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Pat O'Day (L) and Vinny Bell

O’Day’s First Career Goal Lifts Spartans to Season-Opening Victory; Forge's Bell Tallies the Assist

WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team opened its 2011 season with a 1-0 victory against host Washington and Jefferson College on Thursday, September 1 at Alexandre Field.

The Spartans, now 1-0 on the young season, are back in action this Sunday, Sept. 5 for a 1:00 p.m. match at Earlham College (Ind.).

CWRU scored its first goal of the season when freshman forward Patrick O'Day< (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) notched his first collegiate goal with an assist from senior Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge) with 15:21 elapsed.

In goal, Spartan senior keeper Ben Yabrow< (Marietta, Ga./George Walton Comprehensive) recorded five saves for his 13th career shutout. Pete Tomlinson made seven stops in net for the Presidents.

For the game, the Spartans outshot W&J, 17-5, and held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks. Individually, Case junior forward/midfielder Eric Erb(Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) recorded four shots.

The season-opening win marks the second-straight year the Spartans have posted a shutout in their opening match and the third shutout win in the last four openers.

Following Sunday's game, the Spartans open up the home portion of their season with back-to-back home matches including a Sept. 6 contest versus Muskingum University at 7:30 p.m. at Case Field.

Baldwin-Wallace College Football Defeats The College of Wooster, 23-0, in its Season-Opener

WOOSTER --  Baldwin-Wallace College football team defeated  host The College of Wooster, 23-0, tonight (Thursday, September 1) in the 2011 season-opener for each team at John Papp Stadium in Wooster.  This game will be televised by SportsTime Ohio tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 2 morning at 6:00 a.m. and again on Monday/ Labor Day, Sept. 5 at 4:30 p.m.

The Yellow Jackets (1-0) led 7-0 after one quarter, 14-0 at halftime and 23-0 after three stanzas.
An efficient Yellow Jacket offense and an opportunistic defense led the Yellow Jackets to their first victory of the 2011 season. The B-W offense scored two touchdowns and the defense forced six Scots turnovers, including senior linebacker John Harasyn (Mentor) who returned a fumble 68 yards for a score.

The Yellow Jacket offense was led by junior quarterback Ryan O’Rourke (Avon) who completed 10-of- 18 passes for 119 yards and one TD. On the ground, freshman running back Willie Jackson (Citrus Springs, Fla./ Crystal River) carried the ball 14 times for 127 yards with a TD and junior RB Tyler Lohr (Kent/ Roosevelt) had 55 yards in 11 trips.

Defensively, B-W was led by senior captain Ryan Dugan (Mentor) who led the team with 12 tackles and had  his 11th career interception . In addition, senior safety Corey Hildreth (Massillon/ Washington), senior defensive end Matt Lewis (Bay Village/ Bay) and senior defensive tackle Max Wagner (Mentor) each forced a fumble, and senior linebacker Brett Thompson (Shelby) had the other interception.

Massillon High alum Corey Hildreth

The Fighting Scots were paced on offense by sophomore quarterback Richard Barnes  who completed 21-of-37 passes for 180 yards and two interceptions. He also ran 22 times for 39 yards but fumbled three times.  Sophomore RB John Battaglia led the Scot running game with 57 yards in five carries, and senior RB Robert Flagg had 35 yards in 14 attempts before leaving with an injury. The receivers were led by freshman WR Justin Rice with six catches for 46 yards.  Wooster’s defense was led by sophomore Brendon Taylor with eight stops.

Following a Wooster fumble inside the B-W red zone that was forced by Hildreth, the Yellow Jackets opened the scoring at 2:19 mark of the first quarter when O’Rourke connected with sophomore speedster Kevin Johnson (Maple Heights/ St. Ignatius) on a 73-yard TD pass. Senior placekicker Dave Cantu
(Amherst/ Steele) tacked on the PAT kick for a 7-0 lead. The drive totaled 99 yards in nine plays as it wasted 4:48 off the clock as B-W took over off a Wooster fumble on the one-yard line.

In the second quarter, Lewis forced Wooster’s third fumble of the game which was returned 68-yards for a TD by senior LB John Harasyn (Mentor) to extend the Yellow Jacket lead to 14-0 with 9:26 left in the first half. Cantu tacked on the PAT kick.

Wooster had its best chance to close the gap right before halftime. With a first-and-goal at the B-W one-yard line, the Yellow Jackets stopped the Scots on four consecutive plays to take a 14-0 lead into the lockerroom.
B-W opened the scoring in the second half at the 3:07 mark of the third quarter when senior defensive tackle Max Wagner (Mentor) and senior DE DerronHamilton (Euclid) combined for a safety of Barnes to extend the Yellow Jacket lead to 16-0.

