SUNY Ulster volleyball roster, schedule set

The SUNY Ulster women’s volleyball team roster has been announced with 12 players all hailing from Ulster County and the Varsity 845 area.
The outside hitters are Ashley Agor (New Paltz, Soph.), Alicia Kinch (Ellenville, Fr.), Kelsey Valencia (Wawarsing Christian, Soph.), Jessica Muller (Saugerties, Soph.), Alexcis Moses (Kingston, Fr.) and Kayley Mannello (Rondout Valley, Fr.).
The middle hitters are Jordan Smith (Rondout Valley, Fr.) and Melissa Rosado (Ellenville, Soph.).
Danielle Hrelja (Wallkill, Soph.) is an opposite hitter. Samantha Shultis (Saugerties, Soph.) is the libero. The setters are Meghan Hurley (Coleman Catholic, Soph.) and Makenzi Atkinson (Rondout Valley, Fr.).
Glenn Warnock is the head coach for the tenth season and his assistant since the start, George McGrath, is also back.

The Ulster schedule:
Thur. 18 – Sullivan, 6 p.m.; Fri. 19 – at Rockland, 6 p.m.; Tues. 23 – Orange, 7 p.m.; Sat. 27 – Rockland, 1 p.m.; Tues. 30 – at Dutchess, 7 p.m.
Thur. 2 – at Westchester, 7 p.m.; Sun. 5 – at Suffolk, 12 p.m.; vs. Nassau, at Suffolk, 1:15 p.m.; Tues. 7 – at Sullivan, 6 p.m.; Thur. 9 – at Orange, 7 p.m.; Sun. 12 – Fashion Institute, 12 p.m.; CC of Manhattan, 1:15 p.m.; Wed. 15 – Westchester, 7 p.m.; Thur. 16 – Dutchess, 7 p.m.; Sat. 18 – vs. Kingsborough, at Dutchess, 12 p.m.; vs. Queensborough, at Dutchess, 1:15 p.m.; Sat. 25 – Hostos, 12 p.m.; Bronx, 1:15 p.m.

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Mattson takes over soccer at Ulster

Rich Mattson has taken over the SUNY Ulster men’s soccer program. Mattson was a former all-state and All-American goaltender at Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls. He went on to earn all-state collegiate honors at Adelphi and played in the professional A-League with the Long Island Rough Riders.
Mattson has been a long-standing collegiate goaltender coach, at C.W. Post, SUNY Dutchess, Marist, Vassar and, most recently, at Bard College (2011-13).
Former coach Victor Tobar Jr. left the team in July to pursue club coaching, said Ulster athletic director Jim Delmar.

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Achziger to be Marist QB; depth charts for opener

Ed Achziger won the six-candidate competition for starting quarterback at Marist College. The Red Foxes open play on Saturday at Sacred Heart.
Here are the depth charts for the opener:
First-team offense
QB – Ed Achziger, Jr.
RB – Atiq Lucas, Sr.
WR – Armani Martin, Sr.
WR – Joe Tralli, Sr.
WR – Matt Tralli, Sr.
TE – Derek Gardner, Jr.
LT – Dan Rice, Jr.
LG – Jack Meussner, Sr.
C – Mike Mangino, Sr.
RG – Sean Foley, Sr.
RT – Kyle Bakker, Jr.

First-team defense
DE – Demetrius Williams, Sr.
NT – Nicholas Foster, Sr.
DE – John Brennan, Jr.
LB – Hugh Kirwan, Sr.
LB – Paul Sakowski, Sr.
LB – Mike Kagafas, Sr.
S – Matt Semelsberger, Jr.
FS – Zach Adler, Sr.
S – Connor Mathias, Jr.
CB – Zach Quarles, Jr.
CB – Craig Thompson, Sr.

First-team special teams
Kicker – Mike Maccarone, Soph.
Punter – Mike Maccarone, Soph.
KOS – Mike Maccarone, Soph.
Punt return – Matt Tralli, Sr.
Kick return – Lawrence Dickens, Fr.
Holder – Ed Achziger, Jr.
Long snap punt – Nick Mecca, Fr.
Long snap kicks – Chris Apicella, Fr.

