CHC tumbles to Kutztown and West Chester
Contrary to the recent success experienced by traders in precious metals, the men’s basketball team at Chestnut Hill College did not fare well in the gold market last week.
In home games on Wednesday and Saturday, the Griffins lost to both the Golden Bears of Kutztown University and to the Golden Rams of West Chester. With these setbacks against long-established Division II rivals, CHC dropped below the .500 mark on the season, at 3-4.
Kutztown arrived in Chestnut Hill on Wednesday ranked 12th in the nation among D-II teams, but the Golden Bears found themselves down by a dozen six-and-a-half minutes into the game as offense from Ryan Cook and Larz Jeter powered the Griffins to a 19-7 lead.
Kutztown recovered to secure a 44-37 lead at the half, then went on to win, 92-77. Freshman guard Ed DiRugeris came on to lead Chestnut Hill in scoring with 18 points, while Cook and Jeter finished with 16 and 14, respectively.
Springside basketball falls to Phoenix in opener
Falling behind 11-2 in the first quarter of last Wednesday’s season opener, host Springside School kept the contest from turning into a catastrophe, but the Lions were never able to catch up to visiting Friends Central.
Maintaining the lead through Springside rallies that narrowed the gap to three points late in the third quarter and five points (36-31) with a minute left in the game, the Phoenix emerged with a 40-31 victory after guards Monaye Merritt and Kaitlin McCaffrey each canned a pair of free throws in the final 56 seconds.
In the simplest terms, FC’s guards overcame Springside’s forwards in the scoring column. Combining for 27 of the winners’ 40 points were Merritt (11 points) and McCaffrey (nine) and their backcourt colleague Kristen Mann (seven).
Mount basketball may fool the doubters again
Considering the personnel turnover within the basketball program at Mount St. Joseph Academy, many observers would say that it’ll be difficult for the Magic to remain one of the premier programs in the Philadelphia area. Of course, those people were saying pretty much the same thing at this time last year.
Springside swimming sees first action under new coach
Last Friday, Springside School’s swimming team launched its third season of varsity competition in a scrimmage meet with Gwynedd Mercy Academy. The visiting Lions actually had a shorter trip to the event than the host Monarchs, since Gwynedd uses the pool at La Salle College High School as its home venue.
The run-through was supervised by volunteer officials, but it followed a regular meet format, and GMA came out ahead in the scoring 57-37.
The co-captains for the 2009-2010 Springside squad are senior Nicole Lombardo and sophomore Molly Stein, whose twin sister Alex is also on the roster. The Lions have a new head coach this season, as founding mentor Amy Carolla has stepped down and Springside alumna Brielle White (’02) has taken command.