The Department of Athletics had several teams reach milestones during the fall season. Oswego is proud to be laying the groundwork for success, as many squads are trending upwards with various improvements in 2013.
Oswego State women’s soccer team ended the year with a record of 10-7 improving from its 7-9 record last year. The Lakers finished the year strong, earning a bid to the SUNYAC Championship for the first time since 2002. Leading the team was Nikki Liadka ’14 and Tia Segretto ’15, who netted 10 and nine goals, respectively. Also benefitting the team were All-SUNYAC honorees Bailey Waterbury ’15, Georgia Traynor ’15 and Bri Dolan ’15. In his seventh season, Head Coach Brian McGrane earned Coach of the Year in the conference.
Oswego volleyball finished its season with the outstanding record of 20-14, achieving its first 20-win season since 1994. Stephanie Bailey ’15 led the Lakers in kills (209), while Sabrina Sutton ’14 (317) and Rachael Ruggaber ’15 (386) led the team in digs, each with more than 300. Another milestone earned during 2013 was Head Coach J.J. O’Connell’s 300th victory. O’Connell has had great success in the coaching ranks, including 10 years at Stevens Institute of Technology in which the Ducks made the NCAA Championships seven of those seasons. Graduating only three seniors, the volleyball team has high hopes for next year.
The field hockey team ended its season with a record of 5-9. Rachel Johnston ’14 led the team in scoring with five goals, while classmate Ashley Fiorille ’14 led the team in total points with 10 on six assists and four goals. Fiorille and Ashley Collins ’14 both earned SUNYAC All-Conference honors.
Oswego men’s cross country had a good year, placing sixth in this year’s SUNYAC Championship. Eight Laker men ran personal records in the 8K. Damian Archie ’14 M’15 finished first for the Laker crew in 37th, while Nick Montesano ’14 and Ben Sweet ’13 finished second and third, respectively. In the Atlantic Regional Championship, senior Ryan Korzinski ’14 finished first for Oswego in 76th place out of 275 runners. The men’s team ended up placing 16th out of 39 schools.
Women’s Cross Country
The women’s cross country team had four Laker runners finish in the top 70 of the SUNYAC Championship. Emily Yerdon ’15, who placed 39th, led Oswego. Yerdon continued her strong efforts into the Atlantic Regional Championships, finishing first for the Lakers again, placing in the top 100 (90th).
The men’s soccer team found itself in several tough situations, coming up empty with an overall record of 0-10-5, despite taking seven of 15 games to overtime. Leading the team in his senior season was Mike Naab ’16, with four goals. The young team will look to use the 2013 season as a growing experience toward next year’s campaign.