Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

The Golden Rams were dealt a crushing blow early in the second half of Saturday’s 78-73 defeat at Kutztown. Lenwood Greenwood leaped into the air trying to pull down an offensive rebound and landed awkwardly. The forward suffered torn ligaments and dislocated in his right ankle. Greenwood, was averaging 12.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game before Saturday’s season ending injury. The highlight of Greenwood’s season came on Feb. 4 at Felician when the captain notched 20 points and a season high 20 rebounds in West Chester’s 77-59 win.

Perhaps the most deflating element of Greenwood’s injury is the fact that he stood just 50 points shy of reaching the 1,000-career point milestone.

The injury bug has bitten West Chester recently, with junior forward Ralph Hegamin going down with a knee injury against Bloomsburg on January 30th. He remains sidelined, but will not require surgery and according to head coach Dick DeLaney, might be available to return for Feb 20th’s showdown here against Cheyney.

West Chester now enters the home stretch with battles at home against East Stroudsburg, Cheyney and Mansfield with a home date against Millersville not far behind, all without their leading rebounder.

DeLaney stayed positive saying “Better times lay ahead.”

In Greenwood and Hegamin’s absence Sam Scott, Kevin Gallagher, Zach Harrison and Gerald Caldwell will be relied upon to play extended minutes down the stretch for the Golden Rams.

West Chester is idle until East Stroudsburg comes to Hollinger Field House Saturday for a 3p.m. tipoff. The Golden Rams downed the Warriors 56-54 on the road on Jan. 26.

Matt Lombardo is a third-year student majoring in communication studies with a minor in journalism. He can be reached at ML606516@wcupa.edu.

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