2012 Regional Youth Competitions
WESTERN NEW YORK REFEREES HAVE ANOTHER GREAT YEAR AT REGIONAL COMPETITIONS!
The year began when Christopher Trottier of Rochester was invited back to the 2012 National Championships due to his great performance at the 2011 tournament.

REGION 1 ODP CAMP: Western New York sent two referees to this unique and extremely valuable training camp. In attendance at the University of Rhode Island this summer were Michael Boltri of the Buffalo district and Antonio Triana of the Ithaca district. We had hoped to send 4 referees again but some last minute date changes at the regional level made it impossible for 2 of the referees to attend. The referees who attended were mentored by USSF National Staff on U16 level girls matches featuring some of the best individual talent in the region.

REGION 1 PRESIDENT’S CUP: WNYSRA sent five officials and one assessor to the 2012 President’s Cup in Manchester, NH. They were (in alphabetical order): Michael Boltri, Buffalo; Casey Byrne, Ithaca; Jason Cutler, Buffalo; Daniil Pikulik, Ithaca and Kyle Sauln, Rochester. Casey and Jason were both given final assignments at the tournament. Assessor Dick Reif represented Western New York at the tournament.

REGION 1 ODP TOURNAMENT: 9 referees and 2 assessors attended the event held the weekend after state cup in the Lawrenceville/Princeton area of New Jersey. Assessors attending were Dick Reif and Angelo Paparo. Referees in attendance were: Kyle Burke, Elmira; Nicholas Geisler, Ithaca; Evan Holl, Ithaca; Richard Nolan, Syracuse; Samantha Randall, Ithaca; Daniel Simich, Buffalo; Michael Simich, Buffalo; Jenna Tobias, Ithaca and Nicholas Wodo, Buffalo. Of special note was Nicholas Geisler who was invited to attend the regional ODP Finals in Kirkwood. Unfortunately he was unable to attend due to prior work commitments.

REGION 1 DIRECTOR’S PREMIER LEAGUE FINALS: Western New York nominated three referees to attend the finals in Kirkwood Delaware. Unfortunately due to cutbacks necessary because of the economic conditions; only two of the three were able to attend. They were Molly Cunningham of Buffalo and Richard Nolan of Syracuse. Also nominated was Nicolas Wodo of Buffalo. Once again, because of her performance at the finals, Molly Cunningham was invited from the finals to the Region 1 Championships once again lifting the total number of referees WNY was able to send to that competition to 12. This is now the fourth year in a row that one of our referees has been so honored.

REGION 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS: 12 referees and 2 assessors attended the Region 1 Championships in Lancaster, Pennsylvania this year. Assessors attending were Art Jaspe and Dick Reif. Referees invited to the tournament were Michael Boltri, Buffalo; Jeffrey Cook, Ithaca; Molly Cunningham, Buffalo; Lauren Dearman, Rochester; Charley Falletta, Buffalo; Gregory Irwin, Rochester; Christopher Mazgaj, Buffalo; Richard Nolan, Syracuse; Samantha Randall, Ithaca; Jessica Skelly, Buffalo; Jenna Tobias, Ithaca and Nicholas Wodo, Buffalo.
All of our referees were assigned semi-final matches with center assignments in the semis going to Jenna Tobias, U12G 8v8; Michael Boltri, U13B; Nicholas Wodo, U14B; Lauren Dearman, U15G and Molly Cunningham, U19G.
A very respectable 7 of our 12 attendees were assigned to final matches. They were Charley Falletta, U12G, Center Referee; Samantha Randall, U13G, Center Referee; Jessica Skelly, U17G, Center Referee; Jeffrey Cook, U12B 8v8, Assistant Referee; Greg Irwin, U12G, Fourth Official; Lauren Dearman, U17G, Assistant Referee and Molly Cunningham, U16G, Assistant Referee. In addition, Molly Cunningham was named a standby to the National Championships as a referee.
REGION 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS GROUP PHOTO:
Left to Right:
William Campbell (H.O.D. and SYRA), Dick Reif (Assessor), Chris Mazgaj, Hugh Goodrich (NYSW State Cup Chair), Lauren Dearman, Nick Wodo, Jenna Tobias, Rick Nolan, Charley Falletta, Jeff Cook, Samantha Randall, Michael Boltri, Jessica Skelly, Molly Cunningham, Greg Irwin, Curt Regruit (NYSW 1st VP and Regional Rep) and Art Jaspe (SDA, WNYSRA and Assessor)
MOLLY CUNNINGHAM watches opponents as the ball approaches during her regional semi-final match.
JESSICA SKELLY overseeing her regional final match.
SAMANTHA RANDALL gets close to play during her regional final match.
A WNYSRA TRIUMVIRATE!
Center Referee Charley Falletta watching play at midfield during her Regional Final match. Also looking on are 4th official Greg Irwin and assessor Dick Reif.
CATCHING HIS SECOND WIND is AR Jeff Cook during a Regional Semi-Final match.
INCOMING! Jenna Tobias at her regional semi-final match.
LAUREN DEARMAN checks the grip on her whistle during a preliminary match at the regional championships.
MICHAEL BOLTRI watching play during his semi-final match at the Regional Championships.
NICK GEISLER doing crowd control at the ODP Tournament.
JASON CUTLER has a word with a player during president's cup play.
CASEY BYRNE points out the "photographer's line" during his president's cup final.