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Fordham defeats Cleveland State basketball

Bronx, N.Y. - The Fordham women's basketball team used a torrid first half, combined with a scrappy defense, balanced scoring and physical play in the paint, to give Head Coach Stephanie Gaitley her first win as Fordham's head coach, 52-43, over Cleveland State, in front a boisterous crowd in the Rose Hill Gymnasium.

Prior to the game, Becky Peters was honored for scoring her 1,000th career point last week in the season opener with Albany. Fueled by this, the Rams jumped out to a scorching start, hitting six of their first eight shots, capped by a Peters' jumper at 15:25 that put the Rams in front 13-6. From there the team saw baskets from Taryn DurantAbigail CorningArielle Collins and Peters extend the advantage to 15 points, 25-10, at the 5:40 mark.

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Fordham led 35-23 at the intermission in a half that saw the Rams shoot 52 percent from the field, collect eleven assists on 12 made baskets and hold Cleveland State without a basket for five minutes and 14 seconds during the first 20 minutes.

The Rams cooled down on offense in the second half, shooting 23.3% for the half but they didn't let up on defense, holding the Vikings to just eight field goals. Fordham opened the second stanza with a Corning three-pointer at 19:11 to bump the lead to 38-23. From there, the Vikings chipped the lead down to nine points, 40-31, with an 8-2 run that was capped by a Destinee Blue layup at 14:01.

Cleveland State then suffered through a nearly six-minute drought between baskets as Fordham got points from Charlotte Stoddart and Christina Gaskin to push the lead back to 14, 45-31. 

The Rams put the game away when Liz Milner buried a three-pointer with 5:14 left to give Fordham its largest lead of the contest, 50-33, as the Rams closed out the Vikings for the 52-43 win.

Corning scored a game-high 13 points while Stoddart chipped in with eleven points, shooting 5-for-9 from the field, and added eight rebounds. As a team, Fordham had 18 assists to just 17 turnovers.

Fordham returns to action today, November 19, when the Rams travel to Worcester, Massachusetts, to face Holy Cross. The game against the Crusaders is slated to begin at 1:00 P.M.

Game Notes: Arielle Collins recorded a career-high, seven assists...Her previous high was four, which she accomplished three times...This is the first win for Fordham over a team that won 20 games the previous season since the Rams beat Ohio University at the 2008 Cancun Thanksgiving Shootout...Charlotte Stoddart tied a career-high in rebounds (8), which she set last week against Albany...She also notched a new-career high by sinking five 

Cabrera and Bowen Compete at NCAA DIII Championship Meet in Wisconsin

WINNECONNE, Wis. – Case Western Reserve University senior Natalia Cabrera<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wxc/2011-12/bios/cabrera%20natalia%204t3h> (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) and junior Corin Bowen<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wxc/2011-12/bios/bowen%20corin%20kgrv> (Midland, Mich./Bullock Creek) placed 91st and 154th, respectively, while competing as individuals at the 2011 NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championship Meet on Saturday afternoon at Lake Breeze Golf Club.

Cabrera (L), Bowen (R)

Cabrera, a four-time NCAA Championship participant, completed the 6k course in 22:14.92. Bowen, competing at the national meet for the second time in her career, finished in 22:38.16.

The Spartan women have a strong tradition of national meet performances under 11th-year Head Coach Kathy Lanese. The program has sent at least an individual qualifier in eight straight seasons, with team appearances in six of those eight years. The team's highest finish of sixth came during the 2007 Championship at St. Olaf College (Minn.).

Fellow University Athletic Association institution, Washington University-St. Louis, won the National Championship and senior Erica Jackey was individual runner-up.

Dayton drowns Seahawks

DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team (2-1) topped the UNCW Seahawks (0-2) 74-49 on Saturday at UD Arena.

Senior UD forward Chris Johnson scored a season-best 19 points and had six rebounds. Redshirt junior guard Kevin Dillard added a season-best 18 points in the win. Junior center Matt Kavanaugh led the Flyers with eight rebounds.

UNCW was paced by junior forward Keith Rendleman. Rendleman notched a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Adam Smith also scored in double figures adding 10 points for the Seahawks.

