Bandrowski, Bottoni Nab Athletes of the Week
October 29, 2012
Junior Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches) scored five goals with one assist to lead the Keuka women’s soccer team into the postseason. Sophomore Lee Bottoni (Prattsburgh, NY/Prattsburgh) earned another first-place team finish during the North Eastern Athletic Conference’s (NEAC) cross country championships.
On Monday, Bandrowski and Bottoni were selected as Keuka’s Athletes of the Week.
Bandrowski scored twice during a span of 13 minutes early in the contest, putting Keuka ahead 1-0 on a chip shot from 30 yards out in the ninth minute before ripping a shot from the outside left edge of the 18 in the 22nd minute. She added an assist and completed the hat trick with a late goal as the Storm picked up their fifth straight shutout win.
Facing SUNYIT in the regular season finale, Bandrowski scored twice, but the Storm suffered a 6-5 overtime loss to finish sixth in the NEAC standings.
Trailing 4-2, Bandrowski beat the keeper one-on-one to slice the Keuka deficit to 4-3 in the 64th minute. Late in regulation and trailing 5-4, Bandrowski once again tied the game at five with 1:01 remaining, but the Storm (8-6, 8-4 NEAC) allowed a goal five minutes into overtime, falling to the Wildcats.
In her first year playing college soccer, Bandrowski has scored 18 goals in just 14 games and is currently 14th in the nation in goals per game (1.29). It was Bandrowski’s sixth multi-goal game of the year.
The talented midfielder currently ranks second on the Storm in goals and points (41), and is tied for first with five assists. Bandrowski ranks fourth in the NEAC in goals scored, and fifth in points.
The Keuka women’s soccer team clinched the No. 6 seed in the upcoming NEAC postseason tournament and will travel to Penn State-Harrisburg (12-6, 10-2) Wednesday afternoon for a NEAC quarterfinal contest.
Bottoni, a third-team All-NEAC selection as a freshman, closed out the 2012 cross country season the way he started it: with a first-place team finish during Saturday’s NEAC championship meet at the 8K course at Lorimer Park in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
For the seventh time in seven races, Bottoni crossed the finish line as the Storm’s fastest runner.
On Saturday, facing the NEAC’s best, Bottoni ran the course in 31 minutes and 49 seconds. His effort was good for 24th place out of 91 finishers and just 13 seconds away from earning third-team All-NEAC honors.
The Storm placed ninth out of 10 schools with a team score of 216. SUNY Cobleskill placed three runners in the top 10 and won the meet with a score of 52 points, followed by Morrisville State (54), SUNYIT (70), Penn State-Berks (112), Wells College (156), Penn State-Abington (164), Penn State-Harrisburg (169), Gallaudet University (196), Keuka and Lancaster Bible College (251).