The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

A Tragic Loss

The Oneida community honors Oneida soccer coach Dale Mccormick

- By Oneida Dispatch oneidadisp­atch@medianewsg­

On February 19th, the Oneida community lost the vibrant Oneida soccer head coach and good friend, Dale Mccormick. His life was cut short in a tragic drowning incident while vacationin­g with his family in Florida. He was only 48 years old. Mccormick died trying to save his child’s life.

Mccormick was on holiday with his family in Florida when he was caught in the undertow of the water with his son. Mccormick’s daughter was able to make it to shore to get some aid while Mccormick was trying to help his son. Dale was able to save his son.

Diane Farina, who is also a coach and the organizer of Mccormick’s Gofundme, stated that “Dale was a crazy, boisterous, passionate, fun-loving individual who was also highly competitiv­e and touched so many lives. His personalit­y and zest for life was nothing short of infectious to all who knew him.” Farina also said that “Dale’s true passion outside of his family, was his love for soccer, he was as competitiv­e as they come! He grew up playing soccer through his younger years and into college where he excelled at the sport.”

The donations to Gofundme will contribute to honoring and celebratin­g Dale’s life and legacy.

The Gofundme link is here: https://www. utm_medium=referral&utm_ source=unknown&utm_ campaign=comms_7sqw+honoring-coachdale-mccormick

Other News

Men’s Basketball Quarterfin­al Tickets on Sale Now

Postseason tickets are now on sale and going fast for Colgate men’s basketball’s quarterfin­al round matchup next Thursday, March 2, at Cotterell Court.

Quarterfin­al tickets are priced at $14 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and children. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last, and can be purchased by visiting­ Fans can call 315-228-4062 or visit the Reid Athletic Center Ticket Office between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There is a limit of four tickets per person for all contests.

Fans are encouraged to wear white in an

effort to white out Cotterell Court. There will be headband giveaways and free tshirts for the first 150 fans in attendance at the quarterfin­al game.


The Patriot League tournament field is not yet set, but Colgate has already clinched homecourt advantage on the heels of its fourth consecutiv­e regular season championsh­ip. The tournament field will be determined following the final games of the regular season on Saturday,

Feb. 25, and Colgate will learn its opponent after the first-round matchups scheduled for next Tuesday, Feb. 28.


This season, Colgate (21-8, 15-1 Patriot) set a Patriot League record for the most consecutiv­e conference wins (26), a winning streak that persisted for over a calendar year. Colgate is one win away from tying its own Patriot League record for the most conference wins in a season and has a chance to break the league’s record with two more regular season matchups on the docket.

The Raiders deploy one of the nation’s most prolific offensive units, ranking second nationally in field goal percentage, three-point percentage, assist-turnover ratio, and effective field goal percentage, and third nationally in assists per game.


Colgate completed its second consecutiv­e perfect (9-0) home portion of the regular season against conference opponents. Including the last two postseason­s, the Raiders have won 28 consecutiv­e home games against Patriot League opponents. Since 2018-19, Colgate is 50-4 against conference opponents in Hamilton.

The Raiders are 11-2 at home this season, 26-3 over the past two seasons, and 63-7 over the past five seasons.


Two regular season contests remain, starting Wednesday night when the Raiders visit Lafayette at 7 p.m. Colgate is back on the road Saturday to face Navy at 4 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

Following the regular season finale, Colgate gears up for the Patriot League quarterfin­als March 2 at Cotterell Court. Should the Raiders advance, they would host the semifinals on Sunday, March 5 on CBS Sports Network. This year’s Patriot League championsh­ip is set for Wednesday, March 8, and will be played at Cotterell Court if Colgate wins its first two postseason games.

 ?? JOSHUA WAGNER — MEDIANEWS GROUP ?? Oneida soccer coach Dale Mccormick tragically passed away during a vacation in Florida.
JOSHUA WAGNER — MEDIANEWS GROUP Oneida soccer coach Dale Mccormick tragically passed away during a vacation in Florida.

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