GAMEDAY: MEN’S SOCCER @ RU-CAMDEN, 4:30 PM

The College of Staten Island men’s soccer season started with a tie against a New Jersey Athletic Conference team, and the Dolphins are getting set to face two more this weekend, beginning today at the Ciallela Kick-Off Classic at Rutgers – Camden, who have started the season with two wins.  CSI will face the host Scarlet Raptors at 4:30 pm in what should be a good matchup between two quality sides.  

CSI VS. RUTGERS-CAMDEN AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup:
CSI (0-0) vs. Rutgers – Camden (3-0)
Where: RU-Camden Community Park – 98 Pearl Street, Camden, NJ
Ticket Info: Free Admission
Live Statshttps://scarletraptors.com/sidearmstats/msoc/summary
All-Time Series: RU leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: September 8, 2018 – RU won, 3-1
Players to Watch (CSI): CSI’s leading scorer from last year, Bryant Navarro, began by placing CSI’s only goal of the season so far in exhibition play, so look for him to be a disturbance at the top of the offensive rush.  Midfielders Chris Vendra and Philip Lefkowitz turned in big performances in their last outing and Christian Puccio, a sophomore transfer will certainly led weight to the rush.  Defensively, the Dolphins were taught against one of the nation’s leading scorers last time out, as Erick Conde, Wilson Quintero, and Mohammedou Sow and Daniel Angulo all fared well in the back.
Players to Watch (RU-CAM): Joni Gjyieriis off to a big start, plating two goals in the early part of the seasonn on four shots.  Patrick Grudnick has a goal and an assist in the early stages, while Christian Ognibene has registered a goal as well.  Kieran Burns and Kyler White has played a game each, with Burns scoring a four-save shutout.  Look for Rutgers to stay stingy today.
News & Notes: These two teams have little history, having met for the first time ever last year, a 3-1 Rutgers-Camden win in a game that the Dolphins felt they had the better of play.  The Dolphins out-shot Rutgers-Camden, 13-9 (9-5 on goal).  The Raptors took a 1-0 lead into halftime.  Grudnick scored an early second-half goal to make it 2-0.  CSI’s lone goal-scorer in the game was Joe Bollela, part of 14 he had on the season a year ago.
What’s Next?: After today’s game CSI will be right back tomorrow against Rowan University at 2 pm.  The game will be played at Rutgers-Camden.  Following that game RU will face off against SUNY_Cortland at 4:30 pm.

RACEDAY: CROSS-COUNTRY @ FORDHAM FIASCO, 9:30 AM

The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s cross-country teams will officially be off to the races again, getting their 2019 campaigns started with participation in the Fordham Fiasco Meet, the Ed Joyce Memorial Classic.  The meet gets underway at 9:30 am at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, NY.

CSI @ FORDHAM FIASCO/ED JOYCE MEMORIAL
Race: Women’s 5K at 9:30 am; Men’s 8K at 10:30 am
Where: Van Cortlandt Parl – Bronx, NY
Last Year’s Result:  Did Not Participate
Runners to Watch (MEN): The Dolphins are hoping from big returns this season from Spencer Milito.  In his debut season last year Milito was putting up good race times and will be looking to shave down those times this year enough to make him one of the top runners in the CUNYAC.  David Outlaw came on for track & field season last year and did not run Cross-Country, but the coaches are hopeful that he can challenge near the top of the race scene week to week.  Ahmed Khodir and Erik Sanchez and looking to build considerably from last season, as will sophomore Daniel Palmieri and the hopes are to improve CSI in the placements from week to week.
Runners to Watch (Women): The Dolphins return a good cluster of performers including Tristiana Adragna, who doubles on the CSI Tennis team.  Together with Rachel Edmonds they hope to lead CSI to quality finishes.  Keep your eye on Patricia Corey, who will make her debut this morning.  She has impressed in early season practices and the coaches are high on her potential.  Veronica Lorenzo, Victoria DeBernardo, Stephanie DaSilva, and Ariel Ng, will look to also improve on times from last year in time to make the Dolphins a greater force on the circuit this year.
News & Notes: This will be the first time ever that the teams will be racing the Fordham Fiasco, however, the teams are all too familiar with the course.  Van Cortlandt Park has long been a staple of the college cross-country scene and CSI has participated often on the course, mostly at CUNYAC Developmental Meets that take place at the park every Sunday.  
What’s Next?:  After this morning’s meet, the Dolphins will be idle until next weekend, when they will take part in the New York Tech Invitational on their Old Westbury campus at 11 am.  It will be CSI’s first time ever competing at the ECC school’s meet, and will give them an up-close look at their new conference rivals.

