Number 12

Sophomore Gavin Kesserling celebrates the Lazers 12th National Championship.

The Onondaga Community College Men’s Lacrosse team captured its 12th national championship, defeating Nassau Community College 7-6 in overtime Sunday, May 19. The game was played at Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY.

Head Coach Eric Miccio

The Lazers trailed 6-5 late in the 4th quarter when sophomore Kyle Worsley (South Carroll HS, Mt. Airy, MD) tied the game with a between-the-legs shot with :43 seconds left in regulation. Percy Booth (LaFayette HS) scored the game winner with :17 seconds left in the first overtime period.

During championship weekend the Lazers avenged their two regular season losses. On March 9, OCC was defeated by Nassau 12-4. On March 2, the Lazers lost to Harford Community College 12-8. OCC defeated Harford in the national semifinals on Saturday and Nassau in the national championship game Sunday. “The road to redemption. It doesn’t get any better than this. It’s as storybook as it gets,” said head coach Eric Miccio. “After our first lost to Nassau we just grew and got better as time went on.”

Goaltender Frank Delia

Sunday’s win marked the first coaching national championship for Miccio who succeeded Chuck Wilbur. Miccio won two national championships under Wilbur as a player at OCC in 2009 and 2010. He also won a New York State Championship at West Genesee in 2008.

OCC sophomore goaltender Frank Delia (Baldwinsville HS) was named the National Defensive Player of the Year after stopping 19 of 25 shots in the championship game. “Last year winning the national championship was great. This year as a sophomore I was a leader. It was my year to do it. I grew a lot over the season and spent this past weekend with some of the greatest kids I’ve ever met. It was truly the best moment of my OCC career.”

 

Here’s a look at the Lazers victory by the numbers:

  • This is the Lazers 3rd consecutive national championship.
  • This is the Men’s Lacrosse program’s 12th national championship.
  • This is the Lazers athletic program’s 16th national championship overall. The list includes 12 in Men’s Lacrosse, 2 in Women’s Lacrosse, 1 in Men’s Tennis and 1 in Men’s Basketball.

Teaching Opportunity In Japan

OCC student Koichi Nakamura (right) is pictured with Satoshi Kai (left), President of Nakamura Gakuen University in Fukuoka, Japan which Nakamura attended before coming to OCC. Nakamura is proudly displaying his OCC Men’s Lacrosse National Championship ring and plaque along with the certificate he received when he was inducted into honor society Phi Theta Kappa.

Koichi Nakamura wants students in his home country to have the same opportunities as him. That’s why whenever he returns to Japan, he holds lacrosse clinics for players of all ages. “Lacrosse changed my life. When I was 18 years old, I came to the U.S. to play. I had a very good experience here. I tell Japanese kids they can come to the United States, play lacrosse and study here like I did. I’m very lucky.”

Nakamura is a native of Fukuoka, Japan and a Business Administration major at Onondaga Community College. He is also a two-time national champion having played for the Lazers Men’s Lacrosse team during its undefeated 2017 and 2018 seasons. Before coming to OCC, he attended Nakamura Gakuen University in Fukuoka and earned a degree in Education. During the semester break he returned there and visited college President Satoshi Kai, showing off his national championship ring and plaque along with the certificate he received when he was sworn-in to OCC’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Their photo is at the top of this story.

Nakamura (in front holding lacrosse stick) is pictured at one of the lacrosse camps he hosted in Japan.

Nakamura has a busy year ahead of him. He’ll finish his studies at OCC in December. Between now and then he’s trying out for a professional lacrosse teams. He’s also working with current Lazer lacrosse players who are faceoff specialists like he was. During a faceoff two opponents attempt to gain control of a ball which has been placed between them. Winning faceoffs is a critical component to team success. “You have to be quick and strong. Practice makes perfect.”

In October Nakamura will bring his two lacrosse worlds together. The Falcons, a club lacrosse team from Tokyo will be coming to Central New York to practice and play. Nakamura is organizing their visit. “They have won 11 national championships. They are the OCC of Japan.”

