October 04, 2007


Panthers secure place in playoffs

Beats OCC in four games


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
TC3’s Panther Lindsey McCutcheon (5) bumps the ball into play against Onondaga while OCC teammate Kristina Bement (9) stands at the ready.

DRYDEN — The Tompkins Cortland Community College volleyball squad secured a place in the upcoming Mid-State Athletic Conference playoffs with a 30-20, 30-22, 28-30, 30-16 win over Onondaga Community College Wednesday.
The four-game triumph improves TC3 to 5-6 overall and 2-2 in the MSAC.
The Panthers have clinched no worse than a third-place finish in the conference, with the top four teams making the conference playoffs. Onondaga falls to 5-13 overall and 0-4 in the MSAC.
The opening moments of play did not foretell the final outcome as Onondaga jumped out to a 13-5 lead. The Panthers responded with an 11-5 run to pull within two before Jenna Dunkelberger ripped off five straight service points to give TC3 its first lead at 21-18. The lead continued to grow until Kali Hemly finished the game at 30-22 with a big kill from the back row.
Game two saw the Panthers take control earlier, rolling to a 20-10 lead before Onondaga rallied. A 12-7 run for the visitors made it 27-22, but another big kill from Hemly followed by two aces from Cortland High graduate Katelyn Anderson ended the game at 30-22.
After an early tie, the visitors led most of game three. An Anderson kill sparked a TC3 rally that closed what had been a 27-21 Onondaga lead to a 28-28 tie, but Onondaga responded to take the game 30-28.
Game four saw the Panthers score first for the first time of the match. With Anderson serving, TC3 pushed out to a 6-2 lead. Onondaga responded to pull within 7-6, but a block by Jaymi Kelley followed by a big kill by Dryden High alumnus Lindsey McCutcheon helped the Panthers regain control. The lead stayed at least two points the rest of the way, with McCutcheon recording several kills along the way. A string of nine service points from Brianne Butters sealed the game en route to the 30-16 final.
TC3 will host in the Panther Invitational Saturday. The eight-team tournament starts at 10 a.m. in the new gymnasium on the Dryden campus.
Red Dragons Sweep Geneseo
GENESEO — SUNY Cortland women cruised to a 30-21, 30-21, 30-25, volleyball victory at Geneseo on Thursday night.
The Red Dragons improved to 18-6, controlling the first two games throughout. Geneseo recovered from a 15-7 deficit to pull within 22-21 before the Dragons extended the lead by scoring four of the final five points.
Junior Tiffany Chatman led Cortland with 13 blocks, senior Kelsey Muka added 10 kills and junior Brittany Horton handed out 31 _assists.
Geneseo received nine kills and 10 digs from Kate Barth, eight kills from Jessi Laemlein Schroeder and 28 assists from sophomore Maddy Maler. The Knights fall to 11-14.
Cortland is idle for over a week. The Red Dragons will return hosting the Cortland Invitational Oct. 12-13 at Corey Gymnasium.
CAZENOVIA COLLEGE got three kills from junior Nadine Frink out of Cincinnatus High School in a 30-23, 30-13, 30-12 loss to visiting Clarkson on Wednesday.
Frink now has 64 kills on the season for the Wildcats, who are 3-14 on the season.




Marathon rolls, showdown next

UNION SPRINGS — Four goals from four different players led the balanced scoring attack as Marathon Central soccer boys posted a 4-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division III win at Union Springs Wednesday.
The win gives the Olympians a 6-0-1 division record and 9-3-1 IAC/overall marks heading into the division title showdown at Southern Cayuga Friday.
The Chiefs (5-0-1, 9-2-1, 9-2-1) edged Moravia 2-1 to remain two points behind the Olympians before their 4:30 p.m. match with Marathon in Poplar Ridge.
In other soccer action, Groton shut out Newfield 4-0, Lansing dumped Dryden 1-0, Elmira Notre Dame nipped Newark Valley 1-0, Spencer-Van Etten stopped Watkins Glen 2-1, Trumansburg tripped Waverly 2-0 and Candor clubbed Tioga 10-0.
Marathon 4, Union Springs 0: Matt Doran, Eric Gofgosky, David McDonald and Vinnie Powierski each netted one goal for the Olympians while assists went to Kasey Bush, Aubrey Brown and Shane Koenig.
Derek Root made four saves to earn the victory while Robert Ferro made nine saves in a solid effort for the Wolves.
Groton 4, Newfield 0: Austin Tompkins score two goals and added one assist for the victorious Indians (2-4 division, 4-8-2 IAC/overall). Matt Parsons and Cameron Adams added one goal each with Logan Wannell dishing out one assist.
Kyle Yunger recorded 11 saves for the shutout. Mike Hartman made 13 saves for Newfield while Ben Friedlander stopping seven scoring attempts during his stint in the Trojan goal.
Lansing 1, Dryden 0: Casey Byrne netted the only goal of the game with 22 minutes left in the match as Lansing (6-0-1, division, 11-0-2 IAC/overall) moves in first-place in Division I.
The loss snapped Dryden’s IAC winning streak of nearly two seasons. The last team to beat Dryden was Lansing by a 1-0 count in triple overtime during the 2005 IAC semifinals.                 
“It was a very exciting and intense game,” said Dryden coach Laszlo Engel. “Both teams had chances to score and/or tie the game.”
Nick Geisler picked up the assist on the winning goal, while Michael Bradford recorded six saves in the Bobcat nets. T.J. Weaver recorded five saves for Dryden (5-1-1, 11-1-1 IAC/overall).