At the Heinz Ahlmeyer Game held on Oct. 10, the SUNY New Paltz men’s soccer team stayed one step ahead of State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) rival SUNY Potsdam in a 4-3 win.
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Through the support of New Paltz faculty, staff and community members, the game also raised nearly $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, with donations continuing to roll in.
Named in honor of a 1966 New Paltz alumnus and former men’s soccer player who was killed in action in the Vietnam War in 1967, the Heinz Ahlmeyer game included a static display of law enforcement vehicles from various local agencies and departments, including K-9 demonstrations for the attendees. Approximately a half hour before the start of the 1 p.m. contest, a 1962 Bell UH-1B Huey helicopter, flown by Jeff Lyons of Air One Mobility in Saugerties, N.Y., landed on a field adjacent to the game field.
The pregame ceremony also saw recognition of two current New Paltz students who are Purple Heart recipients: Senior Airmen Samuel Davies ’16 (Marketing) and Thomas Pulaski ’16 (MBA).
At halftime, New Paltz honored its 1965 men’s soccer team in celebration of their winning the NCAA Atlantic Coast Regional Championship. That team included Ahlmeyer ’66 among its members.
The Hawks took the game behind a strong effort from senior forward Jason Gonzalez ’16 (Management), who scored a pair of goals to push the Hawks ahead to an early 2-0 advantage. The Hawks improve to 9-5 (3-2 SUNYAC).
This event was made possible thanks to the generous support of the following agencies: U.S. Army Recruiters; U.S. Air Force Recruiters; New Paltz VFW; New Paltz Rescue Squad; New Paltz Fire Department; New Paltz Police Department; University Police Department at SUNY New Paltz; Town of Rosendale Police Department; Town of Lloyd Police Department; Town of Marlborough Police Department; City of Poughkeepsie Police Department; Ulster County Sheriff’s Office; New York State Police (Highland Station); New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police.