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February 24, 2014

Hartwick, O-State hoops teams reach postseason

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Kyle Bradley’s seventh double-double of the season came at a great time for the Hartwick College men’s basketball team, which clinched the top seed for the Empire 8 Conference Tournament with an 81-64 victory over visiting Elmira College on Saturday.

Bradley shot 9-for-11 from the field for a game-high 24 points and had 12 rebounds and six assists to lead the Hawks (16-9, 10-4) to their third straight victory.

Jared Suderley contributed 19 points, Joey Lufkin had 10 and Matt Petruccione scored nine on Senior Day for Hartwick, which will host the four-team E8 Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Second-seeded Stevens will play No. 3 Nazareth at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by Hartwick and fourth-seeded Alfred at 8 p.m. The winners will play for the E8 title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament at 3 p.m. this Saturday.

Chris Cassidy’s 13 points paced the Soaring Eagles (10-15, 5-9), which received 11 points from Derrick Vogek and four from Jefferson graduate Tyler Dibble.

Before the game, Hartwick recognized seniors Bradley, Suderley, Christian Laputka, Mike Geisser and Anthony Keane.

Brockport 86, O-State 71

Mikey McElroy scored a game-high 29 points Saturday, but Oneonta State lost its regular-season finale on the road.

Dan Lee contributed 11 points for the Red Dragons (12-13, 9-9), who clinched the sixth seed for the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament and will visit Geneseo for a quarterfinal Tuesday.

Brockport (22-3, 16-2), which held a 41-39 lead at halftime, will host the conference semifinals and championship game Friday and Saturday as the tournament’s top seed. The SUNYAC Tournament champion will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA D-III Tournament.

Geneseo 68, O-State 63

Mikey McElroy scored 26 points Friday, but Oneonta State lost a SUNYAC game on the road.

Dan Lee had 11 points for the Red Dragons, who received 10 points apiece from Jack Dignan and Seth Thomsen.

Geneseo’s Gordon Lyons (13 rebounds) tied McElroy for game-high scoring honors.

LBC 60, Cobleskill 44

Alexis Nunez had 15 points for SUNY Cobleskill, which lost a North Eastern Athletic Conference game to visiting Lancaster Bible College on Saturday to end an eight-game winning streak.

Cortrell King contributed 11 points for the Fighting Tigers (11-13, 10-8), which will compete in the NEAC Tournament later this week.

C.J. Dunston finished with a game-high 27 points, eight rebounds and six blocks for the Crusaders (18-7, 16-2), who will host the NEAC Tournament from Friday through Sunday. Tournament pairings will be announced today.

Delhi 92, HV 78

Arif Mehmetaj had 31 points and eight rebounds as host SUNY Delhi clinched the Mountain Valley Conference title Saturday.

Mehmetaj shot 9-for-13 from the field, including 4-for-6 from three-point range. He also went 9-for-10 from the free throw line.

“He’s 6-foot-6 and shoots it well,” Delhi coach Rob Schoener said of Mehmetaj. “Against bigger guys, he can move out and shoot the three and he can post up littler guys. He played very well.”

Marvilio Berroa contributed 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and Joel Banton had 12 points off the bench for the Broncos, who led by 13 points at halftime and stretched their lead to high as 24 points in the second half.

Delhi will host the NJCAA Region III Tournament from Friday through Sunday. The Broncos (25-5) are the top seed and will play Cayuga or Onondaga in a quarterfinal at 1 p.m. Friday. Cayuga and Onondaga will play a sub-regional game Tuesday.

The winner of the Region III Tournament will receive an automatic berth to the NJCAA Division III Tournament.

“We feel like we’re playing well,” Schoener said. “The goal is to be playing our best basketball this week. We’re excited about the opportunity.”

WOMEN’S BASKETBALLHartwick 64, Elmira 55

Maria Foglia finished with team-highs of 17 points, six rebounds and four assists for Hartwick, which earned a share of the E8 regular-season title with a Senior Day victory at home Saturday.

Kate Purcell contributed 14 points and a game-high four steals for the Hawks (21-4, 13-1), who received 12 points from Brittney Dumas.

Hartwick, which trailed by 15 points in the first half, outscored the Soaring Eagles, 45-26, in the second half. The Hawks set a program record for conference victories and finished the regular season tied for first place in the E8 with Ithaca College.

The Bombers will host the E8 Tournament on Friday and Saturday as the top seed. Ithaca opens the semifinals against fourth-seeded St. John Fisher at 6 p.m. Friday. No. 2 seed Hartwick will follow against third-seeded Stevens at 8 p.m. Friday. Semifinal winners will play for the conference title and an automatic berth to the NCAA D-III Tournament at 4 p.m. this Saturday.

Hartwick honored seniors Foglia, Purcell, Lee Arduini, Tracey Koch and Kait Veit.

