by Brian Scios
Riverhead, N.Y.- Kurt Brey defeated Jeff Schaller of Concordia College in a 4-hole playoff to win the annual Dowling September Shootout held at Long Island National Golf Links in Riverhead, N.Y. The Golden Lions finished with a 3rd place team finish in the two-day tournament.
Dowling finished up day 1 tied for 3rd place with Adelphi University. Brey and Anthony Corsi led the Golden Lions, with Brey tied for 1st with Nick DeLango of STAC. Corsi would be even with Lovis Kelly of Adelphi in 3rd place.
Day 2 had the top teams grouped together, trying to hold onto slim leads. However, it was STAC that pulled away from the pack, led by Mike Gunderson. The Spartans finished with score of 580, 12 strokes ahead of second place finisher Post University.
Dowling narrowly slipped by Adelphi University to claim 3rd place with a final score of 600, topping the Panthers by just 1 stroke. However, it was a 4-hole playoff between Brey and Schaller that provided the most excitement for the weekend, with Brey coming out on top for the win.
“This was one of the more exciting September Shootouts in recent memory and I’d like to thank all of the players and teams for making it a great weekend.” Said head coach Jeff DiMarco. “Congratulations to Kurt (Brey) for pulling out the win in the end.”
Dowling is back in action on October 9th as they participate in the Dominican College Charger Challenge.
by Brian Scios
Oakdale, NY - The Golden Lions fell to the Chargers of the University of New Haven during a nonconference matchup. With the 4 set (25–19, 21–25, 19–25, 15–25) loss Dowling drops to 8–3 on the season while New Haven improves to 5–4.
The opening set saw two solid teams matching up and going point for point in the early stages. UNH created a 5 point lead (11–6), but 4 straight DC points brought the Golden Lions within one. Another point for point battle brought the score even at 19 before Dowling recorded the final 6 points for a 1–0 lead in the match. DC’s Dragana Jelovac led the attack with 5 kills while Chelsea Callahan played stellar defense coming up with 7 digs.
In the second set, the Chargers opened up with a 3–0 lead and never looked back. The largest lead of the set came at 17–10. DC came within 2, but a final kill from New Haven’s Amber Cannady finished the set to even the match at 1–1. UNH’s Keidy Candelaria led all players with 7 kills.
The Golden Lions took an early lead in the 3rd set, but once the Chargers tied it up at 14 they went on an 8–0 run (22–14) and finished the set with a kill from Kualana Ane to go ahead 2–1 in the match. The Chargers were a force at the net with 10 blocks and Candelaria led with 8 kills. For Dowling, Jelovac had 5 kills and Maja Potpara dished out 10 assists.
In the fourth and final set, the Chargers were once again dominant at the net. Facing 11 blocks, the Golden Lions found themselves unable to find holes and fell behind early in the set. Down by as many as 12 points (22–10) DC could not rally and New Haven took the match 3–1.
Leading the Golden Lions in the match was Jelovac with 14 kills and a .423 hitting percentage. Callahan produced 10 kills and 16 digs and Potpara tossed 33 assists.
For the Chargers Candelaria led all players with 20 kills while playing solid defense with 17 digs. Kristy Atufunwa had 12 kills with 1 solo block and 6 block assists.
The Golden Lions return to action as they travel to Queens College and take on the Knights Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00 PM.
by Brian Scios
Brookhaven, N.Y.- The Dowling women’s soccer team earned their 3rd straight victory as Kristy Vitale scored in the 109th minute to give the Golden Lions a 2–1 victory over Nyack College at Golden Lions Field.
Dowling is now at 6–2 on the season while Nyack falls to 4–5 in 2011.
The Warriors were the first to score, with Jen Martino taking advantage of a loose ball in the box at the 27 minute mark, giving her team a 1–0 lead. The Nyack defense clamped down and was able to finish out the first half with their lead intact.
The Golden Lions weren’t about to let the game slip away as Megan Emanuelo buried a penalty kick that was awarded after a handball in the box at 60 minutes into the game. Tied at 1–1, neither team was able to convert as they headed into overtime.
First overtime came and went without a goal, sending everyone into the third and final period. It was in the 103rd minute that Kristy Vitale scored off a rebound from a shot by Megan Emanuelo, giving the Golden Lions a 2–1 victory.
