Wagner tosses six TDs in first half of first career start
Senior quarterback Ray Wagner had a record-setting first career start for East Stroudsburg, throwing for 375 yards and six touchdowns in the first half as the Warriors opened the 2011 season with a 56-14 win against visiting Pace on Thursday night.
Wagner’s six touchdowns were the most by an ESU quarterback in a half, and included a 97-yard pass to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Robert Bleiler which made the score 42-0 at halftime.
Bleiler had three catches for 172 yards and his first two career touchdowns and Dusty Reed caught five passes for 136 yards and two scores. Both players had their first career 100-yard receiving games.
Five players caught a touchdown pass against Pace for the second consecutive season.
The Warriors had 667 yards of total offense, the eighth-highest total in school history including 456 yards passing.
Wagner’s aerial show was the story of the first half, as he was 6 for 10 for 152 yards in the first quarter and exploded for a 7-for-10 performance for 223 yards in the second quarter. The TD pass to Bleiler was the second longest in school history behind a 99-yard play from Bret Comp to Ken Kopetchny in 1990.
National champions run home winning streak to 52 matches
Concordia-St. Paul, the top-ranked team in Division II and four-time defending national champions, swept by No. 25 Northern Michigan to improve to 4-0 on the season on Saturday.
CUSP hit .314 to easily take the match, including holding NMU to just eight points in the final set. Ellie Duffy led all hitters with nine kills while four other Golden Bears had eight.
By winning its home tournament, the Golden Bears extended their home-match winning streak to 52.
Sharbaugh tallies record goal to sit atop career scoring and goals charts
Gannon got off to a strong start with a 3-1 win against Wheeling Jesuit on Thursday after getting two scores from senior Amanda Sharbaugh. After tying the school career scoring mark last year, Sharbaugh took sole possession atop the chart with two goals in the opener and another in Saturday’s 1-0 win against Ashland.
Sharbaugh now has 37 career goals, passing second-place Erin Cray who had 34 between 1997 and 2000. Sharbaugh now also owns the career scoring record at Gannon as she has 92 points while ranking third in assists (18).
In the opener, the Lady Knights got their first score nearly 35 minutes into the contest when Sharbaugh crushed a shot to the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. They added another goal minutes later on a Justine Rodrigues goal off a deflection, and Sharbaugh added another late goal to seal it.
On Saturday, Sharbaugh had the only goal in the game as she scored with 10:48 remaining in regulation off a crossing pass.
Lipscomb’s home winning streak snapped at 29 matches
Arkansas State earned a rare road victory at Lipscomb on Saturday, pulling away for a 25-15, 26-24, 16-25, 25-23 win in the Lipscomb Invitational. The loss snapped the nation’s third-longest home winning streak ending the Lady Bisons’ run at Allen Arena at 29 games.
Trailing 20-18 in the second set Lipscomb got a kill from senior opposite hitter Charlyn Ursell before senior middle blocker Katie Rose made a block and followed with a kill to knot the game at 20 and force a Red Wolves timeout. Rose then made one of her game-high, eight solo blocks to give the Lady Bisons momentum which led to a 24-21 lead. ASU then rattled off five consecutive points to earn the win and put Lipscomb in a deep hole.
“We played tough competition and we haven’t found a way to pull it out,” said Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal. “The good is, the fight that I see and the competition that we’re playing and what we’re doing against that competition. When you walk away from this match, [sometimes] you lose close matches and that’s what it really came down to. Two good teams going at it and [the difference is] a point here, a point there.”
Olazabal scores school-record 11 points; joins brother in scoring column
Junior forward Eros Olazabal exploded for five goals and an assist to give head coach Gregg Miller his first victory as Manhattanville coach as the Valiants marched past the York (N.Y.) Cardinals 7-0 in the 2011 opener Thursday. Olazabal’s 11 points set the school single-game record, passing Justin Sweeney who had 10 on Sept. 19, 2001, against Purchase College. Eros also tied Sweeney atop the record book with five goals.
Eros’ first marker came early on in the contest at the 5:42 point when he received a crossing pass from his twin brother Erick Olazabal to make the score 1-0. The game would stay the same score until 28:23 into the game, when Eros tallied his second score of the game.
