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.

GAMEDAY: WOMEN’S TENNIS VS. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, 3:00 PM

The College of Staten Island Women’s Tennis team will be the final fall sport at CSI to get underway, and they will do so traveling to St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY at 3 pm.  The Dolphins have high hopes for the season under new Head Coach Malcolm Rasheed and STAC is coming off of a big win in their last outing and trying to build on a quality 2019-19 campaign.

CSI vs. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS UNIVERSITY
Matchup: College of Staten Island (0-0) vs. St. Thomas Aquinas College (1-1)
Where: St. Thomas Aquinas Courts – 125 Route 340, Sparkill, NY
All-Time Series:  First Meeting
Players to Watch (CSI): The Dolphins are returning a series of players from last season that are hoping to build on healthy campaigns.  Mariah DeGuia led the way for CSI last year with five wins in Singles, sporting a 5-6 record overall, and 3-2 mark in her natural No. 4 position.  Senior Hannah Bruschi finished 2-0 at the No. 3 position and keep be an added force this season, while fellow senior Tristiana Adragna scored three wins all at the top of the lineup.  
Players to Watch (STAC): STAC returns four outstanding returners in Katerina Lopez, Maya O’Brien, Anna Ristova, and Cassandra Rohr.  The foursome will lead a young squad on the courts.  Look for them to be near the top of the lineup.
News & Notes:  Today’s matchup is the first in history between the two sides, but it will soon be a familiar one as STAC is a part of the East Coast Conference and the two sides will meet once a year from here on in.  STAC has opened at 1-1 so far this season.  They suffered a 7-0 loss to national-power Queens College, but rebounded nicely with a 7-0 win over Molloy College, a team that the Dolphins fell to, 7-0 this past spring.  For the Spartans, today marks their first home contest of the season.  CSI had their first two matches this season postponed so this will be their official start after a 3-9 season a year ago.
What’s Next?:  The Dolphins will go right back to work after today’s match and will play Saturday in their home opener against St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn, the start time for that match will be 12 Noon.  As for the Spartans they pick up tomorrow with another home match, this one against Dominican College, also at 3pm.

A PROGRAM FIRST FOR CSI MEN AS THEY DOWN ROWAN, 2-1

Camden, NJ | The College of Staten Island bounced back after a tough loss yesterday, to score their first win of the season, their first win as a NCAA Division II provisional program, and their first program win over Rowan University in five tries, clipping the Profs, 2-1, in the second day of play of the Ciaiella Kickoff Classic hosted by Rutgers University of Camden.  CSI finished the weekend 1-1 overall and handed the Profs their first loss of the season, as they dipped to 3-1.

In what amounted to another statistically-even affair in the first half, CSI started out on the attack early, but couldn’t find the net, while the Profs had the same frustration, coming deep into the CSI zone but failing to put one on frame.  It wasn’t until the 20th minute until either team was able to put a shot on net, and given the opportunity, CSI senior Philip Lefkowiitz made it count, launching a long shot from the left of goal to beat RU keeper James Weinberg for the opening tally of the game, coming officially at 19:24.

Armed with their first lead of the season, CSI did not disappoint defensively.  Despite some feverish rushes up the pitch, CSI was able to shake off the Rowan attack, and then capitalized again seven minutes later.  After Weinberg made a pair of saves, Daniel Angulo sent a cross into the box that found Christian Puccio.  Puccio slammed a shot on goal that was parried by Weinberg, but he would get to his own rebound, heading the ball in to double CSI’s lead to 2-0 on his first goal in a Dolphins uniform.

The Dolphins were riding high, maybe too high, as just three minutes later, a frenzied Rowan team came down the pitch.  On a cross into the box, Carucci blocked the ball, but it squirted free behind him and Wilby Alfred was there to pick up the slack, punching it in to cut the lead back down to 2-1 at 29:46.

From there, both teams tightened defensively, allowing just one shot over the final 16 minutes of the first half, neither on goal, to send the game into halftime at 2-1.

CSI’s mission in the second half was to keep RU off of the scoreboard and they delivered.  Carucci made his first save of the half 10 minutes in on a shot by Michael Ferrera, and he would stop Chad Yates moments later in the 60th minute of play.  The Profs kept coming, and would not relent, but Carucci shined from there, making five saves in the final 20 minutes to seal the game, the last coming on a shot from Alfred with just 17 seconds left.

For CSI, the win marked the first-ever in their history against Rowan.  Coming into the contest, Rowan had taken the previous four meetings by a combined score of 13-3.  

