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STATE UNIVERSITY' OF NEW YORK, COLLIG& AT CORTLAND • Octeber 5, 1989 California, Here Lady Rooters 9-0-2 By Rob Adamo · Sports hiitor ( 'alltornia here we come~ Their hag~ arc packed and they have departed. Thm far thi~ sew,on the Curt land Stat!.' woml..'n · ~ ~on:er team can ~it hac!-- and enjoy the '>L·em:ry. Dc~erving of thi~ would be to fabe a claim. For thc~e lady hooter~ they have completed an incred- Ible task. Imagine. ~till undefeated at lJ-0-2. But what else? In II games the lady hooters have allowed just I goal against them. Talk ahout defense! I 0 shutouts. You can thank the great play of goalies Diane Wright. Melissa Samudes and Rebecca Bauer. All of their save percentages are very close to I 00%. \This year we have three goalies. So i fDianne gets injured we now have backups. We have been rotating the three and all of them seem to respond well. It helps when you have an all around all star lineup to work with\ said assistant coach Kevin Bradley. Currently ranked 7th in the nation and 2nd in their region in Division 3. the lady booters have been outshooting opponents 186-45. \We are doing real well on defense. that's our strength. Another big advantage we have is team speed. We have a great deal of speed on the outside, especially the halfbacks\ Bradley. Nowadays. its a wonder if the lady hooters are doing <m ything wrong? ll seems not but according to Bradley, the hooters biggest problem is putting the ball in the net. But not just booting it, actually maintaining composure and taking a shot with authority. \Our forwards have to relax more and do a I ittle more scoring\ said Bradley. What makes the Dragon~ such a spectacular team year after year'? Last year they finished 5th in the nation and headcoach Chris Malone picked up his 1 OOth victory. The lady hooters have been a threatening force totheiropponents. What makes the booterssuch a great team year after year? One big factor is the coaching expertise of Chris Malone. Just look in his office and ye>u will see plaque after plaque of coach of the year. But also according to Kevin Bradley \lthinkeachyear we get closer and closer as one unit. We've become almost like a family and when you're close, you.feel good and when you feel good you play well\. Besides the outstanding lineup Malone puts out on the field, he accredits his assistant coaches on doing a great job working with the girls. His assistants are Kevin Bra- dley, Kim Omsby and Joan Easton. On offense the dragons are paced by Michelle Martin, Janine Caruso, Leslie Benintend, Karen Hertel, Betsy Procino and many other greats. Now in California, the hooters will play Mon. and Tues. and hopefully come back with some good news. \Just being ranked in the top 10 in the nation is a big accomplishment, we're excited\ said a rather in- trigued Kevin Bradley. Keith's Defense faces Dragons the11We$tem'sRalphCareymissed in (JD the next_play for the TD and a 31-yard.fieldgoal. Western's Rob Matt Pietrzak kicl.<ed the point after. Peritz, two plays later, picked off a Williams had a solid gam~ with 49 Dick Puccio pass- his first inter- yards on six carries and two·recep- ceptionthrownthisseason. Butafter tions for 24 yards. anothertwoplays,Dragonfreshman On their next possession, the defensivetackleBarryThornton,in Dragons moved 64 yards in nine his first collegiate start, intercepted plays-a32-yarc!Puccio-to-Mark aZinserpass. Westernneverposed H()llghton pass chewing up the a serious scoring threat again in the greatest chunk of yardage in the game. drive - for the next TD. On.a Senior All-America outside linebacker Bob Keith Photo by Mark Wright By College Relations In a staggering.exbibition of de- feJtsive football, un~a.ten Cortland Stlrte held host Westem:Gonnecticut to 28 total yards in .a 21•0 victory Saturday night on Midtown Campus Field in Danbury. Connecticut. The 1989 Red Dragons became the first C()rtland gridiron sqllad in 34 years to post three consect~tive shutouts. Sparked by All-America outside linebacker Bob Keith's 10 tackles and one QB sack, the Dragon defense stymied Western's ground game to minus-46 yards on4.S carries. Cort- land allowed Western inside its 20 only once -just tile third time a Dragon foe has penetratedasclose in four games this seas()n. But Keith saCJked Colonial QS Scott Zinser on a third-and-goal at tile Dragon four, Cortland,bythattime,enjoyeda fourth-and-goal, Puccio tossed a 14--0 lead after Red Dragon coach one-yard TD pass to tight end Jim Dennis Kayser unfurled some A.IIdreinthecomeroftheendzone. razzle-dazzle on the game's opening The sophomore signalcaller com- play. Sophomore flanker Joe Gulick pleted ~6-of-22 passes for 169yards took a pitch fromQB :OickPuccioon · I,J.{ith one 'lD and ()De interception in an-end-aroundth~rigbt~ide. Gulick the contest. Sirico led Dragon stopped and thre~ a.!l-1-yard bomb receivers wi~h six catches for 108 to a~ open Or~g Sit~~o·.~~O' was y~rds ... Tell· ,Nagengast converted. tackled at.!fb.e ;W,~~tem s-ix• ·-l)ragon the :.eir.tra p~int. junior tailback Ken Williams walked · · - .. · C01ttinued on page 19

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