BOROUGH HALL CELEBRATES CSI’S MOVE TO NCAA DIVISION II

The College of Staten Island Athletics Program took center stage at Staten Island’s Borough Hall today, as Borough President James Oddo and other distinguished guests welcomed a cross-section of Dolphins athletes celebrating their recent move from NCAA Division III to NCAA Division II.  New York State Assemblymen Michael Cusick and Charles Fall also joined the group, along with representation from the office of New York State Senator Andrew Lanza.

“This is big news,” said Mr. Oddo as he greeted over 20 representatives from the program, including CSI President Dr. William J. Fritz, Director of Athletics Charles Gomes, and several staff and coaches along with the student-athletes.  “We are really proud of the efforts made by the CSI administration in the move to Division II.  It has a great impact on Staten Island.”

After some light-hearted banter, where the Borough President joked that he still had athletic eligibility left to offer, it was CSI student-athletes that were focused on, sharing stories of the impact of sport on their lives, the inherent differences in Division II over Division III, and their day-to-day, on- and off-campus, work habits.  During the discussion, CSI student-athletes presented the elected officials with College of Staten Island Dolphins Division II jerseys, celebrating them as their first official Division II recruits.

“We’re proud of you and you are on the right track,”  Mr. Oddo said to the students.  “Continue to be leaders, our society needs it, and we are excited to share this with you.”  

Mr. Cusick agreed entirely.  “I don’t know if you realize how excited we are that this is happening,” he told the group.  “We’ve seen the progression of the College of Staten Island, the growth of the athletic program and the academic programs, and it’s the result of a great deal of hard work from President Fritz and the many folks who sacrificed so much to advance the College the way it has.  To hear of this move and to understand what went into it makes me really proud to be a part of it and share it with you.”  

Mr. Fall was also quick to highlight the great reasons why the move to Division II is a powerful one for the College.  “Especially as a former student-athlete, this is wonderful and a great opportunity to keep our finest student-athletes on Staten Island.  When you think about the many student-athletes who want to play at the Division I and Division II level, it’s extraordinary to keep those folks home on Staten Island while bringing outside talent in.  You rocked it at the Division III level and now we’re bringing it to Division II.  It’s incredibly exciting and I can’t wait to attend some of the games.”

Along with their congratulatory remarks, all three gentlemen shared stories of their own athletic endeavors, notably Mr. Oddo’s anecdotes on the baseball diamond, and Mr. Cusick’s experiences as a Division I cross-country and track & field runner.  Later, Mr. Fall spoke about his recent collegiate career as a men’s basketball player, and his memories of a decorated high school career on Staten Island.  

After learning more about the College’s recent transition, Mr. Oddo shared with student-athletes various discussion points pertaining to sound body and mind, such as the importance of multi-sport experiences for youth, healthy sleeping habits, and nutrition.  By the end, several students, coaches and President Fritz, thanked the honored hosts for their unwavering support of athletics and the college as whole, with Dr. Fritz highlighting some of the many advantages coming from the move in line with the college’s Strategic Plan, such as improved academic student success, and the ability to offer scholarships to student-athletes.

College of Staten Island varsity teams have already started the Division II transition.  Dolphins teams in Men’s & Women’s Soccer, Men’s & Women’s Cross-Country and Women’s Tennis are underway with 11 more sports rolling out this coming winter and spring, immediately competing within the NCAA Division II ranks and as part of the East Coast Conference.


Gallery: (9/13/2019) Borough Hall Division II Celebration

GAMEDAY: MEN’S SOCCER @ ADELPHI, 7:30 PM

After a tough, 3-2, overtime loss to Concordia College on Wednesday, the College of Staten Island Men’s Soccer unit will be looking to rebound against one of the nation’s best programs tonight, taking on No. 2 Adelphi University in Garden City, at 7:30 pm.  It will be the first meeting ever between the two sides and perhaps the first of many more within the NCAA Division II landscape.

