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Zaleck, Tuohy, Connors & Payne Win NJAC Honors

Tom Krychkowski

 PITMAN, NJ | The New Jersey Athletic Conference released their weekly awards this afternoon and four Scarlet Raiders made the cut.Andrew Zaleck won NJAC Player of the Week, Jake Connors earned NJAC Defensive Player of the Week,Justin Tuohy picked up NJAC Rookie of the Week while Chaheen  Payne recorded his third NJAC Field Athlete of the Week accolade. 

Zaleck amassed 37 kills over three matches which included No. 12 Stevenson and No. 3 Stevens Institute. In the win over Stevens, he tallied a career-high 18 kills and hit .467 in the win. He also added a pair of blocks in the win to go along with three digs. Zaleck has propelled the Scarlet Raiders to a 6-0 start this season and currently ranks No. 11 in the nation with 4.14 kills per set. He also leads the Scarlet Raiders with 58 kills on the year. 


Jake Connors tallied a season-high 15 digs against Stevenson then added 10 more over the course of two matches to help keep the Scarlet Raiders undefeated. Connors consistently kept rallies alive with his digs at the backline which helped Tuohy set up his teammates with the best pass possible. 

Tuohy secured a career-high 50 assists against Stevenson then followed that up with 14 against Eastern and 38 against Stevens. Tuohy ranks second in the nation in assists per set with 11.14 and sits first on the team with 156 through six matches. He also ranks second on the team with 10 service aces which sits behind only Travis Emenaker who is currently ranked seventh in the nation. 

Payne once again triple jumped his way to an NJAC award, his third of the season, after placing third at the University of Albany Winter Classic. Payne jumped 14.49m (47ft 6.47in) and was only one of two Division III athletes to make it inside the top-10.  

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Women's Basketball Outlasts Rutgers-Camden, 51-45

Tom Krychkowski

NEWARK, NJ | The women's basketball team won their second New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game of the season with the 51-45 win over Rutgers University-Camden this evening at the Golden Dome. 


Rutgers University-Newark (4-18, 2-13) was led by Syncere Lambert's 12 points. Hannah Ashby earned her second career double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Comfort Akinbo and Elisha India Cross scored 11 and 10, respectively. Cross led the team with four steals.


Rutgers University-Camden (11-11, 4-11) had Shane Holmes pour in a game-high 18 points while Jalissa Pitt paced the team with 14 rebounds. Fatimah Williams picked up three steals and the team as a whole recorded five blocks. 


The Scarlet Raiders found success in the opening stanza of the game against their sister school from Camden, NJ, Rutgers University-Camden. The women came out and scored 17 points in the opening quarter and held the Scarlet Raptors to just five points. Rutgers-Newark was proficient from the charity stripe hitting 7-of-12. 


Through the first seven minutes of the first quarter, Akinbo was able to dominate inside the paint which put the Scarlet Raiders out in front 10-0. Elisha India Cross also hit a triple during that opening run to help keep her team ahead. Jalissa Pitts finally got the Scarlet Raptors on the board with 2:32 left after she hit a mid-range jumper.


The second quarter wasn't kind to the Scarlet Raiders as they tallied just five points which allowed the Scarlet Raptors to make a comeback in the game. Shane Holmes hit a three-point basket to make it a three-point game with 7:40 remaining. As the second quarter wore on, points came at a premium as both teams struggled from the field. At the half, the Scarlet Raiders held a 22-16 lead despite a cold second quarter.


Play leveled out of the half as the Scarlet Raiders scored 14 points while the Scarlet Raptors scored 13. After Rutgers-Camden cut the lead down to one, Syncere Lambert cashed in from range to boost her team's lead back out to four. After a three minute scoreless streak, the Scarlet Raiders ended it with a 6-0 run to give themselves a 10-point lead. 


In the fourth, the Scarlet Raptors continued to chip away at the lead, however, the Scarlet Raiders did enough to stay ahead and hit their free-throws as time dwindled down to earn their second NJAC win of the season.

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Men's Volleyball Stays In The Win Column

Tom Krychkowski

HOBOKEN, NJ | The Scarlet Raiders traveled to the Canavan Arena this afternoon and put their unblemished record on the line for a non-conference tri-match. Rutgers University-Newark took on Eastern University and No. 3 Stevens Institute and emerged unscathed after sweeping both opponents, 3-0. The Scarlet Raiders improved to 6-0 while Eastern fell to 3-4 and Stevens suffered their first loss of the season to drop to 8-1.


Match 1: Rutgers University-Newark 3, Eastern University 0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-18)


Elan Dorkhman and David Mrowko each tallied a team-high seven kills. Justin Tuohy once again led the team with 14 assists and Antonio Rocchio was close behind with 13. Kyle Loesner and Matt Nikishin patrolled the backline and picked up seven digs apiece. 


