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October 29, 2013

MVP Welcome leads Delhi women to Region III title

The Daily Star

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Tournament MVP Nicole Welcome scored two goals Saturday, including the winner with 4 minutes, 18 seconds left in overtime, to rally SUNY Delhi to a 3-2 victory over Genesee Community College in the NJCAA Division III Region III women’s soccer championship game.

Welcome headed the winning goal inside the far post from 6 yards out, giving an assist to Amanda Petfield.

Tylan Klinker scored off a corner kick from Petfield with 7:12 left in regulation to tie the score at 2.

Welcome also scored from 2 yards off another corner kick by Petfield, pulling the Broncos to 2-1 with 9:38 remaining in regulation.

Genesee took a 1-0 lead on an unassisted, 12-yard goal by Dana Hansen 1:19 into the match. Kaitlyn Bowers followed with an unassisted 8-yarder for a 2-0 Genesee lead with 22:06 to go in the second half.

“We didn’t get frustrated,” said Delhi coach Bob Leary, whose team won despite getting outshot, 14-6. “There is a lot of character on this team.”

Petfield and goalie Lauren Renaud (12 saves) earned All-Tournament Team honors for Delhi (10-5), which will play a first-round game in the NJCAA Division III Tournament against Brookdale CC (15-1) at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at at Tompkins Cortland CC. Brookdale is the top-ranked NJCAA D-III team in the country.

O-State 5, Fredonia 2

The host Red Dragons took a 3-0 lead into halftime and clinched the SUNY Athletic Conference regular-season title.

O-State (9-4-3, 6-0-3) opened the scoring in the 17th minute. Liz Lasota played the ball down the right side to Karly DeSimone, who beat two defenders before sliding a pass that set up Shane Ventresca’s first goal of the season.

DeSimone also assisted the Red Dragons’ second goal, a header by Elise Moinzadeh.

After O-State goalie Kelley Murphy stopped a penalty kick, DeSimone stole the ball before scoring on a high shot to give O-State a three-goal cushion.

DeSimone also scored in the second half, as did teammate Jessica Lyden.

Murphy had eight saves for O-State, which held advantages of 15-13 in shots and 6-4 in corner kicks.

O-State will travel across West Street to play city-rival Hartwick at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Hartwick 2, Fisher 1

Nicolette Wilson and Cristina Sicari scored less than three minutes apart in the opening half Saturday, leading host Hartwick to an Empire 8 Conference victory that marked its first win over St. John Fisher since 2003.

In the 15th minute, Kylie Thayer took a corner kick that was pushed by Cardinals goalie Brooke Seavitt to Hartwick teammate Angela Luizzi, who passed to Jessica Bentley. Schenevus graduate Bentley touched the ball to Wilson, who followed her initial shot for a rebound goal and a 1-0 lead.

Thayer set up Hartwick’s second goal with a long serve from midfield past the Fisher defense. Sicari, who was named the E8’s Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, turned the play into a one-on-one and beat Seavitt (five saves) inside the 18th minute.

Carly Finn assisted Molly Beaton on Fisher’s goal early in the second half.

Annie Millar made nine saves for the Hawks (7-6-3, 2-3-1), who were outshot, 23-8, by the Cardinals (8-10, 3-3). The Cardinals also had an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Hartwick is tied for fifth place in the E8 with on regular-season game left. SJF is fourth in the E8 but plays first-place Ithaca on Wednesday. The Hawks play Alfred this Saturday, when Elmira meets Stevens. The top four teams advance to the E8 Tournament next month.

LBC 4, Cobleskill 2

Payton Falb scored 1:15 into Sunday’s North Eastern Athletic Conference match for Cobleskill (2-13-1, 2-8-1), which ended its season with a loss at Lancaster Bible College (13-7, 8-3).

Megan Golden, who assisted Falb, gave the Fighting Tigers a 2-0 lead in the ninth minute on a 30-yard free kick, but the Crusaders scored the next four goals.

Haley MacLean made 14 saves for Cobleskill.

Keuka 3, Cobleskill 0

Jessica Bandrowski had two goals Saturday to lead Keuka (8-5-1, 7-4) to a NEAC road win.


