GCC Athletics Update: Fobbs Signs with D-I Towson/Women’s Lacrosse National Player of the Week

Written by on April 13, 2018

Brian Fobbs (center) officially signs with D-I Towson April 12

Press Release:

NJCAA All-American Fobbs Signs with D-I Towson

Recently named First Team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II All-American, Genesee Community College men’s basketball player Brian Fobbs will be taking up residence in Towson, Md. next season to continue his collegiate basketball career at the division-one level.

The Towson University men’s basketball team announced the signing of Fobbs to a National Letter of Intent today, April 12.

A 6-foot-5 guard, Fobbs recently completed an outstanding two-year career at GCC. He was named the NJCAA Region-III Player of the Year and led the region in points-per-game (26.4) and rebounds-per-game (12.7).

“He’s a big time shooter and scorer who is efficient and productive,” Towson head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry said of Fobbs.

“He’s also versatile and physical. He is a guy (assistant coach Kevin) Clark identified and we quickly got him to campus. Brian is also an excellent rebounder with a great work ethic. His shooting percentages from the field from three-point land and the free-throw line were all outstanding this year. On top of that, he is great kid and excited to join our program.”

In helping Genesee Community College win 19 games and advance to the Region III semifinals, Fobbs shot 57.2 percent from the field and made 71 three-pointers. He scored 30 or more points nine times, including a single-game program record of 46 points. Fobbs also had 16 games of at least 20 or more points, and ended his two years with the Cougars with 1,306 points – which is fourth all-time in program history.

Cougars’ head men’s basketball coach Terry George had nothing but praise for his top player this season, “Brian had a tremendous season! From the first game of the season until the last possession of the year, ‘B.Fobbs’ dominated this level like only a handful of players to ever put on the Genesee uniform. He put in all the necessary work to accomplish most of his goals at GCC and deserves everything that comes his way!”

Fobbs joins a winning Tigers program that competes in the Colonial Athletic Association and plays out of SECU Arena.

Rachel Ladd (Mexico, NY) and Jason Chiodo (Hamburg, NY)
Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced

The Genesee Community College’s athletes of the week for the period ending April 8 are Rachel Ladd (Mexico, NY) from the women’s lacrosse team and Jason Chiodo (Hamburg, NY) from the men’s lacrosse team as both teams played national-ranked competition last week.

Ladd scored five points last week in a pair of games to lead the women’s lacrosse team. Her first goal of the week came against No. 3 Onondaga from free position and it was also the team’s first goal that helped build momentum as the team added more tallies after she broke the ice for her team. In her second outing of the week Ladd scored the hat trick and added an assist in bringing the team’s overall record back to .500. The freshman also recorded eight groundballs, eight draw controls and had 10 shots on net for the Cougars.

Chiodo scored a dozen points in a pair of men’s lacrosse wins for No. 3 Genesee last week. He single-handedly was responsible for moving the Cougars to No. 3 in the national polls after being- in on seven Cougar goals on then-No. 3 Howard, who only scored six in the loss to Genesee. The freshman attackman led his team in goals in each game last week with 10 total and five in each game, and also led his team in shots and shots on net with 21 and 16, respectively. He also scored both game-winning goals and recorded three groundballs.

No. 3 Men’s Lacrosse Team Sting Hornets 24-4

The Genesee Community College men’s lacrosse team continued its momentum and played its first game as the nation’s third-best team following the release of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Men’s Lacrosse Poll earlier this week by traveling to Binghamton with a matchup against SUNY Broome.

More than a dozen players found the score sheet with nine players registering multi-goal performances in a 24-4 win over the Hornets April 11.

Jordan Brennan led all scorers with seven points and co-led the team in goals with four and assists with three.

Joshua Shields matched Brennan’s goal total with four of his own, while Kevin McParlene equaled Brennan’s assist total with three.

Both Andrew Forte and Brad Hejmanowski went 10-for-15 in faceoffs in leading the way with a team total of 21-of-32 on the day.

Genesee also collectively recorded 11 saves through four goalies, with each getting in an entire quarter of game time that included Garrett Lazore, Max Henchbarger, Lincoln Potter and Troi Benedict.

