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Mighty Oaks Update 11/02/09

Soccer season ends on a tough note

The Mighty Oaks men's soccer team suffered its only loss of the season in the Collegiate Club finals Oct. 24 at SUNY Cortland.

The team had a strong showing in the first round against a team from Cornell and finished with a 1-0 win. Sean St. Denis scored the only goal of the game in overtime.

The Mighty Oaks played SUNY Cortland in the second round and lost 4-0. The loss was the only one of the season for the Mighty Oaks. The team finished with an overall record of seven wins, four ties and one loss.

Coach Dan Ramin said the team's success is a result of hard work by the players and staff and the support of the whole campus community. "We had a great run, an undefeated regular season. We were facing several injuries coming into this playoff and I believe we did very well in spite of those injuries," Ramin said. "Seniors Adam Lavelle, Nick Herra-Cave, Cosmo Pagano and Dennis Miller played very well."

This marked the Mighty Oaks' last competition as a club team. Next year, the team will play in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Cross-country Runners Wrap Up Season

The ESF men's and women's cross-country teams competed for the last time this season at the Trick Or Treat Meet Oct. 31 in Geneva. The meet was not scored, but both teams showed strong performances.

The Mighty Oaks ran against teams from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Nazareth College.

Had the meet been scored, the Mighty Oaks men would have placed second, despite the windy and wet conditions. Luke Grasmeyer and Collin Bartholomew placed second and third respectively out of 23 runners. Mike Miles came in 14th and was followed by Andy Koester (16), Dan Moran (17), Matt Allen (19), Joe Gerchman (20) and Owen Hunter (21).

The women's team also performed well with Kristin Pasquino finishing first for the Mighty Oaks in eighth place overall out of 27 runners. She was followed by Charlotte Evanofski in 12th and Kathleen Gray in 19th.

The meet marked the end of a strong first season for the Mighty Oaks cross-country team. The runners are looking forward to next season and expect even greater success.

By Jessica Lynn Siart