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Four Panthers Named All-MSAC

May 12, 2017

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 five MSAC programs, Nicholas Daigle (Warwick Valley H.S./Warwick), Chris Polanco (White Plains H.S./White Plains), Duran Joyce (Dryden H.S./Dryden), and Peter Tortorici (Deer Park H.S./Deer Park) were one of the 20 named to the team. The four represent the most all-conference selections in a year in the history of Tompkins Cortland’s lacrosse program.

Daigle and Polanco tied for the team lead in scoring, each finishing with 51 points. Daigle, a sophomore attacker, had 38 goals and a team-best 13 assists. He scored in every game and had a season-best 10 points against Jefferson Community College. Polanco, a freshman midfielder, also scored in every game and had a season-best six points twice, both times against Hudson Valley Community College.

Joyce, a sophomore midfielder, was fourth on the team in scoring with 27 points. He also had six points for a season high, doing so twice, against Ocean County College and against Finger Lakes Community College. Tortorici, a sophomore attacker, was one of the top face-off specialists in the conference. He also scored four points for the Panthers, including a two-point effort vs. Union County College.

Conference champion Onondaga Community College led all programs with eight all-conference selections. Tompkins Cortland, the conference runner-up, was tied with Finger Lakes Community College for second most selections with four each. SUNY Broome and Jefferson Community College each had two selections.

All-MSAC player Nicholas Daigle

All-MSAC player Chris Polanco

All-MSAC player Duran Joyce

All-MSAC player Peter Tortorici

Panthers Fall in NJCAA Playoffs

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Tompkins Cortland Community College

One of the most successful seasons in program history ended Saturday as the Tompkins Cortland Community College lacrosse team lost in the NJCAA Region III - District A championship game. Playing at the top-ranked Onondaga Community College, the Panthers lost 33-5 to end the season with a record of 7-6.

The Panthers expected a huge challenge playing Onondaga, and the Lazers delivered on expectations. Onondaga scored seven goals in the first six minutes of play to set the tone early. Chris Polanco (White Plains H.S./White Plains) finally broke through for Tompkins Cortland, scoring off an assist from Nicholas Daigle (Warwick Valley H.S./Warwick) to get the Panthers on the board with 5:39 left in the first quarter. Onondaga scored four more times in the first, and then twice more to open the second quarter to take a 13-1 lead. With 12:37 left in the second, Matt Bisono (Deer Park H.S./Deer Park) broke the run with a goal off an assist from Duran Joyce (Dryden H.S./Dryden), but Onondaga scored eight more to close out the half with a 21-2 lead.

The scoring slowed down in the second half, with Onondaga out-scoring the Panthers 12-3. Daigle scored two goals with Jack Collmer (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill H.S./Vernon) scoring the other. Padraic Iannello (Dryden H.S./Dryden) and Joyce each had an assist in the second half.

Willie Wilson (Geneva H.S./Geneva) spent most of the game in goal, recording 24 saves. Ryan Moore (Bay Shore H.S./Bay Shore) had two saves while playing most of the fourth quarter.

Two Panthers were named to the Region III All-Tournament team: Daigle and Jonny Phillips (Cortland H.S./Cortland).


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

Statistics–Men's Lacrosse

Men's Lacrosse

2017 Season

Overall (7-6)
MSAC (3-1), Region III (6-5)


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 Close Out Season

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Tompkins Cortland Community College lacrosse team closed out the 2009 season Sunday with a 16-4 loss to Alfred State College. The Panthers end the year 1-12 while Alfred State, ranked #10 in the nation, improves to 10-3.
It was the final game for three TC3 sophomores - Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia), Michael Rollins (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca), and Michael Stoffa (Cornwall H.S./Cornwall). Macera led the team with three points on a goal and two assists. Greg Kiernan (Homer H.S./Homer) added two goals and Brian Benford (Cortland H.S./Cortland) carded a goal and an assist.

Panthers Fall at Home

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Tompkins Cortland Community College lacrosse team lost to Broome Community College 19-5 Thursday. Panthers are now 1-11 on the season while Broome moves to 5-7.
Trevor Caughey (Homer H.S./Cortland) and Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) each tallied three points on the night, with Caughey scoring two goals to lead the team. Brian Benford (Cortland H.S./Cortland) added two points on a goal and an assist and Greg Kiernan (Homers H.S./Homer) finished the scoring with a goal.
TC3 closes out the season Sunday at home against Alfred State College.

Panthers Fall to Nation's #1

Friday, April 17, 2009

The TC3 lacrosse team lost at Onondaga Community College Friday, 34-3. The Panthers fall to 1-10 on the season.

