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.
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.”
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.
Jerome Luckey knew this day was going to be different. The Onondaga Community College freshman high jumper was getting ready for the NJCAA Track & Field Championships last Friday at Mohawk Valley Community College. “I was warming up and I was just flying over the bar. I was thinking ‘today’s going to be a good day.’”
When the meet started, Luckey made his first jump at 5’9”. The bar kept going up an inch at a time and the freshman Graphic Design major from Monticello High School kept clearing it. The final time he made it over the bar cleanly it was 6’7” above the ground. It was a new personal record, an OCC record and on this day, good enough to earn a national championship in the high jump.
Luckey was one of four Lazers student-athletes to be crowned national championships over the weekend. The Men’s Tennis team competed in the national tournament in Georgia and just missed out on being the best in the country, finishing second overall. During the tourney three different Lazers earned national champion honors. Sophomore Jeremy Attrill was 2nd singles national champion and freshman Ezequiel Martin won 3rd singles. Also, Attrill teamed up with freshman Sebastian Perez to win the national championship for 1st doubles.
This coming weekend OCC’s Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse teams will both be playing for national championships. The Men will play in the national semifinals Saturday at 4 p.m. versus Harford Community College. The winner of that game will play the winner of Nassau CC versus Howard CC for the national championship Sunday at 4 p.m. The Men’s semifinals and finals will be played at Genesee Community College in Batavia.
The Women will play in the national semifinals Saturday at 11:30 a.m. versus Harford Community College. The winner of that game will play the winner of Monroe CC versus Anne Arundel CC Sunday at 12 p.m. for the national championship. The Women’s semifinals and finals will be played at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD.
Onondaga Community College’s Men’s Lacrosse program celebrated its 11th National Junior College Athletic Association title one more time when team members received their national championship rings October 13. The rings were handed out as part of the OCC Lacrosse annual family reunion. Former OCC Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse players participated in alumni games that day on Chuck Wilbur Field at Lazer Stadium.
In May, the Men’s Lacrosse team defeated Nassau Community College 11-9 in the national championship game, capping an undefeated campaign and extending the Lazers two-season winning streak to 30 games.
Onondaga Community College’s Women’s Tennis team made history over the weekend. The Lazers won their first NJCAA Region III Championship since 1992 and second in program history.
The victory was a total team effort. Each of the seven members of the team earned either First Team or Second Team All-Region honors by making it to a championship match in either singles or doubles. The Lazers competed in 8 of the 9 championship flights over the weekend and crowned 6 individuals in 4 separate flights.
On Saturday, the doubles pairing of Katie Lesselroth (Westhill HS) and Jennifer Lapp (Pulaski HS) capped an undefeated season with a championship at second doubles. Kaitlynn Ryan (Fulton HS) and Talitha Freeman (Westhill HS) were winners at third doubles, overcoming a team that had beaten them during the regular season.
After scoring an upset victory over the #2 seed in the semifinals, Micah Mixon (Marcellus HS) was eventually beaten by the #1 seed and 1st singles champion. Katie Lesselroth (Westhill HS), Jennifer Lapp (Pulaski HS) and Kaitlynn Ryan (Fulton HS) also lost in the finals at 2nd, 3rd and 4th singles respectively.
Kennedy Myers (Mexico) HS, 5th singles, and Jordan Cole (Phoenix HS), 6th singles, won their championship matches on Sunday morning and those wins clinched the Regional Title for the Lazers.
Onondaga’s Matt Stevenson was named Region III Coach of the Year.
The Lazers will now prepare for the NJCAA National Championships which will be held in Peachtree City, GA November 2-4. Last year OCC finished 5th in the national tournament.
The members of the 2018 Women’s Tennis team and their high schools are:
When a basketball player scores 1,000 points at the community college level, it’s quite an accomplishment because student-athletes only have two years of eligibility. When two players from the same college reach the milestone on the same day it’s the rarest of feats.
Onondaga Community College’s Samantha Britton and Tyler Sullivan both went over the 1,000 point mark on February 3. “To be able to do it in two years is my single biggest accomplishment. Basketball is such a big part of my life. It means a lot,” said Britton. “I did it in high school in four years,” added Sullivan. “But to do it in two years here is good.”
Britton is a Human Services major from Kenmore West High School in Buffalo. She entered Saturday’s game needing 17 points. She scored 18 in the first quarter, surpassing 1,000 points on a layup.
Sullivan played scholastically at Liverpool and is majoring in General Studies. He was 19 points away going into Saturday’s game. A 3-point shot in the second half pushed him over the top.
While both players are proud of their individual accomplishments, it’s team success they care most about. Both the Women’s and Men’s team won their games against Corning Community College Saturday. “It definitely means more that it happened in a win,” said Britton. “I probably wouldn’t have cared if I got it in a loss,” added Sullivan.
Britton and Sullivan both were named Region 3 and Mid-State Athletic Conference Players of the Week. Sullivan was also named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Player of the Week.
