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Schedule Men’s Soccer Saturday @ Skidmore 7 p.m. Women’s Soccer Saturday Castleton State College 7 p.m.

Tennis Friday SUNY Oswego 3:30 p.m. Sunday @ RPI 2 p.m. Volleyball Cardinal Classic Friday Keuka College 2.p.m. Friday Norwich University 8 p.m. Saturday SUNY Cobleskill 10 a.m. Saturday Medal Match 2/4 p.m.

Standings as of 9/16 Men’s Soccer Overall

W Plattsburgh 5 4 Brockport 3 Oneonta 2 Geneseo 3 New Paltz 2 Cortland Buffalo State 2 1 Potsdam 1 Oswego 1 Fredonia

L 0 0 1 2 3 3 4 3 4 5

T 1 2 2 1 0 1 0 1 1 0

Women’s Soccer School

Overall W L T 6 1 0 Potsdam 4 1 0 Geneseo Plattsburgh 4 1 0 6 1 0 Oneonta 5 2 0 Brockport 4 3 0 Fredonia 2 2 3 Oswego Buffalo State 3 2 2 6 1 0 Cortland 4 2 1 New Paltz

Volleyball School

Overall

EAST Cortland New Paltz Potsdam Oneonta Plattsburgh

W L 9 2 0 4 0 6 0 6 1 7

WEST Fredonia Brockport Geneseo Oswego Buffalo St.

W 6 6 4 2 2

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Stat Leaders Women’s Soccer Goals: Kayla Rabideau (3) Assists: Emily Riley (2) Saves: Alina Greiser (15) Men’s Soccer Goals: Pat Shaughnessy (3) Mike Payne (3) Assists: Chris Taylor (3) Saves: Andy Heighington (14) Volleyball Kills: Rosi Cummings (40) Digs: Andrea Calter (69) Assists: Kayla Nason (127)

By Eric Gissendanner associate sports editor

Donning a USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation shirt, Plattsburgh State junior Elliot Ferrusi begins telling his life as a brakeman in bobsledding. The Hudson native starts talking casually but his voice progressively increases with enthusiasm and passion. Ferrusi clearly knows that he has been given an opportunity that only a handful in the country have, the chance to compete in the Olympics. At the age of 12, Ferrusi was introduced to bobsledding by his grandfather Richard Tracy, a brakeman on the 1980 Olympic Bobsled four-man team that competed in Lake Placid. A horrific crash through one of the turns broke Tracy’s leg and erased any chance for the team to medal. Three years later, though, Tracy and his driver set the American time-trial record for the two-man bobsled. Ferrusi continues to attribute his own success as a bobsledder to his grandfather. “My grandfather is my biggest inspiration,” Ferrusi said. “He’s been with me since the beginning and I wouldn’t be where I am today without his support.” After racing for eight years and winning 11 medals (seven gold) in the Junior Division Empire State Games, Ferrusi is now training as a development racer for the U.S. national team. The team currently has 25 racers on the roster, but that will be cut in half by the 2014 Olympics in Russia. In bobsledding, there are separate categories for either two-man or four-man bobsled. In two-man, only a driver and brakeman occupy the sled. In four-man, the driver and brakeman are joined by two pushers that help propel the sled at the start. The driver is responsible for navigating the sled in the safest and quickest way as speeds reach upwards of 95 mph and anywhere from

Photo provided Elliot Ferrusi started bobsledding when he was 12 years old. Taught by his grandfather, Ferrusi is now a member of the 25-man U.S. roster. He is now teamed up with an old rival, Bryan Berghorn, on the U.S. team.

“It’d mean everything

if I could win a medal for my grandfather, my family and my town.” Elliot Ferrusi USA Bobsledder four to five g-forces in the turns. The brakeman’s role, aside from stopping the sled, is to be the main force behind pushing the sled at the starting line. Crew members only have 30 to 50 meters to successfully push-start and jump in the sled before entering the first turn. Currently, Ferrusi has been training for the twoman team with driver and old rival Bryan Berghorn. “Bryan and I were actually big rivals in the Empire games,” Ferrusi said. “Now we’re working together to make this team.” Making the team, though, is something neither racer will definitively know until early next year. The team’s first competition is at the November America’s Cup in Park City, Utah, followed up with events in Calgary and Vancouver, Canada. After these events, Ferrusi will know his standing for the Olympic

