A Page -- Nov. 20, 2011 -- PM Edition

Mount to host Centre out of Kentucky in 

second round of playoffs

No. 2 ranked University of Mount Union hosts Centre (Ky.) College in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs Saturday, Nov. 26 at noon at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

Mount Union (11-0) completed its sixth straight undefeated regular season to win its 23rd overall and 20th straight Ohio Athletic Conference and an automatic bid into the 32-team tournament then won its opening round game 47-7 over Benedictine (Ill.). 

'The Purple Raiders are making their 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance with a 70-12 record in the NCAA Playoff games.  Mount Union has advanced to the Stagg Bowl (National Championship game) 15 time and have won a record 10 National Championships.

Centre (9-1), located in Danville, Ky., scored a 51-41 victory over Hampden-Sydney (Va.) in its first-ever NCAA Playoff game this past Saturday.

The Colonels finished second in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and were selected as one of six national at-large teams to the tournament as their lone loss came in a conference matchup with Trinty (Texas).


Tickets for playoff game will be available for $8.  All seats in Mount Union Stadium are reserved and no passes will be accepted.  Advance tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.  

To reserve tickets by phone calling (330) 829-4100 on Monday - Wednesday from 9 am - 2 pm Those tickets will be available for pickup on Friday from 12 pm - 2 pm in the lobby of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex on campus and at the Will Call window at Mount Union Stadium on Saturday starting at 10:30 am.


All Mount Union football games will be broadcast on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker at http://athletics.mountunion.edu. You can also here the WRMU 91.1 FM feed on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.

The game will also be shown on television via tape delay on regional sports cable channel SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV52 (Stark County), WIVN TV29 (New Philadelphia), Time Warner Cable (ch. 989-Stark County, ch. 99-Tuscarawas County), Massillion Cable (ch. 21) and Clear Picture Cable (ch. 21-Wayne County). 

Spartan Wrestlers Compete at Concordia Open in Wisconsin

MEQUON, Wis. – The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team competed at the unscored Concordia University Open on Saturday and three different Spartans posted multi-win days at the R. John Buuck Field House.

The Spartans have the holiday weekend off from competition before returning to action on Saturday, December 3 at the Rochester Institute of Technology (N.Y.) Invitational.

Sophomore Brian Snyder (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) was 3-2 on the day, while senior captains Cale Harter (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Mount Pleasant) and Kyle Weaver (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) were each 2-2.

Snyder, competing at 157 pounds, opened with a 9-6 decision over David Tessiatore of Augustana College (Ill.). Snyder then pinned Mike Gossen of Loras College (Iowa) in 3:28 before falling into the wrestleback bracket. He then picked up a 9-5 decision versus Torey Weich of Augustana before dropping his final match of the day.

Also at 157, Weaver opened with an 8-4 decision versus Eric Telford of Muskegon Community College (Mich.) and followed with a pin of Jordan Semevolos (Concordia) in 2:05.

In the heavyweight division, Harter got off to a quick start with a pin of Widchero Cherident of Concordia in 4:40. After following in round two, he picked up one win in the wrestleback bracket via a 4-0 decision versus Dan Wisnewski of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Case Reserve Women’s Swimming & Diving Falls Three Times at Home Quad Meet


CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University women's swimming & diving team continued to find the early portion of its 2011-12 schedule tough posting an 0-3 record during a home quadrangular meet on Saturday, November 19 inside the Veale Natatorium.

The Spartans lost to Gannon University (Pa.), 206.50-100.50, Grove City College (Pa.), 206-101, and nationally-ranked Kenyon College, 189-97.


Sophomore Maggie Dillione (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) collected a runner-up finish in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:13.53 and was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.93.

Senior Stephanie Campbell (Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) wound up third in the 200 back with a mark of 2:13.53.

After nearly two weeks off from competition, the Spartans return to the pool from Thursday through Saturday, December 1-3 at The College of Wooster Invitational. Events will get underway on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.

