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Athletics Reach Higher with New National Championships



SUNY Cortland women's lacrosse players celebrate the win against Trinity to capture national championship.

Sports programs throughout The State University of New York have experienced a lot of success recently, often times becoming national media spotlights for their accomplishments. Just this year, we witnessed the longest winning streak in college sports history followed by another national championship in men’s lacrosse, a new Division I all-time points scoring leader in lacrosse, and a first ever trip to a national Division I Final Four in women’s field hockey. These, along with renewed successes in basketball and hockey have pushed the recognition of athletic opportunities and success at SUNY to new heights. We can now add another two items to that list.

The SUNY Cortland women’s lacrosse team captured their first ever Division III national championship this weekend when they defeated Trinity 17-6 at PPL Park in Chester, PA. With the win, the Red Dragons won their 19th consecutive game to finish the season with a 22-1 record, which tied the school record of 22 wins.

Cortland entered the game as the nationally second-ranked team, and Trinity came in as the number one seed in the country. For the past three seasons, Trinity has eliminated SUNY Cortland in the national semifinals of the women’s lacrosse tournament. But the second ranked Red Dragons had little trouble getting past Trinity this year as they built an 8-2 halftime lead and didn’t look back on their way to the championship.

Senior midfielder Emma Hayes-Hurley contributed two goals and two assists in the championship game on her way to being named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. “We’ve been talking about this for a long time,” said Hayes-Hurley. “We knew we were going to see them (Trinity) eventually. I think having them in the final is that much better. The revenge is that much sweeter… We haven’t forgotten. I know the feeling of losing and it’s not something you ever want to remember.” And they didn’t have to.

Read more:

SUNY Cortland wins the 2015 DIII Women’s Lacrosse Championship ( – video)

Cortland Exorcises Final Four Demons With First Championship (Lacrosse Magazine)


SUNY Cortland players celebrate the program's first NCAA women's lacrosse championship Sunday at PPL Park. (Rich Barnes for Lacrosse Magazine)

SUNY Cortland players celebrate the program’s first NCAA women’s lacrosse championship Sunday at PPL Park. (Rich Barnes for Lacrosse Magazine)


Division III National Baseball Champions

To add to the excitement, the SUNY Cortland men’s baseball team also captured their first ever DIII National Championship in baseball later in the week as they defeated Wisconsin-La Crosse two games to none in the best of three World Series Championship match up. Down 2-1 in the ninth inning of game two, Cortland rallied for five runs to take a 6-2 lead, which they closed out in the bottom half of the ninth. The Red Dragons finished the season with a record of 45 wins to only 4 losses.

It was the team’s first championship in 13 visits to the World Series. Legendary Cortland coach Bob Wallace passed away last December, and the Red Dragons wore the letters “BW” on the back of their caps in his honor this spring. Under his leadership, the team won 10 SUNYAC league titles and two Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships. Wallace started at  SUNY Cortland in 1956, when he served as a member of the Physical Education Department. He served as the head baseball coach for 25 years from 1958-82 and head softball coach for two seasons from 1984-85. He retired in 1985, when he was designated assistant professor emeritus of physical education.

SUNY Cortland mens baseball team celebrates the 2015 DIII national championship.

Read more:

Late Heroics Lift Cortland to Title ( – video)

Cortland baseball wins first Division III title with wild ninth-inning rally  (

SUNY Cortland rally denies UW-La Crosse baseball title (Post Crescent)

All in all, this past week provided a spectacular finish to the season for the Red Dragons of SUNY Cortland and SUNY athletics. Its another example of how from the classroom to the playing field, SUNY impacts all parts of New York State. Two great accomplishments in one week make a great exclamation point on an already exciting 2015 in the world of sports. Go SUNY!


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Taras Kufel

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Taras Kufel is the Manager of Digital Engagement at the State University of New York.

May 26, 2015

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Mascot Madness Champion, Hugo the Hawk, Speaks on His Victory and Getting Back to Work




SUNY Mascot Madness winner - Hugo Hawk from New PaltzThe first ever SUNY Mascot Madness came to a close yesterday with over 300,000 votes cast over the entire competition.  In a race that was too close to call initially, Hugo the Hawk from New Paltz was declared the winner of the first SUNY Mascot Madness over Wolfie the Seawolf from Stony Brook.  In a race to the finish, he met the library dean, cleaned the campus, and hung out with many students on campus.

