|Fri. Nov. 9||Women's Basketball vs. Bluefield State @ Penn State Fayette||4 p.m.|
|Sat. Nov. 10||Western Equestrian @ Alfred University||9 a.m./1 p.m.|
|Sat. Nov. 10||Wrestling @ Gettysburg Invitational||10 a.m.|
|Sat. Nov. 10||Cross Country @ NCAA DIII Mideast Regionals @ DeSales||11 a.m.|
|Sat. Nov. 10||Football @ Castleton||1 p.m.||Stats Video|
|Sat. Nov. 10||Swimming & Diving @ Oswego||1 p.m.|
|Sat. Nov. 10||Men's Basketball vs. Baldwin Wallace||1 p.m.||Stats Video|
|Sat. Nov. 10||Women's Basketball vs. Penn State Greater Allegheny @ Penn State Fayette||3 p.m.|
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The Pioneers spent the week preparing for the NCAA Mideast Regional this coming weekend at DeSales University.
Anna Maria took the opening kickoff and drove 76-yards to get on the board first. Michael Lopez capped the drive with a five-yard run. The Pioneers answered back on their third possession of the game following a short punt into the strong winds at Pioneer Stadium. Ronnie Clark (Philadelphia/Indian River) raced in from 20-yards out on a wildcat play to make it 7-6 (extra point was blocked). Early in the 2nd quarter, Alfred State drove deep into Anna Maria territory but the AMCATS put together a defensive stand and forced a field goal attempt. Ryan Shipherd's (Randolph) 21-yard field goal gave the Pioneers their first lead of the game 9-7. On their next possession, AMC answered right back with a 15-play, 68-yard drive capped off by one-yard dive into the endzone by Alex Cohen to retake the lead. The Pioneers answered right back and headed into halftime with a 16-14 lead when Carter Harman (Liberty/Liberty) connected with Cade Marks (Wellsburg/Elmira) on a 28-yard scoring pass play.
Alfred State was unable to put any points on the board in their first possession of the 2nd half but Bladimir Vargas(Washington Height/Law and Public) forced a fumble on the punt and Owen Davis (Lansing) recovered the fumble to set up the Pioneers deep in Anna Maria territory. Clark capitalized on the turnover one play later when he burst through the line and scored from 22-yards out to make it 23-14. Late in the 3rd quarter, Lopez capped a seven-play drive with a 10-yard scoring run to make it a two-point game, 23-21, heading into the final 15 minutes. Harman found Jalen Long (Rochester/Bishop Kearney) wide open over the middle of the field with just over ten minutes left in the contest to add to the Pioneers lead. The 60-yard connection made it 30-21. Anna Maria didn't go away and Lopez's third touchdown of the game, from one-yard out, cut the lead back to two with just 5:17 remaining in the game. Alfred State was able to pick up two 1st downs on their next possession but were forced to punt the ball back to the AMCATS with 1:22 remaining. Anna Maria picked up a pair of 1st downs but were unable to keep the momentum going as the Pioneers defense held on for the victory.
Clark had a monster day for the Pioneer offense. He rushed 34 times for 209 yards and two scores. Clark's effort led to his first collegiate game with more than 100 yards. Harman completed just three passes on the day (3 for 9) but passed for 102 yards. Long had just one catch for 60 yards and is now over 900 yards (917) on the season.
John Lauretti (Seaford) led the Pioneer defense with 12 tackles (nine solo) and a pair of sacks. Kyle Backert (Lancaster) had 11 tackles, Austin Parker (Port Byron) had nine tackles and Brockton Weist (Harpursville) chipped in eight tackles and one sack.
Women's Soccer: 12-3-3
The women's soccer team wrapped up their season with a 2nd place finish at the ACAA Championships. The Pioneers defeated SUNY Delhi 2-1 in the semifinals and then played to a 0-0 draw vs. Thomas More. Thomas More was declared the ACAA Champion after winning the penalty kicks tie-breaker 5-4.
In the semifinals vs. Delhi, Maggie Meyer (Red Creek) got the Pioneers on the board 27:55 into the contest after getting a pass from Melissa Mineti (Livonia). Mineti doubled the lead with just under five minutes left in the 1st half when she was able to race down the right side on a breakaway and fire a shot past the goalkeeper. The Broncos cut the lead to 2-1 in the 52nd minute when they capitalized on a corner kick opportunity.
Madison Papaj (Holley) made five big saves in the 2nd and finished with 10 total saves.
In the championship match, Alfred State and Thomas More (KY) battled for 110 minutes without either team finding the back of the net. The contest was played in rain, snow, and wind and the ACAA champion was determined by penalty kicks. The Saints edged the Pioneers 5-4 in PK's to claim the 2018 ACAA title.
