A Page -- Sept. 6, 2011

Graf (L) and Thompson

Jackets top Penn State on Graf goal

BEREA – Junior midfielder Kirk Graf (Ashland/ Senior) scored his first collegiate goal and the match-winner at the 109:40 mark of overtime as theBaldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer team defeated host Penn State Behrend University, 2-1, over the weekend in the consolation round of the annual Herb Lauffer Tournament in Erie, Pennsylvania. B-W opened the tourney by losing in overtime.

The Yellow Jackets, 1-1 overall, received its first goal from senior midfielder Andy Thompson (Huron).  In goal, junior Ryan Hulings (Centerville) faced eight Lion shots and made three saves.

Penn State Behrend grabbed a 1-0 lead with the only goal of the first half when Jake Gamble scored at the 37:07 mark via an assist from Kyle McKInney.  The Yellow Jackets tied the score at the 47:07 mark when Thompson scored his first goal this season and the sixth of his career. The goal was unassisted.

In the overtime, B-W dominated as it outshot PSB, 3-0, and outcornered the Lions, 3-1.  For the game, B-W won the battle of shots, 11-8, including taking the final six and 10 of the last 11 shots of the match. PSB took just one shot in the final 64-plus minutes.  The Lions did outcorner B-W in the game by an 11-7 count.

B-W is back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 6 when they host traditional rival Oberlin College in The George Finnie Stadium in Berea at 7:00 p.m.

On Saturday, October 22, the Yellow Jacket men’s and women’s soccer teams will host Ohio Athletic Conference foe Wilmington College in a doubleheader that will be televised by SportsTime Ohio (STO).  This is the fourth straight year that B-W has televised a soccer doubleheader and will put a perfect 6-0 record on the line.

Olmsted Falls' Julie Radigan named to All 

Tourney team in Mount Invite

ALLIANCE--Senior setter Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) and sophomore outside hitterTaylor Webb (Geneva/Geneva) were among six players selected for the 2011 Mount Union Invitational All-Tournament Team, as voted by the coaches of the participating teams. Mount Union finished with a 3-1 record and was named the runner-up.

Julie Radigan

Radigan led the Raiders with 111 assists on the weekend while adding 17 kills and 25 digs. She was primarily responsible for setting up Webb, who finished the weekend with 54 kills and a .356 hitting percentage.

The only unbeaten team, #15 Hope (Mich.) was named the winner of the 2011 Mount Union Invitational. They won 12 of their 15 sets in defeating Mount St. Joseph, Case Western Reserve, Geneva (Pa.), and Mount Union.

Hope freshman Jenna Grasmeyer was named the MVP of the 2011 Mount Union Invitational for her outstanding play.

Excluding Hope's match against Geneva, she had 44 kills, a hitting percentage of .355, 32 digs, and five block assists on the weekend. Teammate Greer Bratschie joined her on the all-tournament team and had 87 assists in those same three matches.

Geneva's Maggie Bowersox and Case Western Reserve's Trisha McCutchan rounded out the all-tournament team.

Indy's Less brings more to Raider cross country

ALLIANCE, Ohio--The Mount Union women's cross country team has the rare distinction of not graduating any seniors from a season ago and and aims to improve their finish in the Ohio Athletic Conference. After having of roster of only five women in 2009, the Purple Raiders begin the season with 25 runners. This season hopes to see a similar rise in the OAC standings.

Head coach Kevin Lucas is in his third season at Mount Union. The program has seen tremendous growth in those few short seasons. His first team in 2009 had just seven runners and finished seventh at the OAC Championships. After a fifth place finish last year, Lucas now has 25 women on the roster.

Katie Less

The Purple Raiders hope this increase will result in a better finish at the OAC Championships. Still a young squad, seniors Katie Less (Independence/Indepedence) and Lesley Sherwood (Strongsville/Strongsville) are the most experienced runners and will be looked to for leadership.

Strongsville's Sherwood

Sophomores Jenna Balazs (Tallmadge/Tallmadge), Caitlin Goggin (Mantua/Crestwood), Emily Mazzaferri(Canton/GlenOak), Mary Catherine Powers (Seven Hills/Holy Name), and Rachel Smith (Waterford, Pa./Fort LaBeuf) are among the top returners from last season and are the foundation for future success.

Holy Name alumna Mary Catherine Powers

The season begins Saturday, September 4 in Tiffin, at the Tiffin Dragon Invitational.

The Ohio Athletic Conference Championships will be hosted by Ohio Northern in Lima on Saturday, October 29.

