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DOWLING Primed for Playoff Run Story by Brian Coleman | Photos by Morgan Harrison
hen you are the underdog and not expected to win very many games, it is sometimes a little easier to sneak up on teams. That was the case last season, when the Dowling Golden Lions men’s basketball team reached the East Coast Conference (ECC) championship game despite only having a record 13-16. The Golden Lions knocked off LIU-CW Post and the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. The team then traveled up to Connecticut to take on the University of Bridgeport in the ECC Championship, a spot that many did not expect the Golden Lions to reach, but Dowling knew they had in them. “We went into the playoffs with the mindset to take it one game at a time,” said head coach Stephen Hayn. “During the season we lost a lot of games by one or two points and I think our record was a little misleading.” Dowling did in fact lose eight games by two points or less last season, and played much better basketball then its record indicated. Unfortunately, Dowling would fall to Bridgeport 61-53, in a hard-fought and tight contest. The Golden Lions controlled much of the first half, but a 15-3 run to end the half and a 10-2 to start the second half proved to be too much for them to overcome. Bridgeport pulled away and went on to capture the ECC crown. Despite the loss, a lot of positives were able to come out of that game. Losing can be a very valuable lesson, and with a team primarily made up of underclassmen, important experience was gained that has poured over into the 2013-14 season. “As the season went on the team grew individually and as a team,” said Hayn. “I was extremely proud and happy to see how hard the guys fought throughout the year and grew closer with each other.”
The team was comprised of only two seniors last season, allowing a lot of the underclassmen to earn some playing time and improve on the court. That experience has paid off this season, as Dowling has been the best team in the ECC in 2013-14. One of those players who improved from last season to this is guard Darien Davis. Davis, now a junior, has elevated his level of play this season, providing the Golden Lions with an outstanding scorer and go to player. “He [Davis] has matured in a number of different ways this year,” praised Hayn. “The key is he is playing with a lot of confidence. With more game experience at this level he has improved a lot individually.” The junior from Longwood High School in Suffolk County has been the Golden Lions best player this season. He is averaging 21 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Hayn says the most important improvement in Davis’ game is his efficiency on the offensive end of the court. “Darien has been extremely efficient this year,” said Hayn. “Not only has his point total increased but his overall and three-point percentages are both up from last season.” Davis is shooting 48% from the field and 38% from beyond the arc, both improvements from last season. He is the teams go to player down the stretch of games and has also made his teammates on the court better.
“He does not shy away from the ball when the game is on the line; he is our go to guy down the stretch,” said Hayn. “He also been a willing passer and will do anything it takes to win.” A major reason for the team’s improvement from a year ago is the ball movement. As a result of the chemistry and experience that has developed in the last year and a half, Dowling’s offensive success is based on the crisp passing. The Golden Lions have averaged 13.3 assists per game as a team and hope to carry that type of togetherness into the postseason. Dowling has played consistent basketball all season and find themselves with an overall record of 22-6, and 16-4 inside the ECC. The Golden Lions had a bit of a slip up towards the end of the season, losing two straight games to Daemen College and Roberts Wesleyan College respectively. Not wanting to head into the ECC Tournament on a losing note, Dowling rebounded nicely in its final regular season game. In a road contest in Washington, D.C. against the University of the District of Columbia, the Golden Lions coasted past the Firebirds 87-74. Davis poured in 20 points, while Justin Alexander and Leon Taylor chipped in 14 points each. Alexander and Taylor have both been key contributors this season as well. Alexander averages 11 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 8.9 per contest, while Taylor adds 10.5 points and 2.2 assists per game. The two make up a consistent and important cast that hopes to lead Dowling to an ECC Championship and an NCAA Tournament birth. Dowling earned the number one seed in the ECC tournament and will play the winner of St. Thomas Aquinas College and LIU Post on March 7th. Because of its outstanding play in the regular season, the ECC tournament will be played in the Golden Lions gym. “It is tremendous for us to be able to play home games in the tournament,” said Hayn. “The familiarity with the gym and being in front of our fans and family is definitely an advantage and is exciting for the Dowling community. Hayn, who is now in his eighth season as head coach at Dowling, says his team needs to stick to what it has done all season long if it hopes to have a long playoff run. “We need to be willing to work and keep our humility,” said Hayn. “We are a defensive oriented team and our major focus needs to be on defense and rebounding. If we do that I like our chances.” Designed by Win-Kye Cheong
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ith spring season preparation in full swing, Hofstra University’s women’s lacrosse team has their eye on the prize and their heart at positive acceleration. Under the supervision of Head Coach of two years, Shannon Smith, the Pride looks to build their program and find success that will be spoken about for years to come. The team hasn’t won a Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) Championship since 2007. Towson has shown to be a true powerhouse winning four of the six since then, but that wont slow down the Pride in achieving their goals. “Obviously we want to win our conference championship and get into the tournament — But right now, it is a day by day process,” Smith said. “We have to get better every day. We can’t look ahead, because it is going to catch up on us. Right now, we have to focus on getting better each day.” Although the season has just commenced, the team shows promise in strength in their fully loaded team and don’t plan on taking any competition lightly. Once the team finds their niche, they can become a force to be reckoned with. “I think we are still trying to find our identity right now,” Smith said. “On the field, we definitely have found how to back each other up and support each other while playing. Defensively we are playing hard, we are playing solid, and overall we are playing a true team defense.”
With the defensive end of their game squared away, the Pride looks to improve on its attack and form a more fluent harmony amongst each other. “On the attack end we are still trying to find the chemistry and have everything click together,” Smith said. “It is still very early on in the season. This is what it is all about though — we are trying to find our identity before we get into conference play.” There are many returning players that show promising potential this year including returning junior goalkeeper Kelsey Gregerson and senior captains Emily Corzel and Emily Von Hollen. “Our captains are doing a great job leading this team and are doing a great job performing on the field as well,” Smith said. Coach Smith is confident that the team can overcome anything that the season throws at them and that it has already been shown, even this early on. “Every single day is a new obstacle,” Smith said. “everyday we throw new challenges at them. At some of our games this year we’ve had our backs against the wall and we’ve overcome that.” With this team in particular, coach Smith and her assistants see special talent and desire in the hearts of their athletes. “I think we are always working hard,” Smith said. “Our kids are working hard and everyday we are working to shock people and to prove that we can play with the top teams. With a still fairly new coaching staff in place, the Pride has one goal in mind and is anxious to see what the future holds in store for them. “We are taking over right now — as a coaching staff we are really looking to get this program to the next level, to the next step,” Smith said. “Really looking to break through. We are definitely excited to see what is going to happen.” DESIGNED BY NICOLE MANZO
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t’s no surprise that the undefeated Long Island University men’s soccer team is unstoppable. For the 2013 season, the Post Pioneers currently have a record of 13-0-0. Last season, the men’s soccer team went 18-20 for the season (8-1-0 for conference). Head coach Andreas Lindberg has been with the team for five years as head coach, and calls his team a “tremendous force.” In comparison to last season, Lindberg states that, “The season is similar; I’ve really liked what we’ve done so far. We just need to get sharper.” Lindberg is obviously doing something right as his Pioneers have continued to improve their performance, year after year. Lindberg likes how his team is playing thus far, and for good reason. The team is undefeated so far, and has won all conference and nonconference games alike. Lindberg says that his goals for the team are to “be a continuing force in the nation,” and to “make it back to the national tournaments and to the final four.” The Post Pioneers just take it one game at a time,
and Coach Lindberg hopes that his team will, “go farther than they’ve gone before.” Last season went by in a similar fashion for the Pioneers. Lindberg’s stats for his team steadily improve year by year and eliminate all losses. This could be in part to his team-building exercises and activities that the Pioneers take part in. “This past preseason, we went to Sweden,” Lindberg states, “It was great for the team, for the local players and to see the local culture.” The Pioneers are a very multi-cultural team, as 18 out of the 27 players on the roster came to the school internationally, five of which are Swedish. The Men’s soccer team at Post also helps the community here on Long Island. Lindberg states that his team is, “A very close knit group, and we really try to help out our community.” The
team has gone out to Hamptons, as well as Huntington, to take part in community serviceoriented projects. This is not only a team-building exercise, but also strengthens the bond and the character of the team. All of the players on the team are in sync with each other. Sophomore Johan Rundqvist plays center back, and Lindberg states Rundqvist, “keeps the defense organized.” The team has a lot of returning seniors, such as Marco Jorgenson (goalkeeper) and Jonathon Watkin (midfield). Lindberg calls his returning seniors, and his entire team, a “tremendous force.” Junior Eivind Austboe had a head injury last year, and Lindberg and the team
were concerned for his health and if he would return to play soccer. Austboe plays forward, and he has, according to Coach Lindberg been, “coming back full force and doing really well.” Senior Eirik Bjoernoe hails from Norway and is this year’s team captain. Bjoernoe plays back for the Post Pioneers. “Eirik has been playing solid and has improved his defensive game over the summer,” Lindberg said, “He’s both a leader in the locker room and on the field, and he can run all day.” This has been quite the season for the Post Pioneers and they will be playing away games for a lot of the duration of the regular season. The Pioneers can be seen at home at LIU Post in Brookville on October 26th 2013, where they face off against Mercy College.
