The Alfred State track & field team two three 2nd place finishes in day one of the 2012 Region III Championships held at SUNY Delhi.
Megan Votava (Alfred Almond) was 2nd in the women's javelin competition with a national qualifying toss of 26.88 m. The men's 4x800 relay team of Tyler Lehman (Wellsville), Garrison Koehler (Bath), Brian Tubbs (Chemung/Waverly), and Jordan Friedman (West Nyack/Clarkstown South) earned a 2nd place finish with a finish of 8:35.5.
Alex Hewlett (Wellsville) was 3rd in the javelin with a toss of 43.08 m on the men's side. Will Houlihan (Rotterdam/Mohanasen) was 3rd in the hammer throw (42.44) while Adam Kellogg (Wellsville) was 4th with a toss of 39.56.
Kayla Franchina (Gerry/Cassadaga Valley) was 3rd in the long jump (4.54) and teammed Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson), Claire Holleran (Penfield), and Corrie Mulligan (Belmont/Alfred Almond) in the 4 x 800 to earn a 4th place finish (11:41.8).
Action continues on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
The Alfred State lacrosse team was able to come out on top of a close home contest for the first time this season. The Pioneers defeated #9 ranked Hudson Valley CC 11-10 to close out the season with a 7-9 mark. The Pioneers had lost four close home contests earlier in the season by a combined four goals.
Hudson Valley (10-6) started the game off fast and led 4-2 after the 1st quarter led by four goals by Mason Agosto. The Pioneers fought back and took control of the contest with a strong 2nd quarter in which five players different players found the back of the net as Alfred outscored HVCC 6-2 to head into halftime leading 8-6.
The second half featured some great net minding by both Pioneer goalie Brad Stowell (Marcellus) and Andrew Reilly from HVCC. Stowell allowed just four goals in the 2nd half while making 18 saves while Reilly allowed just three goals while making 13 saves. The Pioneers led by as many as three in the half and the lead was only cut to one in the final minute. HVCC had two chances in the final seconds to tie the game up but could not get one past Stowell.
Jordan Napierala (West Irondequoit) led the offense with three goals and an assist while Mike Hart (Ajax, ONT) had two goals and two assists. Brad Zacher (Medina) had two goals and an assists, Chance Lowry (Waterloo) found the back of the net twice, and Lance Elithrope (Shaftsbury, VT) had a goal and an assist. Keegan Phelan (East Aurora) picked up a goal while Danny Weimer (Derby/Lake Shore) and Bradley Murdoch (Auburn) were credited with assists. Murdoch was also huge with 16 face-off wins and six ground balls.
The Pioneer defense allowed just six goals in the final three quarters. Stowell finished with 31 saves on the day.
Hart finishes his sophomore year with a team high 71 points on 42 goals and 29 assists while Stowell recorded 283 saves in over 840 minutes in action on the season in net.
The seven wins for the 2012 season is the most by a Pioneer lacrosse team since 2009 and the most during head coach Mark Kanellis' tenure.
The Alfred State softball team split a doubleheader at Columbia Greene CC on Saturday. CGCC won the opener 13-5 while the Pioneers won the nightcap 9-4.
With the game tied at 5-5, the Lady Twins scored six runs in the 4th to put the game out of reach. Shelby Freligh (Auburn/Union Springs) was 2 for 3 with a RBI while Cora Murphy (Canisteo Greenwood) was 1 for 2 with a RBI.
The Pioneers added to a 3-0 lead in the nightcap with a six-run 3rd inning en route to the victory. Athena Scavo (Hornell) was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI while Taylor McCarthy (Watkins Glen) was 3 for 4. Freligh finished the contest 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Kristen Potter (N. Potter, PA) earned the win on the mound with seven solid innings of work. He struck out six while allowing three earned runs.
The blue & gold (3-21, 2-16 RIII DIII) continue their weekend road trip on Sunday with a Noon doubleheader at SUNY Delhi.
Finger Lakes CC rallied in the 5th inning of both games of a Region III Division III doubleheader to defeat Alfred State 4-2 & 10-4 on Saturday afternoon. In the opener, Alfred led 2-1 heading into the 5th before the Lakers scored three to take the lead for good and in the nightcap the Pioneers led 4-2 before the Lakers scored three in the 5th en route to the victory.
Eric Hicks (led the Pioneers with a 2 for 3 day while Brett Rapan (Bolivar Richburg) was 2 for 4 in game one of the doubleheader. Yohei Nishimura (Tottori, Japan) and Garrett Hoag (Dansville) were credited with the RBI in the contest. Hoag pitched another solid outing but took the loss. He tossed six innings and allowed the four runs. He walked four and struck out four.
Hicks continued his hot hitting with a 3 for 4 day. His two-run single in the 1st inning was one of the key hits in the Pioneers 4-run outburst. Greg Koller (Chesterland, OH) was 3 for 4 with a double and Joe Dullea (Cold Spring/Haldane) had a RBI single.
The Pioneers (6-29, 5-18 RIII DIII) and Lakers continue their four-game set on Sunday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Alfred State.
