Lacrosse Team Looks To Improve

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, January 31, 2001

Second-year head coach Brent Coye is optimistic that he'll see good things from his 2001 Hudson Valley Community College lacrosse squad.

"We're miles ahead of where we were last year as far as numbers and talent," Coye said.

The Vikings sported just 11 players on last year's roster. Lacrosse rules require 10 players to be on the field at a time for each team; that meant Hudson Valley's bench never consisted of more than one substitute.

The result? A 3-8 record.

"Nobody thought we would win a game, though," said Coye, who was a member of Nazareth College's 1992 national championship lacrosse team. Coye also was a short-stick player for the New York Saints of the National Lacrosse League. "I was very pleased with the way things turned out. It's a big disadvantage to have no subs. To be honest, I would take those 11 guys, and their makeup and character, on any team I've been involved with."

Coye should feel like he's got an army to work with this year, though. While he did not have time to recruit his own players before the start of the 2000 season, he spent much of the most recent off-season doing just that. There are now 20 student-athletes playing for Hudson Valley, including 17 Capital Region natives.

Coye, who said Hudson Valley's talent level is higher this year than in 2000, expects big things from his four captains: newcomer Chris Charest (Bonny Eagle), a goalie, and returnees Michael Keneston (Bethlehem), Jeff Mathey (Scotia-Glenville) and Dom Scialdone (Colonie).

"Dom's the glue on the offensive end of the field," said Coye of Scialdone, last year's team MVP and a Region III Honorable Mention selection. Scialdone contributed 38 goals and 20 assists. "He holds everything together. If it wasn't for him, we'd be in sorry shape."

Additionally, Coye is excited about the presence of newcomer Matt Culotti (Guilderland). A natural defender, Culotti transferred to Hudson Valley from Le Moyne College. In addition to playing for Guilderland and Le Moyne, he also played in the Empire State Games.

"He's the most talented guy on the team," Coye said. "He's pulling double duty. Not only does he play defense, he also takes face-offs with the long stick. And he's winning about 70 percent of them. He's the field general, the quarterback."

Coye hopes players like Scialdone and Culotti are the start of something good at Hudson Valley. He doesn't plan on enduring many seasons like 2000.

"I think we're going to improve on last year's record," Coye said. "There is absolutely no reason Hudson Valley can't compete with the big boys. We've got first-class athletic facilities. Our hockey team just won the national championship. Our football team is churning out Division I players. We're clearly a top-notch athletic and academic college. There's no reason we can't be one of the top teams down the road."

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley Community College has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.