2017-18 Wildcats of the Week
Entering its third year, the Wildcat of the Week award focuses on individual performances on the field/court/course over the past seven days. Every Monday, two student-athletes (one male and one female) will be selected and featured on the home page as this week's Wildcat of the Week.
Monday, Nov, 20 2017
Female – LaShyra Williams – Women's Basketball
LaShyra scored 16 points on 5-12 shooting knocking down one three pointer in a 74-69 come from behind loss to Clarion. She also pulled down six rebounds and dished out two assists in 32 minutes of play. LaShyra scored a game high 21 points on 7-22 shooting and making seven free throws on eight attempts in a 69-54 win over UDC. The Wildcats return home to face Bowie State tonight, tip-off scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at the WU Athletics Complex.
Male – Shawn Church – Men's Basketball
Shawn hit a game winning three pointer with four seconds remaining to cap off a 17 point come from behind victory for the Wildcats as they won the game 76-75. Shawn finished the night going 6-12 from the field while hitting two three pointers as well as making 2-3 free throws for 16 points. Against Daemen Shawn scored a team high 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds in a 79-73 loss. Shawn knocked down five three pointers, three of which were in the second half. The Wildcats return home Wednesday afternoon as they take on nationally ranked Shippensburg. The Wednesday Matinee is scheduled to tip-off at 2:00 p.m.
Monday, Nov, 13 2017
Female – Mandy Behiels – Volleyball
Mandy finished off her freshman season collecting 19 kills and 17 digs as the Wildcats pulled out a five setter against the Griffins of Chestnut Hill. The 19 kills gives her 232 total kills and a 2.19 kills per set average on the season, that total leads the team for that category. The Wildcats' 14 wins are four more than last year, while their 10-9 CACC record is three match improvement from a season ago. They end their season with an overall record of 14-18, 10-9 CACC.
Male - Nick Richards – Men's Basketball
Nick recorded the Wildcats first double-double of the season, scoring 20 points and collecting 15 rebounds in an 81-76 opening game loss in the CACC/ECC challenge hosted by Wilmington, losing to the New York Institute of Technology. In the team's second game of the challenge, Nick scored 16 points while dishing out nine assists just missing a back to back double-double by one assist in the Wildcats 78-67 win against LIU Post on Saturday afternoon. In the early going Nick is averaging 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 5.5 steals to go along with 2.5 steals a game. The Wildcats return to action on Wednesday night as they travel to Millersville University. The nonconference game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Monday, Nov, 6 2017
Female - Bailey Peters – Womens Bowling
Bailey led the Wildcats charge, ranking her tied for eighth overall with a 196.80 on Saturday. She tallied her first 200-game of the afternoon against Sacred Heart, against ECC foe Felician, Bailey posted a 183 in the 942-902 loss to the Falcons. Peters finished the afternoon with the best performance for the Wildcats as she bowled a 230 in a comeback win against Bethune-Cookman. Peters finished the day with a – 198 – 171 – 202 – 183 – 230 – 984 – 196.8 avg.
Female – Eile Harris – Sr. – Volleyball
Eile led the team against University of the Sciences on Senior Day with 12 kills on 20 attempts for a .500 attack percentage as well as leading the defense with six block assists and one solo. Against Concordia University on November 2 she led the Wildcats again in Kills with 12 on 18 attempts for a .611 attack percentage. On October 31 against cross town rival Goldey Beacom College she had five kills on eight swings without an error for an attack percentage of .625.
Monday, Oct, 30 2017
Male - Ryan Rucinski – Jr. – Men's Golf
Ryan shot a 68 (-2) which allowed him to finish in second and moved him up two spots on the leaderboard. He finished with a 68-74-68 for a three round score of 210 (E). With that score Ryan finished two strokes behind Dixie States Jayce Frampton for medalist honors. Ryan shot a 68 (-2) in first round of the Dennis Rose Intercollegiate and followed it up with a 74 (+4) to finish with a 142 (+2) to put him in fourth place overall. The Wildcats wrap up their fall season at the Golf Week Division II Invite that starts today.
Female – Loran Wyrough – R.Sr. – Women's Soccer
Loran scored the game winning goal against Jefferson University in a pivotal Central Athletic Collegiate Conference game on Tuesday, October 24. Loran found the back of the net in the 60th minute on a long ball down the left side, Loran got the ball and was behind the defense for a 1v1 with the keeper and that is all she needed as she deposited the ball into the back of the net. With that goal Loran now has 16 goals which leads the team and puts her in first place in the CACC. The Wildcat's will now take on Post University on Tuesday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m., The Wildcats are the second seed taking on the seventh seeded Post University.
Monday, Oct, 23 2017
Male – Mark Corrigan – Jr. – Cross Country
Mark earned medalist honors and the women finished a program best second overall as the Wilmington University cross country teams competed at the 2017 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championships on Sunday at White Clay Creek State Park. The men were up first on Sunday, and Corrigan wasted little time to announce his presence. He finished the race in 26:39.8, nearly 14 seconds ahead of the field. He is the fourth Wildcat to earn medalist honors at the CACC Championship in the program's NCAA era, joining Bill Steele (2010), Richie Mitten (2013), and Ken Fontal (2016). Corrigan and the women's team will take their talents to the 2017 NCAA East Regional Championship hosted by Daemen College at the Delaware Park Golf Course in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, November 4.
