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Unbeaten Storm Women Open GLIAC Play This Weekend

The undefeated Lake Erie College women's basketball team looks to continue its best start to the season ever when it opens Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play with a pair of home games this weekend.  The Storm (5-0) will host fellow unbeaten Wayne State University (4-0) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center on Thursday night, Dec. 1, and then welcomeHillsdale College (3-1) on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 3.  A live webcast of both games is available by clicking the "Live Broadcast" link on the homepage or either the audio or video links on this page. Craig Deas, "The Voice of the Storm" will have the call for each contest.   

THE 700 CLUB: Thursday night's game against Wayne State will be the 700th in the history of Lake Erie College women's basketball.

Caiola (L), Rogers (R)
BEST START EVER: Prior to this season, the Lake Erie women had never started a season 2-0 let alone 5-0.  In fact, the team had won its opening game just six times prior to this year.      

DOUBLING UP: Senior all-league center Stephanie Rogers led the team with five double-doubles as a junior and is well on her way this season with one in each of the last three games.  During that stretch, she is averaging 20.7 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game. Rogers is also connecting on 59% of her shots from the field and 84% from the line over the last three contests.

THE 1,000 POINT CLUB:  Stephanie Rogers scored her 1,000th point earlier this season and now classmateJen Caiola is fast approaching that milestone as well.  Caiola has scored 983 points in her career and needs just 17 more to become the seventh woman in school history to reach that millenium mark.

HOME COOKING: The Storm's season-opening schedule features six of the team's first seven games within the friendly confines of the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.  Lake Erie is 4-0 at "The O" this season and 34-32 all-time under Bob Booher.

COACH BOOHER SHOOTING FOR A SOLUTION: Head Coach Bob Booher and the Storm this season in the fight against autism.  For each three-pointer made by Lake Erie, Coach Booher will donate $3 on behalf of Team Mighty Mike to Austism Speaks.  To join the fight, fans can pick up a donation or pledge form in the Osborne Center lobby or go online to LakeErieStorm.com to learn more.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Stephanie Rogers recorded her third straight double-double and Alyssa Wagers just missed her second of the season as the Storm pulled away midway through the first half en route to another convinicing win, 83-54 over Wheeling Jesuit. Rogers scored a career-high 29 points and pulled down a season-best 15 rebounds. She went 10-of-15 from the field and nine-of-11 from the line.  Wagers added 18 points and nine rebounds while the duo also combined for six blocked shots and seven steals. Jen Caiola chipped in with 10 while Emily Robinson scored 16 points to lead Wheeling Jesuit.

OPPOSITION POSITIONS: Wayne State has also opened the season without a loss, going 4-0 so far under first-year head coach Carrie Lohr. Junior preseason All-GLIAC forward Phaebre Colbert leads the team in both scoring (13.8) and rebounding (7.0).  Junior forward Deanna Crumpton (12.5) and fifth-year senior guard Stefani Munro (10.0) also score in double figures.  The Warriors were 10-16 overall last season (9-10 GLIAC).

Hillsdale, which opens league play at Ashland University on Thursday night, has won two straight heading into GLIAC play.  The Chargers were picked third in the GLIAC South during the preseason.  Sophomore guard Marissa DeMott (18.5 ppg.) was named GLIAC South Player of the Week last week.   She is one of four averaging double digits in scoring.  The Chargers went 17-10 (10-9 GLIAC) in 2010-11.

A LOOK AHEAD: After a week off for finals, the Storm opens a stretch of five straight road games next Sunday, Dec. 11, at Ashland University.

'Berg Falls to Kenyon in Gambier

GAMBIER, Ohio-Freshman guard Paige Ricketts (Mineral City/Tusky Valley)
recorded her first career double-digit scoring performance, tallying 10
points, but the Heidelberg University women's basketball team lost a
non-conference game to Kenyon College, 71-49, tonight at Tomsich Arena in
Gambier, Ohio.  The game completed a four-game stretch on the road for the

Sophomore guard Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary's) scored a team-high
14 points for Heidelberg (2-3), combining with Ricketts to account for
nearly 50 percent of the team's offense.

