A Page -- Oct. 17, 2010

Abby FischerClare Fischer
Twins Abby (left) and Claire Fischer

Mags Fischer twins making an 

immediate impact on Xavier's cross 

country team

Oct. 17, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CINCINNATI – The Magnificat Fischer twins, Abby and Claire, have made an immediate impact on the Xavier University cross country team.

Running in the shadows of Maddie Chambers, now a freshman running for Georgetown, at Mags, the Fischers might have been overlooked as viable Division I runners, but remember, cross country is a team sport and they along with at least two other runners had to bounced off the pace set by Chambers to finish in some semblance of a pack, enough to win the back-to-back state championships.

Right from the onset Abby was consistently finishing as the Musketeers third runner and then  starting earlier this month Claire has also been appearing among the team’s top runners.

At the All Ohio Championship earlier this month, Abby finished 35th in the overall race and third on the team.  Claire finished 70th overall and sixth on the team.

Last month, Abby finished 11th in the Queen City Invitational race, which was also good enough for third on the team. It was also strong enough showing to earn her Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors.

Abby also was 35th at the Duquesne Duals Invite.

At the National Catholic Championships,  they ran in an mini pack, Abby finishing 73rd and Claire 79th.

Then yesterday at the Princeton Invite, they kept pace with each other,  Abby taking 32nd and Claire 40th.

Nick Kobunski

On the Xavier men’s side, St. Ignatius alum Nick Kobunski finished 43rd in the Duquesne race and 39th in the Queen City race. He also took 11th in the JV race in the National Catholic Championships in South Bend.

Spartan Women’s Soccer Team 

Drops Physical UAA Match with 


CLEVELAND – A second-half penalty kick was the difference as the Case Western Reserve University women’s soccer team lost a physical, 2-1 game to the University of Chicago (IL) today, October 17 at Case Field.

With the loss, the Spartans fall to 8-5-1 overall and 1-3 in the University Athletic Association. With its win, Chicago improves to 8-4-1 overall and 3-1 in the UAA.

Chicago opened the scoring early when Allison Hegel found the back of the net following a through ball from Maggie Tobin in the fourth minute. Case answered in the 12th minute when sophomore 

midfielder Deena Levey (Columbus, OH/Bexley) scored on a long bender from the corner via an assist from sophomore midfielder Devyn Lee (State College, PA/State College).

The Maroons went back ahead in the 61st minute when Emily Benoit scored on a penalty kick following a Spartan foul in the box. The Spartans had several chances at tying the score, including two shots by freshman midfielder Rachel Borque (Lawrence, MA/Central Catholic) in the 67th and 68th minutes and a shot by freshman forward Leah Levey (Columbus, OH/Bexley) with 00:36 left in the game.

Case junior goalkeeper Anna Kennedy (Evanston, IL/Evanston Township) recorded five saves, including two outstanding stops late in the contest. Emma Gormley totaled four stops for the Maroons.
For the game, Chicago outshot Case, 10-7, and held a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Yeowomen Outlast Gators in Five
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Oberlin, Ohio – After two decisive wins to start the match, the Oberlin College volleyball team needed to go the distance to pull out a thrilling five-game win over Allegheny College on Sunday afternoon. 

The Yeowomen dismantled the Gators 25-18 and 25-22 in the first two sets, however, fell out of rhythm in the middle part of the match, losing 25-13 and 25-14. 

Thankfully, with the match in the balance Oberlin was able to regroup to secure a 15-10 win in the final set. Oberlin was up 10-9 and back-to-back kills byLaura Jessee and Anna Frackman made it 12-9. It was Frackman who also hammered home the match point. 

“This was a great win for us to fight through some adversity in the middle part of the match and be able to bounce back like that says a lot about our team,” Head Coach Carey Cavanagh said.

The Yewomen turned in one of their best offensive efforts of the season as Frackman and Amanda Wysk combined for 40 kills, 23 of them via the right arm of Frackman. Frackman, a senior from Madison, Wisconsin, also led the way with a team-high 18 digs. Liz Wong added to the success by dishing out 45 helpers to go along with 14 digs. 

Lizzie Orfaly joined Wong and Wysk with those who had 14 digs in the match.Maggie Jacobson also added 12 in the win. 

Oberlin and Allegheny will do it all over again on Wednesday night when they Gators come right back Philips Gym for a 7 p.m. showdown.

Mount gals 21st at Regional Rumble

By Lenny Reich

OBERLIN, Ohio--The University of Mount Union's women's cross country team placed 21st at the Regional Rumble in Oberlin, Ohio.

Mount Union had 565 points which placed them ahead of Heidelberg (612) and just behind Alma (Mich.) (546). Case Western Reserve won the event with 83 points.

Senior Christian Handley (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois Central) led the Purple Raiders with a 66th place finish (23:42.5).

The Raiders are off until Oct. 30 when they compete at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships inWesterville, Ohio.