The Flyers forced 20 turnovers and converted 22 points on turnovers. UD’s bench also chipped in 24 points in the win.

Mount comes from behind to inch out one-point 

win over 30th-ranked Thiel

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The No. 8 ranked Mount Union wrestling team pulled out a thrilling 16-15 come-from-behind win over 30th-ranked Thiel (Pa.) in their first dual match of the season Saturday afternoon. A 41-40 advantage in total match points proved to be the difference for the Purple Raiders.

Thiel (0-1) scored decisions at 125 and 133 to take control early of the match, 6-0.

Josh Malave (Rocky River/Lutheran West), Kevin Shadrach (Parma/Parma), and Jon Garrison(Fairlawn/Copley) put the Purple Raiders ahead with decisions at 141, 149, and 157.

Shadrach (L), Garrison (R)

After a pair of Tomcat decisions at 165 and 174, Andy Jenkins (Stow/Woodridge) earned a decision at 184, followed by a Thiel decision 1t 197 to put them ahead, 15-12, heading into the final match.

All-American Derick Hesson (Dexter City/Caldwell) scored a point in the final minute of the finale to earn a hard-fought 4-3 decision at 285, tying the score at the 15-15.

The officials gathered to discuss the tiebreakers used to determine the outcome of the match in the event of a tie. After individual match victories, pins, tech falls, and major decisions were unable to determine a winner, it came down to total match points.

Mount Union had 41 match points to Thiel's 40 match points. The officials then awarded the Raiders an additional point, and the match finished with a score of 16-15.

Mount Union (1-0) returns to the mat when it competes at the Messiah Petrofes Invitational at Messiah Collegein Grantham, Pa. on December 2-3.

Mount Union 16, Thiel (Pa.) 15
Individual Matches
125 – Shayduan Velez-Lara (Thiel) dec. Brad Kress (Mount Union), 7 - 3
133 - Corey Brown (Thiel) dec. Riki Reynolds (Mount Union), 3 - 2
141 - Josh Malave (Mount Union) dec. Sean Byham (Thiel), 3 - 1 (OT)
149 - Kevin Shadrach (Mount Union) dec. Alec Miller (Thiel), 4 - 1
157 – Jon Garrison (Mount Union) dec. Jerrold Roosa (Thiel), 4 - 1
165 - Matt Lowry (Thiel) dec. Joe Spooner (Mount Union), 8 - 6
174 – Jacob Lowry (Thiel) dec. Jeremy Hathaway (Mount Union), 5 - 3

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Posts Win Against Notre Dame College in Home Opener


November 19, 2011


HIRAM, OHIO — Senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) scored a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 16 rebounds to help lead the Hiram College men’s basketball team past Notre Dame College, 84-73, today (Saturday, Nov. 19) in the home opener at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]


Following today’s game, the Terriers improve to 2-0 overall and the Falcons fall to 1-2 overall for the season.


Hiram jumped out early beginning the game with a 9-2 scoring run that ended in a dunk by senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) at the 15:45 minute mark. Notre Dame came back to even the score at 19-19 and then outscored Hiram, 11-6, to record its largest lead of the period of five points, 30-25, with 6:50 left before halftime. The Terriers stayed within striking distance of the lead and recorded the final five points of the half on a successful bucket by freshman guard Branden Means (Canton) and a three-pointer by Means with two seconds left to give Hiram a 38-37 edge at the break.


The Falcons regained the lead early in the second half, but Hiram again rallied and slowly looked to pull away building its lead to nine points, 55-46, with 13:22 left to go on a basket by Wiegand. But Notre Dame would not go away and rallied to get to within four points on several occassions, including a 69-64 margin with 5:36 to go. Another jumper by Wiegand on the ensuing Hiram possession sparked an 11-4 scoring run that gave the Terriers their first double-digit lead of the game, 80-69, with 1:46 remaining. The Falcons got to within seven points, 80-73, with just over a minute left, but Hiram scored the final four points of the game on free-throws and equaled its largest lead of the game with the final of 84-73.


