Golden Romney Field House reopened to limited spring practices as work wrapped up on a $2 million project to breathe new athletic life into the college’s former ice hockey home.
“It’s a transformation,” said Nicholas Lyons, vice president for administration and finance.
Men’s and women’s spring sports teams—from lacrosse to track and field, from baseball to softball—worked out on the state-of-the-art, dual-surface flooring, illuminated by new energy-efficient lighting.
The field house opened in 1963 as the first ice rink in the SUNY system, serving as the college’s ice hockey home for more than 40 years until the 2006-07 season.
Now, the Athletic Department points with pride to the Rekortan M99 synthetic track surface: four lanes of new 200-meter track over an elastic layer, plus outer-corner installations for the long-jump pit, the pole vault and more.
There is a smooth transition from the track to the FieldTurf infield, a surface designed for safety and endurance. The infield is marked off for four tennis courts and, with the addition of temporary lines, can be available for field events and lacrosse and soccer practices. From the ceiling hangs netting that can bisect the infield so that side-by-side practices can take place.
Then there’s the ceiling-mounted, electrically lowered baseball “cage,” a netted, tunnel-like structure, subdivided to accommodate batting practice and pitcher-catcher workouts at the same time.
It’s an amazing building. It’s really designed to be a state-of-the-art, multipurpose practice facility.
“Providing a top-notch practice facility for many different sports has been the central goal for the project,” Lyons said, in part because the track and the turf field are not regulation size and the field house is no longer intended for NCAA competition.
The impact of the Romney revitalization on Oswego’s ability to recruit Division III student-athletes for outdoor sports is significant. It’s all about curb appeal and feeling good about where you are spending your time.
Bob Lloyd ’81 M’89 of the college’s Facilities Design and Construction department is the Romney renovation project coordinator with general contractor Diamond & Thiel Construction Inc., working from the Clough Harbor Associates design. The campus has, for the money, unveiled a gem, he said.
“I think we got a lot of bang for our buck,” Lloyd said. “The place was really transformed into a nice, usable facility.”
—Jeff Rea ’71
The Laker men’s basketball team registered wins over NCAA Sweet 16 participants, Morrisville and Ithaca, en route to posting an overall record of 19-8 and a conference record of 11-7 under second-year head coach Jason Leone. Oswego State earned the fourth seed in the SUNYAC Championship, where it defeated Brockport on its home court in the quarterfinals before falling to NCAA qualifier Cortland in the semifinal round.
Hayden Ward ’13 averaged 18.2 points and 9.6 rebounds to finish his career ranked ninth with 1,393 points and second with 892 rebounds. He was the only league player to average a double-double, becoming the third player in program history to be named the SUNYAC Player of the Year. It marked the first of several accolades Ward earned on the season, as he was later named ECAC Division III Upstate First Team, D3hoops.com East Region First Team, NABC First Team All-East District, NABC All-America Third Team, D3hoops.com All-America Second Team and DIII News All-America Fifth Team. Sean Michele ’12 was named Third Team All-SUNYAC after leading the conference in minutes played and was among the best point guards averaging 3.2 assists. Earlier in the season, Ward was named the Max Ziel Tournament MVP, while Daniel Ross ’14 was also named to the all-tournament team.
The Oswego State women’s basketball team and head coach Tracy Bruno opened the season by winning its first eight games, including the program’s first win over Rochester, before wrapping up the year at 18-9 overall. The Lakers posted an 11-7 conference record to qualify as the third seed, and hosted their first playoff game since 2006-07. In the SUNYAC quarterfinal, Oswego State defeated Cortland for the third time in the season after having handed the Red Dragons three losses in the previous 47 meetings.
Meagan Stover ’13 and Kari Kipper ’13 both received All-SUNYAC recognition, as Stover was named First Team and Kipper was named Third Team. Stover, who was also the Max Ziel Tournament MVP, paced Oswego State with 12.2 points per game and 68 total steals. The ECAC Division III Upstate Second Team selection became the first Laker to receive First Team all-conference honors since 2004-05. Kipper ranked second on the squad scoring 10.6 points per game, while shooting 86.4 percent from the free-throw line. Newcomer Evie Josbena ’13 started the season strong, as she was named to the Max Ziel All-Tournament Team.
