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Winter Sports Recap | Men's Lacrosse


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The Raiders have seen their share of ups and downs this winter, but the men's and women's basketball teams remain in the hunt for an American Mideast Conference tournament berth in February.

The men's team struggled to find its groove early in the season, losing to a nationally ranked NCAA D-II team, Bowie State, before Christmas. The Raiders have begun to turn the corner by winning two out of three in the week of January 14-21. The successful week was capped off by a vital home win over AMC foe Point Park, 79-69.

On the women's side, The Raiders had another successful run in the annual Wendy's College Classic by advancing to the tournament final. Unfortunately, the Raiders were unable to get past a talented University of Rochester team that was ranked in the top five in NCAA D-III.

The indoor track teams have seen their share of success early this season. Sprinter Kelsey Medeiros and distance runner Kendra Zaffuto won several races for the women's team. Matt Hussey has led the men's team thus far. Coach Merl McGinnis sent some of his top competitors to the Boston Indoor Games on January 27 and 28. The Games are hosted by NCAA D-I Boston University.

Raider fans should mark their calendars for Saturday, February 25! The men's lacrosse team will make its debut when it hosts Alfred University at 1 p.m. Coach Rocky Delfino has assembled a talented core of student-athletes for the inaugural season.

The women's lacrosse team will be on the road for the first two weeks of their season. The Raiders will make their home debut on Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m. when they host Elmira College.

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Men's Lacrosse coach Rocky Delfino announced today the first-ever Men's Lacrosse schedule.

The Raiders schedule is comprised of 13 games in the inaugural season. The schedule consists of a mix of NCAA Division II and III teams. The Raiders will host all of the Division III teams and travel to play the Division II opponents.

"This year's schedule is a mix of Division II and III teams allowing us fill out a full schedule of teams that will test our character, toughness, and team development," said Delfino. "In men's lacrosse, it doesn't matter what the level is, all of the teams will be highly competitive."

Of the Division II sides, the Raiders are scheduled to face three future East Coast Conference rivals, Molloy College, Seton Hill University, and Dominican College on March 17, 24, and April 11 respectively.

The Raiders will also play Franklin Pierce University, St. Anselm College, and the College of St. Rose from the Northeast-10 Conference. Like the Raiders, the College of St. Rose is a new program that is in its first year.

Another new program the Raiders will face is Coker College (N.C.) on March 10 at a neutral site in Philadelphia.

The Raiders will host six Division III teams, including the home opener against Alfred University on February 25 at 1 p.m.

Other home games include Hilbert College, Cazenovia College, Medaille College, SUNY Canton, and SUNYIT.

The Raiders are not eligible for any post-season opportunities as the NAIA and NCCAA does not sponsor men's lacrosse.

All games will be played on the main practice field next to the Roberts Wesleyan Soccer Stadium. The practice field has an artificial field turf surface and has a 90' Hummel lighting system.

Coach Delfino is looking forward to the small, but capable group of student-athletes that will compete for the first-year program. "I give this year's team a lot of credit, because they are laying the foundation of our program," said Delfino. "They are few in numbers, but focus on the goal of developing the program. They have also helped in developing a talented class for next year, which will help continue to develop team depth, talent, and competiveness!"

To view the 2012 schedule, click here.

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