B Page -- Sept. 1, 2010




Yeomen-Lords NCAC tilt 

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Series
: Oberlin leads the all-time series 38-36-6

Last Meeting Against the Lords: Oberlin lost 21-9 on October 17, 2009 at Savage Stadium. 

Last Time out for the Yeomen: Defeated Hiram College 34-29 (11/14/09)

Series Information ... 
Oberlin leads the all-time series against the Lords 38-36-6 … Saturday marks the 81st meeting between the two foes with their first meeting coming all the way back in 1892, Oberlin’s second year as a program … The Yeomen defeated the Lords under John W. Heisman 38-0 en route to a perfect 7-0 season … The last time the Yeomen opened their season against the Lords was in 1949 when they defeated Kenyon 45-7 … In the 2009 match-up, the Yeomen were plagued by costly turnovers en route to a 21-9 defeat … Quarterback David Kalgren had a solid game leading the offense with 216 total yards, while Sean Curtis scored the Yeomen’s lone touchdown on a 2-yard run that pulled the Yeomen within 14-9 with just under 13 minutes to play … Unfortunately, the Lords were able to milk the clock while Oberlin’s final two drives stalled … The Yeomen were led defensively by Dane Stritt, who racked up 10 tackles and Jake Hochendoner, who earned Heisman Club Player of the Game Honors with six tackles, including two for a loss and one sack.

Scouting the Lords…
Although Kenyon is normally known for its high-powered, high-octane offense, they will look to an experienced defense this season, after seeing 16 seniors graduate, many of which filled every offense skill position for the Lords … The Lords defense returns seven starters from last season, led by seniors Mark Sullivan, Beau Calcei, and Frankie Morales … Offensively, the Lords will rely heavily on their running game as heir-apparent at the quarterback position, Dan Shannon, has only attempted five passes in his collegiate career … The Lords will be led on the ground by senior Sean Millet and junior Jeremy Oller.

New Faces in the Backfield … 
The Yeomen come into the season with a new set faces in the backfield … Although juniors Adam Lowther and Sean Curtis remain a constant, new additions to the running back corps include highly-touted freshman Moses Richardson, who displays a nice blend of speed and power, along with juniorDrew Mixter, who has spent the last two years as a starter at safety … Mixter, a highly-rated running back out of high school, compliments Richardson’s speed with power, adding yet another weapon to offensive coordinator Alan Estep’s offense. 

A New Leader … 
Sophomore quarterback Josh Mandel, looks to take the reins of the offense, after missing all of last season with an injury to his throwing hand … Mandel, who has seen limited time since the start of his college career, brings a much different style to the offense than David Kalgren, who made the move back his more natural defensive back position this season … Although Mandel is not afraid to make plays with his feet, look for him to be a smoother presence in the pocket this fall.

Experience is the Name of the Game … 
Oberlin returns one of the most experienced teams in recent memory, which should make for a fun and interesting season … Oberlin returns all but two starters from last season’s squad in hopes of building off their season ending victory over Hiram College … The offensive line looks to be one of the best in recent memory for the Yeomen, led by seniors Mike LawChris Creech, andChris Pottmeyer … The seniors will also be aided by sophomores Tyler BensonRobert Conte, and Zeki Alikaya, along with freshman Jim Adkins



Spartan Runners Open at Wooster 

Invite

WOOSTER, OHIO – Select members of the Case Western Reserve University men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the College of Wooster Invitational on Wednesday, September 1 at LC Bole Golf Course. The rest of the squad is set to compete at this Saturday’s Bill Sudeck Classic.


Saturday’s meet is the 10th annual Sudeck Classic and was named in honor of the legendary former coach who passed away in August of 2000. Action from Squire Valleevue Farm is set to begin at 11:00 a.m.


At the Wooster Invite, the Spartan women’s runners competed in the 4k and the men ran in the 5k.
Freshman Allison Magee had the top finish for the women, placing 13th in 16:48.00. Sophomore Megan Milne (Naperville, IL/Naperville North) was 21st in 17:47.50, freshman Emily Dunham was 26th in 18:12.10 and freshman Brooke Simpson was 30th in 18:35.30.


The Spartan men placed three freshmen in the top 15. Dishen Lin was eighth in 18:17.82, Corey Williams was 13th in 18:52.79 and Alex Flick was 15th in 19:01.26.
Following Saturday’s Sudeck Classic, the Spartans are back in action on Saturday, September 18 at the Penn State-Behrend University Invitational at 11:00 a.m. in Erie, Pennsylvania.


