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Dragon Tales Official Newsletter of Oneonta State Athletics Volume 2, No. 1

Fall, 2000

Women’s Soccer Makes “Sweet 16” Men’s Soccer Reaches Double Digits in Wins Women’s Tennis Sets Single Season Wins Mark Women’s Soccer Reaches 20-win Plateau How do you follow the greatest season in women’s soccer history? By turning in the greatest season in women’s soccer history. The 2000 women’s soccer team completed a 20-2 season to eclipse their best season ever in 1999 when they were 18-3-2. Along the way they dominated many teams, went undefeated for a second straight year in the SUNYAC while capturing their second consecutive conference crown and earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Div. III Tournament again. They earned a bye into the Regional semifinals, advanced to the “sweet 16” before losing 2-1 in the second overtime to William Smith. The Red Dragons opened the season by winning the first official women’s Mayor’s Cup Tournament. They defeated Delaware Valley 6-0 in the opener and then used three unanswered goals in the second half to defeat Clark University of Massachusetts 3-1. Juniors Stephanie Poppiti (Seaford, N.Y.) and Liz Grosser (Levittown, N.Y.) were selected as the Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Players respectively in the tournament. The second weekend of the season saw the Red Dragons participate in the Heron Cup hosted by William Smith. The Red Dragons earned a weekend split with a loss to the hosts and a 1-0 win over New York University. Senior Liz McGrail (Stamford, N.Y.), and juniors Amy DuCharme (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) and Megan McCoy (Bethpage, N.Y.) were all selected to the All-Tournament Team. Oneonta would not lose another game the rest of the way as they set a school record for consecutive wins. Included in their 18 straight were some dominating, one sided games and 14 shutouts. During this streak, McGrail became the school’s all time leading scorer for men’s and women’s soccer as she eclipsed Keith Tozer’s career mark of 117 (continued, page 2, column 1)

Men’s Soccer Puts Together Another Winning Season

Women’s Tennis Team Records RecordBreaking Season

It had been nearly a decade when the The women’s tennis team and men’s soccer team had a winning season in second-year head coach Ed O’Malley 1999, but it had been even longer since they finished the 2000 season with twelve dual put together two in a row. The 2000 Red Dragmatch wins; enough to set a new single ons finished 11-6-1 for their second straight, season Oneonta win record. The Red double-digit, winning season since 1987 and Dragons finished a very respectable second 1988. Ironically, these were the last two seaat the SUNYAC Conference Championships, sons that Hall of Fame coach Garth Stam was three places higher than their 1999 finish. patrolling the sidelines. The second doubles team of freshman duo This season also marked a new beSarah Fiekert (N. Syracuse, NY) and Trudy ginning for Oneonta as a member of a brand Hudson (Amsterdam, NY) brought home the new Div. I men’s soccer conference affiliation SUNYAC Championship at second doubles. as the Atlantic Soccer Conference played it’s The Oneonta State team was very first season. The conference is comprised of former Independent schools that were looking young this year, with three freshmen playing for an avenue of competition and a way to get for the Red Dragons. Junior Captain Beth to the NCAA Tournament. The ASC memMuller (Fredonia, N.Y.) was a proven leader bers besides Oneonta are currently for the squad this year, recording fifteen Binghamton, Albany, Stony Brook, Hartwick, wins at her third singles position, as well as Florida International, Philadelphia University, recording fifteen wins at first doubles with Adelphi and Howard. In the first year the Red partner senior Rachel Martin (Pound Ridge, Dragons finished with a winning record at 5-3 N.Y.). The third doubles team of sophomore with wins over Stony Brook, Albany, Howard, Becky Lane (Binghamton, N.Y.) and Binghamton and Philadelphia while suffering freshman Sarah Strauss (Plainview, N.Y.) defeats to Florida International, Hartwick and recorded sixteen wins during the year, Adelphi. The 2000 season began on the road with a thrilling 1-0 overtime win over (continued, page 2, column 3) Lafayette. Freshman James Crofts (Godstone, England) scored his first collegiate goal off a corner to lift the Red DragIn this issue... ons to victory. Three days later Oneonta played their home opener --Women’s Soccer, Men’s Soccer and Women’s Tennis Recaps continued, pg. 2 versus Marist and battled to their sec--New Faces, pg. 3 ond straight 1-0 win. Sophomore --Pavlacka Competes in Sydney, pg. 3 Ryan Rummery (Biggin Hill, En--Volleyball, Field Hockey and Cross Country Recaps, pg. gland) netted the game-winner at the 4+5 73-minute mark. The quick start got --Fall Athletes of the Week, pg. 5 some recognition as the Red Dragons --Fall Honor Roll, pg. 6 --SUNYAC Coaches of the Year, pg. 6 were ranked 25th nationally which --Fall Scoreboard, pg. 7 made it the first time in nearly 20 (continued, page 2, column 2)

--Winter Schedules, pg. 8 --Waters Receives Academic Award, pg. 8


points set in 1979. She finished her career with 137 points on 59 goals and 19 assists and an amazing 24 game-winning goals. The 2000 SUNYAC Tournament was held at the National Soccer Hall of Fame and included a banquet for Liz McGrail the final four teams. The Red Dragons were the top seed after going 100 in the regular season and were matched with fourth seeded Cortland in the opening game. Oneonta, playing the final 60 minutes of the game down a player, won 2-1 in the second overtime when freshman Cristina Gaspar (New Rochelle, N.Y.) blasted a shot that squeezed through the hands of the Cortland keeper. In the final, Poppiti scored the game-winner in the 81st minute when she beat the Geneseo keeper to a loose ball to score the game’s only goal in a 1-0 victory. In the NCAA Tournament, the Red Dragons were matched against Western Connecticut State University in the Northeast Regional semifinals. The Colonials were scrappy and strong defensively and played Oneonta into the second overtime before McGrail put a ball over the head of the keeper that deflected off the cross bar and into the goal for the 1-0 win. In the final, Oneonta was looking to avenge their only defeat of the season to William Smith and were leading 1-0 with 26 minutes remaining. The Herons would tie the game in the 85th minute before winning the game in the 114th minute to end the Red Dragons’ run. Statistic Leaders: Scoring: Liz McGrail .......................... (19g/7a/45 pts) Stephanie Poppiti .................... (7g/7a/21 pts) Sonada Mujanovic .................. (8g/4a/20 pts) Rose Velan .............................. (7g/1a/15 pts) Amy DuCharme ..................... (4g/7a/15 pts) Goalkeeping: Megan McCoy .. (19-2/1751 MP/74 SVS/0.57 GAA/10 SO)