Notre Dame shot 40.9 percent (27-of-66) from the field and was led by the duo of Marcquice Taylor and Phil Biggs with 15 points each. Troy Baugh was second with 13 points, to go along with eight rebounds, and Brennan Osborn rounded out the Falcon double-figure scorers with 11 points and a team-high 10 boards.


Hiram shot 49.3 percent (33-of-67) for the game and was led by Watkins with a game-high 20 points on 10-of-13 shooting (76.9 percent) in addition to pulling down nine boards. Four other Terriers scored in double-figures including sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) who was second with 16 points. Wiegand was third on the team in scoring with his 13 points and game-high 16 rebounds, followed by Means with 12 points. Rounding out the high scorers was junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) with 11 points.


Hiram will go for its third win of the season when the Terriers travel to Bluffton for a non-conference matchup against Bluffton University on Saturday, Nov. 26. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m.


Baldwin-Wallace Swimming and Diving Teams 

Fall In OAC Dual Meet To Mount Union

ALLIANCE, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both dropped an Ohio Athletic Conference dual meet to the University of Mount Union, today, (Saturday, November 19, 2011) in the Hammond Natatorium inside the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

The Purple Raider men defeated the Yellow Jacket men, 129-99, and the Purple Raider women beat the B-W women, 138-83.

With the loss, the Yellow Jacket women are now 2-4 overall and 2-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference and the B-W men are 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the OAC.

The B-W women were led by four-time NCAA Division III All-American junior diver Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) as she won the 1-meter voluntary event with 185.75  points and the 1-meter optional event with 265.75 points.


In addition to Pinter, sophomore Angela Musille (Canton/ GlenOak) won the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:32.60. The 200-yard freestyle relay team comprised of senior Danielle Miller (Van Wert), sophomores Emily Deaton (Spanaway, Wash./ Graham-Kapowsin) and Kayla Miller (Van Wert) and freshman Kayla Eyster (Canton, Mich./ Plymouth-Canton) won in a time of 1:53.08.

The Yellow Jacket men were led by Sixto Torres (Lorain) as he won the 1-meter voluntary event with 157.15 points and then went on to win as member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team along with juniors Nathan Brown (Columbia Station /Olmsted Falls) and David Blackett (Tallmadge) and freshman Ronny Woodburn (Ashtabula/Edgewood) won in a time of 1:44:01.

B-W also go victories from sophomore Patrick Donohoe (Columbus/ Bishop Watterson) and junior Tony Tijerina (Defiance/Napoleon).  Donohoe won the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 2:04.06 and Tijerina won the 1-meter optional event with 235.15 points.
In battle of Western Ohio, RedHawks Ground Falcons, 4-0

OXFORD, Ohio – Freshman Blake Coleman scored twice while senior goaltender Cody Reichard shut out Bowling Green giving the Miami hockey team its first whitewash of the year, a 4-0 victory Friday night at Steve Cady Arena. With the win, Miami (6-6-1, 4-4-1-1 CCHA) extends its unbeaten streak to a season-best five games while beating the Falcons (6-6-1, 1-6-0-0 CCHA) for the 12th straight time.


Coleman scored the first and last goals for the ‘Hawks marking his first career multi-goal and multi-point game for Miami while giving him three tallies on the year. Reichard stopped 23 shots en route to his 11th career shutout, which is just one shy of tying David Burleigh (’03) for the Miami career record of 12.


“You have to make some plays out there and we were fortunate that we got a bounce early,” head coach Enrico Blasi said. “They could have easily scored a few in the first, but Cody made some big saves. In a game like that, you have to make the most of your chances.”


The RedHawks broke the 0-0 tie with 4:34 remaining in the first period when senior Trent Vogelhuber and Coleman connected to light the lamp on the eventual game-winner, the first of Coleman’s career. Vogelhuber carried the puck into the offensive zone and was bumped off the puck by a Falcon defender. He maintained possession, using his body to shield the puck from the defense with his back to the Falcon net. He spun and sent a puck toward the goal that went wide, but it ricocheted off the back boards to the left side of the crease where Coleman buried the rebound for the 1-0 Miami lead. Senior Chris Wideman earned the second assist on Coleman’s second career goal.


