The sophomore attack, a Crestwood grad, posted her winning goals in a 4-3 overtime victory over Wilkes on Sept. 2, a 4-2 triumph over King’s on Sept. 9, a 3-1 victory over McDaniel on Sept. 13 and in a 10-0 win over Notre Dame (Md.) on Sept. 19, in which she scored three times.

Pitman leads the River Hawks with eight goals and 16 points.

Winning games is nothing new for her. She had 22 goals and seven assists for 51 points with five game-winners as a freshman and earned Landmark Conference first-team honors and was the league’s Rookie of the Year.

“Hunter has been under a lot more pressure this year,” coach Allison Fordyce said. “She is marked and many times double-teamed by the best defenders on the other team and it has made her work harder for her scoring chances.”

Pitman’s eight goals show that she’s found a way.

“Hunter is the toughest player you will ever meet, and despite the tighter defense she is still getting good chances,” Fordyce said. “Even if she is not getting her shots, she is creating opportunities for the rest of the offense.”

The rest of the team, which includes six freshmen and three sophomores in the starting lineup, has scored just 15 goals in eight games and opened the Landmark season with a 4-1 loss to Capital last Saturday in Selinsgrove.

Honor for Thompson

Senior Michelle Thompson was named to the Ivy League weekly honor roll for her play with the Columbia field hockey team last weekend.

The midfielder, a Dallas grad, had a goal and two assists as the 4-4 Lions opened their league season with a 4-0 victory over Brown last Saturday in New York. On Sunday, she had two assists in a 4-3 overtime loss to No. 21-ranked St. Joseph’s.

She has four goals and seven assists for 15 points with two game-winners.

Anastasi seeing action

Nic Anastasi is starting in the defensive backfield for the Mansfield sprint football team. The 5-foot-9 Pittston Area grad has eight tackles, five unassisted, with a pass breakup and a fumble recovery.

He had four tackles the pass breakup and the fumble recovery in a 41-14 loss to powerful Navy last Saturday in Mansfield which dropped the Mountaineers to 0-2 on the season.

Anastasi played in seven games and had 10 tackles and a pass breakup as a freshman including six tackles in a game against Army.

Wozniak leads the way

Sophomore Kyra Wozniak leads the 6-2 Kutztown field hockey team in scoring with seven goals for 14 points, and the Coughlin grad has three game-winners, including two straight last week.

The 5-foot-4 forward had two goals, including the game-winner in a 3-0 victory over Seton Hill last Saturday and scored the go-ahead goal in a 2-1 triumph over West Chester on Sept. 20.

Her first game-winner came in a 3-0 victory over Adelphi on Sept. 4.

Angelella starts for Leopards

Freshman Grace Angelella has started all nine games for the Lafayette field hockey team. The Wyoming Area grad scored her first collegiate goal in a 4-0 victory over Fairfield on Sept. 8 in Fairfield, Conn., and came right back to get the game-winner when she scored the first and second goals of the game in a 4-1 triumph over Drexel on Sept. 10 in Easton.

The Leopards are 5-4 overall and 1-1 in Patriot League play after a 6-1 non-league loss to Harvard last Saturday in Cambridge, Mass.

Barber helping Huskies

Junior attack/midfielder Allie Barber has started all nine games for the Bloomsburg women’s soccer team, the Huskies 6-2-1 overall and 5-2-1 in PSAC after a 2-1 league loss to West Chester last Sunday in West Chester.

The Pittston Area grad had a goal in the season opener, an 8-1 victory over Chestnut Hill on Aug. 31, and picked up assists in a 4-0 victory over Mansfield on Sept. 19 and a 2-1 triumph over Mercyhurst last Friday.

She entered this season with nine goals and 11 assists and was an All-PSAC second team choice last year and a third-team pick as a freshman.

Olenginski chipping in

Freshman Jordan Olenginski has played in all 10 games with seven starts for the 8-2 St. Joseph’s field hockey team. The Crestwood grad scored her first collegiate point with an assist in a 4-1 season-opening victory over Temple on Aug. 25 and her first goal was a game-winner in a 3-0 victory over Drexel on Sept. 5.

Olenginski also had a goal in a 3-1 triumph over Lock Haven on Sept. 17 and picked up two assists in a 5-0 triumph over Hofstra last Friday.

Mattson makes them count

Sophomore Ruby Mattson has two goals and an assist for the Grove City women’s soccer team and both of her goals were game-winners – in a 2-1 victory over North Central on Sept. 2 and a 2-1 triumph over Penn State-Behrend on Sept. 20.

Last season the Dallas grad had four goals and three assists and was one of just two freshmen to play in all 23 games with 21 starts. The Wolverines are 5-2 after a 4-0 victory over Mount Union last Saturday in Grove City.

Saba’s a veteran

Senior Matt Saba has played in 67 games with 24 starts in his career with the Gwynedd Mercy men’s soccer team. The Dallas grad has two goals this season – in a 2-1 loss to Penn State-Brandywine on Sept. 5 and a 2-1 loss to Delaware Valley on Sept. 20.

He entered this season with eight goals and three assists for 19 points with two game-winners. The Griffins are 0-7-1 after the loss to Delaware Valley.

Former Crestwood player Hunter Pitman has scored the game-winning goal in each Susquehanna victory so far this season. Crestwood player Hunter Pitman has scored the game-winning goal in each Susquehanna victory so far this season. Submitted photo

By Bill Arsenault

For Times Leader

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