The Berg took an early 2-0 led when Phillips sank a jump shot less than 30
seconds into the game, but the Ladies (5-2) went on a 15-4 run to take a
15-6 lead as Morgan Korinek buried a three-pointer at the 15:18 mark of the
opening half.

The Tri-Color began to chip into Kenyon's lead, moving as close as 20-18
when Ricketts canned a triple with 10:52 on the clock.  Phillips converted a
three-point play at the 8:21 mark to tie the score at 24-24 and Ricketts
made another three-pointer to give Heidelberg its final lead of the game,
27-26, at the 7:16 mark.

Kenyon built a lead as large as 13 points and closed the first half by going
on a 15-3 run to take a 41-30 advantage into the break.

The Ladies maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half,
leading by as many as 28 points, and limited the Berg to eight field goals
in the period.

Sophomore guard Megan Miller (Tiffin/Columbian) and freshman guard Erika
Jordan (Bellevue) each scored six points in the effort and sophomore forward
Jessica Simpkins (Sunbury/Big Walnut) pulled down a team-high seven

Kenyon had four players score in double figures, led by Maureen Hirt with 18
points, Korinek with 15 points and a game-high-tying nine rebounds, Kayla
Earnst with 12 and Katie Adlam with 11.  The Ladies shot 44.1 percent
(26-of-59) from the field and held a 33-37 advantage on the glass.

The Berg returns to the hardwood Saturday, Dec. 3 as it opens Ohio Athletic
 play by hosting Wilmington College at 3 p.m.  The match-up will
be the first home game for Heidelberg in more than two weeks.

Case Reserve wins All-Cleveland battle with 


Cleveland (University Circle) – Playing for the first time in eight days, the well rested Oberlin College men’s basketball team didn’t have enough to overtake the Spartans of Case Western Reserve, falling 81-66 at Horsburgh Gym on Wednesday night.

The Yeomen attack was led by a career-high 16-point effort from sophomore Geoff Simpson. The Simsbury, Connecticut, native finished 6-of-8 from the field and was 3-of-4 at the free throw line. Rookie Jesse Neugarten added 12 points, with most of his damage coming at the stripe where he was a perfect 6-of-6. Senior Josh Merritt chipped in with 10 to complete the trio of double-figure scorers.

It was a game of runs in the first half for both squads as the home Spartans jumped out to a quick 13-3 lead, but Oberlin came roaring back with a vengeance, using a 15-2 run of its own to grab a 18-15 lead with 9:12 left in the stanza. The spurt, which featured five points from Andrew Fox and four from Merritt, was capped off by a Neugarten finer-roll finish at the rim.

Unfortunately the Yeomen lead would not last. Following a Geoff Simpson bucket at the 8:30 mark, Oberlin would be held off the scoreboard for the next six minutes until a Hal Sundt layup temporality halted a 9-0 Case run to make it a 29-22 Case advantage. However, the Spartans continued to close out the period strong, taking a 40-29 lead into the locker room.

A quick jumper by Danny Enright to start the second half got the Yeomen within nine, but the Spartans would take control the rest of the way, building a 20-point lead, 60-40, with 11:18 left to play. Oberlin continued to fight to get the margin down to 13, 66-53, with just over seven minutes remaining, but would get no closer the rest of the way.

The Yeomen struggled from the floor, making just 20-of-58 (34.5%) shot attempts – including a paltry 3-of-20 (15%) performance from downtown. Meanwhile. The Spartans checked in with a 55.6-percent (30-of-54) success rate in the win.

Oberlin also got dominated on the glass by a 45-23 margin. However, OC did cash in 18-of-21 charity tosses (85.7%) in the setback. With the loss Oberlin fell to 2-3 on the year, while Case improved to 3-2.

