College of Staten Island women’s soccer kicks off the 2010 season today with a 5:00 pm game start against NYU-Polytech at the CSI Soccer Field. After finishing 3-11-2 in the 2009 season, the Dolphins are back and have been working hard for a more promising season.
With six freshmen and nine first year players, the young Dolphins have a lot to do. “We’re a new and young team,” states sixth year Head Coach John Guagliardo, “But we’re faster, quicker smarter and better.”
In goal for the Dolphins will be freshman Victoria Donegan. “She was the best goalie on the island in high school,” says Guagliardo of the 5-8 keeper, “Donegan will add atleast three or four wins to our schedule just by being in goal for us.” Sharing the duties of goalkeeper is former CSI basketball star Daniellie McLaughlin who sees her first year on the roster with senior status.
“She’s got a nose for the net,” says Guagliardo of freshman forward Demi-Jean Martorano who will serve as a key scorer. Moved from her original position, veteran player Paige Buono will be playing center-mid along with senior Lauren Neglia and senior Michelle Kelley. Guagliardo is confident with the trio reporting that, “The three of them are the base of our team’s strength.”
At mid-field are Christina Sgarlato and Natalie Tombasco. Defense will be led by two-team athlete Nicole Quattrocchi along with Jessica Levy and heavily recruited freshman Amanda Peccacio. “My mid-fielders are very physical and I’m very excited about defense is rock solid,” states the head coach.
Freshman Cassandra Black will add a lot of depth to the mid-field while Christina Jacob and Stephanie McNichol will share the stopper position defensively. Helping up front on offense will be sophomores Christina Flynn and Nicole Iacona.
The Dolphins suffer the loss of Valerie Incontrera who tore her ACL in the team’s scrimmage a few weeks ago.
Hoping to bring the CUNYAC Championship trophy back to CSI, Guagliardo believes, “We are a very young team but I am so optimistic about how the season will turn out.”


The College of Staten Island men’s soccer team is still looking to crack the win column for the 2010 season, and will take their show on the road for a non-conference test against SUNY-Maritime in Throggs Neck, NY.  Kick-off is 5pm.  If you can’t make it to the game you can follow the action live on the web via CSI SportsNet.  CSI SportsNet’s Michael Baybusky will anchor the call with Sal Caruso.  Coverage begins 20 minutes before first serve at 4:40pm.  The direct link to the broadcast is available at http://www.csidolphins.com/livegames.asx.
CSI has had a series of near misses to start the season.  The team is 0-5-1 to start the season, having lost a pair of one goal games, including a gritty 3-2 loss to Brooklyn College on Wednesday.  CSI was down 3-0 just 16 minutes into the game, before resurrecting their game in time to come to within one.  Maritime enters tonight’s contest with a 1-3 mark.


The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team will be opening up their 2010 season today, taking on NYU-Polytechnic at the CSI Soccer Complex at 5pm.  If you can’t make it to the game today you can follow the action live on the web via CSI SportsNet.  CSI SportsNet’s Michael Baybusky will anchor the call alongside David Pizzuto.  Coverage begins 20 minutes before kickoff.  The direct link to the broadcast is available at http://www.csidolphins.com/livegames.asx.
Coming off of a tough 3-11-2 season in 2009, the Dolphins are rtooled and reorganized for what they hope will be a spirited climb to the top of the CUNYAC standings.  The team boasts 13 new faces this year under head coach John Guagliardo.  This is the first-ever meeting between the two sides.