TC3 Runs Out of Gas

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

After a solid first half, the Tompkins Cortland Community College lacrosse team ran out of gas Tuesday against undefeated Jefferson Community College, falling 17-4. The Panthers are now 1-9 on the season while Jefferson stands at 7-0.
After falling behind 5-1 in the first quarter, TC3 stiffened up on the defensive end in the second. A pair of TC3 goals brought the Panthers to within 5-3 with 90 second left in the half. Jefferson closed out the half with a score with 1:05 left, making it 6-3 at the break. The third period opened with the visitors scoring five straight to take control.
Bryan Benford (Cortland H.S./Cortland) and Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) each tallied two points for the Panthers. Goalie Ed Santorv (Owego Free Academy/Owego) had 15 saves for the Panthers.
TC3 plays at Onondaga Community College Friday. OCC is ranked number one in the latest NJCAA national poll.

Panthers Fall

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Tompkins Cortland Community College lacrosse team lost to Finger Lakes Community College Saturday, 27-4. The Panthers are now 1-8 on the season while Finger Lakes improves to 7-7.
Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) led the Panthers with two goals. Goalie Ed Santorv (Owego Free Academy/Owego) had 28 saves as the visiting Lakers outshot TC3 63-25.
TC3 hosts Jefferson Community College Tuesday.

Panthers Lose on Road

Thursday, April 09, 2009

The Tompkins Cortland Community College lacrosse team lost at Mohawk Valley Community College Thursday, 20-8. The Panthers are now 1-7 on the season.
Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) led TC3 with four goals and four assists. Justin Earl (Dryden H.S./Dryden) tallied two goals while Greg Kiernan (Homer H.S./Homer) and Brian Benford (Cortland H.S./Cortland) each scored once. Trevor Caughey (Homer H.S./Homer) added two assists for the Panthers.
Freshman goalie Ed Santorv (Owego Free Academy/Owego) recorded 23 saves.
TC3 hosts Finger Lakes Community College Saturday.

Panthers Win at Dean

Saturday, April 04, 2009

The Tompkins Cortland Community College lacrosse team picked up its first win of the season Saturday, beating Dean College 9-6 in Boston. The Panthers are now 1-6 on the season while Dean falls to 0-5.
The Panthers led 4-3 after the first quarter and never trailed the rest of the way. Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) led TC3 with three goals and two assists. Adam Reynolds (Johnson City H.S./Binghamton) posted two goals and two assists and Greg Kiernan (Homer H.S./Homer) scored two goals. Brian Benford (Cortland H.S./Cortland) added a goal and an assist while Justin Earl (Dryden H.S./Dryden) closed out the scoring with a goal. Freshman goalie Ed Santorv (Owego Free Academy/Owego) earned the win by recording 23 saves.
TC3 plays at Mohawk Valley Community College Thursday.

Panthers Lose at Delhi

Thursday, April 02, 2009

A strong first half kept the TC3 lacrosse team in the game against the undefeated SUNY Delhi Broncos Thursday, but it wasn't enough as Delhi pulled away from the Panthers in the second half. The Panthers lost by a final score of 14-8 to drop to 0-6 on the season while Delhi improves to 5-0.
The first half ended with the Panthers down by just two at 6-4, but the home team opened the second half with some quick goals to take control. Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) led TC3 with six goals and two assists. Brian Benford (Cortland H.S./Cortland) added a goal and an assist while Greg Kiernan (Homer H.S./Homer) netted a goal.
Goalie Ed Santorv (Owego Free Academy/Owego) had a strong day, posting 23 saves.
TC3 travels to Boston Saturday to take on Dean College.

Panthers Score Six Over Last Four Minutes, But Come Up Short

Sunday, March 29, 2009

A late rally that saw the TC3 lacrosse team score six goals in the final 3:48 of the game ended with the Panthers one goal short of sending the game to overtime. Despite the late rally, the Panthers lost to Cayuga Community College, 14-13 Sunday. TC3 drops to 0-5 on the season while Cayuga is now 1-4.
The game opened with the Panthers scoring off the opening faceoff, as Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) gave the home team the early lead. Brian Benford (Cortland H.S./Cortland) made it 2-0 two minutes later, but Cayuga answered with a goal in the fifth minute to make it 2-1. TC3 goals from Michael Rollins (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca) and Macera put the Panthers up 4-1 midway through the first quarter before Cayuga scored twice to make it 4-3 after one.
The visiting Spartans opened the second quarter with two quick goals to take the lead at 5-4. Greg Kiernan (Homer H.S./Homer) tied the game up for the Panthers, scoring off an assist from Brian Lamb (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca) with 12:53 left in the first half. The defenses for both teams stepped up, holding the score at 5-5 until Cayuga scored with 34 seconds left in the half to give the Spartans a 6-5 lead at the break.
Benford tied the game at 6-6 with a goal three minutes in the second half, converting a pass from Justin Earl (Dryden H.S./Dryden) period, but the Spartans responded with six straight goals over the next 20 minutes, taking a 12-6 lead with under nine minutes left to play. Another Benford goal cut the lead to 12-7, but Cayuga scored twice more to make it 14-7 with four minutes left to play.
With 3:48 left on the clock, the Panthers started the comeback, with Trevor Caughey (Homer H.S./Homer) scoring off an assist from Macera. Just 24 seconds later, Earl scored to make it 14-9. With Macera dominating in the faceoff circle, the Panthers stayed on the attack, with Benford scoring with 1:50 left to make it 14-10. Another faceoff win by Macera led to a Caughey goal nine seconds later, pulling the Panthers to within three at 14-11. The rally continued with Kiernan converting a pass from Benford into a goal with 25 second left, and after winning another faceoff, Macera scored with 17 seconds left, pulling the Panthers to within one. After scoring six straight goals in less than four minutes, the clock ran out with the Panthers down 14-13.
Macera and Benford each tallied five points for the Panthers. Ed Santorv (Owego Free Academy/Owego) recorded 11 saves in goal.
TC3 travels to SUNY Delhi Thursday.

