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).
Colts Take Two - Win Region Crown
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
The Colts won 2 of 3 games against Monroe CC to win Region XV Title. Amber Butenhoff was the winning pitcher in both games and added two homeruns in the series. The colts offense was powered by Butenhoff, Christine McCormack and Lorna Pierson. District 21 Tournament will be played at host Mercyhurst North East on May 4th and 5th.
SUNY Orange Colts Earn Regional Bid with an Extra Inning Win at Dutchess
Saturday, April 27th, 2013
The baseball Colts beat Dutchess CC 3-2 in eight innings in the second game of a Doubleheader on Saturday. Ryan DiMarzo pitched a complete game and added a sac fly for Orange. Matt Cartwright broke the 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth with a line drive base hit to score Dillon Merola from second. DiMarzo set down the Falcons in order in the bottom of the eighth to send the Colts to the playoffs. The Colts have won the Region 15 tournament in 2006 and 2010.
Baseball Colts Down Sullivan
Thursday, April 11th, 2013
The SUNY Orange Baseball team defeated Sullivan today 1-0. Jose Rondon pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Colts. Dillon Merola led off the bottom of the first with a single, and eventually scored on a Ryan DiMarzo sac fly for the game's only run. That run would be all that Orange needed. Rondon scattered six hits over the nine innings, walking two and striking out six. The Colts are in action Friday vs. Sullivan, first pitch is at 3:30.
Orange Sweeps Dutchess
Friday, April 5th, 2013
Cassie Duffy won both games as SUNY Orange swept SUNY Dutchess, 12-10 in eight innings and 12-1, in a Mid-Hudson Conference twinbill in Poughkeepsie. In the opener, Lorna Pierson went 3-for-5 with four RBI, Danielle Gomez had two hits and three RBI and Amber Butenhoff had two hits and two RBI. In the second game, Megan Michel went 3-for-3 with a grand slam and five RBI and Butenhoff was 3-for-4. Orange is 3-4, 2-0 MHC. Orange continues play Friday, April 5th with a double header vs Morris CC at Home.
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