Megan Conaboy will wrap up her standout career when she competes in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Senior Game Saturday, Nov. 21 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Conaboy (Abington Heights) played four years in goal with Qunnipiac College and has been a standout. The 5-foot-4 senior started all 19 games this season for the Bobcats, who finished 9-10. She saw 1,343:41 minutes of action and gave up 53 goals with 106 saves and a shutout. She had a season-high 10 saves in a 4-1 loss to Penn State. She is ranked 19th in Division I in saves per game (5.88) and is in the top 50 in save percentage (.667) and has a 2.82 goals against average.
“Megan helped put our field hockey program on a whole new map,” coach Becca Main said. “She had the career only a goalkeeper with her natural instincts can dream of and her upcoming stint in the senior game is well-deserved. She is a total professional and her dedication on the pitch coupled with her investment in the program goals made her a top goalkeeper.”
Conaboy was Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Co-Goalkeeper of the Year twice (2013 and 2014) as well as a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) second team pick both years. She leaves ranked third in victories (32) and third in shutouts (11) in the school record book.
“Megan’s legacy is in her preparation and ability to rise to the level of any opponent,” Main said. “She will be truly missed and is irreplaceable.”
Barrett to lead the way
The Penn State women’s cross country team is competing in the NCAA Division I Championships Saturday in Louisville and a key performer will be sophomore Tessa Barrett.
Barrett (Abington Heights) keyed the Nittany Lions’ victory in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Princeton, New Jersey. when she finished fourth out of 200 runners with a 6k time of 21:02.2. She was the top finisher on the team and the effort earned her All-Region honors.
Penn State also captured the Big Ten Conference Championship in Chicago and Barrett finished 12th with a time of 20:21.4. She was the team’s fourth finisher in that race.
Fives leads defense
Senior outside linebacker J.J. Fives is the leading tackler on the Cornell football team. Fives, from Scott Township (Scranton Prep), has 50 tackles including 27 solo. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder has recorded eight tackles for losses of 43 yards and is credited for 4.5 sacks.
Fives is wrapping up his fourth season and a key defender. He had seven tackles and a sack in a 3-0 loss to Columbia in an Ivy League contest last Saturday. The 1-8 Big Red closes out its season with another Ivy foe Pennsylvania Saturday in Philadelphia.
Honors for Croasdale
Sophomore Shelby Croasdale (Lackawanna Trail) was named to the Colonial States Athletic Conference second team for her play with the Keystone field hockey team.
Croasdale had four goals and three assists for 11 points with a game winner for the Giants, who finished 5-11 overall and 4-3 in league play.
Seniors Kaitlyn Sawicki and Courtney Wood and freshman Gabby Truesdale, all former Lackawanna Trail athletes, also saw plenty of action for Keystone. Sawicki had a defensive save, Wood scored a goal and Truesdale picked up an assist.
Karam tough on defense
Sophomore Quinn Karam (Abington Heights) was one of the top defenders on the Penn sprint football team. The 5-foot-8 back finished with 36 tackles including 7.5 for losses and three sacks. He also had an interception which he returned 17 yards and a fumble recovery.
The Quakers finished 5-2 on the season and one of their losses was a 16-13 double overtime setback to Army. The Cadets captured the Collegiate Sprint Football Conference title.
Sarno wraps it up
Scranton senior Erika Sarno (Abington Heights) finished 17th in the Landmark Conference women’s cross country championships in Kings Point, New York. with a 6k time of 24:51.97. Then, in last Saturday’s NCAA Division III Mideast Regionals in Newville, she finished 82nd with an improved 6k time of 24:05.1. She was the Royals’ fourth finisher in both meets.