MEN’S SOCCER FALLS IN DOUBLE OVERTIME
Jim Taylor-Hamilton College
September 11, 2012
User Kushaina ’14 scored with 4:25 left in the second sudden-victory overtime period to lift Williams College to a 2-1 win against Hamilton College in a NESCAC game at Hamilton’s Love Field on Sept. 11.
Kushaina finished with one goal and one assist for Williams, which has won 12 in a row against the Continentals, and leads the all-time series 31-1-4. Matt Muralles ’15 added a goal, and Patrick Ebobisse ’13 and Chris Conder ’15 were credited with one assist apiece. Peter Morrell ’14 made six saves, including one in the second overtime.
Hennie Bosman ’13 scored Hamilton’s goal and Griffin Abbott ’15 picked up the assist. Eric Boole ’13 stopped six shots, including two in the first extra period.
Conder started the play that led to the game-winning goal with a pass to Ebobisse on the right-hand side of the box. Ebobisse turned and sent a low, hard pass across the box to a charging Kushaina for a one-timer from the left side of the goal.
Hamilton (1-2-0 overall, 0-2-0 NESCAC) grabbed a 1-0 lead just 2 minutes, 18 seconds into the first half. Abbott dribbled down the left flank and sent a high cross to Bosman, who headed the ball into the back of the net from close range on the right-hand side of the goal.
The Ephs (3-0-0, 2-0-0) struck back in the 15th minute on a play that looked similar to the game-winning goal. Kushaina had the ball on the right just outside the box and fired a pass across the goal mouth. The ball skipped past two players and came to a wide-open Muralles, who redirected the cross from point-blank range on the left side of the goal.
Abbott nearly won the game for the Continentals in regulation with two high, hard shots that were knocked away by Morrell in the final five minutes of the second half. The second shot by Abbott was headed for the top-right corner of the goal with just more than a minute left.
Boole made two saves in the first overtime period, and Morrell made a nice stop on Bosman just two minutes before Kushaina’s game-winner. Williams owned an 18-16 edge in shots, and both teams took five corner kicks.
Hamilton travels to Connecticut College for another NESCAC game on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Ephs are at Trinity College for conference action on Saturday as well.
HAMILTON COLLEGE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT HIRES WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH
Michelle Collins, an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator for the Siena College women’s basketball team since 2007, has been named the new head women’s basketball coach at Hamilton College.
Collins has previous head coaching experience with the SUNY Oswego women’s program for seven seasons prior to her second stint as an assistant at Division I Siena. She has also served as an assistant coach at Canisius College and the University at Buffalo.
“I’m honored to join Hamilton College as the head women’s basketball coach,” Collins said. “I am excited to work with motivated student-athletes who aspire to high levels of excellence on the court and in the classroom. I am looking forward to their return to campus when we can begin working on the new season.”
Collins was responsible for the skill development of Siena’s point guards. She had a hand in recruiting two all-conference players and one of the top 3-point shooters in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) history. Collins assisted with scouting and game and practice planning and implementation.
At Oswego, Collins led the program to heights it had never approached. She posted an overall record of 114-73 for a .610 winning percentage from 2000 to 2007. The Lakers won just five games in her first season. But in 2003-04, the team recorded the first of four straight 20-win seasons, and played in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate tournament.
Collins’ 2004-05 Oswego team may have been her best. The Lakers set a program record with 24 wins, reached the championship game of the SUNYAC tournament and participated in the NCAA championship for the first time in team history.
In 2005-06, Collins guided Oswego to a 21-7 record, the team’s first SUNYAC tournament title and a second straight NCAA bid. She was selected coach of the year by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York following that season. In her final season with the Lakers, the team reached the conference tournament final for the third straight year, and made the 2007 ECAC Upstate Tournament.
Collins coached a SUNYAC player of the year, two conference rookies of the year and eight different players to all-conference honors. Oswego posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or better for three consecutive years.
“I’m excited to have someone with Michelle’s wealth of experience and Division III head coaching success join our department,” Director of Athletics Jon Hind ’80 said. “She is well-respected in the women’s basketball coaching community, and will be an excellent mentor for the young women in our program.”
Collins enjoyed an outstanding career at Siena, where she graduated with a degree in social work in 1993. The two-time all-conference pick and four-year letter winner still holds team records for most assists in a career (498) and a season (206), as well as steals in one season with 97. Collins is tied for the MAAC record with 5.69 assists per game.
Collins replaces Kate DeSorrento, who coached the Continentals for one season before she accepted an assistant’s job with the Stony Brook University women’s basketball coaching staff.
HAMILTON COLLEGE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT NAMES NEW FOOTBALL COACH
Andrew Cohen, defensive coordinator at Bowdoin College since 2011, was named the new Mary Jayne Comey and Mac Bristol ’43 Head Football Coach at Hamilton College on July 17.
“Andrew Cohen is a high energy and enthusiastic individual who will work hard to build on last season’s success,” Director of Athletics Jon Hind ’80 said. “He is creative and knowledgeable about all aspects of the game and is an excellent teacher, recruiter and motivator. Just as important, he embraces the NESCAC student-athlete philosophy, and expects a lot from his players on the field, in the classroom and as part of the larger Hamilton community.”
Cohen succeeds Steve Stetson, who stepped down in the spring to become Hamilton’s head men’s and women’s golf coach. In 2011, Stetson guided the football team to its highest win total in 15 years.
“I am excited to have this opportunity at Hamilton,” Cohen said. “I am going to work extremely hard to make this one of the top programs in NESCAC year in and year out. I believe in creating a family atmosphere where past, present and future players will always feel a part of the program, and I look forward to being part of the Hamilton and Clinton communities for many years to come.”
Cohen has coached primarily on the defensive side of the football. He helped change the culture of Bowdoin’s football program and revamped the Polar Bear defense. In 2010, Bowdoin ranked ninth out of 10 teams in the NESCAC in total defense (yards allowed per game). Last year the Polar Bears improved to second place in total defense under Cohen.
He was also defensive coordinator and linebacker coach at Bucknell University from 2007 to 2009 (serving as interim head coach in January 2010) and defensive line coach for the Bison from 1995 to 2000. Prior to his second stint at Bucknell, Cohen was defensive line coach for Columbia University from 2005 to 2007, which had the Ivy League’s top scoring defense in 2006. He was recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach for Fordham University from 2003 to 2005.
A 1993 graduate of Marist College, Cohen received a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1994. He served as a graduate assistant defensive line coach at Stony Brook in 1993 and 1994 and was defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator from 2000 to 2003. The 2002 team ranked second in the country in scoring defense and finished with a record of 8-2.
“My experience is on the defensive side of the ball, but I know the types of things that offenses do that create problems for the defense,” Cohen said. “We will build from that base to create an effective offense at Hamilton.”
With experience coaching in three of this country’s most academically prestigious conferences in the NESCAC, the Ivy League and the Patriot League, Hind said Cohen fully understands the role of athletics in a college setting.
Cohen and his wife Bridget are the parents of 9-year-old Seth and 5-year-old Kyle.