November 30, 2021

Cortland hosting three mid-week playoff contests

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Three Cortland teams will be hosting State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) postseason contests today and Wednesday. Conference tournament champions in each of the three sports earn automatic berths into the NCAA Division III playoffs.

The women’s volleyball team (23-10, 6-3 SUNYAC) finished third in the SUNYAC regular season and will host sixth-seeded Oswego (20-9, 5-4 SUNYAC) today at 6 p.m. at Corey Gymnasium. The winner will play second-seeded Brockport in the semifinals, hosted by top-seeded Geneseo Friday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m., and the championship match is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m., also at Geneseo. The Red Dragons are competing in the SUNYAC tournament for the 34th time in the 36-year history of the event. Cortland has won 19 SUNYAC titles, most recently in 2012.

The women’s soccer team (10-5-2, 7-0-2 SUNYAC) placed second in the SUNYAC regular season and earned a bye into the semifinals. Cortland will host third-seeded Brockport (12-6-1, 6-3 SUNYAC) Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Holloway Field. The winner will face either fourth-seeded Plattsburgh or top-seeded Geneseo in the finals on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the highest remaining seed. Cortland has won eight league titles, most recently in 2012, and finished as runner-up last fall.

The field hockey team (15-3, 5-1 SUNYAC) finished second during the SUNYAC regular season and will host third-seeded New Paltz (10-7, 4-2 SUNYAC) Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Cortland Stadium Complex. The Red Dragons and the Hawks have met in the SUNYAC finals each of the last two years, with New Paltz winning at home, 2-1, last fall and Cortland winning at home, 5-0, in 2017. The winner will play either fourth-seeded Oneonta or top-seeded Geneseo in the finals on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the highest remaining seed. Cortland has won 15 SUNYAC titles; the league sponsored the sport from 1984-86 and from 2000 to the present, and a postseason tournament to determine the league champion began in 2010.

Tickets for each game are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Any student from a SUNYAC school is admitted free with a valid school ID. In addition, Cortland Athletics will cover the cost of attendance for any SUNY Cortland faculty or staff member.

In addition to Cortland’s three home playoff games, the fourth-seeded Cortland men’s soccer team (8-6-3, 4-4-1 SUNYAC) will play at top-seeded Oneonta (15-2, 8-1 SUNYAC) in the SUNYAC semifinals Wednesday at 1 p.m. The Red Dragons advanced past Oswego in the quarterfinals last Saturday in penalty kicks after the teams played to a 1-1 tie.