Rowan led the final shot count, 16-8 (9-6 on goal), as Carucci earned the win with eight saves.  Rowan also led in corners, 6-4.  A total of five Dolphins were booked with cards in this game.  yellows were assessed to Carlos Montesinos, Alexis Moran Navarro, and Puccio, while Carucci, and Wilson Quintero were red-carded at the end of the game along with Mohamed Elgayar and Mickenna Church from Rowan. 

CSI will be back in action on Wednesday, September 11, when they host Concordia College in their home opener at 4 pm.

NEW AND FAMILIAR FACES LEAD DOLPHINS PAST WILDCATS IN SEASON OPENER

Staten Island, NY |  The College of Staten Island Women’s Soccer team hosted their home-opener at the CSI Soccer Complex this afternoon and defeated the Wildcats of Penn College by a final score of 3-2.  The Dolphins struck early as Samantha LaValle registered a pair of early goals, one in the third minute and another in the sixth.  This gave the Dolphins an early 2-0 advantage that they would hold until halftime.  An early second-half goal by the Wildcats quickly made it 2-1 before Jordan Yagos extended the CSI lead back to two with her first of the season.  A late Wildcats goal would cut the lead to a single goal once again, but the Dolphins would hold on for the final eight minutes to earn the 3-2 victory.  The win gets CSI off to a 1-0 start and drops Penn College to 0-2-1.

It was LaValle, CSI’s leading goal scorer in 2018, that opened the scoring early as she found herself on the receiving end of a ball won by Mirsade Pelinkovic that sprung her into the open field and set up her first of two goals in the game.  Just under 3 minutes later, LaValle added another goal, this time powering her way through the Wildcats defense and tucking a shot just inside of the far post.  With CSI now leading 2-0, Penn College was able to create several opportunities later in the first half, but the best of those were denied by goalkeeper Samantha Beaudreault and the Dolphins maintained their two-goal lead through the first 45 minutes.

Just as they finished the first half, the Wildcats came out strong to begin half number two and were able to cut the Dolphins lead to one less than three minutes after play resumed on a goal by Morgan Brooks.  The goal from Brooks followed a corner kick that was initially deflected in the box by the Dolphins defense.  Moments later, it found the foot of Brooks who fired it past Beaudreault for the first Wildcats goal.  The 2-1 score would stand until the 65′ when Jordan Yagos, the Dolphins freshman forward, received a cross from fellow freshman Angye Galan that set up the Dolphins third goal of the game.  The cross, which was sent into the box form the corner, found Yagos positioned in front of the near post where she buried the shot from close range.

Following the first career goal for Yagos, which gave the Dolphins a 3-1 lead, the Wildcats did not go down quietly and were able to trim the deficit back down to one on a Dominique Brown goal in the 83′.  The Penn College goal seemed to shift the momentum in their favor with the clock ticking down and the Dolphins were forced to withstand a Wildcats surge over the final minutes of the match.  Ultimately, three goals were enough and CSI was able to outlast Penn College in an exciting season-opener by a final score of 3-2.

In what was an entertaining game from start-to-finish, the two teams combined for 29 shots with 15 belonging to the Wildcats and 14 being tallied by the Dolphins.  For CSI, LaValle scored a pair on 10 shots, one of which came on the assist from Pelinkovic.  In addition to the contributions from those two second-year Dolphins, first-year Dolphins Galan and Yagos also connected to provide what turned out to be the deciding goal.  For the Wildcats, Brooks and Brown also scored their first goals with Brown attempting 5 shots in the game.

The Dolphins return to action on the road against Ramapo this Wednesday at 3:30 with their next home match to be played on Saturday against William Paterson.


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Gallery: (9/8/2019) Women’s Soccer vs Penn College – 9/8/19

GAMEDAY: MEN’S SOCCER @ ROWAN 2 PM

The College of Staten Island men’s soccer team got their 2019 season officially underway yesterday and it did not go as planned as they fell to the host Rutgers-Camden side, 2-0.  They will look to bounce back today with a date against Rowan University also at RU-Camden, at 2 pm.