O-State 3, Fredonia 1

The visiting Red Dragons completed a 7-0-2 run through SUNYAC competition Saturday.

O-State (11-3-4) opened the scoring in the fifth minute, when sophomore Alex Winiarski scored his third goal of the season. Dylan Williams assisted on the goal.

Fredonia tied the score a minute later as Jakob Persons beat O-State goalie Daniel DeBottis on a breakaway.

Oneonta took the lead for keeps in the 55th minute, when freshman Zachary Southworth knocked in a corner kick from Winiarski to make it 2-1. Freshman Hans Purtell made it 3-1 in the 80th minute off an assist from Luke Halberg.

O-State outshot Fredonia, 13-7, and had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

The Red Dragons are the top seed for the SUNYAC Tournament, which begins this Saturday with first-round games. O-State will host a semifinal Nov. 6 against Plattsburgh or Buffalo State.

Cayuga 2, Delhi 1

Joffre Portilla opened the scoring 4:37 into Saturday’s NJCAA Region III Tournament opener, but host SUNY Delhi ended its season with a loss.

Portilla scored to the right post following a corner kick by Jimmy Mitias to give Delhi (7-7), which was seeded third in the East, the early lead.

Cayuga, which is the West’s sixth seed, answered with a 40-yard goal off a direct kick 34:37 into the match. Cayuga then scored the decisive goal in the 82nd minute on a breakaway.

Tautis Poniskatis made three saves as the winning goalie.

Brandon Rivera stopped two shots for Delhi, which went 6-5 against Region III opponents this season.

LBC 3, Cobleskill 0

Tucker Lewis stopped a penalty kick and finished with 14 saves Sunday, but SUNY Cobleskill ended its season with a NEAC loss at Lancaster Bible College.

The Fighting Tigers (1-15, 0-8) were outshot, 34-1, by LBC (6-9-3, 3-4-1), which scored all of its goals in the second half.

On Monday, Cobleskill selected midfielder Andrew Connolly as its athlete of the week. Connolly had three goals and an assist Oct. 21, when the Fighting Tigers snapped a 12-game skid with a 5-3 defeat of Fisher College.

Keuka 6, Cobleskill 1

Alex Gerber scored four goals to lead Keuka (7-6-2, 2-5-1) to a NEAC road win Saturday. Mark Gaetano scored on a free kick in the 16th minute for the Fighting Tigers.


Region III

Tyler Angioli placed second Saturday during the NJCAA Division III Region III Championships at Finger Lakes CC, leading Delhi to its second straight men’s regional title.

Angioli finished the 5-mile course in 29:13 for one of four top-10 Delhi finishes. Farris Ramada placed seventh in 29:39, Brandon Capo-Roth was eighth in 29:49, and Levi Anderson finished 10th in 29:58 for the Broncos, who won the team title with 39 points.

Matt Brooks won in 28:47 for Mohawk Valley CC, which placed second with 51 points in the seven-team field.

Delhi’s women also had four top-10 finishers but fell two points shy of the team crown. MVCC topped the four-team field with 32 points.

Kerry Connors completed the 3.1-mile women’s course in 21:42 to place fourth. She was followed by teammates Kelsey Esselman (fifth, 21:44), Woodlyn Dorismond (eighth, 22:30) and Casey Cole (ninth, 22:42).

Herkimer’s Victoria Campanian won the women’s individual championship at 20:29.

The Broncos will compete in the NJCAA Division III Championships next month in Holyoke, Mass.


Cobleskill freshman Evan Quinones earned all-conference honors Saturday with an eighth-place finish during the New York State College Track Conference Meet at Hamilton College.

Quinones completed the men’s 8-kilometer course in 26:59.2, helping the Fighting Tigers to 233 points and a seventh-place finish out of 12 teams. A total of 127 men competed.

Freshman Taylor Tommell paced Cobleskill on the 6K women’s course, placing 31st out of 129 runners in 24:28.2. The Fighting Tigers women had 284 points to place ninth out of 11 teams.

Cobleskill will compete in the NEAC Championships this Saturday at SUNYIT.

On Monday, the NEAC selected Quinones and Tommell as its men’s and women’s cross country runners of the week.


