Golden, Burd Named Athletes of the Week
October 22, 2012
Junior Paige Golden (Kent, NY/Albion) posted four double-doubles during a 3-1 week as the Keuka College women’s volleyball team wrapped up the No. 2 seed for the upcoming North Eastern Athletic Conference’s (NEAC) postseason tournament.
Senior Ron Burd (Penn Yan, NY/Penn Yan) had two of his best games of the season at midfield as the men’s soccer team allowed only three goals in two close losses.
On Monday, Golden and Burd were honored as Keuka’s Athletes of the Week. It’s the fourth time this year Golden’s stellar play netted her Athlete of the Week honors, while this is Burd’s first selection since Sept. 26, 2011.
Golden compiled 70 digs with 49 kills, 4 service aces and 2 blocks during the week as Keuka (21-7, 9-2 NEAC) defeated Wells College in three sets, lost to Gallaudet in three sets, beat Penn State-Abington in five sets and swept Penn State-Harrisburg in three sets.
The Storm concluded the third of three NEAC crossover competitions with a 2-1 record to wrap up the No. 2 seed in the NEAC tournament, which runs Nov. 2-3 at top-seeded Gallaudet University.
Golden now has 19 double-doubles in 28 matches. She logged 11 digs and 10 kills in the sweep of Wells, added 19 digs and 11 kills during Saturday’s setback vs. Gallaudet, had 24 digs and 15 kills in the win over Abington and added 16 digs and 13 kills during the sweep of Harrisburg.
For the season, Golden leads Keuka in kills (333) and is second in digs (415). She is averaging 4.23 digs and 3.40 kills per set and ranks third in the NEAC in kills per set and fifth in digs per set.
Keuka faces the winner of No. 3 Penn State-Berks (9-2 NEAC) and No. 6 Penn State-Abington (6-5) in one semifinal and Gallaudet would meet the Lancaster Bible/SUNYIT winner in the second semifinal match on Nov. 3. The winners of those two semifinal matches will square off for the NEAC championship at 3 p.m. on Nov. 3.
The winner of the postseason tournament earns the conference’s automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III tournament.
Burd and the men’s soccer team held Elmira College, the fourth-highest scoring team in the country, to just two goals, but the Storm suffered a 2-0 defeat on a chilly Tuesday night at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.
Keuka blanked one of the nation’s most potent attacks for nearly 51 minutes bridging the first and second halves, thanks to strong play from seniors Burd, Justin Ryan (Berkshire, NY/Newark Valley) and Reis Cunningham (Red Creek, NY/Red Creek) as well as junior Nate Schreiber (Hilton, NY/Hilton) and freshman Brandon Lange (Churchville, NY/Churchville-Chili).
But Keuka could only manage two shots (one shot on goal) and dropped its second straight non-conference game.
Elmira entered the contest averaging 3.43 goals per game, the fourth-highest scoring attack in the country, but was held scoreless for the final 50:37.
Then during Saturday’s Senior Day contest against SUNY Canton, Burd and the Storm (7-6) did a good job containing the Roos attack, allowing only one goal during a 1-0 setback.
Before breaking through for their first goal in the 35th minute, the Roos had two good looks on goal on back-to-back shots in the 33rd minute.
When freshman goalie Preston Vick (Kendall, NY/Kendall) was caught out of position outside the goal, a hustling Burd got between the shot and the goal and blocked two straight shots to keep the game scoreless.
Burd and the Storm face Morrisville State at 6 p.m. Tuesday before closing out the regular season at SUNYIT at 3 p.m. Saturday. Keuka currently is tied with SUNYIT for fifth in the NEAC, and the top five teams advance into the NEAC’s postseason tournament, which runs Oct. 31 through Nov. 4.