years that Oneonta cracked the national poll. It was then on to the Mayor’s Cup where Oneonta was looking to defend the title they earned in 1999. They opened with a very physical 2-2 tie against Iona and then had to James Riley play nationally ranked Virginia Commonwealth in their second game. The game started well for the Red Dragons when junior Allister Wiltshire (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored two minutes into the game when he put a ball over the VCU keeper from forty yards out. Unfortunately that would be all for Oneonta as VCU clamped down and held the Red Dragons to no goals and only three shots as they won the game 2-1. Two more wins followed over Manhattan and Niagara before two ASC setbacks to Hartwick and Florida International. Oneonta closed the first month of the season with two wins including one over undefeated Stony Brook which moved the Red Dragons back into the national top 25 for the second time of the season. Oneonta opened the month of October with a home match against Adelphi. The visitors controlled the game and won 2-0 to hand the Red Dragons their first home loss in two years. Oneonta then ran off three straight wins over Canisius, Philadelphia and Albany to raise their record to 9-4-1 with four games remaining. The Red Dragons split the remaining games with two wins against Binghamton and Howard along with two tough 1-0 losses to Colgate and Cornell. Rummery would finish the year as the team’s leading scorer for a second straight year. He scored eight goals and added four assists for 20 points. Senior Joma Burton (St. Catherine, Jamaica) was second on the team with 18 points and tied with Rummery with eight goals. At one point in midseason, Burton had four of his five game-winning goals to help Oneonta win four of five games. In goal, senior James Riley (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) turned in an outstanding season. His athletic ability kept the Red Dragons in every game and, in some cases, preserved wins. He played all but four minutes and recorded a 1.02 goals against with seven shutouts.

including a run of nine in a row to start the season. The Red Dragons started the season with three straight wins at the St. Lawrence Tournament, with wins over Geneseo, St. Lawrence, Beth Muller and Plattsburgh. At the Oneonta State Invitational, the Red Dragons swept all six individual trophies, all three doubles trophies, as well as receiving the team trophy for compiling a 3-0 record in the tourney. At the 2000 SUNYAC Tournament Oneonta State found themselves battling Cortland in both second and third singles and at all three doubles spots. Besides Fiekert and Hudson winning at second doubles, Coach O’Malley was rewarded for his fantastic efforts this season by being given the SUNYAC Coach of the Year award. The Oneonta, N.Y. native has turned the program around in only his second year at the helm of the squad. O’Malley hopes to have continued success in 2001, only losing one member to graduation and bringing in another strong and talented freshman class as well. Season Records: Singles: Sarah Feikert ........................................ 10-10 Rachel Martin ........................................ 12-8 Beth Muller ............................................ 15-5 Rebecca Lane ......................................... 11-7 Sarah Strauss ......................................... 11-7 Trudy Hudson ........................................ 15-6 Amy Merwarth ........................................ 3-0 Doubles: Martin/Muller ........................................ 15-6 Feikert/Hudson ...................................... 14-5 Lane/Strauss .......................................... 16-3 Feikert/Merwarth ..................................... 1-0

Statistics Leaders: Scoring: Ryan Rummery ................................ (8g/4a/20 pts) Joma Burton .................................... (8g/2a/18 pts) Allister Wiltshire ............................. (5g/3a/13 pts) Orlando Wynter ................................. (1g/5a/7 pts)

2000 Mayor’s Cup Champions

Goalkeeping: James Riley ......... (11-6-1/1680 MP/97 SVS/1.02 GAA/7 SO)

Oneonta Invitational Champions

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New Members Added This Fall to the Athletic Department Matt LoPiccolo

Kevin Fenstermacher

Meghann Raspallo Duane Ritter

LoPiccolo was selected as the new cross country and track & field coach and joins Oneonta after a successful stint as a cross country and track & field athlete and assistant coach at his alma mater SUNY Plattsburgh from 1994 to 1999. He competed all four years in track and two years in cross country. While competing as an undergraduate he excelled in both sports culminating in earning All-American honors in 1998 in the indoor 800 meters. That same year he was the ECAC Div. III Champion in the event. LoPiccolo was a five-time SUNYAC champion, four times as an individual in track and once as a member of the cross country team when Plattsburgh won the 1997 Cross Country Championship. He was a four-time NCAA qualifier, three times as an individual and once as a member of the cross country team while establishing school records in the indoor 500, 600 and 800 meters. As a high school cross country runner he helped lead Sherburne-Earlville to back-to-back team titles in 1989 and 1990.

“I am excited about the opportunity that the college has afforded to me,” says LoPiccolo. “With a brand new track facility coming in the next year it is obvious that Oneonta is serious about competing at the highest levels in both sports. There will be some work to do initially in establishing the programs, but I see unlimited potential.” During his two years as an assistant at Plattsburgh, he coached his athletes to two All-American performances and fifteen individual SUNYAC titles. LoPiccolo was able to complete his Master’s Degree in Administration and Leadership while minoring in Education. He is a certified personal trainer, has his Level I Coaching Certification from the USATF and is a member of the Syracuse Chargers Track Club where he continues to compete as an elite level track & field competitor. Fenstermacher, a native of Erie, Pa., joins the Oneonta staff as the assistant in the Sports Information Office. He is a 2000 graduate of Bethany College in West Virginia where he was a student worker in

the SID Office at the college for four years. Fenstermacher majored in Sports Journalism and was a three-year member of the varsity football team. Raspallo was added to the athletic training staff as an assistant to handle the growing numbers of athletes and sports at Oneonta. A 2000 graduate of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. where she majored in Human Movement and Sports Science with a concentration in Athletic Training. A native of Rochester, N.Y., she has also worked with the training staffs at the University of New Haven and the Rochester Rhinos of the United Soccer Leagues. Ritter is a 2000 graduate of Wilkes University where he was a four-year member of the wrestling team. He double-majored in Psychology and Sociology at Wilkes and was a wrestling Scholar All-American in Div. I and Div. III. Ritter was a three-year captain and is working as the assistant to Al Sosa and the wrestling team at Oneonta.

