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Spring college sports preview: Clarkson softball ready to go to bat

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POTSDAM — Of the 16 players on the first Clarkson University softball team, 10 are athletes who attended the school with no idea they’d wind up playing on a team.

The school announced the formation of the program last year, but none of the 10 non-freshmen are players who transferred from another school. They all were athletes who were just attending classes at Clarkson, thinking that their softball-playing days were done after high school.

“I had heard a rumor going around that there was going to be a program,” said Norfolk’s Alycia Short, a sophomore. “I wasn’t sure if it would fall through or not. I didn’t bank on it.”

The fact that Clarkson’s softball team has restored the careers of some of the players has made the expected tough start a bit easier to take.

The Golden Knights went 0-12 on their spring trip to Florida and play their first northern games this weekend, with doubleheaders today and Sunday at Alfred State. The first home games, at the new Scott Field on campus, are scheduled for Thursday against SUNY Potsdam, though there is snow that remains.

“It’s been more frustrating for our coaching staff,” coach Kristen McGaughey said of the start. “We have (over) half a roster of students who were on campus who thought softball was done for them. Their attitude and approach is healthy for our program because they are so thrilled to be here. We have a very blue-collar work ethic, which I think reflect’s our coaching staff’s style a lot, too.”

McGaughey, a native of Massillon, Ohio, played softball at Division II Ashland University from 2004-08. She was an assistant softball coach at Bethany (W.Va.) College for four years and started up a field hockey program there. That experience has helped brace her for what to do at Clarkson, though she said she feels more comfortable being head coach of a sport she actually played.

“Experience is really our big thing,” McGaughey said. “Our motto for this year has been, ‘One percent better.’ We preach that it’s not about who is in the other dugout, it’s about what we are doing. We’re trying not to dwell on our actual won/loss record and looking at stats. The only stat we care about is on-base percentage. We define goals for each game. We are trying to define our own successes and failures. Doing that we are 3-9 not 0-12.”

As may be expected the 10 players who were already at Clarkson had some catching up to do after being away from the sport for at least a year, and in a few cases two or three years.

“I would say I was rusty a little bit, especially in physical shape,” said sophomore Tirzah Smith, a pitcher from Tully. “I wasn’t doing softball-specific things. As for pitching, I would say I was rusty there as well. I definitely think I lost a little speed and accuracy. I’m just getting that back now.”

The new program has provided many of the players a chance to continue their careers in college with a big less stress than they may have had if they’d gone to more established programs right out of high school.

“I have time to improve,” said Kelsie St. Louis, a sophomore from Tupper Lake. “I don’t have a lot of pressure on me, and that’s helped a lot. I’ve been able to excel in the little things. I always loved softball. I grew up a tomboy and I watched baseball with my dad every day.”

McGaughey is patient in the program’s early stages, though she’s already working on recruiting, especially the key positions of pitcher, catcher and shortstop.

“I think the biggest challenge is because we are (a private school),” McGaughey said. “There is a great talent pool (in New York). We go after top kids but we haven’t gotten a lot of them. We’ve gotten some pretty solid talent from New York, but we’ve gotten a lot from out of state.”

Clarkson does have a very good facility, which was just built in the last year and is next to the road that runs toward Cheel Arena.

“We are very blessed,” McCaughey said. “It’s a fantastic surface, if we ever get to use it this year.”



PREVIEW: COLL. SPRING SPORTS

Men’s Lacrosse

Outlook: Clarkson has picked up where it left off last season, winning four of the first six games. Cory Herrington leads the Golden Knights with five goals and Matthew Gold and Ryan St. Croix each have four goals. ... The Saints are off to a strong start with five wins in their first six games. SLU has been led by Tommy Hovey, who has 14 goals in six games. Conor Healey has added nine goals while Jeremy Fautour and Charlie Jennings have each scored seven. ... SUNY Potsdam has used a strong offense to enjoy a 3-2 start. The Bears have scored 47 goals and allowed only 27. Ed Doherty leads the team with seven goals and Rob Kunz is the overall leading scorer with five goals and 11 assists. ... SUNY Canton has split its first six games. Tanner Pratt leads the Kangaroos with 13 goals and Chris Gamble has scored 12.