Female – Rachel Jones – Sr. – Cross Country
Rachel helped the team with a top ten finish and also being named to the All-CACC for finishing in the top 15. Rachel led the Wildcats with a fifth place finish, crossing the line in 20:05.1, her best finish at the CACC Championships in her career. The women finished in second place for the second time in the program's history, tying the mark set by the 2011 squad. The team finished sixth overall last season. The women's team will take their talents to the 2017 NCAA East Regional Championship hosted by Daemen College at the Delaware Park Golf Course in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, November 4.
Monday, Oct, 16 2017
Male – Vinny Tasca – Jr. – Men's Soccer
Vinny made seven combined saves in two games that resulted in shutouts. He had four against Chestnut Hill on the road and three against Post at home last week in key CACC matchups for the Wildcats. Vinny is now tied for sixth in the CACC in saves with 59, tied for first in goals against with 14, number one in the CACC with a save percentage of .808, and first in GAA with a 0.94. The Wildcats wrap up their nonconference schedule with a matchup at Bridgeport on Tuesday. First kick is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
Female – Sinoda Cook – So. – Women's Bowling
Sophomore Cook highlighted the Wilmington University women's bowling afternoon by spinning a perfect game as the Wildcats went 2-3 in traditional matches to wrap up the Bud Whitman Memorial on Sunday hosted by Kutztown University.
Cook (Linden, N.J./Union County Vo-Tech) spun the perfect game (12 strikes, 300 pins in 10 frames) against Coppin State in her first traditional match of the day. It was her first perfect game of her bowling career and the first 300-game in program history for the Wildcats. She also bowled the second highest game in program history with a 256 against Adelphi in the next match. The Wildcats have a couple weeks off before returning to action on November 3 at the FDU Jamboree. Hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University, the three-day tournament will take place in Stratford, N.J.
Monday, Oct, 9 2017
Male – Abdul Mansaray – Jr. – Men's Soccer:
Abdul scored two goals in a huge Central Athletic Collegiate Conference matchup against Dominican College on Saturday, Oct, 7. Not only was it a CACC game it was also a Homecoming event that Wilmington University hosts every year. Abdul rose to the occasion in front of a home crowd of over 200 people at any given time throughout game. Abdul brought the crowd to its feet in the sixth minute with his first goal of the game. The game was tied in the second half until Mansaray struck again in the 71st minute which proved to be the game winner. With the two goals, Abdul is now second on the team with seven, and tied for fifth in the CACC in points with 17, which also leads the team. The Wildcats' next contest will be on the road as they travel to Chestnut Hill College on Wednesday. First kick in Philadelphia is scheduled for 3:30 pm.
Female – Andrea Ribalta – So. – Women's Tennis:
In the Wildcats' last three games Andrea went 2-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles. In her doubles matches, she won 8-4 in a hard fought match against USciences, 8-4 against Caldwell, and 8-0 against Holy Family, all at number one doubles. In singles she won 6-0 and 6-0 against USciences at number five and 8-1 in a super set at number four against Caldwell.
Andrea is 7-5 overall and 6-3 in dual matches, going 2-3 at number four singles and 4-0 in number five singles, as well as going 2-1 in number one doubles. The Wildcats close out the non-conference portion of their schedule on Tuesday afternoon, when they play host to the Firebirds of the University of District of Columbia. First serve is set for 2:00 PM at Delcastle.
Monday, Oct, 1 2017
Male – Enrique Valverde – Fr. – Men's Golf:
Enrique found himself tied for fifth on the first day of CACC championships, posting a 73 (+2). The freshman found himself making a run at the top spot by birdieing three straight holes on the back nine. Enrique tied for the lead with a bogey on the 18, which brought him back to even par on the day, after bogeying on the par three fourth hole he finished the day with a 72 for a two day total of 145 (+3) losing the individual championship by one stroke. With the win, the Wildcats earned the CACC's automatic berth into the 2018 NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Super Regional Tournament in May.
Until then, the Wildcats will prep for the postseason with the remaining fall and spring schedule. The Wildcats head to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., next week to compete at the Golf Rank Invitational, hosted by Nova Southeastern University at PGA National. The first round is scheduled for Monday, October 9.
Female – Rebecca Dolhansky – Jr. – Women's Soccer:
Rebecca netted the only goal in a 3-1 non-conference loss to Bridgeport on September 27, she also assisted on two goals in a 2-0 win against Caldwell in a CACC matchup on September 30. The junior tallied 4 points to raise her total for the year to 10, and with the goal and two assists she now has a total of three goals and four assists on the year. The Wildcats head to Georgian Court on Wednesday for a midweek road test before returning to the WU Athletics Complex for Wilmington's 2017 Homecoming Weekend. Their game at Georgian Court is set for a 3:30 p.m. start.