NYU-Polytechnic used a late first half goal with :19 left to take a 1-0 lead at intermission, then made the most of a steady second-half counter-attacking style, to take a 3-1 win over the visiting Dolphins in what was the season-opening game for both teams this afternoon at Aviator Field in Brooklyn, New York.  The Dolphins fell to 0-1, while the Fighting Blue Jays start their young season 1-0.
In 2009, the two teams played to a scoreless half before NYU-Poly scored three goals in the first 15 minutes of the second stanza to garner a 4-1 win.  2010’s installment seemed eerily similar.  The Blue Jays earned the first two quality chances of the afternoon as, on both occasions, a streaking Mamadou Dianko raced past a CSI defense, only to put balls just inches wide of CSI keeper Ahmed El-Ghareib within the game’s first 20 minutes.
From there, the game teetered back and forth, as both teams traded good chances.  A Kenneth Zaw strike from just beyond the goal mouth skipped wide of NYU-Poly keeper Robert Petri, while a thunderous shot from CSI’s Lirim Begai sailed high over the crossbar with just over 12 minutes to play in the first half.  Inside of five minutes to play in the frame, however, CSI’s defense let their guard slip, and a series of failed clear-out attempts led to NYU-Poly chances.  The last of which came inside of a minute when after a CSI turnover, NYU-Poly’s Adrian Hurtado put a high through-ball over the CSI defense onto the waiting head of Adam Lakawitz, who rainbowed a header past El-Ghareib to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead with just 19 ticks remaining in the frame.
Up 1-0 at the break, NYU-Poly made the most of CSI’s attempt to equalize, by throwing numbers on a counterattack early in the second frame.  Just four minutes in, the home team doubled their lead when Giovanni Ormachi buried a shot from 15 yards away on a feed from Marcello Escudero.  The Dolphins cried foul when it appeared that Escudero had played the ball with his hand, and indeed, many of the players on both sides of the ball stopped play after the supposed incident.  Play continued, however, allowing Ormachi to put in the goal at CSI’s protest, and putting the Dolphins down 2-0 with 40 minutes left to play.
At the 68-minute mark, NYU-Poly tallied again, this time on a shot by Mohamed Ndou from the right side on another CSI failed clearing attempt, putting the Blue Jays clearly in control, 3-0.
From there, however, CSI did play well.  Even with five defenders on the back line, the Dolphins were able to maintain possession and get off shots.  After being untested for a majority of the game, Petri made three saves inside of the final 20 minutes, part of five total on the game.  CSI finally hit paydirt in the 80th minute, when a lined lead pass by Dong Luu in the midfield found a streaking Ibrahim Mubaric on the left side.  The young freshman shed a defender and put a nice shot past Petri for the goal, his first career tally, cutting the lead to 3-1.
CSI wasn’t able to garner a shot on goal from there, seeing a lone shot by Zaw sail wide-right, as NYU-Poly took the win by a 3-1 final.
Poly out-shot the Dolphins, 22-12 (13-6 on goal).  El-Ghareib made 10 saves for the Dolphins, including a pair of exceptional sprawling saves as time expired.  The Blue Jays earned six corner kicks to the Dolphins’ zero.  The hot and muggy afternoon saw no bookings in what was a clean game that featured only 13 collective fouls.
CSI will get back to action this weekend.  The team will travel to Madison, New Jersey, to take part in the Drew University Fall Festival Classic.  Play will begin for CSI at 5pm on Saturday against Keystone College.BoxscoreArchived Broadcast