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ofstra Men’s Lacrosse had a poor start after falling to Marquette and Princeton University at their first two games. But, the Pride is on a rebound with four straight consecutive wins against big name opponents. The Pride’s at home win streak began against Fairfield University. Tom Varin, a senior co-captain and freshman, Briers Davis both recorded 2 goals each for the Pride. Goals were also scored by Sam Llinares, Mike Malave, Drew Coholan, Korey Hendrickson and Kris Clarke. Junior goalkeeper, Chris Selva recorded 10 saves, holding Fairfield, and allowing Hofstra to finish with a 9-7 victory. After their first win, Hofstra topped Georgetown University in an over-time win with last minute goal by Torin Varn. The senior’s game winning shot, from 11-yards with 20 seconds left sealed the victory for Hofstra, a final score of 9-8. Freshman, Brier Davis made an appearance, leading Hofstra in scoring with 3 goals. Next week, Sophmore Sam Llinares recorded 3 goals and
Torin Varn made 2 goals against Ohio State University. Defeating Ohio State 7-5, marking the Prides third straight victory. The Prides match against University of Delaware ended in a high scoring 9-11 victory. Torin Varn had another outstanding performance, scoring 3 goals. Drew Coholan and Lance Yapor each scored 2 goals as well. Unfortunately, the Pride fell to St. Johnâ€™s University, ending the win streak. The away game was decided by an overtime goal scored by St. Johnâ€™s senior, Kieren McArdle. The final score was 11-10. Sam Llinares and Torin Varn once again lead the Pride in goals scored. Last season, the two finished tied with 32 points each. Attackmen, Sam Llinares currently leads the team with 11 goals and 12 assists, totaling 23 points midway though the season. The sophmore, from Happauge, was a nominated to the CAA All-Rookie Team last season, leading the team with 13 assists and 32 points. As a freshman, he started all 14 games for Hofstra. Llinares was recognized as an Under Armour All-American, U.S. Lacrosse All-American and Warrior All-American while playing at Hauppauge High School. He was also named Suffolk County Player of the Year in 2012. Torin Varn, an attackmen from Ithica, has scored 11 goals so far this season. He has also made an assist, totaling 12 points. The senior was voted co-coptain this year by his teammates as he finishes his forth and final year at Hofstra. After suffering season-ending injuries in both 2011 and 2012, Drew Coholan is on the field once again, after last season, starting and finishing without any serious injury. Drew Coholan is a fifth-year senior from Rochester. The midfielder has recorded 9 goals and 3 assists so far this season. Hofstra currently holds a 4-3 record with seven games left before the Colonial Athletic Association Championship. There next game is an away game against Drexel University.
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Lions Leap Towards Success Story by Cristiana Votta | Photos by Morgan Harrison
ith a less then adequate start, the Molloy Men’s Basketball team turned their odds around and found a way to achieve success in their East Coast Conference (ECC) games. “We responded well after a slow start in the beginning of the season and have played better,” Head Coach Charles Marquardt said. Led by Head Coach Charles Marquardt (of 19 years), assistant coaches Pat Morris and Jason Fiscina, and senior captains John Pertucci and Tyler Hammett, the lions turned a losing record into a winning one well above 500. Focusing on low points in their game,
the Molloy men’s basketball team, has improved over the last few months, under the supervision of Coach Marquardt. “Our weaknesses have been having consistent half court defense and rebounding,” Marquardt said. “We have worked on these areas everyday since October.” With hopes of an NCAA bid to end the season, the lions have also found some strengths on the court and have managed to stick with them in order to come out on top. “This year, our strengths have been offensive scoring, turnover control, and transition defense,” Marquardt said.
Each of the lion’s conference games have proven to be difficult and high energy driven, especially against LIU Post and Dowling which always pose a difficult match up. LIU ended up being the best performance by the team to date, according to coach Marquardt. “I believe our recent win against LIU Post was a good performance because we reacted well in high pressure situations,” he said. “We were able to get important defensive stops and execute offensively against a solid team.” Off the court, the team provides the college with strong willed and goal oriented group of students that lead their peers by example. “Our team grade point average is a 3.0 and we have a very high graduation rate,” Marquardt said. We also do extensive charity work off the court. We challenge our players to be the best people on and off the court.” The team focuses on various parts of play that will help them in future play including playing against as many highly ranked division one schools as possible through set scrimmage times. Playing up a division has proven to be helpful to the team over the years. Coach Marquardt believes that this is an
essential experience that helps the team prepare for regular conference scheduled games. “We emphasize ball control everyday at practice through various drills,” Marquardt said. “This is a team priority — Less turnovers means more shot opportunities and a better chance to win.” Among a team of very strong talented athletes, senior captain John Petrucelli constantly takes initiative and is a very intricate part of the team. Averaging at about 24 points per game, it is no surprise how much of an impact he has on the lion’s squad. “John is an honorable mention AllAmerican,” Marquardt said. “He plays every second and leads us by example. He just became the all time leading scorer in our school’s history. He is a very special player and is our motor offensively and defensively.” With the season nearly wrapped up and a complete turn around in movement, the final goal for the lions is a bid to the NCAA tournament. It will be an interesting time after the season of rebuilding and finding new strength in underclassmen in order to fill some big shoes. Designed by Win-Kye Cheong
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he Suffolk County Community College Menâ€™s Basketball team came into this season with some unfinished business. Last season did not conclude the way it would have liked, and the Sharks seemed to smell blood in the water this year. With just a few games remaining in the regular season, the Suffolk Sharks find itself at 17-4 in the National Junior College Athletic Association. While the offense has been a huge part of the success, averaging over 70 points per game, the defense has been stifling all season long. In forcing its opponents to shoot a mere 36.7% from the field, Suffolk is second in the country in opponentâ€™s field-goal percentage. That defense has kept the Sharks play at a consistent level all season, keeping them in a lot of games that it ended up winning. However, the season didnâ€™t begin on such a high note. The Sharks opened up on the road at Essex Community College on November 9th, and the Sharks got ran out of the gym by Essex, who trampled Suffolk by 20 in the season opener. Armand Correa led the way for the Suffolk starters, pouring in 15
points and grabbing 11 rebounds. The leading scorer for Suffolk came off the bench though, as Josh Taylor dropped 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Essex had control of this game from the early minutes. Opening up a big lead en route to a ninepoint lead at the intermission. Dion Rogers was shooting from all over the place, scoring 21 points on 26 shots. While inefficient, Rogers was the gameâ€™s leading scorer and also chipped in four rebounds in the 76-56 victory.
