October 2012

Women 8th, Men 9th at Hamilton Invite

Posted Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 11:37

The Alfred State women's cross country team finished 8th while the men were 9th at the Hamilton College Invitational.  The Lady Pioneers scored a 254 while the men scored a 253.

Kim Lupo (Auburn) was the top finisher on the women's side in the 5k course.  She crossed the finish line in 21:12.9 to earn 65th place  Megan Dillon (Lake Shore) was 84th (22:07.4), Elizabeth Brown (Randolph) was 87th (22:08.9), and Anna Burkett (Frewsburg) was 90th (22:13.0).  Katy Monahan (Warsaw) rounded out the top five with a 95th place finish (22:24.2).

The host Hamilton won the team title with 33 points.  Alfred was the 2nd best NJCAA school trailing only Mohawk Valley CC's 236 points.  135 runner finished the race.

Jordan Rusek (Williamsville East) was the top male finisher with a 48th place finish.  He ran the 5-mile course in 28:54.2.  Jedadiah Platt (Barker) was 51st (28:59.5), Zach Hale (Greece Athena) was 87th (30:37.9), and Tom Lattanzi (Kings Park) was 92nd (31:13.6).  Eric Ransley (Midlakes) was the 5th man in with a 100th place finish (31:51.4).

East Stroudsburg University took home the team title with a score of 22.  Alfred was the 2nd best NJCAA school in the competition trailing only MVCC's 233 points. 133 runners finished the race.

The Pioneers, ranked #2 in both the men's and women's NJCAA DIII poll, return to action next Saturday when they compete at the DeSales University Invitational.

Volleyball Falls in Quarters

Posted Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 15:25

The Alfred State volleyball team fell in the quarterfinals of the Cara Bryant Memorial Tournament held at Onondaga CC.  The Pioneers split a pair of preliminary games in the morning but lost a tough 2-1 decision to Herkimer CCC in the tournament quarterfinals.

The Pioneers earned their 20th win of the season with a 25-10, 25-14 victory over Mohawk Valley CC to start the day.  They then fell 17-25, 23-25 to the host Onondaga CC and finished the preliminary round as the #7 seed.  They drew #2 Herkimer and fell 25-21, 21-15, 12-15.

Lera Braun (Waterloo) led the way with 60 assists, 13 kills, 12 digs and seven aces while Kay Pfleghardt (Tioga) had 31 kills, 24 digs, and six aces.  Rebecca Hanrahan (Greene) had 11 digs and 10 kills, Mercedes Bossard (Hornell) had 29 digs, and Sarah Linn (Portville) chipped in 19 digs, eight kills, and four aces.

The Lady Pioneers are now 20-10 on the season and will travel to Mercyhurst North East on Tuesday for a WNYAC contest with the Saints. 

By reaching the 20-win plateau the volleyball program has now won 20 or more games the past seven seasons and eight of the last nine.

Pioneers Open Up Home Schedule with Victory

Posted Date: Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 12:26


The Alfred State football team opened up their home portion of the season with a 22-7 victory over St. John Fisher JV on Sunday.  The Pioneers improve to 3-1 on the year while the JV Cardinals fall to 2-1.

The 1st half featured very little offense but a trick play in the closing seconds gave the Pioneers a halftime lead.  Punter Keegan Phalen (East Aurora) lined up to punt but instead threw a 58-yard pass to Collin Frazer (Woodbridge, VA) to get the blue & gold on the board with just 12 seconds left in the half.

St. John Fisher marched down the field in their first possession of the 2nd half and tied the game up on a five-yard run by Steve Strumolo.

Alfred answered right back with a two-yard run by Will Westbrook (Edmeston) to cap a four-play 57-yard drive to give the Pioneers the lead for good.  Alfred State added to their lead early in the 4th quarter when Sammy Diaz (Dansville) rushed in from eight-yards out after Alonzo Joyner (Queens/Info Tech) intercepted a pass and returned it to the Fisher eight-yard line.

Phalen capped the scoring with 8:38 remaining when he hit a 26-yard field goal.

Alfred's offense gained 337 yards on the day (221 passing and 116 rushing) while Fisher accumulated 257 (150 passing and 107 rushing).

Colton Caldwell (Dublin, OH) was 6 for 18 for 86 yards while Joey Frendo (Fremont, MI) was 4 for 9 for 77 yards.  Diaz finished with two catches for 63 yards while Erik Simmons (Elmira Free) had five catches for 59 yards.  Dileel Bartley (Rochester/Edison) led the rushing attack with 53 yards on 12 carries.

