2018 Conference Previews: Empire

Editors note: The following preseason previews were compiled from information submitted by each team captain/coach in response to an NCLL Preseason Questionnaire. Teams that did not respond with information could not be included in the previews.


Cornell University


Mascot: Big Red

Team Officer: Clayton Hanson, President


Top Returning Players:
Matt Sandor, Attack, Old Bridge, NJ, 2019
Greg Allis, Midfield, Groveland, MA, MBA 2019
Grainger Sasso, LSM, Syracuse, NY, 2019
Brad Korzelius, Defense, Purchase, NY, 2019
Clayton Hanson, Defense, Charlottesville, VA, 2018
Connor Young, Goalie, Palo Alto, CA, 2020

2017 Record/Notable Achievements:
5-4 overall record, while going 1-2 in Empire East D1. Win of the season came in overtime 10-9 at cross town rival Ithaca College
2017 Fall Ball Results, 4-0 record

Transfers/Incoming Freshmen:
Will Kremer, Richmond Transfer, Menlo Park CA, Attack
Matt Pullano, Manhasset High School, Face Off/Midfield
Andy Bett, Air Force Transfer, Midfield

Losses To Graduation:

10 Seniors/ Lost Wilson Gearhart, teams all time leader in ground balls, former President.
Steven Bonalle, goalie nicknamed “lobster steve” for his uncanny ability to snatch the ball out of the air.
Jake Haddock, defender that always brought the hammer.

2018 Outlook:

Coming off of a very strong fall we are confident heading into the spring season. The team looks as good as it ever has at this time of the year and will only get better as the chemistry between the newer players deepens. The Big Red are lead by a veteran defensive unit that doesn’t give up many easy goals. The offense is young with a few upperclassmen leaders, and started to really gel in the end of the fall season. Our notable contests of the spring include our Empire East matchups, along with cross town rival Ithaca College.


SUNY Cortland

Mascot: Red Dragons

Team Officer: Michael Traumiller

Founded: 1994

Top Returning Players:
Michael Traumiller – M, Junior, Lynbrook, NY
Adam Ozuna – LSM, Sophomore, Greece, NY
Colt Salsburg – D, Sophmore, Victor, NY
Jake Gross – G, Senior, Syosset, NY
Greg Rivera – A, Senior, Long Island, NY

2017 Record/Notable Achievements:
3-4. Wins over Rival Ithaca College, Colgate and Le Moyne. 2017 Fall Ball Results, 0-2 with two close losses to conference foes Syracuse and Cornell

Transfers/Incoming Freshmen:
Jon “Legs” Faulkner, Long Island, NY, Middie

Losses To Graduation:
Griffin Ryan – Lead the defense unit last year and was a three-year starter.

2018 Outlook: 
Coaches: Michael Traumiller, Adam Ozuna, Colt Salsburg and Cole Walter Ozuna says “The team is full of physical, well coached players that are able to compete with anybody on any day. Cortland will be a team to be scared of this year.” Salsburg says “We look to have a full slate of tough games this spring to prepare ourselves for nationals this year.”




Binghamton University


Mascot: Bearcat

Team Officer: William Lorenz

Founded: 2009

Top Returning Players: Martin Lalisse (2020), Robert DiBiase (2018), Anthony Sala (2018), Bill Lorenz( (2019), Rob Dean (2018)

2017 Record/Notable Achievements:

2-4 with an appearance in the conference playoffs, losing to RIT in the first round. 2017 Fall Ball Results, Won 1 game during a tournament against Oswego, practiced once a week for 10 weeks, played Cornell and Syracuse.

Losses to Graduation:

6 seniors lost. Evan Augello (played defense and was defensive captain last year), Nick Leone(attackman) , Robby Lorden (was goalie), Ryan Swanson(played defense), Danny Carolan (attackman) , Jamus Moullhand (defense and president last year).

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:
James Rogers (attack), Matt Campagna (defense)

2018 Outlook:
No coaches, Bill Lorenz and Matt Schumann are captains. Playing traditional opponents, no real rivalries.


Clarkson University


Mascot: Golden Knights

Team Captain: Gavin Hambrose

Founded: 2012

Top Returning Players:

Robbie Elbers, Midfield: 2017 season, 14 Goals and 5 Assists. Syracuse NY, class of 2018, Gavin Hambrose, Midfield: 2017 season, 6 Goals and 10 Assists. Medford NJ/ Shawnee High School. Class of 2018, Christopher Mekeel, Defense/LSM: 2017 season, 4 Assists. Class of 2019

2017 Record/Notable Achievements:

7-1 with additional games canceled due to weather. Fall Ball Results, only played one fall ball game against SUNY Plattsburgh was a loss.

