A Page -- Oct. 16, 2011


Big Red Takes Down Yeowomen

Oberlin, Ohio- The Oberlin College women's field hockey team was defeated this afternoon by the Big Red of Denison University. The final score of this NCAC matchup was 8-2.

After giving up an early goal in the first half, the Yeowomen went on the offensive attack when Eloise Reid put a ball in the back of the cage after Jodi Helsel had two shots saved by the goalie. 

Reid's goal came off a rebound after a shot by Helsel. The goal was Reid's second of the season and tied the game up 1-1 with 20 minutes to go in the first half. The Big Red would answer with three goals in the final 20 minutes of the first half.

Oberlin's next goal would not come until the 60th minute of the match, when Lindani Johnson took a shot off a beautiful pass by Helsel. This goal would make the score 7-2. Denison would add one more late score to finish the game.

Denison had the advantage in shots (24-9), while the Yeowomen had the advantage in penalty corners (13-4).

Miami Rallies for 2-1 Overtime Win
NDCL alumna Katy Dolesh tallies game winner in second overtime

ATHENS, Ohio – For the third straight season, the Miami University women’s soccer team defeated Ohio in overtime, as junior Jess Kodiak tied the game in the closing seconds of regulation and sophomore Katy Dolesh scored the game-winner in the second overtime for a 2-1 RedHawk win Friday afternoon at Chessa Field. The victory over the Mid-American Conference East Division-leading Bobcats (6-8-1, 3-3-1 MAC) snaps a five-game losing streak for Miami (7-7-0, 2-5-0 MAC).

NDCL grad Katy Dolesh

“We’ve known all along that we had a good team with good players. It just wasn’t going for us,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. ”Today we grew up a little bit and matured as a team. We learned about what it takes to win in this conference and I couldn’t be more proud of my team.”

Miami dominated the first half, holding a 15-1 edge in shots, but Bobcat goalkeeper Mattie Liston made 10 saves to keep the RedHawks off the scoreboard. The ‘Hawks used a strong wind to help the attack but Liston denied several promising chances, including a breakaway from freshman Hailey Pleshakov (Brighton, Mich.) in the 32nd minute. Miami also earned seven of its nine corner kicks over the first 45 minutes, but was unable to capitalize. The Bobcats had four corners in the opening period.

The second half was more evenly matched but Ohio managed to strike first when Toye Famodu scored off a corner kick in the 73rd minute. Kelsey Pichel sent the corner into the mixer in the middle of the box and the ‘Hawks blocked attempts by Natalie Bechtel and Ainsley Bodi before Famodu cleaned it up for the 1-0 Bobcat advantage.

The RedHawks’ hard luck looked like it would continue to plague them, despite shots being even in the second half, but Miami finally caught a break in the final minute. With time in regulation winding down, senior Haley Clark (London, Ont.) sent a cross from one side of the penalty box to the other, where Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) was camped out. She gathered the ball, took a touch and beat Liston far post with just 10 seconds left to even the match at 1-1 and force overtime. It was her team-leading seventh goal of the year

Katy Dolesh

South Euclid's Dolesh

Miami managed the only shots of the first overtime with Liston stopping Pleshakov again, which was the only shot on goal of the 10-minute extra session. In the second overtime, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) made her only save of either additional period early on to keep the ‘Hawks alive. After controlling possession much of the second overtime, in the 107th minute, Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio) tickled the twine to give Miami the 2-1 victory and snap the skid. Senior Giselle Mangal (Mississauga, Ont.) set up the game-winning score with a pass to the middle of the box that Dolesh finished in the back left corner of the cage for her fifth goal of 2011.

“What can you say about Jess Kodiak and Katy Dolesh?” Kramig said. “Great players score great goals and the composure each showed in front of the goal today demonstrates why they are among the league’s top strikers.”

The RedHawks finished with a 28-10 advantage in shots and a slight, 9-8, edge in corner kicks. Pleshakov paced Miami with seven shots, including three on target, while Dolesh put all four of her blasts on frame. Liston had a stellar game, compiling 13, saves while Norenberg ended with four, including three in the second period.

“Our back line played its best game of the year today and that’s where it has to start for us,” Kramig noted. “They kept it tight and together for the entire match, which kept us in the game until the very end.”

