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STANFORD, Calif. -- Selinsgrove graduate Hope Burke recently wrapped her collegiate career as an attack for the Stanford University field hockey team.
Burke tied for the lead in scoring for the Cardinal this season finishing with 22 points. She had nine goals and four assists.
Stanford had its string of six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances snapped with a 2-1 loss to Liberty in the NorPac Field Hockey Tournament on Nov. 9.
Burke started 68 of her 84 career games for the Cardinal, including every game in her final three seasons. She finished her career with 30 goals and 25 assists, giving her 94 points in her career. Burke also scored seven game-winning goals in her Stanford career.
Burke is a senior history and African-American Studies major at Stanford and has been a NorPac All-Academic selection the last two seasons.
Lewisburg graduate Owen Griffith is a member of the Penn State University men's soccer team which won its fifth Big Ten championship this season. Griffith, a junior defender, started 16 of the 17 games he's appeared in for the 11-5-2 Nittany Lions. He's scored two goals and two assists this season. He scored his first career Big Ten goal in a 2-0 win over Indiana on Oct. 6. Giffith also had the assist on the game-tying goal in an eventual 2-1 overtime win over Michigan State on Oct. 20.
Penn State will host a play-in game Thursday night against St. Francis of Brooklyn. The winner will travel to play No. 10-seed University of California-Santa Barbara at 9 p.m. on Sunday.
The Messiah College men's soccer team is sill alive for another national title, advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament with wins over Centenary (N.J.) and Salisbury University this weekend.
Jeremy Payne, a Midd-West graduate, is a junior midfielder for the Falcons. He has 14 goals and eight assists for 36 points, second on the team.
Payne was last year's Division III Player of the Year.
The Falcons (20-1-1) are looking for their third national title in four seasons and ninth since 2000. Messiah will host the Sectional Tournament this week. The Falcons play Kenyon College, while Franklin & Marshall will play Rose-Hulman College. The winners will then face off for the right to advance to the Final Four.
Three freshmen from Mifflinburg are members of the first Lebanon Valley College football team to qualify for the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Dylan Yost, Kyle Failor and Anthony Caruso are all members of the Flying Dutchmen.
Former Bloomsburg University offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jim Monos is the head coach of the Flying Dutchmen. Monos left the Huskies in 2003 to return to Lebanon Valley.
Former Susquehanna University player Mark Costello is an assistant coach for Monos, serving as special teams coordinator and running backs coach.
Former Susquehanna University player and assistant coach Tommy Dempsey is in his second season as head coach at Binghamton University.
Dempsey took over a program from former Temple star Mark Macon after the Bearcats' lone NCAA Tournament season ended in NCAA sanctions and turmoil in 2009.
Binghamton has won just five games over the last two seasons -- Macon's last and Dempsey's first.
The Bearcats have started the season 1-2.
Dempsey played for coach Frank Marcinek at Susquehanna University and was a three-year letter winner, graduating in 1997. Dempsey was also an assistant coach under Marcinek for two seasons after graduating. Dempsey was an assistant coach at Rider University under retired Susquehanna University athletic director Don P. Harnum's son -- Don J. Dempsey later took over the Broncs program from the younger Harnum and posted a 119-105 at Rider in seven seasons.
Another former Susquehanna assistant coach is on Dempsey's staff at Binghamton, Bryan Goodwin, who also coached at Bucknell under Pat Flannery.
n Compiled by sports correspondent Todd Hummel.