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Paul Smith’s Kate Roefs runs in a game against Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on October 10. (Business photo – Parker O’Brien)

When students at Paul Smith College weren’t in class this fall, many excelled in the field representing the Smitties.

Paul Smith’s student-athletes have won honors in no less than four college sports, both with their teams and individually. All three women’s teams led the fall season, winning all conference championships.

“The coaching staff have done an excellent job of keeping student-athletes engaged in training and preparing for athletic competition throughout the 2020-2021 school year, despite the pandemic and the near total absence. of competitions “ Paul Smith College athletic director Jim Tucker said in a statement. “This, combined with a very successful recruiting effort at all levels, has resulted in several very talented athletes on campus who want to excel and have a strong desire to win in their selected sports. “

The women’s soccer team went undefeated in the regular season before winning the Yankee Small College Conference tournament with a 1-0 victory over Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Grace Kronick had the only tally of the match, on a Hayleigh Gates setup. Abigail Cancilla won the YSCC Tournament Defensive Player title, while Kate Roefs and Brooke Kiefer both won YSCC Conference Honors.

In the conference semifinals, Roefs was unstoppable. She scored four goals, while Danielle Lockwood added another in a 5-0 win over the New Hampshire Technical Institute.

Paul Smith’s Steven Donnelly stands in goal during a game against Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on October 10 at Paul Smith’s College. (Business photo – Parker O’Brien)

Goalkeeper Anna Thrasher was named MVP of the YSCC Conference Tournament with 10 saves in the championship game. She has led the conference with just seven goals against this season.

The conference title earned the Bobcats an automatic bid for United States Collegiate Athletic Association nationals. Paul Smith’s coach Bailey Walton received the Coach of the Year award.

On the men’s side, goaltender Steven Donnelly and forward Marvis Nosa were part of the YSCC All-Conference team, while Zack Luzzi was named coach of the year. Paul Smith ended the season shutting out his last three opponents, including a 4-0 victory over conference leader Albany Pharmacy to conclude the regular season. Nosa scored three first-half goals to lead the Bobcats.

During the playoffs, the drama really started. Paul Smith opened the conference tournament with a 1-0 victory over NHTI, followed by a 2-1 decision over Albany Pharmacy in the conference semifinals in a contest that saw Donnelly prove his mettle.

In a thrilling conference championship game, Central Maine Community College took the 2-0 advantage before Nosa scored two quick goals to tie the game.

The game then moved into overtime, where Central Maine made the decision to take a penalty and advance to the USCAA National Tournament.

Honors from the YSCC also went to the Bobcats’ volleyball team, which won the regular and postseason titles, the latter occurring with losses to South Maine and the NHTI. In addition to receiving Player of the Week honors in September, Alli Cherry and Jordan Louis were placed on the all-conference roster, while Cherry was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Louis received the Player’s Award. offensive of the tournament.

The team secured an automatic bid for the USCAA National Tournament and placed in the top five in USCAA Division II volleyball all season.

Paul Smith’s runners made headlines this year, having reached the YSCC Cross Country Championships at Vermont Tech. Paul Smith entered the event after placing second, third and fourth at the fall invitations.

Freshman Jessie Church led from start to finish and won the YSCC 6K Women’s Championships (3.7 miles) in 27 minutes and 54 seconds. Three of his fellow Bobcats won honors at all conferences. Ellen Haas (29:16) took fourth place, followed by Melody Ascioti (29:37) in fifth and Ellie Judice (31:03) in seventh.

The women’s team won the event with 25 points, while Albany Pharmacy’s 31 finished second. Nine women of Paul Smith took part in the 6 km event. The team’s fifth scorer in that event was Michelle Martineau, who finished 18th.

Captain Zack Sprott-Scribner led the Bobcats to second in the men’s 8 km (4.9 mile) event. He took top honors in all conferences with a personal best of 31:38. Brady Miller (32:57) finished in ninth place, while John Thompson (34:10) took 11th place. Nathan Shader was the fourth Bobcat in the roster. He finished the race with a time of 35:39.

The men’s and women’s teams hope to finish in the top 10 at the USCAA National Cross Country Championships in Virginia Beach on Friday.

During the fall golf program, Paul Smith produced a pair of YSCC All-Conference selections. Sophomores Madison Bentley and Daniel Miner finished the season with the second and third lowest YSCC scoring averages, respectively.

The Bobcats were as dominant on the water as they were on land, winning both the New York State College Championships for bass fishing and the marathon canoe. The effort of the Bobcat fishermen included the tournament lunker, weighing over 7.5 pounds.

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