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Broadview Heights Native Will Be On National Ballot For Academic All-America
University of Dayton redshirt senior safety Steve Wirkus has been named to the 2011 University Division Capital One Academic All-District V First Team.
Wirkus, an accounting major, leads the Pioneer Football League and is tied for eighth nationally in FCS football in interceptions (0.5 per game).  He is third at UD in tackles (54) and leads in solo hits (37) in 2010. After suffering an ankle injury in the Butler game, he missed two games.  He returned for Morehead State win, coming up with 10 tackles (8 solo) in the win. 
The Capital One All-District team is the first step in selecting this year's Academic All-America team. Everyone named to the district first teams appears on the Capital One Academic All-America national ballot.
The District V teams are made up of Student/Athletes from Division I-A and I-AA schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, along with a select number of Division II schools.  To be nominated, Student/Athletes must be a starter or important reserve, and carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher. Team members are selected by a vote of members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) within the district. 
The Dayton football program has produced 21 Academic All-Americans since the 2000 season. That's the most by any school at any level of college football, and includes the 2007 Division I ESPN The Magazine All-American of the Year, Brandon Cramer.
In the history of the Academic All-America program, UD football has had 51 Academic All-Americans. Among schools currently playing Division I football, only Nebraska (98), Penn State (59) and Notre Dame (54) have had more. UD has had at least one football player named an Academic All-American in 24 of the last 26 years.  In all sports, Dayton has had at least one Academic All-American for 27 straight years.
Janosko Sixth and Qualifies as B-W Women 
Finish Seventh and Men are Sixth at NCAA 
Division III Regional Meet

OBERLIN, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College junior Kenny Janosko (Mentor) placed sixth individually and the Yellow Jacket women’s cross country team placed seventh and the men finished 19th today (Saturday, November 12, 2011) at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Meet at Oberlin College.

By placing sixth of 243 total runners, Janosko qualifies for next week’s NCAA Division III National Championship Meet at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He covered the 8K course in 25:56.38. This will be his first trip to the Division III national meet.

The B-W women scored 312 points and placed seventh of 36 total teams. The Yellow Jacket men had 501 points to place 19th of 35 OAC schools.
In addition to Janosko, junior Nick Jeffers (South Amherst/ Fireland) placed 106th in 27:17.74, freshman Greg Blevins (Mentor) placed 113th in 27:23.25, sophomore Dusan Vasic (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) placed 146th in 27:48.54, senior Tom Wilkin (Powell/ Olentangy Liberty) placed 148th in 27:50.66, senior Drew Beck (Canandaigua, N.Y./ Academy) placed 177th in 28:15.39 and junior David Gerding (Strongsville) was 193rd in 28:43.00.
Sarah Rospert
The women were led by junior Sarah Rospert (Milan/ Edison) as she placed 34th of 251 total runners to earn All-Great Lakes Region honors (Top-35). She completed the 6K course in 22:37.52. She was followed by junior Shaina Kovatch (Parma/ Valley Forge) who placed 47th in 22:53.84, junior Lauren McGaughey (Allison Park, Pa./ Hampton) placed 73rd in 23:23.15, junior Tess Hoogeveen (Westerville/ South) was 75th in 23:24.66, sophomore Brooke Hradisky (Aurora) was 88th in 23:41.09, sophomore Jamie Clapacs (Willoughby Hills/ South) was 106th in 24:03.69 and sophomore Lauren Hutka (North Ridgeville/ Grafton Midview) in 152nd in 24:52.44.

