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March 4, 2013

Folgia leads Hartwick women to ECAC crown

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Maria Foglia scored four of her 15 points with less than a minute left Sunday, leading the Hartwick College women’s basketball team to a 67-62 victory over host Brooklyn College to mark the Hawks’ first Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament championship.

Brittney Dumas finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Hartwick (22-8), which ended its season with the ECAC Division III Metro title. Kate Purcell contributed 15 points and Carlee Hirt had 10 for the Hawks, who beat the College of Staten Island, 71-56, Wednesday in the quarterfinals and followed with a 69-64 overtime defeat of Rutgers-Newark in a semifinal Saturday.

“I’m so proud of how these girls played these last three games,” Hartwick coach Missy West said. “We came ready to win this thing and we played to do just that. We finally completed what we set out to do.”

The top-seeded Bulldogs (34-27) took a 31-30 lead into halftime and extended its lead to 10 early in the second half. Hartwick responded with a 13-2 run that ended with a three-pointer by Foglia, the tournament’s most outstanding player, for a 47-46 edge with 10:14 remaining. The Hawks never trailed again.

Hartwick finished 27-for-50 from the floor, including a 6-for-13 effort from behind the three-point line. Purcell sank two of those and tied the program’s single-season record of 55 in the process.

“Once we heard we made the ECAC Tournament, we felt like we had a second life and we weren’t about to take it for granted,” West said. “I’m very proud as a coach and it’s a great way to end the season – as champions.”

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Herkimer 70, Delhi 55

Quayshaun Mitchell had 14 points and nine rebounds Sunday, but host SUNY Delhi fell to top-seeded Herkimer County Community College in the Region III Tournament championship game.

“We did not have a good second half,” said Broncos coach Rob Schoener, whose team was outscored, 41-24, after the break. “It was 31-29 at halftime and it was a six-point game with 5 minutes to go. We had a couple empty possessions and they had open shots, and all of a sudden, it’s an 11-point game and you have to foul.”

DJ Nickelson contributed 11 points and Arif Mehmetaj had 10 for Delhi (28-5), which took the No. 2 seed in the region and the No. 8 ranking among NJCAA Division III teams into the final.

Demetrius Mitchell scored a game-high 21 points for the sixth-ranked Generals (30-3), who advanced to the NJCAA D-III Tournament at Sullivan CC in two weeks.

“They do an excellent job of really getting out in transition, especially off turnovers,” Schoener said. “We turned the ball over 20 times today and they scored 31 points off turnovers.”

Despite the loss, Schoener received Coach of the Year honors from Region III and the Mountain Valley Conference. Delhi also had all-region first-teamers in Quayshaun Mitchell and Stefan Bock. The MVC honored Bock with a first-team all-conference spot and placed Mitchell on its Second Team. Ismael Pierre, who has been injured, earned an all-region honorable mention and made the Third Team in the MVC.

Delhi advanced to the title game with a 69-48 semifinal defeat of Hudson Valley CC on Saturday. Bock had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Broncos, who received 14 points from Mehmetaj and 12 from Quayshaun Mitchell.

WRESTLING

NCAA Regionals

Oneonta State freshman Shaun Gillen qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships by placing third in the Northeast Regional tournament at Worcester Polytechnic Institute over the weekend.

The top three wrestlers in each weight class earned automatic bids into the D-III championships March 15-16 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Gillen, the sixth seed, finished third at 165 pounds.

Gillen went 4-1 during the two-day event. He earned his spot into nationals with a 3-1 overtime decision against fifth-seeded David Pinto of Norwich in the third-place match. Gillen advanced to the third-place match with a 4-3 win over No. 4 Sean Prell of Johnson & Wales.

Juniors Dan Graff, Sean Hanson and Chad Obzud were named all-region performers for O-State after finishing the top six.

Obzud placed fifth at 197 pounds, Graff and Hanson placed sixth at 157 and 141, respectively.

Graff and Obzud advanced to the semifinals of their brackets.

Graff, who was unseeded, knocked off the No. 6 and No. 3 seeded wrestlers in his opening two matches.

In the semifinals, Graff lost, 10-5, to Cortland’s Troy Sterling, the No. 2 seed. Graff then lost his last two matches.

Obzud was seeded seventh opened with back-to-back pins to reach the semifinals. His second pin came against the No. 2 seed from Roger Williams.

In the semifinal, Obzud lost, 2-0, to third-seeded Jeremy Burns of Springfield.  Obzud was pinned in the consolation semifinals before pinning fifth-seeded Jake McNulty of Johnson & Wales in the fifth-place match.

Hanson lost his first match of the tournament but rebounded with three consecutive wins. He then lost his last two matches.

WATER POLO

Marist Tournament

Hartwick College went 3-0 Saturday at the Marist Tournament.

The Hawks (12-7) beat Notre Dame College, 15-5, they downed Iona, 16-8, and beat Wagner, 16-10.

Against Notre Dame, Sami Capparelli had four goals. Britt Tait, Lilly Gall contributed three goals apiece, and Kanani Mazzone had two goals.

Kamila Zakirova had four goals against Iona. Katie Ermakova had three goals, and Tait, Allison Kosich and Jemma Dendy Young all had two goals.

Capparelli had four more goals against Wagner. Ermakova, Zakirova, Jemma Dendy Young and Lily Martinez contributed two goals each.

Hartwick will return home to host four matches Saturday. The Hawks will play Gannon at 9 a.m., St. Francis at 1:30 p.m., Siena at 3 p.m., and Marist at 6 p.m.

SWIMMING

Region 3

Championships

Oneonta State junior Jermaine Miller qualified for the NCAA Division III championships by placing fourth in 1-meter diving Sunday during the NCAA Region 3 Championships at Springfield College.

Miller scored 468.85 points in 1-meter. He qualified easily as the top eight will go to nationals. Miller also placed 15th in 3-meter with a score of 401.20.

The Division III championships are March 20-23 at Shenandoah, Texas.

“I am extremely proud of Jermaine,” O-State coach Chris Schuler-Ghiorse said in a media release by the school. “Jermaine showed poise and came back strong after yesterday’s competition. He has had a great season to this point and I look forward to watching him perform at nationals.”

Last winter, Miller was one of only 22 divers to be invited from Division III and became the first male swimmer or diver from O-State to compete at the NCAA championships.

Miller is the school record holder in the 1-meter discipline with a score of 522.55, which he attained at the final home meet of the season on Feb. 6.