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Fall 2001 edition of Dragon Tales. Dragon Tales is published three times a year by the SUNY Oneonta athletics department.

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  • Dragon TalesOfficial Newsletter

    of Oneonta State Athletics

    Volume 3, No. 1 Fall, 2001

    In this issue...

    --Womens Soccer Recap Continued, pg. 2--Mens Soccer and Volleyball Recaps, pg. 2+3--New Faces, pg. 3--Athletic Hall of Fame, pg. 4--Fall Athletes of the Week, pg. 4--Womens Tennis, Field Hockey and Cross Country recaps, pg. 5+6--Fall Honor Roll, pg. 6--Fall Scoreboard, pg. 7--Winter Schedules, pg. 8

    Womens Soccer Wins Third Straight SUNYAC CrownMens Soccer Reaches Ten Wins For Third Straight Year

    NEW SOCCER FIELD DEDICATED

    On September 8, 2001, The College at Oneonta dedicated the brand new soccer fieldthat was completed in August. Shown here is President Donovan along with state,local and college dignitaries as they cut the ribbon to officially open Red Dragon

    Soccer Field. The opening game on the new field was the Oneonta State men versusWest Virginia University and the attendance for the game was nearly 1,000 people.

    Womens Soccer Earns ThirdConsecutive NCAA Berth

    The womens soccer teamproved that there would be no stoppingthem in the post-Liz McGrail era as theycontinued their dominance in theSUNYAC en route to their third consecu-tive title. They ended the season unde-feated in conference play for the thirdstraight year while extending their regu-lar season and overall SUNYAC winningstreaks in the process. The Red Dragonscurrently have won 35 straight regularseason games in the SUNYAC and 36straight overall including the last threeconference tournaments.

    The 2001 season opened at theUniversity of Rochester tournament whereOneonta dropped two 1-0 games to KeeneState and Eastern Connecticut State. Theinitial win of the fall came the followingweekend in the opening game of theMayors Cup Tournament at Hartwickagainst Western New England College.Two second half goals, including sopho-more Megan Conboys (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) first collegiate goal, cata-pulted them to a 2-0 win over the GoldenBears. The next day Oneonta would facethe defending National Champions in theCollege of New Jersey to decide thisyears champion of the Mayors Cup. TheLions scored two early goals and then shutdown the Oneonta attack en route to theshut out victory.

    The loss against TCNJ was thelast one for a while as the Red Dragonsran off 18 straight including their two winsin the SUNYAC Tournament to earn a trip

    (continued, pg. 2, col. 1)

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    to the NCAA Tournament for a thirdstraight year. Along the way, senior AmyDucharme (Burnt Hills, NY/Burnt Hills)was a scoring machine. Over an eightgame stretch she scored 11 goals that in-cluded at least one goal in five consecu-tive games. She finished the season asthe team leader in goals (16), points (38)and game-winning goals (5) and was se-lected as the SUNYAC Most Valuable

    Player.The Oneonta

    offense racked up 63goals for the seasonand played in onlythree games this fallwhere they won byonly one goal. Thedefense was just asoutstanding with itssenior leaders,Kristen Henniger

    (Lake Grove, NY/Sachem), Liz Grosser(Levittown, NY/Kellenberg), HillaryPilosi (Dalls, PA/Lake Lehman) andKristen Lynch (Columbus, GA/West (NY)Geneseo). This foursome, along withfreshman goalkeeper Erin Hodges(Watervliet, NY/Watervliet), allowed only10 goals including only one during regu-lar season play in the SUNYAC.

    The run for the Red Dragonscame to a screeching halt in the first roundof the NCAA Tournament when they lostto Keuka College 1-0. Oneonta com-pletely dominated play and held a decidedadvantage in shots at 26-1, but allowedthe Storm to capitalize on their only op-portunity of the contest.

    Statistic Leaders:

    Goals: .................... Amy DuCharme, 16..................................... Brooke Davis, 9

    Assists: ............................. DuCharme, 6......................................... Erinn Sosa, 5

    Points: ............................ DuCharme, 38................................................Davis, 21

    Goalkeeping: ...................... Erin Hodges.1881 MP, 52 SVS, 0.48 GAA, 10 SHO

    Amy DuCharme

    Mens Soccer Team RegistersDouble-Digits in Wins for

    Third Straight Year

    The mens soccer team had an-other solid showing on the pitch this fallwith their 10-7-1 overall record includinga 4-2-0 record in the Atlantic Soccer Con-ference. The 10 wins for Oneonta wasthe third straight year that the squad hasregistered a double-digit winning season.The significance for the program in gen-eral is that they had not had a string ofseasons like this since the mid-80s whenthey put together five consecutive 10+winning seasons from 1984 to 1988.