Men’s Ice Hockey
The Laker men’s ice hockey team and head coach Ed Gosek ’83 M ’01 posted one of the most memorable seasons in its storied history. Oswego State finished league play at 14-2-0 to earn the No. 1 seed before capturing its ninth SUNYAC Championship after blanking Plattsburgh, 4-0, to claim its fourth-straight NCAA bid.
The Lakers extended their season following a 3-2 overtime win over Adrian in the NCAA quarterfinal round to punch a ticket to the Frozen Four for an unprecedented fourth straight year. Oswego State knocked off Norwich, 6-3, in the NCAA semifinal before falling to Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the championship game to finish the season at 25-5-0 and cap off one of the most successful four-year stretches with a record of 98-17-2.
The season’s success brought accolades for members of the squad. Paul Rodrigues ’13 became the ninth Oswego State player to be named SUNYAC Herb Hammond Most Valuable Player after pacing the league in points and surpassing 100 career points. He was joined on the First Team by Luke Moodie ’13, who led the conference in goals and reached 100 career points, and defenseman Zach Josepher ’13, who was second in scoring among SUNYAC blueliners. Assistant captain Chris Brown ’13 received Second Team All-SUNYAC recognition after finishing second in assists and third in points, while goalie Andrew Hare ’13 ranked second in goals against average and save percentage and Jesse McConney ’13 ranked third in defensemen scoring to garner Third Team honors. Rodrigues was named American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Sid Watson Memorial Award winner, which is symbolic of the nation’s best Division III men’s ice hockey player, the USCHO.com Division III National Player of the Year and the D3hockey.com National Player of the Year. He is not only the first player in SUNYAC history to receive the award, but also the first Oswego State athlete to be named National Player of the Year in any sport. Moodie and Josepher were also named Division III CCM Men’s Hockey East Second Team All-Americans in Lake Placid.
Women’s Ice Hockey
The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team under head coach Diane Dillon produced the most successful conference season in program history, as the Lakers earned the No. 3 seed in the ECAC West tournament after recording a program-best 10 wins despite having just 17 players on the roster. Oswego State came up short in the ECAC West Playoffs, finishing the season at 12-12-1 overall.
Melissa Seamont ’14 became the second player in program history to be named Second Team All-ECAC West. She paced Oswego State with 24 points on nine goals and single-season record 15 assists, while finishing tied for second in assists in the league. Seamont enters next season five points away from setting the program record in career points and three assists away from the career assist mark.
The Lakers return their top ten scorers next season, including juniors Olivia Boersen ’14, Megan Hagg ’14 and Emma Smetaniuk ’14. Boersen recorded 16 points, while Hagg and Smetaniuk notched 11 points each. Bridget Smith ’15 logged over 1,000 minutes in goal en route to a 10-8-1 record, while Tori Trovato ’16 went 2-3-0 with a 1.79 goals against average.
Indoor Track and Field
The Oswego State men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams each finished eighth at the SUNYAC Championships in February under second-year head coach David Thompson.
Brittany DalCais ’15 took second place in the pole vault at the SUNYAC Championships en route to earning Second Team All-SUNYAC recognition. Earlier in the season, she broke her own record in the event after clearing a height of 11 feet, 7 3/4 inches (3.55m). DalCais was also a member of the women’s 4×400 meter relay that placed second with a school-record time of 4:05.24. Other members of the relay included Kristen Harrigan ’15, Marissa Pariseau ’15 and Katie Bott ’14. Bott also established a new benchmark in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.66 seconds earlier in the course of the season.
At the SUNYAC Championships, Joshuwa Maiolo ’15 bettered the previous school mark in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 2 1/2 inches (6.77m) for a fourth-place finish. Ben Sweet ’13, Matt Wagenhauser ’15, Nick Reinsdorf ’15 and Noah Carroll ’14 also set a new school record in the distance medley relay during the season with a time of 10:21.51.
The Oswego State wrestling team and head coach Mike Howard ’90 had several individual successes during a season that saw the Lakers finish 3-11 in dual meets, seventh at the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference (ECWC) Championships and 13th at the New York Intercollegiate State (NYIS) Championships.
Blake Fisher ’13 became the first Oswego State wrestler to qualify for the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships since 2009 after placing second at 157 pounds at the NCAA Northeast Regionals and tallying a 23-10 record. He put together a 15-match winning streak near the end of the season that included winning a conference title at 165 pounds to become first grappler to earn the championship since 2006.