The first set would go back and forth until the Scarlet Raiders went on a 5-0 run which extended their lead to 14-6. Arvind Kumar and Andrew Zaleck each earned a kill during the run while Tuohy picked up a service ace. The tempo of the game switched into the Scarlet Raiders' favor after that run which allowed them to go on an 8-1 run which handed them the opening set. 


Eastern was more balanced in the set second which allowed them to take a 12-11 lead halfway through the set. Once again, the Scarlet Raiders went on a small run to take the lead. Attacking errors by Eastern handed their lead over to the Scarlet Raiders, a lead they wouldn't surrender. Robert Long and Dorkhman played a part down the stretch to give Rutgers-Newark a 2-0 lead in the match. 


Once again, Eastern kept it close in the early goings of the set, however, back-to-back kills by Mrowko gave the Scarlet Raiders an 18-13 lead. From there, Rutgers University-Newark kept their foot on the gas and finished the match to earn their third sweep of the season.


Match 2: Rutgers University-Newark 3, No. 3 Stevens Institute 0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-21) 


For the second time this season, the Scarlet Raiders stepped on the court against a nationally-ranked opponent and picked up the win. 


Freshman sensation Andrew Zaleck earned a team-high 18 kills and was followed up by Arvind Kumar's 10. Fellow freshman standout, Justin Tuohy, secured 38 assists in the win. Nicholas Arce-Cox led the team with a trio of blocks while Tuohy and Zaleck added a pair. Jake Connors paced the team with seven digs.


The Scarlet Raiders came out on fire against the Ducks and jumped out to an 11-4 lead which caused the Ducks to call a timeout. A pair of kills by Kumar and Zaleck pushed the Scarlet Raiders out in front and were also aided by errors by the Ducks. 


Out of the timeout, the Stevens Institute looked inspired and cut the lead down to 14-10. Attacking errors by Stevens kept Rutgers-Newark out in front and a pair of kills by Zaleck late in the opening set pushed their lead out to 21-19. Daniel Quay kept his team in front by three with a kill before Zaleck and Long completed the set to take a 1-0 lead in the match. 


With the second set deadlocked at seven Kumar and Zaleck pounded the ball onto the court to put their team ahead by a pair. Down one, 13-12, Long found his stride and picked up three straight kills which put Rutgers-Newark up 15-13. An attacking error brought the set within one, however, Quay was able to prevent Stevens from gaining momentum as he found an opening in the Ducks' defense and took advantage to secure a kill. Stevens tried to salvage the second set but a pair of errors gave the Scarlet Raiders a 2-0 lead.


Both teams proved to be evenly matched all set as each team struggled to pull away from the other. The Scarlet Raiders were able to string together a few points to keep them just ahead of the Ducks.  In the end that small lead was able to keep the Scarlet Raiders undefeated on the year as they went on to win 3-0. 


The men return to action on Friday, February 14 when they open up CVC play in Ashland, VA against Randolph-Macon.


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Men's Soccer Team Awarded With NJAC All-Conference Honors

Courtesy of RU-N Athletics

 PITMAN, N.J. | Five Rutgers University-Newark men's soccer players were awarded New Jersey Athletic (NJAC) All-Conference honors this morning.

Franco Catania, Joe Alba, and Miguel Sencion all earned NJAC All-Conference first team while Dino Branco and Andres Medina picked up NJAC All-Conference honorable mention. 

Catania was in and out of the lineup this season due to injury, however, when he was on the pitch he made his presence felt. In the 9 games he played in, he scored a team-high 9 goals and added an assist to lead the squad with 19 points. 

Alba consistently made himself known on the pitch as a leader of the Scarlet Raiders. He started in 17 of 18 games and played 1,415 minutes and tallied a team-high five assists and a pair of goals. Alba helped control the pace as a midfielder and would find holes in the opposing team's defense to thread passes through to his forwards.

Sencion was immediately inserted into the starting XI when he returned from injury and gave the Scarlet Raiders an added dimension on offense. Sencion dazzled opponents along the flank with his skill before finding his teammates. Much like Catania, Sencion played in just 9 games and scored three goals and added a pair of assists. 

Branco played alongside Alba in the center of the field and played in 18 games while starting 13 of them. Branco tallied four goals and picked up an assist, good for 9 points. He secured a pair of game-winners, the first against NYU in a 1-0 win and a crucial late-game goal against The College of New Jersey to lift his team to a 2-1 win. 

Rounding out the list of winners is goalkeeper, Andres Medina. Medina played and started in 16 games this season and made 81 saves. His 1,382  minutes led all netminders on the Scarlet Raiders and allowed 24 goals all season.  