It won’t be any easier for the Yeomen when they return to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel south to take on the 17th-ranked Tigers of Wittenberg in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener for both schools. Tip-time is set for 3 p.m.

Buffalo tops Dayton

The University of Dayton men’s basketball team fell to the Buffalo Bulls 84-55 on Wednesday night. The Flyers fall to 5-2 on the season while the Bulls move to 4-1. 

The Bulls were led guard Zach Filzen who finished with 24 points on 7-13 including six three-point field goals. In the frontcourt, UB got a pair of double-doubles from Javon McCrea (17 & 11) and Mitchell Watt (16 & 11).  UD was led by Chris Johnson’s 12 points and Kevin Dillard’s 11.

The Flyers started off the scoring after Kevin Dillard drove and hit Matt Kavanaugh on the wing for a jumper. The Bulls responded with back-to-back threes to take a 6-2 lead.  Two straight treys from Chris Johnson tied the game 8-8.  

Buffalo continued its hot shooting with two more 3-pointers to put them ahead by six. Kevin Dillard stopped the Bulls’ run, hitting a deep three to pull UD within three, 14-11. 

Buffalo’s McCrea scored five straight points to stretch UB’s lead to eight with 10 minutes left in the half. McCrea’s string of points sparked an 18-0 run by Buffalo until UD’s Devin Oliver connected on one of two free throws with 3:56 remaining in the first stanza. Dayton trailed Buffalo 38-22 at the half.

Buffalo extended its margin to 25 through the first eight minutes of play in the second half.  

Dayton’s Dillard cut the lead to 18 at the 10:27 mark, converting two free throws after being fouled on a layup attempt.  Buffalo answered with a 10-0 run in the next 2:16.  Buffalo’s largest lead of the night was 32 (82-50) with 1:56 left in the game.

RedHawks Return to CCHA Play at NMU


After stepping out of conference play last weekend at the Denver Cup Classic, Miami (8-6-2, 4-4-2-1 CCHA) returns to CCHA action Friday and Saturday at Northern Michigan with both games set for 7:30 p.m. at the Berry Events Center. The two road contests are part of a stretch that has the RedHawks playing nine of 10 games away from Oxford. After starting the year 2-6-0 in October, Miami has bounced back and posted a 6-0-2 record in November for an eight-game unbeaten streak.


The RedHawks captured their second Denver Cup Classic title last weekend with wins over Providence, 6-2, on Friday and No. 9/10 Denver, 4-2, on Saturday. The 10-goal weekend was Miami’s highest this year, led by a season-high six Friday. In the win over the Friars, senior Alden Hirschfeld and freshman Blake Coleman each scored two goals and added an assist. Saturday, junior Reilly Smith scored two goals for a three-goal tournament, which earned him MVP honors. Freshman Austin Czarnik added a goal and an assist for a four-point weekend while senior goalie Cody Reichard made a season-high 32 saves, including a penalty shot, to top the Pioneers as Czarnik and Reichard joined Smith on the All-Tournament Team along with senior defenseman Cameron Schilling. Smith and Czarnik are now tied for the team lead with 14 points as Smith has a team-best 11 goals and Czarnik a team-high nine assists.


Northern Michigan (5-6-3, 2-5-3-2 CCHA) was off last weekend but split with Michigan State at home Nov. 18-19 in its last action, falling 4-2 Friday before rebounding for a 2-1 win Saturday. The Wildcats have been especially tough at home, going 4-1-3 at the Berry Events Center, including a win and a tie with then-No. 1 Michigan and a pair of ties with then-No. 4 Notre Dame. However, NMU is just 1-5-3 in its last nine games. Justin Florek leads the Wildcats with seven goals and 11 points while Kyle Follmer has a team-best eight assists. Reid Ellingson has started nine games in net and has a 2.31 GAA with a 3-5-2 record while Jared Coreau has made five starts with a 2.74 GAA and a 2-1-1 mark.



