B Page -- Oct. 15, 2011


DAYTON FOOTBALL RETURNS HOME SATURDAY VS. DAVIDSON AT 1 PM ET; BROADVIEW'S STEVE WIRKUS RANKED THIRD IN NATION IN FCS INTERCEPTIONS

Two teams looking to reverse their fortunes meet Saturday at Welcome Stadium when the University of Dayton football team hosts the Davidson Wildcats. Game time is 1 p.m. ET.

Both teams come into the game having lost their last two contests.  Dayton’s last two games have gone down to the final plays against Butler   and at Jacksonville, while the Wildcats have fallen at San Diego and at home against Marist. 


GAME PREVIEW


The Flyers return 11 starters (four offense, six defense, and one specialist) from a team that won a share of the 2010 Pioneer Football League title with a record of 10-1 and was ranked 25th nationally.

Among the Flyers’ 11 returning starters is senior defensive end Devon Langhorst. Langhorst is a National Football Foundation Campbell Trophy semifinalist. 

Langhorst was a member of the 2010 Third Team AP FCS All-America team and was First Team All-Pioneer Football League. He ranked second nationally in sacks with 14 and was second on the team in tackles with 77. 

This season Langhorst leads the team in hits (40) and is tied for team honors in sacks (5.5).

Taylor Harris has three 100 games already this season.  It’s been eight years since a Flyer runner has done that.  His 148 yards at Jacksonville is the most for UD in eight years as well. 

Broadview's  Wirkus

WIRKUS DOWN                                                                           


Safety Steve Wirkus is tied for third nationally in FCS football in interceptions (0.80 per game) six weeks into the season.  He was named PFL Defensive Player of the Week after getting two interceptions, two pass break ups and six tackles (4 solo) in the Marist win. Against Robert Morris in Week One, he was CollegeSportsMadness.com’s PFL Player of the Week after leading UD with nine tackles (7 solo), getting the interception that set up Dayton’s go-ahead touchdown and diving to bat away a pass at the goal line.  He is tied for second in tackles (37) and solo hits (25) in 2010. He added another INT and shared team honors with eight hits vs. Duquesne.  He suffered an ankle injury in the Butler game and is not currently listed on the depth chart.

GOOD NEWS WORTH REPEATING

The Flyers entered the 2011 season with the second- best winning percentage (.792, 97-24) in FCS football since 2000 AND the most football Academic All-Americans (21) at any level of competition in this century.

SERIES STUFF

Dayton leads the series 8-1 and has won the last four encounters.  Last year, the Flyers won 37-13 at Davidson on Oct. 30.  UD has won all five games at Welcome Stadium. 

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS                          

Davidson has the distinction of having two of the three longest plays in the PFL this season. Quarterback Jonathon Carkhuff hit Lanny Funsten for a 99-yard pass against Johnson C. Smith on Sept. 24, and last week Toms Bernhards-Callahan returned a punt 94 yards against Marist.

Carkhuff guides one of the top passing offenses in the nation.  He is second in FCS football in completions (29.6 per game) and sixth in passing yards (308.6).

STREAKING                                                     

UD has not been shut out in a school-record 392 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on Oct. 16, 1976.  That is also the all-time FCS record. 

THE MAN AT THE TOP                                  

Head coach Rick Chamberlin guided UD to 28 wins in his first three seasons, going 9-3 in 2008, 9-2 in 2009 and 10-1 last year. That’s the best three-year start by any Flyer football coach. Dayton has won a share of PFL championships in two of his three years, and missed the third by just five points at Jacksonville in the final game of 2008.

MORE THAN HIS FAIR SHARE

Rick Chamberlin has been a part of 325 of UD’s 625 wins – 26 as a player, 268 as an assistant coach, and 31 as a head coach.

PEER PRESSURE

Rick Chamberlin’s career .775 (31-9) winning percentage is the best among PFL coaches.  Drake’s Chris Creighton is next (.766, 121-37).  In PFL games only, Chamberlin is #1 (.815, 22-5) and Jacksonville coach Kerwin Bell is second (.750, 27-9)

LEADING FROM THE FRONT                       

You will find the Flyers’ 2011 captains in the trenches.  DE Devon Langhorst and OT Dan Prindle are UD’s co-captains this season.  Both are redshirt seniors and part of three PFL title teams in their careers.

LONG TIME STARTERS                                                                

Nine Flyers own double-digit start totals.  Justin Griffis leads with 28 (although 22 were at center and he is now a guard).  Right behind is Dan Prindle with 27. Brian Mack, Tyler Hujik, Devon Langhorst and Matt Pfleger each have 17.  Zach Weber and Eric Robbe both have 16 and Kyle Sebetic has 14.

