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Panthers Honored for Academic Excellence

June 27, 2017


Eight Tompkins Cortland Community College student-athletes have been honored with a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Student-Athlete Award. Bridger Carreau (Lassiter H.S./Marietta, Ga.), Tyler Clark (Odessa-Montour H.S./Odessa), Anasah DeMember (Elmira H.S./Elmira), David Rodriguez (Grover Cleveland H.S./Ridgewood), Syed Shah (Pakistan), Collyn Shippos (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca), Joseph Sparacio (Ward Melville H.S./South Setauket), and Antonio Triana (New Roots Charter/Cortland) were recognized for their excellence in the classroom.

Carreau, Shah, and Triana each received “Second Team” designation, which goes to students with a GPA between 3.80 and 3.99. Carreau was a member of the lacrosse team; Shah played men’s soccer; and Triana was a golfer for the Panthers.

Clark, DeMember, Rodriguez, Shippos, and Sparacio each earned “Third Team” status, which goes to students with a GPA between 3.60 and 3.79. Clark was a golf; DeMember played women’s soccer and basketball; Rodriguez was a member of the basketball team; Shippos golfed; and Sparacio was on the lacrosse team.

The eight student-athletes represent the most Tompkins Cortland has ever had honored by the NJCAA in a single academic year.

Graves, Birkmeyer, and DeMember Named All-MSAC

October 27, 2016

2016 MSAC Women's Soccer

Three Tompkins Cortland Community College women's soccer players have been named to the 2016 Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference team. Sophomores Molly Graves (Newark Valley H.S./Newark Valley) and Tara Birkmeyer (Newark Valley H.S./Berkshire) and freshman Anasah DeMember (Elmira H.S./Elmira) were among the 20 players were voted to the all-conference team by the coaches from the seven MSAC soccer programs. Conference champion SUNY Broome had the most selections with six, followed by runner-up Finger Lakes Community College with five. Tompkins Cortland and Onondaga Community College each had three, Jefferson Community College had two, and Cayuga Community College had a single selection.

It was the first time Birkmeyer and DeMember have been honored, but Graves was a repeat selection at goalkeeper. She is the first Panther to repeat as on the all-MSAC team since Sara Sinnigen and Erika Faberzak both accomplished the feat in 2012-13.

This year marks the 12th consecutive season Tompkins Cortland has had at least three players named all-conference.

Panther's Left Out of Postseason

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

No postseason for the Panthers men's and women's soccer teams. The NJCAA Region III playoff seedings were announced Saturday night and neither Tompkins Cortland team earned a bid. First time in over a decade that the playoffs won't include both teams.

Panthers Fall to Nation's Top Team

Tompkins Cortland Community College

Playing on the road against the top-ranked team in the nation Wednesday, the Tompkins Cortland Community College women’s soccer team couldn’t keep up. The Panthers lost by a score of 4-0 to end the regular season with a record of 6-7-1 overall, 5-6-1 in Region III, and 3-3 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Broome is 15-1 overall, 15-0 in Region III, and 6-0 in the MSAC.

Broome took advantage early, scoring in the sixth minute of play and then again three minutes later. The Hornets made it 3-0 in the 23rd minute and then scored the final goal in the opening minutes of the second half. Tompkins Cortland keeper Molly Graves (Newark Valley H.S./Newark Valley) recorded 18 saves on the day.

With the regular season finished, the Panthers now await word on a possible NJCAA playoff bid. The seedings for the postseason tournament will be announced Saturday evening. Tompkins Cortland, a regional finalist last year, has made the postseason 11 straight years.

Roster–2010 Women's Soccer

2010 Tompkins Cortland  soccer

No. Name Pos. Year Ht. Wt. High School/Hometown
0 Bethany Hinman Fr. 5-6 Valley Heights Christian Academy/Oxford
3 Chrissi Yovino Fr. 5-5 Minisink Valley/Slate Hill
4 Kendra Wagstaff Fr. 5-8 Candor/Candor
5 Catherine Jones Fr. 5-6 Marathon/Marathon
6 Chelsea Hayes Fr. 5-6 McGraw/McGraw
8 Katie Driscoll Fr. 5-3 Southern Cayuga/Aurora
9 Kayli VanCleef Fr. 5-2 Mynderse Academy/Seneca Falls
10 Jaimi Jones Fr. 5-3 Union Springs/Auburn
11 Kelly Kane Fr. 5-4 Elmira Free Academy/Elmira
12 Brittany Monroe Fr. 5-7 Elmira Free Academy/Elmira
13 Brittany Komenda So. 5-3 Franklin/Franklin
14 Sandi Decker So. 5-2 Unatego/Unadilla
15 Keely Rauscher Fr. 5-3 Chenango Valley/Binghamton
16 Casey Hubbell So. 5-5 Margaretville/Margaretville
17 Tonya Brownell Fr. 5-5 Edmeston/Edmeston
18 Anna Crull Fr. 5-2 N.Y.C. Museum School/Manhattan
19 Dakota Hanley Fr. 5-4 Franklin/Franklin
20 Samijo Scheer Fr. 5-7 Corning East/Corning
21 Courtney Rainbow Fr. 5-5 Homer/Truxton
22 Paige McCarthy Fr. 5-4 Marathon/Marathon
23 Ashley Keep Fr. 5-5 Whitney Point/Whitney Point
29 Colleen Bannon Fr. 5-2 Vestal/Vestal