GAMEDAY: WOMEN’S TENNIS VS. KEAN, 4:30 PM

The College of Staten Island Women’s Tennis team will be the third fall sport at CSI to get underway, and they will do so with a home contest against the Kean University Cougars at the CSI Tennis Center at 4:30 pm.  The Dolphins have high hopes for the season under new Head Coach Malcolm Rasheed and Kean is also opening their season, trying to improve a 10-win campaign in 2018-19.

CSI vs. KEAN UNIVERSITY
Matchup: College of Staten Island (0-0) vs. Kean University (0-0)
Where: CSI Tennis Center – 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
All-Time Series:  Kean leads, 9-4
Last Meeting:  October 16, 2018 – Kean won 7-2
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 (KU): Jada Mack is hoping for another big year as she finished with a  robust 13-6 Singles mark last year, a majority of which was in the heart of the order.  Nicole Nin, Jan Bayanin and Jessica Kobilas all won 10 matches in Singles and all stand to have bigger seasons as their experience levels improved from last year.
News & Notes:  The Cougars have owned the series overall, winning nine of the 13 all-time meetings, but CSI has had some successes over Kean, winning four of the last six contests.  Today’s match will be the first played on Staten Island since the 2013 season, when CSI took a 6-2 win at the CSI Tennis Center.  The last four meetings since have been played at Kean, when the Cougars took the most recent match, 7-2.  Prior to that, CSI had won two-in-a-row in the series, winning most recently in 2017, 6-3.  Kean finished 10-9 last season overall and are predicted to finish 5th in the New Jersey Athletic Conference’s Preseason Coaches Poll.
What’s Next?:  The Dolphins will go right back to work after today’s match and will travel to face their first NCAA Division II opponent of the season in powerful Queens College at 1pm tomorrow, September 7.  The same holds tru for Kean.  They will face off against conference-rivals The College of New Jersey tomorrow at home at 2pm.

CSI WOMEN’S TENNIS 2019 SEASON PREVIEW

On the eve of their opening match of the season, the College of Staten Island Women’s Tennis team is ready to usher in the 2019 campaign, their first ever in the NCAA Division II provisional process.  The Dolphins will look to turn the page on a tough season a year ago with new Head Coach Malcolm Rasheed at the helm.  With a healthy nucleus returning and the addition of a few new faces, the Dolphins are hoping to continue their upward climb in 2019.

To get you caught up with their 2019 season preview, click on the Interactive Preview below:

 

CSI MEN’S & WOMEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY SEASON PREVIEW 2019

Under new Head Coach Andrew Gangemi, the College of Staten Island Men’s & Women’s Cross-Country teams are getting set for their opening run this weekend, and attached to that are high hopes for the future as the team traverses for the first time into NCAA Division II.  With a young team and plenty of promise in the tank, CSI is certainly looking to make more steps towards improvement this year on their way to being a marked parogram in the conference and surrounding region.  

To get you caught up on what to expect, click on the interactive season preview below:

 

JAMES CALLAGHAN NAMED NEW ASSISTANT COACH FOR SWIMMING & DIVING

The College of Staten Island Swimming & Diving program will have an addition to the assistant coaching ranks, as James Callaghan has been added to the staff.  Callaghan will begin in time for the 2019-20 season, which starts officially in the coming days with preseason conditioning in time for the varsity competitive season in October.

A Staten Island native, Callaghan recently completed a decorated collegiate career, and has been immersed in coaching and instructional work for some time.

“We are very excited to add James to our coaching staff,” said Head Coach Michael Ackalitis, who is beginning his 9th year at CSI.  “James has competed at the college level and won multiple conference championships in the middle distance events and we feel our team can greatly benefit from his experiences. James also has a goal to one day run his own college program so coming into our program with his willingness to learn is something we hope to hone in on and grow together.”

A standout at Monsignor Farrell High School on Staten Island, Callaghan then moved on collegiately to Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, where he earned the captaincy in 2018, and graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health & Exercise Physiology.  There, he was a school record holder and a Centennial Conference silver medalist in the 400 Individual Medley, posting a gold medal in the 200 Butterfly event in 2016.  During hus undergraduate career, Callaghan also served as a lifeguard and swim instructor.  He hopes to transition nicely to the CSI waters, where he has a great deal of familiarity from swimming and instructing as a youth.

“I’m really excited,” said Callaghan.  “Coaching is always something I wanted to do.  Being from Staten Island, I know the facility here very well and I’ve been around the College a long time.  Having an opportunity here to coach and be a part of the program, just feels like something I am meant to do.  I’m very excited for the opportunity and can’t wait to get started.”    

On top of Callaghan’s day-to-day duties at Ursinus, he also spent his summers as a Head Swim Coach for Great Kills Swim Club on Staten Island, working with students ages 4-18.  Prior to that, Callaghan did the same at Staten Island Academy.  He is a Certified Lifeguard and a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association.  He is enthusiastic at having the chance to mentor the next wave of student-athletes at Staten Island, especially in light of the school’s recent move to NCAA Division II.

