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Clifton's Dickinson doubles as NEC Player and Pitcher of the Week

Clifton's Lauren Dickinson accomplished an unusual double last week as she dominated the Northeast Conference awards, earning not only Player of the Week honors but also Pitcher of the Week accolades in women's softball.
Dickinson, a graduate of St. Mary's/Rutherford, took home NEC Player of the Week honors after batting .550 as she hit safely eight times in 15 official at bats, legging out a trio of doubles, scoring five times and knocking in three runs. She combined to go 4 for 8 against Quinnipiac, scoring the game-winning run in the opening game and delivering the game-winning RBI in the nightcap.
In a sweep of a doubleheader against Central Connecticut State, Dickinson went 2 for 3 with a double and walk while scoring twice in the first game. In the nightcap, the former Gael standout was 2 for 4 with a pair of two-baggers, knocking in two runs and scoring once.
Dickinson was named the NEC Pitcher of the Week for the second consecutive week as she went 4-0 on the mound, fanning 38 and posting a 0.54 ERA. She went the route in both games of the sweep over Quinnipiac on Saturday, tossing a two-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts in a 5-0 win in the opener. In the second game, she again scattered a pair of hits, whiffing 10 in a 10-2 victory.
On Sunday, she was in complete control, firing a four-hit shutout on the opening 5-0 win as she struck out 11. In the second game, Dickinson hurled another four-hit shutout in a 4-0 victory, whiffing three.
For the week over 26 innings, she allowed only two earned runs and issued a mere two walks. For the season, she tops the NEC in wins (16), strikeouts (197) and innings pitched (165).
One of only three Lady Colonials to start all 37 games as Robert Morris is off to a 23-14 overall start, Dickinson is batting .369, having connected for a team-high 41 hits in 111 official plate appearances. She is tied for the team-lead in homers with six, is tops in doubles with 11 and RBIs with 21 while posting a sparkling slugging percentage of .631.
"Lauren has been improving every year, and this season she is one of the top pitchers in the Northeastern United States," said head coach Craig Coleman, "She has not only improved on some of her pitches, she has also gotten smarter on the mound. She has upgrade her consistency at the plate as well."
On Saturday (April 28) Dickinson returns to the Garden State when the Lady Colonials travel to Teaneck to play a doubleheader at Fairleigh Dickinson University in a NEC doubleheader.

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Roxbury's Hogan sets Crusaders "K" mark

Succasunna's Kristen Hogan broke the Susquehanna University career strikeout record when she fanned nine Albright batters in the first game of a Middle Atlantic Conference - Commonwealth Conference doubleheader. Hogan completed the contest with 324 career strikeouts, breaking the 14-year-old record of 323 set by Judy Sholtis.
Hogan went on to strikeout three more in a win at Lebanon Valley the following day, and had 10 in a heartbreaking 4-3, nine-inning loss at MAC Freedom champion King's-- giving her 337 for the season. The two-time MAC-Commonwealth All-Star is just the second player in Susquehanna history to strikeout 300 batters and win 30 games, with the other one being Sholtis. Hogan has 32 career wins, placing her behind only Sholtis (43, 1983-86) on the school's all-time list.
With a banner hanging from the nearby West Hall counting down each strikeout she needed, Hogan started fast with eight strikeouts in the first four innings to tie the mark. Albright would make her wait another inning though until she broke it, getting freshman opposing pitcher Natalie Cellucci on a 2-2 count. The record-setting strikeout brought the crowd to its feet, and the rest of the Susquehanna team to the pitching rubber to congratulate her on the accomplishment.
"I was a little nervous going for the record. It was really helpful that I got six strikeouts in the first two innings. When I finally got the last strikeout, the response was so amazing from the fans and my teammates," said Hogan. "I really didn't expect the sign and the crowd and all that - it was a great feeling. It was a home game and it was a Saturday game and my whole family was out, so I really felt like I needed to do it."

Succasunna's Kristen Hogan set a new career record for strikeouts at Susquehanna. The former Roxbury HS standout has been chosen to the college softball all star team.

Kinnelon's Clarke honored by Atlantic 10

Kinnelon's Stephanie Clarke, a Kinnelon was one of six student/athletes named to the 2000 Atlantic 10 Conference academic all-conference women's gymnastics team.

Clarke, a sophomore dietics major with a 3.18 grade-point- average, ranks first all-time at the University of Rhode Island in the uneven bars with a score of 9.900. An all-conference selection this season, she qualified for the NCAA Region 5 Championship in the uneven bars. She finished second in that event with a 9.850 at the Atlantic 10 Championship helping the Rams to a second-place finish - their best finish ever at the conference meet.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.--Seton Hall University won its first BIG EAST Men’s Golf Championship title today at The Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind. The Pirates shot a two-day total of 580 (290,290) over the par-71 course to claim the 21st annual title. Pirates head coach Clark Holle was honored as BIG EAST Coach of the Year in his first season at the helm.

Seton Hall followed the lead of co-captain Eugene Smith of Glen Ridge, an alumnus of Bergen Catholic, who took the top spot with a one-under par 141 (69-72). Smith topped Daniel Lee of Rutgers by just one stroke as Lee fired a BIG EAST Championship record 66 in the final round to finish at 142 (76-66). Lee shot seven birdies over the final 18 to top the previous championship mark of 69, most recently matched by Smith in Saturday’s opening round.

Led by Lee’s performance, Rutgers finished in second at 591 (302-289). The host Fighting Irish of Notre Dame edged St. John’s University for third place with a 594 (304-290). The Red Storm totaled a 597 (297-300).