Enrico Blasi (Miami ’94) is in his 13th season behind the RedHawk bench. He is a four-time CCHA Coach of the Year and was named National Coach of the Year in 2005-06. He stands 270-175-48 in 13 seasons at his alma mater, where he has led Miami to seven NCAA Tournaments, including two Frozen Four berths, a National Championship game appearance, a pair of CCHA regular-season titles and the school’s first ever Mason Cup last year. Blasi is the the winningest coach in school history.


Walt Kyle (NMU `81) is in his 10th season at the helm of the Wildcats where he has compiled a 181-159-42 record at his alma mater. He led Northern Michigan to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010, its first under Kyle and the program’s first since 1999, and has guided the Wildcats to the CCHA Tournament’s Final Four in Detroit, Mich. in seven of his nine years at the helm.



The RedHawks are just 19-31-3 all-time against the Wildcats, including 7-16-1 in Marquette. However, Miami has won four straight over NMU, including a sweep in Oxford last season by a combined 13-1. The ‘Hawks have also won their last four games at NMU. Miami head coach Enrico Blasi is 16-16-1 against Northern Michigan behind the bench of his alma mater.



•   With the two wins in Denver last weekend, Miami extended its unbeaten streak to a season-long eight games, going 6-0-2 during the streak, which spanned the month of November.


•   Miami will be looking for its 600th win in program history this weekend as the RedHawks sit 599-589-102 all-time.


•   Miami’s 10 goals last weekend at the Denver Cup Classic marked a single-weekend season high. The RedHawks have 18 goals in their last four games, including at least four in each. In Miami’s nine games prior, from Oct. 15 to Nov. 12, the ‘Hawks totaled just 18 goals.


•   Junior forward Reilly Smith was named CCHA Player of the Week for the second time this year after earning MVP of the Denver Cup Classic with three goals on the weekend. He is riding a three-game goal streak, one shy of his career long, and has six goals in his last five games.


•   Freshman forward Austin Czarnik earned CCHA Rookie of the Week for the second time in three weeks after a four-point weekend at the Denver Cup Classic. He has multiple points in three straight games, which is a career-long point streak, and nine points in his last five games.


Perry Township's Courtney Ingersoll



Detroit Mercy at Ball St., 7:00 PM

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The Ball State women's basketball team is coming off of a 55-50 victory over in-state rival Evansville Tuesday night at the Ford Center.  With the win the Cardinals have evened their overall record to 3-3 on the season.  For the third time this season Ball State was led offensively by sophomore forward Jazmin Hitchens who tallied 11 points for the game while defensively Katie Murphy brought down a personal best 12 rebounds. The Titans enter Thursday's game with an overall record of 0-6.  Although Detroit is winless their contests have been close in scoring, losing to Indiana State by two (62-64), Drexel (61-56), Howard (60-58), Bowling Green (57-49), Utah (64-55) and UTSA (59-55).  The Titans are led by Shareta Brown who averages a double-double with 17.2 points per game and 10.0 rebounds.  Chanahl Putnam also is averaging double figures in scoring with 11.5 ppg.  Detroit Mercy is a member of the Horizon League.


Iona at Toledo, 7:00 PM

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Toledo (3-2) will begin a season-long four-game homestand on Thursday, Dec. 1 against non-conference foe Iona (4-2). Last weekend, UT split a pair of road tilts, with a 69-58 win over Indiana on Friday, followed by a 64-56 loss to Arkansas State on Sunday. Senior Courtney Ingersoll played at a high level in both non-league games last week, averaging a team-high 17.5 points, a squad-best 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals. Ingersoll shot 52.4 percent (11-of-21) from the field, including 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from three-point land, and 85.7 percent (6-of-7) from the charity stripe in a team-high 36.0 minutes per contest. Toledo will face a Gaels' squad which most recently claimed a 78-73 home win vs. Long Beach State last Saturday. Damika Martinez led the way with 19 points and eight rebounds against the 49ers, while Kristina Ford finished with 18 points and 13 boards. IC features an attack with three players scoring at least 7.5 points led by Ford's 19.3 ppg and 8.7 rpg. The Gaels are 1-1 away from home this season. Tenth-year head coach Anthony Bozzella's team returns three starters and 13 letterwinners from last season's 11-20 squad.


 Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Basketball Team 

Defeats Allegheny (Pa.), 79-61

MEADVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA  – Sophomore All-Ohio Athletic Conference forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored a game-high tying 20 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team defeated Allegheny (Pa.) College, 79-61, tonight (Wednesday, November  30, 2011) in the David V. Wise Center. Payne has led  the Yellow Jackets in scoring in three of the four games and has scored in double figures in three of four, including scoring 20 points in two.

With the win,  B-W won its second straight game against an opponent from Pennsylvania and improved to 3-1 on the season and Allegheny falls to 2-5.

In addition to Payne for the Yellow Jackets, sophomore guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/Holy Name) scored a season-best 15 points.  Sophomore post Aaron Selmek (Delaware/Columbus St. Francis DeSales) and junior forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/Walsh Jesuit) each scored 10 points.  The Gators were led by James Ness with a game-high tying 20 points.

Allegheny opened the scoring on a three-point shot at the 19:43 mark  of the first half. B-W responded with a 8-0 run that to take a 8-3 advantage at the 17:28 mark.   The run was sparked by Selmek with six points.

The Gators would then use a 5-2 run of their own to cut the lead down to two points (10-8) at 16:02 on a jumper by James Ness.  The two teams would go on runs of their own and Allegheny could only get as close as three points on two occasions with the last coming at the 6:14 mark as Ness hit a pair of free throws.

The Yellow Jackets would close out the first half by outscoring Allegheny 11-4 as freshman guard Jaron Crowe (Mentor) scored five points and B-W led 40-30 lead at the intermission.

The Yellow Jackets would extend their lead to as many as 19 points in the second half on a the first career three-pointer and points  by sophomore post Skyler Simpson (Centerburg) with 31 seconds left.  The Gators would come only as close as seven points (47-40) on three-pointer by Devone McLeod at 14:48.

B-W is back in action on Saturday, December 3 when the Yellow Jackets play host to defending OAC champion Marietta College in the Ursprung Gymnasium at 3:00 p.m.

Capital Outlasts Heidelberg in Overtime

TIFFIN, Ohio-Junior second-team All-OAC guard Dane Givner (Pittsburgh,
Pa./Harvest Prep) poured in a game-high 18 points and junior honorable
mention All-OAC forward Nate Davis (Dayton/Stivers) recorded his first
double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, but
the Heidelberg University men's basketball team could not overcome a late
surge by Capital University in an 80-73 overtime loss tonight in the Ohio
Athletic Conference opener for both teams at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin,

The Student Princes (1-3, 0-1 OAC) shot better than 40 percent for the first
40 minutes, but cooled off in overtime, shooting just two-of-nine from the
field.  Despite the loss, Heidelberg had four double-digit scorers for the
fourth time in as many games this season.

The Crusaders (3-2, 1-0 OAC) posted a four-of-seven shooting mark and went
three-of-four from the line in overtime to seal the victory.

The game featured 10 ties and 11 lead changes, as neither team led by more
than seven points throughout the game.

In addition to Givner and Davis, who was seven-of-eight shooting from the
field, senior guard Darion Capers (Clayton/Trotwood-Madison) scored 16
points on a seven-of-16 night and sophomore forward Victor Fortkamp (St.
Henry) added 12 points and eight rebounds of his own.  The Student Princes
shot a respectable 42.5 percent (31-of-73) from the field, but was
five-of-23 from three-point range and just six-of-12 from the line.

With the score tied, 11-11, Capital began a 7-0 run-capped by a Ben Danoff
lay-up-to take an 18-11 lead at the 10:56 mark of the first half.

