December 1, 2021

Men’s soccer, volleyball claim league titles

SUNY Cortland Red Dragons Logo

The top-seeded SUNY Cortland men’s soccer team ran through No. 6 Oswego State 6-0 Saturday to claim the SUNYAC tournament title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Graduate student Blake Aronson was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Cortland had six different players score in the game while taking 19 shots and four corner kicks. Junior Riley Williams scored his second goal of the tournament to open the scoring, then senior Anthony Ruggiero added another tally before the half.

Aronson helped the Red Dragons open up a 3-0 lead in the 53rd minute by burying a second-chance goal after his own initial shot. Junior Mike Hunsucker, sophomore Jack Coleman and graduate student Lukas Rubio also scored later in the second half to add to the lead.

Cortland, ranked No. 5 in the country, will be given its draw for the NCAA Tournament at 8 p.m. tonight. The Red Dragons sit behind No. 1 Washington & Lee University, No. 2 Trinity University, No. 3 Washington University and No. 4 Franklin & Marshall College in the Division III USCA poll.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

No. 1 SUNY Cortland 3, No. 2 SUNY Geneseo 1
The Red Dragons took sets one, two and four by at least five points each to secure the program’s SUNYAC tournament title Saturday.

Senior Nicole Van Pelt won tournament MVP after racking up 16 kills in the championship match. Senior Hannah Southcott and junior Carly Haegele also made the All-Tournament team. Southcott pitched in 15 kills and 15 assists for the Red Dragons, while Haegele led Cortland with 25 digs.

The first two sets were competitive, with Cortland taking the first 25-20 and losing the second 25-23. After that, the Red Dragons dominated, winning 25-16 and 25-13, respectively.

With Cortland winning the SUNYAC tournament, it gets the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The bracket will be revealed at 8 p.m. tonight.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

No. 1 SUNY Geneseo 1, No. 3 SUNY Cortland 0
Nicole Bell scored the game’s only goal with a little under five minutes left in regulation to send Geneseo past Cortland and into the NCAA Tournament Saturday.

Cortland’s offense was held in check most of the game, with the Red Dragons only able to muster five shots and two corner kicks.

Junior keeper Lexi Ramonetti kept the game close with four saves. She allowed four goals and made 20 saves in the Red Dragons’ three SUNYAC tournament games en route to being named to the All-Tournament team.

Cortland ended its season at 10-5-3. They are unranked in Region III and are unlikely to be a part of the NCAA Tournament, which will be announced tonight.

FIELD HOCKEY

No. 1 SUNY New Paltz 1, No. 2 SUNY Cortland 0
New Paltz stymied Cortland’s highflying offense for the second time this season to win the SUNYAC title Saturday. The Hawks outscored the Red Dragons 5-2 over their two matchups this season.

The only goal of the game was scored in the first quarter by tournament MVP Hannah Ackerman. Jessica Ascencao got the assist on the goal.

The two squads were almost even in terms of scoring chances, with New Paltz having more shots, nine to eight, and Cortland having more penalty corners, five to two. However, the Red Dragon offense, which averages 4.1 goals per game, was held off the board.

Senior Megan McGuinness and freshmen Keirra Ettere and Hanna Corrigan were named to the All-Tournament team from Cortland. McGuinness made seven saves in the title game, while Ettere scored both goals for Cortland in the semifinal matchup against SUNY Geneseo.

The NCAA Tournament bracket was released last night and the Red Dragons, ranked No. 15 nationally, figure to have a place in it. New Paltz, No. 17 in the nation, got the SUNYAC’s automatic bid.

FOOTBALL

No. 15 SUNY Cortland 55, St. John Fisher 3
Senior Brees Segala threw for four touchdowns and ran for another and Cortland got two special teams touchdowns in a rout of St. John Fisher on Saturday.

All of Segala’s scores came in the first half, with Derek Cruz catching two touchdowns and JJ Laap and Trevor Ash hauling in one apiece. Segala finished a perfect 14-for-14 passing for 204 yards.

Senior Tommy Heuer returned a blocked punt 27 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. In the second quarter, senior Dylan Dubuque ran a blocked field goal 64 yards to the end zone.

Senior Dom Gombetto also ran for a touchdown for Cortland’s only second-half points.

Cortland’s next game is for the Cortaga Jug against Ithaca at noon Saturday at home. The Bombers are 8-1 and ranked No. 24 in the d3football.com poll.