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College notes: Samantha Schwartz sparks Brandeis soccer on a winning streak

After falling out of the gate in a season-opening loss to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Brandeis women’s soccer team promptly rattled off seven straight wins.

Highland Park alumna Samantha Schwartz has been the Judges’ most consistent scoring threat. While starting each of the first eight games, the freshman forward led the team in points (15), goals (6) and game-winners (3).

Her latest clincher came in a 1–0 victory against Wellesley College Sept. 23 in Wellesley, Mass. Schwartz also finished with six shots and two shots on goal.


It’s been a tough start to the season for the Princeton women’s soccer team, but senior goalkeeper Darcy Hargadon has been a bright spot for the Tigers. That includes in a 0–0 tie with Seton Hall Sept. 8 in Princeton, N.J. It was the Oak Park-River Forest alumna’s first shutout of the season and the sixth of her career.

Hargadon started in goal for five of the team’s first six games. Over that time, she recorded a 2.1 goals-against average and 12 saves.


Maine South alumnus Adam Mueller, a senior long snapper on the Connecticut football team, was recently named one of 167 semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s National Scholar-Athlete Award.

Schools each can nominate one athlete. The athlete must be a senior or graduate student in the final year of eligibility, have a grade-point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, and have “outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship,” according to the NFF website.

Earlier in the year, Connecticut also nominated Mueller for the Wuerffel Trophy, awarded for outstanding academics, athletics and community service.

Mueller is a four-year starter for the Huskies. He was named to the 2011 and 2012 Big East All-Academic Teams, and to the 2013 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.


Ridgewood alumna Danielle Rzewnicki and her Ashford women’s volleyball team (16-4) continued their strong start to the season with a 25–18, 25–22, 25–22 victory over St. Ambrose Sept. 23 in Clinton, Iowa. The junior setter recorded 15 assists in the match.

Rzewnicki played in each of the team’s first 20 games. She ranks second on the team in assists (357) and first in service aces (20).

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