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Volume 1: Issue 1 Fall 2012 inside high school 6............................ The Trophy Case 8........................ 2012’s High School Players To Watch by Tim Kronenwetter inside youth clubs 10....................Growth Opportunity by Anna-Lesa Calvert

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14....... Your WPSL Elite Champions Photos by Mark Novak 16.......................... College Overview 18.........Canisius Golden Griffs The Rebuilder by Nick Mendola 21............................... UB Bulls Built for Buffalo by Nick Mendola A Hesch Start by Jeff Fabin 26......... Niagara Purple Eagles Title Chase Interview by Russ Andolina 31.............. Medaille Mavericks Medaille Soccer Regroups for 2012 by Benjamin Tsujimoto

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34.....................Other Colleges by Nick Mendola 42.......................Kendell McFayden, Professional Soccer Player by Nick Mendola 48....... From Genesee County to Top Five In the Country Interview by Nick Mendola 50..............An Empire State of Mind by Nick Mendola 54................................. Player’s View by Josh Faga 64..................................Magic Spray this issue’s cartoon by Joey Knuckle

the editor speaks .................................................4 letters to the editor .................................................5

2012 College Schedule .............................................. 58 Advertiser Index .............................................. 63

Cover: Pixel illustrations and layout by Jared Mobarak.

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ou know how the beautiful game always seems to get a raw deal in Buffalo? It’s bugged the heck out of me for a long, long time. I didn’t love soccer early in life. After a season of ill-repute for the St. Amelia Red Hawks — I believe we scored two goals the entire year — I walked away for ice hockey and baseball. Sure, I watched Italy in World Cups and attended several Buffalo Blizzard games at the Aud, but that was the extent of my relationship with soccer. Then came high school. I was hospitalized when I lost feeling in my legs after being tackled awkwardly in (American) football. My mom wanted me to be done with that sport but I needed a way to stay in shape for hockey. I was going to run cross country, but my friend Nick suggested “cross country with a ball.” The rest is history. Our teams at Kenmore East under Dick White weren’t just good, we were a family. I started traveling to US games and following Newcastle United. I wrote a couple articles for the Sam’s Army web site. By the time I entered the field of journalism after college at the University of Buffalo, I was completely in love with soccer. But I couldn’t find news on it anywhere outside of a handful of web sites. This blossoming sport in America wasn’t getting its due. Rather, soccer was lucky to get scores printed in the paper. If you weren’t tallying win-loss totals, it was hard to get a grasp of who was doing well. Turns out I had peers, talented folks who can write, report, design and opine with the best of ‘em. In our first issue, you’ll read about nearly every college team in WNY, two emerging youth clubs, professional teams and much more. You’ll hear first-hand from a Division I captain and newly-minted professional striker. This is doable thanks to some brilliant sponsors. The magazine will be available for free in several key soccer hotspots, but your subscription puts a beautiful hard copy in your mailbox before anyone else. Above all, it funds our shared passion for the game. In closing, thanks for checking us out. If you have story ideas to share or suggestions on what we could improve, email me: publisher@goupper90.com. Tell your friends, teammates, players and coaches. Why? Because soccer is here, and it isn’t going anywhere but up. Sincerely,

ESTABLISHED 2012 Nicholas Mendola Publisher/Editor-in-chief

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Contributing Writers

Russ Andolina, Anna-Lesa Calvert, Jeff Fabin, Joshua Faga, Tim Kronenwetter, Benjamin Tsujimoto

Contributing Artists Joey Knuckle

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letters to the editor

Dear Upper 90, What is more important to the reputation of soccer in Buffalo: the professional success of local players or producing a lot of Division I players? - Greg Wilson, NY

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oth? Truthfully, it’s great to see players like Kendell McFayden (Page 42), Bobby Shuttleworth and Gary Boughton make dents at the professional level, but we’ve now seen scholarship locals at big name schools like Cincinnati, Cornell and Colgate. The best thing would be for UB, Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure to continue their growth and become destination schools for local talent. National champion Akron was the No.1 rival of upstarts UB at the turn of the century, so we’re not too far away from a major collegiate factor on the national scale. - U90

Dear Upper 90, Will you be covering big youth tournaments and high school soccer regularly? - Bill Southern Tier, NY

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bsolutely. There are challenges getting to the meat of what’s going on with youth programs and schools, so we’re hoping you guys and girls can let us know when there’s a team or player doing something extraordinary. Don’t hesitate to email publisher@goupper90.com. - U90

Got a question for Upper 90? Email publisher@goupper90.com and look for your questions to appear at the web site or in these pages!

Dear Upper 90, So happy to hear we’ll have a voice in the Western New York soccer world! A question: What do you think is the future of women’s professional soccer in the United States? What does the Western New York Flash’s run of championships say? - Amber Amherst, NY

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hat the Flash has done is remarkable in that they’ve fulfilled every hope owner Joe Sahlen has had for them and in systematic, powerful fashion. In championships, player quality and budget, the Flash are the New York Yankees of women’s soccer. It’s one thing to have the means to win, it’s another to achieve it. Players like McCall Zerboni, Katherine Reynolds and Alex Sahlen are great examples and work here year-round. As for the future, Joe Sahlen has been quoted as saying the players need to come down on salaries for the league to be fruitful. Those words should carry weight coming from a man who hasn’t hesitated to take care of his players. It comes down to superstars like Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo to acquiesce to realities of women’s soccer right now in America. Here’s hoping they do. - U90

Dear Upper 90, Do you think the US Men will make the 2014 World Cup in Brazil? How much longer can Landon Donovan play at the international level? - Brandon Buffalo, NY

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t would be unpatriotic to predict the States don’t show up for the 2014 World Cup, but there are a number of scary obstacles that Jurgen Klinsmann and company need to navigate in order to head to Rio... and play. There are three automatic spots for CONCACAF, the continental governing body for soccer in the Caribbean and North & Central America (A fourth team will face either Tahiti, New Caledonia, New Zealand or Solomon Islands for a two-leg qualification). Mexico is easily the cream of the crop, with the United States the only true threat to their superiority. Yet Honduras is an incredibly scrappy team that’s having trouble getting out of their group with Canada, Cuba and always-improving Panama. There will not be an easy-out in the next round, presuming the States make it there. - U90

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inside high school

The trophy case

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e’ll be the first to admit that our publisher is a Kenmore East grad who proudly put on the blue-and-gold for the Bulldogs in the late 1990s, so rather than show any favoritism in our first high school section we thought it’d be wise to use our friends at the Section VI for a little history lesson.

Boys Soccer MOST CHAMPIONSHIPS 13

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Lewiston-Porter

North Collins

Holland

Amherst

Kenmore East

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SCHOOL VICTORIES 452

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SEASON GOALS 62

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Andy Tiedt

Andy Wright

Scott Kurhland

Akron 2007

Wilson 1995

Kenmore East 1972

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Ryan Mangano

Steve Lesmes

Silver Creek 2002

Fredonia 2002

CAREER GOALS 148

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Adam Teijeira

Andy Leardini

Andy Tiedt

North Collins

Lewiston-Porter

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Andy Wright

Jake Kunselman

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A playoff game between the Grand Island Vikings and Kenmore East Bulldogs on October 28, 2011; courtesy of Grand Island Vikings Google+ gallery.

Girls Soccer MOST Sectional titles since 2001

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Grand Island (A) Ellicottville (D)

Williamsville East (A/B)

Clarence (AA) East Aurora (A/B) Maple Grove (C/D)

3 Williamsville North (AA)

2 Fredonia (B), Holland (C), Portville (C) Allegany-Limestone (C), North Collins (D)

1 Kenmore West (AA), Newfane (B), Alden (B), Falconer (B), Wilson (C), Frewsburg (C)

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2012’s High School Players To Watch Tim Kronenwetter

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hen I was asked to preview some of the upcoming high school season players, I was thinking how can I go about this and the answer was pretty easy: Pick my top XI. Umm, well, not so easy but here goes anyway.

GK – I selected Mike Shatkin the 6’4” goalie from Williamsville East. He played for the U16 Academy team from Empire. Will East will have a great goalie and a great striker as you will read, therefore team success is expected for the Flames. The other keeper I selected played on the Empire Buffalo U17 team this past season under Rudy Pompert of Buffalo State. Kevin Stuitje plays for Christian Central Academy. After training him a majority of the winter for Empire, I place him in the class of top goalies coming out next year.

DEF – Mitchell Cancilla plays for Canisius High School and has been a starter since ninth grade in that tough division. The other selection for defender comes from heated rival St Joe’s. Anthony Yarussi is another quality defender coming out for colleges next season. Both boys finished in first place with the U18 academy team in divisional play this year. Myles Taylor is the third player I will put in this position even though he was

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Francesco Strangio (above) and Brandon Schick (below); photography courtesy of players’ berecruited.com profiles.


Michael Shatkin.

more of a midfielder for Williamsville South last season.

MIDJack Smolarek is from Iroquois High School. His job this season will be withdrawn forward or attacking midfield to help another on this list score the goals for the Chiefs. Jerry West from Newfane makes the list as our No.2 middie. Newfane is not a soccer hot bed but this young man was quality enough to make academy for Empire. Look for some good things out in the Niagara Orleans league from this player. Josh Beshaw is the only junior on the list. He plays in Lockport for one of the best high school teams that will be on the field in the 2012 season.

I will cover here is Eric Herberger. He plays at Iroquois and played on the U18 Buffalo squad under Kevin Brenner of Canisius College fame this summer and was very productive in State Cup competition.

Josh plies his trade in the offseason for Blackwatch. Last middie I will call out is Francesco Strangio from Niagara Wheatfield. Cesco has been Academy Level for years and will be going to Canisius College for the 2013 season.

Honorable mentions – FWD – Brandon Schick is a speedy forward who will be in the goal scoring race this season for Williamsville East. After leaving Empire Buffalo to Empire Rochester I expect his game to elevate even more as he looks at his college options. Alex Reid is my next choice. He should lead WNY in goal scoring out of Lockport. Alex is the most physically ready player for the college game. The last forward

Ryan Biggane [Empire Buffalo U18/Sweet Home], Andrew Ciminelli [Sweet Home], Brian Theuerkauf [Lancaster/Empire Buffalo U18], Matt Cordovani [Kenmore East/ Blackwatch], Nick Sammarco [Lockport/Blackwatch], Justin Viengamy [Maryvale]

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inside youth clubs

Growth Opportunity

The evolution of Buffalo Soccer Club reaches a national stage Anna-Lesa Calvert

We set out to write an article to uncover the incredible story behind the blossoming Buffalo Soccer Club, which helps the youth of Buffalo find their way out of risk and onto the pitch. As we spoke with Anna-Lesa “Tex” Calvert, the program director for BSC, it became clear that she could tell the story a heck of a lot better than us. Without further ado, the story of Buffalo Soccer Club...

Photography courtesy of Algonquin Sports.

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n 2007, Algonquin Studios, a locally-owned and operated company in the city of Buffalo, redirected some of its annual charitable contributions to create a not-for-profit entity called Algonquin Sports for Kids. Buffalo Soccer Club (BSC) is AS for Kids’ pilot program, offering soccer-related activities including after-school activities, house leagues and travel teams to children living in the City of Buffalo. With this in mind, BSC chose to

focus its programming not on winning and losing or on how many players earn college scholarships, but instead on utilizing sports as a platform to encourage youth and family development in a safe environment through healthy choices, the development of athletic identity and positive behavior changes, specifically an increase in self-discipline, personal responsibility and respect for self and others. From the game, it is our hope that these children develop good physical health, positive levels of selfesteem, confidence, and core ethical principles in a safe, fun environment. Our numbers were scarce the first few times that BSC held clinics.. In fact, at one point we had to ask kids to come off the playground just to try soccer out! Over time though, Buffalo Soccer Club chose the J.F.K. Center on the East Side of Buffalo to call home. Over the past five years, the House League program at the J.F.K. Center has grown to include an average of 100 players signing up for soccer each season and playing for 10 weeks. These players have grown on the soccer field, but more importantly have learned valuable life skills that will help them to be more successful in school and as adults. In 2011, BSC had our first player, Nicole C., make her Varsity High School soccer team. Due to her experience with soccer prior to getting to high school, she was able to come in as a freshman and earn the starting goalkeeper position. From there, she gained the confidence to try out for the school’s basketball and rugby teams. In 2012, this young lady


joined our staff as a junior coach, thus enabling herself to continue to grow as a leader. Players like Nicole show how powerful soccer can be in allowing a young person to gain confidence and be successful. In 2012, Buffalo Soccer Club earned a $10,050 grant which allowed us to provide our young players with additional equipment they would not normally have access to and to begin using some measurements to determine if our program was being successful at providing our players with opportunities to be healthier. We began the season with a BEEP test to measure players overall cardio-vascular endurance. At the end of the season, we asked the same players to do the test and found that every child improved their cardio-vascular endurance. This gives us great confidence that we are moving in the right direction for providing a way for our

Buffalo children to stay safe, active, and healthy! Also in 2012, Buffalo Soccer Club -- in collaboration with the Independent Health Foundation

and the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County -- earned a $300,000 grant to provide the Soccer For Success Program to youth in the City of Buffalo during after-school hours.

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Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. This research based program, allows Buffalo Soccer Club to continue to provide quality soccer programming to our players throughout the school year. In 2007, Buffalo Soccer Club was officially formed. This club is not like a traditional club in most ways. Yes, we have a House League and a few Travel Teams, but the club does not exist to topple the traditional youth soccer powers. Buffalo Soccer Club was formed with the sole intention of providing the opportunity to play soccer to young players in the City of

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Buffalo who otherwise did not have the chance. Many of our players face difficulties that other children can’t imagine. They may not know when or if they will eat that day. They may worry about the roof over their heads. But for an hour-and-a-half a couple of days each week, our players know they are safe, having fun, and being challenged in a positive manner.

