College sports in brief: Whitesboro grads earn Empire 8 honors with Utica; Hamilton lacrosse remains ranked


Crossley earns Empire 8 honor

Whitesboro High School grad and Utica University outfielder Joe Crossley is the Empire 8 Conference player of the week.

Crossley, a junior from Marcy, was 11-for-22 (.500 batting average) with three runs over five games last week for Utica.

Crossley started last week going 5-for-5 with two runs and an RBI in the Utica’s win over Sage. Crossley also had multi-hit games in Utica’s win over Cazenovia in batting 2-for-4 with a run as well as finishing 2-for-5 with a run in the team’s win over Fisher.

Entering Monday, Crossley had an eight-game hitting streak after recording at least one hit in each game last week.

Scaccia takes conference honor

Whitesboro High School grad and Utica University lacrosse player Lexi Scaccia is the Empire 8 Conference co-player of the week.

Scaccia, a senior midfielder at Utica, had a game-best six points on three goals and three assists in Utica’s win over Hartwick last Wednesday. Scaccia also totaled four draw controls to increase her career total to 203. She is the third player in program history to record over 200 draw controls. Scaccia leads Utica (6-2 overall) with 20 goals this season. Her 23 points are third on the team.

Hamilton College women’s lacrosse in top 15

The Hamilton College women’s lacrosse team moved down a spot in the ILWomen/Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Top 25 poll.

The rankings, released Monday, have the Continentals ranked No. 13. Hamilton had been ranked No. 12 the last two weeks.

The Continentals dropped a pair of New England Small College Athletic Conference games to Bates (13-12 on Saturday) and top-ranked Middlebury on Sunday. Hamilton is 5-3 overall and 3-3 in the NESCAC. Senior Eva Abel leads the Continentals with 19 goals and senior Olivia Seymour has a team-best 12 assists and 28 points. Sophomore Meghan Lane paces the team with 38 draw controls and 18 ground balls. Hamilton’s four goalkeepers have combined for a 8.75 goals against average — up from 6.83 recently — and .474 save percentage.


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