CSI VS. ROWAN AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup:
CSI (0-1) vs. Rowan University (2-1)
Where: RU-Camden Community Park – 98 Pearl Street, Camden, NJ
Ticket Info: Free Admission
Live Statshttps://scarletraptors.com/sidearmstats/msoc/summary
All-Time Series: Rowan leads, 4-0
Last Meeting: September 9, 2018 – Rowan won, 3-1
Players to Watch (CSI): CSI’s leading scorer from last year, Bryant Navarro hit the crossbar for CSI’s best chance yesterday, while Philip Lefkowitz led the way in shots to start the year.  Still, CSI will be looking for their first official goal of the season this afternoon.  Look for midfielders Carlos Montesinos to try and control play while Daniel Angulo earns time in the back.  Jake Foeldes has started both games for the Dolphins this season in goal, the first an exhibition against Ramapo.  Chris Carucci may also see time between the pipes as well.
Players to Watch (RU): Jay Vandermark has been a force to be reckoned with as he has already tallied four goals in just two starts this season on a total of eight shots.  Rowan’s only other multi-goal scorer thus far is Michael Ferrera, who has a pair of markers and an assist on five shots. James Weinberg has started two games in goal, winning both so fat this season, posting over 175 minutes played.
News & Notes: Today marks the fifth year in a row that the two teams are meeting and it has been a series owned by the Profs as they have an all-time 4-0 lead in the series.  Three of the four wins have been decided by 3-1 scores, while the other was a 4-0 win by Rowan back in 2016.  This is the second year in a row they are meeting in Rutgers-Camden’s Kickoff Classic.  Rowan took the win last year, 3-1.
What’s Next?: After today’s game CSI will be back in action on Wednesday at home for a date with NCAA Division II Concordia College (NY).  It marks their first DII test of the season.  Rowan is next in action on Friday next week, on the road against the University of Chicago, with kickoff scheduled for 8 pm.

GAMEDAY: WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. PENN, 12PM

After a pair of exhibition matches last week the College of Staten Island is officially getting their 2019 season started, taking on Penn College at home at 12 Noon.  For the Dolphins they will be looking to build on a 12-7 season a year ago and will be facing a team looking for their first win this season in the Wildcats.

CSI VS. PENN COLLEGE AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup:
College of Staten Island (0-0) vs. Penn College (0-1-1)
Where:  CSI Soccer Complex – 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
Ticket Info: Free Admission
Live Statshttps://keanathletics.com/sidearmstats/wsoc/summary
Live Videohttp://www.csidolphins.com/CSISportsNet
All-Time Series: First Meeting
Players to Watch (CSI):  A bright spot after the first pair of exhibition games was the play of CSI’s first-year goalkeepers Lyubomira Stefanova and Samantha Beaudreault.  Both made quality stops despite losses to Kean University and Stockton University.   Last year’s leading goal scorer Samantha LaValle will look to build off of a 20+ goal season a year ago, while new face Gabrielle Chirco will look to get into the mix as well near the top.  Sophomore Mirsade Pelinkovic is hoping for a great second season as well after a quality debut. 
Players to Watch (PC): The Wildcats have a goal each from Erica Gallagher and Miya Roman to start the season, with Roman coming off of the bench in the first two contests.  Dominique Brown has the team’s lone assist.  Gallagher finished third on the squad a year ago with 13 total points, with four goals and five assists.  The keeping duties will be Taylor Gonzales’.  She has made a heavy 16 saves through the first two games, allowing just three goals.
News & Notes: These two sides are meeting for the first time in their histories today.  Penn comes in with a record of 0-1-1, having lost to Kings College, 2-1, and tied St. Joseph’s College – Brooklyn yesterday, 1-1.  Last year, CSI defeated SJC-Brooklyn, 7-3, in a wild early-season game.  Penn finished 12-8 last season, advancing to the NEAC Semifinals.
What’s Next?: After today’s game, CSI will travel to Ramapo College on Wednesday to take on the Roadrunners in a 3:30 pm affair.  Penn will get nearly a week off, returning to the pitch on Saturday, September 14, to take on PSU-Harrisburg in their first conference test this season.

DIGGS BURIES CSI MEN’S SOCCER WITH PAIR OF GOALS IN 2-0 WIN

A pair of goals by Skyler Diggs was the difference, as Rutgers-Camden skated by the College of Staten Island in men’s soccer today by a 2-0 margin in what was the official season opener for the Dolphins.  CSI will start their campaign at 0-1, while the Scarlet Raptors continue their torrid start to the season, extending to 4-0 overall.

The Dolphins opened their season a week ago with an exhibition tie against Ramapo, and  in this, their first countable game, the Dolphins could not muster a goal in a game that stayed relatively even statistically, with both units controlling play in spurts.  

CSI seemed to have the brighter chances early, but an early shot by Carlos Montesinos sailed high in the eighth minute, followed by two more put wide by Philip Lefkowitz to avoid threats.  The Raptors took advantage.  After registering only a single shot attempt through the first 13 minutes, A great long feeder by Darnell Brown found an open Chris Taraska, who threaded a pass inside the box to Diggs, who popped in his third of the season past CSI keeper Jake Foeldes to give Camden the 1-0 edge at exactly 13:00.