team. “The coaches haven’t said much to me personally but they know my background and my commitment to bobsledding,” Ferrusi said. “I really do feel like I have a legit chance at making the team. As long as I keep training and stay mentally focused, I’ll be OK.” Tracy thinks the same as Ferrusi. Today, many of the national team members are college-aged or fresh out of college which puts the athletes at their peak of strength and endurance. Right now, Tracy believes that Ferrusi is in the perfect position to make the team. “He’s young, but he has trained hard and knows what has to be done,” Tracy said. “He just has to remain patient and pay his dues.” Part of building a positive reputation is to attend as many team events as possible to show a high-level of commitment. One of the ways is to attend the organized training sessions in Lake Placid where the team has access to its own mile-long track between October and March. Weight rooms and other off-track facilities are available for training when the team is not making runs. For the past few weeks, Ferrusi and the other team

Photo provided Ferrusi practices at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. His grandfahter competed on the same track.

members have met every weekend in Lake Placid for strength and conditioning exercises. “I drive down there on Friday and come back Sunday,” Ferrusi said. “Then I weight train here all week before going back the next week. It takes a lot of you but it’s totally worth it.” Much of his workout consists of lower-body strengthening. Ferrusi’s task at the beginning of a run is to push the more than-300 pound sled while running on ice. Specialized shoes are worn to increase traction but the legs and hips must still have

the strength to accelerate the sled from a dead-stop. “I think of my old football workouts,” Ferrusi said. “I focus on a lot of exercises that almost make me ‘explode’ from a standstill.” Ferrusi’s fierce drive has come from the pressure he feels from his family and friends. The pressure, he says, is a good kind and only pushes him to work harder in training and in life. “I want to make this team and will do whatever it takes,” Ferrusi said. “It’d mean everything if I could win a medal for my grandfather, my family and my town.”

WSOC: Lady Cards’ freshman class making impression From Page One came to PSUC as freshman and are now leaders of the team during their senior season. “The freshmen are good players who are here for soccer and not the social life,” Fanneron said. “They contribute on and off the field.” When Fanneron and Norris first came to PSUC, there were nine other freshmen. Now there are four of them who are active. Leigh Metcalf is out with an injury for at least six weeks and may not return this season. For the moment, the injury is disclosed. “They’ve been leaders on and off the field since they were freshmen,” Waterbury said. “They’re pumped with attitude and have an extra

drive to be successful.” gets us ready and always has someWaterbury was talking about thing to say,” Norris said. “Liz works the entire senior class this season. hard all the time during practice Freshman Jen Demattio added to and games.” Waterbury’s comments. They didn’t want to leave out “They’re good role models to Leigh Metcalf. look up too,” Demattio said. “(Leigh’s) motivated and “Jackie helps us out at the loves the game,” Fanneron gym.” said. “She wants us to sucFanneron helps the ceed and be together.” freshmen workout while As far as the season is they’re not at practice. All concerned, the Lady Cards the other seniors play key will host their first home roles in helping the younggame of the season Saturer players and helping the day against Castleton State Rabideau team’s success. Two of at 7 p.m. SUNYAC play will whom are Liz Radigan and begin next weekend as co-captain Emily Riley. At the same they start conference play on the time, Norris believes all the seniors road at Brockport and the defendare captains. ing SUNYAC champions, Geneseo. “Emily has the most heart, always “There are no easy teams any-

more,” Waterbury said. “With two games a weekend, it’s a war for those two games, which are physical and emotional.” PSUC won’t host its first SUNYAC games until the first weekend of October against Oswego and Cortland, who lost in the finals of the SUNYAC tournament last year. “We want to make it to the SUNYAC tournament,” Fanneron said. Norris added the team needs to show the conference what they’re about this year. “Everyone laughed at our record,” Norris said. We need to prove everybody wrong and not choke.” Waterbury wants to make the SUNYAC tournament, but knows it won’t be easy. “We need to get better every

day with our attitude and ethics,” Waterbury said. “We need to learn from each game to be the best in the conference.”

OPPONENT BREAKDOWN Record GPG GAA Shots PG Shots against PG Save % Plattsburgh

4-1-0 1.33 1.17 13.6 12.0 .750

Record GPG GAA Shots PG Shots against PG Save %

3-1-0 2.25 1.25 14.0 12.0 .821

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