Panthers Run Out of Gas in Loss

Saturday, March 21, 2009

With several players out of the lineup due to injuries, the TC3 lacrosse team ran out of gas in the second half at Genesee Community College Saturday. The panthers trailed 6-4 at the half, but were outscored 12-2 in the second half to lose 18-6. TC3 is now 0-4 on the year while Genesee improves to 2-0.
Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) led TC3 with two goals while Brian Benford (Cortland H.S./Cortland) and Adam Reynolds (Johnson City H.S./Binghamton) each tallied a goal and an assist. Trevor Caughey (Homer H.S./Homer) and Doug Bushnell (Dryden H.S./Dryden) each scored a goal for the Panthers. Ed Santorv (Owego Free Academy/Owego) recorded 18 saves in goal.
TC3 hosts Cayuga Community College Sunday, March 29.

Panthers Fall to Another Nationally-Ranked Team

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Playing for the third time in four days, the TC3 lacrosse team ran up against another nationally-ranked opponent, losing at Hudson Valley Community College Sunday, 25-2. The Panthers fall to 0-3 on the year. It was the season opener for the Vikings, ranked ninth in the nation.
The game opened with the home team taking control early by scoring 13 goals in the first quarter. The score was 18-0 at the half before TC3 finally got on the board in the third. Each team scored once in the fourth to make the final 25-2.
Brian Benford (Cortland H.S./Cortland) and Greg Kiernan (Homer H.S./Homer) scored goals for the Panthers, with an assist coming from Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia).

Panthers Come Up Short

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The TC3 lacrosse team came up short at home Saturday, losing to the Mercyhurst North East 24-14. The Panthers are now 0-2 on the year while the visiting Saints improve to 1-3.
Mercyhurst opened the scoring two minutes into the game, but TC3's period, Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) answered for the Panthers moments later to make it 1-1, marking one of the few times during the game that one of the teams didn't score consecutive goals. Mercyhurst followed the Macera goal with a run of eight straight goals to take control at 9-1. Macera stopped the streak with 6:45 left in the first half, and when Brian Benford (Cortland H.S./Cortland) followed with another TC3 goal, the Panthers were within six at 9-3. The Saints closed the half by scoring three of the final four goals to make it 12-4 heading into the break.
The second half opened with the home team looking to get back into the game. Just six seconds into the half, Trevor Caughey (Homer H.S./Homer) got the Panthers started with a score. Macera and Greg Kiernan (Homer H.S./Homer) added a pair of goals to bring the Panthers to within five at 12-7 with 10:34 left in the third quarter. Unfortunately for the home team, the momentum was snapped as Mercyhurst put together a ten-goal run that extended into the fourth quarter.
With the score 22-7, Kiernan converted a pass from Justin Earl (Dryden H.S./Dryden) to score with 10:19 left in the game. A goal by Benford was followed by another Kiernan score and two more from Macera to make it 22-12 with 5:45 left in the game. Two Mercyhurst scores were answered by goals from Brown and Kiernan to make the final 24-14.
Macera lead TC3 with five goals and an assist followed by Benford with two goals and three assists and Kiernan with four goals. Ed Santorv (Owego Free Academy/Owego) registered 16 save for the Panthers.

Panthers Drop Season Opener

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The 2009 lacrosse season at TC3 opened on a tough note Thursday as the Panthers fell to national power Herkimer County Community College 29-2. The Panthers, playing varsity lacrosse for just the second year after a 30-years hiatus, are next in action Saturday at home vs. Mercyhurst North East College.
The game opened with Herkimer jumping out to an early lead, taking a 21-0 advantage into the half before the Panthers broke into the scoring column in the third quarter.
Brandon Macera (Chittenango H.S./Cazenovia) scored off an assist from Brian Benford (Cortland H.S./Cortland).

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