SUNY Cobleskill’s athletic teams will compete as full-fledged NCAA Division III programs for the first time in 2012-13.

The Fighting Tigers have completed the transition period since upgrading their athletic programs from the NJCAA Division III level in 2008. Their teams and individuals will be eligible to compete in NCAA Division III postseason tournaments and championships this academic year.

SUNY Cobleskill’s first fall event is 4 p.m. Friday, when the volleyball teams travels to Elms College in Chicopee, Mass., to face Sage College in the opening match of the Blazer Challenge.

The men’s and women’s cross-country teams open at 11 a.m. Saturday in Oneonta State’s Early Bird Invitational at Fortin Park. Both Cobleskill teams won North Eastern Athletic Conference championships last year.

Also Saturday, the Cobleskill women’s soccer team will play Utica College at 1 p.m. at Hartwick College’s Elmore Field in the opening round of the Erinn K. Brozman Cup. The Fighting Tigers play Hartwick at 4 p.m. Sunday in the tournament’s final game.

Cobleskill’s men open with a non-conference soccer game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bard College.

HONORS

Hawk makes honor roll

Hartwick College women’s lacrosse player Hannah Kennedy recently was named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll. She is one of 246 athletes competing at the Division III level to receive the distinction.

The IWLCA honored athletes from 94 schools. Athletes were nominated by their respective schools.

This past spring, Kennedy became the first Hartwick athlete to be selected to the Empire 8 Sportsperson of the Year team four times. As a senior, Kennedy tied for a team-best 25 goals. She was second on the team in points (27), groundballs (38), third in draws (31), and scored a college-high six goals against New Paltz in March.

Kennedy’s 25 goals and 27 points are the most in any of her four seasons with the program. She finished with 75 goals, 17 assists and 92 points. She also had 92 groundballs, 76 draw controls and 24 caused turnovers.

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