Seven Lacrosse Players Earn Postseason Honors

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, May 7, 2008

TROY, NY – After posting its most successful season in the 32-year history of the program, several Hudson Valley Community College lacrosse players received accolades for their performances during the 2008 season.

The Vikings, who finished the season 14-5 and reached the semifinals of the NJCAA Region III Tournament for the second straight year, had seven players earn postseason honors.

Sophomore defenseman Derrick Onate (Rensselaer, NY/Coppell) earned First-Team All-Region III honors while sophomore midfielder Mark Petter (Albany, NY/Niskayuna) was a Second-Team All-Region III selection.

In addition, freshman attackman Sean O'Connell (Troy, NY/LaSalle Institute), freshman midfielder Marc DeJordy (East Greenbush, NY/Columbia), sophomore midfielder Ryan DeSalvatore (Clifton Park, NY/Shenendehowa), sophomore defenseman Alex Fierllo (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) and freshman goalie Kevin DeCelle (Ballston Spa, NY/Ballston Spa) were named to the All-Mountain Valley Conference Team. DeJordy, who recorded two goals and two assists in two playoff games, was also named to the Region III All-Tournament Team.

O’Connell led the Vikings in scoring with 54 points (34g, 20a), DeJordy ranked second with 45 points (25g, 20a) and DeSalvatore placed third in scoring with 44 points (32g, 12a). He finished his career at HVCC with 74 points (54g, 20a).

In his first season, DeCelle started all 19 games in goal for Hudson Valley, posting a record of 14-5 and a save percentage of .591.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate’s degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.