Just over four minutes later Eros notched the hat trick when he scored on another cross from his brother. After the break the offense picked up once again 5:27 into the frame as Eros scored his fourth consecutive goal, this time coming off the foot of senior Adam Kent. The fifth goal came from junior defender Marco Blasetti, as Eros kept a cross inbounds at the goal line and fed back to Blasetti, who was on his back but still found a way to steer the ball home.
The sixth goal came from the other member of the Olazabal family as Erick notched his first goal of the season coming off passes from Chukwueloka Muoka and Zack Weidner.
No. 15 Lewis rolls off 10 service aces and holds Colorado Christian to eight points in set
Colorado Christian recorded 21 hitting errors as No. 15 Lewis swept the Cougars 3-0 (25-20, 25-8, 25-22) on Friday in tournament play in Tampa, Fla. The last time Lewis held an opponent to eight points or fewer in a 25-point set was Oct. 31, 2008, against Saint Joseph’s when Lewis also limited the Pumas to eight points.
Lewis hit at a .400 clip in the set while limiting Colorado Christian to a minus-.115 percentage. Lewis had two five-point runs and a seven-point run in the frame.
The Flyers were led by Colleen Mitros’ 14 kills on 29 attempts for a .414 percentage. She helped Lewis hit .337 as a team. The Flyers were also dangerous from the endline, recording 10 service aces in the match.
Renner sets accuracy mark in Tar Heels’ season-opening rout
North Carolina rolled to a 42-10 win in the season opener against James Madison as quarterback Bryn Renner passed for 277 yards by completing a school-record 22 of 23 pass attempts. His only incompletion to his team actually was caught as it was a Dukes’ interception in the second quarter.
The sophomore completed his first eight attempts and added 14 consecutive at the end of the stretch to tie the school record. His accuracy (95.7 percent) set the ACC record for single-game completion percentage with at least 20 attempts and was just below the NCAA record (95.8).
Washington-St. Louis rolls behind freshman Zambricki’s record-tying performance
Washington University-St. Louis opened the 2011 season with a 7-0 win at home against Missouri Baptist on Thursday.
Freshman Anna Zambricki scored four goals and had an assist in her college debut, tying a school record for goals scored in a game. Zambricki scored two goals in each half, as she became the seventh Bear to achieve the feat.
The Bears scored two goals in the opening 2:20 to jump out to a commanding lead. Zambricki scored the first collegiate goal of her career at 1:25 as she took a pass from senior Lee Ann Felder and hammered home a shot from 25 yards out. Zambricki set up the second goal just 55 seconds later, as she sent in a cross that was headed home by freshman Lillie Toaspern.
Zambricki pushed Washington U.’s lead to 3-0 with a goal in the 14th minute. Toaspern and junior Emily Gosché assisted on the goal for Zambricki, her second of the contest. The Bears outshot Missouri Baptist 21-0 in the first half.
Senior Emma Brown added a goal midway through the second half to push the lead to 4-0. The goal for Brown was her 22nd all-time, moving her into 10th place on the all-time list. Zambricki pushed the lead to 5-0 with a goal in the 64th minute, and then freshman Kaylin Balley (69th minute) and Zambricki (73rd minute) scored to round out the scoring.
Marlborough moves up scoring chart with another hat trick
Morgan Marlborough’s third career hat trick powered Nebraska to a 8-1 win against Northern Arizona on Sunday. Marlborough put NU up 2-0 going into halftime before notching the 28th hat trick in Nebraska soccer history with an unassisted goal at 58:32. Her third tally put the Huskers up 4-0.
Six Huskers scored goals on the day, including the first career goals for Bri Badje, Samantha Areman and Maddie Hanssler.
After not scoring a goal in the first two games of the season, Marlborough has now scored seven goals in Nebraska’s last three games. She started the year seventh on Nebraska’s all-time goals chart with 39 goals during her first two seasons and has now moved to fifth on the list with 46 goals. She is two goals away from tying Meghan Anderson for the No. 4 spot.
All information and photos compiled from respective athletic department websites.