CSI VS. ADELPHI AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup:
CSI (1-2) vs. #2 Adelphi University (2-0)
Where: Motomed Field – 1 South Ave, Garden City, NY
Live Video:  https://portal.stretchinternet.com/adelphi/
Live Statshttps://aupanthers.com/sidearmstats/msoc/summary
All-Time Series: First Meeting
Players to Watch (CSI): One of the nation’s highest scoring teams last year, the Dolphins have scored a couple of goals in each of their last two games after being shutout in their opener.  Philip Lefkowitz, Carlos Montesinos, Christian Puccio and Joe Bolella have all registered for the Dolphins and Lefkowitz has added an assist to tie the College’s all-time career assist record.  He also leads the way with a total of nine shots, four on goal.  Patrick Longo has been steady in the middle and defensively as well in his first season with the Dolphins, and is one of just two first year players, along with Puccio to have started every game so far.  Jake Foeldes will handle the duties in net, boasting a .643 save percentage, making a team-best nine saves in almost 190 minutes of work.
Players to Watch (AU): Adelphi will funnel a lot of offense through Paolo Marciano, who has cast 10 shots this season through two games, posting a lone goal.  Filippo Peri is the goal scoring leader with a pair on just four shots on net, while Stephen Megaloudis has been a playmaker with the side’s only two assists on the season.  Mads Michaelsen and Ofek Pinto will be critical as they have not come off the pitch at all this season and will be asked to keep the CSI attack at bay.  The same is true for keeper Matt Apicella, who have made seven stops through two games, sporting a 1.00 goals against and a .778 save percentage.
News & Notes: Today marks the first-ever meeting between the two sides in their history.  Adelphi has registered two wins this season by scores of 2-1 and 3-2, respectively, over Post University and Molloy College.  This will be their third-straight game at home to open the 2019 season.  The Panthers were 10-2-1 last season on home turf and have now won their last five home games dating back to last season.  CSI is 1-2 this season, dropping a heartbreaking overtime game to Concordia, 3-2, in overtime on Wednesday.  It was their first game against a Division II opponent since entering the NCAA Division II landscape this summer.
What’s Next?: After today’s game CSI will be back in action against DII competition when they travel to take on future ECC-opponent St. Thomas Aquinas for a 3 pm showdown on Monday. Adelphi will travel after today to Georgian Court University on Tuesday, September 17, at 3:30 pm.

RAMAPO TOO MUCH OFFENSE FOR CSI, 5-2

Mahwah, NJ | The College of Staten Island Women’s Soccer team tried to make things interesting in the second half, but in the end, the Ramapo College Roadrunners had too much offense, up-ending the Dolphins by a 5-2 count in non-conference action today in Mahwah, NJ.  The Roadrunners advanced to 3-1 overall, handing the Dolphins their first loss as they fell to 1-1.

In a game where Ramapo held possession for a good stretch in the first half, the home team got off a pair of good shots in the opening minutes but saves by Samantha Beaudreault on Paige Siegel and Kaelyn Angelucci kept things level as play tempered from there.

After another Beaudreault parry in the 25th, Ramapo’s call was finally answered off of the foot of Lauren Vladyka, staking the Roadrunners to a 1-0 edge.  Despite being out-shot in the first half, 10-2, the Dolphins were seemingly headed to intermission down by only one, but then after a rush upfield, Sarah Tomasello was able to knock one in off of the header with just 1:54 to go in the frame to stake RC up, 2-0, at the break.

The pressure then came crashing down on CSI to start the second frame as Ramapo reeled off five straight shots inside of four minutes to keep the CSI defense scrambling.  The last of those shots, a screamer by Carla Goodwin off of a Kayla Beal pass found the twine to open up a 3-0 edge just 4:25 into play.

Needing a lift, CSI was finally able to counter just 43 seconds after the Ramapo tally, as Mirsade Pelinkovic tallied for the first time this season to get CSI involved, 3-1, at 50:08.

CSI continued to try and claw their way into the game, but again Ramapo was up to the challenge as Beal registered her second assist by feeding Cammi Plage, who stuffed one in to give Ramapo a 4-1 lead.  Again, however, Ramapo was caught off-guard after a goal, and on the very next rush up the field, CSI leading-scorer Samantha LaValle slipped past the defense to knock in a goal that beat RC keeper Elizabeth Harvell, to make it 4-2, just 11 ticks after the Roadrunners had scored.

