Sullivan men’s hoop signs six

The SUNY Sullivan men’s basketball team has six signees for next season.
Three players from Buffalo are Kevin Briggs and Bri’an Brown of Middle Early College High School and Jonathan Lewis from East.
The other signees are Givvion Jones of Mount Vernon (Nelson Mandela); Jerrell Reid of Troy (Troy); and, Marquis Roberts of Brooklyn (Benjamin Bennecker).

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Sullivan women’s hoop signs eight

The SUNY Sullivan women’s basketball team has eight signings for the upcoming season.
Kingston’s Shantyce Brodhead, Newburgh’s Kenisha Lawrence and Rondout Valley’s Alyza Countryman are the local products.
Also signed were Alleyne MaKayla of South Ozone Park (Lab Museum H.S.); Brooklyn’s TIffany Fields (South) and Nia Miller (Victory Collegiate); Bronx’s Sade Sullivan (School of the Future); and, College Point’s Mariah Rosario (Robert F. Kennedy).

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Army women’s hoop opens Nov. 15

Patriot League champion Army will open its women’s basketball season on Nov. 15 at Quinnipiac, and make its home debut on Nov. 18 against Stony Brook.
The 10-game non-conference slate also includes a Nov. 25 home date with Air Force and road games at California-Santa Barbara (Nov. 28) and Pepperdine (Nov. 30).
The Patriot League schedule opens on New Year’s Eve with Army visiting Lafayette. Army and Navy meet Jan. 10 at West Point and Feb. 7 in Annapolis. Patriot League runner-up Holy Cross plays the Black Knights on Jan. 14 at West Point and Feb. 11 in Worcester.

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McKelvie returns to West Point hockey as coach

Army hockey all-star Zach McKelvie has joined the Black Knights’ coaching staff.
Head coach Brian Riley and McKelvie both Tweeted this week about his return to West Point.
McKelvie was an all-star defenseman with the Black Knights. He played four seasons with Army (2005-09), posting 14 goals and 42 assists in 136 games.
McKelvie served time in the U.S. Army and resumed his playing career in the minors. He played 39 games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League in 2011-12. He was picked up by the Abbotsford Heat (a Flames affiliate) for 2012-13 (playing 52 games) and 2013-14 (13 games). He finished up his season with the Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League, earning a playoff championship.
Eric Lang enters his third season on the coaching staff, with one year as a voluntary assistant and last season as a full-time staffer.
Trevor Large left West Point last month to join the coaching staff at Canisius College, also a member of the Atlantic Hockey Association.

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Field hockey: New Paltz has challenging schedule

The SUNY New Paltz field hockey team, fresh off two NCAA tournament appearances, will play a challenging schedule in the fall, including three teams that played in the NCAA field as well.
The Hawks will host Utica on Sept. 6, and play at Montclair State on Sept. 10 and at Skidmore on Sept. 13. Montclair State was the tourney’s top seed, producing a 1-0 win over Mount Holyoke in the second round before falling to Bowdoin, 1-0, in the quarterfinals. Utica beat Castleton, 3-1, in the first round before falling to No. 3 Middlebury, 8-0. Skidmore trounced Keene State, 11-1, and upended Middlebury, 3-2, before falling to No. 2 Salisbury, 3-2, in the national semifinals.
Of the 12 non-league opponents on the schedule, nine posted records of .500-or-better.
New Paltz beat William Smith, 5-2, in the first round before falling to Bowdoin, 5-2.
New Paltz was 14-9, 4-2 in the SUNY Athletic Conference. The Hawks lost six players to graduation, including four of their top seven scorers, but do return Dani Ackerman, Jessica Caruana and Kayla McKeveny, who ranked Nos. 2-4.

Sat. 30 – Western Connecticut (4-14, 1-10 Little East), 1 p.m.
Wed. 3 – at William Paterson (10-10, 2-4 NJAC), 7 p.m.; Sat. 6 – Utica (17-5, 6-1 Empire 8), 1 p.m.; Wed. 10 – at Montclair State (21-2, 5-1 NJAC), 7 p.m.; Sat. 13 – at Skidmore (19-4, 5-1 Liberty), 1 p.m.; Tues. 16 – at Union (5-12, 1-5 Liberty), 6 p.m.; Sat. 20 – Rochester (14-6, 4-2 Liberty), 12 p.m.; Fri. 26 – SUNY Oswego* (5-9, 1-5), 4 p.m.; Sat. 27 – SUNY Cortland* (14-3, 6-0), 1 p.m.
Fri. 3 – at SUNY Brockport* (6-9, 2-4), 4 p.m.; Sat. 4 – at SUNY Geneseo* (13-7, 5-1), 1 p.m.; Wed. 8 – at Stevens Tech (14-8, 7-0 Empire 8), 4 p.m.; Sat. 11 – at Kean (15-5, 2-4 NJAC), 1 p.m.; Wed. 15 – at SUNY Oneonta* (12-8, 3-3), 4 p.m.; Sat. 18 – SUNY Morrisville* (0-16, 0-6), 1 p.m.; Wed. 22 – at RPI (8-9, 2-4 Liberty), 5 p.m.; Wed. 29 – Rowan (11-7, 4-2 NJAC), 3:30 p.m.
Sat. 1 – Vassar (11-7, 3-3 Libery), 1 p.m.; Fri. 7-Sat. 8 – SUNYAC Final Four at highest seed; Wed. 12 – NCAA Div. III first round; Sat. 15-Sun. 16 – NCAA second- and third-rounds; Sat. 22-Sun. 23 – NCAA Div. III Final Four at Washington & Lee
Home matches played at SUNY New Paltz turf field; * – indicates SUNY Athletic Conference match; 2013 records in parenthesis

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Reports: Marist’s Bower considered for Pistons’ GM post

Marist men’s basketball coach Jeff Bower is under consideration for the general manager job with the Detroit Pistons, according to media reports from ESPN and CBS Sportsline.
Bower worked 14 seasons in the NBA with the Charlotte and New Orleans Hornets, serving as head coach, general manager and a scout. He was hired by Marist 14 months ago and led the Red Foxes to a 12-19 record.
Other people in consideration include former Knicks GM Scott Layden (who is working with San Antonio), Stu Jackson and Otis Smith.

