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August 09, 2007

 

Marsh Hoyas’ new field hockey coach

MarshTiffany Marsh

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

WASHINGTON, DC — Tiffany Marsh has had a very busy summer and it just got even busier. The former Marathon Central School and University of Maryland field hockey standout as been working many different camps during the summer teaching young players the sport that she herself excelled in. Marsh was busy preparing for her second season as an assistant coach at American University, but she had also turned in her resume to Georgetown University for the position of first assistant coach for the Hoyas.
A twist of fate saw Hoyas head coach Laurie Carroll resign July 24 and, with the start of the collegiate pre-season just around the corner, Marsh was now in the running for a new position. Still, Marsh heard nothing until flurry of phone calls and faxes led to the announcement Monday that Marsh would become the interim head coach for Georgetown in the 2007 season. She becomes the first Olympian player to become a head coach at the collegiate level from the vast talent that veteran Marathon coach Karen Funk has churned out.
“This is a big step for me,” said Marsh. “This is a great opportunity. The timing was right and things really did happen very quickly.”
Marsh signed a nine-month contract, which means Georgetown is not actively searching to fill the position at this time.
“I have nine months to show that I can step in and do the job,” Marsh said. “This gives me the opportunity to try to put some of my philosophies in place. Hopefully, the players will respond well and I can prove to the university that I can get the job done.”
“I did meet some of the players and it is a young team,” Marsh continued. “I think that is where I am also young can help. I can relate to them. I want to use the team chemistry they already have and go from there. There is a good mentality with these players. They all want someone to show them how to win.”
“We’re very pleased to have a dynamic young talent such as Tiffany’s at the helm of our Field Hockey program,” said Athletic Director Bernard Muir. “Her energy and drive combined with her experience of success have us all looking forward to a new season with great anticipation.”
Marsh is counting on the coaching that she received from Coach Funk and Maryland coach Missy Meharg, plus her experience in as an assistant under American University head coach Steve Jennings, who also coached Marsh during some of her playing days in the U.S. Field Hockey program, will guide her this season.
“I really have had three great mentors in Coach Funk, Coach Meharg and Coach Jennings,” said Marsh. “I learned lot about the game and how to win at the high school level and that carried over to my success at Maryland. Last year, I really learned a lot of coaching from Steven Jennings. He is a very knowledgeable coach and it was a great year learning from him.”
“Words really cannot describe having a former player now become a Division I head coach in college,” said Funk. “I am so proud of her.”
“I have had girls go on to coach at the high school level and Carla (Tagliente) is currently first assistant coach at Michigan, where she is working on her Masters Degree,”Funk added. “I know Tiff applied to be the first assistant at Georgetown. She called and told me that the head coach had resigned and they wanted her to apply for the position. My only advice to her was to not get taken advantage of. I did not want to see Tiff coach the team during pre-season and then be replaced by a new person during the season. It was nice that she is getting the opportunity to coach the entire season. I know she can do a good job.”
Marsh joins the Hoyas after serving as an assistant at American University for one year, guiding the Eagles to a 14-7 record and and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2006. Prior to her stint at American University, Marsh graduated from the University of Maryland, where she helped the Terrapins to their fourth national title in program history in her senior campaign. As a senior forward with the Terps, Marsh earned her third consecutive Second Team All-Region award after racking up 39 points on 12 goals and a team-high 15 assists. She was also named to the 2005 NCAA All-Tournament Team.
In four years with the Terrapins, Marsh accumulated 102 points while playing in 93 games, starting 80 of them. In her senior season she started all 25 games for Maryland, surpassing her 100th point on an assist during the Terps regular season game against American at Jacobs Recreational Complex. In 2004 she played in all but one game finishing the season scoring career-highs in goals and game-winning goals, with 13 and 3, respectively. In her first two seasons she played in 46 games, starting 35, picking up a pair of game-winning goals and a total of 29 points. She has also been active in the International scene, playing for the U.S. Under-18 team, Under-19 team and Under-16 team. Marsh has also been involved in the National Futures program and was named to the USFHA EPTC Maryland Thundersticks.
At Marathon, Marsh was three-time NFHCA high school All-American, earning first team honors in 2001. She was also a three-time all-state selection in field hockey, and a three-time league all-star in field hockey, basketball and softball (1999-2001). Marsh scored 57 goals in her senior year to eclipse the New York State Section IV record, previously held by Tagliente. Marsh finished high school career with 138 goals.
Pre-season practice begins next week with Georgetown opening the season August 25 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The Hoyas meet Appalachian State the next day, also in Harrisonburg. Marsh will coach her first home match August 31 as Georgetown entertains St. Francis (Pa.) in College Park, Maryland. The Hoyas are playing all their games at College Park this season and they are part of the Big East Conference. The only trip Marsh could make into Central New York would be the Big East Field Hockey Championship, which will take place November 3-4. Syracuse University will host the four-team event, seeded by conference point total. The champion will receive the leagues’ automatic bid to the 16-team NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship.
Marsh will coach against another former Marathon player this season in Big East play when junior Heather Doran and SU head to Georgetown for an encounter on September 28.

