By Paul O'Donnell
Barons in College
How Are They Doing in '06
Don't look now but the college season is nearly half over for most teams and Ocean City Barons players from the 2006 season are making their contributions count again this year.
Adam Sternberger (2G, 1A) has his Rutgers side looking forward to getting on the right side of their season mark of 4-5-0.
At Temple, Matt Maher and Ryan Heins find themselves in the midst of a difficult campaign (1-6-1) as their Atlantic Ten Conference play kicks off this weekend. Maher is the Owls team leader with 3 goals so far in this, his senior year on north Broad Street.
Across town at LaSalle (4-4-1) the Barons leading goal scorer and MVP Jeremy Ortiz is tied for the team lead with 3G and 1A.
Bill Pinto and Hofstra face some tough games ahead. Their current mark of 3-3-2 suggests there won't be a repeat of their Colonial Athletic Assoc title. Former Baron player Michael Todd ('05 season) is again the team leader in goals and points (5G, 1A).
At Monmouth, Barons favorite Rich Baker has his team on a much better run of form than they managed last season (5-3-1) at this point.
Meanwhile brother Mike is making his senior year count in a big way for York College. Mike has contributed 2G and 2A as the 5th ranked (Div III) team has put up an impressive 7-0-1 record. Their only blemish was a 1-1 draw with top ranked and defending national champ Messiah.
Down the shore at Richard Stockton A. J. Colubiale (2A) has helped the veteran Stockton side post a strong 7-1-1 mark and national ranking of 17th.
Barons Andrew Finger (2A) and Rowan (6-3-1) face Stockton in a match tonight (Wed, 9/27) that has become a key for both sides. In years past, this meeting was dominated by Rowan (formerly Glassoro State) but in recent years Stockton has held the upper hand. The winner here frequently owns the conference and gains national rep for their side.
To the west Andrew Tait (2A) is riding a wave of success (9-2-0) after a difficult run last year.
Scott Hawkins is among the top contributors (3G, 2A) at Lafayette where they have posted a 4-2-1 mark in the Patriot League.
Down in Lynchburg, Dave McCall and Danny McGarry help carry Liberty to a 4-3-0 record as they head for some tough competition in matches to come.
Speaking of tough competition Barons keeper Issey Maholo at Boston College has their record on the plus side (5-4-0) despite recent narrow 1 goal defeats at the hands of two teams ranked in the top 5 nationally (Virginia #2 and Duke #5).
Good luck to all and we hope to see you on the pitch in '07 for the Ocean City Barons.