Miami would take a 2-0 lead at the 5:10 mark of the second period when junior Garrett Kennedy took a pass from classmate Curtis McKenzie on a one-timer in front of the BGSU net. Senior co-captain Alden Hirschfeld found McKenzie moving into the Bowling Green zone along the left side and followed the play moving up the middle of the ice with Kennedy trailing on the right side. McKenzie sent a centering pass toward Hirschfeld, who let the pass go to the far side of the ice where Kennedy found the back of the net for his first goal of the season, poking it between BGSU netminder Andrew Hammond’s legs.


McKenzie added to the RedHawk lead with a redirect in front of Hammond with 2:53 left in the second period. Junior Steven Spinell took a pass that deflected off freshman Tyler Biggs and sent a slap shot from the point toward traffic in front of the crease where McKenzie tipped it past Hammond for the 3-0 Miami lead.


“We knew going into the season we were going to need a balanced scoring attack this year,” Blasi said. “Everybody seems to be contributing now, and guys are doing a pretty good job. We need to just keep getting better. We are focused on a day-to-day process. That’s the type of culture we have set here, and guys are feeling more confident on the ice.”


The ‘Hawks added one more at 14:33 of the third period when Vogelhuber picked up a loose puck off a shot by senior Matt Tomassoni and sent it to the front of the net where Coleman one-timed it home after crashing the net. It gave Coleman a career-high two goals on the night and upped the Miami lead to 4-0, which tied a season high for goals (Oct. 14 at Colgate).


The RedHawks finished with a 30-23 edge in shots and were a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill, extending their streak to 26-straight successful kills, dating back to their Oct. 28 contest with Lake Superior State. Miami had just two power play opportunities on the night. Hammond ended with 26 saves in the loss for BGSU.


The RedHawks go for the sweep of the Falcons Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at Steve Cady Arena on Miami Hockey’s Alumni Weekend.

Mount Union tops Bennies in first-round playoff 


ALLIANCE, Ohio — Junior quarterback Matt Piloto (Rotonda West Fla./Lemon Bay) completed 18 of 23 passes for 206 yards, and junior running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) rushed for 64 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 2-ranked Mount Union (AFCA and D3football.com) to a 47-7 victory over Benedictine (Ill.) in a NCAA Division III first-

round playoff game at Mount Union Stadium today.

Piloto (L), Murray (R)

Junior running back Blair Skilliter (Curtice/Genoa) added 67 yards rushing and two scores for the Purple Raiders (11-0), who will play Centre (Ky.) (10-1) on Nov. 26. The site of the game will be announced on Sunday.

Senior linebacker Arthur Smith (Miami, Fla./Killian) returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown.

Murray scored a pair of first-quarter touchdowns, from 2 and 3 yards, and senior kicker Tyler Almeida(Elyria/Elyria) added the extra points as Mount Union took a 14-0 lead into the second period.

The Purple Raiders extended their advantage to 27-0 in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Blair Skilliter and Smith's interception return. On his play Smith dropped back in coverage and stepped in front of the pass.

"That was kind of a decisive play [in the game]," said Mount Union coach Larry Kehres. "We were planning what to do if we got the ball back on offense, then suddenly we have seven points. When those plays go for you it's a big, big plus."

Benedictine got on the board with a 10-play, 51-yard drive, capped by Matt Brown's 3-yard scoring pass to Brandin Austin with 9:38 remaining in the third quarter.

But the Purple Raiders scored touchdowns on each of their next three possessions.

Murray finished an eight-play, 59-yard drive with a 2-yard TD run, his third of the game, to make it 33-7. Then Skilliter found the end zone from the 2 to culminate an 11-play, 88-yard drive, with 13:28 left in the fourth quarter to give Mount Union a 40-7 lead.

Jake Simon found the end zone on a 1-yard run with 9:20 to go to give the Purple Raiders a 47-7 lead.

Mount Union finished with 444 total yards, including 238 rushing.

