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Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Cougars fall to Tribunes in regional title game

post by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports

Monroe Community College, the no. 14 team in the country, will represent Region III in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II men's basketball district tournament next weekend after the top-seed in the regional tournament knocked off third seed (no. 19 nationally ranked) Genesee Community College in the Region III title game on Sunday, 79-74.

Genesee went back and forth with the host team to open the first half as Ervin Mitchell and Naquil Jones combined to score 18 of the first 22 points for the Cougars. With 7:40 to play in the half, Monroe took the first stretch-lead of the game at 28-22 and the Tribunes did not look back.

MCC held a lead as large as nine in the opening period and took an eight-point lead into halftime after the Tribunes converted on a last-second 3-point basket.

Monroe extended its lead in the second half to as much as 15 at the 8:40 mark when the Tribunes held a 63-47 advantage.

Genesee cut the deficit to single digits after Jones scored six in a row and got GCC to within 70-65 with 1:45 remaining.

A four-point play increased the Monroe lead back to nine with 1:22 left, but after a three-point play from Mitchell and two successful trips to the free-throw line (4-4) from Jones, the Cougars were down 76-72 with 11.6 seconds left.

Forced to foul, GCC put Monroe at the free-throw line and the Tribunes iced the game with late conversions.

Jones finished with a game high 33 points for Genesee and he also grabbed seven rebounds. Mitchell added 19 points and eight boards, Alastair Cole chipped in nine points and Da'Shawn Suber collected seven rebounds and dished out three assists.

Mitchell and Jones were both named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Cougars finish the season with a 23-8 overall record. Monroe will travel to Dean Community College next weekend for the district tournament and a trip to the NJCAA National Tournament on the line.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Cougars survive late scare; advance to regional finals

post by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports

The Genesee Community College men's basketball team will play for the Division II Region III title on Sunday for the first time since the 2002-03 season. The third-seeded Cougars knocked off no. 2 Erie Community College on Saturday afternoon in the semifinals at Monroe Community College.

Genesee grabbed an early lead after Da'Shawn Suber scored four early points to put the Cougars in front 6-4 just three minutes in. GCC kept the lead the entire half with help from Ervin Mitchell, who scored 16 first half points.

Ahead 39-35 with 3:10 to play in the opening period, Naquil Jones extended the lead for Genesee by closing the half on a 7-2 run on his own, including the only 3-point basket of the first 20-minutes for GCC, to put the Cougars in front by nine at the break.

Genesee extended its lead to 11 early in the second half after Alastair Cole hit back-to-back threes to give GCC a 53-42 advantage.

Erie responded by going on an 8-0 run to cut the lead down to three before Suber ended the Genesee scoring drought with a layup to give the Cougars a 55-49 lead with 15:45 to play.

GCC kept its distance and with under four-minutes to go held an 83-75 lead after Jones delivered eight straight points for the Cougars. 

The Kats hung around and fought back, using a 10-2 run in a two-minute span to tie the game at 85 apiece with 1:27 left.

Both teams would exchanged empty possessions and after a second straight missed opportunity from GCC, the Kats had a chance for the last look with possession of the ball with 12-seconds left.

After an Erie timeout, the Kats were able to inbound on their offensive end but GCC's Redell Freeman came up with a steal for the Cougars and hit a streaking Suber, who went the length of the floor and laid in the eventual game-winning basket with 6.3-seconds to play. Erie had a last-second opportunity but the Kats came up empty and Genesee survived, 87-85.

Jones led five GCC scorers in double-figures with 25 points. Mitchell finished with 20 points and seven rebounds, Jason Perry-Murray delivered his second straight double-double with 13 points and 11 boards, Cole ended the game with 12 points and Suber added 11 points and seven assists.

In the two previous meetings against ECC this year, GCC was a combined -30 in rebounding. Both teams collected 38 total rebounds apiece on Saturday.