O-State 77, Brockport 62

Alyshia Crawford scored a game-high 24 points Saturday to lead visiting Oneonta State to a SUNYAC victory that helped the Red Dragons clinch the fourth seed for the upcoming conference tournament.

O-State (18-7, 12-6) will host Cortland at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a SUNYAC Tournament quarterfinal. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. College students with valid IDs and children ages 5-and-under will be admitted free.

On Saturday, Grace Schilling contributed 17 points for Oneonta, which received 10 points apiece from Kelly Mulligan and Sarah Longto.

Geneseo 56, O-State 46

Alyshia Crawford and Grace Schilling scored 16 and 12 points, respectively, but Oneonta State lost a SUNYAC game at Geneseo on Friday.

Dana Cohan’s 15 points paced the Blue Knights, who received 10 from Shannon McGinnis.

HV 62, Delhi 52

Hunter-Tannersville graduate Annie Butler and Cassie Beaver scored 12 points apiece for host Delhi, which lost a Mountain Valley Conference game to visiting Hudson Valley Community College on Saturday.

Samaria Newkirk contributed 11 points for the Broncos, who finished their season with two victories.

BASEBALLW&L 8, O-State 2

Oneonta High graduate Nate Eastman and Casey Kerdesky had two hits apiece Sunday, but Oneonta State fell to Washington & Lee during the Red Dragons’ winter trip to Virginia.

Washington & Lee (5-2) scored four runs on four hits in the bottom of the first inning. O-State (1-2) cut its deficit to 4-1 when Kerdesky scored on an RBI single by Billy Reidel in the second inning.

Kerdesky singled home in Eastman in the fourth to cap Oneonta’s scoring. Eastman doubled to set up the run.

The Red Dragons are off until March 8, when they are scheduled for a doubleheader at Messiah.

O-State 5, Lynchburg 4

Steve Ascher struck out 11 strikeouts in 52/3 innings to lead Oneonta State to a season-opening victory Saturday in Virginia.

Ascher allowed four hits and three earned runs for the Red Dragons, and Kyle Jordan finished the final 11/3 for his first collegiate save.

David Wright (Oneonta High) and Matt Mastroianni had two hits apiece for Oneonta. Wright doubled and drove in three runs. Mastroianni finished with a triple and an RBI.

Lynchburg 21, O-State 12

Starting pitcher Alex Mastrianni gave up seven earned runs on six hits in 22/3 innings as Oneonta State lost the second game of a doubleheader Saturday.

David Wright (Oneonta High) had three hits for the Red Dragons, who received a grand slam from Jon Halligan in the fifth inning.

MEN’S LACROSSE

Guilford 12, O-State 6

Connor Coyle scored three times Saturday, but Oneonta State dropped its season opener on the road.

Devon Casey, Daniel Stern and Mike Metzger also scored for the Red Dragons, who held a 47-40 advantage in shots over Guilford (2-0).

O-State, which faced a 7-2 halftime deficit, visits Farmingdale State this Saturday.

Delhi 14, Alfred State 4

Jake Guy scored four goals to lead visiting Delhi to a season-opening victory Saturday.

Paul Hylan had two goals and a team-best three assists for Delhi. Teammates Bryan Kelly and Jordan Owen scored two goals apiece for the Broncos, who are ranked eighth in the preseason NJCAA Division III poll.

Delhi will travel to the Greater Binghamton Sports Dome to face top-ranked Onondaga CC on Friday in a rematch of last season’s opener at the Carrier Dome. The Lazers won, 29-4.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Hartwick 15, MSM 9

Freshman Lauren Rosenberg had game-highs of four goals and two assists as Hartwick opened its season Saturday with a victory over visiting Mount Saint Mary.

Kia Ference contributed four goals and an assist and Ali Sisco scored three times for the Hawks, who gave first-year head coach Jackie Rutkowski her first victory at Hartwick.

After falling behind, 4-1, Hartwick scored seven straight goals to take control.

The Hawks play the Pacers at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Scranton, Pa.

O-State 21, Chapman 12

Nikki Fioretti had five goals Saturday for visiting Oneonta State, which scored the first eight goals in a victory over Chapman University that capped its season-opening week in California.

Casey Sarle contributed four goals for the Red Dragons (2-0), who received three goals from Kiera McNally and two from Allison McClain. Teammate Chelsea Collins had one goal and a college-high six assists for O-State, which will open its home schedule this Saturday against Rensselaer.

SWIMMING

UNYSCSA/Empire 8

Luke Grunewald won state and conference titles in the 1,650-yard freestyle, leading Hartwick College’s men during the 14-team UNYSCSA/Empire 8 Conference Championships at Ithaca College.