Lakewood's Tim Kelly, Marlington's Cory 

Hoover to lead Mount men

ALLIANCE--The Mount Union men's cross country team hopes to welcome new head coach Kevin Lucas the same way it said goodbye to long-time coach John Homon: a winner. Eight of the top eleven runners return from last year's team that won the Ohio Athletic Conference championship.

Lucas takes control of the team after serving as the women's cross country coach the past two years. Now in charge of both programs, Lucas has proven to be up to the task of following an OAC coaching legend. In the spring, he led both the men's and women's track and field teams to OAC championships.

Kelly (L) and Hoover

Leading the list of returning runners is senior Erik Reed (East Liverpool/East Liverpool), who earned First Team All-OAC honors by finishing in 9th place at the OAC Championships a year ago. Tim Kelly(Lakewood/Lakewood) and Cory Hoover (Alliance/Marlington) are the only other seniors on the roster. Kelly finished 20th at the OAC Championships last season, just missing All-OAC honors.

A glance at the roster gives the impression of a young team. However, several underclassmen contributed a year ago and are primed for the challenge of repating as conference champions. Juniors Matt Miller(Lakewood/Lakewood) and Jon Karmazin (Salem/United Local) and sophomores Rob Sassa (Naperville, Ill./Nequa Valley), Jake Boyer (East Liverpool/East Liverpool), and Joshua Clemence (Akron/Firestone) finished in the top 50 at the OAC Championships and will push to earn points for the team throughout the season.

The team travels to Tiffin for the Dragon Invitational this weekend. The remainder of the schedule is highlighted by races September 10th in North Canton at Walsh and the OAC Championships on October 29th, hosted by Ohio Northern. Both of these races were won by the Purple Raiders last year.


North alum Kevin Cindric scores only goal in Raider win

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.—Kevin Cindric (Willowick/Eastlake North) scored the game's lone goal in the 53rd minute, as the Mount Union men's soccer team defeated McDaniel (Md.) at the Lycoming (Pa.) Kick Off Classic in Williamsport.

Thomas Beck (Poland/Cardinal Mooney) played a ball to Cindric, who put it in the lower-right corner for the game's lone marker.

McDaniel had several good scoring opportunities as they outshot Mount Union, 13-12, but was repeatedly turned away by the stout Purple Raider defense.

Purple Raider goalkeeper Jon Critell (Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney) saved four shots as he recorded his ninth career shutout.

Zach Nibbelink stopped three shots for the Green Terror.


The victory is the Purple Raiders' first in a season opener since 2007.

Raiders Split Pair of Matches for Runner-Up Finish At Mount Union Volleyball Invitational

ALLIANCE, Ohio--The Mount Union women's volleyball team rebounded from a disappointing defeat in their first match of the day with a strong performance to win their final match in straight sets. The victory gave the Raiders (3-1) a runner-up finish at the Mount Union Invitational. Senior Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) and sophomore Taylor Webb (Geneva/Geneva) earned all-tournament honors for their outstanding play over the two days.

The Purple Raiders fell to #15 Hope (Mich.) 28-30, 16-25, 20-25 to begin the day. In the final match of the day, they defeated Allegheny (Pa.) 25-17, 25-21, 25-11.

In what proved to be the match that determined the winner of the Mount Union Invitational, the Raiders dug a 7-1 hole in the first set agianst Hope and trailed by as many as 8 points before rallying to tie the set at 22. After a kill by freshman Nicole Snyder tied the set again at 26, the Raiders took their first lead on an attack error by Hope. Consecutive kills by Hope's Jessica Maier gave the Flying Dutch a 28-27 advantage, but a kill by freshman Maya Brown pulled Mount Union even. Kills by Nicole George and Maier on the next two points gave Hope the first set.

The second set belonged to Hope outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer. The six-foot freshman recorded kills on six of Hope's first 11 points to give them an 11-6 advantage. Consecutive service errors by the Purple Raiders gave Hope all of the momentum as a 14-10 deficit ballooned to 20-12. Hope would take the set 25-16.

Webb was determined not to let the Raiders go down without a fight. The six-foot outside hitter countered Grasmeyer with eight kills of her own in the set. Unfortunately for the Raiders, they had four more service errors and Hope would win 25-20 to take the match in straight sets.

After regrouping, the Raiders took showed why they will be one of the top teams in the Ohio Athletic Conference this season by defeating Allegheny in straight sets. They took an early 6-3 lead in the first set and never looked back. Allegheny never got within three points and Mount Union won 25-17 on a kill by Webb, her seventh of the set.

The second set saw a few players get their first action in a Raider uniform. Several hitting errors on the part of Allegheny proved to be the difference as Mount Union took the set, 25-21. A 14-1 run propelled the Raiders to a 25-11 victory in the final set.

