B Page -- Sept. 13, 2010


B-W, OAC Players of Week 

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Pollock is this week’s OAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts versus Capital, and it marks the second time in his career that he has earned the honor.  Against Capital, Pollock made his only field goal -- a 19-yarder, and his only point-after-touchdown (PAT) kick. This season, he is a perfect 2-of-2 in field goals, including a career-long 37-yarder in a 38-14 win versusThe College of Wooster on Sept. 2 and a perfect 6-of-6 in PAT kicks. Pollock’s 12 total points ties him with sophomore wide receiver Brett Jensen (Avon) for the team scoring lead.

The Yellow Jacket gridders, 2-0 overall and listed among the “others” in this week’s d3football.com (www.d3football.comDivision III National poll, are back in action this Saturday, Sept. 18 when they travel to Tiffin, Ohio to play OAC-rival Heidelberg
University on Mayer Field on the Heidelberg campus at 2:00 p.m.

NCAC Runner of the Week 

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Johnson, who will be in search of her third straight All-America honor at seasons end, will lead the Yeowomen into the Carnegie Mellon Invitational in two weeks.

All Mount Union football games will be broadcast on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online at http://athletics.mountunion.edu, while the website will feature a live statistics game tracker at ALL games.

John Carroll is providing LIVE pay-per-view video of the game.  Ric Brienza and Mark Grossman return to broadcast the game on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM in Alliance.  You can listen to Mount Union's student radio feed on WRMU 91.1 FM on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900. 


The four home games will be shown on television via tape delay on regional sports cable channel SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV52 (Stark County), WIVN TV29 (New Philadelphia), Time Warner Cable (ch. 989-Stark County, ch. 99-Tuscarawas County), Massillon Cable (ch. 21) and Clear Picture Cable (ch. 21-Wayne County).     Image Video produces the broadcasts with Joe Tait, who enters his 39th and final season as the radio voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, does the play-by-play and Harry Paidas handles the color commentary. 


This is the 28th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 23-2-2 lead in the series dating back to a 6-6 tie on October 30, 1931. The Raiders have won 19-straight meetings going back to a 20-20 tie in 1991 in Alliance. The last John Carroll win was a 31-7 win in 1989 in University Heights. 


Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 290-22-3 (.921) in his 25th season as head coach as one of the most successful coaches in college football history.  His teams have won 20 OAC Championships, including the last 18 in a row, along with 10 of the last 17 NCAA Division III National Championships. This year he is president of the American Football Coaches Association.

Regis Scafe (Case Western Reserve'71) is 72-44 (.621) in his 11th season at John Carroll. He led the Blue Streaks to a school-record 12 wins and an East Region Championship in the NCAA Playoffs in 2002. His combined coaching record 88-73 after five seasons at his alma mater, Case Western Reserve University. 


The Purple Raiders finish a nearly 1,600-mile three-game road swing to start the season next week in an OAC game at Wilmington.  Kickoff from Williams Stadium is slated for 1:30 pm.

John Carroll returns 12 starters from last year's 3-7 team, which was the first time the Blue Streaks suffered a losing season in 22 years.

For the second game in a row, the Purple Raiders face an athletic sophomore quarterback in John Carroll signal caller Michael Locke.  Locke was 11-of-24 for 111 yards passing and had nine rushes for 44 yards and a rushing TD.  He has plenty of experience around him in senior running backs Mark Elsaesser and Teree Harris while senior Frank Ross holds virtually every receiving record in John Carroll history.


Six starters are back on the Blue Streak defense with senior defensive back Jon Cooley (15 tackles last week) and junior linebacker C. J. Seitzinger (12 tackles last week) leading the way.  Senior defensive end Chuck Iheama anchors the defensive line and he blocked a kick against
Case Western Reserve.

On special teams, John Carroll returns both an all-conference kicker in Brad Marchese and an all-conference punter in Karl Roshong.


Mount Union's win-loss record since 2000

55, 54 
The Raiders hold the NCAA's two longest consecutive college football win streaks -- 55 from 2000-2003 and 54 from 1996-99

game regular season win streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14  loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

consecutive regular season road victories for Mount Union dating back to a 21-18 loss at Baldwin-Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.

Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.

The Raiders record since 1990 when winning the turnover battle.  That lone loss was a 20-17 loss to Wisconsin-LaCrosse in a 1995 national semifinal game in Alliance. In that game, the Raiders had a +1 turnover margin.

