Local college baseball has rough start

Army’s baseball series at Longwood (Va.) was cancelled due to poor field conditions and forecasts for inclement weather.
SUNY New Paltz had its three games scheduled for North Carolina cancelled as well.
Marist baseball’s series with Virginia was moved to Charleston, S.C. Friday’s 2 p.m. game will be played at Bishop England High School. Saturday’s 5 p.m. game will be played at the College of Charleston. Sunday’s 2 p.m. game will be played at the home park of the Charleston RiverDogs minor-league team.

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Track and field: Army’s top rankings

The Army track and field team has three top-100 performances in NCAA Division I this season.
Senior Clyde Wilson is ranked 70th in the 800-meter run, posting a 1:50.35 in the Army-Navy meet.
Freshman Lee Bares ranks 72nd in the pole vault with a leap of 16 feet, 8 3/4 inches in the Army-Navy meet.
Army’s 4,000-meter distance medley relay has the No. 59 ranking with a 10:00.70 at the Armory Track Invitational.

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Lacrosse: Army’s Glesener drafted by Boston

Army senior attack John Glesener was drafted fifth overall by the Boston Cannons in the Major League Lacrosse Draft on Friday night. Glesener is a second-team All-American by Inside Lacrosse Magazine, and enters the 2015 season with a 28-match point streak. He had 43 goals and 14 assists in 2014, earning third-team All-American honors.

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Basketball: Army women snap skid, top Holy Cross

By Ken McMillan
Times Herald-Record

WEST POINT – It’s hard to fathom how a mid-January game could be so crucial to a basketball team’s health but that’s how the Army women felt headed into their matchup with Holy Cross.
The Black Knights were coming off a road loss to Lehigh last week and an unfathomable setback to Navy on Saturday so the team was reeling.
Army found its elixir by rediscovering its strengths. Kelsey Minato was hard to track down and scored 17 points. Post players Olivia Schretzman and Aimee Oertner were presented with open looks from the foul line area and made good with 24 combined points. And Jean Parker knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 15. In the end, Army had a very satisfying 67-53 victory.
“Mentally, we all wanted it,’’ Parker said. “We knew we had to get a win so we were all there with the energy and focus that I don’t think we had before. In this game we took what the defense gave us, we didn’t try to force everything. I think that’s when we are at our best when we’re just playing with each other, playing within ourselves and trying to make the right pass.’’
Parker, who was the picture of dejection following back-to-back shooting struggles (1-for-11 in the two losses), had a strong bounce-back game, shooting 5-for-9 from the field. She missed her first 3-point attempt but later rattled off three in a row as Army jumped out to a 23-15 lead.
“It was a relief, honestly,’’ Parker said. “When those shots fall, that drives my defense … I get more energy. The posts know they can kick the ball out.’’
Army did a lot of film work in recent days, trying to iron out the rough spots.
“The coaches really pointed out if we run our sets and be patient and look at what the defense is giving us we will get good shots, high percentage shots,’’ Minato said. “It was about being patient and trusting the system and trusting ourselves and get back to the way we were playing in the pre-conference games.’’
Dave Magarity had never started Patriot League play at 1-3 prior to this season so he’s glad the defending champs found a way to halt the skid. Army is 10-5 and 2-3 in league play.
“I just think the way the early season has gone, we could have just let this thing just snowball,’’ Magarity said. “I was so proud of the way e came out. Everything we didn’t do at the beginning of the Navy game we did well tonight.’’
Army, which missed its first 10 shots on Saturday, shot 63 percent in the first half against Holy Cross. The Crusaders were leaving Schretzman and Oertner open at the foul line and they sank three jumpers. Minato was hard to track down as she knocked down four shots and Parker found her shooting touch again.
“Making shots changes the game,’’ Magarity said. “Shooting 63 percent changes the way the game unfolds.’’
Holy Cross was already down 39-25 when all-star forward Raquel Scott went down hard on a drive as the first half closed, aggravating a hip injury. She did not return. Scott and Lisa Mifsud each had 12 points for the Crusaders, who were held to 32 percent shooting.
Army hosts Bucknell on Sunday.

