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Panthers Win and Qualify for Playoffs

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday was a great day for the Tompkins Cortland Community College lacrosse team. The Panthers wrapped up the regular season with a 17-12 road win over Finger Lakes Community College, leaving the team as the runner-up in the Mid-State Athletic Conference with a MSAC record of 3-1. More importantly, the win secured the #4-seed in the NJCAA Region III playoffs for the Panthers, marking the highest seed Tompkins Cortland has ever earned in the history of the lacrosse program. The Panthers will host #5 seed Hudson Valley Community College Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the opening round of the playoffs.

Finger Lakes scored the first two goals before Duran Joyce (Dryden H.S./Dryden) got the Panthers on the board with 5:12 left in the first quarter. The teams went back and forth the rest of the quarter, with Finger Lakes holding a 4-2 advantage at the first break. The score reversed itself in the seconf quarter, with the Panthers coming back to tie the game and send it to the half at 6-6 on a goal by Erik Dickerson (John S. Burke Catholic School/Pine Bush) with 1:48 left.

The third quarter opened with two goals by Nicholas Daigle (Warwick Valley H.S./Warwick) and later featured a 4-0 run, helping the Panthers to a 12-9 lead at the end of the third quarter. Another 4-0 run in the fourth quarter helped secure the win for the Panthers.

Joyce led the Panthers with six points on five goals and one assist. Chris Polanco (White Plains H.S./White Plains) finished with five points on four goals and an assist and Jack Collmer (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill H.S./Vernon) had four points on three goals and an assist. Padraic Iannello (Dryden H.S./Dryden) dished out four assists while Daigle had three goals and Dickerson finished with two. Matt Bisono (Deer Park H.S./Deer Park) also had an assist for the winners.

Willie Wilson (Geneva H.S./Geneva) finished with nine saves in goal for his fifth win of the season

Tompkins Cortland ends the regular season with a record of 6-5 overall and 5-4 in Region III. Finger Lakes ends the season 5-7 overall and in 4-5 region. The Lakers earned the #6 seed in the upcoming playoffs and will take on #3 Monroe Community College on Wednesday.


No. Name Pos. Year Ht. Wt. High School/Hometown

Statistics–Men's Lacrosse

Men's Lacrosse

2017 Season

Overall (5-5)
MSAC (2-1), Region III (4-4)


Previous Seasons





2012 and previous years


Team Records

Most Wins (Season)

9 (2012)
6 (1977)
5 (2014)

Best Winning Percentage (Season)

.600 (1977)
.529 (2012)

Most Consecutive Wins

4 (2012)
3 (2012)
3 (1977)

Most Goals (Game)

28 (vs. Hudson Valley CC, 4/2/14)
23 (vs. Dean College, 4/5/08)
21 (vs. Northampton CC, 3/22/14)

Most Goals (Season)

178 (2014)
151 (2008)
132 (2012)

Most Assists (Game)

17 (vs. Hudson Valley CC, 4/2/14)
13 (vs. Mercyhurst North East, 4/20/08)
12 (vs. Alfred State College, 3/24/12)
12 (vs. Cayuga CC, 3/31/14)
12 (at Herkimer College, 4/19/14)

Most Assists (Season)

92 (2014)
78 (2012)
67 (2008)

Best Goals Per Game Average (Season)

12.6 (2008)
11.9 (2014)
7.9 (2013)

Fewest Goals Allowed (Game)

3 (at Cayuga CC, 3/13/13)
5 (vs. Herkimer County CC, 3/21/12)
5 (at Niagara County CC, 3/14/12)
5 (at Mohawk Valley CC, 4/7/11)
5 (at Herkimer College, 4/19/14)

Fewest Goals Allowed (Season)

123 (1978)
174 (2013)
214 (2012)

Fewest Goals Allowed Per Game Average (Season)

11.2 (1978)
12.6 (2012)
14.5 (2013)

Individual Records - Player

Most Points (Game)

10 Orazio Ciaschi (vs. Hudson Valley CC, 4/2/14)
10 Ryan Watson (vs. Mercyhurst North East, 4/20/08)
10 Nick Velazquez (vs. Northampton CC, 3/22/14)
10 Max Bosworth (vs. Northampton CC, 3/22/14)
10 Max Bosworth (vs. Hudson Valley CC, 4/2/14)
10 Max Bosworth (at Jefferson CC, 4/12/14)

Most Points (Season)

