Hope Krolewski did it all on offense for the Keystone field hockey team this season and the senior was rewarded by being named Colonial States Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Krolewski (Holy Redeemer) not only led her team -- and the conference -- in goals (19), assists (12), points (50) and game-winning goals (four), but she ranked 12th in Division III in points per game (2.94), tied for 21st in goals per game (1.12) and tied for 25th in assists per game (.71). The goals, assists and points are Keystone single-season records.
We are so happy for Hope to receive this honor, said Kacy Manning, who was named CSAC Coach of the Year. Her speed and determination to put the points on the board were unsurpassed in our league. She has been an important part of our program and watching her grow over four years has really been fun to watch.
Krolewski also does the job in the classroom. She carries a 3.4 GPA as an Early Childhood Education major.
ADAMSHICK TOP ROOKIE – St. Francis (Pa.) freshman Selena Adamshick (Lake-Lehman) has been named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year. The 5-foot-11 midfielder was also the only first-year player to be named to the league's first team.
Adamshick, a transfer from California (Pa.) where she played basketball, finished with nine goals and five assists for 23 points, with three game-winners.
The Red Flash finished 12-6 and won the NEC regular-season title with a 6-1 record but were beaten 3-1 by Monmouth in the league semifinals.
Quinnipiac senior Lauren Zimniski (Dallas) was also named to the NEC first team. She had two goals and seven assists for 11 points and picked up a goal and an assist in a 3-2 victory over Rider. Rider came back to defeat Quinnipiac 4-1 in the tournament semifinals.
NEARHOUSE AN ALL-STAR – Old Dominion junior Kati Nearhouse (Nanticoke) is a case in point that you don't have to be a big scorer to be a key performer on your team.
The 5-foot-6 midfielder and co-captain has scored two goals and has two assists this season but she was named to the Colonial Athletic Association first team for the other parts of her game.
She is outstanding at both ends of the field and is a big reason why the Monarchs finished the regular season 14-5, with a 7-0 mark in the CAA to capture the league title and earn a berth to the NCAA Division I Tournament.
Nearhouse was a scorer last season (eight goals and five assists for 21 points) and helped Old Dominion post a 22-3 record. The team defeated Ohio State (4-0) and Duke (2-1) before losing to eventual champion Maryland 4-0 in the NCAA semifinals. Nearhouse earned second team All-American and All-CAA honors.
Our goal is to make it to the Final Four again, Nearhouse was quoted as saying on the Old Dominion web site.
And, if the Monarchs do make it, they'll be playing on their home field. The Final Four is set for Nov. 16-18 at the Powhatan Sports Complex in Norfolk, Va.
HONORS FOR BLASS, METZGER – Lafayette sophomore Brittany Blass and Lehigh sophomore Lindsay Metzger, former Crestwood teammates, earned Patriot League field hockey honors for their efforts this season.
Blass was named to the first team after helping the Lafayette defense give up just 14 goals in 17 games with six shutouts. Six times during the season she earned weekly Defensive Player of the Week honors. She also did the job on the other end with seven goals and an assist with two game-winners.
The Leopards (16-1) face Princeton in an NCAA Tournament Play-In game today in New York City.
Metzger earned second-team honors after scoring eight goals and picking up an assist along with a game-winner for Lehigh which finished 3-14, 0-5 in league play. She did even better in the class room, earning Patriot All-Academic honors after posting a 3.6 GPA as an Arts and Sciences major.
TUTOROW WRAPS IT UP – Mansfield senior Kristy Tutorow (Northwest) scored two goals in her final collegiate game – a 7-2 victory over Mercyhurst. She finished the season with five goals and three assists for 13 points.
Kristy had a great senior year, coach Diane Monkiewicz said. She was a huge part of our very potent offense using her speed and aggressiveness to keep us on the attack. And, her leadership both on and off the field was outstanding.
Junior Kristie Rollman (Wyoming Valley West) and sophomore Jessi Swingle (Lake-Lehman) also saw action with the Mountaineers, who finished 6-12 overall and 2-8 in the PSAC.
Rollman shared goalkeeper duties and posted a 3-7 record, giving up 37 goals with 106 saves.
Kristie had another solid season, Monkiewicz said. She had some game-changing saves that gave us the momentum swing we needed.
Swingle saw action in 13 games with nine starts and had a goal and an assist.
Jessi had a bit of a position change because we wanted to use more of her explosive attacking skills as well as her aggressiveness on defense, Monkiewicz said. I'm looking to have her take more of a leadership role on the field next year.
GOOD START FOR SCOCOZZO – Despite being a freshman, Mia Scocozzo earned a spot in the regular lineup at both singles and doubles for the Cabrini women's tennis team.
Scocozzo (Meyers) was 4-10 at No. 5 singles and 6-8 at No. 3 doubles for the Cavaliers, who finished the fall with a 6-8 overall mark and a 6-4 record in the Colonial States Athletic Conference.
Mia had a terrific first season, coach John Magee said. She accepted the coaching help that was offered and worked hard throughout the season to improve her game. She was awarded honorable mention in doubles and that is a testament to the improvement that she exhibited.
Magee will not be coaching Scocozzo in the future.
The new coach should look for her continued improvement and dedication to the game of tennis, he said. Mia has the potential to have a nice college career.
CASEY KEEPS ON RUNNING – Senior Jillian Casey is a member of the talented Elizabethtown women's cross country team that recently captured its sixth straight Middle Atlantic Conference Championship.
Casey (Crestwood) finished 39th out of 151 runners with a 6k time of 26:25.61. She was the 11th Elizabethtown finisher and didn't count in the scoring.
Prior to that, Casey finished 14th in the Battle of the Buggy at Elizabethtown (18:25.42 for 4.2K), 29th in the Dickinson Long-Short Invitational (16:46.10 for 4K) and 33rd in the Misericordia Classic (26:46.9 for 6K).
The problems Jillian had with injuries in high school have never completely resolved themselves, coach Brian Falk said. That being said, she's worked harder than ever in the weight room to get and stay healthy and we are seeing results this fall.
The coach is looking forward to watching Casey compete in track this winter and spring.
I think Jillian is going to turn some heads in our conference, Falk said. Despite her injury setbacks, she has been an unquestioned leader in our women's program for some time now. She was an overwhelming choice by her teammates for a team captaincy and will assume that role when indoor track begins. She has a gift for making her teammates feel important and that by itself makes our team better.
LITTLEFIELD LED THE WAY – The Keystone women's soccer team finished with a 3-12-2 overall record and a 1-8-2 mark in the Colonial States Athletic Conference but the team got a big effort from Samantha Littlefield.
Littlefield (Nanticoke) led the Giants in goals (five), assists (four) and points (14). She was also a junior captain.
Sam is a player with strong technical ability and great field awareness and that makes her very dangerous to stop, coach Noel Cox said. She was asked to step into a more attacking midfield role during the course of the year with the amount of injuries we sustained. She was often the key player we played through to get our attack going.
Junior Rebecca Dinelli (Nanticoke) was also a member of the squad. The starting goalkeeper last year as a freshman, she played midfield this season. She did find time to play in four games, with two starts as keeper, and posted a 1-1 record. She gave up five goals and had 20 saves.
Becca is the ultimate team-first player, Cox said. After starting in goal last year she stepped up for her team and saw most of her minutes in the midfield. She was a strong defensive presence and a key playmaker for our attack. She and Sam are laying the foundation to help turn this program around.