A Page -- Sept. 13, 2011


Mentor's Jessie Iafelice leads Mount Union to 

team title in Walsh XC Invite

A pair of Mount Union freshman -- Hayley Buzulencia (Warren/Howland) and Jessie Iafelice (Mentor/Mentor) finished 1-2 overall and led the Purple Raiders to the team title at the 2011 Ric Sayre/Walsh University Invitational.

Buzulencia crossed the line at 19:24 while Iafelice was right behind at 19:26 to lead five Purple Raiders that were in the top 10.

Another freshman Brooke Benner (Orrville/Orrville) was in sixth place as sophomore Caitlin Goggin(Mantua/Crestwood) was in eighth and freshman Tabitha Jacofsky (Brecksville/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) placed 11th to make up the team score.

Mount Union edged out John Carroll by six points to win the title.

The Raiders travel next weekend to the Calvin Knights Invitational in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

2011 Ric Sayre/Walsh University Invitational

Team Scores
1. Mount Union 27, 2. John Carroll 33, 3. Walsh 77, 4. Ursuline 118, 5. Hiram 149.

Top 5 Individuals
1. Buzulencia (MTU) 19:24, 2. Iafelice (MTU) 19:26. 3. Mapes (JCU) 19:27, 4. Hanna (JCU) 19:28, 5. Kruetz (MTU).

Mount Union
1. Haley Buzulencia 19:24, 2. Jessie Iafelice 19:26, 6. Brooke Benner 19:30, 8. Caitlin Gogglin 19:39, 10. Tabitha Jacofsky 20:00.

Rocky River girls cross country finishes in 

upper third in Tiffin Carnival

The Rocky River cross country girls had another strong week of racing at the second largest meet in the country, Tiffin Carnival. Although the weather conditions in the Cleveland area were raining and horrible from the get-go on Saturday morning, the conditions in Tiffin were fine.  

The girls Division 1 race began under cloudy but dry skies.

Elyse Bierut and Madi Connelly led the race for the first mile and a half.  Bierut finished 3rd overall, tying her career personal record of 18:29.  Madison Connelly was close behind in 8th place in a time of 19:11.  Both of these girls ran at least 30 seconds faster than they did last year at this same race.

Anna Eversman was the next Pirate to finish in 72nd place in a time of 20:42.  Maddy McDonough, in her first race back from injury, finished next for the lady Pirates in 105th place in a time of 21:15. The fifth place finisher for the Pirates was Ellen Corcoran in 133rd place in a time of 21:49.  Freshman Elizabeth Weger rounded out the 6 Varsity runners that ran in 192nd place in a time of 24:06.

The team finished 12th of 31 teams with a point total of 317.

The open girls were set to run as they were on the starting line completing their strides when the officials called for a 30 minute delay due to lightening.  

“Little did we know that we should have packed up then and there, as the thunder and lightening came rolling in with loads of heavy rain,” Rocky River Coach Laura Brabant said.  “Buses were stuck in mud and traffic into the park was at a standstill. We made the decision to leave after realizing the officials were tearing down the finish line and timing devices!

Pirates Addy Scott, Anne Swartz, Emma Russ and Cassie Hamker did not get the opportunity to race at Tiffin.

“It was really unfortunate they could not race,” Brabant said. Times are usually fast and the course is fun for the runners.”

The team heads to Forest Hills next Satruday to compete in the McDonough Invitational. It has been 10 years since Rocky River has run in this invitational.

B-W Women’s Soccer Team Loses 2-0 at Transylvania (Ky.)

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer team dropped its second straight match when it lost 2-0 to Transylvania Universitytoday (unday, September 11, 2011) in the second match of the Transylvania University Tournament. The Yellow Jackets, 2-2 overall, lost to Centre (Ky.) College yesterday in Lexington.

The Yellow Jackets opened the season with victories against Penn State Behrend (Pa.) University, 3-2, and Oberlin College, 6-1, prior to losing to Centre and Transylvania. The B-W defense has been a solid in allowing just six goals in four matches.

Mount Union men place second at Walsh

Mount Union had four runners finish in the top 10 but could not get the win at the 2011 Ric Sayre/Walsh University Invitational over the weekend in North Canton.

Fellow Ohio Athletic Conference member John Carroll took four of the top five spots individually to claim the team title.

