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Yeo Notes: Ohio Wesleyan at Oberlin, Nov. 6

Story Reported by Ryan Mouch 
Student Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer

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Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College football team continues its final homestand of the 2010 season as it welcomes the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops to Savage Stadium on Saturday. It will be the second of three home games for the Yeomen to close out the year.

What:
 Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops (1-7, 1-3 NCAC) @ Oberlin College Yeomen (3-5, 2-3 NCAC)
When: Saturday, November 6, 1 p.m. EST
Where: Savage Stadium – Oberlin, Ohio
Radio: AM- 1320 WOBL l Brian Deitz (play-by-play) l Don Vincent (color) 
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Series: Oberlin trails the all-time series 20-48-1

Last Meeting Against the Battling Bishops: Oberlin lost to Ohio Wesleyan University 17-14 on October 3, 2009 at Selby Field in Delaware, Ohio. 

Last Time out for the Yeomen
: Defeated Denison University 20-10 (10/30/10)

Series Information ... 

Oberlin trails the all-time series against the Battling Bishops 20-48-1 with the first meeting between the two schools came all the way back in 1892 when the Yeomen rolled over the Battling Bishops 56-0 en route to its first undefeated season at 7-0 under John W. Heisman … In the 2009 matchup, the Yeomen fell victim to a last second 18-yard field goal by Bishops’ kicker Trey Stalnaker … The score was a 14-14 deadlock at the break, with the game-winning field goal proving to be the only scoring of the second half … Following a fourth down stand by the Bishops’ defense, their offense was able to drive all the way down to the Yeomen 1-yard line, kicking the game winning field goal with 16 seconds left to play.

Scouting the Battling Bishops …

Ohio Wesleyan enters Saturday’s matchup coming off of their first win of the season after defeating Kenyon College 30-14 last week … The Bishops are led offensively by freshman quarterback Mason Espinosa, who has thrown for just under 1,400 yards this season … Espinosa likes to distribute the ball evenly among his receivers as four different pass catchers have at least one touchdown and 200 yards on the year… Defensively, Ohio Wesleyan is led by senior linebacker Chad Murawski, who leads the team with 83 tackles and three interceptions this season … Off the edge, the Yeomen will have to be wary of sophomore defensive end James Huddleston, who leads the Bishops with seven sacks and is third on the team in tackles with 52 … Huddleston was also NCAC Defensive Player of the Week this past week after having a big day against Kenyon with 10 tackles, three sacks, four tackles for a loss, and one pass breakup.

Battle of Players of the Week …

The NCAC announced on Sunday that sophomore wideout Robin Witjes was named NCAC Offensive Player of the Week after his outstanding day against Denison University which saw him catch three passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns … For Ohio Wesleyan, sophomore defensive end James Huddleston was named NCAC Defensive Player of the Week … It will be interesting this week to see which Player of the Week has the upper-hand and the better day … Each of these players will be looked towards to have a big day if their teams’ are to be successful.

Limiting the Penalty Yardage …
Last week against the Big Red, the Yeomen were flagged nine times for a total of 120 yards in penalty yardage … The Yeomen also had one personal foul penalty declined … On the season, Oberlin has committed 38 penalties that have covered 10 or more yards … The Yeomen have committed 57 total penalties for 570 yards, averaging exactly ten yards per penalty on the season … The best performance by Oberlin was against Wabash where the team committed only two penalties for 15 yards … The Yeomen have also had six penalties that would have covered 10+ yards either declined or offset … These penalties have been killing drives for the Yeomen and extending drives for the opposition … Oberlin’s average of 71.2 penalty yards per game is third from the bottom in the NCAC … Now in week nine, the Yeomen need to have things cleaned up so that they can end their season on a positive note. 

Yeomen Ground Game on a Roll … 

The Yeomen have rushed, for over 100 yards in five of their last six games and four in a row… Junior running back Drew Mixter has been the main beneficiary of strong play by the offensive line, having rushed for 444 yards for an average of 4.5 yards per carry … Mixter has three runs this season of over 20 yards and has eclipsed the 100-yard mark twice this season, with his most recent 100-yard performance coming last week against the Big Red … Ohio Wesleyan is currently ranked eighth in the conference ahead of only Hiram College in run defense this season, giving up an average of 168.6 yards per game to the opposition … Along with Mixter, look for freshman Moses Richardson and quarterback Josh Mandel to exploit a weak run defense again this week against the Bishops.

Looking to Get Even ... 
With the Bishops coming to town this week and a very beatable Allegheny College coming next week, the Yeomen are looking to go 5-5 for the first time since the 2007 season … After dropping five of their first seven games, a three game winning streak to end the season would give the Yeomen a nice spark heading into next season … While the season finale against the Gators will not count towards Oberlin’s conference record, a win this week would give OC a 3-3 record in conference play and a chance to finish in fourth place in the league.

B-W Men’s Soccer Team Falls to Ohio Northern University, 2-1 in Semifinals of OAC Tournament

By Jeff Miller

BEREA -- The sixth-seeded Baldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer team was defeated by second-seeded Ohio Northern University, 2-1, today (Thursday, November 4, 2010) in the semifinals of the OAC Tournament at the ONU Soccer Field in Ada, Ohio.

