January 9, 2007


Dean, Malmberg headed overseas with USA squads

Field Hockey

Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Marathon freshman Marta Malmberg is headed to The Netherlands with the USA Under-16 teams this spring.

Staff Writer

MARATHON — Two Marathon Central field hockey players will be getting a rare chance to travel aboard in March as representatives of the United States for some international competition.
Marathon senior Meghan Dean will be heading to China in the early part of March with the United States Under-21 team for a series of games against the Chinese Junior team.
Freshman freshman Marta Malmberg will be traveling to H.O.D Valkenswaard in The Netherlands over Easter break with the U.S. Under-16 Olympic Development Select/Futures Elite Team for a series of games from March 30 through April 9. This team was also selected over the summer and is comprised of all high school players.
Dean is one of just five high players on the select team chosen during the U.S National Junior Camp in Virginia Beach this past summer. The U-21 team is the last step before reaching the U.S World Cup team that competes in the Olympics and other major international competitions. The sites and dates are still being worked out.
U.S. junior coach and two-time Olympian Tracey Fuchs will lead the team with a roster that ranges from National Team members to a 16-year-old high school star. National Team members Katelyn Falgowski (Landenberg, Pa.), Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) and Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.) have all made significant international appearances for the USA senior team while high school junior Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.), the team’s youngest member, will be making her first international tour with the USA Under-21 team. Falgowaki and O’Donnell are also high school seniors.
Other athletes selected for the tour include Janelle Avila (North Kingstown, R.I.), Kelsey Kutchins (Suffolk, Va.), Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa.), Jennifer Long (Doyelstown, Pa.), Melissa Martin (Lititz, Pa.), Caitlin McCurdy (Mountaintop, Pa.), Brianna O’Donnell (Collegeville, Pa.), Katie Reinprecht (North Wales, Pa.), Sarah Reinprecht (North Wales, Pa.), Kadi Sickel (Plaistow, N.H,) and Laura Suchoski (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.). Katie Reinprecht in also a high school junior.
Falgowski, O’Donnell, Kasold and goalkeeper Brianna O’Donnell were members of the 2005 USA Junior World Cup team that earned a best-ever seventh-place finish in Santiago, Chile.
“I am so excited about taking my to the next level,” said Dean, who will began her collegiate field hockey career at the University of Maryland this fall. “The is a great opportunity because this group will be preparing for the 2008 Pan Am Games, the 2009 Junior World Cup and the 2012 Olympics.
“I always wanted to play on the U-212 team.”
Dean did make the trip to The Netherlands and, in addition to hoping to continue up the competitive ladder, looks forward to the unique chance to spend some time in China.
“I will take in as much as I can,” said Dean. “You try to take in the culture and learn as much as you can. This is truly going to be a great experience.”
As for being just one of five high school players joining a mostly collegiate group, Dean is equally ready for the challenge.
“It will be another great learning experience to play with college players. I will work hard and keep on improving my level of game. It will help my prepare for what I will see at Maryland this fall.”
MALMBERG WILL BE taking a bold new step with her trip.
“I have never been overseas before,” she said. “I am really excited to play internationally and I think that it should really be a good learning experience for me. I am happy to have this opportunity.”
Former Marathon standout Carla Tagliente helped to start the tradition. Tiffany Marsh had Tagilente as her role model and Marsh was the role model for Dean. Malmberg is one of the newest pieces in the tradition and she is happy to be following her role model.
“Meghan is a great role model and she has helped me a lot,” said Malmberg. “I do look up to her. Meghan has told me what to expect and she has helped me gain confidence.”
What does Malmberg expect from her trip?
“I hope to gain more experience by playing with a some teammates from all over the United States,” she said. “I have had a lot of good coaching to this point and will keep working on improving my game.”
Malmberg’s teammates are Samantha Billy (Bridgewater, N.J.); Megan Bosland (Boonton, N.J.); Michelle Cesan (New Vernon, N.J.); Kerrie Edmonds (Emmaus, Pa.); Maxine Fluharty (Millsboro, Del.); Brittany Grzywacz (Collegeville, Pa.); Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville, Pa.); Kelsey Lloyd (Shavertown, Pa.); Ali McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa.); Kathryn Mitchell (Allentown, Pa.); Molly Murphy (Phoenixville, Pa.); Tara Puffenberger (Dallas, Pa.); Taylor Rhea (Virginia Beach, Va.); Tayler Siegrist (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Alexa Sikalis Acton, Mass.).
ONE OF THE BIG influences on both of these young ladies has been long-time Marathon coach Karen Funk, who needs just 11 more wins to reach the coveted 400-win plateau.
“It continues to amaze me at what these girls achieve,” said Funk proudly. “These two girls, and many other of my players, play field hockey all year long. They work hard and they are not afraid to fail. They love challenges.”
As for Dean and Malmberg specifically, Coach Funk offered these thoughts.
“Meghan has always set lofty goals,” said Funk. “Meghan is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve those goals. She is a very coachable player. Meghan will keep setting those goals and will reach them because of her dedication and abilities.”
“Marta is what is right about our program at Marathon,” Funk continued. “All the girls have role models and work hard to follow them. Marta works hard and continues to keep getting better. It won’t be long and she will become a role model for younger players coming up. This is truly a great opportunity for her.”
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Stowell hat trick lifts CHS-Homer