For more information on Buffalo Soccer Club, email Anna-Lesa at calvert@buffalosoccerclub.org.

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Your WPS L Elite Champions Photos by Mark Novak.

Upper 90 Magazine and FC Buffalo congratulate defender Alex Sahlen, captain McCall Zerboni and the entire Western New York Flash organization on another championship for the reigning women’s professional soccer dynasty.

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Final ( Penalty Kicks )

Chicago Red Stars Western New York Flash

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SELECT YOUR TEAM:

THE Golden Griffs

PLAYER 1 MEN

8/24 - 7:00 PM - Buffalo 8/26 - 3:00 PM - @Robert Morris 8/31 - 6:00 PM - Eastern Illinois 9/2 - 1:00 PM - IUPUI 9/6 - 7:00 PM - Western Michigan 9/9 - 12:00 PM - Detroit 9/14 - 7:30 PM - Cal State Fullerton 9/16 - 4:00 PM - UNLV 9/21 - 7:00 PM - St. Bonaventure 9/23 - 2:30 PM - St. Francis (PA) 10/5 - 7:00 PM - Rider 10/7 - 1:00 PM - Loyola 10/13 - 7:00 PM - Niagara 10/19 - 7:00 PM - @Marist 10/21 - 1:00 PM - @Siena 10/26 - 7:00 PM - Iona 10/28 - 1:00 PM - Fairfield 11/2 - 2:00 PM - @Saint Peter’s 11/4 - 11:00 AM - @Manhattan

WOMEN

8/17 - 12:00 PM - Northern Kentucky 8/20 - 3:00 PM - @Detroit 8/23 - 7:00 PM - @Buffalo 8/31 - 5:00 PM - @Youngstown State 9/2 - 4:00 PM - Cleveland State 9/7 - 7:30 PM - @Albany 9/9 - 1:00 PM - @Akron 9/14 - 7:00 PM - @Duquesne 9/21 - 7:00 PM - @Bucknell 9/23 - 12:00 PM - St. Bonaventure 9/28 - 7:00 PM - Marist 9/30 - 1:00 PM - Siena 10/5 - 3:00 PM - @Iona 10/7 - 1:00 PM - @Fairfield 10/12 - 7:00 PM - Saint Peter’s 10/14 - 1:00 PM - Manhattan 10/19 - 7:00 PM - @Rider 10/21 - 1:00 PM - @Loyola (MD) 10/27 - 7:00 PM - @Niagara BOLD: Home Game

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GOLD: Panther Invitational (Milwaukee, WI)

BLUE: UNLV Nike Invitational (Las Vegas, NV)

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The Rebuilder From Red Imp to Golden Griff, McGrane is always learning by Nick Mendola

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lose your eyes and create the prototypical English footballer. Give him a shaved head, an East Midlands accent and a furrowed brow that looks at the ready to meet a cross into the box.

The resulting figure likely looks a lot like Canisius College men’s coach Dermot McGrane. He is undoubtedly a football lifer, someone capable of taking nearly any teachable moment in life and transposing into his own personal football philosophy. “You’re always looking at other people and it’s not just soccer,” McGrane said. “I’m glued to (HBO NFL reality show) ‘Hard Knocks’ because you get a good insight into how different coaches work. I’m always trying to learn from other people. There are things you’ll see you like in other coaches but you don’t think it fits your coaching style so you twist it a bit.” An avid student of the game going back to his time as a player for the Lincoln City FC Red Imps, McGrane has maintained friendships with a number of English and Welsh coaches holding lofty credentials. He counts Totten-

ham Hotspur Academy head of player development Chris Ramsey, former Canada U-20 boss Paul James and Stoke City manager Tony Pulis among his mates. “If I get a chance to watch and learn from another coach, I’ll always take it,” McGrane said. Now in his second year with the Golden Griffs, McGrane finds himself well-ahead of schedule in the race to transform a program that’s struggled to make any headway in recent years. In fact, the Griffs are off to the best start in school history with wins over Western Michigan and Detroit included in their undefeated 4-2-0 start. Upon leaving his head post at Niagara University, McGrane inherited a Griffs program with an all-time record of 170-448-58. Canisius had finished above .500 just thrice since 1965 and just twice in Metro Atlantic play

Dermot McGrane; all photos courtesy of Tom Wolf Imaging.

(1996 with Greg Reeds and 2007 under Jim Hesch). McGrane is no stranger to reinventing programs. As top assistant to Shaun Docking at Coastal Carolina at the turn of the century, McGrane rebuilt the school into a Top 20 program. At his previous two stops to Canisius, Coastal and Niagara, McGrane recruited players drafted into Major League Soccer: Joseph Ngwenya, 3rd overall in 2004 and Carl Haworth in 2012. The fact that he’s done it before is complemented by the trust the Griffs have authorized in more scholarship money. “Having done it already in the conference, I know exactly what it takes to get there and I know exactly how to go

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Asani Samuels.

Denver Spearman.

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about it,” McGrane said. “It’s invaluable having done it before. We know what worked last time and what didn’t work. We are way ahead of schedule.” The Griffs only managed four wins in McGrane’s first year, but boasted non-conference wins over local rivals Buffalo and St. Bonaventure. Canisius’ biggest problem was an inability to keep the ball out of their net, something McGrane’s addressed with incoming Houghton College transfer Eric DeHond joining returning keepers Kareem Gray, Ryan Arvin and Reiner Dollak. Spring 2012 was an eye-popping one for MAAC onlookers. McGrane’s charges allowed a mere two goals and scored 13 in posting a remarkable 7-0 record. The offseason saw the already sensational Denver Spearman win a PDL Championship with London and McGrane labels two other players among those worth monitoring this Fall. “Asani Samuels, the big Jamaican,” McGrane gushed of his 6’5” sophomore midfielder. “He’s really worked hard over the summer and is going to be a big factor in games... a handful for defenses. “And Gavin Falconer played last year after taking a year and a half away from the game,” added McGrane in reference to the Erie Admirals star. “It’s his second full season here and he looks very sharp.” Two assistants will aid McGrane again this year in former Buffalo State assistant Kevin Brenner and Niagara product Kwame Oduro (who scored 17 goals over three seasons in Lewiston). McGrane hails Brenner for his recruiting touch and Oduro for his extreme organization. He’ll need both as he attempts to make some ground in the hallowed Purple Eagles and Golden Griffins rivalry, this time from the Erie County side of the Rainbow Bridge.

Tough nonconference slate sets stage for season Canisius Women Conference play was the major problem with the Griffs’ 2011 season and Canisius finished with an incredible inability to win the close ones, finishing 0-3-3 in their last six. Two of the losses were by one goal. Only two of the Griffs first nine games take place at their home field, the Demske Athletic Complex. Their final regular season conference game will be the anticipated match-up with Niagara, which could either be a primer for the conference tournament or a bitter send-off for one of the rivals.

“It was definitely strange to go to Niagara and sit on the other bench,” McGrane said. “That game last year was more important for the players than anything. I think they wanted to make a point.” “There’s a rivalry between the schools and it has nothing to do with me. We have nine MAAC games and every single one of them is important. I know it’s cliche, but we will treat it the same as every other opponent. We understand there’s a little more at stake when you play a local rival.” Canisius hosts Niagara on October 13 for this year’s derby match.


SELECT YOUR TEAM:

THE BULLS

PLAYER 2 MEN

8/24 - 7:00 PM - @Canisius 8/28 - 7:00 PM - St. Bonaventure 8/31 - 7:00 PM - Binghamton 9/2 - 2:00 PM - Siena 9/7 - 7:00 PM - Detroit 9/9 - 4:00 PM - @Cornell 9/14 - 7:00 PM - @NJIT 9/16 - 1:00 PM - @Stony Brook 9/21 - 7:00 PM - Albany 9/23 - 3:00 PM - Robert Morris 9/29 - 7:30 PM - @Akron 10/7 - 7:00 PM - @West Virginia 10/13 - 7:00 PM - @Bowling Green 10/19 - 2:00 PM - Fla. Atlantic 10/26 - 7:00 PM - Western Michigan 10/30 - 7:00 PM - @Hartwick 11/2 - 7:00 PM - Northern Illinois

WOMEN

8/17 - 7:00 PM - Colgate 8/23 - 7:00 PM - Canisius 8/26 - 1:00 PM - @St. Bonaventure 8/28 - 3:00 PM - @Youngstown State 8/31 - 7:00 PM - @Bucknell 9/2 - 7:00 PM - Niagara 9/14 - 4:00 PM - Robert Morris 9/16 - 11:00 AM - St. Francis (PA) 9/21 - 4:00 PM - Ball State 9/23 - 1:00 PM - @Miami (OH) 9/28 - 7:00 PM - Toledo 9/30 - 12:00 PM - Northern Illinois 10/5 - 4:00 PM - @Kent State 10/7 - 1:00 PM - @Ohio 10/12 - 7:00 PM - @Bowling Green 10/14 - 1:00 PM - @Central Michigan 10/19 - 7:00 PM - Eastern Michigan 10/21 - 12:00 PM - Western Michigan 10/25 - 3:00 PM - Akron BOLD: Home Game

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BLUE: NU Fall Classic @Niagara

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Built For Buffalo Patience paid off in 2011, but can Michael Thomas’ crew take the next step? by Nick Mendola

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he saying “Good things come to those who wait” is a rather hopeful one that doesn’t always come in handy inside of the “win now” climate of college athletics, but in the latest chapter of the UB women’s soccer program it’s apropos. That’s because fifth-year head coach Michael Thomas struck gold in 2011 after three years of fits and starts. His first three years in charge worked in the opposite direction of traditional statistical progress: four wins, then three... then just one in 2010. Sometimes numbers lie, as Thomas wasn’t patching leaks. He was building infrastructure. “I came in here and there were a lot of pieces in place to be successful,” Thomas said. “One of the things that we did was that if and when we spotted any holes, we weren’t trying to patch them. We targeted players that we really liked, ones that has similar core values of loving soccer and what it means to be part of a team. We threw those players out on the field, took some lumps with them and now we’re starting to see some dividends.”

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Thus came last year’s opener at Binghamton, when diminutive goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon and the Bulls matched the previous year’s win total with a 1-0 double overtime shutout. Another clean sheet followed. Then another. In fact after eight games, Thomas’ team had allowed a mere two goals (which both came in the lone loss). Yep. The UB Bulls, with a boatload of underclassmen, were 7-1 heading into conference play. These same UB Bulls, winners of just a solitary game the previous year, posted seven shutouts. “Our defense is one of our biggest strengths,” said sophomore midfielder Courtney Mann, the Frontier High School product that started all 21 games a freshman. “As a unit they are so connected and they cover for themselves so well.”

So well that Wheldon was able to back them to a remarkable 10 clean sheets plus 71 minutes of an 11th shutout. “Our backline, and Ainsley is definitely included in that, was definitely the strength of the team last year,” Thomas said. “If she was your prototypical sizewise goalkeeper, she’d be playing at some level of the Canadian national team program. She’s never let that bother her, she has the highest vertical leap on the team. When she’s on, she’s as good as any.” “We won... so many times because of Ainsley,” Mann said. Not that the field players are slouches. Mann played a defensive center midfielder role and is being trusted with moving into the attack this season. Fellow sophomore Katie Roberts will build on a freshman campaign that saw seven goals and four assists. Megan Giesen joined Roberts on the MAC All-Freshman Team despite missing the final three games of the season with an injury. That’s because Thomas and his deep coaching staff — Portuguese national team captain Kim Brandao and former Mercyhurst brick wall Shawn Burke — have not been afraid to mine their own backyard for minerals.

When girls growing up playing soccer in Buffalo, we want them to look at the University at Buffalo as the destination where they want to play. “We feel fortunate to be in a region where we can get players from our backyard,” Thomas said. “One of the things that I noticed from the day that I came on my interview is that people from Buffalo love Buffalo, so it seemed very natu-


ral for us to try and identify the top players from Buffalo and keep them home. When girls growing up playing soccer in Buffalo, we want them to look at the University at Buffalo as the destination where they want to play.” To put a bow on 2011, while conference play was a stiffer test — Buffalo finished 12-5-4 — the Bulls

nabbed their first postseason win since 2000 in their first playoff game since 2003. Thomas has established that his program is capable of making a run at the MAC title and if 2011 is any indication, that may come sooner rather than later. “We think the program is going in a very positive direction,” Thomas said.

“This is a very good level of aoccer that we’re playing and we all realize that nothing is promised to us and we have to continue to take those steps forward.” “We’re all excited and ready to go,” Mann adds. “Everyone is ready to win a MAC Championship.”

A Hesch Start After more than a decade as assistant, UB’s interim boss is enjoying the view from the head chair. by Jeff Fabin

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he term “interim” doesn’t scare David Hesch one bit. The UB head coach carried the title with him for all of 2011 while John Astudillo took a leave of absence from the program. With Astudillo’s retirement in late Spring, Hesch will lead the charge of the Bulls for another year. So when Upper 90 spoke with Hesch it wasn’t a surprise that his UB men are approaching 2012 with a sense of confidence and purpose. The Bulls finished the 2011 season third in the Mid American Conference table

after some banner wins helped bring a strong sense of optimism to Amherst. The rose-colored glasses will meet their match once MAC season comes around, but Buffalo has looked much better than their early season record

David Hesch; all photos courtesy of University at Buffalo Athletic Department.

indicates as they’ve played a budgetfriendly local slate. In recent years the Bulls have spent non-conference time in New Mexico, Florida, Missouri and Colorado. Hesch has arranged for six of 10 games to be played in Amherst and the furthest from home he’ll stray is a weekend jaunt to visit the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Stony Brook. It’s a safe idea, considering former BIG EAST power West Virginia comes to the Mid-American conference to join perennial power Northern Illinois and 2010 national champion Akron.

