Sports teams need fan support, so go attend a game

Matt Magoon

Sports Editor

9.9.11

Do fan sections really affect the outcome of a sporting event? According to a College Basketball Nation Blog on Espngo.com, “it is easy to forget how much home-court advantage skews results.”  This is true in its entirety.

Do you think many teams enjoy coming to our barn and play the men’s basketball team when there are approximately one thousand fans hollering in their ears? When you are in the middle of an intense game, many people say that they feed off of the adrenaline that the crowd can give you.

If you look at this adversely, do you think the football game last Thursday against Baldwin-Wallace could have gone differently if the students were more involved?  There were plenty of momentum swings throughout the game. If the crowd was involved, the team would have fed off of our energy.

Oakland Raiders fans are notorious for being some of the craziest fans in the NFL. I attended Super Bowl XXXVII, when the Raiders played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I must say, I have never seen more crazy, loud, and face-painted fans in one stadium in my life. The Raider fans truly believe that their intensity can have a large impact in a game (even though it obviously has not been working recently). Hey, maybe they would be even worse if it was not for their fan base.

Not only is there not enough screaming and jawing from our student sections, but there is a lack of support in general.  If we could make Wooster a dreadful environment for opponents, many games could swing our way on the scoreboard. Without a rowdy student section, we take the advantage out of being on our home turf.

According to swimmer Imre Namath ’13, “it would be much more beneficial for our guys, especially the new swimmers, because when the adrenaline is pumping, there is nothing better than having a good crowd to cheer you on.” He also said that swimming is not that big of a sport at the College so that is why there are not many fans at the meets.

Feeding off of this, many recruits come to watch the team they are playing for before they come to the school. Who do you think would be more interested in the school: the swimmer that sees a few parents in the stands, or the basketball player that sees a thousand students screaming? I don’t know about you, but I would rather play in front of a crowd.

In my opinion, it does not matter if the sport is one of the least popular sports in the world, students should support every team on campus because in the end, we are all Scots and we should be proud of it.

With this being said and myself included, I challenge  every one of you to attend at least one game this season, cheer for the home team and be proud to call yourself a Fighting Scot.

 

College football season begins with great games and stories

Travis Marmon

Sports Editor

9.9.11

The college football season officially began on Sept. 1 and things are already off to an exciting start. Fourteenth-ranked Texas Christian University, last year’s Rose Bowl winners, were defeated 50-48 on Friday by Baylor University, who had not beaten a top-15 team since 1991.

The first slate of games on Saturday included defending champion Auburn University getting pushed to the wire by Utah State University, who went 4-8 last year in the mid-major Western Athletic Conference. The Tigers were down 38-28 with 2:07 left to play, but managed to score twice in the final minutes to escape with a 42-38 victory.

Auburn dropped out of the top 25 afterward as it became very clear that they were not the same team without quarterback Cam Newton and defensive tackle Nick Fairley.

The two most hyped-up games of the weekend were Saturday night’s top five match-up of Oregon University against Louisiana State University in Arlington, Texas and the top 25 battle between Boise State University and the University of Georgia in Atlanta.

Both games failed to live up to expectations. Oregon had three turnovers which led to 20 points for LSU, who dominated in the second half of the game. The Ducks, whose last game was the national championship  against Auburn, fell 40-27 to a LSU team that was without its starting quarterback, Jordan Jefferson, after an altercation at a bar in Baton Rouge, La.

The Boise State-Georgia game may have suffered from over-hype for the Bulldogs, who entered with a number 19 ranking despite finishing the 2010 season at 6-7. The 5th-ranked Broncos rolled into Atlanta looking to knock of a perennially strong team to open the season for the third year in a row. Georgia posed no problem in a hostile environment as senior quarterback Kellen Moore threw three touchdowns in a 35-21 victory.

A pair of big questions about the Big Ten’s traditional powerhouses were answered on Saturday. The Ohio State University, fresh off of an offseason full of scandal and confusion, looked dominant against the admittedly overmatched University of Akron, crushing the Zips 42-0. New starting quarterback Joe Bauserman went 12-for-16 with three touchdown passes as the Buckeyes rolled.

The University of Michigan unveiled its new system and got the Brady Hoke coaching regime off to a strong start against Western Michigan University. Western was able to move the ball well against the much-maligned Wolverines defense, but Michigan linebacker Brandon Herron had both a 94-yard interception return and a 28-yard fumble return (both for touchdowns) to take the wind out of Western’s sails.

Offensive coordinator Al Borges is cutting back on rushes designed for quarterback Denard Robinson, but he knew enough about his star player to let him do work on the ground as well as through the air. In a game that was called early due to storms, Robinson completed nine of 13 passes for 98 yards and ran eight times for 46 yards as the Wolverines cruised to a 34-10 victory.

It was a long, hard offseason, but college football is back and already shaping up for another year of stunning upsets and great games.

