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Skelly named Player of the Week

Wooster defender George Skelly ’14 was named NCAC Player-of-the-Week in men’s soccer on Monday. Skelly scored the game-winning goal against Oberlin College on Saturday, giving the Scots their first NCAC victory in two years (woosterathletics.com)

NFL

No teams attend Owens’ workout

Free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens participated in a televised workout on Tuesday in an attempt to show NFL teams that he is recovered from his ACL tear and subsequent surgery. No teams attended the workout. The 37-year-old, donning a shirt that said “I am” on the front and “ready” on the back, ran routes and caught passes (ESPN).

NBA

More games canceled

Two weeks after NBA commissioner David Stern announced the cancellation of the league’s first two weeks of games, the New York Daily News reported that the league plans to cancel two more weeks as a result of the current lockout. Officials of the NBA Players Union were told that the players must commit to a 50-50 split of revenue before owners would agree to discuss the issue of the salary cap. Although the league could theoretically have a late-starting, shortened season, all signs point to the entire 2011-12 season being canceled as lockout negotiations continue to go nowhere (ESPN).

NCAA Football

West Virginia to join Big 12

West Virginia University was told on Tuesday that it will be accepted into the Big 12 conference, pending formal approval. It is believed that the University of Missouri will be leaving the conference for the SEC and that West Virginia will replace it. However, the acceptance of West Virginia does not depend on Missouri’s decision. West Virginia will be the fourth team to leave the Big East conference in recent memory. The University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University are moving to the ACC. Texas Christian University, which was supposed to join the Big East next fall, will instead join the Big 12 (ESPN).

 

WHAT GRINDS GOON’S GEARS, NFL quarterback disparity is hard to believe

WHAT GRINDS GOON’S GEARS

NFL quarterback disparity is hard to believe

Matt Magoon

An NFL quarterback is expected to lead his team to victory on a weekly basis. As the core player on the offensive side of the ball, this individual holds the team’s fate in his hands every snap.

This is why it is crucial for NFL teams to invest intelligently in their quarterbacks. When the first-string quarterback goes down, oftentimes teams suffer severe consequences

Although it was very difficult to choose a team that is facing quarterback adversity, I have decided to go out on a limb and say that the Indianapolis Colts are atrocious without Peyton Manning. In many ways it is embarrassing to see how much a team needs to rely on one individual player.

However, after watching last week’s performance against the New Orleans Saints, I felt as if I was watching a group of grown men play against a Pop Warner team.

Curtis Painter, the Colts’ quarterback, threw for 67 yards total and had a QB rating of 38.1. Without Peyton Manning in the lineup, players such as Reggie Wayne sit on the sideline with body language saying, “When is this misery going to end?”

Manning was one of the top quarterbacks in the league until he underwent stem cell treatment for a neck injury, which has sidelined him for the entire 2011 season thus far. Manning always compensated for the lack of defense the Colts possessed by continuously keeping the offense on the field and almost always putting points on the scoreboard.

On the other hand, Curtis Painter cannot even handle a snap on the first drive of the game. Painter scored more points last Sunday for the opposing team than he did for the Colts. Not to mention the mop that he has on top of his head.

It is amazing to me that one quarterback can be so much better than the other. Take Tom Brady and Matt Cassel for example. In 2008, Brady went down with a knee injury and Cassel stepped in with flying colors. Although he was not nearly the caliber of Brady, he was nowhere near the level of Painter.

Even though Painter is taking the hits in this column, he is not the only new starting quarterback that is not living up to expectations.

Christian Ponder and Blaine Gabbert, starters for the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars, respectively, are both suffering in their first years as starters, but not nearly as severely as Painter.

This is the era of the quarterback, so if the Colts want to turn this season around and maybe win a game or two, they are going to need a miracle because Painter is not going to get the job done.

 

Soccer teams up and down in tough conference matches

Soccer teams up and down in tough conference matches

Matt Magoon

Sports Editor

After several close losses, the men’s soccer team looked to top DePauw University on Oct. 15. At the time, DePauw was ranked No. 25 in the nation. The windy conditions proved to play a factor in the game on Carl Dale Memorial Field.