The Purple Raiders were led by senior Erik Reed (East Liverpool/East Liverpool) placed fourth overall with a time of 26:56.

Fellow senior Tim Kelly (Lakewood/Lakewood) and junior Matt Miller (Lakewood/Lakewood) each were next across in sixth and seventh respectively, while sophomore Nate Grimm (Lisbon/Leetonia) in eighth and freshman Andrew Nelson

Indy's Rebecca Kapusta 

B-W Women’s Golf Team Competes on First 

Day at the O’Brien National Invitational in Indiana; Indy's Kapusta leads Jackets with 84

BEREA, OHIO –  The defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team opened its 2011 fall season by participating over the weekend at the St. Mary’s College O’Brien National Invitational Tournament at Warren Golf Course on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The second and final round will be played tomorrow with players teeing off at 8:00 a.m.

With nine of the top-11 ranked teams in NCAA Division III golf in attendance, the young Yellow Jackets are getting a taste of what it is like to play against the best competition available.  A year ago, B-W shocked the OAC when it won the league championship tournament with three freshmen and two sophomores. The team went on to finish 15th at the Division III National Tournament in Florida.  And, even with all five starters back this fall, B-W is unranked entering this event.

On the first day on the par-72 and 5,824-yard Warren G.C. layout, the Yellow Jackets carded a 347-stroke team total.  JUnior 2-time All-OAC player Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) led the way with an 84. She was followed by sophomore All-OAC player Emilee Woolf (Ravenna) with an 86, sophomore Rebecca Cunningham (Dayton/ Christian) with an 87, junior All-OAC player Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) with a 90 and sophomore Rebecca Jones (Hilliard/ Darby) with a 93.  Also playing as an individual was sophomore Sarah Allred (Akron/ Green) and she carded a 92.

Mount Union women fall to Rochester

FREDONIA, N.Y.—The Mount Union women's soccer team fell to Rochester (N.Y.), 2-0, Saturday afternoon. The Purple Raiders (3-2-1) struggled to create scoring opportunities and only managed four shots in the match.

After scoring 14 goals in their first three games, the Purple Raiders have failed to score in their last three. The team has had a hectic beginning to the season, playing six times in the past 10 days.

Jackie Podolsky (Canfield/Canfield) started the game in net for Mount Union and made five saves while allowing two goals. Taryn Vespoint (Ravenna/Ravenna) played the second half and made seven saves without allowing a goal

Chardon's Matt Hennessy

Storm places 12th at season opener

PAINESVILLE –  Despite a four stroke improvement in the second round, the Lake Erie College men's golf team was unable to make up any ground in the team standings and finished in 12th place at the season-opening Al Watrous Memorial in Bay City, Mich. on Sunday (Sept. 11).

The Storm posted a team score of 304 on day two to finish at 612, 11 shots behind host Saginaw Valley State University.  Ashland University won the team title with a score of 566, 11 strokes better than runner up Grand Valley State University.

Individually, junior Mike Guarino (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) was Lake Erie's top finisher, tying for 30th place.  He shot a 73-75-148 (+4).  Senior Frank Whites III (Wickliffe, Ohio/Wickliffe) was next, tied for 48th, at 75-78-153 (+9), followed closely by classmate Matt Hennessey (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) at 79-75-154 (+10).

Holy Name alumna Nancy Newcomer alliterates her way to Horizon League Player of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Cleveland State senior forward Nancy Newcomer
 (Parma Heights, Ohio) has been named the Horizon League Women's Soccer Player of the Week, for the week beginning Sept. 5. The honor is the first of Newcomer's career.
The senior helped the Vikings turn in a 2-0 road trip with wins at Wyoming and Air Force. Newcomer scored goals in both matches to lead the way.

At Wyoming, Newcomer collected her first goal of the year at a key time, sending Cleveland State to a 2-1 win in double overtime with a 103rd minute tally.

The Southern Indiana transfer would net her second goal with the Vikings on Sunday, adding the clincher in the 81st minute in a 2-0 shutout of the host Air Force Academy.

