One had to rally. The other witnessed a runaway. Penn Yan Academy graduates Ryan Maciejewski and Kelly Lickert-Orr may have gone about it in different ways, but both came way with lacrosse national championships over the weekend.

Maciejewski and the Limestone men claimed their second consecutive NCAA Division II title, coming from behind to beat Le Moyne 9-6 Sunday.

On the same day Lickert-Orr, in her first season as head coach of the SUNY Cortland women, guided the Red Dragons to a Division III crown with a 17-6 victory over Trinity (Conn.).

Limestone came into the title game as the nation’s No. 1-ranked team, sporting a 19-1 record. The Saints fell behind 3-0 against No. 3 Le Moyne after the opening six minutes. Mike Messenger put Limestone on the board with 4:28 to go in the first quarter. Just over two minutes later, Maciejewski connected for his first goal of the game and 31st of the season.

Maciejewski netted the only goal of the second quarter off a man-up chance.

Le Moyne led 6-5 after three quarters, but the Saints outscored the Dolphins 4-0 in the fourth. Messenger scored three of the goals and set up the other to earn tournament MVP honors. Maciejewski, a freshman, added a ground ball.

He finished the season with 32 goals, 16 assists and 24 ground balls. Limestone set a Division II record for wins in a season with 20, and is 39-2 over the past two seasons.

Lickert-Orr, who spent four seasons coaching Keuka before coming to Cortland in the offseason, led the Red Dragons to a 22-1 record and their first national title. They finished the season on a 19-game winning streak.

Second-ranked Cortland got revenge on top-ranked Trinity in a big way. The Bantams knocked the Dragons out of last year’s NCAA tournament in the semifinals, 8-7.

Cortland wasted little time jumping on top this year, scoring four of the game’s first five goals and cruising to an 8-2 halftime lead. Trinity got as close as 9-4 in the second half before Cortland netted eight of the final 10 goals.

Sports Coordinator Gregory G. McNall’s “College Notebook” appears Thursdays in the Finger Lakes Times. It features graduates from Ontario, Wayne, Yates and Seneca counties who are playing in college. Call Greg at 789-3333 ext. 244, fax him at 789-4077 or email him at gmcnall@fltimes.com.One had to rally. The other witnessed a runaway. Penn Yan Academy graduates Ryan Maciejewski and Kelly Lickert-Orr may have gone about it in different ways, but both came way with lacrosse national championships over the weekend.

Maciejewski and the Limestone men claimed their second consecutive NCAA Division II title, coming from behind to beat Le Moyne 9-6 Sunday.

On the same day Lickert-Orr, in her first season as head coach of the SUNY Cortland women, guided the Red Dragons to a Division III crown with a 17-6 victory over Trinity (Conn.).

Limestone came into the title game as the nation’s No. 1-ranked team, sporting a 19-1 record. The Saints fell behind 3-0 against No. 3 Le Moyne after the opening six minutes. Mike Messenger put Limestone on the board with 4:28 to go in the first quarter. Just over two minutes later, Maciejewski connected for his first goal of the game and 31st of the season.

Maciejewski netted the only goal of the second quarter off a man-up chance.

Le Moyne led 6-5 after three quarters, but the Saints outscored the Dolphins 4-0 in the fourth. Messenger scored three of the goals and set up the other to earn tournament MVP honors. Maciejewski, a freshman, added a ground ball.

He finished the season with 32 goals, 16 assists and 24 ground balls. Limestone set a Division II record for wins in a season with 20, and is 39-2 over the past two seasons.

Lickert-Orr, who spent four seasons coaching Keuka before coming to Cortland in the offseason, led the Red Dragons to a 22-1 record and their first national title. They finished the season on a 19-game winning streak.

Second-ranked Cortland got revenge on top-ranked Trinity in a big way. The Bantams knocked the Dragons out of last year’s NCAA tournament in the semifinals, 8-7.

Cortland wasted little time jumping on top this year, scoring four of the game’s first five goals and cruising to an 8-2 halftime lead. Trinity got as close as 9-4 in the second half before Cortland netted eight of the final 10 goals.

Sports Coordinator Gregory G. McNall’s “College Notebook” appears Thursdays in the Finger Lakes Times. It features graduates from Ontario, Wayne, Yates and Seneca counties who are playing in college. Call Greg at 789-3333 ext. 244, fax him at 789-4077 or email him at gmcnall@fltimes.com.

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