70 Max Bosworth (2014)
64 Orazio Ciaschi (2014)
51 Mike Hartnett (2013)
51 Brandon Macera (2009)

Most Points (Career)

99 Brandon Macera (2008-09)
70 Max Bosworth (2014)
66 Robert Earnshaw (2011-12)

Most Goals (Game)

10 Nick Velazquez (vs. Northampton CC, 3/223/14)
8 Max Bosworth (vs. Northampton CC, 3/22/14)
8 Orazio Ciaschi (vs. Hudson Valley CC, 4/2/14)

Most Goals (Season)

51 Max Bosworth (2014)
45 Brandon Macera (2008)
44 Orazio Ciaschi (2008)

Most Goals (Career)

73 Brandon Macera (2008-09)
51 Max Bosworth (2014)
44 Orazio Ciaschi (2014)

Most Assists (Game)

6 Ryan Watson (vs. Mercyhurst North East, 4/20/08)
5 Larry Siany (vs. Syracuse JV, 4/15/77)
5 Max Bosworth (vs. Cayuga CC, 3/31/14)

Most Assists (Season)

24 Michael Manuel (2012)
24 Larry Siany (1977)
22 Ryan Watson (2008)

Most Assists (Career)

30 Larry Siany (1977-78)

Individual Records - Goalkeeper

Best Goals Against Average (Season)

10.8 Cory Spisak (2012)
11.2 A.J. Rich (1978)
13.8 Cory Spisak (2011)

Most Wins (Season)

9 Cory Spisak (2012)
6 Beau Saul (1977)
5 Eh Tha Dah (2014)

Most Wins (Career)

12 Cory Spisak (2011-12)
6 Beau Saul (1977)
5 Eh Tha Dah (2014)


Coaches–Men's Lacrosse

Zach McMullin

Head Coach

Zach McMullen

Coach McMullin has finished five seasons with the Panthers, including three as head coach. He has been involved in all aspects of the program and has been largely responsible for the growth of the program, which has included playoff appearances three of the last four seasons.

Coach McMullin brings valuable experience as both a player and coach, having been a standout player both in high school and at Tompkins Cortland. During his time in a Panthers uniform he showed a tremendous ability to put the ball in the net, scoring 21 goals in just seven games. As a coach, he exudes the same energy he brought to the field as a player, helping the team and each player reach their potential on and off the field.

Contact:, 607-844-8222, Ext.4492

Justin Coffman

Assistant Coach

Justin Coffman



Panthers End Season with Strong Showing

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The first varsity lacrosse season in 30 years at TC3 came to a close Sunday with a strong showing against a likely playoff team. The Panthers led early before falling 21-17 loss at Alfred State College. The Panthers close the season with a record of 3-9. Alfred State is now 8-5 and the likely sixth seed in the upcoming NJCAA Region III playoffs.
The game started well for the visiting Panthers, as TC3 jumped to a 7-4 lead after the first quarter. The home team responded with a big second period to take a 12-9 lead into the half. The Pioneers held the lead the rest of the way as TC3 suffered another close defeat.
Zach Austin (Brewster H.S./Brewster) led TC3 with five goals and two assists. Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) added five tallies for the Panthers.

Panthers Fall at Broome

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The TC3 lacrosse team fell by a score of 24-11 at Broome Community College Thursday. The Panthers drop to 3-8 overall, 2-8 in Region III, and 1-4 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference.
The game opened with Broome using a late first-quarter rush to take a 6-0 lead. The Panthers got on the board in the second quarter, but the home team extended the lead to 13-3 at the half. TC3 played a much better second half on both ends of the field, but not enough to catch the Hornets, who scored the final goal of the game with one second left to play.
Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) led TC3 with three goals and two assists. Zach Austin (Brewster H.S./Brewster) and Ryan Watson (Mahopac H.S./Mahopac) each added three points. Phillip Lavoie (Potsdam H.S./Potsdam) scored two goals and Matt Brown (Sachem East H.S./Holtsville) added a single goal.
The Panthers close the season Sunday at Alfred State College.

