September 04 , 2007


Flower City soccer title goes to Dragons

ROCHESTER — A pair of one-goal soccer victories enabled SUNY Cortland men to claim the Flower City Classic tournament title at the University of Rochester.
On Sunday, sophomore David Jacques scored in the seventh minute of play for the game’s lone goal as the Red Dragons defeated St. John Fisher 1-0.
The Red Dragons finished the season-opening tournament with a 2-0 record, including a 1-0 win on Friday evening over the host Yellowjackets. Rochester and St. John Fisher both defeated Oswego during the tournament to each finish _1-1.
Junior goalie Jack Carillo made five saves for his second straight shutout and Red Dragon junior midfielder Adam Jurcic was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Jacques took a lead pass from junior Brad Pennypacker, dodged Fisher goalkeeper Robert Weigand and scored into an empty net from about 30 yards out to give Cortland the lead 6:12 into the contest.
The Cardinals out-shot Cortland by a 15-6 margin, including a 9-4 edge in the second half, but were unable to beat Carillo for the game-tying goal.
Cortland returns to action on Friday at 7 p.m. versus three-time defending NCAA Division III champion Messiah College at the Messiah Invitational. The Red Dragons will also face Goucher College of Maryland at the two-day tournament.
Locals Lead Nazareth Women To Cortland _Soccer Invite Title
Two former Homer Central booters, freshman goalie Hillary Simon and junior forward Kelly Finn, played prominent roles in leading Nazareth College to 2-0 victory over Keene State Sunday to capture the team title at the SUNY Cortland Invitational.
Simon finished with four clutch saves, the best a diving stop of a close range shot off a corner kick scramble in front early in the second half, for the Golden Flyers. Finn scored the game’s second goal in the 55th minute for Nazareth, drilling home a shot from 10 yards out after a scramble in front.
Freshman Meaghan Finn, another Homer grad and Kelly’s sister, picked up an assist and Simon made four more stops in a 2-0 blanking of Wilkes during the first round on Saturday.
McGraw’s Taryn Bilodeau is also on the Nazareth squad, the junior a third-year forward at the Pittsford school located outside of Rochester.
Host Cortland lost 2-1 to Keene State from New Hampshire on Saturday in a season-opening contest. After falling behind 2-0 at halftime, the Red Dragons scored when Katei Trivisonno slid a low shot under Keene State goalie Samantha Hirsch in the 49th minute off a Mandy Womelsdorf through pass.
The Red Dragons lost to Wilkes University from Pennsylvania 1-0 on Sunday when Georgina Robinson scored on a long free kick 12 minutes into the second half. Cortland held a slight 6-5 shot advantage, goalie Megan Thayer making two saves.
Cortland Stickers Split
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Junior Kayla Chambers scored a career-high four goals as nationally fourth-ranked Cortland defeated Rhodes College of Tennessee 5-1 during the second day of the two-day Black-Eyed Susan Field Hockey Tournament, hosted by Villa Julie College.
Sophomore Christine McCabe added a goal for the Red Dragons (1-1). Junior Stacy Billings out of Marathon played 63:23 in goal and did make any saves or allow any goals. Rhodes thwarted Cortland’s shutout bid with a goal by Erin Atmar with 3:43 remaining.
Cortland lost to Johns Hopkins 4-2 in the first round on Saturday, Emily Miller scoring twice for the 17th ranked Blue Jays.
Chambers led Cortland with a goal and an assist. Sophomore Kyle Burghardt scored once in her Red Dragon debut and goalie Billings made three saves.
Dragon Spikers Finish Third
Cortland finished third out of 12 teams at its Red Dragon Classic after splitting two matches during the final day of the tournament on Saturday.
The Red Dragons (3-1) lost 3-2 to Nazareth in the semifinals, but bounced back to win 3-1 over New Paltz in the third-place match.
Stevens Tech of New Jersey won the tournament title with a 3-0 victory over Nazareth in the championship match. The Ducks defeated New Paltz, 3-0, in the semifinals.
Cortland placed two players – junior setter Brittney Horton and sophomore outside hitter Michelle Gaufman – on the all-tournament team. Melissa Rhode of Stevens was named the tournament Most Valuable Player.
Cortland had won 15 of the previous 22 Red Dragon Classics, including each of the last three years. Stevens finished second in its first Red Dragon Classic showing last season, losing to Cortland.
Nazareth defeated the Red Dragons 30-26, 23-30, 27-30, 30-28, 15-5. Junior Tiffany Chatman and senior Kelsey Muka led Cortland with 10 kills apiece. Chatman also posted a team-high six blocks and Muka recorded 10 digs and a team-high four aces.
Gaufman finished with nine kills and no errors in 19 attempts for a .474 attack percentage and added 12 digs. Horton recorded 33 assists, eight kills, eight digs and five blocks.
Cortland defeated New Paltz 30-21, 29-31, 30-26, 30-24 behind 11 kills each from Chatman and senior Theresa Cole. Chatman led the team with eight blocks and Cole had nine digs.



