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December 18, 2012

Hartwick women earn victory in Florida

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Maria Foglia scored a game-high 25 points and Hartwick College outscored Randolph Macon by 14 points in the second half Monday to win, 61-49, in the Cruzin Classic at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Foglia went 7-for-11 from the floor, including 3 of 4 from three-point range, and 8-for-8 from the free throw line. She also had four steals.

Brittney Dumas contributed 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting and had eight rebounds for the Hawks, who trailed, 26-24, at halftime to 1-9 Randolph Macon.

Hartwick shot 51 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.

Kate Purcell contributed seven points and eight assists for Hartwick (7-2), which opened the second half on a 17-5 run. Dumas’ jumper with 14 minutes, 22 seconds left gave Hartwick a 43-33 lead.

After Randolph Macon cut its deficit to 51-47 on a layup by Sarah Parsons with 6:03 left, Foglia scored seven straight points. She hit four free throws and capped her run with a three-pointer with 3:44 left to make it 58-47.

Hartwick will play the University of Mary Washington at noon Wednesday in the Cruzin Classic.

Scranton 68, O-State 59

Lyteshia Price had 23 points and nine rebounds, but visiting Oneonta State lost a non-conference game.

Scranton (9-2) hit 11 three-pointers, including six by Meredith Mesaris, who had a game-high 24 points, and four from Alison Sweeney, who finished with 22 points.

The Red Dragons (4-7) went 3-for-11 from three-point range.

Kristin Pappalardo had 15 points and Grace Schilling contributed 11 for O-State, which trailed, 26-24, at halftime.

When Kelly Mulligan hit a fastbreak layup with 13:55 to go, the Red Dragons held a 37-31 lead.

Scranton answered with a 10-point run that included two three-pointers by Mesaris. A fastbreak layup by Sweeney gave Scranton a 41-37 lead with 11:05 left.

The Red Dragons tied the score at 46 on a layup by Schilling with 7:58 left, but Scranton scored the next eight points — a run that ended on two free throws from Christina Hiltunen with 4:44 remaining.

O-State never drew closer than five points thereafter.

The Red Dragons are off until Jan. 8, when they host Oswego.

MEN’S SOCCER

O-State finishes 19th

Oneonta State finished 19th in the final ranking by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The Red Dragons, unranked before the final poll, were the lone team from the SUNY Athletic Conference to be ranked.

O-State went 14-5-2 and won its second consecutive conference championship. The Red Dragons qualified for its second straight NCAA tournament, advancing to the second round before being eliminated in a shootout against Montclair State.

The Red Dragons took home player and rookie of the Year honors again this fall in the SUNYAC, with senior Dan Scott and freshman Sean Vinberg earning those respective honors.

“After graduating 11 seniors from the 2011 team that made it through to the NCAA final four, we knew we would be in for a tough year with every opponent raising their game against us,” O-State coach Iain Byrne said in a media release by the school. “It is a testament to the talent of the group that we were able to win the SUNYAC Conference again, and make another run in the NCAA tournament. To finish as the 19th best team in the nation, after ending the 2011 season in third place, shows that Oneonta belongs amongst the best programs in the country.”

WRESTLING

Gulf Coast Duals

Junior Ben Mikac and freshman Shaun Gillen went 4-0 to lead Oneonta State to a 2-2 record Sunday in the Gulf Coast Duals at Fort Myers, Fla.

Mikac won two matches by decision, one by major decision and one pin at 133 pounds. Gillen had one major decision victory among his four wins at 165.

Junior Dan Graff contributed three victories for O-State, which will compete in the Will Abel Tournament on Jan. 12 at Ursinus College.