Essex had excellent ball movement, which resulted in 16 team assists, compared to just seven for Suffolk. The Sharks also had 17 turnovers, essentially giving away 17 crucial possessions.
76, the Sharks won 12 of 13 games, leapfrogging a number of teams in the standings. In that one-point loss to Bronx, Suffolk blew a five-point halftime lead and squandered the game down the stretch. A positive that came out of the game was another big performance by forward Chris Millender, who dropped 12 points and grabbed an astounding 19 rebounds. Armand Correa poured in 18 points and dished out four assists.
The alarming turnover rate coupled with the lack of assists and ball movement proved to be two things that needed to be addressed going forward. The following game, Suffolk beat down Queensborough Community College in an 82-49 rout and dished out 16 assists compared to Heading into the season, head coach Victor Correa knew that he While Suffolk trailed for the 12 team turnovers. That is the winning recipe that needed Millender and Correa to majority of this game, the blowout loss resulted in a learning curve Suffolk has adopted all season â€” have big seasons and be the leaders for the Sharks. The 17 points from An efficient offense game to go of this team. He has received Taylor provided a ray of hope, as along with the ferocious defense that and more, as Millender and Correa have formed a tandem that it showed a potential for them to that is at the top of the nation. get good scoring off of the bench, The best stretch of the season has proved to be tough to handle something it was unable to get a so far came during the middle of for many teams thus far. season ago which hurt them in the the year in December and into During the stretch where it won playoffs. early January. Following a heart- 12 of 13 games, the Sharks were The loss also exposed a breaking one point home loss to led by Millender and Correa, who weakness that needed to be fixed. Bronx Community College, 77- carried the offense. The signature
win during that time period came against that same Bronx Community College team. Suffolk traveled on the road this time to face Bronx, and this time got its revenge. The Sharks came out of the gates on fire, opening up a 35-19 lead at halftime, a lead that would not be relinquished. Millender dominated once again, scoring 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, while Stephen Knight chipped in 12 points off of the bench. Millender was incredibly efficient, shooting 10-of-14 from the field while making all five of his free throws. The forward has been a force down low that has provided Suffolk with the interior stability that has them primed for a deep playoff run. First, however, Suffolk needs to finish out the regular season in a good fashion heading into the tournament. With three games left, Suffolk wants to continue the mini two-game winning streak it currently has in early February. Correa and Millender will be the biggest factors for Suffolk as it heads down the stretch, and will need to play great basketball if the Sharks are to have a chance to make a deep playoff run.
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return, LIU can really start expecting more victories. Even with that, the Pioneers have some areas to improve upon, and Collins has already been making adjustments. “Going into the year, we felt solid in certain areas, but we had certain question marks in other areas,” Collins said, “We have to stop giving up the big play.”
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The defense has had a rough time, especially over the past two games, giving up 86 combined points. It was a major difference as the defense allowed just 28 in the first pair of games. Collins is confident that the Pioneers can recover from the losses and put together a winning season.
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“This team is sticking more together,” Collins said, “Adversity causes some to break, and others to break records. We’re always working hard, and we have excellent recruiting class that is showing.” A big piece of the Pioneers’ puzzle is how the younger players perform. “It’s a huge role from younger players,” Collins said, “We’re very happy with the freshmen class. We want to
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We have a tremendous roster and This season, the Pioneers got off to a start again, winning the opening pair we have already won hot more games of games and scoring 71 points. However, this year than all ofLIUlast year. took a step backwards as they dropped the next two games, falling back to .500
maintain a winning attitude, and make sure the freshmen are seeing it.” The confidence level for LIU is still high, and the Pioneers believe that they are a talented enough team to put together a successful season. The coaches believe in the players, and they are willing to work to make them even better. “I really do believe this is a special group of players,” Collins said, “They’re preparing very hard to play these games. Everything is in place for them to succeed, and we’re hoping for big things from the Pioneers this season.”
declining, and they have lost that winning touch they held onto for so long.
results from a year ago. After DiRico noted that the team lost eight posting a 2-15-1 record, the Golden Lions games by only one-goal last year, but knew that change was necessary. With regardless, it was still a disappointing Dowling has season. The Golden Eagles have played fter a disappointing finish to only last 13 onreturning the year. players, The Pioneers are facing alreadyancollected more situation wins than all of season, the Long Island University eerily similar to the one in four one-goal games this year, but have bythey winning the firstbut fiveare been on the winning side more frequently. Post Pioneers are looking to last get year that were three in lastofseason, games looking this season. back where they belong. Following two for a completely opposite With an experienced coach like successful winning football seasons, theHead outcome. Despite the two coach John DiRico is game in hislosing DiRico, Dowling already has a starting Pioneers finished with a 3-7 record 22nd last year streak, head Coach Bryan Collins is of coaching and understands point to get back on track. “We have a year, falling short of their ultimate goal. team can getLions back on the what itconfident takes to that win.hisThe Golden completely different team than last year,” right track. were National champions in 2006 and DiRico said, “We have a tremendous Despite winning the first two games would consistently post season 10 roster and we have already won more of the year by a combined 91-36 score, “I fully expect us to of compete,” or more wins.said, However, overis the last9-2, games this year than all of last year.” LIU was unable to keep the momentum Collins “Our goal to go two years, their up performance has been going. Bloomsburg University halted one week and one week down. the energy and the Pioneers started an Attack the next opponent.” The unfortunate string of defeats. Throughout Pioneers have been battling injuries the rest of the season LIU would only during both this season, and the winKevin one other game, a 20-15 victory over last one. While many coaches will Story by Freiheit Millersville University on homecoming never use injuries as an excuse, Photos by Morgan Harrison weekend. A losing season can be looked they certainly hurt the overall at in more ways than one. While it wasn’t quality of the team. the anticipated or wanted outcome, the “Our starting running back Pioneers used the year to learn, rebuild has battled an ankle injury, but and improve. he’s playing through it,” Collins
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said, “We’ve been struggling with injuries. If we can get back healthy, we’ll continue to get better each week.” Once a few of the injured players begin to
Freshman infielder Alex Hailes is one of the new players on the team and is looking to get his collegiate career off to a good start. “This team has gelled together really quickly and I have high expectations,” Hailes said. Hailes, who is from England, didn’t hesitate to say that he is more concerned than how the team is doing than personal statistics. At the same time, he knows that he is going to have to step and contribute when called upon. “Hopefully I can make a big impact, stay off the bench and make a difference,” Hailes said.
team become that successful once again, but he’ll have to do it with a completely new set of players, a lot of whom are new. “This team has the makeup, the talent and the chemistry to get back to where we are used to being,” DiRico said. “I have a good sense of where this team can go.”
Returning striker Kariym Balthazer knows what it’s like to play for Dowling, as he did last year, but wants to see the team be successful. “The sky is the limit”, Balthazer said. “We have a lot of work to do, but we’re responding well. I’m happy with how we already beat our record from last year.”
DiRico’s determination to win translates to his players and he aims to recruit players that have the same mentality that he does. “I recruit players from winning programs and my players hate to lose more than they love to win,” DiRico said.
Improving a record from a season ago, but that’s just the first step for Dowling soccer. The Golden Lions made a name for themselves and were a strong force, and an intimidating team to play against.
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DiRico has plans of seeing his
DiRico has set high standards for the Golden Lions and he has every season, regardless of past records or performances. “The coach has high expectations of you and doesn’t settle for mediocracy,” Balthazer said, “I respect him as a coach.”
The Golden Lions are off to a good start, but the season has just begun. Dowling will try to make a deep run for the first time in three years.