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:

Ross Davis, Transfer student, Defense. From Potsdam NY

Losses To Graduation:

Nicholas Brueske: Former offensive captain, key offensive contributor, Tom Sarles: Midfielder who took faceoffs for a large part of the season, Tyler Deleel: LSM who rotated in with other defenders and LSM’s

2018 Outlook:

The team lost some contributing players this year, but has several key players from last year left. At times we struggle with numbers for away games, and if we can consistently get larger numbers we should have a successful and competitive season. There are no upcoming games soon, but we are in the process of scheduling games with Lemoyne, Oswego, Albany and a few other teams. Saint Lawrence has always been our biggest rival, but we did not play them last season.


Ithaca College


Mascot: Bombers

Team Officer: Jonah Biblowitz – VP

Founded: 2010

Top Returning Players:
Chris Belmonte – D Carmel, NY, class of 2018
Jesse DeTeresa – D, Cornwall, NY, class of 2018
Eric Brown – M class of 2020
Jonah Biblowitz – A Long Island, NY, class of 2019
Mitch Schrader – M Oswego, NY, class of 2018
Ryan Wolff – M Long Island, NY, class of 2018

2017 Record/Notable Achievements:
7-2 last season with a conference championship win over higher ranked RIT. Fall Ball Results, finished the fall ball season 4-2, going 3-0 in the Kelsey Klassic in PA.

Transfers/Incoming Freshmen:
Tyler Cunnington → Yorktown HS, Attack
Luca Riolo → Brewster HS, Midfield
Kyle Choinski → LSM, Buffalo, NY

Losses To Graduation:

Connor Kreston → Midfielder, president of the team, major physical presence on the field, ran the sidelines and substitutions like a professional
Brody Bentley → LSM, Great hands as D-pole, was the guy who we had lock down players in tight situations
Alek Peters → Midfielder, physical presence on the field, was a “ground ball vacuum”, Ranger
Brennan DeAngelo → Midfielder, bolstered team spirit, and had love for the game. He came to every single game and gave it his all

2018 Outlook:
This season our strongest attribute is our defense. We’ve spent a lot of time with our defensive captain Jesse DeTeresa working on how to stymie other offenses. We’re looking forward to playing Cortland, or school’s rivals, Syracuse, who’s games with us are always down to the wire, and RIT because they’d probably like some retribution since we beat them in the conference championship last season.


SUNY Plattsburgh

Mascot: Dirty Birds

Team Officers: Conor McNamara, SUNY Plattsburgh Men’s Club Lacrosse President.

Founded: 2015

Top Returning Players:

Ryan Bonifati- Senior attack/ midfielder, 8 goals 4 assists, Conor McNamara- senior attack/midfielder 4 goals 6 assists,  Joe Petre Defensive Midfield, Andrew Neilis senior Defenseman, Joe Eisman midfielder, Ryan Callahan attackmen, Austin Belz Midfield/ Attackman, Rob Pollard Freshman Midfielder.

2017 Wins/Notable Achievements:

SUNY Plattsburgh Club Men’s Lacrosse team went 6-1 last year. Beat Clarkson 17-0 at home.

Losses to Graduation:

Lost 6 Kids from graduation. Major misses, Brian Berran , Ron May, Jim Higgins, and Ben Ramsdell.

2018 Outlook: NA



Brockport Men’s Club Lacrosse


Mascot: Golden Eagles

Team Officer: Patrick Hall

Founded: 2013

Top Returning Players:

Francis Shaw Attack/Midfield Geneva, NY 2018
Jay Dickson Attack/Midfield North Syracuse, NY 2018
Josh Maz Goalie Long Island, NY 2018
Joe Carone Midfield Long Island, NY 2020
Tyler Sollene Defense Geneva, NY 2018
Cal Dils Attack/Midfield Buffalo, NY 2020
Patrick Hall Defense Hall, NY 2018
Tom Kikkert Attack Hall, NY 2019
Brendan O,Connor Defense Long Island, NY 2019
Chris Fabrizi Goalie Buffalo, NY 2019
Angelo Laganello Midfield Rochester, NY 2020
Tim Oddi Attack Wayne, NY 2018

2017 Record/Notable Achievements:

2-4, The team has had a lot of productive practice sessions. We had the opportunity to scrimmage with Geneseo Club Lacrosse and RIT Club Lacrosse. Both games were losses but the team was able to identify areas that needed improvement and work on those in practice. We look forward to the upcoming season.