Following the safety, B-W went straight down the field on the heels of Jackson as he scored on a 25-yard run to paydirt. Cantu then added the PAT kick to close the scoring with 1:37 left in the third quarter.

The Yellow Jackets are idle next weekend and are back in action on Saturday, September 17 when they host Heidelberg University on Tressel Field in The George Finnie Stadium at 6:30 p.m. on Community Night.  That game will be one of three home games televised by SportsTime Ohio.  Wooster remains at home and plays host to Wabash (Ind.) University next Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1:00 p.m.

Walsh Jesuit Alumna Kendra Simmons Scores Twice as Spartan Women’s Soccer Blanks Westminster, 2-0, in Season-Opener

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Junior midfielder Kendra Simmons<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wsoc/2011-12/bios/simmons%20kendra%20iwie
> (Medina, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) tallied a goal and an assist as the Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team opened the 2011 campaign with a 2-0 victory versus Westminster College on Thursday, September 1 at WC Soccer Field.


The win was CWRU's first to open a season since 2008.

Sophomore Rachel Bourque
(Newton, N.H./Central Catholic) put the Spartans on top early with a goal assisted by Simmons at 5:53. Simmons then added the insurance with an unassisted score at 25:15.

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In goal, senior captain Anna Kennedy (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) tallied three saves en route to her 11th career shutout. Jenn Cantella recorded 11 saves for Westminster.

For the match, the Spartans outshot the Titans 21-4 and won the corner kick battle, 7-1.

The Spartans are back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 7 with their home-opener versus Denison University at 7:30 p.m. at Case Field in Cleveland.

Cleveland State men's soccer heads to Bee Gee today

The CSU Vikings will head to Bowling Green on Saturday (Sept. 3) for a 5:00 p.m. showdown with the Falcons. Cleveland State will try to bounce back after a 5-0 defeat suffered at the hands of No. 2 Akron (Aug. 27). The Falcons are on a bit of a roll, knocking off Michigan 3-0 (Aug. 26) and IPFW 2-0 (Aug. 31) to start the year 2-0.

REVIEWING LAST WEEK: Cleveland State dropped its 2011 season opener on Saturday (Aug. 27), falling to No. 2 Akron 5-0.

Match 1: No. 2 Akron 5, Cleveland State 0 (Aug. 27, Akron, Ohio) The Zips scored six minutes into the game and the Vikings were never able to catch up. The defending national champions tacked on three more goals in the first half to carry a 4-0 lead into the intermission. Akron scored one more second half goal to come away with a 5-0 victory.

2011 SEASON PREVIEW: When looking at the Vikings 2011 roster, you'll notice a lot of familiar names. The 2010 team finished 9-10-1, but expectations are high this season with nine of the team's top ten scorers returning from last season.

Junior Brad Stuver is arguably the best goalkeeper in the league. He was named Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year last season when he had three shutouts and 87 saves - 14 more than the second place finisher. An experienced backline is led by senior Brian Donnelly who started all 20 games last season, while Zach Ellis-Hayden (19) and Cameron Eisses (18) started every game they appeared in. Sophomore Justin Cree started 14 of the 16 games he played in, while senior Chris Koy started four and Al James was in the starting lineup seven times.

Seniors Manuel Conde and John Wargo, first and second on the 2010 team in points, will lead the charge in the middle. That dynamic duo and Aslinn Rodas combined for 51 starts and 27 points (nine goals, nine assists) last season, but after them it's a lot of unknowns. Freshman Mike Derezic, who led his Lakewood High team to league and district titles, showed promise in the summer and could see significant time at one of midfield spots.

The forwards for the Vikings are a bit of a known commodity, although they are still a young group. Aaron Adkins with nine starts and three goals in 2010 and Admir Suljevic, who sat out last season due to injury, are the most well known of the bunch. Caleb Eastham (seven starts), Jordan Hart (five starts) and Matt McWilson (two starts) are all back to add depth at the forward spot.

MAKE 'EM COUNT: In his sophomore season, Aaron Adkins scored three goals and added two assists to finish tied for third on the team in points with eight. When he scored, he made it count. All three of his goals were game-winners, and he assisted on the game-winning goals against Akron and Valparaiso. Manuel Conde was another Viking who made his goals matter. He found the back of the net three times, and in each of those games CSU would go on to win by one goal.

