October 2009

Pioneers Fall in Regular Season Finale

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 14:20

Tompkins Cortland CC scored three unanswered goals en route to a 3-1 victory over Alfred State in the Pioneers regular season finale.  The Panthers improve to 11-7 (11-4 Region III Division III) while the Pioneers are now 7-6-1 (6-5-1 RIII DIII).

Steven Hickey (Aquinas) got the blue & gold on the board first with 17:47 remaining in the first half when he found the back of the net after getting a pass from Erik Reynolds (East Rochester).

Magor Mbengue tied it up just over two minutes later for TC3 to send the game into half tied at 1-1.  Mbengue put the Panthers up with 27:20 remaining in the second and then assisted on Jean Pierre Rosas goal with 10:25 remaining to seal the victory.

TC3 held a 14-9 shot advantage.  Dan Krajcir (Gloversville) made eight saves for ASC while Lucas Mitchell made five.

The Pioneers now await the announcement of the seeding for the Region III Division III Tournament that will begin with first round action on Saturday October 31.  Alfred State will be making their ninth straight trip to Regionals.

Alfred State Falls in Penalty Kicks

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 15:55

In a back and forth soccer match at Pioneer Stadium, Genesee CC advanced to the Region III Division III Pool A finals with a 7-6 penalty kick victory over Alfred State College.  ASC and GCC both scored twice in the first half but neither team could find the back of the net in the second half or either of the two 10-minute overtime periods.

Genesee got on the board first with 37:57 remaining in the first half when Chelsea Williams found the back of the net.  Ginette Cornett (Potsdam) answered for the Lady Pioneers seven minutes late after getting a pass from Makenzie Finnemore (Genesee Valley).  With 20:02 remaining in the half, Jessie Smith (Fredonia) found Shawna McNeil (Hornell) who scored to put the Lady Pioneers in the lead.  GCC's Particia Capwell capitalized on a opportunity following a corner kick in the final minute of the half (49 seconds) to tie the game.

Genesee controlled the play of most of the second half and limited ASC to just one shot.  In the overtime periods the Lady Pioneers got the offense clicking and had more scoring opportunities but couldn't put one past Leslie George.

In the penalty kicks ASC jumped to a 3-2 lead and had three different opportunities to win the match but were unable to get the winner.  In the 10th round, Kelsey Traxler scored and Haley Post's (Jasper Troupsburg) shot rang off the top crossbar and out of the net to seal the victory for GCC.

Smith, Shelby Winchester (Maple Grove), Audrey Rath (Medina), Morgan Scholla (Genesee Valley), Emma Pollok (Fredonia), and Kassandra Durant (Ilion) scored for Alfred State in the shutout. 

Mo Parks (Avoca) and Leslie George each made one clean save each during the shootout.

Parks finished with eight saves while George made five stops.

Alfred State wraps up the 2009 campaign with a 10-2-4 mark while #5 Genesee CC moves on to the Region III Division III Pool A final on Saturday at Tompkins Cortland CC versus #1 Herkimer CCC.

Cross Country Remains Steady in Poll Heading into Regionals

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 06:34

The Alfred State College cross country teams remain steady in the NJCAA Division III poll as they prepare to compete in this weekend's Region III Championship.  The men remain ranked #3 while the women are #5.

After a weekend off the men will be part of a very strong field at the Region III Championships at SUNY Delhi on Saturday.  Alfred State will compete versus #1 SUNY Delhi, #2 Mohawk Valley CC, #4 Broome CC, and #10 Erie CC in the 8k course.

On the women's side, Alfred State will compete versus #2 SUNY Delhi, T#3 Broome CC, T#3 Mohawk Valley, and #10 Erie CC in the 5k course. 

The men's team finished 3rd at Regionals last year while the women finished 5th.

Regional Championship action begins at 10 a.m. with the women's race while the men start at 10:45 a.m.

