Hudson Valley Sports Report


Local Schools Earn Trip To NCAA Division III Tournament

NEW PALTZ – Not one, but two local college basketball teams will immediately start to enjoy March Madness on Friday.

Both the State University of New York at New Paltz and Vassar College have made the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament.

SUNY New Paltz earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament following a thrilling, 63-57 overtime win in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) title game over defending conference champion SUNY Geneseo Saturday in the Hawk Center. The championship victory marked the program’s fourth title, and third in four years.

SUNY New Paltz will play host to Rutgers-University Newark, Hartwick College and Emmanuel College in the opening round. The Hawks will face the Raiders Friday at 7:30 p.m., while Hartwick College and the Saints will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. The winner of each matchup will play in the second round Saturday at 6 p.m., with the winner advancing into the sectional round.

Ironically, Vassar will face SUNY Geneseo in the first round of tourney, also on Friday, March 1, but at Amherst. This marks the first time that Vassar has been to the tournament since the 2013-14 season.

Vassar received an at-large bid after finishing 21-6 overall, including a historic 15-game winning streak during the regular season. This is the fourth time in program history that Vassar has made the NCAA Tournament. SUNY Geneseo went 23-4 and also earned an at-large bid.

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