ICQ 2003/4



Fall Sports Highlights

The season yielded many team championships and individual honors.

by Mike Warwick

There was plenty to celebrate, with team titles in six sports plus personal honors for many players.

Men's Cross-Country

The Bombers posted their fourth straight top-three showing at the New York State Collegiate Track Conference Championship. Senior Michael Styczynski finished as state runner-up; he placed fourth or better at the state meet all four years. The team was also declared Empire 8 champion, taking all three conference awards: Styczynski, athlete of the year; freshman Pat McGreal, rookie of the year; and Jim Nichols, coach of the year. Styczynski qualified for the NCAA championships and earned all-American honors.

Women's Cross-Country

The Bombers won their third NYSCTC title in four years, and senior Amanda Laytham won her second NYSCTC championship. The Bombers won the Empire 8 championship and swept the conference awards: Laytham, athlete of the year; freshman Rachel Blasiak, rookie of the year; and Bill Ware, coach of the year. The Bombers qualified for their 13th -- and 4th consecutive -- trip to the NCAA championships with a second-place showing at the Atlantic region championships.

Field Hockey

Ithaca won the Empire 8 championships, and eight team members were named to the conference all-star team: junior midfielder Brooke Aldrich and senior back Tamara Payn, first team; junior back Joy Bostrom, sophomore midfielder Kelly Palmer, and sophomore forward Natasha Snowden, second team; and junior forward Sarah Gibble, senior midfielder Heidi Holgate, and junior back Carrie Malone, honorable mention.

President Peggy R. Williams enjoyed the NCAA Division III football regional final game with Rensselaer president Shirley Ann Jackson, although Ithaca lost to RPI, 21-16.


The team reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA playoffs for the second time in three years. Ithaca took the Empire 8 title with a league record of 4-0. Four players were named to the Football Gazette east region all-star team: senior offensive tackle Tariq Ahmad was a first-team selection; sophomore quarterback Josh Felicetti, junior defensive end Bryan Steele, and senior linebacker Robert Truman were third-team choices. Ahmad was also a third-team selection to the Football Gazette all-American team and was selected for the Aztec Bowl. He and Truman were named all-Americans. Senior defensive end Cory Coady was named a first-team academic all-American.

Men's Soccer

Ithaca won the Empire 8 regular-season title. Three team members were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America northeast region all-star team: junior back Patrick Ouckama, first team, junior midfielder Benjamin Visnyei, second team, and junior goalkeeper Ted Meyer, third team. Senior back Nick Accomando, Ouckama, and Visnyei were first-team Empire 8 all-star selections; senior forward Eric Deyle, Meyer, and freshman midfielder Glen Palilla were picked to the second team. Deyle was named to the Verizon District I all-academic team.

Women's Soccer

Ithaca won the Empire 8 championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs, the only team to defeat the eventual national champion Oneonta. Senior back Dawn Rathbone was named to the second team of the NSCAA east region all-academic team. Seven members were named to the Empire 8 all-star team: senior forward Becca Berry, Rathbone, and junior midfielder Rachel Thau, first team; junior forward Christine Dorney, junior midfielder Michelle Graziadei, and senior back Tara Repsher, second team; and sophomore back Kaitlin Seeney, honorable mention. Berry finished her career at Ithaca with 35 goals and 82 points; both marks are tied atop Ithaca's all-time lists.

Women's Tennis

Ithaca won the Empire 8 championship. Senior Meghan Carroll finished the fall season with school-record career totals of 54 singles wins and 98 overall wins. Five members were named to the Empire 8 all-star team. Carroll was a first-team selection in singles and a second-team selection in doubles; senior Jen Beekman was a second-team pick in both; sophomore Narguess Arjomand was a second-team choice in singles; freshmen Erin Chapman and Melissa Walsh were second-team picks in doubles.


Junior outside hitter Julia Roth was named to the 2003 American Volleyball Coaches Association second team. Roth and senior outside hitter Janet Hammond were also named to the AVCA all-team New York region first team; Hammond was an honorable mention selection to the AVCA all-America team. Sophomore middle hitter Andrea Blitz was named to the third District I all-academic team.

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[credit] Kris Qua/Courtesy of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

President Peggy R. Williams enjoyed the NCAA Division III football regional final game with Rensselaer president Shirley Ann Jackson, although Ithaca lost to RPI, 21-16.


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