Two SUNY schools are set to battle for an opportunity to play for the NCAA Division III National Championship tonight at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine. The two New York Schools will be facing off against two teams from Wisconsin in an inter-state battle as SUNY Geneseo meets St. Norbert University and SUNY Oswego goes up against UW-Stevens Point. Both SUNY teams’ seasons are already being hailed as major successes to this point. The possibility of an all SUNY National Championship game would be the icing on the cake.
[iframe width=”500″ height=”281″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/pfoaAl13Y4M” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen style=”float:right; margin-left:6px”]Despite losing 14 seniors from a squad that went to four straight Frozen Fours, the freshman-heavy Oswego Lakers found ways to peak at the right time. The team defeated SUNY Plattsburgh on the road on consecutive weekends, including a 2-1 win to advance to the SUNYAC finals where they were able to withstand a come from behind rally by the Geneseo Knights to capture the SUNAC Tournament championship.
[iframe width=”500″ height=”281″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/mWTchIw4UX4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen style=”float:right; margin-left:6px”]The Geneseo Knights advanced to their first-ever semifinal after defeating Norwich, 3-2, on Sunday in a match-up that saw Geneseo overcome a 2-0 second period deficit on three unanswered goals in less than nine minutes by junior forward Tyler Brickler. Geneseo finished the regular season with a record of 14-2 in the SUNYAC, which was the team’s best league finish ever. The 23 total victories this season are tied for the single-season school record.
Tonight, Geneseo and St. Norbert drop the puck at 4:00 with Oswego and UW-Stevens Point following at 7:30. Good luck to both SUNY Schools. Watch the games live online at ncaa.com.
Lesley is a former graduate student assistant in the Office of New Media of the State University of New York. She earned a Master's in Public Administration at the University at Albany's Rockefeller College in Albany, NY in spring 2014.