PAVLACKA COMPETES AT PARALYMPICS Oneonta State Sophomore Represents the United States in Sydney Oneonta State sophomore swimmer Katie Pavlacka of Liverpool, N.Y. spent this past summer training for her first Paralympic experience that took place this past Oct. 19-28 in Sydney, Australia. She is blind and is a member of the varsity swimming & diving team at Oneonta. Pavlacka qualified for the Games in six events: 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter individual medley and the 50, 100 and 400-meter freestyle. She entered the Games as the American record holder in eight events and the world record holder in both the 800 and 1,500-meter freestyle, both of which were not competed in the Paralympics. Although she did not medal in any events that she competed, she did come home with one American record, a seventh place finish in the 50-meter freestyle and a lifetime of memories from the games of Sydney. Pavlacka’s highlight of her experience was breaking her own American record in the 400-meter freestyle which placed her fifth in the world in the finals. The only other event that she made the finals in was the 50-meter freestyle in which she placed seventh. Pavlacka was one of 260 athletes that represented the United States in Sydney and one of 29 swimmers. She will continue to be a varsity member of the Red Dragons swim team while continuing her training in preparation for the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece. The Paralympics are a multi-sport, multi-disability competition of elite, world-class, disabled athletes, similar in scope to the Olympic Games. The Paralympic Games are held approximately two weeks after the Olympic Games in the same host city/country. The difference between the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games is that the Paralympics provide an elite competition opportunity to athletes with a functional disability which precludes their involvement in open competition of the Olympic Games. Paralympic athletes go through rigorous training year-round to prepare for their respective events. They are the best of the best, who through determination and hard work, earn the honor of representing the United States on the competitive playing field.

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Volleyball Team Led By Youngsters

Field Hockey Team Sees Improvement in 2000

Cross Country Teams Gain Experience under LoPiccolo

Year two of the rebuilding process by coach Colleen Cashman saw a team with no seniors complete a 24-20 season. The squad was comprised of four freshmen and four sophomores as the squad improved on last year’s 20-22 season while qualifying for the SUNYAC Tournament for the first time in three years. The season opened with Oneonta hosting the Holiday Inn Red Dragon Invitational in Dewar Arena. The Red Dragons split their four matches for the weekend with wins over Oswego and Hartwick while dropping matches to Ithaca and Hunter. Sophomore Julie Lacey Musso Winnick (Galway, N.Y.) was an All-Tournament selection after contributing 28 kills and 29 digs during the course of the tournament. The next weekend saw Oneonta travel to Brockport to play in their Invitational. They came home winless as they dropped four matches including a five-game match to Medaille. The Red Dragons then played Utica and won 3-0 before heading to the RIT Invitational the following weekend. They returned home with a four-match split with wins over Manhattanville and Potsdam and losses to Brockport and St. John Fisher. Junior Co-Captain Jayme Stewart (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) was selected to the All-Tournament Team after her 28 kills, nine aces and 33 digs. Oneonta was now off to Plattsburgh for the first of two SUNYAC round-robin play weekends. The Red Dragons went 4-1 where their only blemish on their record was Cortland. Freshman Lacey Musso (Wading River, N.Y.) led the way with 31 kills, 69 assists, six aces and 41 digs. A single match during the week in which Oneonta swept Hartwick was the warm up for the Bates College Invitational. Oneonta went 2-2 for the weekend for the Red Dragons who lost 3-1 to the eventual Invitational champion Savannah College of Art & Design. A tough 3-2 loss to Union opened the month of October for Oneonta. The visitors were able to come back from a 2-1 deficit and win the fifth game 15-11. The Red Dragons then hosted the 31st annual Oneonta State Invitational during the second weekend of the month. They were able to win their pool and advanced to the championship match where they were beaten by Alfred University 3-1. Musso and classmate Kristine Clark (Jackson Heights, N.Y.) were selected to the All-Tournament Team for their play. Musso contributed 16 kills, 101 assists, nine aces and 40 digs while Clark registered 28 kills and 14 blocks.

The Oneonta State field hockey team won six games in their 2000 campaign as well as earning a bid to the NYSWCAA Field Hockey Championships. The team finished 6-12 overall and 2-3 in SUNYAC play. The Red Dragons offensive play increased drastically in 2000, with Oneonta scoring 27 goals in 2000 compared to only 13 in 1999. Sophomore forward Erica Polmateer (Johnstown, N.Y.) led the Red Dragons in scoring this year with eighteen points off of eight goals and two assists. Senior forward and TriCaptain Jen McLenaghan (Windsor, N.Y.) was second on the squad in points with sixteen (five goals and six assists) as well as Nicole McCullagh starting in all eighteen games for Oneonta. Fellow senior and Tri-Captain Leanne Mastafiak (Pleasantville, N.Y.) finished third in scoring for Oneonta with ten points off of five goals. Other offensive threats for the Red Dragons in 2000 were freshman Sarah Hyde (North Creek, N.Y.) and junior forward Jen Mollen (Vestal, N.Y.). The Oneonta midfield and defensive lines were led by juniors Nicole McCullagh (Camden, N.Y.) and Jen Murphy (Cicero, N.Y.). These two were supported by players such as junior midfielder Corey Shafer (Greene, N.Y.), freshman midfielder Amy Sprague (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.), and sophomore midfielder Brooke Thompson (Bennington, VT). Both McCullagh and McLenaghan were elected to the All-SUNYAC First Team and Murphy and Mastafiak were elected as an honorable mentions.

