I figured I’ll just encompass the college news into one post rather than spreading them out over several, smaller posts.
Albertus Magnus alum and last year’s Journal News Rockland player of the year Maeve Parahus returns to the Hudson Valley tonight when Manhattan travels to Iona to take on the red-hot Gaels at 7 p.m. Iona (14-2), undefeated in the MAAC at 7-0, will look to capture its 14th consecutive win tonight.
Usually, the male Gaels (had to do it) get all of the headlines over in New Rochelle, but their female counterparts are the ones making the noise this year. Oddly enough, there are no locals on Iona’s roster; still, the team is local and it’s worth noting that the Gaels are on quite the hot streak.
On the major college level, as predicted, West Virginia debuted on the Associated Press Top 25 poll today, checking in at No. 18 after an upset of No. 13 Iowa State last week. The Mountaineers (16-2) feature two Mount Vernon grads in senior Taylor Palmer and freshman Lubirdia Gordon.
California (12-4), coached by Scarsdale alum Lindsay Gottlieb, pretty much switched places with Arizona State after the Sun Devils pulled off the upset last week. Cal fell from No. 15 to No. 19 in the AP poll, while Arizona State jumped from No. 19 to No. 14 overall.
I don’t think this will change all season, but UConn (19-0) remained undefeated and atop the polls for the 12th consecutive week after knocking off (and knocking out) No. 22 Rutgers on Sunday. Personally, I don’t see any team stopping UConn this year (or next year, for that matter). Luckily, Ossining alum and Huskies freshman Saniya Chong will be along for the ride.
The former Gatorade player of the year is seeing less playing time than she did earlier this season, but then again, she’s also a freshman on the best team in the nation. Any playing time is a huge plus, as far as most freshman are concerned. Chong will have plenty of time to increase her minutes as the bigger names (Stokes, Mosqueda-Lewis, Hartley, Stewart) graduate, but for now, it’s all about gaining the experience.
Parahus photo credit: Peter Carr/The Journal News
Iona photo credit: Iona athletics