Webb led Mount Union with 30 kills in both matches, while Radigan tallied 54 assists and eight kills in six sets played. Snyder came off the bench for 11 kills. Junior libero Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) contributed 38 digs and had four service aces against Allegheny.

Mount Union is next in action September 7th when they travel to Case Western Reserve, whose only loss of the weekend also came in straight sets to Hope.

HEIDELBERG women's soccer team scores two unanswered goals en route to win
against Albion

ALBION, Mich.-After last night's scheduled match at Adrian (Mich.) College
was postponed due to severe lightning, the Heidelberg University women's
soccer team overcame a 1-0 deficit by scoring two second-half goals to beat
Albion (Mich.) College today, 2-1, at Alumni Field in Albion, Mich.  Junior
midfielder Makenzie Dunford (Ontario, Canada/Orangeville District Section)
scored a goal and provided an assist to senior midfielder Kristen Schneider
(Evendale/Mount Notre Dame), who scored the game-winning goal.

"Today gave us a chance to let some of our young players see some action and
evaluate where we are as a team," said sixth-year head coach Nick Spell.
"They showed a lot, overcoming adversity, being down 1-0."

Albion took the lead, 1-0, in the 23rd minute when Alyssa Brown scored on a
free kick from the touch line.  The Britons controlled the offensive tempo
throughout much of the first half and carried its lead into the break.

In the 77th minute, Dunford scored the equalizing goal after carrying the
ball past an Albion defender into the box.

With time winding down, Schneider scored the game-winning goal in the 85th
minute.  Dunford provided the assist.

"We know we are young and were going to have to outwork [Albion]," said
Schneider.  "In the end, that's exactly what we did."

In goal, sophomore Brittany Labry (Aurora/Twinsburg) and freshman Natalie
Wolfe (Columbus/Madison Plains) each logged 45 minutes.  Labry allowed
Albion's lone goal, while making two saves.

Heidelberg led in corner kicks, 5-4, while Albion outshot the Berg, 9-4.

Heidelberg will play at Adrian College tomorrow in a rescheduled match from
Saturday evening's contest at 4 p.m.


North Olmsted's Ashley Kuhn, Mentor's Kylee 

Kolesar hook up for goal in Mount Union's 

spanking of Spalding in home opener

Mount Union's women's soccer team scored an impressive 7-0 win over Spalding (Ky.) in the home opener over the weekend in Mount Union Stadium.

The Purple Raiders are off to a 2-0 start to the season and have back-to-back wins for the first time since September 2008.  Coupled with the 3-0 win Thursday at Waynesburg, Mount Union's 10 goals are the most in consecutive games since 2002 (4-0 win vs. Hiram and 6-1 win vs. Washington & Jefferson).

Goals came early and often in the first period as the Raiders first two scores came over a span of 23 seconds in the 11th minute.

Kuhn (L), Kolesar (R)

Gina Wall (Warren/Howland) mae a defender miss 18 yards out then beat the keeper to put Mount Union on the board then on the ensuing restart Kylee Kolesar (Mentor/Mentor) fed Ashley Kuhn (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) for a score and a 2-0 lead.

Mount Union put two more quick ones on the board about midway through the period in a span of 1:03 as Jackie Loudermilk (Wadsworth/Wadsworth) scored off a pass from Allison Fouss (Lowell/Marietta) in the 21st minute then Alyssa Flitcraft (Alliance/Marlington) knocked in a rebound to make it 4-0.

Five minutes later, Kolesar made a defender miss then went to the far post in the 26th minute as Mount Union took a 5-0 lead into the lockers.

Kolesar then scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season in the 60th minute off an assist from Wall to extend the lead to 6-0.

Flitcraft then got her second score of the day in the 74th minute to finish the scoring.

Ravenna's Vessppoint

Jackie Podolsky (Canfield/Canfield) and Taryn Vespoint (Ravenna/Ravenna) combined for the shutout as Mount Union dominated play and out-shot Spalding, 38-3

St. Ed alum Germany Woods, Ridgeville grad 

Mike Mees spark the Berg's OT win on the 


TIFFIN-The Heidelberg University football team opened the 2011 season this afternoon with a 34-28 win in overtime against non-conference foe Alma (Mich.) College in front of 1,675 fans at Mayer Field in Tiffin. Battling
93-degree heat and overwhelming humidity, the Student Princes overcame six turnovers and 13 penalties before claiming the victory. 

