A Page-- Oct. 11, 2011

In its first season in Division I, Avon boys’ soccer is tabbed the No. 1 seed in the Rocky River District Tournament

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – In a rather weak/down district in terms of won-loss records, Avon was voted the No. 1 seed for the Rocky River Division I Boys’ Soccer District, as voted by coaches here at the high school here Sunday. 

Seven of the 12 teams come into the tourney with losing records albeit many of them against highly competitive schedules.

This is Avon’s first year in Division I for boys’ soccer. They still have a regular season match left to play against railroad tracks rival Avon Lake, a match that has been saved for the last of the regular season but now that both are D-I going forward, it will be played earlier in the season so that it could be factored into the considerations for the seeding meetings.

Watch video interview of Avon Coach Chris Dore`, whose team is the D-I boys’ soccer No. 1 seed:


Avon came in with the best overall record and expecting to be the No. 1 seed. Thus far, the Eagles have posted 13-0-1 record overall, including 7-0-1 against Division I teams. The only blemish on the Avon record is a 0-0 tie and considering the goalie got a shutout on his record for it, it could be perceived as a mild blemish.

Avon received all but one vote from the coaches for the No. 1 seed.

Still a program on the rise, the Eagles had to contend with the likes of Westlake and Strongsville to get that best-seed status.

Strongsville is new to the Rocky River District, having gotten traded in for Lakewood, which is elsewhere this year after getting the top seed two years ago and presenting one of the more impressive records last year.

Coming off a 2-1 win over St. Francis Saturday night, Westlake comes in with an 8-4-1 mark with all but one of those matches and all but one win against D-I foes.

Against one of the strongest schedules around, Strongsville comes in with a 4-7-3 record, which is out of character for a Strongsville team.

Avon Lake, the only team in the district to play D-I opponents only this season, also had a case for a high seed with an 8-3 record against one of the toughest schedules in the state.

Ranked in the top 10 in Greater Cleveland, Avon Lake’s most impressive wins came against Hudson and Mentor.

Amherst won its first Southwestern Conference championship with s 7-0 league record this season and also had a case for a top-seed consideration.

The 10 coaches who made it to the meeting on time were gracious enough to wait for Amherst coach Brett Thompson, who arrived 35 minutes late for the meeting. Otherwise, the Comets, 11-1-1 overall, could have been shut out of a seeding.

The way it shook out, Amherst turned out as a unanimous choice for the No. 2 seed.

The SWC received its usual respect as all but two coaches voted Avon Lake into the No. 3 seed.

Strongsville just barely edged out Westlake for the No. 4 seed. Ditto that for North Olmsted barely edging out Berea for the No. 6 spot. With Westlake No. 5, the SWC claimed five of the top seven seeds.

The tightest voting came in for the No. 9 seed. Initially North Ridgeville and Olmsted Falls tied but on revote the Rangers got it, 7-5.

Lorain, Elyria, Midview, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, and Olmsted Falls all came in to the meeting with losing records. Berea, also a late arrival to the meeting, came in at .500 against D-I teams and a match above the winning threshold overall. 

Some of Midview’s five losses have come to the likes of Rocky River, Bay, Avon, Elyria Catholic and Nordonia. 

North Olmsted is 5-9-1 but has lost matches in which the Eagles have outshot opponents by 19-4 and 18-5 counts and three of the losses are two top-10 ranked teams.

Olmsted Falls at 4-10 is one of the “unluckiest teams at 4-10 with three of those losses coming by one-goal margins and some of the others when the many shots the Bulldogs took did not fall.

Tournament play will begin with on Monday the 17th  with Westlake playing North Ridgeville, North Olmsted play Berea, Midview playing Falls and No. 11 seed Elyria playing No. 1 seed Lorain.

The sectional finals will be Oct. 20 with the Demons-Rangers winner playing Avon, the Eagles-Braves winner playing Avon Lake, the Pioneers-Titans winner playing Amherst and the Bulldogs-Middies victor facing Strongsville.

Defending district champ Westlake earns the No. 1 seed for D-I girls’ soccer; Amherst picked No. 2, Mags No. 3, Avon Lake No. 4

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER --- Defending district champion Westlake was voted the No. 1 seed for the Rocky River Division I Girls’ Soccer District, as voted by coaches here at the high school here Sunday.

Coming off a 4-2 win over Avon Lake Saturday night, Magnificat came in with the most wins and ties at 9-3-4 while Amherst came in almost as close at 9-3-2.

However, defending district champ Westlake came in with the fewest losses at 6-1-3 and thus was able to get a near unanimous acknowledgement as the No. 1 seed.

Watch video interview of Westlake Coach Scott Jones, whose team is the D-I girls’ soccer No. 1 seed:


The nod for the No. 2 seed went to Amherst with Magnificat getting the bid for the No. 3 seed. 

Avon came in with the most ties at 5-4-5. Avon Lake at 7-5-2 came in with a tough schedule and played four tough opponents in week with one of its key Student/Athletes injured.

Avon Lake proved its strong schedule means something by getting the No. 4 seed.

Four of North Olmsted’s six losses were by one goal. The Eagles come in at 3-6-4, including ties against Amherst and Westlake. Thus, North Olmsted was able to get the No. 6 seed, one notch below Avon.

Ridgeville with a young team has made great strides and is potent offensively and comes in over .500 at 6-5-1. But because of its tough Southwestern Conference schedule, Olmsted Falls (2-8-3) was tabbed the No. 7 seed. Ridgeville had to settle for No. 9 as 6-7 Midview garnered the No. 8 slot and 6-6 Elyria the No. 10 slot. 

Lorain at 2-12 was the last seed at No. 11.

Amherst and Elyria are two clubs that have played nearly exclusive D-I schedules, with only three small schools among the 26 matches the two have played combined.

The tournament will start on the 18th with Mags playing Lorain, Midview playing Ridgeville, Falls playing Elyria. The other first-round match has Avon playing Amherst on the 22nd.

North Olmsted, Westlake and Avon Lake received byes in the first round. The Eagles get the Titans-Blue Streaks winner in a match to be played on the 25th.

Old Brooklyn Native Brooke Hamilton Has Career-Low and B-W is Seventh at Wittenberg 

“Clash at the Clouse”

SPRINGFIELD, OHIO -- Junior Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) fired a career-low 79 and was one of three players to post career-bests as the defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team ended an outstanding five-tournament fall season today (Sunday, October 9, 2011). In addition to Hamilton, sophomores Rebecca Jones (Hilliard/ Darby) and Sarah Allred (Akron/ Green) also had career-best rounds today.


As a team, the Yellow Jackets placed seventh at the annual Wittenberg University Pat Clouse “Clash at the Clouse” Fall Invitational Tournament at the Windy Knoll Golf Course in Springfield, Ohio. This was the most difficult fall schedule in the history of the program.

B-W saved its best for last as it shot its best round of the fall on the final day (today) when it totalled 324 strokes on the par-71 and 5,860-yard Windy Knoll G.C. layout.  The 324 strokes bettered the previous best of 336 strokes during the annual Heidelberg University Invitational on the par-72 and 6,685-yard Mohawk Country Club layout on Oct. 24.

Overall, B-W totalled 670 strokes to place seventh in a group of school that finished ahead of it and included four ranked NCAA Division III schools (Washington, Mo. University; DePauw, Ind. University; host Wittenberg; and Allegheny, Pa. College), an NAIA power (Bellarmine, Ky. University) and a very strong NCAA Division II team (Walsh University).  B-W ended its fall season with a 27-20 overall record.

Today, Hamilton fired a 79 to go with her first day 81 to finish with 160 strokes and place tied for 13th individually of 96 total golfers. She was followed by sophomore Emilee Woolf (Ravenna) at 167 strokes (85-82) in 28th place, sophomores Jones and Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/ Christian) at 172 and tied for 42nd place. Jones had her career-low 83 total and a 93 the first day, and Cunningham had a 90 and then an 83 today. Junior Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) was fifth on the team and 54th overall with rounds of 90 and 90 for a 180-stroke total.

Playing as an individual was Allred who fired rounds of 92 and her career-low 85 for a 177-stroke total to place 50th.

The Yellow Jackets return to action this spring when they open that season on their annual spring break trip.

Parma Heights' Vinny Bell Becomes All-Time Scoring Leader as Spartans Earn UAA Win Versus Brandeis

CLEVELAND (U District) -- All-American senior forward Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge) scored a pair of goals, the first of which set a school career record, as the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team evened its University Athletic Association record with a 2-0 victory versus Brandeis University on Sunday.

The Spartans improved to 9-3 overall and 1-1 in the UAA, while Brandeis dropped to 7-3-1 and 0-1-1 UAA.

Forge alum Vinny Bell (L), Lutheran West grad Mark Ilhan (R)

Bell's UAA-best 14 goals this season give him 37 for his career -- surpassing the mark of 35 set by former Academic All-American and current Spartan assistant coach Kevin Bigart (2005-08).

The record-breaking goal came at the 40:56 mark when Bell dribbled into the box after collecting a loose ball near midfield and fired a shot into the net from 18 yards out.

The score remained 1-0 until the 83rd minute when Bell struck again -- this time on a tapper from six yards out following a nice double-touch by senior midfielder Mark Ilhan(Westlake, Ohio/Lutheran West) and freshman forward Patrick O'Day  (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior).

Bell now has 34 points on 14 goals and six assists, while O'Day is second on the squad with 19 points on eight goals and three assists.

Leah Levey Scores Game Winner in Final Minutes as Spartans Blank Brandeis

CLEVELAND (U District) – Sophomore forward Leah Levey (Columbus, Ohio/Bexley) scored with just two minutes left in regulation propelling the Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory versus University Athletic Association foe Brandeis University on Sunday afternoon at Case Field. The 1-0 score marks the third-consecutive margin of victory.
Leah Levy

The Spartans, ranked fifth in the latest NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll, improve to 9-1-2 overall and 2-0 in the UAA. Case will return to action with the third game of its four-match homestand on Friday, October 14, versus UAA opponent Emory University (Ga.) at 7:30 p.m. 

With the loss, Brandeis dips to 5-7 and 0-2 in the UAA.

In the final minutes of regulation, Levey raced up the left side of the field after receiving a pass from senior defender Laura Gabster (Mount Laurel, N.J./Bishop Eustace). Levey dribbled toward the middle of the field and fired a shot from 10 yards away that hit the back of a Brandeis defender and deflected into the Judges’ net. The goal was Levey’s second of the season and eighth of her career, while the assist was Gabster’s first helper of the season and second of her career.

In goal for the Spartans, senior Anna Kennedy (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) recorded seven saves for her seventh shutout of the season and 17th career. Francine Kofinas started the match playing the opening 45 minutes and recorded one save, while Michelle Savuto played the final 45 minutes collected four saves for Brandeis.

For the match, the Spartans outshot Brandeis, 14-8, and held a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Spartan Volleyball Splits with No. 8 Heidelberg and Muskingum in Tri-Match Action

NEW CONCORD, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team posted a 1-1 record in tri-match action at Muskingum University on Sunday at the MU Recreation Center. The Spartans lost to No. 8 nationally-ranked Heidelberg University, 3-1, but rebounded to sweep the host Muskies.

With the split, the Spartans move to 14-7 overall and will return to action this Tuesday, October 11 at Ursuline College at 7:00 p.m. in Pepper Pike.

In the opening match with the No. 8 Student Princes (21-2), Case lost the opening set, 25-19. The Spartans rebounded to grab the second set, 25-19, but then lost two-straight by scores of 26-24 and 25-14.

Senior middle hitter Tricia McCutchan< (Hamilton, Ohio/Stephen T. Badin) and junior setter Breana Freeman (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) each recorded double-doubles – McCutchan with 17 kills and 18 digs – Freeman with 34 assists and 15 digs. Senior outside hitter Rachael Suchy<(Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) added 13 kills to the offensive attack, while junior libero Rachel Gulasey (Cleveland, Ohio/Magnificat) led the defense with 28 digs.

Versus Muskingum (11-11), the Spartans won by counts of 25-11, 25-14 and 25-14.

McCutchan turned in another double-double of 15 kills and 10 digs. Freshman middle hitter Natalie Southard(Buffalo, N.Y./City Honors School) posted 12 kills and a .600 hitting percentage.

Freeman paced the offense with 35 assists, while junior defensive specialist Olivia Stanton-AmeisenBryn Mawr, Pa./The Baldwin School) contributed 12 digs to the defensive effort.

WSU Women Win 1-0 at Green Bay; Royalton's Cassie Gross to be honored on Senior Day

A Brittany Persaud goal midway through the first half proved to be the difference as the women's soccer team won 1-0 at Green Bay Sunday.

Persaud's game-winner came at the 18:16 mark as her free kick from just outside the box beat the Phoenix goalkeeper in the left side of the net. It was the fourth goal of the year for the senior forward.

Brooke McCurdy recorded the shutout, her fourth of the season, as the sophomore goalkeeper tallied four saves.
Royalton native Cassie Gross

Wright State (6-6-2, 1-2-1 Horizon) hosts Loyola on Saturday, October 15, at 7:00. It will be Senior Night and the nine Raider seniors--Jen Agueci, Bekah Bonny, Katie Broerman, Morgan Butler, Cassie Gross, Adrianna Guerrero, I'esha King, Sara Palermo and Persaud--will be honored before the contest.


























Holy Name is the No. 1 seed, Rocky River No. 2 in the girls’ D-II soccer district 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER --- As a unanimous choice, former state champion Holy Name garnered the No. 1 seed in the Division II girls’ soccer district for the Rocky River District via the coaches’ seeding gathering here at RR High School Sunday.

Both Holy Name and River are ranked in the top 10 in both the state and in Greater Cleveland. The host school of the tournament, River, gained the No. 2 seed, also as a unanimous choice.

Watch video interview of Coach Brian Michelson, whose Holy Name team is the D-II girls’ soccer No. 1 seed:


In terms of won-loss records, the Rocky River District is one of the toughest districts in the state.  Of the 10 teams in the district, seven came in with a winning record and one of the remaining three came in at .500.

River is 13-1-1, Bay 9-3-2, Buckeye 9-5, Brookside 8-3-1, Fairview 9-3-1, Firelands 7-5, Holy Name 8-3-3, Padua 5-5-2, Keystone 5-9, and Vermilion 3-6-1 .

Bay is undefeated in West Shore play and plays River for the West Shore championship Wednesday. The Rockets are riding on a five-match win streak. The Rockets lost a tight one to nationally ranked Strongsville.

Three-time state champion Bay was tabbed the No. 3 seed, also in a unanimous voting process.

Holy Name has lost to nationally ranked Walsh Jesuit and one of the top-ranked teams in Pennsylvania.

Both Bay and Buckeye are undefeated against D-II teams. Rocky River is undefeated against D-I teams at 9-0-1. Both Buckeye and Firelands have five wins against D-III teams. Thus, Buckeye was able to nab the No. 4 seed.

This is the best regular season Fairview has had a long time, the “best ever” according to the current coaching staff. Defending D-II champ Fairview was picked the No. 5 seed.

Playing that tough North Coast League schedule, Padua was given the nod as the No. 6 seed. Brookside then came in as the No. 7 seed.

Firelands took the No. 8 seed, Vermilion the No. 9 seed and Keystone the No. 10. Four of Keystone’s five wins were against D-III schools. Vermilion had two wins against D-I outfits.

The tourney will begin with four matches on the 19th. On that Wednesday, Holy Name will play Keystone, Rocky River will play Vermilion, Fairview will play Brookside, and Padua will play Firelands.

All matches against Holy Name will be played on the pitch in the Wasmer Field complex at St. Ignatius, in Ohio City.

