The Alfred State track & field teams moved up in the latest NJCAA Division III poll. The men moved up three spots to #3 while the women moved up two to the #4 ranking.
The Pioneers competed twice last week and had nearly a dozen new NJCAA National Championship qualifying performances. On Tuesday, the team hosted the Alfred State quad and then traveled to Nazareth College's ROC City Classic on Saturday.
Defending national champion Harper (IL) College sits on top of this week's men's poll followed by SUNY Delhi, Alfred, Howard (MD) CC, and Nassau CC.
Region III rivals SUNY Delhi and Mohawk Valley CC sit 1-2 in the women's poll followed by Gloucester (NJ) County College, Alfred, and Harper.
The 2012 NJCAA Division III National Championships will be held at Pioneer Stadium at Alfred State on May 3-5. This will be the third time in the past four years that the National Championships will be in Alfred.
Jack Timerson scored with 1:27 remaining to break an 11-11 tie and lift Finger Lakes CC to a 12-11 victory over Alfred State in a key Region III battle. The one-goal loss was the third of the season for the blue & gold.
FLCC jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the 1st quarter but the Pioneers clawed back into the game and trailed just 7-6 at halftime. The Lakers built their lead by scoring four of the first five goals of the 2nd half to build a 11-7 lead with just over four minutes left. The Pioneers then put together an offensive run in which they scored four goals in 47 seconds to tie the game up with 3:25 remaining.
After possessing the ball for nearly two minutes, Timerson found the back of the net after getting a pass from Steve Campaniello. The Pioneers had possession of the ball in the final seconds but John Perrucci stood tall in net and denied the Pioneers last second chance.
Mike Hart (Ajax, ONT) led the Pioneers with four goals while Jordan Napierala (West Irondequoit) finished with two goals and an assist. Chance Lowry (Waterloo) finished with a goal and two assists, Brad Zacher (Medina) netted two goals, and Danny Weimer (Derby/Lake Shore) and Kyle Davis (Cortland/Homer) both scored once. East Aurora grads Morris Rogers, Aaron Koskowski, and Keegan Phalen were all credited with an assist.
The Lakers were led by Campaniello's three goals and two assist. Timerson finished with a hat trick along with one assist.
Pioneer goalie Brad Stowell (Marcellus) made 22 saves in net while Perrucci made 20 saves for the Lakers.
The Pioneers (3-8, 2-7 Region III) host Mohawk Valley CC on Saturday for a 1 p.m. faceoff.
Alfred State women's basketball player Haley Witchella (Oxford Academy) has been named a 2nd team NJCAA Division II All-American. Witchella is the fifth Lady Pioneer since 2007 to earn All-American honors (Brittney Brooks - 2009, Anthia Smith & Tiffany McLaughlin - 2008, and Nichole Tyler - 2007).
Witchella had a great freshman campaign in which she started in all 20 games she appeared in (missed seven games due to an injury in the 2011 portion of the season). She averaged 16.8 points per game and 11.4 rebounds for the 18-9 Lady Pioneers. She recorded eleven double-doubles on the year including a monster 34 points and 26 rebounds in a Lady Pioneer victory at Genesee CC. She scored more than 10 points in 18 of her 20 games and scored 20 or more in five games. She also chipped in 71 blocks, 35 steals, and 20 assists.
During Region III Division II play (all in 2012), Witchella led Alfred with a 16.5 ppg and 13 rpg. She shot a 45.3% from the field during Region games in which the Pioneers had a 7-4 record.
Earlier in the year, Witchella was named the Region III Division II Player of the Year, 1st team All-Region, and 1st team All-WNYAC. She also was named the NJCAA DII player of the week.
She was joined on the All-American team by fellow RIII DII player Johnesha Warren who was named 3rd team.
The Lady Pioneers were 18-9 in 2011-12 and advanced to the Region III Division II Final Four.
The Alfred State baseball team dropped a pair of 10-0 decisions to Onondaga CC in a Region III Division III doubleheader.
