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Max Walcott scored the winning goal early in the second overtime Saturday as the Hartwick College men’s soccer team clinched a Mid-American Conference playoff spot with a 2-1 victory over visiting Northern Illinois on Elmore Field.
After winning their conference finale, the Hawks (5-7-4, 3-2-1) moved into a tie for second in the MAC standings with Western Michigan. Both teams have 10 points, two behind first-place Akron.
The Zips play Western Michigan for the regular-season title this weekend, meaning Hartwick likely will be seeded third for the four-team MAC playoffs.
“The road to securing our playoff berth has had its up and downs,” Hartwick coach John Scott said. “But as a coaching staff, we never doubted our team’s ability to make it there after our six MAC games. This has been a true team effort.”
Bowling Green will visit West Virginia on Friday to determine the fourth playoff team. The winner will advance to the playoffs as both have seven points this season.
Hartwick scored the last two goals Saturday to earn its first playoff appearance since 2009. Hartwick tied it in the 63rd minute on a goal by Jhevaughn Beckford and won in double overtime, when Walcott slipped a left-footed volley under the crossbar to cap a corner-kick play. Chris Walter’s corner kick found the head of Marc Russell, who headed it to Walcott from the corner of the 6-yard box.
Bertrand Gaschot scored in the 54th minute for the Huskies (4-12, 0-4), who gave up the equalizer 1 minute, 20 seconds after Beckford entered the game for the first time.
Mateo Munarriz made one save in goal for the Hawks, who close their regular season Tuesday against visiting Bucknell. Seniors Will Broomfield, Tim Crawford and Matthew Robertson will be honored in a ceremony before the match.
Danielle Kennedy placed second Saturday at Fortin Park to lift Oneonta State’s women to second in the SUNYAC Championships team standings, marking their best finish in the conference meet.
Kennedy, whose placing is the best in program history at the SUNYACs, crossed in 22:06. She also placed in the top five to earn First Team all-conference honors for the third straight season, which is also a program record.
The Red Dragons scored 86 points to edge Cortland by three for a runner-up team finish. Geneseo cruised to its fourth straight SUNYAC title, with 26 points.
Mary Kate Bida earned Third-Team all-conference accolades with a 15th-place finish for O-State.
David Busby placed 25th in 26:06 to lead Oneonta’s men to a fourth-place team finish with 113 points. Cortland won the men’s title with 20 points.
Oneonta will compete in the NCAA Division III Atlantic Region meet Nov. 16 at Letchworth State Park.
Hartwick’s Gavin Jenkins secured First Team all-conference honors with a fifth-place finish during the Empire 8 Conference Championships, which ran Saturday at Saratoga Spa State Park.
Jenkins covered the 8-kilometer course in 26:30.5, a little more than 6 seconds out of second place. Matt Loignon crossed in 27:00.1, placing 14th to earn Second Team accolades for the Hawks, who were fifth in the team standings.
Victoria Hathaway (10th, 18:39.1) and Monica Prager (11th, 18:45.8) earned Second Team honors to pace Hartwick’s women, who finished sixth as a team.
Ithaca swept the team titles.
The Hawks will compete in the NCAA Division III Atlantic Region meet Nov. 16 at Letchworth State Park.
The North Eastern Athletic Conference selected SUNY Cobleskill freshmen Evan Quinones and Taylor Tommell as its men’s and women’s rookies of the year following their performances at the conference championship meet Saturday in Marcy.
Quinones placed second in the men’s race and Tommell was third in the women’s race, marking the best finishes for first-year runners in their respective events. The two are the first Cobleskill runners to earn rookie of the year accolades for Cobleskill since it joined the NEAC in 2008.
Quinones completed the 8K course in 26:42 for the two-time defending champion Cobleskill men, who placed second out of 10 teams. He earned First Team all-conference honors along with teammates Dan Fields (sixth, 28:21) and Edmeston graduate Zack Dockstader (seventh, 28:30).
The Fighting Tigers also got Third Team all-conference performances from Dan Masterson (18th, 30:28) and Ron Dorsett (21st, 30:55) en route to 54 points.
Tommell was third on the women’s 5K course in 20:52 for a First Team award. Kendra Waddell, a second-teamer, was 12th (22:15) and Megan Jenney (16th, 22:20), Meghan Smith (19th, 22:58) and Chantal Fauteux (21st, 23:07) were third-teamers.
Those performances helped Cobleskill win its fifth straight NEAC women’s title with 67 points. Morrisville State placed second in the 12-team field with 71 points.