“Going to Ursinus and having the chance to swim for a high-quality Division III program, I had the chance to meet and compete against many Division I and Division II athletes, ” he said.  “There are a lot of similarities to the standards we hope to meet here at CSI.  Moving to Division II, I hope to provide general assistance and support so that our program can get better and better and be highly competitive as a Division II program.”   

The Dolphins will officially start their 2019-20 campaign in late-October, when they start a string of five-straight home meets on Saturday, October 26, against FDU-Florham, at the Sports & Recreation Center.

SECOND HALF POWER SURGE LEADS STOCKTON OVER CSI, 5-0

After failing to score despite several great chances in the first half, Stockton University left little to doubt in the second half, scoring five goals to soar past the College of Staten Island in non-conference women’s soccer action at the Cougar Classic played at Kean University.  The win lifted the Ospreys to a season-opening 2-0, while CSI fell to 0-2.

The Dolphins spent the majority of the game’s first half on the defensive, withstanding wave after wave of Ospreys attack, managing to take a 0-0 score into halftime.  In her 2019 debut, goalkeeper Samantha Beaudreault impressed, making seven saves in the opening stanza to keep the game tied.

Still, SU had big chances, including a play in the fourth minute when a Madison Dorney shot hit the crossbar and then another from Alexa Simonetti in the 24th minute did the same.  In all, Stockton put up a healthy 18 shots, but several sailed wide of goal to keep them frustrated going into intermission.

The break, however, served the Ospreys well.  After a quick shot sailed wide, SU finally hit pay dirt 58 seconds in, when Salena LeDonne sailed past Lyubomira Stefanova, who started the second half.  Before CSI had time to catch their breath, the Ospreys put in another just 22 seconds later, this time on a Brenna Clowney strike off of a Sydney Williams feeder.  Stefanova for CSI then was replaced due to injury for Beaudreault again, and she was finally scored upon on a shot by Williams in the 53rd minute.

After putting in waves of substitutions, Stockton picked up another goal by Bri Honse in the 77th minute and a final tally in the waning moments by Kayla Bieniakowski.

By the time it as said and done, Stockton held a final edge in shots, 37-1 (14-0 on goal), and a 12-1 edge in corner kicks.  The game was eerily similar of the matchup last year against the two sides, where another 0-0 halftime stalemate was responded to by a four-goal second half by Stockton.  The Ospreys lifted their record all-time against the Dolphins to 3-0-1.

The Dolphins will now get a week off before returning for their home opener on Sunday, September 8, at 12 pm against Penn College.

GAMEDAY: WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. STOCKTON, 1PM

The College of Staten Island women’s soccer season is continuing today, and the Dolphins are hoping for a bounce-back after a tough yesterday at the hands of Kean University.  Today, in day two of the Cougar Classic being played at Kean, the Dolphins will square off with Stockton University at 1 pm.

CSI VS. STOCKTON UNIVERSITY AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup:
CSI (0-1) vs. Stockton (1-0)
Where: Kean Alumni Stadium – 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ
Ticket Info: Free Admission
Live Statshttps://keanathletics.com/sidearmstats/wsoc/summary
Live Videohttps://keanathletics.com/watch/
All-Time Series: Stockton leads, 2-0-1
Last Meeting: September 1, 2018 – Stockton won, 4-0
Players to Watch (CSI): The Dolphins had a rough go of it in their outing yesterday, falling to Kean 6-0.  A bright spot was the debut of goalkeeper Lyubomira Stefanova, who made 9 saves.  CSI only registered two shots in the game, one each by Nermina Bracic and newcomer Gabrielle Chirco.  The Dolphins will hope to get Samantha LaValle uncorked.  She only played eight minutes yesterday, and scored 22 goals in 16 games a year ago.  In last year’s game against Stockton, LaValle had two of the Dolphins’ four shots on goal.  
Players to Watch (SU): The Ospreys got off to a big start yesterday and will look to keep the offense going.  Bri Bocelli came off of the bench to pop in two goals yesterday, while Selena LeDonne and Michelle Sander added tallies on a combined nine shots.  Jennifer Devault started the game for SU, and registered a lone save, sharing the shutout with Olivia Harris.  
News & Notes: These two sides are now meeting for the fourth year in a row, and the last two times have been here at Kean.  Last year, Stockton defeated CSI, 4-0, scoring all four goals in the second half.  Stockton out-shot CSI, 21-6, in that game (10-0 in the second stanza).  In 2017, the Ospreys defeated CSI, 3-0, and in 2016, their only meeting on Staten Island, the team’s played to a 0-0 tie.  So, the Dolphins come in to this one seeking their first ever goal against Stockton.
What’s Next?: After today’s game CSI will get a full week off and will return to action as part of their home opener on Sunday, September 8, at 12 Noon against Penn College.  Stockton will get back at in on Wednesday, September 4, at Moravian College, under the lights at 7pm.