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Meg Luce finished with college-bests of five goals and seven points to power the Hartwick women’s lacrosse team to its first win of the season, 14-11, over visiting Marywood University on Friday at Wright Stadium.
Hartwick (1-1), which led for all but the first 2 minutes, 46 seconds, held five-goal leads on three separate occasions. The Pacers pulled within one goal twice, including a 12-11 deficit after Kathy DiGiacomo scored with 4:55 left.
Kate O’Shea and Jackie Moynihan scored in the final 4:11 to secure the victory for Hartwick, which sent non-conference foe Marywood to an 0-2 start this season.
Moynihan finished with two goals and two assists for the Hawks, who received two goals apiece from O’Shea and Lisa Littleton.
Kim Commisso scored five times and had an assist to lead Marywood.
Steph Luce made five saves in goal for the Hawks, who will visit Oneonta State for a non-conference game at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Six qualify for NCAAs
Six Hartwick athletes have been selected to compete at the NCAA Division III Championships, which run March 20-23 in Shenandoah, Texas.
Jade Woodend will represent Hartwick’s women as she will compete in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100 free and the 200 free.
At the UNYSCSA/Empire 8 Championships last week, Woodend finished with Hartwick-record times of 23.61 in the 50 free, 51.51 in the 100 free and 1:52.49 in the 200 free. She is seeded seventh in the 50 free, 13th in the 100 free, and 21st in the 200 free.
Kenny Kleso is one of five Hartwick men who will compete. Kleso will swim in the 500 free, the 200 free and the 200 breaststroke. He had an automatic qualifying time of 4:29.64 in the 500 free at the championships, marking a state, Empire 8 and Hartwick record.
Lydon Schultz also had an automatic qualifying time, earning the seventh seed nationally with a 44.79 in the 100 free. His time set state, conference and Hartwick records. He’s also seeded 19th in the 50 free (20.76) and 47th in the 200 free.
Miles Blaney is seeded 19th in the 500 free (4:37.11) and 31st in the 200 butterfly (1:53.58).
Brad Ranson qualified in the 200 free (1:41.68). He’s seeded 44th.
Cory Perez will swim in the relays along with Kleso, Blaney and Ranson. He was a part of the 800 free relay team that swam a 6:45.57 to set championship and Hartwick records at the UNYSCSA/Empire 8 meet. The quartet is seeded 13th nationally.
Schultz, Ranson, Kleso and Blaney also are swimming in the 400 free relay, with a 12th-seeded time of 3:02.82.
Schultz and Ranson will be a part of the 200 free and 200 medley relays as well. Last weekend, the 200 free relay team hit 1:23.23 for the 17th seed. The 200 medley relay swam a school record of 1:33.42 and is seeded 23rd.
Kleso will swim in the 400 medley along with Schultz and also will take part in the 200 medley. The 400 medley team is seeded 22nd with a program-record time of 3:25.01.
Empire 8 honors
Hartwick also announced that nine of its swimmers received Empire 8 All-Conference honors.
Schultz and Kleso made the First Team for Hartwick’s men, in the 100 free and 500 free, respectively. They also earned second-team accolades in the 50 free and the 100 breaststroke, respectively.
Ranson’s second-team honors came in the 100 free and the 200 free.
Luke Grunewald and Hartwick’s representative on the E8 Sportsman of the Year Team, Chris Willcox, also made the Second Team.
The 800 free relay team of Kleso, Ranson, Blaney and Cory Perez earned first-team honors.
Woodend earned first-team honors in the 50, 100 and 200 frees for Hartwick’s women, who had second-teamers in Kaitlyn Campbell, Gwen Mathias and Lindsay Bierwert.
The 800 free relay team of Woodend, Campbell, Mathias, and Erin Holladay made the Second Team, as did the 400 free relay team of Holladay, Woodend, Campbell and Imma Rutigliano.
Kate Beidl won the E8 Sportswoman of the Year award for Hartwick.
Oneonta High graduate Alex Miller earned three conference titles and three conference records during the SUNYAC Championships en route to Swimmer of the Meet accolades. Miller’s victories and conference records came in the 100 and 200 backstrokes and the 400 individual medley, all good for first-team SUNYAC honors.
Second-teamers from O-State were Jermaine Miller, Ryan Walsh, Colton Roe, Kelly Ruf, Joseph Galan and Lauren Zentko.
Jermaine Miller will compete this weekend at the NCAA Region III Diving Championships as he attempts to qualify and return to the NCAA D-III Championship Meet.
O-State men sweep
Oneonta State’s Matt LoPiccolo earned the Men’s Coach of the Year award from the SUNY Athletic Conference, which honored senior Sean Bernstein and freshman Joe Fox as its outstanding track and field athletes of the conference championship meet, respectively.
Bernstein earned first-place finishes in the 60-meter dash (meet record 6.82 seconds), the 200 (21.86) and as part of the 1,600 relay team (3:23.19).
Fox won the SUNYAC shot put title with a distance of 50 feet, 9.25 inches. Fox also was third in the 35-pound weight throw, with a personal-best 53-8.5.
O-State women All-SUNYAC
Oneonta State senior Kacy Boburka and junior Danielle Kennedy earned First Team All-SUNY Athletic Conference honors after winning individual titles last Saturday at the conference championships.
Boburka won her title in the high jump (5-4.25). Kennedy won the 3,000-meter run in a school- and facility-record time of 10:19.43.
Oneonta’s women will compete this weekend at the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships at the Armory in New York City.
Cobleskill runner honored
SUNY Cobleskill selected Marten Peterson as its athlete of the week, after the senior middle-distance runner met the ECAC D-III qualifying standard in the 800 during the New York State College Track Conference Championships last weekend. Peterson placed second in 1:56.06 to establish a program record and earn All-North Eastern Athletic Conference honors.