Archive: May, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Senior Bob Keogh has earned a spot in the NCAA Championships hammer throw finals with a seventh place qualifying throw of 205-10 on Friday afternoon at Indiana University. Keogh placed in the top 12, thereby qualifying for the NCAA Championships held at Drake University.
Keogh, a native of Willow Grove, Pa., made the cut of the top 12 athletes with his toss of 205-10. The senior held his own with the likes of Louisiana State's Walter Henning (3rd, 226-08) and Michael Lauro (4th, 217-09), along with Georgia's Justin Welch (5th, 215-06) and Florida's Jeremy Postin (6th, 214-07).
PHILADELPHIA – Four true freshmen will join fourth-year women’s basketball head coach Tonya Cardoza’s Temple Owls for the 2011-12 season. The incoming class is made up of four guards from varied and highly successful backgrounds, and will be looking to help the Owls to a ninth-straight NCAA Tournament as well as an Atlantic 10 title.
Rateska Brown (Alvin, S.C./Timberland) and Shaniqua Reese (Brooklyn, N.Y./Murry Bergtraum) are recent signees who now join Monaye Merritt (Philadelphia, Pa./Friends’ Central) and Tyonna Williams (Fort Washington, Md./Riverdale Baptist) who signed with the Owls last fall.
PHILADELPHIA – Sophomore Charlotte Swavola, already an Atlantic 10 First Team selection for 2011, has now been named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s (IWLCA) All-Region Second Team for her outstanding play this year.
Swavola led the Owls with 38 goals and 13 assists for 51 total points this season. She tied for fifth in the A-10 with 2.38 goals per game and ranked ninth in the conference with 0.81 assists per game. Swavola, who was also named to the A-10 Championship All-Tournament Team, scored at least once in all 16 games she played, with 11 multiple-goal performances.
Saint Joseph's sophomore outfielder Greg Kumpel was named to the Atlantic 10 Baseball All-Conference Second Team on Tuesday. The catalyst of SJU's offense this season, Kumpel led the Hawks in most offensive categories in 2011 in his first year as an everyday player.
The Cornwall, N.Y. native paced the SJU squad from wire to wire, finishing the campaign with a .384 batting average. He also recorded a team-high 19 multi-hit games, including a 5-for-5 effort at George Washington on April 1. Playing in 48 of 52 games, Kumpel recorded 68 hits, tied for the sixth-highest single-season total in SJU history. He scored 31 runs on the season, the top mark on the squad, and he also tied for the team lead in runs batted in, driving in 32.
PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph’s head golf coach Bob Lynch has announced that Tim Godshalk (Blufftin, S.C./Hilton Head Prep), Connor Garrity (Hollidaysburg, Pa./ Hollidaysburg Area) and Connor Hill (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Saint Joseph’s University next year.
Competing on the International Junior Golf Tour for several years, Godshalk has posted seven top-10 finishes over the past four years. Highlighted by a third place finish at the Collection River Invitational in 2009 and a fifth-place finish at the Sea Pines Invitational in 2010, he also qualified for both the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2010 South Carolina Junior Golf Association Junior Championship.
PHILADELPHIA – For the first time since 2002, the Saint Joseph’s softball team has placed multiple honorees on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Northeast Region Teams. Hawks’ sophomore outfielder Dana Parks (Vineland, N.J./Vineland) earned All-Northeast Region First Team honors, while junior pitcher Erin Gallagher (Abington, Pa./St. Basil’s Academy) was selected to the All-Northeast Region Second Team, organization officials announced on Thursday.
Leading the Atlantic 10 in batting average (.435) and breaking the SJU single-season hits record (67), Parks garnered Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team honors as she helped SJU to a 31-16 record on the season. Starting 45 games in center field before injuring her ankle at the Atlantic 10 Championship, Parks additionally led the Hawks in runs scored (39) and set a new single-season mark for stolen bases with 20. Cracking the 100-hit plateau for her career earlier in the season, Parks also set career-highs in RBI (11), doubles (three) and triples (one), while posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. A 2011 A-10 Academic All-Conference Team selection, Parks was also named to the Carolina Classic All-Tournament Team as she helped SJU claim the tournament title this past February.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multi-year academic performance rate (APR), and the Temple University field hockey team is one of those teams for a second straight year as announced by the NCAA on May 17.
This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APR’s within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multi-year APR’s in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Saint Joseph's sophomore hurler Kyle Mullen (Berwyn, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) was chosen as the Atlantic 10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday afternoon. It is Mullen's second such honor of the season.
Mullen struck out seven batters in eight innings on Friday as SJU started its weekend sweep of Temple with a 4-1 victory. He allowed just the one run on only four hits, issuing a single walk. It was the eighth quality start for the righthander in 13 tries this season.
AMBLER, Pa. - Kyle Mullen was outstanding on Friday afternoon, allowing a single run on four hits while fanning seven as the Saint Joseph's baseball team took the series opener from Temple, 4-1, at Skip Wilson Field. Kevin Taylor was 3-for-3 with a run scored and a run batted in as well.
Saint Joseph's (17-30, 7-12 Atlantic 10) never trailed, taking the lead right out of the gates when Taylor ripped a two-out double to center to score Mike Coleman, who led off the game with a base on balls.
PHILADELPHIA - A total of 85 Temple University student-athletes participated in Thursday’s 124th annual Commencement ceremonies at the Liacouras Center. The Commencement exercises celebrated the achievements of the largest graduating class in Temple history with a total of 6,252 graduates.
Among those participating were women’s basketball team members Qwedia Wallace (Wilmington, N.C.), an Atlantic 10 third-team selection and Big 5 first-team selection, and Marli Bennett (Pilot Mountain, N.C.), an Academic All-Big 5 honoree; men’s basketball’s Micheal Eric (Lagos, Nigeria); All-Mid-Atlantic Region second-team honoree Sarah Dalrymple (Hanover, Pa.) from field hockey; All-MAC selection Elijah “Peanut” Joseph (Hartford, Conn.) and AFCA Good Works Team member Amara Kamara (Newark, N.J.) from football; and lacrosse’s Ann Stouffer (Haddonfield, N.J.), an Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team selection.