Grunewald won in an NCAA B cut time of 15:59.64 for the Hawks, who had 935 points in the four-day championships to finish fourth in the state and third in the conference. Stevens won the team titles with 1,412 points, followed by Ithaca (1,325.50) and Union (1,136.50).

Matt Plunkett contributed a fifth in the 200 backstroke with a program-record and NCAA B cut time of 1:50.76. Brian Edmister III placed sixth in the same event with an NCAA B cut time of 1:53.16.

Clare Nelson paced Hartwick’s women with a second in the 200 breaststroke, hitting another NCAA B cut time at 2:22.14.

Hartwick’s women also placed fourth in the state and third in the E8 with 878 points. Ithaca won the 15-team women’s championships with 1,443 points, followed by Stevens (1,264) and Union (925).

On Saturday, Ben Detar swam an NCAA B cut time with a 1:51.55 in the 200 butterfly. He also joined Brad Ranson, Joey Mulvehill and Plunkett for another NCAA B cut time of 6:52.13 for fifth in the 800 free relay.

Lindsay Bierwert’s third in the 200 butterfly (2:09.31) led Hartwick’s women. Nelson had a third in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.18) as well.

SUNYAC Championships

Colton Roe earned First Team All-SUNYAC honors Saturday with a second in the 200 backstroke, finishing in an NCAA B cut time of 1:52.11 to lead Oneonta State’s men to a third-place finish in the SUNYAC Championships at Erie Community College.

Roe teamed with Lucas Santiago, Ryan Walsh and Anthony Franchi for a program-record 3:12.46 in the 400 free relay, which was good for fifth place.

Santiago took second in the 200 butterfly on Friday and Jermaine Miller did the same on the 3-meter diving board, the latter with 509.50 points.

Miller will compete this weekend at the NCAA Northeast Regional Diving Championships at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is attempting to qualify for the NCAA D-III Championships for the third consecutive year.

Lauren Zentko and Chandler Shepard (Delhi) earned Second Team All-SUNYAC honors for Oneonta’s women, who placed fourth in the three-day conference championships.

Zentko took part in seven program records set during the SUNYACs, including three Saturday. She set school records with a second in the 1,650 free (17:33.06) and the 1,000 free (NCAA B cut 10:33.33).

Zentko and Shepard joined Taylor Waldrop and Kristin Higgins for a school record in the 400 free relay (3:38.10) as well.

Shepard took third in the 100 free (school record 52.81).

Waldrop and Hillary Chocko also had program records. Waldrop had a 2:09.39 for fourth in the 200 backstroke and Chocko finished the 200 breaststroke seventh in 2:31.19.

WATER POLO

Hartwick 17, Brown 10

An 8-2 closing run lifted Hartwick to a victory over visiting Brown on Sunday, the Hawks’ seventh straight victory.

Jemma Dendy Young scored six goals to lead the Hawks (9-5). Sami Capparelli contributed five goals and Lara Dendy Young scored twice.

Katie Ermakova finished with a team-best five assists.

Kate Woods’ goal pulled Brown (2-4) to 9-8 in the third quarter.

But Ermakova and Jemma Dendy Young scored to make it 11-8. Jemma Dendy scored two more goals in the fourth quarter as Hartwick pulled away.

The Hawks will compete in the Harvard Invitational March 8-9.

INDOOR TRACK

Deneault Invitational

J.D. Roth set two school records in leading Oneonta State in the Deneault Invitational on Saturday at Cortland.

Roth finished second in the shot put and the weight throw. His best shot put covered 55 feet, 10 ¼ inches to break his school record. Roth’s weight throw of 60-4 broke the school record of teammate Patrick Weinert, a Schenevus graduate.

Both of Roth’s distances are tops among SUNY Athletic Conference athletes, a week ahead of the SUNYAC Championships, which will be held this coming Saturday at Brockport.

O-State sophomore Joe Carr won the 300-meter dash and qualified for finals in the 60. He ran a personal best time of 35.04 in the 300 and finished the 60 in 7.09 to place fifth.

Classmates Micah Patterson and Thomas Wheeler finished third and fifth, respectively, in the 300.

Sophomore Jake Alviene was a finalist in the 60 hurdles and finished third in the 200.

Freshman David Busby ran an ECAC qualifying time of 8:55.84 in placing ninth in the 3,000.

On the women’s side, O-State senior Danielle Kennedy finished fourth in the mile in a personal-best time of 5:09.99.

Teammate Brittany Cocchieri placed in the 500 in 1:20.45, her best time.

Freshman Carrie Small placed fourth in the 300 in 43.65. Teammates Chelsea Christonikos and Kaitlyn Brandt placed fifth and sixth, respectively.

Alexandria Kober covered 16-6 ½ in the long jump to finish seventh, one spot better than Kaitlyn Kieser at 16-5 ¾. Hanna Baker cleared 5-3 to place sixth in the high jump.