Oswego wins NCAA championship; celebration set Thursday

Reisweber scoresThe third time was the charm. Garren Reisweber put home a breakaway goal to give Oswego its first-ever national team championship, a 4-3 overtime win over Middlebury in the NCAA men’s ice hockey title game.

It was the third try in the championship game for the Lakers, whose victory also snapped Middlebury’s three-year reign as NCAA Division III champions.

The outstanding play of Ryan Scott in goal kept the Lakers alive. The two teams exchanged chances until nearly 13 minutes into overtime, when Ryan Koresky dove to push a puck toward Reisweber, who gathered it around center ice, outskated the defense, swerved at the crease and put the puck past Panther goalie Ross Cherry.

Reisweber and Trevor Gilligan had the Oswego goals in an exciting second stanza where both teams scored twice. Peter Magagna scored to give Oswego a 3-2 lead in the third before Middlebury responded with a little more than two minutes remaining in regulation to send the game into sudden-death overtime.

Scott made 47 saves in the winning effort.

Oswego also advanced to the championship game in 1987 and 2003, before claiming the crown by taking two overtime contests at the Frozen Four in Superior, Wisc.—defeating top-seeded St. Norbert on Saturday before Sunday’s win in the title game.

The campus and community are invited to a Championship Celebration of the Lakers’ title at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the Campus Center. For more information, visit the Athletics News story.

Those wishing to send congratulations to the Laker team can now do so via e-mail at champs07@oswego.edu.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Winning shot—Garren Reisweber (15) scores the game-winning overtime goal lifting Oswego State to both a 4-3 win over Middlebury and the college’s first team national championship. (Photo by Larry Radloff)

(Posted: Mar 19, 2007)