CSU hosts Illini today
Game 2
Illinois (0-1) at Cleveland State (1-0)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Site: Wolstein Center
Series: First Meeting
Tickets: $8, General Admission // $5, Groups of 10 or more

Cleveland State will continue its brief two-game homestand to begin the 2011-12 season on Sunday, November 13, as the Vikings welcome Big Ten opponent Illinois to the Wolstein Center for a 2:00 p.m. contest. The Vikings are coming off a 74-56 victory over Tennessee State, while the Fighting Illini enter today's contest after falling to South Carolina, 71-52 during their first game of the season. Prior to Sunday's contest the Vikings will be raising their 2011 WBI Banner, as they recognize their third trip to the postseason in the last four years.
Janelle Adams (L) Destinee Blue (R)

With four starters returning for the 2011-12 season, the Cleveland State women’s basketball team is poised to have yet another successful season under ninth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad. The starting lineup is centered around junior Shalonda Winton (16.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.0 apg), a preseason first team all-league pick. Winton will combine with the senior trio of Janelle Adams (6.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 5.0 apg), Destinee Blue (18.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg) and Takima Keane (9.0 ppg, 3.0 apg) to form the backbone of the Viking roster. Peterson Abiad will have a deep bench to work with this season, as five additional letterwinners will be returning in juniors Honesty King and Kaila Montgomery(3.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and sophomores Ondrea Hughes (5.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg), Brandee Kelly and Haley Schmitt (2.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg). The CSU veterans will be joined by four freshmen, guards Cori Coleman (1.0 ppg), Kiersten Green (5.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg) and Tess Zufall and forward Imani Gordon (9.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg).

Last season the Vikings advanced to the postseason for the third time in the last four years, earning the top seed in the West Region of the Women's Basketball Invitational. Not only did CSU advance to the postseason, they also captured their first-ever postseason victory and hosted their first-ever postseason contest. The Vikings earned a 73-62 win over No. 8 seeded IPFW in the first round of the WBI, and then hosted Chicago State in the second round, falling to the Cougars, 68-50.

Cleveland State holds an overall record of 5-22 against teams from the Big Ten, with the wins coming over Michigan(2), Wisconsin, Purdue and Indiana. The most recent victory came over the Hoosiers during the 2009-10 season, when the Vikings posted a 77-75 overtime win at the Wolstein Center. Sunday's contest will be the first between Illinois and Cleveland State.

Behind 18 points from Destinee Blue and 16 from Shalonda Winton the Cleveland State women's basketball team won their season opener against Tennessee State, 74-56. In her debut as a Viking, Imani Gordon tallied nine points and three rebounds while classmate Kiersten Green added five points. The viking bench was strong once again, as they outscored TSU 22-8. CSU tallied 16 assists on 24 field goals, led by Janelle Adams who posted five. Friday's contest marked the third straight season opener that the Vikings have won, also defeating Cornell (2010-11) and Ohio (2009-10) in the past two seasons.

Senior Destinee Blue, who is a 71% career free throw shooter (129-182), was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line Friday night against Tennessee State. Blue was one of four Vikings that made all of their free throws against the Lady Tigers, as Janelle Adams (2-2), Takima Keane (2-2) and Ondrea Hughes (2-2) were all perfect from the line as well.

After nine rebounds in the season opener, junior Shalonda Winton is just six rebounds shy of breaking into the top-20 on the all-time career rebounds list at CSU. Winton has 469 on her career, including 300 last year, the fourth highest single season total in program history.

Behind three players in double figures, the Vikings won their second and final exhibition contest of the season, topping Case Western Reserve, 85-42. Shalonda Winton paced the Vikings with 23 points, seven rebounds and six steals, while Takima Keane added 17 points and Janelle Adams added 12 points and three steals. As a team, the Vikings shot 56% (31-55) from the field, including a 60% (15-25) clip during the second half. CSU held the Spartans to a .291 field goal percentage, including 21% during the opening half.

Five Vikings scored in double figures, led by junior Shalonda Winton who posted 16 points and 15 rebounds, as CSU earned an 87-55 exhibition win over John Carroll last Tuesday (Nov. 1). The other four Vikings to score in double figures included seniors Janelle Adams (12 pts) and Takima Keane (14) and freshmen Imani Gordon (15) and Kiersten Green (10). The CSU bench outscored John Carroll's, 41-13, while the Vikings forced 24 Blue Streak turnovers and held them to a .367 field goal percentage.

