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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Locals help SUNY Poly softball win regular-season title

Ron Moshier
Sentinel Sports columnist
Posted 4/27/23

No, all was not lost last week, when the Cazenovia College women’s softball team handed SUNY Polytechnic Institute and its ace pitcher, Trinity Critelli (Frankfort/Frankfort-Schuyler), their first …

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Locals help SUNY Poly softball win regular-season title


No, all was not lost last week, when the Cazenovia College women’s softball team handed SUNY Polytechnic Institute and its ace pitcher, Trinity Critelli (Frankfort/Frankfort-Schuyler), their first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) loss.

Back then, Cazenovia grabbed sole possession of first place in the NAC West Division with a 12-4 win that ended SUNY Poly’s 10-game winning streak, and it was Cazenovia’s Wildcats – with a potent lineup featuring Olivia Simone (Whitesboro) and Madison Cieslak (Whitesboro) – who had won seven straight entering Tuesday’s doubleheader rematch.

But it was Critelli who improved to 15-2 with two complete-game victories and it was SUNY Poly’s Wildcats who captured the NAC West regular-season title with 8-6 and 7-5 wins.

In the opener, Critelli struck out 13 and Aeron Hamm (Oriskany) had two hits and three RBIs. Critelli then threw a six-hitter and struck out six and Joy Stevens (Whitesboro) had two hits and three RBIs to complete the sweep. It was the 15th win in the last 16 games for SUNY Poly, whose Wildcats finished their NAC regular season 11-1. They are 20-5 overall with two non-conference games remaining before the playoffs.

Cieslak homered in both games for Cazenovia, raising her season total to a league-leading eight. She drove in three runs in the second game, when she and Simone had RBI singles to give Cazenovia a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Critelli had rebounded from that loss to Cazenovia by tossing her third no-hitter in a five-inning, 9-0 win over SUNY Delhi. Maddelyn Hoehn (Oriskany) had two hits, including a three-run triple. SUNY Poly then beat Delhi 6-2. Kimberly Birmingham (Camden) was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Hamm had two hits, including a two-run homer.

Cazenovia, 7-2 in the NAC and 16-15 overall, entered Tuesday’s doubleheader on a roll. The Wildcats swept Nazareth College 12-3 and 9-7. Simone, who entered the week leading the NAC with a .506 batting average and 33 RBIs, had five hits and six RBIs and Cieslak went 5-for-7 with two home runs and six RBIs in the doubleheader.

Utica University’s Jordyn Conte (Newport/West Canada Valley) recorded her sixth win of the season in a 7-2 victory over Medaille University. She allowed one earned run, walked one and struck out five.

Herkimer County Community College’s Olivia Friend (Oneida) drove in five runs and the Generals (19-4) extended their winning streak to 14 games with 9-1 and 7-4 victories over Mohawk Valley Community College.

Friend also went 4-for-7 with four RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of Hudson Valley Community College.

Treadway scores six goals in women’s lacrosse win

Senior Aria Treadway (Rome/RFA) scored a season-high six goals and assisted on another while leading the SUNY Morrisville women’s lacrosse team to a 23-2 win at SUNY Poly on Tuesday. Morrisville’s freshman goalie Rebecca Thomas (Marcy/Whitesboro) made four saves in her homecoming. Treadway also had two goals and two assists in the Mustangs’ 19-2 win over LaRoche University.

Nationally-ranked St. John Fisher University (12-2) ran its winning streak to seven games when a goal and an assist by Mary Fiorentino (New Hartford) helped the Cardinals roll to a 23-2 victory over Russell Sage College. Fiorentino also had a goal and two assists in a 22-1 win over Keuka College, and she had an assist in No. 22 St. John Fisher’s 11-4 win over No. 20 Ithaca College.

Medaille University’s Katelynn Deveans (Clinton) scored three goals in a 16-4 win over Keuka College.

SUNY Oswego’s Madison Davis (Whitesboro) had two goals in a 16-10 win over Buffalo State and she also scored in a 16-13 win over SUNY Oneonta.

Utica University extended its winning streak to four games when Grace Stuhlman (Whitesboro) scored six goals and Samantha DeCondo (Whitesboro) had five goals and two assists in a 21-9 victory over Alfred. Alexis Alteri (Clinton) added two goals and one assist and Abigail Gerling (Whitesboro) had a goal and an assist for the Pioneers. Utica was coming off a 16-4 win over Sage College. Stuhlman had four goals and two assists and DeCondo had two goals and two assists in that game.

SUNY Poly’s Kaitlin Kopcza (Whitesboro) had six goals and four assists, 10 draw controls and three caused turnovers in a 21-5 win over Northern Vermont-Lyndon. Rylie Fischer (Whitesboro) had three goals and Madison Bastien (Ilion/Central Valley Academy) also scored for the Wildcats. Kopcza then scored both SUNY Poly goals, raising her team-leading total to 33 this season, in a 23-2 loss to SUNY Morrisville.

DiMasse’s six RBIs lead MVCC to baseball win

Mohawk Valley Community College’s baseball team swept a weekend series with Broome Community College, and Joe DiMasse (Utica/Proctor) had three hits and six RBIs to lead the Hawks to a 15-4 win in the opener. Winning pitcher Colton Davis (Oriskany) then struck out eight in six innings and also had two hits in a 5-2 victory. Reliever Collin Schneider (Utica/Notre Dame) got the save.

MVCC swept another doubleheader the following day, edging Broome 7-6 and 5-4. Davis had two hits in the opener, and DiMasse had two hits and two RBIs and Jackson Horodnick (VVS) also had two hits in the Hawks’ Game 2 win.

