November 2008

Lady Pioneers Move On

Posted Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 08:29

The Alfred State College volleyball team swept Corning CC 25-11, 25-10, 25-8 in the Region III Division III quarterfinals on Saturday.  The Lady Pioneers will take on #5 Mohawk Valley CC in the semifinals on Sunday.

Jenni Jerome (Syracuse/Westhill) led the way for ASC (34-3 and ranked #7 in the latest NJCAA Division III poll) with 13 kills, nine digs, two aces, and two blocks while Yurika Toyodome (Tokyo, Japan) added nine kills and three digs.  Emily Linn (Portville) finished with nine digs and five kills, Breanna Horton (Owego Free) passed out 23 assists and had three digs, Miki Inoue (Kumamota, Japan) registered seven kills, and two aces.

In other quarterfinal action #2 Jamestown CC downed #7 Hudson Valley CC 3-0, #6 Monroe CC defeated #3 Niagara CC 3-1, and #5 Mohawk Valley earned a 3-0 win over #4 Adirondack CC.

Semifinal action is set for 11 a.m. on Sunday at the Orvis Activities Center.  The winners of the semis advance to the finals scheduled for 1:30 p.m.  The Region III Division III champion advances to the NJCAA Division III National Championships in Rochester, MN.

Men's Soccer Wins, Advances to Finals

Posted Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 14:24

The Alfred State College men's soccer team advanced to the Region III Division III finals with a 1-0 victory over #3 SUNY Delhi.  The Pioneers, ranked #5 in the latest NJCAA Division III poll, improve to 14-3 on the season and will take on the #1 seeded Herkimer CCC in the finals on Sunday.

Koya Takadama (Soma, Japan) netted the lone goal of the game with 1:12 remaining in the first half.  Neither team could put one in the second half as the Pioneers defense recorded its eighth straight shutout.

Dan Fabiny (Wellsville) made nine saves in net as he recorded his tenth shutout.

The Pioneers will take on Herkimer, who downed #4 Mohawk Valley CC 4-0 in the other semifinal, at 1 p.m.  ASC and the Generals did not play in the regular season.

Alfred State last won a Region III Championship in 1989 and has won two Region III Championships in program history (1986).

Pioneers Roll Past X-Men

Posted Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 14:38

The Alfred State College football team racked up 600 yards of offense (392 yards rushing and 221 yards passing) as they downed the Niagara X-Men 63-20 in their final non-conference game of the season.  With the win the Pioneers improve to 4-4 overall on the season.

The Blue and Gold put together six scoring drives in the first half to jump out to a 42-8 halftime lead.  In the second half ASC added three more scoring drives while Niagara found the endzone twice.

The Pioneer rushing attack featured five players with more than 40 yards on the ground.  DeAndre Johnson (Detroit, MI) rushed for 99 yards on 10 carries, Korey Velasquez (Harry Truman) scored twice (9 and 17 yards) and gained 84 yards on six carries, Nolan Williams (Rush Henrietta) finished with 73 yards on 11 carries, Jordan Davis (Burlington, NJ) scored twice (7 and 8 yards) and finished with 56 yards on five carries, and Jeff Fabbri (West Warwick, RI) had 41 yards and a touchdown (1 yards) on five carries.

DeAndre Johnson also was 5 for 11 passing for 109 yards and a score while Dan Young (Cicero North Syracuse) was a perfect 3 for 3 for 99 yards and three scores.  Robbie Fagan (Coconut Creek, FL) led the receiving corp with 42 yards while Josh Griffin (Englewood, NJ) caught three passes for 35 yards and a score (18 yards), Nick Perez (Monroe Woodbury) caugh a 40-yard touchdown, and Nolan Williams caught a 20-yard scoring pass.

On the defensive side Ike Iloegbu (Ramapo) led the defense with nine tackles and an interception while Damion King (Detroit, MI) had eight tackles (five for a loss).  Malcolm Solomon (Wilson) finished with seven tackles while Brendan Walker (Bridgeport, CT), Nate Williams (Cincinnati, OH), and Brad Fuerst (Bath) each chipped in six.  Armani Ross (Passaic Valley) picked off a pass and recovered a fumble while Andy Eichas (Hilton) picked off a pass.

The Pioneers will take on Nassau CC in their season finale next Saturday.  Kickoff at the ASC athletic complex is scheduled for Noon.

