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Competitive Spirits Created Some Great Moments in 2017-18 SUNY Athletics



From the challenge of the competition to the thrill of victory, it has been quite the year in athletics across our SUNY campuses in the 2017-18 academic year. Some teams and competitors reached the pinnacle of national champions, while others finished seasons with success and results they had never achieved before. From the field to the gym, SUNY schools have made quite the impression in college sports and proven that we’re only going to get better.

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights in college athletics from around New York that took place this year in the world of SUNY sports!

Men’s Lacrosse

It was a breakout year for the University at Albany Men’s Lacrosse this season. The team was highly touted from the beginning and only continued to impress as they went. Albany became the first SUNY school to earn a #1 ranking in any DI sport; a huge accomplishment and step forward for SUNY sports. Along with their regular season success, the team performed well in the NCAA tournament, reaching the Final Four and Championship Weekend for the first time, before being eliminated by Yale, the eventual national champions. Along the way, Senior Attack, Connor Fields, became the 2nd all-time points leader in DI Men’s Lacrosse, etching his name in the history books. The team finished with a 15-3 record and will be sure to build off this breakout year.

In the NJCAA ranks, Onondaga Community College had another great season in Men’s Lacrosse as they dominated all their opponents, going undefeated on the year, leading them to their second straight NJCAA championship and their 11th in program history. They edged out fellow SUNY school Nassau Community College 11-9 in the title game. Overall, three of the final four schools in the national tournament were SUNY institutions. Genesee Community College joined Onondaga and Nassau in the national semi-finals.

Women’s Lacrosse

Right on the heels of Albany earning SUNY its first #1 ranking in DI sports, Stony Brook’s Women’s Lacrosse team earned a #1 ranking as well, holding onto the top spot for the majority of the season. It was the first #1 ranking in program history and helped carry the team to their 6th straight NCAA tournament appearance. Kylie Ohlmiller also ended up setting the all-time NCAA record for career points (498) and assists (246). The team finished the season with a 20-1 record, with their only loss coming to Boston College in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.

The Monroe Community College Women’s Lacrosse team took home their sixth straight NJCAA title and their 8th in program history. Not only has Monroe won 6 straight titles, but they have now won 8 of the last nine and have played in the last 10. Their championship this year capped off an undefeated season, which pushed their winning streak to 95 games. The team clinched their sixth straight title with a 20-13 victory over Harford in the finals.


It was a very successful year for both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams at the University at Buffalo. Starting first with the women, the team reached the NCAA tournament for the second time in program history; this time as the 11 seed. They made a splash right off the bat by upsetting No. 6 South Florida (102-79) and No. 3 Florida State (86-65) in the first two rounds, paving their way to the program’s first appearance in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Basketball tournament and a whole lot of national attention along the way.

As for the men at UBuffalo, they reached the NCAA tournament for their third time in four years and earned their first NCAA tournament win in program history after beating No. 4 Arizona 89-68.

Each team will look to build off their wins next season and continue their success for years to come.

Track & Field

Camille Wutz of SUNY Geneseo runs in a track and field event.In the Division III Track & Field national championships, SUNY had a few competitors come out on top. In the Men’s 1500m, Isaac Garcia-Cassani from SUNY Geneseo took home the gold. In the Women’s competitions, Victoire Kothor from the College at Brockport took home the gold in Women’s Shot Put, and SUNY Geneseo athletes Camille Wutz and Emily Lavarnway earned bronze in the Long Jump and Heptathlon events, respectively.


The College at Brockport football team had a great year, making a historic run to the NCAA Division III semifinals. It was the furthest the team had ever advanced in the tournament, which led them to finish the season ranked as the #5 team in the country. Four players were named All-Americans and head coach Jason Mangone was named national coach of the year. After this undefeated regular season and the return of 10 All-Conference players, the Golden Eagles will look to continue on with their success next season.


Genesee Community College men's soccer team poses in celebration with the NJCAA national championship plaque.The Genesee Community College men’s soccer team won the NJCAA National Championship for the first time in school history. The Cougars defeated defending champions Richland (TX) 2-1 in the title game. The win capped a great season for GCC as the team finished with a record of 20-2-1, going on a 20-game unbeaten streak to close off the season. Although it was a first NJCAA title, it was the third overall title in school history.



Daniel Lapp shot a 5-over 293 to become only the second individual NJCAA men’s golf national champion to come from Tompkins Cortland Community College. Over the final two rounds, Lapp tallied a 3-under to earn the championship. Throughout the tournament, Daniel registered two eagles along with his nine birdies and a tournament-best 45 pars to help him pull away from the field and finish on top.


There were many other moments of success and accomplishments across the system this year, and they all showcase the hard work and determination of our SUNY student athletes.

June 12, 2018

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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

Written by Emily Schwartz

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:


SUNY Oneonta

May 28, 2013

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