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CHC women ninth in region, men also win Saturday

ONE MAKES A FACE, ONE MAKES A PLAY 2009 CACC Player of the Year Lauren Riiff (right) isn’t phased by a ball just an inch from her nose as she receives a pass from the wing. The CHC junior rang up a goal and an assist to help the Griffins beat Jen Jimenez (left) and the Felician Falcons. (Photo by Tom Utescher)

In a men’s and women’s soccer doubleheader at Chestnut Hill College last Saturday afternoon, the host Griffins fleeced Felician College of Rutherford, N.J. The Golden Falcons went home empty-handed, without a win or even a single goal.

CHC sophomore goaltenders Jessica Veazey and Michael Goldstein registered six saves and five saves, respectively, as the Griffin women won, 3-0, and the men prevailed, 1-0, against their conference rivals.

In the last two weekly polls compiled by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the Chestnut Hill women were ranked ninth in the East Region among NCAA Division II teams. Having chalked up three wins (including Saturday’s victory) since the most recent survey on October 5, the Griffins could move up in the rankings. Their success over the weekend raised their record to 10-1-2 overall and 8-0-1 within the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

The men’s team at CHC is close to clinching a playoff berth in the CACC tournament, improving to 5-2 in conference play and 8-4 overall thanks to Saturday’s outcome.

Lions lack goals at Notre Dame

Springside senior Ali DeFelice (right) pressures Notre Dame’s Annie Reilly as she tries to settle an airborne ball. (Photo by Tom Utescher)

Springside’s road trip to the Academy of Notre Dame last Friday resulted in a field hockey contest and a soccer game that were quite different in nature, but one thing the Lions’ two teams had in common was a shortage of scoring.

There was a close contest on the soccer pitch, where the host Irish made a first-half goal stand up for a 1-0 victory. On the adjacent hockey field, Springside was still in the game at the intermission, down 2-0, but it turned ugly in the second period as AND rolled, 7-0.

The losses lowered the Lions’ league record to 2-1 in soccer (5-3 overall) and 1-2-1 in hockey (3-4-1 overall). The Irish improved to 5-0, 8-4-0 in hockey, and in soccer they snagged their first Girls Inter-Ac victory to attain a mark of 1-1-3 in the league and 5-3-3 overall.

Devils can’t sustain first half efforts, fall to Bonner

Chestnut Hill Football took their team on the road to Mosignor Bonner High School Friday night looking for a win against the Catholic League power.  They hung with the Friars for a half in what was an offensive shootout, but were stymied in the second half and fell, 37-20. 

It was 24-20 at the half in a game in which defense was rare. Both teams combined for 776 yards of total offense. Bonner (4-2) had three rushers with 100 yards:  Jamie Juisti, John McGilligan, and Ismir Gibson.  CHA was led by quarterback Danny Gallagher, who had 116 yards on 14 carries, and Cedric Madden, who ran 70 yards on 19 carries.  The defense finally dug in for Bonner in the second half, holding the Blue Devils to no points.CHA coach Rick Knox believed it was the first drive of the second half that was the key.  The Blue Devils missed a makeable field goal that would have pulled them within one point.

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