The Fighting Tigers will compete Nov. 16 in the NCAA Division III Atlantic Region meet at Letchworth State Park.
Rensselaer 2, O-State 1
Ashley Morgan scored in the second half, but Oneonta State lost a non-conference road game in its regular-season finale Saturday.
Hana Murphy gave Rensselaer (8-9) the lead with a goal in the 18th minute. Kierstan Ryan, who assisted the first goal, put the Engineers ahead, 2-0, in the 42nd minute.
Three minutes later, Morgan scored off a penalty-corner pass from Andrea Day for the final margin.
Oneonta (12-7) was outshot, 15-6, and had a 14-5 disadvantage in penalty corners.
The Red Dragons will play a first-round game in the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament at 11 a.m. Friday against host Cortland.
Ithaca 3, Hartwick 1
Megan Lefeber scored on a penalty-corner opportunity with no time left in the opening half, but Hartwick dropped an Empire 8 match on the road in its season finale Saturday.
Holley Reynolds (Walton) took the corner and passed to Meghan Fay, who found Lefeber for a goal that have the Hawks (5-13, 1-6) a 1-0 lead at halftime.
The Bombers, who finished with advantages of 26-5 in shots and 18-4 in penalty corners, scored three times in the second half to secure the victory.
Buffalo St. 59, Hartwick 41
Hartwick gave up 28 straight points after tying the score at 21 Saturday as Buffalo State earned an Empire 8 victory on the road.
The Hawks (4-4, 1-4) finished with more than 400 yards on offense but allowed more than 500 to Buffalo State (5-4, 3-3).
Quarterback John Garcia completed a college-high 24 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns for the Hawks, who got a college-best 12 catches for 146 receiving yards from Tanner Williams. Fellow WR Frankie Molina contributed 149 yards and two TDs on eight catches for the Hawks, who got 71 rushing yards on 12 carries from Kurtis Ahart.
Clyde Miller’s seven tackles paced Hartwick’s defense, which allowed 28 consecutive points after the teams were tied at 21 in the second quarter.
The Hawks visit Frostburg State next Saturday.
Hartwick 4, Alfred 0
Cristina Sicari scored twice Saturday to lead Hartwick to an Empire 8 victory at Alfred University (5-13, 0-8).
Allyson Daniels and Jessica Bentley (Schenevus) also scored for the Hawks (8-7-3, 3-3-1), who received two assists apiece from Angela Luizzi and Kylie Thayer.
Annie Millar made two saves for her second shutout of the season.
The Hawks finished with advantages of 12-2 in shots and 9-0 in corner kicks. Hartwick must wait to see if it will be selected for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament for the second straight season. The ECAC field will be announced Nov. 11.
Brad Ranson won three events to pace Hartwick’s men in a non-conference home victory over the University of Rochester on Saturday at Moyer Pool. Ranson took first in the 200 free (1:45.94), the 100 free (48.11), and the 50 free (21.60).
Luke Grunewald won the 500 free (4:52.87) and the 1,000 free (10:04.89) for Hartwick (4-0), which received victories from Ben Detar in the 200 butterfly (1:57.67) and the 100 butterfly (53.90).
Gwen Mathias and Clare Nelson earned two victories apiece for Hartwick’s women, who suffered their first loss of the season and fell to 3-1 in dual meets.
Mathias took first in the 1,000 free (10:56.53) and the 500 free (5:24.95), and Nelson won the 100 breaststroke (1:09.82) and the 200 breaststroke (2:30.36).
The Hawks will compete in a dual meet at Empire 8 rival Nazareth this Saturday.
Cobleskill wins twice
Nolan Graziano won three events to lead Cobleskill’s men to a 121-62 rout of host Bard College on Saturday.
Graziano took first in the 200 individual medley (2:10.32), the 100 butterfly (59.91) and the 100 breaststroke (1:09.49) for the Fighting Tigers (2-0), who received two wins apiece from Brian Alt (200 free, 2:06.22; 100 backstroke, 1:01.46), Nathan Kreher (50 free, 24.69; 100 free, 57.28) and Connor Worden (1,000 free, 11:49.80; 500 free, 5:43.17).
Erin Fitzgerald’s triple in the 200 IM (2:44.94), the 100 backstroke (1:17.31) and the 100 breaststroke (1:25.60) paced Cobleskill’s women (2-0) in a 146-35 rout of Bard. Mackenzie Cross (50 free, 27.94; 100 free, 1:03.87) and Rachel Degnan (500 free, 6:02.91; 1,000 free, 12:07.66) won two events apiece.
