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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Track and field stars Swavely, Fahy, Crockett honored

Ron Moshier
Sentinel Sports columnist
Posted 3/31/23

Utica University’s outdoor track and field team opened its season last weekend and the Empire 8 Conference on Monday honored two of the Pioneers’ home-grown throwers.

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Track and field stars Swavely, Fahy, Crockett honored


Utica University’s outdoor track and field team opened its season at Wesleyan University’s Spring Classic in Connecticut last weekend and the Empire 8 Conference on Monday honored two of the Pioneers’ home-grown throwers – junior Justin Swavely (Rome/RFA) and senior Jane Fahy (Oriskany) – as Field Athletes of the Week.

In the men’s meet, Swavely’s winning javelin throw measured 192 feet, 9 inches – the second-best in program history and ninth-best among NCAA Division III throwers this season. Utica teammate Billie Mays III (Rome/RFA) also recorded a first-place finish with a shot put of 44 feet, 11 inches.

Fahy, meanwhile, won the women’s shot put at 41 feet, 6 inches. Utica teammate Gabrielle DeSanctis (New Hartford) was runner-up in the hammer throw with a heave of 117 feet, 2 inches.

At the end of the indoor track season, DeSanctis was Utica’s Empire 8 Sportswoman of the Year and Fahy and teammate Mackenzie Mix (Camden) were first-team all-conference in the shot put and 200-meter dash, respectively.

Making the All-Empire 8 first team in men’s indoor track was Utica’s Andrew Hadasz (Whitesboro) in the 200-meter dash, and fellow sprinter Shane Tinney (Oriskany) was the Pioneers’ E8 Sportsman of the Year.

At the end of the State University of New York Athletic Conference’s indoor track and field season, SUNY Brockport junior Sarah Crockett (Rome/RFA) was named the women’s Field Athlete of the Year for the second straight time. Crockett placed 18th in both the shot put and the weight throw during the NCAA Division III Championships.

Women’s lacrosse star Deveans honored again

Medaille University’s Katelynn Deveans (Clinton) was named the Empire 8 Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week for the third time this season after helping the Mavericks extend their winning streak to five games.

Deveans scored five goals in a 12-11 overtime victory over Fredonia, including three straight to the tie game at 8-8 in the third quarter and the OT game-winner. Her six goals and two assists then led Medaille to a 20-8 win over Russell Sage College.

Utica University’s Samantha DeCondo (Whitesboro) had five goals and three assists, Grace Stuhlman (Whitesboro) had four goals and three assists, and Abigail Gerling (Whitesboro) added a goal and two assists in a 19-8 win over SUNY Morrisville.

Aria Treadway (Rome/RFA) scored for the Mustangs. DeCondo had a hat trick and Stuhlman scored twice in Tuesday’s 17-6 loss to nationally-ranked Cortland.

St. John Fisher’s Mary Fiorentino (New Hartford) had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win over a SUNY Cortland women’s lacrosse team that was ranked 15th in the country.

Buffalo State’s Anastasia Wells (Rome/RFA) had a goal and an assist in a 14-5 win over Alfred University.

SUNY Poly’s Kaitlin Kopcza (Whitesboro) scored five goals and teammate Rylie Fischer (Whitesboro) had a hat trick in a 13-12 overtime loss to Keuka College.

Castronovo homers twice for Division I Siena

Siena College’s Vincenzo Castronovo (Utica/Thomas R. Proctor) homered in back-to-back games for the Division I Saints. He slugged a two-run homer in a 15-6 loss to Fordham University and the next day he hit a solo home run over the centerfield fence to give Siena a 4-3 lead in the top of the 11th, but the Saints lost to Army 5-4 in 16 innings.

Le Moyne College’s Dewey Roden (Sherrill/VVS) had two hits and an RBI in the opener and then went 1-for-2 with four walks, two RBIs and three runs scored in the nightcap as the Division II Dolphins swept St. Anselm’s 10-5 and 16-4. Reliever Sam DiGeorge (Canastota) was the winner in the opener, allowing one run on five hits and striking out two in five innings.

SUNY Cortland’s Hunter Holliday (Camden) had two hits including a three-run homer in a 10-0 win over SUNY Oswego in the first game of a doubleheader. He had two more hits and scored twice as the Red Dragons completed the sweep with a 15-7 win.

Union College freshman catcher Caleb Miller (Westmoreland) made his collegiate debut and hit a solo home run in a 7-2 loss to Bowdoin College. In his second start, Miller went 2-for-2 and walked three times in a 9-4 win over Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Ithaca College’s Riley Brawdy (Rome/RFA) extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a three-run homer and RBI double in an 11-1 win over the University of Scranton.

Utica University’s Dom Fasolo (Whitesboro) homered and had two hits and two RBIs in a 13-12 win over SUNY Canton. Fasolo also had two hits and two RBIs and teammate Joe Crossley (Whitesboro) drove in two runs in a 6-2 win over Canton, and Fasolo’s two-run single in the top of the 11th was the game-winner in a 10-7 victory over Russell Sage College.

John Longeretta (Oriskany) added two hits and an RBI in that game and Utica starter Ryan Cardone (Whitesboro) allowed two runs and fanned five in six innings.

Onondaga Community College’s Mike Benedetto (Holland Patent) had two hits and two RBIs in a 13-7 win over Jamestown Community College.

Softball pitcher Conte improves to 3-0

Utica University softball pitcher Jordyn Conte (Newport/West Canada Valley) raised her record to 3-0 with a 3-1 victory over Cazenovia College on Monday. Conte allowed four hits – Cazenovia’s Madison Cieslak (Whitesboro) had two of them, including a solo home run to right centerfield in the first inning – and she walked two and struck out seven.

Cazenovia’s Olivia Simone (Whitesboro), meanwhile, had two hits and an RBI in the Wildcats’ 6-2 loss to Marywood.

Nazareth College’s Maggie Burdick (Utica/West Canada Valley) was hitting .355 through nine games. She hit safely in five of her first six games, including three hits against Wisconsin-Superior.

Angelucci top golfer for St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure University golfer Jack Angelucci (New Hartford) carded 11 birdies in three rounds and finished 19th in a field of 80 competitors at the Golden Horseshoe Intercollegiate in Virginia.

On Monday, Angelucci shot an even-par 71 in the morning and a one-under 70 in the afternoon. He followed that up with a 77 in Tuesday’s final round.

St. Bonaventure freshman Caleb Decker (Vernon/VVS) had his best day of the season on Monday when he shot 73 and 79. He carded an 86 in the final round.

Local stickmen lead SUNY Poly to win

SUNY Poly’s Andrew Maycock (Deerfield/Whitesboro) scored five times and assisted on another goal to lead his men’s lacrosse team to a 14-2 win over Hilbert College.

Jared Harter (Holland Patent) scored three goals and had an assist for the Wildcats.

Russell Sage College’s Kollin Matthews (Whitesboro) scored a goal in a 14-6 win over Castleton State.


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