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Hartwick College rode five takeaways and four sacks to a 21-9 football victory over visiting Ithaca College on Saturday in the Empire 8 Conference.
The Hawks, who limited the Bombers to 46 rushing yards, improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2009.
Defensive tackle Jason Brown scored the final touchdown for Hartwick, returning a fumble recovery 16 yards in the third quarter. Alex Tesoriero followed with the extra point to give the Hawks a 21-0 lead.
Dante Crump had two interceptions and Jared Morrow contributed another for Hartwick, which opened the scoring less than three minutes into the second quarter. That’s when Frankie Molina caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from John Garcia for a 6-0 lead that Tesoriero padded with the ensuing extra point.
Garcia also hit John Horner for a 5-yard TD pass early in the third quarter. Tesoriero’s kick was good to make it 14-0 in favor of the Hawks.
Brown’s TD off his fumble recovery came with 11:51 left in the third quarter.
Ithaca (3-1) avoided the shutout with a 33-yard field goal by Garrett Nicholson with 3:53 to go in the third. The Bombers ended the scoring with 5:13 left as Joel Lynch caught an 18-yard TD pass from from Tom Dempsey.
Davionne Price (Delhi HS) had a fumble recovery in the opening quarter for the Hawks, who got 97 rushing yards on 18 carries from Nick Knauer.
Garcia completed 19 passes for 208 yards, with 90 coming on six throws to Molina. Travis Samuels had five receptions for 35 yards and Tanner Williams finished with 41 yards on four catches.
Morrow’s seven tackles led the Hawks’ defense. He also had five punts totaling 190 yards, with two downed inside the 20.
Bryan Schweitzer finished with six tackles and two sacks. Seney had four tackles, two sacks and forced two fumbles.
Hartwick will take on another unbeaten team this Saturday, when the Hawks host 19th-ranked St. John Fisher. The Cardinals improved to 4-0 after beating Frostburg, 38-35.
Evan Quinones and Dan Fields placed fourth and fifth, respectively, to lead Cobleskill’s men to a second-place team finish during the Mount Saint Mary Invitational on Saturday.
Quinones completed the 8-kilometer race in 28:48 and Fields followed in 28:54 for the Fighting Tigers, who had 41 team points. Jesse Coull won in 28:12 for Union, which took the team title with 36 points.
Brandon Capo-Roth paced Delhi’s men with a 15th in 30:18. The Broncos placed third as a team with 102 points.
Union also won the women’s team title with 32 points. Cobleskill finished third at 97 and Delhi was sixth at 193.
Taylor Tommell placed third for Cobleskill in the women’s 5K event, at 20:53. Katherine Henri of SUNY Purchase won in 20:13. Kelsey Esselman’s 22:39 was good for 21st place and Delhi’s top finish.
O-State 6, Fisher 0
Kelcy Forbragd scored twice Sunday to lead Oneonta State to a non-conference win on the road.
Tatum Knapp opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Forbragd’s first goal came in the 44th minute and sparked a 4-0 run in the second half for the Red Dragons, who also received goals from Ashley Morgan and Jessica Hodes.
Tess Tracy made 11 saves for Oneonta (8-4), which sent the Cardinals to a 6-6 record.
O-State 4, Houghton 0
Oneonta scored three times in the first half en route to a non-conference road victory Saturday.
Sierra Earle scored her third goal of the season at the 19:56 mark and Andrea Day followed with a pair of goals for the Red Dragons, who capped the scoring four minutes into the second half on a goal by Ashley Morgan.
Krista Servedio and Tess Tracy each had a save in the combined shutout.
Hartwick 2, Elmira 1
Amanda Coppolo and Kelly Kramer scored Saturday to help host Hartwick end its six-game winless skid.
Elmira’s McKenna Light beat Hartwick goalie Shannon Carter (two saves) in the first hhalf, but Coppolo tied it in the 31st minute as the teams entered halftime tied at 1.
Hartwick (3-7, 1-3) took the lead on Kramer’s third goal of the season, which came in the 51st minute.
The Hawks play a non-conference match at Union on Tuesday.
O-State 1, Brockport 1
Dylan Williams scored the equalizer with 44 seconds remaining in regulation, setting up a scoreless overtime as host Oneonta State held on for a SUNY Athletic Conference draw against seventh-ranked Brockport.
Jake Sutherland dropped a short pass back to Williams, whose shot deflected off a defender’s foot and away from the keeper for the tying goal.
