The 2008-09 men's basketball team led by Kevin Broderick M '92 qualified for the SUNYAC playoffs for the eighth consecutive season, hosting the semifinal and championship rounds, where they lost to eventual champion Brockport in the semifinals. Oswego also earned a berth to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Upstate Championship, dropping a 72-71 decision in the semifinals to host St. John Fisher College.
Four Lakers garnered post-season SUNYAC honors as seniors Tommy Downing '09 and Kyle Reuter '09, who both reached the 1,000-point plateau in their final season, were named to the all-conference first team.
Under second-year head coach Tracy Bruno, The Lakers women's basketball squad finished the season with an 11-15 overall record, but qualified for the SUNYAC playoffs for the eighth straight year with a fifth-place finish and a 9-7 record, losing to eventual conference champion Brockport in the quarterfinals.
Forward Kayla Ryan '12 was the lone Oswego named to the All-SUNYAC team and also garnered Rookie of the Year accolades.
WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY
Oswego's women's hockey program, led by head coach Diane Dillon and first-year assistant coach Joe Heydenburg, finished its third season of varsity play with an 8-16-1 overall record for the second straight year.
The team finished sixth in the tough Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III women's West Division, which qualified them for their first-ever ECAC playoff appearance.
MEN'S ICE HOCKEY
With 13 experienced seniors who already had an NCAA Division III national championship under their belts, the men's hockey team and head coach Ed Gosek '83, M '01 were aiming for another chance at a national title.
The Lakers, who were ranked among the top 15 teams in the nation for much of the season, reached the championship game of the SUNYAC playoffs for the second straight season. And for the second straight year, the team was stopped short of a conference championship by Plattsburgh State with the Lakers dropping a heartbreaking 5-4 decision in overtime.
When NCAA playoff bids came out the following week, not even playing one of the toughest schedules in the country (which included a 4-3 win over defending national champion St. Norbert College) did not work in the team's favor, as they were left out of the field for the second straight season. Oswego finished the year with an 18-8-1 overall record and finished second in SUNYAC play with an 11-4-1 mark.
Youth was the dominant factor for Mike Howard '90 in his 20th season as head coach of the Oswego State wrestling team. With only five upperclassmen (three juniors, two seniors) on the 24-man roster, the Lakers held their own for most of the season despite finishing with a 5-10 dual meet record. The highlight of the season was a runner-up finish at the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology Invitational, where Joel Ford '11 captured an individual title at 197 pounds and was one of three wrestlers posting top-four finishes in their respective weight classes.
INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
The Lakers' indoor track and field team, led by head coach Andrew Hunsinger and assistant coach Phillip Goodwin saw a number of veterans and newcomers produce personal-best performances throughout the season. A total of seven school records were broken during the year, the most impressive of them coming from Mike Chamberlain '12, who broke a 33-year-old school record in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, ¼ inch. The leap broke the old record of 21 feet, 11 ¾ inches set in 1976 by Russ Acea '77. Chamberlain was also the meet's top rookie performer at the SUNYAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Geneva finishing third in both the long and triple jumps, and finishing tied for fifth place in the high jump.
Megan Boggan '10 and Danielle Washington '09 established individual school records for the women.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
The Oswego State men's and women's swimming and diving teams, under the direction of second-year head coach Mike Holman '96 and diving coach John Moore, again delivered top performances worthy of being regarded among the top teams in the SUNYAC conference this season. The men's team finished 6-4 in dual-meet competition, while the women's team was aiming for their third undefeated season in the last four years, winning eight straight meets before falling to conference powerhouse Geneseo in the season finale.
At the annual SUNYAC Championship meet in Buffalo, the Lakers did not produce an individual champion, but 13 combined school records fell as the Oswego women finished second among nine teams and the Laker men placed fourth.
-- Mark Coley
From top: Kayla Ryan '12, Eric Selleck '12 and Chad Burridge '12
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