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Page 12 April 23, 2002 Cardinal Courier M e n ' s l a c r o s s e h i t s F i s h e r CONTRIBUTING WRITER SH A R O N A L L E N St. John Fisher’s new lacrosse coach, Craig Camp, has low expec­ tations hut lots of enthusiasm for his young team. “There’s a lot of promise for us although no one expects much of us,” said Camp. “Our motto i s ‘get­ ting better’.” Camp, 31, spoke to a class of about 30 St. John Fisher students about his goals and hopes for his team. This is the first year the col­ lege will have a men’s lacrosse team. Tb say we’re a young team is an understatement,” said Camp. “We have 23 players that are walk-ons who have never played before.” Of the team’s 33 players, only three were recruited athletes. This was because Camp didn’t start recruiting until June, when most athletes had already chosen their colleges. “Our biggest handicap is lack of game experience,” said Camp. “We are part of the Empire 8 Confer­ ence which is one of the toughest in the country.” Other teams in this conference include Hartwick, Itbaca, Utica, RIT, Nazareth, Elmira, and Alfred. Fisher will not play Nazareth this year, although Camp is hopeful that in the future a rivalry devel­ ops between the two. “Rivalries are very important,” said Camp. “Rivalries build tradi­ tion.” Camp was hired in June of last year after finishing out the season as head coach for Monroe Commu­ nity College’s (MCC) lacrosse team. Initially he had respectfully declined Fisher’s offer, but said he would be interested after the last game of his team at MCC. Camp said the major differences between Fisher and MCC are the students, the team relationships that develop, and the spectator support. He said that at two-year schools there isn’t enough time for the students and team to become established and grow together. I’m used to coaching more expe­ rienced players,” Camp said. “My biggest challenge at Fisher is patience and making sure that we have the basic foundation of offense and defense philosophies.” Camp’s position is part time which means he is working anoth­ er full time job. In addition to his full work schedule, he and his wife had a baby girl in December. Camp took the time to make the team’s spring trip to Tampa Bay, FI. in March. He believes that spring trips are important for team unity. “If there are two guys on the team who don’t like each other, I put them together and make them roommates,” said Camp. “It makes for interesting meals.” The team raised money for the trip from raffles and shirt sales, generating $12,000 between. Octo­ ber and February. This amazed Camp, who said that other team’s members had to pay for airfare out of their own pockets. According to Camp, lacrosse, hockey and football are the most expensive sports. He said it costs at least $325 to fully equip each Fisher's first ever mens lacrosse team huddles together with their signature sticks in the air, Alexis Speck player. “Right now\ we: don’t have a budget,” said Camp. “A stait-up budget is huge.” Camp said h e can’t predict what his budget will look like, but under ideal circumstances, the budget would run $25,000 or more. Camp said recruiting is going well and he already has verbal commitments from athletes at West Genesee Higli School in Syra­ cuse. He told students the key to being a good coach, is being exposed to other coaches. W o m e n ’s s o f t b a l l e a r n s n a t i o n a l r a n k i n g CONTRIBUTING WRITER J O E V E N N IRO When you think of St. John Fisher College Softball, the first thought that enters your mind is winning. In 1999, the team set a school record for wins with 39. Last year, Fisher earned a birth into the prestigious NCAA Division n i tournament for the first time in school history. This year is no different, as the Cardinals are off to the best start in school history with a 21-3-1 record in its first 25 games. In addition, Fisher is nationally ranked for the first time in school history. Even with the fast start, Fisher head coach Leu Maiorani says the team still has room for improvement. “We’re not hitting the ball the way we should,” said Maiorani, “and the defense hasn’t been exact­ ly what we have expected, but the pitching has been very good.” During the first 25 games this season, Fisher has outscored its opponents 163-51. The team has nine shutouts this season and has allowed two runs or less in 19 games. Maiorani gives most of the credit for the team’s fast start to his five seniors, first baseman Jen Con­ stantino, pitcher Marti Hawkins, third baseman Nicole Lanieu, catcher