Heller, Groel Lead Saturday’s LA-Area Alumni Stars

St. John’s senior middie Nick Heller (Beverly Hills 2013) scored two goals and had an assist in a 16-8 season-opening loss to visiting Rutgers on Saturday. senior Close defender Chris Groel (Palisades ’13) anchored the Scarlet Knights defense, collecting a team-high five ground balls.

Freshman Erik Suh (St. Margaret’s ’16) won five of seven face-offs and collected one ground ball for the Red Storm.

Last year, Heller scored six goals and had one assist for St. John’s and was named to the 2015-16 BIG EAST All-Academic Team. Groel, a part-time starter for Rutgers the last two seasons, finished last year with 38 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.

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Hobart lost a 21-15 shootout to Penn State, but sophomore middie Stanny Gilbertson (Palos Verdes ’15) scored twice for the Statesmen. His second goal came early in the fourth quarter as part of a four-goal run that pulled Hobart to within 15-13, but Penn State held off the rally.

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Jacksonville scored the game’s final four goals but couldn’t chase down visiting Lehigh in a 13-12 loss Saturday. Dolphins freshman Brett Reilly (Westlake ’16) had a goal and an assist in the fourth quarter, including Jacksonville’s final goal with a man advantage and 4:08 to play.

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Freshman Shayne Sharp (Palos Verdes ’16) started at close defense in Lafayette’s 17-6 season-opening loss to Michigan. He was credited with one ground ball.

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Sophomore long-stick middie Jonah Swigart (Agoura ’15) collected two ground balls and recorded his first career assist in the closing minutes of No. 6 Syracuse’s season-opening 19-6 win over visiting Siena.

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St. John’s senior middie Nick Heller (Beverly Hills 2013) scored two goals and had an assist in a 16-8 season-opening loss to visiting Rutgers on Saturday. senior Close defender Chris Groel (Palisades ’13) anchored the Scarlet Knights defense, collecting a team-high five ground balls.

Freshman Erik Suh (St. Margaret’s ’16) won five of seven face-offs and collected one ground ball for the Red Storm.

Last year, Heller scored six goals and had one assist for St. John’s and was named to the 2015-16 BIG EAST All-Academic Team. Groel, a part-time starter for Rutgers the last two seasons, finished last year with 38 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.

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Hobart lost a 21-15 shootout to Penn State, but sophomore middie Stanny Gilbertson (Palos Verdes ’15) scored twice for the Statesmen. His second goal came early in the fourth quarter as part of a four-goal run that pulled Hobart to within 15-13, but Penn State held off the rally.

* * *

Jacksonville scored the game’s final four goals but couldn’t chase down visiting Lehigh in a 13-12 loss Saturday. Dolphins freshman Brett Reilly (Westlake ’16) had a goal and an assist in the fourth quarter, including Jacksonville’s final goal with a man advantage and 4:08 to play.

* * *

Freshman Shayne Sharp (Palos Verdes ’16) started at close defense in Lafayette’s 17-6 season-opening loss to Michigan. He was credited with one ground ball.

* * *

Sophomore long-stick middie Jonah Swigart (Agoura ’15) collected two ground balls and recorded his first career assist in the closing minutes of No. 6 Syracuse’s season-opening 19-6 win over visiting Siena.