Miami beat Ohio, 1-0, in the first overtime in Oxford last year and topped the Bobcats, 1-0, in double overtime in Athens in 2009. The RedHawks are now 2-3 in extra-session matches in 2011.

Miami looks to keep its momentum rolling Sunday when it plays at Akron at 1 p.m. to wrap up a four-game road trip.

Baldwin-Wallace College Volleyball Team Defeats Ohio Northern University, 3-2

BEREA, OHIO --  The Baldwin-Wallace College volleyball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Ohio Northern University, 3-2 today (Saturday, October 15, 2011) in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center.

With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 14-11 overall and 2-3 in the OAC and next play on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the University of Mount Union inAlliance, Ohio at 7:00 p.m. With the loss, the Polar Bears fall to 11-14 overall and 2-3 in the OAC.

B-W outlasted ONU 3-2, by scores of 25-18, 16-25, 25-14, 23-25, and 15-12.

The Yellow Jackets were led offensively by junior outside hitter Amanda Sawicki (Mentor/Lake Catholic) with 16 kills, and junior middle hitter Rachel Switalski (North Royalton/Holy Name) and freshman middle hitter Nicole Christner (Minerva) each recorded eight. The offense was set up by junior setter Jessica Stitts (Eastlake/North) with 40 set assists.

Defensively, B-W was led by junior defensive specialist Natalie Emmons (Ashland) with 22 digs, sophomore Shannon Deleur (Olmsted Falls) followed Emmons with 10.

The Polar Bears were led by Helen Grenert with 13 kills. Grenert was followed by Kristen Davidson and Cenzie Yoder with nine kills apiece. The offense was set up by Amanda Volosin with 27 set assists. ONU was led defensively by Jeni Kmic with 18 digs.

Baldwin-Wallace Football Team Beats Ohio 

Northern, 20-6, in Berea on Homecoming

BEREA, OHIO --  The  Baldwin-Wallace College football team defeated Ohio Northern University, 20-6, today (Saturday, October 15, 2011) in an OhioAthletic Conference game before 5,950 Homecoming fans on Tressel Field at The George Finnie Stadium.  This game was televised by SportsTime Ohio and can be seen tonight at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3:00 p.m.

Offensively, the Yellow Jackets ran for 293 yards and had 371 yards of total offense.  The trio of junior “wildcat” quarterback Andrew Dziak (Maple Heights/ Parma Padua Fransiscan), junior RB Tyler Lohr (Kent/ Roosevelt) and freshman RB Willie Jackson (Citrus Springs, Fla./ Crystal River) combined for 285 of the rushing yards. Lohr had a career-high 137 yards in 25 attempts. Dziak had 88 yards in 12 attempts with a touchdown. Jackson had 60 yards in nine attempts.

With their victory, the Yellow Jackets improved to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the OAC. The loss drops the ONU to 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the OAC.  B-W led 13-6 after one quarter, at halftime and after three quarters.

B-W got on the scoreboard first when senior outside linebacker Brett Thompson (Shelby) intercepted a pass that was deflected by senior safety Corey Hildreth (Massillon/ Washington) and Thompson returned the ball a school-record 95 yards for the touchdown. Sophomore Chris Mohler (Kent/ Roosevelt) add the PAT kick for a 7-0 lead at the 7:27 mark.
ONU came right back and travelled 48 yards in 11 plays in 5:29 to score when sophomore running back Justin Buenger ran three yards to paydirt at the 1:59 mark but the PAT kick failed and B-W led 7-6.
The Yellow Jackets came right back following a 32-yard kickoff return by sophomore Josiah Holt (Elyria/ Grafton Midview) to travel 59 yards in four plays and scored when Dziak scored on a nine-yard run with 40 seconds left in the first stanza. The drive took  just 1:07. The PAT kick hit the left upright and was no good and B-W led, 13-6.
Following a defensive stand, B-W took over the ball and increased its lead to 20-6 at the 6:36 mark of the fourth quarter when junior quarterback Ryan O’Rourke (Avon) threw a “slip pass” to Holt who rambled 28 yards to the endzone. Mohler’s PAT kick capped an 8-play and 74-yard drive in 4:02.
In addition to its trio of runners, O’Rourke completed 5-of-13 passes for 78 yards, including the TD to Holt.  Holt was the top receiver with two grabs for 33 yards and the TD. The defense was led by Mentor High graduates and seniors Ryan Dugan, at safety, and Max Wagner, at tackle. Dugan had a career-high 16 stops and Wagner had a career-high 11.

