November 23, 2010


Dean earns bragging rights over Malmberg

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In a confrontation of former Marathon Central field hockey all-stars, Maryland junior Meghan Dean (right) tries to advance the ball against North carolina freshman Marta Malmberg during Sunday’s NCAA Division I championship game. Though Malmberg scored in the game, host Maryland pulled out a 3-2 overtime victory.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — One former Marathon Central field hockey player had to win a national championship on Sunday.
That honor would go to Maryland junior Meghan Dean, who played a key role as the top-ranked Terrapins defeated No. 2 North Carolina 3-2 in double overtime before 2,3000 fans in Sunday’s NCAA Division I tournament title game.
Freshman Marta Malmberg, the other former Marathon Olympian playing in the championship contest, scored a goal that put North Carolina ahead 2-1 before Maryland rallied. Sophomore Megan Frazer scored the game-winning goal in the game’s 98th minute to give the Terps their seventh national title.
Dean, who missed last season with a knee injury, was on the 2008 championship Maryland squad under head coach Missy Meharg. She scored five goals on that ‘08 title team, and this season the midfielder tallied twice while appearing in 23 of the 24 games played by Maryland.
The champs finished up 23-1 with the win over their ACC rivals. The Terps have won four of the last six national titles, including 2005 when Tiffany Marsh out of Marathon was a senior at Maryland.
Malmberg finished her rookie season with the Tar Heals (22-3) as the team’s third leading scorer, coming up with nine goals to go along with 11 assists. Her goal against Maryland came six minutes into the second half, breaking a 1-1 tie.
North Carolina’s edge held up until the 63rd minute, when Maryland sophomore Harriet Tibble ripped a reverse stick shot from the left side of the circle to tie the score at 2-2, which is where it stood when regulation elapsed 7:25 later.
The teams played through the first 15-minute overtime with no score, despite three shots for each squad and three corners for Maryland. In the second overtime, the Terrapins again had opportunities, with one penalty corner and five shots, including Frazer’s game-winner in the 98th minute of play.
Just 2:10 remained before the game would have been decided by penalty strokes. Maryland out-shot North Carolina, 18-12.
With the win, Maryland now owns more national titles than any other school, besides Old Dominion, who has nine. Maryland or North Carolina have won the last six NCAA titles and have met six times in the championship game. Sunday was the first time a championship game went to overtime since 1994.
All three losses suffered by North Carolina this season came against Maryland.
Rookie Honors for Tennant
ROCHESTER — Former Cortland High basketball all-league performer Courtney Tennant now a freshman center for the RIT women’s basketball team, was named the Empire 8 Rookie of the Week on Monday.
Tennant averaged 23 points in two games last weekend for the Tigers, who were hosting a two-day tournament.
Tennant opened her collegiate career with 24 points against Hamilton on Saturday in the first round of the Tigers Tip-Off Tournament, making 11 of 17 shots from the floor including a 3-pointer. Hamilton was a 77-56 winners in that contest after out-scoring the Tigers 29-15 over the final 16 minutes of play.
On Sunday against undefeated St. Lawrence (3-0), Tennant scored 22 points in a 97-67 RIT setback. She was 10-of-22 from the floor while grabbing five rebounds
Tennant earned all-tournament team honors over the two days of play, where she shot 63.6 percent from the floor. RIT (0-2) returns to action on Saturday, as they host Penn State Erie at 2 p.m.
Fredonia Post for Valentine
FREDONIA – Former Homer Central standout Megan Valentine is now part of the SUNY Athletic Conference sports scene, having been named the Assistant Athletic Director at Fredonia State this past summer.
The former Trojan — who graduated from Medaille College in Buffalo in 2004 with a degree in Sports Management and then earned her Masters of Education in Sports Administration at Bowling Green in 2006 — handles facilities management and supervision along with recreation and event supervision at the SUNYAC school.
Prior to arriving at Fredonia, she was the Director of Membership and Convention Services for the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administration.
After graduating from Homer, Valentine played soccer, basketball and softball at Medaille. She was a captain of the soccer and softball team, and became the first freshman to be named the “Student-Athlete of the Year” at Medaille.
The daughter of Gordon and Deborah Valentine of Cortland, she was also among 16 national recipients of the NCAA Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship while at Medaille.
She also worked as the Assistant Athletic Director at Wellesley College, where she also served as an assistant softball coach. There she revitalized club sports and recreation programs, including the FIT program aimed at motivating students to become more physically active on campus.
She also worked at MacMurray College in Illinois as the Compliance and Game/Event Management Coordinator.

Locals Help Out Oneonta
ONEONTA — Marathon Central alum Stephanie Fiske and former Cortland High sticker Christine Gutchess were freshmen on the SUNY Oneonta field hockey squad that finished 12-8 this past season including reaching the ECAC tournament semifinals in the post-season.
Fiske started 12 times for the Red Dragons, and finished up with two goals and two assists. Gutchess appeared in six games for the SUNY Athletic Conference school, which finished 2-4 in conference play.

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