SUNY Cortland’s Fall Five make school sports history

SUNY Cortland's Fall Five make school sports history


For the first time in SUNY Cortland history, all five team sports competing in the fall have earned a spot in their respective NCAA tournaments.

It is an unprecedented feat where the field hockey, soccer, volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer teams will all appear on the NCAA Division III national stage to showcase the talent of SUNY Cortland’s student athletes and staff.

“Although we’ve been blessed with long-standing success in many of our athletic seasons, having five of our fall teams qualify in the same season for the first time in school history is something to be excited about,” said director of athletics Mike Urtz ’94 M’00. “It’s really impressive and shows how blessed we are to have such a good team of coaches here in Cortland right now. We hope for more great stories like this throughout the winter and spring seasons.”

Each team has started their tournament or will start soon:

field hockey:

The field hockey team (14-4) traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts to play MIT in the first round of the NCAA Division IIII tournament on Wednesday, November 9th. The game, scheduled to start at 4 p.m., marks the team’s second straight game, trip to the national tournament and 30th overall, winning national titles in 1993, 1994 and 2001 and finishing second in 1997.

Motivated by head coach Tiffany Hubbard, this Red Dragon side gained momentum as the season progressed, winning eight of the last nine games en route to a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) championship.


The 2022 Cortaca Jug competition at Yankee Stadium is upon us for the football team, but the ninth-ranked Red Dragons (9-0) are already on their way to the NCAA tournament after a 6-0 undefeated season from Empire 8.

The team’s most recent win set a program record with 19 straight regular-season wins. The Red Dragons are yet to play a game this year.

After their traditional showdown with the Ithaca College Bombers on Saturday, November 12, the Red Dragons open the following week, November 19, in the Division III national tournament, with their opponent yet to be announced.


After claiming the SUNYAC crown for the second year in a row, the women’s volleyball team (21-5) heads to a regional eight-team at Juanita College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. The Red Dragons take on Rowan University on Thursday, November 10 at 5:30 p.m. to open their NCAA Division III tournament.

It is the team’s 26th appearance in the national tournament and continues its strong performance under fourth-season head coach Erin Glickert.

Men’s Soccer:

The Red Dragon men (12-5-2) compete on Saturday, November 12th and Sunday, November 13th in a four-team regional league hosted by Franklin and Marshall College. This is your 24th NCAA tournament appearance, sixth since 2014.

The team, under head coach Steve Axtell, won the SUNYAC regular-season championship.

Women’s Soccer:

Led by 19th-year head coach Heidi Axtell, the Red Dragons (13-1-4) are heading into the NCAA playoffs for the second time in three seasons, making their 14th appearance in an NCAA Division III tournament and for the 19th time in a national tournament. They are hosting a four-team regional league on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 at Holloway Field.

Cortland hosts Wesleyan University at 1:30 p.m. Saturday after Penn State Berks and Messiah University meet at 11 a.m. The two winners advance to the second round on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

To follow how each of our Red Dragon teams is doing on their NCAA journey, go to SUNY Cortland Athletics website.


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