Cleveland State head coach Kate Peterson Abiad is entering her ninth season at the helm of the Vikings, and ranks second on the all-time wins list at CSU coming into the 2011-12 season. Peterson Abiad became the third coach in program history to record 100 career victories last season, and currently has 107, needing just nine more to take over first place on the all-time wins list. Peterson Abiad has led the Vikings to four straight 19-win seasons, including a 21-12 record last year, the second most wins in program history.

The 2011-12 season will be Cleveland State’s 38th year of intercollegiate competition. The Vikings have compiled an all-time record of 415-575 (.419), while also going 121-150 (.446) in 18 seasons in the Horizon League.

Cleveland State was picked to finish second in the Horizon League Preseason Poll, receiving 238 points. The Vikings finished behind preseason favorite Green Bay, who received 29 first place votes and 299 points. Wright State (212 points), Butler (197) and UIC (186) rounded out the top five. Detroit was the only other team to collect a first place vote, as they finished seventh with 141 points behind Milwaukee who placed sixth with 177 points. The Titans were followed by Loyola (88), Valparaiso (64) and Youngstown State (48).

Junior Shalonda Winton was named to the 2011-12 Preseason All-Horizon League first team in voting conducted by the league’s 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media. Last season Winton ranked sixth in the league in rebounding (9.1), seventh in blocks (0.8), ninth in field goal percentage (.462; 146-316) and 15th in scoring (12.5). She also became the fourth player in school history to grab at least 300 rebounds in a season, ending right on the number.

The Vikings 21-12 overall record last year allowed CSU to finish with a winning record for the fourth straight season, a first in program history. The streak started with the Vikings going 19-14 in 2007-08 and continued with CSU’s 19-13 record in 2008-09 and their 19-14 record during 2009-10.

The Vikings will play seven games against teams that advanced to postseason play last year, including Green Bay who reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. CSU will face the Phoenix twice, as well as Butler who played in the WNIT and Wright State who played in the WBI. The final game will come against Toledo, the 2011 WNIT champion. 

The third annual CSU Hoops Luncheon Series, will debut on Monday, Nov. 14 with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from CSU basketball head coaches Kate Peterson Abiad and Gary Waters throughout the 2011-12 season. The luncheon will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center annex. Future luncheons will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, Tuesday, Jan. 17 and Monday, Feb. 13. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5454.

Malave (L), Garrison (R)

Mount Union wins Mount Invite

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's wrestling team, ranked No. 8 in the nation, won six weight classes on their way to winning the Mount Union Invitational Saturday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex on campus.

Claiming the top spots for the Purple Raiders were Riki Reynolds (Marion/Marion Pleasant) at 133 pounds,Josh Malave (Rocky River/Lutheran West) at 141 pounds, Kevin Shadrach (Parma/Parma) at 149 pounds, Jon Garrison (Fairlawn/Copley) at 157 pounds, Andy Jenkins (Stow/Woodridge) at 184 pounds, and Derick Hesson (Dexter City/Caldwell) at 285 pounds.

The winning six were amoung 12 Purple Raiders to finish in the top three in their weight class. Finishing second were Ben Kazimir (Auburn Twp./Kenston) at 141, Al Caserta (Galena/Olentagy) at 149, Dom Barlow(Newark/Heath) at 157, and Nick Terifaj (Brook Park/Strongsville) at 285. Third place finishers include Bryant Roby (Westchester, Ill./St. Joseph) at 133, and Josh Roberts (Wellington/Wellington) at 285.

The Purple Raiders continue their season next Saturday in the MAAC when they host Thiel (Pa.) at 3:00 pm.

