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Gayle tallies 11 points as Alverno explodes for 10 goals in season opener
It took Alverno College nearly 29 minutes to score its first goal of the 2011 season, but that was all it took to open the floodgates. The Inferno added nine more scores for a 10-1 nonconference victory against visiting Mt. Mary College on Thursday.
Sophomore Nava Moniriarani got the Inferno on the board with the game's first goal at the 28:54 mark, and then added her second goal nearly 10 minutes later when Alverno already led 2-1. Freshman Brittany Carpenter added another score for the Inferno to put the home team up 4-1 at intermission.
Alverno added six more goals in the second period as Krueger and rookie Bryanna Gayle scored or assisted all the scores in the half.
Gayle netted the first goal of the period just 32 seconds into play, and added two more over the next 3 minutes for her first-career hat trick. Krueger assisted her third score, and then Gayle returned the favor for Krueger's second score of the game to put the Inferno up 8-1.
Gayle the added a pair of goals -- the final assisted by Krueger -- to tie the Alverno single-game school record with five goals and 11 points.
Agnew tops nation in rushing during debut for Oregon State
Freshman running back Malcolm Agnew made perhaps the top debut in Oregon State history on Saturday. The diminutive back from St. Louis rushed for 223 yards and three touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to carry the Beavers, who lost 29-28 loss in overtime to Sacramento State.
Agnew's 223 yards rushing led the nation on the opening weekend. Ray Grahame of Pittsburgh (201) was the only other player to crack the 200-yard barrier. Agnew's performance was the ninth-best single-game total in Oregon State history and his three touchdown rushes helped the Beavers come from a 21-6 deficit to even the score midway through the fourth quarter.
Agnew scored his first touchdown at the 12:44 mark of the fourth quarter, then pulled the Beavers to within two on a 4-yard touchdown carry less than five minutes later. Sean Mannion, also appearing in his first career game, found Markus Wheaton in the end zone on a two-point conversion to tie the game.
OSU threatened late in the fourth quarter, but a 27-yard field goal attempt by Trevor Romaine hit the right upright as time expired, forcing the sixth overtime game in Oregon State history.
Weise comes off bench to score game-winner for Georgia State
Georgia State freshman Jordan Weise came off the bench to score the game-winning goal in the 85th minute after he streaked across the left side of the box and snuck a shot past a charging Lipscomb goalkeeper. Weise’s goal capped a dominating effort from the Panthers who outshot Lipscomb 10-2 for the match while winning 1-0.
Weise's effort helped him get the nod as the Colonial Athletic Association’s rookie of the week. He became the third GSU player to win the award in the past two years.
It was Weise’s first career goal. It was also the second time in three seasons a freshman has scored their first career goal in the Panthers' regular-season opener.
Brown's long INT return for a score nets honors, but Brockport falls short in opener
Freshman Maurice Brown earned NJAC Defensive Rookie of the Week honors after contributing in Brockport’s season-opener Saturday, a 19-14 non-conference road loss at Ithaca.
In the first game of his collegiate career, Brown garnered three tackles and a 61-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter -- the Golden Eagles' first points of the season. Three plays into the second half, Brown stepped in front of a receiver on the sideline, picked off a pass and scampered into the end zone to cut the Ithaca lead to 13-7.
No. 15 Hope gets big boost from freshman Grasmeyer
Hope College won three matches and took the Mount Union Invitational on Saturday, winning all of its matches and 12 of 15 sets. The No. 15 Flying Dutch got a strong opening performance from freshman Jenna Grasmeyer, who was named the tourney MVP. She had 44 kills, a hitting percentage of .355, 32 digs and five block assists on the weekend and was the only freshman named to the all-tournament squad.
Teammate Greer Bratschie joined her on the all-tournament team and had 87 assists in those same three matches. Bratschie set up Grasmeyer repeatedly, and had 12 kills against Mount St. Joseph, 19 against Case Western Reserve and 15 against host Mount Union.
Schreiber posts top-five finish in debut while ranking on all-time chart
Freshman Rachel Schreiber posted a top-five individual finish Saturday to help lead Pacific to the team title at the Puget Sound Invitational. Schreiber was second on the squad to cross the line, following teammate Jilinda Franklin.
Schreiber came across in fifth in her debut with a time of 24:52, the Boxers’ 13th best all-time performance. Meanwhile, Franklin posted a personal best on the 6,000-meter course, finishing third in 24:25 to move to No. 12 on Pacific’s all-time list. Between the pair of front-runners and a ninth-place finish by sophomore Ally Shackelford, the Boxers compiled 41 points to finish 11 points ahead of second-place Pacific Lutheran.
Freshmen Sotzin, Youtz pace Millersville to overtime win in top-10 action
Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Sotzin stopped all four shots she faced during a shootout to lift No. 9 Millersville to a 2-1 extra session victory against No. 10 Bentley in non-conference action Saturday.
Sotzin denied the Falcons four times while two of her teammates found the back of the cage to give the Mauraders the victory. Sophomore Stephanie Ruane made Millersville’s first attempt.
Bentley junior netminder Julia Powell came up with a save on the second try, but freshman Alice Youtz scored to give the visitors a 2-0 advantage after three rounds. Sotzin denied an attempt by Bentley senior Tori Bergantino in round four to lock up the win.
Horton leads youngsters as Central opens with second-place finish
Central College dodged late morning thunderstorms to take second in its season opener Saturday at the Central Dutch Invitational. It placed five runners among the top 10 and finished with 31 points, but was unable to secure the title. Iowa Central CC scored 28 points.
Freshman Eli Horton made a strong collegiate debut, leading the Dutch with a time of time of 19:47 seconds across the 6,000-meter course. Along the way, he earned an individual runner-up finish. The young Dutch also got a strong run from sophomore Austin O’Brien, who was third (19:52.1). Freshman Tim Shepherd and sophomore Cody Doughan were among the other five Dutch runners who finished in the top 13.
“Eli really did a great job considering it was his first race at this level,” Central head coach Joe Dunham said. “He’s going to make a lot of noise this year.”
Hotaling boots game-winner in first career game
Susquehanna earned a 33-30 overtime win against Wilkes on Saturday thanks to the leg of freshman place-kicker Spenser Hotaling. Hotaling booted a 14-yard field goal for the game-winning score in its 2011 season opener.
Hotaling, who was also 2 of 3 on PATs earlier in the game, put the Crusaders over the top after SU closed out the fourth quarter with back-to-back scores during the final three minutes. Right behind Hotaling's boot was a key game-tying two-point conversation that forced overtime after trailing by 15 points, 30-15, with just 7:07 left.
Senior quarterback Rich Palazzi went 36 for 51 with 421 yards and four touchdowns. On the receiving end of two of those scores was senior tight end Matt Knouse, who racked up 99 yards on 10 receptions, including the final with10 seconds left in regulation that set the team up for the game-tying two-point conversion.
Wideout Mike Ritter led the receiving game with an eye-opening 198 yards on 13 catches, including a long of 60, and one touchdown.