The men’s and women’s cross-country teams gained valuable experience under firstyear head coach Matt LoPiccolo in 2000, competing in five invitational meets throughout New York Dawn Koopman as well as competing in the ECAC Championships at Tufts University (MA) and at the NCAA Regional Meet at Genesee Valley State Park in Rochester. The women’s squad was helped along with some senior leadership from Dawn Koopman (Greene, N.Y.) and Raena Weimer (Orchard Park, N.Y.) this season. The two were top performers for the Red Dragons throughout the season. Koopman was the top runner for Oneonta at the Pat Peterson Invitational at SUNY-Oswego, the Cardinal Classic at St. John Fisher, the Hawk Harrier Classic at SUNY-New Paltz, and the Albany Invitational at the University at Albany. Weimer led the Red Dragons at the Hartwick Invitational. Senior Arian Mahrer (Potsdam, N.Y.) and junior Sara Snyder (Schenectady, N.Y.) also provided coach LoPiccolo with some veteran leadership during the season. The Oneonta State underclassmen were lead by freshman Jessica Tylutki (Remsen, N.Y.), who was a major contributor from the first meet of the year. Other runners that helped the Red Dragons finish the season on a high note were sophomores Yen Ha (Rochester, N.Y.) and Melissa Hext (Rome, N.Y.), and freshman Abby McQueeney-Penamonte (Mendon, N.Y.). The women really made great strides in the final two meets of the year, placing sixteenth overall at the ECAC Championship meet and eighteenth overall at the NCAA Regional meet. The men were led by some new members to the squad this year, beginning with freshman Sean McCormick (Suffern, N.Y.). McCormick was the top performer for the Red Dragons in Sean McCormick 2000, along with junior Lee Lurie (North Babylon, N.Y.) who was a new addition to the team this year. Senior Rory Quintanilla (Oneonta, N.Y.) and sophomore Eric Duffy (Montrose, N.Y.) provided some veteran leadership to the

Statistics Leaders: Scoring: Erica Polmateer ....................... 8g/2a/18 pts. Jen McLenaghan ...................... 5g/6a/16 pts. Leanne Mastafiak .................... 5g/0a/10 pts. Sarah Hyde ................................ 3g/3a/9 pts. Goalkeeping: Erika Szelkowski .... 6-12/1267 MP/172 SVS/2.10 GAA/3 SO

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Erika Szelkowski

Joma Burton

The second weekend of SUNYAC play took Oneonta to New Paltz. They registered another 4-1 weekend to finish 8-2 overall and qualify as the second seed from the East for the SUNYAC Tournament. The Red Dragons completed the regular season with 2-3 record after a single match loss to Ithaca and a 2-2 weekend at the Oswego Invitational. Musso was again selected to the All-Tournament Team for her outstanding play at Oswego. In the SUNYAC Tournament, Oneonta was matched against the third seed from the West which turned out to be Geneseo. They won 3-2 to advance to the conference semifinals against Brockport where they were defeated 3-1. Musso and Winnick were selected to the All-Conference Team while Cashman was selected as SUNYAC Coach of the Year. The season ended with a sixth place finish at the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament. The Red Dragons won their first match 3-2 over Vassar, but dropped their final two to RIT and Hunter. Musso was selected to the All-Tournament Team.

squad this year. Some newcomers who helped in making coach LoPiccolo’s inaugural year a success were sophomore Gerald Cajina (Yonkers, N.Y.), and freshmen Dan Verdi (Savannah, N.Y.), and Adam Moscicki (Port Crane, N.Y.). The squads were both hindered by low numbers in 2000, but coach LoPiccolo looks to increase the number of runners in 2001 through a great recruiting effort for both his cross country and track and field teams.

Raena Weimer

Statistic Leaders: Kills: .............................. Julie Winnick, 308; ...................................... Jayme Stewart, 303; Assists: ............................ Lacey Musso, 730; .................................... Deb Graffigino, 354; Aces: .... Winnick, 95 (single season record); .................................................... Musso, 50; Digs: ...................................... Winnick, 374; .................................................. Musso, 347; Blocks: ............................ Dana Fleming, 95; ........................................ Kristine Clark, 94;

Fall Athletes of the Week

September 4 James Crofts, Soccer Beth Muller, Tennis

October 2 Joma Burton, Soccer Liz McGrail, Soccer

September 11 Rebecca Lane, Tennis Sarah Strauss, Tennis

October 9 Sarah Fiekert, Tennis Trudy Hudson, Tennis

September 18 Allister Wiltshire, Soccer Liz McGrail, Soccer

October 16 James Riley, Soccer Dawn Koopman, Cross Country

November 13 Rubin Prophete, Wrestling Samantha Cronk, Swimming & Diving

September 25 Jen McLenaghan, Field Hockey Lacey Musso, Volleyball

October 23 Megan McCoy, Soccer Sonada Mujanovic, Soccer

November 20 Craig Dawson, Basketball Paula Polce, Basketball

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October 30 Women’s Soccer Team November 6 Ryan Rummery, Soccer Liz McGrail, Soccer


2000 Fall Honor Roll Women’s Soccer

10/2 Atlantic Soccer Conference First Team All-Star

Team: Mayor’s Cup I Champions SUNYAC Champions NCAA Tournament “Sweet 16” Individual: Liz McGrail ’01 SUNYAC MVP All-SUNYAC First Team SUNYAC Player of the Week, 9/25; 10/2 All-New York State First Team All-Northeast Region First Team Stephanie Poppiti ’02 Mayor’s Cup Offensive MVP All-SUNYAC First Team Liz Grosser ’02 Mayor’s Cup Defensive MVP All-SUNYAC Second Team Sonada Mujanovic ’04 SUNYAC Player of the Week, 10/23 All-SUNYAC Honorable Mention Cristina Gaspar ’04 SUNYAC C0-First Player of the Year All-SUNYAC Second Team Megan McCoy ’02 SUNYAC Player of the Week, 10/9 Amy DuCharme ’02 All-SUNYAC Second Team All-New York State Second Team All-Northeast Region Second Team Kristen Henniger ‘02 All-New York State Third Team All-Northeast Region Third Team Tracey Ranieri, SUNYAC Coach of the Year

James Riley ’01 Atlantic Soccer Conference Goalkeeper of the Week, 10/2; 10/16 Volleyball Team: SUNYAC Tournament semifinalist NYSWCAA Tournament, 6th place Individual: Lacey Musso ’04 Oneonta State Invitational All-Tournament Team Oswego Invitational All-Tournament Team All-SUNYAC SUNYAC Tournament, All-Tournament Team NYSWCAA Tournament, All-Tournament Team Julie Winnick ’03 Holiday Inn/Red Dragon Invitational AllTournament Team All-SUNYAC Jayme Stewart ’02 RIT Invitational All-Tournament Team Colleen Cashman, SUNYAC Coach of the Year

