September 24, 2012

Weekly Athletics Release Five – Monday, September 24, 2012

Women’s Cross Country

Last week: Montevallo Falcon Classic – 6th Place

Next Meet: JSU Foothill Invitational (Oxford, Ala. – 10/5)

The North Georgia College & State University women's cross country team finished sixth as a team Saturday morning in their first 6K of the season at the University of Montevallo's Falcon Classic.

Emily Beusse recorded her fourth top-10 of the season as she finished sixth overall in a time of 23:41.

Emily Roemer was second on the team with a time of 25:51. 

Meagan Anstett (26:16), Sallie Davis (26:20), Dottie Kellogg (26:54), Karley Barcus (27:07) and Alexia Miller (27:59) rounded out the scoring seven for the Saints.

Montevallo's Haley Evans claimed the individual crown in the 6K in a time of 23:20.72.

Clayton State won the team title with Columbus State second and the Falcons in third.

North Georgia will get a week off before next competing in the Jacksonville State University Foothill Invitational on Friday, Oct. 5 in Oxford, Ala.

Men’s Golf

Last week: USCA/Kiawah Island Intercollegiate – 10th Place

Next Tournament: USCMyrtle Beach Intercollegiate (Myrtle Beach, S.C. – 10/1-2)

The North Georgia men’s golf team finished 10th out of 19 teams at the Ninth-Annual USCA/Kiawah Island Intercollegiate last week down in Kiawah Island, S.C. The team played at the Cougar Point Golf Club and finished with a team-score of 603.

Peach Belt Conference foe and tournament host the University of South Carolina Aiken claimed the team title with an even-par 576 while Armstrong Atlantic State’s Shad Tuten won the individual title. 

Sophomore Will Bracket led the way for the Saints in the two-day, 72 par tourament with a combined 147 (71, 76). The score placed him in a tie for 19th overall in the field while teammate Zach Caldwell carded a 148 (75, 73) to finish 23rd overall.

The North Georgia men will return to the Palmetto State next week for the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate held at the Sea Trail Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The tournament will run from Monday, Oct. 1 through Tuesday, Oct. 2. 

Women’s Golf

Last week: Montevallo/Full Moon BBQ Invitational – 5th Place

This week: Lander Lady Bearcat Invitational (Hilton Head, S.C. – 9/29-30) 

The women’s golf team, led by senior Catalina Olarte and junior Casey Truelove, finished their second tournament of the year with a fifth-place finish in the Montevallo/Full Moon BBQ Invitational. The Saints carded a team score of 639.

Lander University claimed the team crown in the tournament with 610 to give them a four-stroke lead over Columbus State. The Cougars’ Kimesha Anthony won the individual crown.

Olarte  finished the tournament with a total stroke count of 154 (75, 79) to place her sixth overall while Truelove posted a pair of 80’s to leave her tied for 15th with a 160. Abbey Gill finished in a tie for 19th with a two-round score of 161.

The women will be back out on the links this Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30. The Saints will be competing in the Lander Lady Bearcat Invitational held at the Old South Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C.

Mixed Rifle

Last week: Columbus State & Alabama Birmingham – 2nd Place

This week: Home – SEARC 1 (9/22-23)

The North Georgia College & State University mixed rifle team opened their NCAA rifle season this past weekend in Fort Benning, Ga. competing with nationally-ranked 16th Columbus State University and the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The team finished second behind CSU. 

Led by freshman Casadie Bragg, the team set a new school record (2158) in the three-stance smallbore event. Bragg claimed the event with a solid 560 out of a possible 600.

Columbus State’s Abbey Casey claimed the air rifle portion of the match with a strong 583 out of 600. Bragg once again led the Saints in the event with a fifth-place finish.

The Saints broke four of the school’s six records in the match.

North Georgia will return to action this coming weekend, Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30 as they host the season-opening air rifle tournament for the Southeastern Rifle Conference (SEARC) in the Colonel Hamilton range, on campus at the far (east) end of the Military Leadership Center, right across from Dairy Queen. At this tournament, Coach Kostecki makes her debut as the new Conference Director.

The events will be the first home matches on the new electronic scoring target system installed over the summer. Similar to targets used in the Olympics, and by most major collegiate teams, shots are scored instantly and displayed on the shooter's individual display screen. Larger spectator screens above each shooter allow spectators to see the shots and scores. A large screen in the range lobby allows spectators to see the targets and live rankings.

Matches start at 8:00 a.m. both days and spectators are welcome all day. Come see the Saints in action and see their upgraded range and targets.

Men’s Soccer (3-3, 0-1 PBC)

Last week (1-0): at Lees-McRae (W, 2-1 OT)

This week: Away vs. Anderson (9/26 – 4:00 p.m.)

