November 10, 2009
Red Dragon stickers hit road for NCAAs
The SUNY Cortland field hockey team has received a berth into the 24-team NCAA Division III playoffs.
Though unbeaten at 18-0 and hopeful of being a regional host, the Dragons did receive a first-round bye but will be traveling to play in a four-team regional Saturday and Sunday being held at Salisbury University in Maryland.
Cortland will play either Virginia’s Christopher Newport (15-3) or Pennsylvania’s Cabrini (11-10) in the second round Saturday at 1 p.m. The winner will play Sunday at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinals.Led by 12th-year head coach Cynthia Wetmore, Cortland is making its 11th straight NCAA appearance and 25th overall. The Red Dragons advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals last season.
l The Cortland volleyball team was hoping to be included in the 62-team NCAA Division III tournament field, but was not rewarded for a 25-12 season.
The Red Dragons lost the chance to earn an automatic berth when New Paltz was a winner in three-games Saturday in the SUNY Athletic Conference championship match. New Paltz (33-5) will face Roger Williams (21-10) in a first round game.
Other New York State schools in the field are CCNY (24-12), Poly Tech (25-9), NYU (28-9) and Clarkson (28-6).
l After reaching the SUNYAC soccer finals, losing 3-2 to Geneseo, Cortland women had an outside shot of earning an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III tournament. Instead, Geneseo (earning an automatic bid), Oneonta and Plattsburgh are conference teams headed to the tournament ahead of the Red Dragons (12-5-3).
White’s Dolphins in NCAAs
After winning the Northeast-10 Conference Championship this past weekend with a 2-1 victory over Southern Connecticut State, the Le Moyne College men’s soccer team that has Cortland’s Steve White as its starting goalie has earned a No. 1 seed and will host the 2009 NCAA Division II East Regional.
The Dolphins (17-2-2) are making their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and the sixth appearance in the program’s history. The Dolphins get a first round bye and will host the Dominican vs. Franklin Pierce first round winner on Sunday.
White earned second team Northeast-10 honors for his work in goal, and has an 0.79 goals against average while making 73 saves. He has seven shutouts this season, as Le Moyne has held opponents to a goal or less in 18 of its 21 games.
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