FIRST TIME STARTERS                                                                

UD has had two players lead the team in tackles in their first career start, both on the road.  RS soph LB Colin Monnier did at CSU where he had eight.  True freshman CB Matt Bianco had eight (all solo) at Jacksonville.  Twelve Flyers started for the first time at RMU.  They were QB Will Bardo, RB Taylor Harris, WR Jordan Boykin, FL Branden Johnson, OT Tom Corcoran, C Bill Petraiuolo, DT Phil DeBoer, DE Anthony Sadler, LB Sean Belanger, and Flyer Andre Crawford.  OT’s Jamie Mewhinney (Duquesne) and Chris Cortopassi (CSU), DT Brannon Dunn (CSU) and CB Howard Savage (Marist) have also started for the first time this year.

FIRST TIME QB                                                                             

Redshirt freshman Will Bardo took over at quarterback for Dayton at Robert Morris, following two-time PFL Offensive Player of the Year Steve Valentino.  This was the first game that Bardo played in (that counts, at least) since he led Ft. Thomas Highlands High School to the 2009 Kentucky 5A Championship.  In his debut, Bardo was 14 of 24 for 180 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions.  A dual threat, he is the only PFL quarterback with at least 100 rushing yards this season (247) and is 10th in rushing in the league

NOT HIS FIRST RODEO                                                               

Having an inexperienced quarterback step into the starting lineup is nothing new for Dayton offensive coordinator Dave Whilding.  Of the 17 new starting quarterbacks in Whilding’s 31 years of coaching the position, 11 took over with less than 20 career passes to their credit (including Steve Valentino and two QB’s now in the UD Hall of Fame – Kevin Johns and Steve Keller).  Three (Kevin Wilhelm, Kelly Spiker and Brandon Staley) had the same number as new QB Will Bardo -- zero.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN                                                                

Backup quarterback Zach Splain has played in all six games.  With starter Will Bardo cramping up in the heat at Robert Morris, Splain came in and completed all five of his pass attempts for 32 yards and gained two first downs.  Against Marist, Splain entered the game late in the first half and guided UD to four scoring drives in the next five possessions.  He was 11 of 18 for 161 yards and two TD’s.

SACK RACE                                                                                    

Dayton had eight sacks in the RMU win.  Seven different Flyers got into the sack act.  UD also had two QB hurries and forced four holding penalties at RMU. UD is tied for third nationally and tops in the PFL (tied with Drake and San Diego) in per game average (3.50).

DEFINTELY DEVON                                                                      

Defensive end Devon Langhorst was a member of the 2010 Associated Press Championship Subdivision All-American Third Team and was First Team All-PFL.  He was second nationally in sacks with 14 and was second on the team in tackles with 77. Langhorst was nationally recognized as a Preseason Third Team All-American by College Sporting News.   Langhorst had 2.5 sacks at RMU.  Against Butler he was the game’s top tackler (12) and also had 2.5 sacks and two QB hurries.  For the season, he leads UD in total tackles (40), sacks (5.5, tied with Brannon Dunn), TFL (8.0) and QB hurries (5).

LANGHORST IS CAMPBELL TROPHY SEMINIFINALIST          

Devon Langhorst was named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s Campbell Trophy, which is the major award of the NFF’s Scholar-Athlete Award program.  Langhorst is one of just 127 college football players selected.  UD has had at least a semifinalist for six straight years.   Among Division I schools, the Flyers are one of 12 institutions with a semifinalist in the last six years.  The others are Austin Peay, Bucknell, Columbia, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Rutgers, South Dakota State, Texas, Wisconsin and Youngstown State.

ALWAYS AROUND THE BALL                                                     

That’s a great way to describe the play of redshirt sophomore linebacker Colin Monnier.  Despite not playing for the last two seasons and starting only three games this year, he is tied for second for UD in tackles (37) and has had at least five hits in five of the six games.  He had his first career interception at Jacksonville. 

DEAL WITH DUNN                                                                       

Redshirt sophomore DT Brannon Dunn is tied with Devon Langhorst for team honors in sacks (5.5) despite only starting two games this season.  He had a defensive lineman’s “helmet trick” at Jacksonville, getting a sack, forcing a fumble and recovering the fumble on the same play.

SAVAGE HITS

Sophomore cornerback Howard Savage led UD with two “Hammer Hit of the Week” awards to his credit last season.  Fittingly, he got the first one of 2011 at Robert Morris.  He led UD in tackles (8, tied with four other Flyers) and passes broken up (3) against Duquesne and started for the first time against Marist.  He leads UD in pass breakups (5).  Savage missed the Jacksonville game with an injury.

BEN, WHERE THE HECK HAVE YOU BEEN?

It took almost two years, but senior safety Ben Welsh returned to Flyer football in a big way in the Marist win, leading the team in tackles (9) and coming up with the game’s pivotal play.  After UD scored to take a 7-3 lead, Welsh stole the ball out of the Marist receiver’s hands, giving UD a short field and setting up Dayton’s second touchdown of the day.    Welsh started the first five games of 2009, but suffered a knee injury that cost him the rest of the year.  Last season, a torn achilles suffered in the off-season kept him on the sidelines all year.  And then a bicep injury in the first scrimmage of the 2011 preseason prevented his return to action until the Marist win.  In four games, he has 24 hits (13 solo) and also at least one stat to his credit in every category except a QB hurry. 

