B Page -- Oct. 14, 2011



Baldwin-Wallace Running Back Tyler Lohr 

Has Overcome  Many Obstacles to

Become a Starter and Key Contributor

By William Pantages

BEREA, OHIO --  Tyler Lohr faces on and off the field issues every day as a
junior running back at Baldwin-Wallace College. Because of an unfortunate
injury to senior captain and starting RB Tim Miker, Lohr has stepped up as a
starter.

But it is far from the first time he has taken on a big challenge.

In April 2005, Lohr was diagnosed with Type 1 one juvenile diabetes. That
required adjustments to daily living, as well as maintaining an athletic
regimen. But Lohr accepted the medical diagnosis with a can-do attitude.

³I would have never known Tyler was diabetic had I not see him giving
himself his daily shots,² said Yellow Jacket 10th-year Head Coach John
Snell.

Lohr said his mother Linda has been a vital support to him through learning
about his condition and how it affects his life.


³My mother did a great deal of research and became extremely knowledgeable
about the disease, how it affects a person and what can be done to combat it
during every day life,² said Lohr, who enters today¹s game against Ohio
Northern University ranked third in the Ohio Athletic Conference with 504
rushing yards and six touchdowns to go along with three 100-yard games,
including two straight. ³Her research and support as well as the support of
my entire family is huge.²

Throughout childhood and middle school, before he had been diagnosed with
diabetes, he had never touched a football. Lohr played baseball and
basketball. But he always thought football would be fun to try.

After his diagnosis, Lohr became more determined to become the best athlete
he could be and excel in everything in which he participated.

³If it wasn¹t for being surrounded by the right people throughout high
school and just my entire life, then I would not be where I am today,² said
Lohr, who has been instrumental in the Yellow Jackets¹ 4-1 start to the
season.

During his high school athletic career at Kent Roosevelt, he realized that
his short stature (Lohr is 5-foot-8) would affect his decision to continue
in basketball. 

³Being the shortest one at all the meetings and open gyms just showed me
that I didn¹t belong on the team.² He said.

So he began to focus more on football and baseball, excelling in both for
three years at Roosevelt. He set a goal of continuing to play sports beyond
his high school days.

Besides his mother, Lohr said two other influential people kept him
motivated during high school sports. One was his strength and conditioning
coach at Roosevelt and another was a friend who died in an accident. He said
this friend was basically a brother to him and the loss of him was really
tough at the time. 

³These three, I owe my life to and I would not be half the man I am today
without them,² Lohr said. Lohr said he tries to treat all of his assignments
whether classwork or football practice ­ with the same passion and
diligence.

As he became accustomed to his diabetic condition, Lohr thought more deeply
about which sport he wanted to continue in college.

³I was being recruited by Kent State University to play and baseball, and by
B-W to play both. 

I didn¹t want to choose between the two,² said Lohr. ³Coach Snell was a very
important reason in my coming to B-W, as it was hard to turn down a school
that he presented to me.²
Eventually, he decided that football was where he could make his best
contribution. ³Football is full-time and I didn¹t want to give half effort
to it or baseball so that¹s why I chose to stick with football,² said Lohr.

³Tyler was a player who we heavily recruited and who, we as a staff felt,
needed to continue the excellence of our program,² said Snell. ³Tyler has
been the hard worker and team-leader that we envisioned since day one.²

Lohr had to make some adjustments when he joined the B-W program and it was
not easy. During his freshman year, he said he struggled to find his place
in the Yellow Jacket offensive system. In high school, he had played running
back and defensive back. But in his first college season, he moved to wide
receiver on the junior varsity team.

