Onondaga Lazers athletics experienced an unparalleled level of success during the 2013-14 academic year. Six of the College’s 15 sports teams played for national championships:
Defeated host Nassau Community College 12-7 to win their 6th consecutive national championship, their 8th in the last 9 seasons, and extend their all-time college lacrosse winning streak to 87 games. Nick Garbarino (Binghamton) scored 5 goals in the championship game and was named to the All-Tournament Team along with Tyson Bell (Everest Academy/St. Catharines, Ontario), Tim Barber (West Genesee), and Parrish Young (The Hill Academy/Fair Haven, NJ). Vaughn Harris (Haggersville/Six Nations, Ontario) was named Offensive Most Valuable Player for the tournament. Goaltender Warren Hill (The Hill Academy/Oshweken, Ontario) was named the tournament’s Defensive Most Valuable Player. Hill was also named the National Defensive Player of the Year for the second season in a row. Barber was chosen as the National Offensive Player of the Year. “To go through your career at OCC, never lose a game, win two national titles, and be part of an 87-game winning streak is all amazing,” said Barber. Head Coach Chuck Wilbur said the latest title has great meaning, and is optimistic about next season. “Every year is a different group of kids. This year was really special because 75 to 80 percent of our kids were new. Next season we will have a great core group coming back. If they step up we can have another great season.”
Finished second in the country, losing to Monroe Community College 11-8 in the national championship game. Four Lazers were named to the All-Tournament Team: Makenzie Annable (Onondaga Central), Jenna Battaglini (Vestal), Alexis Czyz (Baldwinsville), and Claire Wigler (Henninger). The women’s lacrosse team last won the national title in 2012.
Finished in 5th place at the national championship in Plano, TX. Six Lazers competed at nationals: Christian Barnes (Sodus), Elliot Dunn (Alexandria Bay), Jacob Gosier (Rome Free Academy), Michael Mares (Sodus), Matthew Schrader (Homer), and Jesse Zavaro (Camden). The men’s tennis team last won the national title in 2008.
Finished 7th in the nation at the national championship tournament in Chautauqua. It was the Lazers first appearance in the national championship as a complete team. Mike Marshall (Westhill) was Onondaga’s lowest scorer in the tournament. Other Lazer standouts were Gus Gosson (Westhill), Austin Chandler (Camden), Bryan Semple (West Genesee) and Cody Nellis (Wayne).
Finished fourth in the national tournament at Rochester, MN. Onondaga lost the first game by one point to eventual national champion Northland Community and Technical College, but rebounded with two wins to finish the season with a 31-5 record. The Lazers had a balanced offensive attack throughout the season with five players averaging in double figures: Allie Taylor (Hannibal), Lauren Roy (Bishop Ludden), Jenn Deuel (Whitesboro), Kayla Kibling (Bishop Ludden), and Amanda Marcely (Bishop Grimes). Head Coach Mike Wheeler won his 300th game during the season.
Men’s Cross Country
Finished in 7th place at the national championship meet in Northfield, MA, the highest finish ever for the Lazers. Justin Garn (Marcellus) was Onondaga’s top runner, finishing in 16th place among team scoring runners. Other scoring runners for the Lazers:
- Anthony Mitchell (Canastota) in 23rd place
- Jevar Carter (Corcoran) 36th
- Zach Fenner (Onondaga Central) 47th
- Jason Naughton (Onondaga Central) 58th
- Anthony Feocco (Auburn) 64th
- Lenoi Carter (Jamaica) 91st