Omar Santiago ’13 posted a team-high 24 wins at 133 pounds, and fell one position short of qualifying for nationals by finishing fourth at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships. In addition, he placed fourth at the NYIS Championships and second at the RIT Invitational. Michael Gentilcore ’14 also won an individual title at 141 pounds at the RIT Invitational.
Swimming and Diving
Head coach Mike Holman ’96 led the Oswego State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams to
eighth- and ninth-place finishes, respectively, at the SUNYAC Championships in February with the Laker
men recording 176 points and the Laker women posting 131 points.
Both Andrew Minnick ’14 and Sabia Filiaci ’15 placed sixth in their strongest event, the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, respectively. Minnick touched the wall in 1:45.74, while Filiaci broke the one-minute barrier with a time of 59.87. Minnick went on to two more top-16 finishes. Justin Berrios ’15 impressed on both boards, finishing seventh in the 3-meter dive with a score of 370.55, and ninth in the 1-meter with a score of 376.05.
Tom Schmid ’14 completed a successful season in distance races with a pair of 14th-place finishes in the 400 individual medley and the 1,650 freestyle. Katie Flood ’14 also capped her junior season on a strong note at the championships with top-30 finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and the 200 individual medley.
Athletic Hall of Fame Indiction Luncheon
Saturday, Nov. 2, 12:30 p.m.
Congratulations to the 2013 Inductees:
Robert Brutsch ’71 – Baseball
Brian McGann ’70 – Wrestling
Anne Sarkissian DeRue ’04 – Swimming
Kathryne “Kat” Stead ’05 – Women’s Soccer and Lacrosse
For information and to register, please go to:
You might say Miles B. Borden ’50 is on the right track. Some 63 years after setting Oswego State records for speed, Miles is still putting on miles.
As a member of the Laker track team, Miles crossed the finish line in the record-breaking mile-long relay race at Cortland State in May 1949. The invitational track meet brought together college track teams from Hamilton College, Hartwick, Brockport, Rochester, Cortland and Oswego.
Miles continues to run five days a week with his wife, Leona. Miles and Leona have been cross-country skiing for about 40 years and often head north instead of south for the winter. When he’s not on the road, track or trails, Miles enjoys studying local history with middle school and high school students.
Miles has written five local history books, his latest being The History of Kings Park.
He was president of the Kings Park Fire Department for six years and chaired the committee which established the department’s ambulance squad. Miles has since retired after serving as a volunteer trustee of the Smithsonian Library Board of Trustees for 20 years.
At Oswego, Miles was the student body president for the 1949-50 academic year and a member of Beta Tau Epsilon.
Professor Emeritus of Education Raymond Bridgers Jr. readily admits that if someone had told him as a high school student that he would become a teacher, he would have laughed. “School was not a particularly happy place for me,” he says. But once he started teaching, Bridgers came to love the classroom.
“I literally enjoyed going to work every day, walking into the classroom,” he says, his voice brimming with excitement. “I hope the students enjoyed it as much as I did.”
With a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s in elementary education, both from the College of William and Mary, and a doctorate of education from Duke University in curriculum and instruction, Bridgers decided to teach school “until I decided what to do.”
He found he loved it, and wanting more classroom experience decided to take an opening at Oswego’s Campus School. He told the college he would stay only three years – he wanted to experience a northern climate. Their first night on campus, he and his wife, Carolyn, watched gentle, fluffy snowflakes fall against a streetlight outside their house window, and Bridgers thought it was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. The wonder he felt must have changed his plans, because he spent his entire career at Oswego.
“I feel fortunate to have spent 35 years at Oswego,” he says.
Although he spent his early career teaching ninth-graders and serving as a principal in Virginia, he found he loved the middle grades the most. “I liked the creativity of the junior high student. Their intellectual capacity was always exciting and interesting,’ he says.
After seven years in the Campus School, he taught in what is now Oswego’s School of Education.
“One of the main things I used to tell [students] was, ‘The most important thing you carry into the classroom is not your knowledge of physics, languages, etc. It’s you as a person and how you help those kids explore life,’”
Bridgers developed two courses at Oswego: “Teaching Culturally Different Children” – his basic theme was we’re all culturally different – and “Play and Playfulness,” about the importance of play in the lives of the young and old.