Clarkson

2013 record: 10-6 overall (4-2 Liberty League).

Current record: 4-2 (0-1).

Coach: Bill Bergan (26th year).

Roster: Harrison Washuta (Jr. G), Dylan Caldiero (Sr. D), Nate Smart (Fr. M), Nick Strandholm (Fr. G), Scott Dosser (Fr. M), Robert Linder (Jr. A), Ryan St. Croix (Fr. M), J.D. St. Croix (Jr. D), Tim Krauss (Sr. M), Keith Mierzwa (So. D), Austin Case (So. M), Andrew Washuta (Sr. M), Nicholas Lenta (Fr. M), Peter Goss (Sr. A), Nicholas Brueska (Fr. A), Marc Simmons (Fr. M), Ryan Darin (Fr. A), Wesley Carothers (Fr. M), Tyler Tomeny (Jr. A), Jack Dowst (Jr. M), Jamie McBurney (Fr. M), Alex Kober (Jr. A), Corey Herrington (Jr. A), Matthew Gold (Jr. M), J.R. Campbell (So. A), Carmen Pascuito (Jr. D), Ben Paprocki (So. M), Dan Liddy (Sr. M), Derrick Cheney (Jr. D), Jason Floyd (So. D), Dylan Broomfield (Jr. M), Mark Nortz (Jr. M), Dylan Hrebenach (Jr. M), Anthony Anderson (Fr. D), Curtis Taylor (So. M), Brian Freeland (Sr. D), James Wright (Sr. A), Rick Clement (Sr. D), Sean Mech (Sr. M), Donald Whelley (Jr. D), Casey McGarrity (So. M), Eric Nova (Jr. D), Justin Gibson (Fr. D), Michael Ku (Jr. A), Sebastian Olsen (Fr. G), Garth Buck (So. G), Colin Szymanski (Fr. M), Sean Condon (Fr. A), Jake Zielinski (Fr. G), Kyle Brown (Fr. A).

St. Lawrence

2013 record: 10-5 (5-1).

Current record: 5-1 (1-0).

Coach: Mike Mahoney (17th year).

Roster: Garrett Gagne (Jr. A), Tommy Hovey (Jr. A), Ryan Brigham (So. M), Pierson Fowler (Sr. M), Conor Healey (Fr. A), Ryan Fisher (So. G), Cam Mullins (So. M), Michael Engstrom (Fr. M), Luke DiLisio (Jr. A), Charles Hurlock (Jr. D), Charlie Jennings (Jr. M), Charles Segar (So. M), Gavin Woolard (Sr. D), Connor Behun (Sr. M), Jack Roberts (Jr. D), Kersey Reed (So. M), Taylor Gerhardt (Sr. M), Jeremy Vautour (So. A), Bret Newman (Jr. D), Marc Perroni (Sr. A), Jonathan Fairbanks (Fr. M), Malcolm Lynch (So. D), Alonzo Holcombe (Sr. M), Brett McCormack (Fr. M), Christopher Anklin (Jr. M), Connor Brimley (Fr. A), Cooper Warden (Fr. D), Tim Kelley (Jr. M), Sam Marvin (Sr. D), Nick Ford (Jr. G), Andrew Jarrett (Fr. M), Steel White (Fr. D), Caleb Kane (Fr. D), Alec Dietsch (Fr. M), Robby Dowers (Jr. D), Joseph Stacy (So. M), Cole Bouley (So. D), Zach Sloan (Sr. A), David Bugbee (So. M), Andrew Butturini (Jr. G), Alden Frelinghuysen (Jr. M), Charlie Duprey (So. M), Garnder Imhoff (Fr. M), Tristram Nicola (Sr. A), Jake Davis (SR. M), Mason Grande (Fr. D), Jamie Dowell (Jr. D), William Burchenal (Jr. M), E.J. Curtis (Fr. D), Jamie DeNicola (Fr. A), Patrick Sullivan (So. G), Stepper Hall (Fr. D), A.J. Schmidt (Fr. M), Conor Johnson (Fr. G).

