Oneonta State will play a SUNYAC Tournament semifinal at 11 a.m. today at top-seeded Cortland. The winner will meet New Paltz or Geneseo in the championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cortland.
Saturday’s champion will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament, which begins Wednesday with first-round games. National championship weekend is scheduled for Nov. 23-24 at Old Dominion University.
Fourth-seeded Oneonta (12-7) has outscored its opponents, 65-33, this season and holds a 177-165 advantage in penalty corners. Andrea Day, a junior, leads O-State with 34 points on 15 goals and four assists. Classmate Kelcy Forbragd ranks second in team points with 31 (14 goals, 3 assists).
Cortland (13-2) is ranked 14th in the latest NFHCA Coach’s Poll. Two weeks ago at Cortland, Oneonta fell, 3-2, in double-overtime of their regular-season meeting.
The two teams will go head-to-head in the SUNYAC Tournament for the second time in three seasons. O-State fell, 2-1, in overtime to Cortland during the first SUNYAC Tournament title game in 2011.
Oneonta is seeking its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1992. It also qualified for the NCAAs in 1984 and 1990.