CSI got their first official shot on goal in the 24th minute, but RU keeper Kyler White was able to get on top of a Lefkowitz shot to keep the advantage.  From there, the RU defense tightened considerably, and CSI was only able to muster one other shot, in the 39th minute, another stop by White on a Mohammedou Sow attempt.

From there, it became evident that CSI would have to press in order to equalize and the RU defense stayed firm.  Just over seven minutes into the frame, the Raptors attack caught CSI off-guard, when a Patrick Grudnick pass found an open Diggs who raced in from the side and put in a tough-angled shot into the net to double the lead at the 57:27 mark.

CSI tried in vain for opportunities, but the goal would not come.  Bryant Navarro had the closest chance, launching a shot that rocked off of the crossbar at 69:55.  CSI’s crossbar returned the favor later on a Joni Gjyleri attempt in the 73rd minute, and CSI was saved again when Christian Ognibene put one off the post on a header attempt.

From there, the shots were few and far between as RU closed the door defensively in what held as 2-0 win.

RU led the final shots count, 14-10 (8-2 on goal), also holding a modest, 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.  Foeldes made six saves in defeat, while White earned the shutout on two first-half saves.

Both teams will be right back to action tomorrow on RU’s campus.  The Dolphins will face Rowan University at 2 pm, while RU will face SUNY-Cortland at 4:30 pm.

CROSS-COUNTRY UNITS SHOWCASE AT FORDHAM FIASCO IN SEASON DEBUT

Competing in an event featuring some the areas top NCAA Division I & II schools, the College of Staten Island showcased nicely at Van Cortlandt Park this morning at the Fordham Fiasco, also known as the Ed Joyce Memorial Invitational.  The CSI Women posted an 11th place finish in their 5K event, while the CSI men placed 12th in the 8K race shortly after.

WOMEN’S RACE
In a race dominated by runners from Division I Harvard University and Princeton University, the Dolphins were able to place 11th overall.  Leading the way for the Dolphins on the women’s side was Tristiana Adragna, who placed a 24:23.88 finish to place 72nd overall, 57th among scoring runners.  

Racing close behind was sophomore Rachel Edmonds, who legged out a 24:56.70 finish, four places behind Adragna as CSI’s next scorer.  As promised, newcomer Patricia Corey did not disappoint landing a career debut time of 25:29.07 to land in 80th place.  Ariel Ng then became CSI’s fourth scorer, landing in 88th place with a run of 28:17.23.  Veronica Lorenzo was next in, coming in at a time of 30:07.48 to take 91st place.  

Also crossing the line for Staten Island today was Victoria DeBernardo (92nd, 31:51.90), and Jolisa Wright (94th, 32:41.41).  For Wright, her finish time was a new personal best, beating her former 5K best by four seconds.

Harvard won the race with just 22 points, followed by Princeton’s 35.  Manhattan College took the bronze overall with 105 points.  St. Thomas Aquinas was the top Division II side, coming in 7th overall with a score of an even-200.  CSI finished with 327 total points in their 2019 debut.

MEN’S RACE
Following the women’s 5K race was the men’s longer course 8K run that featured a total of 110 participants.   CSI’s top finisher was sophomore Spencer Milito, who came in with a healthy mark of 29:58.8, good for 70th overall.  For Milito, it was the second fastest 8K time of his career, and only the second time he’s completed the event in under the 30-minute mark.

Next down the shoot was freshman David Outlaw, who was making his cross-country debut today.  Outlaw posted a time of 30:49.2 to place 79th in the field, setting the bar nicely in future runs.  Muhammad Qadri made his CSI debut as well and turned in a 32:38.9 race time for 90th place, while Ahmed Khodir came in at 32:47.4, a new personal best for him, shattering his previous best by a whopping two minutes.

CSI’s final scorer was Erik Sanchez, who placed in a time of 35:28.6, and right behind him was Daniel Palmieri, who raced in at 35:40.9, the second-fastest 8K of his career.  Kevin Kidney made his CSI debut and was the final CSI runner to cross, posting an intro time of 44:23.1.

Rutgers University won the event with 59 points, followed by Princeton taking their second silver as a team with 65 points.  Penn University took the bronze.  Again, St. Thomas Aquinas was tops among the Division II competition, posting 182 points, good enough for 7th place.

Next up for both CSI teams will be a date next Saturday at the New York Tech Invitational, on the campus’ Old Westbury terrain.  Race time begins at 10 am.