The Red Dragons (7-2-3, 3-0-1) tied Brockport despite playing a man down for the last 6:32 of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime. O-State still finished with a 14-12 edge in shots and an 11-5 advantage in corner kicks against Brockport (8-0-3, 3-0-1), which got a goal from Bobby Ross on a penalty kick in the 84th minute.
After overtime, Brockport won a shootout, 5-3, should the teams need a tiebreaker to determine seedings for the SUNYAC Tournament.
O-State hosts Plattsburgh on Friday.
Delhi 6, Clinton 0
Joffre Portilla set up two Delhi goals in the first half as the Broncos won their fifth straight match Sunday at Clinton (1-7-2).
Portilla assisted James Matias and Arthur Angst about five minutes apart after the midway point of the opening half, leading Delhi to a 2-0 advantage at halftime.
Tom Liddle, Thomas D’Ottavia, Luk Saljanin and Tim Mcguire contributed second-half goals for the Broncos (5-4, 5-2 Region III), who have outscored their opponents, 22-0, during their five-game winning streak.
Brandon Rivera (no saves) and Tim Clark (two saves) combined on the shutout for Delhi, which visits Word of Life on Thursday.
Delhi 4, North Country 0
Joe Bythrow scored twice to lead visiting Delhi to a Region III victory on Saturday.
Dimitri Beauchamp redirected a throw-in from Arthur Angst to the middle of the goalmouth, where Bythrow scored to the far side in the 59th minute to spark a 4-0 run in the second half.
Bythrow, Oudou Kalla and Trevor Holdridge also scored after halftime for the Broncos, who received four saves from Brandon Rivera in the shutout of North Country (5-5-1).
SUNYIT 6, Cobleskill 0
Oneonta High graduate Matt Arcidiacono scored the opening goal Saturday, leading SUNYIT (8-1-1, 5-1) to a North Eastern Athletic Conference rout of visiting SUNY Cobleskill.
Tucker Lewis made eight saves for the Fighting Tigers (0-10, 0-6), who were outshot, 36-3.
O-State 2, Brockport 0
Kayla Ceschini opened the scoring in the 63rd minute, dribbling past a Brockport defender and sending the ball into the top-right corner as Oneonta State won a SUNYAC game on the road Saturday.
Jessica Lyden added an insurance goal in the 78th minute, converting a pass from Kayla Distin into an 18-yarder that made it 2-0.
Rori Stark made seven saves in the shutout for the Red Dragons (5-3-2, 2-0-2), who visit Plattsburgh on Friday.
Stevens 3, Hartwick 1
Cristina Sicari scored in the 15th minute to give Hartwick the early lead, but host Stevens followed with three straight goals for an Empire 8 victory Saturday.
Sicari took advantage of a failed clear attempt by the Ducks and beat goalie Evelyn Ting as Hartwick (4-4-3, 1-3-1) took a 1-0 lead.
Mariah Cleveland converted a pass from Raba Nassif 17 minutes later for the Ducks (6-5, 2-0), who scored twice in the second half. Nassif scored the go-ahead goal 18 minutes into the second half, and Cleveland made it 3-1 in the 77th minute.
Hartwick hosts a non-conference match against SUNYIT on Wednesday.
Delhi 1, Clinton 0
Nicole Welcome scored with 7:45 remaining to lift visiting Delhi to a Mountain Valley Conference win Sunday.
Amanda Petfield took a corner kick that was played through the box to Paris Matteo, who dribbled to the top of the 18-yard line. Matteo then passed to Welcome, who drew a foul at the 8-yard line and converted the ensuing penalty kick.
Lauren Renaud stopped two shots in the shutout for Delhi (7-4, 3-1), which hosts Herkimer on Saturday.
Delhi 3, NC 1
Megan Moody scored the go-ahead goal to lead visiting Delhi to a victory in the Mountain Valley Conference on Saturday.
Chelsea Lafountain scored from seven yards off a throughball from Epril Nossent 3:03 into the second half for North Country CC.
Nicole Welcome then headed in a pass from Amanda Petfield with 34:01 remaining. Megan Moody scored the go-ahead goal with 15:15 left and Kelsey Lawlor capped it off a corner kick by Petfield with 13:48 to go.
Lauren Renaud made three saves in goal for Delhi.