Hartwick fifth

Felicia Travers (intermediate flat), Alexandra Strauss (novice flat) and Rebecca Campiglia (advanced walk trot canter) earned victories to lead Hartwick to a fifth-place finish out of nine teams during its season opening show at Hunter’s Rein in Otego.

Skidmore won the team title with 41 points, followed by Oneonta State at 35. Hartwick had 27 points, five ahead of sixth-place Cobleskill.


O-State 3, Oswego 0

Sierra Earle scored in the ninth minute to start a three-goal spurt in the first half for visiting Oneonta State, which secured the fourth seed in the SUNYAC Tournament with a victory in its final regular-season game Sunday.

The Red Dragons (11-6, 3-3) will play top-seeded host Cortland at 11 a.m. Nov. 8 in the first round of SUNYACs.

Earle scored off a pass from Ashley Morgan following a penalty corner to the top of the arc from Andrea Day.

Earle then set up the second goal, finding an open Sara Rattigan for a 2-0 lead. Day closed the scoring at the 24:29 mark by popping a ahot over the goalie during a one-on-one play.

Tess Tracy (no saves) and Krista Servedio (three saves) combined on the shutout for the Red Dragona, who visit Utica on Wednesday.

Cortland 3, O-State 2

Erin Smith scored the winner with 7:31 left in the second overtime as 16th-ranked Cortland escaped with a victory over visiting Oneonta State on Saturday.

Jillian Vogl gave Cortland a 1-0 lead 28:03 in with a rebound goal. Andrea Day tied the score at 45:09, when she converted a cross from Sara Rattigan.

Day then finished a rebound off the post for a 2-1 Oneonta lead in the 63rd minute. Cortland tied it as time expired in regulation as Gabrielle Stein beat Tess Tracy (14 saves) on shot off a penalty corner.

Hartwick 1, Houghton 0

Kelly Kramer’s goal in the 64th minute stood as the winner, lifting Hartwick to a non-conference home victory Saturday that snapped its three-game winless skid.

Kramer ended the scoreless deadlock with a shot from the left side of the cage.

Shannon Carter made four saves for the Hawks (5-11) in her first college shutout, which sent the Highlanders to a 4-11 record.

Hartwick will play its final home game of the season Wednesday against 17th-ranked Skidmore.


Salisbury 17, Hartwick 0

Salsibury extended a 3-0 halftime lead by scoring on its first two possessions of the second half to beat host Hartwick in an Empire 8 game Saturday.

Salisbury (5-2, 4-0) is ranked 24th among NCAA Division III teams. Hartwick (4-3) fell to 1-3 in conference play.

Joey Jones scored on a 4-yard run to finish the Gulls’ first possession of the second half. John Dunbar’s 12-yard TD run capped the scoring.

Hartwick seniors R.J. Roth and Bryan Schweitzer combined for 20 tackles, including 1 1/2 sacks.

Salisbury outgained Hartwick, 295-191. The Gulls also forced six turnovers and limited the Hawks to 27 rushing yards on 17 attempts.

Hartwick hosts Buffalo State on Saturday in an E8 game that will serve as the Hawks’ Senior Day.


Hartwick tops field

Hartwick’s men and women earned three team victories apiece Saturday during a home quad-meet against Cazenovia, Utica and the College of St. Rose.

Hartwick’s men beat Cazenovia, 152-15; the College of St. Rose, 130-88; and Utica, 150-50. Luke Grunewald (1,000 free, 10:10.20; 500 free, 4:56.44) and Brad Ranson (200, 1:47.75; 100 free, 48.69) won two events apiece to pace the Hawks, who got a diving sweep from Aaron Soden (170.45 points in 1-meter; 142.65 in 3-meter).

Hartwick’s women topped Cazenovia, 157-39; St. Rose, 129-105; and Utica, 152-48. Gwen Mathias, Imma Rutigliano and Kelsey Elliot each won twice. Mathias took the 1,000 free (11:02.57) and the 500 free (5:26.54); Rutligliano won the 200 indiidual medley (2:18.62) and the 100 backstroke (1:04.92); and Elliot earned her first two college victories (50 free, 25.73; 100 free, 56.85).

The Hawks host the University of Rochester this Saturday.