ONU was led by the running of Buenger who had a team-high 96 yards in 26 attempts. Starting QB Tyler Rue completed 5-of-7 passes for 34 yards with the interception by Thompson before leaving with an injury. Freshman QB Matt Flynn completed 6-of-16 aerials for 52 yards with an interception. The top receiver was senior Jay Priest with four catches for 22 yards.  The Polar Bear defense was led by senior safety Chad Coward with 10 tackles.

mith’s Hat Trick Powers Miami to 4-3 Win

Smith has a hand in all four RedHawk goals, Czarnik tallies first career goal, adds assist



HAMILTON, N.Y. – Junior Reilly Smith had a hand in all four RedHawk goals Friday night, including his second career hat trick, as he led the Miami hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Colgate at Starr Rink in the Raiders’ home opener. The RedHawks (2-1-0, 0-0-0 CCHA) scored two goals early in the third period to break a 2-2 second intermission deadlock while handing Colgate (2-1-0, 0-0-0 ECAC) its first loss of the year.


Both teams notched a pair of power play goals but Miami’s penalty kill came up large, going 7-for-9 while a man down, including killing the final six Colgate power plays of the game. The RedHawks went 2-for-4 on the man advantage themselves en route to victory.


“We were not being disciplined and you can’t do that on the road,” head coach Enrico Blasi said of all the penalties. “Obviously, we gave up two power play goals but we also scored two power play goals to get ourselves back in the game. We got a couple good plays from a special player and fortunately we got the extra bounce tonight.”


Smith wasted little time making an impact in his first game of the year, as he put Miami on top, 1-0, 9:26 into the first period on the power play. Freshman Tyler Biggs carried the puck into the zone and dropped it off for senior Chris Wideman, who waited at the blue line and crossed to Smith for a one-timer that Smith fired top shelf for the goal from above the left circle. Biggs picked up his first career point on the play.


The lead was short-lived however as the Raiders scored twice on the power play, capitalizing on two of their five man-advantages in the opening period. Less than a minute after the RedHawks took the lead, Austin Smith evened the score for Colgate, poking home a loose puck behind senior goalie Cody Reichard after a scrum in front of the net. The Raiders then went up, 2-1, on their third power play of the stanza when Chris Wagner scored on a blast from the blue line that Reichard was screened on. Joe Wilson set up the score at 15:02 of the first period.


The RedHawks would draw even late in the second period, again scoring on the power play. Smith kept the puck in the Miami zone and fed Wideman, who picked up his second assist of the game on the goal. He then found freshman Austin Czarnik near the blue line with a Raider in his face, but Czarnik was able to keep possession and blast a wrister over Colgate goalie Eric Mihalik’s left shoulder to make it 2-2 with just 1:40 left in the middle period. The tally was Czarnik’s first collegiate goal.


Smith then turned it on early in the third period, notching two goals in the first four minutes of the final frame. Just 40 seconds into the third period, he intercepted a failed clear by the Raiders in their own end and blasted a low drive that found the twine to put Miami back on top, 3-2. A little over three minutes later, Smith found the net again on another Colgate turnover as Czarnik and senior Alden Hirschfeld picked up the assists to make it 4-2 RedHawks and complete Smith’s hat trick. Smith’s four points marked a career high while his other hat trick came Oct. 23 against Northern Michigan last year.


The Raiders pulled Mihalik with under a minute to go and got a goal back with 32 seconds remaining, as Mike McCann finished a one-timer on the doorstep on a cross from Matt Firman with the extra attacker. Miami was able to hold off Colgate for the remainder of the game, however, to clinch its second straight win.


“It’s a team game. We had to kill a lot of penalties. Cody made some big saves. Czarnik and Hirschfeld, Reilly’s linemates, played well. I thought our young guys played well and we started to play our game towards the end,” Blasi said.