The College of Staten Island honored a host of its student-athletes, coaches, and distinguished staff members with its annual Athletics Awards Banquet held at Sports & Recreation Center earlier this evening.  A total of over 80 award winners were highlighted as part of the gala, among them members of CSI’s 13 intercollegiate sports teams in 2009-10.
After greetings from Interim Athletic Director Paul Bobb, Vice-President for Student Affairs Dr. Jerald Jones-Woolfolk and CSI President Dr. Tomas D. Morales, awards were given for each sport in chronological order beginning with teams last fall, and ending with men’s baseball, which finalized its season just days ago by celebrating a CUNYAC Championship and advancing to the ECAC Metro NY/NJ Postseason Tournament.
Major awards were then presented to Female Athlete of the Year Kelly Kenny, senior on both the women’s soccer and swimming teams.  Kenny was a two-time CUNYAC champion in soccer, and elevated herself into a competitive diver for the Swimming team.  A former CUNYAC Championship MVP, the versatile Kenny played every position on the soccer pitch during her three-year playing career.  Men’s baseball ace Pat Gale was named Male Athlete of the Year.  Gale finished an impeccable junior campaign by posting an 8-2 record on the mound, earning CSI single season records for innings pitched, wins and strikouts. The junior also batted a healthy .418, was CUNYAC Player of the Year and is in the running for two All-American citations which are yet to be announced.
CSI Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors was given to soccer star and senior Adam Birnbaum.  Appearing in 58 games for the Dolphins over the past three seasons, Birnbaum sports a 3.895 GPA, majoring in Economics.  Birnbaum will return for his final season in 2011 as a graduate student at CSI. Dr. William Fritz, CSI Provost, also honored the CSI Women’s Swimming & Diving Team for posting CSI Athletics’ highest Team GPA, at 3.21.
Thomas DeWaters, senior for men’s baseball, was awarded the 5th Annual Bill Cali/John Scrivani Sportsmanship Award, named after CSI’s baseball skippers who earned similar honors from the Staten Island Advance in 2005. 
CUNY Athletic Conference representative Gregg Cohen was on hand to offer nearly 30 awards, bestowed to CSI All-Stars scattered throughout the year and the CUNYAC’s four Scholar-Athlete of the Year Honorable Mentions – Tara Meiners, Danielle McLaughlin, Ryan Hennessey, and Birnbaum.
Throughout the course of the evening, other notable awards were handed out.  A Distinguished Service award was given to Staten Island Advance sportswriter Jack Minogue, who has covered CSI sports since the school was a pre-four-year institution in 1976.
Midway through the ceremony, members of the CSI Student-Athlete Advisory Committee presented their Inspiration Award, given this year to women’s basketball star and senior Mallory Ameneiros, who battled multiple injuries to aid her team in 2009-10. The SAAC also awarded its inaugural G.L.O.V.E. Award to Head Coach Michael Mauro and the CSI Baseball Team for their model of Giving, Leading, Organizing, Volunteering, and Encouraging.
All tolled, the rousing event was a great success, according to David Pizzuto, Associate Athletic Director and principal organizer of the event each year. 
“It seems as if our banquet grows each year because the list of laurels gets greater and greater,” he said. “This is a fantastic event and a fitting close to our year. We have so much to be proud of and to give the students and award recipients their due is worth it.”
Photos of the event will be posted through a slideshow soon.  The CSI academic year will come to a close next week, when Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 27.
Award winners this year include the following:
Women’s Volleyball
MVP: Alba Basha
Coaches: Carmella Lubrano
Coaches: Danielle Ponsiglione
Women’s Tennis:
MVP: Gabriella Villarruel
Rookie: Justine Kuna
Coaches: Qing Li
Women’s Soccer
MVP: Kelly Kenny
Outstanding Player: Lauren Neglia
Sportsmanship: Ednita Lorenzo
Men’s Soccer
MVP – Lirim Begai
Rookie – Andriy Sudak
Coaches – Kenneth Zaw
Women’s Cross-Country
MVP: Lisa LaManna
Rookie: Caitlin O’Neill
Coaches: Bibi Ghafari
Men’s Cross-Country
MVP: Dean Kunjravia
Rookie: Shannon Pierre
Coaches: Matt Greger
Women’s Basketball
MVP: Kristen Panariello
Most Improved: Danielle McLaughlin
Coaches: Mallory Ameneiros
Men’s Swimming
MVP – Vladislav Romanov
Rookie – Joe Lee
Co-Coaches – Alex Griss
Co_coaches – Mohamed Hikal
Women’s Swimming
MVP – Gabriella Villarruel
Co-Rookie – April Bartlett
Co-Rookie – Priscilla Alvarez
Coaches – Tara Meiners
Men’s Basketball
MVP – Jordan Young
Rookie – Herschel Jenkins
Coaches – Dale Taranto
Matty White Leadership Award – Christian Montervino
Women’s Softball
Offensive MVP – Kaitlyn Flynn
Defensive MVP – Jennifer Volpe
Pitcher of the Year – Danielle Ponsiglione
Sportsmanship Award – Raechel Strobel
Leadership Award – Jillian Graniero
Men’s Tennis
Co-MVP: Patrick Thomas
Co-MVP: Gary Ambartsumov
Coaches: Tom Pack
Men’s Baseball
MVP – Pat Gale
MVP – Devon DiCasoli
Rookie – Cory Sullivan
Rookie – Joe Cassano
Coaches – Nick Tingos
Distinguished Service Award
Jack Minogue, Staten Island Advance
SAAC Inspiration Award
Mallory Ameneiros, Women’s Basketball
SAAC G.L.O.V.E. Award
Michael Mauro & the CSI Men’s Baseball Team
Team G.P.A. Award
Women’s Swimming, 3.21 GPA
Bill Cali/John Scrivani Sportsmanship Award
Thomas DeWaters, Men’s Baseball
Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Adam Birnbaum
Male Athlete of the Year
Pat Gale, Men’s Baseball
Female Athlete of the Year
Kelly Kenny, Women’s Soccer and Swimming & Diving

