November 2009

Lady Spikers Finish 1-2 at Regional Tournament

Posted Date: Monday, November 2, 2009 - 03:28

The #6 seeded Alfred State College volleyball team finished 1-2 in pool play at the Region III Division III Championships on Saturday.  The Lady Pioneers finish their 2009 campaign with a 20-14 overall record. 

The Pioneers fell 25-19, 23-25, 14-25 to #3 Corning CC in their first match of pool play, fell in three close matches to #2 Erie CC, 23-25, 21-25, 23-25, and then defeated #7 Monroe CC, 16-25, 25-22, 25-15.

Versus Corning, Rachel Hale (Batavia) led the way with seven kills while Brittany Haines (Salamanca) and Kelley Dumbleton (Warsaw) each added six kills.  Haines also passed out 19 assists and had five kills.  Kelly McDermott (Webster Thomas) and Heather Gerace (Avon) each had eight digs while Chrissy Nolan (Niagara Wheatfield) finished with three aces.

Hale finished with 11 kills, three digs, two blocks, and two aces versus Erie while Dumbleton and Michelle Marinich (Chenango Forks) each chipped in seven kills.  Haines passed out 21 assists and had 13 digs, McDermott had 18 digs, and Nolan registered 11 digs and three aces.

The blue & gold reached the 20-win plateau with the victory over Monroe.  Dumbleton had a season high 17 kills and five digs to lead the way.  Hale finished with seven kills and five digs, Haines had 32 assists and nine digs, and McDermott had 13 digs and three aces.  Nolan added ten digs and three aces.

The Lady Pioneers have played in the Region III Tournament the past six years and have 20 or more wins in the past four years and five of the last six.

Pioneers Battle Herkimer in Quarters

Posted Date: Monday, November 2, 2009 - 04:50

#8 seeded Alfred State College men's soccer team will travel to #1 Herkimer CCC for a Region III Division III quarterfinal match-up on Tuesday afternoon.  The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at Wehrum Stadium.

Herkimer enters the game 15-1-2 and ranked #2 in the NJCAA Division III poll while ASC is 8-6-1 on the year after defeating Jefferson CC on Saturday in a first round match-up 1-0 in overtime.

ASC and HCCC did not meet in the regular season.  The winner of this quarterfinal contest advances to the Final Four at Tompkins Cortland CC on Saturday.  The winner takes on the winner of #4 Broome CC and #5 Tompkins Cortland CC

Live video of the game will available at:

Brooks Named Pre-Season All-American

Posted Date: Monday, November 2, 2009 - 09:34

Alfred State College sophomore basketball player Brittney Brooks (Elmira Free) has been named a 1st team pre-season NJCAA Division II All-American.  Brooks is one of two Region III athletes to be chosen for the honor.

Brooks returns for her sophomore campaign after averaging 18 points per game and nine rebounds last season.  She also averaged three assists and three steals per game.

During the 2008-09 season, Brooks was named the Region III Division II player of the year, 1st team All-Region, and a third team NJCAA Division II All-American.

Brooks and the rest of the Lady Pioneers tip off the 2009-10 season on Tuesday when they travel to Broome CC for a 6 p.m. start.

Basketball Season Tips off Tuesday

Posted Date: Monday, November 2, 2009 - 09:39

The 2009-10 Alfred State College basketball season tips off on Tuesday evening as the Pioneers travel to Binghamton for non-league match-ups versus Broome CC.

The basketball doubleheader will be  broadcasted live for free on the Internet courtesy of the Southern Tier Sports Network. Streaming audio broadcasts of the games can be heard at The women's game will be broadcast at 6 p.m. and the men's game will be broadcast at approximately 8 p.m. The broadcasts will also be recorded and posted to the website's "Archive" page after the games are over, where they can be heard anytime for free.

The Lady Pioneers were 10-14 in 2008-09 while the Pioneers were 17-14.  Last season, Broome CC's women defeated ASC 57-47 while the ASC men defeated Broome 80-60.

Sweeney, Lewis, and Benton Run to All-Region Honors; Moore named Coach of the Year

Posted Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 06:38

John Sweeney (Barker), Brandon Lewis (Red Creek), and Abby Benton (Frewsburg) all raced to All-Region honors this weekend at the Region III Championships.  ASC Head Coach Gary Moore was also named the men's Region III Coach of the Year.

Sweeney and Lewis ran to first team honors with top five finishes.  Sweeney crossed the finish line of the 8k course in 29:12 to earn 4th place while Lewis finished in 29:22 to earn 5th.  The duo helped the Pioneers finish 2nd in the team rankings.  This is the second year in a row that Sweeney has earned All-Region honors.

On the women's side, Benton ran to second team honors with a 10th place finish.  She ran the 5k course in 22:27. 

Coach Moore was also honored by being named the Region III men's coach of the year.  Moore guided his team to their first Region III Runner-up finish since 2002.  ASC's top five runners finished in the top 19 of the 68 competitor race.