"We really didn't have any big or flashy plays," said Piloto. "We were just really consistent."

The Purple Raiders held Benedictine to 203 total yards, including 112 on the ground.

John Borsellino led Benedictine with 79 yards on 15 carries, including a long run of 52 yards. Quarterback Matt Brown was 8 of 20 for 91 yards and a touchdown.

"We played a really good football team," said Benedictine coach Jon Cooper. "What we saw watching in film of Mount Union was that some [opponents] played scared. We emphasized to our team just to take it one play at a time. We wanted to compete, and I think we did that."

The victory was the 314th for Kehres in his career, tying him with Amos Alonzo Stagg and Roy Kidd for No. 7 all-time in college football.

B-W Junior Ken Janosko Places 66th at the 

2011 NCAA Division III National Cross 

Country Championships

BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin-Wallace College Ken Janosko (Mentor) placed 66th of 279 total runners today (Saturday, November 19, 2011) at the 2011 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Jansosko, who was competing in his first national chanpionhsip, covered the 8K course in a time of 25:02 , which was the top finisher of any other OhioAthletic Conference runner.

Janosko earned his trip to Wisconsin after placing sixth indiviudally at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championship hosted by Oberlin College on Saturday, November 12. It marked Janosko’s second straight All-Great Lakes Region finish (Top-35 runners).  A year ago, he did not qualify for the the national meet despite being named All-Region.

“Ken ran a great race,” said veteran Yellow Jacket Head Coach Dr. Bill Taraschke. “He competed to the best of his ability. As a coach, that is all you can ask of a student-athlete.  With Ken achieving this goal of qualifying for the national meet this year, he can set his sights higher for future and try to become an All-American.”

“ Each season, Kenny continues to get better and better.  And, that isn’t by accident. He has worked very hard to accomplish many of his goals. He once again beat every OAC runner just as he did at the Regional Meet and that was impressive to see.” said Taraschke.

This season, Janosko led the Yellow Jacket men in ever race this year as well as finishing in the top ten in six of eight meets. His lone first place finish came in the first race of the season at the College of Wooster Invitational in Wooster.  At this year’s OAC Championships, Janoskso was the runner-up as he crossed the finish line of the 8K course in a time of 25:44.8

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Records Win Against Bethany (W.Va.) College


November 19, 2011


ERIE, PA. – The Hiram College women’s basketball team recorded its first win of the season with a 69-54 victory against Bethany (W.Va.) College in the consolation game of the Penn State-Behrend Tournament today (Saturday, Nov. 19) in Erie, Pa. [Game Stats]


With the win, the Terriers improve to 1-2 overall and the Bison fall to 0-3 overall for the season.



The early minutes of the first half was heavily contested by both teams with neither team leading by more than five points. Late in the period with the score tied at 20-20, Hiram outscored Bethany, 17-4, in the final 7:16 to take control of the game, including a three-pointer by senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) and a pair of free-throws by junior forward Brenna Host (Seven Hills/Normandy) to end the half for a 37-24 advantage at the break.


The Terriers maintained their double-digit lead throughout the majority of the second half and led by as many as 16 points on several occassions. Bethany made one last attempt at a comeback near the midway point of the half when the Bison cut the deficit to seven points, 51-44, with 12:54 left to play in the game. But Hiram answered and rattled off nine straight points that included a pair of triples by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) to give the Terriers a 16-point lead, 60-44, at the 9:43 mark. The Bison would not threaten the remainder of the game as Hiram went on to win by the final of 69-54.


Bethany shot just 29.3 percent (22-of-75) from the field, including 13.0 percent (three-of-23) from behind the three-point line, and was led by Renee Shepherd who was the only Bison player to score in double-figures with 13 points on five-of-12 shooting (41.7 percent). She also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.


Hiram shot 36.2 percent (25-of-69) for the game and 52.9 percent (nine-of-17) from behind the arc. The Terriers had two players in double-figures led by Shields with a game-high 25 points on nine-of-17 shooting (52.9 percent) and connected on five three-pointers (five-of-six overall). She also grabbed nine rebounds. Durichko scored 13 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists.