December 2007

Lady Pioneers win ASC Tournament

Posted Date: Saturday, December 1, 2007 - 11:11

The Alfred State College women's basketball team repeated as the champion of the Alfred State Tournament with a hard fought 63-53 victory over Dean (MA) College.  With the win the Lady Pioneers have won five straight and improve to 6-2 on the season.

Tiffany McLaughlin (Wellsville) scored 18 of her game-high 23 points in the first half on her way to being named MVP of the tournament.  McLaughlin was 8 for 24 from the field, 2 for 5 from three, and 5 for 5 from the line.  She added six rebounds, five assists, and a steal.

Anthia Smith (Elmira Free) was named to the all-tournament team after recording a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds.  Christina Loder (Brantford, ONT) came off the bench and chipped in eight points whle Sherelle Brooks (Elmira Free), Hillary York (Canisteo Greenwood), and Rechelle Brooks (Elmira Free) each ended with five points.

Diaysha Brewington led Dean with 15 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocks while Lecia DiPietro added 14 points.  Shelly Monahan was the third Bulldog in double-figures finishing with 12.  Brewington and Monahan were both named to the all-tournament team.

ASC held a 30-26 lead at halftime and was able to finally push the lead out to double-digits in the final five minutes of the game.  The Lady Pioneers shot 30.4% from the field and from three-point land while the Bulldogs shot 31.6% from the field and 41.7% from three.  Dean held a slight 52 to 50 advantage on the boards but Alfred caused 25 Dean turnovers.

In the consolation game Jefferson CC downed Fulton Montgomery CC 65-64.  Jefferson's Linda Gruber led the Cannoneers with 13 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocks while Jana Rogers led in scoring with 19.  FMCC was led by Mallory Nelson who finished with 19 points and 19 boards.  Gruber and Nelson were both named to the all-tournament team.

The Lady Pioneers have won three of the four ASC Tournaments including the last two.  They improve to 7-1 overall in tournament action.

A-State begins a three-game road trip on Tuesday with a contest at Finger Lakes CC at 6 p.m.  They spend next weekend in New England with a Saturday contest at the CC of Rhode Island and a rematch with Dean College on Sunday.

A-State moves on to Finals

Posted Date: Saturday, December 1, 2007 - 16:17

Dusty Marshall (Newfield) had a huge game as Alfred State downed Jefferson CC 66-53 to advance to the Alfred State College Tournament finals.  The Pioneers (7-3) will meet Rockland CC in the finals at 1 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. 

Marshall was 6 for 12 from the field and 7 for 8 from the foul line to lead all scorers with 20 points.  He added 11 boards, seven assists, and two steals.

Travis Brannen (Elmira Free) finished with 12 points while Fran Lantigua (Jamestown) added 10 points and seven boards.  Jimmie Dillard (Gates Chili) added eight points while Jerome Hall (Cicero North Syracuse) chipped in seven points off the bench.  The Blue and Gold shot 42.4% from the field, 12.5% from three, and 78.9% from the charity stripe.

Chris Noel led Jefferson with 19 points while Sivon John finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.  JCC shot 33.3% from the field on the game, 9.1% from three, and 56.3% from the foul line.

ASC led 25-23 at halftime but it wasn't until midway through the 2nd half when they pushed the lead into double figures.

In the other first round match-up Rockland rallied from a four point halftime deficit to down Dean.  Anthony Ford led the Hawks with 22 points and 11 boards while Chrisian Clemente connected on 12 points.  Jimmy Chaudry led Dean with 27 while Wilson Pilarte finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Tomorrow's schedule has been pushed up one hour due to inclement weather in the forecast.  Dean will take on Jefferson at 11 a.m. while Alfred and Rockland will battle at 1 p.m.

The championship match-up between Alfred and Rockland will be a rematch of the season opener for both teams.  ASC downed RCC 90-70 on November 3 at the Monroe CC Classic.

Men's Swimming Captures third title, Women finish 4th

Posted Date: Saturday, December 1, 2007 - 16:32

The Alfred State College men's swimming team remained undefeated in invitationals by winning the SUNY Delhi Invite.  The Pioneers have now won all three invitationals they have swam in this season.  The women's team finished 4th out of eight teams.

Alex Newell (Binghamton) and Brett Kozlowski (N. Tonawanda) each won three individual events and were parts of the winning 200 free relay team.  Newell won the 1650 free (19:05.60), the 100 free (53.39), and the 500 free (5:32.44).  Kozlowski won the 200 IM (2:11.29), the 100 butterfly (57.90), and the 100 breast (1:06.95).  They also teamed with Brett Au (N. Tonawanda) and Phillip Valenta (Maine Endwell) to win the 200 free relay in 1:37.64.

Tim Goodrich (Iroquois) won the 200 free (2:04.27) and finished 2nd in the 100 backstroke (1:05.24).  Goodrich also teamed with Sean Valvano (Newark), Au, and Martin Rose (Mynderse) to finish 2nd in the 200 medley relay (1:58.93).

Valenta also earned a 2nd place finish in the 100 free (57.14) while Valvano was 2nd in the 100 breast (1:10.69).

On the women's side Kaitlyn Corbett (Clarence) was a three-event winner.  She won the 50 free (27.49), the 100 free (1:00.44), and the 100 back (1:10.19).  Becca Mastasio (Livonia) won the 200 free (2:15.80) and the 500 free (6:14.28). 

The men scored 330 points, 39 better than 2nd place SUNY Delhi.  The women score 93 points with their two swimmers while Genesee CC won the invite with 233 points.

The Pioneers dive back into action on Wednesday when they travel to Genesee CC for a tri-meet with GCC and Jamestown CC.  Action is set to begin at 6 p.m.

Pioneers fall at Niagara Duals

Posted Date: Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 06:33

The Alfred State College wrestling team dropped a pair of dual matches on Friday evening at the annual Niagara CCC duals.  ASC fell 34-10 to Muskegon (MI) CC and 33-21 to Grand Valley (MI).  The Pioneers are now 1-3 in dual meets this year.

Gallaway Longenecker (Manheim, PA) downed Mathia Sarli 13-4 at 133, Devin Hennessey (Bridgewater Raynham, MA) downed Frank Leonard 10-5 at 141, and Scott Ray (Hornell) earned a 10-5 victory over Christopher Gniewek at 157. 

ASC led 6-3 after the first three matches but Muskegon won the next six matches to take control of the contest before Longenecker ended the night with his victory.

Hennessey downed Chris Eggleson 3-1 in the opening match of the night versus Grand Valley.  Aaron Parks (Hornell) earned a 1st period pin over Greg Patton at 149 to make it 9-0.  GV got a pin at 157 before Anthony Heid (Lyons) got a forfeit win to make it 15-6.  Grand Valley won the five matches to take a 33-15 lead before Longnecker won his match via forfeit to end the evening.

Longenecker wins NCCC Open Title

Posted Date: Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 06:48

Alfred State College sophomore Gallaway Longenecker (Manheim, PA) went 3-0 in the 133 lb. weight class to win the title at the Niagara CCC Open on Saturday afternoon.  Longenecker was one of four Pioneers to finish in the top five in their weight class.

Longenecker opened up the day with a 13-4 victory and then earned a 13-6 win in the semifinals.  He earned the championship title with a 8-4 victory.

Scott Ray (Hornell) won his first two matches at 157 lbs to advance to the finals.  In the finals he suffered an injury and earned a 2nd place finish.

Devin Hennessey (Bridgewater Raynham, MA) was the busiest Pioneer en route to a 3rd place finish at 141 lbs.  Hennessey won 6-3 and 5-3 in sudden death to open up action before falling 5-1.  He rallied from the consolation bracket with a 4-3 win and in the 3rd place match he earned a 9-7 victory.

Jordan Hughson (Holley) finished the day 3-2 to earn a 5th place finish at 184.  He opened up with 13-3 and 11-4 victories but fell 13-6 and 8-3 in his next two matches.  He rebounded to win the 5th place match 18-2.

The Blue and Gold return to dual match action on Wednesday when they travel back to Niagara CCC for a WNYAC contest.  The first match is scheduled for 7 p.m.  ASC will then host their annual tournament on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

Strong First Half lead ASC to Tournament Championship

Posted Date: Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 09:47

The Alfred State College men's basketball team got off to a fast start and withstood a comeback attempt to claim the ASC tournament title, 85-78 over Rockland CC.  A-State is now 8-0 in the four-year history of the tournament and improve to 8-3 for the season.

Dusty Marshall (Newfield) had another solid game on his way to being named tournament MVP.  He finished with 17 points (9 for 10 from the foul line), six rebounds, and six assists.

Cerrone Jackson (Forrest Hills) led all scorers with 20 points and nine rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team.  Jerome Hall (Cicero North Syracuse) was tough off the bench finishing with 14 points and 10 boards.  He was 12 for 13 from the foul line.  ASC finished the contest 36 for 42 from the foul line (85.7%).

John Mills led Rockland with 16 points and seven rebounds while Christian Clemente finished with 14 points and six boards.  Anthony Ford and Matt Rose each finished with 12 and Brendan Barile chipped in 11.  Ford and Clemente were named to the all-tournament team.

Alfred State jumped out to a 45-29 lead at halftime but Rockland cut it to just two points, 76-74 with 1:26 remaining.  The Pioneers went got a clutch hanging jumper from Jackson to go up by four and were 7 for 8 at the line to seal the victory.

The consolation game was forfeited by Dean College.  Jefferson CC finishes 3rd in the tournament with Chris Noel and Silvon John being named to the all-tournament team.

The Pioneers hit the road next week for three contests beginning on Tuesday with a battle at Finger Lakes CC.  Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

McMahon and Braun Named First Team All-American

Posted Date: Monday, December 3, 2007 - 09:36

Brianne McMahon-2Elaina BraunAlfred State College sophomores Brianne McMahon (Buffalo/Sweet Home) and Elaina Braun (Waterloo) have been named 1st team NJCAA Division III All-Americans. It is the first time in at least 30 years that A-State has had a 1st team All-American and the first time in school history that two members of the volleyball team were named All-American in the same year.

Head Coach Gene Doorley (5 seasons, 106-55) knows that these honors were earned based on commitment to the program at Alfred State. "The honors and success that these young ladies have garnished are true testaments to their focus and commitment to learning and improving. These young ladies, with their fellow teammates have put endless hours into practice and their year-round training. It's always rewarding to have your players receive recognition when it is so well deserved. The time, energy and countless hours that these young ladies have put in truly make these awards special."

McMahon KillMcMahon repeats as an All-American after being named an honorable mention All-American in 2006. During the 2007 season, McMahon finished with 435 kills (25.68 % hitting efficiency and 4.1 kills/game), 467 digs (4.4 digs/game), and 76 service aces. Nationally, McMahon finished 3rd in the nation in kills/game, 10th in digs/game, and 17th in hitting efficiency.

In 22 matches this season McMahon recorded more than 10 kills with her high of 20 coming in a victory over Monroe CC on September 25. She recorded more than 10 digs in 19 matches and recorded a season high 35 in a victory over Jamestown CC on October 9. On 16 occasions she recorded double-doubles (over 10 kills and 10 digs), including the last six postseason matches.

For her career she finishes with 612 kills (3.6/game), 679 digs (3.9/game), and 121 aces (.7/game) in 172 games. She was named the Region III Division III Player of the Year twice, 1st team All-Region twice, and 1st team All-WNYAC twice. In Tournament play, she was named MVP of the Region III Division III Tournament in 2007, MVP of the Mohawk Valley CC Tournament twice, MVP of the ASC Invitational, and All-Tournament at the Onondaga CC and Jefferson CC Touranments.

"Bree has been a vocal leader and a big impact on the court. Her passion for volleyball and her determination to succeed has been a great part of our success over the past two years. She truly deserves this award. She was in the top two of most of our major statistical areas."

Elaina Braun ServesBraun played in 106 of the team's 109 games this season. She passed out 1,171 assists (11.04/game), collected 264 digs (2.49/game), 127 kills (30.3 % hitting efficiency and 1.2 kills/game), and 54 service aces. Nationally, she is 2nd in assists/game and 25th in hitting efficiency.

In all 41 matches she played in, Braun passed out more than 10 assists. In 35 matches she had more than 20 assists, in 16 matches she had more than 30 assists, in seven matches she had more than 40 assists, and in a five game victory over Corning CC on October 4, she passed out 58 assists. She also recorded seven double-doubles (over 10 assists and 10 digs) including four in the Pioneers postseason run.

For her career she finishes with 371 kills (1.8/game), 1,623 assists (8/game), 431 digs (2.1/game), and 94 aces (.47/game) in 204 games. During her career at A-State, Braun has been named 1st team All-Region, 2nd team All-WNYAC, MVP of the '06 Alfred State Tournament, and All-Tournament at both the Region III Championships and the Onondaga CC Tournament. She was also honored by the NJCAA as the setter of the week on Oct. 17.

"It is truly rewarding and amazing to have Elaina named All-American. Elaina was a middle hitter when she arrived at Alfred State and was very willing to do whatever she could to help this team be as strong as it could be. We ran a 6-2 system last year and a 5-1 system this year. Elaina worked very hard and her ability to learn quickly and stay focused on the big picture was very evident. We had a very balanced attack this year, much improved from last year, thanks to the great improvement of Elaina from a skill stand point and from a decision making standpoint.

"These awards are great individual recognition but even more importantly, I see them as a great indication of what this team has accomplished as a whole."

McMahon and Braun helped ASC to a 36-6 record. The team qualified for the school's first trip to the NJCAA National Championships in 30 years where they finished tied for 5th in the country. A-State also was crowned Region III Division III Champion and winners of the ASC, Onondaga CC, and Mohawk Valley CC Tournaments. The team was also a fixture in the NJCAA Division III poll all year and reached as high as #5 in the rankings.

For their two years at Alfred State, McMahon and Braun along with fellow sophomore teammates Shannon Jablonski (Cheektowaga) and Natalie Gregory (Iroquois) finished with a 69-9 record.

Doorley named AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year

Posted Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - 08:52
District Coach of the YearFor the second year in a row Alfred State College volleyball coach Gene Doorley has been named the American Volleyball Coaches Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coach of the Year.  Doorley led the Lady Pioneers to their first trip to the NJCAA National Championships since 1977.

After a historic 2006 season in which the Lady Pioneers won 32 out of their 35 matches and advanced to the Region III Division III finals, Doorley and the Lady Pioneers put together an even more impressive 2007 season. 

The Blue and Gold started the season ranked in the NJCAA preseason poll and never fell out of it the whole season.  The team reached as high as #5 in the rankings.  The Lady Pioneers lost just two matches to Division III opponents and four matches overall during the regular season.  They claimed tournament titles at Mohawk Valley CC, Onondaga CC, and Alfred State and finished 2nd in the WNYAC tournament.  Doorley and his squad headed into the postseason with a 30-4 record and the #1 seed.

At the Regional tournament the Lady Pioneers didn't lose a game in winning the school's first Regional title since 1977.  The perfect 5-0 run at Regionals punched the team's ticket to Rochester, MN for the National Championships.

Seeded #6 at the National Championships the Lady Pioneers played tough in pool play dropping three games by a score of 28-30.  A-State saw their season come to an end with a 1-2 match record and a 5th place finish at Nationals.  The team finished their historic season with a 36-6 record.

During the past two seasons, Doorley and the Lady Pioneer volleyball team led by a quartet of sophomores (Brianne McMahon, Elaina Braun, Shannon Jablonski, and Natalie Gregory) have a 68-9 overall record.  The program has been back-to-back #1 seeds in the Regional Tournament, won seven regular season tournament titles, had two straight seasons of being ranked in the top ten of the NJCAA Division III poll, and ended the elusive 30-year quest for a trip to the National Championship.

Director of Athletics Kathy Feldman knows that the success of the program has come from a great deal of hard work from both the players and the coaching staff.  "Gene is a tireless worker during the season and in the off-season.  He trains his players in practice in preparation for what they will face in upcoming games.  His players are tough physically and mentally.  Gene also puts an emphasis not only on performing well on the court but in the classroom."

In Doorley's five years at the helm of the program the Pioneers are 106-55.  He now has over 100 wins at both Alfred University (108-77) and Alfred State.

Earlier in the season, Doorley was named the NJCAA Division III District A Coach of the Year.  Beth Domenico of Hagerstown was also honored as a Northeast-Southeast Coach of the Year.  Both Doorley and Domenico along with the six other regional coaches of the year will be on the ballot for the National Two-Year Coach of the Year.

Wrestlers fall at Niagara

Posted Date: Thursday, December 6, 2007 - 04:44

Niagara CCC jumped out to a 21-0 lead over Alfred State in a WNYAC dual match en route to a 32-13 victory.  NCCC improves to 6-0 in dual matches while the Pioneers fall to 1-4.

The evening started with a close match at 141 lbs.  Alfred's Devin Hennessey (Bridewater-Raynham) fell 5-3.  The Trailblazers got a forfeit victory at 149, earned a pin at 157, and won decisions at 165 and 174 to gain a 21-0 lead.

Jordan Hughson (Holley) got the Pioneers on the board with a 10-2 victory at 184 lbs.  Niagara earned a pin at 197 before Bill Drake (Hornell) earned a pin at 4:30 to make it 26-10. 

After a forfeit at 125, Gallaway Longenecker (Manheim, PA) closed out the evening with a 10-3 victory in the 133 lb. match.

The Pioneers now shift their focus to the annual Alfred State Tournament.  Action begins at 10 a.m. with Niagara CCC, Jamestown CC, Mercyhurst North East, Brockport B, Ithaca B, and Albany Club.

Student Life, Technology & Trends: 1908-2008

Posted Date: Thursday, December 6, 2007 - 05:55

Alfred State College staff members and current and retired faculty have contributed items for the featured exhibit in the Hinkle Library Gallery and Reading Room entitled "Student Life, Technology & Trends: 1908 - 2008." Part of the College's Centennial Celebration, this exhibit showcases images of student life over the past century, and is paired with a collection of everyday and specialized items introduced over the same time period.  Funds for the exhibit were provided by an ASC Centennial Committee grant which covered the reproduction and professional mounting of photographs, as well as the purchase of two new exhibit cases.  The exhibit features many items that present-day students have never seen, including vacuum tubes from the 1940s, rotary phones, an early transistor radio, early computer storage media from punch cards to eight-inch floppies, and a galvanometer used at the College during World War II. 1970-era equipment and records from WETD, the College radio station, and several early Brownie cameras are also included.  The exhibit will run until the middle of January.

The exhibit will be available during regular library hours: Mondays - Thursdays 8 a.m. - midnight; Fridays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. - midnight.