November 5, 2012

Weekly Athletics Release 11 – Monday, November 5, 2012

SAAC Selling Wristbands for Make-A-Wish 

For two years in a row the North Georgia College & State University Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has led all of NCAA Division II in raising money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. The organization, made up of leaders from each intercollegiate sport at North Georgia, is hoping to continue that trend during the 2012-13 year.

The Saints are selling black and blue wristbands for $2 per band to help raise money and 100% of the proceeds will go to Make-A-Wish.

“We are hoping to build a sense of community with these bands,” said Senior Woman Administrator Tiffany Bryson. “When you see a yellow band, you think of ‘Livestrong’ and when you see pink you think of breast cancer awareness. When people see the black and blue wristbands, we want them to immediately think ‘Make-A-Wish’ and also North Georgia athletics. It’s a great way to show both school spirit and support for a wonderful organization.”

Bands can be purchased from any member of North Georgia’s SAAC. A list of those representatives can be found here.


Women’s Cross Country

Last Meet: at NCAA Southeast Region Championships (13th Place) 

The North Georgia College & State University women's cross country team wrapped up their 2012 campaign this past Saturday morning at the 2012 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championships hosted by Wingate University at McAlpine Creek Park. The Saints had a very strong showing, coming home 13th out of 27 competing teams in the 6,000 meter race.

Peach Belt Conference schools swept the top three team positions and also took six of the top-10 led by Columbus State University with 87 points. The Cougars took home the team crown by 12 points over second-place Clayton State University and 18 points over third-place the University of North Carolina Pembroke.

The University of Montevallo, which finished sixth as a team, had the overall individual winner as senior Kaley Glover finished in a time of 22:40.4. Her time was 14 seconds quicker than her nearest competitor.

The Saints were led by junior Emily Beusse who came home 31st overall in a time of 23:51.0. 

Behind Beusse, five runners for North Georgia improved their 6K race times. Emily Roemer came home second on the team with a time of 25:03.0, improving by nearly 11 seconds from when the Saints last raced two weeks ago.

Meagan Anstett finished just two seconds behind Roemer in a time of 25:04.6 as she knocked off 25 seconds from her time in the PBC Cross Country Championships two weeks ago.

Sallie Davis knocked off five seconds from her time as she was the fourth runner across the line for North Georgia in a time of 25:30.2 and Nicole Shine shaved 16 seconds off her time in the 6K, coming home in 26:27.9.

Karley Barcus finished sixth on the team with a time of 27:18.9 and Alexia Miller was the final Saint across, but did so after knocking 46 seconds off her last race time. 


Men’s Golf

Last Tournament: at Matt Dyas Memorial (Third Place)

The North Georgia College & State University men's golf team wrapped up the fall portion of their 2012-13 season Tuesday with a strong third place finish in the Matt Dyas Invitational hosted by the University of West Georgia at the Oak Mountain Golf Club.

The Saints finished with a team stroke count of 928, 22 strokes behind winner Clayton State University and 16 back from West Georgia in second. 

Sophomore Aaron George finished the tournament in a tie for third after entering the final round in the lead. He carded an 81 in Tuesday's round to give him a 226 for the three rounds.

Zach Caldwell carded the team's best score of the day with a 78 to finish with a 231 in a tie for 11th, just two strokes ahead of Will McFarlin who carded a 79 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 13th with a 233.

Grant Rish and Will Brackett rounded out the scoring for the Saints with a 240 and 246 respecitvely. Rish finished in a tie for 28th while Brackett ended his time in the invitational in 40th.


Mixed Rifle

This Week: SEARC 3 at The Citadel (11/10-11 – All Day)

The North Georgia College & State University mixed rifle team took last weekend off and return to action in a Southeastern Rifle Conference (SEARC) tournament hosted at The Citadel on Saturday, Nov. 10 for air rifle and Sunday, Nov. 11 for smallbore.


Men’s Soccer (7-7-2)

Last week (0-1): 10/30 at No. 21 Flagler College (L, 1-2)

The 2012 season came to an end for the North Georgia College & State University men's soccer team last Tuesday night as No. 21 Flagler defeated North Georgia 2-1 in the pair's Peach Belt Conference Touranment Quarterfinal match at Saints Field in St. Augustine, Fla.

Flagler, which out-shot North Georgia 21-6 in the match, edged out to an early 1-0 lead in the 16th minute when Eriend Lofsgaardscored off an assist from Johny Cosgrove.

North Georgia may have been out-shot 10-3 in the first period, but all three of the Saints' shots were on-goal. Manuel Hernandez scored the equalizer for North Georgia in the 22nd minute off a pass from Amin El-Shami.

The two teams entered halftime still tied at one-all, and remained dead locked until 10 minutes left in the match. In the 80th minute, Kevin Keenan gave the nationally-ranked home Saints the eventual win with a header off a free kick from Cosgrove. 

Despite giving up the pair of goals, Kristopher Alonzo made eight saves in the match while Camp Bissell made three for nationally-ranked Flagler.

Alonzo picked up a pair of awards this past week as he was tabbed a member of the Peach Belt Conference’s All-Conference Second Team and was voted to the PBC Tournament’s All-Tournament team. Teammate Gustavo Cunha was named to the All-PBC First Team.


Women’s Soccer (14-4-2)

Last week (1-1): vs. Clayton State (W, 4-2); vs. No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic (L, 1-2)

The North Georgia College & State University women's soccer team went 1-1 in the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Soccer Championships as they defeated fifth-seeded Clayton State University 4-2 at home on Tuesday before falling 2-1 to No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic State University on Friday, Nov. 2 in Augusta, Ga.

In the Armstrong game, the Saints had the Pirates down 1-0 with just six minutes remaining in regulation, before Armstrong finally woke up.

Sophia Matonak broke a 0-0 tie in the 57th minute with her seventh goal of the season off an assist by Abby Trevino. The Saints, who were out-shot in the first half 7-5, were able to control much of the second half of play before the Pirates' attack really came to life.

In the 84th minute, Emily Cattanach gave Armstrong its new life as she scored off a penalty kick thanks to a handball in the box.

From there, nationally-ranked Armstrong found new life and quickly scored again in the 85th minute as Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year and Gold Ball winner Morgan Mitchell scored the game-winner off a volley from Danielle Fey's corner kick.

North Georgia struggled to regain momentum in the closing minutes, but any attempt to make a comeback fell short.

The Pirates ended the contest with a 12-10 advantage in shots and a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Kelly Penston and Cicely Taliaferro were named to the Peach Belt All-Conference teams at a ceremony held Friday morning while Taylor Lee and Kayla Croom learned the day before that they were named to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 Women’s Soccer team. Lee and Penston were also named to the PBC All-Tournament team following Sunday’s championship game. 

The Saints, who entered the weekend fifth in the Southeast Region, will now have to wait until Monday's NCAA Division II selection show to know if they will play in the NCAA Division II Tournament. The selection show will air at 7:00 p.m. on The Saints are hoping to advance to the “Big Dance” for the second time in as many years as the top six teams in the region advance.