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“I believe that hard work beats talent, every time talent does not work hard,” says Kim Simpson, head coach of the Suffolk County Community College Girls Volleyball team. In Coach Simpsons past five seasons with the �harks, the team has made it to the regional semifinals four times. Last season, the Sharks had a record of 22-1 and went to nationals after winning their region. The team included an all-American nomination, as well as multiple all-regional players.
about the game, I must also exhibit it. I work my girls hard and expect a lot out of them.” She says, “No matter how talented, I expect my teams to work, work, work until we hit our final goal of winning the region.”
volleyball, you always know when she is on the court.” Brittney led the team in kills last season. “She works extremely hard and is passionate about the game. She loves to have fun at practice with her teammates and loves to push them. She is a true leader ”, according to Simpson. With a bright future ahead, on and off the court, Brittney is pursuing a future career in nursing. Simpson says, “She is going to do amazing things on the next level when she leaves Suffolk.”
NASSAU LIONS OFF TO A STRONG SEASON Kim Simpson’s volleyball career began at NYIT, where she was a scholarship player for four years. Since then, she has worked with multiple volleyball programs such as the Longwood PAL and the Long Island United travel 18 year old volleyball team. Coach Simpson’s enthusiastic coaching and hard work by the players has lead to indisputable success for the Suffolk Volleyball program. Simpson believes in leading by example, “I think if I want them to have desire and passion
Team captains for the 2013 season include returning sophomores Amanda Dill and Brittney Olazagasti.
Amanda Dill, from Patchogue, was nominated to the all tournament team at the regional playoffs in 2012, where the team took first place. �impson says, “I am very lucky to have someone like Amanda on the team who pushes others to be the best they can be.” This dedicated student athlete is described as a , “consistent, strong, and a mentally tough player.” Amanda hopes to continue playing at a four year school after graduating from SCCC. Fellow team captain and extremely talented player, Brittney Olazagasti, from Selden, NY is a first team all regional player. Coach Simpson says, “Brittney loves
Sophomore Katie Shannon from Selden, controls the court for the Sharks, and is the team’s setter. “The team depends on her and she has done such an amazing job setting up all of our hitters so far this season. She loves the game and wants to continue playing at the next level. Katie is willing to work on anything or try anything you ask her to. Sometimes as a coach you know you push people, and sometimes you must stop before you break them, but there is no breaking Katie. She wants to be the best player she can be!” says Coach Simpson. Simpson describes her as, “a caring, dedicated and hardworking
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In their six wins this season, Nassau has put up 240 points, an average of 40 points per game. Those numbers increased after the Lions defeated Hudson Valley Community College 68-20 in a game that got out of hand quickly.
young lady.” Fighting her way to a starting spot with very talented group, freshman, Carly Lombardo from Stony Brook has been able to find her role on the team. Coach Simpson says, “She is volleyballminded. She has been around the game for so many years and is driven to be successful.” Carly came to the team from High School coming off not only a Division 1 Suffolk Championship, but also a Long Island Championship. Described as a player that always brings one hundred percent, Simpson says, “She is a versatile player, I can ask her to play any position on the court, and she will gladly do so.”
Another key player for the team is Kiersten Kissinger from Islip. This is �iersten’s first year with the �harks. According to Coach Simpson, “She is a humble player; she works hard at practice, and truly loves the game.” Kiersten is a sophomore transfer student from SUNY Oneonta. Coach Simpson says, “We are lucky to have Kiersten transfer back home to join the Suffolk volleyball team.” Having a presence on the court, Simpson describes Kiersten as a, “strong, loud and aggressive player. She is great to watch when she gets more excited for a teammates accomplishments then her own.” With great teamwork, dedication,
respect and passion, Coach Simpson believes the team will go far. The goal is always to win the region and make it to nationals, “That is always what the girls are working to”, says Simpson. This year’s team looks promising, and they are set for another successful year. Simpson says, “They have many talents on the court, strong hitters, big blockers, tough defense, but I love that these girls know the true meaning of being a team and what a teammate really is.” The �harks played their first match on September 3rd. They beat Hostos Community College with a score of three games to none.
The Lions defense has allowed more than seven points in a game just twice this season and have yielded 60 points overall, through the first six games. By scoring four times more than the opponent, Nassau isn’t going to have a problem winning games. They haven’t been relying on star senior players, either. Nassau has been able to spread the wealth and possesses numerous ways to score.
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�ophomore quarterback Troy �ones has led the Lions to victory at every chance he has had this season. �ones has completed 56 of 97 attempts this season, along with 10 touchdowns. His longest play of the year went for 82 yards and he is averaging just over 1�0 per game. �ones has plenty of talented wide outs to throw the ball to, but if there’s a favorite target he has, that very well may be sophomore Antwane Grant. Grant has found the end zone six times this season, including three in the win against Hudson Valley. Grant has three 100-yard receiving games and has made at least a reception during every game, except one. When they’re not throwing the ball, the Lions have a great option in sophomore running back Travis Lock, who has been a big part of the offense this year and has made some big runs all season long. Lock has gained �23 yards and three touchdowns on 93 carries. His longest run of the season was 56 yards.
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With these offensive options, the Lions can be an unpredictable group, and can win games in different ways. Grant and �ones have created problems for their opponents so far because they are both so dynamic.
f there’s one word to describe the Nassau Community College football team, it’s “dominant”. The Lions are plain and simple destroying their opponents this season and have shown no signs of slowing down. The Girls Lions are off to a 6-1 start and have Suffolk Volleyball proven, time after time, that they will be a team to beat going forward. Nassau has been on a roll and is building more momentum and confidence with every win, making it that much more difficult for another team to stop them.
The Lions will look to both of these players to keep doing what they have been as they continue. The Lions had their toughest game of the season recently, and the results were different this time. Nassau suffered its lone loss of the season, which snapped a six game winning streak. The Lions fell to Georgia Military College, the �1 ranked school, by a �5-22 score. Playing the top seeded school is always tough, but Nassau has the talent and mentality to bounce back. The Lions have a few games remaining on their schedule. They will take on Louisburg College, Globe Tech and ASA College to close out the regular season.
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SPOrT PSYCHOlOGY Ira Silverman: The Jerry Maguire of Long Island
Ira SIlverman LIFE OF A SPORT AGENT
early every elite high school athlete harbors a fantasy of continuing on and becoming a pro. After all, who wouldn’t want a life of glamour, fame, travel and wealth? All the while, doing the thing you love the most. Not a bad gig but as every young athlete knows, the chances of making it to the pros is fairly remote. One must be better than the best in the nation and also avoid injury. What typically occurs, after a stellar high school or college career one must unfortunately and reluctantly say good-bye the glorious Friday Night Lights in the arena and move on. But wait a minute, not so fast. Maybe there is a way to stay connected to the wonderful world of sports.
psychologist. It would be a great job and I’d stay in sports. Although, sport psychology is not the only field that connects with sports. Remember the Oscar winning film with Tom Cruise called Jerry Maguire. That film was inspired by and based upon the life of sports agent and attorney Leigh Steinberg. He represented Troy Aikman, John Starks, Dusty Baker and more.
To find out more about the life of a sports agent I called upon Ira Silverman who is one Long Island’s best. Ira has worked with and represented athlete’s like Freeman McNeil and Doug Flutie (football), Nancy Kerrigan and Nicole Bobek (figure skating), Brandi Chastain (soccer) and Hakeem ‘The Dream’ Olajuwon I was a pretty good college golfer but I (basketball), and my good friend, Ann Ligouri realized early on that I would never make it to (media personality). He is currently working the tour. I decided to peruse a career as a sport with the former Yankee star Fritz Peterson.
Soccer star Brandi Chastain or “Hollywood” is one of the super stars Ira has helped.
