B Page -- Oct. 17, 2011

Lakers' Fourth Quarter Stuns Storm, Grand Valley Pulls Away Late for 61-31 Win

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College football team went toe-to-toe for 45 minutes with perennial national power Grand Valley State University Saturday night (Oct. 15) but the visiting Lakers exploded for 28 points in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter to turn a tight two-point game into a 61-31 win at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.

The two teams went back and forth through the first three quarters, which each squad seemingly making big play after big play.  The Storm (1-6, 0-6 GLIAC) made it a 33-31 game with 6:51 to go in the third on a 72-yard run by fifth-year senior wing back David Romeo (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North).  But that was the last big play for Lake Erie.

Grand Valley (4-3, 3-3 GLIAC) meanwhile came up with a few more in the fourth to distance themselves from the Storm and win their third straight game.  The Lakers got a 49-yard touchdown run from Norman Shuford, a 41-yard pass from Heath Parling to Charles Johnson and a 49-yard interception return for six points by Erik Thompson in the first half of the fourth quarter to stun the home team.

Shuford’s 49-yard romp capped a huge night for him.  He led all players with 167 yards rushing on 14 carries, with two touchdowns, and caught three passes for 118 yards including a 58-yard touchdown catch.  Hersey Jackson added 112 yards on 14 carries on the ground as part of the Lakers’ 340-yard rushing attack.

After each team stalled on their first drive of the game,  Lake Erie was able to moved out of the shadow of its own goal line with a nine-play, 75-yard drive which culminated in a 44-yard field goal by Sam Marcotte (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon), his second longest boot of the season. 

Grand Valley responded immediately as Erik Thompson returned the ensuing kickoff 100-yards for a touchdown and 6-3 lead after the extra point was missed.  Lake Erie quickly responded will a big play of its own as freshman wingback Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) scored his second career touchdown on a 54-yard pitch and catch from senior quarterback Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick). 

The Lakers regained the advantage on the first play of the second quarter as Jackson went 35-yard untouched into the end zone and extended that lead to 16-10 midway through the period on a 24-yard field goal.  Lake Erie retook the lead after a 40-yard pitch to freshman Rodney Smith (Bartwo, Fla./Bartow) set up his own one-yard run.

Grand Valley came right back with a 23-yard field goal and the Storm tried to do the same just before the half but Marcotte’s 25-yard attempt was blocked with the Lakers taking a 19-17 lead to halftime. 

After Lake Erie went three-and-out to open the second half, the teams traded a pair of touchdowns each on the next four possessions.  GVSU got two scores from Norman Shuford, via a nine-yard run and 58-yard pass.  Romeo matched him stride-for-stride with a five-yard TD catch and then his 72-yard scoring scamper. 

Lake Erie kept the momentum as senior safety Steve Bensinger (Poland, Ohio/South Range) picked off his third pass of the season.  The Storm picked up two first downs to move into Laker territory but was forced to punt. 

Shuford’s 49-yard run put the Lakers up 40-3, but for the first time all night, Lake Erie’s offense was unable to keep pace with a three-and-out and interception on its next two possessions.  The Lakers capitalized both times with a four-yard TD run by Michael Ratay and the TD from Parling to Johnson. 

The Storm’s last offensive threat was thwarted when Thompson corralled a tip pass and weaved through traffic down the near sideline for the final score. 

Despite a blustery night that saw a steady 20-plus mile-per-hour wind with gusts over 35 mph, Bedevelsky completed 22-of-38 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns but had his consecutive streak of passes without an interception ended at 151. He also rushed for 66 yards as the Storm totaled a season-high 482 yards on offense.

Romeo led the ground game for Lake Erie with 79 yards on four carries and Smith chipped in with 74 yards on 15 attempts.  Senior Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) caught six passes for 82 yards and Lindgren had four grabs for 81. 

The Lakers rolled up 547 yards on offense overall.  Parling was just nine-of-20 passing, but totaled 207 yards and two touchdowns against one interception.  Johnson caught three passes for 74 yards.  Shuford totaled 285 all-purpose yards for Grand Valley.

Tonight’s game was part of Lake Erie’s “Taking Breast Cancer by Storm” awareness initiative. Lake Erie players wore a pink ribbon decal on their helmets along with pink themed accessories. 

The Storm returns to action next Saturday with a 1 p.m. start against the University of Findlay at home.  The game is the annual Youth Day and NCAA Take a Kid to the Game Day for the Storm. 

