Baseball Sets Program Record, Finishes Stellar Season
The Oswego State baseball team, ranked seventh in the country, set a program record for the most victories in a single season with 35 on the year. This breaks the previous record of 27 the team set in 2013 and 2015, both under the helm of Coach Scott Landers.
Oswego also made the NCAA Championship for the second-straight year, finishing third in the New England Regional, winning three games, the first of which was the program’s first NCAA tournament win since 1984.
Men’s Infielder Named All-American
Eric Hamilton ’17 of Liverpool, N.Y., garnered D3baseball.com All-America Second Team accolades while ABCA/Rawlings placed the third baseman on its Third Team. He is the sixth player in Oswego history to be recognized as an All-American. He was just one of two individuals from SUNYAC to make the ABCA/Rawlings list and one of four from the conference to nab D3baseball.com’s nod.
Hamilton finished 2016 batting .399 with 69 hits in 173 at-bats, setting new Oswego single-season records, as did his 13 home runs. His hits, homers, RBI, total bases (122) and slugging percentage (.705) all led the SUNYAC and were ranked in the top 50 in all of Division III.
Lakers Select Two Outstanding Senior Awards
Esther Gabriel ’16 of the women’s lacrosse team and Jordan Giller ’16 of the baseball team were named the Outstanding Senior Female and Male Athletes, respectively, at the annual All-Athlete Banquet in the Marano Campus Center in spring.
Gabriel of Lancaster, N.Y., ranks seventh in program history in both points (162) and goals (119) and is tied for eighth in assists (43). She led the Lakers in draws each of the last three years and was second on the team as a first-year student.
Giller of Toronto ranks in the top 10 at Oswego for at-bats (456), doubles (30), RBI (94), walks (64) and fielding percentage (.994). He is also first in career put-outs with 1,076, which is more than 500 ahead of the next closest Laker in the history books.
The Outstanding Senior Athlete awards take into account the seniors’ entire career at Oswego and are based solely on their individual athletic achievements while wearing a Laker uniform.
Two Female Lakers Earn SUNY Chancellor Awards
Esther Gabriel ’16 of the women’s lacrosse team and Chloe Lonergan ’19 of the women’s soccer team have both earned the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award as selected by the State University of New York. The award is given to students who have combined academic excellence and outstanding athletic achievement, and are members of an All-Conference or All-Tournament team.
Gabriel of Lancaster, N.Y., helped lead the women’s lacrosse team to one of its best seasons in history, as the squad tied the program record for wins with 12. Academically, Gabriel earned a 3.80 GPA over her four years, majoring in philosophy and minoring in logic.
Lonergan of Cicero, N.Y., was a force in her first season, anchoring a defensive unit that allowed just 22 goals in 19 games this season. In the classroom, she earned a 4.0 GPA while majoring in operations management and information systems with a minor in international business.
Women’s Ice Hockey Players Named to All-Academic Team
Nine players from the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team have been named by the Eastern College Athletic Conference West (ECAC West) to the 2015-16 All-Academic Team. Alexa Aramburu ’17 of Glen Rock, N.J., Alyssa Brockmann ’17 of Fairport, N.Y., Olivia Ellis ’18 of Wilcox, Sask., Canada, Sarah Grupp ’17 of Charlottesville, Va., Ashley Lyman ’17 of Lockport, N.Y., Lizzy Marks ’16 of Penfield, N.Y., Andrea Noss ’18 of Orange, Conn., Laura Thacker ’18 of San Jose, Calif., and Tori Trovato ’16 of Fulton, N.Y., have all earned this distinction.
D3Hoops Names Junior to All-America Team
Brian Sortino ’17 of Fairport, N.Y., has earned All-America status for the first time in his career, as D3hoops.com named him to its third team.
An exceptional scorer, the junior ranked ninth nationally in total points (649) and 43rd in points per game (20.9). Those stats were also good for first and second in the SUNYAC, respectively. A multi-dimensional player, the guard also ranked first for the Lakers in assists per game (3.3) and total steals (28).
D3hoops.com also recognized Sortino with First Team All-East Region on the heels of his All-SUNYAC First Team accolade.
Sortino also hit a milestone during the season, recording his 1,000th career point against Cortland on Jan. 23. At the end of the year, the All-American had accumulated 1,380 points in his Laker career, placing him 10th all-time in Oswego State men’s basketball history.
Two Topple School Track and Field Records
A pair of school track and field records was toppled at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium in Pennsylvania in April.
Abigail Boyce ’17 of Lockport, N.Y., took down her own record in the triple jump, leaping 11.11 meters in the finals or .02 meters more than her previous record set in 2015.
On the men’s team, Ethan Ehrlich ’18 of Livingston, N.J., set the Oswego State record in the javelin throw.
The sophomore edged the previous record, set by Matt McDorman ’15 of Wolcott, N.Y., in 2015, by nearly 6 inches, tossing the javelin 55.91 meters (183’ 5”).
SUNY Oswego Serves as Host Site for Men’s Basketball NCAA Tournament Round of 16
The Oswego State men’s basketball team had its season come to a close March 11 in a raucous Max Ziel Gymnasium environment, 66-65, to The College of Wooster in the NCAA Division III Championship, hosted on the SUNY Oswego campus for the first time in school history.
The game marked not only an appearance by the men’s team in the Sweet 16, but an opportunity to host semi-final teams from Wooster, Christopher Newport University, and Keene State College.
“Being able to host a sectional round of an NCAA Championship is not an everyday occurrence,” said Michael Bielak, SUNY Oswego sports information director. “It was a truly unique opportunity to showcase SUNY Oswego, the Athletics Department and the community.”
More than 1,250 attendees descended on the SUNY Oswego campus for the game—perhaps the highest attendance in program history, he said.
Oswego’s farthest run in the postseason ended at 22-9. Their performance this season earned Oswego State the No. 21 spot on D3hoops.com men’s basketball Top 25 poll. Oswego’s ranking is the second-highest final poll finish in program history, as the 2011-12 squad wrapped its season at No. 17. Among the Top-25 teams, the Lakers were one of only two teams from the East Region and the only squad from SUNYAC.
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