Bari Mance and designat­ ed hitter Mollie Schnieble. “The seniors have been tremen­ dous this year,” says Maiorani. What can you say about Lanieu? She’s having her typical All-Ameri­ can type-season, Mollie’s (Schnieble) been leading the team in hitting and Bari (Mance) has stepped up big time. She’s always shown that she has the ability to be a great catcher, but she had never played more than 10-12 games a year before this year. Marti (Hawkins) has been pitching great for us all four years and this year is no exception. Cos (Con­ stantino) is having a career season and is becoming a team, leader on and off the field.” Constantino, Lanieu and Schnieble have played in all 25 games, with Schneible, the team’s designated hitter, leading the team with 34 hits, 25 runs scored and 13 stolen bases in as many attempts, while maintaining a .400 bating average. Constantino is right behind Schneible with a .391 average, but leads the team with four home rims and 30 runs batted in, also contributing a team-high 13 walks and eight doubles. Lanieu is batting .322, with a team-high three triples. She has also chipped in with seven doubles, two home runs and 22 runs batted in. Mance got off to a hot s tart in Florida and has maintained, it, bat­ ting .290 with one home run and sixRBIs. Hawkins is 8-1 in nine appear­ ances this season with a 1.33 earned run average in 59 innings. With the bat, Hawkins is batting a robust .857 (6-for-7) and has reached base in nine of her 10 plate appearances this year. In addition to the seniors, Fisher has received significant contribu­ tions on offense from outfielders Amanda Kent and Jen Telle. Kent, who already holds the career record for home runs and was a Second Tfeam All-American in 2001, is off to another fine start, batting .356 with three homers courtesy of Jen Telle Sophomore Fikki Cordaro throws the ball to Jen Constantino, a senior, during a game. and 25 RBIs, The junior has 10 stolen bases ia 11 attempts, Idle, a sophomore, is batting a team- high .447, with lH hits in 38 at- bats. Perhaps th_e biggest surprise this season has. been the contribu­ tion of pitcher Jen Bauer. Eauer, a freshman from Clay, NY, is 8-0 this season, with five shutouts, includ­ ing two no-hitters, .and an unheard of 0.40 earned run. average, In 53 innings, Dauerr has allowed three earned runs. On March. 8, Dauer threw a no-hittor Ln just her third career start, striking out four against previously unbeaten Clark College. Dauer’s next no-hitter would come in grand fashion. Dauer says stepping in as fresh­ man and making an impact has gone smoothly because of her teammates. “It’s easy with this team,” says Dauer. “I know if the ball gets hit, they’re going to take care of it.” On April 12, Sophomore Keely Forbes and Dauer threw back-to- back no-hitters in a doubleheader against DYouville CoHege, a feat that has never been accomplished in school history to date. In game one, Forbes struck out 11, includ­ ing nine of the first ten batters in a 9-0 win. Right after, Dauer equaled Forbes’ dominance, strik­ ing out 10 in an 8-0 victory. That was the second career no­ hitter for Forbes who set a Fisher record for most wins in a season last year with 18. This season, the left-hander is off to another fine start with a 5-2 record and 0.80 earned run average. Despite a 7-1-1 record in March at the Gene Cusis Classic in Flori­ da, Maiorani felt he needed to make a drastic overhaul of his left side of the infield. He moved four-year starting shortstop Nicole lanieu over to third base, while moving incum­ bent third baseman Nikki Cordaro over to second. Jfext, h e inserted freshman Gwen fiesselbeck into Cordaro’s spot at shortstop. Maio­ rani said it was a: move that was necessary. “Nikki (CordaroD struggled a lit­ tle bit defensively down in Florida, and third base is such a quick mov­ ing position, I wanted to move her over to second where she will be able to have the* extra time to make plays,” Maiorani said. “Lanieu is such a great athlete, I knew she would be able to make the change down to third without a problem. Gwen (Nesselbeck) is a great shortstop wlio steps in and gives us solid defense.\ Cordaro’s h at has been key in Fisher’s hot start as she and Con­ stantino share the team lead with four homers, Lanieu said the move was able to work so well because of the way everyone gets along and respects each other. “The biggest key is our team unity,” Lanieu says. “Everybody clicks, we have great team chem­ istry,” Constantino agrees. Continued on Page 11

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