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April 29, 2013

Hartwick water polo finishes fourth in Eastern Championships

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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.

Vaglica’s third goal tied it at 9 before Gropper scored the go-ahead goal with 1:14 to go. Hughes capped the scoring with 19 seconds left.

Gropper finished with a game-high four goals and Hughes had three goals and two assists in his final game in a Hartwick uniform. Hughes finished his stay at Hartwick with a program-best 185 all-time goals.

Fellow senior Carl Lengel stopped 10 shots in goal for the Hawks (6-8, 2-5), who finished sixth in the E8 standings.

Cobleskill 14, Wells 9

Tom Faraone had four goals and an assist Saturday to help SUNY Cobleskill snap an eight-game skid with a season-ending North Eastern Athletic Conference win at home.

Rob Neubert contributed two goals and six assists for the Fighting Tigers (3-8, 1-6), who received nine saves from Eric Randazzo.

The Express fell to 1-11 overall and 0-6 in conference play.


O-State 20, Oswego 13

Oneonta State qualified for the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament with a road victory Saturday.

Oneonta (9-8, 4-4) earned the fifth seed for the SUNYACs and will visit No. 4 seed Brockport at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The Red Dragons eliminated Oswego (7-8, 4-4) based on head-to-head competition.

Tuesday’s winner advances to Friday’s semifinals at Cortland State.

Caroline Tulley finished with five goals and four assists for O-State. The latter helped Tulley set a program record for single-season assists, with 34, and extended her program record for all-time assists to 74.

Jillian Donodeo led all scorers with six goals and Kiera McNally contributed four for Oneonta, which received five saves from goalie Laura Grose.

Ithaca 22, Hartwick 4

Kia Ference had a goal and an assist Saturday for Hartwick (4-11, 1-6), which also received goals from Meg Luce, Emily Jweid and Ally Naja in a season-ending loss at 13th-ranked Ithaca College.

The Bombers (11-5, 7-0) will host the conference playoffs this weekend.


Cobleskill sweeps

Cobleskill swept a NEAC doubleheader at home Sunday, beating Wells College, 6-3 and 1-0, to secure a spot in the conference tournament.

The Fighting Tigers (18-16, 12-8) finished third in the NEAC North Division and will play a tournament game Friday at Penn State Berks. Final seedings and game times will be released today.

Friday will mark Cobleskill’s first appearance in the NEAC Tournament since joining the NCAA Division III level and the conference in 2008. The NEAC Tournament champion will earn an automatic berth to the NCAA D-III Tournament.

Cobleskill, which set program records for overall and conference wins in a season, scored three runs in the fourth inning of the first game to take a 5-3 lead on the Express (8-14, 8-12).

Madeline DeMilio doubled and scored on a two-base error to tie it at 3. Mattea Bagley, who took second on the error, then scored the go-ahead run on a single by Melissa Spears.

Erin Wadsworth followed with her first home run of the season to make it 5-3. Wadsworth also scored the final run in the sixth. She singled, stole second and scored on a throwing error after a bunt-single by Michaela Schuyler.

Brianne Gray held the Express scoreless over the final six innings. She struck out one and walked one.

In the second game, Cobleskill scored in the first inning. Bagley reached on an error with two outs, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error. Wadsworth followed with an RBI single.

Wadsworth struck out seven, walked three and allowed no hits in five innings. Gray followed with two innings of scoreless relief, striking out one and walking none for her first save.

Tigers split

Cobleskill split a Saturday doubleheader at home against NEAC North Division leader Keuka on Saturday, following a 7-4 loss with a 2-1 win.

The Storm scored five runs in the fifth inning to help Sidney graduate Danielle Gravel to the pitching victory. Gravel struck out three, walked one and allowed four unearned runs in a five-hitter.

Cobleskill won the second game in its last at-bats. DeMilio led off with a double and took third on a pop out to the catcher by Julia Lull as the Storm charged in to play a bunt and left the base unguarded.

After Kelsey DeZalia lined out, DeMilio scored on a pop fly by Bagley that was dropped by Keuka’s second baseman.

Wadsworth went the distance for Cobleskill, striking out 10, walking one and allowing one unearned run on three hits.

O-State drops two

Oneonta State lost both ends of a SUNYAC doubleheader on Saturday, following a 2-1 setback with a 12-2 loss in five innings.

Amber Carozza threw a one-hitter in the opener for New Paltz (20-17, 11-7).

Cassandra Kohler’s RBI double in the first inning gave the Red Dragons (8-28, 4-14) a 1-0 lead, which they maintained until the seventh.

Chelsea Kull tied the score with an RBI single in the seventh. New Paltz then went ahead on a sacrifice fly by Meg Brewer.

New Paltz scored 10 runs, including nine unearned, in the first inning of the second game en route to the sweep.


O-State splits

Winning pitcher Nate Jones drove in the tying and winning runs in the second game of a SUNYAC doubleheader Saturday as Oneonta State edged visiting Brockport, 4-3, in 10 innings on Senior Day.

The victory followed an 8-2 loss in the opener that prevented O-State (12-24, 7-11) from earning a spot in the SUNYAC Tournament.

Jones entered the second game in the top of the eighth inning with Oneonta trailing, 3-2. He allowed one hit in three scoreless innings of relief.

Jones also tied the score with a one-out single that plated Christopher Orlando in the bottom of the eighth. After back-to-back 1-2-3 innings of relief, Jones hit a walkoff single into left-center field as fellow senior Dean Haussel scored from third.

Ivan Plata, also a senior, had four of Oneonta’s 12 hits, including a double to lead off the second game. Orlando had three hits and Jones finished with two hits and two RBIs.

Tyler Clifford threw a four-hitter in the opener for the Golden Eagles (19-15, 6-12).

O-State closes its season Tuesday at Keystone College.


NEAC Championships

All-NEAC Team honorees Don Cervantes and Travis Deuel led SUNY Cobleskill to a fourth-place finish in the season-ending NEAC Championships on Friday and Saturday at the par-72 Dauphin Highlands Golf Club.

First-teaner Cervantes shot rounds of 78 and 76 for a 10-over-par 154 to place fourth overall. Second-teamer Deuel followed a 79 with an 80 for a 159, helping Cobleskill to fourth place in the seven-team field with 646 team strokes.


Hartwick 7, Utica 2

Sophomore Will Gilbraith, freshman Liam Brown and junior Matt Behn earned their first collegiate singles victories Sunday, leading visiting Hartwick to its first team win of the season.

Gilbraith defeated Raphael Warnon, 6-2, 6-2, at third singles for the Hawks (1-9, 1-5), who beat Empire 8 rival Utica (3-7, 0-7) for the 16th straight time.

Brown downed Daniel Fadden, 6-3, 6-1, in the fourth flight. Behn evened his season record at 1-1 with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win in sixth singles over Ryan Valle.

Gilbraith and Brown also teamed for their first doubles victory. In second doubles, the duo defeated UC’s Warnon and Mike Zaloom, 8-3.

Peter Dumas and Brian Redder also won in doubles, 8-5, over Fadden and Jon Gorman in the first flight.

Dumas contributed a 6-1, 6-0 win over Gorman at first singles and Redder topped Zaloom, 6-1, 6-1, at second singles.

Hartwick close its season Tuesday against visiting Ithaca.

Elmira 7, Hartwick 2

Dumas and Redder won singles matches Saturday, but Hartwick lost an Empire 8 match on the road.

Dumas beat Pavle Vashakidze, 6-3, 6-2, at first singles. Redder had a 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory over Steffan Waters in second singles.


Capital District Classic

Stephanie Henzler met the New York State College Track Conference Championship automatic qualifying standard in the hammer throw with a distance of 40.12 meters to lead Cobleskill’s women at the Capital District Classic at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Saturday.

Namib Harris’ third in the triple jump (12.81 meters) paced Cobleskill’s men and also automatically qualified him for the NYSCTC Championships, which run this Friday and Saturday at St. Lawrence University.