Colts More Than Ready to Start the 2015 Season

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

After a long winter, the SUNY Orange Colts baseball team is set to open their season this weekend on their annual spring trip to North Carolina. The Colts play a challenging schedule including many teams that are traditional powers. The 2015 Colts look to continue their successes of recent years by competing for a Conference and Regional Championship. Last year, the Colts finished second in the region to NJCAA World Series participant, Westchester CC. The Colts return eleven players from last years squad and welcome a strong freshman recruiting class. Coach Wayne Smith is optimistic about the season, and can't wait for the weather to cooperate. "We have a very good everyday line up with good bench depth. We have more speed than the last couple of years, and I like the way this team competes. Pitching-wise, I believe that we have a solid, competitive staff with pretty defined roles. The biggest strengths of this group will be their consistent everyday effort and how well they work as a team. I really look forward to this spring." The Colts open Sunday with a Doubleheader vs. Craven CC.

Orange Men Face Big Week

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The SUNY Orange men's basketball team's playoff hopes hinge on three key home games this week. Hopefully the third time will be the charm as the Colts' game with Kingsborough has been snowed out twice already. Orange will play Kingsborough on Wednesday evening, February 11, at 7:00 PM. Orange follows that up by playing Thursday against Mid Hudson Conference foe Rockland at 7:00 PM. Orange finishes its week against Suffolk Community College on Saturday at 2:00 PM. All of the Colts remaining games are home in the Edward A. Diana Physical Education Center. Come out and support the team as it makes a push for the Region 19 Playoffs!

Tryouts for Spring 2015 Softball Team

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Open Tryouts for this season will begin on Thursday, January 22nd at 2:00pm inside the gym. If interested, please contact Coach Madura at Shana.madura@sunyorange.edu

Soccer Advances to Regional Tournament

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The SUNY Orange Soccer team advanced to the Region XV Tournament as a #7 seed. The Colts lost 7-2 to nationally ranked Suffolk CC in the opening round.

Volleyball Prepares for Regional Tournament

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The SUNY Orange volleyball team will be the #8 seed for the Region XV Tournament beginning this week. The 11-12 Colts will travel to Suffolk to play the #1 seeded Clippers on Thursday 10/30, with the winner advancing to the Semifinals on Saturday, 11/1 at Nassau. This past weekend FR Kayla Holterman and SO Alexis Pascal were named to the All Region XV VB second team and honorable mention teams, respectively. SO Angelia Cirigliano was named to the Regional All Sportsmanship team.

Baseball Players Earn Post Season Accolades

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The SUNY Orange Baseball Program was well represented on the 2014 All-Mid Hudson Conference and All-Region XV teams. Soph 2B Dillon Merola (Cornwall) was named to both the MHC and Region XV first teams. Soph Catcher Nick Gurda (Warwick) was named to the All MHC 2nd Team, and the Region XV 1st Team. Gurda was also selected as the Regional Defensive Player of the Year. Soph LHP Rob Berger (Cornwall) was named 1st Team MHC and 2nd team Region XV. Fr Inf/ Of Schuyler Martire (Pine Bush), and Soph DH Adrian Castillo (Middletown) were named to the 1st and 2nd All- Region XV team, respectively. LHP Nolan Apfel (Middletown) was named to the Regional Sportsmanship Team.
The Colts season ended with a 5-2 loss in the Regional Championship to Westchester CC. Westchester went on to win the East District advancing to the NJCAA Division II College World Series.


Second Half Surge Takes Colts to Title Game

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Middletown, NY - Every year the SUNY Orange Colts Baseball team starts its season down south. While Orange is playing their first games of the year, their opponents are in mid-season form with having well over 20 games under their belts. In the short term this usually leads to a frustrating start to the Orange season. Playing these experienced, battle tested teams can however, pay off down the road. The Colts 1-8 start was no way indicative of how competitive the team would be once they returned north for conference play.

In Region XV play Orange split their first two series with Dutchess and Westchester. A tough series with Rockland left the Colts at 5-7 in the Region and needing a spark. Orange then caught fire and swept Sullivan Community College in their next series 4-0. Orange finished conference play splitting with Ulster in a rain shortened two game stand. Orange had clinched the 3 seed and dropped their first game of the Region tournament to 2 seed Westchester. Orange then came back from an 8 run deficit to beat Rockland 12-11. That victory knocked Rockland, the one seed and defending champion, out of the tournament. Orange then defeated Sullivan in the loser's bracket final to advance to the championship game against Westchester. Orange could not sustain their hot streak and dropped the final 5-2.