During our wide ranging interview I discovered that like the real Jerry Maguire, Ira Silverman is very well educated with a degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a Masters from Washington University. He described his job was to “publicize, promote and market sports figures, corporations, companies and foundations.” As the interview proceeded I asked him what the essential qualities of a great sports agent were. Here is a list of what he told me:
Hakeem ‘The Dream’ Olajuwon of basketball stardom is one of Ira’s clients.
the business opportunities for my clients.” 5) Writing Skills: “My job is all about communication. I need to write well and also to speak well face to face.” 6) Legal Background: “Make sure you take classes in law and contracts because these skills are always used in my business.” 7) Intelligence: “You always need a good fund of information in order to converse with many types of people.”
1) Honesty: “One must always 8) Negotiation skills: “You need build trust and that happens when to be able to look the other guy in the yon are honest.” 2) Perseverance: “I do not use the eye and not blink. I always know the word ‘can’t ‘. One must always be parameters of the deal before I enter the room.” tenacious and positive. “ 3) Contacts: “Contacts are the backbone of my business. I have met many people over the years including athletes, lawyers, promoters and media professionals. And I try to maintain contact with them all.”
9) Love of the Game: “I love sport, I love my job and I love people.”
I have worked with Ira for many years now. When I need help with negotiations and to make a contact he is the guy I call. Over the years 4) Creativity: “My job is to he has introduced me to athletes think outside the box and to expand like John McEnroe, Joe Namath and Freeman McNeil. I appreciate what
The great running back Freeman McNeil has also been helped by Ira.
he does for others, including me! As we left the interview I asked him if he had had anything to add to the interview. He reminded me to say that if the high school athlete is really interested in sports management he ought to major in sports management in college and that they could reach out to him for guidance at email@example.com. He then said that a career in sports management is more fun than you could ever imagine. So if your dreams of becoming a pro do not come to fruition, think of sports management and do not be afraid to contact Ira. n example of Ira’s current work is SigTape. He works with someone on the West Coast who realized that every football player on earth uses tape every game and that in fact 65% of all athletes use athletic tape during play. So why not personalize it with the team or school logo. Good idea. The photo you see is from Penn State and shows how they personalized their tape.
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oo tired to grab something to eat before your morning practice? Too rushed to eat before your afternoon game? Not fueling your body before workouts can result in a sluggish performance! In the mor ning your body is in a fasting state. Your liver glycogen (storage of carbohydrate that regulates your blood sugar) is in very low supply. Low blood sugar can make you feel dizzy and faintnot a great recipe for peak performance. By afternoon our liver glycogen is usually filled up with our morning meals, so now you need to worry about your supply of glycogen stored i n you r muscles. Muscle glycogen supplies energy throughout exercise and can become depleted after exercising continuously for more than 90 minutes. Most high school and college athletes have at least 2-hour
practices. Working out on a quarter tank of glycogen or lower may lead to an empty tank of energy, just when the practice drills start getting intense! Your muscles will not have the energy it needs to perform and you will feel weak and slow- not something you want to feel or what your coach expects from you. Fueling up for practice or competition requires eating some form of carbohydrate about a half an hour before starting time.
Pre-performance snacks include: •
Pretzels, crackers, or dry cereal with raisins; pre-pack in
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Plain bagel (can add a small
Sports drink (Gatorade®, Powerade®, or Vitamin Water®).
amount of butter, cream cheese or peanut butter, but not too much as this slows digestion) or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (again go light on the p.b.).
Pack these snacks ahead or keep a supply
Cereal bar – choose one with in your backpack so you will always be mostly carbohydrate, lower in fiber, with just a small amount of protein; save the high protein bar for after practice. Too much protein and fat before exercise can be harder to digest.
energized to perform your best in practice and competition.
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t is tougher than ever to be a student athlete these days. As if trying to maintain good grades, keep up with your teamâ€™s practice schedule and have at least some form of a social life were not enough, you are also expected to stay in decent shape. Trouble is, who has got time to put in long, arduous workouts in the gym when you are being pulled in so many different directions? If only there was a way to work more muscle, in less time and address all of the areas you need to strengthen to become a better athlete. Luckily, there is! Enter hybrid exercises â€“ lifts that incorporate multiple movement patterns to provide the ultimate athletic training stimulus! Unlike more traditional exercises that focus on specific body segments, often through a single plane of motion, hybrid lifts pose a much greater challenge to bio-motor skills such as balance, coordination and spatial awareness, meaning that they require you to develop a greater sense of the way your body moves through space. This is a key skill to improve regardless of what sport you play. They are also incredibly time efficient and offer a terrific way to increase workout intensity. About the only downside when training with hybrids is that you will be limited to using only as much weight as you can handle for the weakest part of the lift. For example, if you are doing a combination squat and overhead press, you can only use as much as you can safely push up overhead with good form. Needless to say, this may not be enough load to completely fatigue your legs. However, despite not being an effective tool for increasing maximal strength, hybrids still have plenty to offer the busy student athlete who is looking to improve their game. Try the following exercises as either paired super-sets (where you perform one exercise after the other with no rest until both are completed, then rest for 60-90 seconds), or as a grueling circuit, by doing all six in a row and then resting for 90-120 seconds before going around for a second time. Either way, you are bound to get a great workout that will give you a whole new understanding for the way your body was designed to move.
SQUAT TO ROW Areas trained: Lower body, with an emphasis on the posterior chain (glutes, hamstrings and spinal erectors working together), upper back and arms. Execution: Stand facing a low cable pulley with your feet spread about shoulderâ€™s width apart, holding on to a rope handle with your arms extended towards the pulley. Begin by sitting your hips back as you descend into a squat, keeping your arms extended out in front of you. Once your thighs are parallel to the ground, push back up with your legs as you simultaneously use your upper back and arms to pull the weight towards your torso. In the top position your legs should be completely extended, with your arms bent about 90 degrees and your elbows just past your torso. Hold for a second then lower back down and repeat until you have done 10-12 repetitions.
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Areas Trained: Core and lateral hips, along with chest, shoulders and triceps. Execution: Secure a resistance band to a sturdy object and position your body several feet in front of it. Begin by grabbing the band with your right hand and then turning away from the anchoring point. Next, set up in a side plank position, using your left arm as the support. Bridge up off the ground and with the right hand held just in front of your chest, hold the side plank position and press the band out in front of you until your arm is fully extended. Hold that position for a second before returning your arm to the start position and repeating until youâ€™ve completed 8-10 reps, making sure to stay up in the plank position the entire time.
UNILATERAL ROMANIAN DEADLIFT & REVERSE FLY Areas Trained: Posterior Chain and upper back. Also helps develop balance and coordination. Execution: Stand balancing on one leg with your knee slightly bent, holding a pair of light dumbbells at your sides. Keeping your torso upright and core engaged, hinge at the hips by driving your glutes back and leaning forward at the waist, without bending your support knee any more. As you are doing so, slowly work the dumbbells up in a wide, arcing motion out to the sides of your body by pinching your shoulder blades together. In the finish position your entire torso, along with the non-working leg, should be parallel to the ground with your arms held out perpendicular to your body with just a slight bend in your elbows. Hold for a second, then lower and repeat the sequence with the opposite leg. Continue until you have done a total of 10-12 repetitions.
