October 13, 2006


Marathon wraps up one more title

Field Hockey

Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Marathon’s Meghan Dean tries to get past Newark Valley defenders Samantha Blazey (15) and Kristy Scales (1) during Thursday’s Division III field hockey game. Dean had two goals as Olympians rolled, 8-0.

MARATHON — It was never a question of would they, it was just a question of when for Marathon Central girls.
With six different players accounting for eight goals, the Olympians claimed another Section 4 Division III Conference Division field hockey crown Thursday after shutting out Newark Valley 8-0 at Appleby Elementary School.
“It was nice to be back on our home field,” Marathon coach Karen Funk said. “We are able to use good stick work and ball movement. Our field is well maintained and that allows us to play our game.”
The Olympians — an unbeaten 9-0 in Division III and 15-1 overall — jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first-half before sealing their title with five more goals. Meghan Dean and Hannah Griep each had two goals and one assist. Lacey Pitman, Amber Hines, McKenna Light and Sammy Parker also scored goals for the home team.
Katie Ames made 21 saves in goal for Newark Valley while Roni Allen was never tested.
Marathon will host Moravia at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at Appleby Elementary School to close out the regular season.
Marathon 6, Moravia 0: Marathon scored five goals in the first half and rolled to the IAC Division III victory on Senior Night in Marathon.
“We started our seniors and played a good first half of soccer,” Marathon coach Chip Stewart said. “We struggled a bit during the second half, but I was not surprised. It was showing that we had played three games in three days.”
Kasey Bush, Trent Knapp, Andrew Parker, Ben McDonald, Matt Doran and Matt Frost each netted one goal for the Olympians (9-0-1 division, 14-1-1 overall).
Marathon will meet Dryden in IAC semifinal-round tournament action Wednesday. The game will be played in Groton starting at 3:30 p.m.
Dryden 4, Trumansburg 0: Jordan Minnis (two assists), Trevor Totman, David Pargh and Dylan Luce all scored once as Dryden High closed out Division I play with a 4-0 shutout at Trumansburg.
“Everyone got playing time and it was a nice way to end the regular season,” Dryden coach Lazslo Engel said. “We will do some extra fitness work and practice hard for the IAC Tournament and sectionals. These guys love to practice,_so staying sharp should not be a problem.”
Southern Cayuga 2, Groton 0: Calen Schoenfeld scored on a free kick and Tony Rejman added a goal as Southrn Cayuga scored twice in the second half to break a 0-0 tie and give the Chiefs a Division III win over Groton.
Kyle Yunger stopped nine Southern Cayuga shots for the Indians (3-6-1 division, 5-10-1 overall). Tyler Hilliard recorded two saves for the shutout.
“This team has had its ups and down all season long,” Groton coach John D’Antonio said. “We really played a good first half and missed some good scoring chances. Southern Cayuga is a strong team defensively and they just waited to strike.”
Groton will travel to Newfield for a 10 a.m. crossover match Saturday.
— Lansing and Elmira Notre Dame both picked up wins Thursday and will now have a one-game playoff for the wild-card tournament spot Monday in Trumansburg at 4 p.m. The winner of the match will meet Division II champion Spencer-Van Etten in semifinal round play Wednesday at a site to be announced.
Lansing 102, Dryden 84: Dryden High girls got wins from Elle Roberson and Tara Brenner, plus the 200-yard medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams, but it was not enough to stop visiting Lansing from taking a 102-84 IAC swimming meet Thursday. Elle Roberson posted her win in the 100 breaststroke while Brenner won the diving competition. Roberson was also part of both winning relay teams, while she placed second in the 200 IM.
Dryden 3, Newark Valley 0: Lindsey McCutcheon had 18 points, eight aces, six digs and three kills to lead Dryden High girls to a 25-8, 25-14, 25-8 volleyball win over Newark Valley. Carley Gee added 14 points, four kills and three aces to the winning attack while Nicole Wright had 10 points, seven kills and four aces.




Perfect Purple ending

SYRACUSE — The conditions weren’t the best, but the Cortland High golf team came through again Thursday and achieved perfection in the process.
In cold and windy conditions, and playing under a different format than usual, the Purple Tigers beat host Jamesville-DeWitt 210-233 at Drumlins to finish 8-0 in the OHSL Freedom National Division for the second straight season and 15-0 overall.
“It wasn’t an ideal day weather-wise, and because Fulton was there, too, we played in threesomes; with one guy from each team in them,” said CHS coach Kevin Cafararo, Fulton topping J-D with_a 222 total.
“But all-in-all, we’re not too disappointed with a 210. It’s a little above our average, but by no means is it bad golf,” he said. The Purple Tigers ended with a 199.4 stroke average on the season.
Matt Porter led CHS with a 38, while Brandon Fitzgerald was one stroke back at 39. Nick Decker had 43, Mike Congdon 44 and Ryan Wanish 46 to round out the winners’ scoring. J-D’s Jake May tied Porter for medalist honors with a 38.
In looking back, Cafararo — whose team has gone 32-1 overall the past two seasons, the only loss last fall to Syracuse CBA in a match which went to the scores of the sixth men — noted: “At the beginning of the year I was quite concerned. I knew that CBA and Chittenango were good, and the east Syracuse-Minoa teams could pose a problem. But Porter, Fitzgerald and Decker carried the load, which let Congdon, Wanish, Chris Pace and Steve Stowell play more loosely, with no pressure to come in with great numbers.
“This is a nice group of kids who are all friends, which makes a difference as well. They’re all talented golfers, and this year has been a pleasure, to say the least.”
The Purple Tigers will next compete in the sectional meet, for which they’ve qualified seven individuals, this spring.