Orange had a potent offensive attack this season. Four Colt regulars batted over .300 on the season. Dillon Merola led the way batting .349 with 8 extra base hits, 9 stolen bases, and scoring 26 runs. Schuyler Martire batted .331 with 10 stolen bases and scored 25 runs. Nick Gurda hit .301 with 10 extra base hits and 10 stolen bases. Adrian Castillo also had a great year at the plate hitting .301 and driving in 21 runs. Freshman outfielder Brian Guzman had 28 RBI and 12 stolen bases.

The Colts pitching staff went 10 players deep this season. Leading the way was sophomore south paw Rob Berger. Rob Pitched 46 innings for the Colts and had an impressive 3.86 ERA. Berger was one of 6 Colts to have 2 or more wins on the season. Another lefty, Kevin Crawford also had a strong season from the mound with 2 wins and leading the team with 18 strikeouts. David Gizzarelli ably filled the closer role. He won two and closed out 4 games for Orange out of the bullpen this season.

Taylor Concklin Has Monster Day for Colts

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Taylor Concklin was great on Thursday, throwing a no-hitter in Colts' 11-0 victory over Westchester. Taylor threw a no-hitter, striking out five batters and walking three while recording her momentous feat. Concklin racked up seven RBIs on three hits for Colts. She homered in the first and second innings and doubled in the fourth inning. Seven runs in the first three innings helped Colts blow out Westchester. A three-run home run by Taylor Concklin and an RBI single by Meaghan Michel in the first inning and a three-run home run by Taylor during the second inning supplied the early offense for Colts. Colts piled on four more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Corrin Lumbrazo's triple got things going, bringing home Meagan Scialabba and Cassandra Oquendo. That was followed up by Taylor's double and 7th RBI of the game. Colts continue play on Monday, April 21st in their final Home Double header against CC of Morris.

Hannah Schwatz Fires One Hitter

Friday, April 18th, 2014

An ace performance by Hannah Schwatz spurred Colts to a 10-0 win in seven innings over Westchester on Thursday in Valhalla, NY.
Westchester managed just one hit off of Schwatz, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out two during her seven innings of work. Colts continued to pile on the runs until the end of the game scoring four runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Cassandra Oquendo, an RBI single by Corrin Lumbrazo, and a two-run single by Taylor Concklin. Taylor racked up three RBIs on four hits for Colts. In the fifth, the Colts scored on a solo home run by Brittney House.

Orange Women Ready for Post Season

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Middletown, NY The SUNY Orange women had a very successful regular season going 17-7. The team finished 6-2 in the Mid Hudson Conference which left them in sole possession of second place. Orange's play down the stretch was exceptional as the team won 7 of 9 games including a win over the Region's top seed in the upcoming playoffs, Dean College. At the time of the win over Dean the Bulldogs were nationally ranked. Orange also beat another nationally ranked team. Division 3 Brookdale, ranked 4 in the Division 3 poll, has gone on a 26 game winning streak since losing to the Colts.

Orange has a bright future as there is only one upper classman on the team. Michelle Burke (Monroe Woodbury H.S.) served as the team's steadying force as the rest of the team got their feet wet playing college basketball. Burke is second on the team scoring over 15 points a game. Burke also moved from her natural shooting guard position and now runs the point for Orange. Michelle has hit 101 three pointers for Orange in her career to date. Orange also has an excellent freshmen class with a lot of talent and a lot more potential. Taylor Briggs (CSI H.S. for International Studies) leads the way for the youth brigade scoring 16.9 points per game and hauling in 13.7 rebounds per game. Taylor is fourth in the nation in total rebounds. This is the second year in a row that Orange has had a player in the top five in rebounding. Orange's post play features an outstanding one, two combination. Nyasia Blankney (Fallsburgh H.S.) has also been a force. Nyasia averages 11.1 points and 9 rebounds per game. Nyasia is an effective free throw shooter and hits two thirds of her shots from the charity stripe. Mardelle Jean (Chester H.S.) has given the Colts another powerful weapon in the back court. Jean's frenetic style of play causes havoc for the other team. In addition to being the fourth colt to average double digits in scoring, 10.8 ppg, Jean also guards the other team's best offensive player. Jean's blazing speed makes her a match up nightmare for the opposing team. Rounding out the starting five for Orange is do everything guard Sinead Hughes (Goshen H.S.). Sinead is one of those glue players who does everything for a team to make them successful. She is indeed a jack of all trades. Sinead leads the teams in steals per game and is also third in rebounds and second in blocks. Orange Coach, John Lauro, is also very comfortable with his bench. Tisa McCalla (Middletown H.S) and Erin Angus (Eldred H.S.) provide much needed backup in the back court while Amber Globusch (Monticello H.S.), Kelsey Moody (Fallsburgh H.S.) and Janaya Nelson (John Adams H.S.) all get time up front.