Matt Naton was 8 for 19 for 117 yards for Fisher while Strumolo rushed for 56 yards on eight carries.  Pete Luizzi caught three passes for 52 yards and Bobby Campese caught four passes for 39.

Michael Gibson (Capital Heights, MD) led the Pioneers with nine tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble.  Robert Howard (Syracuse/Nottingham) had seven tackles and a sack, David Howell (Rochester/Greece Athena) had six tackles and a sack, and Thomas Daniels (Bronx/ICE) and Phalen each had five tackles and a sack.  Phalen also had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on the day.

Trevor Haut led Fisher with 12 tackles and a sack while Zach Zaloga had eight tackles.

The blue & gold return to action on Saturday when they host Globe Tech for Homecoming 2012.  Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium.

Pioneer of Alfred State Athletics Passes Away

Posted Date: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 12:22

Dick GiedlinDick Giedlin, one of the Pioneers of the Alfred State athletic program, passed away on October 2, 2012 in Virginia Beach, VA.  Giedlin dedicated 30 years to Alfred State and the college.

Giedlin began his career at Alfred State in 1957 as the director of student housing and men's basketball coach.  He became the college's athletic director in 1966 and served in that role for 21 years.  He was also the chairman of the physical education department for 20 years from 1967 to 1987.

On the basketball court, Giedlin led the Tech basketball team for 13 seasons.  He is still the winningest coach in program history with a 198-103 record (.658 winning percentage).  His 1959 basketball team won the college's first Region III championship and three of his teams won 20 or more games in a season.

As an athletic administrator, Giedlin served as the assistant Region III director, the Region III director, and was chosen to be a member the executive committee of the NJCAA.  During his time, Giedlin helped with the integration of women's athletics into the national level and helped form the Penn-York Athletic Conference.

Giedlin was part of the inaugural class of the Alfred State Athletics Hall of Fame that was inducted in 1992.  On his hall of fame plaque he is noted as "truly being a Pioneer in junior college sports, his dedication, loyalty, and commitment established Alfred State athletics as a regional and national leader.

Giedlin is survived by his loving wife Mary Ellen Giedlin, sons; Dr. Martin Giedlin and his wife, Nancie Zimmerman of Moraga, CA, Christopher Giedlin and his wife, Lori of Carleton, MI, Thomas Giedlin and his wife, Mary of Cypress, CA, Michael Giedlin and his wife, Lynn of Flagstaff, AZ; daughter-in-law, Beth Gills, grandchildren; Andrew Giedlin of Virginia Beach, Liza Giedlin of Virgina Beach, Richard Giedlin of Cypress, CA, Melaine Giedlin of Moraga, CA, Sophie Giedlin of Cypress, CA, Max Giedlin of Moraga, CA, Brooke Giedlin of Carleton, MI, Mitchell Giedlin of Flagstaff, AZ, Kate Giedlin of Carleton, MI, great-grandson; Carson Dove of Virginia Beach.

A memorial mass will be held on Tue., Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. at St John the Apostle Catholic Church, 1968 Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach. Please visit www.FamilyChoiceFunerals.com to sign the online guestbook.

The athletic department will honor Giedlin's legacy during the college's Homecoming activities this weekend.

Phalen Named Region and Alfred State Athlete of the Week

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 12:10

Football player Keegan Phalen (East Aurora) has been named both the Region III athlete of the week and the Alfred State athlete of the week.  Phalen is the second Pioneer athlete to be honored this fall by Region III.

Phalen had an impact on all aspects of the Pioneers 22-7 victory over St. John Fisher JV on Sunday.  He threw a 58-yard touchdown pass on a fake-punt, he averaged 34.4 points per punt in five attempts, kicked a 26-yard field goal, and made five tackles and a recorded a sack defensively.

Phalen and the Pioneers host Globe Tech on Saturday in the 2012 Homecoming/Family Weekend contest.  Opening kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.



Women 3rd, Men 5th in Latest XC Poll

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 12:48

The Alfred State women's team is now ranked #3 and the men's team is ranked #5 in the latest NJCAA Division III poll. The Pioneers had held the #2 spot in each of the polls the past two weeks.

The Pioneers spent last weekend competing at the Hamilton Invitational.  The women's team finished 8th while the men were 9th.  Kim Lupo (Auburn) was the top finisher on the women's side in the 5k course. She crossed the finish line in 21:12.9 to earn 65th place  Jordan Rusek (Williamsville East) was the top male finisher with a 48th place finish. He ran the 5-mile course in 28:54.2.