WILD WIN FOR CRUSHERS

AVON, Ohio - The Lake Erie Crushers made it consecutive walk-off victories over the Washington Wild Things, scoring a 3-2 decision in 10 innings on Wednesday night to record their fourth consecutive victory. 



Washington opened the scoring in the first inning, posting four hits against Lake Erie starter Matt Smith. Chris Sidick led off the game with a double to right. He scored on a one-out infield single by Jon Kourie. The Crushers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second. Jodam Rivera singled home Joel Collins and Raphael Turner, both of whom stole bases in the inning.



The Wild Things evened the score in the fifth. John Delaney led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a balk. Following a Billy O'Conner single, Denny Duron dropped down a safety squeeze to tie the game. Matt Smith pitched six innings for the Crushers and allowed two runs on eight hits. Jeff Cinadr kept the game tied with three scoreless innings out of the bullpen and Ronnie Morales pitched the 10th to win for the second consecutive night. 



Andrew Davis opened the 10th by drawing a walk. Lee Huggins was unsuccessful in two bunt attempts but rebounded by stroking a single to left. Joel Collins ended the game with a double deep to center, scoring the game-winning run.



Washington veteran Chris Sidick played all nine positions in the game as the Wild Things outhit Lake Erie 12-6. Joel Collins recorded two hits for Lake Erie and reached base three times. 



The series concludes tomorrow night with the final Thirsty Thursday of the summer. RHP Alberto Rolon (3-4, 2.66) will make his final start of the season opposite RHP Jeff Sonnenberg (6-7, 3.00) for Washington.



EXTRA SWINGS

Ø       The victory marked the sixth walk-off win of the year for the Crushers, who are 5-7 in extra-innings

Ø       Lake Erie is at the .500 mark for the first time since July 28 when they were 30-30

Ø       Reliever J.J. Pacella pinch hit for Casey McGrew in the seventh inning and singled to left before being lifted for pinch runner Jake Krause, who stayed in the game at second



Griffiths' Goal Lifts Oberlin Past Albion
Justin Griffiths
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Albion, Mich. – Sophomore Justin Griffiths scored his first collegiate goal and that was all the Oberlin College men’s soccer team needed to get past Albion College 1-0 on Wednesday evening.

Griffiths, a native of New York City, scored in the 15th minute and the stingy Oberlin defense made it stand the rest of the way to preserve the win. JuniorOliver Miller-Farrell got credited with his 15th career assist on the play. 

“I am happy for Justin getting his first goal and for us battling here on the road, being shorthanded, but still being able to come away with the win,” Head Coach Blake New said. 

With rain falling throughout the game the two teams managed just nine total shots with six of those coming from the Yeomen. Matt Capozzi led the Yeowomen with two triggers on the day. 

Senior goalie Zach Lipshultz controlled the cage for all 90 minutes and made three saves. 

The two foes did play a very physical style with Albion drawing 16 fouls compared to Oberlin’s 13. The Yeomen squeezed out the only corner kick attempt of the game. 

Oberlin returns home for its next three games. First they will take on Otterbein on Saturday and then Capital on Sunday. Baldwin-Wallace also comes to town next Tuesday. All matches start at 7 p.m.

Yeowomen Defeat St. Vincent
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Oberlin, Ohio - The Oberlin College field hockey team had an exciting start to their season. The Yeowomen defeated St. Vincent College (Pa.) 2-1 on a penalty shot by senior Gillian Winbourn with three minutes left in the game.

It was an even match throughout the game. Despite being outshot by St. Vincent 19 to 10, the Yeowomen were able to pull off the victory. Sophomore goal keeper Kiran Puri had a tremendous game with ten saves. 

The Yeowomen jumped out to an early lead when first year Karin Yoshida scored her first career goal on a penalty shot less than five minutes into the game. The Yeowomen held the lead until St Vincent forward Ashley Williams scored an unassisted goal with ten minutes remaining in the half. 

The second half was a defensive battle on both ends. In the final minutes of the game, the Yeowomen turned up the offensive pressure. Winbourn was fouled on a close range shot and was awarded a penalty shot in the final three minutes of the game. 

Head Coach Deb Ranieri was very please with how the team performed this afternoon. "We played today with Tenacity, we took a short story from a book that we had read this summer who's message was to do whatever it takes to make something happen put it all out there plow through with confidence and conviction. I'm proud of the team for plowing ahead, working hard and the tenacity in front of the cage paid off." 