WELCOME BACK: After a stellar freshman season in 2009, Suljevic was projected to be one of the 20 best Horizon League players for the 2010 season by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Because of an injury suffered in the fall, that 2010 season never started. Suljevic tallied 12 points (three goals, six assists) and was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer team in 2009. He returns this season as a sophomore and will start at forward. Also returning after a season-ending injury in 2010 is Justin Mancine. He started 16 games in 2009 as a sophomore and was primed for a breakout junior season. In the opener against St. Bonaventure, he injured his leg and was granted a medical redshirt. On a team with a young core, his 31 career starts will go a long way.

ROAD WARRIORS: For the first time since 2001, the Vikings start the year with back-to-back road games. The 2001 squad had six consecutive games away from home before they opened their season on Sept. 25, 2001. This year, the Vikings have five games away from the friendly confines of Krenzler Field before the home opener Sept. 18 against Robert Morris. It all evens out as CSU will host four of its final five games of the season. WHERE THEY STACK UP: The Vikings (53 points) garnered respect in their league as the Horizon League coaches' ranked them second in the preseason poll, behind only Butler (60 points). The Bulldog picked up five first place votes compared to three for the Vikings. The only other team to pick up a first place vote was Milwaukee (40 points), pegged third in the poll. There was a three-way tie for fourth place with Green Bay, UIC and Valparaiso all picking up 33 points. Loyola and Detroit each received 31 points, placing seventh while Wright State rounded out the poll with 10 points.

MAC MISHAPPENINGS: In order to get a win over Bowling Green, the Vikings will need to overcome some problems they've had against Mid-American Conference teams. Since 2000, CSU is 3-9-1 against MAC opponents.

CAPTAINS: Manuel Conde and Brad Stuver have been selected by head coach Ali Kazemaini to serve as team captains for the 2011 season.

NEXT UP: Cleveland State will travel out to the west coast to do battle with a pair of California schools next weekend. They'll visit San Jose State on Friday night (Sept. 9 - 10:00 p.m.). The Vikings finish the left coast swing with a Sunday showdown against Santa Clara (Sept. 11 - 5:00 p.m.). 

Miami Men’s Cross Country Tabbed Fourth in MAC Preseason Poll

RedHawks open 2011 season today



CLEVELAND (Public Square) – With the 2011 cross country season around the corner, the 2011 Mid-American Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll was released Wednesday and the Miami University men’s cross country team was picked to finish fourth. The 2011 MAC Championship will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 in Muncie, Ind. and will be hosted by Ball State.


Defending champion Eastern Michigan was selected atop the poll as the favorites to repeat. Akron, who finished fourth at last year’s MAC meet, was second in the poll followed by Kent State in third. The RedHawks tied the Golden Flashes for second place at last year’s league championship.

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Behind Miami in fifth was Buffalo, while Central Michigan was picked sixth in the poll. Ohio, Toledo and Bowling Green rounded out the poll in spots seven through nine, respectively. The host Cardinals, along with Western Michigan and Northern Illinois, do not have a men’s cross country team.

Marlington alum Jarrod Eick


The RedHawks return three of their top five runners from the 2010 MAC Championship, including Miami’s top finisher in redshirt junior David Eichenberger (Plainfield, Ind.), who was fourth overall last year and earned First-Team All-MAC honors. Also coming back for the ‘Hawks is junior Jarrod Eick (Hartville, Ohio), who was Miami’s third finisher a year ago in 21st place, and redshirt sophomore Matt Marol (Evanston, Ill.), who finished 32nd overall as Miami’s fifth scorer.

Avon's Tyler  Kvach


The ‘Hawks open their 2011 campaign Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Dayton Flyer 5K Challenge. A complete season preview of Miami’s men's cross country team will be available later this week on MURedHawks.com.

St. Ignatius alum Brian Gallagher

Viking  volleyball facing three in Spartan Showcase

Cleveland State volleyball team continues its busy early season tournament schedule when the Vikings compete in the Spartan Showcase at Michigan State on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 2-3). The Vikings open the tournament on Friday with a 7:00 p.m. against Toledo before concluding play against the host Spartans at 12:00 p.m. and St. John's at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. CSU enters the weekend with a 3-1 record, winning two of three contests at the Hokie Tournament last weekend and earning a 3-1 victory over Akron in the home opener on Tuesday (Aug. 30).

REVIEWING LAST WEEK: Cleveland State went 2-1 at the Hokie Tournament last weekend. Following are brief recaps of those matches.

Match 1: Virginia Tech 3, CSU 0 (Aug. 26, Blacksburg, Va.)
CSU dropped a three set match at Virginia Tech in the 2011 season opener. Jackie Dabbelt and Megan Barhorst had seven kills each, while Jordan Goad dished out 19 assists.

