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Mighty Oaks Update - 10/12/09

News on ESF Sports

ESF Men's and Women's Soccer Teams face OCC and SU Clubs.

The women's soccer team played a pair of tough games recently, losing each by just one goal.

The Mighty Oaks played Onondaga Community College Sept. 30, getting off to an early lead before losing 3-2. Nicole Bader got the Mighty Oaks off to a strong start in the first half but the Onondaga Lazers evened the score at the end of the half, bringing the count to 1-1. Nicole Kenney took the lead back for ESF in the second half, but Onondaga came back toward the end of the half to score two goals for the win.

Kaylee Donovan, Jenny Lowenstein and Kendra Nash all demonstrated strong play for the Oaks on the field.

In their Oct. 3 game against a club team from neighboring Syracuse University, the ESF women put up a strong fight against the skilled SU team. The Oaks struggled throughout the game and SU got on the board with a goal in the beginning of the second half and won the game. Keeper Angela Furrie showed a strong effort to help keep ESF in the game. Although ESF lost 1-0, it was a strong improvement from the 6-0 loss last year against the SU women.

The ESF men's team also played the Onondaga Lazers Sept. 30. Onondaga played hard and dominated most of the first half and the beginning of the second. In the later part of the second half, the Oaks put up a fight, sending the game into overtime. Sean St. Denis scored in OT and won the game for ESF.

"When I step back and think about where both teams were last year I am very happy with the progress," said Coach Dan Ramin.

The Mighty Oaks men played their neighbors at Syracuse University Oct. 3.

The Oaks were off to a good start with opening goals by Adam Lavelle and Joe Montesano. SU came back in the second half to tie the score at 2-2.

The Mighty Oaks men and women were to compete against Ithaca College Oct. 10 in their last home games of the season. The men will kickoff at noon and the women at 2 p.m.

"Both teams have great work rates and focus, perhaps this carries over from the excellent academic environment which they are a part of," Ramin said. "I look forward to the success these teams will enjoy in the future."

Cross Country Teams Compete at Geneseo Invitational

The ESF men's and women's cross-country teams competed in the Geneseo Invitational at Letchworth State Park Oct. 3. The competition is considered to be one of the toughest non-Division-1 meets in the state. The Mighty Oaks performed well in the competition, in which 47 teams (499 individuals) participated.

The women's team had an impressive finish, in 19th place, and was led by freshman Kristin Pasquino, who came in 82nd. Alice Gallagher finished second for the Mighty Oaks in 97th place. She was followed by Kathleen Gray (119th), Charlotte Evanofski (127th) and Paulette Lloyd (132nd).

The Oaks men placed 18th, beating Paul Smith's College by 3 points and finishing just behind Roberts Wesleyan College. The top two runners from ESF beat Roberts Wesleyan's top two, yet Roberts Wesleyan's third, fourth and fifth men beat their ESF counterparts. Luke Grasmeyer finished 48th and was again first for ESF. Colin Bartholomew was second, in 96th and was followed by Andy Koester (139th), Nate Hess (146th), Dan Moran (147th), Matt Allen (149th) and Joe Gerchman (151st).

The next meet for the Mighty Oaks was set for Oct. 10 at Nazareth College in Rochester.

- By Jessica Lynn Siart