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April 29, 2013

Hartwick water polo finishes fourth in Eastern Championships

Staff Report

Hartwick College’s water polo season ended with back-to-back losses in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championships, which was hosted by the University of Michigan over the wekend.

The 17th-ranked Hawks lost a semifinal to No. 11 Princeton, 12-11, in overtime Saturday. Hartwick followed with a 14-9 loss to 15th-ranked Indiana in the third-place game Sunday.

Allison Kosich and Kamila Zakirova each scored two goals Sunday to lead Hartwick (29-13), which received one goal apiece from Sami Capparelli, Jemma Dendy Young, Sasha Freeborn, Katie Ermakova and Kanani Mazzone.

Starting goalie Michaela Davies stopped six shots and Haley Cox made one save against the Hoosiers, who scored the first goal and stayed ahead the rest of the game.

Hartwick’s season ended with a loss to the Hoosiers for the second straight year. Indiana beat the Hawks, 12-11, in overtime to place fifth at the 2012 Eastern Championships.

Hartwick fell out of contention for the tournament title with its overtime loss Saturday.

The Hawks took a 9-6 lead into the fourth quarter, which ended in a 10-all tie. Neither team scored in the first three-minute overtime period.

Jesse Holechek scored for the Tigers with 1:58 left in the second extra session, but Lily Martinez toed it 18 seconds later. Katie Rigler followed with the winner, beating Davies for the fourth time with 58 seconds to go.

Martinez and Capparelli scored three goals apiece for the Hawks, two received two from Dendy Young.

The Tigers beat Michigan, 7-5, in Sunday’s championship game to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.


Hartwick 11, Alfred 9

Mike Vaglica, Zach Groper and Harry Hughes scored in the last 3 1/2 minutes Saturday, leading host Hartwick to a come-from-behind home victory in the Empire 8 Conference on Senior Day.

The Hawks’ season finale featured three lead changes and seven ties.

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