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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: DeCondo, Stuhlman named first-team lacrosse all-stars

Ron Moshier
Sentinel Sports columnist
Posted 5/12/23

A Utica University women’s lacrosse team that had won six straight games had its season end with an 11-10 loss to Nazareth College in the semifinals of the Empire 8 Conference Championships, but Utica senior Samantha DeCondo (Whitesboro) joined sophomore teammate Grace Stuhlman (Whitesboro) as a 50-goal scorer and a few days later those two were named to the All-Empire 8 First Team.

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: DeCondo, Stuhlman named first-team lacrosse all-stars


A Utica University women’s lacrosse team that had won six straight games had its season end with an 11-10 loss to Nazareth College in the semifinals of the Empire 8 Conference Championships, but Utica senior Samantha DeCondo (Whitesboro) joined sophomore teammate Grace Stuhlman (Whitesboro) as a 50-goal scorer and a few days later those two were named to the All-Empire 8 First Team.

DeCondo, a third-team All-Empire 8 selection last season, was also named to this year’s All-Tournament Team after she scored two goals and had two assists in the semifinal loss to Nazareth. DeCondo finished with 50 goals and 20 assists this season - she became the fifth player in program history to reach 50 goals in a single season - and for her career, she ranks third in total points (174), fifth in assists (48) and seventh in goals (126).

Stuhlman led this year’s Pioneers in scoring with 71 points - the second-most in program history - on 54 goals and 17 assists.

Top-seeded and nationally-ranked St. John Fisher University captured its 11th consecutive Empire 8 women’s lacrosse title. Mary Fiorentino (New Hartford) had two goals and three assists in a 17-6 semifinal win over Hartwick College, and the sophomore had two assists in the Cardinals’ 10-5 win over Nazareth in the championship game.

Fiorentino, who Wednesday was named to the All-Empire 8 Third Team, has 26 goals and 25 assists for St. John Fisher. The Cardinals are 16-2 and will enter the NCAA Division III Tournament with an 11-game winning streak.

Medaille University sophomore Katelynn Deveans (Clinton) was named to the All-Empire 8 Second Team. She scored 57 goals and had six assists and a team-high 85 draw controls for the Mavericks.

In United East Conference women’s lacrosse, SUNY Morrisville senior Aria Treadway (Rome/RFA) was named to the All-Conference Second Team for the third consecutive year. She had 32 goals and 13 assists this season and she raised her career total to 112 goals.

In North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women’s lacrosse news, SUNY Poly junior Kaitlin Kopcza (Whitesboro) was named to the All-NAC Second Team. She had 43 goals and nine assists for the Wildcats.

In the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Women’s Lacrosse Championships, second-year head coach Marykate Edmunds (New Hartford) led SUNY Geneseo to its first SUNYAC Tournament title. In a rematch of last year’s final, Geneseo beat defending champion SUNY Cortland 11-9.

Last year, Cortland edged Geneseo 16-14 and the Knights finished 15-4 in their first season under Edmunds. Geneseo, now 14-4, plays Canton in this weekend’s first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Geneseo returned to the SUNYAC finals with a 15-9 win over SUNY Oswego. Madison Davis (Whitesboro) scored her 24th goal of the season for Oswego.

In men’s lacrosse, SUNY Poly junior defenseman Ryan Sparacino (Deerfield/Whitesboro) was named to the All-North Atlantic Conference First Team and teammate Andrew Maycock (Deerfield/Whitesboro), who led the Wildcats with 45 points on 22 goals and 23 assists, made the All-NAC Second Team.

Miller named Liberty League Rookie of the Week

Union College freshman catcher Caleb Miller (Rome/Westmoreland) was named the Liberty League Baseball Rookie of the Week after finishing a double shy of hitting for the cycle in a 17-2 win over St. Lawrence University.

Miller went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and an RBI triple. He ended his first season batting .342 with four home runs and 22 RBIs. He had 27 hits in 28 games and he shared the team lead with nine stolen bases.

A few days after Dewey Roden (Sherrill/VVS) led Le Moyne College to a sweep of its final regular-season series, the senior first baseman was named to the Northeast-10 Conference Third Team. Roden went 9-for-11 with five doubles and eight RBIs and the Dolphins won the Northeast-10 Southwest Division’s regular-season title with three wins over the University of New Haven last weekend. Roden was 3-for-3 with two doubles in a 6-1 win. Teammate Zach Brush (New York Mills/Notre Dame) had two hits in a 13-4 win and then went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs in a 9-1 victory.

