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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Le Moyne’s Lusher named basketball Rookie of the Week

Ron Moshier
Sentinel Sports columnist
Posted 12/8/22

Le Moyne College’s Sydney Lusher (Oneida) was named the Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball Rookie of the Week.

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Le Moyne’s Lusher named basketball Rookie of the Week


Le Moyne College’s Sydney Lusher (Oneida) was named the Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball Rookie of the Week after the redshirt freshman helped the Division II Dolphins to a pair of wins in New Hampshire last week.

Lusher scored a team-high 15 points and had five assists and four steals in Le Moyne’s 77-57 victory over Franklin Pierce University. The 5-foot-11 guard then had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 64-52 win over Saint Anselm.

Le Moyne teammate Haedyn Roberts (Holland Patent) scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in that win at Saint Anselm.

Herkimer College sophomore guard Ajla Sedjic (Utica/Notre Dame) made 7 of 11 shots from three-point range and scored a career-high 25 points in a 67-58 loss to Mohawk Valley Community College. She also had 14 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and five assists in a win over Massasoit Community College and scored 21 points in a loss to the Community College of Rhode Island.

Hamilton College’s Emma Sehring (Sauquoit/Notre Dame) scored 12 points to help the Continentals knock off previously-unbeaten No. 16/18 University of Rochester 80-75.

Utica University’s Hannah Stack (Dolgeville) scored 10 points in a 53-37 win over Hartwick College.

SUNY Poly center Kierra Connor (Blossvale/Camden) helped the Wildcats win three straight games. She had eight points and 10 rebounds against Utica University, added 12 points and 10 rebounds against SUNY Canton, and scored 12 points against Northern Vermont-Johnson.

SUNY Geneseo’s Kiley Snow (Whitesboro) scored nine points in a 63-56 win over SUNY Fredonia. Caitlin Snyder (Utica/Notre Dame) had five points and a team-high nine rebounds for Fredonia.

Paul Smith’s College’s Hayleigh Gates (West Winfield/Mt. Markham) had eight points, a team-high 11 rebounds and four assists in a 91-85 double-overtime loss to New Hampshire Technical Institute.

Mohawk Valley Community College guard Sophia Murray (New Hartford) had 10 points, six rebounds and four assists in a 68-52 win over Adirondack Community College.

First team All-Region honors for field hockey stars Plunkett, Corrigan

SUNY New Paltz senior Natasia Plunkett (Holland Patent) and SUNY Cortland sophomore Hanna Corrigan (Barneveld/Holland Patent) were named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Region First Team for the second straight year.

Plunkett, who also made the second team as a freshman, led New Paltz in scoring with her 15 goals and 33 points, and she was named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Offensive Player of the Year. 

Corrigan, the SUNYAC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player, had eight goals and nine assists and she tied the Cortland record with four assists in one game.

Three other local field hockey players made the All-Region Second Team, including Houghton University sophomore Jace Hunzinger (Rome/RFA), who tied for the NCAA Division III lead with 0.90 assists per game. She led the Highlanders in scoring with 32 points on seven goals and a school-record 18 assists.

Oswego State senior Kacie Simzer (Clinton) and Utica University sophomore Mackenzie Mix (Camden) also made the second team. Simzer, the Empire 8 Conference scoring leader with 17 goals and 36 points, twice tied the Oswego record for goals and points in a single game and Mix had 11 goals and four assists for the Pioneers.

Adamson scores season-high 24 points in Saints’ win

St. Lawrence University basketball star Trent Adamson (Ilion/Thomas R. Proctor) was named to the Liberty League’s Honor Roll for the second straight week after the senior scored 16 of his season-high 24 points in the second half of a 74-69 win over Union College. He also grabbed 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

SUNY Cortland’s Cam Williams (Rome/RFA) scored 17 points in an 82-62 win over Geneseo State.

Utica University’s Thomas Morreale (Whitesboro) led the Pioneers with 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 94-60 romp over Hartwick College.

Herkimer College sophomore guard Dante Griffin (Utica/Notre Dame) averaged 13.5 points and made 30 of 33 free throws during the Generals’ four-game winning streak. He went 10 for 10 from the foul line and had 18 points, six assists and four steals in a 76-62 win over Mohawk Valley Community College and he had a team-high 19 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in a 70-62 win over Clinton Community College.

SUNY Poly’s Dylan Ernst (Rome/Holland Patent) and Levi Spina (Frankfort/Frankfort-Schuyler) scored eight points each as the Wildcats beat SUNY Canton for their fourth straight win.

Ernst then scored 14 points and Spina had 10 points and six assists in a loss to Northern Vermont-Johnson.

DeSanctis earns indoor track & field honor

Utica University’s Gabrielle DeSanctis (New Hartford) was named the Empire 8 Conference’s Women’s Indoor Track & Field “Field Athlete of the Week” after winning the weight throw during this past weekend’s St. Lawrence University Holiday Relays.

DeSanctis’ winning throw measured 48 feet, 8 inches.


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