Mohawk Valley CC is ranked #1 in this week's poll on the women's side followed by Gloucester (NJ) CC, Alfred, Delhi, Ocean CC, Suffolk CC, Howard (MD) CC, Joliet (IL) College, Herkimer CCC, and Fashion Institute of Technology.

Harper (IL) College is in the top spot in the men's poll followed by Gloucester, Delhi, Mohawk Valley, and Alfred.  Howard, Ocean, Suffolk, Lorain (OH) CC, and Queensborough CC.

The Pioneers head to the DeSales Invitational on Saturday where they will have their first look of the season at Gloucester CC.

Lady Pioneers Edge #2 Finger Lakes

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 14:45

In a battle of two of the top teams in NJCAA Division III, Alfred State erased an early deficit to earn a 2-1 victory over #2 ranked Finger Lakes CC on Tuesday afternoon.  The #4 Lady Pioneers have now won 13-straight contests and are 13-1 on the year and 12-0 in Region III Division III play.

Hannah Daille found the back of the net just 1:47 into the game to give the Lady Lakers (14-1-1 overall and in Region III Division III) the early 1-0 lead.  The goal snapped a Lady Pioneer scoreless streak that stretch more than five games.

The blue & gold tied the game up late in the 1st half when Kali Muhleisen (Alfred Almond) found the back of the net with her 22nd goal of the season.  Hannah Holmok (Alfred Almond) was credited with the assist.

The game remained tied until Muhleisen scored her second of the game and 23rd of the season with 22:25 remaining.  Courtney Bonadonna (York) earned the assist.

Neither team found the back of the net the rest of the way.  Alfred held a 21 to 11 shot advantage in the contest.  Krista DeCarlo (Bayshore/West Islip) made six saves in net for Alfred State.

Head Coach Anne Holmok credited the defense led by Kelly Stieve (Brockport) with solid efforts and thought highly of the play of Bonadonna off the bench.

The Pioneers have three games remaining on their 2012 regular season schedule.  All three games are against non Region III Division III opponents.  They take on WNYAC DI foe Bryant & Stratton on Thursday in Syracuse at 2 p.m.

Volleyball Sweeps Mercyhurst North East

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 15:48

The Alfred State volleyball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a convincing 25-12, 25-8, 25-16 victory over Mercyhurst North East in a WNYAC match-up on Tuesday.  The Lady Pioneers are now 21-10 overall on the season and 2-3 in WNYAC matches.

Mallory Eberhardt (Lyons) led the way with nine kills, eight digs, and five service aces.  Jessica Ramsey (Tioga) had nine digs and three aces, Lera Braun (Waterloo) chipped in 24 assists and three aces, and Sarah Linn (Portville) added six kills.

The Lady Pioneers have a few days off before heading to the Tompkins Cortland CC on Saturday for their final Pod of the season.  In the TC3 Pod they will take on Corning CC, Broome CC and TC3.

Pioneers Drop 1-0 Decision to FLCC

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 17:15

The Alfred State men's soccer team saw their two-game winning streak come to an end following a 1-0 loss at Finger Lakes CC.  The Pioneers fall to 4-7-3 overall and 4-6-2 in Region III Division III play.

The Lakers scored the lone goal of the contest with 24 minutes left in the 1st half.  FLCC out shot the Pioneers 7 to 6 in the contest.

Nick Smith (Arkport) made five saves on the day for Alfred State.

The blue & gold return to action on Thursday when they take on Bryant & Stratton at 4 p.m.

Volleyball to Host Dig Pink Game

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 05:28

The Alfred State volleyball team will turn in their normal blue jersey's to wear pink on Tuesday, Oct. 16th when they take on Erie CC.  The Dig Pink event is part of a nationwide fundraiser for the Side-Out Foundation. 

The Lady Pioneers have organized multiple fundraisers for the evening.  There will be a pink duck adoption, a basket raffle, and a Jar War competition.  The loser of the Jar War competition (contestants are Mick and Mike Caba, JR Smeenk, Spencer Peavey, and Gene Doorley) will have a whipped cream pie thrown in their face following the conclusion of the contest.  Alfred State Dig Pink T-shirts are also being sold.

All proceeds of Dig Pink events benefit Side-Out, which in turn awards grants to medical research organizations and entities dedicated to providing compassionate support to breast cancer patients and their families.

This is the third straight season the volleyball team has hosted a Dig Pink and fourth time in the past five years.  Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the event and support the fundraising effort.  Contests will take place in between games of the match.

To see the progress of the Dig Pink event at Alfred State or to donate visit: https://www.side-out.org/cb/ous/fundraising_page/2788