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It’s All About “Experience” In Year Two for the SUNY New Paltz Men’s Lacrosse Team

Dwayne Stewart is in his second season as the head coach of the SUNY New Paltz men’s lacrosse team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Sarah Swift)

By Matt Noonan

Dwayne Stewart seemed ready for his next challenge. 

After assisting Ryan Kuhn with starting a men’s lacrosse program at Lincoln Memorial University as both an assistant coach and offensive coordinator from 2015 to 2018, Stewart was ready for his next challenge, coaching a first-year varsity squad at the State University of New York at New Paltz

“I was excited because I was going to be the leader of a team,” said Stewart, who is currently in his second season with the Hawks. 

Being involved with a new program seemed “normal” to Stewart, who has aspirations of one day winning a championship – “I want to do that fast,” he said when introduced as the school’s first-ever men’s lacrosse coach on August 9, 2018. Stewart has won a championship before when he played midfield at the University of Albany in 2013 but as of Thursday morning, the Copiague, New York native seems determined to provide his squad with as much playing and practicing experience as possible this season.

SUNY New Paltz’s inaugural campaign was cut short last spring due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but the Hawks enjoyed a successful start, winning two of four matchups, including the team’s first varsity contest against Elmira College.

Stewart and the team used the lockdown, as well as the past few months to begin planning for this season – so far, the squad has competed twice, and despite dropping their initial State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) clash to the State University of New York at Plattsburgh (SUNY Plattsburgh) on Monday, Stewart and the Hawks were able to gain a better understanding of what they must work on, so they can be better prepared for future league matchups.

Joseph Bradbury attempts a face-off in his team’s first contest of the 2021 season last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Sarah Swift)

“It was great to see the level of play (in the SUNYAC),” Stewart said of his team’s recent outing with Plattsburgh. “I am sure my guys learned a lot.”

The Hawks will gain more experience as the season progresses – in fact, they will learn a lot more over the next few weeks when they compete against other league foes, including the State University of New York at Potsdam (SUNY Potsdam), a team they will see next Monday, as well as later this month. But beyond the offensive and defensive reps, Stewart also plans to use these next few weeks to “instill” a team culture, as well as improve the system he is currently teaching the Hawks.

Like any coach, Stewart knows his system – and yes, his team’s goals – will be tweaked over time. But as for his vision – well, more his dream for where the Hawks can go from here is something his young team already believes in.

“You know, I pretty much sold them a dream (for this new program when I was hired in August of 2018) and they believed that dream and vision,” said Stewart when reflecting on his time the past few years with the program.

“We had a really strong showing (last February) against Elmira, and after we got that first win, along with an overtime win against SUNY Purchase, the team really started to buy into that message. And they’re feeding (into it more and more) as a second-year program.”

Mass. College Sports: Saturday Basketball & Hockey Highlights

By Matt Noonan 

Most teams will enjoy a day of rest today, while others will compete. Here are a few highlights and notes from the past two days:


* Boston University’s women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to 11 games on Saturday with a victory against American East opponent Binghamton. The Terriers won 13 consecutive contests last season and certainly are on par for matching that record pending two more wins against Maine and New Hampshire.

* Behind 56 rebounds and 18 points off the bench, Babson College was able to defeat Smith College, 59-50 and remain undefeated in NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic) conference play. With the win, Babson extended its conference-winning streak to 73 and has now defeated Smith in their last nine meetings.

* WPI’s men’s basketball team has won 16 consecutive games this season and picked up another conference win against Wheaton College. Sam Longwell recorded a game-high 22 points for the Engineers, a squad that’s currently 3-0 in the conference.

* Amherst College and Tufts University kept their perfect marks in tact with wins in the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) this past weekend. The countdown for this particular showdown in Amherst is officially on.

* Bentley University’s women’s basketball team stretched its winning streak to 13 games, as the Falcons soared past Pace, 69-53. With the win, Bentley has now won 26 straight contests against East Region opponents.


* One of the biggest stories from Saturday was Babson College’s men’s ice hockey team upsetting the best team in the land. The Beavers topped Norwich University, 4-1 in Vermont, and picked up two important points in the ECAC East Hockey Conference.

* UMass Boston’s men’s ice hockey team rebounded from their loss on Friday to Norwich with an enormous win against St. Michaels. The Beacons have been a great story this season and certainly have a chance to climb out of third place with a few more wins.

* Something drastic must have happened in Steve Hoar’s locker room following Becker College’s 9-5 thumping a few weeks ago against Wentworth Institute of Technology. The Ice Hawks have won five of their last six games and preserved a one-goal lead yesterday against SUNY Potsdam, which earned the men’s ice hockey team their eighth victory of the season.

* I predicted that Boston College and New Hampshire were going to split their weekend series, and it happened. The Wildcats potted two goals against the Eagles to improve to 14-4-2.

* Haley Skarupa tallied five points in Boston College’s win against Vermont by tallying three goals and two assists. The freshman forward has recorded 37 points this season, 18 goals and 19 assists.

* Harvard’s women’s ice hockey team earned a convincing conference win on Saturday, as they defeated Quinnipiac, 4-0. Harvard is now 13-1-1 overall and 11-0 in ECAC Women’s Hockey.