Niagara University’s loss is turning out to be Tompkins Cortland Community College’s gain.

Former Mynderse Academy boys soccer standout Jason Anderson transferred from the NCAA Division I program in western New York during the offseason — and already is making an impact with TC3.

Anderson was the focal point of the offense when the Panthers defeated Niagara County Community College 4-0 Sept. 9. Anderson played a role in three Panther goals.

He was named the TC3 Athlete of the Week.

Anderson broke the ice against NCCC in the 16th minute when he finished off a pass from teammate Darren Serrano-Griffiths. Anderson returned the favor 16 minutes later, setting up Serrano-Griffiths for a 2-0 advantage. Anderson made it 3-0 when he corralled a long pass and slipped the ball home in the 57th minute.

His five-point day helped him take over the team lead in goals (4) and points (9).

Anderson hit the scorebook in his inaugural game with TC3, netting a goal in a 6-2 season-opening win over Holyoke Community College. He scored the only goal in the Panthers’ 1-0 victory at Clinton Community College the first weekend of September.

Rattray scores at OCC

Anderson isn’t the only former Blue Devil who has found early success on the pitch. Cassidy Rattray has transitioned from Mynderse to a spot in the starting lineup with the Onondaga Community College women’s squad.

Rattray registered two goals in a 9-0 victory over Frederick Community College on the last Sunday in August. She got OCC off on the right foot 5:50 into the match and added her second tally in the 18th minute.

The Lazers roster also includes Kendra Vavra (Waterloo), Sarina Karito (Mynderse) and Cheyanne VanGee (Marion).

Buckley in Top 30

Soccer player Madeline Buckley may have graduated from William Smith in May, but her presence is still being felt around the Geneva community and the NCAA.

Buckley is among the Top 30 honorees for NCAA Woman of the Year. The winner is chosen from the top female student-athletes in 12 NCAA sports spanning Divisions I, II and III.

Buckley’s former teammate, 2014 graduate Olivia Zitoli, was a Top 30 honoree last fall.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award is given to the student-athlete with outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The selection committee will trim the list of candidates to nine in late September — three athletes in each division.

The 2015 recipient will be announced Oct. 18.

Buckley was tireless in her community service to the Finger Lakes and in her hometown of Wilmington, Del., during her time at William Smith. She was the collegiate winner of the Wooden Citizenship Cup as a senior.

Buckley scored 33 goals and assisted on 17 others during her collegiate career, a tenure highlighted by a Herons national championship in 2013.

Sports Coordinator Gregory G. McNall’s “College Notebook” appears Thursdays in the Finger Lakes Times. It features graduates from Ontario, Wayne, Yates and Seneca counties who are playing in college. Call Greg at 789-3333 ext. 244, fax him at 789-4077 or email him at gmcnall@fltimes.com.

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