Men's Soccer Earns #8 Seed

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 07:19

The Alfred State College men's soccer team will enter the 2009 Region III Division III Tournament as the #8 seed after finishing the regular season with 7-6-1 overall record and a 6-5-1 Region III Division III mark.  ASC will host #9 Jefferson CC in a first round match-up on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Alfred State and Jefferson CC met earlier in the year in Watertown with the Pioneers winning 2-0.  Jason Durst (Gates Chili) and Koya Takadama (Fukushima, Japan) scored for ASC while Dan Krajcir (Gloversville) made two saves.

On the year, ASC has been led by Masanari Yamamoto's (Tokyo, Japan) five goals and an assist.  The defense has a 1.33 goals against average in front of Dan Krajcir (Gloversville).  Krajcir has made 73 saves and personally has a 1.22 GAA.

The winner of the ASC-Jefferson CC will travel to #1 Herkimer CCC on Tuesday November 3 for a quarterfinal contest.

Seed College
1 Herkimer CCC
2 North Country CC
3 Mohawk Valley CC
4 Broome CC
5 Tompkins Cortland CC
6 Jamestown CC
7 Hudson Valley CC
8 Alfred State
9 Jefferson CC
10 Genesee CC
11 Finger Lakes CC
12 Fulton Montgomery CC


Haines Named First Team All-WNYAC

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 12:00

Alfred State College freshman volleyball player Brittany Haines (Salamanca) has been named first team All-WNYAC.  The Pioneers currently are 19-12 (17-10 in Region III Division III play) heading into this weekend's Region III Division III Tournament.

Haines has played in all 89 games this season for the blue & gold.  She has passed out 720 assists (8.1 per game), was credited with 206 digs (2.3 per game), and has registered 57 kills.  She has passed out more than 15 assists in all but four of the Pioneers 31 matches.

Haines was joined on the WNYAC first team by Lacy Blocker (Jamestown), Liza Cheseborough (Genesee), Katie Boxler (Erie), Alex DiGiore (Erie), and Brandy Calvert (Genesee).

In other WNYAC volleyball news, Kelley Dumbleton (Warsaw) was named to the All-Tournament team of the WNYAC Tournament.  Dumbleton had six kills and two blocks in the Lady Pioneers victory over Mercyhurst North East.

Alfred State takes on #3 seed Corning CC at 10 a.m., #2 Erie CC at approximately 2:30 p.m., and #7 Monroe CC at 4 p.m.  The regional tournament will be held at Corning CC.

Six Lady Pioneers Named All-WNYAC

Posted Date: Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 10:29

Six members of the Alfred State College women's soccer team have been named All-WNYAC following the Lady Pioneers 10-2-4 season.  Jessie Smith (Fredonia), Shelby Winchester (Maple Grove), Audrey Rath (Medina), and Mo Parks (Avoca) were named to the first team while Jackie Matteson (Greece Arcadia) and Therese Hubbel (Bishop Kearney) were second team selections.

Smith led the Lady Pioneers with 25 points on ten goals and five assists.  She scored two goals in contests versus JCC-Olean, Erie CC, and Corning CC.  This is the second year in a row that Smith was a first team All-WNYAC selection.

Winchester was a catalyst in the midfield for ASC.  She finished the year with three goals and four assists.  She scored the lone goal in a tie versus Bryant & Stratton, the winning goal versus Mercyhurst North East, and added a goal in the victory over Corning CC.  Winchester was a All-WNYAC first team selection last year.

Rath played stopper all season for the Lady Pioneer defense.  She helped lead the Lady Pioneer defense that allowed just eight goals in 16 games this season.  On the offensive side of the ball she was credited with one assist.  In 2008, she was named All-WNYAC second team.

Parks had a breakout freshman season in net.  She played 1,400.5 minutes on the season and made 109 saves.  She finished the year with a 9-2-4 record and a 0.51 goals against average.  On the year she was in net for nine shutouts.

Matteson teamed with Rath and Parks in the defensive backfield.  She battled some of the opponents top offensive threats all season.  She finished the year with one assist.

