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Andrew Partigianoni’s five-year varsity run with the Cortland-Homer ice hockey team came to an abrupt end in the Section III Division II semifinal round against CBA/J-D earlier this week.
The senior, however, won’t let that be the one moment he remembers for years to come.
“It didn’t go our way at the end, but that’s not what I’ll remember,” Partigianoni said. “It’ll be the memories I created.”
Partigianoni was one of 13 seniors on the Golden Eagles’ squad this season, ones he’s been close with since they were kids.
“It was so fun to play with all the guys,” he said. “I grew up playing with a lot of those guys.”
Statistics wise for Partigianoni, he finished tied with Jake Plunkett (1998-2001) for the most career points in Cortland-Homer ice hockey program’s history (178). The senior is also the all-time leader in assists with 109, which is good for third overall in Section III.
“It’s cool,” Partigianoni said of the records he now holds. “I have to pay respect to all of the guys who got me there. I’ve had great line-mates throughout the years, but seeing my name up there with some of the greats is definitely cool.”
With Partigianoni and Cortland-Homer’s 13 seniors exiting their home rink for the last time, he is hopeful they set a good example for the underclassmen continuing on.
“The program has really been on an uptick these last few years,” We’ve had a lot of winning seasons. I hope they keep it going.”
Partigianoni has one more season left with the Cortland varsity baseball team in the spring. After that, he plans to attend Colgate University, where he’ll look to play either club hockey or baseball, and golf as well.