Individual: Jen McLenaghan ’01 All-SUNYAC First Team All-New York State Third Team Nicole McCullagh ’02 All-SUNYAC First Team NFHCA All-Northeast Region Second Team Jen Murphy ’02 All-SUNYAC Honorable Mention Leanne Mastafiak ’01 All-SUNYAC Honorable Mention Women’s Tennis Team: Oneonta State Invitational Champions NYSWCAA Tournament, T11 place SUNYAC Tournament, 2nd place Individual: Rachel Martin ’01 Oneonta Invitational Champion, 2nd singles/1st doubles Sarah Feikert ’04 Oneonta Invitational Champion, 1st singles/2nd doubles SUNYAC Champion, 2nd doubles

Women’s Cross Country Team: Second Place Team, Hawk Harrier Classic

Beth Muller ’02 Oneonta Invitational Champion, 3rd singles/1st doubles

Individual: Dawn Koopman ’01 Top-15 performer, Hawk Harrier Classic

Rebecca Lane ’03 Oneonta Invitational Champion, 4th singles/3rd doubles

Jessica Tylutki ’04 Top-15 performer, Hawk Harrier Classic

Amy Merwarth ’04 Oneonta Invitational Champion, 6th singles

Raena Weimer ’01 Top-15 performer, Hawk Harrier Classic

Sarah Strauss ’04 Oneonta Invitational Champion, 5th singles

Field Hockey

Trudy Hudson ’04 Oneonta Invitational Champion, 2nd doubles SUNYAC Champion, 2nd doubles

Men’s Soccer Individual: Joma Burton ’01 Atlantic Soccer Conference Player of the Week,

Team: NYSWCAA Tournament

Ed O’Malley, SUNYAC Coach of the Year

Colleen Cashman

Tracey Ranieri

Ed O’Malley

RANIERI, CASHMAN and O’MALLEY SELECTED AS SUNYAC COACHES OF THE YEAR Trio of Fall Coaches Earn Conference Honors Oneonta State fall coaches had quite a year in the SUNYAC Conference. The Red Dragons added three more Coach of the Year plaques to the trophy cases when Tracey Ranieri, Ed O’Malley and Colleen Cashman all received similar honors for leading their squads to outstanding seasons. Ranieri is in her tenth season at Oneonta and earlier this year recorded her 100th victory at the College. She is currently 124-85-17 in her 12 years as a head coach. This season she led her squad to 20 wins and a second straight SUNYAC Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament berth. Cashman, a Binghamton native, is in her second season as the Red Dragons’ volleyball coach and has, in a short time, turned the program back in a positive direction. This season they were 24-20, which is the second straight 20-win season under Cashman’s tutelage. This year the team qualified for the SUNYAC Tournament after completing an 8-2 year in the conference, this after not making the SUNYAC’s last season. Cashman came to Oneonta State after a decade of association with the Binghamton University volleyball program as a player, an assistant coach and head coach. Ed O’Malley, a native of Oneonta and a graduate of the College, completed his second year at the helm of the women’s tennis program. He has turned the program around in a short time and led the squad to a school best 12 wins in dual matches this fall. He graduates only one senior and is already looking forward to next season when he welcomes another talented group of newcomers to the team. “These honors, although individual in nature, reflect on the entire athletic department as a whole,” said Athletic Director Steve Garner. “Our administration has committed itself to a successful athletic program and part of that is attracting outstanding coaches to lead our teams. The college is extremely proud of the accomplishments of all our athletes and coaches.”

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2000 Fall Scoreboard Men’s Soccer Schedule/Results Head Coach: Ian McIntyre Date ..... Opponent ....................... W/L/T ........... Score 9/2 ........ at Lafayette ......................... W ............... 1-0 ot 9/5 ........ MARIST ............................. W ................... 1-0 9/8 ........ Iona# .................................... T ............... 2-2 ot 9/9 ........ VCU# ................................... L ................... 1-2 9/12 ...... at Manhattan ....................... W ................... 2-0 9/16 ...... NIAGARA .......................... W ................... 3-1 9/20 ...... at Hartwick* ......................... L ................... 0-2 9/24 ...... at Florida International* ....... L ................... 1-5 9/27 ...... at Siena ................................ W ............... 2-1 ot 9/30 ...... at Stony Brook* .................. W ................... 2-0 10/7 ...... ADELPHI* .......................... L ................... 0-2 10/10 .... CANISIUS .......................... W ................... 1-0 10/14 .... at Philadelphia Univ.* ......... W ................... 2-0 10/17 .... ALBANY* .......................... W ................... 3-1 10/21 .... COLGATE ........................... L ............. 0-1 2ot 11/1 ...... BINGHAMTON* ............... W ................... 2-0 11/5 ...... HOWARD* ......................... W ................... 5-1 11/7 ...... CORNELL ........................... L ................... 0-1 Final Record: 11-6-1/5-3-0 ASC *Atlantic Soccer Conference Game #Mayor’s Cup Tournament at Hartwick

10/18 .... NEW PALTZ* ..................... W ................... 5-0 10/22 .... at Southampton ................... W ................... 2-0 10/27 .... CORTLAND% .................... W ............. 2-1 2ot 10/28 .... GENESEO%% .................... W ................... 1-0 11/4 ...... vs Western Conn St& .......... W ............. 1-0 2ot 11/5 ...... at William Smith&& ............ L ............. 1-2 2ot Final Record: 20-2-0/10-0-0 SUNYAC *SUNYAC Game #Mayor’s Cup at NSHOF (Champion) $Heron Cup Tournament at William Smith %SUNYAC Tournament semifinal %%SUNYAC Tournament final &Northeast Regional semifinal at William Smith &&Northeast Regional Final