GOOD HANDS PEOPLE                                                                

Four Flyer receivers have combined for 66 of UD’s 78 receptions this season.  Luke Bellman leads in catches (22), yards (352), yards per catch (16.0) and TD’s (3). He had six for 121 in the Marist win.  Tyler Hujik has 16 receptions for 79 yards, Branden Johnson has 15 for 217 (14.5 avg.) and Jordan Boykin has 13 for 136 yards (10.5 avg.).  Johnson had five for 100 at Jacksonville.  Oddly, four of UD’s seven scoring passes are among the remaining 12 catches (TD’s by Brian Mack, Jordan Elmore, Tyler Schutz and Nik Gillum). 

TEAR UP THE TURF, TAYLOR

Taylor Harris’ 83-yard touchdown run against Duquesne was the third-longest in Dayton history, and the longest at Welcome Stadium.  Leroy Ka-Ne (the Hawai’ian Hyphen) holds the record of 94 yards vs. Scranton in 1949 at Baujan Field, and J.P. Ragon scampered 85 yards at Morehead State in 1997. 

BEEN A WHILE

Taylor Harris has three100-yard rushing games in six games this season (110 yards against Duquesne, 101 at Central State and 148 at Jacksonville).  The 148 yards were the most in a single game by a Flyer runner since Cliff Sachini had 150 against Butler in 2003.  Sachini is also the last Flyer runner to have at least three 100 yard games in a season.  Sachini had five in 2003.  Harris leads UD in rushing with 473 net yards (6.9 yards per carry) and has scored twice as many TD’s than other UD player (6).  He was second in the PFL in scoring last year with 13 touchdowns. This year he is first in the PFL in per carry average (6.9), fourth in rushing (78.8) and seventh in scoring (6.0).

STABLE SITUATION

UD returns its entire stable of top running backs from 2010 -- seniors Taylor Harris, Dan Jacob and Brian Mack.  They combined for 946 yards and 22 TD’s between them last year with a 4.7 yards per carry average.  Harris is currently listed at starter but all three have started in the past. 

SPECIAL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER

Sophomore Gary Hunter led the PFL and was ranked eighth in FCS football in kickoff return average as a freshman in 2010.  Hunter averaged 28.2 yards a return.  He had what is believed to be the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a freshman in the history of University of Dayton football when he had an 82-yard scamper against Valparaiso.  Early records are incomplete, but no Flyer freshman has returned a kickoff for a TD in the modern era of UD football. After playing corner last year, Hunter has moved to the offensive side of the ball and is a wide receiver. He is sixth in the PFL in kick return average (21.1) even though he has just two 30+ yard returns in 2011.

DOUBLE DUTY                                                                             

Senior Nate Miller is handling placekicking and punting chores for the Flyers in 2011.  He kicked two field goals and averaged 41.6 yards per punt (with three inside the 20) against Duquesne.  He leads UD in scoring (36 pts) and averages 36.1 yards per punt.

DOING GOOD WORK      

Redshirt senior offensive tackle Dan Prindle was a member of the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Honorees were selected based on their contributions to their community and campus. Prindle has volunteered at Children’s Medical Center, St. Vincent DePaul and the Bombeck Center on campus. In addition, he was a part of Christmas on Campus, YMCA Summer Camp and has also helped with the Special Olympics. This summer he was a camp counselor at UD’s engineering camp for gifted students.  He is also an executive officer of Dayton’s Student/Athlete Advisory Committee and has served as a representative at the NCAA’s APPLE Conference which concentrates on improving substance abuse prevention programming and policies in athletics departments.  Prindle was UD’s Offensive Player of the Week in the Marist win.

FLYER FAMILY                                                                              

Seven current members of the Flyer football team have had relatives who also played for UD, including four players whose fathers played -- Austen Alber (Tim, 1986-88), Alex Johnston (Jim, 1973-75), Matt Dorenkott (Brian, 1976-78) and Kyle Pignatiello (Mike, 1980-82).

600 CLUB

The Flyers became the 11th NCAA FCS team (and the first west of the Alleghenies) to win at least 600 games in its football history when UD beat Davidson on October 18, 2008. Here are the 14 members of the club, heading into the 2011 season.  Yale (864), Penn (813), Harvard (812), Princeton (785), Fordham (748), Dartmouth (651), Lafayette (650), Delaware (649), Lehigh (639), Dayton (622) Cornell (620), North Dakota State (613) Northern Iowa (610), North Dakota (604) and Colgate (603).  Of the 600 Club members, Dayton has played the fewest seasons (103, nine fewer than Northern Iowa’s 112).  UD moved into the Top 10 in 2010.