The Cougars will take on top-seed Monroe Community College on Sunday at MCC. The Tribunes escaped their semifinal game against Mercyhurst North East, 77-75. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:00 am

Late free-throws send Cougars past #10 Tribunes; GCC women fall in regular season finale

post by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports

Alex Morris was the hero on Thursday night, converting two free-throws with 2.2 seconds left in the game to send the Genesee Community College men's basketball team past visiting #10 Monroe Community College, 87-86.

Up two at the start of the second half, GCC gave up an 18-4 Tribunes run and fell behind 56-43 five-minutes in.

The Cougars clawed back and got to within five after Morris converted a basket and a free-throw with 6:30 remaining.

Redell Freeman kept GCC close, answering an MCC three-point basket with an old school three-point play of his own to make it 77-72 Monroe with under five-minutes to play.

After a Morris layup, Ervin Mitchell tied the game at 81 apiece with a three-point play with 3:00 left. GCC then came up with a defensive stop and with under 2:30 to go, Morris hit one of two free-throws to give Genesee an 82-81 lead.

Monroe answered and went on a 5-1 run in a span of a minute to take back the lead.

Down 86-85 with less than 30-seconds to play, Genesee came up with the defensive rebound after a missed MCC free-throw and turned it over to Morris, who drove to the basket and was fouled with 2.2 seconds left. The sophomore hit both free-throws and a last second MCC attempt from mid-court was unsuccessful, giving Genesee its 21st win of the season.

Morris ended the night with a game high 24 points and he also collected nine rebounds. Mitchell added 21 points and four assists, Alastair Cole chipped in 17 points, Naquil Jones finished with 11 and Freeman added eight points and four rebounds.

With the win, Genesee (21-7, 6-4) locks up the number three seed for the Region III playoffs and will host Jamestown Community College next Tuesday night at a time to be announced.

 

 

Thursday night marked the final game of the regular season for the Genesee Community College women's basketball team and the Cougars ended the season on a losing note, falling to Monroe Community College, 82-28.

Genesee grabbed an early lead after Breana Gleaton converted a three-point play and Hillary Rivera scored two of her five points in the first half to put GCC in front, 5-2.

MCC would then use a 30-6 run to take the lead for good and went into the locker room at the half up 44-20.

Genesee managed just eight points, all coming from Dashawna Jenifer, and three field goals in the second half, and the Tribunes outscored the Cougars 38-8 in the final period.

Jenifer's eight points were a team high and she also collected 11 rebounds. Gleaton finished with seven points and eight boards, Shanell Glover chipped in six points, Rivera finished with five and Macey McCulley added two points.

Genesee ends the regular season 5-21. The Cougars will take the court in the Region III play-in round next Wednesday night at a time and place to be determined.

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Cougars clip Generals in final seconds; Women fall

post by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports

Ervin Mitchell put back the game-winning basket with three seconds remaining on Sunday afternoon, to help the Genesee Community College men's basketball team defeat Herkimer County Community College, 93-92.

Both squads played at a back-and-forth pace in the first half, with neither team holding a lead larger than seven points.

Naquil Jones converted on 4 of 6 three-point baskets for GCC in the opening period and led all scorers with 22 points at the break.

Jones hit his fifth three-pointer of the game to cut the Generals lead down to one early in the second half, and then Genesee used a 6-0 run in a span of just 20 seconds to take a 60-57 lead with 14 minutes to play.

Alastair Cole hit back-to-back threes to give the Cougars a 79-76 lead with six minutes remaining, and Redell Freeman scored five-straight points to keep GCC in front, 89-84 with under three-minutes to play.

Trailing 91-89, Herkimer converted on a 3pt basket with 20 seconds left to grab a 92-91 lead. After a GCC timeout, the Cougars looked to Jones for a game-winning three, but his shot was off the mark. Mitchell was able to elevate for the rebound and with three-seconds remaining, stuck back the game-winner to give Genesee its 18th victory of the season.

Jones finished with a game-high 29 points, Mitchell scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Cole ended with 14 points, Jason Perry-Murray added 13 points and nine rebounds and Dashawn Suber dished out 10 assists and added seven points.

