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Oswego Tops Buffalo State; Heading to SUNYAC Playoff

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Photo and Story by Janet Schultz© NYHOL

The Oswego Lakers skated away with back-to-back victories over Buffalo State College last weekend. They will now face-off against national ranked #12 Cortland in the first round of the SUNYAC Playoffs beginning February 24 in Cortland.

Friday night the first period ended goal-less. Oswego’s Helen Vandamme, of Pittsford,  shot in the first goal of the evening, assisted by Lake Placid’s Rylee Preston and Rochester’s Rachel Corbett. Second ends 1-0. In the third period Mack Hull of Watertown found the back of the net, assisted by Lauren Schell and Leah Coley. The game ends with a Laker’s win. Buffalo’s Jessica Auge stopped 31 of 33 and Oswego’s Lexi Levy stopped all 22 shots for the win.

Former WNYGVIH players Vanessa Willick and Lilli Adimey each had 4 shots on goal that evening.

Saturday was Senior Day for Buffalo State as they honored Bethany Horvatits of Elma and Gabby McCrory of Buffalo. Both played for Cazenovia and Horvatits played in the WNYGVIH Federation. Also honored were Seniors Hannah Tingley, Rylee Garrow, Amanda Mindzora and Katie Sarich.

The Bengals lost 4-1 to the Lakers and ended their season 2-22-1 overall and 0-18-0 in SUNYAC. The lone goal came from Miya Silva, her second of the season. For Oswego Hull, Coley and Sophia Kyrkostas each had a goal and an assist. Auge made 33 saves for Buffalo.

Oswego will meet Cortland in the first round of the SUNYAC playoffs. They split with Cortland in January. Cortland is 18-5-2 overall and 13-4-1 in SUNYAC. The Red Dragons upset #2 Plattsburgh 3-2 last weekend. WNYGVIH Alumnus Natalie O’Brien had a goal in that game.

Oswego honored their Seniors a week ago. Three familiar names in New York graduating this year are Rachel Corbett, Rochester and the Buffalo Regals; Sophia Kyrkostas, Selden/Selects Academy and Rachel Brase of Spencerport/Spencerport High School. Others include Kensie Malone and Meghan Buxton.

The SUNYAC Championship will be held March 2 at a place to be announced.