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Empire8 Ranking
 1 Alfred 14-2(21-4) 
 2 Nazareth 12-4(18-7) 
 3 St.John Fisher 12-4(17-8) 
 4 Stevens Tech 9-7(16-9) 
 5 Utica 8-8(14-10) 
 6 Hartwick 6-10(10-15) 
 7 Sage 6-10(10-15) 
 8 Elmira 5-11(7-18) 
 9 Houghton 0-16(1-24) 

22 Years in the making! Saxons clinch first NCAA berth since 1997 with E8 Title (Photo:

Empire8 Women 2018-2019
Official Web Site

Alfred University 2018-19
Russell Phillips Russell Phillips Phillips
Sam Dagon
Dom Lemorta
Scotty Stopera
Sage Brown
Elliot Bowen
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
22  Dagon Sam 188 (6'2'') G 0 USA
23  Lemorta Dom 196 (6'5'') G/F 0 USA
3  Stopera Scotty 178 (5'10'') PG 0 USA
14  Brown Sage 193 (6'4'') G/F 0 USA
42  Bowen Elliot 198 (6'6'') F 0 USA
44  Marshall Brewster 203 (6'8'') F 0 USA
12  Durkin Kevin 185 (6'1'') G 0 USA
10  McLamore Pat 175 (5'9'') PG 0 USA
24  Zitz Jeremiah 196 (6'5'') F 0 USA
5  Eells Cole 193 (6'4'') G 0 USA
1  Phillips Justin 178 (5'10'') PG 0 USA
2  Lyons Mike 190 (6'3'') G/F 0 USA
11  Brueckl Jay 183 (6'0'') PG 0 USA
15  Ruffino Anthony 188 (6'2'') G 0 USA
21  Walser Eddie 193 (6'4'') F 0 USA
32  Ogbonna Zeke 193 (6'4'') F 0 USA
33  Spingler Riley 188 (6'2'') G 0 USA
Head Coach: Russell Phillips
Coach Assistant: Mike Romano

22 Years in the making! Saxons clinch first NCAA berth since 1997 with E8 Title - Feb 24, 2019

LeMorta Comes up Huge in Title Tilt to Help Propel Saxons to the 'Ship
Alfred (23-4, 14-2 Empire 8) is heading back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1996-97 season following the program's first-ever Empire 8 Conference Championship title. Senior captain, Dom Lemorta (6'5''-G/F) was named the Tournament MVP following 44 points over the course of two games.
Alfred earned the program's first E8 title in program history with a 90-78 win over St. John Fisher in the Championship game in the Terry S. Galanis Family Arena on Saturday afternoon. LeMorta led the Saxons with 31 points on 13-of-20 shooting. Fellow senior Sage Brown (6'4''-G/F) had 11 points and four rebounds while Scotty Stopera (5'10''-PG) had eight points, 10 assists and four boards.
The Cardinals were led by E8 Player of the Year Ryan Henderson (6'5''-G/F) who finished with 19 points and six rebounds.
The Saxons opened the game like they did so many throughout the 2018-19 season, dropping back-to-back three-pointers. Four minutes later Fisher knotted the game up at 12 points with 14:09 to go in the half. LeMorta drained a jumper on the next possession, giving the Saxons a lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.
By the intermission the Saxons maintained a 46-40 lead behind 17-of-28 (61%) shooting from the field. LeMorta had 15 points and Henderson had 10 by the break.
Once again, the Saxons came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders. LeMorta opened the half with a jumper that was quickly followed by a Cole Eells (6'4''-G) three-pointer forcing a SJFC timeout only 41 seconds into the half. Despite the attempt to stop the bleeding, the Cardinals were unable to slow the Saxons who went on a 15-4 run, jumping out a 61-44 lead.
Fisher managed to reduce the lead to only seven points with 4:18 to go in the game, 83-76, but Alfred kicked its offense into gear going on a 7-0 run over three minutes to seal the game and the program's first NCAA berth in 22 years.
Over the course of the game the Saxons shot 32-of-56 (57.1%) from the field and 7-of-16 (43.8%) from behind the arc.
"It's a surreal feeling right now. I'm just so proud of the guys, especially the seniors, having been able to recruit them and get to know them over the last five years and seeing how much work they've put in to get to this point, they deserve every bit of it," Alfred Head Coach Russell Phillips said. "The fans were outstanding! The community support from administration here has been very humbling. The amount of emails and texts that you get from alums just saying that they're proud of the team and I'm just really happy for them. We look forward to watching the selection show and see where we're going next weekend."
The Saxons will wait until Monday, Feburary 25 at 1:00 p.m. to hear where they will play the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. A live stream of the selection show can be found at The first round will take place on Friday, March 1. Alfred is currently in the midst 13-game win streak - the program's longest win-streak since the 1988-89 season when they finished 19-8 overall and advanced to the NCAA tournament.

Empire8 Tournament Final: Alfred - St.John Fisher 90-78
Empire8 Tournament Semifinals:
Alfred - Stevens 80-57
St. John Fisher - Nazareth 98-90, OT

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All-Empire8 Awards 2019 - Feb 24, 2019

All-Empire8 1st Team 2019
Dom Lemorta
Jake Burgio
Tyler Stenglein
Ryan Henderson
Sammy Robinson

All-Tournament MVP: Dom Lemorta (6'5''-G/F) of Alfred
Player of the Year: Ryan Henderson (6'5''-G/F) of St.John Fisher
Defensive Player of the Year: Sage Brown (6'4''-G/F) of Alfred
Rookie of the Year: Elliot Bowen (6'6''-F) of Alfred

1st Team
G/F: Dom Lemorta (6'5''-G/F) of Alfred
F: Jake Burgio (6'4''-F) of Nazareth
G: Tyler Stenglein (6'3''-G) of Nazareth
G/F: Ryan Henderson (6'5''-G/F) of St.John Fisher
G: Sammy Robinson (6'5''-G) of St.John Fisher

2nd Team
G/F: Sage Brown (6'4''-G/F) of Alfred
G: Justin Porrett (6'1''-G) of Elmira
F: Chris Kidd (6'4''-F) of Sage
F/C: Alec Dipietrantonio (6'7''-F/C) of Stevens Tech
F/C: Avery Coston (6'6''-F/C) of Utica

Honorable Mention
Scotty Stopera (5'10''-PG) of Alfred
Kyle Bradshaw (6'5''-F) of Hartwick
Brandon Laforest (6'0''-PG) of Hartwick
Brendan Wind (6'0''-PG) of Nazareth
James Leone (6'2''-G) of St.John Fisher
Ryan Coffey (6'5''-F) of Stevens Tech
Shawn Gashi (6'2''-G) of Utica

All-Sportsmanship Team
G/F: Sage Brown (6'4''-G/F) of Alfred
G: Anthony Abate (6'3''-G) of Elmira
G: Patrick Garey (6'1''-G) of Hartwick
PG: Frane Larose (5'10''-PG) of Sage


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