Match 2: CSU 3, Indiana 2 (Aug. 27, Blacksburg, Va.)
Kara Koch tallied 22 kills and Jackie Dabbelt added 14 to lead the Vikings to a 3-2 win over Indiana. Jordan Goad added a double-double of 48 assists and 11 digs andAmy Grabiec made a match-high 27 digs.

Match 3: CSU 3, High Point 0 (Aug. 27, Blacksburg, Va.) 
The Vikings hit .295 behind Annie Djukic's 41 assists to sweep High Point. Marie Frease and Megan Barhorst had 13 kills each and Amy Grabiec made 12 digs.

Walsh Jesuit alum Annie Djukic

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PREVIEWING THE VIKINGS: Expectations are once again high for the Vikings as four starters and the libero are back from last year's 22-7 team as CSU sets out to reach the league title match for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Headlining the returnees is senior setter Jordan Goad (9.25 aps) who earned first team All-Horizon League honors for the second straight season last year. She will be backed up by sophomore Annie Djukic (6.12 aps) who filled in for Goad by making five starts a year ago. Junior outside hitter Kara Koch (3.27 kps, 2.80 dps), a first team all-league pick last year, is back as the most experienced attacker on the team. Senior Kourtney Volkmer (0.50 kps), sophomore Kerry Winchester (1.87 kps) and freshman Ally Beck will all fight for time. Sophomore Jackie Dabbelt (.373, 2.40 kps) will man the right side after earning a spot on the all-newcomer team last year, while senior Megan Barhorst (2.07 kps, 0.60 bps), junior Marie Frease (.387, 2.67 kps) and freshmen Maggie Hannon and Molly King will patrol the middle. Senior Amy Grabiec (4.60 dps) returns as the libero for the second straight season to lead a talented and experienced backrow. Also returning are juniors Brittany Holland (2.53 dps) and Amanda Medvetz (2.00 dps) and senior Whitney Dalessandro.

ALL-TOURNEY SELECTIONS: Senior libero Amy Grabiec and junior middle hitter Marie Frease were both named to the all-tournament team at Virginia Tech over the weekend. It was the third time Grabiec has been selected to an all-tournament team (East Carolina and Marshall in 2008), while Frease earned her first spot on an all-tournament team.

FREASE PICKS UP PLAY: Junior Marie Frease has always had the talent, but was a victim to playing behind talented upperclassmen during her first two years, appearing in just 56 sets. Now a junior, Frease is making the most of her opportunities as she ranks second in the league in hitting percentage (.387), adding 2.67 kills and 0.67 blocks per set.

GOAD KEEPS DISHING IT OUT: Senior setter Jordan Goad returns for her fourth season as the starter for the Vikings. A two-time first team All-Horizon League selection, Goad is ranked fourth all-time in CSU history with 3,560 career assists, needing 1,245 assists to break the school record.

SHE CAN DIG IT: Amy Grabiec is back for her second year as CSU's libero. Grabiec, whose 545 digs last year were the second most in a single season in school history, ranks eighth in CSU history with 1,103 digs. She needs 442 to break Jordan Bateman's (2005-08) career mark of 1,545 digs.

PEPSI? NO THANKS, WE HAVE KOCH: Junior Kara Koch returns as one of the top players in the Horizon League after earning first team all-league honors a year ago when she averaged 3.82 kills and 4.37 points per set. Through one week, Koch is fourth in the league with 3.32 kills per set, while also averaging an impressive 2.80 digs per set. Her 409 kills last year were the most ever by a CSU sophomore, while her 11 double-doubles were a team-high.

BARHORST LIKES BLOCKS: Senior Megan Barhorst has been one of the top defensive players in the Horizon League over the last three seasons, totaling 207 blocks during that span. She needs 53 block assists and 130 total blocks to move into the career top-10 at CSU in those categories.

NOW A SOPHOMORE: Sophomore Jackie Dabbelt is back for her second season after earning a spot on the Horizon League All-Newcomer team last season. She is off to a good start this year, hitting .373 and averaging 2.40 kills per set.

VOSS CLOSING IN ON 200th WIN AT CSU: Head coach Chuck Voss, who is in his 12th year at CSU, is nearing his 200th career win at CSU. Voss owns a 193-141 career mark as the Vikings head coach. He is 226-177 overall in 14 years.