 Miami Skates to 4-4 Tie with Bowling Green

Czarnik, Hirschfeld, Smith all tally a goal and assist


OXFORD, Ohio – Miami took the lead four times, but couldn’t hold off a feisty Bowling Green squad in a back-and-forth affair as the Falcons rallied for a 4-4 tie Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena on hockey’s Alumni Weekend. Senior forward and co-captain Alden Hirschfeld, junior forward Reilly Smith and freshman forward Austin Czarnik each tallied a goal and an assist to lead Miami (6-6-2, 4-4-2-1 CCHA), which extended its unbeaten streak to six games, but Bowling Green (6-6-2, 1-6-1-1 CCHA) battled back after falling behind each time to end a five-game conference losing streak.

The Red and White outshot BGSU 32-16 and attacked the net as time wound down in the third period and overtime, but was unable to net the game-winner, sending the game to a shootout where the Falcons’ earned the 1-0 win in three rounds for the extra point in the conference standings.

“I thought we had certain guys play very well tonight,” head coach Enrico Blasi. “We just couldn’t get that next goal to go up by two, and they just kept coming back. Give them credit, they did a nice job on the power play, and they scored when they had to.”

Miami got on the scoreboard first when Czarnik chased a Falcon defenseman behind the net on the forecheck, stole the puck and sent a quick centering feed to Smith, who buried it past Bowling Green goaltender Andrew Hammond at 6:17 of the first period. It was his team-leading eighth goal of the season and put the ‘Hawks ahead, 1-0.

The Falcons tied the game with 3:34 left in the opening period when Michael Fink, posted in front of the Miami net, deflected a slap shot by Mike Sullivan past senior goalie Cody Reichard to tie the game at one aside. The power play tally ended Miami’s streak of 27 straight successful penalty kills.

The RedHawks quickly struck back just over a minute and a half later to regain the lead at 2-1 on Czarnik’s fourth goal of the season. Czarnik took an outlet pass from senior defenseman Chris Wideman at the Bowling Green blue line and streaked by a Falcon defenseman before beating Hammond low, glove-side. Senior co-captain and defenseman Will Weber also earned an assist on the play.

The Falcons pulled level again with another power play goal at the 4:27 mark of the second period. After a scrum in front of the Miami net, BGSU’s Dan DeSalvo flipped a rebound past Reichard to even the score at 2-2.

The RedHawks picked up a power play goal of their own when Hirschfeld shoveled a rebound past Hammond for a 3-2 Miami lead at 9:42 of the second frame. Smith set up the play from the left faceoff circle where he passed the puck to Wideman at the right point for a hard slap shot on goal. Hammond made the initial save on Wideman’s shot but could not get repositioned to stop Hirschfeld’s follow up shot in front of the crease.

Bowling Green again responded late in the second period however, when Bryce Williamson stuffed home his own rebound to tie the game at 3-3 with just 2:03 left in the second period.

In the third period, Miami jumped back on top 4-3 on a goal by freshman forward Tyler Biggs, his third of the year. Junior forward Curtis McKenzie carried the puck into the attacking zone along the left side and found Biggs wide open at the top of the right faceoff circle, where he sent a wrister into the back of the net  just 1:49 into the final frame. Hirschfeld earned the second assist on the goal.

The RedHawks fought off the Falcons for most of the third period, but couldn’t close out the win as BGSU’s Ryan Carpenter went the length of the ice and scored with just 1:12 left in regulation to knot the game at 4-4, forcing Miami’s fourth overtime game of the year.

In the extra period each team fired a shot on goal, but both Reichard and Hammond made saves to give both teams a point in the conference standings with the tie and send the game to Miami’s second shootout in the past three games. Bowling Green netted a goal in the second round off the stick of Williamson while the RedHawks were unable to solve Hammond as the Falcons won the shootout, 1-0 for the extra point.


The RedHawks finished 4-for-6 on the penalty kill and 1-for-7 on the power play. Hammond finished with 28 saves on 32 Miami shots while Reichard made 12 saves on 16 shots.



