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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: SUNY Poly’s Critelli named softball Pitcher of the Week

Ron Moshier
Sentinel Sports columnist
Posted 3/22/23

SUNY Polytechnic Institute senior Trinity Critelli (Frankfort/Frankfort-Schuyler) on Monday was named the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Softball Pitcher of the Week. Critelli, a first-team …

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: SUNY Poly’s Critelli named softball Pitcher of the Week


SUNY Polytechnic Institute senior Trinity Critelli (Frankfort/Frankfort-Schuyler) on Monday was named the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Softball Pitcher of the Week.

Critelli, a first-team all-conference selection a year ago, has pitched in six games and has a 4-1 record and 1.07 earned-run average. She had three outings with at least 11 strikeouts, fanning 13 batters in one of those games.

In 32 2/3 innings, Critelli has struck out 54 and she also is hitting .353 (6-for-17) with three triples.

When SUNY Poly beat Skidmore College 11-1, Critelli fanned eight in five innings. Kimberly Birmingham (Camden) drove in three runs and Aeron Hamm (Oriskany) had two RBIs for the Wildcats.

Critelli also struck out 11 in a 3-1 loss to Susquehanna University.

Freshman shortstop Olivia Friend (Oneida) hit safely in her first seven games, batting .600 with 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored for the Herkimer College softball team. Friend was 4 for 5 with four RBIs in a 15-7 win over Prairie State College and she had three hits and four RBIs in a 15-0 win over Central Maine Community College.

Ithaca’s Brawdy has nine-game hitting streak

Leadoff man Riley Brawdy (Rome/RFA) ended Ithaca College’s season-opening trip south with a nine-game hitting streak (16-for-40, 11 runs, eight RBIs) that raised the sophomore’s batting average to .375. Brawdy, who homered in his very first at bat this season, had three hits and an RBI in Ithaca’s 4-1 win over third-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and he had two hits and an RBI in a loss to No. 11 Rowan University.

Brawdy started all 13 games and hit safely in 12 of them. He has five doubles, two triples, two home runs and 13 RBIs and has scored 14 runs.

SUNY Cortland’s Hunter Holliday (Camden) entered the game as a pinch-hitter with his baseball team trailing Brevard College 3-2 in the seventh inning, but his RBI single tied it up and the Red Dragons erupted for 13 runs in the inning. Holliday wound up 2 for 3 with a walk and two RBIs and Cortland rolled to a 23-3 win.

SUNY Oswego’s Blake Van Dreason (Sherrill/VVS) had two RBIs in an 11-8 win over Southern Maine.

SUNY Oneonta reliever Tom Roefaro (Utica/Notre Dame) recorded his first win of the season after allowing two runs on three hits and striking out three in 5 1/3 innings of his team’s 10-6 victory over Maine-Farmington.

Purdue University reliever Avery Cook (Utica/Whitesboro) threw two-thirds of a scoreless inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced in a 14-5 win over Northern Illinois.

SUNY Poly’s Derek Baur (New York Mills) had an RBI single in a 4-3 win over Keuka College.

Herkimer College reliever Colin Skermont (Whitesboro) made his debut in a 9-1 win over Oakton Community College and the lefty struck out three in two hitless innings.

Swimmers MacDonald, Falvo second-team All-Americans

SUNY Geneseo teammates Kimberly MacDonald (New Hartford) and Alexis Falvo (New Hartford) earned second-team All-America honors with top-16 finishes at the NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships.

MacDonald placed 15th in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 17:17.34. She also finished third in the 500 and 200 free and was 45th in the 200 individual medley.

Falvo was a member of a 200 medley relay team that placed 14th in 1:44.29. She also was on relay teams that finished 17th, 18th and 19th, and she placed 35th in the 100 backstroke and 49th in the 100 free.

Empire 8 Conference Sportsman of the Year honors, meanwhile, went to Utica University’s Bailey Simmons (Vernon Center/VVS) and Nick Massa (New Hartford). Simmons was a second-team All-Empire 8 selection in the 100 free with a time of 55.77.

Nazareth College’s Elizabeth Deck (Whitesboro) was a first-team All-E8 swimmer in the 50 free (24.9), 200 free relay (1:38.37), 400 free relay (3:38), 800 free relay (7:59.09) and 400 medley relay (4:02.61).

Henderson, Buckeyes reach women’s Sweet 16

Freshman guard Kaia Henderson (Utica/New Hartford) and her Ohio State University women’s basketball team reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division I Championships with Monday night’s 71-69 victory over North Carolina in the second round of the tournament.

It will be the second straight Sweet 16 appearance for the 12th-ranked and third-seeded Buckeyes (27-7). Henderson has played in 13 games and has scored 13 points, including a pair of three-pointers.

Before leaving New Hartford High School after her junior season, Henderson scored a school-record 2,092 points.

Fiorentino helps St. John Fisher lacrosse win four straight

St. John Fisher’s Mary Fiorentino (New Hartford) has scored at least one goal in each game while helping her women’s lacrosse team put together a four-game winning streak.

Fiorentino had two goals in an 11-9 win over Colorado College and she also scored in the Cardinals’ wins over Rochester, SUNY Oswego and Scranton.

SUNY Oswego’s Madison Davis (Whitesboro) had four goals and four assists in a 19-4 win over Grove City College.

Keuka College’s Tori Nelson (Vernon Center/VVS) scored two goals in an 18-7 loss to Buffalo State.

Freshman goaltender Rebecca Thomas (Marcy/Whitesboro) made eight saves and recorded her first win in SUNY Morrisville’s 19-15 victory over SUNY Potsdam.

Aria Treadway (Rome/RFA) had three goals and two assists for the Mustangs.

Colburn shines in Alfred men’s lacrosse victory

Alfred University’s men’s lacrosse team used a career day by sophomore Peter Colburn (New Hartford) and the first career goal by freshman James Bisaccia (New Hartford) to beat King’s College 22-1.

Colburn, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound attackman who scored four goals during his freshman season, had four goals and four assists for the Saxons.

Herkimer College’s Ryan Mierek (Holland Patent) had three assists in a 22-10 win over Delaware Tech Community College.

Wrestler Cook returns to NCAA Division I championships

South Dakota State University wrestler Tanner Cook (Ilion/Central Valley Academy) placed eighth at the Big 12 Championships and the 165-pounder earned his second trip to the NCAA Division I Championships.

Cook was seeded 22nd at the NCAAs. He lost to the No. 11 seed, returning Michigan All-American Cameron Amine, in his first match and then recorded his 12th fall of the season when he pinned his Appalachian State opponent in 1:11. Cook’s season then ended with an 8-1 loss.

Cook, a junior, finished 18-9 overall. His career record with the Jackrabbits is 59-24.


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