Month: March 2016

Pioneers open conference play on high note

Jim McLaughlin, Sports Editor 

The Utica College women’s lacrosse team put together a dominating performance against Elmira College last Saturday in its first Empire 8 Conference game of the season, winning 16-8.

The Pioneers beat Morrisville State College earlier in the week 9-8 and were looking to keep the momentum going at home. Senior Colleen Dowling set the tone for UC as she scored the first goal of the game less than three minutes into the contest. Continue reading “Pioneers open conference play on high note”

UC baseball earns first win

Anthony Cittadino, Assistant Copy Editor 

The Utica College baseball team has returned from Spring Break to begin the regular season, as they started off with a three game conference series against Houghton College. UC fell 12-1 in its first matchup against the Highlanders, but was able to salvage the series by winning one game.

Houghton tacked on six quick runs throughout the first three innings. Junior Alex Rocci got the start, but had to leave the game early due to sickness.

“I ended up leaving our road trip early because I became very sick,” he said. “I started the first inning and had to leave the game after that and ended up heading home.”

The lone Pioneer run was produced in the ninth inning as freshman Matt Fitzgerald recorded his first career double, sending freshman Tim Quinlan home.

The following day, the two teams faced off for a double-header and the first pitch was thrown at noon. UC tied the series with a strong 5-0 win.

Senior Josh Webb threw a gem as he pitched through seven shutout innings and struck out 12. Webb felt great about the team’s first victory.

“I feel I did what I had to do to get the win,” he said. “I was keeping the other hitters off balance by mixing speeds and changing locations. Overall, team-wise I feel we are taking steps in the right direction. We are playing like a team, turned some double plays, moved runners and had some timely hitting which we have lacked lately.”

Webb also says that since the Pioneers have earned their first win, they will loosen up and start to play better.

“Absolutely a weight has been lifted,” he said. “We still have to press and get wins and fight to make it to the Empire 8 Tournament, but not press as much now I think.”

The Pioneers started off strong, scoring three runs in the first inning. The first run was scored on a wild pitch as sophomore Jake Ryan crossed the plate. Not long after, Quinlan smoked one down the right field line for a triple to score two more. The scoring ended in the third with a sacrifice fly ball from Quinlan to extend the lead to five.

The following game came close down the stretch, but Houghton came out on top, winning 5-4 in nine innings. UC went up 3-0 as the third inning came to a close. Senior Matt DeMartino crossed the plate for the first Pioneer run.

“I felt that I did a good job getting on base,” he said. “The team has been getting players on base but has had trouble scoring them. But a few games this week we were able to take advantage of players on base. What went wrong was our defense and not hitting in situations. When there are guys on base and we are unable to score them and we aren’t putting the ball in play then we won’t be a very successful team.”

Once the sixth inning hit, the Highlanders came alive, scoring three quick runs to tie the game. Houghton added on some insurance runs in the eighth to go up 5-3. As the ninth inning kicked off, there was some early life for UC as they loaded the bases for DeMartino. The senior reached first on a fielder’s choice to bring the Pioneers within one. Unfortunately for the Pioneers, the rally fell short, as the game would end with a routine ground ball. Houghton improved to 11-10 and UC fell to a record of 1-10.

The Pioneers will host Elmira this weekend for three games. All games are set to be played at the Utica College Baseball Field.

Featured image; Senior Josh Webb had 12 strikeouts in the Pioneers first win of the season last Friday afternoon. Photo taken by Jeff Pexton

UCPB brings Bryson Tiller to Utica

The Utica College Programming Board announced today that Bryson Tiller, an up-and-coming Hip-Hop artist, will be preforming at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. The concert is being held in conjunction with the SUNY Poly Student Association.

Tickets for students will cost $20 and will be available through the Student Activities Office. They will also be available at Tickets for the general public will cost $35.

Tiller released his hit single “Don’t” in May 2015, peaking at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. On October 2, 2015, he released his debut Album, TRAPSOUL, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 and charted an numerous international charts.

The rapper’s unique sound earned him a loyal fan base and an invitation to perform at London’s KKO music festival. Tiller is expected to release a new single around the time of his Utica performance.

Tiller’s performance is part of UC’s annual Moose Madness weekend and SUNY Poly’s Wildcat Day. Doors for the event will open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are available through Student Activities and on March 30 with general tickets going on sale on April 2 at


Winter Sports Season Recap

Matt Rogers, Co-Editor-in-Chief

It was a record breaking season for women’s hockey, while a young men’s hockey team managed to reach the conference final. Both basketball teams lost some close games and finished towards the bottom of the conference standings. Here’s a recap of how each team did.

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Pioneers fall to Brockport in Virginia

Imani Vincent, Staff Writer 

The Utica College men’s lacrosse team headed to Falls Church, Virginia to face off against Brockport in a non-league game last Saturday. The Pioneers lost 14-5.

The team currently holds a humbling record of 1-4 so far early in the season, with their only win coming against SUNY Poly.

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Despite warm weather, cold start for Pioneers

James McClendon, Assistant News Editor

The Utica College baseball team spent a week in Auburndale, Florida for spring training. The Pioneers were unable to claim a victory in their eight games, as they came back to Utica winless.

In their first matchup, the Pioneers faced Calvin College and lost 9-1. Utica’s lone run was scored by shortstop Kolbie Glionna in the third inning. The Pioneers had six hits and two errors.

Pitcher Josh Webb got the start for the Pioneers and was relieved by James Corcoran after five innings.

Later in the day, the Pioneers played Calvin College again and lost 8-2. Outfielder JT Ross and infielder Matthew DeMartino were Continue reading “Despite warm weather, cold start for Pioneers”

Spring Ball begins for Pioneers


Patrick Rivers, Asst. Sports Editor

The Utica College football team was back in action this week as the first day of Spring Ball was marked off the calendar.


Spring Ball is highly anticipated every year because from this point on, football is non-stop until the end of next season.


Although summer is considered the off-season, it may be the most important time of the year for football players and college athletes in general because they are responsible for improving on their own.  Coaches expect to see improvement from players coming into summer camp and expect to see some of the same coming into Spring Ball. Spring Ball is an opportunity for players to show off their off-season improvements and prepare for the inevitable hard work and dedication they’ll have to put in over the summer. Continue reading “Spring Ball begins for Pioneers”

Campus Safety continues to investigate parking lot vandalism

Tionna De Freitas, Staff Writer

Utica Police and Utica College’s Campus Safety say they have no clues into a spree of vandalism during the overnight hours of Friday, March 4 into Saturday morning that left seven cars damaged. This damage included a car that was flipped onto its roof in the North Hall parking lot.

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New course gives students chance to earn real money

Shane Kelly, Staff Writer

With the spring semester quickly coming to a close, registration for fall classes is on returning students’ agenda. With many the many classes Utica College has to offer, students often struggle with what classes to chose, especially electives.

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