³Freshman year was tough,² said Lohr. ³Learning a new system and new
position was a lot to take on. But my teammates and the coaching staff
worked with me to make it happen.²

When Assistant Coach Keith Grabowski was named Offensive Coordinator, Lohr
thought that would give him an opportunity to switch to running back as a
sophomore. He received playing time in all 10 games, earned a letter and
played running back and punt returner. Lohr rushed the ball five tmes for a
total of 16 yards on the season. As a returner he ³recorded five punt
returns for 23 yards and he had one kickoff return which ended in a 40 yard
gain.             ³We could tell that he was a special player and we
expected big things from him as he has taken advantage of every opportunity
we have given him,² said Grabowski. ³Now, Tyler is a key component of our
offense and one of the best runningbacks in the OAC.²

Managing his diabetic condition just continues to be part of living his
life. ³I don¹t want to be looked at as anyone different than anyone else on
the team. My condition isn¹t life threatening so I don¹t want to be treated
different,² Lohr said.

Coming into the 2011 season, Lohr was on the depth chart as a backup. ³I
wanted to make an impact behind Tim, and help us reach our goal of winning
an OAC Championship. As hard as we work, we can¹t settle for anything less,²
Lohr said. 

Then, during the first play of the first scrimmage at Case Western Reserve
University, Miker tore his ACL, an injury that took him out of the lineup
for the season. That left the running back position open.

Lohr was told by Coach Snell and Grabowski that he was the starter and that
they had ³complete confidence in him and his ability to lead the Yellow
Jackets rushing attack.² Lohr had reached a goal, but now he decided he had
more to accomplish.

In the Yellow Jacket season-opening 23-0 win at The College of Wooster, Lohr
carried the ball 11 times for 55 yards, but fumbled twice.  But that did not
stop him or frustrate him.

³That first game could have affected a lot of student-athletes, but not
Tyler,² said Snell. ³He has just worked harder and harder and his work has
paid off.

Since the Wooster game, Lohr has had efforts of 119 yards and two touchdowns
in a 35-20 win against Heidelberg University, 90 yards in 22 attempts in a
14-11 upset loss to Capital University, 118 yards in 22 carries and a TD in
a 17-7 win at Marietta College and a career-high 123 yards and a career-high
three TDs in last Saturday¹s 27-21 win at Otterbein University. For his
efforts against Heidelberg, Lohr was named the Dick Miller Outstanding
Player of the Game, and he is this week¹s OAC Offensive Player of the Week.

³To perform like that, especially following what happened at Wooster was
really special and I just thought of the people who helped me reach this
point of my career the whole time,² said Lohr of the Dick Miller award.

³And, now to be named as an OAC Player of the Week is another great thrill,²
continued Lohr. ³I could never have achieved either award without the great
play of our offensive line and receivers.²

Lohr is a criminal justice major and aspires to work in law enforcement as a
police officer. But he hopes to stay around the game of football, too. For a
while, Lohr thought about becoming a high school teacher.

³I love that atmosphere [teaching young people and coaching] and knew that
would give me the best chance to be a coach and stay around the game,² said
Lohr. ³But ultimately I decided on criminal justice with the goal of being a
police officer.²

Lohr says that his physical condition is just a small part of who he is
today ­ and he will use it to keep setting goals and reaching them in the
future.

'Berg football looks to get into first-place tie in 

the OAC this weekend

The Heidelberg University football team
will look to assume a share of first place in the Ohio Athletic
Conference on Saturday, Oct. 15 when it hosts No. 2 University
of Mount Union in an OAC game in Tiffin, Ohio. Kickoff from
Mayer Field is slated for 1:30 p.m.
The Student Princes, under the direction of fifth-year
head coach Mike Hallett, are 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the OAC
for the first time since beginning the 1993 season 5-0 and 4-0
in the conference, and received votes (two) for the first time
in this week’s American Football Coaches Association top-25
poll. The Berg defeated Muskingum University, 17-7, in New
Concord in its last game.

