SUNY Canton for women Lacrosse punches a ticket to the NCAA tournament

CANTON, New York (WWNY) – SUNY Canton’s women’s lacrosse team broke through to the NCAA Tournament ticket last week with 2 dominant appearances at the NAC Tournament. Lady Roos are hoping to pick up their first win in the NCAA tournament this weekend.

Coach Adam Todd’s team earned its 2nd automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament by defeating Maine Maritime 22-6 in the NAC Championship, rounding out the perfect season in the league.

Todd says the key to the team’s success this season began with strong defense performances earlier this year.

“In the beginning, our defense and goalkeeper were very strong. Maddy Weir from Massena is really strong in defense and our goalkeeper Madison Leary from Carthage. They were actually the two backbones that kept us in the game early so that our attack could solidify as the season progressed, ”Todd said.

The Lady Roos played an extremely difficult schedule of non-conferences to prepare them not only for the league game but also for the NCAA tournament. Todd says it was intentional and beneficial to the team.

“In playing in the NCAA tournament, we know we are going to face real strong competition. We are really lucky to have 2 really solid teams here, Clarkson and St. Lawrence, who are always close to the top 20, if not among the top 20 in the country. Currently, St. Lawrence 12th and that gives us a chance to face some teams that will really push us to the limits. You know, these are teams that are at a higher level than us, ”Todd said.

Lady Roos ’first NCAA offer came in the 2019 season where they lost to SUNY Brockport 16-3 in the first round.

The two freshmen on that team were Stephanie Thayer and Maddy Weir, who are now seniors and say the experience will help know what to expect this time around.

“I think it definitely benefits me, less nerves. I definitely know exactly what I expect and I just get into it as ready to play, ready to do my best, ”Thayer said.

“I think everyone wants to win so it’s easier for us to play well on the field,” Weir said.

Lady Roos ended the regular season with great momentum, winning 5 consecutive on the way to the NAC Championship.

Having almost 2 weeks off between their NAC Championship and NCAA Tournament is something Todd says has its pros and cons.

“We had children with the flu this week. This gave them a chance to rest a bit while we continue to work on our stuff. The challenge is that we don’t know who the opponent is and we won’t know until Monday, so it will still be shortened. We have 5 days to prepare for that game next Saturday. I don’t think it’s terrible in general to have a little more free time, “Toss said.

Lady Roos wants to go down in school history by winning her first NCAA tournament game this coming weekend.

On the diamond, the JCC baseball team ended the 2022 season at the fair, hosting the Mohawk Valley in a duel.

At bottom 1, the JCC takes the lead when Ethan Cane pulls out the filled bases, pushing home Dylan Castell: 1-0 Cannoneers.

At the top of the 2nd Mohawk Valley took the lead when Robert Conley broke a shot down the left line of the field that went for a double. Both Connor Carey and Bryant Pena scored 2-1 Mohawk Valley.

Mohawk Valley beat JCC 13-3 in the first game and 21-3 in game 2.

The JCC Softball team hosted a two-headed Corning Community College on the Coffeen Street campus.

In the 1st game, at the top of the 4th, Jodie Burdick singles for the left center, and Grace Talbut scores: 10-0 Corning.

Then it’s Lexi Wahl-Knowlden’s turn with base left, and Faith Rodriguez and Burdick score: 12-0.

Corning beat JCC 18-2 in the first game and 17-1 in game 2.

Last weekend, the South Jeff Little League opened the game, and the American Watertown Little League kicked off on Saturday.

But the two leagues don’t have an important part of the game: the referees.

With rain supporting the high school schedule, both leagues have been informed that referees will not be available until at least May 20 when the high school season ends.

Officials in both leagues say it has become a big problem and are seeking a replacement in the meantime.

“We’re really trying to find volunteers, people who know the game of baseball who would be willing to help and volunteer with us. We are ready to make up for their time if we find some volunteers who would be willing to judge in some of our games, ”said Matt Burdick, president of South Jeff’s Little League.

“Well, we’re looking for volunteers, parents, anyone with little knowledge of baseball. We will help you, teach you, and if you want to help the referee, contact Watertown American Little League at WatertownLittleLeague.com, ”said Derek Ward, Watertown American Little League board member.

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