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Jonathan Viscosi.

Hesch believes that UB is in the conference’s Top Four with those teams and said he would be perfectly happy taking two of three against them. Of course, the confident coach wants to win them all. “The regular season is important, but the main goal is to make the playoffs and make a run from there,” Hesch said, whose team had to gain confidence from a thrilling double overtime victory on the road against Northern Illinois, who were ranked No. 18 in the nation at the time. Huge wins instill a winning attitude going forward for a team returning a nucleus of players for the 2012 season. The biggest loss is graduating senior Andy Tiedt, who started all 18 games and finished with five goals and four assists. Hesch also graduated Nate Woods, who scored thrice. The addition of 11 new faces to the roster will certainly lessen the blow. Hesch is confident in his new core and adamant that this is in no way a rebuilding year. He says fans will never hear those words come out of his mouth.

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“I want to win and win every year,” he said. Hesch couldn’t help but ruminate on a few games that got away, keeping the program from cracking the .500 mark in his interim year (The Bulls went 8-8-2). UB held leads against Western Michigan, Canisius and Akron but were

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unable to close them out. He thinks those experiences will yield improvement in similar situations this year. It’s about playing a full 90 minutes. We asked Hesch asked about the recruiting process, more specifically what they are doing to recruit locally and continue the cultivation of Buffalo soccer players (Hesch and his brother, former Canisius boss Jim Hesch, run Blackwatch West, a local youth academy). “The best kids always want to leave Buffalo and see what’s out there,” Hesch lamented. Still, Hesch will unquestionably focus on the local area when looking for new talent and would like to keep kids from Western New York in the area for their college years. The school does spend time recruiting throughout Upstate New York. Hesch specifically mentioned Braden Scales from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. “He’s one of the Top 3 guys coming out of school in Buffalo (this year),” he said. Scales led the Marauders to a 151-3 record while scoring six goals and


adding eight assists. He certainly will be an important piece for the future of the program and Scales’ decision to stay local will hopefully be a trend going forward for the development of the game in the area (UB also boasts Grand Island product Jeremy Figler in goal as well as North Tonawanda’s Vinny DiVirgilio in the midfield). Any concern for staying local has nothing to do with the powerful MidAmerican Conference, where iron is refined by iron. Akron has their aforementioned national title and boasts alumni like Teal Bunbury, Steve Zakuani and Perry Kitchen, not to mention head coach Caleb Porter (who runs the United States U-23 national team). West Virginia is a seven-time NCAA Tournament Round of 16 finisher and Hartwick has a national championship in their trophy case. Bobby Shuttleworth, who was born in Tonawanda and also played for UB after a stellar prep career at Nichols, is a four-year veteran for the New England Revolution and has made 15 career appearances for the club. Midfielder Daniel Stevens suits up for PS Kemi Kings in the Finnish professional ranks and Sam Craven recently signed for Mansfield Town FC in England’s fifth division. Hesch thinks he has several future pros on his roster right now, saying goalkeeper Jonathan Viscosi of Ottawa has drawn interest from a number of MLS scouts. Maksym Kowal, who is also from Ontario, has an MLS squad calling and Patrick Ryan has received interest as well. So while the competition level in the MAC is at an all-time high, Hesch and his team eagerly await the challenge.

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THE PURPLE EAGLES

PLAYER 3 MEN

8/24 - 5:30 PM - @ Pittsburgh 8/26 - 1:30 PM - @ Duquesne 8/31 - 7:00 PM - @ Syracuse 9/2 - 1:00 PM - Wisconsin-Green Bay 9/7 - 1:30 PM - @ New Hampshire 9/9 - 1:30 - PM Vermont 9/14 - 7:00 PM - @ Wright State 9/21 - 7:00 PM - St. Francis 9/23 - 1:00 PM - @ St. Bonaventure 10/5 - 7:00 PM - Loyola 10/7 - 1:00 PM - Rider 10/13 - 7:00 PM - @ Canisius 10/19 - 3:00 PM - @ Siena 10/21 - 1:00 PM - @ Marist 10/26 - 7:00 PM - Fairfield 10/28 - 1:00 PM - Iona 11/2 - 7:00 PM - @ Manhattan 11/4 - 1:00 PM - @ Saint Peter’s

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8/21 - 7:00 PM - Binghamton 8/31 - 7:00 PM - @ Duquesne 9/2 - 7:00 PM - @ Buffalo 9/7 - 7:00 PM - @ Ohio University 9/9 - 4:00 PM - @ Youngstown State 9/14 - 7:00 PM - St. Francis (Pa.) 9/16 - 2:00 PM - Robert Morris 9/21 - 1:00 PM - @ St. Bonaventure 9/23 - 1:00 PM - @ Cornell 9/28 - 7:00 PM - Siena 9/30 - 1:00 PM - Marist 10/5 - 7:00 PM - @ Fairfield 10/7 - 1:00 PM - @ Iona 10/12 - 7:00 PM - Manhattan 10/14 - 1:00 PM - Saint Peter’s 10/19 - 7:00 PM - @ Loyola (Md.) 10/21 - 1:00 PM - @ Rider 10/27 - 7:00 PM - Canisius BOLD: Home Game

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Title Chase Niagara men’s head coach has Purple Eagles off to soaring start to second season Interview by Russ Andolina

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mong the litany of issues that face Buffalo in the 21st century, one that is often bemoaned is the dearth of new people and fresh ideas flowing into the area. When meeting Niagara University men’s soccer coach Chase Brooks for the first time you get the sense you’re coming across one of those talented newcomers who has moved in the direction that Western New York needs. Brooks is a Fort Myers, Florida native and Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, Fla.) alum. Shortly after his playing career at the Sunshine State Conference school ended, Brooks was able to remain with his alma mater as an assistant coach with a brief stint as interim manager before moving on to obtain his masters and again serve as an assistant at Northern Illinois University. His final stop before coming into the top job with the Purple Eagles was another four-year assistant stint with the Dayton Flyers. Chase recently sat down with Upper 90 Magazine to talk about his career, his program and the current trajectory of the American game.

U90: So what got you into soccer? Chase: That’s a great question. Honestly, I don’t even remember that far back. I was seven when I started playing so I was a little older than most kids who get into the game. I know I had watched my older brother playing but he ended up liking football more so he went that route. Something about soccer stuck with me and I knew it was the direction I wanted to go.

One year in the books at Niagara as a head coach and and you’re 1-for-1 when it comes to winning seasons: 9-4-5 in all competitions and 4-2-3 in the MAAC. How do you feel coming into your second season and what’s your general feeling about where the program is headed? I’m excited and I think the program is heading in the right direction. We

have a good core group of players returning and the players that we’re recruiting all buy into the mentality that we’re selling: We want to be one of the hardest working teams around and we want to win. We want to win and we want to do things the right way. I ask my guys to do three things: do what’s right, do it to the best of your ability, and show people that you care. If you live life by that mentality you’re going to do things the right way and the results will come. I feel strongly about it.

“I ask my guys to do three things: do what’s right, do it to the best of your ability, and show people that you care.”

You’ve come from some respectably successful programs as an assistant at Dayton and Northern Illinois (which also included trips to the NCAA finals). What kind of experiences at those schools helped you in your first year at Niagara? Both schools, NIU and Dayton, had had a hard time making the NCAA tournament. NIU hadn’t made it in 33 years and the second year I was there we were very fortunate—we beat Akron (which was one of the last times they had lost until this previous season). So that was a great event just having a chance to be a part of that, being there with NIU and simply seeing how it’s done while learning from the current Oregon State head coach, Steve Simmons, who was running the program during my time there. It was all about seeing that day in and day out and what it takes to reach those levels.

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Chase Brooks; all photos courtesy of Niagara University.

Going to Dayton, a school that had never been to the tournament, my third year there we qualified out of our conference. What I wanted to bring to Niagara was that understanding of how to take a team that’s not used to doing things like that and get them to that level. That challenge is something I’m really excited about and I can’t wait for the day we make the tournament, sooner rather than later, I hope.

The roster is slanted younger this season with only eight upperclassmen on the team—any concerns about leadership? Any players in particular you expect to excel this year? You always wonder about the leadership from season to season but we’re very fortunate in that we have a junior I expect to step up to the occasion in Nick Garcia. I’m very happy with him—he’s a Rochester kid and one of the hardest working individuals you’ll find with the right type of mentality that I look for in a player. We also have a first-year graduate student coming

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back by the name of Ben Thorne who has a similar mentality to Nick: hardworking, does things the right way, excels in the classroom and leads by example. I’m very fortunate to have them back. As far as other players I expect to step up? I think our back line and goalkeeper situation was extremely strong last year so I’m excited to have a core defensive group returning while only having to replace one departing defender from last season. One of the biggest areas of opportunity I’m seeing right now is for someone to step up in the attack. Any time you lose a guy like Carl Haworth to the professional levels (U90: Haworth is currently with Montreal Impact reserves in MLS & played for Canada’s olympic qualifying team that defeated the United States in Nashville this past March) who had 12 goals and 8 assists for us last year you’re forced to find somebody to step in. We have a couple players with the ability to do that but it’s up to them to figure it out and put that ability into action.

4-2-3 was good enough for a 4th place finish last season in the MAAC. With your eye clearly on the national finals, how far away do you think Niagara is from contending for that top spot and first ever conference title? We’re not that far away at all. I felt last year we had the chance to win that top spot but last season was also about teaching that group how to win. They weren’t used to winning, they weren’t used to seeing success and I think it bit us a little in the MAAC tournament. We pounded Marist for 90 plus minutes including extra time in that opening round game in Orlando and ended up losing the penalty lottery unfortunately. We get through that game and I think we would’ve had a favorable

matchup against (eventual champion) Fairfield and would’ve stood a good chance of making it to the finals. We were the only team that put a blemish on Fairfield’s regular season record last year and that was without Haworth playing so it would’ve been nice to see that game happen in Florida. I really don’t think we’re that far away—again, if we have one or two guys who can come on to the scene and put the ball in the net consistently, we’ll be right there in contention again.

The global nature of soccer gives your program unique challenges and advantages than say, what the baseball team faces. This season you have representation from Canada, England, Sweden & Guam on the roster. Can you briefly take us through what your recruiting process looks like given the variables of international players, etc..? Recruiting is not an exact science, that’s for sure. With the internationals we try to do our research and I’ve been very fortunate in that the previous schools I’ve worked at I was able to develop a network across the globe which has been very beneficial for me. For instance, I have a very good contact in Sweden I go through who I trust. I’ve been to Sweden and I’ve seen how he runs things and I trust his judgement when it comes to finding talent so I’ll call on him often to help me scout for potential recruits. Also, there are a ton of services around the US and the globe that work to help place student athletes so we’ll use those organizations as well. I haven’t been able to go abroad as much as I would like to scout personally, but we’re definitely working to making that happen more. We try to be as thorough as we possibly can by making calls and looking at the history of


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the foreign players: where they come from, the leagues they play in and then we compare them to kids who have come over from those leagues in the past. International recruitment can be a risk at times but the potential reward can be very worthwhile. They bring in a different culture and ways of looking at the game and it adds to what we’re trying to do.

You’ve had a diverse relationship with the game—player, referee, assistant coach, head coach—in a diverse collection of locales. How does the soccer culture of Buffalo compare to that of Tampa, Illinois & Dayton? It’s pretty similar to be honest and I think there’s even more room for growth here. Tampa is a little bit more

established in the game with strong development teams like the Clearwater Chargers and organizations like that (U90: US Soccer’s national youth training academy is based out of the Tampa suburb of Bradenton). Illinois and the Chicagoland area are impressive with what they have with the Chicago Fire and prominent youth sides like the Chicago Magic and Chicago Sockers. In my opinion I think the culture here in Buffalo is just a little bit better than what we had in Dayton so I’m excited about that. Again, I think there’s a good deal of potential and lots of room for growth with the quality leadership involved at the youth level here and I think things are moving in the right direction as things stand.

Shifting gears a little bit here—the college game used to have a mo-

nopoly on the development of US players for professional leagues and, eventually, the national team. The 1990 World Cup team was famously comprised entirely of NCAA players. NCAA alum still make big impacts on the global stage (ex: Clint Dempsey) but with MLS academies and the desire from high profile US Soccer officials like Jurgen Klinsmann to move American development away from colleges and towards professional development academies attached to MLS clubs, where do you see the college game fitting in? I think it still fits in in a very similar situation. I see the academies as providing a new outlet but I don’t think you’re going to see the college game’s role change all that much. Sure, you’ll

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have a few players jumping from high school straight into the professional level but I think the overall talent pool has gotten so much deeper that the collegiate game is still going to be there because you’re always going to have late bloomers. You’re going to have guys that, on the national level, need those extra years to develop and aren’t ready for that professional environment from an earlier age. I’m confident you’re going to see the NCAA continue to produce pros and guys who can create an impact.

of actually playing soccer and building that attacking style? Absolutely right. In this country I think we have the athletes who can do it. Now it’s about getting them the technical training at the young levels and hopefully keeping those superior athletes in the game.

You’re President of US Soccer for one day and can permanently alter one thing about American Soccer. What do you do? Wow, that’s a great question. To be completely honest, I’m not sure if I’d alter anything right now. I think things are moving in the right direction. Granted, I would’ve said “hire Jurgen Klinsmann” a couple years ago but that happened, which I’m thrilled about. Like Reyna, he’s another guy who has a proven track record of performing at the highest levels of the game. Again, I’m pleased with what’s happening with the national youth soccer leadership, the academy system is taking off with hopefully more MLS teams building their respective programs but I’m pleased with what I’m seeing. I mean, maybe we can go back in time and convince LeBron or Mario Williams to switch over to Soccer but I think we’re going to be OK.

