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(Ed. Note: Tom Dillard is an assistant coach for the Neumann women’s team, and will be providing CoBL with updates from around the D-III world throughout the season)
The Cabrini Cavaliers entered the 2012-2013 season ranked No. 10 in the country after playing in the Division 3 National Championship game just a few months ago. They graduated guards Corey Lemons and John Boyd, who were both big cogs that made the Cavalier engine run.
They have since fallen out of the Top 25 completely after suffering losses to top-ranked teams like Virginia Wesleyan and Scranton. Cabrini suffered their most devastating loss this past week at the hand of Immaculata, which snapped a 44-game home win streak. This loss dropped them to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference.
Freshman Aaron Goodman leads the Cavaliers, currently averaging a double-double with 16.3 points per game and 10.1 rebounds. Senior A.J. Williams and junior Fran Rafferty average 12.5 points each.
Cabrini finishes out the calendar year at Rosemont College on Monday, Dec. 10, then plays host to Wesleyan University on Dec. 30.
The DeSales University Bulldogs have started the 2012-2013 season with a 6-2 record; 2-0 in conference.
The Bulldogs started things out by taking third place in the Comfort Inn Holiday Classic at Centenary College after beating Centenary in the consolation game by a score of 66-63. DeSales had four players score in double-digits as junior Mike Coleman put up 16, senior Brett Moyer had 14, junior Paul Pammer had 13 and sophomore Michael Guldin scored 11 points. Moyer also grabbed nine rebounds.
Moyer leads the team with 15.5 points and 9.4 rebounds. Pammer, Guldin and Coleman are all averaging 10+ ppg.
DeSales finishes the year hosting three games including two in their Red Robin Holiday Tournament featuring Penn State Abington, Drew and Centenary.
The Eastern Eagles finished out the 2011-2012 season with 18-11 overall record along with an 8-6 record in the Freedom Division of the Middle American Conference. Second year head coach Nate Stewart lost six seniors to graduation following last season, who accounted for 88 percent of the scoring and 67 percent of the rebounding. They began the 2012-2013 season with a 2-7 overall record and 0-2 in conference.
The annual Battle for Eagle Road between Eastern and Cabrini took place on Nov. 20. The game was heavily one-sided as Cabrini came out on top by a score of 80-66. Sophomore guard Anthony Parenti led all scorers with 29 points connecting on six of his nine three-point attempts. He was the only double-figure scorer for the Eagles while Cabrini had four double-digit scorers.
Parenti is the only player averaging double-digit points for Eastern at 12.6 ppg. Senior Kyle Malloy is averaging 8.6 ppg and 5.4 rpg.
Eastern will close out the calendar year on the road going to Haverford on Dec. 15 and Ursinus on Dec. 19.
The Gwynedd-Mercy College Griffins began the season 4-3 overall and 3-0 in the CSAC.
The Griffins have an 0-3 non-conference schedule after facing tough teams in John Jay and SUNY Geneseo. They played John Jay both in the NYU Tip-Off Tournament and in their home opener, losing both times, 70-68 and 85-77. In the second matchup, Gwynedd-Mercy was led by a pair of freshmen as Brian Hennessey had 18 points, including four 3-pointers and Tyler Barnes recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Justin Knight also had 10 points, all in the second half.
GMC is led in scoring by Frank Champion with 12.3 ppg and Darnell Artis with 10.6. Larry Jones III and Barnes lead the team in rebounding with 6.6 and 6.3 boards per game, respectively.
The Griffins will end 2012 at Baptist Bible on Dec. 15 and with two games in the Radisson Invitational hosted by the University of Scranton.
The Fords of Haverford College began the season with a 3-5 overall record and 2-3 record in the Centennial Conference.
On Dec. 8, the Fords put forth a valiant effort as they fell to No. 8 Franklin & Marshall by a score of 61-58. Haverford was led in scoring by Brett Cohen who scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Joining Cohen in the scoring column was Lucas Colombo with 13 and Cam Baker with 10 points.
Baker and Cohen are the only Fords averaging double-digit points on the season. Baker had 18.4 ppg while Cohen scores 13.4 ppg. Cohen is also the team’s leading rebounder at 8.1 boards per game.
Haverford has one more game before Jan. 1 as they host Eastern on Dec. 15.
The Mighty Macs of Immaculata University welcome in new head coach Terrence Stewart to the program this year. They are currently 4-4 overall and 3-0 in the CSAC.
On Dec. 5, the Mighty Macs accomplished a major feat snapping Cabrini’s 44-game home win streak in a 66-60 win. They were led by senior Nelson Torres as he put up 22 points off the bench. IU had two other players in double figures as juniors Adam Jones scored 16 and Brandon Smith had 15 points.
Torres and Smith are also the team’s leading scorers on the season. Torres averages 16.9 ppg while Smith averages 11.3 ppg. Smith is also the team’s leading rebounder at 7.3 per contest.
The Mighty Macs have one more game before the new year as they host Montclair State on Dec. 19.
The Neumann University Knights opened the 2012-2013 season with a 3-4 overall record and a 2-1 record in the CSAC.
The Knights began their season playing in the Richard Stockton Classic where they took third place after beating Penn State-Abington in the consolation game by a score of 74-68. Junior guard Rich Whitten led the Knights with 17 points on the game. Freshman TaVaune Griffin, sophomore Rafiq Williams and junior Dom Gibson each finished with 11 points. Williams also had 10 rebounds.
There are three Knights averaging double figures in scoring on the season, Whitten with 11.7, Gibson with 10.5 and junior James Robertson with 10.4.
Neumann finishes 2012 at home hosting Rutgers-Newark on Dec. 15 and Rowan on Dec. 20.
The Rosemont College Ravens welcome in new head coach, Bob “Barney” Hughes as the second coach in the program’s history with a strong start to the year. They are 6-1 thus far on the season and 2-1 in the CSAC.
The Ravens opened their season on Nov. 15 against Eastern University. The Ravens came out on top by a score of 72-68. They were led by senior Derrick Carter, who scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Junior Mitch Carsillo helped Carter with 18 points of his own.
The Ravens boast four players in double figures on the season. Carter is first on the team with 19 ppg while Carsillo is scoring 15 ppg. Senior DeAndre Jordan and sophomore Jashaun Fontanez are scoring 13.7 ppg and 11 ppg respectively.
Rosemont finishes 2012 hosting conference foe Cabrini on Dec. 10 and at the United States Military Academy on Dec. 22.
The Widener University Pride began the 2012-2013 season with a 2-5 overall record and 2-2 in the Commonwealth Conference of the MAC.
The Pride began the season on a three-game losing streak losing to Wesley and Skidmore by a total of four points in their Tip-Off for Autism Awareness and against Cabrini by a score 81-60 at Neumann University’s Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The loss to Skidmore came in the final seconds of overtime. Senior Adam Ahern led Widener with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Pride has balanced scoring on the season having three players averaging 9+ ppg and two more players with 8+ ppg. The team’s leading rebounder is sophomore Greg Lawson at 6.7 per game.
The Pride end 2012 with four games including the NYU Holiday Classic on Dec. 29 and 30, where they will play NYU and Wentworth.