O-State downs Oswego

Oneonta State opened its dual-meet season Saturday with a men’s and women’s sweep at SUNYAC rival Oswego.

The Red Dragons won, 130-113, in men’s competition and 150.6-78.5 in the women’s meet.

Jermaine Miller qualified for nationals with a first-place finish in the 1-meter dive (295.05 points) in six dives). He also won the 3-meter event at 270.10.

Oneonta benefited from a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 individual medley, which was won by Joseph Galan in 2:02.97. Galan also won the 500 free in 5:05.31.

O-State’s women placed first in 11 of 13 events. Chandler Shepard (Delhi), Carly Cahill, Kara Garbarino and Lauren Zetnko won two apiece to lead the Red Dragons.

Shepard, who also anchored the victorious 200 medley realy team (1:55.04), touched first in the 200 free (2:03.13) and the 100 free (54.92).

Garbarino swept the diving events with 203.30 points on the 1-meter board and 193.30 in the 3-meter competition.

Cahill set a personal best in winning the 200 individual medley (2:20.06) and also took first in the 100 backstroke (1:03.87).

Zentko’s victories came in the 1,000 free (10:57.67) and the 100 free (1:01.56).

Cobleskill sweeps

Brian Alt, Nolan Graziano and Nathan Kreher won two events apiece Saturday as Cobleskill opened its season with a 138-77 victory at Gallaudet.

Alt took first in the 200 individual medley (2:20.48) and the 100 backstroke (1:00.21); Graziano won the 100 butterfly (1:00.42) and the 100 breaststroke (1:07.52), and Kreher touched first in the 50 freestyle (23.96) and the 100 free (55:42).

Cobleskill’s women won, 117-104. Racheal Degnan led the Fighting Tigers with firsts in the 1,000 free (12:11.71) and the 500 free (6:03.04).

On Monday, the NEAC named Graziano and Degnan its swimmers of the week.

The Fighting Tigers compete this Saturday at Bard College.


Hartwick 3, Cazenovia 0

Dana Martin and Hannah Strom had nine kills apiece Saturday, leading Hartwick to a 25-13, 25-16, 15-25, 25-20 non-conference road victory.

Quincy Kinzel amassed 26 assists and six digs for the Hawks (11-18), who won their third straight match. Taylor Vonasek and Mary Beth DeCuyke contributed five kills apiece, and Christina Vitale had six digs.

Hartwick closes its season at the Oneonta State Dig Pink Invitational this weekend. The Hawks open the two-day event with Friday matches against Montclair State and Plattsburgh.

Fredonia 3, O-State 1

Hannah O’Neil had 12 kills Saturday for Oneonta State, which fell to Fredonia, 14-25, 27-25, 25-14, 25-17, during a SUNYAC pool play weekend at Geneseo that marked the end of the conference season for the Red Dragons.

Paige Carpluk contributed seven kills and 11 digs, Erica Darpino had six blocks and Kristina Pelaccio amassed 20 digs for Oneonta (13-18, 2-7), which lost back-to-back 3-1 matches Friday to Geneseo and Plattsburgh.

Jill Darpino had 14 kills, Becca Horton finished with 23 assists and Kristina Pelaccio had 20 digs against Geneseo, which won, 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-23.

Oneonta followed with a 25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23 loss to Plattburgh.

Erica Darpino had 13 kills, Karly Greco assisted on 21 points and Pelaccio contributed 18 digs.

Oneonta visits Sage tonight.

Adirondack 3, Delhi 0

Raven Worthing had 19 digs and three kills Saturday, but Delhi’s season ended with a 25-12, 25-19, 25-23 loss to top-seeded Adirondack in a Mountain Valley Conference Tournament semifinal.

Casey Haughney contributed eight digs, seven kills and three aces for the fourth-seeded Broncos (11-21), who received six digs, four kills and two blocks from Nicole DeMarco. Teammate Hailie Chandler had three kills and three blocks.

The MVC selected Worthing as its co-Player of the Year, along with Brynn Hlozansky of Herkimer County Community College. Worthing’s 714 all-time digs ranks fourth in program history. She also had 70 aces this season, which is the second-best Delhi total for a single season.