How I Play The Game: Mike Moranz

By Julia Evans ’14
Athletic Communications Assistant

How did you become a goalie?

I’ve been a goalie since I was 12, but I played other positions when I was younger. I used to play forward and midfield. There were only two goalies on my club team, and one of them quit, so I stepped in and have been in that position ever since.

Did you know you wanted to play soccer in college?

Yes, it was the biggest part of my college search.

How does being in goal differ from playing on the field?

In every way. Laughs. Seeing the whole field, and everything that goes on makes you feel more important because you can feel the pressure of the game—that’s my favorite part. The feeling of being able to change the game is a cool aspect, whereas in other positions you have to rely on having the ball or being around the ball to have an influence.

What’s the biggest pressure you’ve felt during a game during your time at U of R so far?

Probably during our NCAA game my freshmen year, or our game at Carnegie Mellon also Fall 2010. It was a make or break game for us. I played one of the best games I’ve ever played in my life at Carnegie Mellon against the Tartans. In the first half, I made a b save on a free kick, and all my teammates told me it was a great save. Saves like that are what gives me and the team momentum boosts throughout the game to keep us going. One goal always makes a difference whether it’s us going up a point, the opposing team going up, or tying—it always impacts the game.

What’s the dynamic between you and your teammates when you’re in goal?

Communication is one of our biggest responsibilities as goalies. We have to organize, strategize, and keep everyone together. We have to make sure everyone is keeping pressure on the ball and that everyone is marked up. As for dynamic, since we’re directing the players on the field, there needs to be the mutual understanding that we respect one another as athletes and teammates so no one takes it personally.

How do you get along with your teammates off the field?

We’re really close. We had a suite last year and we’d all watch English Premier League games together on weekends.

What are practices like for you and how do they make you a more effective goalie?

We have separate practice times for specific goalie training but we also practice with everyone else to better our footwork. Even though our job as goalie is more focused on eye hand coordination we have to understand how to move our feet as well. That understanding helps us to better communicate with our teammates on the field.

How do you best improve your skills as a goalie?

Really just playing games and doing it as much as possible. You can do drills over and over but there’s nothing like being put in a situation in a game. You have to adapt to so much in a game because you never know what’s going to happen beforehand—you have to be a quick thinker.

Do you ever miss playing in positions other than goalie?

Yeah I do. I try to play midfield whenever I can. It’s good to have some variety and do something different.

What’s your relationship like with your coach?

Coach Apple’s a good coach. He knows what he’s talking about, he’s tough, asks a lot from us, but is very passionate about the sport. Since he’s a Rochester alum, his passion highlights the positive aspects of soccer, and he takes a lot of pride in coaching us to success.

What’s your major?

Political Science.

Do you have a favorite professor?

I’ve had a lot of professors I’ve liked, but haven’t had any really close relationships because I’ve only had professors one time, which makes it harder to get to know them. I have a good relationship with Professor Gamm, even though I’ve never taken a class with him, he’s my advisor and I’ve been able to talk to him a lot. He was there to help me plan my schedule during my freshmen pre-season, so I’ve known him since I arrived at U of R. He’s very smart and he keeps you on your toes.


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‘Jackets Host Rowan Wed. in NCAA Playoffs

By Rochester Athletics

Rochester received its first-ever berth into the NCAA Division III field hockey playoffs and will host a first round game on Wednesday at 2 pm. The Yellowjackets will face Rowan University of the New Jersey State Athletic Conference.

The Liberty League received three bids to the 2012 championships, including two of the six available Pool C (at-large) bids. William Smith won the Pool A automatic berth by winning the Liberty League championship. The Herons defeated the Yellowjackets, 3-1, in Saturday’s title game. The other Pool C bid from the league went to Skidmore College. Rochester defeated Skidmore, 3-2, in overtime in the semifinals of the Liberty League playoffs last Thursday at Edwin Fauver Stadium.

The first round match between Rochester and Rowan will be played at Fauver Stadium at 2 pm. It is one of eight first-round matches scheduled for that day. The NCAA took 24 teams into its 2012 championship field. Seventeen teams received Pool A bids. Christopher Newport University earned the sole Pool B bid. Six squads received the Pool C invitations.

Tickets are priced at $6 for adults and $3 for students with ID. They can be purchased at Fauver Stadium beginning one hour before the game begins.

Rowan lost in the NJAC playoffs to Montclair State University. The Profs were 15-6. Rochester was 16-5 this year, setting a single-season record for victories. The winner of the Rochester-Rowan game advances to play Salisbury University in a four-team regional on Saturday at Salisbury. The other game in that regional matches second-seeded Montclair against the winner of the Christopher Newport-Gwynedd Mercy match (played Wednesday at Christopher Newport).

Winners of the four regionals will compete in the 2012 Final Four at William Smith College on November 17-18. The four regional hosts this year are Salisbury, third-seeded Mary Washington, fourth-seeded William Smith, and top-seeded Middlebury College.

Skidmore opens at home against Mass-Dartmouth on Wednesday. The winner advances to Middlebury to play the top-seeded Panthers.

Rochester had seven players selected for the All-Liberty League team this year. Freshman forward Michelle Relin was named the Liberty League Rookie of the Year. Head coach Wendy Andreatta and assistants Ashley Smeltzer and Alexis Vangellow were named the Coaching Staff of the Year. Rochester finished in a three-way tie for second place in the league with Skidmore and RPI.

Yellowjacket goaltender Madison Wagner ranked third in the NCAA Division III statistics in save percentage and 10th in goals-against average. She has allowed 21 goals this year (1.12 GAA), made 114 saves, and has a save percentage of .844.

The top scorers are senior Shelby Hall and freshman Relin, both with 17 goals and eight assists for 42 points. Junior Katie Flaschner has 10 goals and 5 assists for 25 points.

Rowan is making its 18th appearance in the national tournament, its first since 2009. The Profs won the 2002 national championship with a perfect 21-0 record. Rowan reached the semifinals in 1998 and 2000 and made six other appearances in the quarterfinals: 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008.

Nine different players have scored gamewinning goals for Rowan. Sophomores Jenna O’Sullivan and Karlee Henderson have three apiece. Sophomore Kellie Campbell tops the scoring chart with 18 goals, three assists for 39 points. Senior Erin Bernat is second in scoring with seven goals and six assists for 20 points. Junior Amy McKeever is third in scoring (6-6-18) and Henderson is fourth (6-4-16).

In goal, senior Jen Goldberg has a 1.40 GAA with 19 goals allowed, 62 saves, and a .765 save percentage. Junior Steph Colombo has a 2.41 GAA with 18 goals allowed, 57 saves, and a .760 save percentage.

Article and photos courtesy of Rochester Athletics. Read more about the field hockey team here.