October 01, 2007


Dragons shut down Pioneers


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Alyssa Cerroni (10) of SUNYCortland mixes it up with Merisa Frezzo (3) of SUNY Potsdam during Saturday’s conference soccer game on Holloway Field. Cortland posted 3-0 shutout.

WAYNE, N.J. — You will not find William Paterson commiserating with SUNY Cortland at all.
You will not find the Pioneers bemoaning all of the talent the Red Dragons lost via graduation on the defensive side of football from a year ago.
That’s because a bunch of new faces in the starting line-up continue to pick things up where their nationally ranked chums left off from a year ago, Cortland at its ornery best in romping past William Paterson 42-0 on Saturday afternoon at Wightman Stadium.
Defending co-champion Cortland is off to a 2-0 start in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, with a 3-1 overall record.
While the offense rolled up 407 yards, getting two short touchdown plunges from senior running back Dustin Bowser for starters before junior quarterback Ray Miles threw for three touchdown passes, it was the defensive work that spoiled this conference debut for the Pioneers.
William Paterson (0-1 NJAC, 2-2 overall) managed just 108 yards of total offense. The Red Dragons came up with seven quarterback sacks, inside junior linebacker Jim Smith and freshman defensive end Mike Attanasio with a pair apiece.
Safety Matt Berman and linebacker Chris Gagstetter picked off passes, too — while the dangerous William Paterson receiving tandem of Kareen Moon and Joel Rivera did not catch a single pass throughout this clear, crisp afternoon outing.
Linebacker Kyle Pierce was in on 11 tackles and Berman — back from a shoulder injury suffered on the season’s opening kickoff  — was in on nine tackles. Freshman linebacker Brian Hass was credited with nine tackles to earn NJAC Defensive Rookie of the Week honors for a second consecutive time, while Pierce, defensive tackle Lou Crispo and defensive end Ben Nagle were also in on sacks.
William Paterson never advanced beyond the Red Dragon 40-yard line.
Senior Bowser scored two first quarter touchdowns to get Cortland underway. The first was set-up by a 42-yard Miles to Eric Hajnos completion to the William Paterson 2-yard line. A 20-yard punt return by freshman Will Loeb put the Cortland in business at the William Paterson 11-yard line moments later, Bowser carrying the ball three straight times from there to pay-dirt.
Though a missed field goal and an interception of a tipped pass spoiled two second quarter Red Dragon scoring chances, Miles and Keith Greene hooked up on a 25-yard third down touchdown pass play late in the second quarter to build a 21-0 halftime lead.
Miles added touchdown tosses to two different tight ends — a 63-yard pass play to Zacc Guaragno late in the third quarter and a 12-yarder to Dave Fregelette in the fourth quarter — to up the lead to 35-0.
Sophomore Guaragno out of Lansing caught a short pass from Miles, stiff-armed a defender and then rumbled down the sideline for his TD. The interception by linebacker Gagstgetter led to the Fregelette TD grab with 9:26 remaining — the key play on that 4-yard drive a 20-yard run by freshman Cory Russell on a 3rd-and-9 snap from the Pioneer 33-yard line.
Miles has thrown for seven touchdown passes in back-to-back NJAC victories.
Loeb capped the scoring with 1:43 left to play on an 11-yard run. Sophomore quarterback Sean Pratt directed that drive, including a clutch third down completion of 13 yards to Guaragno.
Matthew Mintz kicked the final extra point, his sixth of the game. He now has 64 consecutive PAT kicks, three shy of the school record set by George Oostmeyer from 2000-02.
Cortland heads back to New Jersey this coming Saturday, facing Kean University. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. in Union, N.J.




Shutout triumph for CHS

EAST SYRACUSE — With Aubrey VanGorder and Natalie Muka teaming up for both goals, Cortland High girls came up with a 2-0 blanking of soccer host East Syracuse-Minoa on Saturday.
The Purple Tigers pretty much dominated play in this OHSL Freedom Division match-up, finishing with a 16-4 shot edge that resulted in a pair of Muka goals. Two CHS shots clanked off the crossbar and another goal was waved off when the shooter was whistled for a handball infraction.
Cortland improves to 5-3 in the Freedom Division and 8-3 overall heading into a 6 p.m. Tuesday hosting of Jamesville-DeWitt.
“Especially during the second half, the girls did a nice job of controlling the game with their passing,” said Cortland coach Abbey Albright. “We utilized the outside midfield more than we have in the past few games and that helped us tremendously.”
The first goal arrived at the 15:44 mark of the first half, coming after VanGorder beat two defenders with her speed dribbling in on goal from midfield. She shot at the corner of the box and ES-M goalie Melendez Ramierz came out and got a touch on the ball. Muka was making a run to the right of the goalie and finished off the shot for a 1-0 lead.
With 13:04 left to play, Muka added an insurance goal from the right side of the goal. VanGorder provided the feed on the clincher.
Purple Tigers goalie Katie Apley made two saves to earn the shutout. ES-M falls to 4-4 in Freedom Division play, 6-4 overall.




First place Spartans handle Purple Tigers

Jim Dean and Stelan Music each netted two goals as East Syracuse-Minoa boys remained undefeated in OHSL Freedom Division soccer with a 4-0 shutout win over host Cortland High Saturday.
The Spartans improved to 8-0 in division play and 9-1 overall while the Purple Tigers slipped to 2-6, 3-7 overall.
“Defensively, we made some errors in judgment and it hurt us,” said Cortland coach Dan Law. “ES-M is a very good team. They are a veteran team and they are an experienced team that made us pay for our mistakes.
“We did do some good things,” Law added. “We are making strides to improve.”
Dean gave ES-M a 1-0 lead with 36:09 left in the first half on a good individual move. He scored again with 16:55 left in the half off a feed from Ben Rowell.
Music scored his first goal with 37:34 left in the match and he added his second tally with 12:48 remaining.
Logan Marks made six saves and allowed two goals during the first half with Brian Clifford allowing two goals and recording five saves during the second half for Cortland, who was outshot 14-6 in the match.
Jeff Albanese recorded two saves and Jeff Cwirko one to post the shutout victory for the Spartans.
Cortland High boys will have a busy week. The Purple Tigers travel to Jamesville-DeWitt Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. OHSL Freedom Division match. Thursday, the Purple Tigers host Mexico before Homer comes to Cortland Saturday for a 2 p.m. match.