Field Hockey Schedule/Results Head Coach: Michele Dombrowski Date ..... Opponent(s) ................... W/L/T ........... Score 9/2 ........ at Stowe Tournament (scrimmages) 9/3 ........ vs Rensselaer at Stowe ......... L ................... 1-3 9/9 ........ at Cortland* .......................... L ................... 0-9 9/14 ...... at St. Lawrence .................... L ................... 1-3 9/16 ...... NAZARETH ....................... W ................... 4-2 9/19 ...... at New Paltz* ...................... W ................... 3-1 9/21 ...... ELMIRA ............................. W ................... 4-2 9/23 ...... at Hartwick ........................... L ................... 2-3 9/26 ...... SKIDMORE ......................... L ............... 1-2 ot 9/29 ...... at Brockport* ...................... W ................... 1-0 9/30 ...... at Rochester .......................... L ................... 2-4 10/3 ...... UNION ................................ W ................... 4-2 10/5 ...... GENESEO* ......................... L ................... 0-1 10/11 .... at Ithaca ................................ L ................... 0-2 10/14 .... at Manhattanville ................ W ................... 3-1 10/17 .... at Hamilton .......................... L ................... 0-2 10/21 .... OSWEGO* .......................... L ............. 0-1 ot# 10/22 .... SCRANTON ........................ L ............. 0-1 ot$ 10/25 .... at Vassar% ............................ L ................... 1-2 Final Record: 6-12/2-3 SUNYAC *SUNYAC game #Oswego won 3-2 in stroke play $Scranton won 2-0 in stroke play %NYSWCAA Tournament quarterfinals

Sarah Feikert

Volleyball Schedule/Results Head Coach: Colleen Cashman Date .. Opponent(s) ............................................................. Result 9/1 ..... ITHACA# ........................... L(1-3) 2-15; 15-13; 2-15; 5-15; .......... OSWEGO# ......................... W(3-1) 9-15; 15-8; 15-6; 15-9; 9/2 ..... HARTWICK# ........................... W(3-0) 15-2; 15-11; 15-10; .......... HUNTER# ............ L(2-3) 13-15; 9-15; 15-13; 15-7; 12-15; 9/8 ..... St. John Fisher$ ......................... L(0-3) 14-16; 4-15; 12-15; .......... RIT$ ................................... L(1-3) 5-15; 6-15; 15-13; 6-15; 9/9 ..... Springfield$ ........................ L(1-3) 15-13; 3-15; 9-15; 8-15; .......... Medaille$ ................ L(2-3) 15-2; 15-5; 13-15; 6-15; 13-15; 9/13 ... at Utica ..................................... W(3-0) 15-11; 15-4; 15-13; 9/15 ... Brockport% ................................. L(0-3) 8-15; 13-15; 5-15; .......... Manhattanville% .............. W(3-1) 15-17; 15-6; 15-0; 15-7; 9/16 ... Potsdam% ........................... W(3-1) 9-15; 15-9; 15-5; 15-8; .......... St. John Fisher% ................. L(2-3) 9-15; 4-15; 15-9; 15-13; ............................................................................................... 16-18; 9/22 ... Plattsburgh^ .................. W(3-1) 15-11; 15-12; 12-15; 15-7; .......... Cortland^ ....................................... L(0-3) 1-15; 8-15; 9-15; 9/23 ... Utica-Rome^ ................................ W(3-0) 15-2; 15-5; 15-3; .......... New Paltz^ ................................. W(3-0) 15-8; 15-1; 16-14; .......... Potsdam^ ...................... W(3-1) 15-10; 15-5; 12-15; 18-16; 9/27 ... HARTWICK ................................. W(3-0) 15-6; 15-4; 15-6; 9/29 ... Savannah College of Art/Design& ...................................................... L(1-3) 15-12; 5-15; 12-15; 7-15; 9/30 ... Western Conn State& ............... W(3-1) 15-5; 16-14; 11-15; ................................................................................................. 15-6; .......... Colby& ............................... L(1-3) 8-15; 15-8; 6-15; 11-15; .......... Eastern Conn State& .................. W(3-0) 15-6; 15-9; 15-12; 10/3 ... UNION ................... L(2-3) 8-15; 15-5; 15-3; 13-15; 11-15; 10/6 ... KEUKA* ................................ W(3-0) 15-13; 15-13; 16-14; .......... MUHLENBERG* .................. W(3-0) 16-14; 15-11; 15-13; 10/7 ... PLATTSBURGH* ........................ W(3-0) 15-1; 15-9; 15-9; .......... BUFFALO STATE* ................... W(3-2) 13-15; 15-6; 15-7; ...................................................................................... 14-16; 15-7; .......... ALFRED* ............................ L(1-3) 5-15; 9-15; 15-4; 5-15; 10/13 . Utica-Rome@ ............................... W(3-0) 15-4; 15-4; 15-0; .......... at New Paltz@ .............................. W(3-0) 15-9; 15-8; 15-7; 10/14 . Potsdam@ ........................ W(3-1) 15-11; 15-9; 7-15; 15-9; .......... Plattsburgh@ .............................. W(3-0) 15-9; 15-8; 15-12; .......... Cortland@ ..................................... L(0-3) 0-15; 7-15; 9-15; 10/17 . at Ithaca ....................................... L(0-3) 3-15; 11-15; 7-15; 10/20 . vs Geneseo** ................. W(3-2) 15-10; 15-3; 7-15; 13-15; ............................................................................................... 18-16; .......... vs Keuka** ............................... W(3-0) 15-7; 16-14; 16-14; 10/21 . vs Skidmore** ............................. L(0-3) 13-15; 5-15; 6-15; .......... vs Alfred** ......................... L(1-3) 6-15; 8-15; 15-10; 3-15; 10/27 . vs Geneseo## ................. W(3-2) 15-8; 6-15; 15-11; 12-15; ............................................................................................... 15-13; 10/28 . at Brockport$$ ...................... L(1-3) 9-15; 15-9; 5-15; 5-15; 11/3 ... at Vassar%% ............ W(3-2) 15-9; 15-13; 9-15; 8-15; 15-9; .......... vs RIT%% ........................ L(1-3) 15-12; 9-15; 4-15; 14-16; 11/4 ... vs Hunter%% ............................ L(0-3) 14-16; 12-15; 8-15; Record to date: 24-20/8-2 SUNYAC #Holiday Inn Red Dragon Invitational $at Brockport Invitational %at RIT Invitational ^SUNYAC round robin 1 at Plattsburgh &at Bates College Invitational *Oneonta State Invitational (runner up) @SUNYAC round robin 2 at New Paltz **at Oswego Invitational ##SUNYAC Tournament at Brockport $$SUNYAC Tournament semifinals %%NYSWCAA Tournament at Vassar

