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CCC to Celebrate Women’s Soccer Division III Champions

Monday, November 08, 2010


Plattsburgh, NY – The Clinton Community College Women's Soccer team won their final match against Genesee Community College of Batavia, NY, in the Division III, NJCAA National Tournament at Prince George Community College on November 7, 2010 in Largo, MD, with a score of 3-2, making them the Division III, NJCAA National Champions. The team’s coaches are Donna Dixon and her assistant Mel Defayette.

Team members Katie McIntosh and Chelsea LaRose took home National Tournament honors by being named to the All Tournament Team. Kelly Lucia was named Tournament Defensive Player and Kim Dragoon was named Most Valuable Player of the Tournament. Coach Donna Dixon, who was named Mountain Valley Athletic Conference Coach of the Year just prior to the National Tournament, also took top honors and was named Most Valuable Coach of the Tournament.

President John Jablonski said, "Our team has given us proof positive that teamwork and a can-do spirit are a powerful combination. Even after a shaky start this season, they didn’t focus on ‘Why we can’t.’ They spent their whole season thinking about ‘How we can.’ And they did – all the way to the National Championship. They have inspired us all."

"We as a college community are so proud of our team!" expressed Dr. Steve St. Onge, vice president of student affairs. "We take special pride in knowing that our local talent is showcased on a national stage. What a great group of young women!"

Coach Donna Dixon said, "We arrived back on campus (November 8) around 3:45 a.m. I was amazed to see about ten people with signs in freezing cold weather cheering us as we got off the bus. Then I found my office and the gym entrance all decorated. Since then, I’ve gotten over 100 emails from faculty and friends, text messages, it’s great. I’m not sure it’s hit home yet."

Dixon added, "I heard from some of the faculty that the ladies were in class today, that’s just how they are, responsible, exhausted, but they’re here."

"Reflecting on, ‘how did we get here?’ I went speechless and pretty emotional," Dixon said. "This team had more determination and chemistry of any other team I’ve coached. When they play, it’s all 17 ladies going after one goal at a time and putting pretty much everything else out of their minds and living in the moment. It’s an amazing ride."

The College will be hosting a celebration in honor of the Women’s Soccer Champions on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Forrence Center. The public is welcome and encouraged to join us.