Melissa Guglielmo managed 2 saves for Dowling while Maddy Barbarino had a strong game with 7 shots stopped on the day.
Dowling is back in action this Tuesday as they host Bentley University for a 4:00 PM matchup at Golden Lions Field.
by Brian Scios
Oakdale, N.Y.- Dowling baseball head coach Chris Celano has officially resigned after seven years at the helm of the Golden Lions. This move, effectively immediately, sees Celano head to the University of New Haven where he will become head coach of Chargers baseball for the 2011–2012 season. Former Dowling assistant coach Tom Caputo will act as interim head coach for the upcoming year.
Celano leaves behind a long history of success at Dowling, joining the Golden Lions in 2001 as an assistant coach and eventually earning the head coach position four years later in 2005. Since then, Celano has compiled a 185–138 record, leading his team to four NCAA postseason appearances, including the program’s first trip to the College World Series in 2009. His efforts that year would earn him 2009 Field Turf Division II National Coach of the Year and ABCA/Diamond Sports Company East Region Coach of the Year honors.
Under his leadership, the Golden Lions have also won two conference regular season championships and three conference postseason titles, most recently earning the East Coast Conference Tournament trophy in 2011. In 2008, Celano was named the ECC Coach of the Year after going 29–19 on the year.
“Chris has contributed a great deal to this department and we have so much to show for it,” stated Dowling’s Vice President for Athletics Rick Cole, Jr.. “It has been an absolute pleasure working with him and I wish him the best of luck at the University of New Haven.”
Celano has coached three Dowling players who have gone on to be selected in the MLB First Year Player Draft. In addition, two players have earned All-American status while 31 have been named to All-Conference teams under the guidance of Celano.
“I cannot express how much I have enjoyed my time at Dowling,” said Celano. “Over the past seven years I have grown tremendously under the leadership of the department and the institution, and wish nothing but success for the program moving forward.”
Celano joins the Chargers after former head coach Raphael Cerrato resigned this summer to join the coaching staff as an assistant at the University of Rhode Island for the upcoming year. Last season, UNH went 26–18 on their way to an appearance in the NE-10 Conference Tournament.
by Brian Scios
Oakdale, N.Y.- Caitlin Bendy has been announced as the new assistant coach for Dowling College volleyball. The Stony Brook, N.Y. native will join interim head coach Rick Cole as they begin their first year leading the new-look volleyball squad.
Caitlin has earned numerous accolades throughout her volleyball career. While attending Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, N.Y., she helped the squad compile an 82–3 record throughout her four years, winning two New York State Championships. She was a two-time First Team All-State, All-County, and All-League honoree, and was named Long Island Player of the Year following her senior season.
Bendy then competed at NCAA Division I Campbell University where she continued her stellar play. There she earned spots on the Elon Volleyball Classic All-Tournament Team her sophomore season, while earning Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic honors as a junior, and being named team MVP following her senior year. Caitlin also worked her way into the record books during her time at Campbell, as she has reached the all time ranks of 2nd in block assists with 310, 4th in total blocks with 370, and 5th in hitting percentage at .251.
Caitlin continued to pursue her passion for volleyball, as she assisted with coaching at the Long Island Volleyball Academy in 2010. Discussing the challenges that await her and the team on their 2011 quest, Caitlin stated “I’m so excited to come into this opportunity at Dowling. I’m looking forward to putting all I’ve learned and experienced out there for others to benefit from. It’s exciting to become part of such a storied program.”
The Golden Lions open up their 2011 season playing two matches as part of the Dowling College Invitational on Friday, September 2nd. They face off against Bentley University at 2:00 PM before taking on the University of Charleston at 6:00 PM.
by Brian Scios
Oakdale, N.Y. - Amanda Longo has been announced as Dowling’s new cheerleading head coach. Amanda will be doubling up her duties at Dowling, as she’s been serving as the head coach of the dance team for the past three seasons.
Longo, a Dowling College graduate, attended Bellport High School where she was a member of their dance team which made an appearance at the national championships. On attaining the new coaching job, Amanda said “I’m really looking forward to starting up with this team and getting even more involved here at Dowling. The past three years have been full of fun and exciting times with the dance team, so I’m excited to work with cheerleading to continue promoting team spirit and school pride.”
Both the cheerleading and dance teams can be seen giving riveting performances at Dowling basketball games, the first of which is slated for November 13th at Dowling Gymnasium.