Elevating their game

West Milford. Athletes from West Milford continue to excel when they bring their game to college

| 28 Nov 2021 | 08:17

What follows is sports writer Josh Lashley’s periodic update on West Milford athletes who competed in collegiate sports this fall season right here in New Jersey:

Samantha Kroeger

Samantha Kroeger, a graduate of West Milford High School is a sophomore midfielder and forward for the Rutgers University (New Brunswick campus) women’s soccer team this year. Kroeger started in each of the first 24 games of the season and had five goals and four assists along the way for Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights have an overall record of 19-3-2 and they were 13-2-2 on their home field. In the Big 10 Conference they had a mark of 10-0. They advanced to the Big 10 Tournament Championship finals where they were defeated, 1-0, by Michigan. From there, Rutgers earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Bucknell, Saint Louis, TCU and Arkansas to gain a spot in the College Cup (Final Four). They are scheduled to face Florida State on December 3 in Santa Clara, California.

Klae Nicholson

was on the roster as a junior goal keeper for the Berkeley College (Woodland Park campus) men’s soccer program this year. Nicholson competed in 17 games and started in 15 of them for Berkeley. He had 37 saves and a record of 9-1 in goal.

The Knights had an overall record of 14-5 with a mark of 2-0 on their home field.

Emily Sheridan

Emily Sheridan was a sophomore goal keeper for the Drew University (Madison) field hockey team this fall. Sheridan played in six games and started in three of them for Drew. She had 24 saves a victory in goal this year.

The Rangers posted six overall wins, three of which occurred on their home field. They had one win in the Landmark Conference.

Raymond Gorny

Raymond Gorny was a sophomore linebacker for the Kean University (Union) football team this past season. Gorny played in all nine games and tallied 67 tackles (including 30 unassisted) for Kean. He also had a sack and a forced fumble this fall.

The Cougars had an overall record of 4-5 with a mark of 3-2 at home. In the New Jersey Athletic Conference they collected four victories.

Kelsie Murphy

Kelsie Murphy was a senior back for the William Paterson University (Wayne) field hockey squad this year. Murphy started in all 17 games and had two goals and an assist for William Paterson.

The Pioneers had eight overall victories, with a record of 5-2 on their home field. In the New Jersey Athletic Conference they tallied one win.

Chris Ashby

Chris Ashby was a freshman defensive back for the Monmouth University (West Long Branch) football program this past season. The Hawks tallied an overall record of 7-4 with a 3-2 mark at home this year. They went 6-1 in the Big South Conference.

Kevin Bramley

Kevin Bramley was a freshman on the roster of the Ramapo College (Mahwah) men’s cross country program this fall. Ramapo placed second in the team scoring at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships held in Galloway. From there, they placed fifth at the NCAA Metro Regional Championships in Logan Township, N.J.