Swimming Dives Into New Season

Posted Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 15:14

The Alfred State College swimming team began the 2008-09 season by competing at the Geneseo Invitational.  Both the men's and women's team finished 5th in the competition that featured SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Brockport, Alfred University, and Monroe CC.

Brett Kozlowski (N. Tonawanda) was 9th in the 100 breast (1:08.87) while Nathan Forrest (Royalton Hartland) was 10th (1:10.68).  Dan Langworthy (Peekskill) was 11th in the 50 free (23.81) and the 100 free (52.95), Alex Newell (Binghamton) was 12th in the 200 free (1:55.93) and 12th in the 500 free (5:22.40), and Kevin Minderlein (Salesianum) was 12th in the 1,000 free (12:13.28)

The men's 200 free relay team of Aaron Mychack (Lansing), Valenta, Kozlowski, and Langworthy (1:37.69) and the 400 free relay team of Newell, Kozlowski, Langworthy, and Mychack (3:28.85) each finished 5th. 

Jessica Chan (New Hyde Park) was the lone female Pioneer that competed.  She was 7th in the 100 butterfly (1:11.54), 10th in the 200 IM (2:34.47), and 13th in 100 back (1:13.29).

The men's team accumulated 92 points while the women's team scored 17.  SUNY Geneseo won both the team titles (538 women and 517 men).

The Pioneers return to action next Saturday when they travel to the Genesee CC Invitational for a 1 p.m. start.

Men's Basketball Fall in Opener

Posted Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 16:29

The Alfred State College men's basketball team fell 74-63 to Delaware Tech in their 2008-09 season opener at the Monroe CC Classic on Saturday. 

Chris Dalton (Elmira Southside) was the only Pioneer in double figures.  He was 5 for 12 from three-point land and led the team with 24 points.  Neil Wilson (Fort Worth, TX) and Terrell Williams (Rochester/Marshall) both finished with nine points.

The Pioneers were slowed down by a 46 to 29 disadvantage on the boards.  Del Tech led 31-25 and held a 16 point lead with six minutes remaining before ASC went on a run and cut it to six points with two minutes remaining.

ASC will take on Rockland CC in day two of the Monroe Classic on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Rockland rallies to down Pioneers

Posted Date: Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 10:38

The Alfred State College men's basketball team led most of the way but Rockland CC rallied to tie the game in the second half and went on for a 78-73 victory in day two action at the Monroe CC Classic.  The Hawks improve to 1-1 while the Pioneers are 0-2.

Rockland tied the game at 66-66 late in the contest and then went on a 12-7 run to earn the victory.  The Hawks held a 47 to 33 advantage including 25 offensive rebounds.

Dan Foley (Irondeqequoit) led the way with 17 points and six rebounds for the Blue and Gold.  Chris Lorenzo (Corcoran) added 14 points and four assists and Neil Wilson (Fort Worth, TX) chipped in 13 points all in the first half.

Alfred State will look to pick up their first victory of the season as they open up the home portion of the season with a 7:30 p.m. contest versus Broome CC.


Soccer Falls in Finals

Posted Date: Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 10:43

The Alfred State College men's soccer team had a terrific season come to an end on Sunday in a 5-0 loss to Herkimer CCC, #1 seeded and #2 ranked in Division III of the NJCAA, in the Region III Division III Championship game.  The Pioneers, #2 seeded and #5 ranked, finish the most successful campaign since the late 1980's with a 14-4 mark.

Herkimer was able to control the ball and the pace of the game.  The Generals scored two goals in the first half and added three insurance goals in the second.

Dan Fabiny (Wellsville) made ten saves in net for the Pioneers.  Fabiny and Koya Takadama (Soma, Japan) were both named to the all-tournament team.

The loss was the first for the Pioneers to a Division III opponent since the opening week of the season.  The team finishes the year with a 14-2 mark in Division III contests.  The Pioneers also entered the game on a seven game shutout string and had not allowed a goal since September 24.

Lady Pioneers Make it Back to Back Championships

Posted Date: Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 10:53

Region III Champions - VolleyballIt took 30 years for the Alfred State College volleyball program to return to the NJCAA National Championships but with a highly competitive victory over Jamestown CC (30-28, 25-22, 25-13), the Lady Pioneers will return to Rochester, MN for the second straight season.  ASC will enter the tournament with a 36-3 mark.

Alfred State and Jamestown went back in forth in the first game before the Blue and Gold pulled it out, JCC led most of the way in game two but ASC rallied for the victory, and in game three the Lady Pioneers jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back.

