COLLEGE SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Lackawanna Trail grad is a key member of the Lafayette College field hockey team

By Bill Arsenault - Contributing Columnist | September 22nd, 2015 2:26 pm

Aliza Furneaux is a key member of the Lafayette College field hockey team. The junior defender has started all eight games for the Leopards, who are 5-3 after an 8-0 loss to No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Connecticut last Sunday in Storrs, Connecticut.

Furneaux (Lackawanna Trail) started all 17 games last year as a sophomore as well.

“Aliza is a player that has grown and developed so much in her time here,” coach Jennifer Stone said. “She is the type of player that shows that if you work hard enough at something, you see results.”

The coach feels that her player’s best attribute is her athleticism.

“That makes her very dangerous in the backfield with the ability to attack at any point,” Stone said.

Good start for Burke

Senior Sean Burke is in his final season running cross country for the Lehigh men’s cross country team. Burke (Abington Heights) kicked off the season by finishing eighth in the Lehigh Invitational, the Mountain Hawks winning their sixth straight title. His 6k time was 18:52.8. He followed that up by finishing 14th in the annual Lehigh-Lafayette dual meet in Easton with an 8k time of 27:15.9. His career best at that distance is 24:47.2.

“Sean is everything you would want out of a senior,” coach Todd Etters said. “He is a very reliable and high impact performer. On top of that, he is a very commanding leader who does everything the right way.”

Zedar’s starting

Sophomore cornerback Johnathan Zedar had four tackles and two pass breakups for the Lycoming football team in last Saturday’s 48-24 victory over Wilkes. In the season opener, a 28-13 loss to Susquehanna, Zedar (Lackawanna Trail) had five tackles and a pass breakup.

“John has been solid at corner,” coach Mike Clark said. “It’s always hard to be a first-year starter, but we are excited about him. He is going to face some tough competition in the coming weeks and we hope he continues to grow as a player and help solidify the secondary.”

McCoy helping Alvernia

Sophomore Malorie McCoy has played in all six games and starting four for the 3-3 Alvernia field hockey team, which evened its record with a 2-1 victory over Wilkes last Saturday in Wilkes-Barre.

“Malorie has been starting for us at forward,” coach Laura Gingrich said. “She is one of our most powerful players with speed and stick skills to match.”

The Crusaders open Commonwealth Conference play Saturday at Messiah in Grantham.

Big effort by Brier

Haverford junior Michael Brier of Clarks Summit (Scranton Prep) finished 22nd out of 150 runners at last Friday’s Main Line Invitational in Haverford, but he was the third Division III runner across the board in a meet that included Villanova, Penn, La Salle and Temple.

Brier, the second Haverford finisher, posted a time of 20:16.01 over the 6k course to help the Fords finish fourth out of seven teams, ahead of Temple.

Notarianni sharing duties

Sophomore Claire Notarianni (Abington Heights) and classmate Emma Rosenthal of Doylestown are splitting duties in goal for the Muhlenberg field hockey team.

Notarianni is 1-2 and has given up six goals with nine saves. Her two losses came in double overtime – 2-1 to Scranton and 1-0 to King’s. She picked up her victory in a 4-3 victory over Elizabethtown.

Medalist honors for Egan

Misericordia’s Jamie Egan kicked off the fall men’s golf season by posting a low round 71 in a match against King’s and Wilkes at the Wyoming Valley Country Club in Hanover. The Cougars lost to King’s 304-311 but defeated Wilkes 311-386.

Egan (Abington Heights) followed that up by posting an 82 to help Misericordia defeat FDU-Florham

Aliza Furneaux, center, is a key member of the Lafayette College field hockey team. Furneaux, center, is a key member of the Lafayette College field hockey team. Submitted photo
Aliza Furneaux a key member on Lafayette’s field hockey team

By Bill Arsenault

Contributing Columnist

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