The team returns to action Saturday when they travel to Sweet Briar College. 

Cross Country Tunes Up at Wooster
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Women's 4K
Women's 5k
Men's 5k
Men's 4 mile

Wooster, Ohio - The Oberlin College cross country teams competed in its first meet at of the season at The College of Wooster on Wednesday night. 

The meet was not scored, but Head Coach Ray Appenheimer was pleased with how the team performed. “We competed very well this evening. It was reflective of how we are currently ranked at the national level.”

In the women’s 4k race, Joanna Johnson lead the way taking first place with a time of 14:07.70. She was followed by Molly Martorella at 15:54.80 andMargaret Lindman with a time of 16:03.50. The Yeowomen took seven of the top 10 spots in the 4k race.
 
The Yeowomen were paced by Sara Terashima in the 5k race as she took second place with a time of 20:43.70. The Yeowomen had harries claim four of the top six spots in the race.
 
On the men’s side the Yeomen dominated the 5k race by taking first, second and third. Eric Line won the race in 16:20. He was followed by Stephen Williams at 16:35 and David Cogswell with a mark of 17:04.
 
In the four-mile race, Derek Lange took first place with a time of 21:43.52. Teammate Ben Schild was second as he stopped the clock at 21:44.93 whileJimmy Taylor (21:49.14) and Matthew Berstein (22:03.66) placed fourth and fifth respectively.  
 
The team returns to action on September 11 at the GLCA Championships at Ohio Wesleyan.

Volleyball Suffers Tough Loss in Season Opener
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Oberlin, Ohio –
 The Oberlin College volleyball team jumped out to an early two set lead, but the visiting Ursuline College Arrows came roaring back to win the next three games to steal away a win from the Yeowomen on Wednesday afternoon at Philips Gym.

The Yeowomen took the first two sets in relatively easy fashion by the scores of 25-21 and 25-19, but the Arrows wouldn’t go down without a fight as they came away with a 27-25 win in set three and followed with 25-12 and 15-3 victories in the next two games to complete the comeback. 

“This was a very disappointing for us,” Head Coach Carey Cavanaugh said. “We need to learn how to finish the match and not let teams hang around like that.”

Senior Maggie Jacobson was a bright spot for the Yeowomen as she had 14 kills on 40 swings. Laura Jesse and Roskie Eck had nine kills each. 

Junior Liz Wong dished out 38 assists in the match, while Chinwe Okona led the way with 20 digs. 

As a team, the Yeowomen hit just .136. The Arrows had four players account for all 53 of their kills. 

Oberlin will look to regroup when its travels north to take part in the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Yeowomen will play two matches each day starting with Viterbo on Friday at 6:30 p.m. EST.




Ball State Preview 

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To say there were a few glitches in Stan Parrish's first season is to say there is a little chaos in the college football conferences. The team started 1-10 before closing with an upset win at Western Michigan. That's the starting point for 2010.

"Coach Parrish really tried to sell that to the kids," offensive coordinator Eddie Faulkner said. "It gave us a lot of momentum going into the offseason, and the kids trained with a lot of confidence. We feel like we've got a chance to be a good team." Seven of the losses were by 10 points or less. The Cardinals had a major finishing problem, one they hope to have corrected in the offseason.

But the returning coaches prefer to look at 2009 as a glass half full. Sure, they took their lumps. Lots of them. But they finished well, taking bowl teams Temple, Ohio and Northern Illinois to the wire.

"We were right there with a very young team," Faulkner said. "Football is the kind of game where the ball could have bounced a different way and we would have had victories in those and put ourselves in position to be bowl eligible."

"The character of our guys is really good," defensive coordinator Jay Hood said. "Our kids did a great job staying with it last year and working hard to improve. The Western game was a great emotional lift. It verified all the hard work and gave them a big smile on their faces at the end of the season."

And they aren't far removed from that magical 2008 season.

"They know what it's like to win, but a lot of those guys on that '08 team have moved on," Faulkner said. "It's time for the current guys to step into those shoes and become the winners. They know they can win, and they know they have the talent on the team to do it."

With 10 returning starters on offense and eight back on defense, the coaches had a chance in the spring to build rather than rebuild.

"We felt like spring went well," Faulkner said. "We got out of their healthy, which is always an objective. Compared to where we were a year ago in the spring of '09, I feel we made a lot of strides. We're excited about the season."

Even better for the Cardinals: the bulk of the projected starters for 2010 will be back in '11 too.

