Laker women hoopsters fall in tournament

imageThey had a packed and loud Laker Hall and a fast start, but it wasn’t enough for the women’s basketball team to win its first-ever NCAA Tournament contest. The Lakers lost to William Smith 68-58 in a match that was tight until the end on Saturday.

The Herons came back from a 58-53 deficit and held the Lakers scoreless the last 6:58 of the NCAA Tournament second-round game. William Smith padded the final score with free throws in the last couple of minutes and will face Bowdoin in the Sweet 16.

Despite the loss, the Lakers compiled a 24-4 record, setting a new record for wins and scoring the first-ever NCAA Tournament bid in the program’s history.

The men’s basketball team won the ECAC Upstate Tournament on Saturday afternoon in dramatic fashion by edging Brockport 75-73 in overtime. Nick Perioli hit the winning shot with six seconds left in the extra stanza. They finished the season with a 25-6 record, including 15-0 at home, setting a school record for wins.

Meanwhile in Minnesota, senior grappler Tenkoran Agyeman earned his third All-American recognition at the NCAA Division III national meet. Agyeman placed sixth in the 141-pound weight class to become only the fourth Oswego wrestler to become a three-time All-American.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Tourney time!—Sophomore point guard Kelly Mraz, named the SUNYAC Player of the Year, and her teammates earned the women’s basketball team’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.

(Posted: Mar 03, 2005)