SUNY Potsdam

2013 record: 6-8 (2-4 SUNYAC).

Current record: 3-2 (0-0).

Coach: Rick Berkman (20th year).

Roster: Jack Bezek (Fr. G), Kyle Hauk (So. D), Andrew Mietelski (Fr. D), Ryan McConnell (Sr. M), Casey Boulio (Fr. M), Jackson Corcoran (So. G), Adam Lewis (Fr. D), Ryan Conway (Fr. A), Rob Kunz (Sr. A), Derek Frost (Sr. M), Tim Trickler (Fr. G), Nate Rutkowski (Fr. M), Joe Hayes (Fr. A), Pat Bonafede (So. M), Bobby Sollenne (Fr. D), Stephen Lewis (Fr. M), Michael Roukos (Fr. M), Matt Moran (Fr. A), Jake Armstrong (Sr. D), Jeff Love (Sr. D), Jon Woodworth (Jr. M), Andrew Swords (So. D), Kyle Pendell (Fr. M), Jake Gyder (Sr. D), Joe Fitzgerald (Sr. D), Ed Doherty (So. A), Berkley Stone (Fr. A), Matt Kennedy (So. M), Ryan Duffy (Sr. G), Lucas Canino (Fr. M), Ryan Keller (Fr. M), Matt Donovan (Sr. M), Andrew Rupp (Sr. D), Ryan Mousaw (Sr. D), Nick Waseleski (Jr. D), Brandon Kemp (So. D), Alex Armstrong (Fr. D), Dan MacDougall (Fr. M), Kyle Ludwig (So. A), Pete Gropp (So. G).

SUNY Canton

2013 record: 6-6.

Current record: 3-3.

Coach: Pat Harrington (1st year).

Roster: Tanner Pratt (Sr. A), Ryan Cardiff (Jr. M), Kyler Wilbur (Fr. A), Devin Gruneisen (Sr. M), Tony Carden (Jr. M), Chris Gamble (So. M/A), Jason Thompson (Jr. A), Brian Nowak (Sr. M), Steve Novak (Jr. A), Trevor Wight (Jr. A), Jack Keenan (Sr. M/A), Corey Spuck (Sr. G), Dave Schneider (Jr. M), Victor Boyce (Jr. M), Taylor Caswell (Jr. M), Garrett DiTullio (Jr. A), Zach Baxter (Fr. D), Mike Gambacorta-Hoffman (Fr. D/M), Mike Statt (Fr. M), Ian Drummatter (Fr. D), Richard Brogden (Jr. D), Dylan Dix (Fr. G), Andrew Bowes (Fr. D), Kristian Daley (Sr. D), Cam Carter (Fr. M), Zack Opiela (Fr. D), Victor Rivera (So. D), Jeff Hammond (So. G), Matt Brady (Fr. G).



Women’s Lacrosse

Outlook: Clarkson is looking to build on last season’s success, finishing 11-5. The Golden Knights have split their first six games of the season. Freshman Paige Fayette, a native of Theresa, is already off to a hot start for Clarkson with 20 goals in her first six games. A pair of Watertown natives are also doing well as Christine Wright has 11 goals and Ashley Flick 10. ... SLU is coming off of a successful season though the Saints have won two of their first five games. Michaela Maybee has been the team’s early leader with eight goals. ... The Bears are a win away from matching last year’s total of four victories. Bailey Weigel has led the team with 13 goals and the overall leading scorer is Bri McClusky with 12 goals and eight assists. ... Potsdam native Keeley Rice has led the Kangaroos with 14 goals and nine assists, and Canton native Tressa Goolden has supplied 14 goals with seven assists.

Clarkson

2013 record: 11-5 (4-5).

Current record: 3-3 (0-0).

Coach: Ben Gaebel (2nd year).