SYRACUSE — Steve Stowell took his coaches’ words to heart Monday night, and the Cortland-Homer hockey team was the benefactor.
“Steve had to sit out the first period (of Monday’s game at Corcoran) because of a penalty he received Friday, and we told him that he had to give us three periods in the remaining two,” Golden Eagles coach Don Armstrong said.
The junior left winger did just that, recording a three-goal hat trick as C-H downed the Cougars 5-3.
The winners are now 6-3 in the CNYSHL Division II West and 7-5 overall, while Corcoran fell to 4-4 league and 6-6 overall.
In addition to not having Stowell available in the first period, the Golden Eagles were also without junior Andre Cowen, who was ill.
“The whole team sucked it up. This was a great team effort,” Armstrong said. “We moved Ian Gutchess to Stowell’s wing spot in the first period, and Matt Edwards was a wing on the second line.”
The visitors trailed 2-1 after one period, Matt Grimes scoring off assists by Clayton Law and Sam Ferro at 3:42 between goals by the Cougars’ Derrick Eccles (1:54) and Chris Peterson (8:13). “That was the second goal our third line has scored this season,” Armstrong said. “They did some decent forechecking.”
Cortland-Homer tied the game and took the lead for good in the second period on two goals by Stowell. He first scored a power-play goal from the slot at 5:42 to tie the game at 2-2, 2:58 into a four-minute penalty on Corcoran for checking from behind. Stowell then put home the rebound of a wrap-around attempt by Paul Zimmerman at 11:38.
Taylor Brown, the third member, along with Stowell and Zimmerman, of the first line for C-H, scored the eventual game-winner unassisted on another power play on a breakaway 4:40 into the third. Shaun Norfolk had Corcoran’s third and final goal at 8:12, and Stowell took a pass from Zimmerman and hit the empty bet with 29 seconds left to complete his hat trick.
Cortland-Homer had a 40-29 shot advantage in the game (after being outshot 16-8 in the first), Brian Frankel making 26 saves in the winners’ nets to 35 for the Cougars’ Lewis Dickinson.
The win vaulted C-H to third place in the league, behind only Syracuse CBA and Fulton, both at 6-1. Fulton visits the Golden Eagles at 7 p.m. Thursday.



