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Senior tight end Kyle Miller (Elida/Elida) added five catches for 59 yards.

The Purple Raiders struggled to find points early, collecting only 10 points on their first seven possessions, before answering Alfred's first touchdown with a nine-play, 61-yard scoring drive. Shorts finished the march with a 15-yard reception from Seaman as Mount Union took a 17-7 lead.

The Mount Union defense forced three turnovers on the Saxons' first four drives.

Junior defensive back Alex Ferrara (Independence/Walsh Jesuit) picked off a pass by Alfred quarterback Tom Secky on the game's first drive.

The visitors' second possession ended with a fumble forced by Raider junior defensive lineman Chris Favazzo(Blacklick/Columbus-St. Charles) and recovered by freshman defensive lineman Matt Fechko (Twinsburg/Twinsburg)

Mount Union then compiled a five-play, 22-yard drive to paydirt, finishing with a 1-yard run by Murray to take a 7-0 lead.

Junior linebacker Arthur Smith (Miami, Fla./Killian) put the Raiders in position for their next points. He intercepted a Secky pass and returned the ball 59 yards to the Saxons' 6-yard line, setting up a 25-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Tyler Almeida (Elyria/Elyria).

Facing a 10-0 deficit, Alfred responded with nine-play, 80-yard drive in the second quarter, which ended with a 34-yard hook-up from Secky to receiver Josh Phillips.

Shorts then scored his first touchdown and Almeida gave the Raiders a 20-7 advantage with a 25-yard kick just before intermission.

Mount Union's defense continued its strong performance on its first play of the second half.

Sophomore defensive lineman Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) sacked Secky and forced a fumble. Sophomore defensive back Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) picked up the loose ball, returning it 17 yards for a touchdown.

Almeida hit his third field goal -- this time from 20 yards out -- to open the fourth quarter, helping the Raiders to a 30-7 lead.

Junior running back Wes Ryder II (Dayton/Belmont) added a 20-yard touchdown and to cap the scoring for Mount Union.

For the Raider defense, Dieuseul finished with 1.5 sacks while freshman defensive lineman Nyejel Thomas (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) had a half-sack.

Senior defensive lineman Lambert Budzinski (Canton/Massillon Jackson) led Mount Union with five tackles.

NCAA National Semifinal football 

game tickets go on sale

December 4, 2010 

No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts Bethel (Minn.) in the semifinals of the 2010 NCAA Football Playoffs at noon Saturday, Dec. 11 at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

Mount Union earned an automatic bid into the 32-team tournament by winning its 19th straight Ohio Athletic Conference championship.  After completing its fifth straight undefeated regular season, the No. 2 ranked Purple Raiders are 12-0 overall after beating St. Lawrence, 49-0 in the first round and No. 18 ranked Delaware Valley, 31-3 in the second round and Alfred (N.Y.) 37-7 in the quarterfinals.

Mount Union is making its 22nd playoff appearance and holds a 68-11 record in the NCAA Playoffs, the Raiders are in the semifinals for the 16th straight season and have won a record 10 National Championships.

Bethel (12-1) earned an at-large bid after finishing second in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).  The Royals are making their sixth playoff appearance with a 6-5 record in NCAA post-season play.  Bethel has won three road games in the playoffs this year beating Wartburg (Iowa) 28-20,  Wheaton (Ill.) 15-10 and St. Thomas (Minn.) 12-7. 

This is a rematch of 2007 national semifinal in which Mount Union defeated Bethel, 62-14. 

The five-week playoff culminates in the Stagg Bowl on Dec. 18 at 3:30 pm in Salem, Va.  Mount Union has played in the Stagg Bowl 13 times and each of the last five seasons.


  • Tickets for Saturday's game are $8 and every seat in Mount Union Stadium is a reserved seat. 
  • The ticket line number is (330) 821-6759.
  • Season ticket holders, Century Raiders and football and cheerleader parents may call on Monday of each week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The general public may call starting on Tuesdays and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Ticket orders will be taken through Wednesday at 2 pm.
  • Pick up will be Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex(MAAC).
  • General reserved tickets are on sale at the Information Desk of the Hoover-Price Campus Center during regular hours of operation beginning Tuesday of each week.
  • Credit card information will not be taken over the phone. Payment at pick-up must be made by cash or check made payable to the University of Mount Union.
  • If you would like to pay via credit card, please click on our online order form above. If you use the online form, you will not need to call the ticket phone line, as these orders are placed directly with and fulfilled by the athletic office.