 

 

The Tavern rallies, downs sister squad

Justin DeGraw’s two-run home run capped a five-run seventh inning rally that lifted The Tavern to a 6-5 victory over sister team King Sub Wednesday on opening night of the Cortland Fast Pitch Softball League playoffs.
Regular-season champion Amelia’s Ristorante beat Central City Bar & Grill 13-3 in the night’s other contest. Both semifinal series are best-of-three.
The Tavern 6, King Sub 5: The Tavern, which finished third during the regular season and is the defending regular-season and playoff champion, trailed 4-1 heading into the top of the seventh and final inning. An RBI single by Tom Avery, a run-scoring wild pitch and an error that plated another run tied the game at 4-4 before DeGraw’s round-tripper gave The Tavern the lead for good.
Regular-season runner-up King Sub scored once in the bottom of the seventh on  a bases-loaded walk before Avery, who threw a three-hitter with three strikeouts and eight walks, induced a bases-loaded popup to end the game.
King Sub hurler Jeff Carr was the hard-luck loser, allowing only five hits while fanning six and issuing six walks. Brian Taylor singled and scored a run for The Tavern, while Roger Karn drove in a pair of runs for King Sub.
Amelia’s Ristorante 13, Central Cities Bar & Grill 3: Dick Meldrim threw a four-hitter, allowing one earned run and fanning one while only issuing one walk, as Amelia’s cruised to victory. The winners unleashed a 14-hit attack, led by 3-for-3 nights from Ed Southworth (homer, two RBIs, two runs), Abe Johnson (three RBIs, run) and Jon Wood (two RBIs, two runs). Alex Ondrako went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs.
Morgan DuBois had two of Central City’s four hits, one a double, and scored twice.
Both series continue Monday at Meldrim, King Sub and The Tavern going at it at 6:30 p.m. while Amelia’s and Central City play at 8:15 p.m.

 

 