Team Results

   Team   Score
1. Mount Union 200.0
2. Laker Erie 183.0
3. Waynesburg 147.0
4. Ohio Valley 98.0

Tim Shenk’s field goal with no time left gives St. Ignatius a 20-17 playoff win over St. Ed’s

By Norm Weber



BRUNSWICK – St. Ignatius advanced to next week’s regional football championship game against Mentor with Saturday’s 20-17 win over St. Edward.

This Holy War started out like the first Holy War game this season on Oct. 29 when in the first half the two clubs exchanged field goals.

St. Ignatius drove down to the 3-yard line of St. Ed’s in the first quarter, but the Eagles defense and the Wildcats had to settle for a Tim Shenk field goal from 20 yards out and a 3-0 lead that stood through the initial quarter.

It was Shenk’s 15th field goal of the season, which is a single-season record at Ignatius.

Then with 2:30 to go in the half Jake Wilhelm matched Shenk with a 21-yard field goal, his 11th of the season. The score stood at 3-3 through halftime.

Then the St. Ed’s running game really started to show its true colors in the third quarter. Dwayne Aaron went over the 200-yard mark in total offense when he ran 64 yards for a touchdown, making it 10-3.


The Eagles then made it 17-3 later in the quarter when Ryan Fallon quarterback sneaked for a 45-yard score on a broken play when he tried to hand off to Kenny Butler, bumped and grinded a tad and then ran the rest of the way on the open field.

The third quarter would be the “TD quarter” for both outfits as Ignatius garnered its first six-pointer when it appeared as if the nail was about to be placed in the coffin. Greg Kuhar and Tom Lally sacked Eric Williams back to the 15-yard line, setting up the Wildcats with a third and goal from the 15.

Williams then hit tight end Blake Thomas with 48 seconds to go in the third quarter to make it 17-10.

The Wildcats tied it at 17 with a 33-yard run by Tim McVey with nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter.


St. Ed’s started driving again in the fourth quarter and then a comedy of errors ensued. The Eagles made it into Wildcat territory when Butler picked up 12 yards to the 38 but then the Eagles fumbled it over to the Cats, who returned the favor by giving it back on an interception but then took the favor back by snatching the ball back over on a fumble recovery.

Williams completed a couple of quick passes to Jake Mooney for first downs to bring the Cats to close to the Red Zone.


The Eagles then drove down the 15 and let the clock roll down to almost zero. Shenk’s 32-yard field goal won it for the Wildcats as the ball sailed through with no time left. Shenk is now the record holder for most field goals in a season with 16.

Ignatius is 25-1 when scoring 15 or more points when playing St. Ed’s and is 204-21-6 when scoring first in every game since 1983.





Case Reserve Women Place 5th at NCAA Great Lakes Regional; Shaker's Cabrera Qualifies for Nationals

OBERLIN – The Case Western Reserve University women's cross country team placed fifth of 36 teams competing at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championship meet hosted by Oberlin College on Saturday afternoon at Woodchip Trail. Senior Natalia Cabrera (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) qualified for next week's NCAA Championship as an individual with a sixth-place finish.

Cabrera, already a three-time NCAA Championship participant, finished the 6k course in 21:55.68 to place sixth amongst the 251 runners. For her career, Cabrera is now a four-time All-Region performer.

Calvin College (Mich.) won the team title with 69 points and was followed by Ohio Northern University in second place with 96. The Knights and Polar Bears each receive automatic bids to nationals, and ONU's Alison Steinbrunner was the individual champion with a time of 21:27.74.

Hope College (Mich.) with 99 points, Oberlin with 103 and Case Western Reserve at 208 rounded out the top-five.

In addition to Cabrera, junior Corin Bowen (Midland, Mich./Bullock Creek) earned her first all-region finish by placing 15th with a time of 22:15.99. Freshman Kristen Ruckstuhl (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) was third across the line for Case in 40th place (22:47.72), while freshman Erica Bauerbach (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) in 69th and sophomore Brooke Simpson (Solon, Ohio/Solon) in 82nd rounded.