PFL POWER

The Flyers’ 77-21 PFL record is the best in the history of the league. UD has won 11 league championships (including ties) in the 18 years the PFL has existed. The rest of the league has 13 combined.

COMPLETIONS FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS CHARITY INITIATIVE

After picking up “Loose Change” for Catholic Social Services in 2008, scoring “Touchdowns for Tots” in 2009, and taking down “Sacks For Groceries” in 2010, the University of Dayton has a new charity of choice this season.  It is “Completions For Cystic Fibrosis.” For every pass completion during the 2011 season, PNC Bank will make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

TUESDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

For the fifth straight year, the Flyers sponsored “Tuesday Night Lights,” the free program where pee wee football teams take the field for a practice with the University of Dayton football team. Every Tuesday from Sept. 6 to Oct. 25, teams that sign up in advance get a pre-practice talk from Flyer head coach Rick Chamberlin, take the field to warm up with the UD football team, and observe practice until they go home at 8:30 p.m. 


DAYTON PICKED SIXTH OF 12 IN ATLANTIC 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL

Senior Forward Chris Johnson Named Second Team Preseason All-Atlantic 10

 

New York --The University of Dayton men’s basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic 10 this season in a poll of coaches and media. The announcement was made at the league’s annual media day, held this year at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott in New York City.  

Xavier is the A-10’s preseason favorite, followed by Temple, Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure, Richmond and Dayton.  Saint Joseph’s was predicted to place seventh, with George Washington, Duquesne, Rhode Island, Charlotte, UMass, La Salle and Fordham rounding out the conference.

Senior forward Chris Johnson was a preseason Second Team All-Atlantic 10 pick. 


Johnson, who was named a co-captain this week by new Flyer coach Archie Miller, has earned Atlantic 10 accolades in each of his previous three seasons – All-Rookie, Chris Daniels Most Improved, and Honorable Mention All-Atlantic 10.  In 2011-12, he was second on the team in scoring (11.7) and rebounding (6.0), while leading the team in minutes (29.7), FT% (.830, 83-100), three-pointers (77) and steals (31). 


The Columbus (Ohio) Brookhaven product is already 36th in career scoring at UD with 1,069 points.  He was the 2010 NIT MVP, and this off-season he was one of 10 college players invited to the Nike Kevin Durrant Skills camp.


“I’m really excited for Chris being recognized as one of our conference’s best players,” Miller said.  “I think Chris is primed to have a great senior year.  H’s really working hard at it.   I don’t think this sort of accomplishment is all that important to him right now.  Winning is at the forefront of his mind, but he should be mentioned when you talk about the best players in the Atlantic 10.”

Tu Holloway (Xavier), Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure), Ramone Moore (Temple), Juan Fernandez (Temple) and Tony Taylor (George Washington) were named to the first team.  Joining Johnson on the second team were Mark Lyons (Xavier), Chris Gaston (Fordham), Kwamain Mitchell (Saint Louis) and Kenny Frease (Xavier).  The third team consisted of T.J. McConnell (Duquesne), Carl Jones (Saint Joseph’s), Scootie Randall (Temple), Chris Braswell (Charlotte) and Derrio Green (Charlotte).

“Preseason picks are what they are but I think our being picked sixth shows what kind of respect other people have for our returning players, “Miller continued.  “There is a lot of ‘newness’ in our program but they know our players, and our being picked sixth demonstrates we have a solid core of upperclassmen.  We’re all looking forward to getting after it starting tomorrow.”

UD returns three starters (including Johnson) from last year’s 22-14 team that reached the championship game of the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Flyers reached the post-season for the fourth consecutive season, playing in the NIT.

Dayton opens the 2011-12 season at home against Western Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 12.  Before that, the Flyer Faithful will have three opportunities to see the team in action.  The annual Red & Blue scrimmage game is on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. ET.  UD’s two exhibition games are against Walsh (Saturday, Oct. 29, 4 p.m. ET) and Findlay (Saturday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. ET).

Grand Valley State University Lakers (3-3, 2-3 GLIAC) 
at Lake Erie College Storm (1-4, 0-4 GLIAC)

 

When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Where:  Jack Britt Memorial Stadium (3,000 capacity/ProGrass) in Painesville, Ohio | Directions

Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/lakeerie 

TV/Internet Broadcast: None

Radio/Web Broadcast: ESPN 970 WFUN, Craig Deas (play-by-play) and Mark Richards (analyst)

Website: www.LakeErieStorm.com

LISTEN LIVE

QUICK NOTES: After two straight weeks on the road, the Storm returns home to face perennial national power Grand Valley State... the game is part of Lake Erie's "Taking Breast Cancer by Storm" awareness initiative.


 The Storm team will wear pink ribbon decals on their helmets, along with other pink themed accessories... after winning its opener, the Storm has dropped its first five league games, though its opponents over that stretch have a combined record of 22-7... last week LEC closed within seven points of #6 Wayne State on the road before the Warriors scored a pair of big play TDs to pull away for a 45-24 win. 




