November 11, 2008
Misericordia first NCAA foe for Dragons
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
SUNY Cortland senior Ayinde George was named to the SUNYAC all-tournament team after the Red Dragons won to advance into the NCAA Division III playoffs.
After a five-year absence, SUNY Cortland soccer men have played their way back into the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Red Dragons earned an automatic berth into the 58-team Division III playoffs and will face Misericordia out of Pennsylvania in an opening-round game Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Hobart College in Geneva.
The winner advances to meet the winner of Cabrini College and host Hobart on Sunday at 1 p.m. The eventual national champion will be crowned on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Greensboro, N.C.
Cortland (10-6-3), led by fifth-year head coach Dwight Hornibrook, is making its 19th overall NCAA playoff appearance, 15th as a Division III school, and first since 2003 when the Red Dragons set a school record for victories in a season with 16.
The Red Dragons won their 17th SUNY Athletic Conference title last Saturday, defeating Brockport 2-0 in the finals at the Hall of Fame Fields in Oneonta to earn the automatic NCAA berth. This is Cortland’s first league title since it captured three straight from 2001-03.
The Red Dragons have six top-five national finishes, including a second-place showing in 1977 and a third-place showing in 1978.
Cortland has outscored opponents 35-18 this season with nine shutouts. Senior Bryan Patterson, who is tied for third in career goals at Cortland with 33, leads the Red Dragons with 11 goals and four assists.
Freshman E.J. Reutemann is second on the team in scoring with four goals and four assists and sophomore Andrew Schwert has 10 points on four goals and two assists. Senior goalies Jack Carillo and Steve Axtell have combined to hold opponents to less than a goal a game with an .827 save percentage.
Senior Peter Degere was named the MVP of the conference tournament, while Carillo and seniors Ayinde George and Adam Jurcic were selected to the all-tournament team. Both Patterson and Degere earned first team All-SUNYAC honors, too.
Misericordia (14-3-3) is making its second NCAA tournament appearance and first since 2000. The Cougars earned an automatic bid to nationals after defeating Wilkes in a penalty-kick shootout in the Freedom Conference finals after the teams played to a 1-1 tie through regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.
Cortland and Misericordia have each won two games in the series with the Red Dragons owning the last victory, 4-3, during the 2000 season.
Keeper White’s Dolphins
Play on in Division II Tourney
On the heels of a 13-5-3 record in the regular season and a Northeast-10 Conference tournament championship berth, Le Moyne College men that feature Cortland High grad Steve White as a starting goalie have earned a spot in the NCAA Division II tournament.
This marks the fourth time in program history the Dolphins have made the national field. Le Moyne made previous appearances in the tournament in 1977, 2005 and 2007. Winner of 10 of their last 13 matches, the Dolphins will take on NE-10 foe Franklin Pierce (12-7-2) in their first round match that is tentatively set for Thursday. In their previous match back in September, Le Moyne fell in overtime to the Ravens 2-1. Both teams met in the first round of the 2007 NCAA tournament, with Franklin Pierce topping the Dolphins en route to a national championship.
White has played every minute of Le Moye’s 21 games in goal,and has allowed just 20 goals for a 0.91 goals against average. He has six shutouts this season.
Matthew Pecheone out of New Hartford leads the Dolphins with 11 goals and five assists. Midfielder Jesse Carr from Skaneateles made the all-freshman team in the NE-10 and has a team-high seven assists.
Ex-Trojans Help Nazareth,
Ithaca Earn NCAA Berths
Despite coming off a 5-0 loss to Ithaca College in the finals of the Empire 8 Conference soccer players, a Nazareth College team that features former Homer Central standouts Kelly Finn at forward, Hilary Simon in goal, Kaylee Benz at midfield and Meghan Finn on defense earned a spot in the NCAA Division III tournament field.
Not only that, Nazareth (12-7-1) will host first and second round games Saturday and Sunday at Golden Flyer Stadium.
“This is a thrill for us,” said Nazareth Coach Gail Mann, who recently celebrated her 200th coaching victory. “We truly felt we were good enough to be in, but we thought Sunday’s loss to Ithaca sealed our fate.” Nazareth will host Endicott (15-3-2) of the Commonwealth Coast Conference Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Liberty League champion William Smith (13-1-4) will play Keuka (10-5-3) of the North Eastern Athletic Conference at 11 a.m. The winners will play again Sunday at 1 p.m.
Ithaca College is headed to the Division III tournament thanks to a defense that has allowed just nine goals including the impressive shutout of Nazareth — with senior Jennifer Bordoni out of Homer a starter on that stingy unit. Bordoni has started all 18 games for the Empire 8 champions.
The Bombers (14-2-2) will host in four-team regional this weekend at Carp Wood Field. Ithaca takes on Westfield State (15-4-0) at 11 a.m. in the first of Saturday’s semifinals, with Rochester (11-5-2) facing Roger Williams (18-2-0) at 1:30 p.m. in the other. The regional final is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.
Senior Kelly Finn had two goals as Nazareth beat RIT 3-1 in the conference semifinals. She leads the team with 12 goals on the season and had scored in eighth straight games before being blanked by Ithaca in the finals.
With 32 career goals, Finn is ranked fifth among all-time Nazareth scorers.
Simon had eight saves in the win over RIT and has a 1.16 goals against average. Freshman Benz had four goals and four assists in her first season at Nazareth, while sophomore Meghan Finn has contributed three goals and three assists.
McGraw’s Taryn Bilodeau also started the season with the Golden Flyers, but appeared in just three games before suffering an injury.
Former Trojan Jeffers
Named to NAC First Team
Amanda Jeffers out of Homer Central finished off a successful career at Green Mountain in Vermont by being named to the North Atlantic Conference first team as a midfielder.
Fourth year starter Jeffers was the second leading scorer for Green Mountain, scoring nine goals to go along with two assists. Green Mountain finished 4-3 in league play and 9-9 overall.
Sophomore Courtney Chadburn from second place Castleton State was named the NAC Player of the Year, netting 11 goals in seven conference games. Husson was the league champion and advances into the NCAA Division III tournament with a 15-4 record.
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