Men’s sports roundup week of Sept. 1-9

Junior Josh Michaels entered the game in the second half ut could not rally the Cards to a win. (Photo from Fisher Athletics.)

By Jamie Malloy, Staff Writer

Football

The St. John Fisher Cardinals football team kicked off its 2018 regular season against number 15 Washington and Jefferson College at Growney Stadium on Saturday Sept. 1. New quarterback and University of Albany transfer Jake Thompson made his first ever collegiate start and it was a rough one to say the least.

The Cardinals could not move the ball and were trailing 23-0 at halftime. Thompson finished the day 11-16 for only 87 yards and suffered a concussion which knocked him out of the game. In stepped junior Josh (J.D.) Michaels who played pretty decent in relief. Fisher started moving the ball and made their way toward the red-zone a few times. Unfortunately, Fisher could only muster 12 points and missed out on some more with costly turnovers near the goal line.

Michaels finished 15 of 28 for 223 yards with one touchdown and three picks. It was too much for Fisher to overcome as the Cards fell 37-12 and start the season at 0-1.

Golf

The St. John Fisher Cardinals men’s golf team won first place at the Fisher Collegiate Invitational Tournament at Highland Park in Auburn.

The Cardinals finished with a total team score of 892 total points, followed by Rosemont College with 932, and rounding out the top three was SUNY Oswego with 943 points. Together, Fisher tallied 14 birdies on the day, and 37 total for the entire tournament. They also finished with 152 pars.

Individually, four golfers from the Cardinals placed in the top five and each played his part in helping the team earn this first place finish. Christopher Thompson finished in first place shooting at even par over on the day, 220 for the tournament.

Andrew Felede was the runner up shooting a +5 on Sunday and finished with a score of 225. Nicholas finished the day with four birdies and ended with a +7 and concluded the tournament with a 227.

Fifth place finisher Michael Long finished nine strokes behind the leader with  a +14 and 229 overall.

Soccer

The St. John Fisher Cardinals dropped their first home game to the U of R Yellow Jackets by a score of 2-0 at Growney Stadium on Sept. 2. Goalie Joe Catalfamo figuratively stood on his head, making 9 saves on 11 shots.

The Yellow Jackets improved to 2-0, while the Cardinals fell to 0-2.

The following weekend the Cards traveled to Baltimore, Maryland for the Hopkins Invitational Tournament, where they lost both days.

On Saturday Sept. 8 the Cardinals faced number 12 Drew University, and it was actually a closer game than the score indicated.

The Cardinals held off the Drew Offense for the first 37 minutes of the game, and then in the next minute, Drew got on the scoreboard first taking a 1-0 lead at halftime. Drew would then score their second goal in the 65th minute for a final score of 2-0. Joe Catalfamo has looked great, but his offense around him has not been able to score at all.

Then on Sunday Sept. 9  the Cardinals fell again to University of Mary Washington 2-0, making for a disappointing start to their 2018 season at 0-4. They also have not scored a single goal in their first four games.

Overall, Fisher finished the game with only four total shots and were unsuccessful in capitalizing on them. Justin Bonetto, Zachary Munsky, Dallas Kaiser and Steve Castellini all had one in the game.

Senior goalie Joe Catalfamo made only three saves in a brief 69 minutes of play, and was pulled in favor of back-up Justin Miles. Miles played the final 20 minutes of the game and did not give up a single goal.

Compiled from reports posted by the St. John Fisher College Athletics Department

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