"We're still a very young team, even with all those starters coming back," Faulkner said. "That's very exciting."

Defensively, Hood said the unit made strides during the spring.

"Do you ever make as much as you want? Absolutely not," Hood said.

QUARTERBACKS
The problem for any starting quarterback at Ball State, at least into the near future, is the inevitable comparison to Davis. The leader of the 2008 team set a standard that will be difficult for any player to match.

Sophomore Kelly Page (6-3, 211) will give it a try in 2010. Page started the first seven games of 2009, hitting 53 percent of his passes for 1,019 yards and seven touchdowns. He threw nine interceptions.

Page suffered a broken thumb against Bowling Green and was lost for the rest of the season.

"There's still a competition because, frankly, Kelly hasn't won a game as a starter yet," Faulkner said. "He does some good things. He's made some strides. He's got more confidence. He's trying to take on the roll of being a leader on the team."

The primary competition for Page is from redshirt freshman Aaron Mershman (6-2, 211).

"They really went back and forth this spring," Faulkner said.

Faulkner expects more competition during training camp when freshman Keith Wenning (6-4, 222) joins in. Playing for Coldwater High School in the Ohio state championship game, Wenning completed 40-of-54 passes for 414 yards.

The quarterbacks are different in the way they manage the game, Faulkner said.

"They are all smart kids," Faulkner said. "They all can run. They've all got good arms. It's just a matter of who picks up the plays and who earns the trust and the respect of his teammates."

Faulkner likes to have mobile quarterbacks.

"It's no secret that we'd like to be able to run the ball, set up play action and move the pocket for guys," Faulkner said. "A mobile quarterback allows you to do that. We look for that in recruiting."

RUNNING BACKS
The list of players who have gone over 300 yards in a game is impressive. LaDainian Tomlinson, Marshall Faulk and Ricky Williams are among those who hit the magic number.

In 2009, Ball State's MiQuale Lewis (5-6, 190) added his name to the list with 301 yards against Eastern Michigan. The senior finished the season with 871 yards and five touchdowns. That was just more than half of his 1,736 total from 2008.

Lewis suffered an ankle injury that bothered him most of the 2009 season. That's part of the explanation for the falloff. And he didn't have Davis opening up the field with his throws and runs. Plus, the offensive line was mostly new.

"Getting him back does a lot for the leadership on the team," said Faulkner, a former running back at Wisconsin.

Lewis has 3,334 career rushing yards and needs 669 yards to pass Marcus Merriweather as Ball State's all-time best. He needs 150 yards to move past No. 2 Bernie Parmalee.

"He's done some good things," Faulkner said.

Listing Lewis at 5-6 is generous, Faulkner said. Very generous.

"He's 5-4," Faulkner said. "We talk about it all the time. We give him a rough time. He's shifty and hard to bring down."

Despite his big career numbers, Lewis isn't guaranteed a starting spot.

"The most competitive position on our team is tailback," Faulkner said. "I think we can go four, five deep."

Sophomore Cory Sykes (5-7, 160) had 203 yards against Eastern Michigan, making it the first time in FBS history that one team had a 300- and 200-yard rusher in the same game. Sykes finished the season with 559 yards and three scores, averaging 6.2 yards per carry.

"He runs like he's 200 pounds," Faulkner said. "He always finishes forward. He hits the hole." Also in the competition is sophomore Eric Williams (5-10, 203), who gained 362 yards and scored four touchdowns in limited carries as a freshman.

"He's got a chance to be something special," Faulkner said.

Redshirt freshman David Brown (5-10, 198) and senior Ray Winkler (5-9, 183) are two others Faulkner feels comfortable with on the field.

"From the running back perspective, I'd have to say that's the strength of our team," Faulkner said.

The Cardinals aren't going to use the wishbone, but Faulkner promises to utilize his talented group of running backs.

RECEIVERS
Whoever starts at quarterback will have all sorts of experienced options to throw to. Topping the list is junior Briggs Orsbon (6-0, 189), who caught 51 passes for 461 yards and a touchdown in 2009.

Glenville grad Torieal Gibson

Also back are junior Torieal Gibson (5-9, 173), who caught 25 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Daniel Ifft (6-3, 178) had 20 grabs for 269 yards and two touchdowns. And junior Jeremy Hill (6-2, 184) made 11 catches for 138 yards and a score.

"We've got a lot of guys who have played a lot of football," Faulkner said. "If a kid can help us win, we're going to get him on the field."