 Freshman quarterback Michael Mees (North Ridgeville) came off the bench to lead the Student Princes on five scoring drives and sophomore second-team All-OAC running back Germany Woods (Cleveland/Lakewood St. Edward) rushed for a game-high 173 yards to carry the Berg to victory.
St. Ed Product Germany Woods

The win improves the Berg to 1-0 for the fifth consecutive season under head coach Mike Hallett, while the loss drops Alma to 0-1.

"It was an outstanding effort overcoming the heat," said. "I am very proud of our guys fighting through and finding a way to win. Our defense answered the call today and created many opportunities for our team. I couldn't be
more proud of a group of guys showing perseverance."

Despite three turnovers in the first quarter, the offense found its groove in the second period. Junior running back Brad Jones (Lorain/Southview) provided the first points of the season, catching a 29-yard touchdown pass
from Mees at the 6:34 mark. Junior placekicker Dan Kilger (Novi, Mich./Novi), who only joined the team this past week, added the extra point for a 7-0 Student Prince lead. The touchdown pass was the first of Mees' career.

In the third stanza, Heidelberg extended its lead to 14-0 with 10:54 remaining when Mees found sophomore fullback Aaron Kapelka (Fostoria/Hopewell-Loudon) for a five-yard touchdown pitch-and-catch. Kilger's point-after-touchdown was good.

Alma countered with a one-yard quarterback sneak by Jarrett Leister and a Michael Reeves PAT cut the Berg lead to 14-7 with 3:48 left.

Woods answered back just 46 seconds later after breaking loose for a 66-yard touchdown scamper, capping an 82-yard drive that took just two plays. Kilger's point-after try failed, making the score 20-7.

Leister again scored on a five-yard run with just 24 seconds left in the third period, the third touchdown scored inside of four minutes. Reeves extra point cut the deficit to 20-14.

Both teams traded punts and turnovers early in the fourth quarter before the Scots broke the stalemate with just over five minutes to play, as Leister found Barak Henderson open for a 41-yard touchdown pass to tie the score,
20-20. Reeves extra point gave Alma it first lead of the day at 21-20.

Heidelberg answered the call on a five-play, 67-yard drive that took just 1:42 off the clock when Mees hit senior wide receiver CJ Powell (Detroit, Mich./Bishop Foley) for a 51-yard touchdown aerial with only 3:21 left in the game. Hallett elected to go for the two-point conversion, a decision that paid dividends when senior tight end Jozey Hill (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington North) caught a pass from Mees, allowing the Tri-Color to regain the lead, 28-21.

Leister set up another Scot touchdown with a 72-yard pass to Henderson, who was brought down at the Heidelberg eight-yard line. Leister later scored on a three-yard run with 1:41 remaining and a Reeves extra point tied the
score, 28-28. Neither team could score before time expired, sending the game into overtime.

Alma's first possession in the extra period ended when sophomore free safety Chadd Williamson (Land O' Lakes, Fla./Land O' Lakes) intercepted Leister's pass at Heidelberg's three-yard line.

Following a four-yard run by Woods to Alma's 21-yard line, Hallett called timeout to set up the winning play. Mees again tossed to Powell for the score, a 21-yard touchdown pass, Mees' fourth of the day.

In his first career game, Mees was 21-of-40 through the air for 275 yards and four touchdowns against just one interception. Woods' 173 rushing yards came on just 16 carries. Ten different student princes notched receptions,
led by Powell, who hauled in five balls for 99 yards.
Keystone alumnus Andy Fadenholz

Defensively, senior honorable mention All-OAC linebacker Andy Fadenholz (Grafton/Keystone) led the charge with 16 tackles, including 2.0 sacks and three tackles for loss. Junior linebacker Craig Sykes (Centerburg) and
senior defensive lineman Steven Carozza (Orrville) also tallied double-digit tackles with 11 and 10 stops, respectively.

The Student Princes will enjoy an open date next Saturday, Sept. 10 before traveling to Berea, Ohio to take on Baldwin-Wallace College (1-0). The game will be telecast on tape delay by SportsTime Ohio. The Yellow Jackets
defeated The College of Wooster, 23-0, Thursday evening.
B-W Men’s Soccer Team Loses in Overtime to Elizabethtown 

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer team opened its 2011 season today (Saturday, September 3, 2001) with a 3-2 overtime loss to Elizabethtown (Pa.) College in the first round of the annual Herb Lauffer Tournament, hosted by Penn State Behrend University in Erie, Pennsylvania.
The Yellow Jackets, 0-1 overall, received goals from junior All-Ohio Athletic Conference and Academic All-OAC midfielder Pat Brennan (Akron/ Walsh Jesuit) and freshman MF Ben Deighton (Richfield/ Revere). Deighton’s goal came on a direct kick.  In goal, junior Ryan Hulings (Centerville) faced six BlueJay shots and made three saves.

The Yellow Jackets led 2-1 until the final three minutes of regulation, but Elizabethtown scored to tie the match at 2-2 and then won it in the first extra period at the 95:24 mark.

B-W scored first at the 10:51 mark of the first half when Brennan received an assist from three-time All-OAC forward Carlin Vandendriessche (Medina/ Senior) and deposited the ball in the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.  B-W also led 1-0 at the intermission.

In the second half, Elizabethtown knotted the contest at 1-1 at the 66:06 mark when Kyle Fowler scored via a header on a throw in with a double assist from Geoff Cochrane and Jon Willingham.  The tied was shortlived, however, as B-W scored soon-after, at the 68:16 mark, when Deighton tallied for a 2-1 advantage.

But Elizabethtown’s Zach Hollinger scored via an assist from Erik Weber at the 86:55 mark to tie it at 2-2. Weber then set up Cameron Wyllie with the match-winner at 95:24 on a long ball that Hulings came out to defend.

Bevington, Haase, and Reinhart earn all-tournament honors at ONU Invitational; Midview alum Jacki Street named honorable mention

ADA, Ohio- Junior second-team All-OAC middle hitter Marian Bevington (Celina/Parkway), senior second-team All-OAC outside hitter Venessa Haase (Miamisburg) and senior reigning Ohio Athletic Conference player of the year
Jackie Reinhart (New Riegel) garnered all-tournament accolades, as the No. 12 Heidelberg University volleyball team earned another pair of wins at the Ohio Northern University Invitational in Ada, finishing the tournament with a 4-0 record to tie with Ohio Athletic Conference rival ONU atop the tournament standings. The Berg claimed 3-0
sweeps of Defiance College (25-14, 25-12, 25-15) and Thiel (Pa.) College (25-7, 25-17, 25-19) at the ONU Sports Center.

Heidelberg's three all-tournament selections topped the field of six participating teams.

The Berg outscored its opponents 300-164 over the two-day tournament, which included 3-0 sweeps of Trine (Ind.) University and Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) University yesterday.

Against Defiance, Bevington led the Berg with six kills and four blocks. Backing Bevington were Haase, junior honorable mention All-OAC rightside hitter Jacki Street (Grafton/Midview) and sophomore middle hitter Amber
Welfle (Norwalk/St. Paul) with five kills apiece. Welfle also led the Berg with four aces.

Normandy alumna Brigitte Petrash Scores 

Winner as B-W Women’s Soccer Team Wins 3-2 Thriller at Penn State Behrend

BEREA, OHIO – Junior forward Brigitte Petrash (Parma/ Normandy) scored the match-winning goal at the 88:32 mark as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer team opened its 2011 season today (Sunday, September 4, 2001) with a 2-1 victory against host Penn State Behrend University in Erie, Pennsylvania. The victory gave the Yellow Jackets a sweep of the Lions today as the B-W men defeated PSBU, 2-1 in double overtime earlier this morning (you can read more at http://www.bw.edu/athletics/ms/sched/11game02/)

The Yellow Jacket women, 1-0 overall, received first half goals from sophomore midfielders Hanna Cavalier (Chippewa Lake/ Lodi Cloverleaf) and Kayla Losco (Aliquippa, Pa./ Hopewell) to build a 2-0 halftime advantage. Freshman goalie Gabrielle Bodo (Alliance/ St. Thomas Aquinas) faced seven shots, allowed a pair of goals and made one save.

B-W scored twice in the first half as Cavalier gave the Jackets a 1-0 advantage on an unassisted tally at the 19:11 mark and Losco made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal at the 31:52 mark. The Lions clawed back into the game at the 76:48 mark when Shelby Lloyd scored via an assist from Julia Schroeck. PSBU then tied the game at the 86:46 mark when Lloyd scored again with an assist from Valerie Wagner.

Undaunted, B-W and Petrash came right back to score the game-winner via an assist from Cavalier.

The Yellow Jackets won the battle of shots, 11-7, but Penn State Behrend dominated in corners, 13-1.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 7 when they travel to Oberlin, Ohio to play Oberlin College at 7:00 p.m. The first home game is on Tuesday, Sept. 13 when B-W hosts traditional rival Hiram College on the Tressel Field turf at The George Finnie Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

On Saturday, October 22, the Yellow Jacket men’s and women’s soccer teams will host Ohio Athletic Conference foe Wilmington College in a doubleheader that will be televised by SportsTime Ohio (STO).  This is the fourth straight year that B-W has televised a soccer doubleheader and will put a perfect 6-0 record on the line.