The Berg then went on a 12-5 run of its own, spanning nearly six minutes and
tied the score, 23-23, when Fortkamp converted a fast break with 5:05 on the

Ben Jackson gave the Crusaders what they thought would be a 31-30 lead going
into halftime with a lay-up at the 10-second mark, but a half court shot by
Givner at the buzzer sent the Berg into the break with a 33-31 advantage.

In the second half, the Student Princes led by as many as six points on
three separate occasions, with the last coming at the 6:53 mark when Capers
sank a jumper to give the Berg a 61-55 lead.    A Capers foul sent Tim
Cammon to the free-throw line where he made both shots to cap a 7-0 run and
give Capital a 62-61 lead at the 5:05 mark.

The Berg countered with a 5-2 run of its own, retaking the lead at 67-63, as
junior guard Quintin Aden (Canal Winchester/Harvest Prep) made a lay-up with
four minutes to go in regulation, but Capital closed the second half on a
6-2 run to send the game into overtime.

Heidelberg held its last lead of the game at the 2:45 mark, clinging to a
73-71 advantage as Capers made another lay-up halfway through the period.

Capital was three-of-four shooting and three-of-four from the line from that
point forward to escape with the win.

The Crusaders had five double-figure scorers, led by Jackson with 17 points
on an eight-of-13 night, Winter with 16 markers, and Spencer Niekamp with 12

Heidelberg returns to the court Saturday, Dec. 3 when it faces Wilmington
 in an OAC game in Wilmington at 3 p.m.

RedHawks Sweep CCHA November Honors

Smith earns Player of the Month, Czarnik is Rookie of the Month and Reichard is Goalie of the Month



FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – After the Miami University hockey team went undefeated in the month of November, the RedHawks earned all three individual monthly accolades for November from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, the league office announced Thursday. Junior forward Reilly Smith was named CCHA Player of the Month, senior goalie Cody Reichard was tabbed CCHA Goaltender of the Month and freshman forward Austin Czarnik snagged CCHA Rookie of the Month. The honors are the first career CCHA monthly awards for all three players.


Smith (Mimico, Ont.) spurred Miami to a 6-0-2 month in November, playing in all eight games. He led the CCHA with seven goals in the month, while his 0.88 goals per game was also first in the league and tied for 10th nationally during November. His nine points in the month tied for second in the league behind Czarnik, as Smith also handed out two assists. He averaged 1.12 points per game in November while scoring two game-winning goals and posting a +4 rating. Smith did not commit a penalty the entire month, as well. On the year, Smith is now second in the CCHA with 11 goals and is tied for the team lead with 14 points.


Smith had a point in five of his eight games in November, including three multi-point games and two multi-goal contests. On Nov. 12 against No. 4/5 Michigan, he had a hand in all three goals in a 3-3 tie, scoring twice while handing out an assist. The left-winger had another multi-point game Nov. 19 against Bowling Green with a goal and an assist. In the Denver Cup Classic, he scored a goal Nov. 25 vs. Providence and added two more goals Nov. 26 against host and No. 9/10 Denver in the championship game, including the game-winner, to lead Miami to the tournament title. He was named Tournament MVP and landed on the All-Tournament Team while also earning CCHA Player of the Week honors this past Monday.


Reichard (Celina, Ohio) started and played in seven of eight games for Miami during November, including the first six games of the month, as he became the first Miami goalie to start six straight games since Jeff Zatkoff in 2007-08, while posting a 5-0-2 record in November. He had a 1.68 goals-against average for November, which ranks fourth in the CCHA and 12th nationally over that time, while dropping his GAA from 3.31 in October to 2.23 for the season. He also had a .932 save percentage in November, which ranks fourth in the CCHA. With 165 saves in the month, his save percentage jumped from .870 in October to .909 on the year while he now ranks ninth on Miami’s all-time saves list with 1,739.


