May 27, 2010


Cortland’s DeLuca best in Division III

Burke named top specialty player


Rich Barnes/Contributing photographer
SUNY Cortland junior midfielder Chris DeLuca, firing a shot against Geneseo during this past season, received the USILA’s Iroquois National Award that goes to the most outstanding player in Division III.

With junior midfielder Chris DeLuca and senior midfielder Tom Burke receiving special recognition, SUNY Cortland had a school-record eight players named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III All-America squad.
DeLuca, from Sayville, was received the USILA’s Iroquois National Award that goes to the most outstanding player in Division III.
Burke, from Massapequa, was the recipient of the Division III Specialty Player Award for a Red Dragon team that had a 17-3 season end with a 10-9 loss to Tufts this past Sunday in the national semifinals.
Defending national champion Cortland was playing in the Division III semifinals for the fifth straight season.
DeLuca and Burke were joined on the All-America first team by junior defender Justin Schneidman. Senior attackman Brian Krol and senior midfielder Brandon Misiaszek earned third team honors, while junior attackman Jay DiStefano, junior midfielder Eric Parah and sophomore attackman Mike Tota were honorable mention selections.
DeLuca, who was named the SUNY Athletic Conference and the New York State Division III Player of the Year, finished the season as Cortland’s third-leading scorer with 52 points on 37 goals and 15 assists. He also led the team with 84 ground balls and won 133-of-197 (67.5 percent) of his faceoffs.
DeLuca earned honorable mention All-America honors last season.
Burke, selected as a short-stick specialist, put up impressive statistics at both ends of the field. He recorded 23 goals and 17 assists and was second on the team with 81 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers.
Schneidman headed a Cortland defensive unit that led the nation in scoring defense despite playing one of the county’s toughest schedules. His 67 ground balls rank third on the team, while he easily led the squad with 50 caused turnovers this spring. Schneidman also contributed a pair of assists.
Krol finished his four years at Cortland ranked 24th in career scoring with 139 points on 108 goals and 31 assists. This season, he led the team with 58 points on a team-best 43 goals and 15 assists.
He scored a team-high 11 man-up goals and was fourth with 48 ground balls. Misiaszek concluded his four-year career with 102 points on 73 goals and 29 assists. In 2010, he registered 22 goals and 15 assists, including three game-winning tallies, and 20 ground balls.
DiStefano and Tota teamed up with Krol to comprise Cortland’s starting attack this season. DiStefano finished the season with 29 goals and a team-best 21 assists, led the team with four game winnersand collected 31 ground balls. Tota was second on the squad with 54 points on 39 goals and 15 assists and tied for fifth with 47 ground balls.
Both DiStefano and Tota surpassed 100 career points this season.
Parah, who was an honorable mention All-America selection in 2009, appeared in all 20 games for Cortland this spring. He recorded 46 ground balls, was third on the team with 10 caused turnovers and scored eight points on two goals and six assists.
Burke, Krol and Misiaszek have also been chosen to compete in the USILA Division III North-South All-Star Game, Friday in Towson, Maryland.