#2 Mount Union Football Blows Away Heidelberg, 56-7

TIFFIN, Ohio -- Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) matched a Mount Union record with four touchdown receptions and the defense held Heidelberg to a season-low 195 yards of total offense as the Purple Raiders scored a 56-7 Ohio Athletic Conference win on a windy Saturday in Tiffin. 

Collins finished with a career-high 159 receiving yards on eight catches and his four touchdowns match the single-game marks of Brian Stafford vs. Wilmington in 1968 and Adam Marino vs. Ohio Northern in 1999.

Collins (L), Seaman (R)

Mount Union (6-0, 5-0 OAC) also got a sixth straight 100-yard rushing game from Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) who had 139 yards on 26 carries while the quarterback tandem of Neal Seaman(Louisville/Louisville) (7-for-15, 137yds., 3 TD's) and Matt Piloto (Rotonda West, Fla./Lemon Bay) (7-of-9, 108yds. 2 TD's) combined to toss five TD passes and lead an offense that generated 501 yards.

Heidelberg (4-2, 3-2) came into the game with the OAC's No. 2 total offense and the Purple Raider defense surrendered just 195 yards with four turnovers (3 interceptions and a fumble).  Jorge Carbonell (Miami, Fla./Archbishop Carroll) had a team-high eight tackles and forced a fumble.

North Ridgeville's Michael Mees (15)

The Student Prince was led by Germany Woods 63 yards rushing on 24 carries and three catches for 17 yards, quarterback Michael Mees was 6-of-22 passing for 66 yards and ran for a score while Dawson Gore had 15 tackles.

NO. 6 'BERG VOLLEYBALL beats Mount Union, maintains sole possession of first place 

in OAC; John Carroll next for Princess


TIFFIN, Ohio-Three student-athletes tallied 10 or more kills and three more
had 20 or more digs to lead the No. 6 Heidelberg University volleyball
passed the University of Mount Union tonight, 3-1 (25-17, 20-25, 25-18,
25-22), in an Ohio Athletic Conference match at Seiberling Gymnasium in
Tiffin, Ohio.  The win keeps the Berg in sole possession of first place atop
the league standings.

The win improves the Berg to 23-2 overall and 6-0 in the OAC and extends its
winning streak to 15 consecutive matches.  The Purple Raiders fall to 18-6
overall and 4-1 in the OAC.

Heidelberg has won 45 of 49 sets during its 15-match win streak and has now
won 18 straight matches against OAC opponents dating back to 2009.
Midview product Jacki Street (13)

Junior second-team All-OAC outside hitter Marian Bevington (Celina/Parkway)
tallied a team-high 14 kills in 27 attacks and hit .407 to lead the Berg
offense.  Junior right side hitter Jacki Street (Grafton/Midview) added 12
kills of her own and sophomore middle hitter Amber Welfle (Norwalk/St. Paul)
notched 11.

Junior setter Rachel Ferguson (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) and sophomore
setter Alexa Frank (Tiffin/Calvert) combined to assist 46 of the team's 56
kills.  Ferguson recorded 30 helpers, while Frank had 16.

Freshman libero Tessa Benanzer (Fort Loramie) racked up a team-high 24 digs
to pace the defense.  Senior second-team All-OAC outside hitter outside
hitter Venessa Haase (Miamisburg), who also etched eight kills, and senior
reigning OAC player of the year Jackie Reinhart (New Riegel), who had seven
slams of her own, each totaled 23 digs.

The Tri-Color returns to the court Tuesday, Oct. 18 when it travels to
University Heights to face John Carroll University in an OAC match at 7 p.m.

Yeomen Football Pushes Wabash to the Brink

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College football team used a late second-half push to get within one score of the nation’s 12th-ranked team, but in the end the Little Giants of Wabash were able to escape town with a 37-23 win over the Yeomen on Saturday afternoon at Savage Stadium.

Trailing 30-3 early in the third quarter it appeared that the Yeomen were dead in the water, but their “never say die” attitude shined through as three straight touchdowns made it a 30-23 game with 7:02 remaining in the fourth.

Senior Drew Mixter scored all three of the Yeomen’s touchdowns on receptions from Josh Mandel. The first came with 5:25 left in the third quarter and from four yards out. It capped a 13-play, 80-yard drive that took 5:38 off the clock.

Following a Wabash punt, the Yeomen marched 80 yards again, this time using 18 plays and 8:09. Mandel found Mixter from 11-yards out on 4th-and-goal as Mixter went up into the air to make an aggressive catch right in front of a Little Giants’ defender.

On the ensuing Little Giants drive, the defense came up big as senior Jake Hochendoner recorded the defensive trifecta – sacking Wabash quarterback Chase Belton, forcing a fumble and recovering the lose ball at the Little Giants 41-yardline.