Senior Accepted to Prestigious Summer Medical Program

As summer quickly approaches, many students are wondering what they will do over break. CSI Senior and Chemistry/Mathematics double-major Eric Rios-Doria doesn’t have that problem, as he has been accepted into the University of Iowa Summer Undergraduate Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and Research (SUMR) Program, an intensive eight-week summer program where he will be exposed to MD/PhD training that includes performing biomedical research as well as shadowing a physician-scientist.

Regarding his acceptance, Rios-Doria says, “I am very excited to participate in this program…The academic program at the CSI Chemistry Department is one I have very much enjoyed and am glad I have met such great professors… I would also like to thank Prof. [Krishnaswami] Raja for allowing me to perform research in his laboratory and work on an independent project.

Rios-Doria is also a recipient of a scholarship from CSI’s STEAM (Science & Technology Expansion via Applied Mathematics), a comprehensive, National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded program that expands and supports undergraduate education in all areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “STEAM has provided both academic and monetary support,” he notes “and I am most appreciative.”

In addition, he is on the Dean’s List, and is an LSAMP research scholar and CSTEP student. LSAMP is short for Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, an NSF-funded program with the goal of increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing Bachelor’s degrees and gaining access to graduate programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The C-STEP program at CSI aims to increase enrollment and graduation, among historically underrepresented students, in undergraduate and graduate programs leading to professional licensure or to careers in the fields of science, technology, and education.

Admitting that he has been interested in medicine since he was young, due to bouts with severe asthma that led to frequent hospitalizations when he was a child, Rios-Doria transferred to CSI in 2007. He recalls that he has “found so many more opportunities here than at my previous institution. The programs available to the students are invaluable …The opportunities that have been provided through [the College] have allowed to me to become a better researcher and attain invaluable skills both inside the classroom and laboratory and outside the classroom and laboratory. As an example, CSI has given me the opportunity to present my research at local, regional, and national conferences.”

After his arrival at CSI Rios-Doria began research in chemistry with Prof. Raja. Saying that Dr. Raja “has guided me and taught me how to become a better researcher,” he is now working on an independent project that will eventually become his senior thesis. Explaining the research, Rios-Doria states that “I am currently working on synthesizing a liquid crystal that will have photovoltaic applications. An example of such an application would be the cost-effective use for solar cells. It is looking very promising and should provide exciting results.”

Hoping eventually to gain acceptance into an MD/PhD program with the hope of practicing medicine while conducting further research, Rios-Doria credits CSI and the programs available to him at the College for his current success. “The education I have received at CSI has been fantastic. All the professors I have had have shown genuine interest in the students and have allowed for my proper scientific thought process to be established. With the offer from the University of Iowa, I believe the education provided by the fantastic instructors at CSI has prepared me for the challenges ahead in the summer and has also placed me at an advanced level of understanding difficult concepts being learned in universities nationwide.”

Eric Rios-Doria has been accepted into a prestigious summer program at the University of Iowa.