Second-team offense
QB – Anthony Francis, Soph.
RB – Marcellus Calhoun, Soph.
WR – Josh Royce, Sr.
WR – Joe Jordan, Soph.
WR – Dylan Clay, Jr.
TE – Louis Cotrone, Sr.
LT – Jon Higgins, Jr.
LG – Seamus Ryan, Soph.
C – Jack Meussner, Sr.
RG – Steven Carr, Sr.
RT – Joe Fraccaroli, Fr.

Second-team defense
DE – Taylor Lake, Sr.
NT – Rich Van Cleft, Jr.
DE – Landon More, Jr.
LB – Miguel Sandoval, Sr.
LB – Joe Nilan, Jr.
LB – Michael Paen, Sr.
S – Alex Spiess, Sr.
FS – James Holodnak, Sr.
S – Terahn Watson, Sr.
CB – Cameron Gibson, Soph.
CB – Vinny Fuschetto, Sr.

Second-team special teams
Kicker – Joe Giglio, Fr.
Punter – Ryan Spaulding, Fr.
KOS – Joe Giglio, Fr.
Punt return – Marcellus Calhoun, Soph.
Kick return – Demarcus Hall, Soph.
Holder – Dylan Clay, Jr.
Long snap punts – Chris Apicella, Fr.
Long snap kicks – Nick Mecca, Fr.

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Former Marist soccer player joins Duquesne staff

Former Marist soccer player Josh Faga was named an assistant coach at Duquesne University.
Faga was an all-star player in the Metro Atlantic for Marist, earning second-team honors in 2011 and 2012. He started his collegiate career at St. John’s, playing 19 games for the 2009 Big East champions.
“We’re very excited to have Josh join us,” said Duquesne coach Chase Brooks. “He brings a wealth of experience from his playing days at St. John’s, Marist and the professional level. I’m looking forward to him passing on what he has learned and helping us win a championship.”
Said Faga: “I am honored to join the Duquesne men’s soccer program and work with coach Brooks and (assistant) coach (Bryce) Cooper. I am extremely excited to share my collegiate and professional playing experience with the players and help Duquesne, in all aspects, contend for postseason play.”
Faga played for the Rochester Rhinos and Rochester Lancers pro teams in 2013 and 2014. Faga hails from Rochester.
Duquesne, which competes in the Atlantic 10, opens training on Wednesday.

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Army gymnast Avelino to receive award

Army gymnast Andrew Avelino will be presented with the Robert Miller Spirit of the Flame Award at the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Pittsburgh on Aug. 22.
Avelino, who is expected to graduate from West Point in December, was injured in a Nov. 2010 gymnastics training accident and that led to the amputation of his right foot and part of his leg. He returned to the Army team a year later to compete on high bar.
Read Ken McMillan’s story on Avelino from the Jan. 2012 West Point Open.

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Sullivan men’s hoop signs six

The SUNY Sullivan men’s basketball team has six signees for next season.
Three players from Buffalo are Kevin Briggs and Bri’an Brown of Middle Early College High School and Jonathan Lewis from East.
The other signees are Givvion Jones of Mount Vernon (Nelson Mandela); Jerrell Reid of Troy (Troy); and, Marquis Roberts of Brooklyn (Benjamin Bennecker).

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Sullivan women’s hoop signs eight

The SUNY Sullivan women’s basketball team has eight signings for the upcoming season.
Kingston’s Shantyce Brodhead, Newburgh’s Kenisha Lawrence and Rondout Valley’s Alyza Countryman are the local products.
Also signed were Alleyne MaKayla of South Ozone Park (Lab Museum H.S.); Brooklyn’s TIffany Fields (South) and Nia Miller (Victory Collegiate); Bronx’s Sade Sullivan (School of the Future); and, College Point’s Mariah Rosario (Robert F. Kennedy).

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Army women’s hoop opens Nov. 15

Patriot League champion Army will open its women’s basketball season on Nov. 15 at Quinnipiac, and make its home debut on Nov. 18 against Stony Brook.
The 10-game non-conference slate also includes a Nov. 25 home date with Air Force and road games at California-Santa Barbara (Nov. 28) and Pepperdine (Nov. 30).
The Patriot League schedule opens on New Year’s Eve with Army visiting Lafayette. Army and Navy meet Jan. 10 at West Point and Feb. 7 in Annapolis. Patriot League runner-up Holy Cross plays the Black Knights on Jan. 14 at West Point and Feb. 11 in Worcester.