ON THE ATTACK: When it comes to accurate hitters in the league, it doesn't get much better than CSU as a Viking has led the league in attack percentage in each of the last nine seasons. It began with Jamie Bouyer leading the league in 2003 (.361) and 2004 (.368) and continued with Nickole Kennedy in 2005 (.318), Beth Greulichin 2006 (.364), Amy Benz in 2007 (.334) and 2008 (.303) and Greulich (.328) last season. Benz led the league for the third time in her career last season at .318.

WHAT ABOUT THIS YEAR??: It's early, but junior Marie Frease ranks second in the league in attack percentage at .387. UIC's Janise Dismuke leads the league at .397.

ACE, ACE, BABY: The Vikings led the Horizon League and ranked 46th in the country in aces last season, averaging 1.49 aces per match (159 total). Individually, the Vikings had three players ranked in the top-10 of the league, including Kara Koch who was second (0.33 saps), Brittany Holland who was fourth (0.30) and Amy Grabiec who ranked eighth (0.27).

ON THE AIR: For the fourth straight year, the Cleveland State athletics department will video stream volleyball matches live on the internet. A total of 26 volleyball and men's and women's soccer events will be streamed online this fall for free, including every home volleyball match except the Nov. 4 (vs. UIC) and Nov. 11 (vs. Loyola) contests due to conflicts in scheduling.

NEXT UP: The Vikings head to Kent State for a 7:00 p.m. match on Tuesday (Sept. 6) before hosting its own invitational on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 9-10) with Duquesne, IPFW and DePaul rounding out the field.

OLE tops Western Reserve on volleyball courts

In girls’ high school volleyball action Thursday, Our Lady of the Elms defeated Western Reserve Academy 3-0, by scores of 25-19, 25-8, 25-18.


Ali Rogers and Laura Scroggins led the Panthers with a combined 23 kills, Rogers emerging with a match-high 12.

Stat Leaders

Kills - Rogers (O) - 12, Scroggins (O) - 11

Digs - Kozer (O) - 8, Charley (O) - 6, Metz (O) - 6

Aces - Kuzmishin (O) - 4

Assists - Esber (O) - 31

Solon moves to 5-3 in golf with a double win; Alexis Gray scores Comets team low against three teams

In girls’ high school golf, Solon was a double winner over Laurel and Aurora after getting nicked by Medina by seven strokes.

Alexis Gray led the Comets in both the dual and tri matches, shooting a 40 against the Bees and a 44 against the Greenmen and Gators.

Tiffany Li also shot a 44 for the Comets in the tri-match. Gray and Li shared match medalist honors in the tri-meet.

Medina 166, Solon 173

Solon Scores:

Aly Ales 41

Alexis Gray 40

Tiffany Li 44

Grace Gutierrez 48

Meagan Crowl 56

Leah Wilson 54

Solon is now 3-3 overall and 1-3 in NOC Valley

9/1/2011--Solon @ Aurora and Laurel (Barrington Golf Club)

Solon 182, Laurel 201, Aurora 230

Solon Scores:

Aly Ales 45

Alexis Gray 44

Tiffany Li 44

Grace Gutierrez 49

Leah Wilson 50

Solon is now 5-3 overall and 1-3 in NOC Valley

Ali Nageotte leads Magnificat golf again; Blue Streaks down JFK, Walsh Jesuit

The Magnificat golf team was a double winner over Walsh and Warren JFK Thursday at Mud Run, hosted by Walsh Jesuit, with the Eagles also competing.  


Ali Nageotte earned medalist honors with a 36 for the Blue Streaks. Haylee Hartford had 37 for the Eagles and Elyssa Peltz 38 for the Warriors.

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Scores were as follows:

Magnificat - 160
Walsh - 168
JFK - 172

Low scores:
Ali Nageotte (Magnificat)- 36
Haylee Hartford (JFK) - 37
Elyssa Peltz (Walsh) - 38

Mags A tennis team rolls to 8-1 with win over Revere; Blue Streaks give up only 10 points in five matches

Magnificat upped its record to 8-1 on the year with a 5-0 shutout at Revere Thursday.

The Blue Streaks won all five matches in straight sets. No one gave up more than three points in a set and three units gave up no more than one.

Singles:Kelly Plagens d. Danielle Sedlacek 6-2,6-3;Lauren Omalley d. Nikki Henry 6-0,6-0;Maddy Lugli d. Kylie Levin 6-0,6-1.                                                                                                

Doubles:Abby Lawless/Sarah Patrick d. Amira Hendrickson/Anna Ling 6-1,6-0;Veronica Johnson/Josie Miller d. Michelle Zumpano/Alex Pearl 6-1,6-2. 