Spartan Men End Season with Seventh-Place Finish at NCAA Great Lakes Regional

OBERLIN, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University men's cross country team ended the 2011 season with a seventh-place performance at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship meet hosted by Oberlin College on Saturday afternoon at Woodchip Trail.

Calvin College (Mich.) and Wabash College (Ind.) finished first and second, respectively, earning the automatic bids. The Knights totaled 38 points and the Little Giants finished with 100. Manchester College (Ind.) was third at 197, Ohio Wesleyan University was fourth at 201 and Albion College (Mich.) was fifth at 224.

Senior Ethan Teare<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mxc/2011-12/bios/teare%20ethan%208stw> (Burton, Ohio/Berkshire) was Case's top finisher with an all-region 16th-place time of 25:31.83 in the 243-runner field. Classmate Christopher Wade<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mxc/2011-12/bios/wade%20christopher%204182> (Berea, Ohio/Berea) was 40th overall in 26:11.35.

Chrises Wade (L) and Kelly (R)
Junior Chris Kelly<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mxc/2011-12/bios/kelly%20chris%205bco> (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) was third for the Spartans in 44th place with a time of 26:16.21. Sophomore David Dixon<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mxc/2011-12/bios/dixon%20david%20n8h7> (Atlanta, Ga./Lakeside) in 58th and senior Peter Walls<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mxc/2011-12/bios/walls%20peter%2067fp> (Anchorage, Alaska/Grace Christian) in 81st rounded out the scoring with times of 26:32.53 and 26:53.58, respectively.

B-W Men’s Soccer Team Ends Season Against 

SUNY-Oneonta in First Round of NCAA 


ONEONTA, NEW YORK – Baldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer team ended their successful season after falling, 2-1, today (Saturday, November 12, 2011) in the first round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament. This was B-W’s first-ever trip to the NCAA tourney.

With the win, Oneonta  is now 15-2-2 overall and advances to play Penn-State Behrend in tomorrow’s East Regional final at 1:00 p.m.  With its loss, B-W finishes its season at 16-6 overall.

The Yellow Jackets grabbed a 1-0 lead when senior All-Ohio Athletic Conference midfielder Andy Thompson (Huron) scored on a free kick from 35 yards out at the 4:38 mark.

Oneonta came back to tie the match at 1-1 at the 32:26 mark when Nicholas Lange scored via a penalty kick.

Oneonta won the game at the 38:26 mark when Eric Fortler scored the game-winner off the cross from Matthew Brown.

In net for B-W, junior Ryan Hulings (Centerville) faced 6 Red Dragon shots, allowed two goals and made four saves as he ends his season at 16-4. For Oneonta, Max Siegelman faced 6 Yellow Jacket shots, allowed only one and made five saves as he improved his record to 14-1-2.

St. Ed's Product Germany Woods Sets Single-

Season Rushing Record as 

'Berg Beats ONU

TIFFIN, Ohio-Sophomore second-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference running back
Germany Woods (Cleveland/St. Edward) set the Heidelberg University
single-season school rushing record and the Student Princes scored three
defensive touchdowns en route to a 48-21 victory over rival Ohio Northern
 today in an OAC game at Mayer Field in Tiffin, Ohio.  Woods, who
began the day tied for the league lead in rushing, ran for a game-high 173
yards to finish the season with 1,421, edging Mount Union's Jeremy Murray,
both of whom entered the final week of the regular season tied for the
league lead.

Heidelberg (8-2, 7-2 OAC) recorded its best season since 1993 when the
Student Princes finished 8-2 under Dick West and finish the regular season
in a tie for second place in the OAC standings with Baldwin-Wallace College,
which defeated John Carroll University earlier today.

Fifth-year head coach Mike Hallett, who inherited a program that was 1-39 in
the four seasons prior to his arrival, evened his overall record at the
school at 25-25 and defeated ONU head coach Dean Paul for the first time.
Hallett served as Paul's offensive coordinator when Paul was the head coach
at Thomas More (Ky.) College.  Hallett later succeeded Paul as the head
coach at TMC.