2010 Regional Rumble
Oberlin College - Oberlin, Ohio

Team Scores

1. Case Western Reserve 83, 2. Rhodes (Tenn.) 117, 3. Grove City (Pa.) 160, 4. Elizabethtown (Pa.) 167, 5. Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) 179, 6. Oberlin 180, 7. Baldwin-Wallace 185, 8. Franciscan 195, 9. Allegeheny (Pa.) 214, Ithaca (N.Y.) 216, 11. Denison 262, 12. Kenyon 265, 13. Ohio Wesleyan 305, 14. Penn State-Behrend 390, 15. Brockport State (N.Y.) 447, 16. Albion (Mich.) 475, 17. Geneva (Pa.) 505, 18. Marietta 509, 19. R.I.T. (N.Y.) 531, 20.  Alma (Mich.) 546, 21. Mount Union 565, 22. Heidelberg 612, 23. Thiel (Pa.) 735, 24. Hiram 786.

Top 5 Individuals

1. Joanna Johnson (Oberlin) 21:17.15, 2. Natalia Cabrera (CWRU) 21:52.3, 3. Emily Wobb (Carnegie Mellon) 21:55.1, 4. Justine Jeroski (CWRU) 22:00.2, 5. Kim Chinn (B-W) 22:08.3

Mount Union

66. Christin Handley 23:42.5, 122. Sylvia Cintron 188, 124. Rachel Smith 25:08.0, 126. Katie Less 25:09.3, 127. Mary Catherine Powers 25:09.7, 129. Lesley Sherwood 25:13.1, 132. Jenna Balazs 25:20.9, 170. Emily Mazzaferri25:42.6, 176. Caitlin Goggin 25:59.5.

Berg guy booters to Mount

By Josh Reilly

TIFFIN, Ohio -- The Mount Union men's soccer team lost a 3-0 match to Heidelberg on Saturday in Ohio Athletic Conference action.

Grant Beck put the Student Prince on the board in the 32nd minute and, with a pair of insurance goals, the hosts held off the Purple Raiders.

Cory Burhman and Christian Walker added tallies in the 75th and 90th minutes, respectively, for Heidelberg.

Jon Critell (Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney) had six saves in net for Mount Union while Ryan Smith stopped five shots for the Berg (10-3-1, 4-0-1).

The Raiders (8-5-1, 3-2-0) will return to action on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. contest against OAC foe Baldwin-Wallace.

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Mount Union.........  0  0 -  0
 Heidelberg..........  1  2 -  3
  1.  31:54 HEID Grant Beck (6) (Justin James) - received near cross shot near low post.
  2.  74:33 HEID Cory Buhrman (7) (unassisted) - soft touch over goalie near post
  3.  89:13 HEID Christian Walter (1) (Jeff Gordon) - off corner far low post

 Shots: Mount Union 10, Heidelberg 18
 Saves: Mount Union 8 (Jonathan Critell 6; TEAM 2), Heidelberg 6 (Ryan
 Smith 5; TEAM 1)

Aurora's Andrew Knapp, rest of 

Lehigh defense turn it around in 

second half to eek out win against 


Oct. 17, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Aurora High alum Andrew Knapp ranks among the defensive leaders for the Lehigh University football team that has thus far posted a 4-2 record.

Starting all six games at defensive end/tackle for the Mountain Hawks, Knapp has registered 20 tackles including 12 solos. His four tackles for lost yardage rank him fourth on the team in the push-back category. 

He’s also been around the ball a lot, forcing one fumble and recovering another one. He also has one quarterback hurry on the season.


Lehigh plays in the Patriot League, formerly known as the Colonial League, which houses some of the oldest college football programs in the country dating back to the 1870s. Lehigh has been playing football since 1884. 

The Patriot is almost like a mini Ivy League with its schools like Lehigh placing a high premium on academics, collegiality and traditional studies. Knapp is majoring in finance. 

“The reason I picked Lehigh is so that I could grow as both a student and an athlete,’ Knapp said. 

Knapp and his teammates defeated Harvard yesterday, 21-19. After giving up 17 points in the first half, the defense tightened up in the second half, overcoming a 17-0 deficit and shutting the door as the offense scored three times, just enough for the win. 

Against the Crimson, Knapp was a contributor to that second-half stringiness stand was tied for fourth on the team with five tackles including a loss. 

Knapp started at tackle against the Crimson. 

Last year as a sophomore, he started 11 games and had multiple tackles in all but one game and ranked among the team lead in both tackles for loss and sacks. 

In high school, Knapp was on the Chagrin Valley Conference All Academic team.

