Anyone remember when SUNY Cobleskill’s record stood at 1-8? Anyone remember that 90-52 loss to Oneonta State on Nov. 21 that was followed the next night by a 67-60 loss to Hartwick College?
Well, that same Fighting Tigers squad is now headed to the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament for the firs time. Cobleskill learned Monday that it will travel to face William Paterson University at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a first-round game.
It will mark Cobleskill’s first NCAA tournament game.
“We are excited about the opportunity to represent our university in this year’s NCAA tournament for the first time in program history,” Fighting Tigers coach Matt Allen said in a media release sent by the school. “Our objective all season has been to improve each game, win or lose, with the ultimate goal of playing our best basketball at this specific moment in time as we head into the postseason.”
The Fighting Tigers (17-10) earned an automatic bid into the tournament with a 49-46 win over host Lancaster Bible College on Sunday in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament title game.
William Patterson (20-7) will serve as a bracket’s host site for the first round. It lost in the New Jersey Athletic Conference championship game over the weekend.
The bracket’s other game Friday will be between Old Dominion Athletic Conference runner-up Virginia Wesleyan College (23-5) and John Carrol University (20-6) of Ohio. That game will start at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
The winners of Friday’s first-round games will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to the tournament’s round of 16.
Oneonta State completed a wire-to-wire finish as the SUNY Athletic Conference men’s indoor track champions this past weekend, marking the second conference title in program history.
The Red Dragons had four individual champions and won one relay in amassing 152 points for the title. Cortland finished second at 110.5 points.
Charles Remillard won the 5,000-meter run in 15:05.16. Anthony Lupia took third in the same event (15:07), then placed second in the 3K (8:36.78). Mike Didas was right behind Lupia, with a third in the 3K (8:37.88).
J.D. Roth won the shot-put title with a facility record of 54 feet, 1 inch. Schenevus graduate Patrick Weinert took third in the event (51-2) and later won his second SUNYAC weight throw crown at 62-6. Roth took second in the weight throw (58-10).
Joe Carr rounded out the Red Dragons’ individual champs, winning the 200 with an ECAC-qualifying time of 22.22. Carr also finished second in the 60, with a season-best time of 7.01.
Kyle Howerton, Griffith Eddy, Andy Fleming and Jeffrey Mahar ran an ECAC-qualifying time of 10:29.87 in winning the distance medley relay.
Mahar also joined Rob Farrell, David Bohunicky and Carr for a third in the 1,600 relay. Farrell contributed a fourth in the 400 (50.78) and a fifth in the 60 hurdles (8.38).
Sean Mullen placed second in the triple jump, tying his personal-best mark of 46-9.
Jake Alviene had a runner-up finish in the 60 hurdles (8.18) and was third in the 200 (22.43).
The Red Dragons’ women set four program records and won the 1,600 relay to place fifth with 92 points. Buffalo State won its fourth indoor title with 115.5 points.
Carrie Small, Kierra Keys, Rachael Shine and Amanda Knox had a season-best and ECAC-qualifying time of 4:01.25 in the 1,600 relay to beat runner-up Geneseo by .74 seconds.
Small also set a school record with a fifth-place time of 9.39 in the 60 hurdles, and she was sixth in the 400 (59.97).
Shine took third in the 800 (2:17.24) and Elizabeth Jewiss was fourth in the same event (2:21.70) as both hit the ECAC standard.
Knox, Brianna McLoughlin, Jaclyn Masucci and Deirdre Dwyer finished second in the distance medley relay (12:33.70).
Sabrina Felice had a program-best 2,814 points for sixth in the pentathlon. Crystal Wyllie broke her pole vault record with a 10-6 to tie for sixth, and Kayla Clohessy was second in the long jump in a school record 18-5. Teammate Kaitlyn Kieser, who held the previous long jump record, placed sixth in the event at 17-5.
Alyssa Drapeau was second in the 5,000 (17:51.79) and third in the 3,000 (personal-best 10:22.31).
Meghan Serdock took second in weight throw (49-10) and Taylor DeClerck was third (49-3).
O-State will compete this weekend in the ECAC Division III Championships at the Armory in New York City.
Cobleskill All-American sprinter Winston Lee won the 60-meter dash for the second consecutive season with a time of 6.91 seconds Saturday at the New York State College Track Conference Indoor Championships at Rochester Institute of Technology.
