By Bridget Carney, Staff Writer
The nationally ranked football team left last weekend in style with a 35-21 victory over Springfield College on Saturday Sept. 10. Fisher never fell behind throughout the game, promptly responding to any momentum Springfield tried to gain.
Mike Collichio, a junior, led the Cardinal receivers for the afternoon, recording seven receptions resulting in a career performance of two touchdowns and 170 yards. Quarterback Matt Naton scored one touchdown, and also threw for 292 yards.
The Fisher defense was driven by David Carroll, Christopher Biryla and Alec Mortillaro, who combined for 14 tackles and two interceptions.
Springfield attempted to answer with a 14-play, 77-yard drive to tie the game, but Fisher quickly responded with a touchdown by Tony Fusco. While neither team scored in the third quarter, it went on to be an interesting fourth quarter.
Collochio scored on the first play, which was quickly followed up by Springfield score and a three-and-out by the Cardinals with just over five minutes remaining, until Mortillaro, a senior All-American, intercepted a pass and returned it by 10-yards. Colluchio then received a 54-yard pass, scoring the final touchdown.
Fusco finished with 63 yards on 17 carries, while junior James Chambers also had a solid performance for the Cardinals, recording 154 all-purpose yards with 42 rushing, 42 receiving, and 71 in kick returns.
Derek Boland and WIlliam Coon both put up career numbers, snagging a career-high four passes for 20 yards, and making a 35-yard interception on a third-and-27 play, respectively.
The night ended with a perfect 5-for-5 on extra points from Devin Czikowicz, an average 36.3 yards on three punts from Brandon Belles, and eight stops from Evan Majewski and Aaron Jones. Biryla made seven tackles, while Anthony Lee, D.J. Logory and Cole Ansley-Purpura each made seven. The only sack of the afternoon was recorded by WIlliam Reichert.
This win advances the No. 24 Cardinals to 2-0 on the season. They will return to action Saturday Sept. 17 at SUNY Cortland to open up Empire 8 Conference play.
St. John Fisher and SUNY Cortland are 2015 co-champions. This is the 12th time that Fisher has been ranked nationally in the last 15 years.
In other action
The rest of Fisher athletics had a victorious weekend as well, starting with the nationally ranked men’s golf team who won their opening invitational. Ranked 18th in the nation in the preseason coaches poll, they had no issues achieving first place in their own tournament.
Women’s tennis will remain undefeated after this weekend as they shut out Utica College on Saturday 9-0. With the victory, they now advance to 3-0 early in the season. Doubles pairs Sarah Sorriento/Taylor Slink and Olivia Rotondo/Katey Padden got the team off to a great start where they shut out Utica 8-0. The rest of the match consisted of singles, consisting of consecutive victories, disallowing anyone from Utica to win more than four games in any of the sets.
Men’s soccer took Clarkson to overtime, but ended up in a draw despite strong efforts from freshman Jeff Meyers in the final moments. They will return to play Wednesday.