Area lacrosse players nab all-conference honors with Utica University

Also: Three locals earn weekly Empire 8 honors


Three Whitesboro High School graduates and another from Vernon-Vernona-Sherrill on the Utica University women’s lacrosse team landed on the Empire 8’s all-conference teams.

Senior attack/midfield Lexi Scaccia (Whitesboro) was named first-team All-Empire 8 on Monday.

Graduate student defense/midfield Sydney Scaccia (Whitesboro) is on the all-conference second team and Samantha DeCondo (Whitesboro) is on the third team.

Senior midfielder Emily Rossi (VVS) earned the Sportswoman of the Year honor for Utica.

Lexi Scaccia makes her third appearance on an all-conference team and is on the first team for the second time in as many years. She led Utica with 39 goals this season and finished fourth with 43 points. She wraps up her career ranked third in career points (177), sixth in career goals (129), and second in career draw controls (241) at Utica. 

This is the fourth consecutive year Sydney Scaccia has earned all-conference honors and the second consecutive year she is on the second team All-E8. She finished second on the team in ground balls (26) and caused turnovers (16). Scaccia has played in and started all 69 games in her career. She ranks first in program history in games started. 

DeCondo was named all-conference for the second time in her career after being named to the second team last season. She was one of just two Pioneers to score 50 points this season as she finished with 33 goals and 17 assists. DeCondo finished eighth in the E8 in points per game (3.13), ninth in goals per game (2.06), and tenth in assists per game (1.06). 

As Utica’s selection for Sportswoman of the Year, Rossi was picked for competing with honor and integrity, while consistently exhibiting the critical traits of an outstanding sportswoman. She had career-bests in goals (21), assists (25), and points (46). 

Also from Utica’s team: goalie Claire Frier was named Empire 8 Goalie of the Year after finishing second in the conference with a 10.68 goals against average.

Three locals earn weekly Empire 8 honors

Three athletes from the Mohawk Valley have earned Empire 8 honors while playing for their respective Utica University teams.

Ryan Cardone (Whitesboro), Mackenzie Mix (Camden) and Jane Fahy (Oriskany) each earned honors, the conference announced Monday.

Cardone, a sophomore, is co-pitcher of the week. Cardone picked up his fifth win of the season after seven shutout innings in the Pioneers’ 12-0 win over Russell Sage College in game one of the best-of-three Empire 8 Semifinals series Friday. Cardone scattered three hits while striking out six batters and not allowing a walk.

It is Cardone’s second E8 weekly accolade of the season.

Mix, a freshman, is the women’s track athlete of the week. Mix was named the Empire 8 Women’s Outdoor Championship Track Athlete of the Meet after sweeping the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dash events last weekend. She won the 100-meter dash in 12.23 seconds, while winning the 200-meter dash in 26.08 seconds. Mix recorded a time of 56.76 seconds on Friday in the 400-meter dash, to nearly set a meet record.

It is Mix’s third E8 weekly accolade of the 2022 season.

Fahy, a junior, is the co-field athlete of the week. Fahy was named Empire 8 Outdoor Co-Field Athlete of the Meet after winning the shot put on the weekend, while earning runner-up accolades in the discus. Fahy won the shot put with a toss of 12.99 meters and was second in the discus with a throw of 36.19 meters.


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