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February 24, 2014

Cardinal teams ready for postseason play

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State will be represented on four playoff fronts next weekend with at least one of the tournaments scheduled for Cardinal Country.

The women’s basketball team, by virtue of its historic first-place finish in the State University of New York Athletic Conference regular season, will host the semifinals and final Friday and Saturday at Memorial Hall. The Cardinals (15-3, 20-5, over all) won the season crown for the first time in their history.

The semifinals are scheduled for Friday with second-seeded Buffalo State taking on the Geneseo-Fredonia winner from Tuesday at 6 p.m., followed by No. 1 seed Plattsburgh State battling either Oneonta or Cortland at 8. Geneseo and Oneonta will host Tuesday’s quarterfinal games.

The championship contest is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday.

The men’s basketball team (15-3, 21-4) finished second to Brockport in the standings with the Golden Eagles earning the right to host the SUNYAC tourney next weekend.

Plattsburgh will face either Geneseo or Oneonta in the 6 p.m. semifinal on Friday with Brockport opposing Oswego or Cortland in the 8 p.m. contest. Geneseo and Oswego will host Tuesday’s quarterfinal encounters.

The championship game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday.

The conference tournaments carry automatic NCAA berths as spoils; however, both Plattsburgh State basketball teams will draw serious consideration for at-large bids if they come up short next weekend.

The men’s ice hockey team (12-2-2, 19-4-2) will host a semifinal game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Stafford Arena, against the second lowest remaining seed. Buffalo State (4) entertains Brockport (5) while Oswego (3) hosts Fredonia (6) on Tuesday in quarterfinal action.

Geneseo, the regular-season champ and top seed, will draw the lowest remaining seed in the other semifinal Saturday.

The championship game, with an automatic NCAA berth at stake, will be held Saturday, March 8, on the home ice of the highest surviving seed.

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