Mags Varsity B tennis within one match of double-digit win season

Magnificat Varsity B tennis nipped O Our Lady of the Elms, 3-2, Thursday to move to within one match of a double-digit win season.

Hayley Lawless rallied after being down a set at second singles to topple Katie Kuzamishizi 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 for the difference maker.

Magnificat Varsity B (3) d. Our Lady of the Elms (2)

Magnificat Varsity B season record 9 and 2


1.  Lauren Young (E) d. Miranda Faranacci (M) 6-2, 6-2

2.  Hayley Lawless (M) d. Katie Kuzamishizi (E) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2

3.  Sophie Wood (M) d. Livia Young (E) 6-0, 6-1


1. Annie King/Sarah Feigelist (E) d. Nora Hudec/Rachelle Abdelnoir (M) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2

2. Kennedy Nock/Deeya Basu (M) d. Emmaline Fisher/Mary Frances McGowen (E)

6-4, 4-6, 6-2


Miami Women’s Cross Country Takes Flight in 2011 at Flyer 5K

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OXFORD, Ohio – When the Miami University women’s cross country team opens its 2011 campaign Saturday at the Dayton Flyer 5K Challenge, there will be several new faces representing the RedHawks. The women’s race begins at 11:15 a.m. at Indian Riffle Park in Kettering, Ohio while Miami’s men’s team will also be in action and precedes the women’s race at 10:45 a.m.


Not only did Miami lose its core group of runners from the past four years in NCAA qualifier and three-time All-MAC performer Rachel Patterson and two-time All-MAC performers Katie Lenahan and Amanda Mirochna to graduation, but the ‘Hawks will also be resting their top returning runners Saturday, such as seniors Maggie Bingham (Carmel, Ind.), Jillian Dickman (Madison, Ohio) and Kelley Miller (Dublin, Ohio), as well as sophomore Kate Carter (Ann Arbor, Mich.), so they can run at Miami’s home meet next Saturday. With so many familiar faces either graduated or watching from the sidelines, several of Miami’s freshmen and sophomores will have a chance to shine.


Madison's Jillian Dickman

“The big thing is to see where our new people are and to give some of our other upperclassmen a chance to be in scoring position,” head coach Kelly Phillips said of resting her top returning runners. “It’s good because we’ve run the Flyer 5K so many times I can compare times and see where people are and then give them the opportunity, if they don’t have the upperclassmen to follow, to see how they do on their own.”


The RedHawks are opening the season at the Flyer 5K for the eighth straight year and are the four-time defending champions. Last year, Patterson won the race to lead Miami while Mirochna was third overall and Bingham finished fifth. With none of them running Saturday, the top returning RedHawk expected to compete will be junior Danielle Dickman (Vernon Hills, Ill.), who was 21st overall last year. Miami will be running against the host Flyers at the meet, as well as Ashland, Cedarville, Cleveland State, Findlay, IUPUI, Morehead State, Ohio Valley, Rio Grande, Shawnee State, Wittenberg and Wright State.


Following the Flyer 5K, the RedHawks host the Miami Open Saturday, Sept. 10 on Miami’s Western Campus, where Bingham, Jillian Dickman, Miller and Carter will make their season debuts.


Below is a season preview of the 2011 Miami women’s cross country team.


2011 Women’s Cross Country Season Preview


After a four-year stretch of finishing in the top three at each Mid-American Conference Championship, including winning the program’s first two MAC titles in 2008 and 2009, the 2011 Miami University women’s cross country team will be looking to replace the group that gave the ‘Hawks their recent success. Gone is NCAA qualifier and three-time All-MAC performer Rachel Patterson and two-time All-MAC performers Katie Lenahan and Amanda Mirochna, all of whom graduated.


Even with the departure of the big three, the cupboard is hardly bare for the RedHawks, who still return three of its top five scorers from both the 2010 MAC Championship and Great Lakes Regional and were still predicted to finish second at the 2011 MAC meet in the preseason poll. Leading the way will be senior Kelley Miller (Dublin, Ohio), who was a Second-Team All-MAC performer a year ago, when she was Miami’s third finisher at the league championship, crossing in 13th place. The fifth-year senior was also the fifth RedHawk finisher at the Great Lakes Regional a year ago and scored in all six meets for Miami.


Right behind Miller is senior Maggie Bingham (Carmel, Ind.), who may end up being Miami’s top runner when everything is said and done. Bingham is a two-time Second-Team All-MAC honoree, as she was the second RedHawk to finish at the 2010 MAC meet, behind Patterson, placing 11th overall. She took 14th overall at the 2009 league championship to help Miami win its second straight title. Bingham also performed well at the 2010 Great Lakes Regional, as she is the top returner from that meet as well, where she placed 34th overall also as the second ‘Hawk to finish. Like Miller, Bingham scored in every meet last season.


