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Oswego State rolling into fifth straight Frozen Four

Syracuse University isn’t the only team that’s on the road to a championship. The Oswego State Lakers are on the way to their fifth straight NCAA Division III Frozen Four.
Oswego (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse University isn’t the only team that’s on the road to a championship.

The Oswego State Lakers are on the way to their fifth straight NCAA Division III Frozen Four.

The team has missed the title in each of those previous four appearances, but this year the expectations are high from an unsuspecting team.

When the Lakers polished off Babson College this weekend, they punched their ticket to a very familiar place, the national semifinals. Except the majority of players on this year’s team are brand new to the Frozen Four.

Unlike the experience the Lakers have had the last couple of seasons, this year’s squad features 19 freshmen.

"With this group of guys, they've really overcome a lot of adversity, being young with high expectations that our program always has,” said Oswego State coach Ed Gosek.

Gosek credits his three upperclassmen with guiding the team and getting it playing its best hockey down the stretch – including a one-goal win over Bowdoin to open the NCAAs.

"They're almost not really feeling the pressure of it all and I think that's a blessing in disguise for us. I think that makes us a really dangerous team. For myself, I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself and enjoy it,” said team captain David Titanic.

For four straight years the team has went home empty handed from the Frozen Four, the last two losing in the championship game.

The school's only title came in 2007.

The current upperclassmen and the coaching staff know how meaningful it would be to hang one more championship banner in Oswego – not only for the school, but for the community.

“It’s amazing here, the community support, the fans are incredible, they follow us all over the place on the road,” Titanic said.

"We certainly don't want to put extra pressure on them, but the reality is it’s so hard to get there and when you get there you want to take advantage of it,” Gosek said.

The Lakers will face off against Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the semifinals on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Lewiston, Maine.

If they win, the Lakers will play in the national championship game Saturday night .

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