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Cleveland Fusion
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Founded 2002
League Women's Football Alliance
Team history NWFA (2002-2008)
WFA 2009-Present
Based in Cleveland, Ohio
Stadium Maple Heights Mustang Stadium
Colors Seal Brown, Orange, White
President T.J. Monachino
Head coach Erik Keister
Championships 0
Division titles 2

The Cleveland Fusion is a women's professional American football team based in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. They play in the Women's Football Alliance. The Fusion played in the National Women's Football Association from their inception in 2002 until 2008. Home games are played at Mustang Stadium at Maple Heights High School.

History

The Cleveland Fusion were founded in 2002.[1][2] They joined the Women's Football Alliance in 2009 after seven seasons in the National Women's Football Association.[3]

The team used to play at Bedford High School's Bearcat Stadium, as well as at Byers Field in Parma, Ohio.[4] A number of players have been drawn from Cleveland-area colleges, including Case Western Reserve University.[1]

T.J. Monachino took over the team before the 2017 season.[5]

Multiple organizations have praised the Fusion for promoting gay pride and breaking down gender roles.[3][6][7]

Season-by-season results

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Cleveland Fusion (NWFA)
2002 6 3 0 2nd Great Lakes Lost League Quarterfinal (Massachusetts)
2003 7 3 0 2nd Northern Great Lakes Won Northern Conference Quarterfinal (Baltimore)
Lost Northern Conference Semifinal (Detroit)
2004 3 5 0 4th Northern Great Lakes --
2005 5 3 0 10th Northern --
2006 8 2 0 1st Northern North Central Won League Wild Card (Philadelphia)
Lost League Quarterfinal (Oklahoma City)
2007 8 3 0 3rd Northern Central Won Northern Conference Quarterfinal (Connecticut)
Won Northern Conference Semifinal (Massachusetts)
Lost Northern Conference Championship (Pittsburgh)
2008 5 3 0 2nd Northern Central --
Cleveland Fusion (WFA)
2009 4 4 0 3rd National Mid-Atlantic --
2010 6 3 0 2nd National North Central Lost National Conference Quarterfinal (St. Louis)
2011 5 3 0 2nd National Mid-Atlantic --
2012 2 6 0 2nd National Mideast --
2013 9 1 0 1st National North Central Won National Conference Wild Card (West Michigan)
Lost National Conference Quarterfinal (Chicago)
2014 7 3 0 2nd National Northeast Won National Conference Wild Card (Indy)
Lost National Conference Quarterfinal (Boston)
2015 6 3 0 2nd National Mid-Atlantic Lost National Conference Quarterfinal (Chicago)
2016 4 5 0 6th National Lost National Conference Quarterfinal (Boston)
Totals 85 50 0 (including playoffs)

[8] [9]


2015 roster

Cleveland Fusion roster
Quarterbacks
  • 49 Keri Palma

Running Backs

  • 31 Mercedes Ephraim
  • 38 Andrea Mixon

Wide Receivers

  • 81 Maria Jackson
  • 19 Kanisha Coward

Tight Ends

  • 83 Valerie Riley
Offensive & Defensive Line
  • 35 Jacque Martin
  • 56 Tiffany Johnson
  • 60 Britney Wallace
  • 61 Daniece Harris
  • 63 Tania Torres
  • 66 Yermesha Kyle
  • 77 Shanolen Kendall
  • 78 Elizabeth Dillow
  • 91 Caprita Bell
  • 93 Kathy Dougherty

Linebackers

  • 21 Stefanie Russo
  • 23 Desiree Alexander
  • 45 Veronica Rucker
  • 51 Christine Mason
  • 52 Chelsea Biggers
Defensive Backs
  • 26 Angela Mason
  • 32 Amanda Cooch
  • 44 Katie Green


Kickers

  • 86 Lauren Acker
Injured Reserve
  • 63 Marie "Pony" Vibbert

Exempt List

  • Currently vacant

Practice Squad

  • Currently vacant
  • Rookies in italics
  • Roster updated December 2015
  • 26 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS

2009

Season Schedules

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 18 Kentucky Karma Home Won 38-14
April 25 Pittsburgh Force Home Lost 28-34
May 9 Columbus Comets Away Lost 12-30
May 16 Kentucky Karma Away Lost 12-20
May 30 Pittsburgh Force Away Won 34-16
June 6 Columbus Comets Home Lost 7-20
June 13 Cincinnati Sizzle Home Won 36-18
June 27 Cincinnati Sizzle Away Won 48-14

2010

Season Schedules

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 10 Toledo Reign Away Won 18-7
April 17 Kentucky Karma Away Won 54-6
April 24 Pittsburgh Force Home Won 60-3
May 1 Detroit Dark Angels Home Won 39-12
May 8 West Michigan Mayhem Away Lost 0-55
May 15 Toledo Reign Home Won 62-0
June 5 Detroit Dark Angels Away Won 34-14
June 19 West Michigan Mayhem Home Lost 14-66
June 26 St. Louis Slam (National Conference Quarterfinal) Home Lost 23-50