Panthers Earn Win #3

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The home finale was a happy one for fans of the TC3 lacrosse team as the Panthers earned a 21-15 win over Mercyhurst North East. The home team jumped to a 6-3 lead after the first period and pushed it to 13-8 at the half before cruising to the win. TC3 is now 3-7 on the year.
Ryan Watson (Mahopac H.S./Mahopac) had a huge day for the Panthers, recording ten points on four goals and six assists. Zachary Austin (Brewster H.S./Brewster) was close behind with nine points on seven goals and two assists, and Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) and Matt Brown (Sachem East H.S./Holtsville) each scored five goals. Marty Christofferson (Dryden H.S./Dryden) and Phillip Lavoie (Potsdam H.S./Potsdam) each had a pair of assists and Michael Winnie (Tully H.S./Tully) had his first point as a collegian with an assist.
TC3 closes the season out with a pair of tough road games. The Panthers play at Broome Thursday and Alfred State Sunday. Both opponents are ranked in the top five in the region.

Panthers Lose on Road

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Playing on a grass field for the first time this year, the TC3 lacrosse team came home with muddy uniforms and a 22-10 loss at the hands of Jefferson Community College. The Panthers drop to 2-7 overall, 1-7 in Region III, and 1-3 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference.
For the second straight game, TC3's Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) gave the Panthers an early lead, scoring the game's first goal. The TC3 defense was solid early, keeping Jefferson off the board for the first 11 minutes. The home team tied the game with four minutes left in the period, then took the lead a minute later. The score remained 2-1 at the end of the period.
The second quarter was all Jefferson, as the Cannoneers found the net five times while keeping TC3 off the board. The TC3 offense got on track in the second half, but it was too little too late as the home team outscored the Panthers 15-9 over the final 30 minutes.
Zach Austin (Brewster H.S./Brewster) and Matt Brown (Sachem East H.S./Holtsville) each finished with four points while Macera, Ryan Watson (Mahopac H.S./Mahopac), and Phillip Lavoie (Potsdam H.S./Potsdam) added two each.
The Panthers return home Sunday to take on Mercyhurst Northeast.

Panthers Run Out Of Time in Loss

Saturday, April 12, 2008

On a day that saw both teams make impressive scoring runs, the TC3 lacrosse team couldn't quite match the visiting Finger Lakes Community College Lakers, falling 21-16 Saturday. The Panthers drop to 2-6 overall, 1-6 in Region III, and 1-2 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Finger Lakes improves to 5-5 overall, 4-3 in Region III, and 2-1 in MSAC.
TC3's Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game, converting off a pass from Zach Austin (Brewster H.S./Brewster) to give the home team the 1-0 lead. Finger Lakes responded, and the two teams traded goals until it was 3-3 midway through the period. At that point, the visitors used the first run of the day, scoring eight straight to move to an 11-3 lead early in the second period.
The Panthers first rally started just 13 second after a Finger Lakes tally. With 11:23 left to play in the half, Austin changed the tide, scoring an unassisted goal to make it 11-4. The score started a run of five straight, capped with another Macera score with 4:18 left in the half to pull TC3 within three at 11-8. The visitors regrouped and scored the final two goals of the half to make it 13-8 at the half.
The second half started with TC3 scoring the first two goals, pulling back to within three at 13-10. Unfortunately for the home fans, Finger Lakes put together another five goal spurt to push to an 18-10 lead at the end of the third period.
The final period opened with the two teams trading goals until it was 20-12 with 8:42 left to play. The Panthers made a final push, scoring three straight, but ran out of time. Finger Lakes added a final score on an extra-man situation with 2:21 left to make the final 21-16.
Macera finished the day with seven goals. Austin added four points on two goals and two assists. Ryan Watson (Mahopac H.S./Mahopac) and Matt Brown (Sachem East H.S./Holtsville) each chipped in with four points. Marty Christofferson (Dryden H.S./Dryden) scored two goals and Phillip Lavoie (Potsdam H.S./Potsdam) registered a score. Taylor Catlin (Dryden H.S./Freeville) recorded 21 saves in goal.
The Panthers travel to Jefferson Community College Tuesday.

Panthers Come Up Just Short

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A back and forth game ended with the home team coming up just short Thursday as the TC3 lacrosse team fell to Mohawk Valley Community College 12-11. The Panthers fall to 2-5 overall and 1-5 in Region III. Mohawk Valley now stands at 3-3 overall and 2-3 in Region III.
The game featured two evenly matched teams, with each scoring three in the first and four in the second. The halftime tie was broken in the third as the visiting Hawks seemed to take control, jumping to an 11-8 in the third period. The Panthers, as they have all season, showed a never-say-die attitude, starting the comeback with a goal to close the gap to 11-9 after the third period.
In the fourth, TC3 controlled play most of the period. The Panthers finally tied the score with five minutes left, but a score by Mohawk Valley in the closing minutes proved to be the game-winner as the final horn sounded with a Hawks advantage of 12-11.
Ryan Watson (Mahopac H.S./Mahopac) led the offense with six points on two goals and four assists. Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) finished with three goals and an assist and Zach Austin (Brewster H.S./Brewster) added a goal and three assists.
Goalie Taylor Catlin (Dryden H.S./Freeville) had a fine game in the net, recording 19 saves.
The Panthers return to action Saturday against Finger Lakes Community College. The home contest begins at noon.