Road gets rougher for unbeaten Dragons

Sports Editor

The midway point of this football season finds SUNY Cortland unbeaten and nationally respected.
As a reward for knocking off the first five foes on their 2006 schedule, the Red Dragons are ranked eighth in the American Football Coaches Association poll, 13th by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette and 16th by the computer folks.
But now comes the hard part, starting on Saturday when the Red Dragons travel to face Western Connecticut State at noon in a New Jersey Athletic Conference clash of contenders.
Cortland head coach Dan MacNeill was cranking out the numbers on his trusty calculator prior to this out-of-state road trip to Danbury, where the Colonials await with_a 4-1 record.
According to his calculations, the first five Red Dragon victims have a combined winning percentage of just 27 percent.
Those numbers are switched when applied to the next five opponents on the schedule, who have a current combined winning percentage of 72 percent.
And what does that mean for his Red Dragons?
“No question the tempo, the performance, has to rise,” said MacNeill of his Red Dragons, who are 3-0 and in first place in the conference as part of that perfect 5-0 overall record.
Saturday’s showdown at the Westside Athletic Complex could haven been a clash of unbeaten teams, as the lone loss for Western Connecticut State came when a 17-10 second half lead turned into a 24-17 road loss to nationally ranked Rowan two weekends ago.
The Colonials bounced back to beat William Paterson 20-17 last weekend when Kevin March kicked a 22-yard field goal on the game’s final snap. Coach John Burrell’s team has victories over Division I-AA teams St. Peter’s and Iona on its resume, too.
GOING ON THE ROAD to a game as big as this has never been a big concern for Cortland. Since the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex opened up in 2002, the Red Dragons have been more successful away from home.
Cortland has a 17-6 record on the road, while going just 14-8 at home, over that span_of games.
The Red Dragons are in Poughkeepsie today, scheduled to practice at Marist College before heading to Connecticut in the morning.
“I’m not as apprehensive when we go on the road, because these guys have had some big road wins,” said MacNeill. Those wins reflect the maturity and character of this team,_he feels.
“They are reserved guys, and I think that’s good,” said the coach. “They are very business-like guys. It was like that last year and it’s like that this year. I like that demeanor.”
That doesn’t mean emotion is a missing element of the Red Dragons make-up, just ask anyone who has to try to run the football against an ornery defense or try to keep dangerous quarterback Alex Smith from triggering the offense.
In last week’s 24-14 win over Kean University, the defense received high grades for their performance from the Red Dragon coaching staff. Inside linebacker Bill Hauser leads Cortland with 38 tackles, 10 coming last week against William Paterson. Linebacker Dave D’Aureilo has 29 tackles, while defensive end Rich DeJesus leads the team five sacks.
Getting pressure on Western Connecticut State quarterback James Williams will be vital, especially considering Adamis Gonzalez is one of his prime targets.
“They have the best receiver we’ll see,” said MacNeill of Gonzalez, who has caught 31 passes for 382 yards and four touchdowns this season “He is the really, really dangerous and he can single-handedly take control of a game if you let him.”
Williams has competed 73-of-118 passes for 883 yards. He has also been picked off seven times.
The Colonials only average 78 rushing yards per game, Jeff Ward the leading ball carrier with 259 yards on 79 carries.
CORTLAND COULD have done more damage against Kean last weekend, only to see three drives stall shy of the end zone and provide no points.
Junior QB Smith was the NJAC and ECAC Southeast Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for three touchdown passes in that win. He finished with 261 passing yards. On the season, the third year starter has completed 78-of-124 throws for 1,037 yards. He has 10 touchdown tosses and has been picked off only three times.
Senior Drew Lascari leads the team with 20 catches (for 329 yards) and four touchdowns, two of those end zone grabs coming last weekend.
Senior tailback Matt Rickert provides balance to the offense with a 77.8 yards per game rushing average, backed ably by Dustin Bowser. The Red Dragons running game was held in check by Kean, however, and Coach MacNeill has been impressed with the athletes Western Connecticut State has on defense.
Sophomore linebacker Chad Milling leads the Colonials with 36 tackles, seven of those for lost yardage. Senior linebacker Kenny Jost had 10 tackles in last week’s win over William Paterson.