Genesee (18-6, 3-3) will return to action at home on Tuesday night against Jamestown Community College-Olean at 6 p.m.

(Ervin Mitchell (#0 white) sticks back the game-winner)

 

 

In the final game of a four-game homestand, the Genesee Community College women's basketball team dropped a 63-49 decision to Herkimer County Community College on Sunday afternoon.

Genesee committed 16 first half turnovers and fell behind early.

Terra Clanton and Breana Gleaton delivered seven points each in the first half, but GCC trailed Herkimer by as much as 20 in the opening period.

Gleaton completed a three-point play to cut the Generals lead down to 30-19, but Herkimer ended the first half on a 19-4 run.

The Cougars got to within 14 in the second half, but could not draw closer as Herkimer extended its lead to as much as 21 in the final period.

GCC had four scorers in double figures, led by Dashawna Jenifer who finished with 13 points. She also grabbed 10 rebounds. Clanton and Gleaton each added 11 points and Shanell Glover recorded a double-double, collecting 12 rebounds and scoring 10 points.

Genesee (5-16, 0-6) will return to action on Tuesday night at Finger Lakes Community College. Tip-off time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm

GCC men's basketball downs Niagara College; women fall

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Naquil Jones scored seven early points to spark a 15-5 start for the Genesee Community College men's basketball team on Thursday night, and the Cougars earned their fifth win in a row, 83-76.

The visiting Knights from Niagara College (Canada) erased a six-point GCC halftime lead and took a 46-45 lead three-minutes into the second half.

Redell Freeman came off the bench and hit two straight three-point baskets and Alastair Cole also hit consecutive three-pointers, sending GCC on a 12-0 run and giving Genesee the lead back for good.

Ervin Mitchell played to another double-double, scoring 24 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Gabriel Burroughs finished the night with 13 points, Cole added 12 points, Freeman dished out seven assists and scored 11 points and Jones grabbed six boards to go along with 11 points.

Genesee improves to 6-2 with the win and will travel to Lakeland Community College on Friday night for a 7 p.m. start.

 

 

A six-minute scoring drought to start Thursday night's game set the Genesee Community College women's basketball team back against Niagara College (Canada), and the Lady Cougars fell to the visitors, 65-55.

Genesee was 0-14 from three-point range in the opening half and committed 13 turnovers to fall behind at the midway mark of the contest.

Despite the early struggles, GCC started the second half on a 13-5 run and got back to within three midway through the second. Niagara responded and went on a 7-0 run to extend the lead back to double-digits and never looked back.

Genesee was just 2-29 from beyond the arc and shot below 25% on the night.

Dashawna Jenifer led the way for Genesee with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Macey McCulley added nine points and grabbed five boards, Renetta Fordam chipped in eight points, Shanell Glover collected 11 rebounds and scored six points and Hillary Rivera added five points.

Genesee falls to 1-6 with the loss and the Lady Cougars will travel to Lakeland Community College on Friday for a 5 p.m. start.

 

 

(Picture: Renetta Fordam (#40/white) fires a shot over an outstretched Niagara College defender)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 12:03 am

GCC men's basketball cruises to win over Medaille

post by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports

The Genesee Community College men's basketball team has won its last four games and has scored 100 or more points in three out of the last four after a 113-69 win over visiting Medaille College (JV) on Tuesday night.

Ervin Mitchell extended his scoring streak of 20 or more points to seven games in a row after scoring 21 points on Tuesday night in limited action.

Genesee shot close to 60% and the Cougars' bench saw plenty of action, producing 45 points in the win.

Gaberiel Burroughs led the way for GCC with 26 points and six rebounds. Naquil Jones added 19 points, Redell Freeman and Alex Morris each finished with 13 points and Freeman dished out nine assists. Da'Shawn Suber chipped in nine points and Alastair Cole added eight points and six boards.

The Cougars held Medaille to just 32% shooting from the field and forced 24 turnovers, resulting in 26 fast-break points.

Genesee improves to 5-2 and will host Niagara College (Canada) on Thursday night for an 8 p.m. start.


Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm

GCC men's basketball rolls Houghton JV

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Ervin Mitchell kept his scoring streak alive on Thursday night by scoring 28 points in a 106-71 win over Houghton JV. The Genesee Community College freshman forward has scored twenty or more points in every game so far this season.

Mitchell extended his streak in the first half alone, scoring 21 of GCC's 64 points in the opening period.

The Cougars held a comfortable 31 point lead at the break, but the Highlanders made a 13-3 run to start the second half and eventually got back to within 19.

After the slow start, Naquil Jones sparked the Cougars, scoring 15 second half points and helped GCC extend its lead back to a wide margin.

Genesee had four players in double-figures, led by Mitchell. Jones finished with 24 points, Alastair Cole added 14 points and Gabriel Burroughs finished with 11. Jason Perry-Murray grabbed 10 rebounds for GCC, which was plus 24 in rebounding.

The Cougars improve to 3-2 this season and will travel to Davis College on Saturday for a 3 p.m. start.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Glover scores 31, GCC women's basketball earns first win; men lose late lead to Lakeland CC

post by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports

Shanell Glover helped pace the Genesee Community College women's basketball team to its first win of the season on Tuesday night, compiling a performance of 31 points and 15 rebounds in a 72-65 win over visiting Lakeland Community College.

GCC (1-4) got off to a fast start thanks to 20 first half points from Glover.

Dashawna Jenifer recorded her third double-double of the season, finishing with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Genesee grabbed a total of 57 rebounds on the night and took advantage with 28 second chance points.

The Lady Cougars took a four-point lead into halftime and used 11 points off the bench in the second half to hold off Lakeland.

Breana Gleaton added eight points and Markina Robinson chipped in six points.

Genesee will return to action on November 23rd when it travels to Davis College.

 

 

 

The Genesee Community College men's basketball team could not hold on to a late lead against #17 Lakeland Community College on Tuesday night, and dropped its home opener of the 2013-14 season, 90-84. 

Lakeland led the majority of the first half, shooting 60% from three-point range. The Cougars battled and stayed in the game by shooting 50% from the field in the opening period.

The Cougars took a 79-76 lead with four-minutes remaining in the game when Alastair Cole hit his fourth three-point basket of the night. Lakeland responded and with under a minute to play, broke an 82-82 tie with a layup and a chance at a three-point play. The Lakers could not capitalize with the free-throw.

Trailing by two with 40-seconds remaining, the Cougars forced a five-second violation on a Lakeland inbound attempt, but could not capitalize and were forced to put the Lakers at the line the remainder of the game.

Ervin Mitchell scored a game-high 26 points on 10 of 13 shooting. Cole finished with 23 points, Naquil Jones added 19 points and five rebounds and Gabriel Burroughs scored ten points.

Genesee (1-2) will return to action on Saturday against St. John Fisher (JV) at home at 12 p.m.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Richardson's overtime goal sends GCC men's soccer to regional finals

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The Genesee Community College men's soccer team will play for the Region III-A Championship this Saturday after Austin Richardson broke a 2-2 tie with 2:25 remaining in overtime to lift the Cougars over visiting Cayuga Community College on Tuesday night.

Richardson scored twice on the night and his extra session goal gives GCC a shot for the third year in a row at a Region III title.

The sixth-seeded Spartans earned an upset win over no. 3 SUNY Delhi last Saturday to advance to Tuesday night's semi-finals and a trip to no. 2 GCC.

Genesee nearly took a lead five-minutes into the opening half when Josh May worked to the side of a charging Spartans goalkeeper just outside of the box, but his shot sailed wide of the open Cayuga net. The Spartans rebounded and struck first in the 18th minute to take a 1-0 lead.

Jamie Maskell evened the match at a goal apiece in the 36th minute with a diving header off of a free kick by Nathan Rose that snuck into the bottom corner of the Cayuga net.

The game remained tied early into the second half before Richardson scored his first goal of the night, an unassisted goal in the 52nd minute to give Genesee a 2-1 lead.

