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Local colleges: JCC’s Vespa is Region 3 Coach of the Year in men’s lacrosse


Jefferson Community College men’s lacrosse coach Dave Vespa was named the NJCAA Region 3 Division III Coach of the Year on Wednesday.

Vespa, who took over on an interim basis last year, led the Cannoneers to a 5-6 overall record and its first appearance in the Region 3 playoffs since 2011. JCC won four of its last six games. The team went 2-9 last year.

JCC freshman and former General Brown standout Dallas Thomas was named to the All-NJCAA Region 3 Division III second team. Thomas scored 33 goals and dished out a team-high 28 assists. He scored a school-record 15 points, on eight goals and seven assists, in the regular-season finale against Mohawk Valley CC.

n Sophomore attack Jenna Flath of the JCC women’s lacrosse team and freshman centerfielder Lauren Labiendo of the JCC softball team were named the school’s co-athletes of the week for the period ending Sunday.

Flath, a 2011 graduate of General Brown, scored 12 goals in three games, leading JCC to wins against MVCC and Erie CC. Labiendo, a 2013 graduate of LaFargeville, averaged two hits per game and is batting .465 this season.

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