From there, the Ramapo defense tightened, and CSI could not connect in the final third in the field, not registering a shot for another 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, in the 76th minute, Plage scored her second of the game unassisted to put Ramapo up by three for the third time, 5-2.  This time, however, the Roadrunners were able to ward off the Dolphins, holding on to the same score for the win.

Ramapo led the final shot tally, 23-7 (17-5 on goal), and claimed a 2-1 edge in corners.  There were no bookings in the game.  Ramapo improved to 8-1 all-time over the Dolphins, avenging a 2-0 loss at the hands of CSI last year in Staten Island.

The Dolphins will now have a pair of days off before returning home to face William Paterson University, at 11 am, at the CSI Soccer Complex on Saturday.

DOLPHINS OVERCOME LATE-GAME DEFICIT, BUT FALL IN OVERTIME 3-2

Staten Island, NY | The College of Staten Island returned home coming off of the program’s first-ever victory over Rowan University for a matchup with Concordia College, their first Division II opponent, and fell in overtime by a score of 3-2.  The Dolphins netted the game’s first goal to take a 1-0 lead, but back-to-back goals by the Clippers gave them a 2-1 advantage that stood late into the second half.  With under 4 minutes remaining, the Dolphins scored the equalizer to force an overtime period which saw Nemanja Zivanovic score the golden goal to give Concordia the 3-2 victory.  The Clippers evened their record at 1-1 with the win and dropped CSI to 1-2.

After Concordia opened the game by narrowly missing just wide of the post on a shot attempt by Freddy Nava, both teams went back-and-forth for the majority of the first half.  The Clippers looked to play the ball long and pass over the top of the Dolphins defense as CSI looked to capitalize on runs to create their scoring chances.  Many of these attempted runs saw the officials blow the whistle for offsides as CSI was called offsides three times in the first half of play.  

Despite the whistles blown against them, it was the Dolphins that got on the scoreboard first late in half number one as Philip Lefkowitz took the ball down the far sideline with speed before sending a low-to-the-ground cross into the center of the box.  The ball was perfectly placed, just beyond the reach of Clippers goalkeeper Mikael Varin and right onto the foot of Carlos Montesinos who put it into the back of the net to put CSI ahead 1-0 with under four minutes to play in the first half.

Trailing by a goal entering the second half, Concordia came out of the gate strong in half number two.  Less than two minutes after play resumed, Alessandro Battaglia fired a shot toward goal that was initially blocked, but he was immediately able to gather his rebound and put the second attempt past Jake Foeldes to even the score at 1-1.  Less than five minutes later, it was Nemanja Zivanovic breaking up the right sideline into open space before sending a shot past a diving Foeldes to give his team the 2-1 advantage.

The score would remain 2-1 for the next 15 minutes before the Dolphins had their best opportunity to get even on another beautiful feed from Lefkowitz, this time connecting with Daniel Angulo.  Unfortunately for CSI,  Angulo sent the potential equalizer high over the crossbar and their deficit remained a single goal.

Over the final 25 minutes, the game became increasingly physical as three yellow cards were issued with the Clippers battling to maintain their slim lead and the Dolphins looking to get even.  It would take over 20 of those 25 minutes for CSI to get back on the scoreboard, but they did just that with under four minutes to play when Breny Salas found Joe Bolella from in close to knot things up at 2-2.

The 2-2 score stood for the rest of regulation sending the game into overtime where over nine and a half minutes passed without a goal.  However, it was Zivanovic who delivered the golden goal, his second of the game, with just 18 seconds to play in the first extra frame.  After the ball had been knocked away from the Clippers by a Dolphins defender, it wound up on the foot of Zivanovic who dribbled to his right and launched a long shot over Foeldes and just underneath the crossbar.  This sent the Concordia bench pouring out onto the field in celebration as the Dolphins suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 defeat.