GAME PREVIEW



Senior QB Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in the loss. One of those TD passes was to freshman Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) - the first of his career. Bedevelsky has thrown 117 passes without an interception.

   
Brunswick's Bedevelsky (L), South alum Lindgren (R)


Grand Valley shockingly lost its first three GLIAC games but has bounced back with a pair of wins over Tiffin and Northern Michigan... last year, Lake Erie led 20-19 late in the second quarter but the then top-ranked Lakers outscored LEC 30-0 in the second half of a 57-23 win.

 

LAKE ERIE LINKS

·         Game Notes

·         Statistics

·         Schedule and Results

·         Roster

·         Coaching Staff

·         2011 Media Info Center

 

GRAND VALLEY STATE LINKS

·         Game Notes

·         Statistics

·         Schedule and Results

·         Roster

·         Coaching Staff

·         2011 Media Guide

 

GLIAC LINKS

·         GLIAC Football Homepage

·         GLIAC Weekly Preview

·         GLIAC Football Media Day Central

 

UP NEXT: Lake Erie hosts the University of Findlay next Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. on Youth Day/Take a Kid to the Game. 

 

ONLINE: During the game, follow the Storm on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lecsports. Also, join the LIVE BLOG during the contest at www.LakeErieStorm.com. For a complete recap afterwards, with statistics, photos and player and coach interviews, log on to www.LakeErieStorm.com.

 

NO. 6 'BERG VOLLEYBALL PUTS SHARE OF FIRST 

PLACE ON THE LINE TODAY

AGAINST MOUNT UNION



TIFFIN, Ohio-A share of first place in the Ohio Athletic Conference will be
on the line Saturday night when the No. 6 Heidelberg University volleyball
team hosts the University of Mount Union in a league match at Seiberling
Gymnasium at 7 p.m. in Tiffin, Ohio.  The match is designated as a 'Berg
Pride Event and fans will have the opportunity to purchase incentive-based
'Berg Pride cards and t-shirts in support of Heidelberg athletics.

Live stats for Saturday's match will be available at
http://www.heidelberg.edu/statcrew/vb/xlive.htm.

The Berg, 22-2 overall and 5-0 in the OAC, is currently riding a 14-match
winning streak dating back to Sept. 17 following a 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-12,
25-23) win at Baldwin-Wallace College on Tuesday (Oct. 11).  In that match,
senior second-team All-OAC outside hitter outside hitter Venessa Haase
(Miamisburg) notched her fourth double-double in the last five games with a
team-high-tying 12 kills and 11 digs.


MATCH PREVIEW

In addition, Heidelberg has won 16 consecutive matches against conference
opponents dating back to last season and has won 42 of its last 45 sets
during its 14-match winning streak.

The Berg is led offensively by junior second-team All-OAC outside hitter
Marian Bevington (Celina/Parkway), who leads the team with 175 kills and a
.361 hitting percentage, and senior reigning OAC player of the year Jackie
Reinhart (New Riegel) with 174 kills and a hitting percentage of .259.  Both
Reinhart and Haase recently recorded their 1,000th-career kill.

Junior setter Rachel Ferguson (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) and sophomore
setter Alexa Frank (Tiffin/Calvert) will direct the offense.  The duo has
combined to provide 688 of the team's 882 assists, with Ferguson tallying
416 and Frank notching 272.

Freshman libero Tessa Benanzer (Fort Loramie) will handle the bulk of the
defensive load.  Benanzer has a team-best 301 digs and has accounted for
nearly 25 percent of the team's digs this season.  Reinhart has collected
278 saves of her own, while Bevington, with 76 total blocks, including 37
solo stops, will defend the net.

The Purple Raiders come to Tiffin sporting an 18-5 overall and 4-0 OAC
record following a 3-1 defeat of John Carroll University last Tuesday in
Alliance.  The offense is led by Taylor Webb with 292 kills and a .325
hitting percentage and Julie Radigan with 727 assists.  On defense, Deanna
Glass will take charge at the net, having recorded 87 total blocks this
season, while Kristen Gromes leads with 368 digs.  Gromes has also served a
team-best 28 aces.

Heidelberg boasts a perfect 4-0 record on its home court, while Mount Union
is 3-2 on the road.

A 'Berg victory will keep the Tri-Color in sole possession of first place in
the OAC, while a Purple Raider win would create at least a two-way tie for
the top spot.  Otterbein University, which hosts Capital University on
Saturday, is 4-1 in the league.

Following Saturday evening's match, Heidelberg will travel to University
Heights
 to face John Carroll University in a conference match on Tuesday,
Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.


Euclid's Tony Gordon leading 

Berg to best football season in 

many moons; senior 

cornerback envisioned as 

leader

By Kristen Schneider
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer

Senior cornerback and team captain Tony Gordon (Euclid) has anchored a defensive unit that has guided Heidelberg University to a 4-1 overall and3-1 Ohio Athletic Conference record this season, but he does not hold himself responsible. 