In the first half of play, DePauw jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal from the Tiger’s Sam Meyer who would also later score DePauw’s next goal in the second half. Unfortunately, DePauw capitalized on a penalty kick in order to put the Tigers out of reach. The Scots dropped to the Tigers with a final score of 4-1.

Five days later, the Scots traveled to Ohio Wesleyan University taking on the No. 6 team in the nation. The Battling Bishops proved to be too much for the Fighting Scots as they scored two goals in the first half. However, Jonathan Fox ’12 fought for a penalty kick opportunity that was stopped by the OWU goalkeeper. In the second half of play, the Ohio Wesleyan men continued their progress, tacking on four more goals despite the efforts of Taylor Takacs ’12, who tallied seven saves total in the game.

After six straight losses on the season, the Fighting Scots looked to rise from the hole that they had placed themselves in. With a home game against Oberlin, and with a decent crowd at hand, the men overcame adversity and topped the Yeomen.

Oberlin scored a fluke goal in the beginning of the game to put them on top 1-0. However, the Fighting Scots did not give up. Instead, they tallied their first goal in two games at the start of the second half.

This gave the momentum to the Scots, and also ignited defender George Skelly ’14’s first collegiate goal off of an assist from Noah Wagemann ’14.

The men have finally snapped their losing streak and look to finish out the season strong in their next two games away at Hiram and Wittenberg University.

On the other side of the ball, the Fighting Scots women’s soccer team played three games as well, starting Oct. 15 at Carl Dale Memorial Field against DePauw.

In the first half, DePauw jumped out to a 1-0 lead. However, early in the second half there was a plethora of scoring for both teams. Wooster put two goals past the Tiger’s keeper within three minutes of each other. Kelsey Peters ’12 and Mary Riney ’12 each scored their second goals of the year.

The Scots’ lead lasted for only 37 seconds when the Tigers scored another goal knotting the game at two. The game stayed this way through two overtimes, finishing in a tie.

On Oct. 19 the women traveled to Hiram University to take on the Terriers in search of a much-needed win. The Scots came out flying in the beginning of the game scoring two goals in the first 18 minutes, which proved to be enough for Wooster to fight for another conference win.

Carrying momentum into their next game against Ohio Wesleyan, Paige Piper ’13 scored in just the fourth minute of the opening half. However, OWU responded with a goal in the 23rd minute. These two goals proved to be it for the game that ended in a 1-1 tie.

The women will travel to Springfield, Ohio to take on arch rival Wittenberg University at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

 

 

Volleyball dominates home games against NCAC foes

Volleyball dominates home games against NCAC foes

Travis Marmon

Sports Editor

The Scots’ volleyball team went 4-0 on Oct. 15 and 16 as it hosted an NCAC Play Date against Oberlin College, Allegheny College, Denison University and Ohio Wesleyan University. None of their opponents won a single set in what was a truly dominating Wooster performance.

Oberlin (1-24, 1-13 NCAC) kept all three of its games close, but the Yeowomen fell short every time, 25-22, 25-22, 25-19. Wooster (19-8, 9-5) was led by 22 assists from Lizzie Beal ’12 and nine kills each from Paige Parker ’14 and Melissa Morgan ’13. Oberlin had a 6-2 lead in the second set, but it was quickly erased and the teams battled back and forth until the end.

Oberlin was led with 11 kills by Laura Jessee, 19 assists from Jenna Bange and 13 digs by Chinwe Okona.

Next was Allegheny (11-20, 4-10), which again kept the sweep close, losing 25-20, 25-23, 25-18. The Scots put up a .300 hitting percentage on the Gators, which was a season-high against conference opponents.

Allegheny’s Madie Hudac had 23 of her team’s 27 assists. Winnie Wong had 18 digs and Caitlin Rothman got 18 kills.

Beal had her second-highest number of assists on the season with 29. Parker, Morgan and Erica Skillman ’14 all reached double-digit kills with 12, 11 and 10, respectively, as Wooster finished the Saturday of competition with two victories.

