SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Football and women’s soccer were represented in this week’s Super Crusader awards, as senior quarterback Rich Palazzi (Newfoundland, Pa. / Wallenpaupack) and sophomore forward Marissa DeParto (Franklin Lakes, N.J. / Indian Hills) were honored as the SAAC Super Crusaders for the week ending September 4.
Palazzi was instrumental in the come-from-behind victory against the Wilkes Colonels on Saturday, completing 36-of-51 passes for 421 yards and four touchdowns. The 36 completions are the best single-game mark in SU history while the 421 yards are good for second all-time in single-game history, behind only Todd Coolidge (494 vs. Muhlenberg – Sept. 12, 1987). His completion on a two-point conversion sent the game into overtime and on the second overtime possession, he drove the Crusaders 21 yards, which set up the eventual game winning field goal by freshman Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa. / Selinsgrove Area).
DeParto ended the first week of women’s soccer action as the leading scorer for the Crusaders, who went 1-1 in the Gettysburg Tournament. She scored both of SU’s goals in its 2-1 season-opening victory against John Carroll at the Gettysburg Tournament. Her first goal came within the opening 11 minutes of the match and she proceeded to net the winner with two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the victory. The Crusaders were edged 5-1 by Gettysburg in the final game of the Tournament. DeParto started both games, registering four points on five shots.