Hartwick College junior basketball guard Maria Foglia earned Player of the Year honors from the Empire 8 Conference, which selected freshman forward Brittney Dumas as its Rookie of the Year, the Hawks announced Thursday.
Foglia also received a spot on the E8’s First Team for the second straight season. Dumas joined junior guard Kate Purcell on the E8 Second Team.
“This is an unbelievable honor to have both Player and Rookie of the Year on our team,” said Hartwick coach Missy West, whose team is the first in E8 history to produce the conference’s Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season. “There are so many great players in this conference and to think two of our own received the highest honors is just very humbling and exciting.”
Foglia is the second Hartwick women’s basketball player to win the E8’s top award. Hartwick Hall of Famer Tiffany (Hurley) Carr earned the distinction in 2001 and 2002.
Likewise, Dumas is Hartwick’s second E8 Rookie of the Year as Lindsay Wilson won the award in 2004.
Foglia averages 13.7 points and 4.9 rebounds, and her three-point field goal percentage (37.7) ranks second in the conference. She also has 64 assists and 39 steals.
Dumas averages 14.8 points and 6.1 rebounds. She is shooting 53.4 percent from the field, which ranks 22nd among NCAA Division III players, and 71.4 percent from the free-throw line.
Purcell is an E8 second-teamer for the third straight season. She leads the Hawks in rebounding (6.5 per game), steals (70), made three-pointers (46), assists (72), and free-throw percentage (80). In the E8, Purcell ranks first in steals and second in threes and free-throw percentage.
Senior guard Marie Davison rounded out Hartwick’s honors with a spot on the E8 Sportswoman of the Year Team for the second time. One member from each E8 team is recognized with the honor, which emphasizes honor and integrity in competition.
The Hawks (18-7) will host the E8 Tournament semifinals today at Lambros Arena. Second-seeded Hartwick will play No. 3 seed Stevens Institute of Technology at 8 p.m., two hours after top-seeded Ithaca meets No. 4 seed St. John Fisher.
Today’s winners will play for the E8 title at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lambros Arena. The E8 Tournament champion will earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
HV 64, Delhi 54
Gilbertsville-Mount Upton graduates Tanya Barnes and Bri Lambert scored in double figures, but SUNY Delhi fell to Mountain Valley Conference host Hudson Valley.
Barnes finished with 19 points and nine rebounds for the Broncos (14-15), who received 11 points and six rebounds from Lambert.
“We took the lead with probably eight minutes to go, then they went on an 18-3 run and kind of pulled away,” said Delhi coach Amber Devantier, whose team trailed, 31-25, at halftime. “We were giving up second-chance points. They got four or five second-chance baskets in a row (during the run).”
Delhi closes its regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday against visiting Clinton.
honored by E8
Hartwick junior forward Jared Suderley made the Empire 8 Conference’s Second Team after leading the Hawks in scoring for the third straight season.
Suderley finished as the conference’s top scorer with 18.1 points per game. His 157 field goals maked a team-high and he tied for the team lead with 27 made three-pointers. Suderley also finished second on the team in rebounds with 174, averaging 7.0 to rank sixth in the conference.
Suderley will enter his senior season with 1,464 all-time points, which ranks sixth at Hartwick. He also has 620 all-time rebounds, which ranks ninth in program history.
Senior guard Travis Godley was Hartwick representative on the E8’s Sportsman of the Year Team.
Jade Woodend set a program record for Hartwick, which earned two more NCAA Division III “B” cut times during the second day of the UNYSCSA/Empire 8 Conference Championships for swimming and diving at Ithaca College.
Woodend finished second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 54.18 seconds to break the women’s program record set by Gayle Gregory in 2004. Woodend had one of Hartwick’s four NCAA “B” cut times during the opening day of competition Wednesday, when she won the 50 free in a program-record time of 23.68.
Hartwick’s men added two NCAA “B” cut times to the Hawks’ total in relay competition. Lydon Schultz, Cody Cupit, Evan DeGidio and Brad Ranson placed third in the 200 free relay in 1:23.44, and the 400 medley relay team of Cupit, Chris Willcox, Schultz and Kenny Kleso touched in 3:25.87. Both ranks as the second-fastest times in school history.
Ranson and Miles Blaney contributed a 3-4 finish, respectively, in the 200 free. Ranson touched in 1:41.84, followed by Blaney in 1:42.60.
The Hawks’ women also had a third in the 200 free relay as Woodend, Kaitlyn Campbell, Sarah Uminski and Helen Merkley hit 1:40.07 for the second-best time in program history.
Erin Holladay rounded out the highlights for Hartwick’s women with a personal-best 4:38.71 for fourth in the 400 individual medley.
Hartwick’s season opener at Salve Regina has been moved up one day as the teams agreed to reschedule Saturday’s game to 3 p.m. today because wintry weather is predicted this weekend in Rhode Island. The game will mark the first meeting between the two programs.
Oneonta State also will start its spring season today, against Whittier College in California on Friday. The Red Dragons will play a second game in California on Saturday, against Southwestern University of Texas.