Panthers Earn Second Win

Saturday, April 05, 2008

The TC3 lacrosse team posted its biggest win of its first year back on the varsity level, topping Dean College of Massachusetts 23-10 Saturday. The Panthers are now 2-4 while Dean is 0-4.
The outcome of the game was never in doubt, with TC3 jumping to a 7-1 led after the first quarter and 12-2 at the half. Seven different Panthers registered points, led by Brandon Macera's (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) seven goals. Matt Brown (Sachem East H.S./Holtsville) scored six and Zach Austin (Brewster H.S./Brewster) scored five goals and an assist. Ryan Watson (Mahopac H.S./Mahopac) had three goals and four assists and Phillip Lavoie (Potsdam H.S./Potsdam) registered a goal and an assist. Marty Christofferson (Dryden H.S./Dryden) added a goal and Billy Dolson (Washingtonville H.S./Washingtonville) an assist.
The Panthers are off until Thursday when Mohawk Valley Community College comes to Dryden for a 4 p.m. game.

Slow Start Dooms Panthers

Thursday, April 03, 2008

A sluggish first half was too much for the TC3 lacrosse team to overcome as the Panthers lost to SUNY Delhi 16-9 Thursday. The Panthers are now 1-4 on the year while Delhi is 2-1 overall.
The visiting Broncos jumped out to a 7-3 lead after the first quarter, and then held TC3 scoreless in the second period while taking a 9-3 lead into the half. The two teams played a nearly even second half as each team scored three in third and Delhi outscored TC3 4-3 in the final period.
Matt Brown (Sachem East H.S./Holtsville) and Zach Austin (Brewster H.S./Brewster) each scored three goals for TC3, with Brown adding an assists. Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) tallied three points on a goal and two assists, while Marty Christofferson (Dryden H.S./Dryden) and Phillip Lavoie (Potsdam H.S./Potsdam) each registered a goal and as assists. Ryan Watson (Mahopac H.S./Mahopac) added an assist.
The Panthers have a non-region game Saturday against Dean College (Mass.). Action begins in Dryden at 1 p.m.

Panthers Notch First Win

Sunday, March 30, 2008

For the first time in 30 years, the TC3 lacrosse team is celebrating a win. The Panthers beat Mid-State Athletic Conference-rival Cayuga Community College 14-12 on Sunday. The victory improves TC3 to 1-3 on the year, the College's first season of lacrosse since 1978. TC3 is 1-1 in conference play.
Playing at Corcoran High School in Syracuse, Cayuga opened a 6-3 lead before the Panthers went on a run to close out the first half. TC3 scored four straight, including a goal by Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) with two seconds left in the half to take the lead at 7-6. The Panthers held the lead the rest of the way to notch the victory.
"Our defense played great in the second half," said TC3 Head Coach Larry Siany. "We did a good job on ground balls and Taylor made some great saves to help us secure the win." The Panthers also enjoyed a 22-8 advantage on faceoffs.
Goalie Taylor Catlin (Dryden H.S./Freeville) earned the win in goal, recoding 14 saves. Macera led the offense with five goals. Marty Christofferson (Dryden H.S./Dryden), Michael Stoffa (Cornwall H.S./Cornwall), and Tim Webb (Bethlehem H.S./Glenmont) each recorded his first collegiate points: Christofferson finished with two goals and two assist and Stoffa and Webb each scored a single goal. Matt Brown (Sachem East H.S./Holtsville) had two goals and an assist, Phillip Lavoie (Potsdam H.S./Potsdam) scored two goals, and Ryan Watson (Mahopac H.S./Mahopac) rounded out the scoring with a goal.
The Panthers return home Thursday to take on SUNY Delhi at 4 p.m.