So it’s not a zero sum game? No, I don’t think so.

On that note, much has been made about style and national identity. Claudio Reyna has taken on the herculean task of trying to change the way a nation of 300 million teaches and learns how to play the game with the new US Soccer youth curriculum (4-3-3 Barca style short passing game). Is he on the right track or is trying to dictate style a fool’s errand? If you look across the world, that’s how almost every other culture does it in terms of top down direction. The problem with the United States is that it’s so big and each region has its own style to a degree. I think in theory it’s a great idea and I genuinely hope we can pull it off. I just don’t think it’s something that’s going to happen in the next year or 5 years or even 10 years. This is going to take some time because, again, we’re such a huge country. But I’m excited to see it start- you have a guy like Claudio Reyna who has reached the highest levels of the game leading our youth efforts and it’s the right first step and hopefully everyone’s beginning to buy in. What he’s trying to do with the philosophy

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You’re a Florida guy—how’d you cope with your first Buffalo winter? You know, it was a really mild winter—not too bad at all so I think I got let off the hook. Living at NIU in DeKalb, Illinois close to Chicago acclimated me to the strong winds and blowing snow. I absolutely love the Buffalo/Niagara area—it’s definitely become home and I feel very fortunate to be here.

From Monsignor Martin, With Love... Catipovic key to NU’s predictable resurgence Mount St. Mary’s Academy in Kenmore has produced a heck of a lot of Division I talent over its time as a local girls soccer power, but perhaps no other alumnus will match the impact Breanna Catipovic is making as prolific goal scorer for Peter Veltri’s NU women. Catipovic found a groove in her sophomore season as a Purple Eagle with eight goals to pace her teammates. NU will build off a 2011 season that saw them finish a strong 5-3-2 after a tough start to the season. Since his fourth year on the job in 2002, Veltri has finished below .500 just once (last year). It wouldn’t be a surprise to him lead the charge back to double-digit wins, something Niagara achieved each season from 2005-2010.


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THE MAVERICKS

PLAYER 4 MEN

8/31 - 3:00 PM - Alfred University 9/1 - 1/3:00 PM - Oswego State/SUNY Old Westbury 9/4 - 6:00 PM - SUNY Cortland 9/7 - 1:00 PM - Skidmore College 9/8 - 4:00 PM - Oneonta State 9/12 - 6:00 PM - Brockport State 9/15 - 2:00 PM - Birmingham Southern College 9/16 - 2:00 PM - Thiel College 9/22 - 6:00 PM - Penn State-Altoona 9/25 - 4:00 PM - @Hilbert College 9/27 - 6:30 PM - Houghton College 9/29 - 3:00 PM - @Franciscan University 10/3 - 8:00 PM - @Penn State-Behrend 10/6 - 6:30 PM - Mount Aloysius College 10/9 - 6:30 PM - D’Youville College 10/13 - 3:00 PM - @La Roche College 10/17 - 4:00 PM - @Penn State-Beaver 10/20 - 3:00 PM - @Pitt-Greensburg 10/23 - TBA - Pitt-Bradford

WOMEN

9/1 - 4:00 PM - Hiram College 9/2 - 2:00 PM - Keuka College 9/5 - 5:00 PM - Nazareth College 9/8 - 3:30 PM - Bard College 9/9 - 1:00 PM - St. Lawrence University 9/12 - 4:00 PM - @Brockport 9/16 - 4:00 PM - @Thiel College 9/18 - 7:00 PM - @Houghton College 9/22 - 5:00 PM - Penn State-Altoona 9/25 - 2:00 PM - @Hilbert College 9/29 - 1:00 PM - @Franciscan University 10/3 - 5:30 PM - @Penn State-Behrend 10/6 - 5:00 PM - Mount Aloysius College 10/10 - 6:30 PM - D’Youville College 10/13 - 1:00 PM - @La Roche College 10/17 - 2:00 PM - @Penn State-Beaver 10/20 - 1:00 PM - @Pitt-Greensburg 10/23 - TBA - Pitt-Bradford BOLD: Home Game

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Medaille Soccer regroups, refocuses, roars by Benjamin Tsujimoto

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In light of the program’s recent excellence, the 2011 season did not go according to plan for Medaille College men’s soccer.

On the heels of six straight Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference regular season championships and five Division III NCAA Tournament appearances, the Mavericks were stunned by Penn State Behrend in the AMCC Championship, then ousted in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Final by Swarthmore College. These postseason slip-ups, however, should not mar a program that has lost just two regular season conference games since 2005, produced four professional players and once earned a top 10 ranking in the country. The AMCC has predicted that Medaille will win the conference in its preseason poll, so revenge against Penn State Behrend and a return to the NCAA Tournament could be in the cards for head coach Dan Krzyzanowicz’s team.

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The Dynasty To achieve sustained success, Medaille not only has a pipeline of superior players, but also attracts athletes who excel within the framework of a team. “The biggest thing is recruiting the right people,” explained Krzyzanowicz, who’s guided the Mavericks since 2002. “I think we’ve done a great job of recruiting great character guys -- not only great soccer players, but great people.” Medaille has developed a quartet of professionals in midfielder Gary Boughton, who played for USL side FC New York in 2011 and MISL’s Rochester Lancers in 2012; defender/ forward Kendell McFayden, who suited up for the Austin Aztex, Kitsap Pumas and now the Rochester Rhinos; defender/midfielder Andrew Larracuente, who was drafted by the

MISL’s Milwaukee Wave in 2005; and defender Adrian Butters, who’s played professionally in Singapore and Australia. Four pros in seven years from a Division III college is a rare achievement, but one that’s received rather little fanfare in Western New York. The program as a whole, considering its success, has flown quietly under the radar, receiving little coverage from local press outlets and drawing home crowds under 100. Krzyzanowicz, however, doesn’t feel his program is unappreciated. “[The lack of exposure] is a little bit of a Division III thing,” he said. “If we were having this success at a Division I level, then we’d be drawing larger crowds and probably getting more press coverage.” While the head coach’s recruiting networks span much of the country, he hasn’t had to look far to attract talent. Both Boughton and Larracuente played high school ball at Lancaster, McFayden was a Williamsville North Spartan and all-time leading scorer Ryan Mangano plied his trade at Silver Creek. The fact that bigger local colleges may overlook Western New York’s high school and club soccer scenes has been a boon for Medaille.

The Past The 2012 iteration of the Medaille Mavericks will be the program’s youngest since 2004, as nine seniors have graduated, including three First Team All-AMCC selections. All-American Alexander Rouse, who set the program’s record for most career goals with 81, played this summer with local NPSL squad FC Buffalo after concluding his Maverick career. The tenacity and finishing ability of the two-time AMCC Co-Player of the Year will be missed. Defender Josh Hall, another AMCC First Team selection, followed Rouse to FC Buffalo to continue play-


Building a winner Medaille Women It would be foolish to doubt the pedigree of the Mavs coaches, even with departed goalkeepers coach Craig Yanni. The Mavs are coached by AllAmerican alumnus Andrew Larracuente and head coach Matt Stedman, who has played professionally overseas and Stateside in addition to scoring tons of goals at Niagara. Stedman relentlessly recruited his own backyard and now faces the task of bringing his fiery competitive nature to the bench. He’ll rely on team captain and Penfield native Katie Botsford to calm the young squad.

Austin Tom; photography courtesy of Medaille College Athletics Department.

ing under Krzyzanowicz. David Pihlbad, the successor to Boughton in the distributing midfield role, moves on as well after compiling 22 goals and 35 assists in his career. “It’s difficult at this level to lose the amount of seniors we have the last two years,” Krzyzanowicz admitted. “The sign of a quality program is that you’re always training someone to step in and fill those roles, just the way that Alex [Rouse] did for Mangano before him and like Josh Hall did for Larracuente, Jeremy Watson, Jake Reisdorf and Kendell McFayden before him.”

The Future Despite having to replace so much production, Medaille’s cupboard of talent isn’t bare. Nigerian-born striker George Tor, a First-Team All-AMCC choice last year, returns to buoy the offense after notching 18 goals and 14 assists (50 points) in 2011. “I expect a lot of him,” Krzyzanowicz said of Tor. “He’s the conference’s Preseason [Offensive] Player of the Year, an outstanding player.” Blessed with tremendous speed with the ball at his feet and a healthy dose of creativity, Tor will be eyed

warily by AMCC defenders throughout the 2012 campaign. In sweeping the preseason league honors, goalie Nick Kurtz, a team captain who could earn his third year as Krzyzanowicz’s starter, took Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors and will no longer have to fend off graduate Jimmy Frascati, a penaltykick-stopping specialist. “We’re hoping for big things from Kevin Dhillon, another senior and multi-year starter. [Defender] Justin Ives started last year, and John Taggart, when he’s been healthy, has been a regular in the lineup for the past two seasons,” the Mavs’ head coach added. Still, given the team’s collective inexperience, Krzyzanowicz plans to adjust the playing style accordingly. “Players with a lot of experience afford you luxuries that, with a younger team, you can’t take as many risks,” he said. While he chose not to highlight any incoming freshmen who could see immediate playing time, Krzyzanowicz isn’t averse to handing time to youngsters. Austin Tom (Third Team AllAMCC), Jaime Salcedo and Joe Cillis all saw valuable minutes as freshmen in 2011, while former Lewiston-Porter

HS star Frankie Valente is chomping at the bit for time up front.

What’s next?

With the aim of returning to the NCAA Tournament, Medaille College has scheduled formidable non-conference foes in Brockport (September 12) and Houghton College (September 27). A visit to Penn State Behrend on October 3 will mark the rematch of last year’s conference final, an opportunity for Krzyzanowicz’s team to make a regular season statement. The team plays its home games at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium, a turf field behind Bennett High School (2885 Main St., Buffalo). Can the Mavericks exorcise their recent postseason demons with its youngest squad in years?

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MEN Keuka Lakefront Classic 8/31 - 4:00 PM - Wells 9/1 - 5:00 PM - Keuka

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D’Youville Spartans

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ead coach Matt McCormick is excited to welcome Hungarian forward Mate Tarr to the fold, who will play alongside three co-captains who all play midfield or forward. McCormick’s crew missed the playoffs on a tiebreaker in 2011. “My hope is to send the senior class out as one of the best men’s soccer teams in D’Youville history and make our first AMCC playoff berth.”

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oach Lew Potter has the Spartans in position to make a run at the Allegheny Mountain Conference title behind preseason Player of the Year, junior Danielle Gehen of West Seneca. Potter’s style is described by one of his former youth players, Courtney Mann (now at UB) as, “He’s aggressive, is all about winning and he gave me a certain mindset that I’ve stuck with.”

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9/5 - 7:00 PM - Westminster (PA) 9/8 - 7:00 PM - Widener 9/9 - 12:00 PM - Thiel 9/12 - 7:00 PM - Buffalo State 9/15 - 7:00 PM - Penn St.-Beaver 9/19 - 7:00 PM - @St. John Fisher 9/22 - 7:00 PM - Pitt.-Greensburg 9/26 - 7:00 PM - Penn St.-Behrend 9/29 - 7:00 PM - Penn St.-Altoona 10/3 - 4:00 PM - @Pitt.-Bradford 10/6 - 3:00 PM - @La Roche 10/9 - 6:30 PM - @Medaille 10/13 - 3:00 PM - @Franciscan 10/17 - 7:00 PM - Hilbert 10/20 - TBA - Mt. Aloysius 10/24 - 7:00 PM - @Alfred

WOMEN SUNY Canton Tournament 9/1 - 4:00 PM - Bay Path 9/2 - TBA - TBD 9/9 - 10:00 AM - Thiel 9/13 - 7:00 PM - Oswego St. 9/15 - 5:00 PM - Penn St.-Beaver 9/19 - 7:00 PM - @Utica 9/22 - 5:00 PM - Pitt.-Greensburg 9/25 - 7:00 PM - Penn St.-Behrend 9/29 - 5:00 PM - Penn St.-Altoona 10/3 - 2:00 PM - @Pitt.-Bradford 10/6 - 1:00 PM - @La Roche 10/10 - 6:30 PM - @Medaille 10/13 - 1:00 PM - @Franciscan 10/16 - 7:00 PM - Hilbert 10/20 - TBA - Mt. Aloysius 10/24 - 5:00 PM - @Alfred BOLD: Home Game


MEN 8/25 - 7:00 PM - @Bowling Green 8/28 - 7:00 PM - @Buffalo

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St. Bonaventure Bonnies

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ormer Bowling Green head man Mel Mahler hasn’t had to endure too many seasons in Olean like the one he faced in 2011, where his young squad managed four wins. Beginning with a trip to his former MAC stomping grounds on Aug. 25, Mahler’s Bonnies will endure a non-conference slate set to harden their game for the vicious A-10 competion. St. Bonaventure will face Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Buffalo, Canisius and Niagara (with only the latter two occurring in the Southern Tier home ground). Diminutive midfielder Robert D’Cruz is back, matched only in dangerous nature on the squad by midfielders James Reed and Emmett O’Connor. Mahler’s Canadian and WNY-heavy roster is one to watch in 2012, especially with the strong performance provided to FC Buffalo by midfielder/defender Steven Carcaterro.