1675.8 miles combined round trip for Mount Union in its first three road games to start the 2010 season.


Mount Union returns nine starters and 31 letterwinners in 2010.


Sophomore Neal Seaman (Louisville/Louisville) came off the bench in 14 games last season but made his first collegiate start and quarterback at Oshkosh and completed 26 of 37 passes for 328 yards and five touchdown passes.  Kurt Rocco tossed five touchdowns in two games last year (11/14 vs. Marietta and 10/22 vs. Wilmington), but prior to that you have to go back to 2005 when Mike Jorris tossed a school-record seven touchdown passes in a 70-0 win versus John Carroll. 


Senior wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) had five catches, two for touchdowns, for 105 yards against UW-Oshkosh.  It marked the 12th time in his career he has had at least 100 yards receiving in a game.  His two touchdown catches gives him 47 for his career which ties current Indianapolis Colt Pierre Garcon for most in school history.  His first TD catch was from 35 yards which was his 27th career TD catch for more than 20 yards.  He is also has 194 career receptions which is only eight catches from matching Garcon's record 202 receptions as a Purple Raider from 2005-07.

Shorts also had the longest punt return (44 yards) and kick return (32 yards) in his career at Oshkosh.

Collinwood alum Cecil Shorts III

(NOTE: Prior to 2002, playoff games did not count in NCAA statistics, if those stats counted Adam Marino (1997-2000) would have 272 rec. for 4,704 yds with 52 TD's).


Sophomore running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) had a team-best 69 yards rushing on 13 carries and caught the first two touchdown passes of his career at UW-Oshkosh.  Murray played high school football at Martins Ferry High School for head coach Dave Bruney, who is the father of Mount Union assistant football coach and offensive coordinator Zac Bruney.


Neal Seaman was not the only Louisville High School product to make his first start as sophomore Brandon Mathie (Louisville/Louisville) played both wide receiver and punter.  Mathie punted twice for a 40.0 yard average and both ended up inside the 20 yard line. 

Louisville's Brandon Mathie, a pre-med major


Sophomore defensive end Charles Dieuseul (pronounced diesel) (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) had a career-high 12 tackles along with a sack and a forced fumble that set up a touchdown against Oshkosh last week.


Larry Kehres begins his 25th season as head coach but 36th season working at Mount Union as he spent 10 seasons (1975-84) as an assistant coach to Ken Wable then in 1985 worked only as director of athletics before becoming head football coach and director of athletics in 1986.  You might not know, he was also the first swimming coach at Mount Union.


Former Mount Union wide receiver Pierre Garcon is in his third season with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and had four catches for 75 yards against the Houston Texans last week.  

He had a breakout season in 2009 as he started 16 games including Super Bowl XLIV where he caught one of his six touchdowns on the season.  

Against the NY Jets in the AFC Championship game, he had 11 catches for 151 yards and his post-game celebration that included waiving a Haiti flag (birthplace of his parents) made national news headlines as he was brining awareness to the nation that was ravaged by an earthquake just days before the game.  This past offseason he returned to Mount Union and completed his bachelor's degree in communications.  He had 3,363 yards and 47 touchdowns receiving in three seasons at Mount Union.  He played his freshman season at Norwich (Vt.) and in 2008 the Colts drafted him in the sixth round (208 overall).


Avon 5, Lake Ridge Academy 0
Singles: Schwartz d. Rice 6-0, 6-0; DeLuca d. Colegrove 6-0, 6-2; Roberts d. Beals 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 
Doubles: Cirilo/Parrot d. Miraldi/Kapodia 6-0, 6-4; Veite/Novotny d. Ridel/Al-Haddad 6-0, 6-1. 

MAC Players of the Week 

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Special Teams Player of the Week:  Eastern Michigan P Jay Karutz

Sophomore punter Jay Karutz (North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia) racked up four punts for 198 yards for a 49.5 yard average against the RedHawks with three of the four inside the 20-yard line, including two that were downed inside the one-yard line. His fourth punt was a 56 yarder that went out of bounds. That 49.5 yard average is a school record, shattering the previous single-game mark of 49.0 set by Jerry Wedge versus Eastern Illinois University, Oct. 27, 1956.

East Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Miami RB Thomas Merriweather

Senior running back Thomas Merriweather (Flourissant, Mo.) topped the century rushing mark for the second time in his career with 105 yards on 15 carries (7.0 ypc) and tied his career high with three touchdowns, including the game-winner from nine yards out with 9:03 remaining.  Merriweather finished the opening drive of the game with a 23-yard scoring scamper, Miami’s first touchdown of the season.  He also had a 20-yard score in the third quarter to even the game at 21-21.


Defensive Player of the Week:  Temple DT Muhammad Wilkerson

Junior defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson (Linden, N.J.) had six tackles, a career-high two sacks, a career-high three tackles for loss and one forced fumble in Temple’s 13-10 overtime win over Central Michigan last Thursday.  After two games, Wilkerson stands second in team tackles with 11, including nine solos, and leads the Owls with 3.5 TFL and two sacks.


Special Teams Player of the Week:  Kent State K Freddy Cortez

Sophomore kicker Freddie Cortez (Fort Meade, Fla.) converted two field goals from 45 and 41 yards in a 26-13 loss at Boston College.  It was the first time in his career Cortez has mad

Valerie Stahl

Everett, WA Native Valerie Stahl

Viking Report 

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The women's soccer team will make the 2,400-mile trek to Seattle, Wash. this week to play matches at Washington (Friday, Sept. 17) and Seattle (Sunday, Sept. 19).  It will be a homecoming for Vikings Natalie Daniels (Olympia, Wash.), Valerie Stahl (Everett, Wash.), Frederike Dubeau (Kent, Wash.), Sylvia Olsby (Seattle, Wash.) and Marley Greiner (Burnaby, B.C.).
Sylvia Olsby
Olsby returning home
Marley Greiner
BC's Marley Greiner

The cross country team will run in its third straight meet this week, heading down sate to Cedarville, Ohio for the Friendship Invitational.  The 5,000 meter race will be run at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18.

The men's golf team will be in Huntington, W.Va. to play in the Marshall Fall Tournament.  The 54-hole event will be played Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 13-14.

The men's and women's tennis teams will make their fall debut this week.  The men will be in Bloomington, Ind. for the Indiana Invitational from Friday-Sunday, Sept. 17-19.  The women will be in nearby Bowling Green, Ohio to play in the Bowling Green Invitational on Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 18-19.

Volleyball Begins Horizon League Play At UIC
Vikings Have Won A School-Record Nine Straight Matches To Open Season

Cleveland State will attempt to keep its undefeated season in tact when the Vikings open the Horizon League season with a 5:00 p.m. EST match at UIC on Saturday (Sept. 18) in CSU's lone contest of the week. The Vikings are off to the best start in school history, having won nine consecutive matches and three tournament titles.

"We are just taking things one day at a time and one match at a time," head coach Chuck Voss said. "We want to continue to get better every time we take the court. We are playing with a lot of confidence now and the chemistry on the team is very high."

The Vikings stayed perfect this year by winning three matches in the CSU Invitational Presented by the Crowne Plaza Cleveland South on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 10-11). The Vikings opened the tournament with sweeps over George Washington and Morgan State before earning a 3-1 win over Kent State. After losing the first set, CSU came back to win the next three.
Amy Benz

Senior Amy Benz was named the MVP of the event after averaging 2.50 kills and 1.00 blocks per set, while hitting .357 in three matches. Junior Jordan Goad joined Benz on the all-tournament team after averaging 10.86 assists and 2.29 digs per set, helping lead the Vikings to a .243 attack percentage. Goad did not play in the win over Morgan State, but freshman Annie Djukic stepped right in, handing out 34 assists with five digs.
Amy Grabiec
St. Joe alumna Amy Grabiec

Junior libero Amy Grabiec continued her stellar play to begin the season, posting 49 digs over the weekend as she continues to lead the team with 5.36 digs per set.

Women's Soccer Heads To Pacific Northwest
Face Washington & Seattle As Part Of A Homecoming For Five Starters

The women's soccer team will make the longest road trip in program history when the Vikings make the 2,600 mile flight to Seattle, Wash. for a pair of matches.  CSU will take on Washington on Friday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m. PDT (10:00 p.m. in Cleveland) and Seattle on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 12:00 noon PDT (3:00 p.m. local).
Frederike Dubeau
Homecoming for Frederike

The trip will serve as the first opportunity for seniors Sylvia Olsby (Seattle) and Marley Greiner (Burnaby, B.C), junior Natalie Daniels (Olympia, Wash.), sophomore Valerie Stahl (Everett, Wash.) and freshman Frederike Dubeau (Kent, Wash.), each of whom hails from the Pacific Northwest to get the opportunity to play in front of their friends and family.

