Selena Adamshick had a big freshman season with the St. Francis (Pa.) field hockey team but she’s off to an even better performance this season.
Adamshick (Lake-Lehman) has nine goals and three assists for 21 points for the 3-3 Red Flash.
She had all the goals in a 5-0 victory over Pacific and was named Atlantic-10 Player of the Week for the effort. She followed that effort up with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 loss to UMass-Lowell and a goal and an assist in a 3-2 victory over Kent State last Saturday.
Last season, she had 23 points (9 goals and 5 assists) and was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year and was a first-team NEC All-Star.
“Selena continues to raise the bar for herself and her teammates on a daily basis,” coach Stacey Bean said. “Her competitive nature, work ethic and athleticism combine to make her one of the most talented players on the field each and every game.”
Adamshick is one of seven former Lake-Lehman players on the squad. Senior Lottie Chipego and freshman Carly Gromel start on defense and junior Nikki Snyder (1-3-5) starts on offense. Senior Erica Johnson, sophomore Michelle Lipski and freshman Tori Frederick are key reserves.
ROTTENECKER GETS HIS KICKS – Sophomore Max Rottenecker (Meyers) is just 6-feet and 160 pounds but he has a big foot for the Ithaca football team. Rottenecker is the long field goal kicker for the 3-0 Bombers and is three-for-three.
He hit field goals of 41 and 37 yards in the season-opening 31-7 victory over Moravian and another 41-yarder in a 24-20 triumph over Buffalo State last Saturday. He’s also averaging 58.0 on 16 kickoffs with five going into the end zone.
“Max worked hard in the off season and during pre-season to improve his consistency and range on both kickoffs and field goals,” coach Mike Welch said. “It gives us an edge in the kicking game.”
BUNCH GETTING IT DOWN PAT – Tashawn Bunch had 57 tackles, a sack and two forced fumbles starting for the Lock Haven football team last season as a freshman. This season, Bunch (Wyoming Valley West) has 17 tackles, a forced fumble and a blocked kick for the 2-2 Bald Eagles. He opened the season with eight tackles in a 31-13 victory over West Virginia State.
“Tashawn didn’t really understand our scheme as a true freshman but he played hard and showed great promise,” coach John Allen said. “He has since grown into the system and plays with great confidence and physicality. He is blossoming into one of the better players on our team. He is a great young man and we are enjoying the growth he has shown both on the field and in the class room.”
GLADEY WORKING HARD – Redshirt junior Taylor Gladey (Crestwood) was a key reserve with the William & Mary field hockey team as a freshman, was injured as a sophomore and came back to help the team off the bench last season.
This season, the 5-foot-2 forward has either started or been the first player off the bench for the 4-5 Tribe, who kicked off their Colonial Athletic Association slate with a 4-3 victory over James Madison last Saturday.
“Gladey is an all-out player,” coach Tess Ellis said. “She is very quick and always hustles. We are excited her body is letting her play again and can’t wait to see what this season will hold for her and the Tribe.”
ORAM HONORED – Albright’s David Oram (Meyers) was named Commonwealth Conference Defensive Player of the Week in men’s soccer after a solid game in a 0-0 double overtime tie with Scranton. The 5-foot-7, 185-pound sophomore made four saves, including an outstanding fingertip stop following a Scranton corner kick early in the game. He also had a big save in overtime.
“David has been solid with his hands and is more confident than last year,” coach Jared Melot said. “And, his communication skills have improved as well.”
Oram played in seven games and started four sharing keeper duties for the Lions last season and finished with a 1-3-0 record with a shutout. This season, he’s 3-3-1 with 2 ½ shutouts and has given up 11 goals and has 18 saves.
DESPIRITO TOUGH IN GOAL – Sophomore Danielle DeSpirito (Crestwood) is starting in goal for the 5-2 Ursinus field hockey team. She has given up eight goals with 20 saves and has two shutouts (9-0 over Eastern Mennonite and 8-0 over Bryn Mawr). Last season, she shared keeper duties and was 6-3.
“Danielle is a key communicator on our back line and is a true competitor,” coach Jenelle Benner said.
DeSprito gets great help in the back from a veteran defensive unit that includes senior Kara Bowen (Wyoming Valley West) and junior Nora Kornfeld of Kingston (Wyoming Seminary).
Bowen has started all seven games and has a goal.
“Kara is a co-captain this year,” Benner said. “She has stepped up nicely to lead the team as part of our defensive unit.”
Kornfeld has also started all seven games and has a goal and two assists.
“Nora is one of our most experienced backs on defense,” Benner said.
ZUBKO HELPS WARRIORS – Sophomore Alex Zubko (Dallas) has settled in as the No. 5 runner on the strong East Stroudsburg men’s cross country team. He finished 13th out of 131 runners at last weekend’s Don Cathcart invitational in Salisbury, Md. with a career-best 8k time of 26:26.50.
He kicked off this season by finishing 13th out of 69 runners (28:12.85 for five miles) in the Fordham Invitational and was 56th out of 176 runners in the Division II Challenge at Kutztown with an 8k time of 27:15.9.
“Alex was our team’s Warrior of the Week earlier this season for improving his time in a meet by 90 seconds over last season,” coach Joe Koch said. “Alex is a coach’s dream – a hard worker, respectful and self-motivated. And, he has a 3.851 grade point average in exercise science. They don’t come any better.”
DEMKO DOING THE JOB – Senior Michelle Demko (Crestwood) is in her fourth year starting for the women’s volleyball team at Maine’s Unity College. She’s a 5-foot-3 setter and leads the team in assists (203) and has 98 digs, 22 kills and a standout .529 attack percentage.
“Michelle would rather play defense but she has been one of our setters in all four years,” coach Chris Kein said. “She’s also the team captain.”
Demko graduates in December (a semester early) with a degree in wildlife conservation.
“It will be very difficult to find someone to replace her,” Kein said.