The Pioneers will travel to Finger Lakes CC (Canandaigua, NY) on Saturday for the NJCAA Division III National Championships.

Haines Earns Another Honor

Posted Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 06:52

Haines goes up for the blockAlfred State College freshman setter Brittany Haines (Salamanca) has earned another post-season honor.  This past weekend, Haines was named All-Region 1st team after helping the Lady Pioneers to a 20-14 overall record.

Haines appeared in all 98 games for the blue and gold this season.  She averaged 8.1 assists per game (792 total), 2.4 digs (233 total), and 0.7 kills (67 total).  She also recorded 28 service aces and 17 blocks on the year.

This past weekend, Haines recorded 72 assists, 27 digs, and 10 kills in three matches at the Region III Division III Tournament.  For her play, Haines was named to the All-Tournament team.

Her season highs include 41 assists in an opening day contest versus Monroe CC, 14 digs at Monroe CC, and four aces versus both Nassau CC and Herkimer CCC.

Earlier in the season, Haines was named 1st team All-WNYAC.

Cross Country: Men Ranked #2, Women #5

Posted Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 09:13

The Alfred State College men's cross country team moved up one spot to #2 in the last NJCAA Division III poll prior to the National Championships while the women's team remained steady at the #5 spot.

The Pioneer men have held on to the #3 ranking in the last four polls but moved up this week following a 2nd place finish at the Region III Championships on Saturday.  With the top five runners finishing in the top 19 of the race, ASC was able to down previous #2 ranked Mohawk Valley in the race. 

SUNY Delhi (600 points), the five-time defending national champion, is ranked #1 followed by ASC (540 points), Mohawk Valley (510 points), Howard (MD) CC (470 points), and Erie CC (370 points).

The Lady Pioneers remain ranked #5 in the poll for the fifth straight week.  Ocean CC (600 points) is ranked #1 followed by SUNY Delhi (560 points), Mohawk Valley CC (500 points), and Broome CC (430 poitnts).  ASC received 390 points in the poll.

The NJCAA Division III National Championships will be held on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at Finger Lakes CC in Canandaigua, NY.

Pioneers Give HCCC All they can Handle

Posted Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 15:40

The Alfred State College men's soccer team gave #1 seed Herkimer CCC all they could handle but fell 1-0 to the Generals in a Region III Division III Tournament quarterfinal contest.  The Pioneers, seeded #8, finish the season with a 8-7-1 record.

The game was scoreless until Herkimer was able to finally to get one past Pioneer goalie Dan Krajcir (Gloversville) with 32 minutes left in the contest.

HCCC, 16-1-2 and ranked #2 in the NJCAA Division III poll, held a 20 to 4 shot advantage in the contest. Krajcir made 16 saves in net for ASC but was helped by solid play by sophomore defenders Justin Clark (Alfred Almond) and Eric Reynolds (East Rochester).

Alfred State defeated Jefferson CC 1-0 in overtime to advance to the quarterfinals and was making its ninth straight trip to the Region III Division III Tournament.

Herkimer advances to play Tompkins Cortland CC on Saturday in the semifinals.

Lady Pioneers Fall in Final Seconds

Posted Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 15:49

The Alfred State College women's basketball team opened up the 2009 season with a heartbreaking 68-67 loss at Broome CC.  Broome rallied from a halftime deficit and scored the game deciding foul shots with under fifteen seconds left in the game.

The Lady Pioneers trailed early in the first half but went on a 26 to 5 run to close out the half with a 41-29 lead.  Broome chipped away at the ASC lead the whole second half and tied the contest in the final minute.  BCC was able to capitalize on one of two foul shots with the game tied at 67-67 to gain back the lead.  Alfred had a shot to win but the attempt did not fall.

Brittney Brooks (Elmira Free) led the blue & gold with 25 points while Megan Coates (Nazareth) and Shawna McNeil (Hornell) finished with 10 points each.  Amanda Blake (Cuba Rushford) finished with nine points.

Alfred opens up the home portion of their 2009-10 schedule on Thursday when they host Corning CC.  Opening tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Pioneers Fall to Broome in Opener

Posted Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 17:51

The Alfred State College men's basketball team dropped a 97-83 decision to Broome CC as they opened up their 2009-10 season.

After a back and forth opening ten minutes, Broome CC jumped out to a lead and never gave it up.  Alfred State would battle back to within one point from deficits of as much as 14 but could never gain the lead back.

Five Pioneers finished in double-figures led by 15 points from both Younatan Gobezai (Bethesda, MD) and Resean Parris (Benjamin Banneker).  Neil Wilson (Ft. Worth, TX) and Chris Dalton (Elmira Southside) each finished with 13 and Lydell Wilson (Freeport) chipped in 12 points.

The blue & gold open up the home portion of their season on Thursday when they host Corning CC at 7:30 p.m.