    The 2001 season opened on theroad at the Nike Classic hosted by theUniversity of New Hampshire. The RedDragons came home with a split after de-feating the hosts 2-0 and dropping a 2-1match to the University of Vermont. Jun-ior Ryan Rummery (Biggin Hill, England/Oxtego County) and freshman GeorgeFriedman (Stockholm, Sweden/Nacka)were both selected to the All-TournamentTeam for their performance during the twogames.

    The secondweekend of the sea-son brought the open-ing of the Collegesbrand new soccer fa-cility and the hostingof the Mayors CupTournament. Unfor-tunately Oneonta wasdefeated by West Vir-ginia 2-1 in the opening game on the newfield, but did bounce back the next day todefeat Mercer University 3-1 behind twogoals and one assist by sophomore JmeAmoako (Brooklyn, NY/Friends).

    The Red Dragons opened theregular schedule with a trip to Philadel-phia University on Sep. 15 and werebeaten 1-0 in overtime. Philadelphia, whowould end up winning the ASC crown,scored 31 seconds into the first overtimeperiod to pull out the win.

    Oneonta would win four of thenext five games including two 1-0 winsover defending ASC champion, FloridaInternational, and Adelphi University.

    (continued, pg. 3, col. 1)

    Jme Amoako

    (continued, pg. 3, col. 2)

    Volleyball Team ReachesTwenty Wins Again

    The Oneonta State volleyballteam had high hopes entering the 2001campaign as the squad returned all of itsstarters from a year ago. The team didsee many younger players contribute andgain experience and finished 24-18 over-all for a third straight 20+ win season un-

    der coach ColleenCashman.

    The seasonstarted at home withthe Oneonta HolidayInn/Red Dragon Invi-tational on Aug. 31and Sep. 1. The RedDragons finished theweekend 3-1 andcaptured the SilverDivision crown whilehaving senior Jayme

    Stewart (Ballston Spa, NY/Ballston Spa)selected to the All-Tournament Team.Stewart tallied 35 kills and 24 digs in lead-ing the way for the Red Dragons in thetournament.

    The next two weekends sent theRed Dragons to the Rochester area for theBrockport Invitational and the RIT Invi-tational. Over the two weekends, the RedDragons went a combined 2-6 to drop theirrecord to 5-6 entering a single match withUnion on Sep. 19. Sophomore LaceyMusso (Wading River, NY/Shoreham-Wading River) was named to the All-Tour-nament Team at RIT. Oneonta droppedtheir match to Union and fell to 5-7 as theylooked to the first weekend of SUNYACEast pool play at Cortland.

    Oneonta came through their firstround of conference competition with a4-1 record with their only loss to Cortlandwho went 5-0. Sophomore Becky Leccese(Mt. Kisco, NY/Horace Greeley) led theRed Dragons during the weekend record-ing 23 kills, four aces and 14 digs.

    The Red Dragons went 2-2 inMaine at the Bates College Invitationalduring the next weekend. They droppedmatches to Tufts and Salisbury State andpicked up wins over Wheaton and Ply-mouth State.

    Next up on the schedule was the32nd annual Oneonta State Invitationalwhich included 12 schools competing forthe top prize. The Red Dragons openedthe first day with a pair of wins to advanceto the championship bracket. JuniorJackie Leahy (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac)

    Lacey Musso

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    Sophomore James Crofts (Godstone, En-gland/Oxtego County) had the game-win-ner against Adelphi while senior GarvinFoster (Brooklyn, NY/Samuel J. Tilden)netted the winner against FIU.

    The next three games on theschedule went by without a win forOneonta as they dropped a tough 2-1 over-time game to Lafayette, tied Iona 0-0 andlost at Cornell 2-1 to put the teams recordat 6-6-1 with five games remaining.

    The Red Dragons snapped out oftheir skid and won four of their last fivegames including a season-ending 4-0 winat Howard to clinch second place in theASC. Rummery led the way in the finalewith two goals and an assist.

    Statistic Leaders:

    Goals: ............................ Jme Amoako, 7.................................. Ryan Rummery, 6

    Assists: ................... George Friedman, 7............................................. Amoako, 4

    Points: ................................ Amoako, 18......................................... Rummery, 15........................... Antonio DiMuccio, 11

    Goalkeeping: ........................ Jack Potter...1702 MP, 68 SVS, 0.90 GAA, 6 SHO

    led the way for Oneonta. Her individual performance during the weekend earned her All-Tournament honors.

    The Red Dragons had a date at the Oswego Invitational during the second week-end of October and came back as winners of the Silver bracket. Musso had another solidoverall weekend and earned All-Tournament honors.

    The second round of SUNYAC pool play was held in the friendly confines ofDewar Arena the next weekend. Oneonta split the first night with a loss to Cortland anda win over New Paltz. The next day they clinched second place in the East with threewins to qualify for the SUNYAC Tournament for a second straight year.

    The final weekend of the month saw the Red Dragons host the NYS