It was a banner year for the Oswego State men’s basketball team and Coach Adam Stockwell. The Lakers finished the season at 24-5 overall for the second-most wins in school history to make their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the 88-year
history of the program.
Oswego State advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, defeating Wells College, 64-58, in front of a packed house at Max Ziel Gymnasium before falling to Rhode Island College.
The Lakers went on a 16-game win streak during the year and earned the first-ever No. 1 seed in the SUNYAC tournament.
Chad Burridge ’12 averaged 18.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and became the 15th player in school history to enter the 1,000-point club.
Among many honors, Burridge was named SUNYAC Player of the Year, and Stockwell was named SUNYAC Coach of the Year and NABC East District Coach of the Year. At press time, we learned that Coach Stockwell would be leaving Oswego.
Men’s Ice Hockey
The Laker men’s ice hockey team started the season with a mission to return to the NCAA Division III Tournament to take care of unfinished business from a year ago.
Oswego State got off to a quick start winning the first 12 games of the season to reach a No. 1 national ranking for the second consecutive year en route to earning the top seed in the SUNY Athletic Conference Championships with a 15-1 record.
The team led by Ed Gosek ’83, M ’01 was unable to defend its SUNYAC title, but received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, giving the Lakers their first back-to-back national tournament appearances since the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons.
Oswego State advanced to the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four in Minneapolis, but came up just short of reaching the NCAA Championship game after losing to Adrian College in the semifinal contest to finish the year at 23-5.
Women’s Ice Hockey
The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team experienced a season of many “firsts” in 2010-11 after posting a 13-10-3 overall record. The Lakers earned the program’s first-ever double-digit-win season with 13 victories and a winning record of 8-7-3 in the ever-competitive ECAC West.
Goaltender Emi Williams ’11 posted the best season of her stellar career with a .941 save percentage, which ranked fifth nationally, and a 1.68 goals against average, which ranked 11th nationally, en route to being named to the All-ECAC West Second Team. The honor signified the first time a Laker had received all-conference recognition.
Oswego State has a bright future to look forward to as it returns its top six scorers.
Swimming and Diving
The Oswego State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams had
successful runs at the SUNYAC Championships in February with the Laker women placing fifth after scoring 324 points and the Laker men placing sixth with 287 points.
Nicole Dean ’11 led the women’s charge at the conference championships along with stellar performances by Katie Maye ’12 and Delia Reed ’12.
On the men’s side, Kyle Lounsberry ’11 stood on the podium in three individual events.
Dean and Nick Dupree ’12 were also recognized for their efforts in the classrooms as they were the recipients of the Oswego State Woman’s Scholar Athlete and Donald Snygg Awards respectively. Dean was also one of five SUNY Oswego students to receive the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.
The Oswego State women’s basketball team earned its 10th consecutive
SUNYAC postseason appearance after starting the season with six straight wins before posting an overall record of 11-15 and a SUNYAC record of 8-10. At the start of the season, the Lakers captured first place at the Max Ziel Tournament with Colleen McCready ’11 earning MVP honors, while Kayla Ryan ’12 was also named to the all-tournament team.
Ryan, who led Oswego State in scoring, became the ninth player in Laker women’s basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
The Oswego State wrestling team had
several individual successes during a season that saw the Lakers finish 5-11 in dual meets, seventh at the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference Championships, and 15th at the New York Intercollegiate State Championships. Michael Gentilcore ’14 was named the ECWC Rookie of the Year, becoming the first wrestler in program
history to receive postseason accolades from the ECWC. Gentilcore posted a record of 26-8 with 13 pins at 125 pounds, and earned third place at the ECWC Championships.
Indoor Track and Field
The Oswego State men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams each finished in eighth place at the SUNYAC Championships in February while select
members of the men’s squad tied for 47th-place at the ECAC Championships.
The top-finishing event for the Lakers at the conference meet was the 4×400 relays for both men’s and women’s squads. The men’s team set a new school record in the event with its third-place time of 3:26.72. The women’s crew established a new benchmark after crossing the finish line in 4:12.41.
The Laker field hockey team had several highlights en route to a 4-11 overall
record and 1-5 SUNYAC mark, including a 2-1 overtime win over Brockport. In a 7-0 win over Wells, Kelly Collins ’12 tied the school record for points in a game with eight on three goals and two assists, while Ashley Fiorelle ’14 tied the program mark for assists in a contest with three.
Offensively, Oswego State was paced by Collins and Brittany Roetzer ’12.
