Mike Vassallo ’97 could be in any one of 28 major U.S. cities at any given time, representing Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers as the franchise’s senior director of media relations. As the primary connection between the media and the team’s players and managers, Vassallo rarely has downtime during the long, grinding season. Before each season begins, he
THE FAMILY OF THE LATE DAVID “AGARN” CRISAFULLI ’81 accepted a plaque made to honor him at the Baseball Reunion Weekend dinner last autumn. It was part of a weekend of events for former Laker players, coaches and fans. Pictured from left are Crisafulli’s sons, Austin and Dan; his sister Colette; mother, Margaret; and brother Dan. The David
Before they were Lakers, some sportswriters referred to Oswego athletes as “Zielmen,” a testament to the influence of legendary Coach Max Ziel on the college’s early athletic programs.
A World War I veteran and Alabama native, Ziel started his colorful coaching career at Oswego in 1921 and retired in 1957.
The late David “Agarn” Crisafulli ’81 titled his autobiography Good Enough.
A close friend and former baseball teammate wants his legacy to be much more than good enough. Richard Lashley ’80 spearheaded the David “Agarn” Crisafulli ’81 Fund, in collaboration with former coach Walter Nitardy and current skipper Frank Paino.
The golf course and not the pitching mound was the site for a recent meeting of three figures from Oswego State baseball history. From left, Ted Grinnell ’60, Coach Emeritus Walter Nitardy and Fred Parrow ’60 reunited at Battle Island Golf Course in July, some 50 years after Ted and Fred played for Coach Nitardy at Oswego State in the late 1950s.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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