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Hartwick College went down Saturday, but the Hawks aren’t necessarily out yet.
Maria Foglia scored 12 points at Lambros Arena as second-seeded host Hartwick fell, 47-29, to No. 1 seed Ithaca College in the championship game of the Empire 8 Conference Tournament.
Hartwick hosted the conference tournament because Ithaca’s facilities are undergoing construction. Despite being on the road, the Bombers (25-2) won their second straight conference title for an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The Hawks (19-8) may still qualify for the NCAAs as an at-large selection. The 64-team NCAA field will be announced at 2:30 p.m. today. Selections for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament will be announced tonight.
Empire 8 Player of the Year Foglia made the All-Tournament Team, as did Ithaca’s Jenn Escobido (13 points) and Mary Kate Tierney (13 points).
Tournament MVP Devin Shea contributed six points Saturday, one day after finishing with 14 points and six rebounds in Ithaca’s semifinal victory over St. John Fisher.
E8 Rookie of the Year Brittney Dumas contributed eight points for the Hawks, who received four points from Kate Purcell that helped her hit the 1,000-point milestone at Hartwick.
The Hawks trailed, 18-16, at halftime. Ithaca then opened the second half with a 14-2 run that all but ended it.
Purcell, who grabbed nine rebounds, hit the 1,000-point mark on a free throw with 6:44 left. She’s the 14th player in Hartwick history to reach the milestone.
Delhi 70, Clinton 57
Ibrahima Toure finished with game-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead host SUNY Delhi to a victory in its regular-season finale.
Quayshaun Mitchell contributed 14 points and seven rebounds for the Broncos (26-4), who received 11 points and six assists from DJ Nickelson.
Toure scored 11 points after Delhi took a 28-26 lead into halftime.
“We just kind of slowly but surely pulled away,” Delhi coach Rob Schoener said. “We started the second half well and kind of crept away.”
Delhi, which ranks eighth among NJCAA Division III teams, will host the Region III Tournament this weekend. The Broncos are seeded second and open the nine-team tournament with a quarterfinal against seventh-seeded North Country at 3 p.m. Friday. That game will mark the second of four Friday as other quarterfinals are slated for 1, 6 and 8 p.m.
The Region III champion will receive an automatic berth to the NJCAA D-III Tournament, which runs March 15-17 at Sullivan Community College.
MSM 8, Hartwick 6
Freshman midfielder Kia Ference scored two goals in her first college game, but Hartwick opened its season with a non-conference road loss to Mount Saint Mary.
Freshman Ally Naja contributed a goal and an assist for the Hawks, who fell into a 6-3 hole at halftime.
Goalie Steph Luce finished with nine saves and caused a game-high four turnovers for Hartwick, which hosts Marywood University at 4 p.m. Friday.
Kaileen Spadaro had three goals and two assists for the Knights.
Senior Sean Bernstein won two events to lead Oneonta State’s me to its first SUNY Athletic Conference indoor track championship Saturday at Brockport.
O-State finished with 153 points. Runner-up Cortland had 146.5 and the hosts finished with 91.
“Winning our first ever team title on the same day that we collected our 100th SUNYAC title since we started the program in 2003 is certainly something special and historic,” O-State coach Matt LoPiccolo said in a media release from the school.
O-State finished with six individual titles, one relay championship and 11 overall medals.
Bernstein successfully defended both of his indoor titles from a year ago. He won the 60 meters and broke his school record with a clocking of 6.82 seconds. That time also set meet and track records. Bernstein also won the 200 in a track-record 21.86.
Bernstein led off the winning 1,600 relay, which included freshmen Joe Carr, Thomas Wheeler and Micah Patterson.
Bernstein has seven SUNYAC titles between indoor and outdoor track, which makes him the all-time leader for the men’s program.
Carr and Wheeler also were medalists in individual events. Carr finished second in the 60 (6.96). Wheeler ran a personal-best 50.19 in finishing third in the 400.
The trio of sophomores Patrick Weinert (Schenevus) and J.D. Roth, and freshman Joe Fox combined to win both throwing events.
Weinert won his first SUNYAC title in the 35-pound weight throw with a school-record 57 feet, 2.75 inches. Fox earned his first conference title in the shot put at 50-9.25.
The trio finished 1-2-3 in the weight throw, with Roth second and Fox third.
Freshman Jake Alviene won the 60 hurdles in 8.18, which set meet and track records. Alviene also finished runner-up to Bernstein in the 200, in 22.40.
Sophomore Charles Remillard won the 3,000 in 8:41.26 for Oneonta.
O-State’s women placed sixth with 43 points. Cortland won with 172.
Senior Kacy Boburka and junior Danielle Kennedy won conference titles. Boburka cleared 5-4.25 in the high jump. Kennedy broke her school record and set a track record in the 3,000, crossing in 10:19.43 to win her first SUNYAC title.
Rounding out the athletes who scored for Oneonta were junior Kaitlyn Brandt and senior Kate Parsons. Brandt scored in the 60 and 200 with respective fifth- and seventh-place finishes. She ran a personal-best 7.99 in the 60.
Parsons was just short of her personal-best in finishing fifth in the 20-pound weight throw. Her best throw covered 46-10.
Senior Marten Peterson led SUNY Cobleskill’s men during the New York State Track and Field Conference Indoor Championships at Ithaca College.
Peterson met the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III qualifying standard in the 800-meter run, finishing second in 1:56.06 to establish a program record and earn all-conference honors.
Sophomore Quashanda Barnes also earned all-conference honors, placing sixth for the Fighting Tigers women in the pentathlon with 2,639 points.
Cobleskill qualifiers will compete in the ECAC Championships at Rutgers University-Newark on Friday and Saturday.