Although the new academic year has not formally begun, St. John Fisher student athletes have their fall seasons under way and were busy over Labor Day weekend.
The football team opened its season at home on Saturday Sept. 3 with a 52-10 win over Olivet College. The team scored two touchdowns in each of the game’s four quarters, including four TD passes from Matt Naton (to Mike Collichio, Wyatt Stehle, Will Blake and William Coon). On the ground, Tony Fusco contributed two touchdown runs while James Chambers and Anthony Rinaldo each scored once.
Chambers led the team in rushing with 10 carries for 92 yards while Fusco ran 18 times for 89 yards. Collichio was the team’s top receiver with five catches for 89 yards. Naton completed 11 passes for 205 yards in all.
But the football team were not the only Cardinals in action on Saturday. The women’s soccer team got a late goal from Nicolle Pierce to earn a 2-1 win over Kean University. The other Fisher goal came from Taryn Guinta. The win raised the team’s record to 1-1.
Also, on Sept. 3 the volleyball team ended a trip to California with a pair of losses, to Whittier College and Pomona Pitzer.
On Friday Sept. 2, the women’s tennis team won its season opener against SUNY Brockport 5-4, with wins at sixth singles (Caroline Seaberg), fifth singles (Amanda Pendergast), third doubles (Seaberg and Pendergast), third singles (Taylor Slink) and second doubles (Olivia Rotondo and Katey Padden).
Also, Sept. 2 both men’s and women’s soccer teams dropped their matches by 4-1 margins, the men losing to Keuka College and the women to SUNY Cortland. Guinta scored for the women’s team and Jeff Meyers for the men.