Nakamura’s goal is to return to Japan and teach the game of lacrosse across the country. “Teaching lacrosse makes friends. Thirty thousand people play lacrosse there. It’s not the biggest sport there but it is getting bigger. We are growing the game.”

Swearing-in #4

Onondaga County’s fourth Country Executive, J. Ryan McMahon II, proudly displayed his #4 OCC Men’s Lacrosse jersey after it was presented to him by College President Dr. Casey Crabill at his swearing-in. Seated behind McMahon was County Legislature Chairman Dave Knapp.

Onondaga County’s fourth County Executive, J. Ryan McMahon II was sworn-in Sunday, November 4 in the Great Room of the Gordon Student Center. College President Dr. Casey Crabill welcomed McMahon’s supporters to the event and presented him with an OCC-themed gift, a Men’s Lacrosse jersey with the number 4 and the name “McMahon” across the back. “When I was thinking about a new County Executive I thought, ‘at OCC it’s all about team.’ So County Executive McMahon, the fourth County Executive, we wish you nothing but the best. It’s a lacrosse jersey so we know it’s the best,” said Dr. Crabill. OCC Men’s Lacrosse team has won 11 national championships.

McMahon is sworn-in by Onondaga Town Justice Patrick Kilmartin. Joining McMahon are his wife Caitlin and children Jack, Madelyn and Andrew.

McMahon began his remarks by thanking the College for hosting his swearing-in ceremony. “It’s fitting we’re here because so much happens here at OCC. This isn’t just where we educate our kids. This is an ecosystem and a laboratory for our new economy. I’m so pleased to be here.”

The County Executive will return to campus Tuesday, November 13 when he will hold a Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Academic II building. McMahon will discuss his top priorities including poverty, aging infrastructure and economic development. Following his opening remarks McMahon will take questions from the audience. Anyone interested in attending is asked to register in advance at this website. The Town Hall is being coordinated and moderated by FOCUS Greater Syracuse and Leadership Greater Syracuse.

Petey Maxwell

Petey Maxwell
  • Major: Exercise Science
  • High School: Windsor in Colorado, class of 2016

OCC’s championship lacrosse tradition brought Petey Maxwell all the way from Colorado to Central New York. During his time on campus he’s taken full advantage of everything the college has to offer.

Maxwell was the student speaker at Convocation.

Maxwell graduated from high school in 2016 with the goal of playing college lacrosse. “I sent Coach Wilbur a video, he invited me out for a visit and I decided to come here. OCC has a strong reputation nationally with all of its championships.”

Maxwell started in the Mathematics & Science major with an emphasis on Biology. His outstanding coursework led to his induction into the college’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Despite his strong performance, something wasn’t right. “Last fall I was trying to figure out what I would be doing this fall. I decided to switch majors to Exercise Science. It meant I would be staying here another year.”

The switch in majors led Maxwell to decide to sit out a year of lacrosse, meaning he will use his sophomore year of eligibility this coming spring. Maxwell has taken advantage of his third year on campus and become involved as an officer in the Student Association. “It’s been a good leadership experience for me. I’ve been pushing myself to do things people aren’t asking me to do.”

Maxwell will earn his degree next May and he’s hoping to be a part of the Lazers 12th national championship before continuing his lacrosse career elsewhere. “OCC was the right choice for me. I’ll be able to play a higher level of lacrosse coming from here than I would have had I gone to a four-year college right out of high school.”

Frank Delia

Frank Delia
  • Major: Business Administration
  • HS: Baldwinsville, Class of 2017

Frank Delia never would have been an outstanding student at OCC or an All-American goalie on the 2018 National Championship team were it not for a conversation he had with his uncle. During Delia’s senior year at Baldwinsville High School he committed to play lacrosse at a four-year college which plays at the Division III level (Division I is the highest level). As Baldwinsville won the Section 3 championship and advanced all the way to the New York State semifinals, Delia’s uncle came to the conclusion his nephew had been under recruited and told him so. “He said, ‘I think you should look at another school. You have too much talent.’ After thinking about it I texted a buddy of mine playing at OCC, then got in contact with Coach Chuck Wilbur. One thing led to another and here I am!”