Cross Country Schedule/Results Head Coach: Matt LoPiccolo Date ... Opponent(s) ......................... Result ......... Score 9/9 ...... Pat Peterson Invitational ........... at Oswego ............................ M-14/14 ..... 386 pts .......................................................... W-13/15 ..... 376 pts 9/16 .... at Hartwick Invitational ......... M-5/5 ....... 121 pts ............................................................ W-4/5 ......... 84 pts 9/23 .... Cardinal Classic ........... at St. John Fisher .................. M-9/11 ...... 225 pts ........................................................... W-4/11 ...... 124 pts 10/7 .... at New Paltz Invitational ....... M-4/4 ....... 119 pts ............................................................ W-2/4 ......... 56 pts 10/14 .. Albany Invitational .............. M-14/15 ..... 384 pts ........................................................... W-9/11 ...... 253 pts 10/21 .. SUNYAC Championship ........... at Oswego .............................. M-9/9 ....... 284 pts ............................................................ W-8/9 ....... 188 pts 11/4 .... ECAC Championships ........... At Tufts (MA) University .... M-32/33 ..... 814 pts .......................................................... W-16/35 ..... 496 pts 11/11 .. NCAA Regionals at Genesee Valley ........... State Park ............................. M-28/29 ..... 833 pts .......................................................... W-18/26 ..... 519 pts

Kristine Clark Women’s Soccer Schedule/Results Coaches: Tracey & David Ranieri Date ..... 9/2 ........ 9/3 ........ 9/9 ........ 9/10 ...... 9/15 ...... 9/16 ...... 9/19 ...... 9/22 ...... 9/23 ...... 9/27 ...... 9/29 ...... 9/30 ...... 10/4 ...... 10/6 ...... 10/7 ...... 10/14 ....

Opponent(s) ................... W/L/T ........... Score Delaware Valley# ................ W ................... 6-0 Clark University# ................ W ................... 3-1 at William Smith$ ................ L ................... 0-3 vs NYU$ ............................. W ................... 1-0 at Potsdam* ......................... W ................... 3-0 at Plattsburgh* .................... W ................... 4-0 UTICA-ROME* ................. W ................. 10-0 at Brockport* ...................... W ................... 2-0 at Geneseo* ......................... W ................... 3-1 HARTWICK ....................... W ................... 6-0 BUFFALO STATE* ............ W ................. 11-2 FREDONIA* ...................... W ................... 2-0 at Hamilton ......................... W ................... 1-0 OSWEGO* ......................... W ................... 1-0 CORTLAND* ..................... W ................... 1-0 at Ithaca ............................... W ............... 3-2 ot

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2000-2001 Winter Schedules Men’s Basketball Head Coach: Paul Clune NOVEMBER Day ....... Date ....... Opponent(s) ............................................. Time Sat ............. 18 ....... HOLIDAY INN TIP-OFF ................... 6/8 PM Sun ............ 19 ....... HOLIDAY INN TIP-OFF ................... 1/3 PM Tue ............ 28 ....... at Cortland* ....................................... 8:00 PM DECEMBER Fri ............... 1 ....... at Geneseo* ....................................... 8:00 PM Sat ............... 2 ....... at Brockport* ..................................... 4:00 PM Tue .............. 5 ....... at New Paltz* .................................... 8:00 PM Fri ............... 8 ....... BUFFALO STATE* .......................... 8:00 PM Sat ............... 9 ....... FREDONIA* ..................................... 4:00 PM JANUARY Fri ............... 5 ....... at Potsdam* ....................................... 8:00 PM Sat ............... 6 ....... at Plattsburgh* ................................... 4:00 PM Tue .............. 9 ....... D’YOUVILLE .................................. 7:00 PM Fri ............. 12 ....... at Oswego* ........................................ 8:00 PM Sat ............. 13 ....... UTICA-ROME* ................................ 8:00 PM Fri ............. 19 ....... OSWEGO* ........................................ 8:00 PM Mon .......... 22 ....... CASTLETON STATE ....................... 7:30 PM Sat ............. 27 ....... NEW PALTZ* ................................... 4:00 PM Tue ............ 30 ....... CORTLAND* ................................... 8:00 PM FEBRUARY Fri ............... 2 ....... at Fredonia* ....................................... 8:00 PM Sat ............... 3 ....... at Buffalo State* ................................ 4:00 PM Fri ............... 9 ....... BROCKPORT* ................................. 8:00 PM Sat ............. 10 ....... GENESEO* ....................................... 4:00 PM Tue ............ 13 ....... at Utica-Rome* ................................. 8:00 PM Fri ............. 16 ....... PLATTSBURGH* ............................. 8:00 PM Sat ............. 17 ....... POTSDAM* ...................................... 4:00 PM Wed- ........ 21- ....... SUNYAC Tournament Sat ............. 24 ....... at Utica Auditorium ................................. TBA *SUNYAC Game

