Winning Ways

Hockey fans at a home Plattsburgh gameFour All-Americans, a national Coach of the Year, and postseason play in SUNY, state, regional and national championship contests highlighted a year that saw Laker spirit spread through the campus community.

At the National Collegiate Athletic Association swimming and diving championships in Minneapolis, Oswego divers Eric Messina, Shawn Merlin and Eileen McMahon combined to collect three All-America honors and three honorable mention All-America honors. Their coach, John Moore, was named NCAA Division III men’s diving Coach of the Year.

In one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Laker men’s hockey team put together a 22-game winning streak to ascend to the top of the national polls, where it remained for 10 straight weeks en route to the NCAA Division III Frozen Four. Along the way, the squad won the SUNY Athletic Conference championship and regular season title, defeating archrival Plattsburgh three times. Coach Ed Gosek was named SUNYAC Coach of the Year.

Laker iceman Eric Selleck garnered All-America honors. At the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge, Neil Musselwhite, the lone Division III representative, won the fastest skater competition with a record time for the event.

Fully half of the college’s two dozen athletic teams advanced to postseason competition — on the ice, field, track, mat and court and in the pool.

Photo: Hockey fans, in school colors plus white for the March 30 White Out game versus archrival Plattsburgh

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