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Women's Soccer Players Pick Up NJAC All-Conference Honors

Courtesy of RU-N Athletics

 PITMAN, N.J. | Four Rutgers University-Newark women's soccer players were selected to the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) All-Conference Team this morning. 

Ine Collins was named to the NJAC All-Conference second team while Jessica Moreno, Heidi Paulson, and Sabria Glasgow earned All-Conference honorable mention. 

Collins started every game she played in this season and helped the Scarlet Raiders hold their opponents to 1.30 goals per game. She played 1,639 minutes, good for fourth on the team, and scored a game-winning goal against Rowan University. 

Moreno played the most minutes for the Scarlet Raiders this season with 1,689 in the center of the pitch. Moreno scored three goals and tallied a team-high eight assists, good for 14 points. Moreno's eight assists were tied for second highest in the NJAC this season. 

Paulson started 16 games this season and made 78 saves while facing 190 shots. She allowed 21 goals and tallied six shutouts in 1,451 minutes played. 

Glasgow finished second in the NJAC with 14 goals and a team-high 30 points this season. Glasgow added a pair of assists and took 45 shots, putting 27 of them on target. She started in 13 games and played in all 20 for a total of 952 minutes.  

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Akinbo, Moy, Capobianco, & Lockett Shine On Senior Night

Courtesy of RU-N Athletics

 NEWARK, N.J. | The Scarlet Raiders women's volleyball squad hosted City College of NY for senior night at the Golden Dome. Comfort Akinbo, Jessica Moy, Analis Capobianco, and Brione Lockett were all honored before the start of the match. Rutgers University-Newark (17-9) won tonight's match over CCNY (8-7), 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-8).

As a team, the Scarlet Raiders hit .156 while holding CCNY to a .000 hit percentage. Senior outside hitter, Akinbo, led the team with 18 kills on .239 hitting while fellow senior Lockett paced the team with 24 digs. Moy tallied seven kills in the win good for second on the team while Capobianco added six digs and three service aces to her tally.

In the opening set of the match, the Beavers came out strong and surprised the Scarlet Raiders as they would take the opening set 25-23 despite a late surge by Rutgers University-Newark. 

Rutgers University-Newark settled into the match in the second set as they opened the game with an 8-0 run. A quick timeout by the Beavers cooled the Scarlet Raiders off enough to allow them to score a pair of points. The Scarlet Raiders wouldn't remain tamed for long as an ace from Dahlia Shoukry and a kill by Alex Rivera propelled their team to a 13-4 lead. Down by 9, the Beavers answered with six unanswered points to cut the lead down to three.  Capobianco would secure a pair of service aces to push her squad back out to a seven-point lead to set up Rivera for the set-winning kill.

As the match wore on the Scarlet Raiders improved on the court and put the Beavers on their heels. Midway through the third set, the women used a 9-0 run to give them a 19-10 lead. Karly Gregoire registered a pair of service aces while Akinbo and Eliana Rivera picked up kills. A series of errors by the Beavers would hand the Scarlet Raiders their second win of the night to give them a 2-1 lead in the match.

The most dominant performance of the evening came in the fourth and final set when the Scarlet Raiders bottled up CCNY's attack and held them to just eight points. Up 10-4, Rutgers University-Newark used an 8-0 run to give themselves an 18-4 lead. The Beavers were unable to claw their way back into the set as the Scarlet Raiders ran away with the match.

Up next for the Scarlet Raiders is a match against Rowan University on Tuesday, October 29 for their final match of the regular season.  

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MORENO TO COLLINS MADE HISTORY

Layla Abdallah, Executive Editor

 

Iné Collins has done it again. In the 78th minute of the RU-N Women’s soccer game against Rowan University, Collins secured the game. Making history with their 1st win over their NJAC rivals, the team fought hard for the win. Coming off a major hit, Heidi Paulson delivered by making six saves while the defense showed up massively. 


Jessica Moreno has been known to show up week in and week out. As a sophomore, her performance is beyond immaculate. She has started in almost every game this season and making history is just another talent of hers. 

As Moreno sent the free kick straight up the middle, Collins was perfectly positioned to perform the greatest feat in RU-N history against Rowan; a header to secure the win. Rowan’s team read what was happening all wrong and with that, Moreno and Collins created a flawless play. 


Collins said, ““A moment like this comes from the diligent work behind the scenes from our current team but also the teams to come before us. It’s great to score in a big game like that but it’s the little moments in the game leading up to that goal that are more important. This entire team- all 30 girls and our coaching staff- are all responsible for making history on Saturday.”


This was the first NJAC win of the season and one of the highlights of Collins amazing senior year at RU-N soccer. 


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The Jets won?