SUNYIT 7, Cobleskill 0
Stephanie Wurz scored three goals and Katie Driscoll had two as SUNYIT (3-8, 3-4) rolled to a NEAC victory at home Saturday.
Cobleskill fell to 0-10 overall and 0-6 in the NEAC.
O-State 6, Muhlenberg 3
Michael Kennelly and Mackenzie Park won at first doubles, 8-5, to lead a doubles sweep for Oneonta State in a home victory that closed its fall season.
Benjamin Leighton and Ryohei Nakamura won at second doubles, and Matteo Befi joined Bentley Gonzalez for a win at third doubles.
Kennelly, Leighton and Befi contributed victories at first, third and fourth singles, respectively, for the Red Dragons (4-1), who will open their spring semester at Rochester on Feb. 15.
O-State 7, Scranton 2
Brynn Sussman and Lauren Skolnick won at first doubles, and Emily Maggiore joined Colette Lankowicz for a triumph at second doubles as Oneonta State closed its regular season Saturday with a non-conference defeat of visiting Scranton.
O-State got singles victories from Sussman, Skolnick, Lankowicz, Michelle Spencer and Jenna Conklin.
Oneonta (7-3) will face Fredonia in the first round of the SUNYAC Tournament at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Binghamton Tennis Center. The Red Dragons are the No. 2 seed from the East and Fredonia is the No. 3 seed from the West.
Friday’s winner advances to a semifinal this Saturday. The championship follows this Sunday.
Hartwick 9, Wells 0
Ruthie Jones and Kristen Napolitano cruised to 6-0, 6-0 wins and first and fourth singles, respectively, to lead Hartwick to victory in its final home match of the season Saturday.
Nicole Schepisi, Rebecca Clark, Lauren Noyes and Caitlin Hawley also won singles matches for the Hawks (5-6), who close their regular season with an Empire 8 match at Ithaca on Tuesday.
Hartwick earned its first victory in program history over St. John Fisher during the Empire 8 Crossovers on Saturday at Elmira.
The Hawks opened play Friday with a 3-2 loss to the host school.
On Saturday, they earned a 25-19, 27-25, 21-25, 25-14 victory over Fisher to move to 1-17 against the Cardinals since 1995.
Taylor Vonasek had nine kills and five blocks for Hartwick, which received 12 kills and 10 digs from Hannah Strom. Dana Martin contributed nine kills and eight digs; Katie Ryan had five kills; and Hannah Armstrong finished with five kills, 10 assists and six digs. Hartwick also got a team-best 12 digs from Christina Vitale and a team-high 22 assists from Quincy Kinzel.
The Hawks followed with a 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 25-14 victory over Alfred to improve to 3-3 in league play. Strom and Martin each had 11 kills. Strom also finished with 10 digs, and Martin had eight.
Armstrong contributed 22 assists, 10 digs and nine kills for the Hawks, who got 25 assists, 11 digs and seven kills from Kinzel, nine kills from Vonasek and nine digs from Vitale.
Hartwick can clinch one of four postseason berths with a victory over Stevens this Saturday at Houghton College. The Ducks are 6-0 and stand first in the E8.
Junior middle hitter Kady Porterfield averaged 2.2 kills and 0.8 blocks, helping Cobleskill to a 2-2 finish during a NEAC Divisional Play Weekend at Morrisville.
Freshman setter Katie Yang contributed 6.9 assists per game for the Fighting Tigers, who followed Saturday losses to Cazenovia (25-20, 25-21, 19-25, 26-28, 15-9) and Keuka (25-14, 25-15, 25-22) with Sunday victories over Wells (25-15, 23-25, 25-20, 25-19) and the host Mustangs (25-21, 25-15, 25-27, 15-6).
The Fighting Tigers (8-12, 2-5) visit Utica on Tuesday.
Delhi goes 1-2
Delhi lost two out of three Region III matches Saturday at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
Raven Worthing had eight digs and four kills in the opening match, a 25-8, 25-17, 25-7 loss to Jamestown.
Delhi responded with a 24-26, 25-17, 25-21, 25-21 defeat of Erie. Worthing finished with 22 digs and six kills; Karissa Morey amassed 29 assists; Nicole DeMarco had eight kills and six digs; and Hailie Chandler contributed seven blocks and five kills.
DeMarco’s six kills then highlighted Delhi’s efforts in a 25-19, 25-14, 25-15 loss to Niagara County.
The Broncos (9-11, 6-8 Region III) host SUNY Adirondack on Wednesday.