"This is a big week for us in several ways," CSU head coach Derrek Falor said.  "I am glad that this trip will allow a number of our players to go home and play, but more importantly, this is our final week before we start league play and we need to get the momentum back.  We've been banged up the last two weeks, but we should get a couple of players back this week and that should help us."

The Vikings went 0-2-1 last week, dropping road games at Ohio State (2-0) and Bowling Green (2-1) while tying Ohio (1-1, 2ot) at home.  Freshmen Taylor Miller and Debeau scored the two goals for CSU, with junior Natalie Daniels picking up an assist to tie the CSU career mark with her 10th career assist.

Men's Soccer Puts Unbeaten Streak On The Line vs. IPFW
Vikings (1-3) Have Not Lost At Home Since Late In 2007 Season

Cleveland State's men's soccer team will challenge two non-conference opponents this weekend before opening conference play on Sept. 24. The Vikings will travel to Illinois to take on SIU-Edwardsville on Friday (Sept. 17) at 8:00 p.m. before returning home on Sunday (Sept. 19) for a 1:00 p.m. match against IPFW at Krenzler Field.

CSU will challenge SIU-Edwardsville in an 8:00 p.m. EST contest. The match against IPFW is set to start at 1:00 p.m.
Both contests will be rematches of games from 2009. The Vikings defeated SIU-Edwardsville at home 1-0 in overtime last season. They fell to IPFW on the road, 2-1.

The Vikings are coming off a tough week at a tournament at Northern Illinois, falling 4-0 to Northwestern on Friday (Sept. 10) and 2-0 on Sunday to host Northern Illinois.  Sophomore goalkeeper Brad Stuver and midfielder Aslinn Rodas were each named to the all-tournament team.
Aslinn Rodas
Brad Stuver
Twinsburg native Brad Stuver

"We didn't play up to our potential last weekend," CSU head coach Ali Kazemaini said.  "A couple of injuries have hurt our offensive ability and we are playing a lot of freshmen right now and they each need some time to adjust.  We'll be okay once we play a couple of more times."

Men's Golf To Prepare For Marshall Invitational

The men's golf team returns to action on Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 13-14) when CSU competes at the 54 hole Marshall Invitational at the par-71, 6,456-yard Guyan Golf and C.C. in Huntington, W. Va.

"It felt good to get the season started last week and see how we stacked up against other teams," head coach Steve Weir said. "We improved every round out and that is a goal we have as a team at these tournaments. I thought we left some shots out there so we'll work on some things this week and be ready to go at Marshall."
Michael Klaric

The Vikings placed 10th of 18 teams at the season opening Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate on Sunday and Monday (Sept. 5-6) at the par-72, 7,100 yard Turning Stone Resort (Kaluhyat Course). CSU opened with rounds of 317 and 315 before a final round 302.
Sophomore Michael Klaric led the Vikings by tying for seventh place with a seven-over-par total of 223 (75-76-72). Freshman Andrew Bailey had a good start to his collegiate career, tying for 36th place with rounds of 79-79-76 (234).

Butler Fall Invitational Next Up For Women's Golf

The Cleveland State women's golf team will be out of action until Oct. 4-5 when it competes at the 36 hole Butler Fall Invitational at the par-72, 6,197-yard Eagle Creek G.C.

"We've had two pretty good tournaments to open the season and we'll continue to work hard and improve this fall," head coach Steve Weir said. "We have such a young team so there will be a lot of ups and downs, but as long as we continue to show improvement, I think this team is capable of some great things."

