TCNJ streak reaches 138 consecutive wins
The College of New Jersey pushed its conference winning streak to 138 consecutive matches on Sept. 7 as the Lions handed Richard Stockton College a 9-0 setback.

At No. 1 singles, sisters Karisse Bendijo of TCNJ and Krystle Bendijo of Stockton faced off. Karisse, the 2010 NJAC Player of the Year, came away with the sibling rivalry 6-1, 6-2 to give her team a strong start.

Prior to the singles duel, the Bendijo sisters also squared off at No. 1 doubles. Karisse Bendijo and Allison Tierney topped Krystle and Laura Church 8-1 to spark a doubles sweep for TCNJ. At No. 2 doubles, Paige Aiello and Deborah Wu breezed to an 8-0 victory while the duo of Alex Bologno and Emily Petersack also blanked their opponents in the third position.

Wu, Petersack and Bologno each posted 6-0, 6-0 shutouts for the Lions in singles play. Tierney and Aiello notched singles wins by identical 6-1, 6-0 scores for TCNJ.

Avans tops record book in NJCU's historic win
Walter Avans rewrote the New Jersey City University single-game scoring record book, coming off the bench to bury five goals and earn 10 points in 34 minutes of action. 

Avans broke records three decades old.

Avans' performance topped school records that stood for 37 and 36 years, respectively, as the Gothic Knights crushed Medgar Evers 12-1.

The 12 goals and 11-goal margin of victory each represent the third-highest totals in the 53-year history of the program. NJCU outshot the Cougars 28-4, including 21-2 in the first half while building an 8-1 halftime margin.

Anest Roberts also netted a natural hat trick for the first three goals of his collegiate career, gaining his three markers in a span of 8:43. It was the second-fastest three consecutive goals in school history.

Avans, who had previously owned a share of the single-game school record after scoring four goals against York College (N.Y.) on Sept. 10, 2009, shattered the record held by four players. It was originally set by Jose (Pepe) Casais on Oct. 30, 1974, and equaled by Andrew Onyewuenyi in 1975 and Alex Schuster in 1997. Avans also eclipsed the points record of nine that Onyewuenyi achieved against Bloomfield College on Nov. 5, 1975, before being matched by Chris Rosenthal in 2004. 

Avans, typically a starter for NJCU, entered as a substitution at the 16:19 mark and needed just 1:23 to get on the scoreboard, notching the first goal of his record-breaking day at the 17:42 mark.

Avans proceeded to score three consecutive goals for NJCU, adding tallies at 29:50 and 33:04 off feeds from Veloz and Carvalhoso for a 7-0 margin, notching a hat trick in a span of 17:10. It was his fourth career shutout.


Wilcox crosses 1,000-kill plateau in GWU loss
Gardner-Webb middle blocker Laura Wilcox recorded her 1,000th career kill on Saturday morning. Her five kills came on .308 hitting but it wasn't enough as the Runnin’ Bulldogs fell to the Bradley Braves in straight sets 25-22, 25-19 and 25-11.

Wilcox improved her four-year total to 1,001 career kills and became only the fourth player in Gardner-Webb's Division I history to reach 1,000 kills.

GWU struggled getting into the swing from the start. The Runnin' Bulldogs kept it close throughout the first and second, including answering with an 8-1 run in the second by a kill from Wilcox, cutting the Bradley lead to 15-13. The Braves posted a .341 attack percentage as a team in the three-set match, committing just seven attack errors overall. Gardner-Webb posted a .089 attack percentage as a team.

Ten players score as Thiel posts second-highest scoring day in history
Thiel had 10 players score in its 12-0 shutout victory against visiting Penn State Beaver on Thursday. The 12 goals are the second-highest total in a Tomcat game. The 2002 squad set the record as it posted a 14-0 win against D'Youville.

Schanvel Wall scored twice (31:10, 89:47) and assisted on another to lead the Tomcats offensively. Alison Skebo also tallied a pair of scores (49:47, 61:08) in the win.

Thiel finished with a 33-0 edge in total shots and 24-0 advantage in shots on goal. Kristen Sutton suffered the loss for the Beavers, allowing five goals in the first half of action. Constance Robinson relieved Sutton in the second period and surrendered seven goals.

Penguins have record-setting day in home opener
Youngstown State posted several team and one individual record-setting numbers Saturday as the Penguins cruised past Valparaiso 77-13 in their home opener. 

Youngstown St. Records Set on Sept. 10
Record Total
Points in Game 77
Points in Quarter 35 (1st)
Total Offense 657 yards
Longest punt return 96 yards

Among the school records were most points in a game, most points in a quarter -- 35 in the first - and total yards with 657. Josh Lee set an individual record with a 96-yard punt return for a touchdown early in the first quarter. The Guins also set a school mark with 34 first downs.