The Clippers outshot the Dolphins 15-9 overall in the game but only held a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal.  Montesinos and Bolella each registered their first goal of the season for the Dolphins while Battaglia also netted his first for Concordia.  However, no goal was more important than the second of the game scored by Zivanovic to send his team home with the victory.

Following today’s matchup with the Clippers, the Dolphins will be right back in action on Friday for a matchup under the lights against #5 Adelphi University at 7:30 PM.


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Gallery: (9/11/2019) Men’s Soccer vs Concordia

GAMEDAY: WOMEN’S SOCCER VS RAMAPO, 3:30 PM

The College of Staten Island Women’s Soccer team scored their first victory of the season in their home opener on Sunday against Penn College, and today they will look to make it a two in a row as they travel to Ramapo College this afternoon.  Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm.

CSI VS. RAMAPO AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup:
CSI (1-0) vs. Ramapo College (2-1)
Where: Mahwah, NJ
Live Video:  https://ramapoathletics.com/watch/?Live=451
Live Statshttps://ramapoathletics.com/sidearmstats/wsoc/summary
All-Time Series: Ramapo leads 7-1
Last Meeting: 9/12/18 – CSI won 2-0
Players to Watch (CSI): The Dolphins put together a strong showing on the attack during Sunday’s game against Penn College scoring three goals in the victory.  Picking up where she left off last season, Samantha LaValle struck for two early first-half goals, both coming in the first 7 minutes of play.    In the second half, it was Jordan Yagos scoring her first goal as a Dolphin, one that would ultimately go down as the game-winner.  Also involved in the playmaking that helped the Dolphins to victory on Sunday were Mirsade Pelinkovic and Angye Galan.  The second-year Dolphin Pelinkovic registered an assist on the first goal by LaValle while the latter picked up the assist on the game-winning goal scored by Yagos.  Defensively, the Dolphins will have seniors Lizbeth Aparicio and Rebecca D’Aloia anchoring the back line while fellow seniors Nicole Mignone and Natalia Sandor along with juniors Nermina Bracic and Paulina Ambrus round out the Dolphins veteran core.  This group has combined with a large class of freshman talent to get the Dolphins season off to a strong start that they will look to build on today.
Players to Watch (RC):  The Roadrunners have already had six different players contribute a goal in the young season and it is senior Kaelyn Agelucci leading the way with a pair to go along with two assists, a total which also leads the team.  They’ve also gotten stellar goalkeeping from fellow senior Elizabeth Harvell who has allowed only three goals across her three games started so far this season.  In addition to the contributions from their seniors, the Roadrunners have also had three other players register a goal and an assist through their first three contests, Carla Goodwin, Lauren Vladyka, and Kaitlyn Kelly.
News & Notes: Today will go down as the ninth meeting between these two teams with Ramapo taking seven of the eight pevious matchups.  However, the Dolphins won their match against the Roadrunners last year by a score of 2-0 in a game which saw LaValle score a pair of goals just as she did this past Sunday.  
What’s Next?: After today’s game the Dolphins will be back in action on Saturday at home when they will take on William Paterson at 11:00 AM.  Following today’s game against CSI, Ramapo will continue their five-game season-opening homestand with a matchup against Cedar Crest College

GAMEDAY: MEN’S SOCCER VS. CONCORDIA, 4 PM

The College of Staten Island Men’s Soccer team scored their first victory of the season on Sunday, their first-ever against Rowan University, and today they will look to make it a winning streak, when they battle Concordia College (NY) in their official home opener.  Kickoff is set for 4 pm.