The win caps a four-game winning streak to end the 2011 campaign, sends 17
seniors off with a four-year record of 21-19, the best mark since the
1991-94 teams, and snaps ONU's 16-game winning streak in the series.

Woods broke Bryce Tuohy's 1989 mark of 1,331 in 238 carries, 68 less than
Tuohy's 306 attempts.

In addition to Woods, sophomore running back/kick returner Cartel Brooks
(Kokomo, Ind./Galion) carried the ball 25 times for 104 yards.  The one-two
punch each netted 100 yards rushing in four straight games to close the

The defense forced five turnovers for the fifth time this season, returning
two fumble recoveries for TDs and intercepting ONU quarterback Tyler Rue
three times.

On the Polar Bears' (6-4, 5-4 OAC)  first drive of the game, sophomore
safety Chadd Williamson (Land O' Lakes, Fla./Land O' Lakes) intercepted
Rue's pass and returned it 58 yards for a Heidelberg TD less than six
minutes into the game.  Junior kicker Dan Kilger (Novi, Mich./Novi) added
the point-after-touchdown for a 7-0 lead.

Rue found redemption on ONU's next drive, directing a 10-play and 68-yard
and scoring on a 15-yard TD run. At the 4:26 mark of the first quarter.
Luke Luckasevic's extra point tied the score, 7-7.

Woods extended the 'Berg lead to 14-7 just two minutes later when he found
the end zone on a 23-yard scamper.  Kilger's extra point was good.

The Student Princes exploded for three scores in the second quarter,
starting with Brooks' four-yard plunge at the 8:07 mark.  A high snap on the
extra point try forced sophomore holder Asher Rumple (Edison/Marion Harding)
to throw the ball, but he came up short, leaving the Berg with a 20-7 lead.

Following another Woods TD with less than two minutes in the first half,
ONU's Carter Paul fumbled the ball near midfield where senior cornerback and
co-captain Tony Gordon (Euclid) scooped up the loose ball and returned it 50
yards to pay dirt.  Kilger's PAT gave the Student Princes a 34-7 lead.

ONU regained possession with just 48 seconds left in the first half and
traveled 61 yards in seven plays to cut the score to 34-14 when Justin
Buenger scored on a one-yard dive on the last play of the half.

Heidelberg wasted little time extending its lead to 41-14 in the second
half.  On ONU's first possession, junior first-team Capital One/CoSIDA
Academic All-District linebacker Craig Sykes (Centerburg) dropped Rue for a
sack and forced a fumble on the play, which was recovered by junior
defensive lineman Stephen Fejedelem (Ravenna) and returned 30 yards for a
TD, the third defensive score of the day for the Student Princes.

The Polar Bears began the fourth quarter by cutting into the 'Berg lead,
scoring on a Paul 35-yard sprint less than two minutes into the final
stanza, but the 'Berg defense allowed just four ONU first downs the rest of
the way.

Woods capped the Heidelberg offensive effort with a two-yard plunge with
less than six minutes to play.

An INT by sophomore linebacker Adam Cepik (Lodi/Cloverleaf) with 4:16 to
play sealed the victory for the Student Princes.

The defense was anchored by senior linebacker Andy Fadenholz
(Grafton/Keystone), who made 13 tackles.  Cepik recorded nine stops of his
own and sophomore linebacker Dawson Gore (Bellevue) had eight hits.  In
addition to Williamson and Cepik, junior safety Justin Suddeth (Akron/Warren
Howling) notched an INT.  Five Student Princes tallied sacks, led by senior
defensive lineman Jacob Mitchell (Wyandotte, Mich./Wyandotte) and senior
Delvon Graham (Garfield Heights) with 1.5 each.

