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March 12, 2014

O-State men pull away from Hartwick

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Kevin Theofield broke a tie in the fourth quarter and visiting Oneonta State scored three more goals to beat Hartwick College, 9-5, Tuesday in a non-conference men’s lacrosse game.

Theofield’s second goal gave the Red Dragons a 6-5 lead with 13 minutes, 16 seconds left. Connor Coyle, Devon Casey and Josh Heller followed with goals and the Red Dragons’ defense held Hartwick scoreless in the final quarter. Coyle and Heller also finished with two goals each.

O-State improved to 1-4. Hartwick dropped to 0-2.

The Red Dragons held big statistical advantages in shots (58-24) and groundballs (35-22) but couldn’t shake the Hawks for three quarters.

Goals by Roy Simmons and Zach Gropper gave the Hawks an early 2-0 lead.

O-State answered with three straight goals, the last coming from Heller to put the Red Dragons up, 3-2, midway through the second quarter.

Mike Vaglica tied the score at 3 with 4:53 left in the half and then Hartwick took a 4-3 lead 30 seconds later on a goal by Gropper.

Theofield’s goal 3:46 before halftime tied the score for O-State.

With 2:36 left in the third quarter, Vaglica scored again to tie score at 5 for Hartwick.

Michael Rourke made 15 saves for the Hawks, who will travel to Farmingdale State at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Justin Benigno stopped seven shots for O-State, which will host Elizabethtown at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Vassar 21, Cobleskill 5

Sophomore Austin Fragale scored three goals, but visiting SUNY Cobleskill fell in a non-conference game.

Vassar (2-2) scored the game’s first four goals en route to a 10-3 lead.

Tony Rossi and Austin Hackett also scored for the Fighting Tigers (0-3), who will travel to play Mitchell College at 1 p.m. Saturday.

WOMEN’S LACROSSEHartwick 12, Misericordia 11

Junior Emily Jweid broke an 11-all tie with 8:28 remaining as visiting Hartwick rallied from a three-goal deficit over the final 20 minutes to win a non-conference game.

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