Ithaca College’s Riley Brawdy (Rome/RFA) went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs in a 12-6 win over Clarkson University.

Utica University leadoff man Joe Crossley (Marcy/Whitesboro) went 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and three runs scored and the Pioneers completed a weekend sweep with a 10-6 win over Medaille University last Saturday. In Friday’s doubleheader, winning pitcher Ryan Cardone (Whitesboro) did not walk a batter, struck out four and improved to 2-1 as Utica won the opener 19-2. John Longeretta (Oriskany) then had two hits and two RBIs and Jack Bono (Frankfort/Frankfort-Schuyler) also had two hits in Utica’s 12-1 win.

On Tuesday, Longeretta homered, Crossley went 1-for-1 with four walks and three RBIs, and Bono had two hits in Utica’s 7-6 loss to SUNY Cobleskill.

Siena College’s Vincenzo Castronovo (Utica/Proctor) had two hits and an RBI in a 12-4 loss to Iona College. He had three RBIs in the Saints’ 19-14 win over Iona.

Le Moyne College’s Dewey Roden (Sherrill/VVS) had two hits and an RBI and Zach Brush (New York Mills) also had two hits as the Dolphins beat Pace University 7-3 in the first game of a doubleheader. Roden had two hits and an RBI and Brush had a double and a triple to help Le Moyne win the second game 8-2. Pitcher Sam DiGeorge (Canastota) improved to 4-1 with a complete-game victory. He allowed five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six.

Union College’s Caleb Miller (Rome/Westmoreland) had three RBIs and two stolen bases in an 11-9 loss to Vassar College.

SUNY Cobleskill pitcher Wyatt Palmer (Camden) threw a complete game in a 3-1 win over SUNY Canton. Palmer pitched all nine innings, scattering seven hits, walking one and striking out seven to raise his record to 3-1.

SUNY Oneonta pitcher Tom Roefaro (Utica/Notre Dame) struck out the two batters he faced and recorded his team-leading third save in a 10-8 win over SUNY Fredonia.

Purdue University reliever Avery Cook (Utica/Whitesboro) pitched one inning of the Boilermakers’ 16-9 win over Butler University and struck out two.

SUNY Oswego’s Felix De Asa Delacruz (Utica/Proctor) drove in two runs in a 6-2 win over Clarkson University.

HCCC pitcher Colin Skermont (Whitesboro) threw a five-inning complete game in a 13-2 win over Jamestown Community College. Skermont (2-1) walked one and struck out eight in that game, and later earned his second save in a 2-1 win over Cayuga Community College.

St. Bonaventure golfer Angelucci sets program record

St. Bonaventure University golfer Jack Angelucci (New Hartford) set a program record for the most rounds of par or better in a single season when he shot 80-72 at the Abarta Collegiate Invitational in Easton, Pennsylvania. Angelucci’s even-par 72 was the 11th time in 23 rounds that he has shot par or better.

This past weekend, Angelucci added to that record during a tri-match with Colgate University and Bucknell University at Seven Oaks Golf Club in Hamilton. He shot a 79 in the first round, but then fired a 3-under 69 on Sunday and finished fourth overall.

St. Bonaventure freshman Gabe Williams (Deansboro/Waterville) also recorded a top-10 finish after shooting a career-best 69 on Sunday.

St. John Fisher University senior Gabrielle Papale (Whitesboro), meanwhile, placed ninth and earned second-team all-conference honors at the Northeast Women’s Golf Conference Championships in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Papale shot 87-87 to help the Cardinals place second as a team.

Shot putter Fahy breaks own school record

Utica University track and field star Jane Fahy (Oriskany) was named the Empire 8 Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week after she broke her own program recorded with a winning shot put of 45 feet, 2 ¼ inches at the Cortland Classic.

MVCC freshman Taylor Harvey (Clinton) was a double-winner there, edging the second-place finisher in the 800-meter run by .04 seconds and winning the 1,500 by .47 seconds. Harvey finished the 800 in 2:26.23 and the 1,500 in 4:59.01.

In the Cortland Classic men’s meet, Utica’s Justin Swavely (Rome/RFA) won the javelin with a throw of 181 feet, 11 inches, and Andrew Hadasz (Whitesboro), Shane Tinney (Oriskany) and Ethan Kain (New Hartford) were members of the winning 4x100 relay.

At the University of Rochester Invitational, SUNY Brockport’s Sarah Crockett (Rome/RFA) won the shot put at 42-9 ¾, placed third in the hammer throw and fifth in the discus throw. In the men’s meet, St. Lawrence University’s Erik Geier (Hamilton) won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.06 seconds.

At the Moravian College Open, Ithaca College’s Nate Oczkowski (New Hartford) broke his own program record when he placed second in the 110 hurdles in 14.65 seconds.

Colburn, Maycock score big in men’s lacrosse wins

Alfred University’s Peter Colburn (New Hartford) scored twice in a 20-8 men’s lacrosse win over Keuka College, and he recorded a season-high six points on three goals and three assists as the Saxons rolled to a 27-3 victory over Medaille University. Teammate James Bisaccia (New Hartford) also scored against Medaille.

SUNY Poly’s Andrew Maycock (Deerfield/Whitesboro), meanwhile, helped the Wildcats improve to 7-1 in the NAC. He had four goals and three assists in an 18-8 win over SUNY Canton and he had a goal and an assist in a 9-5 win over SUNY Delhi. Teammate Jared Harter (Holland Patent) had two goals and one assist against Canton.


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