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Oberlin LAXers Travers & Fierstein Honored by the IWLCA for Academics

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Oberlin, Ohio – Rising-senior Amanda Travers and recently graduated Maddie Fierstein were named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll, the organization announced over the weekend. 

To be eligible for the award one must have minimum GPA of 3.5 and be either a junior or senior. The pair is two of 184 Division III student-athletes to receive the honor. 

Travers, a defenseman from Succasunna, New Jersey and a double major in Politics and Law & Society, started all 15 games last season and scored one goal. 

Fierstein, who earned a FulBright Fellowship, is currently teaching English in Mexico. She graduated with a degree in International Relations. Like Travers, she too started all 15 games on defense and finished the season with one goal.

In the coming weeks, Oberlin will begin its non-traditional fall season under first-year Head Coach Liz Longley.

NCAC Soccer Preview  

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Denison is 193-56-18 (.757) during the 13-year tenure of head coach Gail Murphy. The Big Red return 19 letterwinners and seven starters from last year's 16-4-2 squad that won the NCAC title and earned an NCAA tournament bid. Denison will be led by 2009 NCAC Offensive Player of the Year, senior forward Kim Oshita (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) and senior forward Jen Clemmer (Hixson, TN/The Baylor School).  Oshita and Clemmer finished as the top two scorers in the NCAC last season, combining to score 60 points: Oshita (31 -- 15g, 1a) and Clemmer (29 -- 10g, 9a).  Oshita's 15 goals were tops in the conference, while Clemmer's nine assists also led the league.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference is made up of nine academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, Hiram CollegeKenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash CollegeWittenberg University and the College of Wooster, along with affiliate member, Earlham College (field hockey).  DePauw University will join the North Coast beginning with the 2011-12 academic year.  The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.

Avon Soccer Preview  

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In order to do this the Eagles have greatly strengthened their schedule by adding North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, Magnificat, and Westlake while keeping Chagrin Falls and Hathaway Brown.


“We have all these formidable opponents to go with some very competitive conference opponents in Rocky River and Bay Village so we are really hoping to compete and get better every game throughout the season in preparation for the tourney,” DiMacchia said.

Nicole Chabot


Certainly the Eagles have joined Bay as the class of their own league. Avon has gone 12-1-1 in the past two seasons in the WSC.


The Eagles are hoping that Devon Saini, the West Shore Conference and Lorain County Player of the Year, can put the offense on her shoulders and create enough offensive opportunities for enough goals to keep the Eagles in the driver’s seat against the richly talented programs.

Saini led the Eagles in the top three offensive categories: goals (13), assists (10) and points (36).


“I will look at my 6 returning seniors to lead our team into, what we hope to be, a successful season,” DiMacchia said.


Nicole Armstrong, Sammy Bender, Brianne Kistler, Natalie Toth, and Ali Fisher join Saini in that senior contingent. They will have a lot to lead. This year the Eagles have 21 girls on the varsity roster and 18 on the JV roster. Overall, 42 players came out for soccer at Avon.

Sammy Bender (second from L) and Devon Saini (far right) are shown
here with Avon's 2007 All League Performers. Both received some
all-league honors as freshmen

“The numbers were as expected and we hope that they will grow over the course of the next few years,” DiMaccnia said.


Avon (14-3-2 in ’09) will be looking to some of its newcomers to play key roles. Among those impact types are freshmen Sarah Yoss and Kelsey Lawler, junior Kaitlin Patterson and sophomore Lauren Kapalko. All four are forward/midfielder types although a some specialize more in one than the other.


“I expect all four players to be an immediate impact on our varsity program,” DiMaccnia said. “Their speed and ability to distribute the ball is going to be a good addition to an already experienced team.”


Speed will be the key to winning the close battles throughout the tough season schedule and the rugged Division I post season tourney that is to follow.


“I think we have a good deal of soccer experience and some great individual ability throughout the field, and I hope that that will create an aggressive and competitive mentality for this entire season,” DiMacchia said. “As a team, we need to develop an identity of a team that plays with speed for 80 minutes each time. We have to have a competitive mentality that means stick in hard on defense, win every tackle, dominate the air game, and play with speed on both sides of the ball all the time.”


DiMacchia and his girls are going to need the depth of the 21-man roster and the full JV contingent for reserve purposes.


“There are not many holes in our schedule this season and we play a lot of very good programs,” the coach said. “Our focus, first and foremost, is to compete in our conference.  Bay Village is an excellent program and Jack Griffiths does a great job of preparing his team every year. They will be an extremely difficult task.


“Rocky River is also a very good program that will be competing for the title as well.  With the addition of a few players, like former Magnificat midfielder, Sarah Molina and the core group that they have coming back it will be another tough battle at Rocky River. Head Coach Patrick Hopkins does a great job of getting his girls to play hard and compete every game.”


The Eagles also return 10 goals and two assists in ’09 from Megan Garner, seven goals and six assists from Hollie Ohradzansky, nine goals and two assists from Nicole Chabot, and six golas from Emilie Wetzig.


