Field goal gets sweeter for MacMeekin


October 16, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

It's been 11 days since Cornell sophomore Trevor MacMeekin kicked the biggest field goal of his young life to send his hometown college football team, Towson, down to a crushing, double-overtime, 34-31 defeat in Ithaca, N.Y.

Sure, the 19-yard kick by the former Dulaney High star was, in terms of difficulty, little more than an extra point.

But it has taken on added significance now that Towson has upset perennial Division 1-AA power Lehigh, and MacMeekin has had time to let the pressure-filled kick sink in.

"The fact that Towson beat the No. 9 team in the country is something else," MacMeekin said. "It felt good to beat them. I knew a few guys over on that sideline and it was nice to talk to them going through the line after the game."

Also, that victory over Towson still stands as the only win of the season for the Big Red (1-3, 0-2 Ivy League), which was thumped in the mud last Saturday by Harvard, 52-23.

MacMeekin had hit eight straight extra points this season before an extra-point attempt was blocked by Harvard in the slippery conditions. However, he has hit five straight field goals this season since his first attempt was blocked by Bucknell.

"We still have six games to turn things around," MacMeekin said. "We got up 24-0 against Towson and feeling kind of comfortable. Then we go to overtime and it comes down to the kicker."

Patinella in the swing

Cornell freshman golfer John Patinella shot a two-day score of 154 (75-79) to lead the Big Red to a ninth-place finish in the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships Oct. 6 in Apalachin, N.Y.

Patinella (Loyola High) finished tied for 21st among all golfers in the 16-team tournament played over a par-72 course.

He also recorded a 154 two-round score (76-78) last month as Cornell tied for eighth place in the St. Bonaventure Invitational.

Zuk key for Richmond

The Richmond men's soccer team is 3-0-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, thanks in part to the outstanding defensive play of junior back Chris Zuk (McDonogh).

The Spiders (6-4-2 overall) shut out A-10 foe Dayton, 1-0, Sunday behind some more strong defensive play by Zuk, whose big moment this season came in the UR/Nike Cup Challenge tournament last month.

Zuk was chosen the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, leading the Spiders to the championship with several big defensive moves and blocked shots to keep his team on the offensive.

Richmond shut out Howard, 3-0, in the Nike championship game after beating Lehigh, 3-2, in double overtime in the opening round.

Aronson tough for Tufts

Sophomore defensive lineman Rich Aronson (McDonogh) is having a strong season for the Tufts football team, which was knocked from the unbeaten ranks Saturday by Trinity, 13-12.

The 6-foot-4, 254-pound Aronson has 10 tackles (including three sacks for losses of 29 yards) for the New England Small Colleges Athletic Conference team, which had outscored three opponents by a total of 91-13 before losing the close one to Trinity.

In all, Aronson has five tackles for losses of 34 yards and one pass broken up.

Et cetera

The William and Mary women's doubles team of Kate Boomershine (Glenelg) and Candice Fuchs defeated the Pepperdine duo of Veronica Koksova and Charlotte Vernaz, 9-8, last week in the qualifying draw of the Riviera/Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

The 36th-ranked Boomershine and Fuchs had to default their next qualifying-draw match because of an injury. They had previously teamed to capture the top-flight doubles title in the 10th annual William and Mary Invitational.

Four former Dulaney High men's and women's cross country standouts are having outstanding seasons at the Division I level this fall. They are Billy Duffy (Bucknell), Will Knox (American), Tenke Zoltani (Columbia) and Christine Myers (Penn).

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