Even in victory, Miami was outshot, 23-15, by the Raiders, with the 15 shots matching last year’s season low. The RedHawks scored on 26.7 percent of their shots, however. Reichard finished with 20 saves to pick up his first win of the year, including 10 in the first period, while Mihalik had 11 stops for Colgate.


After winning its third straight road opener, Miami goes for its first sweep of the season Saturday night at 7 p.m. when the RedHawks and Raiders square off again at Starr Rink.

Miami Men Place Ninth at Penn State National Meet
Hartville's Jarrod Eick takes 33rd overall

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – In a driving rain storm the Miami University men’s cross country team sloshed its way to a ninth-place finish Friday morning at the Penn State National Meet on the muddy Penn State Blue and White Golf Courses. The 5.2-mile meet served as a final tune-up before the Mid-American Conference Championships.


The RedHawks totaled 248 points to finish ninth in a 21-team field. The host Nittany Lions won the race with 47 points while Grand Valley State was the runner-up with 55 points. Duquesne (77), Lehigh (142) and Montana State (177) rounded out the top five. MAC foe Buffalo was sixth (178) but Miami did beat fellow MAC rival Akron, who took 10th with 264 points.

“We did okay, nothing wonderful. I was hoping going in we would finish somewhere between sixth and 10th but ideally a little better than ninth,” head coach Warren Mandrell said. “Not having (David) Eichenberger was a big blow for us. That was a significant change and may have cost us a few places in the team standings.”

Sophomore Dave Wing (Naperville, Ill.) was Miami’s top finisher for the first time in his career, clocking 27:26 to place 31st. Junior Jarrod Eick (Hartville, Ohio) crossed just three ticks later, claiming 33rdplace. Eick has been Miami’s first or second finisher in every race so far this year.

“Wing was a good 20 to 30 places behind Jarrod half way through and ended up passing him and beating him by a couple places,” Mandrell added.

Eichenberger (Plainfield, Ind.), who has scored for Miami in all four races and was its top finisher once, was suffering from an injury and did not travel. Freshman James Kraus (Maumee, Ohio), who was set to run in place of Eichenberger, did not run either, as he was sick, leaving the ‘Hawks with just six runners in the race.

Redshirt sophomore Matt Marol (Evanston, Ill.) was the third RedHawk to score, placing 55th in 27:52 while redshirt junior Brett Wagner (Toledo, Ohio) was Miami’s fourth finisher for the second straight meet, taking 61st in 27:57. Freshman Ryan Moncrieff (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) rounded out the scoring for Miami, crossing in 68th in 28:10. Redshirt freshman Daniel Garleb (Pickerington, Ohio) was Miami’s sixth runner, coming in 77th place in 28:26.

“That second group (Marol to Garleb) was packed. They were relatively close together but early on in the race, about a quarter mile in, the course narrows a lot and those guys didn’t get out very well and got pinched off. They had to try and fight through the crowd and the mud. It put them in a real disadvantage early on,” Mandrell said. “They moved through and passed a lot of people but with the conditions you couldn’t be as agile as you needed. Wagner had another strong, solid race. Garleb was our fourth man for much of the race but lost about 20 places late.”

Miami has a week off before looking to win its first MAC title since 1998 when the RedHawks run at the MAC Championships, hosted by Ball State, Saturday, Oct. 29 in Muncie, Ind.

RedHawk Women Take Sixth at PSU National Meet
Madison's Dickman finishes 64th overall

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – In a final tune-up before the Mid-American Conference Championships, the Miami University women’s cross country team ran to a sixth-place finish Friday morning at the Penn State National Meet at the muddy PSU Blue and White Golf Courses in pouring rain.

The RedHawks totaled 211 points at the meet to claim sixth in the 29-team field. No. 19 West Virginia ran away with the title with 45 points while UConn earned second place with 70 points. The host and 20th-ranked Nittany Lions took third with 77 points while No. 26 Duke was fourth (91) and Grand Valley State, the defending Division II national champions, placed fifth (171). Miami did beat out the other two MAC schools at the race as Buffalo finished 19th and Akron was 21st while Penn was seventh behind Miami with 289 points.