Holly Kraus, who had 44 saves last year, returns in goal. Both Hollies were All Greater Cleveland Second Team while Saini was AGC First Team.


The Eagles will engage in the Battle of The Railroad tracks with their northern neighbors Avon Saturday.

Gilmour Football Preview  

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“I expect my players to work hard and put together an above-.500 season,” said Simon. “Every day we’re working to improve our confidence. We have a very young team so as the season progresses, players should become more comfortable with what they’re doing as individuals and as a group which will lead to greater confidence.”

Some newcomers to look out for on the Lancers are AJ Wright, Matt Botek and Taylor Lovelace.

Two teams that play a lot of afternoon games will start the season Saturday. The Lancers added Beachwood to the schedule and it will be the season opener at home Saturday afternoon. Another new team to the schedule is Canton Central Catholic. The Lancers play them on the road on Oct. 22 on CCC’s new field in Slavic Village. Simon is still putting together a starting lineup for Saturday.

“We are working to improve all aspects of our game on a daily basis,” Simon said. “We have several spots available from graduating seniors that we’re looking to fill.”

Simon has added three new assistant coaches this year. Jason Bednar will have double duty as Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line, while Chris O’Brien will be a position coach and coordinator as the Quarterbacks/Offensive Coordinator, Darryl Gill takes over as Defensive Coordinator.

O’Brien was a head coach for track and football at Brooklyn High School for two seasons and spent last season as an assistant to John Snell at Baldwin-Wallace. O’Brien played and coached under Tom Kaiser, who was the Bay High School Head Coach for 20 seasons. O’Brien also spent some time coaching on the East Side.

Simon previously coached in the collegiate ranks, most notably as head coach at the University of North Texas from 1994-1997. Simon is one of only 10 football coaches to win both a national championship title (Washington 1991) and a Super Bowl (Baltimore Ravens 2000).

Although the Lancers lost eight games last season, three of those losses were by four points or fewer.

Simon and his staff have the type of boys that can learn the playbook quickly and learn how to turn four-point losses into four point wins.

“Gilmour Academy has stricter academic eligibility requirements than required by the OHSAA. Therefore, if the boys want to have the opportunity to work hard on the field, each week they must work hard in the classroom,” said Simon.

The Viking Report  

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Women's Soccer To Host Gannon & Kent State
1-0 Vikings Are In The Middle Of A School-Record Five-Match Home Stand

After dominating play and coming away with a 3-2 win over Marshall on Sunday, the Viking women's soccer team will remain at home to play two matches that are part of a season-opening school-record five-match home swing.  CSU will host Gannon on Friday, Aug. 27 at 7:00 p.m. and then entertain Kent State at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29.  Both contests will be played at Krenzler Field and streamed live for free on the internet on CSUVikings.com.

"It was good that we put some things together and came out strong to defeat Marshall in the opener," head coach Derrek Falor said.  "We have some momentum going into a part of tough matches, but I am confident that we will continue to get better as the season progresses.

"Last year we were able to battle Kent State to overtime and claim a win, but then injuries hit us hard and we weren't able to build on that win.  We got through preseason and the first weekend relatively healthy and we are ready to tackle the schedule ahead."

First half goals by Natalie Daniels and Valerie Stahl staked the Vikings to a 2-0 lead over Marshall on Sunday (Aug. 22) and even though the Thundering Herd would pressure hard and close to within 3-2 with 16 minutes left, CSU found a spark to take control of play down the stretch and close out the win.

The underclassmen proved to be the play-makers on the afternoon as sophomores Jessica Bound and Samanatha Salamon and freshman Taylor Miller recorded assists on the three goals, raising optimism for a much-improved offensive output by the Vikings this year.

Senior Kelly Zinkiewich made seven saves in goal to raise her school-record career total to 301, moving her into eighth place on the Horizon League career saves list.

Volleyball To Open Season At East Carolina Invitational
Vikings Return Four Starters From 2009 Squad That Won 26 Matches

Cleveland State begins its 39th season of intercollegiate competition when the Vikings travel to the East Carolina Classic for three matches this weekend. The season begins with a 4:00 p.m. contest against Liberty on Friday (Aug. 27) and continues with matches against East Carolina at 1:00 p.m. and Charlotte at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday (Aug. 28).

"I'm excited to get the season underway," 11th year head coach Chuck Voss said. "We have had some really hard, intense practices during the preseason and it will finally be nice to get out and play other teams. Top to bottom, this is one of the deeper teams we have had at Cleveland State and I think we'll have some different options that we'll be able to throw out there."

The Vikings, picked to finish second in the Horizon League preseason poll, return four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's team that went 26-8 overall and won the first regular season Horizon League title in program history with a 13-3 mark. CSU also advanced to the league championship match for the third straight year.

Headlining the list of returners is junior setter Jordan Goad who earned first team All-Horizon League honors last year after leading the league in assists (10.92). Senior Amy Benz, a two-time first team all-league selection, returns to anchor the middle, while junior Amy Grabiec will take over as the libero this year after making 315 digs last year.