Defending Division II district champ Elyria Catholic picked as No. 1 seed for D-III boys’ soccer

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER --- Elyria Catholic, which just dipped to Division III this season, was tabbed as the No. 1 seed for D-III boys’ soccer in the Rocky River District through the seeding meeting held with the coaches here at RRHS Sunday.

EC is the defending D-II district champ. Its only three losses are to Bay, Rocky River and Strongsville. Saturday the Panthers tied Amherst, the No. 2 seed in D-I here, 0-0.

Watch video interview of Coach Mike Wisnor, whose Elyria Catholic team is the D-III boys’ soccer No. 1 seed:


The D-III Rocky River District is a very competitive one for boys. Three of the 13 teams in the district come into the final week of the regular season already having reached the double-digit win mark.

Lutheran West, Oberlin and Independence have each amassed 10 wins this season. Elyria Catholic is one win away at 9-3-1.

Thus, Oberlin was picked as the No. 2 seed, Independence No. 3, and Lutheran West No. 4.

Among the 13 clubs, one could find only four with non-winning records, which includes Villa Angela-St. Joseph at 6-7-1 and Lake Ridge at 4-7-2.

Two teams in this district, Cuyahoga Heights and Open Door, have four ties.

Chanel has won its last five matches after a slow start this season.

Only two of the 13 outfits here do not have a winning record against D-II schools. Five have winning records against D-I schools.

The rest of the seeds were as follows: Columbia (5), Chanel (6), Cuyahoga Heights (7), VASJ (8), LRA (9), Wellington (10), Open Door Christian (11), Martin Luther King (12), and Fuchs Mizrachi (13)

In first-round matches on the 18th of this month, Independence plays Wellington, Lutheran West plays MLK, Columbia plays LRA, Open Door plays Fuchs Miztrachi, and Chanel plays VASJ.

Oberlin, EC and Cuyahoga Heights have first-round byes.

Wellington Dukes get the nod as the No. 1 seed in Division III girls soccer; EC with tough WSC schedule gets the No. 2 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER --- With votes cast mostly based on won-loss records, coaches favored Wellington as the No. 1 seed in girls’ Division III soccer in the Rocky River District through the seeding meeting held with the coaches here at RRHS Sunday.

Wellington came in with the highest win total at 10-1-2, but Elyria Catholic and Independence were right behind at 9-3-2, and 9-4-1, respectively.

Cuyahoga Heights has lost tight games to EC and Gilmour. EC has lost to Rocky River, Fairview and Bay, which are three of the top five seeds in D-II.

Watch video interview of Coach Kevin Ziegler, whose Wellington team is the D-III girls’ soccer No. 1 seed:


EC was named the No. 2 seed and Indy the No. 3 seed. Cuyahoga Heights was 7-3-1 against D-III foes and with that success earned the No. 4 seed.

Lake Ridge spent a good part of the first half of the season developing new goalies but has since begun to gel.

Wellington’s big win of the year was 1-0 against Buckeye. The Dukes have given up only one goal against D-III opponents while posing a 4-0-1 mark against schools their own size.

The rest of the seeds came in as follows: Lake Ridge (5), Brooklyn (6), Lutheran West (7), Open Door (8), Columbia (9), and Oberlin (10).

In first-round action on the 19th of this month, Brooklyn plays Lutheran West, Cuyahoga Heights plays Open Door, EC plays Columbia and Wellington plays Oberlin.  

Indy and Lake Ridge have first-round byes.

Bay earns No. 1 seed for boys’ soccer D-II District in Rocky River

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER --- Bay High School was voted No. 1 seed for the Rocky River Division II Boys’ Soccer District, as voted by coaches here at the high school here Sunday.

No one in this district has been tearing up the pitches in terms of won-loss records. Only one (Fairview) of the 13 teams comes into the week with a winning record.

Watch video interview of Bay Coach Bob Dougherty, whose team is the D-II boys’ soccer No. 1 seed:


Bay played a brutal schedule early, facing four Top 10 teams (stated ranked) the first 10 days of the season. The Rockets come into the week at 5-7-1.

Padua at 6-6-2 has played a strong schedule including nationally ranked teams. The Bruins played close matches against both Bay and Walsh Jesuit.

Thus, the Bruins were tabbed as the No. 2 seed.

Fairview (8-5-1) was competitive in every match but one this season and has not been shut out all season long. By just a hair, Fairview earned the No. 3 seed over West Shore Conference tenant Rocky River.

The Pirates (5-6-2) then became a unanimous choice for No. 4 seed in their own district. River, at 5-6-2 has lost to state-ranked Elyria Catholic in a league match in the always tough WSC. River is 3-1-2 against D-II teams only.

Fairview, Firelands and Padua have winning records against D-II schools only

Vermilion (6-8) earned the No. 5 seed, Benedictine (4-9-1) No. 6, Brooklyn (5-8-2) No. 7, Firelands (4-7-3) No. 8, Holy Name No. 9, John Hay No. 10, Brookside No. 11, Keystone 12, and Max Hayes 13.

Keystone and Max Hayes coaches did not show up for the meeting so they wound up getting the last two seeds via alphabetical order.

Holy Name, which is 3-12, was down to 11 Student/Athletes at one point this season and has been adding new players.

John Hay is back at having a team for the first time this season since the school was reconstructed a few years ago. John Hay does not have a home field.

In first-round matches next Monday Bennies plays Vermilion, Firelands sees Holy Name, Brooklyn faces John Hay, Fairview meets Brookside, and Keystone hosts Max Hayes since the latter does not have a home pitch.

Bay, River and Padua have byes in the first round.

Yeowomen Win on Senior Day

By Phil Brua

Oberlin, Ohio- The Oberlin College women's soccer team won a thrilling overtime victory this afternoon against NCAC rival Kenyon college. Abby Weiss had the game-winning goal about halfway through the overtime period off of a beautiful 30-yard through ball from Hannah Combe.

Oberlin native Abby Weiss

The game began by recognizing and congratulating Oberlin's four outstanding seniors. The ceremony explained how Ryann McChesneyLori SakoDevon Watts-Fitzgerald, and Sara Gaines have all been able to contribute to the Yeowomen program, and how much they truly will be missed.

The first half was a defensive struggle, as each team had their scoring chances, but could not capitalize. Freshman standout Kate Frost had five saves in the first half, including two diving stops that would have found the back net.

The Ladies scored in the 68th minute to make the score 1-0. At that point in the game the Yeowomen hadn't really had a strong scoring chance in the second half. After the goal, the Yeowomen seemed to find their offensive identity and controlled the ball for the rest of the game. Oberlin's first goal came in the 79th minute off the foot of Charlotte Istel. She was assisted by Combe, who dribbled the ball from the near sideline to the middle and drew the defender's attention, where she was able to find her teammate wide open.

Frost would be temporarily injured in the second half, and backup keeper Cheryl Lindsly came in and helped keep the Ladies off the scoreboard. 

The match eventually went to overtime with a score of 1-1, and the Yeowomen were able to finish off the Lords in stunning fashion. The Oberlin victory is the first over Kenyon since 2005 when Oberlin won the match 2-1.

The Yeowomen are back on the pitch Tuesday, October 11th, as they take on Ohio Wesleyan at 7 p.m. 

Miami Nipped in Overtime by EMU, 2-1

Kodiak ties the game in closing minutes of regulation

OXFORD, Ohio – Despite outshooting Eastern Michigan, 24-14, the Miami University women’s soccer team fell to the Eagles, 2-1, in overtime Sunday afternoon at Scicluna Field, as EMU picked up its first win of the season. The loss was the fifth straight for the RedHawks (6-7-0, 1-5-0 Mid-American Conference), their longest such streak since 2008, while Miami is now 1-3-0 in overtime contests this year.

Angela Vultaggio scored both goals for Eastern Michigan (1-10-2, 1-4-1 MAC), including the game-winner in the ninth minute of overtime, after junior Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) knotted the game at 1-1 with just over three minutes left to play in regulation.

“I’m very proud of the way our team fought back and stuck with it after giving up an early goal. Our perseverance paid off with a well-deserved goal in the 87th minute and it looked like the game might go our way,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “Given our current run of luck there didn’t seem to be any point in playing for a tie so we gambled a bit by pushing up an extra player and Eastern took advantage of it for the game-winner.”

The Eagles jumped on top, 1-0, in the 11th minute when Vultaggio scored on EMU’s only shot on goal of the opening half. Cara Cutaia picked up the assist as she crossed the ball and Vultaggio finished it off the side of her foot from in front of the net for the one-timer goal.

The half would end with the RedHawks behind, 1-0, despite holding a 10-6 edge in shots. EMU’s Maggie Manville stopped all four Miami shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes to keep Miami off the scoreboard.
Katy Dolesh
NDCL alumna Katy Dolesh

The ‘Hawks would continue to test Manville in the second half, but she denied the first three attempts on target. Just over a minute after Manville stopped a shot from sophomore Katy Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio), however, Kodiak registered the equalizer with 3:08 remaining on the clock. Senior Giselle Mangal (Mississauga, Ont.) set up the game-tying tally, which Kodiak buried from short range in front of the goal, tying her for the team lead with six goals.

Miami would close out regulation with a flurry of shots, including one that forced Manville into action, but the game remained even at 1-1 through 90 minutes. The ‘Hawks had a 21-13 edge in shots after two periods but EMU earned five corner kicks to Miami’s three.

In overtime, the RedHawks fired three more shots, including a rocket from Dolesh that hit the crossbar and a header from Dolesh that Manville saved, but it was not to be. With Miami putting the pressure on, the Eagles cleared the ball with a long pass that Vultaggio ran on to for a breakaway and beat redshirt freshman goalkeeper Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) for the game-winner in the 99th minute.

“We have to learn from this and I am sure we will,” Kramig said. “We’ve got good players who work hard and compete. I remain completely confident in our team and I know we’ll find our way back on track.”

Manville ended with nine saves in the game while Norenberg stopped one of three EMU shots on goal. Dolesh paced the ‘Hawks with five shots.

Miami looks to snap its losing skid next weekend when the RedHawks wrap up their four-game road trip. Miami takes on Ohio on Friday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. before traveling to Akron to face the Zips on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.

No. 1/2 Miami Rallies for First Win of Season

Tomassoni leads RedHawks to 3-2 win over Bemidji State with pair of goals



OXFORD, Ohio – No. 1/2 Miami scored two unanswered goals to rally from a second period deficit past Bemidji State for a 3-2 win, its first of the 2011-12 season, Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena, notching the game-winner with less than five minutes to play. With the victory, the RedHawks (1-1-0) earned a weekend split with the Beavers (1-1-0).


Senior Matt Tomassoni scored the first and last goals of the game to lead the RedHawks with the first multi-goal game of his career. Senior goaltender Connor Knapp finished with 19 saves to pick up the win, giving him 32 for his career, which ties for seventh in school history.


It’s a gutsy win. It does a lot for us,” Tomassoni said. “If we lose this one, we start to get in our own heads too much, and this gave us a lot of confidence considering we’re such a young team. The freshmen have been playing great, and the seniors wanted to make sure we could help bring home the win tonight.”


Bemidji State pressured Miami early, firing off 10 shots to Miami’s six in the first period but the ‘Hawks struck first with a Tomassoni goal at 8:06 of the frame. Freshman Austin Czarnik carried the puck between the circles and moved to his left with a defender draped on him, knocking him off-balance.  Czarnik was able to stay on his skates and find Tomassoni on the other side of the crease for a one-timer and the 1-0 lead.


The Beavers’ persistence paid off as they tied the game at 4:03 of the second period when Shea Walters poked in a loose puck on the power play after Knapp made the initial save.


Bemidji State kept up the pressure as they tallied another goal at 10:20 of the second off the stick of center Jordan George to take a 2-1 lead.


Our effort for 60 minutes was a lot better and more consistent than last night, and we were able to sustain pressure tonight,” head coach Enrico Blasi said. “They’re a tough team to play against, they don’t stop coming after you. The fact that we were able to get pucks deep tonight helped us control the puck for periods of time and develop our offense.”


The RedHawks battled back to re-tie the score with a with a two-man advantage just under two minutes later when senior Chris Wideman ripped a shot past Bemidji netminder Dan Bakala at 12:10 of the second frame. Wideman’s brother, freshman Alex Wideman, took a pass from fellow freshman Blake Coleman along the right boards and turned back toward the blue line before finding the elder Wideman at the top of the left faceoff circle. Coleman earned his first point as a RedHawk as both freshmen earned the first assists of their careers.


It’s wild. I’ve never seen anything like it with everyone screaming and banging on the glass for the whole game,” Coleman said. “I’ve played in some crazy arenas in the USHL, but the student section was really loud, and it gets you going and fired up for the game and you’re excited to be out there.”


Miami turned up the pressure in the third period, outshooting Bemidji State 13-6 over the final 20 minutes and finished with a 26-21 edge in shots. The Beavers, however, still manufactured scoring opportunities as they forced Knapp to make a pair of sprawling saves with just over five minutes to play in the game after he lost his stick. 


Those saves proved key as Tomassoni lit the lamp for the second time with a short-handed goal for the game-winner at 15:05 of the third period. Senior Cameron Schilling picked up the puck and sent it up-ice along the left boards to turn away another Bemidji State attack. Schilling’s clear caromed off the glass and skipped back toward center ice right to fellow senior Trent Vogelhuber as he raced ahead on the forecheck. Vogelhuber beat a Beaver player, who fell as he tried to turn back toward the defensive zone, and moved toward the goal with Tomassoni trailing on the right side. Bakala stopped Vogelhuber’s shot from just outside the crease but couldn’t cover the puck as Tomassoni picked up the loose puck and stuffed it into the net for the 3-2 Miami lead.


“Penalty killing is all about effort and sacrifice,” Blasi said. “It’s blocking shots and making sure you out-work the power play. We got a lucky break on a bounce, and we took advantage of it. We found a way to win in the third period and that’s a good sign and something we can build off of.”


Bemidji State pulled Bakala in favor of the extra attacker over the last minute of the game, but the Miami defense stayed strong, gaining possession on three Beaver attacks to preserve the win.


“I sensed the passion in the third period tonight,” Blasi said. “We started to play our game again. It really started to feel good on the bench, and when we scored that goal it sparked the energy and passion again. This was a great win and something to build on in a week of practice to prepare for Colgate.”


The RedHawks head to Hamilton, N.Y. next weekend, Oct. 14-15, to face Colgate in their first road series of the season.  

Cognee’s Game-Winner Gives Lake Erie 2-1 Result over Ashland

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (5-5-2, 3-2-2 GLIAC) picked up a big three points in GLIAC play with a 2-1 win over Ashland University (2-8-2, 1-5-1 GLIAC) at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium

The deceive goal came with 5:59 to play as freshman defender Willy Cognee (Montreal Quebec, Canada/) scored his first career goal to reclaim the lead Lake Erie had lost four minutes earlier.

Watch video of Cognee's game-winning goal below.

The win made it a sweep for the Storm over the area GLIAC rival after a 2-0 win in Ashland earlier this season. 

Lake Erie scored in the 32nd minute as a deflected ball found freshman Cory Bucur (Bedford, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) 10 yards out in the front of the goal with Bucur able to drive one past the Eagle keeper. 

Neither team found the scoreboard again until late in the contest.  In the 81st  minute, Ashland's J.P Lytle sent a beautiful pass from just inside midfield to a streaking Kenny Hewitt five yards out to even the score at 1-1.  That lasted just four minutes as Cognee took a his own throw-in, which was deflected back to him on the left side, and worked around the left side, just narrowly beating the keeper and striking the far post for the key goal.

Ashland won the battle of shots 12-11 in a game which say an even control of possession between the two squads.