CSI VS. ROWAN AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup:
CSI (1-1) vs. Concordia College (NY) (0-1)
Where: CSI Soccer Complex – 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
Ticket Info: Free Admission
Gamday Promotion:  Free Fins-Up Foam Hat for first 100 Fans
Live Video:  http://www.csidolphins.com/CSISportsNet
Live Statscsidolphins.com/sidearmstats/msoc/summary
All-Time Series: First Meeting
Players to Watch (CSI): The Dolphins scored their first goals of the season on Sunday along with their first win, and they were two gorgeous goals by Philip Lefkowitz and Christian Puccio.  For Puccio, it was his first goal ever with the Dolphins.  Expect to see the duo along with other potent scorers Bryant Navarro, Joe Bolella and Carlos Montesinos near the top of the attack while Chris Vendra will look to steady the midfield.  Mohammedou Sow has been a big addition in the back for the Dolphins, while Erick Conde has also logged extensive minutes.  Jake Foeldes will be starting in goal today.  He suffered a loss in his first start on Saturday, despite making six saves.
Players to Watch (CC): The Clippers enter today at 0-1 overall, not having scored a goal in a 3-0 loss to St. Michael’s in their season opener.  The Clippers did out-shoot the Purple Knights in the game, led by a couple of shots from Dennis Limani and Cristian Perez, who hope to be a part of the action again offensively.  Mikael Varin started the game in between the pipes for Concordia, making a single save, while Christopher Kaev did play the final 17 minutes, making a pair of saves without yielding a goal.
News & Notes: Today marks the first-ever meeting between the two sides in their history, and for the Dolphins it is their first matchup ever against an NCAA Division II school since earning provisional Division II status this summer.  Concordia finished 6-8-2 a year ago, and played 11 of their 16 games on the road, where they were 4-6-1.  They are currently 0-1 on the road this season.  The Dolphins, meanwhile, have had a lot of success at home, and are 6-0-2 in their last eight home contests, a string that includes a perfect 6-0 record last year on their home turf.
What’s Next?: After today’s game CSI will be back in action on Friday to take on Adelphi University on the road and under the lights at 7:30 pm.  As of press time, Adelphi is ranked No. 2 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll.  As for Concordia, they will continue their season-opening road trip with a date at Stonehill on Saturday at 4 pm.

DOLPHINS BLANKED BY STAC TO OPEN TENNIS SEASON, 7-0

The College of Staten Island Women’s Tennis team was the last fall unit to open their season today, and it was a tough one, as the Dolphins fell hard to St. Thomas Aquinas College by a 7-0 count in Sparkill, NY.  The Spartans won for the second-straight time to lift their overall record to 2-1, while Staten Island will start at 0-1 to begin 2019.

From the outset, the Spartans proved too tough for the Dolphins, who failed to register a set win in Doubles to open play.  Carla Mentrup and Ayesha Burnett in the No. 2 position were the first to score a win for STAC, doing it over CSI’s tandem of Mariah DeGuia and Iris Cule, 6-0.  Moments later, in the top flight, Sofia Shutko and Eliza Mulder did the same against CSI’s Hannah Bruschi and Lorianna Fernandez.  In the No. 3 spot, Katerina Lopez and Maya O’Brien were crisp in a 6-0 win over freshman CSI duo Chana David and Jasmine Shaikh.

In Singles action, Shutko (No. 1), Mulder (No. 2), Mentrup (No. 3), Lopez (No. 4), and O’Brien (No. 5), were also victorious while Anna Ristova, who only played at No. 6 Singles today, was also able to garner a win.  CSI’s only game point scored came in the No. 2 spot, where Fernandez fell to Mulder, 6-1, 6-0.

CSI will now get a few days off before taking on St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn on Saturday at 12 Noon in what will be their home opener at the CSI Tennis Center.

YAGOS TAKES HOME CUNYAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONOR

College of Staten Island Women’s Soccer freshman Jordan Yagos has wasted little time making an impression, as she has been named Rookie of the Week by the City University of New York Athletic Conference.  Yagos was a part of CSI’s season-opening victory on Sunday over Penn College and the Dolphins are hoping this is only the beginning of a great season for her.

A former standout at New Dorp High School on Staten Island, Yagos integrated nicely into the Dolphins’ rotation on Sunday.  She logged a total of 70 minutes as a reserve in the game against Penn, and her lone shot on frame connected for a goal in the 64th minute of play.  The goal stood as the game-winner, as CSI would ultimately win the contest, 3-2.

The Dolphins will have a busy week and Yagos will be an increased part of the action.  CSI will face off against Ramapo College on the road on Wednesday at 3:30 pm, before returning home this weekend to face William Paterson University at 11 am on Saturday.