Apley double caps Riverside triumph

A clutch two-out double by Sue Apley capped a seventh-inning rally to lift Bob’s Riverside to a 12-11 win over first-place Paddy’s Pub Wednesday in Cortland Women’s Slowpitch Softball League C Division action. It was the second win of the season for Bob’s (2-14) while Paddy’s slipped to 15-2.
In other C Division games, Jack’s Taxidermy downed Gator’s/Franklin Rock 14-3 while Woodman’s Pub defeated Gator’s/Franklin Rock 13-8.
In D Division action, Anecelle’s defeated Homer Logging 16-4 in five innings and Millennium Marketing defeated Lucky’s Too 7-1.
In E Division, King Sub/Groton Fitness edged Ho-Beau’s 11-9 and Palm Gardens nipped Easy Street 13-12.
In a D-E crossover game, Lucky’s downed Ivan’s 18-5 in six innings.
C DIVISION
Bob’s Riverside 12, Paddy’s Pub 11: This game saw five lead changes before Paddy’s took an 11-8 advantage after five innings. After a scoreless sixth inning, Bob’s held Paddy’s scoreless in the top of the seventh before rallying for four runs, and the win, in the bottom of the inning.
Wendy Lockwood (3-for-4) and Jody Maroney (3-for-4) had RBI hits that scored Annette Balik and Caitlin Gardnier (2-for-3) to pull Bob’s to within 11-10 before Apley (2-for-4) belted her game-winning double that scored Balik and Gardnier. Nicole Heider (two triples) added four RBIs to the winning attack.
Melea Barltey was 4-for-4 for Paddy’s with Danette Endress going 2-for-3. Kristina Abbott, Kelli Wood and Deb Contri each drove in two runs for Paddy’s.
Jack’s Taxidermy 14, Gator’s/Franklin Rock 3: Jack’s (13-4) built a 5-1 lead through two innings before a four-run spurt in the fourth helped the advantage grow to 11-3.
Michele Workman went 3-for-5 to lead the Jack’s offense with Julie Conklin adding a 3-for-4 effort.
Janet Wiese and Katrina Fox each went 2-for-3 for Gator’s/FR.
Woodman’s Pub 13, Gator’s/Franklin Rock 8: Bridget Kentch, Megan Orman and Dixie Clark each went 2-for-3 as Woodman’s Pub overcame an 8-7 deficit by scoring six runs in the top of the seventh inning for the win.
Deb Smith was 3-for-3 for Gator’s/Frankin Rock while Danielle Heath and Katrina Fox each added 2-for-3 efforts.
D DIVISION
Anecelle’s 16, Homer Logging 4: Anecelle’s (11-3) expanded its 4-3 lead with 10 runs in the top of the fourth inning and added two more runs in the fifth to win this mercy-rule contest.
Tibby Salisbury and Savannah Hempstead each swung 3-for-3 bats for Anecelle’s with Tori Wells adding a 3-for-4 effort that included two doubles.
Lindsay Fiore had two hits and a hot glove at first base for Homer Logging.
Millennium Marketing 7, Lucky’s Too 1: Millennium (11-2) secured its win with one run in the top of the sixth inning and four more runs in the seventh.
Aimee Dorward led the winning attack by going 4-for-4 with a triple and home run.
Max Plumadore hit a double for Lucky’s Too.
E DIVISION
King Sub/Groton Fitness 11, Ho-Beau’s 9: King Sub took a 9-5 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning by scoring five runs. After Ho-Beau’s plated three runs in the top of the sixth, King Sub added two runs in the bottom of the inning for an 11-8 cushion.
Alexis Young, Donna Cruz and Dee Plumley hit doubles for King Sub/Groton Fitness while Katie Swanson and Betty May hit doubles for Ho-Beau’s.
Palm Gardens 13, Easy Street 12: Palm Gardens scored seen rus in the bottom of the first inning, but still needed to hold on for the one-run victory as Easy Street scored three runs in the sixth and three more runs in the top of the seventh to pull close.
Sue Recor was 3-for-4 with a double and triple for Palm Gardens.
Rochelle Ferro hit two doubles for Easy Street while Tanya Batzr hit a triple and Melissa Morgan hit a home run.
D-E CROSSOVER
Lucky’s 18, Ivan’s 5: Brenda Stafford was 3-for-3 as Lucky’s sealed its six-inning win with eight runs in the top of the sixth inning. Kristi Kellogg added a 4-for-5 effort with one double and one triple while winning pitcher Sherri Dewitt was also 4-for-5.
Kat Redmond paced Ivan’s by going 3-for-3 with a triple with Michelle Dalton adding a 3-for-3 effort.