Monday, Sept 25, 2017
Male - Abdul Manasaray – Jr. – Men's Soccer:
Abdul netted his third and fourth goals of the season to put the Cats ahead for good against Nyack College on September 23. His first goal of the game came in the 24th minute on a long ball that he chipped in. Abdul wasted no time on getting his second goal as he knocked in a rebound in the 26th minute, which proved to be the game winner. The Wildcats step outside of the CACC for their next two contests, as they take trips to Long Island for a pair of mid-week games. They first go United Soccer Coaches Nationally Ranked No. 8 LIU Post on Tuesday. The opening whistle is set for 4:00 p.m.
Female – Loran Wyrough – R.Sr. – Women's Soccer:
Loran put away four goals Saturday afternoon in a CACC matchup at Nyack College. Loran is no stranger in this feat as this is her third time doing so in her career tying a single game program record. Loran netted a hat trick in the first half including what proved to be a game winner her first of the season. She recorded goals in the 4th minute, 8th minute and again in the 20th minute to secure the first half hat trick, her next goal would be in the 69th minute and would tie the record once again. She also assisted on the fifth goal of the game giving her nine points which also tied the single game program record. With her four goals she now has a total of eight and 18 points which leads the CACC in both categories. The Wildcats step outside the CACC for their next contest, as they head to Bridgeport on Wednesday for a 4:00 p.m. start.
Monday, Sept 18, 2017:
Male – Jake Puharic – Fr. – Cross Country:
Jake was the top CACC rookie to cross the line, placing 15th overall for 12 points in a time of 29:09.17 at the UD Invite #1. He has also finished in the Top 20 in all three races this year. The only other freshman to dinish ahead of Puharic on Saturday was from Division I Howard. Finished 16th at the Philly Metro with a time of 29:22.3 and a sixth place finish at the WUXC Invite with a time of 29:51.33. The Wildcats have next weekend off but return to action on September 30 when they travel south to Salisbury University for the famed Don Cathcart Invitational.
Female – Krysta Memis – Fr. – Women's Soccer:
Krysta tallied three goals in three games on the week, all three goals coming against CACC opponents. Her first goal was a game winner against Holy Family in the fifth minute then again in the 50th minute off a deflection save by the goalie. Krysta's last goal came against Bloomfield on a one time cross in the 13th minute. She is tied for fifth in the CACC with three goals on the year and eighth overall with seven points. The Wildcats have a bit of a break before their next contest, as they return home to square off against cross-town rival Goldey-Beacom on Wednesday afternoon. The match features a pair of undefeated teams in CACC play.
Monday, Sept 11, 2017:
Male – Lorne Bickley – So. - Men's Soccer:
Lorne set a new single game record with four goals against Felician University on Sunday afternoon. He scored three of his four goals in the first half, first in the 19th minute, then the 24th minute and again in the 28th minute. He then set the single season record in the 58th minute as he beat the keeper once again for his fourth of the game. Wilmington will remain in CACC play as they head to Holy family University for their first road contest of the year on Wednesday, September 13.
Female – Rebecca Rawlinson – So. – Volleyball:
Rebecca and the Wildcats had a very successful Wildcat Invitational as they went 3-1 in the two-day event. Rebecca was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts over the two days which included, 29 kills on 68 swings for a .324 attack percentage in four matches, she is tied for second on the team in kills with 42. To go along with her kills, she also tallied 24 total blocks (17 block assists, seven solo) over the four-game stretch and is first on the team in that category with 31. She had a weekend high of five solo blocks and four block assists against Franklin Pierce in the final match. The Wildcats will be back in action Wednesday, September 13 as they open Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play on the road at Jefferson University. The opening serve is set for 6:00 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pa.
Tuesday, Sept 5, 2017:
Male – Mark Corrigan – Jr. – Cross Country:
Mark finished in first place, with an 8k time of 28:22.07 in the 17th Annual WUXC Invite held on Saturday Sept. 2 at Carousel Park. His time was 46 seconds better than the second place finisher that day. He also helped the team to a first place finish, beating Holy Family by 17 points. That was the Wildcats' first meet of the 2017-18 season. Wilmington continues their 2017 season next Saturday as they head to the famous Belmont Plateau for the Philly Metro Invite. The race is scheduled to begin at 12:15 PM.
Female – Jill Braunsberg – So. – Volleyball:
After the first four games of the year, Jill leads the team in kills with 28, digs with 45, and is second on the team in assists with 51. Jill was named to the Hoffman Memorial Invites All-Tournament Team that was hosted by Bentley University. In the tournament's first game versus Southern New Hampshire University Jill posted a hit average of .368 with eight kills, one error while adding 15 assists and six digs. In the second game against Caldwell Jill six kills with a team high 10 assists to go along with 14 digs. In the third match of the Invite Braunsberg posted 7 kills on 20 swings for a .350 average to go along with nine assists and 12 digs. The Wildcats finished up the Tournament versus Mercy College where Jill had 17 assists, 13 digs and seven kills as the Cats picked up their first win of the 2017 season. She averaged 2.15 kills, 3.92 assists, and 3.46 digs per set for the week, posting a .288 attack percentage.