“Miller is really ready, despite typically being a track girl. Having her step up is huge, since she has trained well over the summer,” head coach Kelly Phillips said. “And Maggie, typically when it comes to conference time, is always ready. She does well at the big meets. Those are the big two that will help carry us forward.”


A third senior, Jillian Dickman (Madison, Ohio), will also provide depth and experience and will be counted on in Miami’s scoring five. She was the seventh RedHawk finisher in each of her first four meets last year, but scored as Miami’s fourth finisher in both the MAC Championship and Great Lakes Regional, placing 18th overall at the league meet.


Rounding out Miami’s group of returning scorers is sophomore Kate Carter (Ann Arbor, Mich.), who had a strong freshman campaign. She finished in Miami’s scoring five twice, including helping the RedHawks win the All-Ohio Championship as the third ‘Hawk to finish. Carter was Miami’s sixth finisher in her other four meets, including taking 27th overall in her first MAC Championship.


The RedHawks also bring in eight freshmen in 2011, several of which will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact in their first year.  Leading the pack of newcomers is Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio), who has been right behind Miller in preseason practice. Alex Chitwood (Carmel, Ind.), who Phillips was counting on more as a track girl, has also performed well early. The biggest surprise however, according to Phillips, has been Elisa Frazier (Williamsville, N.Y.). All three will be looked upon to provide depth in 2011 and will have the chance to be in Miami’s scoring five.


“Jess has really kind of dominated the front. She’s been running with Maggie. Alex really trained hard this summer and Elisa is just tough. Those three are really doing well,” Phillips said. “Overall, our freshmen are doing an awesome job so far and I can’t wait to see them run that first weekend.”


Two other RedHawks who will be in the running to finish among Miami’s top seven are freshman Mattie Moncayo (Lexington, Ohio) and junior Danielle Dickman. Dickman, who transferred from Eastern Illinois two years ago, ran in last year’s season-opening Flyer 5K challenge, where she was Miami’s eighth finisher, but missed the rest of the year with an injury. If she can stay healthy, she will be another solid contributor with some experience.


“I don’t think we have the seniority or the talent of someone like Rachel Patterson that can hammer the front, but as an overall team, we may be a stronger team than the team last year,” Phillips said.


The RedHawks run the exact same schedule they did a year ago, which included wins at the Flyer 5K Challenge and the All-Ohio Championship. Phillips said the same schedule allows the girls to be familiar with the courses and also for her to compare times from the previous year. Highlighting the schedule is Miami’s lone home meet, the Miami Open on Sept. 10, and the Penn State National meet, which allows the ‘Hawks to run against teams outside their region.


All the meets and training lead up to the MAC Championship on Oct. 29, which is hosted by Ball State in Muncie, Ind. Miami finished a disappointing third a year ago behind champion Toledo and Central Michigan, but is still expected to be the prime contender to dethrone the Rockets, who return nearly their entire team from last year’s championship squad, including two-time individual champion Ari Fisher.


Following the MAC meet, Miami heads to the Great Lakes Regional, hosted by Toledo on Nov. 12, when the RedHawks will look to qualify for the NCAA Championship. The top two finishing teams at each regional advance to the Nov. 21 NCAA Championship while 13 at-large teams from the regionals also qualify.


“For us to qualify for the NCAAs, we will have to bring up our fifth through eighth runners. We have a really good four right now. Probably the only way for us to go as a team is it would have to be a really good day for us. We are talented enough, I’m just not sure if we are old enough,” Phillips said. “In the next couple of years, if this team stays together, they will be pretty darn good in two years because they are a really good group.”


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference has begun a national search for its first Commissioner.

The Conference, which will begin its inaugural season in 2013-14, has six founding members: Colorado College, University of Denver, Miami University, 2011 NCAA champion University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Nebraska Omaha and University of North Dakota.  The Conference recently announced its headquarters will be in Colorado Springs.


The search for a Commissioner is being spearheaded by the Conference’s consultants, The Goldwater Group, of Bethesda, MD, and Stafford Sports, of Medford, NJ.


“We are looking for an outstanding executive who has the experience, leadership qualities and enthusiasm to work with the participating schools and help make the National Collegiate Hockey Conference the premier league in all of college hockey,” said Colorado College Athletic Director Ken Ralph, a member of the search committee. The other members of the search committee are University of Denver Senior Associate Athletic Director Ron Grahame and Carl Hirsh, the managing partner of Stafford Sports. According to the search committee, persons interested in applying for the position should send their information to carlhirsh@staffordsports.com.


