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Junior RB Kenny Riordan and the Spartans look to give the team an 11th-straight season-opening victory. (photo by Ed Malliard)

Case Reserve opens football season against Marietta Saturday

Case Western Reserve Spartans at Marietta Pioneers

Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
Don Drumm Stadium - Marietta, Ohio

INTERNET AUDIO: http://tv.case.edu/athletics
(Dave Wilson, play-by-play; Ed Daugherty, color)

LIVE STATS:http://www.sidearmstats.com/marietta/football/scoreboard.aspx

Download the complete Spartan Games Notes in .pdf format by clickingHERE.

The Case Western Reserve University football team opens the 2012 season at Marietta College on Saturday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta. The Spartans (9-1 overall, 3-0 UAA in 2011) have won four of the past five UAA Championships with three-consecutive NCAA Playoff appearances from 2007 to 2009. Over the last five seasons, the Spartans boast an overall record of 48-6. Represenatives of the Ohio Athletic Conference, Marietta is coming off of a 3-7 season, but is 4-0 in its last four season openers and 10-1 overall in its last 11.

Saturday's game will mark the first-ever meeting on the gridiron between Case Western Reserve and Marietta, although the Pioneers did play Case Institute of Technology once in 1915 and Western Reserve University twice in 1900 and 1907.  This will also mark the third-straight season in which the Spartans have opened versus an OAC opponent. In 2010 and 2011, CWRU earned a pair of season-opening victories versus John Carroll University.

Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who begins his ninth season in 2012 with a 61-23 (.726) record. Debeljak has led the Spartans to four UAA Championships in five years, including three-consecutive undefeated (10-0) regular seasons from 2007-09 with back-to-back-to-back NCAA Playoff berths. Since the beginning of the 2007 season, Case Western Reserve has posted an outstanding overall record of 48-6, earning Debeljak and his staff the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award four times (2007-09, '11). In addition, Case has been ranked in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Top 25 in four of the past five seasons (2007-10).

Marietta is coached by Jeff Filkovski, who begins his fifth season with a 10-30 overall record. Prior to Marietta, Filkovski was the offensive coordinator at another OAC program (Heidelberg University), and he coached at the professional level as the offensive coordinator for the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe. He also has stops as a quarterbacks coach at the College of Holy Cross (Mass.), Thomas More College (Ky.) and the University of Cincinnati. As a player, Filkovski was an All-American QB and a 1990 NCAA Division III National Champion at Allegheny College (Pa.).

The Spartans return 27 letterwinners and 13 starters with five on offense, seven on defense and one on special teams. Last season, the Spartans averaged 23.7 points, 127.3 yards rushing, 171.2 yards passing and 298.5 total yards. Case opponents averaged 12.9 ppg, 78.5 yards rushing, 201.5 yards passing and 280.0 total yards per game. The Spartans led the UAA with a +12 turnover margin.

Offensively, senior quarterback Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) completed 154-of-257 passes (59.9%) for 1,571 yards with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Sophomore running back Manny Sicre (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) had a team-high 638 yards on 154 carries (4.1 ypc) with five touchdowns. Sicre also had 26 receptions for 128 yards and a score. Junior running back Kenny Riordan (Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond-Burton) had 556 yards rushing on 120 carries (4.6 ypc) with a pair of TDs. Sophomore wide receiver Sean Lapcevic (Presto, Pa./Chartiers Valley) posted 36 receptions for 429 yards with a TD (11.9 ypc).

Defensively, senior outside linebacker Ryan Ferguson (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) led the UAA with 95 tackles to go along with 6.5 tackles for loss and both an interception and fumble recovery for a touchdown. Senior linebacker Wade Self (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) posted 66 tackles with 4.5 TFL, a sack and two forced fumbles. Senior linebacker Kevin Nossem (Munster, Ind./Munster) posted 64 tackles with four sacks, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Senior defensive end Adam Watson (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) recorded 56 tackles, 10 TFL, 6.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Senior safety Dan Calabrese (Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) had 46 stops with a team-high six interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, 10 pass break-ups and a forced fumble.

The Pioneers return 31 letterwinners and 15 starters with six on offense, eight on defense and one on special teams. Last season, the Pioneers averaged 20.7 points, 61.7 yards rushing, 252.7 yards passing and 314.4 total yards. Marietta opponents averaged 32.9 ppg, 240.3 yards rushing, 148.3 yards passing and 388.6 total yards per game. The Pioneers finished with a +6 turnover margin.

