March 18-24, 2004
Sports Shorts-March 18
By Luke Eggleston/ SUN staff writer
Le Moyne baseball opens season with sweep of Ohio University
The Le Moyne baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Ohio University with an 11-3 victory on the Bobcats’ home diamond in Athens, Ohio Sunday, March 14. Going into the series, the Dolphins had not won a game all season. With the three-game sweep, Le Moyne improved to 3-8 on the season. Senior Kyle Brown (Colonie/Colonie HS) had four RBI on three hits to lead the Dolphins in Sunday’s triumph. Along with Brown, Jeff Justice (Pedricktown, N.J./Penns Grove) and Mike Affronti (Dix Hills, N.Y./Commack) had three hits each. Le Moyne won the two previous games 13-3 and 6-5. This coming weekend, the Dolphins will travel to James Madison University in Virginia for a pair of double headers.
Chidsey finishes third at NCAA’s
Le Moyne College sophomore swimmer Will Chidsey (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) finished third in the 100-meter backstroke at the NCAA Division II Swimming Championships Saturday. His time of 49.97 earned his second All-America award of the meet and further improved his all-time UNYSCSA and program-record time. The third-place finish in a national meet is the highest finish for a Le Moyne swimmer in program history. Chidsey wrapped up his trip to the NCAA meet at Erie Community College by competing in the 100-free and 200-back events Sunday.
No. 2 Le Moyne lacrosse routs No. 5 Adelphi 17-8
The Le Moyne men’s lacrosse team, ranked No. 2 in the nation among NCAA Division II programs, opened its season with a 17-8 thrashing of No.5 Adelphi Saturday at the Carrier Dome. Junior Brandon Spillett, a Liverpool High School product, scored three goals and assisted on six other goals. The latter ties a program record. Ryan Lewis (East Syracuse-Minoa) and Kyle Reichel (East Syracuse-Minoa) also scored three goals each for the Dolphins. Rounding out the scoring for the Dolphins were Corey Sullivan (Lafayette), Bob Tulowiecki (Orchard Park), and Rob Trowbridge (Pierrepont Manor/South Jefferson) with two each and Craig Rosencrans (Niskayuna) and Nate Evans (Canandaigua) with one each. Sophomore goalkeeper Jared Corcoran (Concord, N.H./Concord) stopped 12 shots in his collegiate debut. Saturday, the 1-0 Dolphins will host Merrimack for their Northeast-10 Conference opener at Liverpool High School.
Seasons end for local high-school girls hoops teams
The seasons for varsity girls basketball teams from Christian Brothers Academy, Notre Dame, Bishop Ludden, and Bishop Grimes all ended in the Section III Tournament during the past two weeks.
No. 4 seed CBA, which had been ranked seventh in New York State among Class B teams and boasted a 17-3 record going into the tournament, was upset 50-49 by No. 5 Notre Dame in the tournament quarterfinal. The Brothers led 27-21 going into the halftime intermission, but Notre Dame launched a rally in the second half to take the win. The Jugglers were led almost exclusively by Ashley Broadhurst and Erin Cambridge who scored 23 and 25 points respectively in the upset of CBA.
Notre Dame, in turn, was toppled by South Jefferson 46-25 in the semifinal.
No. 7 Ludden advanced to the semifinal also, but fell to No. 6 Cazenovia 58-40. Ludden finished its season with a 16-7 overall record and a 10-2 record in league play.
Bishop Grimes was granted a No. 5 seed in the Class C tournament, but fell to No. 4 West Canada 43-34 in the quarterfinal. The Cobras wrapped up their season with a 16-6 record overall and a 12-2 record in league play.