GCC held on to the one-goal lead until just over 12-minutes remained in regulation. Cayuga was able to take advantage of a missed clearing chance by the Genesee defense and scored to even the match at 2-2. Neither team could break the tie in regulation and the game went into overtime.

In the extra session, Richardson ran down a George Anthony cross inside the Cayuga box, and between two Spartans defenders he chipped in the game-winner in the 98th minute to give Genesee a 3-2 win.

Richardson's two goals were his fifth and sixth of the season. Sean Allen made five saves in net for GCC.

The Cougars will face no. 1 Herkimer County Community College on Saturday in the finals. Herkimer is the number one ranked team in the country and has ended GCC's season the last two years. The Generals defeated Genesee in the NJCAA National Championship game in 2011 and ousted the Cougars in the Region III Finals last year. The winner will represent one of two teams from Region III in the NJCAA National Tournament. Tompkins-Cortland Community College and SUNY Adirondack will play for the other Region III bid on Saturday.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm

GCC women's soccer on to regional finals

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Hosting a regional playoff game for the first time since 2010, the Genesee Community College women's soccer team made the most of home field advantage on Tuesday night and defeated visiting Hudson Valley Community College, 2-1.

As the top seed in the west, Genesee earned a first round bye and welcomed #4 Hudson Valley CC out of the east to town after the Lady Vikings defeated Jamestown Community College in the opening round of the Region III playoffs on Saturday.

Neither team made good on any first half chances and both teams went into the half scoreless.

It wasn't until the 61st minute that Kate Springsteen gave Genesee a 1-0 lead with her seventh goal of the season. Rachel VanDuser assisted on the goal.

Ashley Makowski made it 2-0 GCC just five-minutes later with a goal that would prove to be the game-winner. It was Makowski's 12th goal of the season.

It remained 2-0 Genesee until the 88th minute when Hudson Valley scored to cut the Lady Cougars' lead down to one. GCC was able to control possession for the final 1:30 and held on to advance to the Region III Finals.

Genesee will play SUNY Delhi in the finals on Saturday at Tompkins-Cortland Community College. #2 SUNY Delhi defeated #3 Tompkins-Cortland Community College on Tuesday night, 4-1 to reach the finals. The winner will represent Region III group B in the NJCAA National Tournament.

GCC is now 13-3-1 overall on the season.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm

GCC Volleyball wins 18th consecutive title

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The Genesee Community College women's volleyball team has won the Region III Division II title every year since 1996. 2013 is no different as the Lady Cougars defeated Mercyhurst North East on Tuesday night to earn their 18th consecutive title.

Genesee defeated Mercyhurst NE in four sets (25-16, 23-25, 25-11, 25-22).

Michelle Nagle led the way for Genesee with 15 kills and 12 digs. Leyinska Quiles-Torres and Brittany Besser each added 20 digs and Quiles-Torres also had five aces. Stephanie Maddox finished the night with 15 kills and 10 digs, Nohama Garcia-Torres had 38 assists and Andrea Pursel chipped in seven kills and four digs.

Nagle was named the Region III Division II Most Valuable Player and Quiles-Torres, Maddox and Garcia-Torres were named to the All-Region Team. GCC head coach Jim Mercer earned Coach of the Year honors.

Genesee (19-21) will compete in the Western New York Athletic Conference Tournament as the number one seed this Saturday at Jamestown Community College before moving on to the district tournament.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Makowski's hat-trick propels GCC women's soccer, men earn victory as well

post by Andrew Crofts in GCC, soccer, sports

Ashley Makowski scored a hat-trick on Wednesday night to help the Genesee Community College women's soccer team to a 5-3 victory over visiting Jamestown Community College, extending GCC's winning streak to nine in a row.

JCC took a 1-0 lead in the 6th minute, but Dana Hansen tied the game with a goal in the 13th minute for GCC, her first of two goals in the game. Hansen gave Genesee the lead with a header that found the back of the net just five minutes later off of a corner cross from Kaitlyn Bowers before Makowski made it 3-1 with her first of three goals in the 20th minute.

