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.
Two Seton Hall defenders fell onto the wet turf after banging heads _ each attempting to intercept Amaya’s pass _ during the play.
"I saw the ball coming over and the two of them just got mixed up," Boyle said. "The ball just fell to my feet and I picked my spot and put the ball in the net.
"I fooled the goalkeeper and made him think I was going to go to my right," he continued. "I just poked it across my body so he would think I was going that way, but I changed my mind."
Eighty seconds after Jackson scored the insurance goal, junior Liam Parrington made it 3-0 with another header off a Cunningham pass from the left side.
"We put in a lot of practice and training and I just have to hit the right spots," Cunningham said. "My teammates do the rest."
Parrington also led a Hartwick defense that limited the Pirates to three shots and one corner kick, resulting in a relatively easy day for Jeremy Vuolo. Winning goalie Vuolo made no saves in two Mayor’s Cup shutouts.
"Liam Parrington has really led our back four exceptionally well this year," McIntyre said. "That’s his first two collegiate games this weekend. It’s nice if you don’t have to make a save because it means the guys in front of you are doing well."
Said Vuolo: "I attribute the whole shutouts the past two games to the back four. The back four really held it out. Today, I had a little more action but nothing major. They really kept (Seton Hall) quiet. It was just a bunch of communication and kicks for me, basically."
Runner-up Syracuse tied James Madison, 1-1, in Sunday’s other Mayor’s Cup game.
Hartwick travels to Philadelphia to play the University of Pennsylvania in the opening round of the Penn Classic at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Pennsylvania won last year’s Mayor’s Cup with the help of a 2-1 first-round victory over Hartwick.
hartwick 3, seton hall 0
Sunday’s Second Round
Seton Hall 0 0 _ 0
Hartwick 1 2 _ 3
Seton Hall (2-2): None.
Hartwick (3-1): John Paul Boyle 1-0, Steven Amaya 0-1, Chris Jackson 1-0, Michael Cunningham 0-2, Liam Parrington 1-0.
Shots-corner kicks: S 3-1; H 9-6.
Goalies: Paul McHenry (S) 1, Sean Carr (S) 1; Jeremy Vuolo (H) 0.
Fouls: S 5; H 11. Offsides: S 5; H 1.