Sports Briefs: UAlbany wins Commissioner’s Cup

UAlbany's Kayla Cooper looks to dribble against Siena's Margo Peterson during women's basketball action at SEFCU Arena on the University at Albany campus Sunday, December 12, 2021.

UAlbany's Kayla Cooper looks to dribble against Siena's Margo Peterson during women's basketball action at SEFCU Arena on the University at Albany campus Sunday, December 12, 2021.

The University at Albany won the 2021-22 America East Stuart P. Haskell Commissioner’s Cup, awarded annually to the conference’s top-performing athletic department. 

The Great Danes earned the Cup for the eighth time overall and first since the 2017-18 season, behind four America East titles and five runners-up performances. 

The Commissioner’s Cup is determined by a scoring system under which programs earn points for their team’s performances, both during the regular season and in the conference tournaments for each of the league’s sponsored sports. 

UAlbany earned 380 points, followed by runner-up Vermont with 331, and third-place UMBC with 284.  The rest of the finishers were UMass Lowell (269), New Hampshire (264), Binghamton (263), Stony Brook (256), Maine (198), NJIT (152) and Hartford (118).

During the 2021-22 academic year, the Great Danes won league titles in women’s basketball, women’s indoor track & field, and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field.


Russell Sage College junior John Coddington, a Broadalbin-Perth graduate, was voted the Empire 8 Conference Rookie of the Year.

Coddington won the hammer throw at the E8 Championships with a toss of 45.93 meters. The school’s first E8 champion also placed third in the shot put with a throw of 14.16 meters.

Coddington, the team captain who also represented the program on the E8 Sportsmen of the Year Team, competed at the All-Atlantic Region Track & Field Conference Championships in both events.  He established program records in the hammer, shot put and discus across his debut spring.


Three members of the University at Albany women’s lacrosse program have earned spots on their nation’s final rosters ahead of the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship.  Assistant coach Taylor Frink and outgoing senior attack Ivy Santana made the Haudenosaunee roster, and rising junior attack Bryar Hogg will represent Canada. 

The World Championship begins June 29, with the championship match scheduled for July 9.  The tournament will take place at Towson University in Maryland.  The field is composed of 30 teams divided into six five-team pools.

ESPN will broadcast 112 games of the World Championship, including six on its linear networks.

Frink graduated UAlbany in 2011, leaving the program with 89 goals, 82 assists, and 171 points. Santana had four goals and three assists in 12 games this season, while Hogg totaled nine goals and eight assists.


After a Game 1 loss to Atlantic City Tuesday in the TBL’s Northeast Division finals, the Albany Patroons host Game 2 in the best-of-three series at 7 p.m. Friday at the Washington Avenue Armory.

Before the game, Patroons head coach Will Brown will be honored with the TBL’s Coach of the Year Award. Brown led Albany to a 21-3 regular-season record and was selected as head coach of the TBL All-Star team.

If Albany wins Friday, Game 3 will be at 7 p.m. Saturday. The winner of this series advances to the Eastern Conference finals against either the Huntsville Hurricanes or the Tallahassee Southern Kings.

The Patroons won all three regular-season meetings against Atlantic City, with two of those coming at the Armory.


Union College men’s lacrosse head coach Derek Witheford was named the ECAC Division III Coach of the Year to lead five total Union College honorees on the annual All-ECAC Men’s Lacrosse Teams.

Also named were senior defenseman Ryan Puglisi, senior attackman Peter Burnes, junior midfielder Jake Titus and sophomore midfielder Matthew Paolatto. The first three were named to the All-ECAC Team, while Paolatto earned All-ECAC honorable mention.

Witheford led the Dutchmen to the best season in program history in 2022, earning a program-record 18 victories and advancing to the national championship game for the first time. 

Puglisi earned USILA All-America honorable mention, and was second on the team in ground balls (34) and caused turnovers (26). Burnes, a USILA All-America first-team selection, had 61 goals and 27 assists. Titus, a USILA second-team All-American as a short-stick midfielder, led Union with 61 ground balls and also had eight goals and six assists. Paolatto, a third-team USILA All-American, finished the year 11th in Division III faceoff percentage (69.7%) after winning 191 of 274 attempts.


Fonda-Fultonville baseball coach Rick Palumbo will host his 15th annual summer baseball camp July 11-15 at Fonda-Fultonville Little League Park.

The camp, which will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will have baseball stations with an emphasis on throwing, catching and hitting. There will be games every day to go along with the annual rag ball tournament that will be played at the end of the week.

The camp is open to children ages 8 to 15, and the cost is $90, and $65 for any additional family member.

To sign-up or get more information, call Coach Palumbo at (home)762-2839 or (cell) 332-5199. 


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