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McKelvie returns to West Point hockey as coach

Army hockey all-star Zach McKelvie has joined the Black Knights’ coaching staff.
Head coach Brian Riley and McKelvie both Tweeted this week about his return to West Point.
McKelvie was an all-star defenseman with the Black Knights. He played four seasons with Army (2005-09), posting 14 goals and 42 assists in 136 games.
McKelvie served time in the U.S. Army and resumed his playing career in the minors. He played 39 games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League in 2011-12. He was picked up by the Abbotsford Heat (a Flames affiliate) for 2012-13 (playing 52 games) and 2013-14 (13 games). He finished up his season with the Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League, earning a playoff championship.
Eric Lang enters his third season on the coaching staff, with one year as a voluntary assistant and last season as a full-time staffer.
Trevor Large left West Point last month to join the coaching staff at Canisius College, also a member of the Atlantic Hockey Association.

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Field hockey: New Paltz has challenging schedule

The SUNY New Paltz field hockey team, fresh off two NCAA tournament appearances, will play a challenging schedule in the fall, including three teams that played in the NCAA field as well.
The Hawks will host Utica on Sept. 6, and play at Montclair State on Sept. 10 and at Skidmore on Sept. 13. Montclair State was the tourney’s top seed, producing a 1-0 win over Mount Holyoke in the second round before falling to Bowdoin, 1-0, in the quarterfinals. Utica beat Castleton, 3-1, in the first round before falling to No. 3 Middlebury, 8-0. Skidmore trounced Keene State, 11-1, and upended Middlebury, 3-2, before falling to No. 2 Salisbury, 3-2, in the national semifinals.
Of the 12 non-league opponents on the schedule, nine posted records of .500-or-better.
New Paltz beat William Smith, 5-2, in the first round before falling to Bowdoin, 5-2.
New Paltz was 14-9, 4-2 in the SUNY Athletic Conference. The Hawks lost six players to graduation, including four of their top seven scorers, but do return Dani Ackerman, Jessica Caruana and Kayla McKeveny, who ranked Nos. 2-4.

Sat. 30 – Western Connecticut (4-14, 1-10 Little East), 1 p.m.
Wed. 3 – at William Paterson (10-10, 2-4 NJAC), 7 p.m.; Sat. 6 – Utica (17-5, 6-1 Empire 8), 1 p.m.; Wed. 10 – at Montclair State (21-2, 5-1 NJAC), 7 p.m.; Sat. 13 – at Skidmore (19-4, 5-1 Liberty), 1 p.m.; Tues. 16 – at Union (5-12, 1-5 Liberty), 6 p.m.; Sat. 20 – Rochester (14-6, 4-2 Liberty), 12 p.m.; Fri. 26 – SUNY Oswego* (5-9, 1-5), 4 p.m.; Sat. 27 – SUNY Cortland* (14-3, 6-0), 1 p.m.
Fri. 3 – at SUNY Brockport* (6-9, 2-4), 4 p.m.; Sat. 4 – at SUNY Geneseo* (13-7, 5-1), 1 p.m.; Wed. 8 – at Stevens Tech (14-8, 7-0 Empire 8), 4 p.m.; Sat. 11 – at Kean (15-5, 2-4 NJAC), 1 p.m.; Wed. 15 – at SUNY Oneonta* (12-8, 3-3), 4 p.m.; Sat. 18 – SUNY Morrisville* (0-16, 0-6), 1 p.m.; Wed. 22 – at RPI (8-9, 2-4 Liberty), 5 p.m.; Wed. 29 – Rowan (11-7, 4-2 NJAC), 3:30 p.m.
Sat. 1 – Vassar (11-7, 3-3 Libery), 1 p.m.; Fri. 7-Sat. 8 – SUNYAC Final Four at highest seed; Wed. 12 – NCAA Div. III first round; Sat. 15-Sun. 16 – NCAA second- and third-rounds; Sat. 22-Sun. 23 – NCAA Div. III Final Four at Washington & Lee
Home matches played at SUNY New Paltz turf field; * – indicates SUNY Athletic Conference match; 2013 records in parenthesis

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