Anna Cornell and Nathaniel Oczkowski join the men’s and women’s crew among the Liberty League Artists of the Week

ITHACA, NY – As reported by the Liberty League on Monday, April 11, Ithaca College Anna Cornel Take home the honors for Softball Pitcher of the Week while Nathaniel Oczkowski recorded Men’s Track & Field co-track Performer of the Week. The men’s team program was the first varsity eight to be named Liberty League Boat of the Week, while Ithaca’s second varsity eight took home the women’s Liberty League Boat of the Week.

Eight other people were added to the weekly honors roll by the Liberty League.

Softball Pitcher of the Week Anna Cornel
Cornell had a perfect 3-0 week in which she led the Bombers to victories over St. John Fisher, Clarkson University and St. Lawrence as she gave up just two earned runs with just 11 total hits in 14.2 innings. The talented freshman slinger also had 25 total strikeouts, including 11 in the 12-0 win over Clarkson.

Men’s Athletics– Co-Track Performer of the Week- Nathaniel Oczkowski

Nathaniel Oczkowski First and set a new school record in the 400-meter hurdles in Lehigh on Saturday. Oczkowski clocked a time of 52.80 seconds to win the event and earn the No. 2 finish in Division III that season.

Women’s Rowing Boat of the Week – Second Varsity Eight
Competing in the nationally recognized Knecht Cup, Ithaca’s second Varsity Eight, competing in the DIII Varsity Eight category, the lineup faced off against crews from Stockton, Susquehanna and Bryn Mawr. Introduced the Bombers lineup Devi of Oliveira, Emily light hall, Edie McRoberts, Carlie Wohlfahrt, Erika Elcsisin, Brenna Hanratty, Madelyn Farber, Katrina Pohlman and Emma Hammel. Ithaca was first with a finishing time of 7:24.09. The Bombers finished almost 18 seconds ahead of Stockton.

The boat secured a spot in Sunday’s grand finals, where they faced off against Catholic, Bryn Mawr and Stockton contestants. The Bombers took first place and took gold in the Finals with a final course time of 7:21.53, four seconds ahead of Bryn Mawr.

Women’s Rowing – Novice Boat of the Week – Women’s Varsity Four
The university four of the women drove in the category DIII. On Saturday they faced crews from Cabrini, Lafayette and Catholic. Including IC crew Holly Rybnik, Kelsey Lavan, Erin Trojan, Emma Anderson and Melanie Belmont. The Bombers finished the course in 8:39.62, securing first place ahead of Cabrini, whose finishing time was 8:47.20.

The four earned a spot in Sunday’s final. The crew competed against the same boats as Saturday, with an additional crew from Susquehanna. The Bombers finished first, taking home the gold hardware with a finishing time of 8:38.96. The Bombers separated from the pack, with the next boat finishing almost seven seconds behind.


Buzz Shirley hit .500 (6 out of 12) in four games this week as Ithaca went 3-1. Shirley drove in eight runs, hit five more, and won two home runs and two doubles. He ended the week with a slugging percentage of 1.167 and a base percentage of 0.611. Shirley started the week in a 3-on-4 game with a home run and four RBI against Hamilton. He then drove three from a home run and scored three goals as he went 2-for-3 to open the series against Bard.

Colin Leyner improved to 2-0 in the season as he pitched 7.1 innings and allowed two runs with six hits and hit seven in a 3-2 win for IC over Bard.

Track Gulick had the greatest success of his collegiate career in the faceoff circle when he went 17 of 24 to help Ithaca win 15-7 over Vassar. The first-year midfielder also collected a powerful 10 groundballs.

Jake Ericson had a very even game in the 15-7 win over Vassar as the junior attacker finished with seven points at top level. He scored his seventh hat trick of the season and shared four assists to keep the Bombers offensive going.

Ryan LaForty was rock solid between the whistles against Vassar and helped Ithaca College return to winning ways with a 15-7 win. He made a .611 save on 30 shots against the Brewers from 11 total saves.

Megan Motkowski led IC to a 2-0 week with nine points, seven goals and two assists. Motkowski also won five ties and picked up two groundballs. She was extremely efficient during the week as 12 of her 13 shots were on target. She scored three goals against Bard and followed that up with four goals and two assists against Vassar.

Emma Kindblom continues to be a force at the top of the Ithaca lineup as she led the team to seven wins thanks to a 7-of-19 (.368) on the dish that included a double, triple, two homers, five stolen bases and a pair from RBIs. She currently leads the Bombers through the first 19 games of the season with a .333 batting average.

Tia Jones scored two first places in Lehigh on Saturday when she won the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.16 seconds, placing 15th in Division III, and she ran the anchor leg in the 4×100-meter relay , which ended with a time of 48.39 seconds – the 14th best time in the country.


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