Sunday matches began with Denison (10-15, 5-8), who did not put up nearly the fight of Oberlin or Allegheny. The Big Red opened the first set with an 8-5 lead, but ultimately lost 25-17, 25-13, 25-17. Denison hit a paltry .031 percentage (compared to Wooster’s .240). Beal and Autumn Berry ’14 combined for all 27 of the Scots’ assists while Morgan led the way with nine kills in a very even offensive effort for the Fighting Scots.

The weekend closed with a 25-12, 25-14, 25-12 stomping of Ohio Wesleyan (2-27, 1-13). The most danger the Battling Bishops posed was holding the Scots to a 14-11 lead in the first set. Devin Grandi ’13 then served seven consecutive points as Wooster went on an 11-1 run to close the set.

Beal and Berry had all 23 of the team’s assists and Morgan had eight kills in another all-around effort from the Scots’ attack.

Wooster’s winning streak came to an end on Saturday, however, as they hosted Hiram College (23-6, 11-2), who sit in second place in the conference.

The Terriers won in straight sets, 25-14, 25-21, 25-20, exacting revenge for their Sept. 25 loss to the Scots—the last time Hiram lost a match this season.

Hiram won the first set easily, but had trouble with the Scots later on, trailing 16-15 in the second set and 18-17 in the third. However, the Terriers pulled through in both games to complete their sweep of Wooster. Taylor Summerfield had a monstrous 33 assists to help her team earn the victory.

Wooster returns to action tonight in Timken Gymnasium against Ohio Wesleyan at 7 p.m. They will travel to Bluffton, Ohio tomorrow to take on Franklin College of Indiana (7-16) and Bluffton University (17-10).

Field hockey goes 1-for-3

Field hockey goes 1-for-3

Scots fall to Kenyon, DePauw; shut out Earlham

Ethan Flack

Sports Editor

The College of Wooster field hockey team went 1-2 in conference play over the past two weeks, dropping the Scots (7-9, 6-6 NCAC) into fourth place in the North Coast Athletic Conference standings.

Wooster faced off against Kenyon College on Oct. 11, falling to the Ladies (5-8, 5-4) 2-1. Kenyon opened the scoring 20 minutes into the game when Rachel Hall made her way through Wooster’s defense and found the back of the net on an unassisted goal.

The Scots quickly responded, as Clare Nelson-Johnson ’13 recorded her eighth goal of the season after receiving a pass from Brittany Braun ’13, knotting the score at one goal apiece.

The two rivals headed into the intermission tied, as the remaining part of the half saw little action. Then, just three minutes into the second-half, Kenyon scored what would be the final goal of the game.

The Ladies continued to exert offensive pressure and Kenyon registered 10 shots in the half, compared to Wooster’s two.

Limited offensive production hurt the Scots, with Kenyon outshooting Wooster 19-8 over the course of the game.

Looking to rebound from their loss, the Scots traveled to Earlham College. Wooster had beaten the Quakers (1-12, 0-10) earlier in the season and dominated this contest both offensively and defensively.

Wooster had no trouble creating scoring chances in this game, as it registered 16 shots on goal. While the Scots generated a huge number of scoring chances, finishing these chances proved a bit difficult.

However, Earlham’s Emma Treece turned in an outstanding performance and made 14 saves, stymieing the Scots’ offense on a number of occasions.

After a scoreless first-half, Nelson-Johnson struck two minutes after the intermission, giving Wooster a 1-0 lead. Laura German ’13 tacked on her third goal of the season, adding an insurance score fifteen minutes later.

While the Scots were clicking on the offensive side of the field, their defensive effort was just as impressive. Wooster prevented Earlham from recording any shots all game, with Madalyn Myers ’12 recording her second shutout of the year in goal.

After this convincing win, Wooster attempted to avenge an earlier loss to DePauw University. The Tigers (12-1, 9-0) are a new addition the NCAC this year and have gone unbeaten thus far.

DePauw wasted little time asserting itself, scoring two minutes into the match. The Tigers found the back of the net two more times in the half, heading into the intermission with a commanding 3-0 lead.

The Scots were unable to overcome this deficit and allowed a final goal five minutes into the second-half, eventually losing 4-0. Limited offensive production again hurt Wooster, which only had three shots in the game.