Hubbel was the ASC's second leading scorer finishing with six goals.  She scored in six different games including scoring the winning goal in opening two games versus Tompkins Cortland CC and SUNY Delhi.

The Lady Pioneers won the WNYAC Division III title for the second year in a row with a perfect 5-0 record in conference play.

Communications Office Receives Gold Award

Posted Date: Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 12:02

The Communications Office of Alfred State College has recently been notified that its admissions promotional marketing materials captured a coveted Gold Award in the recent MarCom award competition.

Each year there are over 5,000 entries from throughout the United States and other countries. The Gold Award is presented to those entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry norm. This year, approximately 18 percent of total entries earned a gold designation.

The MarCom Awards is an international competition for marketing and communication professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of marketing and communication programs and print, visual, and audio materials. The competition is open to all individuals, companies, and organizations involved in producing any kind of marketing and communication materials for external or internal audiences. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies, and freelancers.

The competition has grown to perhaps the largest of its kind in the world. A look at the winners shows a range in size from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 50 companies.

MarCom Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). This international organization consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, media production, and freelance professionals. The Association oversees awards and recognition programs, provides judges, and sets standards for excellence.

Entries are judged by senior-level, experienced professionals; they are freelancers or own their own businesses, who are selected based on experience and availability. All work is evaluated solely on its own quality, creativity, and resourcefulness. Judges base their decisions on learned perceptions of creative excellence.

The mission of the MarCom Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the creativity and hard work of marketing and communication professionals. Oftentimes, the success of a marketing or communications program is difficult to measure in terms of return on investment, so the MarCom Awards gives winners the opportunity to show that their work is highly regarded within the creative industry.

Men's Soccer: Five Named All-WNYAC

Posted Date: Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 12:36

Five members of the Alfred State College men's soccer team have earned All-WNYAC honors.  Kevin Arilotta (Churchville), Masanari Yamamoto (Tokyo, Japan), Erik Reynolds (East Rochester), and Dan Krajcir (Gloversville) were first team selections while Steven Hickey (Aquinas) was named to the second team.

Arilotta was a key midfielder for the Pioneers.  He finished with two goals and five assists.  His nine points is currently second most on the team.  Arilotta was a All-WNYAC second team selection last year.

Yamamoto lead the Pioneers with 11 points from his forward position.  He has scored five goals and passed out one assist.  He scored in five different games including the game winners versus Corning CC, Niagara CCC, and Genesee CC.

Reynolds has been leader of the defensive backfield.  He has helped the defense to four shutouts and a 1.33 goals against average.  On the offensive side of the ball he has one assist.

Krajcir has had a solid freshman campaign in net for the blue & gold.  He is 7-6-1 on the season in 1,258 minutes of action.  He has made 73 saves and has a 1.22 goals against average.  He has recorded four shutouts on the season.

Hickey netted a goal and passed out an assist so far this season from his midfield position.  His goal came in the final regular season contest of the versus Tompkins Cortland CC.

The Pioneers are currently 7-6-1 on the season.  They finished second in the WNYAC Division III contests with a 3-1 record.  ASC enters the Region III Division III Tournament as the #8 seed and will battle #9 Jefferson CC on Saturday at 4 p.m. in a first round contest.  

Five Students Capture Student Initiative Awards for Region I

Posted Date: Friday, October 30, 2009 - 08:12

ACT awardsThe Association of Council Members and College Trustees (ACT) of State University of New York (SUNY) has notified Alfred State College that a group of five students has captured the Student Initiative Awards for Region I in its annual ACT for Student Initiative Award.

ASC students Andrew Litzinger, Walworth; Dave Paryz, Derby; Aaron Horning, Webster; Sean Kelly, Almond and Wheeling, WV; and Robert Assad, East Aurora, worked with Assistant Professor Jeffrey Stevens, Electrician, Computer and Robotics Technician Department, on a project for the United States National Arboretum (USNA), located in Washington, DC, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service. The USNA consists of over 400 acres of both garden and forested land where botanical research is conducted. The site is just over five miles from the White House, in the heart of Washington.