Panthers Fall to Nation's Top Team

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The first-year TC3 lacrosse team is learning as the season goes. On a cold Tuesday night, the Panthers got a lesson from the best junior college team in the nation, losing to Onondaga Community College 31-1. The Panthers are now 0-3 while Onondaga, the two-time defending national champions, improves to 3-0.
The lone score for the Panthers came in the second quarter from Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia). Goalie Taylor Catlin (Dryden H.S./Freeville) recorded 11 saves on the night.
The Panthers hit the road for the first time this weekend for a game against Cayuga Community College. The game is Sunday and will be played at Corcoran High School in Syracuse.

Panthers Fall Short

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The good news was that the TC3 lacrosse team scored three of the game's final four goals and showed a never-say-die attitude on the field. The bad news is that it was too little, too late as the Panthers fell to Genesee Community College 19-12 on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon in Dryden. The Panthers are now 0-2 while Genesee improves to 3-0.
Genesee opened the scoring with a deliberate attack, controlling the ball without out a shot for most of the first four minutes before scoring with 10:50 left in the first quarter. Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) tied the game up for the Panthers, scoring an unassisted goal two minutes later. The tie last just 14 seconds as the Cougars scored the first of two straight to take a 3-1 lead. A TC3 score by Matt Brown (Sachem East H.S./Holtsville) made it 3-2, but Genesee again scored two straight to move ahead 5-2. TC3 goals by Zachary Austin (Brewster H.S./Brewster) and Ryan Watson (Mahopac H.S./Mahopac) sandwiched another Cougar score to make it 6-4 at the end of the first period.
The two goal deficit grew to three early in the second quarter as the Cougars outscored the Panthers 4-2 in the second 15 minutes to take a 10-6 lead into the half. The third brought a 5-3 advantage for Genesee, and after the Cougars scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter, the score stood at 18-9. The Panthers attempted a comeback, with Nicholas Bradman (Canton H.S./Canton), Austin, and Macera scoring goals and Phillip Lavoie (Potsdam H.S./Potsdam) picking up two assists, but it wasn't enough as Genesee scored a late goal to make the final 19-12.
Austin had a huge game, scoring five goals and an assist. Watson and Lavoie each finished with four points – Watson on two goals and two assists and Lavoie on four assists. Macera added three points on two goals and an assist.
Taylor Catlin (Dryden H.S./Freeville) had another good game in goal, turning away 14 shots to help offset a huge disadvantage in faceoffs for the Panthers (22-10).
Next up for TC3 is two-time defending national champion Onondaga Community College, Tuesday, 6 p.m. at home.

Lacrosse Returns to TC3

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

After a three-decade long hiatus, varsity lacrosse returned to Tompkins Cortland Community College Tuesday. The Panthers opened the 2008 season against 2007 Region III semifinalist Hudson Valley Community College, losing 17-6. It was also the season opener for the visiting Vikings.
The game started well for the home team. Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) scored the first goal of the season, giving the Panthers the lead just four minutes into play. Hudson Valley answered five minutes later, but Macera scored his second goal of the period with thirty seconds left to give TC3 the lead 2-1 at the first break.
Macera added two more goals in the second period, one unassisted and one off a pass from Phillip Lavoie (Potsdam H.S./Potsdam), but Hudson Valley’s offense got going to the tune of five goals to give the visitors a 6-4 lead at the half. The third period opened with Hudson Valley scoring two quick goals to push the lead to 8-4, but TC3’s Zachary Austin (Brewster H.S./Brewster) scored off a pass from Nicholas Bradman (Canton H.S./Canton) to pull the Panthers within three with ten minutes left in the period. Unfortunately for the home team, Hudson Valley scored the next four goals to move into a commanding 12-5 lead. Matt Brown (Sachem East H.S./Holtsville) broke the Viking run with a goal in the final minute of the period, with an assist by Ryan Watson (Mahopac H.S./Mahopac).
The final period was all Hudson Valley on the scoreboard, as the Vikings tallied five more scores, but the home team played hard to the final whistle. The Panthers failed to connect in the period, but did manage to win four of the six faceoffs in the period, the only period the Panthers won that stat.
Macera led the Panthers with four goals. Taylor Catlin (Dryden H.S./Freeville) had a solid debut in goal, registering nine saves.
Hudson Valley was led three players each scoring three goals – Marc DeJordy, Bobby Sommerville, and Ryan DeSalvatore. Kevin DeCelle earned the win in goal for the Vikings.
TC3 is an action again Sunday in Dover, Delaware against Delaware Technical College. The Panthers return home Saturday, March 22 against Genesee Community College at 1 p.m.

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