The Fighting Tigers, who tied for 10th out of 13 teams with 23 points, also received all-conference efforts from Javante Coley with a fourth in the 200 (22.92) and a fourth in the 400 (50.98).
Richard Kemp was sixth in the triple jump (43-2.25).
Emily Belewich’s ninth in the 60 hurdles (10.03) paced Cobleskill’s women, who were last with zero points.
Cobleskill qualifiers will compete in the ECAC Championships, which run Friday and Saturday at the Armory in New York City.
Harvard 11, Hartwick 6
Katie McKenty scored three times Sunday, but Hartwick College lost a CWPA match to Harvard at Bucknell University to fall to 8-12 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Blanca Anton Cuesta, Natalie May and Zsofia Polak scored once for the Hawks, who faced an 8-3 halftime deficit.
Hartwick will visit Indiana this Saturday for matches against the Hoosiers and the University of Michigan. The Hawks also will face UC Irvine next Sunday.
Hartwick 14, GW 9
Nicolina Mihajlovik had five goals and three assists Saturday as Hartwick topped George Washington in a CWPA match at Bucknell.
Katie McKenty contributed a goal and five assists for the Hawks, who got three goals apiece from Brittany Tait and Blanca Anton Cuesta. Kylie Traube and Rebecca Armstrong also scored.
Princeton 9, Hartwick 4
Zsofia Polak’s three goals and one assist paced Hartwick in a CWPA loss to 11th-ranked Princeton on Saturday at Bucknell.
Nicolina Mihajlovik also scored for Hartwick, which got an assist from Blanca Anton Cuesta.
Princeton snapped a 2-all tie with a 5-1 run in the second period.
O-State 10, Farmingdale 1
Mike Metzger finished with three goals and an assist Saturday as Oneonta State improved to 2-0 on the season with a non-conference victory on the road.
Ryan Adler made 12 saves in goal for the Red Dragons, who took a 4-0 lead into halftime. Metzger scored in the last 20 seconds in each of the first two periods. He also matched teammate Anthony Laureano with a goal and an assist in the third period, when Oneonta scored four times.
Metzger was named the SUNY Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week on Monday, when Adler was tagged as the conference’s Goalie of the Week.
The Rams fell to 1-1.
The Red Dragons visit fourth-ranked Union College on Tuesday.
Onondaga 26, Delhi 2
Gavin Schlosser and Ryan Vollmer scored first-period goals Friday to give SUNY Delhi a 2-1 lead in the first period of its season opener, but NJCAA top-ranked Onondaga Community College followed with 25 unanswered goals for a victory at the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex.
Jeremy Leary had an assist for the seventh-ranked Broncos, who faced a 17-2 halftime deficit.
Delhi will play at Ocean County College in New Jersey at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Alexis Steelman placed 27th overall in the 1-meter dive with 348.15 points Saturday at the NCAA Division III Region III Diving Championships at Springfield College.
Teammate Merrin Gural took 28th at 326.10 in the same event. Both Cobleskill divers qualified for regionals at the NEAC Championships earlier this season, becoming the first Fighting Tigers to compete at an NCAA championship event.
Hobart 9, O-State 0
Cole Laffitte and Matteo Befi pushed their respective opponents to tiebreakers but fell as Oneonta State lost a non-conference match on the road Saturday.
Laffitte lost, 6-4, 2-6, 10-6, to Matt DePrima at fourth singles. Befi fell, 3-6, 6-2, 10-5, to Colin Marker at fifth singles.
The Red Dragons (0-4) will compete March 10-11 during their spring trip to Orlando, Fla.
SUNY Cobleskill earned a first-place tie with the host school Sunday at Morrisville.
Both teams finished with 26 points.
The Fighting Tigers’ Megan Kristowaty and Morgan O’Sullivan, both freshman, tied for individual high point rider. O’Sullivan won open reigning and placed second in open horsemanship. Kristowaty won open horsemanship and was runner-up in open reigning.
Later Sunday, Cobleskill finished second to Morrisville in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Region 3 Zone 2 Championships.
Four Cobleskill riders advanced to the semifinalsand O’Sullivan finished the season with 55 points, good for second in the individual standings.
O’Sullivan (open reigning), Kristowaty (open horsemanship), Emma Briceland (advanced horsemanship) and Megan Kenny (beginner horsemanship) made it to the semifinals.
The Region 3 semifinals are March 21-22 at Ohio State.