Five Penguins rushed for touchdowns, and two more were on the receiving end of scoring tosses from sophomore quarterback Kurt Hess. Tailbacks Adaris Bellamy, Jamaine Cook and Jordan Thompson each had two rushing scores, and Torrian Pace and Parnell Taylor had the first of their YSU careers. Andre Barboza and David Rogers had receiving touchdowns early in the second quarter.

The Penguin defense forced two turnovers and a turnover on downs. The offense scored touchdowns on 11 of its first 12 possessions, and the scoreless drive came with a kneeldown to end the first half.

Lasell gets first win behind Taylor's hat trick
Jessica Taylor scored a hat trick as Lasell College trumped Emerson 5-0 in its Great Northeast Athletic Conference opener, which also marked its first win of the year.

The hosts only allowed one Lions' shot all day, while firing off 38 of their own. All three of Lasell’s goalkeepers -- Elizabeth Stickley, Amy DelloRusso and Leah Pappalardo -- shared time in net in the shutout victory.

From the start, Lasell maintained control, getting off 12 shots through the 10-minute mark, though only two of those were on target. Emerson didn't control the ball in the first 10 minutes.

Lasell’s first break came at 12:03 when Jamie Harris launched a bullet from 10 yards out which cracked off the crossbar and bounced back into play. Taylor was able to put back the reflected shot past the Emerson goalkeeper for the game-winning goal.

Missouri Western gets defensive in win vs. No. 12 Central Missouri
Missouri Western’s defensive line gave 12th-ranked Central Missouri fits as it finished with 7.0 sacks and 9.0 tackles for a loss in a 23-6 victory. Junior defensive end David Bass tied a MWSU single-game record with 4.0 sacks. He matched the mark originally set by Josh Charles on Sept. 25, 1999, against Washburn.

Ben Pister had 2.0 sacks while Austin Baska finished with 1.0 while allowing just 178 total yards. Central Missouri found no room on the ground, rushing for just 20 yards on 24 carries for an 0.8 yards-per-carry average.

The Griffons dominated from the start, rolling up 137 yards of offense in the first quarter including 110 on the ground. Western led 17-0 at the half.

Kelly Hood broke the career record for goals as she posted her 47th tally early in the 2011 campaign.
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Hood breaks Maine record for career goals
Senior Kelly Hood scored a goal midway through the first half at Maine to break the Dartmouth field hockey record for career goals. Hood’s 47th career marker broke a tie atop the program’s all-time list with Lauren Welsh, but was not enough to overcome the Black Bears’ potent offense as the Big Green suffered their first loss of the season 7-3.

Despite a constant rain, the teams combined to score seven first-half goals. Maine jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, scoring all three points in a span of 1:50 barely one-third of the way into the opening frame.

Dartmouth answered back with two goals in just over two and a half minutes. Meghan Everett started the rally as she tallied her second of the season 14:30 in on a loose ball that found its way through the left side and passed several defenders. 

Hood’s record-setting goal followed 2:23 after Everett got the Big Green on the board. The senior captain took the ball off a Black Bears’ turnover at the top of the circle and slid the shot into the right corner to make it a 3-2 game. The goal was the fourth of the season for Hood.

Penalties hurt Stephen F. Austin in setback against No. 4 Northern Iowa
Miscues doomed 16th-ranked Stephen F. Austin on Saturday against No. 4 Northern Iowa. The Lumberjacks were penalized nine times for 91 yards, and turned the ball over four times as the Panthers recorded a 34-23 victory against the ’Jacks.

When you play a team as good as Northern Iowa you can’t make mistakes. I believe UNI is the No. 1 team in the country, but we really hurt ourselves.
-- Stephen F. Austin coach J.C. Harper.

In a rare home setback during the past three seasons, the Lumberjacks outgained UNI in total offense 407 to 362, but the Panthers held the ball for nearly 15 minutes longer. UNI quarterback Tirrell Rennie kept the Lumberjack offense off the field, completing just 9 of 25 passes for 151 yards, but carrying the ball 19 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Behind Rennie, the Panthers converted on 9 of 16 third down attempts.

Brady Attaway completed 23 of 35 passes for 281 yards and one touchdown for the 'Jacks. He completed passes to seven different receivers, including Cordell Roberson who led the team in receptions for the second week in a row. Roberson hauled in seven passes for 115 yards. Crawford added five catches for 59 yards and his team-leading fourth touchdown reception of the season.

Jeremy Barnes led Stephen F. Austin with 11 rushes for a career-high 64 yards, as the 'Jacks rushed for 129 yards as a squad.

All game information and photos compiled from respective athletic department websites.