William Paterson Fall Sports Update


Justin Valentovic, Staff Writer

Men’s Soccer

The men’s soccer team’s season is winding down, as they make their final road trip of the regular season to play Rutgers-Newark on Wednesday, Oct 25. Over their previous four games the team is 1-1-2, with a win over Baruch College, a loss to NJAC rival Montclair State University, and ties against Stockton University and Rutgers-Camden. The Pioneers are currently 10-4-3 overall and 3-3-2 in the NJAC, good for sixth in the conference.

During this stretch, the Pioneers have scored eight total goals, with five coming in their win over Baruch College.  JP Gonzales scored the only goal in the loss to Montclair State University.  While in both matches that resulted in a tie, Cameron Allen and Darwin Cruz  found the back of the net. In the 5-2 victory over Baruch College, Dante Petrocelli scored twice, while Cruz, Allen, and Gonzales all added a goal.

The Pioneers will play in the first round of the NJAC Tournament beginning on Saturday, Oct 28.

Women’s Soccer

The Pioneers look to wrap up their strong season, by taking care of business in their final home match against Rutgers-Newark on Wednesday, Oct 25. The Pioneers carry a 9-7-1 overall all record, but their 2-5-1 conference record ranks them seventh in the NJAC.  The Pioneers are 1-2-1 over their last four games, tying against rival Montclair State, winning against Brooklyn College and dropping two decisions against Stockton and Rutgers-Camden.

Of these four games, the impressive win over Brooklyn College stands out. In the victory the Pioneers scored an astonishing 10 total goals while holding the Bulldogs scoreless. On the offensive side of the ball the Pioneers received two goals a piece from Ashley Cozzi and Marisa Adelman, while Kristina Favo, Ellie Palmer, Diana Perez, Kristen Bowe, Jacqueline Nelson, and Carla Larocca all scored once. Goalkeepers Liz Murzyn and  Tori Zamorski both played a key role in securing the shutout.

The Lady Pioneers will play in the first round of the NJAC Tournament beginning on Saturday, Oct 28.

Women’s Volleyball

The volleyball team continues their amazing season, winning five of their last six matches and are currently amidst an impressive four game winning streak. The winning streak consists of wins over Rutgers-Newark, PRATT Institute, The College at Old Westbury and New Jersey City University The team is currently 16-8 overall on the season but are being held back by there troubling 2-5 conference record. As a result of their poor NJAC record they are ranked seventh overall in the conference.

In their last five victories the Pioneers have been able to shutout out their opponents in four of those matches. Junior Kendall Caruso continues her phenomenal season by becoming the second Pioneer to reach 2,000 career assists. Caruso also has 628 total assists on the season and is averaging 8.26 assists per set.

The Pioneers have their final home match on Wednesday, October 28 against Rowan university and finish the season on the road at the College of New Rochelle.

Should the Pioneers qualify for the NJAC tournament the first round will begin on Tuesday, October 31.

Women’s Field Hockey

The tough season for the field hockey team continues as they have extended their losing streak to 11 games. As a result of the long losing streak, the team has slipped to an unmanageable 2-13 mark overall (0-5 NJAC). Unfortunately as a result of the poor record both overall and within conference play, the Pioneers are ranked last overall.

The Pioneers go on the road for their final two matches of season; Wednesday, Oct 25, against Drew University and their final match on Saturday, Oct 28 at Kean University.

Women’s Tennis

Unfortunately the Woman’s tennis team was unable to win a match during the course of the regular season and finished the season at a crushing 0-10 (0-5 NJAC).