Romney Project Boosts Athletes’ Readiness

Golden Romney Field House

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

Winter 2013 Sports Round-Up

Hayden Ward ’13 posts up a defender

Men’s Basketball 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

Cheer Your Team On Again at the Oswego Hall of Fame

Cheer Your Team On Again at the Oswego Hall of Fame

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: alumni.oswego.edu/halloffame  

PHOTO: Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame 2012

PHOTO: Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame 2012

The Oswego Alumni Association and college Athletics Department welcomed five to the Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony Oct. 27 in the Sheldon Hall Ballroom. From left, tennis’s Richard Nelson ’70, soccer’s Donna Clark-Gayne ’89 (seated), track and field’s Wally Yelverton ’77, wrestling’s Mark Bowman ’83 (seated) and ice hockey’s Sean Fitzgerald ’89 were honored. The 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction will

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Mike Tarnowski '13

Outdoor Track and Field

The outdoor track and field squads consistently established new personal bests over the course of the year, while also rewriting some school records and collecting additional honors. Kyle Dudzinski ’12 established a new school mark in the javelin with a distance of 163 feet, 11 inches (49.96 meters) after breaking the record in back-to-back weeks. AJ Carapella ’10 also had a strong outdoor season when he won the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Hamilton Invitational followed by a first-place result in the 200 at the University of Rochester Invite.

The Laker men’s 4×100 meter relay, consisting of Carapella, Dudzinski, Geoff Kobuszewski ’10 and Kevin Leonard ’12, posted a time of 43.82 to place 12th at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships after qualifying at the SUNY Athletic Conference Championships with a seventh-place finish.

Men’s Tennis

Despite being outmatched in most of their contests, the 12-member men’s tennis team demonstrated a true passion for the game through hard work and perseverance over the season’s obstacles. Their opponents
included the likes of Oneonta, Elmira, Rochester Institute of Technology,
Onondaga Community College, Roberts Wesleyan and St. John Fisher. Jeff
McGovern ’11 posted the best singles
record on the team with a mark of 2-3 with victories against Elmira and OCC.

Softball

The Laker softball team battled through the spring season, posting a 5-29 overall record with non-conference wins over Lasell during spring break, Nazareth in dramatic walk-off fashion, and Utica after being shut out of the first game in the doubleheader.
Oswego closed out the 2010 season by sweeping Potsdam in a doubleheader, including a five-inning, 10-2 victory, in the final weekend of the semester.

The young squad that featured 13 sophomores and freshmen including Marie Steding ’13, who batted .429, and Sue Schoff ’13, who recorded a .319 batting average. Steding also led the pitching staff, which consisted entirely of freshmen, in wins (4), ERA (5.33), and strikeouts (45).

Women’s Lacrosse

The SUNY Oswego women’s lacrosse team found that South Athletic Field was a welcome place for the Lakers to compete as they had a mark of 5-3 at home en route to an overall record of 7-10. One of the season’s highlights came during a three-game stretch when the Lakers scored 20 or more goals in each contest. In the final game of the streak, Oswego State established a new single-game scoring record with 28 goals and 45 points in
a 28-3 victory over Cazenovia as Marisa
Audley ’10, Kristen Darcy ’12, Amanda Hecox ’12 and Maria Martusewicz ’11.

Defender Liz Conrad ’12 was voted Second Team All-SUNYAC by the league coaches, as she paced the squad with 21 caused turnovers and 37 groundballs.

Men’s Lacrosse

The Laker lacrosse team remained in the thick of the SUNYAC playoff race until the very end of the spring season, but came up just short as parity was exhibited among all of the conference squads before posting an overall mark of 6-10. One of the many highlights from the year came when Oswego battled from behind to defeat Utica 10-9 in a thriller under the lights, marking the first time since 2003 that the Lakers knocked off the Pioneers. A second come-from-behind victory came at home with the Lakers fighting back to defeat Brockport 11-9.

Goalie Judd Robinson ’10 finished the season with 183 saves to close out his career with 697 saves, ranking second in program history just behind Scott Moody ’95, who amassed 728 career stops. Transfer student Andy Lever ’12 fueled the Laker offense with 43 points on 23 goals and 20 assists.

The season also marked the end of an era as head coach Dan Witmer ’82 stepped down from his position following the college’s decision to elevate the position to full-time status. During Witmer’s 28-year career as a part-time head coach, the Lakers appeared in six ECAC tournaments, winning the championship in 1996 and finishing second in 1994 and 1997. His teams also won three Empire Lacrosse League titles (1994, 1995, 1996), and were ranked among the nation’s top 20 teams in both 1994 and 1996.

Baseball

After getting off to a slow start, the
Oswego baseball team closed out its spring break trip with a six-game winning streak to jumpstart another 20-win season. The Lakers put together a second run midway through the season, winning five out of seven games in April, as Oswego went on to record seven doubleheader sweeps en route to an overall record of 20-16. The offense scored 10 or more runs in 11 games during the season.

Leading the way at the plate for the Lakers was Rafael Cordero ’11, who tallied a .355 batting average with a team-leading 29 RBI. Andy Salvatore ’10 paced the pitching staff with a 3.28 ERA, five complete games, and 32 strikeouts.

— Adele Burk,
Sports Information Director