Bridgers always tried to learn students’ names from the first day in the classroom, and he refreshed the courses by periodically throwing away all his notes and developing his lectures anew.
He became a familiar figure on campus, with his boisterous laugh and fringed leather jacket. An avid runner, he completed several marathons. He served as adviser to Kappa Delta Pi (which he had served as president at Duke and William and Mary) and the sorority Alpha Sigma Chi. A member of Phi Delta Kappa education honorary, he received a federal fellowship in 1968-69.
In retirement, he loves spending time with his family, including Carolyn ’78 and their six children (Cynthia, Michael, Bradley M ’05, Katherine, Holly and Lori ’87), 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
He also enjoys making stained glass, a skill he learned at Oswego to craft doors for his kitchen cabinets and taught for several years at the Art Association of Oswego.
And while he enjoys retirement with his typical gusto, he still professes his love for Oswego and its students, saying, “If I had my druthers, I would have stayed and taught until they threw me out.”
Oswego State volleyball returned to SUNY Athletic Conference Playoffs for the first time since 1996 after turning in an overall record of 12-19 and a conference record of 2-4. The league victories also marked the first conference wins for the Lakers since the 2008 season. Oswego State eventually fell to NCAA qualifier New Paltz, 3-0, in the first round of the SUNYAC Playoffs.
Middle blockers Stephanie Bailey ’15 and Chelsea Crump ’13 received Second Team All-SUNYAC Western Division honors, becoming the first Lakers to earn all-conference recognition since 2007 when Heidi Armstrong ’08 was named Second Team All-SUNYAC Western Division. It also marked the first time that Oswego State had multiple honorees since 2005 when three players were acknowledged.
The Oswego State women’s soccer team closed out the 2012 SUNYAC schedule with a 1-0 overtime victory over Cortland to help the Lakers end the season at 7-9-0 overall and 3-6-0 in the league. The win was just the program’s second victory over the Red Dragons and the first since 2004. Bri Dolan ’15 scored eight points on three goals and two assists, becoming the first Laker women’s soccer player to be named First Team All-SUNYAC since Kathryn Stead ’05 was selected in 2002.
The Oswego State men’s soccer team remained in the SUNYAC race until the final day of the regular season, but came up just short of returning to the league championships with an overall record of 4-10-1 and a SUNYAC record of 3-5-1.
The squad posted back-to-back shutouts against Fredonia and Buffalo State late in the season. It marked the first time Oswego State had posted back-to-back shutouts in SUNYAC games since 2008, when the Lakers blanked Fredonia and Buffalo State. In the next contest, Oswego State knocked off Geneseo to post the program’s first three-game conference win streak since 2009.
The Oswego State field hockey team closed out the 2012 campaign on a three-game winning streak starting with a 1-0 win over Brockport to finish at 6-10 overall and 2-4 in SUNYAC play.
Forward Michelle Ruskey ’13 was named First Team All-SUNYAC after finishing the season second on the squad with 12 points on four goals — all of which came in conference contests — and four assists.
The Laker women’s tennis team battled past Alfred and St. John Fisher by the scores of 5-4 and defeated Wells, 8-1, en route to records of 3-12 overall and 0-3 in the SUNYAC West Division.
The Oswego State men’s golf team’s fall season was highlighted by a fifth-place finish at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic Championships with a two-day score of 660, which was the highest Laker finish since 2008 when the program placed fourth.
Oswego State won the Keuka Fall Invitational with a team score of 310 as Nick Sterling ’13 tied for medalist honors with a round of 76.
Men’s Cross Country
The Oswego State men’s cross country team placed fifth or better in every meet, including third-place results at the Houghton Invitational and DeSales Invitational, before finishing ninth at the SUNYAC Championships hosted by Fredonia. The Lakers later went on to tie for 26th at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships.
Women’s Cross Country
Three Laker women’s cross country runners established new personal-bests at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships, as the Oswego State women’s cross country team placed 25th two weeks after finishing ninth at the SUNYAC Championships.
Christina Sakowski ’14 posted the top time of the season and the fourth-fastest 6K time in program history at NCAA Regionals with a time of 23:57. Three teammates also moved onto the squad’s top times at 6,000 meters.