Myers started the game in goal, making four saves and allowing three goals before being relieved by Liz Plumley ’13, who made three saves while surrendering a single goal.

Wooster has two big games this week against Oberlin College (6-11, 3-10 NCAC) and Wittenberg University (9-7, 7-5 NCAC). as the team attempts to make the NCAC tournament.

 

Football drops two more

Football drops two more

Travis Marmon

Sports Editor

The Wooster football team continued its losing skid over the past two weeks, falling on the road to Washington University of St. Louis on Oct. 15 and losing their final home game against Case Western Reserve University last Saturday.

The Scots (2-5, 1-2 NCAC) put forth a valiant effort in both games only to come up short. Against Washington-St. Louis (3-3), Wooster found itself trailing 17-0 in the first quarter. After the Bears kicked a field goal to open up the scoring, Jordan McIntyre ’13 fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, and the ball was scooped up and returned for a touchdown by Washington to make it 10-0.

Washington forced another McIntyre fumble on the next offensive series, which led to another touchdown for the Bears.

In the second quarter, McIntyre made up for his earlier errors by hauling in a pass from Brett Frongillo ’14 and taking it 64 yards to Washington’s one-yard line. Frongillo punched it in on the next play to narrow the gap to 17-7. Nick Jacubec ’14 intercepted a pass on the following drive, but the Scots were unable to capitalize.

Wooster stopped the Bears on fourth down from the Scots’ 46-yard line with two minutes left in the first half. Frongillo then connected on a 54-yard touchdown pass to Zack Weidrick ’13 to make it 17-14.

Both teams were scoreless in the third quarter, but the Bears opened the final period on Wooster’s one-yard line and Trevor LaBarge ran the ball in to increase their lead to 24-14.

The Scots countered with an 83-yard drive culminating in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Frongillo to Cameron Daniels ’12. The extra point was blocked, however, keeping Wooster down 24-20 and ensuring that they needed to score another touchdown rather than tie the game with a field goal.

The Scots forced a punt on Wahington’s next drive, but it was downed at the one-yard line. Wooster managed to get out to its own 40-yard line, but Frongillo’s fourth-down pass was broken up and the Bears ran the clock down for a victory.

Wooster had a similarly tight battle at John P. Papp Stadium against Case Western Reserve (6-1), in a game that eventually went into overtime. This time, however, the Scots were the ones struggling to maintain a lead.

Wooster began the scoring with six minutes left in the first quarter, as Frongillo completed a 13-yard pass to Daniels for a touchdown to give the Scots a 7-0 lead early. The Spartans appeared ready to answer, driving down Wooster’s 25-yard line before Brandon James ’15 intercepted a pass in the endzone.

The Scots’ good fortunes were short-lived, as the very first pass of their ensuing drive was picked off by Jacob Adams and returned for a game-tying touchdown.

Wooster recovered with a 12-play, 60-yard drive. Frongillo scored on a one-yard rush to make the game 14-7. The defenses dominated for the rest of the first half, and the score remained the same going into the break.

Case Western began the second half with a methodical 14-play, 70-yard drive that was capped with a five-yard rushing touchdown from quarterback Erik Olson, tying the game at 14.

The Scots went three-and-out on their next drive, and the Spartans went on to drive 72 yards without facing a third down. Olson completed a three-yard touchdown pass to Steven Magister to give Case Western its first lead, 21-14.

Wooster was able to tie the game back up with less than nine minutes left in regulation when Frongillo ran for a 23-yard touchdown on third-and-3.

Each team had the opportunity to kick a game-winning field goal late in the fourth quarter, but both failed.

The Spartans’ Daniel Vasil missed a 37-yarder wide left with just over a minute to play, and Dana Obery ’13 hooked left on a 43-yarder with 20 seconds to go, ending regulation tied at 21.

The Scots had the first possession of overtime, and looked ready to score after Daniels received a pass at the two-yard line. Unfortunately, Case Western forced a fumble from Frongillo on the next play and recovered it. Vasil won the game on the Spartans’ possession with a 31-yard field goal to make it 24-21.

Wooster will travel to Hiram, Ohio tomorrow to take on Hiram College (1-6, 1-2 NCAC) at 7 p.m.