The game will be broadcast LIVE on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM and WDPN AM1310.

Schindel, Reynolds lead Mount Union wrestlers to second at Messiah Invite

December 4, 2010 

GRANTHAM, Pa. – Bill Schindel (Tallmadge/Akron Hoban) and Riki Reynolds (Marion/Pleasant) each claimed titles at 197 and 133 respectively to lead the No. 29 ranked Mount Union wrestling team to a second place finish at the Messiah College Petrofes Invitational in Grantham, Pa.

Schindel, a Hoban alum

Schindel and Reynolds were two of eight Purple Raiders to place at the event. Josh Malave (Cleveland/Lutheran East) at 141 and Andy Jenkins (Stow/Woodridge) at 184 both placed second, Kevin Shadrach (Parma/Parma) at 149 andDerrick Hesson (Dexter City/Caldwell) at 285 each were third while Josh Cintron (Alliance/Alliance) at 157 and Jeremy Hathaway (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge) each placed seventh.

Former Redman Kevin Shadrach

The Raiders amassed 147.0 points which left them just 15.5 points behind the 162.5 points of tournament winner and No. 21 ranked Wilkes (Pa.).  Mount Union edged out Wilkes in a dual match just three weeks ago.

Mount Union is next on the mat Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 pm when they travel to Thiel (Pa.) for a dual match.

Messiah Petrofes Invitational – Grantham, Pa.

Team Scores

1. #21 Wilkes, Pa. (WU) – 162.5

2. #29 Mount Union (MTU) – 147.0

3. #27 Messiah, Pa. (MES) – 136.5

4. #25 Springfield, Mass. (SPR) – 127

5. McDaniel, Md. (McD) and Lycoming, Pa. (LYC) – 84

7. Bridgewater State, Mass. (BSC) – 78

8. John Hopkins, Md. (JHU) – 76.5

9. Oneonta State, N.Y. (ONE) – 68.5

10. Ursinus, Pa. (URS) – 60

11. Gettysburg, Pa. (GET) – 36

12. Washington & Lee, Va. (W&L) – 27.5

13. Muhlenberg, Pa. (MUH) – 21.5


Spartans Place Seventh at RIT Invitational; 

Dukes Win 149-Pound Title

By Nick Minerd

ROCHESTER, NY – The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team placed seventh of nine teams and junior Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, OH/Ravenna) won the 149-pound title at the 45th Annual Rochester Institute of Technology (NY) Invitational on Saturday, December 4 at Clark Gym.

Dukes, the defending national champion, continued his unbeaten streak with four wins and improved to 16-0 for the season. He pinned his first two opponents, Matt Gray of SUNY-Morrisville and Christian Mazzocchi of King’s College (PA), in respective times of 5:44 and 4:53. He then defeated Andre Berry of Cortland State University (NY) by a 10-4 decision and captured the title when John Carroll University’s David Malkus could not finish the first period due to injury.

Junior heavyweight Cale Harter (Mt. Pleasant, MI/Mt. Pleasant) placed fourth in the 285-pound bracket. He earned a 7-4 decision versus Jacob Sheffer of Wesleyan University (CT), then pinned Mike Reed of SUNY-Morrisville in 1:28, and defeated Joe Pesce of SUNY-Oswego, 2-0. Harter was pinned in 5:28 in his fourth match, but was able to rebound with a 2-0 decision versus Angelo DiNottia of SUNY-Oswego.

Freshman Dylan Novisky (Fairport, NY/Fairport) placed sixth in the 184-pound bracket. After falling in the opening round, he bounced back to earn a 13-1 major decision versus Braden Friscia of RIT and a 4-1 decision against sophomore teammate Peter Heggs (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights).

Freshman Brian Snyder (Charlotte, NC/East Mecklenburg) just missed placing in the 141-pound bracket. Snyder scored a pin (4:26) of James Straight from King’s before dropping a 7-0 decision to Aljamian Sterling of Cortland State in the second round. Snyder was able to bounce back in the consolation with a 16-5 major decision versus Jay Concepcion of SUNY-Morrisville, but then fell by a 6-2 decision to Dante Epps of SUNY-Morrisville.
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Wooster, OH - The Yeoswimmers and Divers finished up strong on the third of competition at the Wooster Invitational. The women were 10th and the men edged Mount Union by half a point for 9th place.

