Emma Hayes-Hurley

Blue Devil Alum Named JV Girls’ Lax Coach

Emma Hayes-Hurley starred for SUNY Cortland lacrosse. (SUNY Cortland photo.)

March 10, 2017

Former Huntington High School sports star Emma Hayes-Hurley has been appointed to the Blue Devil coaching staff.

Huntington School Board members approved a recommendation to name the Class of 2011 member as the assistant junior varsity girls’ lacrosse coach. Ms. Hayes-Hurley was with the team when the 2017 season kicked off last Monday. She is assisting head coach Vincent Tannazzo.

The Huntington alum obtained a BS degree in fitness development at SUNY Cortland in 2015. Ms. Hayes-Hurley starred on the Blue Devil soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. She captained all three teams, earned multiple post-season honors.

Emma Hayes-Hurley
Emma Hayes-Hurley as a Huntington High School senior.

Ms. Hayes-Hurley attended Binghamton University as a freshman after accepting a scholarship to play on the women’s lacrosse team. She started seven of the 16 games in which she appeared, scoring eight goals and assisting on two others. The former Blue Devil star’s 10 points put her seventh among the Bearcats. She fired off 18 shots, including 13 on goal, scooped up five ground balls, drew six charges and caused one turnover. Binghamton finished with a 3-13 record.

Following her freshman year, the former Blue Devil star transferred to SUNY Cortland. She started 22 of 23 games for the Red Dragons as a sophomore, notching 41 goals and 10 assists, 27 ground balls, 80 draw controls and 16 caused turnovers.

As a junior, Ms. Hayes-Hurley started all 23 games and was all-region, All-SUNYAC and the SUNYAC Tournament MVP. She tallied 51 goals, eight assists, 27 ground balls, 71 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers.

As a senior, Ms. Hayes-Hurley again started all 23 games and had 72 goals, 18 assists, 42 ground balls, 180 draw controls and 18 caused turnovers. She was named the SUNYAC Player of the Year and the NCAA Division III Midfielder of the Year as well as being tapped as an All-American. She was an NCAA Division III Woman of the Year finalist.

“Emma is a total-package player,” said Cortland head coach Kelly Lickert-Orr following Ms. Hayes-Hurley’s senior season. “She is dominant on the draw circle, controls the tempo in transition and on offense and is settled on defense. Outside of stats, she is your hustle player; works through exhaustion and is a great teammate and leader.”

Ms. Hayes-Hurley has done personal and travel team lacrosse coaching.