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Golden Eagles remain undefeated

by Matthew Lauster - Staff Writer
Tue, Oct 3rd 2017 09:00 pm
Senior defensive back Julius Brunson (left) and junior offensive lineman Mike Ambrosio (right) set the pace for the rest of the players on the field during Saturday, Sept. 23's game against Utica College.  This year the Golden Eagles have yet to disappoint. With a supportive defense and an eager offense, Green and Gold fans are excited to see where the team will take the season from here.
Senior defensive back Julius Brunson (left) and junior offensive lineman Mike Ambrosio (right) set the pace for the rest of the players on the field during Saturday, Sept. 23's game against Utica College. This year the Golden Eagles have yet to disappoint. With a supportive defense and an eager offense, Green and Gold fans are excited to see where the team will take the season from here.

Everything has gone the Golden Eagles’ way this entire season. From a huge upset win over Hobart College, which was ranked number 14 at the time to start the season, to the blowing out Saint John Fisher College by a score of 38-7 in the Courage Bowl, it has been a first month to remember. Brockport seems to be able to do no wrong, especially, with an undefeated record. 

The Golden Eagles’ solid play on the defensive end has not gone unnoticed. Start by simply looking at the numbers. The defense has definitely showed up so far in this young season. On average, the Golden Eagles defense only allows about 10 points per game. The defense has prevailed in Brockport’s biggest games so far. The Green and Gold continued an undefeated streak this past weekend against the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons, recording its fifth win of the season. Brockport came back after being down 21-7 at the end of the second quarter, with a final score of 52-38.  

The Golden Eagle’s made Hobart College one dimensional by shutting down the opposing team’s run game to less than 100 yards. Against the St. John Fisher Cardinals, the Brockport defense dominated the game, allowing only one touchdown. When defending the pass, the Golden Eagles forced two interceptions. While defending the running game, no Cardinal running backs made it into the end zone. The Cardinals were only able to muster up 46 yards total while averaging less than four yards a carry.

 Altogether, the team defense for Brockport has been stout, but there have been many singular standout performances so far this season. One was seen from junior defensive end, Rashad Baker, in the season opener against Hobart College. Baker accounted for seven tackles and a pass breakup; he was a constant disruption for Hobart’s offensive line all game long. Another was seen in the shutout win over Ithaca, from senior linebacker, Matt Szymanski. In the game, Szymanski was dominant from the opening until the last play. Against Ithaca, he accounted for six tackles with one of those being for a loss and he also had a break up. With more performances like this, the Golden Eagles defense has been more than capable. 

The team has had a promising start to the season on the offensive side of the ball as well. The offense has showed in the team’s biggest games, scoring over 30 points against Hobart and St. John Fisher respectively. At the head of any great offense would be the quarterback. The Golden Eagles starting sophomore quarterback Joe Germinerio has been just that. With eight total touchdowns, five through the air and three rushed, he has definitely shown more experience than is to be expected from a sophomore quarterback. Germinerio has also accounted for almost 1200 total passing yards and has rushed around 250 yards in this young season. 

When asked about Germinerio’s play, fellow teammate Dustin Moyle, a sophomore kicker, said, “Joe has a had a pretty good start to the season and he keep pushing himself ... he is putting up pretty          good numbers.” 

The Golden Eagles’ efficiency through the air can be attributed to strong offensive line play as well. That is also a very big factor to the Eagles’ success with the run. With the offense running on all cylinders and with a quarterback who seems to have stepped over the “sophomore slump” phase,        the Golden Eagles’ offense looks more than just promising. 

Only five games in, it may still be a little too early to look ahead to the postseason. However, five straight, strong wins has both Brockport residents and the student body very excited for the remainder of the season. Hopefully, the Golden Eagles can keep riding this wave of momentum and end this season on a very high note. Finishing the regular season above .500 and making a deep run into the NCAA Championships will do that for sure.

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