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ead coach Manoj Khettry wins everywhere he goes, but 2011 marked one of the first times in his career he faced reconstructing a roster after having

James Madison Invitational Tournament 8/31 - 7:00 PM - James Madison 9/2 - 12:00 PM - Virginia Tech Mayor’s Cup Invitational 9/7 - 7:00 PM - Hartwick 9/9 - 1:00 PM - Syracuse 9/16 - 1:00 PM - St. Francis 9/21 - 7:00 PM - @Canisius 9/23 - 1:00 PM - Niagara 9/30 - 1:00 PM - Siena 10/5 - 2:30 PM - @Temple 10/7 - 1:00 PM @Saint Joseph’s 10/14 - 1:00 PM - Duquesne 10/19 - 3:00 PM - Dayton 9/21 - 1:00 PM - Xavier 9/26 - 2:30 PM - @UMass 9/28 - 1:00 PM - @Rhode Island 11/2 - 3:00 PM - La Salle 11/4 - 1:00 PM - Fordham

WOMEN 8/17 - @Marquette 8/19 - @Wis.-Milwaukee 8/24 - 5:00 PM - Pittsburgh 8/26 - 1:00 PM - Buffalo 8/31 - 5:00 PM - Syracuse 9/2 - 3:00 PM - Bucknell 9/7 - 7:00 PM - @Hofstra 9/14 - 7:00 PM - @Binghamton 9/21 - 5:00 PM - Niagara 9/23 - 1:00 PM - @Canisius 9/28 - 7:00 PM - @La Salle 9/30 - 1:00 PM - @Fordham 10/5 - 3:00 PM - Temple 10/7 - 1:00 PM - Saint Joseph’s 10/12 - 7:00 PM - @Duquesne 10/19 - 7:30 PM - @Dayton 10/21 - 1:00 PM - @Xavier 10/26 - 3:00 PM - UMass 10/28 - 1:00 PM - Rhode Island BOLD: Home Game

success there. While the 9-7-4 mark isn’t anything to shake a stick at, it will be interesting to follow whether Khettry’s return to double digit wins occurs this year or next. The Calcutta native has turned Olean into a destination for women’s soccer players, but more success could one day bring

the Bonnies recognition on the level of his former employers: Cal, Missouri and Dayton.

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ive seniors are gone from Mark Spacone’s first Daemen team, who went 4-12. Looking to step into the fray are three incoming freshmen: Caleb Holmes (Cuba, NY), Robert Ralyea (Lockport) and Kenneth May (Clarence).

ourth-year coach Dan Dolan is coming off a conference championship and 15 wins. He’ll have to maintain that success despite losing five seniors that helped him topple D-III stalwarts Roberts Wesleyan and Houghton

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MEN 8/31 - 1:00 PM - @University of Maine/Fort Kent 9/1 - 1:00 PM - @University of Maine-Machias 9/8 - 7:00 PM - @Rio Grande University 9/12 - 7:00 PM - @Roberts Wesleyan College 9/15 - 1:00 PM - @Buffalo State College 9/22 - 1:00 PM - SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry 9/23 - 1:00 PM - @Point Park University 9/26 - 3:00 PM - @New York Institute of Technology 10/2 - 7:00 PM - The College at Brockport 10/6 - 1:00 PM - @Ohio Mid-Western College 10/10 - 4:00 PM - @Elmira College 10/13 - 4:00 PM - University of Maine-Fort Kent 10/21 - 11:00 AM - SUNY Canton 10/28 - 1:00 PM - @SUNY Canton

WOMEN 8/31 - 5:30 PM - Sheridan College 9/1 - 1:00 PM - Sheridan College 9/2 - 11:00 AM - University of Maine-Fort Kent Roberts Wesleyan Classic 9/7 - 5:00 PM - Spring Arbor University 9/8 - 5:00 PM - Rio Grande University 9/22 - 11:00 AM - SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry 9/23 - 12:00 PM - @Wilkes University 9/29 - 1:00 PM - @University of Maine-Fort Kent 9/30 - 11:00 AM - @University of Maine-Fort Kent 10/6 - 3:30 PM - @Elmira College 10/10 - 3:00 PM - @Davis & Elkins College 10/11 - 11:00 AM - @Ohio Mid-Western College 10/13 - 12:00 PM - @Alderson-Broaddus College 10/14 - 12:00 PM - @New York Institute of Technology 10/21 - 1:00 PM - St. Thomas Aquinas College 10/27 - 7:00 PM - @Roberts Wesleyan College 10/28 - 2:00 PM - @Fisher College BOLD: Home Game

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Buffalo State Bengals

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Frostburg Tournament 8/31 - 7:30 PM - Frostburg 9/1 - 1/3:30 PM - Consolation/Championship Fredonia Classic 9/7 - 3:00 PM - Houghton 9/8 - 3:00 PM - Penn State-Behrend 9/12 - 7:00 PM - @D’Youville 9/15 - 1:00 PM - Daemen 9/21 - 4:00 PM - Brockport 9/22 - 4:00 PM - Geneseo 9/26 - 7:00 PM - @Roberts Wesleyan 9/29 - 1:00 PM - @Fredonia 10/5 - 4:00 PM - @Cortland 10/6 - 1:00 PM - @Oswego 10/12 - 1:00 PM - Potsdam 10/13 - 1:00 PM - Plattsburgh 10/16 - 6:00 PM - @Alfred University 10/19 - 3:00 PM - @New Paltz 10/20 - 1:00 PM - @Oneonta 10/23 - 4:00 PM - @Nazareth

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What are your expectations for the 2012 season?

Farmingdale Tournament 8/31 - 12:00 PM - Farmingdale State 9/1 - 1:15 PM - Salisbury

Buffalo State coach Rudy Pompert: “It is my expectation that we will be better than last year. My players have one more year of experience, grown physically, mentally and a lot of them have to show it now. But it’s very hard to have expectations in a conference (SUNYAC) that is so competitive. In our conference number 10 can beat number 1. You have to be sharp in every game.”

UC Santa Cruz Tournament 9/7 - 12:00 PM PST - UC Santa Cruz 9/8 - 9:00 AM PST - Chapman 9/12 - 4:30 PM - @William Smith 9/15 - 1:00 PM - @Pitt-Bradford 9/21 - 4:00 PM - @Brockport 9/22 - 1:00 PM - @Geneseo 9/25 - 4:00 PM - Allegheny 9/28 - 4:00 PM - Fredonia 10/2 - 4:00 PM - Houghton 10/5 - 4:00 PM - Cortland 10/6 - 4:00 PM - Oswego 10/12 - 4:00 PM - @Potsdam 10/13 - 1:00 PM - @Plattsburgh 10/19 - 3:00 PM - New Paltz 10/20 - 1:00 PM - Oneonta 10/23 - 3:00 PM - St. John Fisher

Q: Who are some players to keep an eye on and why are they special? “We have a bunch of good players who know that they have to be a tight unit, and work hard for each other on the field in order to be successful. The collective will to win has to bring us success. Maybe in CJ Scirto, a D1 transfer and FC Buffalo player, we might have someone who can make a difference and win a game for us. He has fantastic technical skills, can beat a player, score himself or set up a team mate. And our goalkeeping situation has improved with the arrival of Ian Huntoon, a transfer from Methodist.”

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double-digit games every year. Forward Melissa Mahoney (Poughkeepsie) takes a lot of shots because she gets a lot of shots and will look to dent the Bengals all-time Top Ten for her coach, who is entering his second decade on the job.

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ick DeMarsh’s .484 win percentage doesn’t seem to be in high-five country without the knowledge that it’s the second-highest in program history. DeMarsh has built a consistent battler that’s entirely capable of winning

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Hilbert College Hawks

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eff Panik’s second year in charge will need more O. Panik’s charges netted just 10 goals in 2011, conceding 51. Look for hard-nosed Scott Cvetkoski to be the spiritual leader while goalkeeper Kamil Cislak will need to be fantastic to get the bus moving in an upward direction.

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hhen a program loses their Nos. 4 & 7 all-time leading scorers, as coach Kelly Starchok has with the departing Alyssa Hulbert and Kayla Norman, there are challenges ahead. The Empire United coach has the aptitude to overcome those hurdles.

MEN Potsdam Cup 9/1 - 4:00 PM - Castleton College 9/2 - 1:30 PM - Consolation/Championship 9/5 - 5:00 PM - @Wells College 9/8 - 3:00 PM - @Grove City College 9/11 - 4:00 PM - Alfred University 9/16 - 2:00 PM - Penn State-Beaver 9/19 - 5:00 PM - Thiel College 9/22 - 3:00 PM - @Mount Aloysius College 9/25 - 4:00 PM - Medaille College 9/29 - 3:00 PM - @Pitt-Greensburg 10/6 - 3:00 PM - Franciscan University 10/9 - 4:00 PM - @Pitt-Bradford 10/13 - 3:00 PM - @ Penn State-Altoona 10/17 - 7:00 PM - @D’Youville College 10/20 - 3:00 PM - La Roche College 10/23 - 3:00 PM - Penn State-Behrend

WOMEN Potsdam Cup 9/1 - 11:00 AM - Potsdam 9/2 - 11:00 AM - Consolation/Championship 9/5 - 3:00 PM - @Wells College 9/8 - 7:00 PM - @Alfred University 9/15 - 1:00 PM - Hiram College 9/16 - 12:00 PM - Penn State-Beaver 9/19 - 3:00 PM - Thiel College 9/22 - 1:00 PM - @Mount Aloysius College 9/25 - 2:00 PM - Medaille College 9/29 - 1:00 PM - @Pitt-Greensburg 10/6 - 1:00 PM - Franciscan University 10/9 - 2:00 PM - @Pitt-Bradford 10/13 - 1:00 PM - @ Penn State-Altoona 10/17 - 7:00 PM - @D’Youville College 10/20 - 1:00 PM - La Roche College 10/23 - 1:00 PM - Penn State-Behrend BOLD: Home Game

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oach Bernie Feldmann and assistant Gary Boughton put together a strong run in 2011 and Feldmann has establishing himself as a good soccer mind. He’ll need it this season with only three returning starters. Feldmann hopes to see at least two strikers rise out of a group of five forwards: Matt Jones (Eden), Waheb Noman (Lackawanna), Mark Tellgren (Springville), Yony Guardado (Clarence) and Otuken Gildo (East).

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llyson Wrazen (East Aurora) and Chelsea Olson (West Seneca East) combined for 18 goals in 2011 and both are back. Immaculata GK Madison Kiernan returns between the pipes.

MEN 9/1 - 2:00 PM - @Corning 9/6 - 5:00 PM - Genesee CC 9/8 - 1:00 PM - Fulton Montgomery CC 9/10 - 5:00 PM - @Mercyhurst NE 9/13 - 3:00 PM - Bryant & Stratton 9/15 - 1:00 PM - Medaille (JV) 9/17 - 5:00 PM - @Finger Lakes CC 9/20 - 5:00 PM - Niagara County CC 9/22 - 3:00 PM - @Jefferson CC 9/27 - 5:00 PM - Alfred State 10/2 - 5:00 PM - Cayuga CC 10/6 - 1:00 PM - @Broome CC 10/11 - 4:00 PM - @Niagara County CC 10/13 - 3:00 PM - Jamestown CC 10/17 - 4:00 PM - @Medaille (JV)

WOMEN 8/29 - 3:00 PM - JCC-Olean 9/1 - 12:00 PM - @Corning CC 9/4 - 4:00 PM - @Mohawk Valley CC 9/6 - 3:00 PM - Genesee CC 9/10 - 3:00 PM - @Mercyhurst NE 9/14 - 3:00 PM - @Bryant & Stratton 9/17 - 3:00 PM - @Finger Lakes CC 9/20 - 3:00 PM Niagara County CC 9/22 - 12:00 PM - @Jefferson CC 9/27 - 3:00 PM - Alfred State 9/29 - 1:00 PM - Broome CC 10/2 - 3:00 PM - Cayuga CC 10/8 - 2:00 PM - @Hudson Valley CC 10/11 - 4:00 PM - @Niagara County CC 10/13 - 12:00 PM - Jamestown CC BOLD: Home Game

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NCCC Thunder Wolves

9/1 - 2:00 PM - Tompkins-Cortland CC 9/6 - 4:00 PM - Jamestown CC 9/9 - 12:00 PM - Fulton-Montgomery CC 9/12 - 4:00 PM - @Monroe CC 9/13 - 5:00 PM - @Genesee CC 9/15 - 3:00 PM - @Onondaga CC 9/20 - 5:00 PM - @Erie CC 9/22 - 1:00 PM - Alfred State 9/23 - 3:00 PM - @Jefferson CC 9/27 - 4:00 PM - @Finger Lakes CC 10/4 - 4:00 PM - Broome CC 10/6 - 2:00 PM - @Corning CC 10/9 - 4:00 PM - Bryant & Stratton 10/11 - 4:00 PM - Erie CC 10/13 - 3:00 PM - @Mercyhurst CC 10/16 - 4:00 PM - Cayuga CC

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ead coach Carl Clark is very excited for this season’s team and points out a few players who may turn the tide to true success. “Jose Cabrera got a late start last season and didn’t start to get his wheels till mid season but was in the Top 20 in the nation in scoring in 2011′s regular season,” Clark said. ”John Andalora is a 6’2 beast who plays a center mid who’s vocal and great on the ball. Jeff Calkins was the Niagara Gazette “Athlete of the Year” his senior year in high school and Shane Horne… lots of potential with this lad- He is a machine that never stops, could light it up as the attacking center mid and is equally deadly at winning balls and distributing to target players.”