Cleveland State will start Horizon League play this weekend, hosting No. 14 Milwaukee on Friday at Krenzler Field at 7 p.m. The Vikings wrap up the weekend by hosting IUPUI on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Valley Forge Alumnus Vinny Bell Turns Hat Trick To Propel Case Reserve Past John Carroll in "Battle of the East Side"

CLEVELAND (U District) – All-American senior forward Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge) recorded his second career hat trick and freshman Patrick O’Day (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) tacked on a score and an assist as the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team improved to 4-0 for the young season with a 4-0 victory versus visiting cross-town rival John Carroll University on Sunday, September 11 at Case Field in a game that was delayed.


Bell recorded his first career three-goal game scoring all three goals in a 3-2 win versus University Athletic Association foe the University of Chicago (Ill.) on October 17, 2010.

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Case takes its unbeaten record on the road next week with a non-conference match at Baldwin-Wallace College on Wednesday, September 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Berea. 

With the loss, John Carroll drops to 1-4 overall.

The Blue Streaks began the contest with constant pressure on the Case defense recording the first three shots over the initial four minutes of the contest. However, the Spartans turned the tide and responded with some pressure of their own. That persistence paid off when the hosts got on the board in the 22nd minute as Bell scored following a touch by O’Day and a through ball from the first-year Spartan. Bell made the score 2-0 nearly 19 minutes later when he gathered an errant clearing attempt by the Blue Streak defense and laced a shot from nearly 25 yards out that hit the right post before ricocheting into the net.

Following the halftime break, O’Day scored in the 43rd minute when senior midfielder Kyle Alsup (Avon, Ohio/Detroit Country Day (Mich.)) sent a through ball to O’Day, who calmly tapped the ball with pace beating the John Carroll keeper to the lower right corner for his fifth goal of the season.

Bell completed the hat trick in the 72nd minute when he once again stole a would-be clearing attempt by John Carroll. He turned and fired a shot from the right side of the pitch from 30 yards away into the top left corner of the Blue Streak net. The three-goal performance gives Bell a team-leading six scores through four contests.

In goal, Spartan senior Ben Yabrow (Marietta, Ga./George Walton Comprehensive) picked up four saves in 76:20 of action to improve to 4-0 for the year, while junior Ryan Koepka (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) logged the final 13:20 of action with three saves. John Carroll’s Carl Contrascier also totaled three saves for the Blue Streaks in 60:33, while Geoff Bloom played the final 29:27.

Through four contests, Case has outscored its opponents by a 12-2 count, and also holds a 69-30 advantage in shots.

Also of note, the game was delayed for 1 hour, 24 minutes due to lightning in the area.

Wright State Men's Soccer Wins 2-1 at Marquette

The Wright State men's soccer team improved to 4-1-1 on the season with a 2-1 victory at Marquette Sunday.

Freshman Justin Laird gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead with a goal at the 25:20 mark in the first half as he took advantage of a misplay by the Golden Eagle goalkeeper and scored an open goal. It was his third goal of the season.

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The margin grew to 2-0 at the 56:58 mark of the second half as Bryce Rockwell-Ashton recorded his second goal of the year, an eight-yard shot off a pass by Laird, who posted his collegiate assist.

Marquette (1-4) cut the deficit to one with a tally at the 59:45 mark, but could get no closer as the WSU defense held the rest of the way, with goalkeeper Craig Feehan notching six saves altogether in the match.

"Today we played a team that is on the verge of some very big things," said head coach Bryan Davis. "They are extremely well-coached and organized, so we knew we had our work cut out for us."

"I am really proud of the energy and commitment we had today to our identity as a team," added Davis. "I have an awesome group of players and coaches and again this win is attributed to all of the work they do both in training and also off the field where everyone has made a great commitment to improve every day. We now look to prepare for a strong Western Michigan team on Friday."

Wright State (4-1-1) heads to Western Michigan on Friday, September 16, for a 4:00 match.

Defending OAC Champion Yellow Jackets

Lose First Fall Match to Division II Mercyhurst

BEREA, OHIO -- The defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team opened its 2011-12 season by losing today (Sunday, September 11, 2011) to a very tough NCAA Division II Mercyhurst (Pa.) College team inside the Lou Higgins Recreation Center.  The Lakers defeated the Yellow Jackets, 8-1.  The match was moved indoors due to inclement weather.

The Yellow Jackets, who have won three of the past four OAC titles and advanced to three of the past four NCAA Division III National Tournaments, received their lone victory from senior number two singles standout Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) with a 6-0 and 6-0 shutout of Mercyhurst’s Taylor Wedlake.