2011

Standings

2011 Mid Atlantic Division
W L T PCT PF PA DIV GB STK
y-Pittsburgh Passion 8 0 0 1.000 270 35 8-0 --- W8
Cleveland Fusion 5 3 0 0.625 267 90 5-3 3.0 L1
Columbus Comets 5 3 0 0.625 191 60 5-3 3.0 W2
Pittsburgh Force 2 6 0 0.000 8 364 2-6 6.0 L1
Erie Illusion 0 8 0 0.250 68 255 0-8 8.0 L8

Season Schedules

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 2 Columbus Comets Away Lost 13-16
April 16 Pittsburgh Passion Home Lost 8-26
April 30 Erie Illusion Home Won 50-0
May 7 Pittsburgh Force Away Won 54-0
May 14 Columbus Comets Home Won 16-6
May 21 Erie Illusion Away Won 50-0
June 4 Pittsburgh Force Home Won 76-0
June 11 Pittsburgh Passion Away Lost 0-42

2012

Standings

2012 Division 4
W L T PCT PF PA DIV GB STK
Detroit Dark Angels 8 0 0 1.000 248 46 4-0 --- W8
Cleveland Fusion 2 5 0 0.333 60 168 2-1 3 L1
Pittsburgh Force 0 6 0 0.000 26 210 0-4 5 L6

Season schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 14 West Michigan Mayhem Home Lost 7-23
April 21 Pittsburgh Force Home Won 33-6
April 28 Detroit Dark Angels Away Lost 6-14
May 5 Pittsburgh Passion Away Lost 0-49
May 12 Pittsburgh Force Away Won 14-6
May 19 Chicago Force Home Lost 0-48
June 2 Columbus Comets Away Lost 0-22
June 9 Detroit Dark Angels Home Lost 14-17

2013

Standings

2013 Division 3
W L T PCT PF PA DIV GB STK
Cleveland Fusion-y 8 0 0 1.000 322 18 6-0 --- W8
Cincinnati Sizzle 4 4 0 0.500 186 264 3-3 3 W1
Derby City Dynamite 3 5 0 0.375 136 238 2-4 4 W3
Toledo Reign 1 7 0 0.125 65 278 1-5 5 L3

Season schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 13 Derby City Dynamite Home Won 44-0
April 20 Toledo Reign Away Won 36-6
April 27 Derby City Dynamite Away Won 40-0
May 4 Central Maryland Home Won 42-0
May 11 Cincinnati Sizzle Away Won 47-6
May 18 Toledo Reign Home Won 50-0
June 1 Cincinnati Sizzle Home Won 55-6
June 8 Central Maryland Away Won 48-0


2014

Standings

2014 WFA Northeast Division
W L T PCT PF PA DIV GB STK
y - Boston Militia 7 0 0 1.000 199 92 2-0 --- W7
z - Cleveland Fusion 6 2 0 0.750 224 121 0-2 2 W4
Pittsburgh Force 3 2 0 0.600 64 80 0-0 5 L1

y - clinched division title
z - clinched playoff berth


Season schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 5 Columbus Comets Home Won 27-7
April 19 Boston Militia Away Lost 7-47
April 26 Indy Crash Home Won 7-0
May 3 Boston Militia Home Lost 7-48
May 10 Cincinnati Sizzle Away Won 71-0
May 17 Toledo Reign Away Won 46-0
May 31 Columbus Comets Away Won 23-12
June 7 West Michigan Mayhem Home Won 33-8

2015

Standings

Season schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 11 Central Maryland Seahawks Away Won 35-0
April 18 Columbus Comets Home Won 49-0
April 25 Indy Crash Home Won 35-0
May 9 Columbus Comets Away Won 47-6
May 16 Boston Renegades Home Lost 20-24
May 30 Detroit Dark Angels Away Won 35-0
June 6 DC Divas Away Lost 7-27
June 13 West Michigan Mayhem Home Won 42-12

Logos

References

  1. ^ a b "CWRU Alumni hit gridiron for Cleveland Fusion". The Observer. 2012-04-06. Archived from the original on 2018-05-31. 
  2. ^ Kedzi, Mike (2010-04-22). "North Royalton women at forefront of Cleveland Fusion fever: Royalton Revue". cleveland.com. Archived from the original on 2018-05-31. 
  3. ^ a b Watson, Lex (2018-04-14). "Cleveland's New Football Revolution". PressureLife. Retrieved 2018-05-31. 
  4. ^ Bowen, Chuck (2007-10-22). "Gridiron Girl". Cleveland Magazine. Archived from the original on 2018-05-31. 
  5. ^ Kleps, Kevin (2017-01-08). "Fusion will put best foot forward in 2017". Crain's Cleveland Business. Archived from the original on 2018-05-31. 
  6. ^ "The Perfect Fusion of Football and Pride". Cleveland Pride. 2017-05-22. Archived from the original on 2018-05-31. 
  7. ^ "Best Gender-Bending Sports Team: Cleveland Fusion". Cleveland Scene. 2006. Archived from the original on 2018-05-31. 
  8. ^ Rozendaal, Neal. The Women's Football Encyclopedia. p. 164. ISBN 978-0-9970637-0-7. 
  9. ^ Rozendaal, Neal. "The Women's Football Encyclopedia - 2016 Addendum" (PDF). nealrozendaal.com. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
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