Statistics–Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer

2016 Season

Overall (6-7-1)
MSAC (3-3), Region III (5-6-1)


Previous Seasons





2011 and previous years


Team Records

Most Wins (Season)

15 (2005)
14 (2007)
13 (2011)

Most Consecutive Wins (Season)

11 (2005)
11 (2011)
7 (2007)

Best Winning Percentage (Season)

.833 (2005)
.778 (2007)
.722 (2011)

Most Goals (Game)

11 (vs. Jamestown CC, 9/20/98)
9 (at Niagara County CC, 10/11/03)
8 (vs. Cayuga CC, 10/16/13)
8 (at Corning CC, 10/9/13)
8 (vs. Jamestown CC-Cattaraugus, 9/25/13)
8 (vs. Erie CC, 9/21/13)
8 (vs. Cayuga CC, 9/8/07)
8 (at Cayuga CC, 9/14/02)
8 (vs. SUNY Morrisville, 9/17/98)

Most Goals (Season)

59 (2013)
52 (1998)
48 (2005)

Best Goals Per Game Average (Season)

3.7 (2013)
3.5 (1998)
3.0 (2005)

Biggest Margin of Victory (Game)

11 (vs. Jamestown CC, 9/20/98)
8 (vs. Cayuga CC, 10/16/13)
8 (at Corning CC, 10/9/13)
8 (vs. Jamestown CC-Cattaraugus, 9/25/13)
8 (vs. Erie CC, 9/21/13)
8 (vs. Cayuga CC, 9/8/07)
8 (at Niagara County CC, 10/11/03)
8 (at Cayuga CC, 9/14/02)
8 (vs. SUNY Morrisville, 9/17/98)

Most Assists (Game)

10 (vs. Columbia-Greene CC, 9/24/06)
10 (at Finger Lakes CC, 9/20/06)
7 (vs. Jefferson CC, 10/15/06)
7 (at Niagara County CC, 10/11/03)

Most Assists (Season)

51 (2006)
50 (1998)
43 (2005)

Fewest Goals Allowed (Season)

15 (2007)
15 (2011)
18 (1998)

Fewest Goals Allowed Per Game (Season)

0.83 (2007)
0.83 (2011)
1.00 (2015)


Most All-MSAC Players

6 (2010)
5 (2005)
5 (2007)
5 (1998)

Most All-Region Players

4 (2007)
4 (2005)
4 (2011)
4 (2015)

Individual Records - Player

Most Points (Game)

10 Stephanie Hodgson (5g, 9/20/98)
8 Courtney Henry (4g, 9/23/09)
8 Courtney Henry (3g, 2a, 9/18/09)
8 Laura Thomas (4g, 10/20/02)

Most Points (Season)

55 Danielle Hiza (2007)
46 Heather Kowalczyk (2005)
45 Marie Valentino (2003)

Most Points (Career)

84 Danielle Hiza (2007-08)
74 Heather Kowalczyk (2005-06)
57 Kendra Wagstaff (2010-11)

Most Goals (Game)

5 Stephanie Hodgson (1998)
4 Laura Thomas (2002)
4 Courtney Henry (9/23/09)

Most Goals (Season)

25 Danielle Hiza (2007)
19 Marie Valentino (2003)
19 Heather Kowalczyk (2005)

Most Goals (Career)

36 Danielle Hiza (2007-08)
27 Heather Kowalczyk (2005-06)
25 Kendra Wagstaff (2010-11)

Most Assists (Game)

4 Chenoa Shields (9/20/98)
3 Kim Natoli (10/7/07)
3 Heather Kowalczyk (9/20/06)
3 Jaclyn Rasmussenn (9/26/98)
3 Chenoa Shields (9/17/98)

Most Assists (Season)

15 Chenoa Shields (1998)
12 Jaclyn Rasmussenn (1998)
12 Heather Kowalczyk (2006)

Most Assists (Career)

20 Heather Kowalczyk (2005-06)
17 Caitlin Smith (2005-06)
16 Ashley Finton (2005-06)

Individual Records - Goalkeeper

Best Goals Against Average (Season)

0.6 Danielle Salisbury (2005)
0.7 Andi Mowry (2007)
0.83 Samijo Scheer (2011)

Best Goals Against Average (Career)

