by Brian Scios
Bridgeport, CT- The Men’s Basketball team held the Purple Knights to a 32 shooting percentage en route to a 74–66 East Coast Conference win. The Golden Lions improve to 8–11 overall and 4–5 in ECC action. The Purple Knights slide to 12–8, 7–3 ECC.
A season high five Golden Lions reached double digits with senior guard John Merchant III leading the way with 16 points. Corwin Austin posted 15 points with Justin Alexander and Michael Hill both putting up 12 points while Leon Taylor tallied 11.
For the University of Bridgeport, Darian David had a game high 22 points and 10 rebounds with William Harrison helping out with 17 points and Dante Menter contributing 11.
The Golden Lions jumped to an 8–1 lead in the opening minutes. The hosts take their first lead of the game following a free throw from Davis and 2 from Harrison to go up 19–17. DC’s Taylor hit 2 free throws of his own to tie the game up at 19 with just over 6 minutes left in the half. The lead changes 6 times over the next 2:53 before the Golden Lions put up 6 unanswered points leading up to the break to go ahead 32–27.
The Purple Knights open up the second half with a 8–3 surge to knot the game at 35 through the first 5 minutes. DC put up 5 straight to reclaim the lead at 40–35. UB answered with 7 including 4 consecutive free throws from David and went ahead 42–20 (11:17). 3:35 later Josh Malone hit from long distance to put DC up 50–42 before Menter sank both free throws to tie the game up for the final time. Hill drove the lane to put Dowling up for the final time as they held the lead through the final seven minutes to take the ECC win.
The Golden Lion return home and host the STAC Spartans next Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00 PM.
SIX YEARS OF DOWLING ATHLETICS KEEPING ISLIP CLEAN
by Brian Scios
Oakdale, N.Y.- Dowling Athletics and Keep Islip Clean got together for the 6th straight year this Friday, October 21st, to help clean up the surrounding community that Dowling calls home.
Over 300 student-athletes, coaches, and staff members spread out across the area around the Oakdale/Rudolph and Brookhaven Campuses, collecting trash, cleaning up parks and parking lots, and removing litter from roadways. All Dowling teams participated during the day, lending a hand at locations such as the Ronkonkoma and Oakdale Train Stations as well as along Montauk Highway and Locust Avenue, among many other areas.
In addition to picking up over 100 bags of trash during the day, members of the men’s lacrosse team painted over graffiti at the Central Islip Train Station.
“Our student-athletes have embraced this initiative since we started it in 2006 and each year they continue to show their support.” Said Dowling’s Vice President for Athletics Rick Cole, Jr. “We hold many fundraising activities and have numerous initiatives involving the community throughout the year, but this one is special because it allows us to see the impact we have on the place we call ‘home.’”
Along with the many student-athletes participating Friday morning, on-hand was Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan along with Councilman Gene Parrington. KIC Executive Director Nancy Cochran and Commissioners Kay Erwood and Peggy Ruth also came out to help.
by Brian Scios
Brookhaven, N.Y.- The Dowling men’s soccer team dropped their second consecutive game with a 1–0 shutout loss to the New York Institute of Technology this Saturday.
In Dowling’s previous two meetings with NYIT, the Golden Lions were able to take victories in both contests. The Bears finally managed to get past the Golden Lions in a low scoring game at Golden Lion’s Field in Brookhaven, New York.
Both teams exchanged a few scoring chances throughout the first half but neither could find the back of the net. The Bears capitalized on a great opportunity at the 69 minute mark when Matthew DiDonna found the ball 10 yards out and buried his team-leading, 9th goal of the season. DiDonna’s goal would be the difference in the game as NYIT’s goalkeeper, Liam Waddy, stopped all 7 shots he faced. Dowling’s Chris Kucera had 5 saves in the loss.
Eirik Hogstad started his first game for Dowling and finished the game with 1 shot on goal. On playing his first game at Golden Lion’s Field he said, “I was a little nervous before the game since it was my first game with the team, but I felt good once the game started. I’ve had two good weeks of practice, just trying to get used to the system and formations they use.”
The loss brings Dowling to an overall record of 5–6−3 while the New York Institute of Technology improves to 10–2−2 on the season. The Golden Lions will look to get back on track against the Bloomfield Deacons (7–6−1) in Bloomfield, New Jersey on Wednesday, October 26th at 3 p.m.
by Brian Scios
Oakdale, NY - The Golden Lions keep their winning streak going to 12 games with a 3–0 sweep of the Queen College Knights in a East Coast Conference (ECC) Matchup. Dowling improves to 20–3 overall and 9–0 in ECC while the Knights fall to 5–14 overall and 2–8 in the ECC.
Graduate Student Maja Potpara had game leading .529 hitting percentage with 9 kills and 34 assists. Junior Morgan Mutranowski led both teams in digs with 21. The Knights were led by Suzanne Byrne hitting percentage of .263 with 11 kills and 15 digs.
The first set started with Queens taking a 2–0 led. Dowling answered with 5 straight points to make it 5–2. After trading points Dowling went on four point run to make it 10–5. From then on Dowling had control and won the set 25–22. Junior Bethany Shepard led with 6 kills.
The second set started with DC getting and a 3–0 lead and never looking back. Dowling maintained control as they cruised to a 25–15 win and a 2–0 match lead. Potpara led both teams with 11 assists.
The third set opened with back and forth scoring.. Queens took the match to set point but they weren’t able to finish Dowling off. The Golden Lions came charging back to win the third set 26–24.
After the game Senior Chelsea Callahan said that she is proud of where the team is at with their 12 game winning streak, “I knew we would be here and playing this well because we practice harder than any other team” Callahan said on the game. “Queens dictated the speed, but we were able to overcome that and play to our ability and win the game.” During today’s game both teams were wearing pink to support Breast Cancer in the Think Pink initiative.
The next contest for the Golden Lions is Tuesday October 25 at 7:00pm when they take on the Molloy College Lions in a ECC matchup.
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.