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December 18, 2012

Hartwick women earn victory in Florida


O-State never drew closer than five points thereafter.

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


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.”


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.

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