GAME PREVIEW

The Purple Raiders of 26th-year head coach Larry Kehres,
ranked second for the 14th consecutive week since the start
of the 2010 season and receiving three first-place votes, enter
the game 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the OAC, and are riding a
52-game conference winning streak. Mount Union defeated
Marietta College, 62-0, last week in Alliance.
Saturday’s game will feature a pair of high-powered,
nationally-ranked offenses that protect the football. Heidelberg’s
offense ranks 22nd nationally with 450.8 yards per
game (second in the OAC), including 223.8 yards per game on
the ground and 227.0 yards per game through the air—both
of which rank third in the league—and scores 33.4 points per
game. Leading the rushing attack will be sophomore secondteam

All-OAC running back Germany Woods (Cleveland/
Lakewood St. Edward), whose 624 rushing yards and 124.8
ypg. are second in the OAC and 18th nationally. Woods, who
tallied 136 rushing yards on a career-high 33 carries last week
against Muskingum, has rushed for 100 yards in four of five
games this season and eight of his last nine contests dating
back to 2010.


Freshman quarterback Michael Mees (North Ridgeville)
will direct the offense. Mees has completed 52.5 percent (74-
of-141) of his passes this season for 1,088 yards and 12 touchdowns
against only three interceptions, while ranking second
in the league with 217.6 ypg. and fourth with a pass efficiency
rating of 141.1.

 Among Mees’ favorite targets are junior wide
receiver Mario Escalante (Highland Heights, Ky./Newport
Central Catholic) and senior wide receiver CJ Powell (Detroit,
Mich./Bishop Foley). Escalante and Powell have each
caught a team-best 15 passes, while Escalante leads with 310
receiving yards and Powell leads with five TD receptions.
The Student Princes will go against a Mount Union defense
that ranks within the nation’s top-10 in five defensive
categories, including total defense (first, 170.6 ypg.), pass
efficiency defense (second, 72.09), scoring defense (third,
7.4 ppg.), pass defense (sixth, 112.8 ypg.) and rush defense
(seventh, 57.8 ypg.).

 Nick Driskill leads the Purple Raider defensive
unit and is 10th in the OAC with 39 tackles, including
a team-high 8.5 for loss. Seven Purple Raiders have made interceptions
this season, led by Tyler Alwardt with two.
Both teams create an abundance of turnovers while protecting
the football.


Oberlin football to take on Little Giants

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College football team will look to rebound after two tough road losses against Wittenberg and Case Western. They come back home for a NCAC battle with the Wabash College Little Giants. The Yeomen have dropped 13 straight to the Little Giants since their first meeting in 1945.

What: #12 Wabash College Little Giants (5-0, 2-0 NCAC) @ Oberlin College Yeomen (2-3, 1-2 NCAC)
When: Saturday, October 15, 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 1-13-1

Last Meeting Against the Little Giants: Oberlin lost to Wabash 42-21 on October 16th, 2010 at Hollett Little Giant Stadium.

Last Time out for the Yeomen: Lost to Case Western Reserve University 47-21 (10/8/10)

Series Information ...
Oberlin trails the all-time series against the Little Giants 1-13-1. The Little Giants have won 13 straight against the Yeomen, with the last Oberlin win coming in the first meeting between the schools in 1945, when the Yeomen upended Wabash 32-7. 

GAME PREVIEW

The lone tie came two years later in 1947 when the schools battled to a 7-7 stalemate. In the 2010 matchup, Oberlin fell behind very quickly by a score of 23-0. The Yeomen weren’t able to put points on the board until there was 6:38 left in the second quarter, when Senior tight end Danny Enright found the end zone for the Yeomen. Josh Mandel was the short-yardage quarterback during the game and had 24 yards on the ground to go along with two rushing touchdowns. Cornerback David Kalgren had a career day with 14 tackles and two interceptions.