In his first three games of November, Reichard allowed just one goal in each game, including a win Nov. 11 over No. 4/5 Michigan. After a 3-3 tie with Michigan Nov. 12, he stopped all four Wolverine shooters in the shootout to help Miami earn the extra point. In his next game, Nov. 18, he picked up his first shutout of the season in a 4-0 blanking of Bowling Green. The whitewash gave him 11 for his career, which is second in Miami history and one shy of tying the school record. On Nov. 26 in the Denver Cup Classic title game, he held No. 9/10 Denver to two goals, making a season-best 32 saves in the game, just one shy of his career high, while also saving a penalty shot in the third period, which would have tied the game at 3-3. He was named to the Denver Cup Classic All-Tournament Team for his efforts while the win gave him 50 for his career, as he is just the third goalie in school history to reach the 50-win mark.


Czarnik (Washington, Mich.) played in seven of the eight games in November and led all CCHA players with 10 points in the month, which is second nationally among freshmen, while his 1.43 points per game in November also led all CCHA players and was second nationally among newcomers. No other freshman in the CCHA had more than six points in the month. His seven assists in November were also tops among all CCHA players while he scored three goals as well. The center finished with a +5 rating for the month, blocked six shots and is now tied with Smith for the team lead with 14 points while he has a team-best nine helpers.


Czarnik, who was twice named CCHA Rookie of the Week during November, had a point in five of his seven November games, including four multi-point games. He finished the month with three straight two-point games with the three-game point streak a career long. He tallied a career-high three points on a goal and two assists Nov. 12 in a 3-3 tie with No. 4/5 Michigan and also handed out two assists Nov. 25 in a win over Providence for his second multi-assist contest of the month and of his career. In the Denver Cup Classic title game Nov. 26 against No. 9/10 Denver, he scored the go-ahead goal unassisted and also assisted on the game-tying goal earlier in the game. He was named to the Denver Cup Classic All-Tournament Team for his efforts.


The trio of honorees leads Miami back into action this weekend as the RedHawks battle Northern Michigan Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich.

Lake Erie tries to stay unbeaten in Osborne 


Wayne State University (3-1) at Lake Erie College (3-1)
When: Thursday December 1, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
Where:  Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center (Painesville, Ohio)
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STORM AIM TO STAY UNDEFEATED IN OSBORNE CENTER: The Lake Erie College men's basketball team looks to stay undefeated at home as it takes on the Wayne State University Warriors (3-1) to open its 2011-12 GLIAC slate.  The Storm (3-1) lost in their season opener at NCAA Division I University of Detroit Mercy, 95-57 but have started a three-game winning streak with home wins against Salem International (86-77), Malone University (72-61), and their Lake Erie rivals, Mercyhurst College, (67-51).

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie trailed by double digits in the first half but pulled away in commanding fashion from Mercyhurst College (3-1), en route to a 67-51 victory.

Lake Erie was led by senior guard Brandon Smith with game-high tying 14 points. Following closely behind was redshirt freshman Jamil Dudley with a career-high 13 points, 11 of which came in the first half, including three three-pointers.  The Storm also got solid contributions in the post as sophomore Rich Austin went for 10 points and six rebounds while senior Matt Grendel added eight points and seven boards.

RYAN RUA NIGHT: At halftime tonight, Lake Erie will recognize former Storm baseball All-American Ryan Rua. After a spectacular three-year career which saw the Amherst, Ohio native set school records and become one of the top players in the region, Rua was drafted in the 17th round of June's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers. He is the first Storm player to be drafted.

SERIES NOTES: Tonight's contest is just the third time Lake Erie and Wayne State have met with both previous games coming last season. The Storm last hosted Wayne State on January 29, 2011 in which they suffered a 77-47 defeat. Center Garrick Sims led the team with 11 points and five rebounds.  Earlier that season, Lake Erie fell at Wayne State, 60-52.

OPPOSITION POSITION: Wayne State started the season with a 92-80 loss to Bellarmine University (11/17) but has since gone on a three-game winning streak.The Warriors have defeated non-conference opponentsMarygrove College, Northeastern State, and Drury University.