Not many offensive players get past Dan Loizos.
The Ocean Township High School graduate led the Ithaca College football team in total tackles with 60 through his first seven games of the season. The sophomore linebacker was first on the Bombers in solo tackles with 32 and added 28 assists. He made nine tackles for 18 yards lost and registered one sack for three yards lost.
The former Spartan intercepted one pass, forced one fumble, broke up three passes, deflected four passes and recovered two fumbles.
Loizos is a 5-foot-11, 205-pounder.
Former Ocean players Withler Marcelin and Mark Diedrichsen continue to star at Rowan University.
Marcelin, a senior, rushed for 890 yards and 12 touchdowns on 174 carries through his first six games of the year. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry and 127.1 yards per game. His longest run chewed up 82 yards. He caught seven passes for 68 yards and one touchdown, averaging 9.7 yards per catch. His longest reception covered 37 yards.
Diedrichsen, a junior punter, averaged 40.7 yards per boot. He punted the ball 41 times for 1,667 yards. His longest punt sailed 65 yards. He produced four touchbacks. Seven punts landed inside the opposing team’s 20-yard line.
In a 38-25 loss to Wesley College, Marcelin rushed for 163 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries. He scored on a two-yard run and added one solo tackle. Diedrichsen punted five times for a 34.2-yard average. His longest punt sailed 46 yards. One punt landed inside Wesley’s 20-yard line.
In a 31-28 loss to Salisbury University, Marcelin sped for 190 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries. He scored on runs of one, 26 and two yards. His longest run ate up 41 yards. He caught three passes for 14 yards. Diedrichsen punted six times for a 37.8-yard average. His longest punt was 47 yards. He produced one touchback.
In a 59-0 win over Southern Virginia, Marcelin rushed for 105 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries. He scored on runs of 39, eight, three and five yards. He averaged 8.8 yards per carry. He caught one pass for five yards. Diedrichsen punted one time for 48 yards.
Kean University sophomore Tahj Hammary (Asbury Park) is among the top wide receivers at Kean University.
Through his first seven games of the season, the former Blue Bishops player led the Cougars in touchdown catches with six. He paced the team in scoring with 36 points. He was second on the club in receptions (27) and second in yards (381). He averaged 14.1 yards per catch. He averaged 54.4 yards per game. His longest reception devoured 46 yards.
Stevenson University sophomore quarterback Jeff Farrah (Monmouth Regional) threw for 1,181 yards through his first six games of 2014.
Farrah completed 88 of 165 passes (53.3 percent) for 12 touchdowns. He tossed six interceptions. His longest completion devoured 66 yards.
Farrah connected on 14 of 27 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown in an 18-15 loss to Delaware Valley College. He tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass and threw two interceptions.
Montclair State University punter Hunter Daly (Neptune) averaged 34.4 yards per boot through his first seven games of this season.
He punted the ball 40 times for 1,377 yards. His longest punt sailed 54 yards. He added one touchback and seven fair catches. A total of 12 punts landed inside the opposition’s 20-yard line.
Fordham University freshman tight end Isaiah Searight (Monmouth) caught one pass for seven yards and added one solo tackle and one assisted stop through the Rams’ first eight games of the campaign.
He’s a 6-foot-4, 234-pounder.
Sophomore Chris Seager (Ocean) played goalie on Monmouth University’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season championship team in men’s soccer.
Four local players are on the Georgian Court University men’s soccer team.
They are junior defender Jordan Eugenis (Ocean), freshman forward Spencer Dunn (Monmouth), redshirt sophomore forward Rulsk Noel (Ocean) and sophomore midfielder George Kavarakas (Ocean).
Eugenis handed out one assist through 14 matches. Dunn scored two goals, including one match-winner, and added one assist through 15 matches. Kavarakas notched two assists through 12 matches.
On the Duke University women’s team is freshman midfielder Taylor Racioppi (Ocean).
She has appeared in and started 18 matches., logging 1,419 minutes. She scored four goals, including a team-high three match-winners, and added three assists.
East Stroudsburg University freshman forward Alex Pickett (Ocean) scored one goal and added one assist through her first 15 matches of the season.
She was a starter in six matches.
The College of New Jersey freshman midfielder Jenna Loeser (Ocean) handed out two assists through her first 14 games of the year as a reserve.
East Stroudsburg freshman forward Kelli Shapiro (Ocean) netted one goal and handed out one assist in six games in field hockey.
On the Fordham women’s basketball team is 6-foot-2 senior forward Samantha Clark, a Neptune resident and a St. Rose graduate.
Clark last year averaged 8.6 points per game. She averaged a team-high 7.6 rebounds per outing and paced the Rams in blocks per game at 1.1. She was seventh in the Atlantic 10 Conference in rebounds and 12th in blocks. She was a third-team all-league preseason selection.
As a sophomore, Clark swatted away a team-high 26 blocks and averaged 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. She scrapped for 23 steals.
The former Purple Roses standout starred in her first year on campus, winning all-league all-rookie honors and winning conference rookie of the week honors a program-record five times. She averaged 8.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. She blocked a club-best 50 shots and added 27 steals.
Monmouth junior Sam Lynch (Ocean) sparkled for the Hawks in their 97-83 men’s swimming loss to Seton Hall University.
Lynch helped the Hawks to second place in the 200-yard medley relay. He swam a 23.74 to give the Hawks the lead on the first leg. They were 1.64 seconds short of the win. He won the 100 butterfly in 50.01 for his third win of the season in two meets. He was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Week.
American University junior Julianna Cavano, a Neptune resident and a former Red Bank Catholic swimmer, won the 200 individual medley in 2:12.60 in a meet against Loyola of Maryland. No team scores were kept.
The former Casey helped American win the 3×100 backstroke by one second at the Potomac Relay Invitational. American bested Towson by one second and finished third in the team results with 84 points.