January 9, 2015 |
The Massachusetts men's basketball team had been looking for a road win since the middle of November. On Wednesday night the Minutemen found it with a little help from La Salle. The Minutemen held the Explorers' top offensive weapons, Jordan Price and Jerrell Wright, to a combined 6-for-26 shooting from the floor to win their first road game of the season, 71-65, at Tom Gola Arena. Cleon Roberts and Steve Zack led the Explorers (8-7, 0-2 Atlantic 10) with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
November 25, 2014 |
UNION, N.J. - Once senior midfielder Zach Burns scored the game's only goal in the 15th minute, the countdown began for the Washington Township boys' soccer team. Sixty-five minutes to go . . . 40 minutes to go . . . 20 minutes to go. "That was the longest second half I've ever been involved in," Washington Township boys' soccer coach Shane Snyder said after his team's 1-0 victory over Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the Group 4 state championship game. But a little after 2 o'clock on a clear, cool Sunday afternoon at Kean University, all the waiting was over for the Minutemen and their fans.
November 10, 2014 |
Never mind that the two teams are set to play again - in a bigger game - on Monday. This game meant something. And both teams played as if it did. "We had something to prove," Washington Township forward Derek MacKinnon said after he scored the winning goal Saturday in the boys' soccer Coaches Tournament final, a 3-2 victory over Cherokee. "This tournament means so much to us. We wanted to prove that we're a true team, that we're not a fluke. These games are where you show that you're truly a great team.
October 14, 2014 |
Confidence wasn't the problem. Execution was. "Our guys were extremely positive," Cherry Hill West coach Brian Wright said. "They knew we were a pretty good football team. We just had to figure out a way to finish drives and put points on the board. " Cherry Hill West broke out in a big way Friday, beating Seneca, 45-6, for its first victory of the season. Seniors Tyrone Williams and Chris Pascall each scored two touchdowns, and senior Joey Argentina threw three scoring passes for the Lions, who had lost their first four games to teams ranked in The Inquirer's Top 25. "It was a long time coming," Wright said.
September 4, 2014 |
The three players say it wasn't planned. And each has a different reason for choosing to play soccer for St. Joseph's University. But after Derek MacKinnon, Ed McCusker, and Lou Vilotti explain why they want to be a Hawk, each offers a similar final statement: "At the end of the day," McCusker said, "knowing that I'm going to have these experiences with two of my best friends just makes it that much better. " That's a nice way of summing up the last nine years for most of the Washington Township boys' soccer team's senior class.
February 9, 2014 |
Even with Selection Sunday five weeks away, there's never a bad time to check two popular mock brackets to see where our locals stand. Sadly, unless someone in the group makes a spectacular run through a conference tournament (or in Penn's case, sweep the Ivy League and hope for Harvard to fall), the only City Six team penciled in at the moment for March Madness is Villanova. The Wildcats are seeded second by Joe Lunardi of ESPN, and third by Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. Interestingly, Lunardi has 'Nova in a second-round matchup in Buffalo against American, a rematch of an opponent in the Cats' 2009 Final Four run, and Palm matches Villanova with Stephen F. Austin in Raleigh, N.C. Cats on the rocks Arizona showed Thursday night it's going to struggle with 6-foot-8 starting forward Brandon Ashley out for the season because of a broken right foot.
February 7, 2014 |
AMHERST, Mass. - Facing the aftermath of a major New England winter storm and a Massachusetts team that had lost three of its last four games, the La Salle Explorers entered the Mullins Center with a bit of trepidation. The storm wasn't an issue. The Minutemen were a different story. Five UMass players scored in double figures last night in a 79-67, Atlantic 10 victory over the Explorers. "I thought UMass really frustrated us in the first half by beating us to a ton of loose balls and rebounds," La Salle coach John Giannini said.
December 13, 2013 |
He scored goals as picturesque and technically difficult as you will see at any level. His assists could have been accompanied by smoke and mirrors. But as eye-popping as those skills are, they're not what Washington Township coach Shane Snyder thinks of first when he thinks of Lou Vilotti. "The way he sees the game is off the charts," Snyder said of Vilotti, this year's Inquirer player of the year in South Jersey boys' soccer. "He's the kind of kid who, when you go into halftime, you go to him and ask him what he sees: Where are we finding space?
October 28, 2013 |
Washington Township junior midfielder Lou Vilotti doesn't want to hear it. Neither does junior defender Ed McCusker. The two standout soccer players and the rest of their teammates have been hearing all the superlatives associated with this season's team, and they aren't paying attention. "We get mad when people say how good we are," said Vilotti, a master distributor and clutch scorer who has 10 goals and 16 assists. Then this must be one mad team. "None of that talk means anything until the end of the season," said McCusker, a top center defender.
September 29, 2013 |
Andrew O'Neill doesn't have one position for Washington Township, but he seems to own them all. During Friday's 41-35 victory over Lenape in a wildly entertaining West Jersey Football League American Division game, O'Neill lined up as a receiver, a Wildcat quarterback, and a running back. He took direct snaps, handoffs and he found plenty of time to catch passes. On defense there were times he was lined up at linebacker, others at cornerback. Did we mention he managed to score five touchdowns?