Jamestown CC was able to cut it to one with a late first half goal and Genesee led 3-2 at the break.

Makowski's second goal of the game came off of a free kick in the 52nd minute and she increased the GCC lead to 5-2 with an unassisted goal in the 61st minute.

JCC added a late goal in the 89th minute, but it was too late as Genesee improved to 10-3-1 overall.

Hansen and Makowski each had an assist for GCC as well.

Maddie Potter made 14 saves in net.

The Lady Cougars will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Onondaga Community College for a 1 p.m. start.




The Genesee Community College men's soccer team played its final regular season home game on Wednesday night and beat visiting Jamestown Community College, 4-2.

Genesee led the entire way and took a lead just three-minutes into the first half when Jordan Cooper beat the JCC goalkeeper thanks to an assist from Aaron Dunks. Dunks helped Austin Richardson give GCC a two-goal advantage by setting the freshman forward up for a goal in the 35th minute and the Cougars led 2-0 at the half.

Genesee had a 3-0 lead before Jamestown scored its first goal in the 55th minute, but Nathan Rose gave GCC some insurance with a goal off of a free kick in the 70th minute to make it 4-1. JCC scored again with under eight-minutes remaining, but the Cougars held on for the win, improving to 5-1 in Western New York Athletic Conference play.

With the win, GCC improves to 8-4 overall and the Cougars will travel to Onondaga Community College on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. start.

Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm

GCC women's soccer extends winning streak

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The Genesee Community College women's soccer team increased its winning streak to seven games after a 9-0 win over Jamestown Community College on Saturday afternoon.

Sporting pink uniforms in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Lady Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute after Kate Springsteen found the back of the net, her sixth goal of the season. Dana Hansen made it 2-0 just five minutes later, and Ashley Makowski, Amanda DiSalvo and Lydia Rechlin added to lead with a goal apiece in the opening period. GCC led 5-0 at the half.

Denae McGrath made it 6-0 just two minutes into the second half and Kaitlyn Bowers, Shea Giardini and Karissa Schuster also scored a goal each to help the Lady Cougars cruise to the victory.

Along with a goal, Hansen had two assists. Makowski, McGrath, Schuster, Marisa Fox and Nicole Bramer each had an assist as well.

Genesee sent 34 shots on the JCC-Olean net and Maddie Potter made one save in 90 minutes of work in goal to earn the shutout.

GCC improves to 8-3-1 overall and will host Bryant and Stratton College on Monday at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Genesee soccer sweeps Cayuga Community College

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Nine different players scored for the Genesee Community College women's soccer team on Wednesday afternoon, en-route to a 10-0 win over Cayuga Community College.

Kate Sprinsteen got the scoring going for GCC in the 12th minute and Ashley Makowski followed with a goal less than thirty-seconds later. Dana Hansen, Karissa Schuster and Rachel Ball also beat the Lady Spartans goalkeeper during the opening period, to stake Genesee a 5-0 lead at the half.

Hansen, the only repeat goal scorer in the game, made it 6-0 in the 49th minute and Sarah Loranty, Rachel Oliver, Amanda DiSalvo and Samantha Bogdan all added goals in the second half.

Hansen, Sprinsteen and DiSalvo also tallied two assists each.

The Lady Cougars sent 40 shots on the Cayuga CC net and outshot the Lady Spartans, 40-1.

Maddie Potter and Megan Mase split time in net to earn the shutout.

Genesee improves to 5-3-1 and will host Erie Community College on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

 



(Karissa Schuster (#5, white) works past a Cayuga CC defender)

 

 

Jordan Cooper scored a first half hat-trick to pace the Genesee Community College men's soccer team to a 4-1 victory over Cayuga Community College on Wednesday night.

Cooper netted the first goal of the game in the 20th minute of the first half to give the Cougars the early lead. He followed with a second goal just nine-minutes later thanks to an assist from Ryan Burns. Ben Polk set Cooper up for his third goal in the 40th minute before Nathan Rose made it 4-0 after cashing in on a corner cross from Aaron Dunks with just over three-minutes left in the opening period.