9/1 - 1:00 PM - @Tompkins-Cortland CC 9/2 - 12:00 PM - @Mohawk Valley CC 9/6 - 4:00 PM - Jamestown CC 9/12 - 6:00 PM - @Monroe CC 9/13 - 3:00 PM - @Genesee CC 9/15 - 1:00 PM - @Onodaga CC 9/20 - 3:00 PM - @Erie CC 9/22 - 1:00 PM - Alfred State 9/23 - 1:00 PM - @Jefferson CC 9/27 - 4:00 PM - @Finger Lakes CC 9/29 - 1:00 PM - Herkimer CC 10/2 - 4:00 PM - Jamestown-Olean 10/6 - 12:00 PM - @Corning CC 10/11 - 4:00 PM - Erie CC 10/13 - 1:00 PM - @Mercyhurst NE 10/16 - 4:00 PM - Cayuga CC 10/18 - 4:00 PM - Bryant & Stratton BOLD: Home Game

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ead coach Anthony Massop has had success at many levels, including across county at Buffalo State, and is hoping to have a major breakthrough in 2012.

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Kendell Mc F

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Fayden,

nal Soccer Player by Nick Mendola ;

photos by Christian Ramirez

“There were times when I thought about giving it up, maybe to try and find a new passion, but the love of the game always brings me back. I could never give it up, always knowing that if I could get a chance, I could make the most of it,” - Kendell McFayden

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That chance came in the third minute of a United Soccer League match at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester between the home Rhinos and Antigua Barracuda FC. A 31-yearold Scottish player with hundreds of professional appearances under his belt sent a through ball onto the path of a 23-year-old American in his first start, which the forward cooly slotted home to put the Rhinos up, 1-0.

The date is July 4, 2012 and it is McFayden’s Independence Day.

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he Williamsville native scored again 15 minutes later in a performance that would earn him Player of the Week honors in the USL. Taking into account his young age and the relative ease with which the lad buried his first professional brace, it’s understandable to assume the success was simply the latest easy step on McFayden’s rise to professional soccer. It’s understandable and it’s wrong. McFayden was born September 16, 1988 to Keith and Emma McFayden

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in Buffalo, N.Y. His father was a twosport stand-out who set numerous track records -- some still standing -- at SUNY Fredonia before regularly burying balls into soccer goals as a member of men’s league power Germania in Western New York. So while it’s not a huge surprise that Kendell McFayden has inherited his father’s athletic prowess, the young man makes it clear that his success is not only due to Dad’s genes. After all, his mom sent him his “good looks.” There’s a lot of joking and smiling with Kendell McFayden these days.

He’s established himself as an important cog in the Rhinos playoff run and is firmly entrenched as a professional soccer player. But it was barely more than three months ago that he was driving back to his home in Buffalo with dashed hopes. We’re getting ahead of ourselves. Parenting is an imperfect art, but Keith McFayden claims he knew exactly what he was doing when he set the line-up for his son’s team back in the U-8 days with Amherst United. “I wanted to give him a foundation,” Keith McFayden said. “He al-


ways wanted to play forward, but I made him play in the back so he could see the whole field. After a while, I realized the kid was actually pretty good. He was (ahead of ) the rest of the kids.” Much to the consternation of his offspring, Coach Keith kept plugging his high-leaping, swift-running son into the heart of the defense. After some time, it became clear to Keith that Kendell needed coaching a little more, well, removed from the fatherson dynamic. “I might’ve pushed a little too hard as a father coaching the team,” said

Keith, who searched for other coaches for his kid during Kendell’s teen years. “I put him with Bobby DiNunzio and then Hector Ramirez in Black Rock. He started traveling with those guys and going different places. I always felt he had the talent. The question was work rate.” Kendell McFayden starred at Williamsville North High School but didn’t find Division I

Keith McFayden; photo cou

rtesy of SUNY Fredonia.

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schools knocking down his door. Fortunately for him, Krzyzanowicz was looking to build a D-III power at Medaille. “I saw that Kendell had outstanding speed, great vertical and was a very good athlete,” Krzyzanowicz said. “I knew as he matured he would have outstanding potential.” Kendell scored 40 times in 82 appearances for the Mavericks and was named an NSCAA All-American before closing out his collegiate career in 2009. “The most important thing for us is you can go on that Medaille College web site and he has a four-year college degree,” said Keith McFayden. “For African Americans in this country, you’ve gotta get your degree.” After impressing with the amateur side for the Austin Aztex, Kendell

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McFayden was invited to play professionally for the Texas club in 2010. The dream was coming true and Kendell didn’t wake up before scoring in his first professional game on July 31, 2010, a 3-1 win over Miami FC. Just three more appearances followed for the Aztex. He stayed pro in 2011, but only made six appearances for the Kitsap Pumas. The PDL club in Washington State saw just one goal for Kendell, who returned home determined to give his career a solid run in 2012. After attending a try-out camp and impressing Rochester Rhinos head coach Jesse Myers, Kendell spent his Spring just 60 miles from his hometown. He played extremely well, no one denies that, but the glut of forwards in Rochester left Kendell in the proverbial cold.

Myers wanted McFayden to go somewhere he could play rather than sitting on the bench in Rochester. McFayden signed on to play for Krzyzanowicz and National Premier Soccer League side FC Buffalo, training with them in between commutes to Rochester to train with the Rhinos. “They wanted me to play some games with FC Buffalo just to get some experience,” said Kendell, who scored three times in eight Buffalo appearances split between center back and forward. “The game play helped a lot and when they went through a stretch where they weren’t getting that much offensive production, they called. I felt when I came in I gave the team a breath of fresh air.” Throughout the roller coaster ride, Keith McFayden says he never once thought to advise his son that a career


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change might be in order. Keith, who helps oversee the 130 TOPS Markets locations in New York State and has won a Black Achievers in Industry Award, knew his son had plenty of time to find other professional success. His soccer time is now. “We are just extremely proud,” Keith said of his wife and his feelings toward his son. “The pleasure, the pride, the joy and enthusiasm we felt to see him out there, let alone score two goals, was incredible. “He’s working his tail off. Thank God we can support his dreams and watch him chase them.” Kendell says he is finally adapting to soccer being his only job and credits his veteran teammates, specifically Ghanian sparkplug Isaac Kissi. “(Kissi has been) a bit of a backbone,” Kendell said. “He’s an older

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player so I pick his brain. I try to sidle up to the older players on the team and get advice.” Kissi’s the latest in the line of soccer stars to help Kendell as he aims even higher; The kid wearing No. 22 in Rochester hopes to lead the Rhinos to a championship in the future and find his way to Major League Soccer.

Why not? He’s been helped by a college star father, then a Buffalo indoor legend, then a former MLS draft pick. Who knows what pro star could help ‘Kendell McFayden’ become the next household name in American soccer?

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From Genesee County to Top Five In the Country Interview by Nick Mendola

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ason Gaylord is a Kendall, N.Y., product now starting for a Top Five ranked team in the nation, Old Dominion University. The Monarchs have started the year unblemished, including a win on the road at No. 2 in the country Creighton.We recently caught up with him to talk about fighting through injuries, choosing a school and realistic aiming for a national championship.

U90: Can you in a round-about way trace your journey from high school to junior year at Old Dominion? Jason Gaylord: My journey from high school to my junior year here at Old Dominion has been full of hard work. Coming from a small town (Kendall, N.Y.) I had to find a way to get noticed. Through the great youth program in upstate NY, I started my development with Rochester Futbol Club and ODP and later played in the first couple years of Empire United in the Academy.

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Empire United got me noticed and brought me to ODU. I suffered a bad ankle injury in my first year of playing just three games into my freshman season. The trainers told me I was going to be out for four weeks, which for college soccer is a lot of the season. Even worse my injured occurred a week before we hosted No. 2 in the nation North Carolina. I lived in the training room for the next week with the hope of getting healthy. Game day came around and my coach Alan Dawson pulled me aside and knowing it was one of the biggest games of the season asked if I could play? My decision was easy and 90 minutes later we went onto upset No. 2 in the nation, 2-1. Although I will never forget that game for the rest of my life it turned out to ruin the rest of my season. My ankle was completely destroyed and for the rest of the season my availability was game-to-game until we got a rest before NCAAs. Mentally this was a very tough year for me. My sophomore season was really my year to prove to myself and my coaches that ODU was the choice for me. We had another solid year losing in the Colonial Atheltic Association final and second round of the NCAAs to Indiana. I played a couple different

roles from left back to center back to defensive center mid and was named to the CAA All-Tournament Team. This year has been really exciting so far starting off 4-0 and are headed to Nebraska to play Creighton this weekend, who are coming off a Final Four finish last year. We also have a game on Fox Soccer Channel on Friday September 28 vs. rival George Mason.

For our younger players, what’s the best advice in trying to pick a school? How hard was it for you? My advice for young players on making a college choice is simple, Pick a school were you can see yourself happy on-and-off the field. Find a campus where you would be happy if soccer wasn’t your main reason for living there. Then soccer is just a added bonus. Also, try to really get to know the coaching staff and team members because those are the people you will be with everyday for the next four years. For me, ODU was a easy choice. I am a very competitive person so I wanted to find a school where winning was in its pedigree. Also I wanted a soccer program that was going to challenge me everyday and develop me into the best player possible. The only setback for me is living so far away from home. ODU is located in Nor-


folk, Virg. — an 11 hour drive from Upstate NY.

Every team starts the year thinking they can be national champions, but No. 5 in the Nation means ODU is in a legitimate spot. What do you need to do to achieve your goals? Honestly this year is the year for us. I have never been apart of a more talented team. Along with talent we have very strong team chemistry. We are experienced after only losing one starter from last season and have the qualities of a championship team. However, there are little things we need to do along the way to help us achieve our goal. Winning on the road has always been a enormous problem for us and that needs to change for us to take that next step. Every team needs a little bit of luck and if a few bounces going our way can be the difference between us winning and national championship or not making it at all. A huge part of our team is holding each other accountable for doing your individual job on the field. When we step on the field its all business and we are working for each other every day. We also have learned to never over look a opponent and focus on one game at a time because college soccer is a crazy game and anyone can beat anyone.

Was there a feeling that this year’s squad could be this good? We have very high expectations this season. We are returning 10 starters and a lot of us decided to stay here together and train all summer. Our coaches have held us to a high standard since we were freshman, which we are now carrying over to our newcomers. The big difference

this year is we are a lot deeper than we have ever been. Every practice people are competing for starting spots and playing time.

cused and working hard every practice because there is always someone behind you trying to take your spot.

If there was one coach or teammate who helped you the most along the way, who was it?

What areas of your game are your biggest strength? What have you had to work the hardest at? My biggest strength that my coaches always tell me is I am a gamer. I am very competitive and hate losing so when the game is on the line I take upon my self to step up. Another strength of mine is I am composed on the ball and like to “play” which for a lot of center backs isn’t always the case. I like the ball on ground being knocked around. My biggest struggle as a player is staying mentally-prepared and focused in practice. I have never been a good practice player and coming into college game I had to really focus on staying fo-

Paul Valenti: current coach of Empire United Soccer Academy. I started playing with Valenti at age 12 for Rochester Futbol Club and then we both moved over to Empire United when the Academy started up in 2008. Even though I hate to admit it to him, Valenti has made me into the soccer player I am today. I can honestly say that without his guidance for six years I would have never made it ODU or college soccer. I couldn’t have asked for a better guy to look up to when I was growing up.

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Zak Boggs; photography courtesy Empire United Soccer Academy.

Five years ago, traditional Upstate New York powers combined forces in a union that has paid massive dividends faster than nearly anyone could imagine.

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iven all the fracturing, toothpulling and general competition involved in youth soccer, it’s rather ironic so many clubs across the world choose “United” as an integral part of their moniker. Yet one of the biggest clubs in the nation hails from our region and has quite emphatically stamped themselves as a unifying force for soccer in New York State, so-much-so that a Major League Soccer squad from outside the state’s borders has connected with Empire United. It began in 2007 when regional

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powerhouses Buffalo United, Syracuse FC and the Rochester Junior Rhinos took mutual respect and turned it into a working partnership. Two years later, the Empire United Soccer Academy as it was then known added Crown City FC near the Cortland/Homer area of New York State. Combining resources, EUSA was one of the first clubs recognized as a US Soccer Development Academy by the nation’s governing body. So the club grows. It competes. Many wonder goals are scored, strong bonds are formed and reputable

coaches are hired. Then one winter morning, the phone rings at the home of Empire executive director Jim Mort. “I’m sitting in my kitchen in February and I get a phone call from Bryan Scales and the New England Revolution,” Mort said. “I was floored.” Scales is the director of youth development for the Revolution, who are the 2000s equivalent of the Buffalo Bills of the 1990s. New England has been to four MLS Cups, dressed the likes of Clint Dempsey, Shalrie Joseph, Taylor Twellman and Steve Ralston.