Men's Soccer To Play Exhibitions at Ohio State & Cincinnati
Vikings Open Season On Sept. 1 at St. Bonaventure

With one week of preseason practice behind them, the Viking men's soccer team will be able to find out where they stand against a live opponent this week when they play a pair of exhibition matches on the road.  CSU will be at Ohio State on Tuesday (Aug. 24) at 5:00 p.m. and at Cincinnati on Friday (Aug. 27) at 7:00 p.m.  Both matches are in preparation for the 2010 opener at St. Bonaventure on Sept. 1.

After graduating 12 seniors from last year's team, and adding a combination of 13 freshmen and transfer students, the roster for the Ohio State match will look very different from the one that took the pitch for the Horizon League semifinal match last year, a 2-1 loss to Butler that ended the Vikings' season.

"On paper, if you graduate 12 players, you are supposed to be in rebuilding mode," Kazemaini said. "We're not in that situation.  We expect to be back in (Horizon League) tournament.  Ultimately, our goal is to win a championship."

The two contests this week will give Kazemaini a good indication of how far away his team is from reaching that goal. Ohio State won the Big Ten championship last season and finished the year ranked 19th in the country while Cincinnati has only lost one match to a Horizon League school since 2006.

Viking High Fives

Jordan Goad:  The junior volleyball setter returns for her third season to direct the CSU offense after earning Honorable Mention All-America honors last year.

Jessica McCloy:  The women's soccer team captain and sixth-year senior made her triumphant return from a knee injury that limited her to just two matches in 2009 by scoring the game-winning goal in Sunday's season-opening 3-2 win over Marshall.

Kelly Zinkiewich:  Already the women's soccer career leader with 301 saves, the Viking senior added another program first to her resume, becoming the first goalie in school history (six plus seasons) to stop a penalty kick when she denied Marshall's Angela DeSumma in the second half on Sunday.

The Schedule Ahead For The Vikings

Aug. 24 (Tuesday)
Men's Soccer at Ohio State (Exhibition)
Columbus, OH, 5:00 p.m.

Aug. 27 (Friday)
Volleyball vs. Liberty (East Carolina Classic)
Greenville, NC, 4:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer hosts Gannon
Krenzler Field, 7:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer at Cincinnati (Exhibition)
Cincinnati, OH, 7:00 p.m.

Aug. 28 (Saturday)
Volleyball at East Carolina (East Carolina Classic)
Greenville, NC, 1:00 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Charlotte (East Carolina Classic)
Greenville, NC, 5:00 p.m.

Aug. 29 (Sunday)
Women's Soccer hosts Kent State
Krenzler Field, 1:00 p.m.


WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Lake Erie Crushers used a quality start from Travis Risser against his former team to upend the Washington Wild Things 4-1 on the road Wednesday night. 

Lake Erie placed runners on base in the first two innings before finally breaking through in the top of the third. Dom Duggan coaxed a one-out walk and moved to second on a groundout. Andrew Davis hammered a triple off the wall in center to score Duggan but was thrown out attempting to stretch the hit into an inside-the-park homer. 

Lee Huggins led off the fourth inning with a no doubt homer off of Washington starter Zach Rosenbaum down the line in left to stretch the lead to 2-0. The homer was his sixth of the year. Wayne Bond led off the fifth inning with a single and stole second. He scored on a Dom Duggan RBI single through the left side to extend the advantage to 3-0.

Washington broke up the shutout in the bottom of the seventh. Jon Kourie singled with two outs and scored from first on a single off the bat of Eric Stephens when the ball was mishandled in left. The Crushers tacked on an insurance run in the ninth as Wayne Bond connected on his fourth homer of the season with one out, clearing the wall in left-center on a 1-0 pitch from reliever Tim Smith.  

Travis Risser threw a career high eight innings to pitch past the team he pitched for during the 2007 season and win for the seventh time this year. Risser allowed just an unearned run on six hits to go with a walk, a hit batter, and three strikeouts. J.J. Pacella struck out the side in the ninth to earn his seventh save, working around a pair of walks. 

Dom Duggan reached base four times in the game, posting two singles and walking twice. He also scored a run and stole two bases. Wayne Bond also finished with two hits, two runs, and a walk.

The series with Washington wraps up tomorrow night with a 7:05 p.m. contest. RHP Josh Roberts (8-5, 2.97) toes the rubber for the Crushers while Washington counters with RHP Billy Muldowney (1-3, 2.03). 


Ø  The Crushers put at least one runner on base in every inning of the game

Ø  Lake Erie turned four double plays behind Travis Risser in the contest, matching a single game high achieved three other times this season; Lake Erie leads the league in double plays turned

Ø  Travis Risser picked off two Washington runners in the game, catching Mark McGonigle in the second and Wilson Matos in the eighth

Ø  Dom Duggan recorded his 11th multi-stolen base game of the season