The Alfred State College women's soccer team moved up two spots in the latest NJCAA Division III poll. ASC is now ranked #8 after debuting last week in the 10th spot. Lady Pioneer goalie Mo Parks (Avoca) was named the NJCAA Division III goalie of the week as well.
The women's soccer team is 3-1 since the release of the last national poll and are 7-1-2 on the season (6-1-2 in Region III Division III play). Since the last poll, ASC downed Genesee CC 3-0, fell to #4 ranked Broome CC 1-0 in overtime, and shutout both Niagara CCC and JCC-Olean 2-0.
Parks has been solid in net all season long for the Lady Pioneers. She has recorded seven shutouts and has a 0.29 goals against average. She has allowed just three goals all season. She has made 39 saves in the past four games.
Region III is well represented in the latest NJCAA poll. Herkimer CCC (10-0) is ranked 2nd, Broome CC (9-2) is ranked 4th, Finger Lakes CC (8-2) is 5th, and Mohawk Valley CC (8-2) is 10th.
Alfred State returns to action on Thursday when they host Erie CC at 6:30 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium.
The 2009 Alfred State College cross country team is not only climbing up the NJCAA Division III poll but members of the team are making a difference with a trio of community service events.
To start the season the Pioneers participated in a team relay run that took them from Newark to Alfred. Members of the team asked for donations from friends, family, and members of the Alfred State community to be donated to the American Cancer Society. In total, the team raised $600. This is the second time in the last three years that the team has done the cancer run raising funds for ACS.
Days later the cross country program hosted a high school scrimmage. Each entry in the friendly scrimmage brought some sort of food donation that was given to the Alfred Food Pantry. The program has made a donation each of the past five years.
Lastly, the team spent an afternoon trying to beautify a flower bed heading into the town of Alfred. Team members pulled weeds and made the area look nice.
Currently Coach Gary Moore's teams are both in the NJCAA Division III top ten. The men are ranked 3rd and the women are 5th.
The Alfred State College baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the 8th en route to a 3-2 victory over Niagara CCC in a WNYAC first round match-up played on the turf at Bolivar Richburg High School. The Pioneers advance to the final four to be played Saturday at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia.
The blue & gold trailed 2-1 heading into the bottom of the 8th. Steve Smith (Hornell) walked and moved to scoring position after a sacrifice bunt by Jake Dale (Keshequa). Kyle Barkley (Penn Yan) tied the game when he connected on a RBI triple down the right field line. He came around to score the winning run one batter later when Brian Ervay's (Elmira Southside) blooper fell just out of the reach of the second basemen.
Mark Ciccotti (Horseheads) held the Blazers without a run in the 9th to seal the victory. Ciccotti allowed just four hits and no earned runs in his nine innings of work. He walked two and struck out 11.
Dale finished 3 for 3 on the day to pace the Pioneers nine-hit attack. Brian Zimmermann (Frontier) collected two hits in four at bats.
Niagara took a 1-0 lead with a run in the 3rd, ASC tied it with an unearned run in the 4th, and the Blazers took a 2-1 lead with a run in the 6th.
The Pioneers now head to Dwyer Stadium for the WNYAC final four. They will take on the #1 seeded Tribunes from Monroe CC at Noon in the semifinals. The winner of the match-up will play in the finals at 6 p.m.