Cortland hoping to contend again

Staff Writer

While the Cortland High field hockey team has a lot of players back from last year, Coach Jamie Brown’s Purple Tigers also suffered some heavy losses last graduation day.
While a total of 14 players, 12 of them seniors, are back from last fall, the six lost to graduation included three first-team All-OHSL Division II West selections and two second-teamers.
Cortland opens its season by hosting Port Byron at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“It’s deceptive,” Coach Brown said. “It looks like we’ve got a lot of players back, but we did lose quite a lot in the six players who graduated.”
Senior center midfielder Janelle Stegeland was a first-team all-league last fall when CHS posted a 6-1-3 second place league record and went 6-6-3 overall. She is a key returnee along with fellow seniors Liz Wright, a second-team back; Callie Hull, an honorable mention at back and the teams Most Improved Player; and junior forward Melanie DelRosario, who scored two goals and added four assists for six points last fall as the team’s second-leading scorer and was an honorable mention.
Stegeland and Wright are two of the three captains for the 2007 team.
Also back are seniors Jen White (forward), Megan Thomas (forward), Natalee Stiles (midfield), Kaitlyn Rongo (back), Karen Hischak (midfield), Lisa Frare (forward, Coaches Award and 2007 captain), Regina Montez (forward), Rachel Pisa (midfield) and Alissa Claiser (back), as well as junior forward Alena Turturro.
This year’s newcomers, all up from the junior varsity, are juniors Andrea Turcsik (forward-midfield), Megan Turco (forward-midfield), Mallory Monroe (defense), Emily Endress (back), Paige Reynolds (forward), Nicole Van Deuson (back) and Megan Summers (back), as well as eighth-grader Maggie Brown, the team’s lone goalie.
The graduated first-teamers are forward Molly SanJule (the teams top scorer at 10-2-12), midfielder Tania Young (3-2-5, tied for third) and goalie Chelsea Snyder (73 saves and 20 goals in 15 games, 1.33 goals-against average and five shutouts). Young and SanJule were last years team co-Most Valuable Players.
Second-teamers Robin Barber (forward) and Beth Cutia (back) also graduated, as did back Kelsey Barber (no relation to Robin).



Davis leads largest ever Groton 5K field

GROTON — The 10th annual Groton Labor Day 5K drew its largest field of runners ever on Monday, with 27-year-old Eric Davis of Lansing leading a pack of 156 finishers.
Davis was clocked in 17 minutes and 19 seconds in the race held at Groton High School, following a course that ran through city streets and the old railroad beds in town. Davis finished two seconds ahead of Ithaca’s Boris Dzikovski.
Former Groton High track and cross country standout Jacob Hebdon had a Top Five showing, placing fourth in 17:52.
Marathon’s Murphee Hayes was the fastest female in the field, finishing 11th overall in 19:14. Three Cortland runners were in the Top 10 for the women, as Betsy Meldrim ended up fifth, Deanna Bishop sixth and Georgiani Perelka 10th.
Tops Markets, Wegman’s, P&C, Price Chopper, A1 Restaurant, Lou’s Carry Out, Walmart and Dunkin Donuts were race sponsors. Also singled out for 10 years of dedication to the event were runners Steve Gallow and Nancy Hargett and volunteers Joseph and Penny Weeks and Craig and Marie Hebdon.