GCC Athletics Update
Written by WBTA STAFF on March 19, 2018
Cougars’ goal keeper Garrett Lazore (center) recorded a dozen saves against No. 2 Nassau CC March 17
No. 4 Cougars Finish Strong against No. 2 Lions in Men’s Lacrosse Home Opener
Certainly if there was a ‘Game of the Week’ in the early National Junior College Athletic Association men’s lacrosse season, it came March 17 with the second-ranked Nassau Community College Lions versus the fourth-ranked Genesee Community College Cougars.
The early season matchup between two of the top-four teams in the nation ended with the visiting Lions taking the contest 13-6, but not before the Cougars came on strong in the end.
From the middle of the third quarter to the end of the game, the teams looked like either could have come away with the win as both teams evenly split the game’s last 10 goals with five apiece.
The late Genesee rally began and ended with Kevin McParlene, who not only netted three of those five goals but also ended a scoring drought that saw the Cougars go without a tally for more than a quarter-and-a-half.
McParlene scored his team’s second goal just past midway in the third and then added a pair of goals in the game’s final five minutes.
Four other Cougars recorded multi-point games. Jason Chiodo got Genesee’s opening goal late in the first quarter that left the Cougars trailing by just a pair after the opening quarter.
Evan Hollfelder and Jordan Brennan sandwiched goals in the third quarter between McParlene’s three tallies to bring Genesee’s deficit to 9-4 late in the third.
Chiodo, Hollfelder all added assists, while Brennan registered a pair of helpers in joining McParlene for multi-point performances.
Garrett Lazore made a dozen saves from 25 shots on net. Genesee will next host fellow Region-III opponent Hudson Valley Community College March 21 with a 4 p.m. start.
The Genesee Community College baseball team poses for a team photo before departing South Carolina
Cougar Baseball Team Sweeps Opponents on Final Day in South Carolina
The Genesee Community College baseball team left South Carolina with a three-game winning streak after winning both games March 16 that left the team almost as hot as the weather in taking five of its last six contests down south.
The Cougars started the day with a 7-4 win over Westmoreland County Community College and ended play with a 4-0 shutout win over Nassau Community College.
In the morning game against Westmoreland, Zachery Zinck recorded his first win from the mound in allowing five hits with four strikeouts while going nearly six innings. Colin Noeth was also solid in allowing a single hit and run in relief.
Junior King was the most productive Cougar from the plate belting a home run and a double with a pair of RBI. Jacob MacLeod also had a pair of RBI to go with a double.
Bryant Fontanez, Jayson Libert and Edgardo Jurado all plated singles with the latter two bringing home runs.
Base stealing also picked up for Genesee with three collectively by MacLeod, King and Andrew Shapiro.
In the afternoon contest, Tyler Prospero was an out shy of six innings of work but kept the Region XV team at bay with no runs in only allowing three hits. Shapiro was perfect in relief in allowing no hits or runs, while the Cougar offense registered 10 hits.
Genesee had three players with a pair of hits each with all plating at least one for extra bases. Of the three, Noeth and Shannon Folkes both stroked doubles with the latter recording a RBI, while Justin Baly hit a triple.
Jayson Libert recorded just one hit, but it scored a pair of runs and Fontanez also brought in a runner with a single of his own.
Harrison Lourens and King rounded out Genesee’s hitters.
The Cougars’ three-game win streak began the night before with a 5-4 win against National Junior College Athletic Association Division-I Chesapeake College, who entered the contest against Genesee with only a pair of losses on the season.
The five Cougar wins in its last six contests gave the team the highest win total of any NJCAA Region-III team in being the hottest team in the region as conference play begins in April after a pair of road games against NJCAA D-II Monroe Community College on March 22.
Softball Team Returns from South Carolina
The Genesee Community College softball team faced some of the toughest competition it may face all season during its trip down south, and after seven contests in South Carolina the team will now have a few weeks to prepare against Region-III competition beginning in April.
On their final day in South Carolina the team started the day with a tough loss to Joliet Junior College 2-0 March 15. While the Cougars were only out-hit by a 4-3 total, it was the extra base hits Joliet plated that ultimately decided the morning contest.
Sam Tatarski tossed a solid game in only allowing four hits and a single earned run in facing 25 batters with a pair of strikeouts.
Cougars hitters against Joliet included Nicole Cooper, Britni Way and Becca Meyers.
Genesee officially ended its southern play on a high note against Rend Lake. In the team’s final inning they matched a season-high for runs with a pair that also led to another season-high for runs in a game at three.
Heading into the bottom of the final inning, the Cougars trailed by just a pair of runs at 5-3 with hits coming from Jackie Guzdek, Mikayla Bush, Shiori Ubukata and Kennedy Lampert. The latter two along with Tatarski also each recorded a RBI in the 11-3 loss.
The Cougars next take the field for their home-opener April 3 in a doubleheader against Finger Lakes Community College starting at 3 p.m.
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