Just as everything worked our perfectly on the lacrosse field, so too did it in the classroom. Delia is a Business Administration major who loves the learning environment. “Things feel very personal in the classroom because of the small class sizes. My academics are great here. I feel really good about it.”

As he begins his sophomore year Delia finds himself in the best position possible. His dream of earning a Division I scholarship is alive and well and he’s looking forward to helping the Lazers pursue their 12th national title. “The tradition here is amazing. You look back at all of the great players who have come through here. It’s such an honor to play here and win a championship and make All-American. It’s opened so many opportunities for me. I’m so glad I came here.”

Lazers Competing Around The World

The World Lacrosse Championships faceoff Thursday in Netanya, Israel. The week-and-a-half long event will feature more than a dozen former Onondaga Community College Lazers competing for their national teams. The list of alumni includes:

Australia

  • Peter Kwas

 

Canada

  • Tyson Bell

 

England

  • Holden McDonald

 

Ireland

  • Aaron Cahill

 

Iroquois

  • Austin Staats
  • Randy Staats
  • Jerry Staats
  • Warren Hill
  • Jeremy Thompson
  • Jerome Thompson
  • Vaughn Harris

 

Jamaica

  • Jalen Paul

 

Philippines

  • Justin Hussey

 

Puerto Rico

  • Dezi Gonzalez

 

Good luck to all of our Lazers in the World Championships!

Lacrosse Champion Comes Homes To Coach

Eric Miccio, OCC Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach

Eric Miccio has been named Head Coach of Onondaga Community College’s Men’s Lacrosse program. Miccio comes to OCC from Mercyhurst College North East near Erie, PA where he was Head Coach of the Men’s Lacrosse team.

Miccio (pronounced MICK-ee-oh) is a graduate of West Genesee High School where he led the Wildcats lacrosse team to the 2008 New York State title. He continued his playing career at OCC where he won back-to-back national championships in 2009 and 2010. Miccio was a two-time academic All-American and a team captain during his sophomore season. He also earned a degree in Humanities & Social Sciences from OCC in 2010.

Miccio transferred to SUNY Oswego where he played two more years of lacrosse. He was a team captain and achieved all-conference status. After earning a degree in Human Resources Management, Miccio began his coaching career at Oswego as an assistant. He was hired as head coach of Mercyhurst in 2016. He was named the Region’s Coach of the Year in 2018.

Chuck Wilbur

At OCC, Miccio replaces former Head Coach Chuck Wilbur whom he played for a decade ago. Earlier this month Wilbur took a new role with the College as a Retention Specialist. In this position, Wilbur will focus on student-athletes and Native American students to help them enroll and succeed at OCC, and take their next steps to employment or transfer upon graduation. Wilbur coached OCC for 17 seasons, winning 11 national championships. The Lazers will enter next season as two-time defending national champions and owners of a current 30-game winning streak.

“Eric is the perfect choice to lead our Men’s Lacrosse program into the future. As a former Lazer who performed at the highest level as both a student and an athlete, he has a unique understanding of what it takes to succeed at all levels. We are fortunate he has chosen to bring his passion for success home to Onondaga where he is committed to making a difference in the lives of student-athletes,” said OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.

“I’m honored to be coming home to Central New York with my family and taking over a legendary program at a place which had such a significant impact on my life. So much of what I accomplished as both a student and an athlete is due to the two years I spent here learning and growing under the guidance of Coach Wilbur and his outstanding staff. I look forward to working with our student-athletes, the college and the community as we continue the great tradition of Lazers Men’s Lacrosse,” said Miccio.

“Coach Miccio brings a strong understanding of the game, coupled with a passion to be a mentor, teacher and advocate to the young men on his roster. He is a strong competitor who understands the culture and tradition that we have built at Onondaga and has the skills and ability to continue that work. Eric’s connections with the community, combined with the familiarity of working for a SUNY institution and head coaching experience at the NJCAA level made him the best candidate for this position. I’m very excited to have Eric join our team,” said OCC Director of Athletics Mike Borsz.

