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December 24, 2013

College notebook: Line Mountain grad shines in New England

WENHAM, Mass. — From an athletic standpoint, Line Mountain graduate Courtney Scott made a great decision earlier this year when the junior decided to transfer from Ursinus College to Gordon College, a Christian College outside of Boston.

The junior from Herndon turned in the best season in Fighting Scots history, leading the school to its first Commonwealth Coast Conference field hockey title since 2001.

Scott earned Player of the Year honors in the conference, second-team East Coast Athletic Conference All-America and third-team National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America.

Scott finished the season in the top five in Division III in goals (31) and total points (68). Scott scored on an amazing 30 percent of her shots on the season and had four game winners for the Fighting Scots. She set the school record for hat tricks with 7, which also leaves her tied for the Gordon career record.

Gordon finished the season 17-6, its first winning record since 2008. The Fighting Scots finished 10-2 in the CCC and won the conference tournament as well, beating the University of New England, 3-1 in the final.

Gordon finished its season with a loss to Keene College (New Hampshire) in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs, just the school’s second appearance in history.

Shikellamy graduate Brantley Osborne got his senior season off to a great start earlier this year when he set the Shepherd College career 3-point field goal record in the school’s first game of the season back in November.

Things have only gotten better since then.

Picked to finish fourth in the Mountain East Conference preseason poll, the Rams have won nine of their first 10 games of the season and are 4-0 in the MEC with Osborne being a huge reason why.

Osborne leads the team in scoring at 21.3 points per game on 55.6 percent (74-of-143) shooting from floor, including nearly 45 percent from behind the arc (31-of-69). The 6-foot-2 guard leads the team in steals (22) and free-throw percentage (87.2 percent). Osborne tied for the team lead in assists with 46.

Shepherd has won its last eight games. The Rams face two road conference games to open the new year before a huge showdown at home with West Liberty State on Jan 9 at 7:30 p.m. West Liberty State, the preseason MEC favorite, is currently the No. 1-ranked team in Division II.

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