West Chester U. Is On A Roll In Men's Basketball Tourneys

Posted: January 09, 1995

The West Chester University men's basketball team apparently likes playing in tournaments.

The Golden Rams (9-2) have won three consecutive tournaments dating to last season. Their latest tournament championship came in the Doc Jacobs Classic in Vermont during the holidays. They won it with a 70-59 victory over Mercyhurst and a 67-60 triumph over Queens College.

Senior co-captain Damien Blair, a Haverford School graduate, is setting the pace for WCU. He had 32 points in the two tourney games. Entering Saturday's game against Edinboro, the 6-foot, 2-inch Blair was averaging 19.9 points a game. He also had 16 steals and 32 assists this season.

Anthony Bolden, a 6-7 senior from Philadelphia, is averaging 15.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He has nine blocks. Bolden (the tourney MVP), Blair and 6-6 junior Jeff Campisi from New York were named to the all-tournament team in Vermont.

Chet Blair added 14 points in the win over Queens to go over the 1,000- point mark in his career. The 6-3 senior from Strath Haven is the 19th WCU player to reach that mark.

SOCCER PLAYERS HONORED

* Three members of the West Chester University men's soccer team, including one who played for Bishop Shanahan, have been honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Juniors Ryan Archie, a native of Trinidad; Matt Dockstadter, the Shanahan grad; and Kei Nakamura, who is from Japan, were named to the 1994 Division II all-Mid-Atlantic first team.

Archie gave up only 19 goals in 17 games for the Rams, who set a university record for most victories in a season by finishing 14-5-1. He was earlier named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division second team.

The Rams, who earned a berth in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Division II playoffs, yielded 1.04 goals per game, the lowest in the 24 years the university has kept that statistic.

Nakamura led the Rams in scoring with 19 points, on seven goals and five assists. He was named to the PSAC East first team. He was also named for the third straight year to the Mid Atlantic Region Adidas Scholar Athletic All- America first team. Nakamura, an economics major, has a 3.40 grade-point

average.

Dockstadter, of Exton, was an outstanding defensive player for the Rams. An all-PSAC East second-team selection, he had two assists during the season.

ECAC CITES MACDONALD

* The ECAC has named West Chester senior quarterback Dave MacDonald its Division II co-player of the year. The Philadelphia resident shared the award with New Haven's Roger Graham.

MacDonald will he honored along with three of his WCU teammates at the ECAC's football awards banquet next month at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Joining MacDonald at the banquet will be Rams junior wideout Brian Penecale, a Central Bucks West grad; junior offensive tackle Paul Kofalt; and defensive end Bob Nowell.

MacDonald, previously named PSAC East player of the year, closed his career Saturday in the Snow Bowl, the Division II all-star game at North Dakota State.

MacDonald, a graduate of Philadelphia's Lincoln High School, completed 207 of 504 passes for 3,613 yards and 40 touchdowns this past season, when the Rams went 8-4. He set or tied more than 30 WCU, PSAC, ECAC and NCAA Division II records and was a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the top player in Division II football. He was also named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Division II all-Northeast Region team.

Penecale, an all-PSAC East first-team selection, had 85 receptions in 1994 for 1,429 yards and 22 TDs. Both were WCU and PSAC records.

MacDonald was sacked only 14 times during the year, and one of the big reasons for that was the protection provided by Kofalt.

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