Cobleskill will compete in a tri-meet against Mount Saint Vincent and host Sarah Lawrence this Saturday.
Vanessa Brown, Jacquelin Graziano and Lily McEnaney each contributed to four relay victories Saturday, leading Delhi’s women to the team title during the Harvest Relays at Genesee Community College.
The three teamed for wins in the 300 medley (3:39.09), 1,000 free (11:37.62) and 500 medley (6:18.10) relays, with Keannie Rodriguez anchoring the last two. Graziano and Rodriguez also joined Kelly Carroll and Emily Meany for a win in the 500 free relay (5:57.65).
Brown and McEnaney took the 200 breaststroke relay (2:49.83) for Delhi, which finished with 399 points. Jamestown finished second at 310 in the four-team women’s meet.
Sean O’Connell and Donny Martell took part in three relay triumphs for the Broncos men, who had 417 points for the team title. Jamestown finished second out of four teams with 230 points.
O’Connell and Martell joined Shane Blundell in the 300 medley relay (3:32.08) and had a win in the 500 free relay (5:16.68) with the help of Jason Wilson and Ryan Ferraro.
O’Connell, Wilson and Blundell also had a win in the 300 free (2:59.02) with Anthony Cervasio. Martell and Ferraro teamed with Kaleb Zedack and Ryan Gallagher for a victory in the 1,000 free.
Delhi also got a win from Matt Salle in the 1-meter diving event as he finished with 277.57 points.
Dig Pink Invitational
Tournament MVP Erica Darpino and all-tournament team selections Jill Darpino and Becca Horton led Oneonta State to a 4-0 weekend as the host Red Dragons closed their season by winning the Dig Pink Invitational, which ran Friday and Saturday.
Oneonta (18-18) opened with Friday victories over Bard (25-9, 25-7, 25-8) and Hunter (25-22, 19-25, 25-13, 25-22) to qualify for Saturday’s championship bracket.
Natalia Poljak had eight kills, Erin Avery finished with five aces and Kristen Polan contributed five blocks against Bard.
The Darpino sisters and Paige Carpluk had 11 kills apiece against Hunter, which gave up 21 assists to Karly Greco and 14 digs to Kristina Pelaccio.
The Darpinos combined for 30 kills and eight blocks in a 25-15, 12-25, 25-23, 25-17 semifinal defeat of Ithaca. Horton finished with 22 assists and six aces to help O-State advance to the title match against Plattsburgh.
Erica Darpino’s 11 kills and four blocks led the Red Dragons to a 25-11, 25-19, 11-25, 25-18 win in the final. Katie Sheehan had nine aces in one set, marking the first time an Oneonta player accomplished the feat since 2009.
Hartwick closed its season with two Saturday victories as the Hawks went 2-2 at the invitational.
Hannah Armstrong amassed a college-best 51 assists and 14 digs in Saturday’s opener, leading the Hawks to a 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14 defeat of Lasell. Dana Martin contributed 16 kills and 20 digs, Hannah Strom had 12 kills and 17 digs, and Taylor Vonasek finished with 10 kills and five blocks in the match, which also featured seven kills from Mary Beth DeCuyke and 13 digs from Christina Vitale.
Strom followed with nine kills in a 25-19, 25-12, 25-15 win over Bard. Vitale had nine digs, Armstrong finished with 27 assists and Vonasek had five blocks for the Hawks (13-20).
Shaun Gillen’s second-place finish at 165 pounds helped Oneonta State to a fourth-place finish in its season opener, the Monarch Invitational at King’s College on Saturday.
Returning NCAA Division III Tournament qualifier Gillen went 3-1 with one pin as the top seed in his weight class. He dropped a 6-3 decision to third-seeded Tommy Desir of King’s in the final.
Ben Mikac and Chad Obzud contributed thirds at 141 and 197 pounds, respectively.
Mikac won five decisions but suffered a 9-5 loss to Sean McAllister of Western New England.
Obzud went 4-1 with three pins. He fell, 8-0, in the semifinals to top-seeded Joey Giaramita of Cortland.
Brian Barry (3-2, 125 pounds), Noah Valastro (3-2, 141), Curt Rowley (5-2, 149), Liam Bass (3-2, 174) and Connor Murphy (3-2, 285) also finished with winning records for the Red Dragons, who will compete in the John Reese Duals this Saturday at Wilkes University.