The Alfred State outdoor track & field team registered ten victories in day two of the Region III Championships held at SUNY Delhi. The Pioneer men finished 2nd in the standings out of five teams while the women placed 4th.
Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts) and Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson) were double winners. Dorsey won the 100 in 12.78 and the 200 in 26.27 while Murphy won the 400 in 59.73 and the 800 in 2:26.04.
On the men's side, Shawn Charles (Rochester/Greece Olympia) won the 100 (11.27), Brian Tubbs (Chemung/Waverly) won the 400 (51.09), Alex Hewlett (Wellsville) won the high jump (1.85 m), David Miller (Elmira Southside) won the pole vault (4.50 m), and Jayvon Larkin (Rochester/Wilson) won the triple jump (13.04 m). The 4 x 100 relay team of Zach Woodard (Adams Center/South Jefferson), Hewlett, Tubbs, and Charles also took 1st place with a time of 43.94.
Other top performances on the women's side included; Megan Votava (Alfred Almond) was 2nd in the pole vault (2.72 m) and 3rd in the 100 hurdles (17.43), Corrie Mulligan (Belmont/Alfred Almond) was 2nd in the 400 hurdles (75.21), Jen DiNovio (Guilderland) was 2nd in the discus (29.29), Kayla Franchina (Gerry/Cassadaga Valley) was 3rd in the triple jump (9.81 m), and Claire Holleran (Penfield) was 3rd in the 400 hurdles in 80.48. The 4x100 relay team of Dorsey, Murphy, Franchina and Votava was 2nd in 51.89 and the 4x400 relay team of Caitlin Hotchkiss (Springville), Murphy, Franchina, and Holleran was 2nd in 4:26.14.
Other top performances on the men's side included; Tyler Lehman (Wellsville) was 2nd in the 800 (2:03.50), Brian Edwards (Neversink/Tri-Valley) was 2nd in the shot put (14.17 m) and the discus (42.89 m), and Travis Nagle (Randolph) was T-2nd in the high jump (1.85 m) and 3rd in the pole vault (3.75 m). Hewlett was 3rd in the 100 (11.64), Rawle Crawford (Mt. Vernon) was 3rd in the 200 (22.34), and Garrison Koehler (Bath Haverling) was 4th in the 800 m (2:06.94). The 4x400 relay team of Lehman, Tubbs, Woodard, and Miller finished 2nd in 3:30.86.
SUNY Delhi won the men's regional title with 237 points followed by Alfred's 195. Herkimer CCC had 108, Mohawk Valley CC scored 62, and Finger Lakes CC had 52 to round out the team scoring.
Mohawk Valley won the women's title with 172 followed by Herkimer (158), Delhi (157), Alfred (129), and Finger Lakes (38).
The Pioneers now shift their attention to the 2012 NJCAA Division III National Championships which begin on Thursday at Pioneer Stadium in Alfred. The Pioneers are one of 24 teams scheduled to compete at the championships. The championships run from Thursday (5/3) to Saturday (5/5). This is the third time in the past four years that Alfred has hosted the event.
The Alfred State softball team lost two close contests to SUNY Delhi 6-4 and 9-8 as they wrapped up their weekend road trip.
In the opener, Athena Scavo (Hornell) was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI while Kristen Potter (N. Potter, PA) was 2 for 4. Shelby Freligh (Auburn /Union Springs) and Tara Scholla (Genesee Valley) both drove home runs.
In the nightcap, the Lady Pioneers tied the game at 8-8 in the top of the 7th but the Broncos plated the winning run in the bottom of the inning on a walk-off passed ball. Potter and Freligh were each 2 for 4 with a RBI while Scholla and Scavo were each 2 for 5 with a RBI.
The blue & gold begin their final week of the season on Tuesday when they host Corning CC in their home finale.
The Alfred State baseball team collected 27 hits in a doubleheader with Finger Lakes CC but the Lakers offense was just as productive in a sweep of a Region III Division III doubleheader, 15-10 in nine innings and 16-3.
In the opener, Alfred jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the 1st inning but FLCC bounced back in the 2nd with a five-run inning to take back the lead. The teams traded runs and FLCC held a 9-8 lead in the 7th before Joe Dullea (Cold Spring/Haldane) singled home the tying run to send the game into extra innings. The Pioneers stranded the bases loaded in the 7th. In the top of the 9th, FLCC exploded for six runs to put the game out of reach.
Jordan Wheaton (Wayland Cohocton) was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI including a solo homer in the 5th. Brett Rapan (Bolivar Richburg) was 3 for 4 with a RBI while Eric Hicks (Hancock, PA) and Dullea were each 3-5 with 2 RBI on the day.
FLCC lead 4-3 after four innings of the nightcap but exploited a tired Pioneer pitching staff with 12 unaswered runs in the final three innings. Wheaton was 2 for 4 with a solo homer in the 2nd inning. The homer was Wheaton's third of the season and third in the last four days. Rapan was 2 for 3 and Dullea was 2 for 4.
The Pioneers begin their final week of the season on Tuesday with a roadtrip to Niagara CCC. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.