Roster: Cassie Grace (Jr. M), Ashley Flick (Fr. A), Adrienne Walker (Sr. D), Christina Pollard (Fr. M), Jessica Budaj (Jr. M), Rachel Loecher (Fr. D), Abby Doyle (Jr. A), Emma Oliver (Jr. M), Emma Jeffery (So. D), Meaghan McKenna (So. M), Mallory Fisher (So. D), Taryn Dausman (Jr. D), Hanna Gleason (So. D), Cassandra Hopkins (Fr. D), Courtney Quinn (So. M), Danielle Faivus (Jr. A), Meghan Musialowski (So. D), Mollie Simmons (Jr. M), Christine Wright (So. M), Blayne Baker (Fr. D), Kate Dillon (Fr. A), Stephanie Lynch (So. A), Rachel Kenyon (Fr. M), Paige Fayette (Fr. A), JoJo Burridge (So. D), Kara DiNatale (Sr. G), Danielle Tani (So. G), Caitlin Swanson (Fr. A).

St. Lawrence

2013 record: 12-6 (7-2).

Current record: 2-3 (0-0).

Coach: Jodi Canfield.

Roster: Adden Cunningham (Jr. G), Julia Mitiguy (Fr. M), Kiera Taussig (Fr. M), Kara Hurley (Fr. A), Hayden Stein (So. M), Danielle Zimmer (Jr. M), Caroline Bailey (So. M), Michaela Maybee (So. M), Abigail Horan (Sr. A), Elysa Doldo (So. M), Isabelle Mackell (So. D), Abigail Owens (So. M), Lanie Homet (So. M), Regina Rogers (Sr. D), Jill Carlton (So. A), Chloe Knapp (So. M), Hannah Calvelli (So. A), Faith Seeley (So. D), Tori Smith (Fr. M), Tasha Cornell-Roberts (Sr. D), Carly VanTaassel (Sr. A), Parker Benedict (Sr. M), Emma Garfield (So. M), Nicole Adee (Fr. M), Martha Hamlin (Jr. D), Tory Small (Sr. D), Mackenzie Collins (Jr. M), Seneth Waterman (So. M), Alison Noble (Fr. M), Cricket Wemyss (Fr. G), Greta White (So. G).

SUNY Potsdam

2013 record: 4-10 (1-7).

Current record: 3-3 (0-0).

Coach: Lauren Bruce (12th year).

Roster: Katie Putnam (Jr. M), Sarah Glagolev (Fr. A), Michaela Cole (Fr. M), Bailey Weigel (Jr. A), Brittany Blake (So. M), Nicole Damon (Fr. A), Hannah Keggins (Fr. D), Emily Petit (Jr. M), Bri McClusky (So. A), Maggie McCabe (So. D/A), Katie Lapinski (Fr. A), Lauren Haase (Fr. D), Jess Stern (Fr. D), Margaret Wall (Jr. M), Alyssa Ferenczy (Fr. M), Mariah Pierce (Fr. A), Michelle Varney (Sr. A), Lizzie Marchbanks (So. M), Caitlin Stone (Jr. D), Jen Chmiel (Sr. G), Devan Olschewske (Fr. G).

SUNY Canton

2013 record: 5-9.

Current record: 2-3.

Coach: Dave Bradman.

Roster: Brooke Knight (Sr. A), Robyn Carroll (So. M), Caty Darling (Jr. D), Joelle Percy (Sr. M), Hannah Christiansen (Fr. M), Abbey Diabo (Fr. D), Lora Ardoin (Fr. M), Caitlin LaVoie (So. A/M), Nikki Holmes (Fr. M), Keeley Rice (So. A), Keri Christensen (Jr. M), Keri Dempsey (So. M/D), Sarah Stone (So. M/D), Tressa Goolden (Jr. M), Megan Poupore (So. A), Kelsey Murray (So. D), Becca Kieffer (Fr. G).



