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


  • 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


    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 NYSWCAATournament. Oneonta was seeded 10th in a twelve team field and would be matched upwith #7 Vassar in the opening round. The Red Dragons jumped out to a 2-0 lead andlooked as though they would advance easily into the quarterfinals, but the visiting Brew-ers gained momentum to win the next three games. In the 9th place match they would beswept by Union to end their tournament 0-2.

    It was on to the SUNYAC Tournament at Cortland where Oneonta would bematched up against Geneseo, the #3 team inthe West Division. The Red Dragons defeatedthe Blue Knights 3-1 to advance into the tour-nament semifinals for a second straight year.Unfortunately their run would end in the nextmatch as they were swept by Brockport to endtheir season.

    Musso and freshman Cassandra Auth(East Patchogue, NY/Bellport) were selectedto the All-Tournament Team as HonorableMentions.

    Statistic Leaders:

    Kills: ...................... Jayme Stewart, 247Assists: ..................... Lacey Musso, 702Aces: ..................................... Musso, 93Digs: ................................... Musso, 341Blocks: .................... Dana Fleming, 104

    Kristine Clark

    NEW FACESLaura MoanHead Womens LacrosseCoach/Assistant Field Hockey

    Heather KellyAthletic Training Intern

    Chris KentSports Information Intern

    Denise MarcheseHead Softball Coach/Fitness

    Center Director

    Stewart MoanHead Mens Lacrosse Coach/Physical Education Instructor

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    September 3Ryan Rummery, SoccerJessica Tylutki, Cross Country

    September 10Jme Amoako, SoccerCatherine Lodico, Tennis

    September 17Brian Suozzo, Cross CountryBrooke Davis, Soccer

    September 24Amy DuCharme, SoccerLacey Musso, Volleyball

    October 1James Crofts, SoccerBrian Suozzo, Cross Country

    October 8Libby Kent, TennisCatherine Lodico, Tennis

    October 15Erin Hodges, SoccerLacey Musso, Volleyball

    October 22Jen Mollen, Field HockeyDana Fleming, Volleyball

    October 29Womens Soccer Team

    November 5Brian Suozzo, Cross CountryLacey Musso, Volleyball

    Fall Athletes of the Week


    Part of Third Induction ClassThe College at Oneonta welcomed 10 new

    members to its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday,Oct. 13 at a ceremony in the atrium of the AlumniField House. The ceremony was held as part ofHomecoming/Family Weekend activities and thisyears class now brings the total number of induct-ees to 41.

    This years class was comprised of nine ath-letes and one coach and included Don Axtell, KeithBenjamin 72, Tina Diekmann Grigsby 68, KeithMcCarthy 56, Desmond Munroe 74, Ronald Pierce76, Michael Pocyntyluk 85, Joseph Spanfelner 57,Jennifer Willink Terwilliger 85, and Roger Weaver76.

    Axtell was the baseball coach at Oneonta Statefor 30 years and led the team to many successfulseasons during his tenure. His teams won or shared10 SUNYAC titles and Axtell is the last coach tolead the Red Dragons to a conference championshipwhich came in 1993. Along the way he guidedOneonta to its only ECAC Championships whichhe did in 1974 and 1975 and was selected asSUNYAC Coach of the Year four times with the lastcoming in 1989.

    A native of Waverly, N.Y., Axtell attendedIthaca College where he received a Bachelors De-gree in Physical Education in 1960. Previous to be-ginning at Oneonta State in 1965 he taught andcoached for five years at Lavonia High, ClarkstownHigh and Delhi Tech. He retired to Hilton Head,S.C. and, this coming spring, Axtell will be inductedinto the Waverly High School Hall of Fame.

    Benjamin made his athletic mark in the sportof swimming where he was a dominant freestyler inall distances from 200 yards to 1,650 yards. Duringhis four years of competition he set numerousOneonta pool and school records while also settingrecords in the SUNYAC in the 200, 500, 1,000 and1,650 freestyle.

    Benjamin was a major contributor to threestraight SUNYAC champion teams from 1968 to1970 and was the recipient of the Fulton Award bythe SUNYAC in 1971 for his valuable contributionto swimming. His career was highlighted by earn-ing All-American honors in both the 500 and 1,650at the NCAA Championships in 1971.

    Benjamin graduated from Oneonta with aBachelors Degree in General Education and taughtat Union-Endicott Elementary from 1972 to 1977.From 1978 to 1985 he found himself back in swim-ming as a competitive swim coach advisor and agegroup swim coach. In 1986 he began his life in thechurch where he has been since that time and cur-rently he is serving as the Pastor of the First UnitedMethodist Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

    Grigsby was the first female swimmer to beinducted into the Oneonta Hall of Fame and was anearly pioneer for that sport at the college. Her ca-reer highlight was setting a national collegiate recordfor the 20-yard breaststroke in 1966. She set a stan-dard with her commitment to the swimming and div-ing program for others to follow during her four-year career and served as team co-captain in 1966-67.

    Grigsbys professional life has been devotedto education and swimming where she has attainedmuch success. She has spent 27 years as a teacherand coach for the Monroe-Woodbury Central SchoolDistrict and has had multiple State qualifiers for boysand girls while coaching an undefeated girls team in1979.

    McCarthy was the first great point guard forthe mens basketball program and was referred toby the late G.Hal Chase as the most v...