OCC was able to jump to early leads and never look back. They held the Pioneers to eight singles in the doubleheader. Jordan Wheaton (Wayland Cohocton) finished the day 2 for 5.
The blue & gold (3-20, 2-11 RIII DIII) return to action on Friday when they host Broome CC in a single 7-inning contest beginning at 4 p.m.
The Alfred State softball team played in a wild doubleheader at Genesee CC on Thursday. Genesee used a big five-run 5th inning in the first game to race to a 13-5 victory. In the nightcap, the Lady Pioneers scored seven runs in the 6th to tie the game at 11-11 but lost in heartbreaking style 14-13 in nine innings.
In the opener, Alfred clawed back into the game and trailed 8-5 in the 5th but the Cougars ended the contest with a five-run 5th inning. Kristen Potter (Northern Potter, PA) was 2 for 3 while Tara Scholla (Genesee Valley) was 2 for 4. Alfred finished the contest with seven hits.
Once again the Pioneers fell behind in the nightcap but they used a seven-run 6th inning to tie the game. Neither team could score in the 6th and 7th innings and both teams scored a single run in the 8th. In the 9th, Alfred State plated one run but stranded runners on 2nd and 3rd. GCC was able to tie it up and win the game in their half of the 9th to complete the sweep.
Reagan Ball (Hammondsport) was 3 for 4 with a RBI, Scholla was 3 for 6, and Shelby Freligh (Union Springs) was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Canisteo Greenwood grads Cora Murphy and Renee Stanford were each 2 for 5.
The blue & gold return to action on Sunday when they travel to Jefferson CC for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.
Brett Rapan (Bolivar Richburg) singled home Kiele Wilson (Bath Haverling) in the 7th inning to break a 4-4 tie en route to a Alfred State 6-4 victory over Broome CC on Friday afternoon. The Pioneers clinched the series with the victory and finish the year 3-1 vs. the Hornets.
In the game-deciding 7th inning, Wilson singled to lead off. He went to second on a perfectly executed slash single by Eric Mehaffy (Lisbon). After a fly out, Rapan broke the tie with a RBI single to left. Mehaffy came around to score later in the inning on a wild pitch to add an insurance run.
After breaking the tie, Ruben Mizrahi (Weston, FL) shut the door and retired the final six Hornets in order. Mizrahi picked up the win in the contest with three solid innings of perfect relief. He finished with three strikeouts. His relief effort followed a solid start by Garrett Hoag (Dansville) who allowed six hits and two earned runs in the first six innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out 12.
Hoag got the Pioneers on the board in the 2nd inning when he launched a no-doubt-about-it homer to left field. The Pioneers kept the pressure on in the 2nd and plated two more runs when Mehaffy collected a two-run double.
The Hornets took the lead in the 4th when they strung together three hits and took advantage of two Pioneer errors to score four runs.
Alfred State tied it up in the bottom of the 5th, on a RBI single by Mitch Smith (Greece Arcadia) that scored Mehaffy.
Mehaffy led the Pioneers 11-hit attack with a 4 for 4, 2 RBI day. Hoag was 2 for 3 as well.
The blue & gold (4-20, 3-11 Region III Division III) head to Monroe CC this weekend to participate in the David Chamberlain MCC Tournament. They take on the host Tribunes at 10 a.m. on Saturday and then battle the Ontario Terriers at 1 p.m.
The Alfred State baseball team were just outs away from defeating Monroe CC at the David Chamberlain Tournament but the Tribunes rallied for three runs in the 7th to walk-off with a 5-4 victory.
The blue & gold got on the board first with three runs in the 4th. Jordan Wheaton (Wayland Cohocton) scored on a wild pitch, Kiele Wilson (Bath Haverling) had a RBI single, and Joe Dullea (Cold Spring/Haldane) hit a RBI sac fly. Monroe cut the lead to 3-2 with two in the 6th inning but the Pioneers added an insurance run in the 7th on a RBI single by Wheaton. The Tribunes were able to string together three runs in the 7th inning to earn the victory.