Genesee was held scoreless in the second half and gave up a Cayuga goal late, but shut the door and held on for the victory.

Cameron Evans made four saves in net, playing all 90 minutes. Cooper's hat-trick were his first three goals of the season.

The Cougars improve to 4-3 overall and will host Erie Community College this Saturday for a 3 p.m. start.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Genesee baseball out of fall tournament after extra-innings loss to Erie Community College

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It took extra-innings to settle the score in the first round of the Western New York Athletic Conference Fall Championship tournament on Tuesday afternoon, and the host Genesee Community College Cougars came out on the losing end to Erie Community College, 7-5.

The fourth-seeded Cougars allowed a first inning run to no. 5 ECC, but answered to tie it in the bottom of the first when Rafael Lozada plated Christopher Soto with a two-out double.

Erie took the lead in the bottom of the second inning with two runs, and added a run in the fourth and a run in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the eighth. After managing just two hits since the third inning, Genesee strung five straight hits together in the home half of the eighth and scored three runs to tie the game at five apiece. Soto and Emmanuel Garcia delivered singles and scored a run each.

After two scoreless extra innings, the Kats broke through with two runs on two hits, a walk, and an error in the top of the 12th inning. The Cougars were set down in order in the bottom of the frame.

Soto ended the game two-for-five with two runs scored, Garcia added two hits including a double and Josh Maier went two-for-four with a run scored.

The loss ends the fall season for Genesee. Erie will move on to play no. 1 Monroe Community College on Saturday morning at 11 a.m at Dwyer Stadium. No. 2 Mercyhurst North East will play the winner of Tuesday night's game between no. 6 Jamestown Community College and no. 3 Niagara County Community College at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the GCC campus. The winners will meet in the championship game at Dwyer Staduim after the conclusion of both morning games.

(#21 Ryan DiMartino delivers an extra-inning base hit on Tuesday afternoon in the opening round of the WNYAC fall tournament)

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 9:28 pm

GCC men's soccer tops previously unbeaten Mercyhurst NE

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The Genesee Community College men's soccer team gave Mercyhurst North East its first loss of the season on Thursday night, as the Cougars defended home turf and turned in a 2-0 Western New York Athletic Conference game victory.

Kern O’Reilly rebounded a header from Jake O’Leary that ricocheted off the crossbar and calmly netted the game’s first goal for GCC in the 54th minute to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. Genesee then capitalized on a through ball on the back line from Yuta Hashimoto to Austin Richardson in the 68th minute. The two goals sealed the deal for GCC, which maintained a solid back line all night with O’Leary and Kyle Shaw.

With the win, Genesee improves to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

The win comes two days after a 5-0 victory on the road at Corning Community College on Tuesday. The match was a makeup of a Sep. 11 contest that was postponed due to rain.

Ryan Burns netted two goals for GCC and O'Leary, O'Reilly and Nathan Rose also found the back of the net.

Genesee will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Niagara County Community College for a 1 p.m. start.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Genesee CC volleyball downs Jamestown

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The Genesee Community College volleyball team defeated fellow Western New York Athletic Conference opponent, Jamestown Community College, 3-1 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten (3-0) in WNYAC play.

The Lady Cougars took the first set from the no. 6 team in the NJCAA Division III National Poll, 28-26 after trailing at one point, 17-13. GCC dropped the second set, 25-20, but won the final two sets 25-17 and 25-15, to earn the win.

Michelle Nagle had a strong night, finishing with 15 digs and 14 kills. Nohema Garcia-Torres finished the match with 38 assists and 14 digs, Leyinska Quiles-Torres added  23 digs and nine kills, Stephanie Maddox served well, tallying seven aces and also added 13 digs, Andrea Pursel chipped in 12 kills and four digs and Chelsea Gerace tallied 20 digs.

Genesee improves to 8-11 overall and will travel to Rhode Island this weekend to compete in the Community College of Rhode Island tournament.