                   Home vs. Francis Marion (9/29 – 2:00 p.m.)

The men's soccer team overcame a late 1-0 deficit last week, bouncing back to defeat the Bobcats of Lees-McRae College 2-1 in overtime in their only game of the week.

With just 17 seconds remaining in the second period, Chris Bishop was able to knot the score at 1-1 off a cross from Amin El-Shami to send the game into overtime. 

It took just seven more minutes of action for North Georgia's Jamie Gleeson to find the game-winner as he headed the ball into the net off a cross feed by Juan Hurtado .

The Saints will will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 26, hitting the road to play South Atlantic Conference foe Anderson University at 4:00 p.m. The men will then return home for their next Peach Belt Conference game on Saturday, Sept. 29. North Georgia will be taking on the Patriots of Francis Marion University in a 2:00 p.m. match at the North Georgia Soccer Field to kick off a two-game homestand.

Women’s Soccer (7-1, 1-1 PBC – 5th in Nation by NSCAA)

Last week (0-1): vs. Georgia College (L, 3-2)

This week: Home vs. Pfeiffer (9/26 – 4:00 p.m.)

                   Away vs. #15 Armstrong Atlantic (9/29 – 1:00 p.m., PBC game)

The North Georgia College & State University women's soccer team ascended to new heights last week as the Saints were ranked fifth-nationally by the National Soccer Coaches of America Association (NSCAA)/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Women's National Poll.

The ranking of fifth sets a new program record in the NCAA Division II era for North Georgia. The 2011 Saints were ranked as high as 10th-nationally.

The Saints were also ranked first in the Southeast Region as they took advantage of the misfortune of several other teams in last week's top-10 including Peach Belt Conference rival No. 4 Columbus State University falling to then No. 24 Armstrong Atlantic State University 1-0. Columbus State fell to 18th-nationally this week while the Pirates of Armstrong Atlantic moved up to 15th.

Later in the week, PBC foe Georgia College dealt the Saints their first loss of the season. The Bobcats’ Ashley Veilleux recorded a hat trick in the event as Georgia College led 2-0 heading into half time.

Following the intermission, the Saints went on a tear, scoring two goals in the span of seven minutes. Cicely Taliaferro netted the first goal just 43 seconds in the the second stanza before Abby Trevino scored the second goal seven minutes later. But it would not be enough despite the Saints out-shooting the Bobcats 32-14.

North Georgia will play one more home game to cap off their three-game homestand. The Saints will welcome out of conference foe Pfeiffer University to the North Georgia Soccer Field on Wednesday, Sept. 26 for a 4:00 p.m. match.

Following the home game, the women’s soccer team will travel to Savannah, Ga. to take on 15th-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State in a top-20 showdown. The game on Saturday, Sept. 29 will start at 1:00 p.m.

Tennis

Last week: Competed in the ITA Southeast Regional Championships

The men’s and women’s tennis teams competed in their second tournament of the early season this past weekend, participating in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southeast Regional Championships. Both teams played some of the toughest competition they will face all season as the best of the region were in action Friday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 23.

The men claimed three victories on Friday including one doubles by Mateus Camasmie and Felipe Friedrich to advance out of the Men’s A Doubles “Round of 64.” 

Also on the men’s side, Matheus Guida claimed two wins on Friday to advance into the Men’s A Singles “Round of 32.”

On Saturday, Camasmie and Friedrich were at it again, this time defeated the eighth-seeded duo of Marco Almorin and Olivier Simonet from Columbus State 8-3.

Rodrigo Magan claimed a 0-6, 6-3, 1-0 (6) win in the Men’s A Single Consolation “Third Round” over Columbus State’s Adi Malicbegovic while Friedrich defeated USC Aiken’s Andey Quirk 6-1, 6-3 in the same round.

On the women’s side, Cameron Williams went on to win the Women’s A Singles finals of the back draw after falling to top-seeded Paola Cigui in the main draw’s first round. Teammate Natalia Escobar made it to the quarterfinals of the backdraw.

Adalyn Hazelman defeated Lander University’s Mello Renata 6-2, 7-6 to advance into the Round of 16 and went on to the semifinal round of the Women’s B Singles backdraw. 

In Women’s B Doubles action, Escobar and Nela Handac defeated Limestone College’s Julia Moreira and Ariel Svantesson 8-3 to advance out of the quarterfinals.

Softball 

The North Georgia softball team will start their fall schedule this weekend with a pair of “Black and Blue” intrasquad games. The first will be Friday, Sept. 28 at 4:00 p.m. and the second will be Sunday, Sept. 30 at 3:00 p.m. Parents and fans are welcome to attend to see the Saints in action.

The Saints full fall schedule can be found online under the schedule tab.