Eric Mehaffy (Lisbon) pitched into the 7th inning but didn't factor in the decision. He allowed six hits and walked four in six innings of work. He allowed three earned runs and struck out three. Greg Koller (Chesterland, OH) was the lone Pioneer with multiple hits finishing 2 for 3.
In the second game of the day the Pioneers couldn't overcome the Ontario Terriers big innings. The Terriers were able to take advantage of a depleted pitching staff with three runs in the 1st and 2nd and four more in the 5th. The Pioneers were held to just two hits, a Koller double and a Brett Rapan (Bolivar Richburg) single.
The Pioneers return to action on Tuesday when they return to Region III Division III action with a 2 p.m. home doubleheader with Corning CC.
The Alfred State lacrosse team scored the game's first twelve goals en route to a 19-6 victory over Mohawk Valley on Saturday. The win improves the Pioneers to 4-8 on the season and 3-7 in Region III play.
Alfred State led 3-0 after the 1st, 8-0 at half, and 14-3 after three quarter. Eight different players registered points and the whole squad saw game action.
Mike Hart (Ajax, ONT) led the way with five goals and three assists. Chance Lowry (Waterloo) had three goals and two assists while Lance Elithorpe (Shaftsbury, VT) finished with two goals and three assists. Brad Zacher (Medina) netted four goals, Jordan Napierala (West Irondeqouit) scored twice, and Kyle Davis (Cortland/Homer) had two assists. Danny Weimer (Derby/Lake Shore) also was credited with an assist.
Brad Stowell (Marcellus) earned the win in net with six saves in the game's first 42 minutes. Randy Kryszak (Orchard Park) made five saves in relief.
The Pioneers held a 55 to 20 shot advantage for the contest.
Alfred hits the road next week for two road contests. They travel to Cayuga CC (game to be played at Marcellus High School) on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff with the Spartans.
The Alfred State men's track & field team finished 6th out of 16 teams at the University of Rochester Alumni Invitational. The women's team was 14th out of 16.
David Miller (Elmira Southside) was 2nd in the pole vault with a leap of 4.50 m to lead the Pioneers. Jayvon Larkin (Rochester/Wilson) was 2nd in the triple jump (13.27 m) and Brian Edwards (Neversink/Tri-Valley) was 2nd in the discus (43.19 m). Brian Tubbs (Waverly) was 4th in the 400 m (51.19) and Robert Howard (Syracuse/Nottingham) was 7th in the shot put (12.89 m).The 4x 800 relay team of Garrison Koehler (Bath Haverling), Kwesi Osei (Victor), Jordan Friedman (Clarkstown South), and Tyler Lehman (Wellsville) finished 6th in 8:48.37.
Lehman and Koehler each qualified for the NJCAA National Championships in the 800 m. Lehman was 9th in 2:01.53 and Koehler was 10th in 2:01.88.
On the women's side Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts) was 4th in the 100 m (12.85) while Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson) was 7th in the 800 m (2:24.23). Corrie Mulligan (Alfred Almond) qualified for Nationals in the 400 hurldes (70.608).
The Pioneers scored 46 points on the day for their 6th place finish while the women scored 7 points.
Travis Nagle (Randolph) and Kayla Franchina (Cassadaga Valley) will compete on Sunday and Monday in the Region III Multis at SUNY Delhi. The rest of the Pioneers return to action next Saturday at the SUNY Geneseo Invitational.
The Alfred State softball team rebounded from an opening game loss at Jefferson CC (L 10-0) to win 4-3 in the second game of the Region III Division III doubleheader.
In the second game, Reagan Ball (Hammondsport) led the way with two hits and two RBI. Tara Scholla (Genesee Valley) and Kristen Potter (Northern Potter, PA) each collected two hits while Shelby Freligh (Auburn/Union Springs) also drove in a run. Taylor McCarthy (Watkins Glen) picked up the win of the mound. She allowed just five hits and three walks in the compete game win.
In the opener, Scholla opened up the game with a hit but the Lady Pioneers couldn't must any more offense in the loss.
The blue & gold (2-14, 1-9 Region III Division III) return to action on Tuesday with a 3 p.m. road doubleheader with Monroe CC.