"This is our strongest day of the championship meet format," said Head Coach Mark Fino. "Our team swam very intelligent races this evening. I am very proud of how they competed this weekend."

Jenny Meltz continued her stretch of great swims by taking fifth place in the mile (18:19.64). Kelsey Sherman was 17th (18:59.76) and Alyssa Houser took 23rd place (19:29.52).

Sara Kadi turned in another strong swim in 100-yard freestyle (54.38) to take 6th in the event.

Dimitri Macris had a solid swim for the Yeomen in the mile with a 15th place finish (17:23.28).

Diver Jordan Attwood had the highest individual showing for the Yeomen this weekend. Attwood was second the one-meter event with a score of 360.75.

In the 200-yard backstroke Dylan Jordan swam a very smart race to take 7th overall (2:00.46). Isaac Bacon rounded out the finals field in 24th place (2:07.08)

Chris Pickens moved up from his preliminary seed to take 20th in the 100-yard freestyle (49.61)

The Yeomen and Yeowomen had their strongest performances in the final individual event of the evening, the 200-yard butterfly.

 Jane McIntyre capped off her weekend of excellent swims with a sixth place finish (2:13.26). Kate Melanson had a great race to take 10th place with a time of 2:16.81. 

Corey Spiro broke the two minute barrier to take 5th place (1:59.61). Luke Harrison was 9th (2:03.18) and #Rob McConkey was 13th (2:05.82).

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Scavuzzo caputered the 174-pound championship after posting a 4-0 record while recording two pins along the way. He started out his day with a quick pin in 2:40 of his first match.  Scavuzzo then continued his dominance with another pin in his second match in 2:39.  Scavuzzo then advanced to the finals after a medical forfeit and then beat John Carroll’s Todd Gaydosh, 5-1, in the championship match.  With his four wins, Scavuzzo improves his seasonal mark to 14-0.

Stoll was 2-1 on the day and improved his season mark to 7-1.  In his first match, Stoll won by pin in 1:49.  That victory advanced Stoll to the semifinals where he was victorious again after a 9-3 decision over Wesleyan University’s Luke Erickson.  In the championship match, he lost to Cortland State’s Carl Korpi, 4-2, to place second.

Jones started out with a pair of 9-4 victories followed by a injury defeat which also moved him in the finals.  He then lost to Cortland State’s Corey James, 3-0, to place second as well.  Jones went 3-1 on the day and improved his overall record this year to 9-5.

Georgian won his first match 13-3 and ended his second match with a pin at 6:02 moving him into the finals.  In the championship match, he fell to Wesleyan University’s Jefferson Ajayi, 3-2.  On the day, Georgian went 2-1 and improved his seasonal mark to 3-1.

Taylor placed third overall after going 4-1 on the day and improving his overall record to 10-6.  He started out with two wins, 12-4 and 7-4 before falling to the eventual champion Brian Bistis of Cortland State, 14-1.  Taylor recovered with another victory, 7-5, before defeating Wesleyan University’s Maika Nagata, 10-3, in the third place match.

Placing fourth was Leonhard, who went 2-2 on the day, to improve his seasonal record to 10-7.  He started out with a pin in 2:29 of his first match.  Leonhard then suffered a loss to John Carroll’s Clarence Semple, 9-3, and was placed in the consolation bracket.  He then earned one more victory before losing to Oswego State’s Marc Collins to place fourth.

Dombrady placed sixth in his weight class after going 3-3 on the day which moves his overall record to 10-6.  He won his first match, 17-0, before losing to Weselyan University’s Chris Alvanos and moving into the consolation bracket.  Dombardy then went on to win two straight matches before falling to Cortland State’s Sean Kempf.

In addition for B-W, junior 141-pounder Grant Steward (Columbus/Worthington Kilbourne) went 2-2 on the day improving his seasonal mark to 8-6.  Freshman 125-pounder Tyreese Brown (Cleveland/Glenville) and freshman 141-pounder Timothy Hamm (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) both went 0-2 on the day.

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Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s basketball team made less than one fourth of their shots as they suffered a 92-49 loss at the hands of Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon at Philips Gym. 

The Yeomen, who have now lost five straight games since winning their season opener, went just 14-of-58 (24.1%) from the floor, which included a 3-of-24 performance from beyond the arc. Oberlin also shot just 54.5 percent from the charity stripe, making 18-of-33 attempts. 

Junior Josh Merritt led the Yeomen with 15 points, but most of his damage came at the free throw line where he went 9-of-13. Andrew Fox and Pat Bernhard were limited to just 10 points each in the loss. 

The lone bright spot for the Yeomen was the addition of football star Danny Enright to the line-up. After joining the team just yesterday, Enright finished with five rebounds, two points and two blocked shots in just 11 minutes of action.

Oberlin (1-5, 0-2 NCAC) managed to keep things tight in the early going, trailing just 13-10 after six minutes of play. However, the Bishops ripped off a 22-4 run over the next 10 minutes to grab a 35-14 lead. They would eventually take a 48-20 advantage into the locker room. 

In the second half, Oberlin never threatened as OWU cruised to its first NCAC win of the season, improving to 3-4 overall. 

The Bishops, who had 13 different players score at least two points in the game, shot 45.8 percent (33-of-72) in the contest. 

The Yeomen will now embark on a five-game road trip that starts Monday night at Kalamazoo College and ends on December 30 at Salve Regina. 

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Falls Short of No. 13 Wabash (Ind.) College; Roberts Reaches 1,000-Point Plateu

December 4, 2010

HIRAM, OHIO  –  Senior two-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) became the 22nd player in Hiram College men’s basketball history to score 1,000 points despite a 59-56 loss against No. 13 nationally-ranked Wabash (Ind.) College today (Saturday, Dec. 4) at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

Following today’s game, the Terriers drop to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the NCAC.  The Little Giants improve to 8-0 overall and 1-0 NCAC.

The first half featured a see-saw battle with eight lead changes and five ties.  Wabash led by as many as six points nearing the midway point of the period with a 11-5 advantage at the 13:41 minute mark.  A jumper by senior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) on the ensuing Hiram possession sparked an 8-0 scoring run that gave the Terriers a 13-11 lead with 10:13 left in the half.  The teams would exchange leads four more times in the final 10 minutes, but it was Hiram who would take a slim 27-26 margin into the locker rooms.

In the second half, Hiram looked like it could pull away thanks to a 12-3 run  that began at the 13:42 mark and ended in a tip-in by junior forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) to give the Terriers a 46-37 lead with 9:30 to go.  But Wabash answered with a 17-3 run of its own to go up by five points, 54-49, with 2:59 left to play.  The Little Giants led by six points, 57-51, with under a minute remaining, but Hiram would make one final run narrowing the lead to a point, 57-56, on a jumper by junior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) and three free-throws by Roberts with nine seconds left.   Wabash connected on a pair of free-throws in the final seconds and Hiram’s final attempt to tie the game fell short as the Little Giants hung on for a 59-56 win.

Wabash shot 43.1 percent (22-of-51) from the floor and held Hiram to 31.7 percent (20-of-63) shooting.


Individually, the Little Giants were led by Wes Smith with a game-high 21 points on seven-of-17 shooting (41.2 percent).  He was also one of four Wabash players to grab a team-tying high seven rebounds.  Ben Burkett was the only other Wabash player in double-figures with 14 points.

Hiram was led by Roberts’ 13 points on three-of-seven shooting (42.9 percent).  Freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) rounded out the high scorers with 11 points.  Senior forward Babjide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.

Hiram will play its next four games on the road beginning with a trip to New Wilmington, Pa. for a non-conference game against Westminster College on Wednesday, Dec. 8.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

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Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) and Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) made baskets to close the run, which gave Mount Union a 33-29 lead with 17:03 left.

The Purple Raiders' last deficit was at 44-42. They scored the game's next eight points, including five by LaMattina, who buried a go-ahead three-pointer with 9:43 left. Katie Crider (Brunswick/Brunswick) added a trey during the run, which helped Mount Union to a 50-44 lead.

From that moment, Mount Union did not relinquish the lead.

Brunswick native Katie Crider

The Cardinals (2-4, 0-1) pulled within two points on six different occasions, but the Raiders clung to the lead by making 5 of 7 free throws during the final five minutes.

Kelley Bourke hit a three-pointer with 13 seconds left, closing Otterbein's deficit with 66-64 to go, before Wiedt connected for two freebies with seven ticks on the clock.

LaMattina finished 14 points, five assists and three steals while Crider contributed 13 points for the Purple Raiders (5-0, 1-0).

Wiedt contributed 11 points, six rebounds and five assists while Kilgore finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

Otterbein's Shea McCoy led all scorers with 30 points. Hannah Day added 11 points and 10 rebounds while Kristi Kotterman grabbed 11 boards.