This is the best team Coach Lauro has had at Orange. Not only are they talented on the court but they are great off it as well. This team is solid in the classroom and if anyone were to give out a nice guy award this team would win it hands down. The team will play Dean College in a Region Semifinal next Saturday at Monroe College in the Bronx. A win against Dean would put Orange into the Districts and a step closer to playing in the NJCAA National Tournament in Overland Park KS.

Balanced Attack Leads to Big Win for Women Cagers

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Middletown, NY - The SUNY Orange women won their home opener over nationally ranked Brookdale Community College on Tuesday night. Michelle Burke (Monroe Woodbury), Orange's lone sophomore led the Colts with 17 points and connected on 3 threes. Two of Burke's three pointers came late in the second half when the game was still very much in question. A trio of newcomers also came up big for Orange. Mardelle Jean, a Chester High grad, scored 11 points and had 5 assists. Jean also took control of the tempo of the game late and showed great maturity in setting the pace of the game. Orange also had a strong inside presence in Fallsburgh grad Nyasia Blankney and Taylor Briggs, a CSI High School for International Studies graduate. Orange coach, John Lauro, had a monumental task in replacing all region players Brittany Romanelli and Alexis Tripodo. He seems to have accomplished the task with this duo. Blankney and Briggs both posted double doubles as they dominated inside. The pair combined for a voluminous 29 points and 34 rebounds. Orange improved its record to 2-1 with their only loss coming in a foul plagued loss to another nationally ranked team, Sullivan Community College. Orange takes its game on the road this weekend at the annual Turkey Hoop Shoot Tournament at the County College of Morris.

New Faces Aplenty for Men's Basketball

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

For the first time in decades a new name will be leading the Colts on the hardwood this season. Joe Detz is the new head coach, and along with assistants Scott Oliver and Jordan Dirago , will be looking to imprint his style of play on the team. Local fans will recognize Detz as the long time head coach at Marlboro High School. Coach Detz also has previous college coaching experience having led the Dutchess Community College Falcons for several years.

Along with a new coach comes a slew of new players for the Colts. Only two players return off of last year's playoff qualifying team. Creshawn Jude from Christ the King High School and Anthony Bailey from S.S. Seward. Both players saw significant minutes as freshman and will be looked to for their battle tested demeanors. This year's team will have a decidedly local flavor with twelve of the fourteen players coming from Section 9 programs. Nine section 9 schools are represented on this year's roster.

Coach Detz is putting his team right into the fire this year with a very challenging schedule. Featured games this year include an early match up with the defending NJCAA Div 3 Champs, Brookdale Community College. Other tough teams on the schedule include division one power ASA and Community College of Rhode Island which is a fixture in the Div two top 20 poll.

Orange kicks off the2013-2014 campaign on Friday Nov, 1 at 5:00 p.m. versus Rockland in a non conference matchup in the Goldberg Classic at Columbia Greene Community College.

Men's Soccer Wins Mid Hudson Conference Title

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The SUNY Orange Men's Soccer Team won the MHC Championship yesterday, defeating Dutchess CC 1-0. The game was played at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. Cesar Grados converted a penalty kick with 18 minutes left in the second half to help SUNY Orange clinch its first Mid-Hudson Conference title since 1998. With the win, the Colts also clinched a spot in the Region XV tournament, seed to be determined.

Ronald Griffin made seven saves for Orange (5-6, 4-0 Mid-Hudson).