Gordon attributes the Student Princes' accomplishments to the team's belief in the coaching system.  He says that with all 150 Student/Athletes trusting and backing the decisions of the coaching staff, they have found a bond unlike in years past.

For Gordon, that bond has created success both for the team and for himself.

It is not only this bond he shares that creates his success; it is his hard
work both on and off the field.


Before each game, Gordon envisions how the game will play out. 

Envisioning what the opponent's offense looks like, envisioning how his mark will try to beat him, envisioning what the other team's favorite plays are and envisioning what he needs to do to shut them down.  It is not all just a mind game, though; it is also the physical work at each practice. 

Gordon refuses to let himself lose focus for even a minute.  Instead, his constant focal point is practicing as hard as if it were his biggest game.

Despite his self-motivation and leadership on and off the field, Gordon
still finds sources of motivation other than himself.   

His parents, AnthonyGordon Sr. and Cecelia Oatman, play a vital role is his success as a student, athlete and person, and have supported him in a number of ways, as parents usually will.  Says Gordon, "The least I can do is present myself as the respectful man they continue to raise me to be."  It is Mr. and Mrs. Gordon who inspire, motivate, and drive Tony to reach his goals.

Occasionally, Gordon will look beyond his parents to find his
drive...sometimes to Ohio native, former Heisman Trophy winner and current Green Bay Packer cornerback Charles Woodson.  Gordon models his style of player after Woodson's trying to be all over the field to make plays, something he's done this season and throughout his career.

He has played in all 35 games of his collegiate career, including making 30 consecutive starts.  This season, he has notched 23 tackles, including one-half tackle for loss from his cornerback position and has intercepted two passes, including one in last weekend's 17-7 win at MuskingumUniversity. 

 "With this defense," he says, "I feel more comfortable and feel like I can be that impact player like Charles Woodson."

Two weeks ago, Gordon took this mindset into the Student Princes' last home game against Capital, which turned into a 55-3 Heidelberg victory on Homecoming. 

Fifth-year head coach Mike Hallett and defensive coordinator
Scott Donaldson charged Gordon with covering one of the top receiver's in the OAC in Matt White.  White caught just four passes for 20 yards, while the Gordon led secondary limited the Crusaders to a paltry 87 passing yards.

In the week leading up to Homecoming, Gordon found even more motivation by challenging the coaching staff and freshman wide receiver Christian Dominguez (Miami, Fla./Ferguson).  If Dominguez catch a pass in practice, he ran gassers after practice.  But, if Gordon shut Dominguez down, it was defensive line coach  Corey Fillipovich who had to run.  "I didn't have to run once," Gordon added.

Going into a game, Gordon likes to wake up an hour before team meetings to get a "fresh start" by taking a shower and listening to music afterwards.

Following team meetings and a team breakfast, the Student Princes take their "champions walk," when the team walks from Hoernemann Hall to the 50-yard line prior to a game.  Finally, his thumbs are taped and number 24 is ready to compete.

This week, Heidelberg will face No. 2 Mount Union (5-0, 4-0 OAC) with a share of first place in the conference on the line.  "The goal is to stop their favorite plays and get them out of their comfort zone so that they have to make plays they are always asked to make," he said.  Concentrating on shutting down the Purple Raiders' running game is the biggest part of his "envisioning process" for today's game.

"It's going to be about the mental toughness," Gordon admitted.  "The major challenge is not letting outside hype build in our heads.  Mount Union is a good football team, but so are we."

Today is one of five games left the 2011 schedule, which means Gordon's football career is quickly coming to a close.  But, for him, there is no "after football."

 For Gordon, football does not just end.  When asked what he might do after graduating next May, he said he was highly considering becoming a graduate assistant coach at the Berg and studying sports
management.

After leaving Tiffin, Gordon would eventually like to become a high school athletic director.  He believes the key is to move south to Alabama or Mississippi, where his family is from.

For now, Gordon has five games left.

Five games to leave a mark.

Five games to make plays.

Five games to leave everything inside him out on the field.

Miami Soccer Rounds Out Road Slate at Ohio, Akron
RedHawks face Bobcats Friday, Zips Sunday to wrap-up four-game road trip

OXFORD, Ohio – Completing a four-game road trip, the Miami University women’s soccer team plays away from Oxford for the final time in the regular season this weekend when the RedHawks take on Ohio Friday at 4 p.m. at Chessa Field before moving on to battle Akron at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Cub Cadet Field.

Miami (6-7-0, 1-5-0 Mid-American Conference) is in the midst of a five-game losing streak, its longest since 2008, with two of the losses coming in overtime. The RedHawks are 1-3 in overtime on the year and have also been battling through injuries over the course of the season. Miami opened MAC play with a win at Kent State but has scored just two goals since during the slide, falling at Central Michigan, 1-0, last Friday and 2-1 in overtime at Eastern Michigan last Sunday.


