ROW 1:Michael McDuffie (coach), Sandy Ruszala, Cheryl Lazaro, Jackie Grianti, Judy Tomko, Patti Collins, Joan Power and Diane Pettit (Trainer). ROW 2: Sue Hough, Mary Palermo, Jill Van Fossen, Missy Braun, Karen Oddy and Marianne O'Keefe. MISSING: Gretchen Weimer, Marian McIntosh, Terri Stafford, Barb Gaviller and Carolyn Lafferty (Manager).
struck first, shocking the opposition. Hopes of an upset were soon over, not able to keep the opposition down fell twice to defeat. As the tears fell, much praise and hopes of next year were given to this "Cinderella" team by spectators, friends, relatives, offi– cials and most of all Coach McDuffie. Voted by the players: MVP Of– fense - Karen Oddy, MVP Defense - Captain Missy Braun, Most Im– proved - Jackie Grisanti, and Rook– ie of the Year - Marianne O'Keefe. Down and out the Ladies watched and listened to the selection commit– tee's votes for All-Stars. Captain Missy Braun, Buffalo State, was called to the All-Tournament team. The Mid-Atlantic Coaches voted and selected Missy Braun to their All– Regional First Team. Finally, the Lady Bengals have made their mark and a crown of re– spect has been placed upon our "Cin– derella" team.
Not knowing how the newly estab– lished Varsity team would do, Coach Michael McDuffie using his back– ground as an U.S.S.F.licensed coach, proceded to mold and shape his first Collegiate Varsity Women's soccer team. Thirty-nine women had competed for a place on the team. Discipline, hard work , double-sessions, and practice every day survived 16 play– ers. Many lacking in quality skill made up for it with determination and the will to win. Recognized for their efforts by the campus and the media, produced the Lady Bengals first "Athlete of the Week" Sue Hough (goalie) and Joan Power (striker). With the season coming to a close the Lady Bengals had their hearts set on a bid to the N.Y.S.A.A.I.W. Cham– pionships . But, knowing that rookie teams usually don't finish well enough to be selected, it really hit home when the Lady Bengals
dropped their two last important games. Making sure that their inau– gural season was completely over. On Monday of that month of Octo– ber, a call was received by the Lady Bengals and "New Life" was breathed into this "Cinderella" team. T he selection committee had selected this rag-tag outfit to the first N. Y.S.A.I.A.W. Soccer Champion– ships held at William Smith College, Geneva, N.Y. The Lady Bengals joyous over their selection bid, prepared for their chance to make their mark in the Collegiate Soccer world. In good company with nationally ranked teams, University of Roche s ter, Hartwick, and Cortland State all from New York State. The Lady Bengals had their hands full but still departed for the tournament with their "new life" to be recognized, rated and respected as a quality soc– cer team. Playing with full desire and determination, the Lady Bengals
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