By Courtney A. Erickson
ONEONTA _ A second straight Offensive MVP award is nothing compared to winning the Mayor’s Cup.
So says Chris Jackson.
Senior forward Jackson scored in the second half for the Hartwick Division I men’s soccer team Sunday, when the Hawks won their 19th Mayor’s Cup championship with a 3-0 rout of Seton Hall.
"I would have easily put this aside if we were going to win the Cup," Jackson said of his award, his second such honor in the 32-year history of the Mayor’s Cup. "It was a good team effort."
Jackson earned the same award last year, but Hartwick failed to emerge as the team champion. On Sunday, his goal in front of 225 fans at Elmore Field put the Hawks ahead, 2-0.
"He knows how important the Mayor’s Cup tournament is to us," Hartwick coach Ian McIntyre said of Jackson, who converted a penalty kick Friday in Hartwick’s Cup opener, a 1-0 victory over James Madison. "We talked about our attacking players and we have some options being gamebreakers _ and he was this weekend."
Jackson scored Sunday on a restart, heading in a corner kick from Michael Cunningham 7 minutes, 49 seconds into the second half.
"Restarts can be vital in the game," said Jackson, who helped the Hawks (3-1) avenge a 2-1 loss to Seton Hall in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Division I Tournament. "I managed to get my head on it, redirect it and it went in. It’s a nice feeling to get a header."
Junior forward John Paul Boyle scored his second goal of the season 89 seconds in, taking a cross from Steven Amaya, dribbling to his right and shooting across his body into the upper-left corner of the Pirates’ goal for a 1-0 lead.