Shawnee grad leads Bullets to lacrosse title

Posted: May 11, 2003

Junior goalie Liz Borucki, a Shawnee High graduate, made six of her eight saves in the decisive second half to lead Gettysburg to an 8-6 win over Franklin and Marshall in the Centennial Conference's women's lacrosse championship last Sunday.

With the score tied, 6-6, Borucki made three key saves in a four-minute span in the second half to protect the deadlock.

The win gave Gettysburg an 18-1 record and enabled it to take its third Centennial title in the last four years and secure the conference's automatic NCAA bid. The Bullets, ranked No. 4 in the Division III poll, were to face Scranton (13-3) in an NCAA regional semifinal yesterday.

Entering yesterday, Borucki led the Centennial Conference and ranked 11th in Division III with a 6.38 goals-against average.

Nicholson stars

Freshman Lauren Nicholson (Paul VI) was named the Northeast Conference's softball pitcher of the week for the third time this season after going 5-0 with a 1.35 ERA last week. She won both games of a doubleheader against Monmouth and posted victories against St. Francis (Pa.), Drexel and Long Island.

The performances gave her an 18-7 overall record and a 2.13 ERA heading into the Northeast Conference tournament.

Offt honored

Arcadia University field hockey player Lindsay Offt, a 1999 Eastern High graduate, was one of the winners of the school's outstanding senior athlete award, selected by athletic director Shirley Liddle.

Mike Brewer (men's tennis), Tom DeGeorge (men's soccer) and Tiffany Rupp (softball) also were honored.

Offt was a three-time all-conference performer as a midfielder and a regional all-American the last two seasons. She became the first Arcadia (formerly known as Beaver College) field-hockey player to be honored nationally in 50 years.

Girls' hoop tournament

Willingboro and Absegami are expected to be the top South Jersey girls' basketball teams next school year. With that in mind, tournament organizer Tom Williams has matched the two powers in the Cougar Classic, a 28-team tournament that will be held next year at Cherry Hill East on Martin Luther King's Birthday weekend.

Willingboro is scheduled to face Absegami on Jan. 19.

Cherry Hill East coach Kim Keyack has been a driving force in organizing the tournament, which will include her Cougars and such heavyweights as Sacred Heart, Gloucester Catholic, Cardinal O'Hara, Peddie and Trenton. Christ the King, a national power from New York, may also participate.

Locals aid Holy Family

Tara Debes (Gloucester Catholic) and Rachel Mudry (Millville) helped the Holy Family softball team finish with a 26-12 regular-season record, including 19 wins in its last 20 games.

Debes, the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference player of the week, batted .381 with a .463 on-base percentage and a team-high 14 steals in 15 attempts. Mudry batted .351.

Mercado to Northwestern

Jarred Mercado, a Pitman High senior, has made a commitment to attend Northwestern University on a partial wrestling scholarship. Mercado, who reached the 130-pound state final last season, finished his run at Pitman with a school-record 106 wins.

O'Malley leads Rutgers

Sarah O'Malley (Camden Catholic) has compiled a 14-3 record and an 0.87 ERA for the Rutgers-Camden (26-9-1) softball team. In 112 1/3 innings, O'Malley has struck out 129, walked 41, and allowed only 67 hits.

Et cetera

For the third straight year, Rutgers-Camden's Matt Collins (Bishop Eustace) was named the outstanding male athlete of the New Jersey Athletic Conference track and field championships.

Collins won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in a school-record 52.95 seconds and finished second in the 110 high hurdles at 14.99 seconds.

Ernest Turner, a former Sterling basketball standout, has been granted a release from UNLV. Turner, a 6-2 sophomore guard, averaged 2.4 points and 12.8 minutes per game last season. He averaged 2.3 points and 6.3 minutes per game as a freshman.

Turner scored a career-high 15 points in a game last season against Tennessee-Martin.

Delaware Valley College junior designated hitter Ken Keiffer (Bordentown) was named to the academic all-District II baseball team. Keiffer, who was a second-team selection, has a 3.68 grade-point average; he batted .259 with 21 RBIs for the Aggies (19-14).

Junior outfielder Ethan Ordog (Holy Cross) started in 26 of Moravian's first 29 baseball games and batted .232 with 14 RBIs.

Jeffrey Dean, 37, was named Rutgers-Camden's permanent athletic director. Dean, a Virginia native, had been interim athletic director since Ed Cialella retired Dec. 31. Dean becomes the school's fifth AD, following Al Carino, Neil Hardeman, Pony Wilson and Cialella.

Contact staff writer Sam Carchidi at 215-854-5181 or scarchidi@phillynews.com.

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