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Newark Valley's Kaitlin Martin Signs with Panthers

Soccer recruit Kaitlin Martin signing her letter of intent to play at Tompkins Cortland

Newark Valley High’s Kaitlin Martin has signed her NJCAA National Letter of Intent to join the Panthers women's soccer team this fall. Martin was a two-time All-IAC midfielder for the Cardinals, and is expected to play the same position in college.

"Kaitlin is a well-rounded player and possesses all the attributes I look for in a player," said Tompkins Cortland Women's Soccer Coach Bob Rice. "She has good speed and skills, and a strong work ethic on both sides of the ball. Plus, she's very coachable with a great attitude - we're looking forward to getting Kaitlin on campus and on the field."

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.


No. Name Pos. Year Ht. Wt. High School/Hometown

Statistics–Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer

2017 Season

Overall (0-0)
MSAC (0-0), Region III (0-0)


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 five 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 four times, 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 43 during his five 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 joined the Panthers staff for 2016, but his history at the College goes back much farther. 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



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