The Saints held a 33 to 7 shot advantage in in the game and a 15 to 4 advantage on shots on goal. Papaj anchored the defensive backline and made 15 saves to record her 8th shutout of the season.
Papaj, Meyer, and Mineti were named to the All ACAA Tournament team for their solid play over the weekend.
Prior to the ACAA Championships, the Pioneers traveled down the road to Houghton and lost a 3-0 battle with the Highlanders. Papaj made four saves in net.
Men's Swimming & Diving: Men: 0-2
Ethan Dale (Lock Haven, PA) was a triple event winner and Tim Olin (Perry) won a pair of events as the men's swimming & diving team opened up the home portion of their season. Buffalo State earned the 170-119 victory.
Dale continued his solid start to the season by winning the 100 breast (1:05.14), the 200 breast (2:27.64) and the 200 IM (2:10.35). Olin won the 100 back (57.99) and the 200 back (2:14.53) and 2as 2nd in the 50 free (23.31). Nate Miller (Gananda) was 2nd in the 200 fly (2:26.81), 2nd in the 100 free (54.23), and 2nd in the 100 fly (59.53) while Austin Eckrich (Rochester/Churchville Chili) was 2nd in the 1650 free (19:18.42), Austin Miller (Hornell) was 2nd in 3m diving (234.85), and Anthony Kahwaty (Jefferson Township, NJ) was 2nd in the 200 breast (2:31.83).
Women's Swimming & Diving: 2-0
The women's swimming & diving team rolled to their second straight dual meet victory on Saturday. The Pioneers defeated Buffalo State 187-105 in their home opener.
The Pioneers started off fast with five victories in the first five events. The 200 medley relay team of Julia Urbina (Nesconset/Smithtown East), Hannah Snayczuk (Machias/Pioneer), Payton Armstrong (Highland Mills/Monroe Woodbury), Elizabeth Furmanski (Albion) won in 2:06.73, Kathryn Lewis (Niagara Wheatfield) followed with a victory in the 1650 free (20:28.55), Jessie LaRue (Livonia) won the 200 free (2:07.57), Urbina won the 100 back (1:13.01), and Lewis won the 100 breast (1:19.84). LaRue completed the triple victory meet with wins in the 50 free (26.41) and the 100 free (57.96). Lewis picked up another victory in the 500 free (5:50.51) to complete her three victory afternoon and the 200 free relay team of LaRue, Lewis, Elizabeth Drake (Lansing), and Sarah Stevens (Wellsville) won in 1:49.70.
On the diving board, Sarah Stevens was 2nd in the 1m competition (169.70) and the 3m competition (182.85).
Alfred State led 12-10 in the 1st set before Finlandia went on a 6-0 run and never relinquished the lead. A 4-0 run in the 2nd set broke a 6-6 tie and the Lions held off every Pioneer comeback attempt. The Pioneers never led in the 3rd set but a 7-1 run in the middle of the set by the Finlandia pushed the lead out. The blue and gold did go on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to two, 19-17, but could not get any closer.
Madison Webster (Corning) capped her career with 23 digs and eight kills. Sarah Raichlin (Binghamton/Chenango Valley) passed out 28 assists, Kiara Perkins (Coudersport, PA) finished with eight kills and 11 digs, and the trio of Mya VanDuyne(Newark), Alyssa Martin (Portville), and Isabella Slocum (Hornell) all chipped in five kills.
Ryan Mattison (Brockport) won the heavyweight title as the Alfred State wrestling team opened up the season at the Brockport Open. Mattison was 4-0 on the day as he won his first individual title of the season. He opened up the day with a pin of Jacob Smith (Jamestown CC) in 1:13. He then defeated teammate Kyle Fitzgerald, who finished 5th in the weight class, to advance to the semifinals. In the semis he won 12-3 over Calik Kennedy (Brockport) before pinning Nick Jones (Jamestown CC) in the finals. Mitchell Lattuca (Lancaster) finished 4th in the same weight class finishing the day 2-2. Fitzgerald was also 2-2 on the day and finished 5th.
Tristan Almeter (Elma/Iroquois) was 3rd at 184 lbs. He pinned Tylor Allard in his quarterfinal match then fell in the semifinals before rebounding with a pin of Rey Robinson and a 6-4 decision over Rich Conte (Brockport). Mike Galton (Warsaw) also earned a 3rd place finish. Galton lost in his first match but rebounded with four straight victories in the 157 lb. weight class. He defeated his teammate Devin Horton 11-6, Noah Weisburg (Buffalo Wrestling Club) 16-6, Jordan Kayes (Brockport) 9-3, and Nathan Elliott 12-3 to finish the day 4-1.