Men’s soccer sweeps tourney while women struggle

Matt Magoon

Sports Editor

9.9.11

To begin the season, the men’s soccer team road-tripped to Marietta Ohio to participate in the Marietta College Classic. In this tournament, the Fighting Scots won both of their games with big wins over Point Park University (1-1-0) and Transylvania University (1-1-0).

During the first half of the Point Park game, newcomer Zach Jergan ’14 was fouled on a breakaway, leading to a red card for one of the Pioneers. This gave Wooster a one-man advantage for the rest of the game.

Led by Noah Wagemann ’14, who had two goals and one assist, the Fighting Scots came out on top with a 3-2 victory over Point Park. Wagemann, a promising sophomore, showed flashes of brilliance and aggression in his first year. This season, he looks to be one of the top forwards on the team.

Also tallying their first points of the season were Jonathan Fox ’12, Brandon Patera ’14 and Luke Koniarcyk ’14. Patera scored the third goal, giving the Fighting Scots a comfortable lead of 3-1.

On the defensive side of the ball, Taylor Takacs ’12 tallied four saves.

Against Transylvania, the Scots were involved in a defensive battle. David Mallett ’13 scored his first goal of his career late in the first half, which proved to be enough for the victory.

Transylvania only tallied seven shots, with Takacs making two saves for his first shutout of the year. The win over the Pioneers showed a great amount of character from the men on the team. “This year the team looks much more polished with a newfound aggression that has been lacking in the previous years,” Takacs said afterward. “After the two games this weekend, I have high hopes for a great amount of success this season.”

The Scots head to Bethany College (0-2-0) in West Virginia tomorrow looking for their third win of the season.

The women’s team began their road stand against Ohio Northern University (2-0-0) last Thursday with a heated 3-2 loss.

Down one goal with about ten minutes to play, Bri Fulmer ’12 flashed a penalty kick past the Polar Bears goalie to tie the game at 2-2. Unfortunately, Ohio Northern pulled ahead with a late goal and ended up winning the game 3-2.

With strong performances by Kendal Wong ’13 and Paige Piper ’13, the women looked to display another valiant effort against the Washington and Jefferson College Presidents (1-0-0).

Despite outshooting the Presidents 10-4, the Fighting Scots fell in a hard fought affair 2-0. The Presidents established a two goal lead in the first half and kept it that way for the rest of the game.

There were notable performances by both Kelsey Peters ’12 and Paige Piper ’13 on the offensive side of the ball for the Scots. Both forwards had several scoring opportunities throughout the game, but they failed to capitalize on any of them.

The Presidents’ Stephanie Saussol had one of her best performances of her career shutting out the Fighting Scots with three saves.

Looking to bounce back, the Fighting Scots have just two more games on the road until returning home against Wilmington College on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Field hockey loses opener

Rhodes College shuts out the Fighting Scots in Danville, Ky.

Ethan Flack

Sports Editor

9.9.11

On a hot Saturday afternoon, The College of Wooster field hockey team began their season. In the muggy weather, the Scots (0-1) started slow and couldn’t recover, dropping their opener 4-0 to the Rhodes College Lynx.

Rhodes (2-0) raced out to a quick lead and never looked back, registering all four of their goals in the first half. The Lynx found the back of the net early in the contest, scoring just eight minutes after the opening whistle. Two minutes later, Rhodes once again applied pressure, as Kat Simpson found the net, putting Wooster at a significant deficit.

In goal, Madalyn Myers ’12 recorded her first start since the fall of 2009 and registered six saves. Liz Plumely ’13 replaced Myers in the second half and pitched a shutout as she attempted to keep the score close.

Although the Scots were kept off the scoreboard, their play improved in the second half. After being outshot in the first half, Wooster was able to increase their offensive production, recording seven shots in the second half. The Lynx played two goalkeepers, each of whom stood tall, as they recorded Rhodes’ first shutout of the year.

For the Scots, this was a disappointing loss, however, this defeat must be put into perspective. In the 2010 season, Wooster lost their first two games, before rallying to go 16-6 and earn a NCAA tournament birth.

The Scots began play against Centre College on Sunday only to have the game called off due to poor weather conditions. Wooster tried to shake off their loss on Wednseday as they took on Washington and Jefferson College at home, before opening their North Coast Athletic Conference slate against the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan University tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Bite-Sized Sports: Campus

Bite-Sized Sports

Campus

CROSS COUNTRY OPENS SEASON

 

The men’s and women’s cross-country teams opened their seasons on Sept. 1, as the Scots hosted their annual Wooster Invitational. The non-scoring meet, which was comprised of four races, included Baldwin-Wallace College, Hiram College, Lorain County Community College, Oberlin College and Urbana University. In the women’s 5-K the Scots placed three runners in the top ten. Meredith Shaul ’12 paced Wooster, coming in second place with a time of 20:27.11. Right behind Shaul were Colleen O’Neil ’13 (20:38.06) and Sarah Appleton ’12 (20:53.92), who finished fourth and seventh.  Newcomer Lauren Buyan ’15 turned in a strong performance in the women’s 4-K, finishing in 16:17.06 and taking fourth place.