CSU finished 12th of 18 teams at the Bucknell Lady Bison Classic on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 11-12) at the par-70, 6,006-yard Bucknell Golf Club. The Vikings were in 13th place after shooting 332-335 in the first two rounds before a final round 329 moved CSU up one spot in the final standings.
Ariel Sparrow
Strongsivlle's Ariel Sparrrow

Sophomore Ariel Sparrow was the Vikings top finisher, tying for 21st place with rounds of 77-70-80 (236), while sophomore Lisa Barber tied for 39th at 244 (82-81-81).
Lisa Barber
Willoghby's Lisa Barber

Cross Country To Run At Cederville's Friendship Invitational

The cross country team is back in action on Saturday (Sept. 18) when the Vikings travel to Cedarville, Ohio, to compete in the Friendship Invitational. The race will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course

"I am so happy with where we are at as a team this early in the season," head coach Joe Jaketic said. "Everyone is training hard and that is showing in the results we are getting at our competitions. I hope we can continue to build off these performances as we aim toward the league championship at the end of the year."
Allison Craine
Normandy alumna Allison Craine

CSU's top five runners all recorded personal best times at the Mel Brodt Invitational on Saturday (Sept. 11), helping the Vikings place fourth of seven teams with 124 points. Allison Craine finished ninth overall with a time of 18:50, marking the first time in her career she broke the 19 minute mark. Brittany Elmlinger finished 24th in 19:22, while Kelly Zaleski was close behind in 36th place with a time of 19:47.

Kari Haywood ran a 20:06 to finish 41st, while Jordan Hoile rounded out CSU's contingent, running a 20:11 to finish 45th.

Men's Tennis To Open Fall Season At Indiana Invitational

The Cleveland State men's tennis team, which has won the last three Horizon League Championships, begins the 2010 fall season when the Vikings compete at the Indiana Invitational from Friday through Sunday (Sept. 17-19) in Bloomington, Ind.

The Vikings will compete against a nine-team field that includes squads from Butler, Detroit, IPFW, IUPUI, Tennessee Tech, Toledo, Xavier and host Indiana.

"We are really excited to get out on the court and see where we stack up as a team," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "There will be a lot of good, quality teams at this tournament so it will be important for us to play well and get the fall season off on the right foot."

The Vikings, who have earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament in each of the last three years, will be led by junior Yannick Goossens, a first team All-Horizon League pick last year after winning 25 matches. Senior Rob Fox also returns after finishing second on the team with 28 victories a year ago.

In all, six letterwinners return from last year's squad, while CSU will also welcome three talented newcomers who will challenge for a spot in the lineup.

Women's Tennis To Big Season At Bowling Green

Cleveland State women's tennis begins the fall campaign when the Vikings compete at the Bowling Green Invitational on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 18-19).  The Vikings will be one of nine teams in the field.

"This tournament will be a great test for us and really starts a tough fall schedule for us," head coach Brian Etzkin said.  "Having the chance to play these matches will only help us improve and give the girls some good experience moving forward.

CSU is coming off a season in which it went 15-12 overall, including a 7-1 mark in the Horizon League to finish a program best second in the regular season.

Junior Catrine Bjerrehus, a two-time first team All-Horizon League selection, returns after winning 16 matches at the No. 1 position last year, while sophomore Maria Lazaris is also back after winning a team-high 22 contests at No. 2 singles.  CSU will return five of their top six players from last season and welcome freshmen Alexandra Bush, Alex Power and Kara Sherwood to the program.

Viking High Fives

Allison Craine:  The cross country sophomore placed ninth at the Mel Brodt Invitational, finishing in 18:50, her first sub-19 minute time.

Amy Benz:  The volleyball senior averaged 2.5 kills and 1.0 blocks per set to earn MVP honors of the CSU Invitational and helping the Vikings remain undefeated this year.

Natalie Daniels:  The women's soccer junior midfielder continued her torrid scoring pace, handing out an assist on Sunday at Bowling Green to tie the CSU record with her 10th career assist.

 This Week's Schedule

Sept. 13-14 (Mon.-Tues.)
Men's Golf at Marshall Fall Tournament
Huntington, WV

Sept. 17 (Friday)
Women's Soccer at Washington
Seattle, WA, 7:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer at SIU Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL, 8:00 p.m.

Men's Tennis at Indiana Invitational
Bloomington, IN

Sept. 18 (Saturday)
Cross Country at Friendship Invitational
Cedarville, OH, 11:00 a.m.

Volleyball at UIC
Chicago, IL, 4:00 p.m.

Women's Tennis at Bowling Green Invitational
Bowling Green, OH

Men's Tennis at Indiana Invitational
Bloomington, IN

Sept. 19 (Sunday)
Women's Soccer at Seattle
Seattle, WA, 12:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer hosts IPFW
Krenzler Field, 1:00 p.m.

Men's Tennis at Indiana Invitational
Bloomington, IN

Women's Tennis at Bowling Green Invitational
Bowling Green, OH