The Conference hopes to hire a Commissioner before the end of the year.


In addition to coordinating the selection of a Commissioner, The Goldwater Group and Stafford Sports are working on several other Conference initiatives, including the research and assessment process of prospective, additional members with no specific, pre-determined limit on the final number of institutions; investigating the best-possible media platforms, including a broadcasting package, to be in place before the Conference’s inaugural season; and identifying viable venues for a post-season championship tournament.

Lake Erie College claims Captain's Wheel

Lake Erie College football claimed the Captain's Wheel with a Thu. night win over Gannon, 13-10.

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011
Gannon University (0-1) 10
Lake Erie College (1-0) 13
Record crowd of 3,169 at Jack Britt Memorial StadiumLake Erie wins Battle of Lake Erie and claims the Captain's Wheel trophy.

PAINESVILLE – After Lake Erie College (1-0)surrendered 10 first quarter points by Gannon University(0-1), the Storm battled back and took its first lead with 6:24 to play as a nine-yard TD pass from sophomoreBrendan Gallagher (Aurora, Ohio/Aurora) to sophomore tight end Cole Gordon (Naples, Fla/Naples/Georgia Southern).  Then in the closing minute, senior linebacker Gus Armbruster (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) intercepted a pass to seal the Storm's 13-10 opening-night victory Thursday (Sept. 1) at Jack BrittMemorial Stadium in Painesville, Ohio. 

North Royalton's Armbruster

It was a play of firsts as it was the first career touchdown pass for Gallagher in his first career start under center while the catch was the first of Gordon's career. 

Overall, Gallagher, went 20-of-28 for 199 yards with the TD pass and one interception.  The Storm controlled the ground game, with 172 yards led by senior Kameron Alexander (Akron, Ohio/Buchtel) with 70 on 16 carries and a score.  Senior Patrick Lunney (Mount Shasta, Calif./Mt. Shasta/College of Siskiyous) and freshmanAaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) got into the act as well with 50 yards on five carries and 40 yards on three carries respectively. 

On defense, the standout performance came from senior linebacker Kevin Chapman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson).  Chapman was all over the field, making 14 tackles (six solo), with 1.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.  Fellow senior linebacker Cameron Bryant (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) added seven tackles and 1.5 sacks as the Storm defense managed to down Gannon quarterback Daniel Tapscott.

The win is Lake Erie's first in four meetings with Gannon after suffering defeats by margins of two, one and six points the previous three seasons.  The victory also means the Captain's Wheel, a new trophy honoring the winner of the annual Gannon/Lake Erie matchup, will be staying in Painesville this year.

The Golden Knights controlled the first 15 minutes of the game, jumping out to a 10-0 advantage.  Gannon kicker Matt Szczupakowski booted a 38-yard field goal to start the scoring and Justin Caliste scampered on an impressive 87-yard punt return for a score. 

After two three-and-outs and a lost fumble in their first three possessions, the Storm got on the board at 13:57 of the second quarter on a Alexander one-yard run with the extra point try unsucessful.  The key play of the drive was a acrobatic 44-yard catch by senior Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor).  

Sloppy play marked much of the game with Lake Erie committing four turnovers and Gannon three.  The Storm got inside the 

Golden Knights redzone late in the first half but turned the ball over on downs and trailed 10-6 at halftime. 

In its first drive of the second half, Lake Erie got the ball down to the Gannon one-yard line before losing possession via fumble.  Neither team saw the opponent's side of the field the rest of the quarter with Lake Erie taking possession with 9:57 to play down four and at its own 23. 

The Storm took to the ground on what would ultimately be the game-winning drive.  A 34-yard run by Lindgren got the ball to the Gannon 11 and two plays later Gallagher found Gordon in the end zone. 

Gannon's subsequent drive ended a yard short of the first down on a critical 4th-and-5th run by Tapscott and Lake Erie picked up a first down on a 3rd-and-1 run by Lunney to get the clock under the two minute mark. 

A Lake Erie punt gave Gannon one last shot as it regained possession with 1:37 to play at its own 23-yard line but the third play of the drive saw Armbruster intercepted a tipped Tapscott throw to seal the Lake Erie victory. 

Tapscott was 15-of-34 for 147 yards with an interception in his first career start. He was sacked by a pressuring Storm defense five times.

The Storm is in action next on Saturday, September 10 when they travels to Michigan Tech University for a 1:00 p.m. matchup it its Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener