September 2008

Lady Pioneers shut out Corning in Opener

Posted Date: Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 14:36

The Alfred State College women's soccer team opened up the 2008 season with an impressive 7-0 victory at Corning CC on Thursday.  Six different Lady Pioneers found the back of the net in the victory.

Jessie Smith (Fredonia) scored a goal and passed out an assist in each half to pace Alfred's offense.  Theresa Hubbel (Bishop Kearney) tallied a goal and assist.

The Lady Pioneers scored four goals in the first half and added three more in the second.  ASC finished with 32 shots on goal.  Philicia Harris (Hutch Tech), Brandi Edwards (Andover), and Meghan Lowell (Keshequa) combined for the shutout.

Leandra Spoor (Laurens), Brittany Hannah (Eastridge), Caitlin Neill (Alfred Almond), and Rebekah Wyckoff (Laurens) all were credited with goals while Caitlyn Meeder (LeRoy) picked up an assist.

The Lady Pioneers continue their three game season opening road trip on Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest at SUNY Delhi.

Blue and Gold Win on New Field

Posted Date: Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 14:48

The Alfred State College men's soccer team defeated Genesee CC 6-5 in a back-and-forth WNYAC contest on the new athletic complex on campus.  The game was the first soccer game played on the field.  With the victory Alfred improves to 2-1 on the season.

Caleb Drake (Jasper Troupsburg) scored the first goal on the new field just over a minute into the game to start a see-saw contest.  Jose Hernandez tied it for Genesee with 24 minutes remaining in the half.

Jason Durst (Gates Chili) made it 2-1 with a goal after getting a pass from Alex Curran (Williamson).  GCC came back with a goal by Jorge Zapata less than two minutes later before Drake netted his second goal of the game with 6:30 remaining to give the Pioneers a 3-2 halftime lead.

Genesee came out of halftime and tied it ten minutes in on a goal by Juan Villegas.  Justin Handley (Iroquois) scored 55 seconds later to give A-State a lead they would never give up.

Kyle Binder (Hornell) made it 5-3 with 31:22 remaining and Masanari Yamamoto (Tokyo, Japan) scored with 14:58 remaining to make it 6-3 after getting a pass from Kevin Arilotta (Churchville Chili).

Genesee made a comeback in the final minutes scoring two goals in the final 2:25 to close within 6-5 but they couldn't get any closer.

Both teams finished with 20 shots.  Dan Fabiny (Wellsville) made nine saves including one on a penalty kick while John Downs made nine saves for Genesee.

The Pioneers travel to Broome CC on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest with the Hornets.

Pioneers and Bulldogs Set to Battle Saturday

Posted Date: Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 16:16

The wait for the Alfred State College football team to play on campus is nearly over as the Pioneers are working on final preparations for Saturday's 2008 season opener versus Stevens Tech (Lancaster, PA).  Saturday's 3 p.m. kickoff will mark the first football game played on the college's new athletic complex and the first game in the programs 13-year history to be played on campus.

The Pioneers (3-7 in 2007) play Stevens Tech as their season opener for the fifth straight season.  ASC fell to the Bulldogs last year in a back and forth contest that saw Stevens score in the final minute for a 22-21 victory.  Last year's loss snapped Alfred State's five year streak of winning season openers.

Stevens Tech (7-3 in 2007) will be playing their second game of the year after downing Delaware Valley College JV last week.  The Bulldogs are members of the Seaboard Football Conference and fight for the conference top spot year after year.

The contest will be the debut of Michigan Player of the Year running back DeAndre Johnson (Detroit, MI) in the Pioneers Blue & Gold.  Johnson rushed for over 7,000 yards in his high school career at Madison High School.  Geoff Hicks (Cleveland Hill) will make his first start at quarterback after playing wide receiver all last season.

On the defensive side, Bill Drake (Hornell) will complete the switch to the defensive side and line-up at nose tackle.  Rod Streater (Burlington, NJ) will also make his collegiate debut as the projected starter at free safety after missing last season with an injury.

Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. with live broadcast of the game available on 92.1 WCKR out of Hornell and live internet feed through TEAMLINE

Pioneers Open up Stadium with Victory

Posted Date: Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 15:39

The Alfred State College football team enjoyed playing on campus for the first time in the program's 13-year history as the Pioneers downed Stevens Tech 21-14 in front of 1,278 fans on Saturday.  The Pioneers have now won season openers six of the last seven years.

A-State got on the board first on their first possession of the game.  Geoff Hicks (Cleveland Hill) connected with Josh Griffin (Englewood, NJ) on a 9-yard scoring strike to cap a 11-play 65-yard drive that took 6:05.  The Bulldogs came right back and tied it on a 23-yard pass play from Kyle Bennett to Darron Perkins with 1:57 remaining in the first quarter.

Hicks and Griffin connected again for the only scoring in the second quarter on a 32-yard pass play with 11:55 remaining in the half.  The Pioneers used just 1:18 and three plays to drive 49-yards for the score.

On the Pioneers second drive of the second half, Hicks tossed his third touchdown of the game on a play action to Preston Washburn (Dundee) for a 37-yard score to put the Blue & Gold up 21-7.

Stevens bounced right back and cut it to 21-14 when Bennett and Perkins hooked up again on a 26-yard scoring strike.

Neither team could put any points on the board the rest of the way and the Pioneer defense sealed the victory with a interception by Rodney Streater (Burlington, NJ) with 57 seconds remaining in the contest.

Hicks, making his first collegiate start at quarterback, finished 11 for 21 for 139 yards and three scores.  Griffin finished with four catches, two for scores, and 78 yards receiving.  DeAndre Johnson (Detroit, MI) led the rushing attack with 50 yards on 14 carries. 

Bennett finished the day for Stevens 25 for 50 for 356 yards.  He tossed two touchdown passes, was intercepted three times, and sacked six times.  The Bulldog rushing attack was held to -9 yards on the day.

Clifton Krotz (Cattaraugus Little Valley) led the defense with seven tackles and a sack.  Willie Burnett (McKinley) and Andy Eichas (Hilton) each finished with six tackles.  Ike Iloegbu (Brentwood) stopped two Bulldog first half drives with big interceptions inside the Pioneers 20-yard line.

Head Coach Mick Caba was excited about the win.  "We had a total team effort in today's victory.  This team felt like they were playing for all the past football teams in the program's history and they thought it was their legacy to open up this new era with a victory."

Stevens (1-1) finished the game with a 347 to 259 advantage in yards gained and a 28 to 13 advantage in first downs but the Bulldogs came up empty on four scoring chances deep inside Pioneers territory (two interceptions, a missed field goal, and a botched field goal attempt.).

The Blue and Gold now shift their focus to their homecoming contest versus Erie CC next Saturday (9/13) at 7 p.m.

Men's Soccer Blanks BCC

Posted Date: Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 15:39

Kyle Binder (Hornell) led the way with two goals and Alex Curran (Williamsville) had three assists as the Alfred State men's soccer team shut out Broome Community College 5-0 saturday afternoon in Binghamton. 

Kevin Arilotta (Churchville), Matt Kooy (Caledonia) and Lucas Wales (Bath) each added a goal while Matia Senyonga (Grover Cleveland) and Sam Alt (Williamsville South) each had an assist to round out the scoring for the Pioneers.

Dan Fabiny (Wellsville) made five saves to earn the shutout victory for ASC, who increase their record to 3-1 on the young season.  Chris Ousterout made seven saves for Broome CC. 

The Pioneers will look for another win this Thursday as they travel to Finger Lakes CC.

Spikers Win Mohawk Valley Tournament

Posted Date: Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 15:52

The Alfred State College volleyball team won the Mohawk Valley CC Tournament for the third year in a row with a perfect 5-0 record.  The Lady Pioneers downed Adirondack CC (23-25, 25-9, 15-8), Herkimer CCC (25-11, 25-20), and Mohawk Valley CC (25-7, 25-11) in pool play before downing Monroe CC (25-18, 25-21) in the semis and Adirondack CC (25-8, 25-17) in the finals.

Jenni Jerome (Syracuse/Westhill) was named the tournament MVP following a big day.  She finished with 37 kills, 30 digs, and three service aces. 

Yurika Toyodome (Tokyo, Japan) and Breanna Horton (Owego Free) were each named to the all-tournament team.  Toyodome finished with 36 kills, 29 digs, 15 service aces, and four blocks while Horton passed out 106 assists on the day and collected 12 kills and six aces.

Emily Linn (Portville) chipped in 32 kills, four blocks, and two aces while Miki Inoue (Kumamoto, Japan) finished with 28 digs, 10 aces, and nine kills.

The Lady Pioneers, pre-season ranked #6 in the NJCAA Division III, have a week to prepare for the Jefferson CC Tournament in Watertown.  Brackets will be announced early this week and action is set to begin at 10 a.m.

Women's soccer defeats Delhi

Posted Date: Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 16:01

Brittany Hannah (Eastridge) netted a hat trick as Alfred State's women's soccer team came away with a 5-1 victory against SUNY Delhi on Saturday. 

Hannah scored her goals on assists from Kassandra Durant (Ilion), Shelby Winchester (Maple Grove) and Jessie Smith (Fredonia).  Smith also scored a goal for the Lady Pios on an assist from Emma Pollok (Fredonia).  Theresa Hubbel (Bishop Kearney) also scored with some help from Winchester.

The Lady Pioneers almost came away with a shut out, but Delhi got on the board with 47 second remaining in the game.  Meghan Lowell (Keshequa) finished the game with 16 saves as the women improved their record to 2-0. 

A-State will try to stay undefeated as they travel to  Tompkins Cortland CC on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. start. 

Pioneers and Saints Split

Posted Date: Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 16:45

Alfred State and Mercyhurst North East split their Western New York Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.  The Pioneers won the opener 7-2 but fell 3-2 in the nightcap.  ASC is now 2-2 overall on the season (1-1 WNYAC).

Travis Noyd (Union Endicott) earned his first collegiate victory with a complete game eight-hitter in game one for A-State.  He allowed two earned runs, walked three, and struck out four.  He got all the runs he would need when the Pioneers scored three runs, all with two out, in the 2nd inning.

Kenny O'Brien (Norwalk, CT) led the offense with a 4 for 4 day.  He drove in two runs and scored two runs.  Derek Speaker (Starpoint) was 1 for 4 with two runs and two RBI while Briasn Zimmerman (Frontier) was 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored.

Mercyhurst held Alfred to just one hit and held a 3-0 lead heading into the 7th inning of the nightcap before the Pioneers rallied.  ASC collected three hits in the 7th and scored runs on a RBI ground out by Devin Vasquez (New Paltz) and a wild pitch.  The tying run was on third base when the Saints recorded the final out.

Mark Cicotti (Horseheads) took the hard luck loss on the mound.  He tossed six innings allowed six hits while he struck out three.

A-State returns to action on Sunday when they play another WNYAC doubleheader at home versus Erie CC.  First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Pioneers baseball drops a pair

Posted Date: Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 16:09

Alfred State baseball lost both games of a double header with Erie CC 10-5 and 9-5 Sunday afternoon.  The Pioneers were beaten by the big inning in both contests giving up 6 runs in the 6th inning of game 1 and 5 runs in the 1st inning of game 2.

In the first game the Pioneers were led at the plate by Derek Speaker (Starpoint) who went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored while Ray Sova (West Genesee) was 1 for 1 with a double and a run scored. 

Casey McCabe (Binghamton) took the hill in game 1 for Alfred going 5.1 innings and giving up 6 runs.  Alex Demosthenous (Calhoun) took over on the mound in the 6th allowing the first four batters he faced to score capping off the 6 run sixth.  The Pios would try to mount a comeback scoring 2 in the bottom of the 7th, but the deficit was too much to overcome.  McCabe (0-1) takes the loss.

Game 2 saw Brian Ervay (Elmira Southside) take the mound against the ECC and he promptly gave up 5 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks and a throwing error.  Ervay would not come out for the 2nd inning as he gave way to Brent Johnson (Penn Yan).  Johnson shut down the Kats, pitching 5 scoreless innings to allow Alfred State back in the game. 

 The Pioneers scored two in the 1st, two in the 5th, and one in the 6th to tie the score at 5. .  Berto Vargas (Norman Thomas) and Karl Kofmel (Cairine Wilson) each had two hits to lead the way offensively. Erie CC then answered with four runs of their own in the 7th off of Johnson to seal the game

Brent Johnson takes the loss pushing his record to 1-1 on the young season.  The Pioneers record is now 2-4, they will continue their campaign Saturday Sept. 13 at home against Jefferson CC.

ASC Plans Eventful Homecoming/Family Weekend

Posted Date: Monday, September 8, 2008 - 06:26

Alfred State College Homecoming/Family Weekend is September 11-14, 2008. A number of activities have been scheduled including tours of the campus, a Rusted Root concert, several athletic games, alumni group reunion gatherings, comedian Richie Byrne, and a tailgate party prior to the football game. A Gold Rush get together, located in the Alumni Plaza, will be a western theme complete with a mechanical bull, photo booth, western shooting gallery, carnival games, and light refreshments. You can even have caricatures of you and your family drawn! Hay rides will be available circling the campus. Visit the homecoming/family weekend page for an up-to-date schedule of events and times. Registration may be done online before 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 9. Those who process their payment online pay one price of $20 ($15 for children under 12) for the entire weekend's events. Registration after September 9 can be done in person at the Orvis Activities Center beginning 9 a.m. Thursday, September 11, until the time of the event.

The cost for each separate event is:

  • Rusted Root concert
    • $5 for ASC students, ASC alumni, and family members of ASC students
    • $10 for general admission
  • Tailgate party - $9
  • Sunday brunch - $9
  • Football game - $2
  • Historical walking tour of the Village of Alfred with continental breakfast - $2