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshman:

Name Position Hometown Grad Year
Matt Wagner Attack Clarence, NY 2021
Corey Luty Goalie Rochester, NY 2018
Dan Marwitz Defense Wayne, NY 2018

Losses To Graduation:

This year comes with the lose of key players Shane Kleinschmidt, Brett Henderson, Ryan Mietus, and Mike Schmidt. All of these individuals were big contributors to the teams success over the years and they will be missed.

2018 Outlook:

The team is looking forward to the upcoming season. We have been able to improve on areas that needed work and we look forward to our conference games against the clubs at RIT, Geneseo, U of R and others. We are hoping that we can turn the ship around from previous years and refocus our team so that we can continue to enjoy success.


SUNY Geneseo

Mascot: Landsharks

Team Captain: Connor O’Shell

Founded: NA

2017 Record: 4-3

2018 Outlook:

The Landsharks founded in 2015 look to build on the first winning season in team history. This year they are returning many of their starters from last years team. Notable are Senior goalie Connor O’Shell From Rochester NY, where he attended Penfield High School and graduated in 2013. Connor had a .625 Save % and a 5.6 Goals against average from the 2017 season after transferring from the national champion Towson Tigers team in the fall.

On Defense Senior Michael Powers and Junior Nico Szmigel are returning as three-year starters who have emerged as of late as a strong duo on the defensive side of the ball. Powers is a native of Bethpage NY where he graduated in 2014 and had 25 takeaways last season to lead the team. Nico is a graduate of Penfield High School where he graduated in 2014 and had 17 takeaways last season good for third on the team. On the offensive side of the ball Brandon Mahajan is returning a three-year starter on midfield who was third on the team with 10 goals last season. Mahajan is a senior from Elmira NY, graduating from Elmira Notre Dame High School in 2014. On midfield sophomore Mitch Virkler is returning for his second season after a strong Freshman year. Mitch was a weapon who played all over the field and had 8 goals and 5 assists on the season.

The Landsharks are coming off their first winning record from a year ago boasting a 4-3 record on the season. After losing Seniors Tyler Dowd, and Matt Keys frim the previous season they look to rely on the young talent to fill their shoes. Most notably TJ Jones the talented freshman looks to take over Keys roll on attack to keep the high flying offence from skipping a beat. Coach and Captain Connor O’Shell has this team primed to play the best teams from the state including the top two teams in New York RIT and Albany this spring.


Rochester Institute of Technology

Mascot: Tigers

Team Officer: Justin Ross

Founded: 2010?

Top Returning Players:

Dylan Hahn, Middy, Cazenovia NY, 2020
James Hahn, Middy, Cazenovia NY, 2019
Will Sheppard, Attack, Manchester NH, 2021
Justin Ross, Middy, Saratoga Springs NY, 2020
Cam Slenker, Attack, Rutland VT, 2022
Tate Dyer, Attack/Middy, Langham Creek, 2021
Rob Meija. Middy, Holliston, 2018

2017 Record/Notable Achievements:

9 wins, 4 Losses, made it to sectionals. 2017 Fall ball results, champions of Geneseo’s Beast of the East Tournament.

Losses To Graduation:

Dan Caruso, Former captain and president
Pete Marcote, Goalie
Nick Tancredi, Goalie
Kevin O’Donovan, Defense

2018 Outlook: NA


St. Bonaventure University

Mascot: Bonnies

Team Officer: Ethan Appleton

Founded: 2012

Top Returning Players:
Ethan Appleton (Attack) – Brighton High School – Rochester NY (2018), Sean Stark (Defense) – Christian Brothers Academy – Syracuse NY (2018), Mike Dispigno (Midfield) – Paul D. Schreiber HS – Port Washington NY (2020)

2017 Record/Notable Achievements:

4-0 – Upset RIT, 2017 Fall Ball Results- 2 losses to Niagara and RIT

Top Incoming Freshmen:

Ethan Pryor (Midfield), Owego Free Academy – Owego NY (2021)

Losses To Graduation:

Number of seniors lost due to graduation: 7 (1 goalie, 3 Defense, 2 Attack, 1 Midfield)

2018 Outlook:

In 2018 we’re looking to build on the success we had in 2017. We lost a strong senior class but have guys ready to step up in their place. We have a very strong defense that creates a lot of turnovers and offensive opportunities. We are looking forward to a potential rematch with RIT.


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