With the loss, B-W falls in the OAC Semifinals for the second straight year, had its four gamewinning streak snapped and ends its season with a  record of 12-6-4 overall.  With the victory, Ohio Northern improves to 16-4-1 overall and advances to its third straight OAC Championship match.  ThePolar Bears will play the winner of tonight’s match between fifth-seeded John Carroll University and top seed Heidelberg University on Saturday, November 6th with automatic berth to the  NCAA Division III Tournament at stake.

Despite the loss,  the Yellow Jackets  appeared in a school record 22 games and will return five of its top seven scorers next fall.  With that said, B-W will have to replace its leading scorer in senior forward Tyler Leister (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) who led the team with career-highs in goals (11), assists (7) and points (29).  Leister ends his illustrious career among the all-time leaders in school history as he is second in goals scored with 33, third in scoring with 80 points, fifth in single season points scored with 29, tied for sixth in games played with 75 and tied for sixth in goals scored in a season with 11.

In the first half, the Yellow Jackets got on the board at 15:10 when sophomore and ESPN Academic All-District IV midfielder Pat Brennan (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) nailed a low liner into the left corner for his career-best eighth goal of the season.

In the second half,  Ohio Northern tied the game (1-1) when Greg Stawicki scored off the rebound shot from Nathan Bascom which he took off the free kick from Austin Windsor at 55:20.  The Polar Bears took their first lead of the game (2-1) when Stawicki connected on his second goal of the game off the cross from Christian Huelsman at 73:48.

Overall, Ohio Northern outshot B-W, 29-11 and also won the corner battle, 9-0.

In goal, sophomore goalie Ryan Hulings (Centerville) faced 29 Polar Bear shots and made nine saves.

Season Leaders and Statistics:

On offense, Brennan will lead the group of returning scorers as he finished second on the team with a career-best seven goals and three assists for a career-high 19 points. Junior and All-OAC forward Carlin Vandendriessche (Medina/Senior) and sophomore midfielder Justin Peterson (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) tied for third with 16 points.  Vandendriessche tallied eight goals while Peterson netted career-bests in goals with seven and assists with two.  Junior midfielder Andrew Thompson (Huron) tied for fifth with graduating midfielder Jeff Bonnezi (Medina/Senior) with eight points. Thompson recorded one goal and finished second on the team with a career-high six assists.  Junior forward Noah Eubanks (West Bloomfield, Mich.) rounds out the top returners as he finished  seventh  in scoring with a career-high tying two goals and a career-best three assists for seven points.

On defense, Hulings will return in net and will anchor the defense that returns all four starters.  He ends his first season as the starting net minder with a record of 11-6-4 with six shutouts.  Hulings tallied 85 saves, including a career-best 10 at Mount Union on October 19 and allowed 1.10 goals per contest.  Ryan was named the OAC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week  for the week of September 20-26.

Mount Academic All District Grid 

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Miller, who has a 3.48 grade point average as a health and physical education major, is second on the team with 34 catches for 472 yards and three touchdowns and also the team's long snapper. In 2009, he was an All-Ohio Athletic Conference first teamselection and an All-American.

Kershaw also was an All-American and won the OAC's Gene Slaughter Award given to the top linebacker in the conference.  This season he is second on the team in tackles (49) for a unit that is the nation's No. 4 ranked defense.  Off the field, he has a 3.45 gpa in business administration.

Ferrara has 30 tackles and a team-best three interceptions this season.  In 2009, he had a team-high six interceptions including one in the Stagg Bowl on his way to All-OAC honorable mention honors.  A business administration major, he maintains a 3.82 gpa. 

Driskill also has three interceptions, 31 tackles and two fumble recoveries this season.  He has a 3.62 gpa as an exercise science major.

 
Suhar has punted 15 times for a 30.3 average with four of those inside the 20 and a season-best 51-yard punt.  He is an economics major with a 3.76 gpa.

In his first year as a starter, Seaman is the OAC's highest rated passer with a 167.6 qb rating.  He is studying in Mount Union's new engineering program and has a 3.47 gpa.

Snapping Seaman the football in all eight games so far this season is Ekkens, who at center is on an offensive line for the OAC's top ranked offense.  He is a health and physical education major with a 3.61 gpa. 

Mount Volleyball 

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Hupertz and Schroeder had 15 and 10 kills, respectively, while Radigan contributed 39 assists.

Entering the week, Hupertz was leading the OAC in kills per set. She is currently averaging 3.12 while Schroeder is putting down 3.00. Schroeder also has a .321 hit percentage.

Radigan entered the week third in assists per set and first in total assists. So far in 2010, she has made 1,070 assists, which gives her 10.29 per set.

 Beaumont Alumna Monica Hupertz


Second-seed Otterbein (26-5) will take on No. 3 Ohio Northern (18-11) in the other OAC semifinal at 5 p.m.

Among the four semifinalists, only Ohio Northern has won an OAC championship. As a matter of fact, the Polar Bears have won 18 titles while accumulating a 55-8 record and 22 finals appearances.

Schroeder


The Purple Raiders are 14-20 with only one finals appearance -- a loss to Muskingum in 1999.

Heidelberg is 10-18 in OAC Tournament matches with three finals appearances and Otterbein, which has never reached the final, is 3-13 all-time.




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