Roetzer became the second player in program history to receive First Team
All-SUNYAC accolades for two seasons, while Kelly Blair ’13 was named to the
all-conference second team.
Outdoor Track and Field
The outdoor track and field squads consistently established new personal bests over the course of the year, while also rewriting some school records and collecting additional honors. Kyle Dudzinski ’12 established a new school mark in the javelin with a distance of 163 feet, 11 inches (49.96 meters) after breaking the record in back-to-back weeks. AJ Carapella ’10 also had a strong outdoor season when he won the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Hamilton Invitational followed by a first-place result in the 200 at the University of Rochester Invite.
The Laker men’s 4×100 meter relay, consisting of Carapella, Dudzinski, Geoff Kobuszewski ’10 and Kevin Leonard ’12, posted a time of 43.82 to place 12th at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships after qualifying at the SUNY Athletic Conference Championships with a seventh-place finish.
Despite being outmatched in most of their contests, the 12-member men’s tennis team demonstrated a true passion for the game through hard work and perseverance over the season’s obstacles. Their opponents
included the likes of Oneonta, Elmira, Rochester Institute of Technology,
Onondaga Community College, Roberts Wesleyan and St. John Fisher. Jeff
McGovern ’11 posted the best singles
record on the team with a mark of 2-3 with victories against Elmira and OCC.
The Laker softball team battled through the spring season, posting a 5-29 overall record with non-conference wins over Lasell during spring break, Nazareth in dramatic walk-off fashion, and Utica after being shut out of the first game in the doubleheader.
Oswego closed out the 2010 season by sweeping Potsdam in a doubleheader, including a five-inning, 10-2 victory, in the final weekend of the semester.
The young squad that featured 13 sophomores and freshmen including Marie Steding ’13, who batted .429, and Sue Schoff ’13, who recorded a .319 batting average. Steding also led the pitching staff, which consisted entirely of freshmen, in wins (4), ERA (5.33), and strikeouts (45).
The SUNY Oswego women’s lacrosse team found that South Athletic Field was a welcome place for the Lakers to compete as they had a mark of 5-3 at home en route to an overall record of 7-10. One of the season’s highlights came during a three-game stretch when the Lakers scored 20 or more goals in each contest. In the final game of the streak, Oswego State established a new single-game scoring record with 28 goals and 45 points in
a 28-3 victory over Cazenovia as Marisa
Audley ’10, Kristen Darcy ’12, Amanda Hecox ’12 and Maria Martusewicz ’11.
Defender Liz Conrad ’12 was voted Second Team All-SUNYAC by the league coaches, as she paced the squad with 21 caused turnovers and 37 groundballs.
The Laker lacrosse team remained in the thick of the SUNYAC playoff race until the very end of the spring season, but came up just short as parity was exhibited among all of the conference squads before posting an overall mark of 6-10. One of the many highlights from the year came when Oswego battled from behind to defeat Utica 10-9 in a thriller under the lights, marking the first time since 2003 that the Lakers knocked off the Pioneers. A second come-from-behind victory came at home with the Lakers fighting back to defeat Brockport 11-9.
Goalie Judd Robinson ’10 finished the season with 183 saves to close out his career with 697 saves, ranking second in program history just behind Scott Moody ’95, who amassed 728 career stops. Transfer student Andy Lever ’12 fueled the Laker offense with 43 points on 23 goals and 20 assists.
The season also marked the end of an era as head coach Dan Witmer ’82 stepped down from his position following the college’s decision to elevate the position to full-time status. During Witmer’s 28-year career as a part-time head coach, the Lakers appeared in six ECAC tournaments, winning the championship in 1996 and finishing second in 1994 and 1997. His teams also won three Empire Lacrosse League titles (1994, 1995, 1996), and were ranked among the nation’s top 20 teams in both 1994 and 1996.
After getting off to a slow start, the
Oswego baseball team closed out its spring break trip with a six-game winning streak to jumpstart another 20-win season. The Lakers put together a second run midway through the season, winning five out of seven games in April, as Oswego went on to record seven doubleheader sweeps en route to an overall record of 20-16. The offense scored 10 or more runs in 11 games during the season.
Leading the way at the plate for the Lakers was Rafael Cordero ’11, who tallied a .355 batting average with a team-leading 29 RBI. Andy Salvatore ’10 paced the pitching staff with a 3.28 ERA, five complete games, and 32 strikeouts.
— Adele Burk,
Sports Information Director