The project involved the design and installation of a 1 Kw Photovoltaic (PV, solar electric) system with battery storage.

At the time of the project’s conception, late fall of 2008, these freshmen were in their 14th week of classes. When first approached, the students’ knowledge of PV systems was very limited; however, they had each expressed interest in PV.

Stevens explained to the students that he would be teaching them about the technology and that they would each be charged with three tasks: work together as a team to learn the principles and concepts of the technology; design a system to provide the required energy to supply power to the nursery within a specific budget (a budget of less than that allotted for connection to the USNA grid-powered system); and prepare lessons to teach the technology to the workshops’ participants. The team of students agreed to all three challenges and they started preparing for the project the next day.

The system designed by the students collects solar energy from the sun, stores it, and then converts it into utility (grid) quality 120 Volt AC energy. This energy powers an owner-provided irrigation control module linked to a satellite high above the earth. This entire system provides needed irrigation to a field where tree growth patterns are studied from within an urban environment. This system, now in use at the US National Arboretum, was designed while the five students maintained a full academic course load.

The team was able to complete the project, from concept to installation, in four months.

The team enlisted the assistance of students enrolled in other curriculums and departments on the campus, including the Building Trades departments to help in the design of enclosures, the battery box, and even the concrete foundation upon which the entire battery storage bank rests.  The team engineered and partially built the PV system at the Alfred State campus; they then disassembled and transported it over 300 miles to the USNA, a location none of them had been to previously.

Each student demonstrated leadership and excellence as he worked together with the workshops’ participants to reassemble and install the system within a five-day window, ASC’s spring recess. Each day, the students arrived at the job site, long before any of the workshop participants, to prepare and layout for the project needs. Daily, the team would split into groups. Two team members would travel the early morning traffic of Washington to locate missing or broken parts. Two other team members would prepare the site and layout components for the workshops’ participants. Finally, the fifth man would prepare to stand alongside with Stevens in front of the classroom, where together they would teach the workshops participants.

These freshman students overcame any trepidation they might have felt about teaching classes comprised of tradesman, contractors, and engineers from whom they might seek employment in another year. The work these students produced not only met, but exceeded, the customers’ expectations.

As a result of their efforts, Alfred State has been invited to assist in another project of greater scope.

“The honor and pride I feel for these men cannot be put into words,” says Stevens, “for what greater reward can a teacher receive but to have been able to work alongside of his students, as equals in the industry, showcasing their skills and training beyond the walls of the classroom.”

Men's Cross Country Finishes Second at Regionals

Posted Date: Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 13:09

The Alfred State College men's cross country team finished second out of seven teams at the Region III Championships held at SUNY Delhi on Saturday.  The women's team was incomplete after the flu-bug ravished the team.

John Sweeney (Barker) led the way for the blue & gold with a 4th place finish.  He ran the 8k course in 29:12.  He was followed in by Brandon Lewis (Red Creek) finished 5th (29:22).  Derek Snyder (Bath) finished 11th (29:50), Joe Seitz (Williamsville North) finished 18th (30:32), Alex Farrell (N. Tonawanda) was 19th (30:32).

SUNY Delhi won the regional title with 19 points followed by ASC's 55.  The second place finish was the best finish by a men's team since 2002.  Mohawk Valley CC finished 3rd (82), Erie CC was 4th (104), Broome CC (135), Finger Lakes CC (152), and Herkimer CCC (208).

ASC had entered the race ranked #3 in the latest NJCAA Division III poll.  Delhi came in ranked #1 and Mohawk Valley CC was #2.

The ASC women's team had just four runners compete in the 5k course.  Abby Benton (Frewsburg) was the top finisher.  She finished 10th (22:27).  Laura Babcock (Wellsville) was 19th (23:17), Bridget McMahon (Avoca) was 21st (23:28), and Allynne O'Hearn (Pelham, NH) finished 29th (24:54).

The Pioneers now shift their focus to the NJCAA Division III National Championships which will take place next Saturday (11/7) at Finger Lakes CC.