By: Jamie Malloy, Staff Writer, and Marty LaFica, Sports Editor
The Fisher Football team started off their 2019 season with a 23-6 road victory over the Buffalo State Bengals at Coyer Field on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Freshman quarterback Hunter Walsh threw for 185 yards in his season debut, while transfer running back Dahmir Pross rushed for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns solidifying him as the starting back in place of Senior Ryan Ingerson. Senior receiver Will Blake racked up 110 yards on five catches, while Colgate Transfer TySean Sizer caught three balls for 30 yards.
Fisher Field Hockey defeated St. Lawrence by a score of 4-1 at Growney Stadium on Saturday, Sep. 7.
Gianna Palma scored two goals and collected five points on the day, while Bre Socker tallied one goal and finished with three points. Goalie Kelly Bergamo played all 60 minutes and gathered two saves in the win.
Following their victory over St. Lawrence, the Cardinal Field Hockey team went on to defeat both SUNY Geneseo and New Paltz by a combined score of 9-4. The 4-0 Cardinals will face off against Williams College on Sunday, Sept. 22.
Men’s Cross Country
The St. John Fisher Cardinal Men’s Cross Country team placed ninth at the Hamilton College meet on Saturday, Sep.7, in Clinton, New York.
The team finished one minute behind the Roberts Wesleyan RedHawks who were the overall winners of the competition. Sophomore Andrew Ford was the top Fisher runner with a total time of 16:04 coming in 20th place overall. Bernard Dust finished 37th overall clocking in a 16:23, and Freshman Brandon Nicosia ran his way into 66th place at 16:53.
After placing 11th out of 18 teams in the Yellowjacket Invite the Men’s Cross Country team will look to improve their performance when they travel to Geneseo for the Mike Woods Invite on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Women’s Cross Country
The Cardinals placed sixth overall at the Hamilton Short Course Invitational in Clinton, New York on Saturday, Sep. 7. They finished with an average team time of 16:32 and finished 1.4 seconds behind fifth place.
Junior Clarissa Hensler finished in 22th place with a 16:11 and tied three other races with a mile pace time of 6:11. Finishing next for Fisher was Freshman Riley Cory as she took 28th place coming in with a time of 16:16, followed by Gabriella Dunckberg at 16:26.
The Women’s Cross Country will join the men in traveling to Geneseo on Saturday, Sept. 28, for the Mike Woods Invite.
The Cardinal Men’s Golf team kicked off its season in the St. John Fisher Collegiate Invitational in Phoenix, New York. Fisher placed second overall with a total score of +117 behind Oswego State who won the tournament at +91.
Senior Colin McGaugh was the overall winner finishing at +7 on Sunday, and +5 for the tournament. Peter Francomano placed 11th overall in his first tournament shooting a +35 for all three rounds, while Deion Shepherd came in 12th at +36. Finishing in the top 15 for the Cardinals was Chase Robbins carding a three round score of +42 to cash in at 13th place.
After finishing up the NCAA Division III Fall Preview at the beautiful PGA National Resort in Palm Beach, Florida the Men’s Golf team will return to the Northeast for the Williams College Fall Invite in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
The Women’s Golf team will begin their 2019 season with two tournaments close to home in the William Smith Invitational in Geneva, New York, and the Cortaca Northeast Invite in Cortland, New York.
Following these two tournaments, the Women will take a break until October 5th when they compete in the Northeast Women’s Golf Conference Championship.
The St. John Fisher Cardinal Men’s Soccer team lost to the SUNY Geneseo Knights 1-0 on Friday, Aug. 30, and to the Susquehanna River Hawks 5-1 on Saturday, Aug 31. Freshman Ishann Kashyap scored the lone goal for the Cardinals as Fisher started out its season 0-2.
The Cardinals then dropped their next four games in a row moving their record to 0-6. They will look to snap their early season losing streak next time out when they face Hartwick at home on Saturday, Sept, 21.
Fisher lost both games in the Engineering Cup on Saturday, Sep. 7, and Sunday, Sep. 8 in Hoboken, New Jersey. In the 2-0 loss to New York University, starting goalie Kayla Shutts made one save, while fellow goalie Lila Platt made five saves on nine shots in a 4-0 loss to #24 ranked Stevenson who hosted the tournament.
After losing in their last match to the University of Rochester by a score of 5-2, the Women will take on the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons at home Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Following Friday’s postponement against SUNY Brockport, Fisher beat Oswego State 7-2 at the Mendon Racquet and Pool Club in Pittsford, New York on Sunday, Sept, 8. Kalli Saffran and Cassidy Bell won an 8-7 match in first doubles, while Zuzanna Pociecha and Veronica Jurczuk came out on top 8-1 in third doubles. Valerie Morgans topped her opponent in sixth singles 6-2, 6-2.
Following their match against Oswego, the Cardinals then shut out Hartwick College 9-0, again in front of their home crowd. The Cardinals will look to improve upon their early record of 2-1 when they re-play their postponed match against Brockport at home on Sunday, Sept. 15.
Compiled from reports by St. John Fisher Athletics.