August 31, 2010
High hopes for debuting Red Dragon stickers
The SUNY Cortland field hockey team hopes to build on last year’s glowing success.
The Red Dragons reeled off 19 consecutive victories a year ago under the direction of Coach Cynthia Wetmore before losing to eventual national champion Salisbury 3-2 in the NCAA Division III tournament quarterfinals.
The quest to repeat as SUNY Athletic Conference champions and make a run towards a national title will begin on Wednesday evening, Ithaca College paying a 7 p.m. visit to the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex in a non-league opener.
The top three scorers off last year’s 19-1 squad are back, headed up by senior captain Brenda Semit. The Holland Patent product had 12 goals and 13 assists in 2009 and will share captain duties with senior defender Angela Lorello.
Sophomore Sara Woodard and junior Danielle Hand from Whitney Point, who each had 11 goals and a pair of assists last year, are back at their forward spots. Senior goalie Ashley Hughes also returns after coming up with three shutouts and having a 1.15 goals against average in 20 contests.
Cortland out-scored foes 71-26 last season.
Coach Wetmore has gone 192-43 in her her previous 12 campaigns at Cortland, and won a national title in the fall of 2001. Her Red Dragons have been in 11 NCAA tournaments, with a trio of Final Four appearances.
Three other Cortland squads are opening the season Wednesday, too.
— The Red Dragons volleyball squad will be part of a three-school gathering at Corey Gymnasium. Cortland plays Kean at 4 p.m., Kean meets St. John Fisher at 6 p.m. and Cortland closes against St. John Fisher at 8 o’clock.
Former Homer Central standout Katie Wick returns for her sophomore season as an outside hitter for Coach Pam Hoerup. She was the SUNYAC Rookie of the Year and a first team all-star after delivering 290 kills for the 25-12 Red Dragons.
Junior Sheena Asibey from Brentwood is the team captain, the middle hitter also a first-team SUNYAC selection in 2009 when the Red Dragons lost to New Paltz in the title match.
— The women’s soccer team will host William Smith from Geneva this evening at 7 p.m. Cortland was 12-5-3 for Coach Heidi Woodcock last season. Bridgette DeSantis is back for her junior season after scoring a team high seven goals and picking up four assists last year. Senior goalie Pam Monnier heads up a defense, having posted seven shutout victories in 2009.
— The men’s soccer squad is on the road, playing at Medaille College at 6 p.m. Coach Dwight Hornibrook’s squad was 5-9-3 a year ago and will have to replace the 11 goals scored by senior German native Harald Gracholski in 2009.
The SUNY Cortland Internet Radio schedule has been released for this fall, with either the field hockey or women’s soccer contest to be broadcast on Wednesday. On Friday, the Cortland vs. Skidmore field hockey game will be aired at 4 p.m.
Bobby Comstock is in his fifth season as the voice of Cortland sports, along with students from the Sports Management program.
Doran Joins Morrisville Staff
MORRISVILLE — When Morrisville State opens up the field hockey season on Wednesday, former Marathon Central sticker Heather Doran will be a new addition to the coaching staff.
Morrisville finished 5-14 last season, a record head coach Adair Milmoe looks to improve on starting with a 3 p.m. home opener against Gordon.
The Mustangs compete in the SUNY Athletic Conference, and will host defending champion Cortland on Sept. 17.
Doran played collegiately at Syracuse University after her glory days in Marathon. As a standout defender during her senior season in 2008, the Orange went 22-2 with a loss to Wake Forest in the Division I tournament.
“She is one of the best. She switches it up,” Morrisville senior forward Lauren Bordonaro said of Doran. “She is really dedicated to making us go all the way in SUNYAC.”
Sophomore forward Courtney Cook said Doran is helping the team improve “as a unit” with all her “knowledge and DI (Division I) technique.”
New Dolphins Diamond Coach
SYRACUSE — Following a national search, LeMoyne College has hired former Dolphins pitcher Scott Cassidy as the school’s new head baseball coach.
A 1998 LeMoyne graduate, Cassidy becomes the program’s fourth coach in the last 43 years. He spent the past year as assistant coach and pitching coach for the Dolphins, as well as serving as the recruiting coordinator.
With Cassidy’s assistance, Le Moyne’s 2009 recruiting class was nationally ranked by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Prior to returning to Le Moyne, Cassidy played professionally for 10 years, including parts of three seasons at the Major League level. Following his retirement from professional baseball, Cassidy spent one season as the head baseball coach at Sullivan Community College.
In three seasons pitching with the Dolphins, Cassidy made 33 appearances and went 14-12 with one save, a 3.44 ERA and 153 strikeouts over 186 innings pitched. He also posted a program-record 18 complete games and four shutouts, good for second-best in the program’s Division I history.
In 1998, Cassidy was selected as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year after going 7-5 with a 3.06 ERA and 83 strikeouts and leading the Dolphins to a 26-15 record.
Cassidy replaces Steve Owens, the former SUNY Cortland coach who took the head coaching position at Bryant University in July. Ninth-year assistant Scott Landers, a former Cortland player, and second-year graduate assistant Corey O’Neill are on Cassidy’s staff.
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