Offensively, the Pioneers lost their top passer and rusher. Returning, senior QB Tom Fulton completed 8-of-22 passes for 107 yards. Senior RB Quincy Bell rushed for 34 yards on 14 attempts. Junior WR Kirby Harris had a team-high 61 receptions for 840 yards and six TDs. Junior WR Tannon Roberts caught 41 passes for 674 yards and five TDs.

Defensively, the Pioneers lost their top three tacklers. Senior LB Kadeem Corbin posted 58 tackles, including six for loss, with two sacks and a forced fumble. Junior LB Jake Hammer had 55 tackles with five for loss, 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. Junior LB Franklin Holmes had 38 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, with three INTs.

Last season, the Spartans ranked seventh nationally in rush defense (75.7 ypg), 12th in scoring defense (12.9 ppg) and fourth in red zone efficiency (52%).

The Spartans have won 10-consecutive season-openers dating back to the 2002 season. The last season-opening loss came prior to the Greg Debeljak era, 42-14, at Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) on September 8, 2001. Debeljak is 8-0 in in the first game of the season.

The Spartans were chosen as co-favorites in the UAA Preseason Coaches' Poll along with Washington University (Mo.). Case also received votes in theD3Football.com Preseason Top 25.

During its past 25 road games dating back to 2007, CWRU has compiled an overall record of 24-1.

Senior safety Dan Calabrese (Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin), also the team's holder, is back as the reigning UAA Special Teams Player of the Year. Last season, Calabrese led the team with six interceptions, two of which he returned for TDs. On special teams, he returned a punt for a score, set a school record for punt return yards (367) and threw a 23-yard TD pass on a fake field goal.

The Spartans return a pair of All-UAA selections in the offensive backfield in sophomore Manny Sicre (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep)  and junior Kenny Riordan (Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond-Burton). Last season, the two combined to rush for 1,194 yards rushing with seven TDs on the ground.

Head Coach Greg Debeljak has announced team captains for the 2012 season. Senior offensive tackle Cullen Dolan (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice), senior linebacker Wade Self (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) and senior defensive end Adam Watson (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) were voted by their teammates to lead the squad this fall.

Yeo Notes: Oberlin at Earlham

Oberlin, Ohio- The Oberlin College football team begins its 121st season on September 1 when the Yeomen travel to Richmond, Indiana to take on the Earlham College Quakers.