Since 2009, the Revolution have had a Tonawanda boy in their ranks; Former Nichols Academy and Buffalo Bulls goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth has made 15 appearances in MLS, backing up Revs captain Matt Reis. “Empire’s emphasis on development over winning mirrors our academy philosophy,” Scales said. “Once we looked at their entire operation, we saw that it was a natural fit.” The linking-up with the Revs -which will provide resources unavailable to so many youth clubs -- is just the latest revelatory sign that the Empire plan is working. “When I knew we’d kinda arrived was at the (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) convention in St. Louis,” Mort said. “I was at this seminar in a conference room with 250-300 people and a guy was doing a Powerpoint presentation on soccer past, present and future. “When he got into the part about what needs to happen into the future, this guy from South Carolina -- in St. Louis -- had a picture of our logo and started talking about what this group in Western New York was doing and pointed out that if groups don’t do more of this, they won’t be as successful as we are going to be.” Which philosophically, Mort knows, will put a bullseye on the back of their club for anyone who rivals them. “I truly believe that everybody across the country is watching us. These things are always tried and it’s hard. Like a good marriage, you’ve gotta keep working at it.” Some in the area will question what having a massive state-wide club will mean for the traditional power clubs of individual towns. Will this superclub benefit high school teams, college teams, beyond? Empire’s director of coaching is Tom Garigen. The former Division

I player is relentless in his pursuit of Empire’s goals in a manner he sees as beneficial for every player in New York, whether they play for his club or not. “I want a program that raises the level of the game in the area,” he said. “I want a program that provides help to all soccer clubs, players, and parents. I want a program that is a model to emulate across the country. I want to unify all community resources to work together for the common good of the game. “It’s a little corny, but true nonetheless.” Mort says his coaching director has it right, adding that the caliber of coaches being added by Empire across the state is top flight. “We’re trying to run with the big dogs and we have some obstacles, but I think we’ve got a pretty good group,” Mort said. As the coaching improves, so will the players. As Buffalo’s top talent reaches America’s top leagues, it serves as a spotlight for the area. For example, Scales sees something in Shuttleworth that can open the eyes of professional scouts to the players of Western New York. “He’s a talented kid who is constantly working hard at getting better,” Scales said. “He’s dedicated to his craft.” The Buffalo player’s work rate is indicative of what

Empire will need to do to continue its growth, Mort said, especially within a Western New York community filled with teams trying to develop their own premier programs and others that have existed for some time. “In any youth sport if anybody doesn’t like what the guy next door is doing they’ll go off and start their own club,” Mort said. “We all kinda knew we were fair competitors. We realized in Western New York, we’re kinda seen as the Klondike. So unless we’re doing something special, unless we’re combining resources for the kids, we’ll never be on anybody’s radar screen and no one’s going to take notice of us.” Ah, the underdog mentality of Upstate New York. It remains present in the cream as it rises to the top.

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Joshua Faga is a Rochester, N.Y. native who is the captain and a redshirt-senior at Marist University, where he’s been named to the Metro Atlantic All-Academic Team as well as the All-Conference Second Team. He played high school ball at McQuaid-Jesuit before spending two years at St. John’s. He was the 2011 MVP of FC Buffalo in the National Premier Soccer League.

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Steven Gerrard, Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry. What do these three football superstars have in common besides incredible skill sets, championship trophies, and jaw dropping highlight videos on YouTube?

“The captain’s armband.”

The most illustrious piece of equipment any footballer can put as part of his team’s uniform. Yeah, cleats are nice, especially the flashy pink ones (uh hum, Cristiano Ronaldo), but boots don’t define a player. In fact, I’ve seen a lot of players step on the field looking the part. Socks over the knees, green and white Mercurial Vapor V’s, $150 dollar Adidas Dri-Fit and the Cristiano “fauxhawk” or the Neymar “whatever the heck that is” haircut as the icing on the poser-cake. However, when push comes to shove (or rather, pass comes to shoot), these players fail to compare to the genuine hair-gelled article. It’s easy to buy the gear, it’s harder to hone the skills and it’s exceptionally hard to earn the armband. There are close to 30 players on a given soccer roster, all complete with nice cleats, cool uniforms and a variety of haircuts, but only one player is given the ‘C’. The captain isn’t just a great player or great person. The captain is both and beyond. To be named captain of any team means that every single one of your teammates and coaches look to you. You settle the nerves. You prepare minds for hostile atmospheres.

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You can’t flinch. You can’t blink. You certainly can’t shrink. No matter how big the moment, or harrowing the situation, the captain stands strong. He or she looks the situation dead on and says, “bring it on.” Even if the captain has butterflies floating around in their stomach too, they never let their teammates know it. I believe the captain leads in two very different but equally important ways.

The captain must lead by example. This means that they are first to every fitness test, the hardest working player at every practice, the last one to yell at his teammates for making a mistake and the first one to move on from their own. The captain is also a leader by example off the field. He’s not seen out on the town partying or getting into trouble with the police (They will leave that stuff for the Balotelli’s of the world).


Josh Faga; photography courtesy of Marist Athletics.

The captain is also a vocal leader. He must command his team with a firm, but reassuring voice. In the pre-game huddle, when nerves are at their greatest, the team looks to the captain for that reassuring voice and demeanor which bleeds confidence. Without a strong and focused captain any team, no matter how talented or well-coached, is doomed to fail. I will never forget my very first college game. I was playing for St. John’s University and we were playing against Indiana University, the seven-time National Champions, in their sold-out standing room only home opener. Oh and by the way, I was starting. Needless to say, I was nervous. I walked through the massive entrance at Armstrong Stadium only to be welcomed by a perfectly-lit plane of bright green Bermuda grass. As I walked the field during pre-game, the electronic banners surrounding the sidelines stopped me dead in my tracks. Seven-time National Champions. Fifteen-time Big Ten Champions. Seventy-six All-Americans. This was a powerhouse, but so were we. Why was I second guessing myself? I was more than good enough and worked my tail

off to be in the Starting XI that day. Just when it seemed like I had defeated myself mentally before the whistle even sounded, my senior captain Ben Clack came up to me and cracked a joke. Clack: “You ready, big boy?” (I was the youngest on the team, hence the clever nickname) Me: “I think so, little nervous.” Clack: “Nervous? Why? You beat out the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year for a starting spot in this game and now you’re doubting yourself? You’re the best midfielder out here tonight and you’re a freshman. Let everyone in this stadium know who you are… who we are.” Funny, but that’s all it took to cage the butterflies. I went on to play some of the best soccer of my career and helped us earn a 0-0 draw against the No. 3 team in the nation. We ended the season as BIG EAST Champions and I played the entire match in the Final. However, if it wasn’t for my captain Ben Clack supporting me, reassuring me and trusting me every step of the way, I never would have been a vital piece to the championship puzzle. That’s what a captain does. The best thing about that moment is that I still remember it, nearly four years later. I still remember every word of what Clacky said to

me. How it made me feel… how it made me play. How it made me lead. I was able to learn how to be a leader myself. Now today at Marist, I sit here as a two-year Division I captain. Maybe if Clack never took me aside that day, I would have let my nerves get the best of me and maybe I wouldn’t be where I am today. So my advice to any present and future captains is to learn to be a follower before you are a leader. I learned everything I know about being a captain from my captain at St. John’s: Discipline, fitness, motivation, integrity, work ethic, passion, support, reassurance, development, encouragement, sturdiness. These are the words that I live by as a captain. These are the words that every captain must understand, possess, and know how to use in order to help lead a successful team. Never take being a captain for granted, it is the most important duty of any soccer player. The influence the captain has on his teammates is unprecedented. So, lead wisely, speak firmly, and lead confidently.

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2012 MEN’S SCHEDULE August 24

Buffalo 1, @Canisius 1 (2 OT) Niagara 1, @Pitt 1

August 25

@Bowling Green 3, St. Bonaventure 0

August 26

Niagara 4, @Duquesne 2 Canisius 0, @Robert Morris 0 (2 OT)

August 28

@Buffalo 2, St. Bonaventure 1

August 31

@Maine-Fort Kent 1, Daemen 0 (2 OT) Medaille 2, Alfred 0 Wells 3, D’Youville 2 (2 OT) (at Keuka) @St. John Fisher 2, Fredonia 0 Canisius 4, Eastern Illinois 3 (at Milwaukee) Binghamton 2, @Buffalo 0 Niagara 2, @Syracuse 1 @James Madison 6, St. Bonaventure 1 Frostburg 3, Buffalo State 0

September 1

St. Vincent 3, Buffalo State 2 (OT) Medaille 2, Oswego 0 @Erie CC 4, Corning 0 Tompkins-Cortland 5, @Niagara County Community College 1 Castleton 2, Hilbert 0 (at Potsdam) Keuka 4, D’Youville

September 2

@Virginia Tech 4, St. Bonaventure 0 @Niagara 3, Wisconsin-Green Bay 1 Canisius 2, IUPUI 1 (at Milwaukee) @Rochester 6, Fredonia 0 Morrisville 2, Hilbert 1 (in Potsdam) Siena 1, @Buffalo 0

September 4

@Medaille 3, Cortland 0 Geneva 1, @Fredonia 0

September 5

@Wells 1, Hilbert 0 Westminster 2, @D’Youville 0

September 6

@Niagara County Community College 3, Jamestown CC 1 Genesee CC 3, @Erie CC 0 @Canisius 1, Western Michigan 0

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September 7

Medaille 4, Oneonta 3 (at Oneonta) New Hampshire 0, Niagara 0 (2 OT) (in Burlington, VT) Houghton 4, @Buffalo State 0 (in Fredonia) @Hartwick 5, St. Bonaventure 1 Penn St.-Behrend 2, @Fredonia 1 Detroit 2, @Buffalo 1

September 8

Fulton Montgomery CC 2, @Erie CC 1 @Grove City 6, Hilbert 2 Penn St.-Behrend 1, Buffalo State 0 (in Fredonia) Medaille at Skidmore, rained out Houghton 1, @Fredonia 0 Widener 6, @D’Youville 1 @Rio Grande 6, Daemen 0

September 9

Syracuse 5, St. Bonaventure 0 (at Hartwick) @Niagara County Community College 3, Fulton-Montgomery CC 2 @Canisius 4, Detroit 2 Thiel 2, @D’Youville 0 Niagara 0, @Vermont 0 (2 OT) @Cornell 4, Buffalo 0

September 10

Erie CC 2, @Mercyhurst NE 0

September 11

@Hilbert 1, Alfred 0 @Nazareth 3, Fredonia 1

September 12

@Monroe CC 8, Niagara County Community College 1 @Medaille 1, Brockport State 0 Buffalo State 5, @D’Youville 1 @Roberts Wesleyan 1, Daemen 0

September 13

Bryant & Stratton 7, @Erie CC 0 @Genesee CC 5, Niagara County Community College 0

September 14

@Colorado College 4, Fredonia 0 @NJIT 3, Buffalo 2 (OT) Niagara 3, @Wright State 0 @Canisius 4, Cal State Fullerton 2 (in Las Vegas)

September 15

Daemen 2, @Buffalo State 1 @Erie CC 3, Medaille JV 2 (OT) Fredonia 2, Otterbein 0 (in Colorado) Birmingham Southern 2, Medaille 1 (2 OT) @Onondaga CC 3, Niagara County Community College 2 (OT) @D’Youville 4, Penn State-Beaver 2

September 16

@St. Bonaventure 1, St. Francis 0 (OT) @Stony Brook 4, Buffalo 0 @Hilbert 8, Penn St.-Beaver 0 Medaille 9, Thiel 0 UNLV 5, Canisius 1 (in Las Vegas)

September 17

@Finger Lakes CC 3, Erie CC 2

September 19

Thiel 1, @Hilbert 1 (2 OT) @St. John Fisher 5, D’Youville 1

September 20

Niagara County Community College at Erie CC, 5p

September 21

Brockport at Buffalo State, 4p Geneseo at Fredonia, 4p St. Bonaventure at Canisius, 7p St. Francis at Niagara, 7p Albany at Buffalo, 7p

September 22

SUNY Environmental Sciences & Forestry at Daemen, 1p Brockport at Fredonia, 1p Alfred State at Niagara County Community College, 1p Hilbert at Mount Aloysius, 3p Jefferson CC at Erie CC, 3p Geneseo at Buffalo State, 4p Penn State-Altoona at Medaille, 6p Pitt-Greensburg at D’Youville, 7p

September 23

Niagara at St. Bonaventure, 1p Daemen at Point Park, 1p St. Francis at Canisius, 2:30p Niagara County Community College at Jefferson CC, 3p Robert Morris at Buffalo, 3p

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September 25

Medaille at Hilbert, 4p Fredonia at Westminster, 7p

September 26

Daemen at NYIT, 3p Buffalo State at Roberts Wesleyan, 7p Penn St-Behrend at D’Youville, 7p

September 27

Niagara County Community College at Finger Lakes CC, 4p Alfred State at Erie CC, 5p Houghton at Medaille, 6:30p

September 28 September 29

Buffalo State at Fredonia, 1p Medaille at Franciscan, 3p Hilbert at Pitt-Greensburg, 3p Penn St-Altoona at D’Youville, 7p Buffalo at Akron, 7:30p

September 30

Siena at St. Bonaventure, 1p

October 1 October 2

Cayuga CC at Erie CC, 5p Brockport at Daemen, 7p

October 3

D’Youville at Pitt-Bradford, 4p

Loyola (MD) at Canisius, 1p Rider at Niagara, 1p

October 8 October 9

Hilbert at Pitt-Bradford, 4p Bryant-Stratton at Niagara County Community College, 4p D’Youville at Medaille, 6:30p

October 10

Daemen at Elmira, 4p

October 11

Erie CC at Niagara County Community College, 4p

October 12

Plattsburgh at Fredonia, 4p Potsdam at Buffalo State, 4p

October 13

Plattsburgh at Buffalo State, 1p Potsdam at Fredonia, 4p Medaille at La Roche, 3p D’Youville at Franciscan, 3p Jamestown CC at Erie CC, 3p Niagara County Community College at Mercyhurst CC, 3p Hilbert ar Penn St.-Altoona, 3p Maine-Fort Kent at Daemen, 4p Buffalo at Bowling Green, 7p Niagara at Canisius, 7p

October 14

Duquesne at St. Bonaventure, 1p

October 4

Broome CC at Niagara County Community College, 4p

October 5

St. Bonaventure at Temple, 2:30p Buffalo State at Cortland, 4p Fredonia at Oswego, 4p Rider at Canisius, 7p Loyola (MD) at NIagara, 7p

October 6

Daemen at Ohio Mid-Western, 1p Fredonia at Cortland, 1p Buffalo State at Oswego, 1p Erie CC at Broome CC, 1p Niagara County Community College at Corning CC, 2p D’Youville at La Roche, 3p Franciscan at Hilbert, 3p Mount Aloysius at Medaille, 6:30p Buffalo at West Virginia, 7p

