Finishing first in the Empire 8 at the end of the regular season with a 13-3 conference record, the IC men’s basketball team lost to St. John Fisher in the championship semifinals. But Empire 8 Player of the Year Phil Barera ’11 and 2009–2010 Empire 8 Rookie of the Year Sean Rossi ’13, who led the nation in assists for the second year in a row, helped the team to a number-two regional ranking and an invitation to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years.
Meanwhile, the women’s team clinched the regular-season Empire 8 title with a 15-1 record, but lost in the championship finals to Stevens Institute of Technology. Still, starting forward Elissa Klie ’11 feels “the team really stepped up this year” and encourages prospective students to try out “if they like to work hard and they want a pretty serious commitment. We’re also all like best friends.”
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