In addition to Brennan and Shields, the other multi-goal scorers included McParlene, Jason Chiodo, Samuel Koczwara, Alex Mack, Forte and Patrick Bilbrey, with each netting a pair and the latter recording the official game-winning goal. Joining that list with three goals was Evan Hollfelder, who was just one assist off the team-lead for the contest with a pair of helpers.

The Cougars also had 10 multi-point performances. After Brennan’s seven, Hollfelder and McParlene each had five with Shields adding four points – with all four coming from goals.

Chiodo notched three points; while Koczwara, Bilbrey and Michael Trimper each notched a pair of points in the win. Single-point games came from Josh Bernas, Henry Reber and Tyler Thompson, with the trio adding one helper apiece.

Softball Team faces Tough Division-II Opponent

The Genesee Community College softball team concluded weekday play for this week, but will return with action this weekend after hosting National Junior College Athletic Association Division-II Mercyhurst April 11.

Although the Cougars dropped both games there were some bright spots as the team finally played their first games of the season against Region-III opponents after nearly a month layoff after the team’s return from South Carolina.

The team needed a day to get back in the swing of things after a pair of road losses to Onondaga Community College the previous day.

The Cougars got off to a good start against D-II Mercyhurst by shutting them down in the first inning and then taking the lead in the bottom of the same inning. The Cougars ultimately bowed 15-4 in the first game of the home-opening doubleheader in some wintry conditions.

Shiori Ubukata led the Cougars by going 3-for-4 at the plate, with a solid performance also coming from Jackie Guzdek, who was 2-for-3.

In the second game, again it was Ubukata who energized the Cougars with a first-inning run and although the Cougars lost 14-2 the brightest spot may have come from the mound. Sam Tatarski was solid with most of Mercyhurt’s runs coming unearned.

Against Onondaga, the Cougars built some nice momentum in the second game of the doubleheader from the get-go after Tatarski homered. That was followed up by a Ubukata double with her also crossing the plate for a run after Guzdek successfully bunted-in a run and was also safe at first.

Defensively, the game was highlighted by a pair of double plays that came from Ubukata and Guzdek.

Genesee had some strong bats in the second Onondaga game with Ubukata again going 3-for-4 and a pair of hits each coming from Kennedy Lampert and Katie Haefele. Single hits came off the bats of Mikayla Bush, Maki Iwami and Britni Way.

Bri Heers had a pair of goals and three points for the Cougars against ECC April 11
Cougars Close to Unseating Kats in Women’s Lacrosse

The Genesee Community College women’s lacrosse team deserved better than an 8-6 loss to visiting Erie Community College April 12.

The Cougars took a late 4-2 lead in the first half and peppered the Erie goalie with almost twice as many shots as Erie could muster on Genesee. After dropping a pair of games to Erie last season by a dozen or more goals in each contest, the Cougars appear to be on the cusp of finally overtaking the Kats in the very near future via the play and result of Wednesday’s contest.

Bri Heers was in on half the Cougars’ offense with three points from a pair of goals and an assist. Current GCC Female Athlete of the Week Rachel Ladd also had a multi-point performance with a goal and assist, while Leah Herman, Kali Wright and Ashley Barclay all adding goals.

Jenna Lewis and Katline Cartwright also had helpers with the latter registering a team-high six shots for the contest.

Ladd recorded a team-high nine groundballs and four other Cougars registered three groundballs apiece that included Allison Duhow, Herman, Wright and current National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week Molly Barden.

Paige Biggins and Julie Kommer each added a pair of groundballs, while Sara Zakes recorded eight saves.

Barden Becomes First-Ever Cougar to Win NJCAA Women’s Lacrosse National Player of the Week

The National Junior College Athletic Association named Genesee Community College’s Molly Barden as its women’s national player of the week April 11.
Barden becomes the first Cougar ever to win the distinction as she scored 11 points in a pair of women’s lacrosse games last week while leading her team in goals, groundballs, shots and shots on net in each contest.
Of the two games, her most productive was a six-goal outing in a Region-III matchup against Mohawk Valley.
For the week she ended up with seven goals and four assists with 18 shots and 12 shots on net. In addition, she scooped up 14 groundballs with five coming against No. 3 Onondaga and nine against the Hawks.

Link to award: http://www.njcaa.org/sports/wlax/2017-18/releases/-4-11-18-_WLAX_POTW_-_Week_4

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

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