Sir Aaron Taylor (West Chester/Lincoln Hall) returned the opening kickoff of the second half 86-yards for a score to break a 7-7 tie and lead Alfred State to a 22-7 victory over the Apprentice School (Newport News, VA) in their 2010 season opener.
The Builders got on the board first with 3:29 remaining in the first when Johnathan Jones returned a fumble 30 yards.
Cody Scepaniak (Vestal/Vestal) tied the game up early in the 2nd quarter (14:03) when he scampered in from eight yards out to cap a eight play, 35-yard drive.
Neither the Pioneers or the Builders could get much offense going but ASC took advantage of great field position due to a 77-yard punt by Colter Johnson (Warren, PA) that pinned Apprentice back on their own 1 yard line with 5:27 remaining in the contest.
On the next play, Emmanuel Wells (Erie, PA/Strong Vincent) and the defensive line tackled the Builder rusher in the endzone for the safety to give Alfred State a 16-7 lead.
Markese Pullium (Erie, PA/Strong Vincent) put the game out of reach with 2:47 remaining when he returned an interception 35-yards for the score.
Scepaniak finished 11 for 27 for 117 yards in his first start for the Pioneers. Josh Griffin (Englewood, NJ/Dwight Morrrow) led the receiving core with six catches for 78 yards while Rory Spain (Tully/Tully Central) led the offense with 56 yards rushing on one carry. ASC was held to just 134 total yards (17 rushing and 117 passing)
Bryan Shahlamian finished 14 for 32 for 208 yards for Apprentice. Donzell Shearin caught four passes for 83 yards while Bryan Cain had five catches for 60 yards. The Builders accumulated 229 yards on the day (21 rushing and 208 passing).
Nick DePofi (Endicott/Union Endicott) led the defense with seven tackles while TC Carroll (Bath/Bath Haverling) added six. Taylor added five solo tackles, an interception, and three pass break-ups. Damion King Jr. (Detroit, MI/Madison Heights) picked off a pass in the first half.
Jones led Apprentice with 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks while Mana Ohia added eight tackles.
The blue & gold return to action next Sunday when they take on Hartwick JV. Opening kickoff is at 1 p.m. in Oneonta.
The Alfred State College volleyball team finished 1-2 in pool play of the inaugural Pioneer Classic. The Pioneers fell 20-25, 25-23, and 10-15 to Nassau CC, defeated Finger Lakes CC 25-18 and 26-24, and dropped a three gamer to Herkimer CCC, 25-14, 23-25, 11-15.
Versus Nassau, Meghan Kraus (Trumansburg/Charles Dickerson) led the way with 10 kills and seven digs. Mandy Bush (Altoona, PA/Altoona Area) had a team high 17 digs, Kelley Dumbleton (Warsaw/Warsaw) had 10 digs and five kills, and Brittany Haines (Salamanca/Salamanca) finished with 17 assists, five kills, and six digs.
Bush and Haines each had 10 digs in the victory over FLCC. Haines added 18 assists and three kills. Mishaya Tuttle (Campbell/Campbell Savona) led ASC with six kills while Kraus had five.
Kraus recorded another 10 kills in the contest versus Herkimer. Haines finished with 21 assists and four aces while Dumbleton finished with 15 digs and six kills.
Niagara CCC went on to defeat Herkimer CCC in the final to claim the tournament championship.
The Pioneers travel to Genesee CC on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. contest with the Lady Cougars.
The Alfred State College baseball team fell 5-4 and 4-3 to Mercyhurst North East as they opened up play in their 2010 fall season. The Saints broke a 4-4 tie in the first game with a run in the bottom of the 6th and used a walk-off single in the 7th to win the nightcap.
In the opener, ASC rallied from a 4-0 deficit with a four run 6th inning. Travis Fenstermaker (LeRoy) had the key two run single to tie the game. MNE answered back with a single run in the 6th and held off a Pioneer rally in the 7th. The game ended with Pioneer runners on 1st and 2nd.
Tyler Mann (Holland Patent) struck out nine and walked five in six innings of work. He allowed six singles. ASC's offense managed just five singles in the game.
A leadoff walk came around to score in the bottom of the 7th on a two-out chopper that got through the infield in the nightcap. Garrett Hoag (Dansville) led the offense with a 2 for 4 day while Kevan Smith (Cicero North Syracuse) was 1 for 4 with a RBI. Alex Lopez (Brooklyn/Juan Morel Campus) struck out five in 5.2 innings of work but didn't factor in the decision.
Alfred State opens up the home portion of their season next Saturday when they host Niagara CCC. First pitch is at 1 p.m.