Scouting the Little Giants…
The Little Giants boast a powerful team on both sides of the ball. The offense averages 33.8 points a game and is led by junior dual-threat quarterback Chase Belton. Belton has 51 rushing attempts for 275 yards and three touchdowns. Through the air on the season, he is 69-of-115 for 1,048 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s had four interceptions and averages 209 yards per game. Belton’s top two targets are Jonathan Horn (465 yards and five touchdowns), and Wes Chamblee (264 yards and four touchdowns).  The Wabash defense is just as impressive, only giving up 4.8 points per game. They are led by linebacker Nate Scola who has 31 tackles to lead the team. The sophomore defensive lineman has 18 total tackles, with five being tackles for a loss and three sacks… The special teams for Wabash is also a threat, with senior wide receiver/punt returner Wes Chamblee averaging 25.4 yards per return and two touchdowns on the year.

Turnovers are key…
Turnovers have been a big part of Oberlin’s season thus far. In their two wins (Keynon and Hiram), Oberlin coughed it up just one time, compared to the three losses in which they have given it up 13 times. On the season, the Yeomen have turnover ratio of  - 7 (14/7). When the Yeomen can keep the offensive mistakes to a minimum and keep their defense off the field they have been able to come out victorious.  The Yeomen need to concentrate on this in order to keep up with the Little Giants on both sides of the ball.

Offensive Battles…
Although the Yeomen had five turnovers last week in their loss to Case, they still were able to 21 points. That is the most points Case’s defense has given up all year. They face a tough defense again this week, which hasn’t given up more than seven points in a single game all year.  Oberlin, which has scored 22.4 points per game (Fourth in the NCAC), will hope to be the first to give Wabash some troubles.

Offensive Strong Points…
The Yeomen offense has shown glimpses of a top tier offense in the NCAC. They have 95 first downs this year, which is an average of 19 per game (Tied for second in the NCAC). The Yeomen possess the ball for 32:23 per game, which is second in the league. The have the second-highest 3rd-down conversion rate in the conference at 42.2 percent (27-of-64) and our the least penalized team in the NCAC which just 12 infractions for a league-low 22.2 yards per game.

Williams Making his Mark…
Freshman Justin Williams has slowly worked his way into becoming a feature back for the 2011 Yeomen. Last week he tied a career high with 13 rushes. He finished with 64 all-purpose yards, which was the best performance of his young career. Look for him to keep integrating into the offense and get more touches as the season wears on.

Defensive Key…
Wabash runs a balanced offense, and will look to run the ball more this week, especially after last year’s performance by David Kalgren. He had a career day with 14 total tackles, and added two interceptions.  It is a sure thing that Belton will know where Kalgren is, and Wabash will try to stay away from him.

Offensive Playmakers…
The Yeomen have seven different receivers this year that average over 10 yards per catch. They are led by Robin Witjes who has 22 catches for 258 yards (11.7 yards per catch) and four touchdowns. The Yeomen average 11.3 yards per completion. QuarterbackJosh Mandel will need to get the ball in the hands of these receivers out wide, in order to wear down the Wabash defense, and put points on the board.

Marlington's/Mount's Snode Named OAC Women's Golfer of the Week For Third Time This Fall


AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union senior Mary Snode (Alliance/Marlington) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Week for a third time this Fall.


Snode keeps on winning as last week she claimed Medalist honors at the Mount Union Fall Classic with a career-low score of 74 at Tannenhauf Golf Club.  She also led the Purple Raiders to the team title at the event.

She has now won the OAC's weekly honor six different times in her career.

Spartans Set to Host Hiram for Homecoming on Saturday

The Case Western Reserve University Spartans look to continue a three-game winning streak when they host the Hiram College Terriers for Homecoming on Saturday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m. at Case Field in Cleveland. The Spartans improved to 4-1 last week with a 47-21 home victory versus Oberlin College. Hiram is 1-5 overall after dropping a neutral site game to Macalester College (Minn.), 31-14.

SERIES NOTES

The Spartans and Terriers have met 21 times on the gridiron, with Hiram holding an 11-9-1 lead in the all-time series. The Spartans have won four consecutive meetings and six of seven overall, including a 41-0 shutout at Hiram last season. The last Hiram victory in the series came back in 2000 by a score of 17-7 at Case. The first-ever meeting between the two schools in 1972 resulted in a 13-0 victory for Case. The programs met annually from 1972-89 before a 10-year hiatus from 1990-99. The rivalry was renewed for two years (2000-01) before a six-year gap from 2002-07. The teams have met each season since 2008.