(GCC's Andrea Pursel goes up for the kill during the first set of Tuesday night's match against Jamestown CC)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Lady Cougars drop home opener

post by Andrew Crofts in GCC, soccer, sports

The Genesee Community College women's soccer team lost its home opener on Tuesday night to visiting Monroe Community College, 8-0.

The #6 Lady Tribunes got two goals from Katie Knell less than a minute apart in the first half to take a 2-0 lead into halftime. Jessica Riggall assisted on both goals, which were scored in the 15th and 16th minutes respectively.

MCC tallied six more goals in the second half, including a third from Knell in the 81st minute. Riggall chipped in two goals of her own and Miranda Colon added two assists.

The Lady Tribunes outshot Genesee 31-6 on the night.

The loss drops GCC to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The Lady Cougars will travel to Herkimer County Community College on Thursday for their next contest beginning at 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm

GCC golf takes 5th at Regionals; Baumeister and Engel qualify for National Tournament

post by Andrew Crofts in GCC, golf, sports

The Genesee Community College golf team took fifth place at the Region III Tournament hosted by Mohawk Valley Community College on May 13-14.

The Cougars were in third place after day one and fell to fifth after the final round.

Adam Baumeister (78/83), Alec Engel (83/84), Trevor Leach (85/86) and Andrew Steinbrenner (93/98) combined to shoot a 690 during the two-day event which was won by Monroe Community College (635). Jamestown Community College (644), Onondaga Community College (668) and Jefferson Community College (684) rounded out the top-five teams.

In addition to being named to the All-Region team, Baumeister, along with Engel, has qualified to participate in the NJCAA National Tournament which will be held at the Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautaqua, NY. The tournament will run from June 4-7.

Leach, who missed the cut for the national tournament by two strokes, will be first alternate.

(Alec Engel                                                  Adam Baumeister)

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm

GCC men's lacrosse falls in NJCAA semifinals

post by Andrew Crofts in GCC, lacrosse, sports

GARDEN CITY: No.2 Genesee Community College was unable to get by No.3 Nassau Community College in the NJCAA National Men’s Lacrosse Final Four Semifinals on Saturday afternoon, falling by a final score of 15-6 and bringing the Cougars’ season to an end.

Genesee got on the board first after Tyler Skowronski scored just over three-minutes in to give GCC a 1-0 lead. Nassau tied it three minutes later and then converted on the man-up with a goal at the 8:03 mark to take a 2-1 lead. The Lions scored two more times before the end of the opening period and led 4-1 after one.

Nassau upped its lead to 5-1 less than thirty-seconds into the second quarter and made it 6-1 at the 3:32 mark before the game was delayed nearly an hour due to weather.

After the restart, Nassau took advantage of another man-up situation and scored with eight-minutes remaining in the half to take a 7-1 lead. Genesee had a chance to cut into the deficit late in the second quarter, but could not capitalize on a three-man advantage. Nassau scored two more times before the end of the half and led 9-1 at the break.

Blake Hurt broke a nearly 27-minute scoring drought for GCC with a goal just 40-seconds into the second half to get the Cougars to within 9-2. Nassau answered quickly to make it 10-2 and then scored with a two-man advantage to increase its lead to 11-2. Hurt scored again for GCC with just over a minute left in the third and the Cougars trailed 11-3 going into the fourth quarter.

Nassau struck twice early in the fourth, including another goal with a two-man advantage, before Chris Rabung got a man-up goal for GCC to make it 14-4. Saxon Weil and Christian Reiller followed with a goal each for Genesee to get the Cougars to within 14-6, but Nassau finished the scoring with a goal at the 2:56 mark and ended GCC’s season with a nine-goal victory.

Brady Lawrence made 14 saves in net for GCC on the afternoon. Of GCC’s 27 shots, 15 were on net.

The Cougars were successful two out of eight times with the man advantage in the game and allowed five man-up goals to Nassau.

Genesee ends the season with a 15-3 overall record.

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