February 14, 2014
Red Dragons receive preseason respect
With the season scheduled to open up this weekend in Virginia if Mother Nature cooperates, the SUNY Cortland baseball team has been ranked in two preseason Division III polls.
The Red Dragons are considered the 10th best team by the web site D3baseball.com and received a 15th ranking by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
With the season openers rescheduled this weekend in Virginia if Mother Nature cooperates, the SUNY Cortland baseball team has been ranked in two preseason Division III polls.
The Red Dragons are considered the 10th-best team by the web site D3baseball.com and received a 15th ranking by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
The Red Dragons, under 15th-year head coach Joe Brown, were scheduled to be in Fredericksburg, Va. for games against Mary Washingotn this weekend. Those games were cancelled, but Brown’s squad is now slated to visit Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk for single games Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.
Cortland’s schedule features eight games against teams also ranked in the D3baseball.com Top 25. The Red Dragons will play two games at No. 13 Salisbury Feb. 22-23, and their Florida spring break trip March 9-15 includes games against No. 2 Southern Maine, No. Webster from Missouri and No. 19 Wheaton from Massachusetts.
Cortland also will face No. 5 rival Ithaca twice and will host No. 23 Misericordia at Wallace Field.
Cortland finished 38-11 last season and tied for ninth nationally in the NCAA Division III tournament after placing second in the Auburn Regional. The Red Dragons have qualified for the NCAA playoffs each of the last 21 years – the longest active streak nationally in Division III and the fourth-longest active streak in any division behind Miami (41), Florida State (36) and Cal St.-Fullerton (22).
Cortland has made 11 World Series appearances, including national runner-up showings in 2010 and 2005 and third-place finishes in 1997 and 1998. Cortland’s World Series appearances, all since 1995, are the most by any Division III school in the last 20 years, followed by Chapman (10), Marietta (9) and Eastern Connecticut State (7).
Dragons Lacrosse Ranked 3rd
The SUNY Cortland men’s lacrosse team is ranked third nationally in the United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Division III preseason poll.
Eighth-year head coach Steve Beville’s squad finished 19-1 last season, with its lone loss a 10-9 overtime decision to RIT in the NCAA Div. III semifinals.
Cortland has played in the NCAA tournament each of the last 13 years. The Red Dragons won national titles in 2006 and 2009, finished second in 2007, 2008 and 2012, and lost in the semifinals in 2003, 2010 and 2013. Cortland is a combined 125-18 over Beville’s first seven seasons as head coach, including a 40-2 record the past two years.
Cortland opens the season on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Albright College in Pennsylvania. The Red Dragons are scheduled to face six teams in the preseason Top 20, including defending national champion Stevenson on March 21 at the Mustangs’ tournament and national runner-up RIT at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse March 12. Cortland will also play No. 10 Nazareth, No. 11 Lynchburg, No. 13 Stevens Institute and No. 17 Ithaca over the course of the season.
Women Stickers Ranked 4th
The SUNY Cortland women’s lacrosse team is ranked fourth nationally in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s Division III preseason poll.
Sixth-year head coach Kathy Taylor has led Cortland to the NCAA Div. III semifinals each of the past three seasons. Last spring, Cortland finished 21-2 and won its 15th straight SUNY Athletic Conference title. The Red Dragons tied a school record for wins in a season before being eliminated by Connecticut’s Trinity College in the “Final Four”.
Cortland finished 20-2 in 2012 and 21-2 in 2011. The Red Dragons are a combined 93-16 over Taylor’s first five seasons as head coach.
Cortland opens the season at Union College on Monday, March 3. The Red Dragons will face six teams ranked in the preseason top 20. Cortland will host defending national champion and top-ranked Salisbury on April 20 and will travel to third-ranked Middlebury on April 10. The Red Dragons will also play non-league games against No. 17 St. John Fisher and No. 18 Ithaca and SUNYAC contests versus No. 12 Geneseo and No. 20 Fredonia.
Cortland Softball Ranked 4th
The SUNY Cortland softball team is ranked fourth nationally in Division III in the preseason poll released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association .
Cortland is coming off the best national finish in program history as the Red Dragons were national runners-up at the 2013 NCAA Division III World Series. Cortland finished the season 35-17, including a 17-3 mark in its last 20 games, and competed in the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight year and 19th time overall.
Julie Lenhart begins her 20th season as Cortland’s head coach. Recently selected as a 2014 inductee into the NFCA Hall of Fame, Lenhart is 637-240-2 with the Red Dragons and 757-317-2 overall in 24 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
Cortland will open the season March 9-14 with 10 contests at the Rebel Spring Games in Auburndale and Winter Haven, Fla., including a matchup with second-ranked Montclair State from New Jersey.
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