Pioneer Sports Update


Photo courtesy of Nadia Starbinski.

Tristin Cruz, Contributing Writer

All of the William Paterson fall sports teams were in action this weekend, resulting in a 4-3 record overall for the University.

Men’s Soccer

The William Paterson University men’s soccer team (5-2-1, 1-1 NJAC) secured their first conference win of the season besting NJCU (5-2-0, 0-2 NJAC) 2-1 in an overtime victory on Sept. 22.  The Pioneers were fueled by the performance of their captain, junior midfielder Cameron Allen who found the back of the net on a pair of goals, including the game-winner, a penalty kick in the 93rd minute. Junior goalkeeper Kyle Quigley turned in a solid performance, saving a total 10 shots, matching a career high. The Pioneers will return home to reignite the route 46 rivalry with Montclair State University (8-1-1, 2-0 NJAC) on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Pioneer Soccer Park. 

Women’s Soccer 

The women’s soccer team (3-5-0, 1-1 NJAC) capped off a strong week, collecting their second win in as many games in their home triumph of NJCU by a score of 6-0 on Sept. 22.  Junior forward Marisa Adelman turned in a historic performance, collecting a hat trick and moving into a tie for third place all-time on the WPU career goals list with 41 for her career. Additional Pioneer goals were scored by classmate, midfielder Lorraine Moffitt and a pair of goals by freshman midfielder, Samantha Persaud. The Pioneers will host the College of Staten Island (5-2, 2-0 CUNY) in a non-cenference matchup on Monday, Sept. 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Field Hockey

In their most recent contest, WPU field hockey (3-5, 0-0 NJAC) faced off with Neumann University (3-2, 0-0 AEC) dropping a tough 2-1 decision on Friday, Sept 21. Freshman midfielder Hope Addlesberger, was able to score the lone goal for the Pioneers in the 24th minute on an assist from classmate, forward Abigail Viola. Looking ahead, the Pioneers will be on the road for their next two games, a non-conference tilt against Union College (3-3, 0-1 Liberty League) on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6:00 p.m. before kicking off their NJAC slate against Rowan University (8-0, 0-0 NJAC) on Saturday, Sept. 29 at noon.


The Pioneer volleyball team (11-1, 1-1 NJAC) rebounded following their first defeat of the season earlier in the week to sweep a doubleheader in which both matches went to a decisive fifth set, against Cedar Crest College (7-3) and Jon Jay College (3-5) on Sept. 22. In their opening match vs. Cedar Crest, WPU was lead by junior outside hitter, Alyson Toman who had a season-high 23 kills. Senior co-captain, setter Kendall Caruso recorded 45 assists, while pacing the team in digs with 17.  In the team’s second match against Jon Jay, Toman once again lead the team in kills with 18.  Senior middle hitter Christine Griffith backed up a solid performance in the opening match (10 K, 11 Dig) notching 15 kills and 11 digs.  Defensively, senior co-captain, Amanda Lembo led the Pioneers with 16 digs while Caruso had a team-high 37 assists en route to collecting her 400th assist of the season (401).  WPU will look to improve on their 1-1 conference mark as they resume NJAC play at home against Rutgers-Camden on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Sports and Recreation Center at 7:00 p.m.


WPU tennis fell to an 0-3 start to their 2018 campaign following a 9-0 loss to Stockton University (3-2, 1-2 NJAC) on Sept. 22.  Despite the loss freshmen, Samantha Cruz and Delia Rodriguez came out on top in their singles matches.  The Pioneers will be back in action on Thursday, Sept. 27 as they travel to Manhattanville (0-2, 0-0 MAC Freedom) for a non-conference match that will begin at 4:00 p.m.

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