For the men, Kevin DeGroot ’13 took second place in the four mile run. DeGroot, who finished in a time of 21:57.33, was followed by teammates Luke Hutchings-Goetz ’14 (22:48.51) in sixth place and Sam Swartz ’13 (23:09.04) in ninth.

Next up, the Scots will compete in the Great Lakes Colleges Association Championships on Sept. 10.

PGA

SIMPSON TAKES FIRST PLACE

 

American golfer Webb Simpson won the Deutsche Bank Championship this past weekend beating Chez Reavie in a two hole playoff. Simpson, who got his first PGA Tour victory at the Wyndham Championship a few weeks ago, moves into first place in the FedEx Cup playoff standings. Two tournaments remain in the series, which is professional golf’s playoff event.

NCAA Football

OHIO STATE REINSTATES PLAYERS

The Ohio State University football team has reinstated four players that were suspended for the team’s season opener against the University of Akron. First team running back Jordan Hall and cornerback Travis Howard, along with Corey Brown and Jordan Whiting, will be available to play this week against Toledo University. However, four other players, including wide receiver DeVier Posey, who were suspended after trading memoribilla for cash and tattoos, will remain suspended. The Buckeyes opened the season with a convincing 42-0 victory over Akron and will look for another win against Toledo.

Football drops first game

Travis Marmon

Sports Editor

9.9.11

Wooster’s football game against Baldwin-Wallace College last Thursday looked like the first game of the season in every way imaginable. Sloppy play (the teams combined for nine turnovers) and red zone miscues (the Scots failed to score during three appearances inside the 20-yard line) defined Wooster’s 23-0 loss in just the second night game ever at John P. Papp Stadium.

The Fighting Scots (0-1) put together a solid series midway through the first quarter, driving 74 yards in seven plays to put themselves in scoring position. However, the Yellow Jackets’ Corey Hildreth stripped quarterback Richard Barnes ’14 on the three-yard line and the fumble was recovered by his teammate, Derron Hamilton, at the one.

Baldwin-Wallace (1-0) quickly got out of the shadow of its own goalpost, advancing to its own 40-yard line before penalties put the team in a second-and-33 situation on its own 27-yard line.

The yardage posed no problem for the Yellow Jackets, as quarterback Ryan O’Rourke nailed Kevin Johnson for a 73-yard touchdown on the ensuing play to give Baldwin-Wallace a 7-0 lead.

On the following possession, Wooster fumbled in its own territory and Hamilton took the recovery to the 13-yard line. Seth Goodwin ’14 prevented the Yellow Jackets from taking a two-score lead by forcing and recovering a fumble on the one-yard line.

The fumble recovery appeared to give the Scots some momentum, as they put together a 13-play drive to Baldwin-Wallace’s 23-yard line. Unfortunately, Barnes was sacked on first down and fumbled. The ball was recovered by the Yellow Jackets’ John Harasyn and returned for a 68-yard touchdown to put Wooster down 14-0.

The Scots appeared ready to counter, putting together another sustained drive before Brett Thompson intercepted Barnes at the 19-yard line. Wooster’s defense forced a three-and-out and the offense followed up by driving deep into Baldwin-Wallace territory, but the Scots were denied on four consecutive plays inside the two-yard line and forced to give the ball up.

Brett Frongillo ’14 saw two series at quarterback early in the third quarter, completing three of six passes for 17 yards and rushing once for a six-yard gain, but both drives ended in punts. Baldwin-Wallace drove into the red zone midway through the quarter, but Nick Jacubec ’14 forced and recovered a fumble at Wooster’s seven-yard line.

This opportunity was quickly squandered when the Scots committed three holding penalties in four plays and Barnes was sacked in the endzone for a safety to give the Yellow Jackets a 16-0 lead. Baldwin-Wallace started in Wooster territory after the safety punt and scored on a 25-yard run by Willie Jackson to seal the game at 23-0.

Barnes finished the game completing 21 of 37 passes for 186 yards and two interceptions. He was sacked six times for 33 yards lost. Comparatively, Wooster only reached the quarterback once for a five-yard loss.

The team’s leading rusher was John Battaglia ’14, who had five carries for 57 yards. While the defense was able to force five fumbles and recover three of them, the Fighting Scots’ offense could not take advantage of any of the opportunities presented.

The Scots play their first NCAC game tomorrow at home against the Wabash College Little Giants (0-0) at 1 p.m. Wabash finished second in the conference last season with a 5-1 NCAC record. The Scots will try to get off to a strong start in conference play this season.