Oberlin took advantage of the big play on yet another Mandel to Mixter scoring strike – this one coming from 13 yards out. The Yeomen also got creative on their two-point try, snapping it directly to Mixter in the backfield who rolled out to his left and threw a jump pass to Cory Kidd in the back of the endzone.

Trailing by just seven with the 7:02 left to play, and with the Oberlin defense keeping Wabash in check throughout the second half, Head Coach Jeff Ramsey elected to kick it deep instead of trying for an on-side kick.

Unfortunately, that move didn’t work out as planned, as the Little Giants were able to go 70 yards on 12 plays to score the game’s final touchdown. More importantly they took 4:54 off the clock, which left the Yeomen with just 2:02 to try and score two times.

The Yeomen dug themselves an early hole by turning the ball over on the very first play of the game, which resulted in Wabash posting a quick seven points. Later in the first quarter, Mandel threw an interception on his own 5-yardline that Luke Zinsmater snagged and carried into the endzone.

The first-half scoring came to an end with Wabash leading 16-3. The extra two points came off a safety that the Yeomen long snapper sent past Kidd on a punt try and through the back of the endzone.

Following the intermission, it didn’t get any better for Oberlin as Wes Chamblee took the opening kickoff back 80-yards for a score. Later in the third a 28-yard touchdown pass from Belton to John Holm made it 30-3.

Still despite the miscues, the Yeomen scored the most points of any foe against Wabash so far this season, with the previous high being seven. After having just 44 yards of offense at the half, Oberlin finished the game with 235 total yards, while Wabash checked in with 231. OC also won the time of possession battle by a large margin, 34:26 to 25:34.

Mandel finished 18-of-39 for 188 yards to go along with those three TD passes to Mixter. He was also intercepted once.  His top target on the day was senior Dan Weintraub who had career-highs in catches (5) and yards (69).

Defensively, Clay Eaton was an absolute force as he finished with nine tackles, three sacks and five tackles for a loss. The five TFL’s ties Chris Pisani for fourth all-time. Pisani accomplished the feat back in 2005 against Macalester. The three sacks are also fifth all-time – tying Steve Barlow, who did it in 2001 against Denison. Eaton is also second all-time on the single game sacks list as he recorded four last year against Case Western.

Oberlin concludes its home season next weekend against Washington University (St. Louis). Prior to the 1 p.m. kickoff, Oberlin will honor its senior class.


B-W Women Finish 6th and Men are 16th at Oberlin Inter-Regional Meet

OBERLIN, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s cross country team placed 6th and the men finished 16th today (Saturday, October 15, 2011) at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Meet hosted by Oberlin College.  This was the sixth and final regular season meet for the Yellow Jackets.

The B-W women scored 235 points and placed 6th of 33 total teams with 10 total runners competing in the varsity 6K and three runners in the 6K open race. The Yellow Jacket men had 435 points to place 16th of 34 teams and with nine total runners competed in the varsity race and five competing in the open race to finish 12th of 16 teams with 306 points.

The women were led by junior Lauren McGaughey (Allison Park, Pa./ Hampton) finished 22nd of 282 total runners with a time of 23:07.1. Following directly behind McGaughey was fellow junior Shaina Kovatch (Parma/ Valley Forge) with a time of 23:09.3. Junior Sarah Rospert (Milan/ Edison) placed 28th in a time of 23:19.6, junior Tess Hoogeveen (Westerville/ Green) finished 78th in a time of 24:14.8, sophomore Brooke Hradisky (Aurora) finished 91st in 24:33.9, sophomore Lauren Hutka (North Ridgeville/ Midview) crossed the line in 98th place with a time of 24:44.7, sophomore Jamie Clapacs (Willoughby Hills/ South) finished 114th in 25:00.1, sophomore Blair Vrcan (Mentor) placed 139th in 25:24.1, senior Judy Patterson (Alquippa, Pa./ Monaca Center) finished 189th in 26:19.2, and senior Julie Kotesovec (Litchfield Township/ Medina Buckeye) was 207th as she crossed the line with a time of 26:41.0.