Baseball

Outlook: The Golden Knights are looking to get back in contention after a subpar season last year. Potsdam native John Coleman hit .300 and drove in five runs during eight games in Florida. Former Indian River standout Jarrod Mattingly won two games and had a 3.68 earned-run average. ... Behind the hot hitting of Chris Fernandez and Bryan Palermo, the Saints have gotten off to a strong start, winning three of their first four Liberty League games. Fernandez is hitting .452 and Palermo is batting .417. ... SUNY Canton is coming off a 13-win season but has shown some improvement this year, starting at 6-8. Braden Griffin leads the Kangaroos with a .468 average and Kevin Hill is hitting .462.

Clarkson

2013 record: 13-22 (10-16).

Current record: 4-4 (0-0).

Coach: Jim Kane (14th year).

Roster: Pete Roma (Sr. P), Bobby Smarrelli (Fr. IF), Paul Ludden (Fr. C), Anthony Padrazo (So. IF/P), Connor Martin (So. IF), John Coleman (Jr. IF/P), Bobby Derico (Jr. IF), Jarrod Mattingly (Sr. P/UT), Ian Castle (So. P), Dan Lenney (Sr. OF), Chadd Morin (Fr. P), Nolan Driscoll (Jr. IF/P), Eddie Miller (Fr. P), Matt Jenack (Jr. C/IF), Kyle Henchey (Sr. OF), Chris Miller (Fr. OF), Dom Pirro (Fr. P/OF), Tim Beninanti (Jr. C), David Wixted (Sr. OF), Jeremy Barber (Fr. P), Jamie Terry (So. P), Kolby Ziemendorf (Sr. C), Greg Jasek (So. P/IF), Ted Wilson (Fr. P), Thomas Samar (Fr. IF), Connor Dietrich (Fr. OF).

St. Lawrence

2013 record: 20-17 (14-11).

Current record: 7-5 (3-1).

Coach: Peter Hoy (fourth year).

Roster: Bryan Palermo (Sr. IF/P), Chris Fernandez (Jr. IF), John Ainsley (Sr. IF/C), Mic Regan (Fr. OF), Tom Sullivan (Fr. IF), Eric McGuire (Jr. IF/P), Mark Syron (Jr. C/OF), Frank Grady (So. P), Brian Magovney (Sr. OF), Khifer O’Connor (Sr. IF), Dan Hedden (So. P), Adam Reichel (Fr. IF), Chris Kellogg (Sr. P), Liam Rogers (Fr. P), Zane Fish (Sr. C), Alex Dermody (Fr. P), Ben Jenkins (Sr. P), Jake Farrell (So. P), Kevin Prindle (Sr. P), Joe Riley (Sr. P), Devin Robson (Fr. C), Chris Conlin (Sr. OF), Sam Downes (Fr. P), Andrew Schreyack (Jr. IF/P), Michael Dell’Olio (Sr. P/OF), Noah Morton (Fr. IF).

SUNY Canton

2013 record: 13-23.

Current record: 6-8.

Coach: Joe Carbone (fifth year).

Roster: Jesse Barton (Fr. SS), Chris Jones (Jr. 2B/3B), Jeremy Baez (Fr. 2B), Axel Riviere (So. IF), Kevin Hill (So. 3B/OF), Austin Hernandez (Fr. 2B), Greg Dobies (So. 2B/3B), Khalil Bratton (So. P), Matt Hall (Fr. SS/2B), Zach Lawrence (Fr. P), John Mancini (Jr. P), Derek Harkin (Fr. P), Jordan Hunneyman (Sr. OF/1B), Kyle Sacks (So. C/OF), Bryce MacDonald-Wilson (Sr. P), Kevin Icaza (Fr. OF), Nicolas Demarais (Fr. 2B/3B), Nick Belile (Sr. 1B), Chayan Flores (Fr. C), Keenan Shannon (Jr. OF), Alex LaFountain (Sr. P), Wesly Castro (Fr. 1B), Brandon Burrell (So. 2B/SS), Travis Bigelow (Fr. P), Phil Tsiaras (Sr. C), Dom Deliberti (Jr. P), Andrew Krotje (Fr. P), Brandon Welch (Fr. C), Braden Griffin (So. 1B/OF), Robbie Osterer (Fr. P).