What: Oberlin College Yeomen (0-0) @ Earlham College Quakers (0-0)
When: Saturday, September 1 – 1:30 p.m. EST
Where: Darrell Beane Stadium – Richmond, Indiana
Series: Oberlin trails the all-time series 10-16.
Last Meeting Against the Quakers: Oberlin beat Earlham 19-13 (10/24/09)
Last Time out for the Yeomen: Beat Allegheny 14-13 (11/12/11)
Series Information …
The two teams meet for the first time since a 19-13 Yeomen win in 2009 ... Earlham leads the series between the two teams, dating back to 1942, 16-10 … In the 2009 meeting, current defensive back David Kalgren was the Yeomen quarterback and he threw for 142 yards and a score ... He also ran for 66 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
A Quick Look at the Quakers …
Earlham College enters the 2012 season coming off of two consecutive winless seasons… In the offseason the Quakers named Neil Kazmierczak as their new head coach… Earlham’s offensive production is expected to come from its two returning all-conference wide receivers from 2011, senior Jaysn Murphy and junior Kaleb Lingg… Murphy led Earlham last year with 35 catches for 458 yards and two touchdowns… Lingg was close behind as he hauled in 34 catches for 425 yards and a score, while also taking on the quarterback responsibilities later in the year… Defensively, defensive backs senior Dakota McElley and junior Justin Darden lead the Quakers… Darden was fifth on the team with 54 tackles, while also adding two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Air it Out Josh … 
Senior quarterback Josh Mandel enters the 2012 season looking for another record-breaking campaign… In 2011, Mandel set school records for passing yards in a game (458 vs. Washington), and passing touchdowns in a season (20)… His 2,048 total yards passing is also fourth all-time … The fifth-year senior threw at least one touchdown pass in eight of the nine games he played in, and he completed 61.6% of his passes on the year … With four senior wide receivers, Mandel’s arsenal is full of weapons to lead the Yeomen down the field through the air.
Veteran Receiving Core
The receiving core features four seniors: Robin WitjesDan WeintraubAdam Niec and Peter Morris… Leading the group is Witjes, who is coming off a very productive season in where he pulled down 62 receptions for 722 yards and six touchdowns… Weintraub, who jumped onto the scene late last season, is back after hauling in 28 catches for 406 yards and four touchdowns… Rounding out the group is Niec who ended 2011 with 23 grabs for 303 yards and five scores… After missing last year, Morris returns as a top speed threat. 
Hitting the Ground Running…   
The Yeomen offense set multiple school passing records in 2011, but look to solidify a running game in 2012… Oberlin returns its entire starting offensive line from last season… Seniors Tyler BensonZeki Alikaya, and Robert Conte lead the line, while junior Jim Adkins and sophomore Rory Kaip return as experienced veterans from 2011… In addition to a solid offensive line coming back, the Yeomen return a talented backfield in junior Moses Richardson, sophomore Justin Williams and the addition of freshman Blake Buckhannon… Richardson returns in 2012 after a short season due to an injury in 2011 where he ran for 320 yards and two scores while averaging 4.6 yards a carry…
Can’t Stop Clay
USA College Football First Team Preseason All-American Clay Eaton leads the defensive line… The senior comes into the 2012 season sitting in second place on the list for sacks in a career with 19.5, three away from the record… In 2011, he recorded 11 sacks in the season, which was the second highest total all-time in a single season and led the NCAC.
Dynamic Defensive Seven
Seniors Matt Misorski and Dane Stritt who had 64 and 39 tackles, respectively, in 2011 lead the Yeomen linebacking crew… The Yeomen secondary also features several experienced seniors returning in 2012 including Matt Richard, Shawn Charpczynski, USA College Football Preseason Regional All-Star David Kalgren... In 2011, Richard ranked in the top-five on the team in tackles with 57, as Chrapczynski and Kalgren both finished the year with 52.
Third Times a Charm
After a 13-season drought of week one victories, the Yeomen look to make 2012 the third consecutive year begun with a win in week one… In 2010 and 2011, Oberlin defeated Kenyon in the first week of the season… Last season’s week one win against the Lords was a 42-0 shutout, the first blanking of an opponent since 1982.


On a soggy night throughout Northeastern Ohio, Rocky River beat visiting Avon Lake by a score of 2-1 on Monday evening.

The Pirates struck for an early goal in the 14th minute as sophomore Jillian Krebs took a pass from fellow sophomore Eva Schneider from deep in the River defensive end and moved quickly past the Avon Lake defense on the left side of the field to score a breakaway goal. 

The Pirates were  able to control the action throughout the rest of the half with their speed and possession game and carried the 1-0 lead into halftime.  The score could have been greater without Shoregal sophomore Sarah Nasr who cleared two balls off the goal line in that first half.  In the second half, Rocky River scored quickly again in the 51st minute on a beautiful header by junior Abby Elinsky off a corner kick by senior Hallie McCue. 


It looked to be smooth sailing for the Pirates the rest of the way, but then Shoregal freshman Catie Corrigan took a pass at midfield and dribbled through the Pirate defense to shoot a rocket into the upper left corner of the River net with 11:35 to go for her first varsity goal. 

The pace and intensity of the game picked up over the last 11 minutes, but the River defense was able to hold off the Avon Lake attack to pick up their second win of the season.

In goal for Rocky River was junior Sara Connelly who recorded 5 saves and for Avon Lake the goalkeeper duties were shared by junior Amy Crooks in the first half and senior Abby Rogers in the second half who recorded 4 saves.

In JV action, Rocky River was able to overcome the Shoregals on a second half goal to win 1-0.

Mount Union soccer opens season with two road matches

The Mount Union women's soccer team opens up its 2012 slate on the road against two non-conference opponents this weekend (Sept. 1-2).

On Saturday (Sept. 1), the Purple Raiders travel to Granville, Ohio, to face Denison University in the 2012 season opener.