Madison's Jillian Dickman

Senior Kelley Miller (Dublin, Ohio) was Miami’s top finisher for the second time this year, clocking 22:16 to finish in 26th place, after taking 32nd at last year’s meet. Fellow senior Maggie Bingham (Carmel, Ind.) was not far behind, crossing in 31st place in a time of 22:22. She has been Miami’s first or second finisher in every race this year so far.

“The women’s race was loaded, which is great, but we didn’t step up. We were solid but we could have been fifth or maybe even fourth if we ran great. We should have beat Grand Valley,” head coach Kelly Phillips said. “It will be good though because it will light a fire under us going into the conference meet.“

Freshmen rounded out Miami’s scoring five led by Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) in 41st in 22:42. Elisa Frazier (Williamsville, N.Y.) was the fourth RedHawk to score, placing 55th in 23:00, matching a personal best, while Alex Chitwood (Carmel, Ind.) was Miami’s fifth scorer in 58th place, three ticks behind Frazier.

“Elisa Frazier ran really well. She ran like a rock star,” Phillips added.

Redshirt junior Jillian Dickman (Madison, Ohio) crossed in 64th and freshman Mattie Moncayo (Lexington, Ohio) was 72nd as the other two RedHawks to run at the meet.

16th-Ranked Ohio Northern Defeats 10th-

Ranked Baldwin-Wallace, 2-1, in Ada

ADA OHIO -- The 16th-ranked Ohio Northern University men’s soccer team defeated 10th-ranked Baldwin-Wallace College, 2-1, this afternoon (Saturday, October 15, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference match at the ONU Soccer Field. The loss ends a school-record 13-match B-W winning streak that dates back to September 3.

With their victory for the Polar Bears improve to 12-2-2 overall and 4-0-1 in the OAC while Yellow Jackets fall to 13-2 overall and 4-1 in the OAC.

Following a scoreless first half, B-W took a 1-0 lead at the 50:11 mark when freshman Ben Deighton (Richfield/ Revere) scored his third goal of the season unassisted on a shot from 30 yards out that went into the upper left corner of the goal.

ONU came back to tie the match at the 59:33 mark when junior forward Nate Bascom scored on a penalty kick. The Polar Bears then got the match-winner from Bascom at the 73:15 mark with an assist from junior midfielder Cameron Johnson. The B-W goalie came out of the goal to defend Cameron’s pass and it left Bascom with the open goal.

 Maddie Kosar earns tourney MVP as Gilmour 

wins own volleyball invite


Maddie Kosar earned tournament MVP in leading Gilmour to the championship of its own Gilmour Volleyball Invitational Saturday.

The Lancers defeated Lake Catholic, 2-1, in the championship match of the three-round tourney.

Gilmour was also victorious over Columbian and Solon by 2-1, and 2-0 scores, respectively, in games.

Lake Catholic topped Wooster and Beaumont, both in two games.

Solon was a winner over Mentor and West Geauga a victor over Wooster.

Beaumont took third, Solon fourth and West G. fifth.

Also making the all-tourney team were Beaumont’s Molly Davet, Solon’s                   Kristy Tekavec, Lake’s Sammy Klein and Morgan Toman, and the Lancers’ Maria Cup and Jess Janota.


Scores by rounds:


1st round:


Gilmour Beat Columbian-Tiffin   25-13, 22-25, 25-11


Solon beat Mentor 22-25, 25-21, 25-19


Lake beat Wooster 25-8, 25-17


Beaumont beat West Geauga 25-14, 25-18


2nd round:


Gilmour beat solon 26-25, 25-22


Lake beat Beaumont 25-17, 25-20


Columbian-Tiffin beat Mentor 18-25, 25-18, 25-23


West Geauga beat Wooster 25-16, 29-27


For 1st & 2nd place Gilmour beat Lake 19-25, 25-21, 25-15


For 3rd & 4th Beaumont beat Solon 25-12, 25-20


For 5th & 6th west Geauga beat Columbiana-tiffin 25-20, 25-15


For 7th & 8th Mentor beat Wooster 25-17, 25-15

All tourney team:


Beaumont:         Molly Davet


Solon:                   Kristy Tekavec


Lake:                     Sammy Klein & Morgan Toman


Gilmour:              Maria Cup & Jess Janota


Tourney MVP:   Maddie Kosar, Gilmour Academy