We were able to catch up with Hugo and get his thoughts on the final round of the competition.

What responsibilities do you carry as SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion?  What’s next for you?

As the SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion, it is my duty to represent all that this title stands for. I will continue being the best mascot I can possibly be and keep getting better at it each day.

What will you do with all of your free time once SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 is complete?

With this free time I will get back to the basics. I will work on my cheers and dances and keep myself in tip-top shape for all the teams I root for. I will work hard to earn my place in next year’s tournament and make sure I do my best to defend my crown.


And we look forward to next year’s competition with you Hugo!

Hugo Hawk with Mascot Madness championship trophy

Emily Schwartz

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Emily Schwartz is the Coordinator of Open SUNY Communication and Projects.

April 5, 2013

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Bobby Hurley Named University at Buffalo Men’s Basketball Head Coach




Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men's basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley, one of the most iconic figures in college basketball history, has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

He joins UB from the University of Rhode Island, where he has been serving as associate head coach. He was hired as an assistant coach at Wagner College in 2010, and spent two seasons with the Seahawks, playing a critical role in rebuilding the men’s basketball team. He helped lead Wagner to a 25-6 record during the 2011-12 season – its best record in school history – before joining Rhode Island.

A first-team All-American in 1993, Hurley is best remembered for being the point guard at Duke. Hurley helped lead the Blue Devils to three Final Four appearances and consecutive national championships in 1991 and 1992. Hurley still holds the NCAA record for career assists with 1,076.

Following his outstanding career at Duke, Hurley was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the seventh pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. He went on to play five years in the NBA with the Kings and Vancouver Grizzlies.

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SUNY Oneonta Senior Sets Off on 4,200-Mile Cross-Country Bike Adventure




Jayme Haynes biking in Central Bridge on her cross country adventure

Jami Haynes sets off from her home in Central Bridge, NY, on Tuesday, May 28.

SUNY Oneonta senior Jami Haynes set off on a 4,200-mile, cross-country bike adventure today with the goal of raising awareness about the Harvest of Hope Foundation, an organization that provides emergency assistance to migrant workers and their families. Haynes, 21, accompanied by her boyfriend and sister, left early Tuesday morning from her home in Central Bridge, N.Y.

An avid runner and hiker, Haynes got the idea for the “Miles for Migrants” bike tour after Harvest of Hope founder and President Phil Kellerman visited one of her education classes, taught by Madeline Berry, this past semester. Her 20-year-old sister, Jena, signed on for the adventure, and then her boyfriend, Caleb Grippin, 23, joined the team.

Jena Haynes, Caleb Grippin, Jami Haynes with bikes

SUNY Oneonta student Jami Haynes (right) with her sister, Jena, and boyfriend, Caleb Grippin.

“I wasn’t very familiar with what a migrant farm worker was and how they contributed to American society, and I was especially touched as a future educator by the support that Harvest of Hope gives to these families and the scholarships that the foundation provides,” Haynes said.

The class did a service-learning project to benefit Harvest of Hope, and Haynes kept the momentum going. She and her sister organized a spaghetti supper, several bake sales and a raffle, as well as giving presentations about Harvest of Hope on campus and in the community. “Spreading awareness of the foundation and how it helps migrant farm workers has been extremely rewarding,” Haynes said. “The community definitely knows a lot more about the contributions of migrant workers because of this project.”

Haynes hopes to continue raising awareness by meeting with media outlets during her journey. The trio plans to ride about 60 to 80 miles per day, camping and staying with friends and family members en route to San Francisco. They have been training for the trip for about three months, logging several hundred miles of short and long rides.

The Harvest of Hope Foundation was established in 1997, when Kellerman worked at ESCORT, a migrant education resource center based at SUNY Oneonta. In addition to its affiliation with ESCORT, SUNY Oneonta has operated a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) since 2001. Created in 1972, CAMP is a federally-funded scholarship program that helps students from migrant and seasonal farm-working families pursue higher education.

ESCORT senior programmer analyst Bob Thomas, a friend of Kellerman’s, loaned Haynes and her crew three touring bikes and trailers. Thomas, who completed a cross-country bicycling trip himself back in 1976, was on hand for the send-off Tuesday, offering last-minute tips and advice.

An elementary education major with a concentration in social studies, Haynes will share experiences from her trip this fall as a student teacher at Cobleskill Elementary School.

She will also chronicle her adventures throughout the 11-week journey on the blog:


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May 28, 2013

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