THE COACHES

Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who is in his eighth season in 2011 with a 56-23 (.705) record. Debeljak led the Spartans to three consecutive undefeated (10-0) regular seasons from 2007-09 with back-to-back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances and UAA titles. Since the beginning of the 2007 season, Case Western Reserve has posted an outstanding overall record of 43-6, earning Debeljak and his staff the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award for three straight seasons (2007-09). In addition, Case has been ranked in the AFCA top 25 in each of the past four seasons (2007-10).


Hiram is coached by Randy Moore, who has a 2-14 record is in his second season with the Terriers. Moore served as defensive coordinator at Otterbein University for seven seasons and helped lead the Cardinals to their first-ever NCAA Playoff berth in 2008. Prior to joining the staff at Otterbein, Moore served as defensive coordinator at Hope College (Mich.) and was the head coach at Lake Forest College (Ill.).

LAST MEETING

The Spartans improved to 6-0 in 2010 and stretched their regular season winning streak to 37 games with a 41-0 shutout of the Terriers on Saturday, October 16 at Henry Field in Hiram. The Spartans scored on their first five possessions, with then senior quarterback Joey Baum completing 15-of-26 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns. Current sophomore running back Kenny Riordan (Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond-Burton) rushed for a game-high 74 yards on just 10 carries with his first collegiate touchdown. The Spartan defense totaled five sacks and recorded its first shutout since the end of the 2008 regular season. Current senior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name)  posted five tackles, a sack and his first career interception.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS

Through five games, the Spartans average 23.8 points, 124.0 yards rushing, 201.8 yards passing and 325.8 total yards. Case opponents average 14.2 ppg, 89.4 yards rushing, 208.2 yards passing and 297.6 total yards per game. The Spartans have a +6 turnover margin after checking in at +11 last season.

SPARTAN LEADERS

Offensively, junior quarterback Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) has completed 77-of-131 passes for 913 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions. Freshman running back Manny Sicre (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) has a team-high 323 yards on 68 carries (4.8 ypc) with three touchdowns. Sicre also has 14 receptions for 75 yards. Sophomore running back Kenny Riordan (Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond-Burton) has 230 yards rushing on 49 carries (4.7 ypc). Senior wide receiver Bryan Metlesitz (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) has team-highs of 26 receptions and 349 yards (13.4 ypc) to go along with two touchdowns. Freshman wide receiver Sean Lapcevic (Presto, Pa./Chartiers Valley) has 15 receptions for 196 yards (13.1 ypc).

Defensively, junior linebacker Ryan Ferguson (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) is tied for the team-high with 52 tackles to go along four tackles for loss and both an interception and fumble recovery for a touchdown. Senior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) also has 52 tackles with 1.5 sacks. Junior linebacker Kevin Nossem (Munster, Ind./Munster) has 34 tackles with a team-high tying four sacks, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

GAME PREVIEW

 

Senior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) has 33 stops with a team-high nine tackles for loss and a team-high tying four sacks. Junior safety Dan Calabrese  (Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) has 19 stops with a team-high four interceptions and a forced fumble.

SCOUTING THE TERRIERS

To date, Hiram has a victory versus Kenyon College (16-13) and losses versus Westminster College (17-7), Denison University (42-14), Oberlin College (27-7), Carnegie Mellon University (24-7) and Macalaster College (31-14). Through six games, Hiram averages 10.8 points, 157.2 yards rushing, 167.3 yards passing and 324.5 total yards per game. Terrier opponents average 24.7 points, 204.7 yards rushing, 173.2 yards passing and 377.9 total yards per game. The Terriers have a -4 turnover ratio.

