Athletics catches playoff fever

imageThree teams took place in intense playoff action this weekend. The women’s hoops team fell in overtime in the SUNYAC finals, while the men contend for the conference title Saturday afternoon. The Oswego ice hockey team hosts a do-or-die playoff game against archrival Plattsburgh Saturday.

The women’s basketball team dropped a tough 74-67 contest in overtime to Brockport in the SUNYAC title game Saturday. Despite the loss, the Lakers hope for an at-large bid for their first-ever NCAA Tournament with an overall record to 24-3, as they entered the week ranked first in the East region.

The third-seeded men’s basketball team rallied past Cortland 56-48 on Friday to set up a tilt with first-seeded Potsdam in the finals. The Lakers’ semifinal victory raised their overall mark to 22-5. The championship game, with a spot in the NCAA Tournament on the line, begins at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

The Laker hockey team, ranked sixth in the nation, will have to dig out of a 0-1 series hole after losing 3-2 in overtime to longtime foe Plattsburgh on Friday night. The two teams compete again at 7 p.m. Saturday night in Romney Field House with the Lakers needing a win to send the series to a tie-breaking minigame immediately after that contest. A win or tie by Plattsburgh would send the Cardinals to the SUNYAC Championship Series next weekend under the first-to-three-points (two points for a win, one for a tie) format. Doors open at 6 p.m. with tickets costing $5 adults, $2 SUNY Oswego students and $3 high school students while they remain.

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PHOTO CAPTION: At the point—Sophomore point guard Kelly Mraz, named the SUNYAC Player of the Year, is one of many student-athletes taking part in action this weekend. The women’s basketball team fell in overtime to Brockport 74-67 in the SUNYAC title game.

(Posted: Feb 21, 2005)