“I am excited Eric will be returning home and leading this program that means so much to so many people. Eric’s work ethic as a player here was second to none. He will continue our legacy as one of the premiere programs in the nation. He has my full support,” said former Head Coach Chuck Wilbur.

Chuck Wilbur

Chuck Wilbur Moving Into New Role

Chuck Wilbur (1000px)
Chuck Wilbur after the 2015 Men’s Lacrosse National Championship

After 17 years as the Onondaga Community College Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach, 11-time national champion Coach Chuck Wilbur will be stepping down to accept a new role at OCC as Retention Specialist. In this role, Wilbur will focus on student athletes and Native American students to help them enroll and succeed at OCC, and take their next steps to employment or transfer upon graduation.

“Coach Wilbur has been an extraordinary leader both on and off the field, serving as an outstanding example and mentor to his players. While he has had outstanding success as a coach and has received numerous accolades and awards, Coach Wilbur has always put the ‘student’ in ‘student-athlete’ first. We are deeply grateful to Chuck for his leadership and the great pride he has brought to OCC and the Lazer Family, and we look forward to him continuing that forward momentum in this new capacity,” said OCC President Casey Crabill, Ed.D.

“I am very excited to be taking on this new challenge as Retention Specialist at OCC. One of the most rewarding parts of being Head Coach at OCC for 17 years is that I get to work with students every day, helping them become not just great players, but great students and great leaders. I am so proud of the accomplishments that the OCC Lazers have had over the years and of the privilege I have had to serve as their Head Coach. At this point in my career and in my life, it’s time for new Head Coach to take the Lazers to the next level and for me to take on this new opportunity and new professional challenge,” said Wilbur.

A national search to identify Wilbur’s successor will be launched.

As Retention Specialist, Wilbur will be responsible for supporting student athletes through recruitment, enrollment, advisement, and assistance with transfer and employment. He will also serve as a liaison for Native American students and support a Native American student resource center. He begins his new role in July.

Wilbur’s efforts both on and off the field have led to extraordinary success for his players: 25 have become professional lacrosse players; 61 have transferred to Division I colleges; 96 have transferred to Division II colleges; 101 have transferred to Division III colleges; and those that have transferred have won a combined 34 NCAA National Championships.

In May, Wilbur guided the Lazers to their 11th national championship in 13 years. In his 17 seasons at OCC he has a 266-15 won/loss record. In addition, Wilbur has won 17 consecutive Mid-State Athletic Conference Championships, 14 consecutive Region III Championships and guided the Lazers to the longest win streak in college lacrosse history at 107 games (March 30, 2010 to March 5, 2016). The Lazers will enter next season with an active 30 game win streak. Wilbur was named the NJCAA Lacrosse Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2018.

Wilbur is a 1995 graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School and a member of that school’s Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Laura, are the proud parents of 3 children.

Number 11

Tournament “Best Offensive Player” Austin Staats holds up the 2018 National Championship trophy. OCC defeated Nassau CC 11-9 to win its 11th national title.

Onondaga Community College Men’s Lacrosse team won its 11th National Championship, defeating Nassau Community College 11-9 on Chuck Wilbur Field at Lazer Stadium. The victory capped an undefeated campaign and extended the Lazers two-season winning streak to 30 games.

Sophomore Austin Staats was named the tournament’s Best Offensive Player. Staats scored three goals in the championship game as did sophomore Russ Oakes. Freshman Jerry Staats was named the tournament’s Best Defensive Player. OCC’s Chuck Wilbur was named the National Coach of the Year.

Congratulations to the Lazers, 2018 National Champions!

 

Cody Jamieson, ’08

  • Major at OCC: Recreational Leadership
  • Home: Six Nations in Ontario, Canada

During Cody’s two seasons on the Men’s Lacrosse team the Lazers went undefeated and won back-to-back national championships. He transferred to Syracuse University and scored the game winning goal for the Orange in the 2009 national championship game. Cody now plays lacrosse professionally and designs lacrosse equipment for Under Armour. He gives credit to OCC for much of what he accomplished. “I loved my time there. When I look back on where I started and where I am today, I realize it’s the place where I grew up.” In 2014 OCC named Jamieson an Alumni Faces honoree.

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