The women’s lacrosse team remained in the thick of the playoff race until the final week of the season, but fell just short of qualifying for the SUNY Athletic Conference Championships as the Lakers finished the season at 8-6 overall and 3-5 in the league. However, it was still a year filled with accomplishments as Oswego State defeated Oneonta for the first time since 2005 by the score of 20-11. The contest also marked the first time since 2001 that the Lakers recorded 20 goals against a conference opponent.
Rachael Raffa ’12 finished the season with the 10th-highest single season scoring total in school history with 61 points to move into sixth place on the career scoring list with 140 points. Her team-leading 49 goals was also tied for seventh in single-season goals all time.
The men’s lacrosse team played through a wide range of conditions in 2011, including a game in the snow to open the home portion of its schedule in March, en route to a 5-10 overall record and a 0-6 conference record. One season highlight came when Oswego State defeated Utica for the second straight year, 7-6, in a double-overtime thriller.
Andy Lever ’12 paced the Laker offense with 29 points on 11 goals and 18 assists, while Britt Leone ’12 scored a team-leading 17 goals. Leone went on to be named to the All-SUNYAC Second Team as he posted 10 goals in league play, and was ninth in the conference at 1.67 goals per game.
Outdoor Track and Field
The men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams improved on their performances at the SUNYAC Championships from a year ago, as the Laker men tied for seventh place with 33 points and the Laker women placed eighth with 14 points. Da’Quan Coleman ’12 set a new precedent in the 110-meter hurdles en route to placing second at the SUNYAC Championships and earning Second Team All-SUNYAC honors, while Katie Bott ’14 became the new record-holder in the 400 meters during her preliminary heat before finishing sixth in the finals with a time of 59.21. Christine Ripple ’12, had the top finish on the women’s side as she placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:06.81.
The men’s tennis team battled with Mother Nature this spring, but through all of the rescheduled matches the Lakers posted a record of 4-7. Oswego State was led by Seth Hastings ’11, who posted a record of 5-5 in singles action. The Lakers have some talented players returning next season to help replace the seven graduating seniors from the 11-man roster, including Ben Weiss ’14, who went 4-5 during singles play.
The baseball team started the season with a 10-3 record after a highly successful Spring Break trip before finishing at 19-20 overall with five doubleheader sweeps and a SUNYAC mark of 1-17. The top highlight of the year came on April 14 when pitcher Dustin Lefave ’11 threw a complete-game win over nationally-ranked Cortland for the Lakers’ first win over the Red Dragons since 2006.
Leading the way at the plate for the Lakers was catcher Kris Prikazsky ’12, who batted .375 in 40 plate appearances. However, centerfielder Scott Buniak ’14 was close behind with a .331 average in 124 at-bats and led Oswego State in almost every statistical category, including hits (41), doubles (7), triples (3) and RBI (22). Dan Erne ’13 paced the pitching staff as he finished the season with a 7-3 record after pitching 55 innings. He ended the year with a team-leading 3.27 ERA and 46 strikeouts.
A young Oswego State softball team, comprised of 13 sophomores and freshmen, battled through the
season of ups and downs that saw the Lakers drop four games in extra-innings, including a 1-0 loss to 17th-ranked Plattsburgh in the final weekend of the year, for an overall record of 7-27 and a SUNYAC record of 2-16. The peak moment of the season came when freshman Jessica Palmitesso ’14 tossed the first Oswego no-hitter since 2002 against New Paltz in a 9-0 win.
The Lakers were led offensively by Katie Bredin ’14, who batted .350 and was named to the All-SUNYAC squad.
— Adele Burk