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In their six wins this season, Nassau has put up 240 points, an average of 40 points per game. Those numbers increased after the Lions defeated Hudson Valley Community College 68-20 in a game that got out of hand quickly. The Lions defense has allowed more than seven points in a game just twice this season and have yielded 60 points overall, through the first six games. By scoring four times more than the opponent, Nassau isn’t going to have a problem winning games. They haven’t been relying on star senior players, either. Nassau has been able to spread the wealth and possesses numerous ways to score. Sophomore quarterback Troy Jones has led the Lions to victory at every chance he has had this season. Jones has completed 56 of 97 attempts this season, along with 10 touchdowns. His longest play of the year went for 82 yards and he is averaging just over 140 per game. Jones has plenty of talented wide outs to throw the ball to, but if there’s a favorite target he has, that very well may be sophomore Antwane Grant. Grant has found the end zone six times this season, including three in the win against Hudson Valley. Grant has three 100-yard receiving games and has made at least a reception during every game, except one. When they’re not throwing the ball, the Lions have a great option in sophomore running back Travis Lock, who has been a big part of the offense this year and has made some big runs all season long. Lock has gained 423 yards and three touchdowns on 93 carries. His longest run of the season was 56 yards. With these offensive options, the Lions can be an unpredictable group, and can win games in different ways. Grant and Jones have created problems for their opponents so far because they are both so dynamic.
f there’s one word to describe the Nassau Community College football team, it’s “dominant”. The Lions are plain and simple destroying their opponents this season and have shown no signs of slowing down. The Lions are off to a 6-1 start and have proven, time after time, that they will be a team to beat going forward. Nassau has been on a roll and is building more momentum and confidence with every win, making it that much more difficult for another team to stop them.
The Lions will look to both of these players to keep doing what they have been as they continue. The Lions had their toughest game of the season recently, and the results were different this time. Nassau suffered its lone loss of the season, which snapped a six game winning streak. The Lions fell to Georgia Military College, the #1 ranked school, by a 45-22 score. Playing the top seeded school is always tough, but Nassau has the talent and mentality to bounce back. The Lions have a few games remaining on their schedule. They will take on Louisburg College, Globe Tech and ASA College to close out the regular season.
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Tirado is a transfer from the Air force returned game, 14 players lastbeseason,â€? Championship they from look to poised to return said Dzus, â€œThe difference was felt right $FDGHP\DQGKDGWRVLWRXWWKHÂżUVWKDOI WRWKDWJDPHDQGWDNHFDUHRIVRPHXQÂżQLVKHGEXVLQHVV away, losing the starters from last year of the season due to NCAA regulations Since that loss, the Lady Panthers havenâ€™t lost in that I have played with for the past three IRUWUDQVIHUULQJÂł+HQU\ZLOOEHDKXJH WKH ODVW ÂżYH FRQWHVWV 7KH\ SOD\HG D WLH DJDLQVW seasons, but after realizing the talent this FRQWULEXWRUIRUXVÂ´VDLG7UDYDÂł+HKDV Assumption College, preventing them from carrying a team has to offer, I believe we can win extreme energy and we are a different ÂżYHJDPHZLQQLQJVWUHDNRQWRWKHLUQH[WRSSRQHQW the Skyline championship again.â€? team when he plays.â€? All that remains on Adelphiâ€™s schedule are Dzus is a four year starter and the The Golden Eagles have started to 1RUWKHDVWHUQ RSSRQHQWV DQG WKH\ FXUUHQWO\ VLW DWRS captain of this team. â€œTerrence is the turn around their season winning two those standings. It wonâ€™t be easy, but the Adelphi heart and soul of this team,â€? said Trava, games in a row. Their last win was huge 3DQWKHUV VHHP WR EH WKH IDYRULWH WR ZLQ WKHLU ÂżUVW Âł+HLVWKHOHDGHUWKDWHYHU\RQHORRNVXS beating the number one team in their conference championship program history. to, and helps out theinyounger kids on the conference Mt. St. Maryâ€™s.
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hemistry, a recurring theme within the New York Institute of Technologyâ€™s Womenâ€™s Tennis team, seems to be catalyzing the team towards another successful season. The Bears are coming off of a win in their season opener, and it appears that theyâ€™re picking up right where they left off last year as 2012 ECC Champions. The Bears defeated Philadelphia 9-0 this past Sunday in their season opener to bring them to 1-0, and now have their eyes set on the next match, Friday 9/13 against Daemen College.
Since Coach Chris Frusci took over as head coach in 2011 the Bears have seen a winning trend within the program. For the 2013 season the
Bears have 5 new additions to the team and they are going to have to look to returning players like Sara Burinato, the ECC preseason player of the year, to maintain the success. This year Coach Frusci is focusing on strength, conditioning, and rehabilitation. â€œThe response has been great, weâ€™re getting more players healthy and preventing more injuries that way;â€? so far the coach and the players agree, itâ€™s paying off.
and cohesion among the team, even from observing just one practice. The FKHPLVWU\LVHYLGHQWLQWKHÂżUVWPDWFK where the bears swept the doubles with the teams of Sara Burinato & Claudia Sanchez Gonzalez, Melanie Benyadi & Gabrela Siembab, and Rocio Benavent & Madalina Florea. While Sanchez Gonzalez, Siembab, Benavent, Florea, Burinato, and Benyadi all took their singles matches to contribute WRWKHÂżUVWPDWFKZLQRIWKHVHDVRQ Despite missing two key players in the ÂżUVWPDWFK&HOLD5HVSDXWDQG$OHVVLD Rossetti, the Bears look to be off to DJRRGVWDUW'HÂżQLWHO\DSURJUDPWR watch as they are favored in the ECC again this year.
The strength and conditioning regimen may be one of the recipes for success, but team chemistry could be another. With a team of such diverse backgrounds and 5 new girls this year, itâ€™s quite impressive to see such team unity. One can sense a common goal
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ast year the Hofstra womenâ€™s soccer team won the Colonial Athletic Conference, DQG PDGH LW WR WKH ÂżUVW URXQG RI the NCAA tournament where they lost to Boston College. This year they are striving for a repeat as conference champions, and make it back to the NCAA tournament.
â€œThis year we want to win the CAA for a second year in a row,â€? said senior GHIHQGHUPLGÂżHOGHU7DUD.HUQVÂł1RRQH has ever won it two years in a row. We also want to make it far in the NCAA tournament, this program has grown competitively over the years and we have no limits on our potential as a team.â€? The Pride currently has eight wins,
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GOLDEN EAGLES DOWLING UNIVERSITY four losses and one tie overall and in conference they have two wins one loss and one tie. â€œWe have a fairly solid team and are playing well,â€? said Hofstra womenâ€™s soccer head coach Simon Riddiough, â€œWe have good players with experience that have come back, and we are playing FRQÂżGHQWO\ :H NQRZ HYHU\ JDPH LV D battle we just have to be consistent in our games and we can win our conference again.â€? Coach Riddiough is entering his eighth year as the head coach of The Pride. Since he started coaching in 2005, the Hofstra womenâ€™s soccer team has won the CAA conference three times and has gone to the NCAA tournament four
times, advancing to the second round of the tournament twice. â€œCoach Simon is not only a great coach, but is also a great person and friend,â€? said Kerns, â€œOne of the main reasons I chose Hofstra is because of the coaching staff. Coach Simon and coach Tobi both know how to get the job done and how to have fun at the same time.â€? The womenâ€™s soccer team only lost three seniors to graduation, one of them being a starter. The Hofstra Pride is stacked with talented players that know what it is like to play in the NCAA tournament and want to get back there. They have a strong offensive starting XQLWWKDWLVOHGE\VRSKRPRUHPLGÂżHOGHU /HDK *DOWRQ DQG MXQLRU PLGÂżHOGHU 6DP Scolarici.
The defense is led by seniors Tara Kerns, Ruby Staplehurst and Brittany Farriella. â€œThese three are tremendous players and great leaders,â€? said Riddiough. Kerns is a three year starter. â€œTara does all the dirty work for us,â€? said Riddiough, â€œShe is hard working, and is our connection between the defense and offense.â€? Staplehurst led the team in assists last season. â€œRuby is a great defender and is dangerous offensively,â€? said Riddiough. Farriella is a three year starter. â€œBrittany works hard and keeps us organized as a unit,â€? Riddiough said. Hofstra is in for a challenge in the CAA conference. William and Mary and James Madison are always in contention for the conference title. If the Hofstra Pride continues to play hard, they can get back to where they ended last season.
