Locals lift Onondaga CC to national title
Capital Region scholastic graduates once again made a major impact on the perennial national powerhouse Onondaga Community College men’s lacrosse team.
The Lazers won their sixth National Junior College Athletic Association championship in the last seven years last week, including the last four in a row.
Included on this year’s roster were Shenendehowa graduate Mike Daley at midfield, Guilderland High School grad Eugene Sellie at midfield, Niskayuna product Mike Chambers at defense, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Mike Russell at defense and Saratoga Springs’ grad Gill Connors in goal.
Connors was named the defensive MVP in the championship game, which the 19-0 Lazers won over Nassau Community College, 15-6. The Lazers have won 52 straight games.
McBRIDE A FORCE
Shannon McBride, a 2010 Mechanicville High School graduate, is a member of the Herkimer County Community College softball team that won the NJCAA Region III title and competed this week in the nationals at Rochester, Minn.
McBride played on two of Mechanicville’s state championship teams and competed on four sectional and regional championship squads for the Red Raiders.
Although she missed most of her freshman season following shoulder surgery, she bounced back with a .433 batting average and 21 RBI in her first 20 games this year. McBride split time at designated hitter and second base.
UAlbany men’s lacrosse players Ty Thompson, Miles Thompson and Lyle Thompson, along with former Great Danes’ lacrosse player Mike Banks, are each making an appearance in “Crooked Arrows,” the first feature film about lacrosse. The film, in the tradition of “The Mighty Ducks,” “Hoosiers” and “Bend it Like Beckham,” opened Friday.
UAlbany women’s soccer coach Mary-Frances Monroe was scheduled to join the Boston Breakers of the Women’s Professional Soccer League Elite Division for its home opener Friday, but that league folded.
Skidmore women’s lacrosse player Eli Evans was selected to play in the IWLCA/Under Armour North-South All-Star Game June 16 at the United Sports Training Center in Downingtown, Pa. Evans, a senior, was a first-team Liberty League all-star and posted three goals, 49 ground balls and 32 draw controls.
Plattsburgh State (35-10), with Niskayuna’s Megan Price on the roster, lost to Montclair State, 1-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Softball World Series Friday in Salem, Va., and will play an elimination game today at 1:30.
Schenectady native and LaSalle Institute graduate JP Sportman was named to the All-Northeast Conference first team in baseball after hitting .357 with 13 doubles and seven home runs. His .566 slugging percentage was second in the league. The sophomore outfielder also had 32 RBI and 36 runs scored.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School grad Erin McNally received the Jean-Marius Gelas Memorial Award given annually to a student-athlete who has displayed outstanding development in sportsmanship, leadership, character and athletic ability during his or her college career. McNally was a four-time all-region honoree and a 2010 third-team All-American.
Jared Reynolds (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk) received the Chancellor’s Award for outstanding academic excellence and athletic achievement.
Seniors Matt Lussier and Grant Rosener were named to the Golf Coaches Association of America Division III All-Region team in golf. Lussier was seventh individually in several tournaments for the Engineers, while Rosener was third in the Tim Brown Invitational.
Jarrett Regler was named to the Liberty League all-star team in singles and teamed up with Brandon Mazzara for a spot in doubles. Regler was 13-1 in singles and was 10-4 in doubles with Mazzara, who was 12-6 in second flight singles.
Charlise Castro was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association District I Northeast first team after the sophomore first baseman led the America East Conference in home runs (13), RBI (53) and batting average (.461).
Samuel Clement (Catholic Central), a starting forward on the Royals’ basketball team, was inducted into the Phil Theta Kappa Honor Society this semester. He had a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Jayson Osborne, a sophomore center fielder from Granville, and A.J. Ragone, a sophomore shortstop from Christian Brothers Academy, were named to the NJCAA Region III all-star team. The Royals finished 24-14.
Oliver Loutsenko was named Liberty League Co-Player of the Year, and Miles Ransom earned Rookie of the Year honors in men’s tennis. Loutsenko was a unanimous All-Liberty League selection in singles and will compete in the NCAA Singles Championships May 24-26 in Cary, N.C. Ransom was 19-8 this year in single.
Head coach Curt Speerschneider was named the Coach of the Year in the Liberty League women’s tennis. The Thoroughbreds won the league title for the second straight season and were ranked as high as 17th in the nation. Nataly Mendoza and Melissa Hitch were named to the all-league team.
Sophomore Connor Cashin (Voorheesville) earned the Stanley Nevins Male Athlete of the Year Award after excelling in cross country and track and field. He was the NEAC Male Runner of the Year for the second time in cross country and was a standout in the 1,000 meters indoors and the 800 meters and 1,500 meters outdoors.
Africa Harper was named the Fred Barrett Outstanding Female Athlete after the sophomore sprinter set program records in the 200 meter and 400 meters indoors and the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters outdoors.
Equestrian standout Amanda Bucci was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year.