TERRIER LEADERS

Offensively, sophomore QB Brandon Hanna has completed 92-of-162 passes for 761 yards, three TDs and seven INTs. Hanna is also the team's leading rusher with 449 yards on 86 attempts (5.2 ypc) with three TDs. Junior RB Chris Austin has 270 yards on 26 carries (4.1 ypc) with a score. Sophomore WR Richard Simpson leads the Terriers with 29 receptions for 298 yards (10.3 ypc) with two TDs. Freshman WR Jeff Schofield is second on the squad with 28 catches for 240 yards.

Defensively, senior LB Oliver Dickerhoof has team-highs with 70 tackles and three fumble recoveries to go along with two forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks. Senior LB Jon Hull has 60 tackles, including four for loss, with three sacks and two forced fumbles. Freshman defensive lineman Maria Lemuel leads the team with 5.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Three Terriers have INTs, including senior defensive back Dominick Harper, who also has 36 tackles and a forced fumble.

AN "ENGLISH" LESSON

Three-time All-UAA senior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) has led the team in sacks and tackles for loss in each of the past two seasons. Through five games in 2011, English has 33 tackles, including nine for loss, with four sacks, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery. English now has 28.5 career sacks -- two shy of tying the school record of 30.5 set by Brian Calderone (2005-08).

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Junior quarterback Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) and junior safety Dan Calabrese (Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) have been tabbed as the University Athletic Association Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their roles in last week's win versus Oberlin. Olson has earned the award for three consecutive weeks, while Calabrese is a first-time honoree.

FEEL THE "CALA-BREEZE"

Junior safety Dan Calabrese (Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) tied a school record versus Oberlin with three interceptions. Calabrese also returned two of the picks for touchdowns and now has three scores this season -- one punt return and the two INTs.

GETTING DEFENSIVE

The Spartans currently lead the UAA in rush defense (89.4 ypg), scoring defense (14.2 ppg) and turnovers forced (15). Nationally, Case ranks 14th in tackles for loss per game (8.8), 20th in rush defense, 24th in scoring defense, 27th in turnovers forced and 29th in sacks per game (3).


No. 4/5 Miami Battles Colgate in First Road Test
RedHawks face Raiders Friday and Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y.

THE GAME

No. 4/5 Miami (1-1-0) hits the road for the first time in 2011-12 when it travels to Hamilton, N.Y. for a two-game set with Colgate out of the ECAC Friday and Saturday at Starr Rink. The RedHawks opened the season at home with a series split with Bemidji State of the WCHA, dropping the opener, 5-3, before rebounding for a 3-2 win Saturday. Miami lost its season opener for the first time since 2005-06 and home opener for the first time in 10 years, last losing the 2001 season opener, as the Beavers rallied with four third-period goals. The ‘Hawks responded Saturday, however, to earn their first win of the year, overcoming a 2-1 deficit. Senior Matt Tomassoni had two goals in the game, his first-career multi-goal game, including the game-winner, which came short-handed late in the third period. Five RedHawks have two points on the year while 12 different ‘Hawks have at least one point.

 

Colgate (2-0-0) enters the weekend after capturing the Mutual of Omaha Stampede Tournament, knocking off Robert Morris to open the year, 3-1, before upsetting host and then-No. 14 Nebraska Omaha, 4-3, to claim the title. The Raiders, who are receiving votes in both national polls and would sit 19th (USA Today Poll) and 21st (USCHO Poll) if the polls were extended, will play their first home games of the year against Miami. Colgate is coming off an 11-28-3 campaign, which saw them finish 12th in the ECAC, but the Raiders return 21 letterwinners from last year’s team that made a run to the ECAC Tournament semifinals. Leading Colgate early on is junior Kurtis Bartliff, who has three points and two goals while freshman John Lidgett has three helpers and classmate Joe Wilson also has a pair of goals. Like Miami, the Raiders used two different goalies in their games opening weekend.