Tourney 3rd places for Cortland teams

A pair of Cortland Youth Hockey Association squads finished third in tournaments over the weekend.
The Waste Management/Darl Zehr Photography Pee Wee Travel squad was third in the Robert Esche Travel Tournament in Whitesboro, while the Goldwin & Boyland Physical Therapy/Homer Men and Boys Bantam team was third in the Center State Stampede Shootout in Morrisville.
The local squad finished third after a tie-breaker (three teams at 2-1 after Saturday in the four-team event) of fewest goals allowed sent New Hartford and Rome into Sunday’s title game.
Cortland got two goals from Aaron Zimmerman and one from Randy Bushnell, plus 32 saves from goalie Cory Broyles, to beat Rome 3-1 in their first game. Zimmerman had both goals in an 8-2 loss to New Hartford, Zach Randall stopping six shots and Broyles 17.
Leo Riley had three goals, Casey Dailey and Casey Bergeron a goal and an assist apiece and Zach Daniels and Kyle Gibbons one goal each in a 7-3 win over Whitestown in which Randall made 17 saves.
A 6-3 loss to Valley opened Cortland’s weekend, Brad Mitchell, Jon Podoliak and Connor Ferrito scoring once each while goalies Brandon Paquin and Nick LaLonde made 19 and 14 saves, respectively. Carl Zimmerman had two goals while Ferrito and Vince Walker added one apiece in a 4-4 tie with Center State Saturday, the locals getting 11 saves in all (goalie names not reported).
On Sunday, the locals beat Baltimore, Ont. 4-3 as Ferrito, Casie Garrison and Zimmerman had a goal and an assist apiece and Chris Broyles one goal. LaLonde stopped 22 shots.
The Ithaca Shooting Stars 14-under team won the Skantown Showdown in Skaneateles, beating the hosts in a shootout for the title after a 2-2 regulation tie. Dryden’s Olivia Ramos scored twice in a 4-0 preliminary-round win over Barrie, Ont., while Ali Pace had a goal in a 3-1 win over Camillus. Marissa Ramos, also from Dryden, had an assist in a 4-3 loss to Skaneateles that closed out the preliminary round.
The 16-Under team tied the Mohawk Valley Hurricanes 2-2 and the Camillus Cougars 1-1. Cortland’s Janesa Cornish scored off an assist by Elaina Jones from Homer in the Mohawk Valley game.
McGraw’s Diane Ralyea had two goals and Samantha Craig from Cortland added one as the 19-Under squad was a 6-0 winner over the Ithaca Furies. Ralyea, Craig and Cortland’s Kendall Brug had a goal apiece in a 5-0 win over the Binghamton Blizzard.
The Barden Homes team beat host Onondaga 7-1 Saturday as Matt Sovocool had two goals, Curtis Howland and Alex West a goal and two assists apiece, Kayla Welshman a goal and an assist and Mike Lavere and Owen Barden one goal each. Goalie Dylan Riker made 15 saves.
The visiting Binghamton Selects beat the local team 3-1 later on Saturday, Drew Wojcinski scoring the only goal and Riker stopping 23 shots. On Sunday, Alex Rosato had a goal and an assist and Alex Fisher and Brad Sciera a goal apiece in a 3-1 win over visiting Onondaga, Riker with nine saves.
The Wallace Construction/Verizon team tied with host Binghamton 2-2 Saturday as Matt and Mike May scored a goal apiece and goalie Colden Kimber stopped 21 shots. Matt May had the only goal and Tyler Wallace 18 saves Sunday in a 7-1 loss to visiting Auburn.
Mike Turck had the lone goal and Goalie Ryan Gabriel had 25 saves in the Economy Paving team’s 6-1 loss to host Binghamton Saturday. Ben Gravel and Maggie Walsh scored once each and Gabriel stopped 21 shots Sunday in a 2-2 tie with visiting Ithaca.
The Strafford Chevrolet/Economy paving/Homer Logging squad lost twice over the weekend. Joel Potter and Nate Walker scored once each while Gage Eldred topped 17 shots and Brian Ordway two in a 3-2 loss to visiting Binghamton on Saturday. Walker had all three goals and Eldred made 21 saves in a 6-3 loss at Elmira on Sunday.