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Brookdale Jersey Blues Fall Sports Update

November 10, 2010 by Eaglecorps911

By BCC Athletic Staff
With four finishers in the top 10, Brookdale Community College placed second at the Region XIX Division III men’s cross country championship with a team total of 41 points.
The team was one point behind Gloucester, which won the championship for the second consecutive year.
Hosted by Brookdale, the 2010 Region XIX Championship was held at Thompson Park in Lincroft.
Individually, Jersey Blue freshman John Arnone (Shrewsbury) earned the silver medal, in a near photo-finish with a personal best time of 27:06. Patrick O’Boyle (Atlantic Highlands) and Joseph Mullen (Neptune), navigated the course in 28:00 and 28:03 to finish in fifth and sixth place, respectively.
Rounding out the top-10, James Dalton (Long Branch) finished in a personal best of 29:06. Ryan Lundy (Laurence Harbor) was the final point-scorer for the Jersey Blues, crossing the tape 18th with a time of 29:30
Additionally, Arnone, O’Boyle and Mullen received All-Region XIX accolades for their performances. The team will now compete in the NJCAA Division III National Championship at Suffolk Community College on Nov. 13.
With a nail-biting 1-0 win over the rival Vikings of Ocean County College, the Brookdale Community College men’s soccer team won the Region XIX Championship and now advances to the NJCAA Division III National Championship for the first time under the reign of head coach Mike Costa.
In the 30th minute, Brookdale broke the stand-still when Tomas Cholula (Freehold) drew a corner kick by deflecting the ball off an Ocean County College defender to go out of bounds.
Chris Katona (Howell) lined up the ensuing kick and targeted the top of defender Brett Barilari’s (Rutherford) head. and scored what would prove to be the game-winning score, and his first-career goal as well. Barilari was named the Region XIX Offensive Player of the Game for his clutchness.
Donning a T-shirt with a similar sentiment, fourth-year head coach Costa had only this to say to his team. “And defense does what?” To which his pumped-up squad responded loudly and enthusiastically, “wins championships.”
Goal keeper Antonio Jorge (Long Branch) proved just that.
In the final four minutes, Jorge made two heroic saves, leaping from post to post to preserve his 11th shutout of the season.
Brookdale looks to bring home its first-ever men’s soccer NJCAA Division III National Championship when it travels to Herkimer Community College in Herkimer, NY on Thursday.
Recently expanded from a final four to an elite eight format, 17-4 Brookdale, the seventh seed in a field of eight will open up against second seed and host Herkimer Community College (19-1), on Nov. 11 at 5 p.m.

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