MATCH PREVIEW

The RedHawks sit in sixth place in the East Division with three points, five behind the final spot for the MAC Tournament with five games to play. On the year, Miami ranks fourth in the MAC averaging 1.69 goals per game but in league play is tied for 11th, tallying just 0.67 goals per match. Junior Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) leads the team with 16 points, which ties for fourth in the MAC, while her and sophomore Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) each have a team-high six goals, also fourth in the league. Kodiak also has a team-best four helpers while senior Giselle Mangal (Mississauga, Ont.) paces Miami with two assists in league play.

Defensively, Miami ranks seventh with a 1.44 goals-against average on the year but sits ninth in league play with a 1.64 GAA. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) has seen every minute in net for the ‘Hawks, ranking ninth with her 1.44 GAA. She has a .716 save percentage overall and .730 save percentage in MAC play with two clean sheets, both in non-conference action.

Ohio (6-7-1, 3-2-1 MAC) is in first place in the East Division with 10 points but fell to league-leader Toledo last Friday, 2-0, and tied Ball State on Sunday in double overtime. Despite leading the division, the Bobcats are averaging just 0.86 goals per game, which is ninth, and sit eighth in league play at 1.00 goals per game. Kelsey Pichel leads the way for Ohio with four goals and nine points. The Bobcats have a 1.17 GAA on the year, ranking fourth in the MAC, while sitting sixth in league play (1.28 GAA). Goalkeeper Mattie Liston has seen the majority of time in net, posting a 1.12 GAA and an .826 save percentage while pitching four clean sheets.

Lakewood native Mattie Liston

Miami is 9-8-0 all-time against Ohio, winning 1-0 in overtime each of the last two years, including double overtime in Athens in 2009.

Akron (5-5-2, 2-2-2 MAC) is tied for third place in the East Division with eight points, but is winless in its last three contests. The Zips, who host Bowling Green Friday before Miami comes calling, is playing its first home game since Sept. 25. Akron lost at Western Michigan Oct. 2 and at Ball State Oct. 7 before tying the Rockets, 2-2, Oct. 9, which is Toledo’s only blemish in league play. The Zips are scoring 1.17 goals per game, which is eighth in the MAC, while they are averaging the same in league play, tying for fifth. Ashley Hughes has a team-high seven points on three goals and a helper while Rachel Phillip also has three scores. Defensively, Akron ranks third in the MAC with a 0.96 GAA and has been even better in conference play at 0.78, which is also third. Keeper Jeny Wolbert has seen most of the time in goal, compiling a 0.94 GAA and an .836 save percentage, both of which rank fourth. She also has five shutouts on the year, including three in MAC play.

The RedHawks are 6-4-2 all-time against the Zips, splitting last year’s meetings with Miami winning in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals in Oxford. Akron won the 2009 meeting in Akron, 1-0.

Live stats for both games will be available on MURedHawks.com. Once Miami finishes up its road stretch, the ‘Hawks return home for three games, starting Friday, Oct. 21 against Northern Illinois at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 23 against Western Michigan at 1 p.m.


Division-Leading ‘Cats Ready for Big Weekend


Ohio welcomes rival Miami and Bowling Green to Chessa Field for Homecoming

 

ATHENS, Ohio – Still perched atop the Mid-American Conference East Division standings, Ohio Soccer welcomes a pair of MAC East foes to Chessa Field for Homecoming Weekend. The Bobcats will play Miami on Friday at 4 p.m. while Bowling Green will face off against the Green and White on Sunday at 1 p.m.

 

Sunday’s match will offer Ohio Soccer fans a unique treat, as the 2001 Mid-American Conference champion Bobcats will be in attendance. The team will be recognized at halftime of the match against Bowling Green on what is the tenth anniversary of their league triumph. Ohio went 12-9 that year, posting an impressive 10-2 record in the MAC en route to claiming the regular-season title. During the MAC portion of the season, the Bobcats put together a number of impressive wins, outscoring conference foes 25-7 in the process.




MATCH PREVIEW


 

The Rival Redhawks

Miami enters Friday’s contests at the bottom of the MAC East standings, having posted a 1-5 record in conference play. This can be a bit misleading, as the team is 6-7 on the season. The RedHawks came out of the gates hot to start 2011, winning six of their first eight matches before experiencing a slight slide. Goals are plentiful in the RedHawk offense, as three student-athletes have scored four goals or more this fall. Jess Kodiak and Kayla Zakrzewski lead the way with six goals apiece while teammate Katy Dolesh is not far behind, having found the back of the net on four occasions.

 

Ohio and Miami have met 17 times in the series history, with the RedHawks holding a narrow 9-8 lead. The Bobcats lost the last game of the series (1-0 in overtime) on Oct. 15, 2010, but are 5-3 all-time when playing Miami at home.