Galton shined as a freshman last season, earning the Colonial Athletic Association rookie of the year. She also earned all-CAA rookie team, allâ€œWe have good team chemistry, &$$ ÂżUVW WHDP DQG ZDV D 16&$$ DOOPLGDWODQWLF ÂżUVW WHDP SLFN 6KH OHG everyone is buying into the system and Hofstra in goals as a freshman, and was working hard,â€? said Riddiough, â€œIâ€™m second in the CAA in goals and points. happy with the way we are playing right This season Galton was listed as the now.â€? conference preseason player of the year. So far this season Galton has six goals and eight assists. â€œLeah is big, fast and strong,â€? said Riddiough, â€œShe is a very good player.â€? Scolarici is currently leading the nation in goals with 13 goals. â€œSam works KDUG DQG LV SOD\LQJ ZLWK FRQÂżGHQFHÂ´ said Riddiough, â€œShe knows where the goal is and is always looking to score.â€?
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t’s only been six games, but the Farmingdale State women’s basketball team has endured a roller coaster type of season thus far. The Rams head into the semester break with a 2-4 record, but that easily could have been a whole different story. After going 15-10 last year, Farmingdale State comes into this season with head coach Chris Mooney in his 14th season. Mooney has been a huge part of the program and has helped lead the team to the Conference Final in each of those 12 years. Winning two of the first six games was not exactly what Mooney had in mind, but the Rams haven’t been playing like their record shows. The Rams dropped their season opener to Western Conneticut in the Richard Stockton Tournament by a 72-55 score, but bounced back to win their home opener against St. Marry’s (MD.) 83-79. Since then, the Rams have been playing close games, but have not been on the winning end of a majority of them. In a game against No. 18 ranked William Paterson, the Rams rallied to tie the game in the second half, sending the game to overtime. A three point lead with 14 seconds remaining in overtime was erased when the Pioneers sunk a
three pointer. William Paterson scored six straight points in the 2nd overtime, and the Rams rallied, but fell short, dropping the contest 66-65. It was the type of game that Farmingdale State wasn’t favored to win, but they had a chance to pull off an upset in what was a thrilling game. The Rams dropped another pair of games that weekend, one of them by just four points. Mooney needed to make adjustments and get his team thinking positively, and whatever he did, it worked. The Rams traveled to Purchase and were victorious 78-62, a clean win. Farmingdale State still has 20 games to be played when the new semester begins, so a sluggish start could quickly be forgotten about if they can string some wins together. Senior guard Nicky Young and junior guard Camille Romero have been scoring a bulk of the team’s points this season. Young leads the Rams with an average of just over 22 points per game, while Romero is just under 19. Senior forward Lushanta Savadel leads the team with an average of 10 rebounds per game. The Rams have a few leaders that they are looking to on a daily basis, but they still need more from their other starters if they plan on making a run. Farmingdale State has been a fierce team in the past and if they heat up, they can easily be dangerous once again. With Mooney behind the bench, don’t be surprised if the Rams catch fire and start making a run. DESIGN BY LOUIS H QUACH
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he Molloy College women’s basketball team is coming off of a 10-16 season and hasn’t finished over .500 in quite a few years.
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It didn’t take long for Molloy to get the ball rolling this year. They opened the season with a pair of victories in the University of Bridgeport Women’s Basketball Classic in Connecticut. They defeated Post University by a 97-78 score and followed it up with a close 69-67 win against Felician.
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The Lions’ strong start was quickly wiped away, though, as they would drop the next two in the 1st annual Regina Rivera Memorial Tournament in Orangeburg, NY. Molloy fell to Dominican College by a 80-69 score and then Nyack college, 77-68.
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the time this season is over. They have put themselves in a strong position, but still have a long way to go. The Lions are doing this behind first-year head coach Kate Lynch, so whatever she is doing has been working for Molloy. Often, a new coach and a fresh start are exactly what a team needs to return to winning ways, and it looks like that is exactly what is happening with the Lions. Molloy certainly has potential, and they have proven that so far. They are a team to keep an eye on as they could be on their way to another 10+ win season. Designed by Win-Kye Cheong
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he Women’s Basketball Program at SUNY College at Old Westbury has built a strong program over the past nine seasons. And they have done so behind Coach Michael Kransoff, currently in his tenth year, the school’s most winningest coach in the institute’s history. Known for fielding teams with a “high octane and exciting offense,” Coach Krasnoff had amassed a 149-114 record while at Old Westbury. Last season, Old Westbury finished the season 16-10 and 10-4 in conference play, but fell to Purchase College in the first game of the Skyline Conference Championship Tournament. Despite the early exit from the playoffs, their 16-10 record capped off the Lady Panthers third straight winning season. This year however, is proving to be somewhat of a challenge for Krasnoff and the Lady Panthers. The team opened their 2013 season as a participant in the Rampo Tip-Off Tournament. Unfortunately, with that, came an 0-2 record. Old Westbury did pick up a win in their next game, against The City College of New York, and would find themselves with a 2-3 record after their first five. Unfortunately, since then, the team
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LD WESTBURY hers has had some difficulty finding their groove. Dropping some close ones, including a 77-75 OT loss to St. Josephâ€™s College-Brooklyn, the team has fallen to 2-9. Despite the losses, Old Westbury did have a great opportunity to close out the calendar year. This year, the Lady Panthers had the opportunity to participate in the 7th Annual CUNY Coaches vs Cancer Classic, hosted by Lehman College. The City University of New York Athletic Conference, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society hosts this annual event with the goal of empowering basketball coaches, teams and their communities to help make a difference in the fight against cancer. While Old Westbury surely
would have liked to close out 2013 with at least one victory, it would be hard not to feel good about what they were a part of. And now well rested from the holiday break, Old Westbury should be ready to go. They will finally begin their Conference on January 7th when the team visits NYU-Polytechnic. NYU-Poly has suffered some struggles early on this season as well. Only 2-5 this season, they will join the Lady Panthers in their hunt for their third win of the season. Old Westbury does still have some offense flair to help propel them along this season. Freshman guard Jasmine Robinson and Junior guard Clarissa Gallagher have both provided strong secondary scoring for the Lady Panthers this season
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However, leading the charge is Senior DeAndra Scott. An important kog in the teamâ€™s offense for the past three seasons, Scott has returned and is again leading the team offensively. As the only player to play in all 11 games, she has average 21.4 points per game. Currently, the Lady Panthers are second in offense among conference rivals with 74 points per game. However, they also give up 75.6 points against per game. If they can work on improving that differential, they still have the time to climb in the conference rankings and make a strong run into the Conference Championship Tournament.
Duane Morgan, Anthony Libroia and Ryan DeNicola lead the team in baskets this season.
Coach Savino has been at Adelphi for the past seven seasons, serving as an assistant coach for his first three. In 2010, Savino was appointed head coach. Since then, he has led the Panthers to the NE-10 Conference Championship for four consecutive seasons. His first two years were 20win seasons. Savino has been coaching basketball for nearly 30 years, with most of his experience at the high school level. If he can turn things around, once again, this will be their fifth consecutive championship run.
Once again things are looking grim for the Panthers, currently holding an overall record of 4-11, with a 2-7 record in the conference. The Adelphi Menâ€™s Basketball has have struggled to gain momentum up to this point under head coach Dom Savino.
ast season started off rough for the Adelphi Basketball team, losing the majority of their first games. Midway through their season the Panthers turned things around, securing six-straight wins. After gaining some momentum, the Panthers made it to the NE-10 playoffs and ended the year with a conference record of 11-11. The 2012-2013 Panthers finished with a notable 7th place standing, in the top half of their sixteenteam conference. Considering a poor start, this was a significant turn around for the team.