Lucas Wales (Bath Haverling) scored 4:04 into the first half on a direct kick to lift Alfred State to a 1-0 victory over SUNY Delhi in the Pioneers season opener. The game is part of the East-West Showdown held at Pioneer Stadium.
ASC outshot Delhi 15 to 6 in the contest. Dan Krajcir (Gloversville) made four saves in net to record the shutout.
In the other East-West Showdown match-up, Mohawk Valley CC downed Jamestown CC 4-2.
Alfred State takes on Mohawk Valley CC at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday following the Jamestown-Delhi contest which is slated for a Noon start.
Alfred State and Mohawk Valley CC played to a 2-2 draw on day two of the East-West Showdown at Pioener Stadium. ASC is now 1-0-1 on the young season while MVCC is 3-0-1.
The Pioneers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st half. Ryunosuke Sawairi (Aichi, Japan/Meito) scored in the ninth minute to open the scoring while Tim Randall (Spencerport/Churchville Chili) scored in the 15th minute after getting a nice pass from Derek Southworth (Fulton/G. Ray Bodley).
The Hawks controlled most of the 2nd half offensively and tied the game on the strength of two Armin Budnjo goals. His first deflected off a Pioneer in front of the net in the 11th minute of the 2nd half and his second sailed in with just over 23 minutes remaining.
Neither team could find the back of the net for the decisive goal in regulation or in either of the two overtime sessions.
MVCC finished with a 19 to 13 shot advantage. Daniel Krajcir (Gloversville) made 16 saves for ASC while Shane Connelly made nine for the Hawks.
In the earlier contest, Jamestown CC defeated SUNY Delhi 1-0.
Alfred State now has a week off before hosting Jefferson CC on Saturday. Gametime is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. following the women's contest between the same two schools.
Alfred State College sophomore safety Sir Aaron Taylor (Westchester/Lincoln Hall) has been named the Northeast Football Conference special teams player of the week. Taylor was key to the Pioneers 22-7 victory over the Apprentice School.
Taylor scored the game-winning touchdown when he returned the opening kick-off of the 2nd half 86-yards to break a 7-7 tie. Taylor also added five solo tackles, an interception and three pass break-ups.
Taylor and the Pioneers travel to Hartwick College on Sunday for a 1 p.m. kick-off vs. the JV Hawks.
The Alfred State volleyball team opened up WNYAC play on Tuesday evening at Genesee CC but couldn't keep early momentum going and fell 25-17, 19-25, 18-25, and 17-25 to the Lady Cougars. The Lady Pioneers are now 1-3 on the year.
Brittany Haines (Salamanca) led the blue & gold with 29 assists and 14 digs while Mandy Bush (Altoona, PA) had a team high 22 digs. Meghan Kraus (Trumansburg) finished with 11 kills and an ace, Kelley Dumbleton (Warsaw) had 12 digs and nine kills, and Ashley Hulse (Hammondsport) chipped in eight kills and two blocks.
The Lady Pioneers travel to the Jefferson CC tournament on Saturday.
The Alfred State women's soccer team couldn't overcome a two-goal first half deficit and fell 3-2 to Tompkins Cortland CC in their 2010 opener. TC3 improves to 3-1-1 on the young season with the victory.
The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half before Holli Pierce (Livonia) scored to cut the lead in half. Jenna Lyon (York) was credited with the assist. TC3 upped their lead back to two goals fourteen minutes later before Ginette Cornett (Potsdam) made it 3-2 in the 77th minute but ASC could not find the back of the net again to get the tying goal.
ASC opens up the home portion of their season on Saturday when they host Jefferson CC at 1 p.m.
Sir Aaron Taylor (West Chester/Lincoln Hall) has earned the NJCAA Special Teams Player of the Week award following his performance in Alfred State's 22-7 victory over the Apprentice School. Taylor had previously been named the NFC special teams player of the week.
Taylor returned the opening kickoff of the second half 86-yards to break a 7-7 tie en route to the Pioneers opening day victory. In total, Taylor had 97 returns yards on the day.
Defensivley, Taylor was also a factor finishing with five solo tackles, an interception, and three pass break-ups.
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger (Butler CC, Kan.) and free safety Griffin Ronstadt (Pima CC, Ariz.) joined Taylor in the weekly NJCAA honors.
Taylor and the Pioneers return to action on Sunday when they travel to Hartwick to take on the JV Hawks.
The Alfred State College men's cross country team remains ranked #2 in the first in-season NJCAA Division III poll.
The Pioneers accumulated 180 points in the poll and trail #1 SUNY Delhi's 200 points. Gloucester (NJ) County CC, Mohawk Valley CC, and Hudson Valley CC round out the top five of the men's poll.
Alfred State begins their 2010 season this weekend when they host the ASC Invitational. Action is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.