Campus watch: Barlow starting for Boston College football

Campus watch: Barlow starting for Boston College football

Former Shaker standout having strong season for Eagles

Graduate student Brandon Barlow is starting on the defensive line for the Boston College football team, the Eagles 4-1 after dropping a 19-13 decision to Clemson in the team’s Atlantic Coast Conference opener last Saturday in Clemson, S.C. The 6-foot-4, 258-pounder was second on the team with seven tackles including five unassisted in the game.

Barlow, from Cohoes and a Shaker High graduate, is fourth on the Eagles in tackles with 21, including 11 solos. He has two tackles for losses of six yards, a quarterback hit and a forced fumble. He entered the season having played in 38 games and recording 85 tackles, 42 unassisted, with four sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Emily Bini (Guilderland)

The 5-4 sophomore midfielder has started all 11 games for the New Hampshire women’s soccer team, the Wildcats 3-6-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the America East Conference after a 3-0 league victory at Stony Brook last Sunday. The Guilderland High graduate assisted on the first goal. It was her second assist of the season. Bini has helped the team defense limit 11 foes to 11 goals with four shutouts.

Conners O’Brien (Rensselaer)

The senior got off to a good start with the Navy men’s tennis team, posting a 2-0 record as the Midshipmen hosted the Joe Hunt Invitational Sept. 17-19 in Annapolis, Md. The Albany Academy graduate, competing in the White Division singles, scored a 6-0, 6-2 victory in the first round and a 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5) triumph in the second round. The final round was postponed.

Erin Robbins (Ballston Lake)

The 5-8 senior defender leads Division II with seven defensive saves for the Newberry field hockey team, the Wolves 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the South Atlantic League after a 1-0 overtime league victory over Converse last Saturday in Newberry, S.C. The Shenendehowa High graduate had two defensive saves in the game. She also had two in a 1-0 victory over Lindenwood on Sept. 10.

Drew Decker (Clifton Park)

The 5-9, 150-pound freshman was named Empire 8 Conference Player of the Week on Monday for his performance with the Nazareth men’s soccer team. The CBA graduate scored a goal and tied a school record with three assists in a 6-1 victory over Sage last Saturday in Rochester. Decker has started all 10 games for the 8-1-1 Golden Flyers and has two goals and eight assists for 12 points.

Christina Cummings (Queensbury)

The 5-4 freshman forward has started all nine games for the St. Michael’s women’s soccer team, the Purple Knights 4-4-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference after dropping back-to-back 1-0 league decisions to Stonehill and New Haven last week. The Queensbury High graduate’s first collegiate goal was the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over American International on Sept. 18.

Abby Testo (Menands)

The 5-7 senior back has started all 10 games for the Oswego field hockey team, the Lakers 6-4 overall and 1-1 in SUNYAC play after a 4-1 league loss to New Paltz last Saturday. Testo has two assists – in a 3-2 loss to St. John Fisher on Sept. 18 and in a 4-0 victory over Elmira on Sept. 24. The Oswego defense has given up 15 goals but all six of its victories have come via shutouts.

Ezra Ruggles (Saratoga Springs)

The junior was named SUNYAC Men’s Runner of the Week on Monday after a big effort with the Geneseo men’s cross country team. The Saratoga High graduate was first out of 404 runners as the Knights finished first out of 33 teams at the college’s Mike Woods Invitational last Saturday in Geneseo. Ruggles covered the 8,000-meter (4.97-mile) course with a personal-best time of 24:10.3.

Olivia DeBortoli (Clifton Park)

The 6-2 sophomore middle blocker is seeing action with the Buffalo women’s volleyball team, the Bulls 9-7 overall and 2-2 in the Mid-American Conference after losing a pair of 3-0 league matches at Bowling Green last weekend. The Shenendehowa High graduate is second on the team in blocks with 38 and has 60 kills. She missed her freshman season with an injury.

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