Layla Abdallah, Executive Editor

 

Two words. Sam Darnold. The idea that the Jets were on one of their losing streaks contributed to many fans holding their breath. Earlier this season Sam Darnold was reported sick with mononucleosis, which can attack the spleen causing it to enlarge which can be very painful. As Sam Darnold got better, he was taken off reserve and placed as a starter in one of the "hardest games of the season". He got special pads made to protect his spleen because if he got hit wrong it could put his life on the line. The rib cage needs to be protected at all times when this occurs because an enlarged spleen ruptured, can result in massive danger to filtering blood and in the worst case, death.


The New York Jets were set to play the Dallas Cowboys on October 13th, and he showed up. In the first half, the Jets dominated the game, scoring 21 points. With a scoreless third quarter, the Cowboys began to catch up. As the game came to a close, the Cowboys fought for their redemption which ended in them losing to a team that has been unsuccessful in putting up a win all season. With Dak Prescott attempting 40 throws and only completing 28 of those passes, the Cowboys offense looked terrible. Sam Darnold took this opportunity to step up and complete almost all of his passes to his team, which includes Le'Veon Bell. The Cowboys' start led to their downfall to the Jets, who statistically should not have beat them. The final score was 24-22 which is a tough loss for a team that is regarded as highly as the Cowboys. 


Giving credit where due, Darnold really saved the team’s spirit and helped them turn a game where they were marked as underdogs into one of success. 

Keep saving

Layla Abdallah, Executive Editor

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As she reaches above the goal her gloved fingertips graze the soccer ball causing it to abruptly drop. The loud screams of the crowd erupting cause her to turn and smile brightly. A stream of white and red jerseys race down the field unfazed by what just occurred. However, she knows that one move has once again brought the team safely to victory.  


Hailing from West Orange, Heidi Paulson is the Rutgers University in Newark, Women's Soccer goalie. Throughout high school, Paulson played both softball and soccer. She sacrificed playing softball for soccer at a collegiate level. “Sometimes I regret my decision because I loved softball,” said Paulson. 

The deeper root to that decision shed light on why she is so passionate about thriving in soccer. 

“Essentially as much as I love playing sports I wanted to make sure that my education and my future came first,” said Paulson. “I knew that if I played softball in college I wouldn’t be able to hold a job because it would just be too many hours of the day.”


As she steps out of the goal to try and save the score, the crowd’s screams are near deafening. “Get back!” screams her mom. In that moment, she tunes out the sounds of the crowd as her eyes follow the ball. She kicks the ball off the field and the crowd lets out a cohesive sigh. 

“She’s hungry for the ball and comes out [the goal] with no hesitation,” said Nicole Gomez, her former teammate. “Sometimes it gives you a mini heart attack, but she does get to the ball.” 

Starting was something Paulson never had to compete for in high school. Knowing that when she joined a collegiate team and would fight to keep her spot, made a huge impact on her work ethic. Sharing the time as goalie led Paulson to realize the amount of effort she was going to have to put in to start. Just as she was starting to get her play time, she came down with an injury six games later which deemed her unfit to play. 


Paulson came to the conclusion that sitting on the bench was not for her. Her preseason and residence assistant training schedules overlapped. Coming into the season she was behind on forging bonds with the freshman athletes. Due to her training, she ended up missing most team practices and splitting play time for the first half of the season. 


“It was really difficult for me to earn the respect of my team and get the play time I felt like I deserved.” 

Through hardwork and perseverance she was able to gain the respect of her team and coaches. Her dedication led her to start for the rest of the season. Paulson helped lead the team to one of the top spots in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). 


“Heidi is one of the craziest souls I have ever met but within all that crazy is a beautiful person I am privileged to call my teammate and friend,” said Ine Collins, one of the current team captains. 

Baseball and the color barrier

Layla Abdallah, Executive Editor

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Three decades have passed since Ken Griffey Jr. played for the Seattle Mariners where he tried to break the color barrier in baseball. Currently 7.7 percent of the MLB is African American which proves the point of a color barrier still in place. The fact is only 68 out of 882 players on the opening day, injured, and restricted lists were African American this season. 11 MLB teams have only one African-American out of their 25 player rosters. An even more shocking fact is that there are three teams that do not even have one African- American on their team. 


“I don’t think it’s the intent of baseball not to have black ballplayers,’’ Griffey told USA TODAY Sports, “but we have to find a way to get these kids back. We lost them to football. We lost them to basketball. We lost them to golf. People don’t see how cool and exciting this game is."(USA TODAY) 


There have been 44 African-American players drafted in the first round in the past seven years. The idea that this color barrier is non-existent is factless. In the past, players like Jackie Robinson have struggled to break down the barrier in order to open up more opportunities for the African-American community. To look at the numbers and say there is not an issue with the percentages seen is to keep people in their comfort zone.