Mount Union has never beaten Denison in women's soccer but the two schools have not met since 2008. Saturday's contest will be the first match of the season for both schools. The Purple Raiders finished with eight wins a year ago, the program's best season since 2003. Denison finished 8-7-3 in 2011 - the program's 15th consecutive winning season - but failed to qualify for the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. The Big Red was picked third in the 2012 NCAC Preseason Coaches Poll.

Saturday's match between the Raiders and Big Red is set to begin at 1 p.m. Denison will provide both live stats and live video of the match.

The Raiders will take the field just 30 miles north of Granville on Sunday (Sept. 2) against Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

Kenyon defeated Mount Union last season in Gambier en route to an 11-win season. The Ladies picked up the fourth seed in last year's NCAC Tournament but were shut out 1-0 by top-seeded Ohio Wesleyan, the eventual tournament champion, in the semifinals. Kenyon opens its season on Saturday at home against Hanover.

Kenyon will provide live stats and live audio of Sunday's 1 p.m. match between the Raiders and Ladies.

Quick Links: Mount Union at Denison - Saturday, Sept. 1 (1 p.m.)

Live Stats

Live Video

Mount Union Roster

Denison Roster

Directions (from Mount Union to Denison)

All-Time Series: Denison leads 11-0-2

Quick Links: Mount Union at Kenyon - Sunday, Sept. 2 (1 p.m.)

Live Stats

Live Audio

Mount Union Roster

Kenyon Roster

Directions (from Mount Union to Kenyon)

All-Time Series: Kenyon leads 7-3-1

Lake Erie College takes on Gannon Saturday

NCAA Division II

Lake Erie College Storm (3-8, 2-8 GLIAC in 2011) at Gannon University Golden Knights (4-7, 3-4 PSAC in 2011)

When: Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Venue: Gannon University Field in Erie, Pa.

LEC Broadcast: Radio TBA/ www.LakeErieStorm.com  (Kyle Akins and Mark Richards)

Series History: Gannon leads 3-1

Last Meeting: Lake Erie won, 13-10, on Sept. 1, 2011 in Painesville, Ohio


NOTES: Lake Erie opens the 2012 season like it has the previous four, with its traditional nonconference game against Gannon.  Dubbed “The Battle of Lake Erie”, the winning team gets bragging rights to the “Captain’s Wheel” trophy…

 Lake Erie won last year’s game 13-10 to snap a three-game series losing streak… the combined margin of victory in the series’ first four games is 12 points… the Storm is 0-2 at Gannon Field… LEC returns 39 letterwinners and 16 players with starting experience, led by returning senior All-GLIAC offensive lineman Mike McElligott (St. Peter Chanel), preseason All-Ohio senior kicker Sam Marcotte (Chardon) and preseason All-Ohio senior defensive end Taylor Leppla…  senior transfer Patrick Nicely (Willoughby South/Akron) beat out Brendan Gallagher (Aurora) for the starting QB spot in a spirited preseason battle.  

Gallagher threw for 199 yards and the game-winning TD in last year’s win over Gannon, filling in for suspended starter Sean Bedevelsky.  Nicely started 19 games in three seasons at Akron… also joining the Storm this season from D-I programs are redshirt freshman tight end Anthony Kukwa (Perry/Ball State), redshirt freshman defensive lineman Alex Belconis (Mentor/Kent State) and junior linebacker Isaiah Bell (Youngstown Liberty/Michigan)… Lake Erie was picked to finish fourth in the GLIAC South this season… 

Gannon will be making its debut under new head coach Brad Rzyczycki, the team’s former defensive coordinator.  Rzyczycki played collegiately at Mercyhurst where he starred four-years under Storm head coach Mark McNellie who was the team’s defensive coordinator… the Golden Knights were picked sixth in the PSAC Western Division preseason poll.    


Up Next for Lake Erie: Sept. 8 vs. Ferris State, 7 p.m.

Jaguars down Shoregals

Saint Joseph Academy 3, Avon Lake 2
Singles:  Hrivnak (AL) d. Drapac 6-0, 6-0; Kahl (SJA) d. Krieg 6-4, 6-4; Makadia (AL) d. Saracina 6-3, 7-5.
Doubles:  Violand/Ruebensaal (SJA) d. Carpenter/Wanner 6-2, 6-4; Rouse/Powers (SJA) d. Juergens/Loebick 6-1, 6-3.