In the open meet, B-W was led by junior Lynne Fahy (Ontario, N.Y./ Wayne Central) as she finished in 51st place and crossed the finish line in a time of 26:34.4. Following Fahy was freshman Bryn Allen (Chardon) placed 103rd in 28:48.4.
Mentor's Blevins (L), Strongsville's Gerding (R)

The Yellow Jacket men were led by, junior Kenny Janosko (Mentor) who finished 6th individually as he covered the 8K course in 25:49.2 overall. He was followed by senior Thomas Wilkin (Powell/ Olentangy Liberty), who crossed the finish line in a time of 27:23.1 as he placed 85th, sophomore Dusan Vasic (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Heights) placed 104th in 27:35.9,  junior David Gerding (Strongsville) finished 111th in 27:38.6, freshman Greg Blevins (Mentor)  finished 139th in 27:57.4, sophomore Stephen Humbert (Middletown/ Lakota East) placed 148th in 28:02.8, senior Nick Jeffers (South Amherst/ Firelands) finished 150th in 28:04.6, senior Drew Beck (Canandaigua, N.Y./ Canandaigua Academy) placed 167th in 28:14.4, and freshman Issac Baker (Lithia, Fla./Newsome) finished in 236th in 29:10.4.

In the open meet, B-W was led by senior Michael Sisko (Olmsted Falls) as he placed 66th in a time of 29:40.7. Following Sisko was senior Brian Gibbons (Rocky River) who finished in 68th at 29:44.1, senior Justin Brown (Sandusky) finished 116th in 31:18.2 and junior Ryan Fallow (Medina) finished in 119th in 31:27.9.

Cindric's Goal Powers Mount Soccer over Heidelberg

ALLIANCE, Ohio--Kevin Cindric's (Willowick/Eastlake North) goal in the 25th minute would prove to be all the scoring Mount Union men's soccer team would need as they defeated Heidelberg, 1-0 in Ohio Athletic Conference contest.

Both teams seemed to be feeling each other out when Cindric drove the ball into the Heildelberg box and managed to sneak the ball past the keeper.

Cindric (L), Critell (R)

Goalkeeper Jon Critell (Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney) managed three saves as he recorded his fifth shutout of the year. Mount Union held the advantage in shots (20-13) and shots on goal (10-3).

For Heidelberg, goalkeeper Ryan Smith saved nine of ten shots on goal.

The Purple Raiders pull themselves to 2-1-2 in the conference and 7-5-2 overall. Mount Union returns to action Wednesday, October 19, when they travel to Berea to take on the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin Wallace.

Mount Union Women's Soccer: Purple Raiders Come of Age in OAC Win

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union women's soccer team defended its home turf with an impressive 2-0 win over Heidelberg. The Purple Raiders (7-6-2, 2-3) received contributions from several freshmen and picked up three crucial points in the Ohio Athletic Conference standings.

Freshman Gina Wall (Warren/Howland) gave Mount Union the lead with her third goal of the season in the 18th minute. Wall beat a defender and struck a hard shot off the keeper and into the net.

With 7:24 remaining in the second half, the Raiders received an insurance goal from junior Kylee Kolesar(Mentor/Mentor). 

Wall (L), Druzina (R)

Freshman Erika Druzina (Kirtland/Lake Catholic) found Kolesar on a long pass down the field for a one-on-one opportunity, which the junior was able to cash in for the goal.

Play took place on the Mount Union side of the field most of the game as the Raiders outshot Heidelberg, 17-7. Kelsey Hogan's shot in the 61st minute was the only shot on goal they allowed the entire match.

The young Purple Raiders not only controlled the ball, they also controlled their emotions in a physical game. Heidelberg received two yellow cards, including one for running into Mount Union freshman goalkeeper Maria Favorite (Chesterland/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) in the 69th minute. Favorite, who made one save in the game, was forced to leave and was replaced by fellow freshman Jackie Podolsky (Canfield/Canfield).

Mount Union will travel to Berea to take on Baldwin-Wallace in an OAC contest Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Oberlin Volleyball Falls at NCAC Invite

Wooster, Ohio- The Oberlin College women's volleyball team was unable to get past NCAC opponents Wooster or Hiram this afternoon, as they lost both matches in straight sets.

The first match was against Wooster. The score was Wooster 3 Oberlin 0 (22-25, 22-25, 19-25). In the match Laura Jessee had a team high 11 kills. Chinwe Okona had seven kills to go along with a team high 13 digs. Senior Liz Wong had seven digs and two service aces.

In the second match of the day, Hiram was able to defeat the Yeowomen as well. The score was Hiram 3 Oberlin 0 (10-25, 28-30, 10-25). Oknona had a team high 10 kills and added five digs. Wong had six kills against the Terriers, and Jenna Bange had 25 assists to go along with seven digs.

The Yeowomen are back at it tomorrow in Wooster when they take on Wittenberg (10 a.m.) and Allegheny (4 p.m.).


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