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Dolson happy with her WNBA debut

Minisink Valley graduate Stefanie Dolson made her pro debut on Tuesday, scoring six points for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics in an 80-63 exhibition win over the Indiana Fever. Dolson, the All-American from Connecticut, made the start at center and played 22 minutes. She shot 2-for-5 from the field and 2-for-2 from the foul line. She grabbed four defensive rebounds, made two blocks, two steals and turned the ball over twice. She picked up four fouls.
“It was definitely different,’’ Dolson said, referring to her playing days at UConn. T”he pace was faster. The women were stronger. It was a lot more physical. They called a lot more fouls than I was hoping for but it was a good game to get all the jitters out and get used to the style of play.’’
Dolson said it was nice to play a game that didn’t have so much at stake, like her playoff run for the Huskies.
“I was a little too excited and too ready to play,” Dolson said. “I just kind of calmed down. It was nice to get those jitters out and play with this team and get used to playing with each other.”
“I think we did pretty well. It’s hard when you don’t know exactly how people play. We have only been practicing with each other for a week and a half now. We definitely did a good job pushing in transiiton. I don’t think we messed up on our out of bounds plays or our offensive plays … so executing was good. Defensively, we were good at finding a problem and solving it.”

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Softball: Marist No. 1 seed

Marist, fresh off its first Metro Atlantic regular-season softball championship, will open play in the MAAC tournament on Thursday against either Siena or Monmouth.
The tournament is being hosted by Fairfield University. The winner advances to the NCAA tournament.

Wednesday, May 7
No. 6 Manhattan (22-27, 10-10) vs. No. 3 Iona (20-21, 14-6), 12 p.m.
No. 5 Monmouth (21-19, 12-8) vs. No. 4 Siena (28-24, 13-7), 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 8
Game 3: No. 2 Fairfield (20-20, 15-5) vs. game 1 winner, 9 a.m.
Game 4: No. 1 Marist (26-22, 16-4) vs. game 2 winner, 11:30 a.m.
Game 5: Game 2 loser vs. Game 3 loser, 2 p.m.
Game 6: Game 1 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 9
Game 7: Game 4 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 11 a.m.
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 1:30 p.m.
Game 9: Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 winner, 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 10
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 12 p.m.
Game 11 (if nec.): Game 10 winner vs. Game 10 loser, 2:30 p.m.

How Marist fared vs. tourney foes:
Vs. Manhattan (April 6): Won 6-3, Won 5-1
At Fairfield (March 29, April 16): Won 10-0; Lost 3-2
At Monmouth (April 17): Lost 6-3, Won 12-8
At Iona (April 27): Lost 6-4; Won 12-4
At Siena (May 1): Won 4-1; Won 6-5

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Softball: Army No. 4 seed at Patriots

The Army softball team heads into this week’s Patriot League tournament as the No. 4 seed. Army opens with host and No. 1 seed Lehigh at noon Thursday. The double-elimination tournament runs through Saturday.
Army lost all three series to the tourney foes.
All games will be available online at

Thursday, May 8
Game 1: No. 4 Army (22-26, 9-9) at No. 1 Lehigh (30-18, 15-3), 12 p.m.
Game 2: No. 3 Bucknell (21-24, 10-8) vs. No. 2 Boston (32-19, 13-5), 2:30 p.m.
Friday, May 9
Game 3: Games 1-2 winners, 10:30 a.m.
Game 4: Games 1-2 losers, 1 p.m.
Game 5: Winner game 4 vs. loser game 3, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 10
Game 6: Winner game 3 vs. winner game 5, 12 p.m.
Game 7 (if nec.): Winner game 6 vs. loser game 6, 2:30 p.m.

How Army fared vs. foes:
At Bucknell (March 22-23): Won 7-1; lost 7-2; lost 7-2
Vs. Boston (March 29, 31): Won 9-3; lost 6-4; lost 7-4
Vs. Lehigh (May 3-4): Lost 5-3; Lost 8-0 (5 inn.); Lost 9-1 (6 inn.)

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Cuffe runs historic time

Cornwall graduate Aisling Cuffe ran the third-fastest collegiate time ever in the 5,000 meters, placing sixth in Sunday night’s Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational.
Cuffe, a Stanford junior, broke her own personal record by 42 seconds, finishing in 15 minutes, 11.13 seconds. She broke the Stanford record of 15:20.44 set in 2003.
Only Colorado standout Jenny Barringer Simpson has run faster as an American collegian, posting a 15:01.70 indoors in 2009.
Cuffe won the Pac 12 Conference cross country championship in the fall and placed second at the 2014 NCAA indoor championships at 5,000 meters. Her Sunday time makes Cuffe the fastest active collegian, eclipsing the mark of 15:11.35 by Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino, the reigning NCAA indoor and outdoor champ.
Cuffe competes at the Pac 12 outdoor track championships on May 17-18 in Pullman, Wash.

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