Women’s Basketball Head Coach: Dan McGraw NOVEMBER Day ....... Date ....... Opponent(s) ............................................. Time Fri ............. 17 ....... HOLIDAY INN TIP-OFF ................... 6/8 PM Sat ............. 18 ....... HOLIDAY INN TIP-OFF ................... 1/3 PM Tue ............ 28 ....... at Cortland* ....................................... 6:00 PM DECEMBER Fri ............... 1 ....... at Geneseo* ....................................... 6:00 PM Sat ............... 2 ....... at Brockport* ..................................... 2:00 PM Tue .............. 5 ....... at New Paltz* .................................... 6:00 PM Fri ............... 8 ....... BUFFALO STATE* .......................... 6:00 PM Sat ............... 9 ....... FREDONIA* ..................................... 2:00 PM JANUARY Fri ............... 5 ....... at Potsdam* ....................................... 6:00 PM Sat ............... 6 ....... at Plattsburgh* ................................... 2:00 PM Fri ............. 12 ....... at Oswego* ........................................ 6:00 PM Sat ............. 13 ....... UTICA-ROME* ................................ 6:00 PM Fri ............. 19 ....... OSWEGO* ........................................ 6:00 PM Sat ............. 20 ....... MOUNT ST. MARY ......................... 2:00 PM Wed ........... 24 ....... CAZENOVIA ................................... 6:00 PM Sat ............. 27 ....... NEW PALTZ* ................................... 2:00 PM Tue ............ 30 ....... CORTLAND* ................................... 6:00 PM FEBRUARY Fri ............... 2 ....... at Fredonia* ....................................... 6:00 PM Sat ............... 3 ....... at Buffalo State* ................................ 2:00 PM Fri ............... 9 ....... BROCKPORT* ................................. 6:00 PM Sat ............. 10 ....... GENESEO* ....................................... 2:00 PM Tue ............ 13 ....... at Utica-Rome* ................................. 6:00 PM

Fri- ........... 17- ....... North Country Invitational Sat ............. 18 ....... at Potsdam ......................................... 4:00 PM DECEMBER Sat ............... 2 ....... UTICA ............................................... 1:00 PM Sat ............... 9 ....... MOUNT ST. MARY ......................... 1:00 PM JANUARY Sat ............. 13 ....... at Oswego .......................................... 2:00 PM Mon .......... 15 ....... at Skidmore/St. Rose ......................... 2:00 PM Sat ............. 27 ....... BUFFALO STATE/ ............................... BROCKPORT ................................... 2:00 PM FEBRUARY Wed- .......... 7- ....... SUNYAC Championships Sat ............. 10 ....... at Erie Community College ..................... TBA

Wrestling Schedule Head Coach: Al Sosa NOVEMBER Day ....... Date ....... Opponent(s) ............................................. Time Sat ............. 11 ....... at Kings College Invitational .......... 11:00 AM Sat ............. 18 ....... RED DRAGON ............................... INVITATIONAL ............................. 10:30 AM DECEMBER Fri-Sat ...... 1-2 ....... at Messiah Colege Invitational ............... Noon Sat ............... 9 ....... at Johnson & Wales/AIC/ ............................... Bridgewater State .............................. 1:00 PM JANUARY Sat ............... 6 ....... at Brockport/Williams/ ............................... Plymouth State ................................ 10:00 AM Tue .............. 9 ....... at Johns Hopkins/W. Maryland/ ............................... Gallaudet ........................................... 5:00 PM Thu ........... 11 ....... at Ursinus .......................................... 7:30 PM Sat ............. 13 ....... NYU/RIC/WILKES ........................ 11:00 AM Fri- ........... 19- ....... NYS College Championships Sat ............. 20 ....... at Nassau CC ................................... 10:00 AM Wed ........... 24 ....... CORTLAND ..................................... 7:00 PM Sat ............. 27 ....... at Oswego .......................................... 1:00 PM Wed ........... 31 ....... at Ithaca ............................................. 7:30 PM FEBRUARY Sat ............... 3 ....... at R.I.T. .............................................. 1:00 PM Wed ............. 7 ....... SCRANTON ..................................... 7:00 PM Fri- ........... 16- ....... Empire State Championships Sat ........ 16-17 ....... at Ithaca ................................................... TBA MARCH Fri-Sat ...... 2-3 ....... NCAA Championships ............................... at Waterloo, Iowa .................................... TBA

Fri ............. 16 ....... PLATTSBURGH* ............................. 6:00 PM Sat ............. 17 ....... POTSDAM* ...................................... 2:00 PM Wed- ........ 21- ....... SUNYAC Tournament Sat ............. 24 ....... at Utica Auditorium ................................. TBA *SUNYAC Game

Swimming & Diving Schedule Head Coach: Chris Ghiorse OCTOBER Day ....... Date ....... Opponent(s) ............................................. Time Sat ............. 28 ....... CLARKSON ..................................... 3:00 PM NOVEMBER Fri ............... 3 ....... at New Paltz ...................................... 4:00 PM Fri ............. 10 ....... at Plattsburgh ..................................... 6:00 PM Sat ............. 11 ....... at Potsdam ......................................... 1:00 PM

WATERS SELECTED AS RECIPIENT OF THE DR. SAM MOLNAR ACADEMIC AWARD Senior Soccer Captain Receives Highest SUNYAC Academic Award

State University of New York Athletic Conference Commissioner Pat Damore has announced that senior Mitchell W a t e r s ( J o h a n n e s b u rg , South Africa) is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Sam Molnar Award. The award is the highest academic award that the SUNYAC Conference can bestow on a male student-athlete and Waters becomes only the third Oneonta male to receive the honor - the first since 1986-87 - in the 23 years of the award. Waters finished his four-year career with the Red Dragons’ Div. I men’s soccer team earlier this month and helped lead them to a second straight winning season as captain. He started 60 of 61 games played and recorded five goals and nine assists as a defender. Waters was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player last fall and was an All-Independent Second Team selection. His academic achievements are numerous and include being a two-time recipient of the College’s Provost Award for Academic Distinction, being inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National Student-Athlete Honor Society and being on the SUNYAC All-Academic Team and Commissioner’s List. Last spring he became the first student-athlete to be selected as an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America sponsored by then GTE. Waters is majoring in Economics with a double minor in Finance and Sports Management. He has been active in student groups on campus and currently holds the position as President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.

Stephanie Poppiti

Dragon Tales is published three times yearly by the Sports Information Department at Oneonta State. It is printed with funds from the membership in the Red Dragon Club. This issue was written and edited by Sports Information Director Geoff Hassard, and his Assistant, Kevin Fenstermacher. If you would like more information about the Red Dragon Club, please call 607-436-3594 or check out the Red Dragon Club page on our web site at www.oneonta.edu/~sports/rdclub/index.html. There is now an application form online to join the Club that you can fill out and print and send along with your membership dues.

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Dragons Tales, Volume 2, #1  

2000 Fall edition of Dragon Tales newsletter. Dragon Tales is published three times a year by SUNY Oneonta athletics department.

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