College Sports Spotlight: Lackawanna Trail grad Aliza Furneuax shines on Lafayette College field hockey team

By Bill Arsenault - For Abington Journal
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Aliza Furneaux has been known for her defensive play with the Lafayette College field hockey team in her four seasons with the Leopards. But the senior came up with the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over No. 9-ranked Boston University last Friday in Easton.

The game was tied 1-1 after two overtimes forcing a shootout where Furneaux (Lackawanna Trail) hit the game-winning goal. It was her second college goal, the first coming when she had the game-winner and an assist in a 3-2 victory over Yale earlier in the season.

“Aliza has worked hard and developed her game where it is today,” coach Jennifer Stone said. “This year, she made the jump from a defender to a midfielder so she has a bit more of an attacking mindset. Having her skillset in the midfield is a benefit for the whole team.”

The Leopards are 6-3 on the season and 1-0 in the Patriot League after Friday’s victory. They were beaten 5-1 by Delaware in a non-leaguer last Sunday.

Furneaux played 36 games as a sophomore and junior and had two defensive saves and an assist. She has a defensive save this year as well.

“Aliza is always a worker,” Stone said. “No matter what the situation, she is going to stick with the play, persevere and work hard. She will go to battle with anyone out there.”

Nathan Hollander

Abington Heights

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound wide receiver, who was red-shirted last season, had his best game this season with the Kutztown football team in a 41-13 victory over Millersville last Saturday. He caught five passes for 80 yards including a 13-yard touchdown reception. He has 14 receptions for 158 yards for the 1-3 Golden Bears. Hollander caught 65 passes for 498 yards and three touchdowns in 2014.

Johnathan Zedar

Lackawanna Trail

The junior is starting in the defensive backfield for the Lycoming football team which is 2-2 after a 28-24 victory over Misericordia last Saturday. The 5-foot-10, 173-pounder has 15 tackles, including one for a loss, and three pass breakups. Last season, he played in nine games with four starts and had 24 tackles and six pass breakups.

Colin Klingman

Abington Heights

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound freshman has started all seven games for the Ursinus men’s soccer team which is 3-4 after a 2-0 loss to Dickinson last Saturday. He’s a member of the defense that has limited foes to 10 goals and has a shutout – a 1-0 double overtime victory over Susquehanna to kick off the season on Sept. 1.

Shelby Croasdale

Lackawanna Trail

The 5-foot-4 junior midfielder is starting for the Keystone field hockey team. She scored her first goal of the season in an 8-0 victory over Notre Dame (Md.) last Saturday. She picked up an assist in a season-opening 2-1 loss to Ramapo. The Giants started 0-3 on the season but stand 3-3 following the Notre Dame victory. Croasdale was named to the Colonial States Athletic Conference second team last year.

Chase Wickenheiser

Abington Heights

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound sophomore is starting at nose guard on defense for the Cornell football team. He had two tackles in a 24-16 victory over Bucknell in the season-opener on Sept. 17 and he started but didn’t have a tackle in a 27-13 victory over Yale last Saturday. Wickenheiser spent his freshman season as a member of the scout team and playing junior varsity.

Ben Evans

Scranton Prep

The sophomore from Clarks Summit kicked off the season with the Temple men’s cross country team with a solid 11th place finish in the Duquesne Duals Sept. 3 in Pittsburgh. Evans covered the 8K course in 26:50.6. He finished 25th in the same meet as a freshman. On Sept. 9, he finished 26th (20:20.5 for 6K) at the Big 5 Invitational in Philadelphia. He didn’t compete in last Friday’s Rider Invitational.

David Harris

Abington Heights

The Scranton junior is tied for 25th after two rounds of the Empire 8 Conference Golf Championships. He had rounds of 87 and 84 for a 171 total at the fall portion of the tourney Sept. 17-18 in Baldwinsville, N.Y. The final two rounds will be held in the spring at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey. The Royals stand fourth out of eight teams.

Joe Dolan

Abington Heights

The 6-foot-2, 270-pound senior has been a mainstay on the defensive line for the Shippensburg football team since his freshman year. He has eight tackles including a sack this season for the 3-1 Raiders who defeated East Stroudsburg 31-14 last Saturday. In his first three seasons, Dolan had 82 tackles, including 36 solos and 13 for losses.


By Bill Arsenault

For Abington Journal

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