The Daily Star
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Nicole Welcome scored three goals Tuesday, leading the SUNY Delhi women’s soccer team to a 4-1 victory over visiting Tompkins Cortland Community College in a Region III B Tournament semifinal.
“She’s been doing that for two years,” Delhi coach Bob Leary said of Welcome, who has 65 points during that time frame. “She didn’t make all-Mountain Valley Conference this season, which is a farce. Her fifth game-winner of the season came today.”
Welcome scored twice against the Panthers (10-5-1) in the opening half, which ended with the Broncos (9-5) ahead, 3-0. Paris Mateo also scored in the first half. Mateo, Tylin Klinker and Megan Moody each had an assist.
Lauren Renaud made 10 saves for second-seeded Delhi, which will play for the Region III B title against Genesee CC at 3:30 p.m. Saturday back at Tompkins Cortland CC.
Top-seeded Genesee (13-3-1) advanced to the title game with a 2-1 semifinal defeat of Hudson Valley CC on Tuesday.
Region III mixed its pairings this season and will have A and B champions. Each will qualify for the NJCAA Division III Tournament, which begins Nov. 7.
Ithaca 1, O-State 0
Oneonta State gave up a breakaway goal in the 54th minute as visiting Ithaca earned a non-conference victory at Red Dragon Field.
The Bombers (13-1), who are ranked fifth among NCAA Division III teams, got a break when Ellyn Grant-Keane tracked down a loose ball at Ithaca’s 18-yard line following an O-State corner kick. Grant-Keane played the ball forward to Meredith Jones, whose 1-on-1 against Oneonta goalie Kelley Murphy started at midfield as no defenders were back. Jones beat Murphy, who replaced injured starter Rori Stark in the first half, 8:07 into the second half.
Beth Coppolecchia stopped nine shots for the Bombers, who were outshot, 13-11.
Stark made two saves and Murphy had three for Oneonta, which hosts Buffalo State at 3 p.m. Friday.
MEN’S SOCCERCobleskill 5, Fisher 3
Andrew Conolly scored three times Monday, helping SUNY Cobleskill to a non-conference road victory over Fisher (4-10) that snapped a season-long, 12-game skid.
Conolly scored twice in the opening half, which ended with the Fighting Tigers ahead, 4-2.
Musa Nije contributed a goal and an assist for Cobleskill, which received Jack Callender’s first college goal.
Tucker Lewis made six saves in his first college victory for the Fighting Tigers, who host Sage today.
VOLLEYBALLO-State 3, Ithaca 0
Oneonta State celebrated Senior Night with a non-conference sweep at home.
Erica Darpino finished with 10 kills for Oneonta (13-15), which received four blocks from Bridget McHugh and 14 digs from Kristina Pelaccio. Paige Carpluk and Pelaccio contributed six aces apiece for the Red Dragons, who won, 25-20, 25-10, 25-13.
The victory marked Oneonta’s second against Ithaca (11-18) in Colleen Cashman’s 16-year career as head coach.
Cobleskill 3, Castleton 0
Kady Porterfield had 14 kills, four digs and two blocks to lead Cobleskill to a 25-22, 25-22, 25-16 non-conference victory at Castleton State (8-11).
Casey Holbert contributed 17 assists, Melissa Spears had five kills, six digs and three blocks, and Kim Cordova (Oneonta) finished with 10 digs for the Fighting Tigers (11-17), who ended a three-match skid.
Cobleskill visits Hartwick on Thursday for a non-conference match.
Two SUNY Cobleskill athletes earned honors from the North Eastern Athletic Conference on Monday for their standout performances last week.
The NEAC picked freshman Evan Quinones as its men’s cross country co-runner of the week and junior goalie Haley MacLean as its defensive player of the week for women’s soccer.
Quinones won the men’s 8-kilometer race at the Green Mountain College Invitational on Saturday in a course-record time of 25 minutes, 2 seconds. In topping the 56-runner field, Quinones led the Fighting Tigers to a first-place finish out of eight teams with 49 points. The team victory marked Cobleskill’s first invitational title of the season.
Cobleskill will compete in the New York State College Track Conference Meet at the Hamilton College Golf Course on Saturday.
MacLean made 13 saves in two conference shutout victories that marked Cobleskill’s first two women’s soccer wins of the season.
She had three saves in a 3-0 defeat of Saint Elizabeth on Saturday and followed with 10 saves Sunday, when the Fighting Tigers (2-10-1, 2-6-1) routed Wilson, 5-0.
MacLean has 121 saves this season, which is the third-highest total among NEAC keepers.
Cobleskill plays a non-conference game against Sage on Wednesday night at the College of Saint Rose.
Also Monday, the Fighting Tigers selected freshman diver Alex Steelman as its athlete of the week.
Steelman won the women’s 1-meter dive Saturday at the Hartwick Relays with 264.35 points.
The Fighting Tigers visit Gallaudet on Saturday for a dual meet.
Hartwick College selected cross country runners Gavin Jenkins and Victoria Hathaway as its Hawks of the Week on Monday.
Jenkins, a junior, paced Hartwick men to a fifth-place finish at the Cross Country Only Conference Championships on Saturday at Seneca Lake State Park. He placed sixth on the 8K course in 27:32.5.
Hathaway, a freshman, won the women’s 5K race in 19:34.9, helping the Hawks to the team title. Hathaway beat the runner-up by more than 10 seconds.