Keeping up with West Milford's college athletes

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  • West Milford's Marissa Bariso was a leader for the New Jersey City University softball team.

By Josh Lashley

— Marissa Bariso, a West Milford High School graduate, was on the roster as a junior catcher for the New Jersey City University softball program this spring. Bariso, listed as an elementary education and psychology major, played in all 39 games and started in 38 of them for the Gothic Knights. She had a .252 batting average and led the team with six home runs and 26 runs batted in. Bariso also tied for the team lead with two triples and was second on the squad in both runs scored (22) and doubles (six).

The Gothic Knights had an overall record of 14-25, with seven victories occurring on their home field. In the New Jersey Athletic Conference, they recorded two wins.

Let’s take a glance at other West Milford High School graduates who competed in collegiate sports this past spring season. This is the first installation in the series:

As a sophomore pitcher for the Kean University softball team this past season, Ashlee Gieger had a record of 3-0. Gieger had a 2.69 earned run average and struck out 29 batters.

The Cougars had an overall mark of 28-19-1, including an 8-7-1 on their home field. In the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), they went 10-8. In the NJAC Tournament held in Glassboro, Kean advanced to the championship game before losing, 5-4, to Montclair State. In the NCAA Division III Regional Championships held in Montclair, the Cougars went 1-2 with a win over The College of Staten Island and losses to DeSales University and Susquehanna University.

Lucas Lamb was listed on the roster as a sophomore distance runner for the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (Newark) men’s track and field program this past season. Lamb, a physics major, earned a spot on the Great West Conference Winter/Spring Academic Team.

Halei Van Dyke was listed as a junior who played second base for the Felician College (Lodi) softball squad this spring. Van Dyke started in all 44 games for the Golden Falcons and had a .255 batting average. She had 35 hits, including nine doubles and four triples. Van Dyke tied for the team lead in runs batted in (25) and is listed as an elementary education major.

Felician had an overall record of 15-29 and they collected nine victories in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. On their home field, the Golden Falcons tallied five wins.

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