Tournament MVP Jenni Jerome (Syracuse/Westihill) finished with 13 digs, 11 kills, and one ace while all-tournament team selection Yurika Toyodome (Tokyo, Japan) had a team high 14 kills, 12 digs, and four blocks.  Miki Inoue (Kumamoto, Japan) played solid defense with 25 digs, four kills, and a ace to earn all-tournament honors.  Emily Linn (Portville) chipped in 12 kills and six digs, Breanna Horton (Owego Free) had 35 assists, eight digs, and five kills, and Christina Nolan (Niagara Wheatfield) finished with five digs.

Championship CelebrationCoach Gene Doorley was pleased with the intensity his players showed.  "These girls again showed that they know how to compete.  This tournament had some very good teams in it and we knew going in that we had to be ready to battle.  They weathered some strong pushes from Jamestown and Mohawk today and found a way to keep coming out on top.  In the finals we showed much more intensity all around, but especially on floor defense and blocking.  The girls also showed more determination and focus on their side- out game which helped us maintain better control down the stretch."

"In the finals, we were pretty good start to finish and we able to keep pressure on them.  We were aggressive serving, we sided out really well, and we played very good defense.  We were able to accomplish just about everything we talked about going into this match.  It takes composure to hit the ball in and finish, especially in tight situations, and we did a nice job with this especially in the first two games."

In the semifinals ASC defeated Mohawk Valley CC 25-19, 26-24, 25-12.  In game two the Blue and Gold trailed 24-20 but rallied to score the final six points.

Jerome KillToyodome led the way with 15 kills and nine digs while Linn chipped in 12 kills, three digs, and two blocks.  Jerome finished with a team high 16 digs, five kills, and three aces, Inoue had 10 digs and eight kills, and Horton passed out 39 assists and was credited with seven digs and five kills.

The Region III Championship is the programs fourth overall (1976, 1977, 2007, and 2008).  "This has been a very thrilling season and I think these ladies are excited to be representing Region III at the National Tournament."

Alfred State, currently ranked #7 in the latest NJCAA Division III, will learn their seeding for the NJCAA Division III Tournament early next week.  National championship play begins on Friday, November 14 and runs until Saturday, November 15.  All action will be played at University Center Rochester - Sports Center. 

More information on the tournament can be found at:

Three Men's Soccer Players Earn All-Region

Posted Date: Monday, November 3, 2008 - 09:03

The men's soccer All-Region Division III team was recently announced and three Pioneers were named to the team.  Freshman defender Jason Durst (Gates-Chili) was named first team while sophomore defender Hiroshi Ozaki (Tokyo, Japan) and freshman midfielder Caleb Drake (Jasper-Troupsburg) were named to the second team.

Durst played the front of the Pioneer defense which allowed him to join the offense.  He routinely moved into the offensive position on corner kicks and free kicks.  Durst scored eight goals, including two multi-goal games, to tie for the team lead.  On defense, Durst helped the Pioneers record 10 shutouts for the season.  Earlier this season, Durst was honored with selection to the All-WNYAC second team.

Drake was third on the team in goals with five, and he also had three assists from the midfield position.  He worked hard all season to win balls in the middle and send them back into the offensive zone.  Along with being named to the All-Region team, Drake was also named to the All-WNYAC first team.

Ozaki scored two goals including the lone goal scored in a 1-0 win against Tompkins Cortland CC.  He also led the Pioneer defense which held opposing teams to under 10 shots per game and 1.10 goals per game.  Ozaki was also named All-WNYAC first team earlier in the season.

The Pioneers, rnaked #5 in Division III of the NJCAA, finished the one of the most succssful seasons since the late 1980's with a 14-4 record.  The team advanced all the way to the Region III Division III Finals before falling to Herkimer CCC.

Wrestlers Compete at UB

Posted Date: Monday, November 3, 2008 - 10:02

The Alfred State College wrestling team opened up their 2008-09 campaign at the University of Buffalo Open on Sunday.  Eight Pioneers competed in the non team scoring tournament that featured Division I schools, Ohio State, Edinboro, Rutgers, Duquesne, and Binghamton.

Former Pioneer Jamie Luckett, now wrestling at Clarion, took home 2nd place at 197 lbs.  In 2007, Luckett finished 2nd at the NJCAA National Championship.

ASC will have a few days to prepare for their WNYAC dual meet opener.  The Pioneers travel to Mercyhurst North East on November 13 to take on the Saints at 7 p.m.