Nick Clyde

Spartan Men Notch Three Team Victories During Home Quad Meet

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University men's swimming & diving team continued its torrid ways in the early portion of the 2011-12 campaign with a 3-0 performance during a quadrangular meet on Saturday, November 19 inside the Veale Natatorium.

The Spartans (8-0 in dual meets) defeated Gannon University (Pa.), 207-81, Grove City College (Pa.), 203-98, and edged past nationally-ranked Kenyon College, 151-138.

Individually, sophomore Nick Clyde (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor) picked up wins in two events. He touched the wall first in the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:12.17 along with the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.20. On the diving board, sophomore Daniel Jacobson (Solon, Ohio/Solon) was also a double-winner in both the three-meter competition (285.40 points) and one-meter competition (298.50), while classmateTyler Piedimonte (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) stopped the clock ahead of the field in his heat of the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 17:50.47.

The 200 medley relay team placed second as the quartet of freshman Alex Haufler (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key), sophomore Sean Nickley (Springfield, Va./West Springfield), freshman Eric Haufler (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) and sophomore Gus Bailey (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City) finished with a time of 1:36.50.

The 200 free relay squad of freshman Eric Haufler, freshman Tony Zhang (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central), sophomore Scott McHenry (Yardley, Pa/Pennsbury) and Bailey placed second in 1:26.24.

Individually, four other Spartans captured second-place finishes. Senior Sam Geiger (Westlake, Ohio/St. Edward) finished second in his heat of the 1650 free (17:09.09), while Eric Haufler was second in the 200 free (1:45.59), Nickley was runner-up in the 100 breast (59.56) and Alex Haufler finished the 200 back in 1:56.36.

After nearly two weeks off from competition, the Spartans return to the pool from Thursday through Saturday, December 1-3 at The College of Wooster Invitational. Events will get underway on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.

Storm wrestlers pick up two wins at Messiah 


PAINESVILLE, OHIO –  The Lake Erie College wrestling opened the dual portion of his schedule with three matches Saturday (Nov. 19) at the Messiah College Quad in Grantham, Pa.  The Storm posted a 2-1 record on the day, with victories over host Messiah and Waynesburg University.

Ball (L), Tesny (R)

However, the Storm opened the day with a 29-13 setback against 17th-ranked York College (Pa.). FreshmanNate Ball  (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) picked up a major decision victory at 141 pounds while sophomoreTyler Tesny (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) earned a decision win at 157.  Freshman Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) pinned Jake Siegried in 2:53 at 174 pounds to wrap up the Storm's scoring.

The victory by Vandermeer was the first of three on the day as he was the only Storm wrestler to go 3-0 at the event.

After dropping two lower weight contests, Lake Erie bounced back for a convincing 31-9 win over Waynesburg.  Ball earned his second straight major decision victory.  Dylan Zivcic (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor/Lakeland) won a decision at 149 pounds and Vandermeer and sophomore Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) followed with wins at 165 and 174-pounds, respectively.  Then the Storm closed the match in exciting fashion with three consecutive pins in the higher weight classes.  Freshman Jon Schafer (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) pinned Cody Catalina in 1:10 anf 184 to start the streak.  Sophomore Chris Kelly (North Olmsted) took out Daniel Mahon in 2:01 at 197 and freshman Bobby Zappitelli (Painesville Twp., Ohio/Lake Catholic) pinned Martin Kisla one minute into the second round. 

The Storm won six of the 10 matches in a closely contested bout against Messiah for a 26-15 win.  FreshmanAustin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) earned a major decision at 125 pounds and sophomore Kevin Brunner(Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) followed with a pin of Matt DelGallo at 133 pounds 33 seconds into the second round.   

The two teams alternated victories the rest of the way.  Zivcic, Vandermeer and sophomore Josh Linden (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) earned wins via decision and redshirt freshman Mike Samijlenko (Parma, Ohio/Normandy) pinned Matt Ingalls in the heavyweight bout for six points to give the Storm the 11-point victory.