The Polar Bears were led by Paul, who tallied 81 yards in eight attempts on
the ground, and Rue, who was 15-of-33 passing for 165 yards.  Justin Wilson
had game-highs of six receptions and 65 yards.  Three Polar Bears notched 10
or more tackles, including Joe Powell, who had a game-high 17 stops.

Lake Erie creams Ursuline

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Opening the 2011-12 season in style, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team raced out to  a 12-0 lead and were never challenged in a wire-to-wire victory over traditional nonconference rival Ursuline College Saturday night (Nov. 12) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.

Five different Storm (1-0) players scored in the opening 12-0 run. Defensively, Lake Erie held Ursuline (0-1) in single digits until there was 7:24 left in the first half. By that time it was 30-10, Lake Erie then closed the first half with a 22-6 run.

Senior guard Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth), who hit five three-pointers a year ago in a win over the Arrows, hit three three's and scored 13 points in the opening 20 minutes.  Classmates Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) and Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) had 10 and nine points, respectively, and the Storm shot 57.9 percent (22-of-38) in building a 58-16 lead at halftime.  Those three did not score in limited action the rest of the way.


Busson (L), Wojo (R)

The onslaught continued in the second half as Lake Erie extended the lead to 50 points at 73-23 midway through the period.  The Storm closed it out by outscoring Ursuline 24-8 the rest of the way.

Junior Taylor Rogers (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland/Baldwin-Wallace) scored 13 and classmate Sarah Wojciechowski (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo) added 11, both off the bench, as the Storm went 37-of-74 from the field in the game (50%).  Wojciechowski had three of LEC's seven three-pointers. 

The Storm held Ursuline to just 17.5% shooting (10-of-57) in the game, including only three-of-25 in the second half.  They also forced 36 turnovers and had 25 steaks.  Brooke Trauthwein led the Arrows with 11 points off the bench.

Senior Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) scored seven points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in her first action since returning from a knee injury that cost her all of the 2010-11 season.  Busson finished with four assists and six steals.

Lake Erie, which plays six of its first seven games at home, hosts Salem International University on Tuesday night, Nov. 15.  The first game of a women's and men's doubleheader begins at 5:30 p.m

Storm soccer advances in tourney

LYNDHURST, OHIO –  Junior two-time all-conference goalkeeper Ricky Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante Aligheri Academy) returned just in time to save the Lake Erie College men's soccer team's season. 

After leaving the game after the first half, Carreira came back onto the field in overtime and then turned away two shots in the penalty kick round as the Storm, tied at 2-2, prevailed on PK's (3-1) over Salem International UniversitySaturday night (Nov. 12) in the semifinals of the 2011 East Coast Athletic Conference Division II Championship.

With the win, Lake Erie (8-8-3) advances to the championship game against host Notre Dame College (Ohio) on Sunday, Nov. 13. 


The Storm broke through for the first two goals late in the first half.  Junior Rob Searles (Chardon, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) fed classmate Jake Shelton (Newburg, Md./Webber International) with a short cross for the match's first point in the 34th minute. Then, just before halftime, Searles put in a rebound off a cross for a 2-0 Lake Erie advantage.  

With freshman Sam Etherton (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance) in net for the second half, Salem International (7-6-3)  got a pair of goals from Karim Farhan seven minutes apart to tie the match at 2-2.

It would stay that way for the final 26 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.

Salem International went first in the penalty kick round and Jack Smith connected on the Tigers' first try.  But after that, Carreira shut the door.

While Lake Erie got makes from senior Gary Carr (Dublin, Ireland/Irish Coláiste Íde College of Further Education Soccer Academy), Searles and senior Miroslav Pezer (Mentor, Ohio), Salem International was turned away twice by Carreira and when Oscar Benitez's attempt went high, the Storm had secured a place in Sunday's final.

Carreira finished with 10 saves.  Juan Ameijerias made two saves for Salem International, who outshot Lake Erie 24-10. 

The Storm's game against Notre Dame is set to kick off at 7 p.m.