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Army men’s basketball upends USC in OT

Army pulled off a stunning and rare basketball victory on Saturday night, beating the University of Southern California, 85-77, in overtime in Los Angeles. Army (7-2) erased an eight-point deficit over the final four minutes of regulation play.
Kyle Wilson, the Patriot League’s preseason player of the year, scored 30 points to lead Army. His lay-up with 24 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 65. Larry Toomey had pulled Army within two with a 3-pointer with 1:14 left.
Three-pointers by Toomey and Wilson in the opening minute of overtime staked Army to a 71-65 lead. Wilson tacked on six free throws to close out the victory.
It is Army’s second victory all-time over a current Pac 12 team, the last coming over Washington State on Dec. 29, 1964.
Kevin Ferguson posted 14 points and six rebounds. Toomey had 12 points and six rebounds. Luke Morrison had 11 points and seven rebounds. Dylan Cox had eight points, eight rebounds and three assists. Army shot 43 percent from the field, and 12 of its 43 rebounds came on the offensive glass.
Jordan McLaughlin had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead USC (6-4). Katin Reinhardt had 17 points and five assists. Nikola Jovanovic had 14 points and 13 rebounds. The Trojans shot 40 percent and had just one more rebound than Army.
Army led by as much as eight in the first half, an 11-0 run giving the Black Knights a 25-17 lead. Army went into halftime with a 36-33 lead.
USC held a 65-63 lead and Strahinj Cavrilovic grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed shot by Jordan McLaughlin. USC coach Andy Enfield said he wished Cavrilovic had kicked the ball out to a teammate and force Army to foul; instead, he tried to post a shot over two Army defenders and missed. Army ran a play and Wilson scored the tying layup.

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NFA’s Carrero headed for NCAA soccer tourney

Newburgh Free Academy graduate Celina Carrero, a former Varsity 845 all-star and a sophomore at the University at Buffalo, will be playing in the NCAA Division I tournament. The Bulls won their first Mid-America Conference championship, and will travel to Penn State on Friday evening.
Carrero is UB’s No. 2 point scorer, with six goals and seven assists.

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New Paltz volleyball, field hockey headed to NCAAs

SUNY New Paltz will take part in NCAA Division III tournament play this week in women’s volleyball and women’s field hockey.
The volleyball team, a second-time champion of the SUNY Athletic Conference, will head to the Christopher Newport University regional in Newport News, Va. The Hawks (31-5) will open play on Friday, Nov. 14, against Haverford College (21-9), which received an at-large berth.
With a win, New Paltz would play Saturday against either No. 12 Eastern University (29-5) or Salem College (25-6). Third-round opponents on Sunday would be No. 9 Christopher Newport (31-3), Gallaudet (22-13), Stevenson University (29-5) or Richard Stockton (28-6).
The New Paltz volleyball team is 8-4 all-time in NCAA tourney play, having reached the national quarterfinals in 2008.
The New Paltz field hockey team won its third consecutive SUNY Athletic Conference title in a row on Saturday. The Hawks will travel to Keene (N.H.) State for an opening match on Wednesday, Nov. 12. New Paltz is 14-6 and Keene State is 19-4, having won the Little East Conference title on Saturday. It will be the first meeting between the schools.
The New Paltz-Keene winner faces The College of New Jersey on Saturday, Nov. 15.

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Kyle Wilson preseason player of year; Army picked for 2nd

Army junior guard Kyle Wilson has been named the Patriot League men’s basketball preseason player of the year. Joining him on the all-league team are Holy Cross senior forward Malcolm Miller; Lehigh sophomore forward Tim Kempton; Lafayette senior guard Seth Hinrichs; and, American senior guard Darius Gardner.
Wilson earned first-team postseason honors last season after averaging 18.4 points per game.
Army, a semifinalist last year, has been picked to finish second in a preseason poll of coaches and sports information directors. The Black Knights return their top five scorers, including juniors Tanner Plomb, Dylan Cox and Kevin Ferguson.
The preseason poll:
1) American (13 1st place votes) 157 points; 2) Army (5) 141; 3) Holy Cross (2) 127; 4) Lafayette 109; 5) Bucknell 96; 6) Boston 82; 7) Lehigh 74; 8) Colgate 50; 9) Loyola 36; 10) Navy 28.

