The Daily Star
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Better late than never.
Kelcy Forbragd and Suzanne Wright scored inside the last two minutes of the first half Wednesday, leading the Oneonta State field hockey team to a 3-1 non-conference victory over visiting Utica.
The Pioneers (11-5) opened the scoring in the fifth minute, when Louis Steele-Norton dribbled into the circle before beating O-State goalie Tess Tracy. Utica took two more shots the rest of the game, both in the first half, as Tracy finished with two saves for her ninth win of the season.
Forbragd scored the equalizer with a little less than two minutes left in the first half. She took a deflection off a defender’s stick and scored inside the far post.
Wright followed with a rebound goal to make it 2-1 with 9 seconds to go in the opening half. Wright’s shot off an initial pad save by Kells Casey (nine saves) marked her team-best 12th goal of the season.
Second-year captain Bridgette Robinson, a senior, scored her first college goal off an assist by classmate Ashley Johnson in the 65th minute for the Red Dragons (10-6), who have won at least 10 games for the third straight season.
Johnson has a team-high nine assists for Oneonta, which hosts Union at 4 p.m. Friday.
Skidmore 8, Hartwick 1
Host Skidmore scored six times in the first half en route to a non-conference rout of Hartwick (6-10), which lost its fifth straight game.
Kelly Blackhurst scored 22 seconds in for the Thoroughbreds (12-4), who are ranked 13th among NCAA Division III teams.
Hiliary Carlson converted a pass from Kelsey Kimble in the first half for Hartwick, which was outshot, 29-5.
The Hawks will close their regular season at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Utica. The winner will qualify for the Empire 8 Conference Tournament.
Cazenovia 1@DS | Breakhead:
Dana Martin had nine kills and 10 digs Tuesday to lead host Hartwick to a 17-25, 25-12, 25-20, 25-19 victory on Senior Night, which marked its last home match of the season.
Brianna Eckert contributed eight digs, Lauren Heiman had seven kills and Britney Lintner amassed 33 assists for the Hawks (12-15), who will play the Presidents Match at non-conference rival Oneonta State at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Hartwick women ranked
Hartwick College will enter the 2012-13 women’s basketball season with the No. 28 ranking from D3Hoops.com.
Hartwick returns nine players – including all five starters – from last season’s 22-6 team, which qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The Hawks received 63 points in the D3Hoops.com poll, which ranks second in New York to Rochester (24th) and first in the Empire 8 Conference.
Hartwick opens its regular season at the New York University Tournament, which runs Nov. 16-17. The Hawks will open tournament play against New Paltz at 8 p.m. Nov. 16.