Geneva's football team is not and never has been about moral victories on the field. However, the Golden Tornadoes put together a gutsy performance against a very good Waynesburg team on Saturday, but came up just short on the scoreboard. Meanwhile, the cross country teams enjoyed a very successful Saturday in Canton, while the volleyball team represented itself very well as the host of the NCCAA Eastern Regional Tournament. The soccer team had mixed results and the tennis ended its season on a disappointing note.
Sophomore quarterback David Girardi put together his most productive performance to date on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to keep the Golden Tornadoes from dropping to 1-5 with a 34-28 loss to Waynesburg University. Girardi threw for 271 yards on 21-30 passing and three touchdowns. He found AJ Delmonico twice and Luke Duriancik once in the end zone. Geneva grabbed a brief four point second half lead, but could not hold off the Yellow Jackets for the victory.
Congratulations to Wendy Smith and Curt Conser on putting together a first rate NCCAA Eastern Regional volleyball tournament. Although the Golden Tornadoes did not prevail over the weekend, the tournament was a true success. On the court, Geneva managed a third place finish with a 2-2 record, including victories over Nyack and Roberts Wesleyan. Mount Vernon Nazarene won the title with a perfect 4-0 weekend. Despite the losses, Geneva moved to 19-7 overall and is on the cusp of its third 20-win season in the last five years.
Geneva's tennis team ended its season with an overall record of 6-7. Losing its last two matches of the season, the Golden Tornadoes narrowly missed a chance to finish the year with a winning record. The final record wasn't decided until a hard fought 5-4 loss to Chatham on Friday. Maura McLaughlin picked up a pair of victories in the loss and senior Jill Grabski left the court victoriously for the final time in her career.
In cross country action, both the men and women for Geneva picked up third place overall finishes at the Walsh University Invitational. Incredibly, every runner for the Golden Tornadoes either posted a season or personal best on the day. In men's action, Josh Gunnett crossed the line in third place with a personal best time of 26:28. Teammate Josh Falk was fifth with a time of 26:51. Nathan Manson finished 26th and Caleb Pearson was 33rd in great performances. On the women's side, Rebecca VanRegenmorter finished fifth and broke the 20-minute barrier for the second time this year at 19:19. Nicole Okerlund barely missed the 20-minute mark with a time of 20:11 and a ninth place finish. Sarah Davis was 20th for the Golden Tornadoes.
The men's soccer team is looking for that early season formula that helped them run off 10 victories in a row. The Golden Tornadoes dropped their third consecutive match with a 1-0 loss to Saint Vincent on Friday night. The Bearcats scored in the final ten minutes of the match to extend Geneva's losing streak. The Golden Tornadoes are still sitting at a very impressive 10-4 record and will look to turn things around this week.
In women's soccer, Geneva enjoyed a 1-0-1 week, including a 3-1 victory over Chatham and a scoreless, double overtime tie with Saint Vincent on Friday. Lauren Londino made seven saves in the tie with Saint Vincent to pick up her seventh shut-out of the season. Against Chatham, Geneva got goals from Rebecca Shaw, Kelsey Anderson and Melissa Brooks to lead the way. Geneva finished the week with an overall record of 6-3-4.
The men's and women's basketball teams opened practice last week under head coaches Jeff Santarsiero and Amy Russin. Midnight Madness is scheduled for Halloween Night to help tip-off the upcoming season for the Golden Tornadoes.
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