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Army hockey brings in 11 freshmen

Times Herald-Record

WEST POINT – The Army hockey team may be receiving a boost in its lineup with the addition of 11 freshmen, including six signings from two of the top junior leagues in North America.
The United States Hockey League and British Columbia Hockey League are considered the second- and third-best breeding grounds for collegiate hockey talent, with many players signing with elite NCAA Division I programs. Never before has Army brought in as many as four USHL recruits in a season, coach Brian Riley said.
What should be interesting is how Riley mixes in the newcomers with a roster that lost only one player, captain Brian Schultz, to graduation. Nine Black Knights played as freshmen last season, including the Nos. 1 and 3 leading scorers, C.J. Reuschlein and Clint Carlisle, and there were 10 sophomores.
Goaltender Cole Bruns broke the USHL record for consecutive shutout minutes, and his 17 blank sheets led the league. The 5-foot-10 Bruns, from Prairie Grove, Ill., posted a 17-8-4 record and 2.27 goals against average for the Omaha Lancers. His addition may help a goaltender lineup that was lackluster last season.
“The best way I can describe [my style] is I’m aggressive, but I know when to be patient,” Bruns told Yahoo Canada. “I’m not the biggest guy so I try to get out and take away that angle.”
Joe Llaurado, of New Berlin, Wis., was a runner-up for his state’s Mr. Hockey award, registering 127 points in his final two seasons of high school play. Llaurado played for the USHL’s Dubuque Saints.
“I just try to bury every opportunity I’m given,” Llaurado told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel two years ago, fresh off a 48-goal, 26-assist season with Marquette High School.
Tyler Pham was a team captain for the USHL champion Indiana Ice, having played 185 games over three seasons. The Denver product had 22 points in 57 regular-season games and five in the playoffs.
Rugged defenseman Michael Preston also played for the Ice, racking up 129 penalty minutes to go with seven points. Preston’s decision to attend West Point was a surprise considering he did not like his three years of prep time at the Culver Military Academy.
“At Culver I didn’t like the military aspect,” Preston told the Indianapolis Star. “It’s funny when you get older and it kind of changes on you. I think it’s really a unique opportunity that I want to do. I think it’s cool to serve your country.”
“He’s the hardest worker. He is in as good a shape as anyone,” Ice coach and general manager Jeff Brown told the Star. “He leads by example and is a great voice in locker room. He’s a typical leader.”
Blake Box and Cody Boyd played in the BCHL. Box played two seasons with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, holding captain honors last season. Box won a contest for the league’s hardest shot, earning three goals and 16 assists. Boyd, from Johnstown, Pa., was captain of the BCHL champion Coquitlam Express, posting three goals and six assists in the playoff run.
Connor Andrle, Nick DeCenzo and Brendan McGuire hail from the North American Hockey League. Joe Shector arrives from the Central Hockey League. Andy Faust competed in the Eastern Hockey League last season before being traded back into the NAHL.
Andrle, from St. Louis Park, Minn., posted 16 goals and 18 assists for the Brookings Blizzard. A former top player in the Minnesota high school ranks, Andrie had 51 points over two seasons with the Blizzard.
DeCenzo is coming off a career-best season with nine goals and 23 assists for the Blizzard. A boost for special teams, DeCenzo, of Hibbing, Minn., had 83 points over three seasons.
McGuire helped lead the Amarillo Bulls to 40 wins and a South Division title in the NAHL. At 6-foot-6, he brings great size to West Point. McGuire had 22 points in 55 games with the Bulls. Previously, he played two seasons with the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canadian Hockey League, tallying 70 points in 130 games.
Shector, a defenseman from Farmington Hills, Mich., posted 68 points in 184 games with the Ottawa Junior Senators over the past three seasons. His special teams skills should prove to be an immediate asset, Riley said.
Faust, from Stillwater, Minn., tallied 30 points in 24 games with the Connecticut Oilers of the EHL before being traded back to the NAHL’s Coulee Region Chill, where he had played 60 games (15 goals, 26 assists) in 2012-13.
“We are so excited about these 11 young men that have decided to attend West Point,’’ Riley said. “They will all be outstanding additions not only to the Academy but also to our hockey program. Each one of these players has the ability to make an immediate impact on the ice.’’
The website, CollegeCommitments.com, reports early 2015-16 commits Ryan Swanson of Holy Family Catholic (Minn.), Nash Worden of the Omaha Lancers, Brendan Soucie of Kent Prep School, Bryan Gerstenfeld and Tipper Higgins of Berkshire Prep and Kyle Patava of the NAHL’s Janeville Jets.

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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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