Despite Two Goals from Lyndhurst's Ambrose, Storm Falls Late Against Tiffin

PAINESVILLE – Freshman Meghan Ambrose (Lyndhurst, Ohio/Brush) scored a pair of goals, but visiting Tiffin University scored four times in the final 26 minutes to pull away for a 6-2 victory over the Lake Erie College women's soccer team in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Confernece (GLIAC) action Sunday afternoon (Sept. 11) at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.

The match was tied 1-1 through the first 59 minutes before the offensive fireworks started. Tiffin's Brittaney Rupert put the Dragons (1-2-2, 1-1 GLIAC) in front with the first of her two goals at 60:02. The lead would be short lived, however, as Ambrose responded with her second goal of the game just 21 seconds later to again tie the score.

Ashley Davis, who scored the contests first goal in the 13th minute of the first half, put Tiffin back on top for good at the 64:02 mark. The Dragons added three more goals – all between 78:51 and 80:54 on the clock – to push the final margin to four.

Lake Erie's (1-3, 0-2 GLIAC) first goal came in the 35th minute when Ambrose connected off a feed from sophomore Paige Nemec (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) for her first career goal.

The Storm was outshot 31-8, but sophomore goalkeeper Megan Baldacci (Cavecreek, Ariz./Cactus Shadows) kept Lake Erie in the contest with a season-high 12 saves. Tiffin also held a 7-0 edge in corner kicks. 

Spartans Conclude Play at W&L Invitational, Klawitter Wins Two Titles
LEXINGTON, Va. – The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team wrapped up the opening weekend of its 2011 fall season competing on day two of the Washington & Lee University Invitational on Sunday, September 11 at the Duchossois Tennis Center.

Sophomore Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hershey) claimed the first of his two titles on the day in the "C" singles bracket recording a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Washington & Lee’s Brian Roberts. Klawitter then teamed up with freshman Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem) for a title in the “B” doubles bracket.

During play in "D" bracket competition, both junior Richard Brunsting (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) and junior Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) won their respective matches on Sunday after posting 2-0 records Saturday.

Geneva's Brittany Kelly gets first win at Lake 

Erie College

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Sophomore Brittany Kelly (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) won her first career match over the weekend (Sept. 11) with a convincing straight sets win at fourth singles, but it was the only win for the Lake Erie College women's tennis team in an 8-1 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) loss at Hillsdale College.

Kelly defeated Abby Sjoerdsma 6-1 and 6-3 to pick up the Storm's first individual match victory and her first with the program.  She did not play tennis as a freshman.  Hillsdale (2-4, 1-2 GLIAC) won the other three contested singles matches in straight sets

Beck's goal not enough in Raiders, 2-1, setback

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio—Thomas Beck (Poland/Cardinal Mooney) scored his fourth goal of the season, but it was not enough as the Mount Union men's soccer team dropped their second match in a row, 2-1 to Kenyon. The match was delayed for nearly an hour in the first half due to lightning.

The Purple Raiders (3-2) trailed 1-0 when Beck netted his goal on a shot from the far side in the 34th minute.

With the score still tied the teams took cover after a streak of lightning with 4:13 remaining in the first half. The match was delayed for almost an hour before play resumed.

The match remained tied until Logan Konkol scored from 20 yards out in the 69th minute to give Kenyon (1-2-1) the lead.

A physical match from the onset, a total of six cards were given with five of them coming in the final 20 minutes of the match.

Jon Critell (Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney) made two saves for Mount Union. Kenyon goalkeeper James Smith also made two saves for the Lords.

Walsh wins own invite, LEC takes sixth

PAINESVILLE, OHIO –  The Lake Erie College women's golf team ended Sunday's second round of the Mercyhurst Collge Fall Invitational Sunday (Sept. 11) just where it began as it was unable to make up any ground in the standings, finishing in sixth place at the season-opening event in Erie, Pa.

Junior Megan Lundblad (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) was Lake Erie's low scorer, finishing in 12th place with a 78-88-166.  Senior Amanda Blasko (Concord, Ohio/Mentor) tied for 16th at 78-91-169 and sophomore Taylor Wilson(Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) was at 91-94-185, tying for 35th and giving the Storm three top-40 finishers.

Mentor native Taylor Wilson

Walsh University won the team title with a score of 630, six shots better than Wheeling Jesuit.