In April, Britton was named Honorable Mention All-American and Sullivan was named All-American. He is just the second All-American in Men’s Basketball history, joining Joseph Olsen who earned similar honors in 2004.
Congratulations to Samantha Britton and Tyler Sullivan!
The Onondaga Community College Men’s Lacrosse team has won its 10th NJCAA National Championship. The Lazers defeated the Howard (MD) Dragons 15-14 on the OCC campus. “We’ve been waiting for this game all year,” said OCC Head Coach Chuck Wilbur. “It’s the perfect ending, playing a one goal game and winning it. What a perfect way to end it after what happened last year.”
Last year the Lazers lost the national championship on their home field, falling to Genesee Community College 13-12 in the title game. Last season’s defeat coupled with this year’s victory moves the 2017 championship to the top of the list of Wilbur’s ten titles. “This is my favorite one yet because of what we went through right here in front of everybody watching us get upset on our own field and then having to come back and think about it all year. This is probably the sweetest one. The other nine teams will probably be upset for me saying that but it is.”
Following the game Wilbur was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year. OCC Goalie Riley Smith earned Best Defensive Player honors. Attackman Russ Oakes was named Best Offensive Player. Lazers named to the All-Tournament team included midfielder Larson Sundown, Defenseman Austin Robinson, and defenseman Zach Pinney.
The top ranked and undefeated Lazers will play Nassau Community College Saturday, May 13 at 1 p.m. The other semifinal game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. It will feature second seeded and defending national champion Genesee Community College against Howard (MD) Community College. The championship game will be played Sunday, May 14 at 1 p.m.
OCC clinched the number one seed in the tournament April 29 when the Lazers defeated Tompkins Cortland Community College 33-5 to win the Region III championship.
OCC’s Men’s Lacrosse has won nine national championships.
The national semifinals and finals will happen the same weekend as commencement which is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 at 10am in the SRC Arena.
Devlen Williams is a national champion! The sophomore finished first in the long jump competition at the NJCAA National Championships May 7 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. “It was such a great feeling. I remember the moment I realized I had won. I just grabbed the person next to me and lifted him up. I don’t even know if he was a teammate!”
Williams is a member of OCC’s first ever Men’s Outdoor Track and Field team. The Lazers did will in the nationals finishing 9th overall. Williams completed a total of six long jumps. His personal best that day was 22 feet, 10 inches.
Williams is no stranger to competing at the highest level. During his senior year at Corcoran he made it to the New York State Championships. Since coming to OCC he’s added more than a foot to his long jump distances thanks in large part to what he’s learned in the Physical Education and Exercise Science Studies major. “Now I know what to eat, how to take care of my body and the best way to lift weights and maximize my work out. “
Williams will graduate in December 2016. He plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree and become an athletic trainer. Congratulations Devlen!
The “Weekend of Champions” is coming to the Onondaga Community College campus!
The College will honor academic achievement Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. when it hosts commencement in the SRC Arena and Events Center.
That same weekend the College will also host the NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championships. The semi-finals will be played Saturday, May 14 at Murphy Field which is adjacent to the SRC Arena. Game times are 12:00 and 2:30 p.m. The Lazers will be the #2 seed and play at 2:30 p.m.
The national championship game will be played Sunday, May 15 at 1 p.m. OCC’s Men’s Lacrosse team has won seven consecutive national championships and will have the luxury of pursuing its eighth in a row on its home field.
Onondaga Community College’s Men’s Lacrosse Team won the 2015 NJCAA National Championship May 10, defeating the Community College of Baltimore County at Essex 16-8.
“I’m excited for the kids,” said head coach Chuck Wilbur. “You see 47 kids come together at the start of the season and it’s very rewarding to see how far they come and watch them celebrate something they dreamed of.”
Freshman goalie Holden McDonald (St. Mary’s High School, Toronto) had 13 saves in the championship game and was named Tournament Defensive MVP. Freshman attackman Matt Bennett (Lafayette High School) had three goals and one assist, earning Offensive MVP honors.
The win continues the Lazers decade of dominance and the growing list of impressive statistics which go along with it:
Perfect 18-0 record this season
Outscored opponents 448-56 this season
105 wins in a row
7 consecutive national titles
9 national titles in the last 10 years
With all of the wins and championships comes expectations for more wins and championships. “It’s good pressure. It means you’re having success. It’s the type of pressure you want in life,” said Wilbur.
Jack Centore, a freshman Business Administration major from Westhill High School, says it’s important for OCC to keep winning. “We’re playing for our teammates but we’re also playing for everyone who came before us. We want to keep the tradition going,” he said.
Chandler Allen, is a sophomore Business Administration major from London, Ontario. He now has two national championships to cherish. “I feel like this one was very satisfying the way everyone was working together whether they were on the field or on the sideline,” he said.
The Lazers’ athletics program has now earned a total of 13 national championships in Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Tennis and Men’s Basketball.
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