October 7

St. Bonaventure at Saint Joseph’s, 1p

October 15 October 16

Cayuga CC at Niagara County Community College, 4p Buffalo State at Alfred, 6p

October 17

Medaille at Penn St-Beaver, 4p Erie CC at Medaille JV, 4p Hilbert at D’Youville, 7p

October 18 October 19

Florida Atlantic at Buffalo, 2p Niagara at Siena, 3p Fredonia at Oneonta, 3p Buffalo State at New Paltz, 3p Dayton at St. Bonaventure, 3p Canisius at Marist, 7p

Fredonia at New Paltz, 1p La Roche at Hilbert, 3p Medaille at Pitt-Greensburg, 3p Mt. Aloysius v. D’Youville, TBA

October 21

Canton at Daemen, 11a Xavier at St. Bonaventure, 1p Canisius at Siena, 1p Niagara at Marist, 1p

October 22 October 23

Penn St.-Behrend at Hilbert, 3p Buffalo State at Nazareth, 4p Hobart at Fredonia, 7p Pitt-Bradford at Medaille, TBA

October 24

D’Youville at Alfred, 7p

October 25 October 26

St. Bonaventure at UMass, 2:30p Western Michigan at Buffalo, 7p Iona at Canisius, 7p Fairfield at Niagara, 7p

October 27 October 28

Daemen at Canton, 1p St. Bonaventure at Rhode Island, 1p Fairfield at Canisius, 1p Iona at Niagara, 1p

October 29 October 30

Buffalo at Hartwick, 7p

October 31 November 1 November 2

Canisius at Saint Peter’s, 2p La Salle at St. Bonaventure, 3p Northern Illinois at Buffalo, 7p Niagara at Manhattan, 7p

November 3 November 4

Canisius at Manhattan, 11a Niagara at Saint Peter’s, 1p Fordham at St. Bonaventure, 1p

October 20

Buffalo State at Oneonta, 1p

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2012 WOMEN’S SCHEDULE August 17

Colgate 2, @Buffalo 1 Northern Kentucky 3, @Canisius 0 @Marquette 4, St. Bonaventure 0

August 19

@Wisconsin-Milwaukee 4, St. Bonaventure 0

August 20

@Detroit 4, Canisius 0

August 21

Binghamton 1, @Niagara 0

August 23

@Buffalo 2, Canisius 0

August 24

Pittsburgh 2, @St. Bonaventure 1

August 26

Buffalo 1, @St. Bonaventure 1 (2 OT)

August 28

@Youngstown State 1, Buffalo 0

August 29

@Erie CC 4, JCC-Olean 1

August 31

Farmingdale State 3, Buffalo State 1 @Youngstown State 4, Canisius 0 Fredonia 1, Roanoke 0 Syracuse 2, @St. Bonaventure 0 @Daemen 2, Sheridan College 1 (Park School) @Duquesne 2, Niagara 1 @Bucknell 1, Buffalo

September 1

Salisbury 1, Buffalo State 0 D’Youville 7, Bay Path 0 (at SUNY Canton) @Potsdam 4, Hilbert 0 Hiram 1, @Medaille 0 Erie CC 3, @Corning CC 1 Tompkins-Cortland CC 1, NCCC 0 @Daemen 1, Sheridan College 0 Fredonia vs. Lynchburg (in Salem, Va.) – lightning

September 2

Maine-Fort Kent 2, Daemen 1 (OT) Hilbert 3, Green Mountain 0 (at Potsdam) D’Youville 3, SUNY Canton 2 Medaille 6, Keuka 2

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Bucknell 3, @St. Bonaventure 0 @Canisius 3, Cleveland State 0 Niagara 1, @Buffalo 0 @Mohawk Valley 10, NCCC 0

September 4

@Mohawk Valley 4, Erie CC 1 Fredonia 1, @Westminster 0

September 5

@Wells 2, Hilbert 0 Nazareth 5, @Medaille 1

September 6

Jamestown CC 5, @Niagara County CC 1 @Erie CC 2, Genesee CC 0

September 7

@UC Santa Cruz 3, Buffalo State 1 Fredonia 2, @Rochester 1 (2 OT) Spring Arbor 6, Daemen 1 (at Roberts Wesleyan) @Ohio 1, Niagara 0 @Hofstra 2, St. Bonaventure 0 @Albany 4, Canisius 3

September 8

Bard 4, Medaille 0 (at Cortland) Rio Grande 2, Daemen 0 (at Roberts Wesleyan) Allegheny 3, @Fredonia 0 @Alfred 2, Hilbert

September 9

Chapman 1, Buffalo State 0 (at Santa Cruz) @Akron 1, Canisius 0 @D’Youville 3, Thiel 1 St. Lawrence 4, Medaille 0 Niagara 2, @Youngstown State 1 (OT)

September 10

@Mercyhurst CC 2, Erie CC 0

September 12

@Brockport State 4, Medaille 0 @William Smith 3, Buffalo State 2 @Monroe CC 10, Niagara County CC 0

September 13

@Genesee CC 3, Niagara County CC 2 Oswego State 4, @D’Youville 1

September 14

@Bryant & Stratton 7, Erie CC 3 Buffalo 1, Robert Morris 0 (at Niagara) @Niagara 2, St. Francis 0 St. Bonaventure 1, @Binghamton 0 Canisius 2, @Duquesne 0

September 15

@Onodaga CC 5, Niagara County CC 0 Buffalo State 2, @Pitt-Bradford 0 Fredonia 1, @William Smith 0 @D’Youville 18, Penn State-Beaver 0 Hiram 3, @Hilbert 0

September 16

St. Francis 2, Buffalo 1 (at Niagara) @Hilbert 11, Penn State-Beaver 0 @Niagara 2, Robert Morris 0 Medaille 2, Thiel 1 (OT)

September 17

@Finger Lakes CC 7, Erie CC 1

September 18

@Fredonia 5, St. John Fisher 1 @Houghton 4, Medaille 0

September 19

Thiel 2, @Hilbert 1 @Utica 1, D’Youville 0

September 20

Niagara County CC at Erie CC, 3p

September 21

Niagara at St. Bonaventure, 1p Buffalo at Ball State, 4p Fredonia at Geneseo, 4p Buffalo State at Brockport, 4p Canisius at Bucknell, 7p

September 22

SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry at Daemen, 11a Erie CC at Jefferson CC, Noon Alfred State at Niagara County CC, 1p Fredonia at Brockport, 1p Buffalo State at Geneseo, 1p Hilbert at Mount Aloysius, 1p Penn State-Altoona at Medaille, 5p Pitt-Greensburg at D’Youville, 5p

September 23

Daemen at Wilkes, Noon St. Bonaventure at Canisius, Noon


Buffalo at Miami (OH), 1p Niagara at Cornell, 1p Niagara County CC at Jefferson CC, 1p

September 24 September 25

Medaille at Hilbert, 2p Allegheny at Buffalo State, 4p Penn State-Behrend at D’Youville, 7p

September 26 September 27

Niagara County CC at Corning CC, Noon Cortland at Fredonia, 1p D’Youville at La Roche, 1p Franciscan at Hilbert, 1p Daemen at Elmira, 330p Oswego at Buffalo State, 4p Mount Aloysius at Medaille, 5p

October 7

Alfred State at Erie CC, 3p Niagara County CC at Finger Lakes CC, 4p

September 28

Fredonia at Buffalo State, 4p Siena at Niagara, 7p St. Bonaventure at La Salle, 7p Marist at Canisius, 7p Buffalo at Toledo, 7p

September 29

Broome CC at Erie CC, 1p Hilbert at Pitt-Greensburg, 1p Herkimer CC at Niagara County CC, 1p Daemen at Maine-Fort-Kent, 1p Medaille at Franciscan, 1p Penn State-Altoona at D’Youville, 5p

September 30

Siena at Canisius, 1p Daemen at Maine-Fort Kent, 1p St. Bonaventure at Fordham, 1p Marist at Niagara, 1p Northern Illinois at Buffalo, 7p

October 1 October 2

Cayuga CC at Erie CC, 3p Fredonia at Elmira, 4p Houghton at Buffalo State, 4p Jamestown-Olean at Niagara County CC, 4p

October 3

D’Youville at Pitt-Bradford, 2p Medaille at Penn State-Behrend, 530p

October 4 October 5

October 6

Canisius at Iona, 3p Temple at St. Bonaventure, 3p Buffalo at Kent State, 4p Cortland at Buffalo State, 4p Oswego at Fredonia, 4p Niagara at Fairfield, 7p

Canisius at Fairfield, 1p Buffalo at Ohio, 1p Saint Joseph’s at St. Bonaventure, 1p Niagara at Iona, 1p

October 8

Erie CC at Hudson Valley CC, 2p

October 9

Hilbert at Pitt-Bradford, 2p

October 10

Daemen at Davis & Elkins, 3p D’Youville at Medaille, 630p

October 11

Daemen at Ohio Mid-Western, 11a Erie CC at Niagara County CC, 4p

October 12

Fredonia at Plattsburgh, 4p Buffalo State at Potsdam, 4p St. Bonaventure at Duquesne, 7p Saint Peter’s at Canisius, 7p Buffalo at Bowling Green, 7p Manhattan at Niagara, 7p

October 13

Daemen at Alderson-Broaddus, Noon Jamestown CC at Erie CC, Noon Buffalo State at Plattsburgh, 1p Niagara County CC at Mercyhurst NE, 1p Hilbert at Penn State-Altoona, 1p Fredonia at Potsdam, 1p Medaille at La Roche, 1p D’Youville at Franciscan, 1p

October 14

Daemen at NYIT, Noon Manhattan at Canisius, 1p Buffalo at Central Michigan, 1p Saint Peter’s at Niagara, 1p

October 17

Medaille at Penn State-Beaver, 2p

October 18

Bryant & Stratton at Niagara County CC, 4p

October 19

Oneonta at Fredonia, 3p New Paltz at Buffalo State, 3p Eastern Michigan at Buffalo, 7p Canisius at Rider, 7p Niagara at Loyola (MD), 7p St. Bonaventure at Dayton, 730p

October 20

La Roche at Hilbert, 1p Oneonta at Buffalo State, 1p New Paltz at Fredonia, 1p Medaille at Pitt-Greensburg, 1p Mt. Aloysius v. D’Youville, TBA

October 21

Western Michigan at Buffalo, Noon St. Thomas Aquinas at Daemen, 1p Canisius at Loyola (MD), 1p St. Bonaventure at Xavier, 1p Niagara at Rider, 1p

October 22 October 23

Penn State-Behrend at Hilbert, 1p St. John Fisher at Buffalo State, 3p RIT at Fredonia, 5p Pitt-Bradford at Medaille, TBA

October 24

D’Youville at Alfred, 5p

October 25

Akron at Buffalo, 3p

October 26 October 27

UMass at St. Bonaventure, 3p Canisius at Niagara, 7p Daemen at Roberts Wesleyan, 7p

October 28

Rhode Island at St. Bonaventure, 1p Daemen at Fisher, 2p

October 15 October 16

Hilbert at D’Youville, 7p Cayuga CC at Niagara County CC, 4p

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FC Buffalo searches for new head coach Staff reports

N

ow entering their fourth year as a National Premier Soccer League club, FC Buffalo is looking for another head coach to push them into the playoffs for the first time. The club regularly averages 300-plus fans per home game and boasted 3,700 attendees to a televised game against England’s Bedlington Terriers in a battle for the Lord Bedlington Cup, named lightheartedly after mutual sponsor Bob Rich, Jr. FC Buffalo has done everything but win in its first three years. They’ve had a player, Krystian Witkowski, drafted by the Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer. Two

other players, Daniel Stevens and Kendell McFayden, have gone onto star for professional clubs (Stevens with PS Kemi Kings in Finland and McFayden with the United Soccer League’s Rochester Rhinos). When contacted about the position, FC Buffalo issued this statement. “Our season tickets holders, sponsors, players and ardent supporters deserve to back a winner and there has not been a single year that our team was short on talent. We’re looking for a passionate boss who is willing to work to bring championships to Western New York with pride, heart and skill and are willing to speak with anyone who wants to develop players into a team and win the right way.” Most of FC Buffalo’s players are collegiate stars who maintain their

amateur eligibility during the summer, while some are graduates or former professionals who want to play at a very high level in their hometown. Some big soccer names are involved in the NPSL. Fox Soccer’s Warren Barton and Eric Wynalda own the San Diego Flash, while numerous future MLS professionals have played in the league. The Blitzers first head coach was former Canisius College boss Jim Hesch and the team won six of twelve games in 2009, but player commitment was an issue as FC Buffalo was unable to field a roster of more than a few substitutes for some crucial road games. Hesch’s commitment to his other coaching obligations kept the relationship from moving forward and Buffalo’s brass turned to legendary Medaille coach Daniel Krzyzanowicz. The team had promise after “Coach K’s” first year in charge but dropped off significantly in Year Two of the regime, winning just a single game as the team sunk to last place in the Great Lakes Conference with the fifth-worst percentage available points won of 48 NPSL teams.

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Fall 2012 • Upper90 magazine


a new england revolution soccer club

www.empireunitedsa.org • 114 New York State West Championships • 5 US Club Soccer National Championships • 6 USYSA National Championships • 1 Nike Cup National Championship • 4 USYSA Region I Championships • 10 USYSA Region I Finalists • 1 USYSA National Youth Female Coach of the Year • 3 NSCAA National Youth Male Coaches of the Year • 9 NYSWYSA Youth Coaches of the Year


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