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Northwestern grads excelling at next level

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by TODD in Sports

Lehigh University freshman Sabrina Mertz has already made a name for herself on the women’s soccer team and in the entire Patriot League. In starting all 18 game this season, Mertz scored a team-high seven goals and added three assists for the Mountain Hawks. Those seven goals were fourth in the entire conference, and she more than doubled the next Mountain Hawk in terms of points on the season with 17.

Rachel Cerrone, a freshman runner at the University of Pittsburgh, recently got her indoor track and field season underway. In the Kent State Golden Flash Gala, she placed ninth in the mile race in a time of 5:34.72. She held a season-best time of 21:59.7 in the 3.1 meter run in the cross country season at the Carnegie Mellon Cross Country Invitational.

Eastern Kentucky University runner Haley Yost capped another solid season on the cross country terrain recently. In the Panorama Farms Invitational in Virginia, she finished in 102nd place in 20:22.3 in late September.

Kutztown University senior punter/kicker Andrew Deutsch was named to the All-PSAC East Second Team in 2015, playing a vital role in the Golden Bears’ special teams game. He had 49 punts with an average of 35.14, while placing 19 inside the 20-yard line and recording three touchbacks on kickoffs.

In her second season on the Penn State Berks volleyball team, sophomore outside hitter Jenny Von Holt played in 89 sets and recorded 160 kills. Those 160 kills ranked fourth on the team, her 1.80 kills-per-set is third on the team, and her 53 blocks is second. PSU (17-11, 9-3 in conference) came up short in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) tournament semifinals.

In her final season on the Misericordia University field hockey team, senior defender Sam Partington played and started in all 22 games for the Cougars (10-12 overall, 5-2 in Mac Freedom Conference). She played a total of 1,463 minutes on that defensive unit as the Cougars won the conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships.

Abby Sanders, now a junior opposite hitter on the Wilkes University volleyball team, recorded 148 kills (fifth on team) and 26 assists this past season. The Colonels went 12-24 in the fall (1-6 in the Mac Freedom Conference).

Moravian College freshman defensive back Taylor Breininger played in all 11 games for the Greyhounds and made 11 tackles in his first season in Bethlehem.

If there are other Northwestern fall sports college athletes that deserve recognition, please email their name, sport and college to Todd Kress at