 

THE COACHES

Enrico Blasi (Miami ’94) is in his 13th season behind the RedHawk bench. He is a four-time CCHA Coach of the Year and was named National Coach of the Year in 2005-06. He stands 263-170-46 in 13 seasons at his alma mater, where he has led Miami to seven NCAA Tournaments, including two Frozen Four berths, a National Championship game appearance, a pair of CCHA regular-season titles and the school’s first ever Mason Cup last year. Blasi is the the winningest coach in school history.


GAME PREVIEW

 

Don Vaughan (St. Lawrence ‘84) is in his 19th season at Colgate, compiling a record of 296-296-68 in his time behind the Raiders’ bench, which is his only head coaching job. He was named ECAC Coach of the Year in 2000 and has guided Colgate to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths, most recently in 2005. The Raiders also won the 2005-06 ECAC regular-season title under Vaughan and have compiled four 20-win seasons during his time as head coach.

 

THE SERIES

The RedHawks are 1-1 all-time against Colgate, winning their only meeting at Colgate on Nov. 29, 1996 by a score of 14-2. The other meeting came on neutral ice on Dec. 27, 1998 when the Raiders won, 7-2. Head coach Enrico Blasi has never faced Colgate as a player or coach at Miami.

 

QUICK HITS

•   The RedHawks are 10-20-3 all-time in road openers but are 5-5-2 in road openers under head coach Enrico Blasi. Miami has won its road opener each of the last two years and is 3-0-1 over the last four seasons. Miami’s last road-opening loss came in the 2006-07 season at Michigan.

 

•   Four RedHawks tallied their first career point last weekend. Freshmen forwards Jimmy Mullin and Alex Wideman each tallied their first career goal in last Friday’s game. On Saturday, freshmen forwards Austin Czarnik and Blake Coleman each tallied their first career assist while Wideman also recorded his first assist as a RedHawk.

 

•   Senior forward Alden Hirschfeld recorded an assist in each of Miami’s games last weekend, extending his point streak from last year to five games, which is a career long.

 

•   Miami has scored exactly one goal in all six periods it has played this year.

 

•   The RedHawks will face an ECAC school this weekend for the first time since 2008-09 when Miami played both RPI and Clarkson that season. That year, Miami swept RPI in Oxford with 3-1 and 7-1 wins but fell to Clarkson on neutral ice, 4-2.

 

•   Miami ranks sixth nationally on the power play, going 3-for-11 (27.3 percent) last weekend against Bemidji State. The RedHawks went 2-for-5 on the man advantage in their exhibition game as well. Miami ranked third nationally a year ago with a 24.7 percent conversion rate.

           

UP NEXT

Miami remains on the road next weekend as it begins CCHA play at Ferris State Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22 in the teams’ only regular-season meetings. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. both nights.

 

MEDIA COVERAGE
Friday's game will be televised locally on Time Warner Cable Sports in the Hamilton, N.Y. region but will not be on the radio. Saturday's game is not on TV but will be broadcast on radio on WKBV-AM (1490) out of Richmond, Ind. Greg Waddell will have all the action while both games can also be heard through the Miami All-Access subscription package.


Yeowomen Lose Three Tough Sets

Granville, Ohio- The Oberlin College women's volleyball team lost in three straight sets tonight to the Big Red of Denison University, but it was one of the best matches they have played all season thanks to the return of standout Laura Jessee.
Jessee

The Yeowomen played the Big Red tough, scoring at least 19 points in each set, and taking the second set past the 25-point mark.Jenna Bange set the Yeowomen up for their competitive match as she did a great job running the offense - finishing with 26 assists to go along with three kills. Christine Antonsen added eight kills of her own.


Jessee wasted no time getting back into the mix as she imressed in all aspects of the game. The Roanoke, Virginia, native hadteam highs in kills (10), digs (10), block solos (3), and block assists (3).

The Yeowomen head to Wooster this weekend for a NCAC invitational and take on Wooster, Hiram, Wittenberg, and Allegheny.

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