Mastrella, Golden Net Athletes of the Week
September 3, 2012
Senior forward John Mastrella (Rochester, NY/Greece Athena) recorded the first four-goal game of his career and finished with five goals and an assist to lead the Keuka College men’s soccer club to a pair of victories in the Keuka Lakefront Classic.
Junior Paige Golden (Kent, NY/Albion) recorded 14 kills and 26 digs as Keuka’s women’s volleyball team also picked up a pair of wins to start the 2012 season.
Mastrella and Golden were honored as Keuka’s Male and Female Athletes of the Week.
Mastrella scored a career-best four goals to carry Keuka to a 4-2 win over D’Youville in the last of four Lakefront Classic games, played Saturday at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.
With the exception of a summer league game, it was Mastrella’s first-ever four-goal game, and the first hat trick of his collegiate career.
Mastrella, a second-team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) selection as a junior, scored twice on headers in the first half to stake the Storm (2-0) to a 2-0 lead.
The Spartans (0-2) answered with 9:30 left in the first half, and knotted the score five minutes later as the game went into intermission tied at 2.
Mastrella put the Green and Gold ahead for good in the 69th minute, sending a bending free kick from 20 yards into the far corner of the goal for his first career collegiate hat trick.
But Mastrella wasn’t done yet. He added an insurance goal in the 82nd minute, when freshman Matt Hey (Canandaigua, NY/Marcus Whitman) beat his defender and tapped a pass to Mastrella, who beat the keeper to finish the scoring.
In the season-opener, Mastrella had a goal and an assist to spark the Storm to a 2-1 win over the University of Pitt-Bradford.
Golden, a first-team All-NEAC outside hitter in 2011, helped the Green and Gold defeat both D’Youville College and Hilbert College during Saturday’s NEAC/Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) showdown at D’Youville College.
Keuka dispatched of the host Spartans in three sets, winning 25-19, 25-18 and 25-20 in the first match.
Golden posted six kills and 14 digs in the win over D’Youville, and followed that up with an eight-kill, 12-dig effort in the four-set win over Hilbert as the Storm prevailed, 25-18, 20-25, 25-18 and 25-20 to complete the sweep.
Against the Hawks, Golden, a co-captain, led the team in kills and also added four aces as the Storm defeated Hilbert for the fourth straight time.