 

Previewing Bowling Green

Bowling Green currently sits one spot above Miami in the MAC East, having posted a 2-4 record in conference play to this point. The Falcons are 5-10 overall throughout the season, scoring 12 goals and allowing 26. Something interesting about BGSU this season is that the team has posted a better record on the road (3-5) than it has at home (2-5). Alyssa Zuccaro has shouldered much of the offensive load for the Falcons this year, leading the team with five goals. Sarah Vonderbrink and Megan Amann have significantly helped her score goals, as they have provided four and three assists, respectively.

 

Ohio holds a significant 8-2-4 edge in the all-time series and is an undefeated 4-0-2 at home against Bowling Green. The last meeting between the two teams was a 0-0 draw on Oct. 17 of the 2010 season.

 

Bobcat Notes

Ohio has now been atop the MAC East for two weeks in a row. The Bobcats claimed the top spot by winning at Western Michigan and Northern Illinois on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2.

 

Goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) currently ranks fourth all-time in the Bobcat record books for career saves. The sophomore has made 168 stops through one-and-a-half seasons, recently passing Jess MacLean’s 166 achieved from 2006-09.

 

This weekend’s contests will mark the 288th and 289th matches in program history. Ohio currently holds a W-L-D record of 134-130-23 all-time (85-56-18 in MAC play).


HEIDELBERG MEN'S AND WOMEN'S 


SOCCER TEAMS TO FACE MOUNT UNION 


IN OAC MATCH TODAY IN ALLIANCE



TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University men's and women's soccer teams will
take to the road for the first time in two weeks Saturday, Oct. 15 when they
face the University of Mount Union in a men's and women's Ohio Athletic
Conference doubleheader at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance, Ohio.  Kickoff
for the women's match is at 4:30 p.m., while the men play at 7 p.m.

In addition, live stats for both matches will be available at
http://livestats.prestosports.com/mountunion.

The Heidelberg women enter the match sporting a 5-7-1 overall and 2-2-0 OAC
record and are riding a two-match winning streak following a 1-0 shutout of
Baldwin-Wallace College on Wednesday (Oct. 12).  Sophomore midfielder Kelsey
Hogan (Cincinnati/Mariemont) scored the game-winner in the 21st minute off a
free kick from 25 yards out.  Junior goalkeeper Molly Schriber (Sidney)
collected four saves in 90 minutes of action, while recording her second
shutout of the season.




MATCH PREVIEW 



Hogan leads the Tri-Color and ranks in the in the league's top-10 in shots
(45), points (11) and goals (five).  She also has an assist to her credit.
Sophomore midfielder Aleseya Evans (Troy) is second on the team with six
points and three goals and senior midfielder Kristen Schneider
(Evendale/Mount Notre Dame) is third with four points and two goals.

Schriber is 4-5-0 in 11 appearances this season and allows 1.75 goals per
game.  She has 53 saves to her credit against only 14 goals allowed in 722
minutes of action.

Mount Union, 6-6-2 overall and 1-3-0 in the OAC following a 1-0 loss at John
Carroll on Tuesday, is led by Alyssa Flitcraft with 17 points on a team-high
eight goals and one assist.  Kylee Kolesar has tallied 16 points this season
on five goals and six assists.  Jackie Podolsky
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s92> , 5-4-0 in 10 starts in goal, and has made 40 saves while allowing 10
goals in 679 minutes for a 1.33 goals against average.

The Berg men's team enters the match 2-7-4 overall and 0-3-1 in the OAC
following a 1-0 loss to No. 10 Baldwin-Wallace on Wednesday (Oct. 12).
Freshman midfielder Hamid Sheriff (Centennial) leads the team with five
points on two goals and one assist.  Freshman midfielder Nicholas Samaniego
(Huron) is second with three points on one goal and one assist.  Most of the
Student Princes' looks at the net this season have come from senior
midfielder Michael Juart (Hilliard/Darby) and senior first-team All-OAC
forward Mike Harling (Manchester, England/Holy Cross), who have combined for
47 of the team's 147 shots this season.

In goal, junior two-time All-OAC keeper Ryan Smith (Roanoke, Texas/Keller)
has played all 1,265 of the team's minutes, making 58 saves and recording
two shutouts.  Smith is allowing 1.35 goals per 90 minutes and saving 75.3
percent of the shots he faces.

The Purple Raiders, 6-5-2 overall and 1-1-2 in the OAC following a 2-1
overtime loss to John Carroll on Tuesday (Oct. 11), are led by Thomas Beck
with 24 points on 10 goals and 4 assists.  Jon Critell will man the net.
Critell has made 61 saves and allowed 15 goals while logging all 1,213 of
the team's minutes this season.

Following Saturday' match, both the Heidelberg men's and women's soccer
teams will return to Tiffin to face JCU next week in OAC matches.  The women
will host the Blue Streaks at on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and the men will play at
on Wednesday, Oct. 19.  Both matches start at 7 p.m. and will be played at
Mayer Field.



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