0.93 Samijo Scheer (2010-11)
1.12 Molly Graves (2015-16)
1.6 Casey Ebeling (2006-07)

Most Shutouts (Season)

8 Samijo Scheer (2011)
8 Danielle Salisbury (2005)
7 Emma Augustine (2014)

Most Shutouts (Career)

14 Samijo Scheer (2010-11)
11 Casey Ebeling (2006-07)
8 Danielle Salisbury (2005)
8 Molly Graves (2015-16)

Team Playoff Records

Most Goals (Playoff Game)

5 (vs. Clinton CC, 10/24/15)
3 (vs. Clinton CC, 10/21/11)
3 (vs. North Country CC, 10/19/13)

Most Assists (Playoff Game)

3 (vs. North Country CC, 10/19/13)
2 (vs. Erie CC, 10/18/08)
2 (at Jefferson CC, 10/21/08)
2 (vs. Clinton CC, 10/21/11)
2 (vs. Clinton CC, 10/24/15)
2 (at Genesee CC, 10/27/15)

Individual Playoff Records

Most Points (Playoff Game)

4, Angela Halliday (vs. Clinton CC, 10/21/11)
4, Devin Blanchard (vs. Clinton CC, 10/24/15)
3, Erika Faberzak (vs. North Country CC, 10/19/13)
3, Shaylee Howaniec (vs. Clinton CC, 10/21/11)
3, Jaclyn Sutton (vs. Broome CC, 10/25/05)
3, Emma DeLisio (at Genesee CC, 10/27/15)

Most Goals (Playoff Game)

2, Angela Halliday (vs. Clinton CC, 10/21/11)
2, Devin Blanchard (vs. Clinton CC, 10/24/15)

Most Assists (Playoff Game)

1, Several times (-)


Total All-Region Players

Total All-MSAC Players

Miscellaneous Honors
NSCAA/adidas North Region Coach of the Year (2007)
Region III Coach of the Year (2005)
MSAC Coach of the Year (2005, 2014)
MSAC Champions (2005, 2010-co, 2015-co)
MSAC Player of the Year (2005)

Total NJCAA All-American Players


Coaches–Women's Soccer

Robert Rice

Head Coach

Robert Rice Coach Rice has led the Panthers for four season, and directed the team to the best season in program history in 2015. Tompkins Cortland advanced to the Region III championship game last year, continuing the steady climb for the program since Rice took over. He took over as head coach for the 2012 season after serving as the women's assistant for two years and men's assistant for four years. During his time with the Tompkins Cortland soccer programs, the Panthers have made the NJCAA playoffs each season, including reaching the Region III semifinals in both 2013 and 2014. He has been on the sidelines for over 100 wins for the Panthers, including 37 during his four years time as head coach.

In addition to coaching soccer, Coach Rice was the assistant coach on the College's softball team in 2011, helping the Panthers to a regional title and a third-place finish at the national tournament. He also served as Tompkins Cortland's head women's basketball coach from 2006-2008.

Coach Rice played soccer at Herkimer County Community College before receiving his bachelor's degree from Cortland State.

Contact:, 607-844-8222, Ext.4496

Emerson Caiza

Assistant Coach

Coach Caiza joins the Panthers staff for 2016, but he is no stranger to the College. He played for Tompkins Cortland in 2006 and 2007, earning all-conference honors both seasons and all-region honors in 2007 when the team won the MSAC and made it to the Region III semifinals. After graduating from Tompkins Cortland he went to Cortland State, where he continued his on-field success, helping the red Dragons to a SUNYAC title his first season on campus. A graduate of Ithaca High, Coach Caiza brings a calm demeanor and tremendous soccer insights to Coach Rice's staff.


Chris Thomas

Assistant Coach


Desja Rucker



Highlights–2010 Women's Soccer

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2010 Women's Soccer Schedule
Mon 08/23
4 p.m.
Cazenovia College
Sat 08/28
2 p.m.
Brookdale CC (N.J.)
Sun 08/29
12 p.m.
Holyoke CC (Mass.)
Wed 09/01
4 p.m.
Mohawk Valley CC
Sat 09/04
1 p.m.
Niagara County CC
Tue 09/07
7 p.m.
Alfred State College
Sun 09/12
2 p.m.
Clinton CC
Wed 09/15
6 p.m.
Onondaga CC
Sat 09/18
12 p.m.
Corning CC
Wed 09/22
6 p.m.
Hudson Valley CC
Sat 09/25
1 p.m.
Jamestown CC
Tue 09/28
6 p.m.
SUNY Broome
Sun 10/03
1 p.m.
Genesee CC
Wed 10/06
4 p.m.
SUNY Delhi
Sat 10/09
2 p.m.
Jefferson CC
Wed 10/13
5 p.m.
Herkimer College
Sat 10/16
1 p.m.
Finger Lakes CC
Sun 10/17
1 p.m.
Cayuga CC
Sat 10/23
1 p.m.
Jefferson CC
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