Softball

Outlook: Clarkson’s first-year program is still looking for its first win. The Golden Knights (0-12) were outscored 107-18 in Florida. ... The Saints, who went 5-7 in Florida, are led by junior pitcher Kyle Plimpton. She went 3-4 on the spring trip with a 2.55 ERA. She struck out 66 in 49 innings. Rebecca Allen leads the offense with a .361 average and a .611 slugging percentage. ... The Bears are off to a slow start, losing their first 10 games and being outscored 81-9. SUNY Potsdam is hitting just .178 as a team while the opposition is batting .361. Jordan Ott leads the Bears with a .370 batting average. ... SUNY Canton (1-9) has been outscored 74-26. Shannon Dowling leads the team with a .452 batting average.

Clarkson

2013 record: No team.

Current record:0-12 (0-0).

Coach: Kristen McGaughey (first year).

Roster: Lindsey Walsh (Jr. IF/OF), Leanna Hoover (Fr. OF), Alex Gaspar (Sr. C/IF/OF), Katie Pelton (Fr. P/IF/OF), Lisa Ferrucci (Sr. IF/OF), Jamie Bridge (Fr. P/IF), Louise Terwilliger (Fr. IF), Jennifer Latham (Jr. IF/OF), MacKenzie Pelton (So. C/OF), Alycia Short (So. OF), Ali Schwenzfeier (Fr. C/IF/OF), Kat Tamburro (So. IF), Adrena Daw (Fr. IF/OF), Morgan Tennyson (Jr. C/IF), Kelsie St. Louis (So. P/IF), Tirzah Smith (So. P/IF).

St. Lawrence

2013 record: 22-17 (6-4).

Current record: 5-7 (0-0).

Coach: Elisa Van Kirk (2nd year).

Roster: Kyle Plimpton (Jr. P), Leslie Stratton (Sr. IF/OF), Natasha Bell (Sr. OF), Haley Ahouse (Fr. OF), Hannah Sears (Fr. P), Sumra Sikandar (Fr. OF), Rebecca Allen (Sr. OF), Aisha O’Connor (Jr. P/IF), Carly Dziekan (Fr. IF), Brady Cooper (Jr. UT), Kelly Burke (Fr. IF/OF), Jordan Sheridan (Fr. P/IF), Marissa Boyer (Jr. OF/C), Cailyn Welsh (Sr. OF0, Abby Hewwett (so. C/DH), Nicole Matthews (Fr. C/OF).

SUNY Potsdam

2013 record: 11-21 (2-16).

Current record: 0-10 (0-0).

Coach: Shannon Dillabough (10th year).

Roster: Brittany Thivierge (Sr. C/1B), Jordon Ott (Fr. SS), Brittaney Barr (Fr. P/IF), Kelly Becker (Fr. OF), Megan Johnson (Sr. P/2B), Carina Chirinko (So. P/OF), Angela Yodis (Fr. C/1B), Cassidy Johnson (Fr. P/OF), Alexis Lerman (So. 2B/OF), Khalshia White (Sr. OF/IF), Molly McCuin (Sr. 3B), Shannon Pagliaro (Sr. C/IF), Emily Tremblay (Fr. OF), Noelle Rufa (Fr. OF), Rachel Spoker (Jr. OF), Erin Murphy (Fr. 1B), Rachel Grefke (So. OF), Megan Briner (Sr. P/IF), Katie Marsman (So. C/1B/3B).

SUNY Canton

2013 record: 13-22.

Current record: 1-9.

Coach: Jackie Hlahold (2nd year).

Roster: Sharon Cordero (So. OF), Alison Mitchell (Fr. OF), Shannon Cole (Fr. 3B), Kaylin Switzer (Jr. OF), Arianna Maldonado (Fr. OF), Kristyn Reynolds (So. 2B/3B), Rhea Coad (Fr. OF), Stephanie LaValley (Fr. P/UT), Ashley Merritt (So. P/2B), Hallie Fenti (Jr. C/1B), Shannon Dowling (So. C), Shaylah Morris (Jr. P/1B), Jessica Rhodes (Jr. UT), Jordan Podkladek (Fr. P/UT).

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