Forge alum Vinny Bell’s Hat Trick 

Leads Spartan Men’s Soccer to 3-2 

Win Versus Chicago; Avon's Ryan 

Galik also scores

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND – Junior forward Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, OH/Valley Forge) scored a career-high three goals, including the game-winner in the 87th minute, to lead the Case Western Reserve University men’s soccer team to a 3-2 victory versus the University of Chicago (IL) today, October 17 at Case Field.
Vinny Bell

With the win, the Spartans improve to 7-4-3 overall and 2-2 in the University Athletic Association. With their loss, the Maroons fall to 7-5-1 and 1-2-1 UAA.
The Spartans got on the board first in the 21st minute when Bell knocked in a header following an excellent pass on a free kick by sophomore back Sam Kuehnle (Toledo, OH/Ottawa Hills).

Case added to its lead in the 34th minute when Bell knocked in a second header via a cross from senior forward Mikey Schmid (Oberlin, OH/Oberlin).

Chicago cut into its deficit with a penalty kick in the 52nd minute and threatened to tie the score in the 54th minute, but Case junior goalkeeper Ben Yabrow (Marietta, GA/George Walton Comprehensive) made a fine charging save to hold the lead.
However, the Maroons kept the pressure on and eventually tied the score in the 56thth minute with a goal from Danny Hahn.
Ryan Galik

The game looked to be heading to overtime, but the Spartans charged the net in the final minutes and Bell deflected a shot into the goal following a header from freshman Ryan Galik (Avon, OH/Avon).

The score was Bell’s team-best eighth of the season.
In goal, Yabrow made a season-high 11 saves for his sixth win of the season. Chicago’s Chris Giusto recorded three saves for the Maroons.
Chicago outshot Case, 19-8, and held an 11-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Spartan Volleyball Sweeps Day

Against No. 1 Washington (Mo.) and 

Rochester at UAA 

Round Robin #2

Down 1-0 after the first set, the Case Western Reserve University volleyball team rallied to defeat the top-ranked program in the country, Washington University (Mo.), in a 3-1 decision on Sunday, October 17 on day two of the University Athletic Association Round Robin #2 at the campus ofBrandeis University (Mass.).  In the day’s second tilt, the Spartans dismissed the University of Rochester in straight sets (26-24, 25-11, 25-21).

In a historic win for the program Case rebounded, just one day after falling to the No. 17 Chicago Maroons in a hard-fought 3-2 match, to take down one of the most prominent powerhouses in Division III volleyball, and the current No. 1 team in Washington University in St. Louis. After the day's matches, Case improved to 19-7 overall (4-3 UAA). Washington University dropped to 23-2 (5-2 UAA) and Rochester fell to 11-13 (0-7 UAA).

Case lost a very close first set to the defending national champions, 24-26, before coming back to dominate in the second frame, 25-14. In the second set the Spartans compiled a whopping .455 hit percentage, committing just three errors. With all the momentum in the Spartans’ favor, Case closed out the remaining two sets by scores of 31-29 and 25-19. For the match, Case hit .353 and had three players reach double-digits in kills.
Former Shoeregal Beth Karpinski

Case was led by junior middle blocker Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, OH/Stephen T. Badin), who amassed 25 kills against just one error for a .558 hit percentage. McCutchan also added a solo block to go along with four block assists. Junior outside hitter Rachael Suchy (Venetia, PA/Peters Township) added 20 kills for her second-best kill total of the season and hit .455 in the match. Senior outside hitter Beth Karpinski (Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake) totaled 11 kills and seven digs for another solid all-around game, while sophomore setter Breana Freeman (Geneva, OH/Geneva) had a season-high 57 assists to pace the offense. Freeman also led the squad with 17 digs, as sophomore libero Rachel Gulasey (Cleveland, OH/Magnificat) and senior defensive specialist Maggie Nofel (Strongsville, OH/Strongsville) each added 12 digs to the Spartan defensive effort.
Mags alumna Rachel Gulasey

“Our players battled for every point and stayed focused and confident,” head coach Karen Chambers said. “It was a great victory for our program, and we look forward to hosting the championships in a couple weeks.”
Strongsville's Maggie Nofel, a team captain

At the upcoming UAA Championships, the Spartans will hold the five seed after an afternoon sweep of Rochester, which sealed a 4-3 regular season record for Case in University Athletic Associationplay. The team finishes conference play in a tie for fourth-place, but dropped the head-to-head matchup with Chicago on Saturday to lose the positioning tie-breaker.

In the days second match, the Spartans avoided an afternoon letdown by knocking off Rochester in three sets. Case hit .304 to win the second set by a score of 25-11; the team’s biggest set win of the weekend. Sophomore middle hitter Allie Palmer (Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake) tallied 10 kills and hit an efficient .455 to pace the Case offense. Freeman again orchestrated the attack with 27 assists, and also contributed 11 digs. Gulasey added another 17 digs to lead the defense.
Former Shoregal Allie Palmer

With UAA play wrapped up until the conference championships, which will be held on November 5 and 6 on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, the Spartans will have the week off before coming back home to square off with Thiel College (PA) on Saturday, October 23 at 1:00 p.m.