Four Tompkins Cortland Community College players have earned spots on the Mid-State Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse all-conference team. In voting by the coaches from the MSAC programs, Tyler Ponticello (Homer/Homer H.S.), Dante Cuttino (Tully/Tully H.S.), Pat Hartnett (Cortland/Cortland H.S.), and Ben Pallone (Cortland/Cortland H.S.) were among the 20 named to the team. Conference champion Onondaga Community College had the most all-conference selections with eight, followed by five for Finger Lakes Community College. Jefferson Community College had two players selected. Tompkins Cortland, Finger Lakes, and Jefferson tied for second place in the conference standings.
The Tompkins Cortland and Hudson Valley Community College lacrosse teams have certainly become quite familiar with each other. Each of the past three years, the two teams have met once in the regular season and then again in the first round of the NJCAA Region III playoffs. In the past two years, the Panthers were the higher seed and hosted the playoff game, and both times, the Panthers advanced with close wins. This year the Vikings were the higher seed and hosted the Panthers in Troy on Wednesday. Once again this year, it was a close game, with the higher seed prevailing as the Vikings handing the Panthers a 12-8 defeat. With the loss, the Panthers end the year with a record of 2-7. Hudson Valley advances to the Region IIIB Championship game against Genesee Community College on Saturday. The Vikings have an overall record of 9-4.
For the third straight year, and the fifth time in six years, the Tompkins Cortland Community College lacrosse team is heading to the NJCAA playoffs. The Panthers are the #6 seed in the Region III Tournament and will play at #3-seed Hudson Valley Community College on Wednesday, May 1.