The Raiders, who are ranked seventh on the D3Hoops.com poll and ninth on the ESPN/USA Today poll, will continue OAC play on Wednesday. The are scheduled to host John Carroll at 7:30 p.m.

Erica Iafelica, a Hoover alumna

Spartan Women Drop 

Heartbreaker to Undefeated 

Denison, 72-69

CLEVELAND, OH – Despite having two players score over 20 points, the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker, 72-69, to unbeaten Denison University on Saturday, December 4 at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

The Spartans have now dropped three straight after opening the season at 3-0 and will return to action this Monday, December 6 at Oberlin College at 7:00 p.m. Denison improved to 7-0.

Sophomore guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) led the Spartans with a game-high 22 points, five rebounds and five assists. Junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) also reached the 20-point plateau for the second time this season with 21 to go along with six rebounds and four assists.

Denison had four players in double-figures, including Serafina Nuzzo, who totaled 18 points, eight assists and six boards.

DU scored the game’s first six points and opened on an 11-2 run ending in a layup by Lucy Follansbee at 15:30. The Spartans answered with a 13-3 run during the next 4:26 and grabbed the lead, at 15-14, when Iacono scored a layup at 11:04. The lead changed hands on each of the next two possessions before the Big Red broke an 18-18 tie with a 7-2 run, culminating in a three-pointer by Nicole Coggins at the 8:02 mark. The Denison lead grew to a game-high of 12, at 37-25, when Shaina Kaiser converted a four-point play with 3:19 left in the period. The Spartans were able to chip three off of the deficit and went into the half trailing 39-30.

The Spartans came out of the gate strong in the second half with a 14-4 run and led 44-43 when junior forward Chelsea Peck (Mount Lebanon, PA/Oakland Catholic) hit a layup at 14:18. 

The Case lead grew to a high of nine, at 56-47, following a three-pointer from sophomore point guard Erica Iafelica (North Canton, OH/Canton Hoover) with 10:44 left to play.

The Big Red rallied with a 14-5 run and tied the score at 61 apiece when Nuzzo layed a basket in at 4:39.

The Spartans then moved back ahead on three separate occasions, each followed by a Denison bucket that tied the game. Case’s final lead came at 69-67 when sophomore center Emily Mueller (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair) nailed a short jumper with 44 seconds remaining. Denison responded on the ensuing possession with a three-pointer by Haley Dahlgard that made the score 70-69 with 00:18 left on the clock.

Case was unable to score on its next trip down the floor and Denison’s Nicole Coggins hit two free throws with four seconds left to clinch the 72-69 victory.

The Spartans outshot Denison.

Mount Men win

December 4, 2010 

WESTERVILLE, Ohio--Career-high scoring nights from sophomore forward Matt Kiger (Williamstown, W.Va./Williamstown) with 20 off the bench and senior guard Ben Hodkinson (Tippecanoe/Harrison Central) who matched his career-high with 19 points along with a career-best 12 assists led Mount Union's men's basketball team to an 84-81 victory at Otterbein Saturday in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener.

The Purple Raiders held an 82-81 lead with only seconds left when Hodkinson came up with a key steal and a pair of free throws to put the game away.

Hodkinson along with teammate and fellow senior Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) combined to score nine points over the final two minutes to break a 75-75 tie and hand Mount Union its second win of the season (2-4, 1-0).

Pellerite tallied 13 points as the Raiders shot 59.1-percent from the floor (26-of-44) and 83.9-percent from the free throw line (26-of-31).

Otterbein (2-3, 0-1) got a game-high 26 points from Bryce Rausch and 20 from Chris Davis.

A close first half saw Mount Union lead by as many as five points, 33-28 on a Hodinkson jumper with just under four minutes left, but Otterbein rallied to trail just 36-35 at the break.

The second half was back and forth with 12 lead changes and nine ties with the final one of those ties coming at 75 after a Davis free throw with two minutes left.  Pellerite then scored four-straight and six of the next eight points to put the Raiders up for good.

Mount Union continues its season opening nine-game road trip Wednesday, Dec. 8 at John Carroll.  Tip-off is slated for 7 pm in University Heights.

NOTE - The Mount Union-Capital doubleheader scheduled for next Saturday, Dec. 11 in Alliance has been moved to Columbus at The Capital Center starting with the women at 2 pm and men at 4 pm.  The teams will meet in Alliance on Jan. 29 at the same times.

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