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Sophomore, Anthony Libroia follows close behind with 177 points as a guard. Libroia started as a freshman playing in all 29 games, leading the team in steals, assists and three pointers. He was also honored to the NE-10 Commissioners Honor Roll. Once again Libroia leads the team in steals, assists, three pointers with 20, 74, and 23 consecutively. Through his quickness, Libroia also leads the team with 50 turnovers. The local guard comes from
Forward, Duane Morgan towers over the defense at 6â€™6. The junior leads the Panthers in points with 221. He averages 14.7 points her game and has recorded 89 rebounds. The forward can also shoot from the outside, 30 of his points were from outside. Once again the junior leads the squad in blocks, with 25 so far this season. Duane Morgan came to Adelphi as a freshman after graduating from his hometown high school West Orange, New Jersey.
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Can Adelphi turn it around once again? Only time will tell. There is no doubt, that this team is full of young talent and will be an even stronger in the upcoming years. This may not be the year of the Panther, but Savino is definitely setting up for something big in the future.
Sophmore, Ryan DeNicola was also on the NE-10 Commissioners Honor Roll last year, seeing time as a freshman. The 6â€™7 forward/center from Massapequa leads the team in rebounds with 119, averaging 9.2 per game. He has accumulated 140 points, taking most of his shots in or close to the paint. The sophomore has also caused 28 turnovers and made 9 blocks. Denicola advanced to Adelphi after graduating from Long Island Lutheran High School, playing in three state championships. DeNicola was All-State and All-County in high school.
Bayside, New York graduating from Holy Cross High School.
“Luke is the hardest worker on the team,” said Anspach. “He does all the right things and knows
This wrestling team is loaded with talent that is helping them adjust to the new conference. At 141 pounds is redshirt senior Luke Vaith. The last two years Vaith was a NCAA qualifier and in 2012 he was a CAA champion.
“We are doing well and are on target with where we thought we would be,” said Anspach. “Some of the young guys are struggling but other guys are wrestling at or above where we thought they would be.”
So far this season Hofstra has four wins and five losses overall and in conference they have two wins and two losses.
Anspach also wrestled at Hofstra University. In his first year as the head coach he won 10 dual matches which no one has done in school history in their first year as head coach. In Anspach’s first two years he coached the team to two CAA team championships. Last year he received CAA coach of the year honors.
Anspach is in his third year as the head coach of the Hofstra University men’s wrestling team.
“Cornell is the best team in our conference,” said Anspach.
The CAA ceased the sponsorship of wrestling after last year. Hofstra wrestling joined the EIWA which consists of teams from the Ivy League, Patriot League, Northeast Conference, American Athletic Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association. Since Hofstra is new to the conference they will only face six of the 17 other teams in the conference. All the teams in the Conference are good but the big competition is Cornell. Cornell is ranked in the country and has won the conference nine years in a row.
“We are looking to finish in the top three of the conference, qualify six wrestlers to the National tournament and have two all Americans,” said Hofstra University’s men’s wrestling head coach Rob Anspach. “This is the biggest conference in wrestling. It provides us with new challenges and allows us to compete with some of the best teams in the country.”
fter winning 12 out of the last 13 Colonial Athletic Association conference championships the Hofstra University men’s wrestling team moved to the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association joining 17 other teams.
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At 125 pounds is redshirt senior Jamie Franco.
Booth and Vaith have the potential to be all Americans. They are the leaders of this Hofstra team.
“Joe has been a great addition to our team,” said Anspach. “He can compete with the best guys, has the best work ethic and does all the right things.”
At 165 pounds is graduate student Joe Booth. This is Booth’s first year on the Hofstra wrestling team. He joined the team after graduating from Drexel University. Booth is a three time NCAA qualifier.
how to get himself to compete at the best of his ability.”
“This is the place I wrestled so it is great getting to coach here,” said Anspach. “This is an experience. The kids need to establish an undeniable belief that they can win and they will be successful. Coaching here is a lot of fun. This team works harder than a lot of teams, have good characters and we have a good time.”
Hofstra’s next match is away January 19, 2014 against Bloomburg University. Hofstra is still adjusting to the new Conference but they expect to end up in the top three of their conference. This wrestling team is confident they can be successful and are continuing to get better and more comfortable in the conference with every match.
“Jamel is very athletic and talented,” said Anspach. “He is very explosive and fun to watch. Jamel is the future of this program.”
At 133 pounds is redshirt freshman Jamel Hudson. Hudson is in his second year on the team.
“Cody is having a lot of success this year,” said Anspach. “He is finally healthy and we are starting to see results of what he can do. He is very good, very tough and we expect more from him every time he steps out on the mat.”
At 149 pounds is redshirt junior Cody Ruggirello. Ruggirello has been on the Hofstra wrestling team for four years and had a few setbacks due to injuries. This year Ruggirello is healthy and is expected to be successful.
“Jamie is very smart and all about technique,” said Anspach. “He is a hard worker and because he is wrestling smart he always has a chance to win.”
Franco was the CAA champion last year and is a two time NCAA qualifier.
With 17 seconds left in in the game, NYIT was ahead by one point. A final drive by Georgian Court resulted in a two-point layup in the last six seconds of the game. The final score was 80-79.
In the nail biting match against Georgian Court, the Bears led with a comfortable lead for the first half. The second half was a different story. Point by point, Georgian Court stepped up and made it a close game, tying the score and battling for the lead.
ould the Bears be making a turn for the better? The NYIT Menâ€™s Basketball team has had a rough start this year losing their first three nonconference games against Domincan, Caldwell and Georgian Court University.
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With a first win under the Bears belt, they hit the road to play Wilmington University at Newark, Delaware. Senior Markus Moore had an outstanding performance against the Wildcats. Moore recorded 13 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocks elevating NYiT to an overtime victory, with a final score of 85-83.
Following short behind, senior Phil Izevehai scored 18 points for the Bears. The freshmen, Kachi Nzerem and Khalif Chaplin added 16 and 15 points, respectively.
After the third heart breaking loss, things were looking grim for NYIT. A few days later the Bears overcame the loss, beating Concordia College, 111-81. With a full team effort, five of the Bears scored in the double digits. Junior Nick Fessended and senior Markus Moore accounted for 40 points, scoring 20 each.
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Senior Chikilra Goodman has totaled 140 points, averaging 12.7, in the eleven games she has played. The guard leads the team in 3-pointers hitting 8 threepointers of her 25 attempts. The smart shooter has an overall 50% chance of hitting a shot anywhere on the court. She also leads the team defensively, with an outstanding 33 steals this season. Designed by
Jessica Ogunnorin leads the Seawolves in rebounds with a total of 74. The junior, from Athens, Greece plays guard for Stony Brook and has scored 101 points in the nine games she has played. She averages 11.2 per game.
Last season she was named to the All-American East third team as a sophomore. Proctor player her freshman year (2010-2011) at North Carolina A&T, and did not play the 2011-2012 season due transfer rules.
Proctor has also accounted for 12 steals and 21 turnovers and a total of 72 rebounds so far this year. Proctor has an impressive 3-point percentage, hitting nearly 39% of her shots from the outside.
The point leader for Stony Brook, Sabre Proctor, has racked up 165 points in the last eleven games. The junior forward, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania averages 15 points a game.
Along with a dedicated and passionate coaching staff, the 2013-2014 Seawolves have no shortage of athletes on the court.
The Seawolves picked up 14 wins, making last season the best since 2006-2007. Stony Brook is showing improvement under O’Boyle and is looking to keep the progress into the 2013-2014 season.
Her first full season with the Seawolves was one of the best years for the team in recent history. Despite being picked to finish last in the preseason America East Coaches poll, the team fought to earn the 4th place seed in the conference tournament.
Beth O’Boyle was appointed head coach of the team at the end of the 2011 season. O’Boyle has fourteen years of coaching experience and believes in developing well-rounded student athletes.
he season ahead is looking bright for the Stony Brook Seawolves. In the last six weeks of non-conference games, the women’s basketball team has won eight games and only lost three
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