Local student athletes compete in college sports Make their marks in lacrosse, baseball and track
Madyson Griswold in action in 2016 when on Lenape Valley Regional High School's lacrosse team.
By Josh Lashley Sussex County — Madyson Griswold (Lenape Valley High School) was a sophomore defender for the Drew University (Madison, NJ) women’s lacrosse team this year. Griswold played in all 15 games and started in 13 of them for Drew. She had two goals and an assist. The Rangers had an overall record of 10-7 and they were 5-2 on their home field. In the Landmark Conference, they went 4-3. Drew advanced to the Landmark Conference Championships where they lost to Catholic University in a game played in Washington D.C. Let’s take a glance at other local student-athletes who competes in collegiate sports this past spring season. Joseph DeFeo (Newton High School) was a junior third baseman for the Fairleigh Dickinson University (Florham, NJ campus) baseball team this spring. DeFeo, listed as a Business Administration major played in 15 games and started in two of them for FDU. The Devils had 10 overall wins this year, including two at home and three in the Metro Atlantic Conference (MAC) Freedom Division. DeFeo earned a place on the MAC Winter/Spring Honor Roll. He also made the Eastern College Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll. Kyle Piekarz (Lenape Valley High School) was a freshman pitcher for the Kean University (Union, NJ) baseball squad this spring. Piekarz appeared in four games and started in one of them on the mound for Kean. He struck out eight batters this past season. The Cougars had an overall record of 21-23 with a mark of 16-10 at home. In the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) they posted a record of 9-9. They went 2-2 in the NJAC Tournament with victories over William Paterson and Rutgers-Camden and losses to Ramapo and Rowan. Nick Krawchuk (Newton High School) was a freshman defender for the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (Newark) men’s lacrosse program this past season. Krawchuk, listed as a Mechanical Engineering major played in one game for NJIT this spring. The Highlanders had one victory on the season, which occurred on their home field. Stephen Chesonis (Lenape Valley High School) was a freshman competitor in throwing events for the Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ) men’s outdoor track and field program. Chesonis finished in seventh place in the javelin throw at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Outdoor Championships held in Lawrenceville. As a team, the Broncs finished in second place at the MAAC Outdoor Championships.