WRITTEN BY NICOLAS FERNANDES
Sunday was a big day in sports for the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers — as the men’s soccer team won the NEC Title and the women’s volleyball team won their last match of the season. While the basketball teams fell in their season openers, it was a successful day for team stars Glenn Sanabria, Yunus Hopkinson, Alex Delaney and Jade Johnson.
Volleyball: Terriers – 3, Red Flash – 2
The women’s volleyball team’s best season in six years got even better today as senior outside hitter Domenique Gerard put 24.5 points on the board and junior outside hitter Aleksandra Gligoric recorded another 18.5, defeating the Saint Francis University Red Flash 3-2 to close out the season.
The Red Flash won the first set 25-17 before the Terriers led the next two sets by the scores of 25-18 and 25-21. The opponent snuck past them and led 25-21 in the following set, but the Terriers came back in the final set and defeated them 25-12.
The Terriers finished their season (9-21, 4-10 NEC) and the visiting team finished (5-22, 1-13 NEC).
After being the first Terrier to record 1,000 kills in yesterday’s loss to the Robert Morris Colonials, Gerard ended today’s match with 21 kills and nine digs. Gligoric added 17 kills.
Senior middle hitter Niehely Sosa recorded six kills en route to 12 points. Senior outside hitter Milica Mladjenovic dished out another seven kills, three digs and eight points.
Red Flash senior middle blocker Sophie Murdock recorded 14 kills and thee digs en route to 16 points. Senior outside hitter Breanna Opera put up another 10 kills and three digs, leading to 13.5 points.
Sophomore middle blocker Christa White recorded 10 kills and 13 points.
The Terriers will lose five seniors at the end of this year before returning in August for the 2017 season.
Soccer: Terriers – 1, Red Flash – 0
Junior forward Lukas Hauer scored his first goal of the season in double overtime Sunday, leading the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over the Saint Francis University Red Flash and winning them the NEC Title.
The Terriers improved to (12-4-3, 6-0-1 NEC) and advanced to the NCAA College Cup, where they will compete on Thursday. The Red Flash ended their season (12-6-2, 4-1-2 NEC).
The two teams went back and forth without scoring a single goal for the entire 90 minutes and first round of overtime.
In the second round, Hauer scored the only goal of the game on a penalty kick.
The Terriers took a total of 10 shots, while the Red Flash missed all 12 of their attempts.
The goalkeepers for the two teams recorded three saves each.
The Terriers will enter the NCAA College Cup with a strong team who has been fighting hard all season. The Terriers were undefeated IN all of the season’s conference games and did not allow a single goal in conference play.
In addition, they won their first regular season title in 18 years, which allowed them to host the NCAA Tournament.
Senior forward Yussuf Olajide has a team-high six goals and senior midfielder Salvatore Barone has five goals and two assists. Junior defender Dominick Falanga has recorded three goals and a team-high six assists.
The team’s opponent in the College Cup will be announced on Monday.
Men’s Basketball: Wolfpack – 86, Terriers – 61
sanabriancstRedshirt sophomore Glenn Sanabria paced the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men’s basketball team with 13 points Sunday in his return to the court after last year’s injury, but his team fell 86-61 to the North Carolina State Wolfpack.
Junior guard/forward Gunnar Olafsson scored a three-pointer two minutes into the game, which tied the two teams 3-3. He put the Terriers on the right track as they followed up with more points and were able to edge the home team.
After Wolfpack freshman guard Dennis Smith Jr. broke the 7-7 tie as the game’s fifth minute approached, him and his teammates went on a scoring spree that left the Terriers behind for the rest of the half.
Although Sanabria and his teammates made good plays and continued to add points to the board, they trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half. After senior guard Yunus Hopkinson added five points and freshman guard Rasheem Dunn fit in a three-pointer towards the end of the half, the Terriers trailed 42-31 at halftime.
Sanabria, Hopkinson and Dunn were able to decrease the scoring gap at certain points, but frequent scoring by the opponent towards the end of the game put them far behind.
Sanabria scored his 14 points with 4-for-3 field goals, 2-for-5 three-pointers and 4-for-5 free throws. The Redshirt sophomore also recorded three assists and one steal in 32 minutes.
Hopkinson added 13 points and three assists. Dunn played for 23 minutes in the first game of his collegiate career, scoring 12 points on 2-for-4 shooting from behind both the arc and the free throw line.
3-for-6 from the field en route to eight points, while also dishing out two assists.
Wolfpack Redshirt sophomore Torin Dorn and freshman forward Ted Kapita dominated the Terriers with their scoring. Dorn led with 21 points and Kapita contributed another 17.
Smith and junior forward Abdul-Malik Abu added another 12 points, while Redshirt senior guard Terry Henderson scored another 11 points.
The Terriers will travel to Charlottesville, Virginia to face the Virginia Cavaliers Tuesday. The two teams will tip off at 7 pm.
Women’s Basketball: Dukes – 83, Terriers – 57
Junior forward Alex Delaney and freshman guard Jade Johnson recorded a game-high 10 points each in the Sunday home opener as the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers women’s basketball team fell 83-57 to the James Madison Dukes.
Senior forward Da’Lishia Griffin started the game with a layup after 20 seconds. After the first two points, scoring between the two teams was close for the remainder of the first quarter.
The Terriers quickly took a short lead, but after the Dukes surpassed them for the first time, the two got involved in a back and forth, which resulted in a 21-21 tie at the end of the first quarter.
Dukes Redshirt senior guard Precious Hall scored the first shot of the second quarter, which led her team to taking the lead as the Terriers had trouble catching up. At halftime, the Dukes led 38-30.
Points from Delaney, Johnson and sophomore forward Kat Phipps weren’t enough to catch up to the opponent’s quick scoring. Leading by as many as 24 points in the third quarter, the Dukes led 67-45 at the end.
The Terriers got some good shots in the final quarter, but the Dukes sped up their scoring even more that they ended with a game-high 26-point lead.
Delaney scored her 10 points on 3-for-7 shooting from the field, 2-for-6 from behind the arc and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. The 6’0 Australian also added two assists.
Johnson’s 10 points came from 3-for-8 field goal shooting, 3-for-7 three-point shooting and 1-for-2 free throw shooting.
Sophomore forward Maria Palarino and senior guard Olivia Levey added nine points each.
Phipps recorded eight points and one assist in 16 minutes.
The players behind JMU’s success were Hall and freshman guard Kamiah Small. Hall scored 24 points and Small recorded another 16.
Freshman forward Devon Merritt put up 11 points in just 14 minutes.
The Terriers will host the Monmouth Blue Hawks in their home opener Wednesday night. The two teams will tip off at 7 pm.