On campus_ indiana grad back in action – – october 30, 2015

This time last year, Cole Rosenberger feared his dreams of playing soccer in college might not come true.

Rosenberger, then a senior at Indiana High School, had just undergone a rare operation to repair an injury to the bottom portion of his femur bone.

The former All-WPIAL selection suffered the injury in Indiana’s final match of the season before having surgery in November.

Although the environmental engineering major already had a bright academic future, Rosenberger

didn’t have a clue how he’d respond from surgery, let alone if he’d find his way on an NCAA soccer team by this fall. That’s what makes Rosenberger’s role this year on the Johns Hopkins University men’s soccer team so extraordinary.

After making a full recovery, Rosenberger was added as a late recruit by the Blue Jays in April, winning a starting role in the preseason before solidifying his status as Johns Hopkins’ go-to attacking midfielder in his first few matches.

Rosenberger has started every match in his freshman campaign with the playoff-bound Blue Jays (9-4-3), who sit in fourth place in the Centennial Conference with one match left on their regular-season schedule.

“I really wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to play through college, so absolutely this year has exceeded my expectations,” Rosenberger said. “When I came in I knew a lot of other guys had already been recruited before me, but Coach (Craig Appleby) was up front with me and told me everyone is going to get a fair shake. He told me if my fitness was at the right level and if I did all the right things there would be open spots. I got in shape and earned my job during the preseason and then cemented it with my play in the first few matches. I’ve been lucky enough to stay healthy since then.”

Rosenberger scored his first goal in the team’s fifth match, a 3-3 tie in two overtimes against The College of New Jersey on Sept. 12.

Rosenberger scored by heading a rebound off of a free kick past TCNJ goalkeeper Jake Nesteruk.

Rosenberger, whose role is to primarily open things up for his teammates with quick one – and two-touch passes, said his first goal came at an ideal road match.

“It was a pretty awesome feeling,” he said. “My mom made it down for that match, so it was a great feeling for me, especially because I wasn’t really sure if I was going to continue my soccer career through college. It was just kind of crazy for things to come full circle with my mom there to see it.”

Rosenberger’s second goal turned out to be the match-winner in the 66th minute of a 2-1 win over Neumann on Oct. 21.

Rosenberger sits in a tie for third on the team in goals (two) and assists (one). He’s also fourth in points (five) and fifth in shots (16).

The Blue Jays extended their unbeaten streak to three matches with a 1-0 win over McDaniel on Thursday.

A pair of key matches will take place Saturday for fourth-place Johns Hopkins and third-place Dickinson. If the Blue Jays beat Washington College, and Dickinson loses to Franklin & Marshall, then Johns Hopkins will leapfrog the Red Devils for third place.

“This is definitely a must-win situation,” Rosenberger said. “We need the third seed to get a bye in the first round of the conference tournament, and from there the team that wins the conference gets an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. This is a match we should be able to win and hopefully that carries into the conference tournament and we keep rolling from there.”

HANNAH FULTON (Shippensburg, women’s cross country): The Marion Center native has been consistent since early September while blossoming under Shippensburg coach and former Olympic marathoner, Steve Spence.

Fulton has reaped the rewards by earning a spot in the 25th-ranked Red Raiders’ lineup in her redshirt-freshman campaign.

In the Red Raiders’ five meets, Fulton has notched a top-30 finish three times, including a 29th-place showing (23:42) at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships (3.72 miles) on Saturday.

For placing between 16th and 30th, Fulton was named an All-PSAC second-team selection. The Red Raiders placed third in the 17-team field.

Fulton finished 23rd (15:56) out of 139 runners at the Glenn Piper Cross Country Challenge (2.4 miles) on Sept. 4. Shippensburg finished third out of seven teams.

Fifteen days later, Fulton led Shippensburg to a second-place finish by placing 28th (25:04) in a field of 94 runners at the Kutztown Challenge (3.1 miles). There were 10 teams in the meet.

Fulton also placed 56th (22:56) at the Paul Short Invitational on Oct. 2 before taking 35th (24:53) at the Mack Cooper Invitational on Oct. 10. Shippensburg placed first in the 11-team field at the Mack Cooper Invitational.

The Red Raiders travel to Lock Haven for the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Championships on Nov. 7.

NOEL HARTLE (Point Park, women’s soccer): For the first 14 matches of the season, the Indiana alum played her role as an offensive facilitator for the first-place Pioneers.

It wasn’t until the last two matches that the sophomore midfielder emerged as a threat to score goals.

Hartle netted her first goal and dished out an assist in Point Park’s 11-0 win over Midway (Ky.) on Saturday.

Two days later, Hartle scored a goal in the Pioneers’ fourth straight win, a 6-1 victory over Carlow.

Hartle has three assists (tied for fourth on the team), 12 shots and seven points.

The Pioneers hold an overall record of 10-4-2 and a Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA) mark of 6-0. Point Park has only tasted defeat once in its last nine matches.

EAN LEE (Waynesburg, football): After deciding over the summer to play football for Waynesburg instead of baseball for Mount Aloysius, Lee has lent a hand on special teams and out of the backfield for the Yellow Jackets.

The freshman from Homer City has played in each of Waynesburg’s eight games, catching six passes for 43 yards. Lee has also returned two kickoffs for 24 yards and made three tackles on special teams.

Lee has caught three passes for 22 yards in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-15 win over Thiel on Saturday. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Waynesburg (3-5).

Penns Manor’s Matt Coy (senior), Ligonier Valley’s Hayes Salancy (junior) and Blairsville’s Jacob Smith (freshman) are all on the roster but haven’t seen any significant playing time. Smith was the All-Gazette Lineman of the Year last season.

BECKY BRITTON (Penn State Altoona, women’s volleyball): A year removed from being named an All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference selection, Britton has once again proven herself as the Lions’ most valuable player.

The Northern Cambria graduate sits at second on the team in digs with 327 and aces with 22. Britton’s also third in kills with 169 and fourth in blocks with 11.

Britton has totaled 10 kills or more eight times, including a 14-kill performance in a loss to Shenandoah on Sept. 8. Britton has also tallied 15 or more digs on eight occasions.

In her most prolific night of the season, Britton racked up 39 digs, 13 kills, two blocks and an ace in a loss to Messiah College on Sept. 5.

After beginning the year 1-7 (all non-conference matches), Penn State Altoona has gone 13-4 in its last 17 matches. The Lions are 14-11 overall and 7-1 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

In a PSAC West duel Saturday, the Crimson Hawks visit the Golden Eagles of Clarion. What you need to know:

The Game — In an elimination game in the race for the PSAC West title, the Crimson Hawks hit the road to take on upstart Clarion. Both teams are 4-1 in the PSAC West and tied with Slippery Rock for first place. The loser is likely out of the title chase, and the winner must still win n

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