Roden recorded his fourth straight three-hit game and drove in two runs Tuesday, when Le Moyne opened the Northeast-10 Tournament with a 10-5 win over Adelphi University. He is batting .324 with seven homers and 47 RBIs.

Le Moyne senior pitcher Sam DiGeorge (Canastota), meanwhile, was named to the All-Northeast-10 Conference Second Team. He is 5-1 with a 1.82 ERA.

In Division I baseball, Siena College’s Vincenzo Castronovo (Utica/Proctor) had two hits, including his sixth home run of the spring, and two RBIs in a 9-8 win over Saint Peter’s.

Ithaca College’s Riley Brawdy (Rome/RFA) hit his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot, and also had an RBI double in a 14-0 win over RPI.

SUNY Cobleskill’s Wyatt Palmer (Camden) pitched a nine-inning complete game, improving to 4-2 and leading the Fighting Tigers to a 7-2 victory over Husson University in the North Atlantic Conference semifinals. The senior right-hander did not allow an earned run, did not walk a batter, and struck out four.

Herkimer College reliever Colin Skermont (Whitesboro) struck out the side in the final inning of an 8-6 win over SUNY Adirondack.

Mohawk Valley Community College’s Colton Davis (Oriskany) had two hits and three RBIs in a 14-11 loss to Jefferson Community College. Pitcher Jacob Beer (Holland Patent) then improved to 3-2 with a complete-game victory over Hudson Valley Community College. Joseph DiMasse (Utica/Proctor) had three RBIs to lead the Hawks to that 11-6 win.

Onondaga Community College’s Mike Benedetto (Holland Patent) had two hits in a 3-0 win over Broome Community College.

Simone, Birmingham make softball all-tourney team

Cazenovia College’s Olivia Simone (Whitesboro) and SUNY Poly’s Kimberly Birmingham (Camden) were named to the All-Tournament Team after Tuesday’s North Atlantic Conference championship game.

Simone extended her hitting streak to 20 games and teammate Madison Cieslak (Whitesboro) slugged her 11th home run and had three RBIs in Cazenovia’s 11-3 first-round win over Maine-Presque Isle. After a loss to top-seeded Husson University, Simone collected eight hits and Cazenovia won three times on Monday. She was 3-for-5 with five RBIs in a 13-10 win over SUNY Poly and she had three more hits and scored four times in an 11-3 win over Thomas College that earned Cazenovia a berth in Tuesday’s final of the double-elimination tournament.

Simone had one of Cazenovia’s two hits in that game, and Husson claimed a fifth straight NAC title with a 1-0, walk-off win.

SUNY Poly lost its tournament opener, but Birmingham was 3-for-3 with five RBIs, Maddelyn Hoehn (Oriskany) had two hits and Aeron Hamm (Oriskany) had two RBIs in a 12-2 win over Maine-Presque Isle. Pitcher Trinity Critelli (Frankfort/Frankfort-Schuyler) improved to 16-3 with the win, striking out six in four innings. Hamm then had two hits and two RBIs, but SUNY Poly’s season ended with that 13-10 loss to Cazenovia.

Mohawk Valley Community College’s Alivia Neff (Waterville) led the Hawks to a doubleheader sweep over Columbia-Greene Community College. Neff had four RBIs and struck out five in five innings in an 11-3 win, and she pitched the final five innings of a 5-4 win in the second game. She allowed one run, did not walk a batter, and struck out seven.

Herkimer College’s Olivia Friend (Oneida) had four hits and an RBI in a 13-12 loss to Niagara Community College.

Golfer Angelucci 14th at conference championships

St. Bonaventure University graduate student Jack Angelucci (New Hartford) finished in a tie for 14th place in the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Golf Championships at the Reunion Resort’s Nicklaus Course in Kissimmee, Florida.

Angelucci birdied the par-5 18th on opening day to finish the first round with a 72. He followed that up with rounds of 73 and 77.

During the season, Angelucci set a program record for carding the most rounds at par or better.


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